Art Basel Miami 2011, Things to Look Out For, Part VI

Gary Pini
Poolside at The Standard Miami

Only three weeks left till the fun starts and our calendar is really filling up now. We're predicting perfect weather and hoping to squeeze in a little time to sit by the pool at our fave hotel, The Standard (40 Island Avenue, Miami Beach), and eating some great food from their award-winning Chef Mark Zeitouni. Hi Mark!

While you're down in Miami, keep a look-out for a caravan of ten MINI Coopers wrapped with designs by pop-surrealist artist Aleloop (aka Alejandra Leibovich). The cars each have their own personality and story and they'll make stops at all the fairs and events during the week. Get an early peek here.

Italian eyewear company Persol is hosting an art-video and new media lounge called "ZOOOM! Decoding Common Practice" curated by Julia Draganovic inside the Art Miami Pavilion (3101 NE 1st Avenue, Miami). One of the works already selected is Ai Weiwei's "Chang'an Boulevard."

American artist, architect and composer Christopher Janney created a huge site-specific installation called "Touch My Building: Miami" for the facade of The Moore Building (4040 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami). Several other works by the artist will be on display inside the building during Art Basel 2011. When you fly in to MIA, see if you can spot another Janney installation called "Harmonic Convergence."

If you missed last week's NYC stop on the Toyota Antics/Special Disco Version tour, you'll get another shot when James Murphy and Pat Mahoney play Grand Central (697 North Miami Avenue, Miami) on Thursday, December 1. There's also a live performance by Black Lips and it's all FREE with an RSVP here.

MORE MUSIC: Santigold and Wale are playing LIV nightclub in the Fontainebleau Hotel (4441 Collins Avenue. Miami Beach) on November 30 and Wu-Tang's GZA will perform his classic album, Liquid Swords, at The Stage. (120 NE 38th Street, Miami) on Saturday, December 3, 9 p.m., $20.

Though it's not happening during Art Basel 2011, if you're in Miami on November 11, be sure to attend the only U.S. appearance by the fantastic and legendary Brazilian singer Maria Bethania at The Fillmore (1700 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach). It's her first show in Miami in 25 years. Tickets are available here.

AND finally, don't forget to visit some of the great local galleries: World Class Boxing (170 NW 23rd Street, Miami) has an exhibition by acclaimed Miami artist Jillian Mayer called "Love Trips" featuring a video triptych.  It'll be up from December 1 to 3, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  The gallery also has a piece called "g" by UK artist Jack Strange that includes a laptop with a lead weight sitting on the letter "g." Another one of our fave local galleries, Locust Projects (155 NE 28th Street, Miami) will be exhibiting "Cores & Cutouts" by L.A. artist Ruben Ochoa in his first Miami solo show from November 29 to December 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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