Velvet Underground: A weird Miami bus tour and an AstroJam highlight the weekend

Dress Code: Charitable
Miami is a city of extremes, where people typically over and under dress for various occasions, but when it comes to the 20th anniversary gala for Dress for Success from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 at The Rusty Pelican (3201 Rickenbacker Causeway) it’s all about dressing in roaring 20s style as part of the theme “Gangstas (their spelling, neither ours nor the 1920s), Gals and Glam”. You’ll get to channel your inner flapper or mobster along with honorary chairwoman Star Jones and honorary chairs Mr. and Mrs. Jon Secada. There will be cocktails, dinner, dancing, a casino, silent auction, entertainment and more. Tickets are a steep $500, but it supports underprivileged women in Miami-Dade county and are available at

Arty Appetites
Before the Wynwood Art Walk kicks in Saturday night, consider fueling up prior via The Kitchen Hop’s Wynwood Edition from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11. You’ll hit various restaurants and food trucks – R House Wynwood, Poblanos Mexican Fusion, Purple People Eatery, Vibe 305, Food Junkie and more – and sample chef selected appetizers or full blown entrees at each stop. There are drink specials as well as an after party at which you’ll get a “complimentary” welcome beer and cocktail.  For tickets and exact location information visit

Stranger Things
Miami is a lot of things but one thing it isn’t is normal. Capitalizing on that notion is artist Juan Carlos Zaldivar, whose Weird Miami Bus Tour from 5 – 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12 is said to “further explore the theme of perception and transformation” as he takes riders on a tour of assorted “facts and myths about South Beach.” Lines will be blurred and magic and illusions are expected, some silicone-based and others entirely real. This surrealistic bus tour will also include a “secret 3D walk” so ear pods are encouraged. This tour / performance is in conjunction with Zaldivar’s exhibition “Shifting Nature: Web Bodies”, currently at BFI (100 NE 11th St. / ). Tickets are $30 in advance and you’re asked to be there by 4:15 p.m.

While it sounds like a movie Shaq would star in, the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science (3280 S. Miami Ave.) is throwing a cool party at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10 featuring live music, animation, improvisational dome projections and, they say, “wonder.” The planetarium party is in partnership with the Borscht Film Festival and will present the Miami premiere of Bernardo Britto’s Sundance Grand Jury prize winner for animation, “Yearbook,” a six minute film that takes longer to write about than to watch. After the movie, Caroline Simpson, associate professor at FIU, will give a brief talk on exoplanet research. Following that, live music by Rob Goyanes and Brad Lovett, who “specialize in combining punk, electronica, and rhythm into unique and fresh soundscapes.” Artists Sri Prabha and Nayib Estefan will sync the music with dome projections synthesizing “science and engineering and the senses into art.” To make things even more far out, there’s free booze by Reyka Vodka, Monkey Shoulder and Biscayne Bay Brewing Company, and free admission with RSVP at