TWO Parties at FIFTY
While we still don’t quite get why some places PUT THEIR NAMES IN ALL CAPS, FIFTY Ultra Lounge at the Viceroy, 485 Brickell Ave., can be forgiven at least this weekend when it throws two very splashy, flashy events that may be worthy of ALL THE SHOUTING. Starting at 10 p.m. Saturday, DJ Irie will spin a special set for a crowd encouraged to wear “their best Miami Heat fashions.” Please, people, no Bieber slash Vanilla Ice costumes. On Sunday, it’s Paradise Sundays pool party starting at 1 p.m. and featuring sounds by Grant Grosky, The Doods, Garbage Glenn, Jay Zell, Phoenix Jagger, Eric P. and a special appearance by the Party Robot. For information ON THESE EVENTS AT FIFTY, call 305-503-4400.
Detroit Rock City
Detroit is known for many things: cars, Eminem, Kid Rock, Madonna, Hardcore Pawn, er, bankruptcy, and the legendary hip-hop trio Slum Village, which is making an exclusive SoFla stop at 10 p.m. Friday at The Stage Miami, 170 NE 38th St. The show, in support of their new release, “Evolution,” will also feature local urban poets Artofficial as well as DJs Heron, Klassik and Exes. It’s kind of a big deal. “We are thrilled to be hosting the Slum Village during their only SoFla performance,” says talent buyer / promoter Johann Torres. “To this day they are creating exciting hip-hop music and carrying on the innovative legacy of the late founding member J Dilla.” Tickets are $20 and available by clicking here.
Just Say Ra
Sweat is the new black, at least during the summer months, but to cool you off and make you appreciate that you live in the sweaty tropics, RA Sushi, 5829 SW 73rd St. in South Miami, is offering a special $18 “Tropical Pairing” from Thursday through Sept. 30. The dazzling duo includes a Jalapeno Pineapple Shrimp entree and a Coco Kanpai cocktail — fresh lime juice and mint muddled with Kai Coconut Pandan vodka, St. Germain Elderflower liqueur, fresh juices and a splash of ginger beer. Hot and cool, just like summers in Miami.
Saturday Night Alive
To counter the fact that it has played a part in the dumbing down of civilization and Justin Bieber’s career, MTV actually does a few good things, too, including its Staying Alive organization. Launched in 1998, Staying Alive is the world’s largest multimedia global HIV and AIDS prevention campaign that challenges stigma and discrimination associated with HIV and AIDS as well as empowers young people to protect themselves from infection. The Emmy award-winning campaign consists of documentaries, public service announcements, youth forums and Web content. From 9 to 11 p.m. Thursday the organization is throwing a fundraiser at Wall at the W South Beach, 2201 Collins Ave. In addition to free drinks there will be music by DJ Mauricio Parra and a special performance by Manu Musica. There is no cover, but a $20 voluntary donation gets you an MTV Staying Alive bracelet, a free drink and a raffle ticket.