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Velvet Underground: Slap & Tickle pops up underground at FDR and Ball & Chain throws first La Pachanga party

Slap Shtick

For one night only on Friday, Sept. 19, Bardot’s weekly underground dance party Slap & Tickle goes underground from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. at FDR at the Delano, 1685 Collins Ave. As for why the two are merging like peanut butter and chocolate, or, rather, peanut butter and peanut butter or chocolate and chocolate, a rep tells us, “They’re just doing a one-time, Friday night pop-up merging two well-attended underground house parties.” For table reservations, call 305-924-4071. For more information, go to


If the only thing you contribute to your friends and family brunches are complaints that you can do it better, prove it at the United Way of Miami-Dade Young Leader’s Build Your Own Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 at the InterContinental Miami, 100 Chopin Plaza. There, you will prepare a three-course brunch with some big names guiding you–Sugarcane’s Timon Balloo, Antonio Bachour of the St. Regis Bal Harbour, and Makoto Okuwa of the eponymous Makoto. The chefs will lead you through each course and you’ll have guidance from Johnson & Wales culinary students while Tito’s Vodka and Wywood Brewing Company will help quench your thirst. Tickets are $100 to the general public and there are tables of eight available. All proceeds benefit the United Way of Miami-Dade. To get yours, go to


If it’s September, it must be Octoberfest, right? Huh? Sam Adams says that Octoberfest begins this month in Germany, which is why the beer brand is setting up shop with the Sam Adams Castle & Beer Hall at Soho Studios, 2136 NW 1st Ave., this Friday and Saturday. At 6 p.m. Friday, the gates will open to a flood of suds, lederhosen, and all sorts of acitivites including performances by Terry Cavanagh & Alpine Express and Mad World Orchestra, a “Miss Octoberfest” contest, a stein-raising contest, a DJ and more beer until the 2 a.m. closing time. Ditto on Saturday. Tickets range from $20 – $50 and include some beer, but bring extra bucks if you want more. Those who “dress in traditional German garb” will get a free gift.

Translation: Noisy Party

In its heyday, Ball & Chain, 1513 SW 8th St., hosted a melodious mix of major names in jazz like Billie Holiday, Count Basie, and Chet Baker. Today, the resurrected spot offers a more cacophonous Cuban vibe with classic Cuban cocktails, playful twists on traditional Cuban food, and live performances by all sorts of local musicians. On Saturdays in particular, the place gets loud with La Pachanga, featuring, says owner Zack Bush, “amazing Cuban cocktails and Cuban music. It will be a party like Miami has never seen.” Or heard, we presume. The party is hosted by master mixologists Julio Cabrera and Danny Valdez, so you know the spirits will be sassy. There’s no cover.