Art Basel Miami Beach

Ten Best Free Parties During Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Boys Noize
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What's keeping you at home during Miami Art Week? Is it that a lot of events are "by invitation only," and the thought of having to schmooze your way in seems exhausting? Or is it the exorbitant prices some venues are charging?

That's why this week is so great. There's something for every budget and level of influence. And if you find yourself short on both, here's a pro tip: There are a lot of free events happening this week that at most only require an RSVP to get in.
Art Babble. Miami Art Week's focus is often on the talent visiting Miami instead of the creativity flourishing here. Art Babble shifts the attention to the city with a lineup of homegrown talent like Telekinetic Walrus, Afrobeta, and Otto von Schirach, while art from Kazilla, Steven Palladino, Efren, and others will be on display. With Telekinetic Walrus, Afrobeta, Otto von Schirach, the Galactic Effect, and others. 11 p.m. Thursday, December 7, at Heavy Mental, 49 NE 22nd St., Miami. Admission is free.
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Deaf Poets
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WaxRomantix Launch Party. Founded by Stephanie Lima and Natalie Smallish, WaxRomantix is Miami's newest record label hoping to nurture undeveloped talent. The label is making its proper debut this week at Gramps with live music by some of its signed acts like Anastasia Max and Deaf Poets. It will be the latter's final Miami show before the duo moves to New York. Also on the bill is Eagles of Death Metal bassist Jennie Vee, who will be joined by bandmate Jesse Hughes for a special DJ set. With Eagles of Death Metal's Jesse Hughes and Jennie Vee (DJ set), Deaf Poets, Anastasia Max, and the State Of. 7 p.m. Thursday, December 7, at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-699-2669; gramps.com. Admission is free.
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G. Love
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G. Love. Returning again to Blackbird Ordinary, G. Love goes solo for a special Miami Art Week performance. Adding to the bluesy atmosphere will be local bands Juke and the Goodnites. The best part? Blackbird's location at the edge of Brickell means it feels far removed from the party chaos happening in South Beach and Wynwood this week. With Juke and the Goodnites. 10 p.m. Thursday, December 7, at Blackbird Ordinary, 729 SW First Ave., Miami; 305-671-3307; blackbirdordinary.com. Admission is free.
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Guy Gerber
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Rumors Art Basel. Guy Gerber's Rumors party has quickly become a Miami Art Week tradition of sorts. For the third year, Gerber once again will take over the pool deck at 1 Hotel South Beach along with Bill Patrick and Lauren Lane. And, yes, it's free and very popular, so get there early if you want guaranteed entry. With Guy Gerber, Bill Patrick, and Lauren Lane. 4 p.m. Friday, December 8, at 1 Hotel Beach Club, 2341 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-604-1000; 1hotels.com. Admission is free with RSVP tixr.com.
Basel at the Yard: Electric Avenue. This week's best-kept secret is that the Wynwood Yard is filled with free programming all week long, so you can't go wrong stopping by at any point. On Friday, Electric Avenue will bring together local acts Afrobeta, Millionyoung, and Eons for the perfect kickoff to the Basel weekend. And while you're there, grab a bite to eat at Della Test Kitchen, Charcoal Garden Bar + Grill, Kuenko, or any of the other vendors onsite. With Afrobeta, Millionyoung, Eons, and DJ Lolo. 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday, December 8, at the Wynwood Yard, 56 NW 29th St., Miami; 305-351-0366; thewynwoodyard.com. Admission is free with RSVP at eventbrite.com.
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