Velvet Underground: Drink around the world in the Design District, go on a Mystery Date for MOCA, and let a lo-fi folk singer serenade you at the Freehand
Sip worldly spirits at the Moore Building, dine with art collectors, and close out the Freehand's Lobby Sessions event series
Global Inebriation Initiative
It's one thing to get sloppily sozzled in a bar, but it's an entirely different situation when you booze yourself around a virtual world of more than 100 specialty drinks, cocktails and spirits at something called the "Drink Around the World Festival." Then it's just called jet setting. Taking place from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24 at the Moore Building, 4040 NE 2nd Ave., the event challenges you to stamp a spirited passport through 12 countries, in which you will sip vodka, Champagne, tequila, sake, run, wine, beer and whiskey. Suddenly we feel a little queasy. That being said, proceeds from the event will benefit Ronald McDonald House charities. Tickets are $85 and available at drinkaroundtheworldfestival.com.
In celebration of the first American museum exhibition by acclaimed British artist Tracey Emin, Miami's Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), 770 NE 125th St., is throwing a little bash from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 featuring performances by Miami-based bands Jacuzzi Boys and Awesome New Republic (ANR). At 8 p.m., Lolo will spin. Thirst quenchers will be provided by Heineken. The bands will cover their favorite music from the UK. Admission is $10 and free to MOCA members. mocanomi.org.
Shake It Like a Polaroid Picture
Speaking of MOCA, ticket sales for its annual Feb. 1 MOCA Shaker's Mystery Dates close on Jan. 27. Mystery Dates, for the uninitiated, starts at the museum with a Grey Goose-saturated cocktail party at which guests find out which art collector's private party they will attend that very night. Dinners will be held at Kathryn and Dan Mikesell's MiMo house in Morningside, artist George Sanchez-Calderon's working studio on the Miami River and art consultant Lizzie Dascal's vegan-chic South Beach apartment. New homes this year include a bayside manse on the Venetian Islands, an elegant residence in Key Biscayne's Grand Bay Towers and a dazzling apartment on WIlliams Island. After dinner, party people will compare notes at SET. Tickets are $200 per person with a $50 discount for MOCA Shakers members. mocanomi.org.
Concluding The Lobby Sessions at Freehand Miami, 2727 Indian Creek Dr., at 10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30 is Lo-fi folk artist Vio/Miré, the stage name of Rhode Island-based musician Brendan Glasson, about whom Folk Radio UK said "an artist whom you find to be both refreshing yet somehow like an old friend, in the stories they share and the emotions they stir up."
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- Velvet Underground: African music and culture takes the stage at the Afro Roots World Music Festival and The Broken Shaker invites you to party poolside this Sunday