We know there's a percentage of visiting Art Baselers legitimately there for art. We're feeling generous, so we¡¯ll guesstimate that elite group of bonafide art lovers at 10 percent. The rest of you yobs are here to look cool, be seen, and party like its 1999, thanks to any number of open bar/free food events. Art Baselfun officially begins today. Here's where to get your drink on:
¡ñ If art, music, cocktails, and peppermint-flavored cotton candy is your bag, baby, New Timesis throwing down an event with beloved local artist Lebo at the Gibson Guitar Studio at 180 NE 39th St., Suite 200 in Miami. Stop by from 7 to 11 p.m. ¡ª there¡¯s an open bar courtesy of Touch Vodka. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
¡ñ Miami's emerging photographers will get a chance to compete and present their work at the one-night-only gallery event Unscene Miami at SET, 320 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. And you can roll through to sip ¡°Proximity by AXE fragrance-inspired cocktails by VGeorgio and R¨¦my Cointreau.¡± Admission¡¯s free, but you gotta RSVP at 944.com/unscene.
¡ñ We hear Beth Ditto and the rest of hot, hot band The Gossip will be in full effect tonight at O.H.W.O.W. ¡ª that¡¯s Our House West of Wynwood, 3100 NW Seventh Ave. in Miami. Live music, karaoke, video, and ¡ª yes ¡ª complimentary cocktails from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Visit oh-wow.com.
¡ñ The Scope Art Fair is not to be missed if you¡¯re into inspiring imagery. This year, they¡¯ve collaborated with Art Asia to present 88 exhibitors from 22 countries. The grub should be good at Scope this year thanks to Jeremiah and the gang from Bullfrog Eatz. Check it out at 2951 NE 1st Ave. in Miami. Now they¡¯ve teamed up with Scope to provide all the refreshment. Visit scope-art.com. Not enough free drinks and grub for you? Go to BrowardPalmBeach.com for a virtual bible on Art Basel.
Thu., Dec. 4, 2008