If you detest a good surprise, you might not want to go on a MoCA Mystery Date, one night of elegant dining and a private art showing at the home of a local collector. But since your mama warned you about the perils of instant gratification, meet patrons and lovers of the local culture scene at the Viceroy Hotel's Happy Hour for a Cause this Thursday and purchase a ticket ($175, or $125 if you're a MoCA Shaker member) for one of the most artful surprises of your life. Be aware you'll be buying blind, though, because the Mystery Dates will take place two months from now. On November 7, the Museo Vault will be filled with some of Miami's most valuable works of art and ticket holders eager to find out which home will play host to their evening a SoBe condo, a postmodern home in the Gables, or even a loft in Wynwood. So sip gratis Grey Goose cocktails, purchase tickets this Thursday, and receive the payoff in two months. Now that's what we call layaway.
Thu., Sept. 3, 7 p.m., 2009