Halloween Dead Beats
Although the Beatniks are a species belonging to the Hipster genus, there’s something to be said about the original subcultures that can’t be said for today’s sub “par” cultures. And what better time than Halloween to channel something or someone you’re really not? Celebrating a hip, yet unpretentious and fun Halloween is The Third Street Garage, 300 SW 12th Ave., whose Halloween gala will benefit the exhibitor subsidy program of the Fridge Art Fair. Taking place from 7:30 p.m. until “late,” the gala will feature performances, treats and prizes for best costumes. Saturday night, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., are the opening receptions for Pairs and Other Lovers in the Allen Ginsburg Project Room and Freezer Pops: A Fridge Family Show in the Jack Kerouac Gallery. Exhibitions are on view through Nov. 23, after which The Garage will host Fridge Miami 2014, December 4-8 (FridgeArtFair.com), whose founder Eric Ginsburg (no relation to legendary beat poet Allen Ginsberg, but ironic nonetheless) says “People should not be afraid to go and see art, and it should not cost a fortune. Let’s have fun, life is short!” Gala tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door and available at eventbrite.com
Dawn of the Disco
Disco is not dead. Never really was. And if it is, it has resurrected for Halloween at Barry’s Bootcamp, 1835 Purdy Ave., where Friday from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. bootcampers are invited to sweat it out in their cheesiest 70s get ups to compete for the title of Best Costume. Instructors will be decked out, too, and anyone who attends in a costume will get a voucher for one free Bootcamp Class. Burn, baby, burn. For class information and pricing, go to barrysbootcamp.com. Further proving our theory that disco will outlive a nuclear holocaust is the Pop Up Disco, from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Courtyard Marriott in Coral Gables, 2051 S. LeJeune Road., where, in addition to the indelible music, David N. Meyer, author of ‘The Bee Gees: A Biography’, will be there to answer disco related questions, should you have any. Tickets are $15 and include one well drink. A portion of the proceeds will go to the International Organization for Women Educators: Alpha Delta Kappa, Florida Chi Chapter Scholarship Fund. For more information go to thepopupdisco.com.
For those of us, ahem, who just can’t get enough of that disco, the 20th Annual InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball on Saturday features an apres party that’s a little Halston, Gucci, Fiorucci and a lot Miami, co-produced by disco aficionado Maxwell Blandford and Clif Loftin and featuring a disco-infused runway show styled by Arel Ramos for Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour. The tunes will be provided by the hippest duo since Captain and Tennille, DJ Michelle Leshem and Sean Drake. The vibe would make Steve Rubell proud. Tickets for the apres party at the InterContinental are $100 and include unlimited open bar. They’re available at hotelballafterparty2014.eventbrite.com.
When it comes to Halloween action, 11 is the magic number when swank strip club E11EVEN hosts a series of treats (and, undoubtedly, tricks), starting Friday with a special DJ set by one of the club’s biggest fans, Lil’ Jon. Men pay $40 to get in, women $20. On Saturday the club has an appearance by Miami-born DJ/producer Borgeous for which cover is the same. The club, we’re told, will be transformed into a “Halloween funhouse,” with all sorts of racy amusement and costumes that are either barely there or plain ol’ nonexistent. Doors open both nights at 10 p.m. For more info, go to www.11miami.com.