Rum Running on South Beach, Galaxy Gala, and Philanthropic Eating, lots of it

Rum Running
Afrohead Rum is making its mark on Miami big time, becoming — at least from Friday April 17 to Tuesday May 19 — more ubiquitous than Flo Rida and people living under assumed names. The booze brand’s so-called “Rum Savant,” Toby Tyler, we’re told, “wants you to do one thing: respect your rum.” And you can do that with assorted Afrohead cocktails at places including STK, Lure Fishbar & Rum Line, Thompson Hotel, Il Mulino South Beach, The Drawing Room, db Bistro Moderne, Repour, Bodega Taqueria y Tequila, Drunken Dragon, Radio Bar, Foxhole Bar and more. There the drinks will range from $15 to $20 and for those who like to hashtag their every move, do it with #Rumspect.
 
Outta this World
Whether or not there’s proven life on other planets, for at least one night anyway, there will be as The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science hosts its 13th Annual “Galaxy Gala: Aqua Lumiere” from 6:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday, April 18 at the Hilton Miami Downtown, 1601 Biscayne Blvd. Hosted by NBC 6’s Chief Meterologist John Morales, the party will feature a “water and light graffiti interactive experience” by French artist Antonin Fourneau, cocktails, live animals (yikes!), dining, dancing and entertainment by Drew T and DJ Blaze Carreras. Latin Grammy-nominated artist Debi Nova (super!) will perform. While some would say tickets for this gala are, uh, astronomical at $600, consider the “Big Bang 2015: H2Glow” after party for the museum’s young professionals group starting at 9 p.m. with cocktails and continuing well into the night with DJ, dancing and performances. Tickets for that are $125.  All proceeds from both events directly benefit the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science and its programs. For more information, go to www.frostscience.org/gala.

Finely Threaded
In a delicious twist of irony, Common Threads’ Cooking for Life Festival, hosted by Michelle Bernstein, takes place this weekend with a host of events — beach yoga, culinary boot camps — and eating — lots of it — all to prevent childhood obesity. Kicking off the whole shebang is Mignonette, 210 NE 18th St, which has agreed to donate 10 percent of sales from all reservations Friday, April 17 to Common Threads. It’s as simple as that. Go suck down oysters and help prevent kids from becoming grotesquely overweight. For more info on the festival and tickets go to http://commonthreads.org/events/Cooking-for-Life-Festival.

But Wait There’s More!
More philanthropic face stuffing takes place at VeritageMiami, benefiting the United Way of Miami-Dade with events such as the one taking place at 6:30 p.m., Saturday. April 18 on the diamond at Marlins Park, 501 Marlins Way. The swanky night starts not in the Clevelander pool but with a Piper-Heidsieck champagne reception and silent auction, followed by a dinner and live auction and ending with a dance party with “a totally 80s vibe.” Flats, wedges or sneakers are strongly recommended as is neon. Yep, neon. You will pay the price to wear neon — tickets are $500, but again, for a good cause.  Click here for more info.

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