Nostalgia in Blume
Any (mostly) literate female has whet their literary appetites on a Judy Blume book at some point in their lives, right? If not, for shame. Either way, the OG of chick lit will be talking about those dog-eared pages in Forever, among other things, plus her latest adult (!) novel, In the Unlikely Event, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 15 at Temple Judea, 5500 Granada Blvd. WLRN’s Alicia Zuckerman will conduct the conversation that will no doubt bring you back to realizing that Blume is a literary icon like no other, spawning countless imitators and inspiring titles such as Chelsea Handler’s Are You there Vodka, It’s Me Chelsea, among other things. A voucher admitting two to the event is required and available when you buy a copy of the new book at any Books & Books store. You’ll get Blume’s autograph too, and maybe a chance to thank her for making your journey through puberty a little more tolerable.
The Ego and the Jazid
Many South Beach clubs have promised to deliver unforgettable experiences and, gag, “epic” nights only to fall victim to the curse of the ego. Too cocky, too many promises and too little of what it takes to survive. Jazid, 1342 Washington Ave., on the other hand, is one of the lone survivors, celebrating a successful, unprecedented 19 years with a weekend full of what has made it last this long in the first place: excellent live music. Reggae powerhouse Inna Sense performs at 11 p.m. Friday, June 12 and Latin reggae/urban soul outfit Xperimento performs at 11 p.m. Saturday. Oski Foundation is also performing on the 12th and its founder-slash-booking agent Oski Gonzalez says, “The place really lives up to its reputation of being a multi-cultural mix of Latin and American jazz, funk, cumbia, reggae, rock and more.” Owner Daniel Wohlstein is humbled. “We couldn’t be prouder to be Miami Beach live music survivors. While we’ve seen lots of clubs come and go, Jazid is still around to offer the best live bands in town. I invite everyone to celebrate nineteen great years of music and good times with two of our favorites, Inna Sense and Xperimento.” Cover is $10.
Save Water, Spray Champagne
Hyde Beach at the SLS South Beach, 1701 Collins Ave., is doing its part to save the environment on a monthly basis with its XIV Sessions whose motto is to Save Water, Spray Champagne. You can do just that starting at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 14 when the theme takes on a decidedly darker tone as Blackout Sessions covers all mirrors (you can still check yourself out with your own phones, whew), dresses staff in all black and turns up the strobe lights as hundreds of pounds of confetti drop on you in a bacchanalian blizzard of bliss. DJ YSL and Damaged Goods will play along headliners Manufactured Superstars. Champagne will spray and some heads will undoubtedly roll. Tickets are available by calling 305-455-2990 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
To those petulant peeps who constantly harp Miami’s so-called “fakeness,” consider either moving or taking a closer look at people and places who are – yikes! – real, such as LILT Lounge, 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, whose monthly Party For A Cause event raises awareness of everything but fakery. This month’s party, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 13 celebrates the 5th anniversary of the PARK Project, whose aim is to spread the message of its acronym–Perform Acts of Random Kindness. “With a mission to inspire and empower people to leave their mark and PARK for whatever cause moves them, PARK Project in return, donates half of the registration fee directly to the cause of your choice.” Tickets are $20 per person in advance or $20 at the door and include valet, a cocktail and snacks. Instead of posting those tired Huffington Post articles, go to www.eventbrite.com and buy a ticket instead.