Shakers Not Stirred
The MOCA Shakers, the Museum of Contemporary Art’s young professionals club, know how to party. And rather than hearing members squawk about it on Twitter and Facebook, a $150 annual membership fee will get you physically into the swanky, arty events like the one from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, June 29 at the exclusive de la Cruz Collection (23 NE 41st St., Wynwood) where none other than esteemed art collector and enthusiast Rosa de la Cruz will host. De la Cruz collection manager Ibett Yanez will join her in presenting an encapsulated history of art. Following the lecture and collection tour there will be cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Event is free for the Shakers. To shake that group up and join, call 305-893-6211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Four Seasons Hotel Miami (1435 Brickell Ave., Miami) is shedding its seasonal stodginess and inviting everyone to its Summer Saturday pool party, kicking off from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 30. A $25 cover will get you into the pool, where "high energy music, butler-passed frozen treats,” a ping pong table and Henna artist using half naked bodies as a canvas will keep things interesting. A bar inside the hotel's wading pool will dole out all sorts of shaken spirits and a taco bar will keep everyone well fed. For the high rollers, VIP cabana packages for four people are available at $150 and include a bottle of champagne, water and a fruit platter. Reservations are required via either the hotel's Facebook page, phone call to 305-358-3535, or email to mordelaine.almonte@Fourseasons.com. The party will run through September 30.
The Full Moonty
A full moon on July 3 will do its best to outshine the following day's fireworks and to celebrate that moon, Pierre's and Morada Bay Beach Cafe (81600 Overseas Highway, Islamorada) a short drive away in Islamorada will throw its legendary Full Moon Party featuring the Spam Allstars, DJs, a bonfire, Bahamian junkanoo band, flame throwers and more. Entrance to the beach party is $15 and admission into Pierre's is $30, or a prix fixe $85 dinner which includes admission to the indoor party. Reservations are highly recommended. Doors open at 5 p.m., but the party really gets going around 9 p.m.
There are a zillion parties for the 4th of July. Some will rock, others will just fizzle like a bum sparkler. While we can't promise fireworks, we can suggest a few events that can. From 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on July 4, Bianca at the Delano (1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach) hosts an All-American Backyard BBQ with ribs, lobsters, oysters and, for a more foodie twist on things: white truffle ice cream. There's also a live performance by six piece Joshua Stedman Band. Cost is $75 per person. To reserve, call 305-674-5752. Over on Key Biscayne, the Rusty Pelican (3201 Rickenbacker Cswy, Key Biscayne) is doing something similar with an all you can eat BBQ featuring American classics at $65 per adult or half price for active and retired service members. Beer and wine are included; tax and tip are not. The buffet will be available all day in the newly renovated second floor event space which features stellar views of the city's fireworks display. To reserve, call 305-361-3818. And on Brickell, check out Brother Jimmy's, the new BBQ spot at 900 South Miami Ave., which is throwing a preview July 4th block party in advance of its opening from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. featuring free pig roast, free Sailor Jerry Rum cocktails, beer and more. New Orleans based band Rockin Dopsie, Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters will perform.
Hip Hop Hooray
You needn't be Jay Z to party like him at SET's new Wednesday night Make Hip Hop History party featuring DJ Fly Guy spinning old school faves (320 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach). Channel your inner Rihanna, Will I. Am and Usher, all who have been spotted there, starting at 11 p.m. Cover is $25 at the door.