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Must See: Art Basel Happenings

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With Art Basel Miami Beach in full gear, it can be pretty difficult to decide where to go and what to do. In addition to the happening and exhibits revolving the Miami Beach Convention Center, you have an insane amount of satellite fairs and “pop-up” exhibits and even “pocket galleries” to choose from. And of course, we can’t forget about the parties. Oh my, the parties.

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Seeing that I get emailed about pretty much everything you can think of, I’ve compiled a list of my top picks for parties and happenings. While I’d love to attend them all, that’s just not possible. But hey, a girl can dream right?

Friday, December 5th:

Adoré Grand Opening

Brought to you by some of Las Vegas’ best dance club moguls, i.e. Cy Waits and Cory McCormack of Ocean First Group, Adoré Nightclub is a sleek blend of the Miami Beach state of mind and classic style. Adorned in gold, the venue provides a lavish outlet for VIP guests, superstar DJs and celebrities to play, oh and locals are always welcome too. Just be sure to RSVP to

Party starts at 10:30
Adoré Nightclub
2000 Collins Avenue,
Miami Beach

Visit for more information.

The Art of Barbie Exhibit

The Sense Beach House Hotel hosts “The Art of Barbie,” a stylish collection of Barbie photography from one of Miami's well-known fashionistas - Ginger Harris. Ginger will present her twenty most favorite photographs of America's sweetheart.

Week-long Exhibit opens from December 3rd to the 8th.

The Local House at The Sense Beach House Hotel
400 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach

For more information call (786) 230-8396.

Saturday, December 6th:

Music at MOCA

Basel is about more than just the art, and yeah the parties, it’s about the natural fit between music and art too. So take a break from all the abstract paintings and catch some soothe sounds at the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami as they present “Music at MOCA: SZA.” This rising R&B star SZA is known for her catchy melodies, mixing synthizers and electronic beats.

Sounds start at 9 p.m.
770 NE 125th Street,
North Miami

Visit for more information.

Launch of CreateCollect launches with inaugural pop-up gallery during Art Basel Miami Beach. The event will provide an exclusive opportunity to meet the creators and view their creations in person. The gallery will include a curated presentation of purchasable work from our creators, two original wall murals and live music by New York DJ Diggy Lloyd. Oh yeah, and the first 200 collectors will receive swag bags.

Launch from 7-10 p.m.
2305 N Miami Avenue,
Wynwood Arts District

Visit for more information.

Saturday, December 7th:

DJ Harvey's Discoteque

The Red Bull Music Academy, Aquabooty Mia, The Electric Pickle and Safe have come together to bring you “DJ Harvey's Discoteque,” an off basel event. The night promises an exhilarating seven-hour set for your sleezy, sexy, deep and dirty, diskoid dancing pleasure. If you've never experienced DJ Harvey, you just don’t know what you’re missing. This British musical lord has more than a 30 year career as is known as one the best international party throwers since the 1990’s.

Party starts at 10 p.m.
297 NW 23rd Street,
Wynwood Arts District

Buy tickets here.

Bakehouse VIP Party

The Bakehouse Art Complex hosts official 2013 “Art Miami VIP After Party.”

Party starts at 7 p.m.
Bakehouse Art Complex
561 NW 32nd Street,

Visit for more information.

Basel Castle

Back for its fourth year, Basel Castle keeps the synergy between art and music up and alive during Art Basel Miami Beach with an all day festival on December 7th. Among the crazy number of musical acts is a DJ set with SBTRKT, Gesaffelstein, Chance The Rapper and many more. In addition to the festival’s one-of-a-kind music stage, the art portion will incorporate cutting-edge visual elements encompassing live murals, large-scale art installations and more.

The festival will be at Grand Central Park,
700 N Miami Avenue,

Visit for more information.


The Brisky Gallery presents Art Basel reception for “AFFILIATED: Art of the Urban Experience.” The exhibition will showcase a myriad of unique art that will reflect a diverse approach at creating work influenced by urban settings. So come out and revel in a night of artistic discussions, interesting people, music and, of course, drinks.

Reception starts at 7 p.m.
Brisky Gallery
130 NW 24th Street,
Wynwood Arts District

For more information call (786) 409-3585 or vsisit

What kind of crawl? A Studio Crawl.

The ArtCenter South Florida presents its annual “Studio Crawl.” Visitors are invited to wander aimlessly throughout the ArtCenter's three buildings, meeting the artists in their studios and taking in the current exhibitions on display. This installation will also feature surprise performances by South Florida-based artists.

Crawl begins at 7 p.m.
ArtCenter South Florida,
800-810 & 924 Lincoln Road,
Miami Beach

For more information call (305) 674-8278 or visit

Sunday, December 8th:

Just in case one brunch is not enough.

Tongue and Cheek chef and owner, Jamie DeRosa, teams up with graffiti writer and fine arts artist, Claudio Picasso, to host “Art Basel Brunch Bash.” Here you’ll enjoy a leisurely a la carte brunch featuring bottomless drinks and favorites such as fried chicken and cheddar waffles with honey and maple syrup; “munchkin” doughnuts with spiced Mexican chocolate; Cuban sandwich with pork, gruyère cheese and pickles; benedict of braised brisket with braised greens and Tabasco hollandaise topped on English muffins; and more. Mr. Picasso’s Art Basel collection pieces will also be on display, just in case you still needed an extra fixing of art.

Brunch begins at 11 a.m.
Tongue & Cheek
431 Washington Avenue,
Miami Beach

For more information call (305) 704-2900 or visit

The Frost Breakfast

Just because it’s art week, doesn’t mean you can’t sit down for a nice brunch right? The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University host 10th annual “Breakfast in the Park,” in celebration of Art Basel. Come out and enjoy a complimentary outdoor breakfast, delicious Korbel Champagne Mimosas on the terrace, hear an artist talk by the featured sculptor and take guided tours of the Sculpture Park, as well as the exhibitions in the Museum. County buses will offer free transportation for Art Basel patrons and the general public, leaving from the Miami Beach Convention Center at 9:30 am and leaving the Frost Art Museum for the return trip to Miami Beach at 11:30 a.m.

Brunch starts at 9:30 a.m.
Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum
Florida International University
10975 SW 17th Street,

For more information call (305) 348-2890 or visit

Tuesday, December 10th:

Basel Hangover

Tongue and Cheek hosts the perfect cure for Art Basel madness, “Art Basel Hangover” happy hour.

Happy hour will feature delectable little bites and a pop-up store by foodie design brand Flavour Gallery. These food-centric apparelists behind T&C’s character stamped shirts will also launch a South Florida-inspired collection entitled “A Taste of South Florida.”

The Doctor is in from 7-9 p.m.
Tongue & Cheek
431 Washington Avenue,
Miami Beach

For more information call (305) 704-2900 or visit


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