Thanks to DJ Irie, the fore play (that’s golf, get it?) starts early and ends late this weekend as the fourth annual Simply Fit Irie Weekend kicks off at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Miami Beach Golf Club. Benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami, the action-packed weekend isn’t just about golf. The event has drawn a motley crew of bold-faced names, including Shaq, Terrell Owens, Nick Cannon, Jamie Foxx, and yes, even Kevin Federline. Also among those expected this year: Timbaland, Ne-Yo, Danny Masterson, Kristin Cavallari, Brody Jenner, Jason Taylor and a slew of athletes who may or may not show up at the kickoff party at 11 p.m. Friday at Cameo or at the celebrity dinner and auction Saturday night at the Gansevoort, which features a performance by Ne-Yo. For those who want to tee off solo, it’s $495; and if you can manage a foursome, which in this town shouldn’t be too difficult, it’s $1,500. Call 305-534-7101 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
And while Irie owns this weekend, next weekend is July 4th, which conveniently falls on a Friday. For those who have no idea what they’re going to do, we’ve got a few suggestions. Starting with the free stuff, the Miami Beach Fourth of July Celebration starts at 9 p.m on the beach at Eighth Street and Ocean Drive. For those who fear traffic as much as a wayward bottle rocket, the city is offering free bus shuttle transportation from 5-11 p.m. from Collins Avenue at 72nd and 81st streets to Washington Avenue and 11th Street. Everyone is invited and encouraged to get there early with beach chairs and towels. No coolers or bottles allowed.
Over at The Regent Bal Harbour it’s the Aqua Soleil Independence Day Barbecue on the 4th from noon-7 p.m., where, for $65 per person, you can stuff your face. If you’re still hungry from 6-11 p.m., you can do it again at The View Bar Clambake Buffet for $75 per person. During the day a DJ will spin and at night, a live band will play. Views there are spectacular so you’re sure to get some fireworks with your food, too. Another swanky July 4th barbecue takes place at Acqualina. $55 gets you a buffet and fashion show, which is sort of oxymoronic considering that the way onto the runway is hardly by shoveling unlimited St. Louis Ribs into your mouth. That said, the barbecue includes open bar (!) and goes from noon-4 p.m., leaving you with time to digest before the evening’s fireworks and festivities. For reservations, call 305-918-6860.
For a little more aural stimulation than the pops and booms of fireworks on the Fourth, consider Circa 28, one of this columnist’s favorite watering holes, where NYC-based electro-pop band Ultrafine will play during its only Miami stop. Doors open and 9 and, get this, it’s free. Feel free to check out a new sushi spot in South Miami — RA Sushi (5829 SW 73rd St) across from The Shops at Sunset Place, featuring the usual (and some
unusual) offerings of raw fish as well as happy hour food and beverage specials from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. The bar, The Flying Fish Lounge, is open until 1 a.m. except on Sundays, when from 8 p.m.-midnight there are specials on food and drinks.
And finally, for those lamenting that they’re stuck here this summer no thanks to fuel surcharges, outrageous airfares and overall bad timing, there’s Heathrow Lounge, a UK-inspired “ultra lounge” opening July 4 at 681 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. According to partner Jose Ortiz, Heathrow will be the place “where socialites and strippers are celebrated, diversity rules and the entire staff is kissable. Imagine boozin’ and schmoozin’ with Prince Harry, Kate Moss, Amy Winehouse and Ziggy Stardust under one roof.” Um, actually, we can’t. So start practicing your British accent and brace yourselves for some serious Anglophilia without the hassle of time change or jet lag. On July 18, Poplife and Heathrow will present UK artist Jamie Lidell, who, according to Elle Magazine, made “the best album Prince never made.” We hope Heathrow is the best lounge the UK never made, too.