Tobacco Road celebrates 98 years

Express will stage a full NY-style runway show at 9:15 p.m. Friday on 17th Street and Collins Avenue to celebrate the opening of its new Lincoln Road store. Styled by Samira Nasr and fashion photog Greg Kadel, the show, Rock the Sidewalk, will actually become the store’s new ad campaign. The show is open to the public so get there early to secure a good gawking spot.

Fancy funk over fashion? Then consider Tobacco Road’s 98th Anniversary Fest from 6 p.m. until 5 a.m. Friday featuring 98 cent drinks for 98 minutes at 6 p.m. and no cover until 8 p.m. Cover is only $10 after that and includes performances by several bands, including Big Sam’s Funky Nation, The Heavy Pets, Afro-Kumbe, Tilt and Jay Blues Band on three stages until well after 3 a.m. Ninety eight years, huh? And you thought you felt old.

For more music, check out the Forget the Name Record Release Party benefit concert at 10 p.m. Saturday at Transit Lounge. The event will celebrate Wake, the eight-song EP recorded at Criteria Studios by the hugely popular Florida band just before it broke up in 1994. All proceeds from the EP will go to a local children’s charity for Thanksgiving. The event will feature special guest DJs Glenn Richards, Mauricio Parra, DLC and Discorocks. A suggested donation of $10 will get you one drink and CD; $20 will get you a drink, a CD, T-shirt and entry into a raffle.

Just when you thought life was seeming a little Groundhog Day-ish in clubland – same clubs, same special nights, same people – enter Shock. The south of France import recently opened in the space formerly known as Snatch at 1437 Washington Ave. (For those confused like we were for a second, LUX is located upstairs in the space formerly known as Suite. The two clubs share a liquor license and the space but not a velvet rope; they are two separate nocturnal entities.) As far as Shock’s décor, you’ll see familiar red-leather, bleacher-style banquettes and black-button leather ceilings are offset by red LED lights on the dance floor. Yes, there’s a dance floor. That may be shocking for some. Also, South Florida artist Victor Hugo was commissioned to tag the bar, walls and bathrooms with poster-art and graffiti-style murals.

Not so shocking is the fact that there’s another Italian restaurant in Miami, albeit a cool one called Vino & Olio, 139 NE 39th St., where, at 5:30 p.m. every Monday through Friday, bartenders mix up two for one drinks until 7 p.m. and, from 5-11 p.m. on Sunday, a DJ spins, and the restaurant offers a special signature cocktail and appetizer plate for $20.

With Art Basel looming like a grand ball in the near future, new restaurants are scrambling to open in time to capture the crowds, the chic and the cash. Take Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, for instance, opening on Nov. 26 at 2550 NW Second Ave. It will feature “innovative brasserie-style cuisine” and a full bar serving 40 international handcrafted beers, wines and creative cocktails named for the artists who have collaborated on the Wywood Walls projects as well as art from some of the best urban-street, graffiti and sculpture artists. It’s Wynwood, after all. And Wynwood without art is just another transitional neighborhood. WKB will be open for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday with the bar open until 1 a.m.

Newly opened in Coral Gables is chain restaurant Seasons 52, 321 Miracle Mile, which, in addition to food, features live music nightly by eight local singer-pianists playing on an elevated piano positioned within the restaurant’s circular bar. Music plays from 6-11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 6-10 p.m. Sunday.

Finally, before you experience gluttony on Thanksgiving, celebrate the lunar fullness at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, for the DiLido Beach Club’s Original Full Moon Party featuring telescopes for viewing, bongo player, DJ, specially priced $7 cocktails, a menu of Mediterranean snacks and no ropes, drink minimums or cover charges.


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