Just like those amphitheaters that take on the name of the highest bidder, judging by the parties, Art Basel Miami Beach is thisclose to becoming the Summer's Eve Art Basel Miami Beach. But before Preparation H outbids the feminine hygiene brand, without further ado, for the love of art (not), the following is your exhaustive, constantly updated, name droppy guide to Art Basel parties and events (and a few completely unrelated) to which you can, and most likely cannot, get in. Oh, and while last year's big rumor was that Lady Gaga was expected to show up at Art Basel (she didn't), this year, we are eagerly anticipating the hopeful arrival of Brangelina--Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who may or may not show up at some of the Art Basel events at the quietly opened, hyper swanky Faena Miami Beach, for which Pitt, also a furniture designer, has also designed a communal table in the wine room.
The Little Lighthouse Foundation's Art Week Kickoff: Beating the rush, The LLF, which helps local children and families struggling with medical, educational and financial challenges, is throwing a kick off party at the Nautilus Beach Tent from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, November 29. A minimum donation of $50 is required for admission. Party will include food, music and booze. Oh, and art. That's what it's all about, right? For tickets, click here.
ARTCELERATION Featuring RETNA: Getting a jump start on the Baseline, New York's Hoerle-Guggenheim gallery is hosting a live painting event by graffiti artist to the stars, RETNA, who may or may not have been doing performance art when he trashed an LA art gallery recently, and who will hopefully not smash the Ferrari F430 Challenge he plans to paint. The event is by invitation only and will take place at Macaya Gallery, 145 NW 36th St.
Design District Tour: A private tour of the DD's swanky new stores and a sneak peek of the area's most anticipated art exhibitions led by the DD's Don Corleone, Craig Robins and L Real Estate's Mathieu Le Bozec at 3:30 p.m. The tour ends in the Palm Court Events Space with remarks by Robins, curator Jeffrey Deitch, Hermes USA CEO Robert Chavez and architect and Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Mohsen Mostafavi.
Galerie Gmurzynska/Sylvester Stallone at ex Versace mansion: Long before Basel was anything but a city in Switzerland to Miami folk, Sly Stallone was doing art. Making art. Painting. We remember his house parties in Miami celebrating such. Sly was a visionary and is back in town for Art Basel and a private party at 8:30 p.m. that he will co host with art curator and critic Germano Celant.
Soho House Kick-Off Party hosted with White Cube & Vinyl Factory: An invite only 'do hosted by Soho House's Nick Jones, London art gallery White Cube's Jay Jopling and indie British music and arts enterprise The Vinyl Factory. Disco legend Giorgio Moroder will spin while Moet & Chandon and Bombay will keep the crowds (de)hydrated. Also happening at Soho is the Calypso St. Barth boutique, open to members and guests December 3-6 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Sunday, where you never know who may be in the market for a caftan or ten.
Opening Reception for Unrealism: Art world machers Larry Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch have organized this exhibition which will kick off its opening with a private party at 5 p.m. in the Moore Building.
Icons by Pamela Hanson: Celebrating her latest photo exhibition of limited edition prints to benefit World Housing, fashion and celeb snapper Hanson is having a private cocktail party at 6:30 p.m. at the Shore Club. Her exhibition features Naomi Campbell, Nadja Auerman, William Baldwin, Kate Moss, Carla Bruni, Helena Christensen, Eva Herzigova and Michaela Bercu, so you never know whom of the aforementioned may show up.
DuJour Magazine Party: Delano Beach Club. Private. 10 p.m.
PK SHOP Inaugural Cocktail: Paul Kasmin Gallery's PK SHOP, called #TheNightYouLeft is emerging at The Nautilus and celebrating with a cocktail party, by invite only, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. This time around, the shop will feature wearable and collectable art by Deborah Kass, Erik Parker, John Gordon Gauld, Nir Hod, Mark Ryden and Will Ryman, among others.
Design Dialogue at the W South Beach: A moderated talk between fashion and art hosted by, wait for it, Heat player Amar'e Stoudemire and art collector Robbie Antonio moderated by Surface Magazine editor in chief Spencer Bailey. 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Private.
Brickell City Centre's Illuminate the Night VIP Unveiling: The behemoth Brickell City Centre is taking one block of its 9.1 acre construction site and turning it into "an incredible deconstructed event space" featuring a performance by Wooden Wisdom, the duo comprised of actor Elijah Wood and former record label dude turned DJ Zach Cowie. Invited guests will witness the first-time illumination of the newly completed Brickell City Centre CLIMATE RIBBON™, "imagined" by famed designer, Hugh Dutton and get to take selfies in front of British pop artist Allen Jones's 23-foot, 6-ton sculpture “Dancers," on display for one day only over Art Basel.
Hillary Clinton Fundraiser: Nope, it has nothing to do with art or Basel like Jeb?#)()#!'s does (see below), but timing is everything, and the Democratic presidential hopeful will be in town for some private fundraisers including one at 5:30 p.m. at a Miami Beach apartment building to which supporters can attend for $2,700 including small talk and a photo op, or $1,000 just to breathe the same air. Clinton will also be in Pinecrest at the home of Democratic fundraiser/businessman Chris Korge that night. For more information, email email@example.com.
Elle Decor Modern Life Concept House opening 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Wynwood. By invite (not even a plus one) only and featuring interior designers Sam Robin, Danielle Busca, Matt Macdonald, Elizabeth Martin and Fernando Wong.
The Art of Shade: Some would say this is the quintessential title for all of Art Basel Miami Beach, but then again, TUUCI, a Miami-based outdoor shade manufacturer, is hosting its own event from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at MAPS backlot, 342 NW 24th St., featuring graffiti artists Ricky Mastrapa AKA Abstrkt, Alex Vahan AKA Quake and Luis Berros using TUUCI parasols as canvases. Food and drink too.
Mark Anthony Green Welcome Reception at Dream South Beach: Invite only party at 9 p.m. for GQ editor turned artist Green who will debut an installation described as his "most raw, most envelope pushing exhibition by far."
Wynwood Walls VIP Party: Following a private hootenanny from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., Wynwood Walls opens to the public with a bash from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. with a litany of artists including Alexis Diaz, Case, Crash, Cryptik, el Seed, Ernest Zacharevic, Fafi, Hueman, Logan Hicks, The London Police, Magnus Sodamin and Pichi & Avo. 2520 NW 2nd Ave.
Palmeiras Beach Club at Grove Isle opening: Debuting the newly revamped hotel, restaurant, bar, beach club and spa, Palmeiras is hosting a VIP only Soiree Blanche (white) party with exhibitions by Venezuelan artists Flor Troconis and Rafael Barrios.
Architectural Digest Art at 1 Hotel: Private party with AD ed-in-chief Margaret Russell, 1 Hotels founder Barry Sternlicht, and LeFrak CEO and namesake Richard LeFrak celebrating art by Hilary Harnischfeger, Robert Lazzarini, Philippe Malouin, Michele Oka Doner and Carlos Rolon/Dzine. 6 p.m.
The Surf Lodge x Art Basel Miami Beach: Montauk hot spot sets up shop at The Hall South Beach, 1500 Collins Ave. with private events. Among them, a dinner celebrating Snarkitecture by chef Spike Mendelsohn at 8 p.m. Tuesday; a dinner for Moschino designer Jeremy Scott by Mendelsohn at 8 p.m. Wednesday followed by a party with music by Chapman, Misshapes, Mazurbate and Mia Moretti; Shepard Fairey hosts a dinner for Sage Vaughn at 8 p.m. on Thursday; a dinner celebrating artist Andre Saraiva and Maroon 5's Mickey Madden at 8 p.m. Friday followed by a performance by Madden.
SoulCycle Pop Up Studio: We have Flywheel but now SoulCycle appears, at least for a few days until December 4 (and January when it opens in Miami permanently) at the 1 Hotel South Beach, 2341 Collins Ave., where Brooklyn-born, LA-based Gregory Siff will be creating art while you make like Jackson Pollack with your beads of sweat. Sign up for classes here. After you work it all off, stuff your faces without leaving your hotel room, apartment, home or hovel thanks to Roe Caviar's 24/7 delivery exclusively during Art Basel. Just text ROEBASEL (77948) and someone will take your order and deliver your fish eggs within an hour. Prices are $275 for 125 grams and $550 for 250 grams. That's of caviar, just in case you were thinking of something else, sniff sniff.
MAC x Ellie Goulding at the Edition: In celebration of her collaboration with the makeup mac daddies, Goulding will perform for the lucky invited guests at this party taking place from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at The Miami Beach Edition.
Adrien Brody may have won an Oscar, but his reputation as a lady-killer has sort of eclipsed that achievement and, well, good for him. In the meantime, Brody, who does like the ladies, will be at ABMB showing off other assets in the form of his own paintings at a show curiously called Hot Dogs, Hamburgers and Handguns curated by celeb fave, artist Domingo Zapata. The big party to which you can't get in is at 10 p.m. December 2 at Lulu Laboratorium, 173 NW 23rd St.
Motocinema’s Picture Start at EPIC: VIP party from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. for a photo exhibit of iconic rock 'n' roll images from the 60's and 70's curated by Loretta Harms and Motocinema in partnership with Morrison Hotel Gallery.
Rhythm, Intrigue, Originality: Davidoff Art Initiative hosts a private party at 7 p.m. in the Raleigh Oasis to celebrate DAI's leadership in fostering cultural engagement between Caribean artists and the rest of the world.
The 12 Experience at Wynwood Lofts: A two part exhibition showcasing the works of The 12, identical twin brothers who also happen to be DJs. 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Open to the public with RSVP here.
Daniel Mazzone at 1 Hotel South Beach: Mazzone, dubbed "the next Andy Warhol" by Elite Daily is beign feted at a party from 8 p.m. to midnight. Invite only.
Spectrum Miami Grand Opening Party: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., 1700 NE 2nd Ave. Private.
MoMa + The Skateroom Party: The Museum of Modern Art's Design Store celebrates its first installation and pop up shop with The Skateroom featuring limited edition skate decks by Andy Warhol. Delano Beach Club, private. 8 p.m. to midnight.
Avant Gallery Showcase: The newly opened (Nov. 30) Rockwell, 743 Washington Ave., is throwing a party for Avant Gallery with appearances by Becky Rosa, Niclas Castello, Sam Hon, Guy Le Baube, Camilo Matiz, and Harif Guzman.
diptyque, with Sarah Harrelson and Cultured Magazine, is throwing a by invitation only party celebrating the opening of the brand's first Miami boutique at Bal Harbour Shops and the unveiling of a live art installation by Julien Colombier.
Grand Fudge Pop Pre Party: A Fridge Art Fair pop up at the LGBT Welcome Center for the exhibition "Color Me Happy," 1130 Washington Ave., whose opening party, the Grand Fudge Pop Pre Party, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. hosted by Churchill's Pub will feature a surprise DJ/host who is said to be a "notorious Miami legend." Suggested donation is $20 to benefit the Welcome center.
Artsy Dinner at Nautilus: Alex Guarnaschelli fare will be served to the invited guests who will also get into an after party in the Nautilus Cabana Beach Tent.
Gen Art Presents William Mackrell: British artist Mackrell will be doing a live installation at the Mondrian South Beach at this private party from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
LOEWE's Jonathan Anderson, Don and Mera Rubell Chance Encounters opening party: Creative director of Spanish luxury house LOEWE, Jonathan Anderson has curated an exhibition in the Design District store featuring British artists Anthea Hamilton, Paul Nash, Lucie Rie, and Rose Wylie. Exhibit through January 17. Cocktail party with Rubells, private.
InList One Year Anniversary Party/Moishe Mana Birthday Bash: An invite only party celebrating the bday of developer Mana and the nightlife and events booking app from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Mana Contemporary, 318 NW 23rd St.
Faena Art and W Art Roller Disco Party: Fancy Faena gets a Xanadu twist as Ximena Caminos, Chair of Faena Art, Executive Creative Director and partner in Faena Group, and W Magazine editor Stefano Tonchi, are hosting a private party to celebrate the opening of “Angeles Veloces Arcanos Fugaces,” an "immersive roller-disco installation by Assume Vivid Astro Focus, an international group of visual and performance artists, commissioned by Faena Art. Party from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Carlos Salas: Latin America and the Global Imagination: MoCA's grand opening soiree for their exhibition of paintings by the Colombian artist. Tickets are $30. Party goes from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Giorgio Armani Book Launch/Boutique Opening: Two celebrations for the by invitation only no plus one price of one as Armani celebrates its grand opening in the Design District at 174 NE 39th St. and the eponymous book written by the iconic Italian fashion designer. Party from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Art Basel Grand Opening at FENDI: Silvia Venturini Fendi and Pietro Beccari are hosting a swanky party at the FENDI Design District boutique and you're not invited.
LeBaron: FDR at the Delano from 11 p.m. to closing. Good luck.
Casa BACARDI at Wynwood Curated by Swizz Beatz: Swizz Beatz and Bacardi are hosting a three-day "No-Commission Art Fair" during the day and music concert series at night.Featured Visual Artists Include: BK, David Choong Lee, Cryptik, D*Face, Dennis McNett, Derrick Adams, Dustin Yellin, Eddie Colla, Gabriel Dawe, Gregory Siff, Gordon Parks Foundation, HOXXOH, Jaybo Monk, Jenks Imaging, Jerome Lagarrigue, Jill Greenberg, Michael Vasquez, Sean HRT, Shepard Fairey, Shin Gallery, So Youn Lee, Sue Tsai, SWOON, Timothy Buwalda, Todd James, Tomokazu MatsuyamaThe event will feature some big name performers yet to be announced. Invite only, good luck. House of Bacardi, 35 NE 29th St.
Sunset Lounge at Mondrian: DJs will spin nightly at the pool and public is invited. On Saturday, DJ Maseo of De la Soul will spin. On Sunday, there will be an Art Basel edition of the Sunshine Vibes BBQ featuring a rotating set of DJs from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Spectrum Miami in Wynwood has a few worthy events. Among them, Art Loves Fashion, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 1700 NE 2nd Ave., is a private event featuring a Burberry fashion show and a performance by Island Def Jam recording artist Cris Cab. While it's closed to the public, it will be able to be seen by stalkers--er, the rest of you because it is being held in the sculpture garden. You may have better luck getting into Spectrum's annual, alleged VIP party with Miami New Times from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, December 5.
Fridge Art Fair/Churchill's Pub Collab: The funky Fridge Art Fair Fridge Fudge Pop Up (say that ten times fast) at The (hotel, motel,) Holiday Inn Miami Beach at 43rd and Collins has teamed up with Miami's landmark head banging Churchill's Pub for a series of shows in the Sculpture Garden outside the beach/boardwalk entrance. For more info, click here.
10th Annual Moksha Art Fair (mostly) at the Delinquent Designs Gallery, 122 NW 25th St., will feature, duh, art, but also lectures by the likes of Sub PopRecords' Bruce Pavitt as well as a party featuring DJs and electronic artists from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Wednesday, December 2, admission TBA. Another similar party is happening on the 3rd and a big bang finale bash on Saturday, December 5 for $40 per person and featuring live music, live painting, art installations, interactive exhibits and more. Tickets here.
HIVE: Not named for the skin condition that may or may not happen to some of you after enduring crowds or traffic during this week, HIVE is a free, five-day "experience" happening at MANA, 2250 NW 2nd Ave., where there will be everything from mixology demos and acoustic acts to outdoor art installations, little people wrestling and the opening of Al Capone's vault said in SNL Stefon voice. Ixnay on the last two, but the rest really will happen. There will also be food in the form of a --you guessed it--pop up restaurant by Naked Taco's Ralph Pagano. Also stopping by, the Heineken® Mobile Art Experience featuring a rotating canvas on the outside and a fully stocked art store and gallery on the inside. Hours are as follows: Dec 2, 2015, 4PM – midnight Thursday, Dec 3, 2015, 4PM – 2AM Friday, Dec 4, 2015, 12PM – 2AM Saturday, Dec 5, 2015, 12PM –2AM Sunday, Dec 6, 2015, 12PM – 9PM.
Dom Perignon From Earth to Heart at WALL: One of the hottest ABMB tickets, the annual party hosted by art and social it boys Alex Dellal, Stavros Niarchos and Vito Schnabel (Heidi Klum's guy) gets going at midnight at WALL and goes until the lights come on and filters are a must. Music by Solange Knowles and DJ Ruckus. No way, no how.
Audemars Piguet Cocktail Reception: Luxe Swiss watchmakers slash Art Basel's Global Associate Partner are throwing a swanky, invitation cocktail reception hosted by Vice Chairman of the Board, Olivier Audemars, in their eponymous lounge within the Collectors Lounge at the convention center. 2:30 p.m.
We For Real House Party: In celebration of Light Spirit, the virtual reality collab with New Tropics and whimsical art collaborative FriendsWithYou, a party honoring artists Jen Stark, Devin Troy Strother, Robert Lazzarini and Seth Cameron, featuring music by DZA and Arthur Baker at WeWork Miami Beach, 350 Lincoln Road, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Private.
Ricardo Barroso Interiors Launch: Eva Longoria co-hosts this one with award-winning interior designer Barroso with a private do from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Casa Tua.
Dustin Yellin Cocktail Party/Other Criteria/Damien Hirst Dinner: High end real estate company Douglas Elliman has two hot ticket events. Brooklyn-based contemporary artist Dustin Yellin is being feted at a private cocktail party at 6 p.m. at The Edition Penthouse. At 8:30 p.m. is an uber private seated dinner for the art publishing house/retail arm founded by UK artist Hirst.
AFL Art Auction with Simon de Pury, Russell Simmons, David Martin and Jorge Perez: More condos for sale, this time at One Park Grove in Coconut Grove where, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., art macher de Pury will conduct an art auction at a swanky invite only soiree.
Profound Aesthetic/Pepsi/Simple Art Basel Capsule Collection After Party: So many brands, so little time, but there will be time at FDR art the Delano to fete a clothing collection available exclusively at UNKNWN Miami with performances by Amir Obe, Sony Digital and Metro Bomin'. Party is from 8 p.m. to midnight. Private.
Art of Opulence Hosted by Daymond John: Invitation only soiree at Private Key in Wynwood, 567 NW 27th St., which is undergoing a transformation into a "plush, European-style lounge" reflective of ME by Melia's resorts and hotels. Shark Tank's John hosts and will showcase the works of Havi Schanz, Ju Reams, Delano Brown and Alberto Van Stockkum. Brown will paint a Ferrari inside.
Make A Wish at Coming Home: Shareef Malnik joins Lisa and Donald Pliner at their new Wynwood showroom, 29 NW 24th St., for a fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Richard Phillips x The Eighth: Men's luxe undies brand partnered with artist Phillips and they're having a tighty whitey party at 8 p.m. at the Matador Bar at The Miami Beach Edition. Calvins not allowed. Invitation only.
Water for People: Delano Beach Club 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Private.
Spotify lunch at Soho House: A private one from noon to 3 p.m. for those who lunch, including host Cecilia Dean of Visionaire Magazine.
Objekt x Dawn of Man x Marie Saint Pierre Party: Mondrian South Beach furniture showcase soiree. 6:30 p.m. Private.
Alex "Hense” Brewer and Pauchi Sasaki at La Mar by Gaston Acurio at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami: a by-invite only party featuring famed graffiti artist Hense and a performance by acclaimed violinist Sasaki.
Pratt Presents Women of Influence in the Business of Art: Pratt Institute and W Magazine host a free and open to the public panel moderated by W ed-in-chief Stefano Tonchi and featuring visual artist Shirin Neshat, filmmaker and artist Mickalene Thomas and Heidi Zuckerman, CEO and Director of the Aspen Art Museum. Panel takes place at 11 a.m. at The Miami Beach Edition Hotel and ends with a post-event public reception with champagne cocktails and passed hors d'oeuvres. All free. FREE FREE FREE. Register here to get in.
J. Crew x Pierre Le-Tan for Design Miami: Men's designer Frank Muytjens, illustrator Pierre Le-Tan, and Design Miami exec Rodman Primack are throwing a private party at J. Crew's Lincoln Road spot from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday to celebrate the limited edition collection designed exclusively for Design Miami.
Spanish painter Antonio Dominguez de Haro debuts his newest collection of underwater paintings with a by-invitation-only cocktail party from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on December 3 at the Four Seasons Hotel Miami. The paintings--because that's really all you care about, right--will be exhibited there through December 6.
Brown Jordan and Sunbrella Toast Art Basel with Photographer Gray Malin: Invitees will get a first look at luxe outdoor furniture flagship in the Design District at 3625 NE 2nd Ave. from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, December 3.
Absolut Elyx and Water For People: Absolut’s luxury vodka Elyx and non-profit organization Water For People will celebrate their partnership with a private party at the Delano. There, gallerist Sean Kelly, curator Jérôme Sans, Paddle8 cofounder and "art-world disrupter" Alexander Gilkes, international marketer and Absolut Elyx CEO Jonas Tåhlin and Water For People’s CEO Eleanor Allen will co-host the outdoor gala, featuring a barbecue and bespoke cocktails. During the event, guests will have the opportunity to view a sculpture created by artist Antony Gormley, which will be sold to raise funds for Water for People by online auction house Paddle8.
Global Gift Foundation USA Initiative at Auberge Residences & Spa sales center: What better time than Art Basel to sell condos? That's what Jorge Perez says as he opens his sales center at 1400 Biscayne Blvd. for a private cocktail, dinner, show and live auction celebrating not condo sales but the Global Gift Initiative's Miami edition hosted by honorary chairs Eva Longoria and Ricky Martin. GGI is a philanthropic nonprofit organization that aims to create a positive impact on the lives of children, women and families who are in need. The evening will be hosted by, Lili Estefan from El Gordo y La Flaca and Michael Yo.
HD Conversations at Aloft South Beach: Hospitality Design magazine editor in chief Stacy Shoemaker Rauen hosts a cocktail party and design panel on The Importance of Art in Hospitality with Julie Frank, Global Director of Design for Le Meridien Hotels, Jesse MacDougall, Director of Strategy and Brand Development for ICRAVE, Teddy Mayer, VP of Design for Virgin Hotels, and Lauren Rottet, founder of Rottet Studio. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Invitation only.
No. 8 Pop-Up at Rec Room: NYC haute spot is emerging within its Southern sister Rec Room where DJs including Chris Bachmann, Jus Ske, Formerly E Rock, Mike Deuce, Fly Guy and Ross One will spin through the weekend.
Up& Down x 10AK Pop Ups: Invite only emergence of NYC night spots at Nautilus Thursday through Saturday and not even opened (Nov. 30) Rockwell, 743 Washington Thursday through Saturday featuring a live performance by Miguel (12/3), DJ set by Kanye West's creative director Virgil Abloh, aka DJ Flat White (12/4) and performance by Wiz Khalifa (12/5). Doors open at 11 p.m.
Vanity Fair Social Club (#VFSC): While not as star studded as Graydon Carter's legendary Oscars party, the Vanity Fair Social Club is a hot ticket hot spot where "social influencers drop by, plug in, and connect" for three days at the Wolfsonian and by invitation only.
Byblos After Dark Lounge: Miami Beach Mediterranean restaurant at 1545 Collins Ave. is staying open until 1 a.m. from December 3 to December 5 just for those crazy Art Baselites.
Some would say their interest in Art Basel Miami Beach is, uh, less than zero, but that could change when they find out that author Bret Easton Ellis will be in town as part of the fair's "Conversations and Salon" series. Ellis, along with artist Alex Israel will wax arty on the "evolution of LA's art scene" in a panel moderated by curator Hans Ulrich Obrist. This is an excellent name dropping opportunity for those who like to pretend to care about art even if they haven't looked at the stuff since 1987, when Andrew McCarthy starred in the cinematic version of Ellis's seminal LA novel, Less Than Zero. For the complete list of convos and info on how you can get in, click here.
Balance Your Basel Experience at The National Hotel: As if, but points to The National for trying with this free, four day yoga/meditation sesh at 6:30 a.m. through December 6.
Wynwood Lab: The new "members only luxury lifestyle lounge" opens its doors daily at 9 a.m. to members only and invited guests with a roster of artists, designers and yentas. For more information, click here.
Basel House & Bushwick Collective Block Party: four-day fete at Mana Urban Arts Project, 594 NW 23rd St., focuses solely on street art and those who create it. Throughout the fair, artists will be painting live on canvases, brick wall, cars – anything they can get their hands on. There will also be DJs "spinning the illest hip hop beats," they tell us, plus breakdancing, skateboarding exhibitions and much more. Food trucks, beer, wine and cocktails will be available for purchase. For more info, click here.
Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades: No big party here and it is open to the public through February featuring a collection of foldable furniture and travel accessories created in collaboration with several international designers.
Visionaire 65 FREE art installation presented in partnership with Stella Artois: Not only is this one free, but once there, at the Faena Art Beach, 3201 Collins Ave., art lovers and freeloaders alike will get to "experience, curate, and take home large-scale posters of the beautifully printed art" by the likes of Miley Cyrus (!), David Salle, Fyodor Pavlov-Adreevich and Fabien Cousteau. The whole thing is part of the Stella Artois Give Beautifully holiday campaign. Hours are 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday, Friday; 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. For more info, go here or follow #GiveArtMiami on social media.
Ocean Drive's Art of the Party with Katie Holmes: A private estate on Miami Beach belonging to Petra and Stephen Levin now but once home to Alex Rodriguez will play host a party feting Ocean Drive mag's cover girl Holmes, and, uh, art from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Bootsy Bellows Pop Up at E11EVEN Miami: David Arquette's West Hollywood hot spot arises at Miami's fave 24/7 spot featuring rapper Vic Mensa, DJ Devin Lucien, and actor turned rap producer Balthazar Getty. Open to the public: $40 for men, $20 for women.
6th Annual Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Finale Party Hosted by Russell Simmons, Danny Simmons and Rosario Dawson: Big names turning out for this one at 8:30 p.m. in the beach tents at the Nautilus Hotel, Besides the hosts, Ciara, Urban Bush Babes co-founder and musician TK Wonder and her twin Cipriana Quann and Instagram celeb Patrick Janelle will be there as will a surprise DJ. To no one's surprise, however, this one's strictly invite only.
DJ Paris Hilton at Wall at the W: All in all she’s just a-nother . . .oh never mind. Hilton will do her thing on the turntables before a likely celebrity crowd. Entry by invitation only or if you happen to be dating Leonardo DiCaprio that night. 11p.m.
SWGR Gallery Movie Premiere Party: New Wynwood boutique, art gallery and store on NW 2nd Ave. is hosting the premiere of b u r n e r, by creative director Steve Yancar. Party will feature craft beer by Saltwater. Open to the public. 7 p.m. SWGR will also debut a storefront mural painted by artist Lena Cruz live on site Friday and Saturday.
MoMA PS1 Party: Delano Beach Club. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Private.
MoCA Moving Images: En El Taller: A Documentary by Ana Maria Salas: The U.S. premiere of a documentary about Colombian artist Carlos Salas by his daughter Ana Maria. Party to follow.
Bounce Sporting Club Pop Up at Hyde Beach: NYC's sporty hot spot is popping up at 10 p.m. featuring sounds by Dalton, a special guest performance, live art installation by Jay West. By invitation only.
Bret Easton Ellis Q&A: Surface Magazine hosts a Q+A with the author at 12:30 p.m. at Soho Beach House. Members and guests only.
Design Dialogues No. 25 hosted by Surface Magazine: Art bigwigs Jean Pigozzi and Simon de Pury host a 10:30 a.m. brunch and discussion for Soho House members and guests only.
Adrian Grenier/Dell 'do: Celebrating the official launch of Dell's Social Good Advocate, Entourage star Adrian Grenier's Lonely Whale Foundation, this event at MAPS Backlot will include "the largest collection of oceanic artwork" curated by Grenier and a DJ set by Wild Belle. 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. By invite only.
The Gettys Group Toasting to 10 Years in Miami: Hotel designers celebrate ten years in the 305 with a private cocktail party from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Nautilus.
Barefoot dinner party hosted by A$AP Rocky & Mark Anthony Green at Dream South Beach: The hip hop star and artist host a private dinner party at 8 p.m. at Naked Taco featuring a collection of "intimate unpublished photographs of the renowned rapper and trendsetter." Dinner is followed by private after party at Highbar.
Fridge Art Fair's Charmed Life Screening: A glimpse into the world of drag, the 2006 doc is being screened at 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Miami Beach. Fore more info click here.
SCOPE Official Party at Nikki Beach: Invite only VH1 party with performances by Mack Wilds and Lil' Dicky.
Nakid Magazine's Issue Release Party Celebrating Artist Jen Stark: Libertine Miami party featuring cover artist Jen Stark. Open to the public, 10 p.m., $10. RSVP here.
Corno Exhibition opening: Canadian artist Johanne Corno debuts at Markowicz Fine Art Gallery with a private preview party at 7:30 p.m.
Shore Club Kickoff Event/Exhibition for H+ Creative/IRIDESCENCE: Pool party both nights from 9 p.m. to midnight featuring various DJs, inflatable pool installations, printed takeaways and visuals by Iridescence. Open to the public, no cover.
Enough said. Or is it? How 'bout this one, compliments of Slate?
The KIND Cafe: an #ichooseart experience--Those yummy healthy snacks are back again, this time teaming with four local nonprofits (Guitars Over Guns, The Motivational Edge, Arts For Learning and O, Miami) on an open to the public pop-up featuring a gallery of student artwork, live musical and spoken word performances by young talent, a hands on community mural designed by Nate Dee and a free "Bar Bar," where you can pair your fave healthy KIND snack with craft beer, cheese and more. Cafe is located at 82 NE 29th in a tented space in Midtown. RSVP here.
Soho Beach House closing party with Rhonda International: Invitation only party fusing LA "nightlife institution" A Club Called Rhonda and artist Lisa Solberg featuring Questlove, Felix Da Housecat and Goddollars on the turntables. 10 p.m.
III Points Art Basel Concert Series featuring A$AP Rocky, Kaytranada, & STWO: Showtime at 9 p.m. at Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23d St. Tickets here.
Eddy Bogaert's 3D Universe: Gale Rooftop hosts an interactive 3D show by NYC artist Bogaert. Private. 6 p.m. to midnight.
Domingo Zapata + Gran Centeneario Tequila’s Angels on Earth party at Wall: Angels on Earth supports the advancements of artists in the Latino community, but it’s not promoting your advancement into this private, 9 p.m. shindig featuring two angel wings painted by Zapata and auctioned off to benefit Miami art organizations and Miami Children’s Hospital.
Artsy, Sandro and Interview Magazine Party: A sunset BBQ poolside at the Nautilus Cabana Club featuring a performance by Canadian electronic music group, Art Department.
Littlest Sister After Party: Miami-based curator Sofia Bastidas, director of Littlest Sister, a "faux invitational art fair," along with ten unrepresented "women-identified" Miami based artists, will be at this 11 p.m. party at Libertine. Doors open at 10 p.m. Admission is free.
Lapo Elkann Ducati Scrambler Launch Party: Private party at 7 p.m. in The Setai courtyard for the launch of the first Italia Independent Ducati Scrambler bike.
Verboten StageONE Art Basel: Moving from the Brooklyn Waterfront to Wynwood, the outdoor festival series sprouts in The Secret Garden, 540 NW 23rd St. where, from 1 p.m. to 2 a.m., performers and artists including Art Department, Black Coffee, Matthew Dear, Cuartero, Kevin Castro, and Nicola Zanatta will do their things. Tix are $30 to $45 and available here.
Swig n' Swine: Cali-based hospitality, design and creative group known as The Bon Vivants have teamed with Esquire and Imbibe for their 6th annual philanthropy, pork and punch party at The Broken Shaker from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. There DJ Morse Code will spin and food will be provided by the likes of Michael Pirolo (Macchialina, Bazi), Jimmy Lebron (27), and Halid Quiroz (Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Co.). All proceeds from the $40 per person ticket ($30 in advance) goes to Miami's Overtown Youth Center. To purchase, click here.
Le Baron's Last Hurrah: Invitation only at 4 a.m., yep, four freakin' in the morning, at Libertine.
Breakfast in the Park: If you can get up and not look like an LA art gallery after RETNA's been through it and get yourself to the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU at 9:30 a.m., you'll get to experience this free and open to the public breakfast with an informal lecture by sculptor Alice Aycock. 10975 SW 17th St.
The Urban Collective's 2nd Soul Basel Brunch and Conversation: The Renaissance of Overtown's Cultural and Artistic Landscape is the subject of brunchy convo at this Art Africa fair closeout at the Lyric Theater, 819 NW 2nd Ave. 11 a.m. Open to the public. $50, from which a portion of the proceeds go to Overtown Youth and Children Coalition. Tickets here.
Miami Flea: Those who can barely pay their rent for that ramshackle studio in Wynwood and frankly couldn't be happier may be found milling around Miami Flea, a shopportunistic gathering of local artists and the like peddling their wares and showing off their skills from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, December 6 at CANVAS, 90 NE 17th St. There will also be "mind and body classes, arts and crafts, and live demos," plus food trucks and a "chill nest" by Bookleggers Library. Free and open to the public with RSVP at aedistrictmiami.eventbrite.com.
Basel Tov 2015 at the Highbar at Dream South Beach: Open to the public and "at the doorman's discretion, this one is a pool party from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. with performance by "surprise celebrity guest who has sold out shows nationwide."