You’ve heard it a thousand times: Miami’s arts scene is expanding. We’re really coming into our own, the national newspapers announce each time their reporters visit during Art Basel. Miami is not just South Beach anymore, the travel writers proclaim. Now is the time to put down the news and see it for yourself. Artopia, New Times’ annual arts soiree, is the perfect place to do just that. At its core is the announcement of the winners of this year’s MasterMind Awards, presented by the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. But that’s just the beginning. This year’s event will transform the Coral Gables Museum (285 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables) into the hub of Miami culture this Thursday. Art on display will range from authentic Picassos to pieces by the late local art hero Purvis Young, and Miami creatives including former MasterMind Award winners Drugged Conscience Records and Domingo of the End/Spring Break will all be represented. Attendees can browse the walls to the sounds of Palo!, which will perform live. DJ Andrea Xavier & Jessie Mallie, the Ground Zero Crew, and former MasterMind Award winner Roofless Records will also add to the night’s soundtrack. Along the way, you can nosh on treats from Machiya, Catalina’s Bake Shop, Daily Melt, and other area eateries. And, of course, you’ll enjoy it all with a drink in your hand, courtesy of Beck’s, Rums of Puerto Rico, SX Vodkas, and El Cartel Tequila. Topping it all off, Real Housewives of Miami star and drag queen about town Elaine Lancaster will host the festivities in celebration of the Arsht Center’s upcoming musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
Thu., Feb. 28, 7-10 p.m., 2013