This Week’s Miami Happenings: Ultra Music Fest, Harry’s Pizzeria, Lucali Opens

FRIDAY: Ultra Music Festival Rages On
Get ready for the ultimate freak show that mixes top DJs, herds of mask-wearing, half-naked club kids, hallucinogenics, and Miami traffic jams at Ultra Music Festival. It may be tough to top last year’s unexpected appearance by Madonna at the turntable, but that doesn’t mean that the likes of Azealia Banks, Swedish House Mafia, Avicii, and Deadmau5 won’t try. Should you opt to stay home this year, the Ultra soundtrack – slated to hit digital stores on March 19th – ought to give you a taste of all that you missed. Minus the traffic, of course.

Ultra Music Festival kicks off Friday the 15th at Bayfront Park (301 Biscayne Blvd., Downtown). For tickets, visit the officialwebsite.

TUESDAY: Charitable Bites At Harry’s
Harry’s Pizzeria is the location of chef Bill Telepan and his effort to raise funds via a $150 dinner for the replanting of the edible garden at the Phillis Wheatley Elementary School in Overtown, a project that emphasizes locally-sourced produce and nutrition in public schools, potted by Harry’s Pizzeria and Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink.

Bill Telepan hosts the event at Harry’s Pizzeria (3918 N. Miami Ave., Design District)Tuesday the 12th. For details, read the listing in BlackBook Guides.

NOW: Lucali Opens In South Beach
Sticking with the pie theme, Brooklyn’s finest has finally landed in South Beach. Heralded as the country’s top pizza maker, Lucali has opened its first out-of-borough post of this wildly successful, no-thrills eatery. No sign, no menu; just seven toppings to pick from, secret tomato sauce, and on-tap Brooklyn beers.

Lucali is open now (1930 Bay Rd., South Beach.) For details, check out the listing in BlackBook Guides.

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How to Celebrate Jay-Z’s 40th Birthday

Can I get a “Happy Birthday!” to Jay-Z? The man you told you in 96 that he’d come to take this shit (and he did!) is now 40 years-old. Awh! As anybody who listened to The Black Album more than twice knows, December 4th is the day Gloria Carter gave birth to Shawn Carter, who was born weighing in at ten pounds, eight ounces. He was the last of her four children, and he learned how to ride a bike and listen to music and was special, because he became Jay-Z. Yay! What can you do to celebrate Hov’s ascension into being the most successful middle-aged hip hop icon and mogul in the history of the universe?

1. Read blogs! The Awl offers up a viewing of the “December 4th” video, in which Beyoncé raps for Jay-Z in and around what appears to be Marcy Projects! Flavorwire offers up 40 Fun Facts about Jiggaman, while Rap Radar notes Jay-Z’s new ride acquired for the “On To The Next One” video, Vibe (Vibe!) takes to the streets to get The People’s thoughts on Hova’s birthday, and SOHH reports on Busta Rhymes’ well-wishing.

2. Eat like Hov! Since you probably can’t get a reservation at Rao’s — the hardest reservation in town and location of Jay-Z’s dinner in the “D.O.A. (Death of Autotune)” video — you should be able to get in at Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s favorite pizza in town, at Lucali, where Hov and B duck in on the DL for their weekly slice date.

3. Party like Hov! You can always get down in Jay-Z’s 40/40 club in New York, which he stops into often and takes meetings at. You could hit Avenue, where he’s been spotted getting down. Or you could just go to the Dominican Republic, where Jay-Z and Beyoncé actually are vacationing for Mr. Carter’s 40th. Or:

4. Just rock his jams. I’m sure he won’t mind. Jay-Z, you give us hope for old age. Or at least hope for you in old age. You might not still “fuck ’em while [you] diss ’em” but you are still “a pimp by blood, not re-lat-ion,” and while everyone else “be chasin,” you “(are) replac(ing) them.” Here’s to 41.