Basel 2014's Ten Best Free Parties
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Alright, so you weren't Bangerz enough to score an invite to Miley Cyrus' blunt and penis costume extravaganza at the Raleigh Hotel, and you're a few bucks short of seeing Erykah Badu do her DJ thang at the BET Art Lounge...
Yeah, chances are you're feeling pretty bummed right now. But don't get your panties tied up in a bunch -- there are still plenty of free Basel parties to crash this weekend.
Just check out Crossfade's handy dandy arty party guide.
Now go and get your Basel on.
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XYZA Showcase. With Second Nature, Brightwing, Johnytiger, Pazmal, and Kaizen. Friday, December 5, 3 to 8 p.m. Social Lubricant Lounge, 167 NW 23rd St., Miami; 786-409-2241; tsllounge.com. Free. Ages 21 and up. You only Basel once (a year). So get the arty party started early with Johnytiger, Pazmal, and the rest of XYZA's "solo electronic artists" at TSL.
TV on the Radio. As part of Tumblr IRL's Art Basel Miami Beach art installation and performance. Friday, December 5, 6 to 9 p.m. Miami Ironside Market Space, 7610 NE 4th Ct., Miami; 786-315-8369. Visit irlirl.tumblr.com/TVOTR. Free. All ages. There's no shame in being a "Happy Idiot..." Especially if it means getting to see Brooklyn indie rock crew TV on the Radio for free.
LOL Basel. With Casey Jane Ellison, Steven Phillips-Horst, Rachel Lord, and Ryder Ripps. Presented by #NADAWAVE. Hosted by Eric Allan Schwartau. Friday, December 5, 9:30 p.m. Sandbar, 6752 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-865-1752. Visit nadawave.com. Comedy and Basel go hand-in-hand, right? Well, if you're partying with a bunch of comedians and artists in the same room, then the two must be connected in some way.
Corona's Electric Beach. With Junior Sanchez and Solidisco. Live art installation by Atomiko. Saturday, December 6, 4 to 8 p.m. The Clevelander Hotel, 1020 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 305-532-4006; clevelander.com. Free with RSVP via firstname.lastname@example.org. Ages 21 and up. Watch 305/LA street artist Atomiko get all electrified at the Clevelander and go spray can crazy to the raw house beats of Junior Sanchez and Solidisco.
Nah / No Magazine Launch Party. With DJ Hurron. Saturday, December 6, 2 to 6 p.m. The Freehand, 2727 Indian Creek Dr., 305-531-2727; thefreehand.com. Free. Party with the creative minds at Nah / No Magazine and celebrate the launch of the artsy mag with free Peroni from 2 to 3 p.m., sweet beats from DJ Hurron, and pop-up shops, including Style Mafia, Men In Cities, and Papua Swimwear.
A Night of Art + Booze + Skaterock. With Science, the Talking Dogs, Knife Fight, and DJ Gran Torino. Saturday, December 6, 8 p.m. Kill Your Idol, 222 Española Way, Miami Beach; 305-534-1009. Free. Ages 21 and up. Get those artistic juices flowing at the Frankie Galland photo exhibit at MIA Skate Shop. Then party it up at KYI for "A Night of Art + Booze + Skaterock" with Jersey's Science, the Talking Dogs, Knife Fight, and DJ Gran Torino.
See also: South Beach's Five Best Bars
G. Love. With Juke. Blackbird Ordinary, 729 SW 1st Ave., Miami; 305-671-3307; blackbirdordinary.com. Free. Ages 21 and up. Get some of that "hiphop-blues" Sugar with free tuneage from G. Love (yes, of G. Love & Special Sauce) at Blackbird.
Art Basel Closeout Show. With Rose Quartz. Saturday, December 6. Will Call, 700 NE 2nd Ave., Miami; 305-577-5900; willcallmiami.com. Free. Bring "All Your [Artsy] Love" and awkward dance moves to Will Call and bid your adieu to Basel with Denver's "Sultry // Synth" crew, Rose Quartz.
See also: Downtown Miami's Five Best Bars
Fading Formats Swap Meet. With Weather Warlock. Sunday, December 7, 4 p.m. Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; 786-752-6693; grampsbar.com. Free. Show off that vintage vinyl and cassette collection of yours and unleash your inner nerd at Gramps' Fading Formats Swap Meet. And since it's, you know, the last day of Basel, you'll get to catch Weather Warlock put on some sort of performance art using the sun, moon, wind, and temperature to make "heavy drone" noises.
See also: Gramps Wynwood's Full Basel 2014 Lineup
Bushwick Gone Basel. Presented by Ms. Fitz and Witches of Bushwick. Sunday, December 7, 6 p.m. Brick House, 187 NW 28th St., Miami; 305-456-2629; facebook.com/BrickHouseMIA. Visit bushwichgonebasel.com. Ever wondered "what happens when creatives from the thriving art scene in Bushwick cascade into the Miami Art District" during Basel? You'll just have to check out the "live music and visual art" from FlucT, Signe Pierce, DJ Pictureplane, Ms. Fitz, and the rest of the artistic masterminds at Bushwick Gone Basel.
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