Ah, the holidays ... Whether you celebrate Christmas or Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or a Festivus for the rest of us, the season represents the same stuff: peace on earth, good will towards your fellow man, and totally crazy parties. Lots and lots of them.
Case in point: The Recording Academy's Florida Chapter holiday bash, called In the Mix: Second Tuesdays Holiday Party, going down this very evening at MIA at Biscayne in downtown.
If you don't really know what the Recording Academy is, you may have heard of a little thing called the Grammy awards. It's three and a half televised hours comprising the music industry's biggest night. It's also a membership organization, which is directly responsible for the awards process. You can't become a voting member unless you meet certain criteria, like landing album credits. But you can join the chapter and reap the benefits that membership entails.
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The event tonight is open to the public, and it's free to all members, guests, and those interested in joining or just learning a bit more about the Academy. There will be complimentary wine and light hors d'oeuvres from 8 till 9:30 p.m. And you can get in on that good will we were talking about by bringing an unwrapped toy to benefit a local children's charity.