Steve Aoki takes over LIV, ballerinas and cocktails plus a few parties for good causes

Steve Aoki.

Raising the Barre
When it comes to opening nights, the Miami City Ballet has, er, raised the barre with a pre-performance cocktail party Friday, October 18 complete with DJ, cocktails and photo ops with dancers in their full costume. The red carpet affair takes place 90 minutes prior to curtain at 6:30 p.m. on the outdoor plaza of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). The soiree will end with a performance of the ballet’s first program, First Ventures, featuring  the Company premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s breakthrough contemporary work, Polyphonia. Tickets to the ballet are shockingly more affordable than one would think at $20, $35, and up. To purchase tickets for opening night or performances on October 19 or 20, cal 305-929-7010 or go to
Tunnel Vision
Sometimes there can be heroism in nightlife that has nothing to do with an open bar. From 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, October 19 at Passion Nightclub at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood) you can do something heroic by raising money for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation’s mission to provide care and cure for those living with paralysis. Light at the End of the Tunnel will feature a special appearance by the Sugarhill Gang – “hotel, motel, Holiday Inn!” – as well as food, drink and raffles. Tickets are $150 per person or $250 per couple. For more information about the event and to purchase tickets, please visit

Aoki Breaky Heart
Grammy nominated producer slash DJ Steve Aoki brings his Aokify America Tour to Miami  at 11 p.m. Friday, October 18 at LIV. Joining him is hip hop heavyweight Waka Flocka Flame. Say that ten times fast. Together, the duo will “showcase a diverse lineup rarely seen in the dance music circuit today,” says a rep. Tickets are $75 for females and $90 for males, talk about a double standard, and available at

Moonlight Interlude
Full moon parties are hardly thrown once in a blue moon, but not all full moon parties are a “special edition, two part event” like the one from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Friday, October 18 at the Delano Beach Club and FDR (1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach). Part one involves fire dancers and a live show by Henry Saiz, winner of the Best Live Act from DJ Mag Spain Awards in 2012. Saiz will celebrate the release of his fantastically titled album, Reality Is For Those Who Are Not Strong Enough to Confront Their Dreams. After that, part two moves down to FDR where Saiz will move out of the glow of the moonlight and so you can bask in a subterranean sonic, deep house groove.  For reservations, call 305-924-4071.

Brainy Day Activity
The NY Times called Tim Lee‘s fusion of stand up comedy and science a “very cerebral comedy,” and the Boston Phoenix said that the show is “like what would would happen if you crossed your high-school chem teacher with George Carlin.” If that were the case, this writer would have a “Dr.” before her name. Sigh. Anyway, check out Lee’s show at 8 p.m. Friday, October 18 or 8 p.m. Saturday October 19 at PAX Performing Arts Exchange (337 SW 8th St., Miami). Tickets are $25 for general admission or $35 for reserved seating.

Beat It
New on Friday nights at The Stage Miami (170 NE 38th St.) is Beats & Rhymes Friday, featuring DJs Heron and Self Born spinning classic hip hop that’s both nostalgic and “all about adult contemporary boom bap.” Heron and Self Born have been very busy lately, opening for hip-hop acts such as The Alkaholiks, Slum Village, Ali Shaheed Muhammad vs. Maseo from De La Soul and Mobb Deep, but will now be permanently residing at The Stage on Fridays. There is no cover, drink specials and food trucks outside. Party starts at 10 p.m.

Generosity Unmasked
Promoter Ricardo Ralph Lopez is back with his swanky Sunset Rendez Vous party from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. Saturday, October 19 at the Mondrian South Beach (1100 West Ave., Miami Beach) only this time the party takes a purposeful twist as door donations will go to children in Sri Lanka via The Masquerade Affair will feature an art exhibition, live music, fashion show and music by DJ Lexey. Venetian style masks are encouraged and will be available for purchase at the door. To get on the guest list, email