Close out burger month tonight, then dance at Open House Dance

 

Plenty of parties for the weekend

Closing Party Hamburger Month

By Lesley Abravanel | lank@aol.com

Burger Bacchanal
Miami-based beef loving blogger Burger Beast is a local treasure. Especially when it comes to closing down the carnivorous National Hamburger Month at midnight (!) Friday, May 31 at Pincho Factory, 9860 SW 40th St. Not just any closing party, this one features a stellar roster of chefs including Pincho's Nedal Ahmad, Danny Server of Blue Collar, Josh Marcus of Josh's Deli and Phil Bryant of Swine Southern Table & Bar, all who will be cooking up some beastly offerings worthy of a proper send off. Tickets are $40 and available at www.burgerbeast.com.

Wham, Bam, Thank You MAM
After 15 years of effortlessly proving that Miami did, indeed, have some culture, Miami Art Museum is closing its doors in preparation of its transformation into the Perez Art Museum Miami. In celebration of going dark, they're throwing a big BBQ party from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the museum's Cultural Center Plaza, 101 W. Flagler St. Party will feature food, music, art, exhibitions and party people. $10 for nonmembers, free for members.

Open House Dance Is Not Dead
For thousands of mostly Cuban American teens in the 1970s, Open House Dance was their Soul Train, their Solid Gold, their American Bandstand and their Club MTV, an un-televised ritual in which they'd gather on weekends in rented ballrooms and banquet halls to dance to their favorite bands. Among them, Coke and The Antiques, led by Peter Fernandez, who, at 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, will reopen the ballroom, this time at Stage 305 at the Magic City Casino, 450 NW 37th Ave. for an Open House Dance redux, free and open to the public.

Remember What the Door Mouse Said
Some would say a night out in Miami is always trippy, but the bi-weekly White Rabbit Society at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 1 at The Stage, 170 NE 38th St., promises to really feed your head, eyes, ears and mouths with live music and “spontaneous performance art.” The Society’s aim, they say, is “to bring together all the artists, creators, eclectic personalities, free thinkers, lovers of good music and supporters of the arts under one roof to unleash magic and madness and see how deep the rabbit hole really goes.” It also helps that ladies drink free from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cover charge is $10.

For the Love of Art
When it comes to art, to each his own, but if it involves charity, every work is a masterpiece, especially at The Education Fund's annual charity auction at 6 p.m., Wednesday, June 5 at the University of Miami Life Science & Technology Park, 1951 NW 7th Ave. There, you'll be able to bid on over 150 pieces by public school students and teachers from which 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the school art program in which it was created. In addition to the art, the auction has four tickets to see Beyonce in concert and more. CBS4's Lissette Gonzalez emcees and there will be live music by the New World School of the Arts Jazz Band, cocktails and a Whole Foods feast. Tickets are $125 and available at www.educationfund.org or, for a deal on Friday, May 31 at $62 on LivingSocial.com.

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