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Every year during the first week in December, roughly 50,000 people flock to Miami Beach
for Art Basel,
the art world's equivalent to New York Fashion Week.
While nearly 260 galleries from 31 countries will showcase their contemporary and modern artwork during the four day stretch, Art Basel isn't just all artsy fartsy business; it's an excuse to escape from the wintery weather of the North East to the sunny paradise known as Miami Beach and well, party. The 12th annual Art Basel
kicked off today in Miami Beach. We've so kindly put together a comprehensive guide of events that you simply can't miss for all you nightlife mavens out there. Look, Sip, Rave, Repeat.
Wednesday Dec. 4:
Party pick of the day:
Although the location is still a mystery, David Lynch's infamous Silencio club is back this year. It's rumored to be hosted by Pharrell Williams, features video by Takashi Murakami and a surprise performance. Doors at 11pm.
-Kendrick Lamar Live at Mana Wynwood (invite/RSVP only on this one) Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd St.
has put together a major
installation this year by New York artists Anna Galtarossa
and Daniel Gonzalez
called "Criminal Aesthetic Fashion at the Skyscraper Club," which runs through January 25. The gallery has been transformed into a "utopian space...with the dynamics of a nightclub... where you can dance with mechanical skyscrapers while wearing sculpture-shoes." Diana Lowenstein Gallery, 2043 North Miami Avenue
-RJD2 at Bardot, Bardot Miami, 3456 N Miami Ave. bardotmiami.com.
-Stefano Tonchi of W Magazine and Goga Ashkenazi of Vionnet are hosting the opening of the new Perez Art Museum Miami with cocktails and a short film by Tim Walker. Perez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd.
-Jason Binn of DuJour will kick off Art Basel with a party (surprise!) co-hosted by Tommy Hilfiger, Tony Shafrazi and Dee. The event will honor artist Marc Quinn. Atlanta de Cadanet will be spinning. Delano Beach Club, 1685 Collins Ave. 10pm
-Nicole Ehrlich curated a collection of art "celebrating the art of the divine feminine" for Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation, which will be auctioned off tonight at 5445 Collins Ave. Patrick Duffy will host the after party featuring a DJ set by Honey Dijon, and a performance by Ebony Bones.
-Eyewear brand h0les is releasing a line of glamorous goggles tonight, made specifically for Basel. The party is at the Boulan Hotel in SoBe with a performance by Jacolby Satterwhite. 2000 Collins Ave.
-Stop by and check out the Max Fish pop-up at Radio Bar all week long. They will be featuring guest DJs, a guitar battle, a skateboard "jump contest" and many more surprises! Radio Bar, 814 First Street
Thursday Dec. 5:
Party pick of the day:
- Luciano AND Pete Tong at LIV nightclub in the Fontainbleau Hotel (4441 Collins Ave.) $60 for women, $90 for men. http://wantickets.com/Events/140522/Luciano-Pete-Tong-LIV/
-Bungalow 8 Pop-up at the James Hotel, featuring a DJ set by Mike Nouveau and cocktails courtesy of Miami Cocktail Co. 1545 Collins Ave.
-The Mondrian South Beach is hosting a poolside reception for Friends With You. They're doing an installation called "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" that promises a "colorful experience meant to transport the viewer into an enhanced state of happiness and self-healing." The project lets viewers to physically experience the color spectrum and how it relates to our emotions. (1100 West Avenue, South Beach, 2-8pm)
-Heineken Light, the Tecne Collective, New Times and the Miami Light Project are hosting several events this week. On Thursday, they're showcasing an interactive kinetic motion installation by Tecne Collective at Mana Wynwood (318 NW 23rd Street). On Saturday, there's a video installation and video mapping event at Grand Central (679 North Miami Ave.) for the Basel Castle after-party.
-Darkside will be playing live at Mana Wynwood at 10pm. Tickets are $32, available at artbaselmanawynwood.com. Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd St.
- Chris Cornell will be at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Knight Concert Hall. Tickets available at arshtcenter.org. Biscayne Boulevard
-VFILES presents the A$AP Worldwide at STORY. Hosted by A$AP Rocky and performances by A$AP Yams, A$AP J Scott, and $hayne Oliver. 136 Collins Ave., 11pm
-Shade is partnering with the Hole Gallery to bring a special "Shady Hole" edition of their bash, featuring DJ sets by Kingdom, Fatherhood and a video installation by Matthew Stone. (11pm-5am) RSVP to club shade.com/basel for location.
- Del Toro is having a block party at their HQ in The Wynwood Building. There will be 50 pairs of hand-painted shoes by international artists and wall murals by artists including Stash, Evoca1, Johnny Robles and more! (2750 NW 3rd Street, 4-7pm)
- PAPER Magazine is having their Tiki Disco party at the Gale Hotel featuring sounds of NYC's local DJs, Eli Escobar, Lloydski, and Andy Pry. Also note that there will also be Jamaican BBQ food, and an open bar of Absolut and Pavan Liqueur. Open bar from 7-9 pm, 1745 James Ave.
-Dom Perignon celebrates their limited edition sculpture by Jeff Koons at Wall at W South Beach (2201 Collins Avenue) with a party hosted by Alex Dellal, Stavros Niarchos and Vito Schnabel, and music by Zoe Kravitz and DJ Ruckus.
-Andre Saraiva and photographer Jean Pigozzi are hosting a pop-up gallery called Room 40 that will used for massages during the day and for exhibitions at night.
-Loft Spirits, Strongbow Hard Cider and Perrier host a four-night, "cocktail experience" from Dec. 5th through the 8th, 8 pm daily, poolside at the Surfcomber Hotel. DJs include Pat Mahoney, Edwin Adams, Amir Abdullah and Karl Injex; plus art from Miguel Paredes, Radcliffe Bailey, Jesse Light, Ruchu Tu and Joshua King. 1717 Collins Ave.
Friday Dec. 6:
Party pick of the day:
Richie Hawtin at STORY, $40 for women, $75 for men, tickets available at http://www.wantickets.com/Events/143443/Richie-Hawtin-STORY/ 136 Collins Ave.
-The Look Alive Fest (December 6 + 7) features tons of underground music -- including Wolf Eyes and Indian Jewelry - plus art, at various locations. All the details are HERE.
-An Off-Basel Special with Francis Harris and DJ Sprinkles at Electric Pickle. Tickets at http://safemusic.us/
- Life and Death in Art Basel by at The Vagabond in Miami. Tickets available at http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?527464 (30 NE 14th St.)
- Mark Ronson at Mansion Miami, 1235 Washington Ave, $20
-Boy George (live acoustic set) at Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd St. Doors open at 9pm artbaselmanawynwood.com
-VH1 and SCOPE team up to host a Basel party featuring a special performance by Tegan & Sara, with opening sets by Brendan Fallis and DJ Cassidy. Ocean Drive at 9th St, 8pm
-PopLipps and VS. Magazine: join Scott Lipps, Nur Khan, and Chloe Norgaard for a rooftop cocktail event at Townhouse Hotel, 150 20th St. 8pm-11pm
-Photographer Ben Watts hosts his famous Freeze party at the Freehand where he'll have his photos on display and provide guests with his Wattsup Rose, while Timo Weiland and Alan Eckstein will take the decks. 2727 Indian Creek Dr. 2-6pm
Saturday Dec. 7:
Party pick of the day:
Basel Castle 2013 - perfomances by SBTRKT (DJ set), Chance the Rapper, Gesaffelstein, Been Trill, Travi$ Scott. Grand Central Park, 700 N. Miami Ave. Tickets available at http://baselcastle.com/
-Supplement Facts party with label head Guy Gerber at the Delano on Saturday. DJs include Gerber, Ryan Crosson, Mathew Dear, Bill Patrick and Mao Fonnegra. Delano Beach Club, 1685 Collins Ave.
-DJ Harvey's Discoteque - Miami OFF Basel at Private Location. Tickets available at http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?535542
-Marco Carola & Leon Music at STORY, $30 for women, $40 for men, available at http://www.wantickets.com/Events/143036/Marco-Carola-Leon-Music-On-STORY/
-Steve Angello at LIV, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami. More information visit livnightclub.com.
-Day & Night Art Basel at The Ritz-Carlton South Beach, Music by DJ Dani and a few surprise guests, 1 pm. ***After party is at SET.
-Jonny Lennon's Funday party heads to Hyde Beach at the SLS Hotel where special guest DJ Cassidy will join DJ Sinatra, DJ Theory, and Julian Cavin, 1701 Collins Ave. 10pm-2am.
-Questlove at Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd St. Doors open at 10pm, artbaselmanawynwood.com
-The Parisian shop Colette is coming to Basel for a week-long pop-up collab with Miami's Alchemist shop at 1111 Lincoln Road. What to be excited about? A mix of high-fashion, streetwear, CDs, magazines, and more. The "Colette Art Drive-Thru at Alchemist" will be open from Dec. 2nd to the 8th.
-Art Basel Showcase at Electric Pickle with Benoit and Sergio, 2826 N Miami Ave, http://www.electricpicklemiami.com/
Sunday Dec. 8:
Party pick of the day:
Fools Gold Day Off (Miami Edition) with A-Trak, Dave 1, Nick Catchdubs and more! 2pm-8pm, free!