Ballers: National YoungArts, The Big Lebowski, Digweed & more!

Backyard Balling
When it comes to talent, The National YoungArts Foundation is a gold mine, one that fortunately doesn’t have anything to do with shows on Bravo unless James Lipton is involved. In celebration of its 35 years of spitting out that talent, they’re throwing a swanky gala at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, January 9 on the YoungArts Campus, 2011 Biscayne Blvd. honoring all sorts of big name and up and coming performers, teachers, directors and actors including Rosie Perez. In addition to the people with talent, there will also be food, drink, live music and lots of folks who can only aspire to such greatness. Even greater are the ticket prices, starting at $1,000 with tables at $10,000. Nice ticket if you can get it, but for the starving actors out there who’ve yet to achieve Perez’s status, perhaps the event is still hiring staff? For information on that and the actual event, call 305-377-1140, ext. 1808 or email gala@youngarts.org.

Dude!
So it may not be the most romantic, amour-inspiring movies of all time, but the Coen Brothers’ The Big Lebowski starring Jeff Bridges and John Goodman is definitely a bromantic flick and it’s playing at 9 p.m. Saturday, January 9 at Blue Starlite Beach at Virginia Key, 4020 Virginia Beach Drive. While you and your bro may not necessarily want to cozy up next to each other during it, you can order all sorts of convenient drive-in packages, including one that comes with smores dessert. Not so much Lebowski-esque, we know, but then again, neither is the ‘vintage retro gummy bear flight either.’ But dude, who cares? For tickets, click here.


Can You Dig(weed)?

49-year-old English DJ John Digweed is touring all over the world this year, including Argentina, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland and, yep, Miami. He’s been called a “DJ’s DJ,” but whatever you call him, you better have tickets, because his show at 11 p.m. Friday, January 8 at Heart Nightclub, 50 NE 11th St., is expected to sell out fast, if it hasn’t already. To get those, click here.

Angels of Harlem
Though 71st Street in Miami Beach is as far away from 142nd and Lenox as it gets, the legendary Harlem Cotton Club is resurrected at least for one night this month, at 7 p.m. Thursday, January 14 at Rouge, 908 71st St., where neither booze nor people of any kind are prohibited and where Anastasiya Schackova on vocals and Herman Whitfield III on piano will bring you back to an age where jazz was king, queen and everything in between. While the event itself is free and open to the public as part of a monthly music/supper club series, reservations are highly recommended and seats are limited. To secure your spot at this hep, hip and happening throwback, click here.

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