This Week’s Miami Happenings: Full Moon, Rec Room, Scarpetta

SATURDAY: Lunar Activity
Full Moon Party Gets Groovy
Good vibes infused with metaphysical energy reign supreme at this month’s gathering of conscious souls celebrating the inaugural full moon of 2013. A hybrid of a traveling hippie commune and one bad ass dance party, the wildly popular Downtown Full Moon celebration takes place at the Moksha Family Artist Collective. There will be an open mic session, the opportunity to show off mad dance skills and reflect on words of wisdom spewed by those enlightened in attendance. Naturally, drums are welcomed.
The Downtown Full Moon Party is happening at the Moksha Family Artist Collective (228 NE 59th St., Lemon City) on Saturday the 26th. Check out the details by visiting the official Facebook page.

NOW: Positively Recked
Rec Room, LDV Hospitality’s latest edition to its booming nightlife division, has officially open its doors at the new Gale South Beach. The subterranean lounge – reminiscent of a ‘70s basement – will be home to the nightly shenanigans fueled by quality cocktails from the bar. All that, plus back-to-basics tunes, courtesy of Rec Room’s expansive vinyl library spun by notable DJs.
Rec Room (1690 Collins Ave., South Beach) is happening now. For the inside-info, read the listing at BlackBook Guides.

TUESDAY: Wine and Dine
The launch of the Fontainebleau hotel’s Cellar 1954 Wine & Dinner Series kicks off this week at Scarpetta, with pairings between the restaurant’s Italian menu and offerings from Bertani Winery. Dom Perignon, Kosta Browne, and Penfold’s Wines are said to follow suit. Seating is limited and will set you back $195 per person.
Cellar 1954 Wine & Dinner Series at Scarpetta (297 NW 23 St., Wynwood) is uncorking this Tuesday. For the inside-info, read the listing at BlackBook Guides. Tickets for the prix-fixe menu can be requested by emailing

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Miami: Dignified Retro Openings on the Art Basel Trail

If you, too, have been looking for a stylish reprieve from the madness that is Collins Avenue during Art Basel, Gale South Beach will have your sullen heart skip a beat. Outfitted in the finest Italian details and light-washed interiors, the newly-opened hotel to the growing portfolio of Keith Menin ( who brought  swagger to West Ave. with the Mondrian Hotel), Gale breathes fresh air into a historic property big on old-school charm. Should some shut-eye in one of the rooms that boast the ’40s glamorous stylings not be in your future, Gale’s open to the public wine-and-dine ‘em offerings will make you a believer in the rebirth of cool, even if the lingering artsy-fartsy types make you feel like grandma Suzie.

At soon-to-open Dolce Italian, the menu reads like a wet dream of any gluttonous creature (baby spinach and pumpkin ravioli with smoked ricotta or shortrib cannelloni with porcini cream, anyone?) and The Regent Cocktail Club, a mega-civilized alternative to the drunken ruckus that abounds beyond Gale’s stylish gates, would make the Rat Pack proud. 

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