November 28th, 2009
The Miami Herald
Audi A8 set for star-studded debut
by Lesley Abravanel
For Twilight fans, the debut of the Audi A8 is going to be a huge scream. Kellan Lutz, who plays a member of the Cullen family in the viral vampire saga, is expected at the Monday night VIP unveiling of Audi A8: The Art of Progress, an art-meets-auto exhibition curated by British design star Tom Dixon and the Rubell Family Collection housed in the Audi Pavilion on 46th and Collins. The public can check it all out on Wednesday, and after the Pavilion is removed, a playground donated by Audi will be built on the site. Hosted by Lucy Liu, Monday's private event culminates with a six-course dinner by star chef David Bouley. Also on the guest list: Ben McKenzie (Southland, The O.C.), Chris Noth (Sex and the City), and Christina Ricci. As for Lutz, he's a huge Audi fan, which means that zillions of screaming, hormonally challenged teens will also now be huge Audi fans. Genius.
Justin Long and Drew Barrymore have been seen pretty much everywhere, from the Viceroy's Club 50 to Tobacco Road, where they were seen Monday night. But it's not all about food and drink. On Monday, Barrymore was at Avant Gallery in the Design District to preview its Art Basel/Design Miami exhibit, Pictures & Furniture. She is said to have fallen in love with Purvis Young's painting Free Cuba and Alejandro Vigilante's Email is My Art series. According to our snitch, Barrymore may have reserved one of the pieces for possible purchase next week.
Also seemingly eating their way through Miami are Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo, who were seen last weekend having dinner with friends at China Grill. On Monday, they hit Prime 112, and on Tuesday they were at Asia de Cuba. Sounds like a certain couple is really hungry -- for food and PR.
Lunching at Michael's Genuine Food & Drink Wednesday: actor Gale Harold of Queer as Folk and Desperate Housewives fame.
Amber Heard, who plays Johnny Depp's love interest in upcoming Rum Diaries, was spotted at the Sagamore Hotel.
Rapper Kid Sister will be at the Delano at 9 p.m. Friday to perform and promote her new album, Ultraviolet. The event is the premiere of Giant Step's Svedka Vodka Sessions, which will feature DJ Induce and, in the spirit of Art Basel, the works of Austrian-born, Brooklyn, N.Y.-based artist Alois Kronschlaeger.
Lance Armstrong is expected to be at O.H.W.O.W., 888 Biscayne Blvd., for Thursday night's opening reception for STAGES, an exhibition featuring the works of more than 20 artists to benefit the Lance Armstrong Foundation.