Sweet Summer Nights
If you’re too old for sleepaway camp but wish you could channel your childhood summers for at least a night or three, consider checking out the Hotel Victor and Sugar Factory’s free Monday movie nights, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 13 with a screening of the trippy classic, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” On July 11, the movie is the less trippy and tres doux (sweet in French) “Chocolat” and on August 8, it’s the saccharine Southern flick “Sweet Home Alabama.” The movies will be screened on the hotel’s second floor via a giant outdoor screen and there will be free popcorn and half priced candy bags from Sugar Factory.
From sweets to savories, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink is throwing its own homage to heat and humidity via Genuine Summer Series, taking place in the Design District’s Palm Court, 140 NE 39th St. from 6-9 p.m. Friday, June 10 with a Sundown Grillout. For $85 (plus tax and tip) enjoy a cocktail hour with passed food followed by a three-course seated dinner featuring pairings by Wines of Germany with an emphasis on Riesling, and live music from Marcus Grant “Mutes & Roots” Jazz Trio.
The series continues from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, July 8 with OMG! Picnic & A Movie, featuring an O Cinema screening of the not-yet-released documentary film “Search for Israeli Cuisine” accompanied by a meal inspired by the movie. The cost is $65 plus tax and tip. Booze included in the ticket price are Michael’s Genuine bottled cocktail, rosé, and beer.
Last but not least is the Genuine Beer Court from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, August 12 featuring lawn games, Michael’s house-made “Chex mix”, three food stations, and, of course, beers. Tickets are $55 plus tax. High rollers who want to attend all three events may purchase a bundled package at a discounted price of $200 (15 percent off the regular price). Guests who purchase this ticket will automatically be added to each event guest list for check-in at the door. For more information, call 305-573-5550.
Soccer, Football, Tomato, Tomahto
Whatever you call the game, American Social Brickell, 690 SW 1st Court, is hosting a series of Copa America watch parties through June 26. While it has nothing to do with the Copa Cabana, the watch parties sure will be festive on their own, with $3 Heinekens, $5 Bacardi drinks and $6 Buchanan cocktails throughout the duration of the games, which, for those of you who have zero interest in these games, ahem, can be a really long time. Fans are invited to sport their fave country’s colors or jersey to win a $500 AmSo gift card. Every time you show up in colors, you will be entered to win. The final drawing will take place at the end of the Centenario on June 26. Now there’s a goaaaaal for all of us!
20 Years of Jazid
While the traditional gift for a 20-year anniversary would be china, Jazid, 1342 Washington Ave., wants nothing of the sort. The venerable Miami Beach live music spot just wants people who appreciate good, live music to join them in a big celebration of their successes and unprecedented South Beach survival. Beginning at 11 p.m. Saturday, June 11, Jazid mainstays Jahfe and Inna Sense, headliners of the club’s mega-successful Reggae Sundays, will perform. Cover is $10. There will also be major reminiscing. In fact, owner Daniel Wohlstein looks back and says, “My favorite performance was Suenalo March 4, 2006, the very day after I bought the club. I was so happy and I had such a good time and remember I sitting in the middle of the dance area my business partner Carlos Rojas, and club was simply packed up to the stairs. The little club that could has endured and persevered.” Co-owner Tony Alarcon agrees, saying “I see Jazid as a Mecca for musicians and DJs from all genres and cultures. It is basically the CBGB’s of Miami, a culture in and of itself, an ecosystem of sorts. It is a real place for real people in a town glittered with pretentious and capitalistic aspirations. Jazid has withstood the test of time and will continue to do so for many years to come.” Others will remember nights when Billy Corgan from The Smashing Pumpkins showed up to perform, or perhaps the night when one of the members of Phish jammed unexpectedly. And then there was 2008, when Prince dropped by and sat in with Jazid regulars Xperimento on a Wednesday, then with Suenalo the very next Saturday. One never knows who may drop by. For more information, go to www.jazid.net and here’s to 20 more years of real, live music!