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.