Some say an investment better than sketchy stocks is sketches or, rather, art in general, and we’re not talking about Basquiat, Picasso or any of those out of your tax bracket. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14 at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., there will be a fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida at which contemporary and street art pieces will be auctioned off at decent prices. Several of the artists are Miami based and others hail from an assortment of NYC-based studios. In addition to art, live and otherwise, there will be entertainment and Bombay Sapphire cocktails. Registration starts at 6 p.m. and the live auction starts at 8. Tickets are $50 and available at WynwoodArtAuction.com. Use the promo code SPRAY and get a 20 percent discount.
So Not Kosher
Chef Jeremiah’s P.I.G. fest needs no porky puns, just a lineup, which has been released to us. The event, taking place from 3 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16 at Brisky Gallery 130 NW 24th St., will feature a stellar selection of chefs from near and far. They are: Brad Kilgore (Alter), Conor Hanlon (The Dutch), Jamie de Rosa (Tongue & Cheek), Todd Erickson (HaVen), Kris Wessel (Oolite), Giorgio Rapicavoli (Eating House), William Crandall (Azul), Michael Pirolo (Macchialina), James Strine (Cafe Boulud Palm Beach), Kyle Foster (Colt &Gray Denver, CO), with snacks by Brian Mullins (Ms. Cheezious), Steve Santana (Masa, a permanent pop by Taquiza), sweets by Josh Gripper (The Dutch) and Giselle Pinto (Sugar Yummy Mama) and, last but never least, spirits curated by Jen Massolo of CRAFT with beer by Jonathan Wakefield Brewery. Tickets are $50 and available at chefjeremiah.com/PIG5.
All Jazzed Up
The Miami Nice Jazz Festival gets even nicer when it partners with The Catalina Hotel and Beach Club, 1732 Collins Ave., on Friday, Nov. 14 and Saturday, Nov. 15 to put on two free shows on the hotel’s terrace, starting at 8 p.m. Friday with Latin Grammy award winner Jorge Moreno and continuing at 8 p.m. Saturday with a show by DJ Oil, Akin Yai, Dinner at the Thompsons and Bebel Gilberto. While the events are free, if you want a VIP table reservation, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funk ‘n’ Jazz
And, while the spirits of Count Basie and Chet Baker may have long vacated the renascent Little Havana hot spot Ball & Chain, 1513 SW 8th St., some new ones are alive and well there. Among them, Latin funksters Electric Piquete, performing two hour-long sets there starting at 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14. DJ Andie Sweetswirl will spin. Get there early enough (by 6 p.m.) and you may or may not hear a set evoking the sounds and vibes of the aforementioned jazz legends, too. There’s no cover.