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South Beach Wine & Food Festival events to prohibitive for your budget? You won’t starve, in fact, you probably don’t eat anyway, so consider investing a very wise, reasonable $25 on Rec Room’s Sweet Talk, 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 on the Gale Rooftop, 1690 Collins Ave. DJ Michelle Leshem will spin soul, boogie and house while you house the selection of mini-deserts by Dolce Italian. For those who eat solely based on superlatives, Dolce was Bravo’s Best New Restaurant of 2105. So go ahead, shovel some snacks in. At $25 you can afford it. As for your waistline, eh, what’s one night? Click here for tickets!
With awards season in high gear, it’s time for the Academy Awards of Drag, The 23rd Annual Shelley Novak Awards, taking place at 10 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29 at Score, 1437 Washington Ave. There, all types of royalty are represented, but not all will win in colorful categories such as Best MC, Most Ratchet, Best New Artist, Best Costumes, Most Glamorous (that will be a toughie!), Best Latin Diva, Best Fort Lauderdale Diva,
Best Drag Venue, Best Hair and Best Makeup with the Heroine of the Year Award going to nominee Elaine Lancaster for “rescuing a tourist from a burning car in Greece.” Lifetime Achievement Awards will go to The House of Infiniti, Tiffany Arieagus and Joanna Mills, with a star studded cast of scheduled presenters and performers, many whose names we can’t write in this column, but among them, esteemed Broadway macher Richard Jay-Alexander and many more. May the best men dressed as women win.
Dinner and a Show
Continuing on their mission to prove that culture in Miami truly is the other white meat, the National YoungArts Foundation’s Pairings at Ted’s dinner and a show series continues at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday Feb, 26 – 27 atop the YoungArts tower at 2100 Biscayne Blvd. For $95 per person you get a prix fixe dinner by STARR Catering Group and a show (more on that later), or for $35 per person you get the show and promise to eat or drink a minimum of $25. Now about that show. This time it’s Rudi Goblen’s PET, “an interactive physical one-man theater piece set in a support group meeting for ex-lovers and serial monogamists.” A far cry from a TV dinner and binge watching Netflix shows, that’s for sure. For tickets, go to www.youngarts.org/teds.
Long ago, when Pitbull was just a pup, there was a thriving Miami music scene ruled by rockers at places such as the late, great Washington Square, the late, great Stephen Talkhouse and thankfully still around Churchill’s Pub, 5501 NE 2nd Ave. At 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, many of those rockers will perform at a benefit there for The Stephanie Whitener Love Heart Trust Fund, which provides assistance to women with financial need who are pursuing degrees in STEM studies (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). The show, organized by former music manager/promoter Jose Pulido, features an all-star lineup on two stages including Forget the Name (with all the original members), Diane Ward, Manchild with Demetrius Brown, Al’s Not Well, The Nuke’s Robert Slade Lamont (with a David Bowie Tribute), Humbert, Brian Franklin, Matt Sabatella and Karen Feldner as well as some new names including rapper E and country singer Ricky Valido. DJ Carlos Menendez will spin between sets and surprise guests are expected. Admission is just $10 at the door and all proceeds benefit The Stephanie Whitener Love Heart Trust Fund.