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Starry Nights at the Knight Concert Hall
November 23, 2009, 10:03 pm
Filed under: At the Center

When Joan Rivers, Anthony Bourdain and Julian Marley took the stage of the Knight Concert Hall on recent evenings, they generated more than enough star power to turn night into day.

She’s funny, she’s famous, and when she’s on stage…no one is safe! Emmy Award-winning comedienne and best-selling author Joan Rivers brought forth a wave of funny November 11. Known for her quick (and sometimes dirty) tongue, she delivered the politically incorrect punch lines she is known for and the audience loved every minute of it! As an equal opportunity offender, the comedy star dished her age, celebrities, and was also quick to turn her own personal foibles and tragedies into comic fodder.

As soon as she entered in a glittering floor-length robe flanked with boa feathers, she charmed the audience into submission, serving up a laugh after laugh with eye-opening views, insights and reminiscence. So how funny was she? Puhleez…can we talk?

Megastar chef Anthony Bourdain appeared humbled while introducing the incomparable Chef Jacques Pepin and his best friend Chef Eric Ripert at the Celebrity Chef Series on November 13 .  Bourdain’s conversation with the two European-borne Chefs focused on their years of traditional training and their opinions about “Celebrity Chef” culture today. Pepin and Ripert engaged in a friendly “Mystery Basket Cooking Competition” where each prepared dishes with chicken, branzino, roasted red peppers, fennel and quinoa. The evening ended with a Q&A from the audience where Bourdain and Ripert agreed that Christopher Walken and Jack Nicholson would be appropriate actors in their hypothetical biographic movies. Afterward, at the VIP event, fans had their photo taken with the Chefs and enjoyed the French inspired menu of hors d’oeuvres prepared by Johnson & Wales University.

And this past Sunday night, a culturally diverse audience of all ages and hair lengths came out to see the Miami leg of music star Julian Marley & the Uprising 2009 North American tour. To the crowd’s delight, Stephen and Damian “Jr Gong” Marley joined their brother on stage to close the concert with a few Bob Marley classics such as “Could You Be Loved” that got the full house singing in unison. The Marley Brothers partnered with their non-profit organization Ghetto Youth Foundation to collect food for the Thanksgiving season that went to CHARLEE Homes for Children, a foster care agency here in Miami.

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