Saturday's Best Art Basel Events: LCD Soundsystem, Mr. Brainwash, and a Fortress of Jarritos

Cure your hangover with Jarritos. It's the Miami way.
Cure your hangover with Jarritos. It's the Miami way.
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It's early. Everything hurts. The sun is streaming through your bedroom window, the one with the shades you forgot to close last night -- or was it already morning; had the sun already risen? -- when you stumbled into bed, drunk on free booze and mind-screwed by all the freaks and their freaky art you encountered throughout the evening. 


You're still wearing one of your shoes. There's lipstick on your neck. In the back pocket of your pants: a handful of brightly colored synthetic feathers. Where the hell did those come from?

Under these circumstances, you might be tempted to stay in bed to sleep off that hangover. To which we at Cultist say: MAN UP. Art Basel comes but once a year, and doing it right means doing it 24/7. Yes, they say it's a marathon, not a sprint. But if you want to win that marathon, you still have to run pretty damn fast.

So wake up the stranger next to you, get your ass in the shower, and head to these events.

Nada Pool Party: Freaky artists take over the Deauville pool with installations, interactive projects, performances, DJs, the works. Runs from 2-7 p.m. Admission is free with RSVP to rsvp@michellefinocchi.com.

Bakehouse Art Miami Afterparty: Two exhibits, dozens of artists' galleries to explore, plus free Becks, Jordan wine, and that Arizona Lemon Fizz stuff they're hawking everywhere this year. Runs from 7-11 p.m. Admission costs $10, unless you're a BAC member or Art Miami VIP, in which case it's free. Visit Bakehouse on Facebook.

Heineken Mural Project Street Party: You'll be dancin' in the streets with Hawaiian artist Estria and the hip-hop sounds of Plan Beats Radio. The pre-party starts at 4 p.m., with the real stuff going down from 7 p.m. until who knows when at 313 NW 25th St.

Upcoming Events

Second Saturday Art Walk: Oh yeah, that's happening too. Because you needed another reason to see art this weekend.

Crash the Ball: Class things up with a fancy Miami Art Museum party (without paying for the $1,000 privilege of attending its annual fundraising ball). Tickets cost $150, but Hedy Goldsmith's desserts are priceless, so you're still getting a damned good bargain. Crash the Ball runs from 10 p.m. - 2 a.m. Visit miamiartmuseum.org.

LCD Soundsystem R.I.P.: Nancy Whang of the recently departed LCD Soundsystem is just one of the special guests who'll hit up South Beach's Hotel Victor to help launch LCD, a book of photos from the group's last seven years of touring. It runs from 9 p.m. - 2 a.m. Visit hotelvictorsouthbeach.com.

Mestizo City: There's a giant cube of Jarritos. Need we say more? It's open to the public during the day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., but you'll want to visit again at 9 p.m. when Robert Rodriguez' band Chingon plays a free show.

Casa de Don Julio: Mr. Brainwash -- you may not like his aesthetic, but you can't deny that it just doesn't feel like Art Basel without him. He's hosting an installation at Boulan South Beach tonight, and it's sponsored by Tequila Don Julio, which means that you can just do shots until you appreciate his work. The installation's open all night; VIP hour starts at 8:30 p.m.

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