Drinks and music in Miami, some for a noble cause

 

W Hotels in South Beach, Fort Lauderdale host weekend events

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By Lesley Abravanel | lank@aol.com

Do the White Thing
After 32-year-old Jorge Brouwer, University of Florida devotee and founder of student travel company Xtreme Trips, passed away unexpectedly of a pulmonary embolism, his family created a charity in his memory that strives to send sick children and their families on all expense paid dream trips. The Jorge Nation Foundation will throw its Second Annual White Party fundraiser at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at the W South Beach. The event will feature open bar, hors d'oeuvres, charity auction, performers and more. Last year, the Jorge Nation Foundation’s First Annual White Party raised over than $90,000, enabling JNF to send four children on Dream Trips and host a Group Dream Trip to the Miami Seaquarium with more than 80 kids and families spending a day at the theme park. Tickets cost $135 before May 4 and $150 after. For more information on the event and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.jorgenation.org.

Whiskey-A-Go-Go
Because it’s not a true day unless it’s a day paying unofficial homage to some food or drink in order to justify its indulgence, get ready for World Whiskey Day on Saturday, May 18. In celebration, Gerber Group's aptly named Whiskey Blue at the W Fort Lauderdale, 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., will host whiskey expert Jeffrey Karlovitch from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  during which time he will conduct a tasting of carefully selected flights of the spirit of the day. There is no cover.

Standardized Sets
Proving that not all spas have to play music that makes you want to knead your eyeballs out, The Standard, 40 Island Avenue, has a live music series, Standard Sounds—which are anything but—taking place from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, May 19. Headlining this time is Gold Dust Lounge, a musical fusion of sorts led by guitarist/songwriter Russell Mofsky, whose critically acclaimed band Quit performed with the likes of Marilyn Manson, Green Day, Social Distortion, Butthole Surfers and more. Mofsky has also studied jazz guitar at the New England Conservatory of Music and started Gold Dust Lounge “as a way to explore and integrate a broad range of musical influences.”  Ohm, rock on Gold Dust Lounge!

Pi Not?
The Shops at Midtown isn’t just a place to blow your money on food, drink and in Target where a toilet paper run can set you back in the hundreds for some odd reason. And even if you do just that, at 8 p.m. on May 22, the mall’s (sorry, but it’s a mall) Moonlit Movies series is back at the Fountain Plaza with a free screening of the stellar Ang Lee flick Life of Pi. Think of it as a sort of piback—er, payback for all you’ve contributed to their bottom line.

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