Basel Binge

Get loaded on art while the economy tanks.

Take one down and pass it around: After catching a nap, mosey over to Basel's beachside Art Positions "container village" at Collins Park between 21st and 22nd streets, which houses 20 top-drawer upstart galleries. The village will also feature performances including Christian Jankowski in "Above All, I'm an Artlover" Friday at 8 p.m. Jankowski will riff on the evils of consumerism and art, in a production that will be something like an art market Home Shopping Network.

1,700 bottles of beer on the wall: At Fountain Miami (2505 N. Miami Ave., Miami), organizers aren't messing around. The guerrilla-style event, named for Marcel Duchamp's urinal, is back for its second year. Veteran Baselites will fondly remember the fair's deadly absinthe bar last year. This year, organizers have switched to Dos Equis beer, with 70 cases on tap to quaff the most discerning art palate. Chase a cold one down with some of the headiest art in town Friday from 7 p.m. to midnight during its official artist reception.

Give the liver a break until sundown: It's Saturday afternoon and by now your tongue feels like one of Joseph Beuys's felt pieces, and your bowels are rumbling. It's time for a laxative and a visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art (770 NE 125th St., North Miami) to clear the air. MoCA will premiere "Anri Sala: Purchase Not by Moonlight," featuring seven of Sala's films from the late Nineties to the present. There will also be photographs and sculptures related to space and time. The exhibit marks the first major U.S. museum show of the Albanian artist's work. If a gabfest is what you crave instead, the Wolfsonian (1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) will host a design marathon called "Five Minutes of Designed Freedom" from 1 to 5 p.m., during which 35 artists and designers will take up the mike and yak for five minutes to celebrate freedom of expression. The event will honor Dutch designer Wim Crouwel, and a multimedia performance by Elliot Earls will follow.

They're eating it up at the fair.
They're eating it up at the fair.

Rush for the last few bottles of beer on the wall: Sundown arrives with Wynwood's galleries opening at 7 p.m. for their annual Basel Bash. Nearly a hundred spaces will feature their show ponies in eye-popping exhibits that are hands down among the best you'll experience all year. Locust Projects (105 NW 23rd St., Miami) is celebrating its 10th anniversary from 7 to 11 p.m. with "Inevitable Continuum," an exhibit representing the cross section of innovative sculpture, drawing, painting, installation, digital media, and mural projects — many site-specific — for which the pioneering nonprofit has become known. A few blocks away, "Kill Your Idols/Punk Is Everything" is a head-rattling show that pairs compelling photography by Eileen Polk with original punk flyer/poster art from the collection of Bryan Ray Turcotte. Open until 2 a.m., the event, located at 3852 N. Miami Ave., includes live performances by cutting-edge artists such as Matt & Kim, Reigning Sound, Pink Reason, and others. A visual and audio smorgasbord for the senses, it will leave you waking up the next day with a nasty hangover from all the booze and noise.

No more broken bottles of beer, please: After blowing a tire leaving Wynwood, you admit it's time to cry uncle and say enough is enough. Face it — this is the point when even a jolly FDR would put a kibosh on the boozing for the sake of homeland security. Sunday is the last chance to hit the Miami Beach Convention Center and catch the elite 220 galleries from across the globe. A sure cure for the hangover might be all the Botoxed Basel sourpusses moaning about how sales sucked. As FDR would say: Happy days are here again!

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