Art Basel Miami Beach: Ten Places to Spot a Celeb Listening to Music

​Art Basel Miami Beach is a horrible, crippling beast. It stands, hovering over the first week of December, forcing free drinks down your throat, making you listen to terrible music and look at bad art.

Sometimes, though, every once in a while, it takes a step back and shows you the light, something that expands your perspective on art and life, gives you a tasty drink, and lets you enjoy a moment of quality music-making.

The other nice thing Basel does is bring celebrities into town. Not that celebrities are good or nice or worth anything special. But they're fun to look at and point at and gossip about.

Last night, P. Diddy and Naomi Campbell hit up Design Miami's opening night. Who cares, right? But it's sort of neat. Don't lie, you want to see Puff Daddy.

Definitely, you will find the art elite breakfasting at the Rubell Family Collection, but you'll have to go elsewhere to peep celebs of the lower-brow ilk. Here are a few suggestions for your Baseling pleasure!

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The Power of the Deitch

Jeffery Deitch hosted an art talk at Soho House two days ago and Pharrell appeared. Impressive? Typical. Deitch annually throws a private dinner for collectors at the Raleigh the Wednesday before Basel officially kicks off. In the past, there have been magical David Byrne sightings at this musically enhanced event. A live concert accompanies drinks and dessert. Shows we've seen there before include The Gossip, Devendra Banhart, and last year, LCD Sound system. Tonight, this is the best Basel place to see stars and hear live music. Expect performances by 2 Many DJs and Soulwax at 1775 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach.

Is there any creature more famous than Mickey Mouse?
Is there any creature more famous than Mickey Mouse?

Love Me Some Jeremy Scott

Jeremy Scott is filling Base on Lincoln Road with his fashion genius for a weeklong pop-up shop. If you've been to the store, you know that you can not only listen to music there, you can also purchase hard to find CDs. Celebs love Scott, so expect to see someone famous. The VIP party is tonight from 8 to 10:30 p.m. at 939 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach and features 42Below Vodka. The store will be up for a bit.

Making Brigitte Proud

Bardot has a crazy lineup this Art Basel week. Tonight, there's Macy Gray. Tomorrow, it's Neon Indian. But Friday will be the night that you'll get to see and hear Moby. He's the kind of guy who's still hot on the scene after many, many years, hitting up Pulse's opening and art events all over the place. We bet some other famous person who stays in the loop will show up too. The DFA Basel Bash on Saturday will also pull in a few big names. Catch them all from 9 p.m. to midnight at 3456 N. Miami Avenue, Miami.

LIV, Of Course

Santigold will be performing with Wale at the Dirty Harry, Poplife party at LIV. She also appeared two years ago onstage at the Deitch Raleigh party. Pretty much LIV and Santigold equal a celeb sighting with an emotional soundtrack. Check it. The party takes place at the Fontainebleau, 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach.

Overthrow Undressed

There are no guarantees in life, but we'd venture to bet that there will be a few familiar faces at Overthrow's Hard 2 Leave strip club music extravaganza. The last night of Basel will bring with it an intense lineup of DJs like Craze and Caligula, naked ladies, and probably hungover actors. The party starts at 11 p.m. at Gold Rush, 29 NE 11th Street, Miami.

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