The music, the madness and the art of the party

Funky Fridays
Because Miami is more mature now and because there’s nothing less flattering than your own pallor when the lights go up at a club, happy hours are all the rage and going out early is the new staying out until the next morning. Hopping on that bandwagon is Semilla Eatery & Bar, 1330 Alton Rd., where, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. every Friday, there’s a special happy hour menu including wine, Florida draft beer, specialty cocktails, foodstuffs for $6 and an ‘eclectic mix of house, electronica and techno.” All before 4 a.m. Imagine that?! For more information go to

Arty for the Party
If you’re not an artist this weekend, you can pretend to be one and possibly get away with it. Take Miami-based bon vivant Michael Dreiling, for instance, whose performance artist name is the Nostradamus of Trend, who says, “Interesting how anyone can become an artist with no talent and propose paintings for $1 million. In the New Year, I will become an artist and will sell my paintings for $2 million. After all, I was the occasional assistant to Jean Michel Basquiat.”  Artist or not, you can party like one this weekend vis a vis a few events, some related to art, others not so much. Not even closely related to Art Basel but taking place during, two of Miami’s best reggae roots rock acts play at Jazid, 1342 Washington Ave., on Friday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 6. Inna Sense plays Friday, Le Revol on Saturday. Doors open for both at 9 p.m. Cover is just $10. Not a bad way to escape the Basel frazzle.

Paris in the House
Or, you can just dive right into it at Wall Miami Beach’s (2201 Collins Ave.) Art Basel Edition with Guest DJ Paris Hilton. Yep, you read right. Since her singing career didn’t pan out too well, the woman who launched a thousand Kardashians will show off her scratching skills Friday, Dec. 5. Those of us who remember her — cough — vocal debut at the now defunct Pawn Shop many moons ago think this is a very good move on her part. Open to the public, but at doorman’s discretion so approach at your own risk. 

Grin and Barre It
If DJ Paris is too much for you to handle, consider Charlie Tonelli’s Hostess Miami TV Series Photo Exhibit, taking place at Barre Motion, 1560 Lenox Ave.,  on South Beach from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. This one showcases black and white photography from Tonelli’s show that profiles “the transforming power of the lens on hostesses, waitresses and bartenders” from area restaurants including Red, The Steakhouse, Ball & Chain, Seasalt and Pepper and more. Party features wine, food and the exhibit’s subjects. Open to the public with RSVP to

Monkeying Around

In celebration of lead singer Majica’s birthday, award winning worldbeat rockers The Baboons are taking their talents to Bavaria visa vis Fritz & Franz Bierhaus, 60 Merrick Way, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. Raise a stein or 12 as the band plays a three set gig that may or may not include sing alongs and conga lines. How do you say gemütlichkeit en Espanol? For more information go to or