Basel 2013: Best Parties You're Not Invited To
C'mon, Kendrick Lamar, can't you hook it up?
The art community loves exclusivity, and the rest of the world loves drooling over things they will never experience.
Well, we here at Crossfade are bringing these worlds together in this totally tantalizing list of Art Basel Miami Beach week parties that you're not invited to.
We know, it seems kinda hopeless. But just pick a party and begin plotting your invasion now. Suck up to that in-the-know friend and don't stop until you're on the VIP guest list.
It'll all be worth it, trust us.
See also: Basel 2013: Six Best Dance Parties
Kendrick Lamar. Presented by Flaunt, 3P Productions, and Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami. Wednesday, December 4, 10 p.m., Mana Wynwood Production Village, 318 NW 23rd St., Miami; 305-305-5574; manawynwood.com. Visit artbaselmanawynwood.com. All his life he want money and power ... And headlining his own superswanky Basel performance. If you missed Kendrick's electrifying opening set for the Yeezus Tour's Miami stop last week, do everything you can to get the invite to this private party. Or spend $2500 on a table. Your choice.
Silencio. Hosted by Pharrell Williams and video by Takashi Murakami, plus a surprise performance. Wednesday, December 4, 11 p.m., Undisclosed location in Miami's Design District. Visit silencio-club.com. Pharrell Williams is undoubtedly the man. So anything he's a part of is worth attending. Add some visuals from Japan's prolific post-post-modern pop art master Takashi Murakami, and you've got yourself a must-crash bash.
See also: Art Basel Miami Beach 2013 Party Guide
Le Baron Does Daytime! Hosted by Dani Morla, Chi Chi Menendez and friends. Wednesday, December 4, 2 to 6 p.m., Mondrian South Beach, 1100 West Ave., Miami Beach; 305-514-1500; mondrian-miami.com. By invitation only. Le Baron has been one of Basel's chic-est semi-secret events for years. And now that it's on the go, skipping from party place to party place, it's even more tantalizingly hush-hush. On Wednesday, organizers take the party to new levels by adding a bit of sunlight. Bring your shades, playgirls.
Nas. With a live performance by the rapper, along with music by DJ White Shadow and a photo exhibit. Presented by Hennessy V.S. and Fader magazine. Thursday, December 5, 6 to 10 p.m., Pulse Art Fair at Ice Palace Film Studios, 71 NW 14th St., Miami. By invitation only. It's become very bad form to not list Nas among the greatest rappers of all time. And you don't necessarily need to experience him live to understand why. But in the name of thoroughness, why not sneak into Pulse by pretending to be a professional cognac taster or something?
See also: Basel 2013: Ten Best Parties
Paper Magazine and Tiki Disco Party. Thursday, December 5, through Saturday, December 7, 7 p.m. to midnight, Gale Rooftop, 1690 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-0199; galehotel.com. By invite only. Brooklyn hits the Beach with this import party, taking over the roof of the Gale Hotel for three whole days. Musical accompaniment will be provided by DJs Eli Escobar, Andy Pry, and Lloydski. Ain't no party like a rooftop party ... That you aren't invited to.
Tegan & Sara at VH1 and SCOPE's ART + MUSIC + BEACH Party. With DJ Cassidy and Brendan Fallis. Friday, December 6, 8 p.m., SCOPE Pavilion, 1000 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach. By invitation only. The concerts on SoBe's sands are always awesome. And this year, VH1 and Scope highlight the fun and progressive-minded sister duo Tegan & Sara, who are ready to party after the release of their latest dance-tinged album, Heartthrob. The bad news: You never got your invitation to this party. The good news: It's literally on the beach, under an open sky. So grab a towel, crash on the sand, and eavesdrop.
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