In town for the big NASCAR races in Homestead, speed demon Jeff Gordon took time on Thursday to visit Jungle Island with his family, where they got to hold the attraction’s baby white royal tigers, which were born six weeks ago. The Gordon family is clearly fearless, also taking time to touch the white down collar of the popular Andean condor.
Gloria Estefan is hosting a special Q&A and screening of the indy cult classic Phantom of the Paradise at 11:30 p.m. Saturday at the Coral Gables Cinema. Why? Apparently famed songwriter Paul Williams, who wrote the flick's score, was a huge inspiration to Estefan, who sang the film's Old Souls during her communications course in college. Rumor has it Williams, in town for Miami Book Fair International, will make a special guest appearance at the screening. To get tickets, go to http://gablescinema.com/filmpage.php?ID=157.
Italian pop star Gigi D'Alessio and a group of friends had lunch Friday at Caffe Abbracci, whose owner Nino Pernetti recognized his fellow Napoli neighbor and struck up a friendly conversation reminiscing about Italy.
A slew of celebs turned up for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Race at Homestead-Miami Speedway — the Ford EcoBoost 400 — won by Kevin Harvick. Among them: Michael Jordan; Jason Aldean, who gave a pre-race performance; American Idol winner Caleb Johnson, who sang the national anthem; Saturday's honorary starter, Flo Rida; UFC fighter Cowboy Cerrone; singer Gavin DeGraw; The Bachelor's Juan Pablo Galavis; actor William Levy; country star Jake Owen; N.Y. Mets pitcher Bobby Parnell; and Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry.
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Spotted partying at E11even into the early morning hours this weekend was Atlanta Braves All-Star B.J. Upton. Upton was in the club's party pit drinking Dom Perignon and Crown Royal. Across the room at the owner’s table, Flo Rida was busy celebrating his nephew’s birthday, popping his own bottles of Dom and Ciroc.
Oprah Winfrey's significant other Stedman Graham was seen supping at Prime 112 Saturday with "a bunch of guy friends, no one notable," says our spy.
American soccer player Maurice Edu, who plays for the Philadelphia Union and the U.S. national team, was seen letting loose Saturday night at FDR at the Delano where he was sipping Ciroc Peach and Fireball whiskey and mingling with guests. Also there before heading downtown was the aforementioned Upton with an entourage of 14 people.
Arriving by yacht, Elle Macpherson and her hubby Jeff Soffer dined with friends and family at Zuma's Sunday brunch.