Not every DJ in town for the Winter Music Conference was solely spinning. EDM star Martin Garrix and artist Alexander Mijares spent Thursday afternoon teaching kids at Alonzo Mourning's Overtown Youth Center the art and basics of music mixing and painting and how music and art work together. Garrix and Mijares danced with the students to Garrix’s worldwide hit Animals and then made the surprise announcement that each student would leave with Limited Edition Beats by Dre headphones. Mijares also created an original piece for the event titled “Animals” after Garrix’s biggest hit with proceeds going to the Overtown Youth Center.
DJs were, however, a dime a dozen over the weekend, with sightings everywhere — from Paul van Dyk and Deep Dish dining at La Mar by Gaston Acurio at the Mandarin, to Deadmau5 jet skiing and lounging at the Mondrian minus his creepy mouse head. Also spotted: Carl Cox at Zuma, Tiesto at the Shore Club and Armin van Buren plugging headphones at Bâoli. On Sunday, the Swedish House Mafia trio had a late dinner at Prime 112. Busta Rhymes gave a surprise performance Friday at just-opened Adoré Nightclub.
Paris Hilton was spotted Thursday at one of the VIP tables “rocking kitty ears,” says our spy, at The Avicii Hotel at SLS Hotel South Beach.
After entering the Sony Open as a wild card in the women’s singles tournament, Miami resident and tennis pro Nadia Petrova bowed out in the early stages of Sony Open Tennis and used the remaining tournament time to catch up on some brow maintenance at Rik Rak Salon.
Shark Tank's Daymond John was seen being a good son on Sunday when he took his mother out for a dinner at Catch Miami at The James Royal Palm. The mother/son duo dined outside on the restaurant's patio while sharing a number of dishes. John, says our spy, “seemed really happy to be spending the night with his mother,” as the two were seen smiling and laughing.
With the controversy and horrific accident involving a security guard at Ultra heating up the social media airwaves over the weekend, Miami-based filmmaker Billy Corben, known for his outspoken views on the Miami zeitgeist, couldn't help but make comparisons to the recent hip-hop documentary he and partner Alfred Spellman directed and produced for VH1.
There won’t be an Ultra documentary in Corben's repertoire, but not because he agrees with Mayor Tomás Regalado and thinks it should leave town for good.
“Ultra is not for me. I've never been, nor is it likely I'll ever go. But that’s what makes Miami Miami: there's something for everyone. We should not allow one tragic incident to derail the 15-year tradition and impact of an internationally recognized event. Ultra is far more culturally relevant and economically stimulating than the soccer stadium proposal that local politicos are presently salivating over (by the way, if you're interested in reducing trampling incidents, you should probably avoid soccer stadiums). Getting rid of Ultra is a myopic, generationally tone-deaf solution. Mayor Regalado sounds a bit like John Lithgow in Footloose. And, like Rev. Moore, I hope he will someday see the light (of the glow stick).”