The YoungArts campus, 2100 Biscayne Blvd., is like a funhouse for the performing arts. On one floor there’s music, on another, dance, and so on. No funny mirrors to distort the reality that this is a harbor of real talent. And at 9 p.m. Saturday, January 10, YoungArts will open its doors for its 1|2|7 Party, running concurrently with the YoungArts Backyard Ball and including a live stream of the 2015 alumni performance, hors d’oeuvres, open bar, desserts and dancing on the plaza to a soundtrack spun by DJ Cassidy. The whole numerical thing refers to the floors of the building that will be open for partying. The whole thing is to fete this year’s Arison Award Honoree, Jeff Koons and the 2015 Arison Alumni Honorees, including Josh Groban and Chris Young. Tickets to the 1|2|7 party are $125 in advance and $150 at the door. For more information, go to www.youngarts.org.
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After all the hype and horrible, apocalyptic hooplah, “The Interview” ended up being an anti-climactic straight-to-Netflix flick along the lines of, say, “Ishtar” (Google it). Over at the Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-in (4020 Virgina Beach Drive and 3500 Main Highway), they’re taking on “free speech and Korean themed cinema” with a January lineup including “Shiri”, a thriller centering on the tensions between North and South Korea in the late 1990s, and the 2012 remake of “Red Dawn”, about North Korea’s invasion of Spokane, Washington. And then there’s ‘Pineapple Express”, chosen by Blue Starlite to lighten things up as “a stoner flick that has nothing to do with North Korea, but everything to do with James Franco and Seth Rogen kicks off the fest with a laid-back laugh.” The drive-in will also continue its Tiki Horror Nights at the Beach, along with apolitical classics like “Grease Sing-A-Long”, “Pulp Fiction”, and “Raiders of the Lost Ark”. Start times vary throughout the month so go to www.miamiurbandrivein.com for the most up-to-date listings.
Cirque Do Charity
Amaluna has received rave reviews and even if you’ve seen the cool Cirque du Soleil show at Sun Life Stadium, 347 Don Shula Dr., consider going again at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15 when 100 percent of your $126 ticket will go straight to Switchboard, supporting programs in information and referral services, crisis intervention and family programs benefiting everyone from infants to seniors. This is Cirque’s only benefit performance, so contort yourselves over to www.switchboardmiami.com to purchase tickets.
Those who still wax nonsensical and insist Miami is devoid of culture have obviously been living under a rock or glued to Kardashian marathons. Since 2009, Dimensions Variable, 100 NE 11th St., has been a hotbed of the arts, a magnet for local and international artists who know what they’re doing. at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, they will celebrate their fifth anniversary with a block party in the Downtown Arthouse parking lot at which an open bar will be parked until midnight. There will also be live music by Susie Green and the Miami Music Club featuring Dim Past and Bobby Flan. Other performances by 3PQ, Magnus Siguardson, Maritza Molina and the TM Sisters will take place. Art will be available for purchase via a silent auction and proceeds from the $40 tickets will go towards keeping this Dimensions not so variable and more permanent in years to come. For more info, go to dimensionsvaribale.net.
All About That Bassist
To members of a certain, ahem, seasoned generation, Andy Rourke is best known as the bassist for The Smiths. To the current generation, Rourke is a seasoned DJ, but he’s so much more. In fact, at one point he really was all about that bass, no treble, as the creator of the 2005 bass super group Freebass, featuring ex-New Order/Joy Division player Peter Hook and Gary Mounfield “Mani” of The Stone Roses & Primal Scream. Something to scream about is that Rourke will be spinning at 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9 at Bardot, 3456 N. Miami Ave. Also performing that night: Miami Beach-based rock band Deaf Poets and Benton. Tickets are $10 to $15 and available at www.showclix.com.
Monday Tell Me Yes
Embrace Mondays with the positive in the new year by checking out The Garret at Grand Central (697 N. Miami Ave.), whose Lundi Dis Moi Oui starts at 11 p.m. as an offshoot of a very popular night at the now defunct Parisian nightclub Le Palace. Grand Central co-owner Rico Poulous used to DJ the gay friendly disco party at which people actually used to do what dinosaurs once did when they roamed the earth — they (gasp) danced. Expect old school disco, funk, and music that makes you dance, not Tweet.