The RAW Deal
Art can be found everywhere, from the surrealistic smiley face drawn on your check at the local Chili's to a purposeful piece of graffiti somewhere in Wynwood. Sometimes it's nice to see these things all under one roof. International independent arts organization RAW: natural born artists is doing just that with En Masse from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday, Aug. 23 at LMNT (55 NW 36th St.) showcasing local emerging artists in film, music, performing arts, fashion, hair, makeup, photography, and visual art. In other words, according to their website, an "artistic circus of creativity." Open to the public, the event is $20 cash at the door. There's a cash bar. Attire is cocktail. For lineup and more information, go to www.RAWartists.org/miami/enmasse.
Los Angeles-based producer DJ Carnage is bringing his Six Rings Tour to Miami at 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 at Mansion (1235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). Carnage has teamed up with Dutch producer Tony Junior to release their next major single “Michael Jordan” with powerhouse label Dim Mak Records. “Michael Jordan”—an homage to the iconic basketball player and his legendary jersey number #23—shows Carnage and Tony Junior flirting with enormous trance builds and thrashing hardstyle flavor for a new sound set to take the EDM crowds by storm. Tickets are $40.25. For more information, go to www.mansionmiami.com.
There's something swell about piano lounges. Just check out Miami's fabulous Magnum Lounge (709 NE 79th St.) and you'll get it with the first show tune. For a new piano lounge experience, check out The Flat (500 S. Pointe Dr., Miami Beach) from 8 p.m. every Wednesday, and you'll experience guest pianists, jazz singers and more, arranged by South Florida music director Randy Singer. On Wednesday, August 28, the headliner is Big Brooklyn Red. Music genres may be different, but they all have a common goal: to sound anything but the name of the venue in which they are performing.
Painting the Town
As much as we love Instagram, it's time to put the phones down and actually interact with people in the flesh armed with social graces and, yep, a paint brush. Paint Nite has found its way into the Miami market, billi--er, painting itself as "a fun and creative way for people to drink, paint and socialize with others in the comfort of their favorite local bar or restaurant." “Miami has some of the most talented artists in the country and an amazing bar scene, the ideal combination for great Paint Nites,” said co-founder Dan Hermann. So what happens? A professional artist will provide instruction and, depending on how much you've imbibed, you either follow or stray. Either way, it's fun. Paint Night events are taking place at 7 p.m. August 26 at Balans at the UM Life Science and Technology Park, 1951 NW 7th Ave., at 7 p.m. that same night at Fado Irish Pub in Mary Brickell Village, at 7 p.m. on August 27 at Baru Urbano in Brickell and at 7 p.m. on August 28 at Baru Urbano Doral. For tickets and more information, go to www.paintnite.com.
Not all Ladies' Nights are as cheesy as A Night at The Roxbury. In fact, it's quite the opposite over at hipster haven Wood Tavern (2531 NW 2nd Ave.) where, from 8 p.m. until midnight every Wednesday, the fairer sex receive free well drinks. As for those chasing the fairer sex, well, we can't promise they're all dairy free.
Hitting a Nerve
There are art films and then there are art films. At 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, MOCA (770 NE 125th St., North Miami) presents its annual Optic Nerve festival featuring short films by an impressive list of artists from around the world. Prior to the screening, there's some cocktail conversation hosted by Aram Moshayedi, Optic Nerve juror and curator at the Hammer Museum in LA. Following the talk will be two screenings, one at 8 and then again at 9. In between will be an Artist Reception with St. Germain cocktails and music by DJ Danny Clapp. Space is limited and free with museum admission ($5 adults, $3 students and seniors and free for members and residents of North Miami.) Optic Nerve 15 will also play continuously during museum hours on Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25.