Three cultural expressions to put on your radar for October:
1. The Bass is back with more contemporary art
After two years of renovation work, The Bass reopens in late October with a new wing for educational programming, a multimedia lab, a café and 50 percent more space for exhibits.
To celebrate its rebirth, The Bass Ball, a gala for 250 of Miami’s top art patrons, is December 16. Before then (or after), spend some time appreciating the museum’s redesign by architects Arata Isozaki and David Gauld, then move on to the art: The Bass has unveiled wide-sweeping exhibits from Ugo Rondinone and Pascale Marthine Tayou.
2100 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 305-673-7530; thebass.org.
2. Photography exhibit during Breast Cancer Awareness Month
In other art news, local photographer Amy Gelb on October 19 will unveil work from As Is, her collection of images of more than 150 women, ages 19 to 99, photographed anonymously in the nude.
The timing of the one-day show during Breast Cancer Awareness Month is significant to Gelb, whose mother had breast cancer and who photographed several subjects for this project in various stages of the disease.
Prints will be auctioned to benefit Women of Tomorrow and American Cancer Society during the exhibition, 7-9 p.m. October 19 at The Sagamore.
1671 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. The Halloween party of the year
Quite likely South Florida’s biggest costume party, the Signature Grand Ghoul is nothing short of a 100,000-square-foot haunted Halloween mansion.
North of 500 people are expected at the October 30 event, which often attracts sports stars and this year includes emcee O.J. McDuffie. Start preparing now if you want to win the highly competitive costume contest. Ticket packages are $100-$150.
6900 West State Road 84, Davie; 954-390-0493; 211-broward.org/signature-grand-ghoul.