Dave Delzio Brings Back Rock ‘n’ Roll

There’s an exploding rock ‘n’ roll scene in New York City; bands are banging everywhere, and there are more than a few options every night for this vibrant community. I was at Bowery Electric last week for the Bloody Social gig and found a super-hot following of rock models and scenesters mixed with a crowd from the Max’s Kansas City era — old-school rockers that I hadn’t seen in years were everywhere. Dave Delzio is making moves and is a force in this new rock social scene. He’s involved with the post-Snitch rock Mondays at Greenhouse — which are absolutely kicking — and is about to start a Wednesday night slated to run like the long-lasting weekly party at Marquee, which for me was the sole reason to be there. After talking about tattoos — he gets his done over at North Star Tattoo by Becca Roach, and we decided that he’s going to hook me up for my first ink job — we managed to get in a quick chat about the projects he’s currently working on.

Are you a club promoter? Is that what you would call it? I actually own an entertainment company called Rock Box Entertainment, and I just partnered with MoodSwing 360, which is an entertainment talent agency co-owned by Ricky Greenstein and Johnny Maroney, who book DJs and live acts. I’m coming in to bring more live acts and a different dimension to the agency — bringing more of the rock side into it and just expanding upon what they have. Right now we’ve got everybody from the Good Charlotte boys — Joel and Benji Madden — to Tommy Lee, DJ Enferno, The Crooklyn Clan, and a whole mix of artists.

So your focus is on booking talent? Right now I’m getting into a lot of concert production, and the main focus of my business is producing major events.

Where are you throwing events currently? We’re finishing up with SXSW, and then we’ll be working on the Winter Music Conference and the Coachella festival. My partners are down in Austin for SXSW now, and I’ll be heading down to Miami for the WMC this week.

What are you guys doing at the WMC? We have a few things going on: we’re doing the Moodwing360 party with all our artists, the pre-record release party at the Fontainebleau for LMFAO, who have their single “I’m in Miami Bitch” all over the radio; we’re hosting Samantha Ronson, DJ Chachi, and DJ Enferno at the Gansevoort rooftop pool on the 26th and a few other events.

So what are you trying to accomplish at these music festivals? We’re trying to establish the brand, market our talent, and find the next big artists to come out. We’re good at finding new, great talent.

In addition to that, you’ve used your connections to promote certain party nights in New York. What joints are you working at right now? With MoodSwing, we’re programming the talent on Tuesdays for Cain — we’ve had DJ Riz, DJ Chachi, and DJ Inferno recently — Sundays at Southside, and I’m looking forward to starting the new party at Greenhouse on Wednesdays. We’re going to program good DJ talent in there and have a mix of uptown and downtown promoters, so there’s a nice, cultural mix of pretty people — an upscale, sexy crowd with an edge.

So you’re going to be bringing in talent and all of your rock ‘n’ roll friends? I’m excited about it. I want to make it like the nights at Marquee from the get-go — that rock ‘n’ roll vibe, but still upscale and classy. Wednesday nights were always a cool night.

Why Wednesday? Wednesday is good, but I think it’s always been a tough night. Yeah, if you don’t have a great party, no one’s going to come out, but it reminds me of Disco 2000 and Marquee Wednesdays, which were always great. Generally speaking, it’s an industry night. Monday used to be the industry night, but now everybody goes out on Monday. For example, our Monday night parties at Snitch. That was a party that lasted for a long time; it was its own beast. It grew horns, and we took it on for a long time.

I’ve been making statements in my column saying that I don’t think there are really any great clubs, but I do believe that there are some great nights. In my opinion, the rock ‘n’ roll nights are banging, like the Monday nights over at Greenhouse. I stopped by Lit on Wednesday night with my buddy, and although Lit has been around for awhile, it’s still great. You go in there and it’s a hip-hop vibe, with model girls standing around and rockers all over the place. And also, if you look at a lot of the new clubs opening up now, you can see that the bottle service is really starting to swing. I’ve heard clubs are opening up and instead of bottle service, they’re offering pitchers of alcohols now.

The rock ‘n’ roll scene seems to be thriving; there are a lot of great bands being booked, concerts are selling out, and the scene is vibrant — it reminds me of the early 80s in this town. I’m working with a lot of bands right now. I’m currently managing a band called The Dirty Pearls — they’re headlining and selling out the Bowery Ballroom every time they play. And we’re touring with Brett Michaels this weekend for the Rock of Love tour, doing the opening act for that. We have a lot of really interesting things coming up, and I think that during the recession times, the rebel mentality really starts to come back. I live in the East Village, and if you walk down the street now, it seems like it’s getting back to where it was in the early 90s a little bit.

Yes, I think there’s a rebirth of nightlife — certainly in the rock ‘n’ roll community. If you’ve noticed, even in the John Varvatos store which moved into the CBGBs space, there’s now a monthly rock ‘n’ roll party where we’re having New York City bands perform and then do the after-party at Bowery Electric.

The rock community has never been rich — it’s a lot of people who are trying to make it, so they don’t necessarily suffer in this recession. As traditional ways to make money diminish, I think this scene is expanding and become much more vibrant. New York definitely took a break from the rock scene for a long time with bottle service; the lounges took over Manhattan for a long time, and it’s good to see it come back again. But you can see the change now, because every DJ mixes at least some kind of mash-up of rock ‘n’ roll in their sets now — even the old DJs who were playing nothing but hip-hop and house are playing rock ‘n’ roll now.

Industry Insiders: Jeffrey Beers, Resto-Architect

Jeffrey Beers, the creative mind behind Bostonian restaurant tour de force Bond, on his many passions, pacing department stores, and the differences between New York and Dubai.

How would you describe yourself? I’m a passionate and intense artist. I’m an architect by training, but I’m also a glassblower. My interest is in the arts and painting in general. When I was in architecture school at RISD, I met Dale Chihuly, the glass blower. I became a glass blower under him as I was studying architecture. I had exposure to the world of glass art and all sorts of very talented artisans which made a huge difference in my perceptions as an architect. Glass blowing is all about form and balance — being able to balance volumes and explore forms from a strict architectural sense to a fluid sense. So glass blowing allowed me to really explore form and color and things that were impossible to study on paper. The only way to physically draw these things was on paper. It taught me so much.

What are some places you like going to eat and hang out? Well, I enjoy all food. I go everywhere. I go from the Four Seasons to Pastis. I would also like to go to Above Allen. In Monte Carlo, Jimmy’z is one of my favorite clubs in the world. I like the energy and the way the club is designed. It’s extremely stimulating. It’s a fantastic nightclub, very theatrical.

What are some of your favorite spaces you’ve designed yourself? Well, I would probably have to say the Cove. The Cove Hotel at the Atlantis in Nassau in Paradise Island. It’s a hotel project as well as an indoor/outdoor project.

How did you design it? With a bit of Southeastern, South Asian feel. There’s lots of teakwood and French limestone. It’s a very interesting melding of nature and architecture. There are water elements and floral with lots of natural elements that weave in and out of the property. The Fontainebleau in Miami Beach is also one of my favorites. We just opened that last year. It was amazing to be able to work on a project by architect Morris Lapidus.

As an architect, how is your experience different when you’re designing for different countries? It certainly makes a difference because cultures are different. When I design a restaurant or club, I have to very mindful of who the guest is going to be. The guests in New York are very different from the guests in Bombay. I have to pay quite a bit of attention to what part of the world I’m in. I recently opened a very big nightclub in Dubai. There are things I did in Dubai which I wouldn’t do in New York.

For example? Half the club in Dubai is outdoors. There are more private and VIP areas in Dubai than in a club in New York.

Tell me about Bond. How was working on that? Bond turned out beautifully. It’s a grand space. The ceilings are 25 feet high. The room was a very prestigious bank in Boston. I came in with a lot of modern wood work techniques and metal. We brought a certain glamor to it. People want to dress up a bit and primp before you come to Bond. I’m also very happy with the lighting. Everyone looks like they’re a movie star. It’s a major hit in Boston. They’re off the charts. They’ve got 150 people waiting outside every night.

Who do you admire in your industry? I’ve always been a big fan of Ian Schrager. Ian has done really well, starting with Studio 54, back in the seventies, and through the nineties with the Morgan’s hotel properties, the Mandarin, the Delano. I think Ian Schrager’s just been a remarkable person in the hotel business. I think that the owner of the Four Season’s, Izzy Sharp, is another one. He’s just a remarkable leader in the hospitality industry. Keith McNally has done remarkable things with Pastis and Balthazar and Café Luxembourg and The Odeon.

What is something people might not know about you? Probably that I’m a space cadet and I wander Bloomingdale’s or Macy’s for ideas.

Do you get lots of ideas that way? I do … it’s sort of more of a distraction. I wander crowded places like Grand Central Station. It somehow removes me from the present and lets my mind completely wander. I need chaos in order to think.

Any projects in the works right now? We’re busy with the Fontainebleau in Las Vegas. It’s going to open the end of December this year. Then there is this big night club in Morocco called Sanctuary.

Industry Insiders: Antonio Misuraca, Ultimate Host

Miami nightlife baron Antonio Misuraca on recession-proof nightlife, club doormen as neurosurgeons, and revering both Bill Clinton and the Pope.

What is your weekly schedule? I am one of the local promoters here in South Beach. And the nights I do are as follows: Monday night at Bed’s “Secret Society,” which has been going for about seven years. It’s like an R&B and hip-hop party. Wednesday night at The Forge, which is like an international night and has been going for about 15 years; Thursday night at the Gansevoort roof deck, I do a party called “Plunge”; Friday night at Set, which is like a house music night. It has been going for about three years. My latest is “Vanity Night” at LIV in the Fontainebleau Hotel. We just launched that, and— to me— it’s a success.

What is your favorite night? My favorite night is Wednesday night at The Forge. It’s a great mixture of people. You have Europeans. You have high-net-worth people from around the world, and you have the society crowd from Miami— the locals, and a lot of younger people from colleges and universities in the area. So it’s a very eclectic group of people that enjoy it very much on Wednesday nights. We have a variety of music. We have house music. We play rock. We play hip-hop, and we play Latin music. It basically fulfills the need for every sort of age group and different group of people from different societies.

Where do you go when you’re not working? What I do when I’m not working is I usually go to Randazzo’s Little Italy in Coral Gables. It’s like a real homestyle Italian restaurant. The food is brought out in tremendous portions, and I enjoy it with friends. It’s a really laid back, casual spot. I don’t have to be Antonio Misuraca when I walk in there. I go in a T-shirt and blue jeans. I will kick back and enjoy a bottle of wine. I don’t have to entertain. I don’t have to deal with the lines and the aggravation of the nighttime spots in South Beach. And it’s the finest Italian food in Miami. I also spend a lot of time in the Standard Hotel. There’s a spa there. It’s a unisex spa. I will go do a sauna or steam bath and just relax on the hammam, on the hot rock, on the hot marble and just relax near the pool and have lunch.

Who are two of your industry icons? Michael Capponi, because he was the one who actually introduced me to the business, and I guess you could say I was sort of his protégé. Michael and I have had a friendship for 15 years now, and he’s one of the people who showed me the ropes and brought me to where I am today as far as making stuff happen. The other person is Shareef Malnik of The Forge, who is one of my best friends and mentors. He also did the same as Michael and showed me the ropes of promotion and marketing business and how to be a very great host to the wealthy around the world.

What are some positive trends that you’ve seen lately in the nightclub industry? The positive trends are that the nightclubs here in Miami have not really fallen into the hands of recession. What I mean by that is the ultra-rich, although they are affected by the recession — it’s nominal. If you have a guy that’s worth a billion dollars, and he loses $200 million, he’s still going to have $800 million to have his toys and go out enjoy fine wines, spirits, and some of the finest restaurants, hotels, and nightclubs in Miami Beach. So, when you’re dealing with people on the level that I deal with, the economy doesn’t affect them, which is a positive for being in the type of business I am and catering to the kind of people I do. You also have a lot of people who are enjoying the bar scene a lot more, because I guess they are trying to drown their sorrows. While our table service might be down, our bar service has really gone up.

What about negative trends? Well, the negative trends are the lack of customer service at some these entities. By that, I mean the aggression at the door, the non-cohesion of the staff, and the mannerisms of some doormen. Their demeanor is unacceptable. When people go out, they don’t want to be harassed. When I go on vacation, I want to be greeted with open arms. I want to be kissed on both cheeks when I walk in and hugged by the doorman if I’m going to be spending an absurd amount of money. Here is South Florida, you have doormen who act like they are brain surgeons, like they go into an operating room every day and save lives. However, their ego gets involved in the business and it’s a shame, because you have a lot of good people — quality people — that are willing to spend money and create good atmosphere in the venue, but because of the ignorance and the ego by some doormen, it makes it very challenging for these people to go out and have a good time.

What is something people might not know about you? What they might not know about me is that I’m very reserved, and I’m very much into my religion. I’m a devoted Roman Catholic. I go with my little bad boy crew. On Saturday night we’re chugging champagne and spending ten thousand dollars on bottles of Cristal between my friends and myself. But we’re up by 10:30 in the morning with bloodshot eyes and smelling like cigarettes, and by 11 o’clock we’re at St. Patrick’s no matter what. I will share a funny story with you that I shared with my good friend DJ Tiesto. My monsignor saw me one day nodding off during the service, and as he left the mass, he said to me, “Did you enjoy the service today, Antonio? You look a little out of it. Did you have a late night last night?” And so I said to him, “Father, to be quite honest, it was the music. I’m not used to this type of music.” And he laughed and said, “Don’t worry next week we’re going to book Tiesto for you.” So he put me on the floor with that one.

What’s coming up in ’09? I’m doing a big Rolls Royce party in Tampa the Friday night before the Super Bowl at a 40,000 square-foot home, and it will be invitation only. It’s hosted by Rolls Royce Motor Cars of North America and Budweiser Select and, basically, will have a quarter of the billionaires in the US attending, along with about 50 different models from the different agencies and probably 30 different celebrity friends of mine. It always goes off really well. We did one last year in Miami, and people were very pleased with it. It’s a very high-end event. Also, April 4th is my Bay Point School event (www.theblacksannualgala.com) at Canyon Ranch which is my main charity that helps juvenile delinquents learn how to survive in challenging environments and become productive citizens. I sit on the executive board for almost 10 years with Leah & Roy Black, and it is a black tie blow out. Few years ago we raised over $2.25 million in a single night with a super A-List crowd. Celebrities that have performed or attended include Barry Gibb, Alex Rodriguez, Pamela Anderson, Gloria & Emilio Estefan, Lennox Lewis, Bernard Hopkins, and Vince Neil— who got so drunk before his performance he fell off the stage.

Who is your favorite celebrity that frequents your parties that you’ve hung out with? Well, I will tell you, my favorite celebrity, believe it or not, is President Clinton. He is beyond an idol for me. What he has accomplished for this country, and what he has done with his global initiative — I revere him. And he is someone who is very near and dear to my family. Someone that I really care about. The only other person who I hold on the same celebrity level is Pope Benedict.

Level V Sinks

If Hanson can’t make it, who can? At 10 a.m. yesterday, management was informed of the closing of underground Meatpacking club Level V, part of Steve Hanson’s B.R. Guest empire. It was one of four places closed. The others — Fiamma, Ruby Foo’s Uptown, and Blue Water Grill Uptown — were restaurants dependent on broker bucks, which are becoming quite endangered lately. Level V, on the other hand, was the underground lounge/club beneath Vento, the corner restaurant in that v-shaped building at 9th Avenue and 14th Street.

The Hanson team tried their best to have a separate identity for each place, but they did share bathrooms, and neither place ever gathered the kudos they sought. Even with the best location in town, Level V could never muster an A-list crowd, and instead settled to grab what came by. Its promotional theory was basically that of a spider: build a web in a busy spot and hope for your clients to fly into it. I asked an axed Level V employee why it didn’t make it and was told that the restaurant mentality never could grasp the necessities of club promotion. They could not grasp paying promoters and decided to keep every dollar for themselves. He said he was always asking them if they would, “rather have 50% of $50,000 or 100% of $15,000” but they never grasped it. The concept of a promoter-driven club diluting the Vento brand was the reason cited to opt out. Not dealing with lowlife promoters is one thing, but shutting the doors might be a bit worse.

I’ve never felt that the Vento brand was all that great anyway. All of Steve Hanson’s places are well run, and the food is always solid, but the atmosphere at Vento is very 1992, and Level V

Upon returning from his New Years’ Eve at the Fontainebleau in Miami, another source reveals that Steve was faced with a “huge cashflow problem.” The Dos Caminos in Las Vegas’ Palazzo Hotel, with a $20-million-plus-plus-plus build-out and launch, is doing — I was told — “A mere 150 covers a night. The entire casino and resort hotel has performed poorly.” My source said that “the mounting problems with this spot are so bad that only ego and thoughts of a terminal blow to the brand are keeping it afloat.” Still, more bad news comes from the newish restaurant Primehouse that he operates on Park Avenue South. Despite a $10-million-plus build-out and launch and a Himalayan rock-salt-tiled aging room for steaks, my source tells me, “It’s a bust.” She said, “There’s no more money coming down the pipe from the famous merger of Steve Hanson and Barry Sternlicht,” which seemed just a short while ago to be the greatest deal ever made. The real question here: If Steve Hanson isn’t making it, what does it mean for everyone else?

Miami: Top 5 New Year’s Eve Parties

imageWe tried for a top 10, but settled for 5. After all, we are in recession, people. If Cup O’ Noodle and sparkling cider is on your New Year’s Eve menu, may we suggest rolling out a blanket on Ocean Drive and 8th Street for some free-of-charge fireworks viewing. If, however you wanna be a baller, consider the following. 1. The Mondrian Miami hotel is teaming up with Tommy Pooch and Alan Roth to ring in “Recessison,” a.k.a. NYE 2009. Two hundred bucks will buy you an entry into the Sunset Lounge, where a 20-piece orchestra will mix with tunes spun by DJ Tavin. Resident eatery Asia de Cuba offers a range of packages depending on your wallet and/or appetite. 2. If you’re a reality TV junky, head on up to the Shore Club, where Kristin Cavallari is set to make an appearance. Organized by Skybar and New York’s Tenjune, live performances will include Busta Rhymes, Ron Brownz, and Pras. Mos Def spins while you pay — $275 to be exact.

3. The Fontainebleau’s New Year’s Eve approach is diversification. Adam Levine and Maroon 5 are set to entertain the masses poolside, while Diddy, in his usual style, is king at LIV, the hotel’s nightclub. 4. The Delano’s evening agenda is equally impressive. $350 will put you front and center at the Florida Room for an exclusive performance by the Roots. Janelle Monae will perform poolside. 5. If you follow T.I.’s criminal drama, then Gansevoort South Hotel is where it’s at. Watch him perform “Whatever You Like” flanked by federal security guards. Yeah, that is how T.I. rolls these days. Chloe Sevigny should do a fine job hosting, while Wilhelmina Models, celebrating their official New Year’s Eve party, will collectively try to figure out how to pop a champagne bottle. That alone is worth the $400 ticket.

Art Basel: Calmer, Quieter, Didn’t Suck

Word on the street, beach, the fairs and in hotel lobby banter was that Basel 2K8, as a whole, couldn’t hold a candle to last year’s event. Even so, hordes of New Yorkers made the airborne trek on Friday for the weekend wrap-up. As if Basel-goers needed to clock in more time at the Raleigh hotel, the venue hosted the Tommy Hilfiger & Vanity Fair gala to benefit Free Arts NYC. Regrettably, the soiree can be classified a poor man’s version of the Visionaire event of the previous night (no male models, no champagne fountain).

Tommy and Ally Hilfiger, Paul Sevigny, Marc Jacobs, and Katie Lee Joel cozied up in beachside cabanas and took in large projection videos of images from Free Arts NYC and TH artists. The door was as tight as that of the other VF party (Oscar edition), despite the fact that past the metal gates there was little to no mayhem worth reporting. East Village Radio DJs Andrew Andrew noticed that crowd congestion everywhere had decreased in comparison to past years, but claimed that they were partial to a semi-sedated Basel. For pure entertainment purposes, guests flocked to the Mark Van S. Digital Photobooth and headed out solely to snag the TH/Jeremy Blake image tote bag.

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The human-blockaded entrance to Casa Tua was equally as incongruous — once inside, few could understand the curbside hype. Andre Balazs, Naomi Campbell, and industrial designer Yves Behar made appearances for the Bruce Weber & L’Uomo Vogue party. Upon entering, I leapt at a rare opening on the floor next to Mr. Weber.

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The man of the moment revealed that he was thoroughly enjoying the week’s events (also a man of few words) and that the”30 Americans” show at the RFC was a personal highlight. The bar upstairs was bustling with salsa music frenzy, and I sat for a moment to catch up with artist David Foote. Although David is a first-time Basel attendee, he confirmed that popular opinion reveals that Basel has lost the heat.

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The opportunity cost of line-waiting was missing out on the Estelle & Tory Burch festivity at the Fontainebleau. This was the A-B list destination of choice for Lenny Kravitz, Paris Hilton, Venus and Serena Williams, Russell Simmons, Beyonce, and Jay Z. As a consequence, I trudged down Collins Avenue in utter devastation for omitting the Estelle event and flubbing a raging social agenda — when astoundingly, I stumbled across Brooklyn artist Ellis G. in action. This street-based artist outlines shadows with sidewalk chalk at night, making for city ordinance-friendly graffiti. Although mid-bike, he stopped to chat with a group of bystanders and touched upon the fact that Basel nightlife seemed incredibly quiet, especially in his typical nocturnal hour.

As I decided to call it a night, I returned to the age-old did-it-suck-or-didn’t-it question. In general, the vigor and enthusiasm levels had significantly decreased just since Wednesday, and the rumor mill was still brimming with analogies of the present and the Basel of yesteryear. Gallerists weren’t able to adhere to my life theory (cash is king: sell, sell, sell). And every time that I threw this one in cocktail party conversation, it was met with a disapproving stare. But there was lots of champagne nevertheless, and dammit, if enjoying Basel ‘08 was wrong; I just don’t wanna be right.

Art Basel: More Top Picks

Welcome back to another year of Art Basel. You’ve seen our first picks, now check out even more ideas for burning your arty candle at both ends this week. So many shows, so many parties, exhibitions, exhibitions within exhibitions. Whichever of many potential routes you take during these next five days, do yourself a favor and hit up a few of these choice events.

Wednesday, December 3 ● Cartier Cocktail Party, Miami Beach Botanical Gardens. (2000 Convention Center Drive, 19th Street and Dade Boulevard), 6 p.m. Find someone with a VIP pass and latch on. AB sponsor Cartier tapped filmmaker David Lynch to play interior designer for their acclaimed 4,000-square-foot dome in the middle of the Botanical Gardens. If you’re diced from the cocktail reception, at least try to get inside to see the gold walls, hand-painted carpeting, a film Lynch created for the affair projected onto the ceiling, and specially-designed-for-Basel Cartier jewels abound. ● Honorable mention: “Jesus is My Homeboy” Exhibit, Wolfgang Roth & Partners Fine Art Gallery. 201 NE 39th Street, 2nd Floor, NE 2nd Avenue; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. WWJD. “Shock artist” David LaChappelle exhibits his take on it by juxtaposing Christ himself and bizarre modern settings. This one pushes the envelope – you won’t know whether to laugh or be disturbed. Also won’t be able to get enough.

Thursday, December 4 ● SCOPE Party, Shore Club. 1901 Collins Avenue, at 19th Street; 9 p.m. The long and short of it is that this is the perfect party to kick off a long, artsy weekend. SCOPE — AB’s edgier younger sister fair — always draws a good crowd that naturally comes with good music, interesting people to meet, and so on. Nice to see starving artists treated like boy-band superstars every now and then. ● MOCA Shaker Art Basel Party, Louis (in the Gansevoort South. 2399 Collins Avenue, 23rd and 24th streets. MOCA represents the best of Miami’s contemporary art scene. This is their VIP rendition of honoring artists featured in their very own Goldman Warehouse exhibit. Don’t miss Swedish performer Tobias Bernstrup. ● Honorable mentions: “Masters Mystery Art Show” at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach (1 Lincoln Road, at Collins Avenue), 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Probably the only chance you’ll get to own a piece by your favorite artist/celeb/VIP. Check out works by Patti Labelle, Carlos Santana, John Legend, Andy Garcia, Jose Feliciano — the list goes on. Everything sells for $50, which benefits students at Florida International University, Miami. Not bad. Also: Miami Art Museum’s “Party on the Plaza” with Interview Magazine, 101 W. Flagler Street, NW 1st and NW 2nd avenues; 7 p.m. Dedicated MAM members need to get dressed up and get out there for this. Live music, expensive and delicious hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and all the hipness that is Interview. It’s a splurge for a very cool scene.

Friday, December 5 ● Celebrating Democracy at the Wolfsonian. 1001 Washington Avenue, 10th and 11th streets; 5:30 p.m. Contemporary artists’ commentary on Rockwell’s “Four Freedoms” posters of the 1940s. Perfect way to wind down a year of political overkill. It’s wrapping, and rumor has it that artsy Miami insiders will gather afterward for a little soiree.

Saturday, December 6 ● A-List party at LIV in the Fontainebleau. 4441 Collins Avenue at 44th Street; 10 p.m. The end of Basel is the perfect time for Ocean Drive mag to bring their current cover girl Pam Anderson to town to host a party at LIV. It will be fabulously sceney, drawing Miami’s most beautiful people into Miami’s Vegas-style mega-club. Worth trying to get into after a long day of art gazing. Otherwise, go upstairs to Plunge, have a few drinks, weep, and reset.
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