The Edit, Episode 9


Ron and Rita MaGill with editor Brett Graff Ron and Rita MaGill with editor Brett Graff

Bru Kodsi and Angela Birdman at the Walk in Style eventBru Kodsi and Angela Birdman at the Walk in Style event

Manny Hernandez signs copies of CANDIDSMiami at his last appearance in Coral GablesManny Hernandez signs copies of CANDIDSMiami at his last appearance in Coral Gables

New World Symphony & Stormtroopers

Stormtroopers, R2-D2 and even a giant Chewbacca greeted guests at the New World Symphony gala that honored John Williams, the composer who helped make cinematic history by writing the music for major movies including Close Encounters of the Third Kind , E.T., Jurrassic Park and to explain the Stormtroopers, Star Wars. The New World Center was packed with prominent players including Ron and Rita MaGill, Adrienne Bon Haes and Marvin Ross Friedman, Alexa and Adam Wolman, and Marica Martinez Laas and Michael Laas. The orchestra played the symphony of songs with the corresponding movies projected on a giant screen and as a WALLCAST concert outside in SoundScape Park. As an enormous surprise to gasping fans, famed violinist Itzhak Perlman performed a piece from Schindler’s List,.

Furry is Fashionable

Angela Birdman hosted her stylish friends and their canine counterparts at Neiman Marcus in Bal Harbour at the Walk in Style for the Animals event. There, to support the Human Society of Greater Miami, were dog lovers including Jennifer Diliz, Dana Rhoden, Natalia Sol and Hadley Henriette. All were invited to be accompanied by their well-behaved dogs and proved that furry can most certainly be fashionable, particularly when shopping for designer shoes and enjoying truffle popcorn.

Manny Hernandez to Appear at Books & Books Bal Harbor

He’s been called the Polite Paparazzi, which is perhaps one reason why celebrities and socialites love having their photo taken by major photographer, Manny Hernandez. The long-time local – he was born, raised and educated in Miami – has compiled some of his most coveted photos from our city’s most celebrity-crazed decade - the 1990s - and produced a glossy book filled with thick pages featuring glamourous personalities. Inside, you’ll find Sylvester Stallone, the Bee Gees and Martha Stewart. You can find Hernandez, meanwhile, on Thursday at Books & Books, Bal Harbour where he will – no doubt with his understated humor and notoriously entertaining conversation - discuss his work and sign copies. Thursday March 7 at Books and Books in Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Avenue at 6:30 p.m.

Brett Graff is SocialMiami.com's editor-in-chief. A journalist covering money, people and power, Graff contributes to magazines including Maxim, Glamour and Harper's Bazaar. Once a correspondent for Reuters, her nationally syndicated column ran first in the Miami Herald and then in newspapers across the country including the Chicago Tribune, The Kansas City Star and The State. A former U.S. government economist, Graff's book "Not Buying It: Stop Overspending and Start Raising Happier, Healthier, More Successful Kids" was featured in outlets such as USA Today, US News & World Report, The Today Show, BravoTV.com, and Forbes.com. Graff, a regular on Washington DC's most popular morning show, GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON, is a frequent guest major network television affiliates across the country including CBS, NBC, CW, and ABC.

Related Features on SocialMiami