Jena Malone isn’t just starring in a hit movie — The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. The 30-year-old is also one half of a two-artist band, The Shoe, and will be doing two free shows Tuesday at the newly opened Thompson Miami Beach hotel, 4041 Collins Ave.. Catch the former child star with bandmate, Lem Jay Ignacio, doing songs from the duo’s sophomore album, I’m Okay, at 6 p.m. inside Michelle Bernstein’s Seagrape restaurant, and at 9:30 p.m. in the Crown Room.
Malone, who has a soulful voice, and producer Ignacio formed The Shoe after they met at a holiday party in L.A. and have been jamming together ever since.
“It's just music for the birds, really,” Malone told Elle of The Shoe’s sounds earlier this year. “Playing on street corners. Creating music completely and totally in the moment.”
As for which creative outlet she prefers: acting or singing: "Both are so similar and so different. All I know is before I step on set I'm a giant bundle of nerves. I feel like I wanna throw up. And I feel the same way before I step on stage. It is the beginning of transformation. And then it's pure blind glory.”
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NEVER BEEN KISSED
Why is almost always a Florida connection? Singer Susan Boyle has her first boyfriend at age 53 – a Connecticut doctor she met on her recent U.S. tour at the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, near Clearwater, where she played Ruth Eckerd Hall.
“We just got talking in the hotel and I thought he seemed friendly enough. He wasn’t a fan but he knew who I was,” Boyle told UK’s The Sun. “He invited me out for lunch the next day. We had a nice chat.” The mystery man (no name yet) may soon visit her in Scotland,” Boyle’s spokeswoman, Nicola Phillips, said Monday.
Boyle became a global sensation when she sang the Les Miserables number I Dreamed a Dream on Britain’s Got Talent in 2009. At the time, the church volunteer said she had never been kissed.
Crochet artist Olek will be wowing onlookers when she creates a masterpiece in the window of the new Club Monaco store on 1006 Lincoln Road from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Her Thursday appearance is full and now closed to the public. Music by DJ Zoel.
Miami artist Julio Larraz, 70, is having a busy year. The Cuban born painter, whose work sells for upward of a quarter of a million dollars, is one of few artists with a solo gallery showing at the convention center for Art Basel. His work is also featured in a new major motion picture, Same Kind Of Different Than Me, starring a brunette Renee Zellweger and Greg Kinnear and currently filming in Mississippi.
Author Ron Hall based a character on Larraz, and the artist has been spending time on the set painting portraits of the actors, including Djimon Hounsou. If you find yourself at the hot new restaurant 27 at the Freehand Hotel in Miami Beach, you can see one of his pieces titled Homage to Carmen Miranda, which has just been hung for the young and trendy to admire.
MADELEINE MARR & LESLEY ABRAVANEL