Haute Weekend in the Magic City

Your grade school teachers ingrained the “Five Ws” in your mind, but you’re all grown up, and when it comes time for your two days of blissful freedom, we’ve got your one H (for haute) covered. Haute Living is schooling you in what’s haute in South Florida, and we’re doing it with only three Ws. It’s elementary, my dear weekenders.

What: Vernissage

L.A. artist GIANNI unveils his 2010 debut exhibition, “Quest.” Get a sneak peak at the modern day Renaissance man’s voyage to art and self-discovery through his signature style of abstract expressionism, a hypnotic vision of textures and vibrant colors contrasted by streaks of high gloss black.

Where: Wynwood hotspot Cafeina. Load up on complimentary signature drinks and light bites, including a choice of Veev cocktails and wine, duo empanadas, Ahi tuna poke and mushroom and goat cheese croquette with guava sauce.

Cafeina Wynwood Lounge, 297 N.W. 23rd St., 305.438.0792

When: Friday, June 11, from 9 to 11 p.m.

Bottom Line: Your style is just hypnotic.

What: Chef Marc Vidal of Soleá

Whips and whisks out for a hands-on, culinary luncheon at the W. Stir and sauté Chef Vidal’s delectable Spanish-influenced creations, while sipping on Champagne Gosset.

Where: W Hotel, South Beach, 2201 Collins Ave., 305.938.3000

When: Saturday, June 12, at noon

Bottom Line: We already mentioned Champagne.

What: The Boys of Summer

The best soccer player ever produced by the United States, No. 10 Landon Donovan, leads team USA as they take on England in the most anticipated game of the World Cup’s first round. Watch an old school rivalry dating back to 1950 while sipping soccer season-themed cocktails poolside at Bahía, the Four Seasons’ poolside bar and restaurant.

Where: Bahía at the Four Seasons, 1435 Brickell Ave., 305.358.3535

When: Saturday, June 12, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The U.S. plays England at 2:30 p.m.

Bottom Line Help the USA catch the world’s football fever.

Read about more haute venues at which to watch the 2010 World Cup this weekend and all month long on HauteLiving.com:

Score!: The Haute 5 Places to Watch the World Cup in Miami

What: “Second Saturdays Art Walk”

The urban streets of Wynwood will get a playful splash of color when local pop artist and urban impressionist Miguel Paredes’ showcases his cutting-edge styles of street art, pop art, and Japanese animation. Preview the artist’s trendy pieces, including his mosaic mural, “Pulgha World” before his private gallery opens in mid-August.

Where: Wynwood Art District, 2311 N.W. Second Ave., Miami Beach

When: Saturday, June 12, from 7 to 10 p.m.

Bottom Line: Your rebellious side covets writing on the wall.

What: The Third Annual Sunny Isles Beach Offshore Powerboat Challenge

Get your adrenaline pumping with open-ocean racing festivities and a number of beachside events celebrating Miami’s history as the birthplace of offshore ocean racing and high performance boat manufacturing.

“Putting on the Wish” Boat Rides and Auction for the Make-A-Wish Foundation

When: Friday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Racer’s Village/Haulover Park

Other events to whet your palette:

Rock-N-Roll Concert Presented by Turbine Marine featuring The Evil Monkeys

Friday, June 11, from 7 to 11 p.m.

Racer’s Village/Haulover Park

Bimini Ocean Challenge

Saturday, June 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sole Hotel Media Room

The Legend of Racing Reunion & Night of Mayhem

Saturday, June 12, at 6:45 p.m.

Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club


Sunday, June 13, from noon to 4 p.m.

Sole Hotel Media Room

OPA Professional Teams Award Ceremony

Sunday, June 13, at 5 p.m.

Racer’s Village/Haulover Park

Where: Sunny Isles Beach/Aventura

Racer’s Village/Haulover Park

10801 Collins Avenue


Sole Hotel Media Room

17315 Collins Ave., Fourth Floor


Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club

19999 W. Country Club Dr.


When: Friday, June 11, through Sunday, June 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bottom Line: It’s a rich man’s sport.