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Will Lady Gaga make an appearance at Art Basel?

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Some may recall Omar Hernandez from his days as “ambiance director” at the-then- Andres-Balazs-owned Raleigh Hotel.

These days he’s the owner of a private, eponymous, $1,000-a-person, member’s only NYC supper club.

Not missing the Art Basel-boat, Hernandez is heading to Miami to host the private Gaga Foundation Dinner Gala at 9 p.m. Wednesday at the space formerly known as the Playboy Plaza Hotel at 5445 Collins Ave., opening solely for this fabulous occasion. Tickets are available to the public for $250 per person “on a reservation basis only.” To get a piece of that action, email Dalad Kambhu at

This, of course, begs the question: Will Lady Gaga actually be there? While we had heard of some casting calls previously in the month, we asked the event organizers who told us, “Throughout the event, Lady Gaga’s creative producer, Nicole Erlich, will be curating a premiere art auction, honoring some of the artistic world’s most influential female artists in conjunction with auction house Paddle8. All proceeds go to the Born This Way Foundation.”

OK, but will Gaga physically be there? “Her art will be in the auction,” says a rep, adding, “She always supports the Foundation events in every way possible.” We guess she was also born this vague.

Music man

Ted Lucas, CEO of Slip and Slide Records, has launched the Don’t Stop The Music Campaign and will honor individuals who have created platforms to foster instrumental music education.

The check presentation by community partner Walmart will take place at his Art of Music holiday reception, Thursday evening in the Fusion Mia tent at the FUSION Mia Pop-Up Gallery in Wynwood, 22nd Street and NW Second Ave..

Hosted by Jambalaya Media Group’s President/CEO Michelle Spence-Jones, the event will feature an 8 p.m. performance by Slip N Slide Records’ emerging, classically trained R&B singer and songwrite r Sebastian Mikael.

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