French house, condo cinema, food, drink and fests!

Oh those cheeky French

French house DJ/producer/conceptual artist Étienne de Crécy has chosen Bardot, 3456 N. Miami Ave., as the place to be at 10 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22 when he will perform in support of his new album, “Super Discount 3”. For those who do not parlez Francais house music, de Crécy is part of a movement that infuses house music with cheeky electro styles as heard in the sounds of Daft Punk, among others. Cover charge is $20 to $25. For more information go to www.bardotmiami.com.

Canvasing the celluloid

Back in the pre-bust days of Miami, potential luxury high rises enticed customers with five star, A-list attended parties and, in the cases of some, free condos. Today things are a bit edgier in places, thankfully, such as in the newly annointed A+E District, where CANVAS, 90 NE 17th St., is enticing potential condo buyers with arty events such as a partnership between Miami Dade College, Miami International Film Festival and the A+E District featuring free Movies Under the Stars. Whether it makes you buy a condo or not is dubious, but at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26 you can watch a free screening of ‘Cafe de Flore’, a love story by Jean-Marc Valee, director of “Dallas Buyers Club”. Get it, buyers club? If that’s not subliminal we’re just exaggerating. Just bring your lawn chairs and RSVP to RSVP@AEDistrictMiami.com.


Beachy Keen

Bonnawho? Ok, so maybe The Virginia Key Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance isn’t quite comparable to Tennessee’s four day confab of hipsters and celebrities and unlikely headliners a la Billy Joel, but the weekend-long event taking place at 4020 Virginia Beach Dr. features a solid lineup of artists including Donna the Buffalo, Rubblebucket, Jim Lauderdale, Elastic Bond, Electric Piquete, the Spam Allstars, Suenalo, Locos Por Juana and more. Not your sorority sister’s Lollapalooza, this festival features zen-inspiring workshops, yoga, sustainability expo, art, artists and more. So Woodstock-esque, but with an ocean view and Latin funksters. Only in Miami, as they say. For schedules and ticket information, go to virginiakeygrassroots.com.

Sip, Eat, Repeat

Reading a shampoo bottle may be more interesting than a website full of Kanye West selfies, but when it comes to Katsuya’s (1701 Collins Ave.) new happy hour, “Sip. Eat. Repeat.”, simplistic instructions have never been so stimulating. Taking place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Sunday through Thursday in the restaurant’s Dragon Room, the happy hour will feature a specialty menu, sushi and drinks priced at $6 at 6 p.m. and $7 at 7 p.m.

Miami Eats
Piggybacking off the now legendary and likely sold out South Beach Wine and Food Festival are several unaffiliated satellite events that are grouped under an unfortunately bland umbrella known as “Miami Food Week.” That being said, most of the said events are the antithesis of tasteless despite unfortunate monikers such as ‘foodies’ or, say, Eats N Beats, taking place from 8:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Design District’s Moore Building, 4040 NE 2nd Ave. Revelers will stuff their faces to the tunes of DJs Irie, Michelle Pooch and more and to the tastes of Bocce Bar, SooWoo Japanese, Red the Steakhouse, Chef Adrianne’s, The Naked Taco, Nikki Beach, Brother Jimmy’s Sugar Yummy Mama, Ana Paz Cakes and more. There will also be booze. Lots of it thanks to all sorts of liquor sponsors including Blackwell Rum, Modelo Beer, Birthday Cake Wines, Toast Vodka and more. You won’t see Guy Fieri groupies stalking the food booths here for photo ops, that’s for sure. And that’s probably a good thing.  For ticket information, go to eatsnbeatsmiami.com 

 

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