Beets, Chanukah, Christmas & Festivus for the Rest of Us

Founded by YoungArts alumni Lucas Levya and Andrew Hevia, the Borscht Film Festival was created to allow “locals to tell their stories and offering them a global platform to share them  . . .  and spur dialogue about the city’s culture and identity.” That being said, we’re not sure what it has to do with beets, but at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, Borscht teams with National YoungArts Foundation for a free night of film screenings including shorts created by several YoungArts talent.  There will also be The Multiverse, a “DIY sketch of a theme park devoted to the infinite realities Miami contains.” That’s a deep and intellectual way of saying there will be food, games, rides and a “psychedelic town square.” Not quite American Horror Story, but definitely kooky. The event goes until “late” and is free and open to the public with RSVP to

A Costanza Christmas
Timeless TV show ‘Seinfeld’ turns the holiday season into a lark and jumping on that comedic Christmas/Chanukah bandwagon is the Seinfeld of South Beach bars, the venerable and long running Abbey Brewing Co., 1115 16th St.. On Sunday, Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. The Abbey is hosting it’s 3rd annual Festivus party. Sip Festivus themed drinks and chow on free food until 6 a.m. By then, you may be able to explain Festivus to the rest of us and if you do so in a very Seinfeldian way, you may even win a $50 bar tab. But in true Festivus fashion, it’s a win-win for everyone (else) really.

Matzo Ballers
Christmas Eve for single Jewish folks has become like Christmas morning for kids thanks to the longest running meat market known as the MatzoBall, taking place at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24 at LIV nightclub, 4441 Collins Ave., where singles ages 21-35 — no ageism there or anything — can scope out the pick’ems until 4 a.m. or whenever you may decide you have found the elusive ‘one.’ There are several types of tickets from general admission to the very popular, overcompensating VIP bottle service ticket, so for more information call 561-883-1000. Happy hunting.

Pooling Your Resources
Not such a successful night at the MatzoBall? Consider spending Christmas Day not at the movies or in a Chinese restaurant but at the Arkadia Pool at the Fontainebleau, 4441 Collins Ave. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. when the MatzoBallers take over the place for their first annual MatzoSplash Party where you may have better luck finding a date when they are dressed down in Speedos and bikinis. Or not. Just go with friends and have a laugh –and a splash — as you reunite with camp and high school friends whom you don’t recall ever being as hot as they are now back in the day. Tickets are $35. For more information go to