You’re invited if you’ve got game

 

By Lesley Abravanel By | lank@aol.com

At the risk of sounding like an April Fool’s joke — it’s not, we swear — there are still some places on South Beach that cater to locals and exude friendly vibes. Take Lords South Beach, for instance, where the new Wednesday night party actually encourages locals to get to know each other at Game Lords, a night of Twister, beer pong and more. Compete for a free stay at the hotel, other prizes and, best of all, the chance to make a new friend or two, beginning at 8 p.m. And for the skeptics or the shy: Game Lords is for everyone. Says a publicist, “Game Lords is not an all-gay party. The aim of it is to try to encourage community and get to know your neighbors!”

Also wrapping its sceney, swanky arms around the see-and-be-scenesters is the Mandarin Oriental, Miami, which on Sunday will launch Sizzlin’ Sundaze, a weekly beach and pool party from noon to 6 p.m. featuring beach games, DJ-spun lounge music, food, drink and mini spa services. While there’s no cover charge, the debut party will donate 20 percent of the proceeds to the American Red Cross for Japanese disaster relief, so eat up, drink up and spa like it’s free even though it’s not.

Private Eye also boasts a worthy cause, giving partygoers a behind-the-scenes look at the artistic process at the LegalArt Residency, a 1920s converted warehouse featuring studios and communal living space. The event, from 7-10 p.m. on Thursday at 1035 N. Miami Ave., will feature tours, a silent auction, performance art, food, booze and, if you cough up $150 for a special ticket, a limited edition work from one of nine artists. General admission is just $30. After party takes place at The Vagabond. “For eight years, LegalArt has created innovative programming for Miami’s visual arts community. The Private Eye event introduces our biggest accomplishment to date, the opening of our residency program and headquarters. With Private Eye, LegalArt continues to cultivate new collectors while celebrating our city’s dynamic and vibrant artists,” said Carolina Garcia Jayaram, LegalArt co-founder. For tickets and more information, visit www.legalartmiami.org/2011/03/19/legalart-presents-private-eye/.

More fundraising fun takes place at 7 p.m. every Wednesday night at The Shane Center, 6500 Indian Creek Dr., where Bingo Night raises money for scholarships for underprivileged youth at the nonprofit Miami Beach center. Aspiring to prove it’s not your grandma’s bingo night (because grandma is busy playing the video bingo slots at Hard Rock), the event costs $25 per person for 14 games of the old school paper Bingo, or $35 for a fancy electronic version. Not only are there high tech Bingo props, but also large jackpots, free refreshments and free parking. Oh, and a water view, too. For more information, go to www.beachbingo.org or call 305-864-8293.

While a game of bingo may not necessarily get you up on your feet, a free concert by Cuban band Timbalive may. Starting at 9 p.m. Saturday at Kitchen 305, the band will perform hits from its album From Miami A La Habana. There’s also drink specials, an open bar from 9-10 p.m. and a pre- and post-show soundtrack by DJ Rz Spinz.

Also taking place at 9 p.m. Saturday is the “official” grand opening of Trio On the Bay at 1601 79th St. Causeway. Starting with a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception, the affair will feature DJ Vertigo and the requisite red carpet roll-out to assorted locals and VIPs. For table reservations, call 305-866-1234 or for RSVP, e-mail rsvp@jejeconsulting.com.

Finally, weird news is coming from off-Lincoln Road hangout Buck 15, which, along with its sibling Miss Yip, has closed after a disagreement with the landlord on the renewal of the lease. Despite the closure, a publicist has told us that the two spots will relocate to “an undisclosed location” somewhere else on Lincoln. Again, this is not an April Fool’s joke. We always knew Buck 15 wasn’t your typical Miami bar, but we never knew it was the Dick Cheney of watering holes. We will disclose that location as soon as we know it. Stay tuned.

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