Burgie Awards, Ed Kowalczyk performs and Giralda Under the Stars

 

Velvet Underground: Burgie Awards, Ed Kowalczyk performs at fundraiser and Giralda Under the Stars.

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By Lesley Abravanel

Well Done
Miami blogger Sef Gonzalez, better known as the Burger Beast, pays homage to all things meaty and edible at the 4th Annual Burgie Awards from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at Fort Lauderdale's Esplanade Park (400 SW 2nd St.). There, Gonzalez will reward the best, biggest, baddest and tastiest burgers, food trucks, desserts and frita. More than 20 food trucks will be parked there and five restaurants, including Miami's beloved Blue Collar and Pincho Factory, will make sure all the rewarding doesn't only go to the winners. Craft beer will be served as well. For more information go to burgerbeast.com.

Sound Advice
If you've got $50 to spend, don't blow it on one drink at some overpriced, highfalutin place for a change and instead consider One Split Second, a benefit for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Gibson Miami Showroom (2751 N. Miami Ave., Miami). Headlining the event is founding member and former Live lead vocalist Ed Kowalczyk. Also showing: a star-studded photo exhibit by Kowalczyk pal Alan Roth, plus music by DJ Danny Stern. There's cocktails and hors d'oeuvres too. To buy tickets, go to ChristopherReeve.org/onesecond.

The Steel Deal
Performing at 10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2 at The Stage (170 NE 38th St.), The Lee Boys, a funk/gospel trio of brothers that plays in the Sacred Steel tradition that arose out of the musical stylings of the House of God Church. The Boys are celebrating their latest CD release along with soul singer/guitarist Zach Deputy. Cover is $10 in advance at www.thestagemiami.com or $15 at the door.

Al Fresco Face-Stuffing
Coral Gables may have some stringent rules and regulations and one of them is that an empty stomach, at least from 7 p.m. to midnight Friday, Feb. 1, is strictly forbidden. Giralda Under the Stars, on Giralda between Ponce and Galiano, will feature over a dozen restaurants and bars offering fine fare, spirits and even live music. For a list of participating venues, go to www.shopcoralgables.com.

Baker's Acts
The World Erotic Art Museum (1205 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) kicks off Black History Month with a celebration of the legendary performer Josephine Baker from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4. The event features continuous screenings of Baker's most famous movies including Zou Zou and Princess Tam Tam as well as exhibits showcasing African American art. Admission is $15.

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