At long last, it's Art Basel weekend: two glorious days when Miami's poor nine-to-fivers finally get to fully experience the art, the parties and the insanity that the rest of us have been soaking up since Wednesday. But that's not the only reason things are about to get even more crowded. The weekend also brings the best performances and nights out during Basel. So whether you've been Basel-ing all week or are getting your first taste, you won't want to miss these events.
Brendan O'Hara on the keys: The soulful, jazzy O'Hara is best known for his work on the keys, so he's a natural for the Steinway Pop-Up Piano Concert Series. Catch him tonight at Gigi's at 5 p.m.
You Are Here Forever: This collection of video, sculpture, paintings and drawings opens at Carol Jazzar tonight, giving you an opportunity to feast your eyes on new art in a retro converted garage and Jazzar's private home. The opening starts at 10 a,m.
ZING magazine launch: Celebrate the new issue of the arts publication as well as [NAME] Publications' new book which, you guessed it, is about art. There'll be free Primo's pizza, so come hungry. The party starts at 6pm at Lester's.
"Music Loves Art": Have you seen the size of Ricochet? And have you seen the size of TV on the Radio? The band will take up at least half the room when they play tonight's Spotify-sponsored show. If you don't have access now, you probably won't ever -- but hey, if you can talk your way in, it'll be a hell of a show.
The Beach Chronicles: The next in the sequel of sci-fi noir films debuts tonight at the Miami Beach Cinematheque -- and that's appropriate, since the theater appears in the movie itself. The show starts at 7:30.
Shelborne Pool Party: Young the Giant takes the poolside stage tonight alongside Theophilus London in what would be just another show you couldn't get into on any other night. But with Miami's music fans choosing between several different venues tonight, you might just have a shot. The show starts at 8 p.m.
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