A different sort of Bonfire of the Vanities at Conde Contemporary, Sassy City Chicks & a Ritzy beer garden

Vanity, Thy Name is Art
On Feb. 7, 1497,  supporters of a Dominican priest Girolamo Savonarola did what people centuries later would do with disco records – they publicly burnt thousands of pieces of art, books and even makeup in Florence, Italy. This gathering, the antithesis of Burning Man, was known as a bonfire of the vanities, which would later become the title of an excellent 1980s Tom Wolfe novel. From 7 – 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17 at Conde Contemporary (1007 SW 8th St. / condecontemporary.com) in the hopping haven of Little Havana, an art exhibition of the same name will debut with much fanfare and hopefully little fire, featuring the works of Aurora Molina and Ernesto Capdevila. Following the exhibit, feed into your flames of vainglorious debauchery at Ball & Chain (1513 SW 8th St.) for a performance by Dark Horse Flyer, whose three guitar frontline and “ass shaking rhythm section” will have you burning up the dance floor.  Doors open at 9 p.m. and there’s no cover.

Sassy City Chicks
A tongue twister of Seussian proportions, Sassy City Chicks invites members of the fairer sex to shop, sip and socialize from 6 – 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17 at Mansion (1235 Washington Ave.). The $10 ticket includes giveaways, free spa treatments and two drink tickets. An after party with free admission follows. Event is 21 and over and strictly for women only even if you can expertly rap the first sentence of this blurb like a competent Jay Z impersonator. To purchase tickets go to www.sassycitychicks.com.

Hops & Circumstance
So it’s October and if it doesn’t mean Christmas stuff on the shelves way too early it means beer. Lots of beer. And you can blame the beer for the misspelling of October with a K. But whatever the case, a swanky beer garden has cropped up at The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove (3300 SW 27th Ave.), where, from 3  – 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 and Sunday, Oct. 19 you’ll get to stuff your face with a German inspired tapas menu (bretzels with beer in porter cheddar soup, yum) and raise a stein full of some of Wynwood Brewing Company’s (www.WynwoodBrewing.com) finest. No reservations are required, valet parking is free, but we suggest a cab or some reliable facsimile thereof.

Raleigh Bar Redux
No matter who owns The Raleigh Hotel (1775 Collins Ave.) this week (Tommy Hilfiger), one thing remains constant — we hope — and that is the hotel’s jazz-age esque martini bar. It has just reopened with a revamped menu by Michael Schwartz and special jazz nights held at Restaurant Michael Schwartz in conjunction with the Miami Jazz Festival. There are shows planned for Nov. 20 with the Mike Orta Trio and Dec. 18 with Markus Gottschlich and friends. During performance nights there’s a three course, prix-fixe menu available for $49. All other nights at the bar promise a swell time, too.

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