Channel a little Bogey and Bacall from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, March 14 at the 2015 Hearts & Stars Gala, whose Casablanca theme kicks off as revelers arrive at “a private waterfront estate” via water ferries. A top shelf open bar by Ketel One and Diageo and hors d’oeuvres by Siena Tavern will keep the black tie optional crowd happy as they raise money for the Little Lighthouse Foundation’s mission to assist South Florida children and families struggling with educational, financial and medical hardships. Casino games will offer prizes while artist Eddy Bogaert (no relation, but still a misspelled, amusing coincidence) will perform live art installations that will be available for auction all to benefit the charity. For information on tickets, go to www.heartsandstarsgala.com.
River of Class
Going a little out of its element from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14, Perez Art Museum’s Contemporaries group is taking its art crawl to the River of Grass with an airboat tour of the Everglades. Not quite out of left field-or swamp, the ‘glades has been a source of inspiration for many an arteest, so you can be sure this tour is far from ‘Deliverance’ and more along the lines of a master class of some sort. A post ride party follows on a secluded private island featuring an “Alligator Swamp Stew” food installation by artist Jason Hedges with Biscayne Bay Brewing Company beer. The trip will also feature a screening of Herbert Hoover Dyke, an “Everglades related film” by artist Christy Gast, play time with “swamp creatures” and a meet and greet with guests from Airie, a residency program that brings artists to the Everglades. Tickets are $45 for PAMM Contemporaries members while guests are $65 per person. For more information, click here! And don’t forget the bug spray!
Taking The Stage, 170 NE 38th St., for the first time ever at 10 p.m. Saturday, March 14 are Miami-based Afro-Cuban/Latin funk pioneers The Baboons, who will share the bill with the legendary Spam Allstars. The Baboons will play an hour set of all original tunes from their forthcoming third release, Spanglish, in addition to hits from their 1991 debut ‘Evolution’ and 2001 follow up ‘Global Gumbo’. The Latin-Grammy nominated Spam Allstars play immediately afterwards. Cover is $10.
Although Broadway Cares Equity has been supporting the South Florida community since 1994 by providing annual grants to nine local AIDS and family service orgs and an additional 16 across the state, it’s not until 6:45 p.m. Monday, March 16 that they are throwing their first ever Miami event, A Night Under the Stars, at the Sagamore, 1671 Collins Ave. Despite the late curtain call, the event, hosted by drag diva Elaine Lancaster, promises to make up for lost time with food, cocktails and a performance by cast members from the national touring company of Wicked. There will also be a men’s fashion show of the brand new Bogart & Tracy swimwear line. General admission tickets are $150. For more info, click here!