Thursday's Best Art Basel Events: Nas, Mr. Brainwash, and the Real Art Basel
Uh-oh. Guess what day it is! Guess what day it is. Eh? Anybody?
Mike. Mike Mike Mike Mike Mike. What day is it, Mike?
That's right. It's your Art Basel hump day.
No, it's not Wednesday. But after the last couple days of VIP parties and satellite fair openings, today -- the official opening of Art Basel -- marks the mid-way point of the festivities. Make it through tonight, suffer through work tomorrow, and you're clear to sail down a river of Champagne to Sunday.
Here's how to get happier than a camel on Wednesday. What what!
Art Basel: The reason for all the parties, satellite fairs, gallery openings, and general traffic congestion finally opens to the public today. Wear comfortable shoes and prepare to get lost.
Open daily from noon - 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Visit artbasel.com.
Art Britannia: This British showcase has technically been open since Dec. 1, but what's an art exhibit without a fancy opening night? In this town, nonexistent. So hit up the Design District for the official kickoff party.
VIP cocktail reception 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., open to the public 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. at 3940 N. Miami Ave., Miami. Visit artbritannia.com.
Fridge Art Fair's Gala Opening Benefit: One of this year's new satellite fairs has taken an egalitarian approach to the typically VIP-only opening nights. Tonight's gala is open to the public, with a $40 suggested donation to fund Visual AIDS and PAX Miami. Also, there'll be paintings of dogs. Win-win.
7 p.m. at PAX. Visit fridgeartfair.com.
See also: Fridge Art Fair to Bring Refrigerators, Doggy Paintings, and "Some Dude from The Voice" to Little Havana
Hennessy V.S and Pulse Art Festival Event: Nas takes the stage at Pulse's VIP opening night. It's an invite-only affair, so work those connections.
6 p.m. opening, 8:45 p.m. Nas performance. Visit pulse-art.com.
Monkey Town: NYC's legendary underground restaurant pops up in Miami, pairing artsy fare with dishes by GiGi and drinks by Bar Lab. Thursday's opening day events include a performance by artist Shaun C. Leonardo, Elle Dee, and Juan MacLean. It's a private shindig, but worth working for according to reports from up north.
Open 2 p.m. - 11 p.m., with nighttime performances at 8:15 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Visit monkeytown3.com.