Miami might have been spared the worst of Hurricane Irma, but many other areas weren't so lucky. St. Maarten, the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, Barbuda, Cuba, and the Florida Keys have all been greatly affected by Irma, which was one of the longest-lasting Category 5 storms on record and among the strongest cyclones to ever make landfall.
So while you count your blessings, perhaps take some time to help those who fared worse. Thankfully, Miami's nightlife scene has stepped up to lead the push for donations for Irma victims. So if you're lucky enough to be able to party this weekend, perhaps choose a place that's also looking to help those in need.
All Together Now. Wynwood dance music factory Electric Pickle is inviting everyone to flex the dance muscles that have been getting rusty. The party will also donate all proceeds to the American Red Cross. With Colangelo, Harry, Jeremy Ismael, Michael Briscoe, and others. 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday, September 14, at Electric Pickle, 2826 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-456-5613; electricpicklemiami.com. Free admission.
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Rey & Kjavik and Jacob Groening. South Beach's mini-dance emporium Do Not Sit on the Furniture is so happy locals survived Irma that it's offering free admission to residents all weekend. Friday, September 15, Germany DJ-producer Rey & Kjavik will be on the decks, while Saturday, September 16, expect deep-house sounds by Jacob Groening. The club will also host a Hurricane Irma volunteer drive to collect money for the Women's Fund of Miami-Dade. 10 p.m. Friday, September 15, and Saturday, September 16, at Do Not Sit on the Furniture, 423 16th St., Miami Beach; 510-551-5067; facebook.com/donotsit. Free for local residents with valid Florida ID.
Counter Corner Blackout Party. A little wind and rain can't keep a good queen down. The drag queens of Counter Corner hope to lift the city's spirits after a grueling week leading up to Irma and its aftermath. Juleisy y Karla will host the party along with Miami's most creative queens, who ask guests to donate whatever they can at the door to help locals affected by Irma. 10:30 p.m. Sunday, September 17, at 1306, 1306 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-377-2277; 1306miami.com. Admission is free.
Space Mode. Touted as an afterparty for the Depeche Mode concert, the event will include Virgo, Smurphio, Otto Von Schirach, the Galactic Effect, and others on the bill. The party has also pledged to donate its profits to Florida Disaster Relief, which helps the victims of hurricanes and tornadoes in the state. 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday, September 15, at Armando Records, 30 NE 14th St., Miami; 786-450-2260; armandorecords.org. Tickets cost $10 via eventbrite.com.
Rooftop Relief. Filling Station Lofts' always-free Rooftop Unplugged Series asks attendees of next week's edition with Brendan O'Hara to donate items for Irma victims in the Florida Keys and the Caribbean. Needed items include nonperishable foods, toiletries, diapers, cleaning products, flashlights, and batteries. With Brendan O'Hara. Thursday, September 21, at Filling Station Lofts, 1657 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-901-5900; fillingstationlofts.com. Admission is free.