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Grape Tidings

Big bottle brings benevolence

SAT 10/2

Medical experts have said a glass of red wine each day can have beneficial health effects. At a mammoth 130 liters, the bottle of Beringer Vineyards 2001 Private Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon currently making its way across the country on a 25th anniversary tour of 27 Morton's, The Steakhouse, restaurants could keep you in grape-ful good health for a very, very long time. After showing off in various cities, the bottle, recognized as the world's largest by the Guinness Book of World Records, will eventually arrive in New York City and be auctioned off by Sotheby's with proceeds benefiting the Share Our Strength organization that fights hunger. (How much will a giant corkscrew cost?) Tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 the bottle, a.k.a. the Maximus, visits Morton's in downtown Miami (1200 Brickell Ave.). For 40 bucks you can sip two types of Beringer wines, nibble on hors d'oeuvres, and pose for photos with the monster bottle. Call 305-400-9990.--Nina Korman

High Jinks

Child's Play

SAT 10/2

There was a time when the local sandbox set might not have known a Michelangelo or Leonardo from a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. Now, with a museum of their very own, tykes can "Cowabunga!" to their hearts' content in a learning-friendly cultural playground. Celebrating its first anniversary, at 8:30 p.m. the Miami Children's Museum (980 MacArthur Cswy.) will host the Be a Kid Again Gala, benefiting its educational programs. Honorary chairpersons Tracy and Alonzo Mourning will clang the recess bell, urging revelers to unleash the child within. Tickets cost $175. Call Lisa Bowser at 305-373-5437. -- Carlos Suarez De Jesus

Political Partying

THU 9/30

Michael Moore said, "Maybe we need to have a slogan that says, öBush and Kerry both suck ... That's why I'm voting for John Kerry.'" Well, consider this, Mr. Moore: Captain Morgan 4 President! George W. is just as obtuse but not half as much fun since he quit the drink and drugs, and got all born-again Christian on us. Kerry is a bit of a stuffed shirt. What the White House needs is some good, old-fashioned, drunken belligerence in there to shake things up. Unfortunately, Captain Morgan wasn't summoned to debate, so instead, you're invited to a private, free happy hour featuring live music and food! Look for Captain Morgan 4 President supporters handing out tickets on South Beach and in Coconut Grove this afternoon from noon till 2:00. Tonight at 7:00, party in the politics-free zone on Ponce De Leon Boulevard near San Amaro Drive in Coral Gables. Call 305-358-3767. -- Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursik


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