Slipping into town sort of quietly for the Wade-Union wedding, on Friday LeBron James stopped by his one of his local hangouts, Zuma, where he was seen sharing some of his favorite dishes, such as the signature mushroom hotpot. On Sunday, onlookers overheard a flirty Patrick Ewing talking about Miami’s lovely ladies, saying he loves the eye candy, as he had a low-key dinner with friends. Sharing few dishes, they opted for no cocktails as they were ostensibly still tired from Saturday night’s partying.
Singer/actor Jose Luis Rodriguez held a signing party for his book, El Puma Y Yo, Tuesday night at Caffe Abbracci. His wife Carolina and his daughter, actress Genesis Rodriguez, attended. Mayor Thomas Regalado presented El Puma with the Key to the City. El Puma recounted some passages from his book about his early life, career, family and inspiration.
Now we know why the Blacks’ annual gala was postponed from last spring to Oct. 25. Headlining the big event at the Fontainebleau is the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, whose rep says she hasn't performed in Miami for more than 20 years. Franklin, who will arrive by bus as she always does out of her fear of flying, will perform a 45-minute concert. Tickets start at $650. To purchase, go to www.theblacksannualgala.com or call 305-443-8980.