Naked or neon with Nick at the Thompson; Boy George spins WALL; Nat'l Rum Day & David Foster Wallace

Go Naked or Neon
In celebration of Miami publicist Nick D’Annunzio’s (redacted) birthday, from 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday, August 15, his client, Thompson Miami Beach, 4041 Collins Ave., is throwing a Neon or Nothing Night Swim Party, and you are all invited! “The more neon, the more fun,” D’Annunzio says, adding that there will be ample rafts, black light and neon body paint. Those who forget their bathing suits won’t have to go naked, and can borrow a (hopefully) unused bathing suit that will be available at the party. There will also be Dobel Tequila cocktails, music by Leo Medina and, for those who can’t make it home, the hotel is offering a special overnight rate of $139. Nurse your hangover the next morning at a breakfast at Seagrape, followed by yet another booze-and-sun-soaked pool party. Happy Birthday Nick, party (with your bathing suit) on! To join in on the festivities, email Birthday@TaraInk.com.

Instant Karma Chameleon 

54-year-old George Alan O’Dowd may no longer necessarily live up to his name, but when it comes to theatrics, performing and, yep, even spinning, Boy George is as sprightly as they come. Following his and Culture Club’s show at Bayfront Park Friday night, George is heading to WALL Lounge, 2201 Collins Ave. where he will celebrate his after party by taking on the turntables and who knows what else. Doors open at 11 p.m. Cover charge is a steep $60, but not so much for fans of the seminal ’80s band and its colorful bandleader.
 
That’s the Spirits
A new day, a new bar. But the newish Cantinho Beach Bar, 40 South Pointe Dr., is luring boozehounds in like waves beckon towheaded surfers who wished (or think) they lived in California. The Brazilian-inspired beach bar is throwing a 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. happy hour Tuesdays through Fridays featuring half-off draft beers and summer cocktails plus well vodka, wines and whisky ranging from $6 to $7. The dog and family (!) friendly bar also offers Spanish tapas at $3 including tacos and grilled cheese. There’s also board games and a “playlist of soft surf rock.”

Rum Drum
You would think that Sunday, of all days, would be National Day of No National Days, but wrong. This Sunday, August 16 isn’t just Madonna’s birthday, but it’s National Rum Day and, as expected, several local hot spots are getting in on it. Among them, Sidebar, 337 SW 8th St., which, from 3 p.m. to midnight is kicking off its Sidebar Sunday BBQ and National Rum Day with free popsicles by AFROHEAD Rum along with three specialty drinks. The BBQ party will take place every Sunday thereafter, some surely with themes and National Days of assorted booze and foodstuffs, and some without. Also on the Rum Day bandwagon, Nikki Beach, 1 Ocean Drive, which has actually mixed in a little philanthropy, partnering with local charity Style Saves, which provides underprivileged kids with new clothing for back to school by donating $50 from each $350 Mojito Bowl sold all day Sunday. Too steep? Brunch is $50 per person and admission is free.

Post Hysterical Realism
Following O Cinema’s Friday preview of the David Foster Wallace biopic The End of the Tour, Libertine, 40 NE 11th St., is hosting an after party at which ticket holders and O Cinema members will get two free cocktails when the doors open at 10 p.m. Wallace, known for his literary style of hysterical realism, is best known for  his 1996 novel Infinite Jest, described by Time magazine as one of the 100 best English language novels from 1923 to 2005. Wallace sadly committed suicide in 2008, but this is no morbid event. The flick stars Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg and has a rock and roll soundtrack, which befits the downtown hotspot, known for its fair share of Depeche Mode and Blondie mashups.

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