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OmniArt December 3, 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., NE 2nd Avenue at 13th Street, Miami.

Frisbee Art Fair

FRISBEE is a free-flying, fledgling art fair organized by New York curator Anat Ebgi to "challenge the constitution of an art fair." Emphasizing overlap among creative disciplines, FRISBEE features artist performances, collaborative projects, and activities that engage participation by the public. Look for the Self-Esteem Salon, perpetrated by New York artist Cheri Nevers, various documentation of New York artists Chris Verene and Christian Holstad's performance hilarity, a site-specific audio-visual extravaganza by Brian Belott, and the release of a FRISBEE limited-edition artist's book by New York/Miami artist Jen DeNike. Painter Elizabeth Huey, a grown-up, Yale-finished Henry Darger, shows her manic, narrative collage paintings. Alexandre Singh's performance of An Instructional Lecture on Economix, will take place at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, December 4, in the hotel's conference room. In addition to Ebgi, other FRISBEE participants include ARENA (New York), Byron Cohen Gallery (Kansas City), and Capsule Gallery (New York). Curators include Miami's José-Carlos Diaz (Worm-Hole Laboratory). -- Michelle Weinberg

FRISBEE Art Fair December 2-5, Thursday through Saturday 3:00 to 9:00 p.m, Sunday 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., Cavalier Hotel, 1320 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 646-281-1112.

From top: Ara Peterson and Jim Drain, “Wiggin Village," Wendy Wischer, “Feeling Blue," Work by Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova
From top: Ara Peterson and Jim Drain, “Wiggin Village," Wendy Wischer, “Feeling Blue," Work by Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova
From top: Painting by Brandon Opalka, Tania Bruguera, “Autobiografia," Patricia Van Dalen, "Picnic Garden"
From top: Painting by Brandon Opalka, Tania Bruguera, “Autobiografia," Patricia Van Dalen, "Picnic Garden"

A veteran Miami artist and a great sculptor, Robert Thiele's work deals with the essence of matter: weight, history, and geometry coagulating matter into abstract, basaltic monuments. The pieces are delicate and serene, though they also seem crushed and layered by the forces of prehistoric millennia. In keeping with this is Thiele's practice of titling his works by number, as if they were the result of a dig in sedimentary strata. The surfaces and shapes are appealing, often showing fickle traces of all that has been wiped out and ends up inside the object's core. The indentations and crevices on the pieces' surfaces are like trauma on delicately colored minerals. Thiele usually arranges his series meticulously, suggesting the tacit beauty of both sameness and divergence. This art presents our human time as traces deposited, buried, and squeezed into bitumen. -- Alfredo Triff

"Six-Eight" Through December 31, Barbara Gillman Gallery, 3814 NE Miami Ct., Miami; 305-573-1920.

-scope/Miami

Within the rooms of the Townhouse Hotel on South Beach, -scope/Miami presents more than 70 exhibitors offering one-person shows organized by emerging galleries (national and international), curators, and art institutions. Built in 1939, the six-story hotel has been creatively redefined by acclaimed young Paris-based designer India Mahdavi. Experience performance art throughout the hotel and at various locations in and around Miami.

Check out two of Miami's best performers: Maria José Arjona in Nomad Territory and IPO with performer Octavio Campos in collaboration with film/video artist Dinorah de Jesus Rodriguez and visual artist (and New Times contributor) Michelle Weinberg. Miami artist Mark Koven will perform Cream, which -scope describes this way: "Incorporates 3-D photography and a parked ice cream cart emitting eerie sounds from which a vendor indifferently dispenses product." Additional artist projects can be found in the hotel's lobby, elevators, hallways, and rooftop, as well as off-site. -- Alfredo Triff

-scope/Miami December 2-5, 10:00 a.m. to midnight, 150 20th St. (at Collins Avenue), Miami Beach; 305-534-3800.

Don't Trust Anybody Over 30

Billed as "Art Loves Puppet Rock," a live puppet rock opera, on the Art Basel schedule, Don't Trust Anybody Over 30 is an example of the ambitious, interdisciplinary projects commissioned by TRANS> magazine. Sculptor Dan Graham leads a creative dream team: seminal video artists Paul McCarthy and Tony Oursler, marionettes made by Phillip Hubert of Being John Malkovich fame, and music written by Rodney Graham and Sonic Youth. Sixty minutes in length, Don't Trust Anybody Over 30 will be performed with live musical accompaniment by the Brooklyn-based band Japanther. Already booked into international art fairs and museums, Don't Trustsends up the youth-obsessed, protest-happy, counterculture of the Sixties and examines how the flawed ideals of that era have morphed into a more ambivalent response by a generation grown older in today's political environment. Known for performances, installations, and architectural sculpture that transgress staid boundaries of artistic production, Graham began his career as a rock-music critic. Also on view is Don't Trust Anybody Over 30: The Story Board, a wall installation of drawings, LCD screens, and framed artworks that document the creative process and various stages of the multimedia piece during its development. -- Michelle Weinberg

Don't Trust Anybody Over 30 December 2-5, 5:00 p.m., Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach. Limited seating. Check the TRANS> booth at Art Basel for ticket availability (convention center M1; 646-486-0252).

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