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November 21, 2011

The list: celebby Art Basel parties you can and can't get into


The list is growing longer than the collective facial hair on the neo hippies at Occupy Wall Street. But this is no hacky sack tourney, folks. This is Art Basel Miami Beach, where the 1% rub exfoliated elbows with the 99%, or, rather, the 10% of that 99% that manages to get into the parties and events. Says one Manhattan-based art world insider who preferred to remain anonymous, "Art Basel is just another thing ruined just like Sundance." Speaking of all things wrecked, what follows is by no means a comprehensive list of Basel-bombast, but, rather, a list of celebrity-related parties, concerts, events and kibbitzing opportunities for the haves and have nots in no particular order. Keep checking back as the list is guaranteed to go on endlessly.

The Have Nots (Strictly Invitation)

In celebration of its Design District pop-up shop, UK brand Pringle of Scotland, featuring the never-before-seen 'liamgillickforpringleofscotland' Capsule Collection by Liam Gillick is throwing a cocktail party on December 2nd from 8:30pm - 10pm that will be co-hosted by actress Tilda Swinton, who happens to be the face of the brand. Location not yet revealed.

Bing, the official sponsor of Art of Night events at the not yet completely renovated Shelborne, will host what they are calling the hottest Basel event, a party 8 p.m. on December 2 featuring a special DJ set by hip hop artist Theophilus London, who opens for the night’s main event, a performance by Young the Giant.

A swank, chichi party at Mr Chow at the W on Friday, December 2 hosted by Vista Jet will honor gallerist Andy Valmorbida, artist Raphael Mazzucco and Executive Editors Jimmy Iovine and Sean “Diddy” Combs with a presentation of works from their new book, Culo by Mazzucco. Yes,you read right, Diddy Daddy Combs is now an editor, too.

Having not too much to do with art in the classic sense, Diddy, Usher and Mary J. Blige are celebrating the 29th birthday of the producer and songwriter Rico Love on Friday, December 2nd at Vic & Angelo’s in South Beach.

Rupert's wife Wendi Murdoch is an investor in Art.sy, the so-called Pandora for art, and will be co-hosting a Louis Vuitton-sponsored beachside barbecue for the site Wednesday, November 30 at Soho Beach House along with Russian philanthropist, entrepreneur, model, and more Dasha Zhukova and artist and site's founder Carter Cleveland 

New York real estate tycoon Aby Rosen and socialite psychiatrist wife Samantha Boardman are hosting their A+ list art world dinner on Thursday, December 1 at The Dutch at the W South Beach. 

More socialite mayhem, this time sponsored by Dom Pérignon and hosted by young socialites including curator Alex Dellal, Stavros Niarchos (yes, Paris Hilton's ex) and Vito (son of artist/director Julian Schnabel, Thursday, December 1st at WALL at W South Beach. 

Artist Nick Cave will be honored at a private party on Friday, December 2 at FENDI Casa in the Design District. And although the event is hosted by Beats by Dr. Dre, which, according to Google, are just headphones, Dr. Dre will not be there. 

On Thursday, December 1st, at 6pm, The Shelborne's beachside taco and tequila bar, Lucy's Cantina Royale, will host a screening of Limelight, by its subject Peter Gatien's daughter, Jen, and Alfred Spellman & Billy Corben of Miami-based media studio, Rakontur. Following the screening, there will be a swank St. Tropez-themed dinner for celebrated design duo and HGTV reality show subjects Bob & Cortney Novogratz, who have enlisted 10 artists to reinterpret 10 iconic chairs in a program called THE CHAIR PROJECT. The dinner will feature a performance by genre-transcending pianist, ELEW,  who toured with Josh Groban and will perform an hour-long set of jazz, rock and pop on a custom-created Yamaha piano.

Also at the Shelborne, this time November 30, is a photo exhibition by Miami-based celeb (don't call him a paparazzo) photog Seth Browarnik, who will celebrate his opening with a splashy Susanne Bartsch-produced spectacular following a private dinner by magazine publisher and man-about-towns Jason Binn.

Actress Shenae Grimes will show Travelers, her photo exhibit benefiting My Friends Place, a homeless shelter in Hollywood, CA,  at the Sanctuary hotel (the sister to its original venue, the Shelborne, which isn't entirely ready for its close up) on Saturday, December 3.  Also appearing: Mark Singer, director of Dark Days, an award winning documentary about a group of people living in NYC's underground railroad system also known as the Freedom Tunnel, which will be screened at the event. Music by the aforementioned Theophilus London. 

  Designer Gareth Pugh and actress/model Byrdie Bell will host a dinner celebrating 10 years of Art Basel Miami Beach at Baoli Vita on Saturday, December 3. We're told this one have a high celeb to non celeb ratio.

Twin brothers, Dean and Dan Caten of fashion label DSQUARED are hosting a cocktail confab and dinner on Friday, December 2 at Of the approximately 75 so-called VIP guests, several are expected to be famous.   

Interview magazine is hosting a big party along with Ferrari, mogul Peter M. Brant and Sotheby’s Tobias Meyer, in honor of Ferrari’s Chairman, Luca di Montezemolo, on Tuesday, November 29th at a private home on Indian Creek Island. The party will feature the unveiling of the new Ferrari 458 Spider; a premiere screening of RPM, the new 3D video installation by artist Marco Brambilla; and a surprise musical guest.

Uber producer Timbaland has a fancy for Bollywood and as such, has teamed up with artist Amrita Sen, whose Bollydoll label and artwork based on it will debut along with Timba's B-wood inspired tunes at a private party (sponsored, of course, by illy) Wednesday, November 30 at the B Bar at The Betsy. "I’ve always wanted to bring Bollywood music to America and Europe and make it mainstream,”  Timbaland explains, “Bollywood music is really different  - song structure, chords and vocal techniques - so it’s hard to make it work in music as we normally hear it on the radio. When Amrita came to me to talk about what she was doing with Bollydoll, I thought now this is the best way to present this sound.”

Last year, ping pong aficionado Susan Sarandon was at the Delano for the first ever MOCA Spin Galactic party and ping pong tourney. This year, Sarandon will be back to sit in a cabana while hipsters go head to head at this year's party and tourney Saturday, December 3, this time at The Standard.

Russell Simmons and his brother Danny along with (sponsor alert!) Bombay Sapphire will host the finals of the Artisan Series, which seeks out the next big things in visual arts, at the DuPont Building downtown on Friday, December 2. 

Montblanc is honoring CEO of DACRA and Co-Founder of Design Miami Craig Robins with the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award presented by Pharrell Williams at a chichi dinner Thursday, December 1 at the Moore Building. Here's the list of "anticipated" guests: Christian Louboutin, Russell Simmons, Elle Macpherson, Nadja Swarovski, Silvia Fendi, Zaha Hadid, Mayor Tomas Regalado, Ella Cisneros, Stefano Tonchi, Didier & Clemence Krzentowski, Patrick Seguin, Patrick Houel, Carlos Ferrater, Borja Ferrater, Lord and Lady Foster, Rikrit Taravanjia, David Adjaye, Nick Pritzker, Konstantin Grcic, Maarten Baas, Campana Brothers, Jack Tilton, Rosa de la Cruz, Alistair Gordon, Maarten Baas, Mickey Wolffson and more.

One of the most anticipated parties of Art Basel is Jeffrey Deitch and LA MOCA's Beach Party at The Raleigh, Wednesday, November 30 featuring DJ set by 2MANYDJS and a performance by Soulwax.

Also at the Raleigh for celebs and VIPs only, Architectural Digest is converting the back Oasis area into a lounge with free food and drink from Friday through Sunday. Must have bold faced name and proof of such to even go near it.

Andre Balazs, who is a celebrity and model magnet himself, hosts the Dzine Installation launch at his very own hotel, The Standard, Friday night (December 2).

Artist Domingo Zapata, whose 10 pieces of work were purchased by Johnny Depp at an October showing in LA, will present his show, Dangerous Things, at the Delano Saturday, December 3, and a decent celebrity turn out is expected. Besides Depp, Sofia Vergara, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Orlando Bloom own Zapata originals.         

Can't get into Le Baron at The Florida Room? Then try your luck at Le Baron's second pop up club, this time in the bowels of the Shelborne Hotel in the once dingy space we fondly know and love as Studio, the place where karaoke was cool before it was cool--that is, if it ever was cool. Paris-Paris, a cabaret-themed club, is said to recreate the Parisian club of the same name that closed its doors in 2005. Makes us want to belt out a few bars from the Catherine Deneuve/Maclolm McLaren tune of the same name.

The Haves (No invite necessary)

A free concert by Special Disco Version (James Murphy & Pat Mahoney of LCD Soundsystem) at 10 p.m. Thursday, December 1 at Grand Central thanks to TOYOTA. Also on the bill: The Black Lips, a DJ set by Midnight Surfer and a special, yet to be announced surprise guest. To get in, RSVP at www.uptheantics.com/discobasel.

Spotify’s “Art Loves Music” (sponsored by Perrier and 42Below) at Ricochet Lounge featuring performances by Nas, Theophilus London, TV on the Radio, and Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings December 1-4. No cover and open to the public. For more information,contact 305.673.3873 or visit www.ricochetlounge.com.

Steinway Piano of Miami presents a Pop Up Piano Miami launch event featuring live performance by Jacob Jeffries Band at 11 p.m. at Louis Bar Lounge. Thursday, December 1. Cover is $25

SCOPE opening party hosted by the aforementioned Byrdie Bell with sounds by DJ Mick Boogie, 11 p.m. Thursday, December 1 at SET. Cover is $25.

“Dreams will not be Forgotten” Screening Afterparty hosted by producer, America’s Next Model’s Nigel Barker along with Belvedere RED. Sounds by DJ N’Dy 11 p.m. Friday, December 2 at SET. Cover is $25.

SCOPE closing party with sounds by Silver Medallion & DJ Equal, 11 p.m. Saturday, December 3 at Mokai.  Cover is $25.

Moby will spin at 11 p.m. Saturday, December 3 at Mansion. Cover is $30.

HGTV personality David Bromstad of Color Splash Miami will celebrate his first open-to-the-public art exhibition, titled “Body, Money, Death,”  from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. December 2 and 3 at the Z Ocean Hotel.  

DEWAR’S Scotch Whisky  honors International Vanity Fair editors Ingrid Sischy and Sandra Brant as well as  15 years of MOCA and 10 years of Art Basel Miami Beach from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, November 29 at at the museum. Also happening there that night: the opening of Donna Karan's Urban Zen pop-up shop. Non MOCA-members can get in for $25. 

Although there'll be a private reception for the opening on Tuesday, November 29, Lincoln Road design store NEST, along with owner Sara Colombo, will debut Jazz & Models, a collection of works by legendary photographer Marco Glaviano, who, in his two decades, has snapped shots of Cindy Crawford, Paulina Porizkova, Stephanie Seymour and, on the jazzy side, Chet Baker, Sonny Rollins and Dizzy Gillsepie, among others. Exhibition is on display at the store through the Spring.

From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, December 2, the Arsht Center is hosting an art-themed version of their Food Truck Fridays, featuring food, art, and a free performance at 1 p.m. on one of Steinway's Pop Up pianos by the aforementioned ELLEW.

Tickets are on sale at www.bardotmiami.showclix.com for Bardot's Basel line up which is as follows: DJ set and performance by Macy Gray, Martin Luther and the Roosevelt Collier Trio on Wednesday, November 30; MillionYoung and Neon Indian on December 1. Tickets are $47; Intimate Session with Moby (Live Acoustic Band) & Art Presentation from his book Destroyed Sounds by Gigamesh on December 2. Tickets are $48; and, on Saturday, December 3, DFA's (Death From Above) Official "Art Basel Bash" celebrating 10 years of Music DFA Secret Show.

From midnight until the following day on Thursday, December 1 (technically Friday the 2nd), Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears will perform at an Art Basel all nighter, the Boffo + David Mason Chlopecki Slick It Up Party at the Lords South Beach. Joining Shears will be Jeremy Ingvall in a duo known as Crystal Pepsi. Gender bender Amanda Lepore hosts. Bar is open from midnight until 1 a.m.  No cover, just show up, they tell us.

Same goes for the party Friday, December 2 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday night at Lords South Beach Gold Bar hosted by Tom & Abi of Gayletter.com.

Not quite a party but a respite from exactly that, YogArt is a mashup between, yep, yoga and art, featuring live music by Trevor Hall from November 30-December 4 at the Loews. Expected at one of the sessions is Lenny Kravitz. There are both sunrise and sunset sessions and a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit DASH--no, not the Kardashian boutique but the Design Architecture Senior High. For tickets and schedule, go to www.yogartevent.com.

The Miami Art Museum is actually allowing you to pay to crash their gala after party Saturday night, which sort of defeats the purpose, but it would be nice to see if they can actually squeeze $150 out of some of Miami's more shameless party crashers. Taking place from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. in the Fontainebleau's Glimmer Ballroom, the Crash the Ball after party will feature DJ duo Andrew Andrew and a motley crew of guest hosts includng Steve Ross, owner of the Miami Dolphins. Oh, and art too. For ticket info, call 305-375-5935 or events@miamiartmuseum.org

British hot spot Cirque du Soir will take over Mansion on Wednesday, November 30 . One night only. Go to www.mansionmiami.com or www.cirquedusoir.com for more info.