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Ahhhhh, The Season 2 Trailer for GIRLS Is Here!


Woot, woot! The trailer for Girls' season 2 has arrived. Although it won't premiere on HBO until January 13th, just this little taste of what's to come has got us pretty pumped. The new season looks even better than the first, with more bad decisions, more romance, and more "Oh, God, what am I doing with my life?"-twentysomething anxiety. Here's what we're excited to see in Season 2, judging by the trailer:

- Hannah making out with a bunch of people, including Patrick Wilson and Donald Glover.
- Adam being insanely creepy.
- Adam maybe being truly sociopathic/or deeply troubled.
- A lot of Adam. Period.
- Shoshannah and Ray gettin' it on!
- Rita Wilson as Marnie's mom.
- Puppies.
- Marnie and Jorma Taccone gettin' it on!
- Neon yellow mesh shirts. "Oh, a SHIRT!"

Are you excited? We are!

Murder Business: The Ten Grisliest Deaths From Boardwalk Empire's Third Season

"Boardwalk Empire" gets a lot of guff for being too boring. It's too slow, too talky, too bureaucratic. My ass. Those of us smart enough to have stuck with HBO's prohibition-era gangster saga know that patience is a virtue, and with superlative performances, characters, writing and attention to detail, it's assuredly one of the better dramas TV has seen in the past few years. Not to mention that, for viewers of prurient interests, there's enough soft-core, pay-cable adult situations to satisfy the Marquis de Sade (if the Marquis de Sade's bedtime were 10PM). And then there's the violence. Oh, the violence. Glorious arcs of crimson and flying chunks of viscera, strewn across the screen in an unsettlingly life-like fashion. While most of your Twitter timeline is steady getting clogged with prison zombie raids or whatever the fuck, we "Boardwalk Empire" fans get a bump of that uncut rawness off the switchblade's end, and nearly every single week.

This Sunday, season three will wrap up with what teasers have promised to be the bloodiest battle the series has ever seen, and there's little evidence we shouldn't believe them. So to commemorate, we've decided to count down the ten grisliest murders of the season to catch you up to speed. Readers interested in avoiding major spoilers -- or those of you who just happen to be enjoying your lunch right now -- should probably click away.


10. Episode: "Bone For Tuna"
Victim: Victor Sickles
Burning alive is probably pretty low on most people's lists, and Victor Sickles was probably no different. Alas, the late sheriff of Tabor Heights, NJ met his maker at the hands of this season's chief baddie Gyp Rosetti (Bobby Cannavale), thanks to a judicious application of gasoline. So it goes when you don't play ball with gangsters. But aside from the screaming, Sickles's death wasn't all that awful to endure. One thing that seems to elude movie magic-makers, even in this advanced age, is having the dude in the fireproof suit slathered in flame-retardant lube not look like a dude in a fireproof suit slathered in fire-retardant lube. It always feels like you're watching a Troma film.
Wince Factor: 2/10

9. Episode: "The Pony"
Victim: Billie Kent
Proof that pretty people can still get murked on this show, too. And yet, it was hard to see the impossibly lovely Meg Chambers Steedle, who plays Nucky Thompson's (Steve Buscemi) Broadway showgirl mistress Billie Kent, get the axe. What should've been a nice lobster dinner at Babette's Supper Club instead turned tragic, as a bomb laid by Gyp -- intending to off Nucky and guarantee control of Atlantic City once and for all -- snuffed Billie's light out before it could properly shine. At least she went out in an appropriately lyrical fashion, the flames briefly consuming her in a way that felt reminiscent of Maggie Gyllenhaal getting flambéed in The Dark Knight. Still, nothing to avert your eyes for. I mean, how could you?
Wince Factor: 2/10

8. Episode: "A Man, A Plan..."
Victim: Owen Slater
Damn, and we liked him. For Owen -- played by Charlie Cox with charm, sensitivity and a surprising ruthlessness -- the luck of the Irish ran out in the third to last episode, as a botched hit in New York resulted with his body sent back to Atlantic City in a shipping crate. As Nucky pries the crate open, there's a brief moment that you think the body may belong to poor Jess Smith, aide to scummy Secretary of State Harry Daugherty, who earlier in the episode put a pistol to his own head and painted a wall. No dice. But no one felt it more than Nucky's wife Margaret, who planned to secretly run away with Owen, his unborn child in tow. You can almost hear Snoop Doggy Dogg in the background lamenting, "I can't die, my Boo-Boo's bout to have my baby!"
Wince Factor: 3/10

7. Episode: "Sunday's Best"
Victim: Roger McAllister
Gillian Darmody has never been shy about getting her rocks off, so when she brings home a young stud who resembles her deceased son Jimmy, you'd be quick to chalk it up to garden-variety Oedipal perversion. But after a quick soak in the tub, Gillian jams a syringe full of heroin into the guy's arm and drowns him, later to pass his body off for Jimmy's (long story). Still, getting plugged full of premium dope while being bathed by a half-naked Gretchen Mol isn't the worst way to die.
Wince Factor: 3/10

6. Episode: "Blue Bell Boy"
Victim: Rowland Smith
Nucky Thompson isn't a complete monster -- in fact, his humanity is one of the best things Buscemi brings to the role. But guys, don't fuck with this man's money. In "Blue Bell Boy," Nucky and Owen track down whiskey thief Rowland Smith, who has filled his parents' house with a staggering amount of Nucky's product. Any other schmuck dumb enough to sit on this much hooch and get caught doing so would normally catch a slug to the dome in a red-hot second, but Rowland's just a kid (played by a scene-stealing Nick Robinson), and a precocious one at that. Even if Nucky had been so inclined, the G-men show up to the stash house right after he and Owen do, and they're forced to hide out in the basement with Rowland until the coast is clear. Bonds are forged, and it's no wonder -- Nucky's need to play father figure is almost as strong as his need to stay on top. Guess which need wins out? Rowland catches one in the back of the head, his blood dripping through the rickety floorboards.
Wince Factor: 4/10

5. Episode: "You'd Be Surprised"
Victim: Agent Coughlin
Aside from the fact that Michael Shannon is a fantastic actor, it's kind of a surprise that his story line as Nelson Van Alden, a disgraced federal agent turned iron salesman turned bootlegger, has lasted this long. He's like Gil from "The Simpsons" if Gil had a face like a Frankenstein and a penchant for planting piping hot irons on people's faces (that incident would've made this list, but that guy's probably gonna live...a terrible life). But here it's his wife Sigrid who gets things popping, bashing the unsuspecting Agent Coughlin's brains in hard enough to render him twitchy, only to instruct Van Alden to finish the job and smother him. She's like the Swedish Lady Macbeth, but way more annoying.
Wince Factor: 5/10


4. Episode: "A Man, A Plan..."
Victim: Tonino Sandrelli's Smarty-Pants Cousin
Here's a fun "Would You Rather?" for your next box social: Would you rather be buried up to the neck in sand and wait for the tide to drown you, or be buried up to the neck in sand and take a spade to the face until you evacuate your bowels? Sandrelli's cousin never got the luxury of choice, but in the eyes of Gyp -- pissed that the guy made him look like an idiot by suggesting that rogue waves might've been to blame for booze lost overboard -- the repeated shovel thwacks were much more humane. Good luck getting that noise out of your head.
Wince Factor: 8/10

3. Episode: "Blue Bell Boy"
Victim: Joe Miller
This is just a savage beating, no way around it. When rival henchman Joe Miller bullies his associate Jake, Stephen Graham's Al Capone visits Miller's favorite speak and literally beats him to death. Face to the bartop, coup de grâce with a barstool, the whole friggin' nine. Sweating and disheveled, he throws a a few bills on the corpse in front of the frightened and now way-sober patrons. "For the funeral." Nice guy!
Wince Factor: 9/10

2. Episode: "Resolution"
Victim: Manny Horvitz
Season openers should end with a bang, and this one came at the end of Richard Harrow's (Jack Huston, so good it makes you sick) hefty boomstick. Manny made a mess of Richard's best friend Jimmy's wife Angela last season, and Richard suspects he's responsible for Jimmy's death, too (he's not, and again, long story). So in a higher stakes game of ding-dong-ditch, Richard knocks at the door, and when Manny answers, he gets a grapefruit-sized chunk of grey matter blasted out the back of his face, leaving his screaming wife with a foyer in some serious need of the power of Pine-Sol, baby.
Wince Factor: 8/10

1. Episode: "You'd Be Surprised"
Victim: Various Henchmen
Which brings us to the Tabor Heights bloodbath, in which a young hitman posing as the paper boy makes his way into the B&B where Gyp and his men are holed up, and just paints the goodamn place. I mean, yuck. Even better is the fact that Gyp is in the back bedroom with a redheaded waitress, getting asphyxiated with a belt while they get it on. Meanwhile, this kid claps an assortment of thugs in such a splatterific fashion, it's breath-taking. Instead of sealing the deal and finishing Gyp off, the would-be assassin meets his end at the hand of his intended target. We're left with Gyp panting amidst the carnage, wearing nothing but a belt and a fresh coat of blood. It's gonna be a hard one to beat.
Wince Factor: 9/10

OHWOW's "It Ain't Fair" Takes One Last Bow in Miami

Dan Colen, TBT, 2012, Courtesy the artist and Gagosian Gallery

We were saddened to hear that this year's edition of OHWOW's "It Ain't Fair" -- held in Miami during Art Basel for the last five years -- is going to be the last. We've enjoyed their perfect mix of art, music and alternative mayhem that always stayed ahead of the curve. The final go-round runs from December 6th to the 9th in a new location on South Beach at 743 Washington Avenue and the big opening party is on Thursday, December 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. Look for works by new and familiar names including KAWSDaniel ArshamScott CampbellHarmony KorineNate LowmanRyan McGinley and many, many more. We tracked down OHWOW co-founder Al Moran and asked him a couple of questions.

Why is this going to be the last edition of It Ain't Fair?
In 2008, when we first started doing It Ain't Fair, we always knew there would be a set number of editions. I didn't want this to become yet another institution for Miami's Art Basel week. It Ain't Fair needs to feel a bit renegade for it to succeed. If you continually program something year after year you lose that edge, eventually. In building this year's edition, we didn't know this would be the final year up until a few weeks ago. When the show came together and we took a step back to really grasp what we had accomplished, we knew internally that there would be no way we were ever going to top this edition of it. So the decision was made to go out with what we consider to be the best It Ain't Fair in our history. Five years felt good. We did what we set out to do with it. Now it's time to move away from it and start working on a new project for December in Miami for next year. It Ain't Fair may still rear its head somewhere else in the world, but for Miami, it's over after next week.

Any favorite moments from the previous years? Worst?
Probably one of my most memorable moments was Cyprien Gaillard's performance on the roof in 2009. Cyprien had a film projected against the building, Koudlam peforming on the roof--about 20 feet in the air--plus over two dozen people with fire extinguishers and flares lighting up the entire rooftop. It reminded me of [Ed] Ruscha's The Los Angeles County Museum on Fire multiplied by ten. It was such a spectacle to see. As far as worst moments, I'd say just in general dealing with the crowds has always been a challenge for us. It seems like every year we staff it to handle the previous year's attendance and the current attendance figures blow last year's away. So we've been continually chasing our tails in making sure everything goes smoothly. Hopefully, we got it right this year.

How is the LA gallery going?
Los Angeles has been great to us. I can't imagine being anywhere else right now. There's a tremendous amount of energy and support for what we're doing out here, and I feel like we came here precisely at the right time. LA definitely feels like home.

We noticed that FriendsWithYou also moved to LA. Do you think Miami is only good for artists and galleries during one week out of the year?
I haven't lived in Miami for two years now, so I can't say that I really have the pulse of that city anymore. I do know that for OHWOW, the city just wasn't able to provide the support necessary for an ambitious program to thrive. As you know, it takes so many variables for a city to become a true art city on a year round basis. You need institutional support, you need engaged collectors, you need ambitious galleries, you need higher educational programs, you need an artistic community, and you need capital. When we decided to move to Los Angeles, we felt that Miami didn't have all of those ingredients; therefore, we would be fighting a losing battle if we kept going for it down there. In our eyes, the only options were London, New York or Los Angeles. We chose LA.

What are your plans for the future?
After Basel, we'll be preparing for a solo exhibition by Michael Genovese that opens January 12th followed by a solo exhibition by Nick van Woert that opens on February 22nd -- both in LA. Aside from that, we have a few book projects that will be released in the coming months.

Meet the Caffeinated Bird...

Welcome to our Friday GIF roundup, featuring a collection of this week's most important, amusing and/or newsy GIFs and GIFsets by Mike Hayes of Buzzfeed and Gifhound.

It's Friday. Week is over. We did it, you guys. [low budget burka bitch]

So kick back and relax. [4gifs]

And someone give this bird another cup of joe.

A cat interrupted Univision's weather report. [Gif Hound]

Bo Obama met stuffed holiday Bo Obama. [Gif Hound]

President Obama and Mitt Romney had lunch, and the internet reacted to it. [topherchris]

Reason 49,876 cats need thumbs. Evolve, dammit! [thedorseyshawexperience]

Soooo, Liz & Dick eh? [The TV Screen]

In real TV news, there's a new trailer for 'Girls' Season 2 on the internet, yay! [I'm With Kanye]

And....Um. Whoa. [FWD]

Friday Superlatives: The Best, Worst and Weirdest of the Week

Screen shot 2012-11-30 at 4.53.40 PM.pngBest Celebrity Fashion Line: Holy shit, Yoko Ono's collection for Opening Ceremony makes absolutely zero sense. She is the coolest. -- Elizabeth Thompson

Best Intellectual Entertainment: Watching Julie Klausner, who had never read a word of Rand's, compete in the "Ayn Rand Game Show" at Housing Works -- Jonah Wolf

mizrahivoguing.jpgBest Thing We Witnessed at a Party All Week: Isaac Mizrahi meeting the leader of the voguing House of Mizrahi, Icon Father Andre Mizrahi and house member Jack Mizrahi (above) at the W LOVE Hangover voguing ball. It gave me goosebumps. -- Abby Schreiber/Photo by Carly Otness/Billy Farrell Agency

The Worst Thing I Read This Week (And Probably Ever):
"The war on men" by Suzanne Venker published by Fox News -- Hazel Cills

Best Sex Tape Extortion Scandal: Communist Party official Lei Zhengfu's because it blows that pesky Petraeus scandal out of the water. -- Max Kessler

Best Geopolitical Development: Palestine being recognized as a state by the UN -- Mickey Boardman

Screen shot 2012-11-30 at 4.38.15 PM.pngBest Opening Night Look: Katie Holmes wearing Bottega Veneta to the opening of her Broadway play, Dead Accounts, last night -- Whitney Spaner

Screen shot 2012-11-30 at 4.41.11 PM.pngBest Dinner and a Movie: Watching music videos and eating pizza at the Clocktower Gallery -- JW/Photo by Rebecca Smeyne

Best Museum Addition of The Week: The Sims added to MoMA's new videogame collection -- HC

Best NYT Article About Camels Named Ted, Gabby and Carol in the Rockettes' Christmas Show: This one! -- ET

Best Quote From an NYT Article About Camels Named Ted, Gabby and Carol in the Rockette's Christmas Show: "Ted would be here every day. He loves the attention." -- ET

Best (Oldish) Song of the Week: The faux-80s "Pop Goes My Heart" from 2007's Music & Lyrics starring Hugh Grant -- HC

Best Word We Learned All Week: "Ningle Nangles" (courtesy of Simon Doonan) -- AS

Best Media Blitz: I somehow made it through the long-ass profiles of Danny Bowien and Mission Chinese Food in both New York and GQ even though we got there back in May. Loved learning about how Danny won the international pesto competition. -- JW

Screen shot 2012-11-28 at 11.47.27 AM.pngBest Fashion Discovery We Made This Week: Ten & Co. oxfords -- AS

Second Best Fashion Discovery We Made This Week: Vice Versa Vintage in Williamsburg has racks on racks on racks of ugly Christmas sweaters -- go hog wild before your next holiday party, kids! -- AS

Screen shot 2012-11-30 at 4.28.39 PM.pngBest Tweet of the Week: Neil deGrasse Tyson has our backs, guys.-- HC

The Best Video We Should All Have Seen Months Ago: "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Who doesn't dream of running freely through the armchair section of a thrift store in your fur coat? -- MK

Best Proof That David Mamet Hates Women: The Anarchist -- MB

Best Fake TV Character We Wish Were Real: Muriel Rosenberg in The Old Girl, a re-make of The New Girl -- AS

Screen shot 2012-11-30 at 4.59.33 PM.pngWorst Thing Ever: Rihanna and Chris Brown's Instagram embrace. I'm just done with these two. -- ET

Walking Dead's Steven Yeun: "There Are a Million Dogs on Set"


glennrhee.jpgEd note: If you aren't caught up with the current season of Walking Dead, proceed with caution! Spoilers ahead.

Steven Yeun, who plays Glenn Rhee on the Walking Dead, jokes that he'd like to someday have a case-study performed on the cast of AMC's hit zombie drama: "Our cast is so intense and driven, and we get put through so much while filming. I think we're all going to have PTSD in five years." Indeed, this season has been particularly hard on Yuen's character, who, as of the show's latest episode, had been taken hostage and left to fight off a gnashing zombie while tied to a chair. To gear up for the show's mid-season finale this Sunday, we chatted with Yeun about the ways his character is changing, his days with Second City in Chicago, and how he's going to unwind when this season wraps up.

You're filming in Atlanta now, right?
We film in Senoia, Georgia, which is about 45 minutes south of Atlanta.

I've read quotes from your co-stars that it gets really hot.
Yeah. It...sucks. No, it's actually great. It's an isolated studio and it really kind of gets you into character with how miserable it is and how desolate everything feels. There's literally nothing around. It just feels real.

The characters living in the prison have really been struggling to survive, while your other co-stars living in the town get to look showered and have fresh clothes. David Morrissey recently said in an interview that the actors in the prison always look like they just got back from Woodstock.
Yeah, Morrissey gets Ralph Lauren crap to wear and we're stuck with, like, rags. But, no, our costume designer Eulyn Womble does all this crazy stuff to make our clothes look so bad -- she distresses them, dyes them, burns them, rips them and makes them look like shit so we can look like shit. It's great.

Based on that insane fight scene from last week's episode, it seems like Glenn is really coming into his own. Is this a new side of him that we'll see more of?
People are going to look at this past episode and say, "Ah, man, Glenn has turned into a bad-ass. He's going to kill everybody." But I think it will be more interesting if Glenn takes this moment and really kind of overshoots it. Rage does different things to different people and I think for someone like Glenn, it will make him overcompensate or think irrationally. It's so easy to have those stories of the guy who just suddenly transforms into some fearless hero, but we'll see what an experience like that actually does for Glenn.

Glenn fights off a zombie while tied to a chair in that scene. Was that tough to film?
It was only semi-choreographed, and a lot of it just ended up being me doing what I wanted. Even down to that part at the end where I screamed. That wasn't scripted. We did a bunch of takes and on the third take, I just screamed. It felt so good. I'm glad it made it in because I felt like it was so representative of Glenn changing.

You read the comic books before, but did that make things harder? It seems like actors on dramas like this are always saying they don't know what's going to happen with their characters until they get the script.
Well, it's still really different from the comic book. I remember in the first season when they started changing things from the comic book for the show. I was like, "I don't know if people are going to like this!" But the way we've been doing things is the only way to do them. There are things in the comic book that should never be shown on TV. It's really just two different mediums. I'm just glad that they can exist separately as two different things that people can get into equally.

You studied acting in college and then did Second City in Chicago. Did you want to be a comedian?
Well, I'll be honest and say that I've never been the funniest person in the room. I'm not the class clown or the jokester or the guy who can walk into a room and make people laugh at any time. I think that what I understood, though, was that the realer you play something, the funnier it was. I love comedy and I really studied it and just nerded out on it. I still nerd out on it. But I'm just glad that I got to do both comedy and drama. I've learned things from doing both that apply to the other and vice versa.

Do you know people from Second City who are also on TV now?
Oh man, yes. There's a new wave of Chicago talent that is blowing up right now. It's so exciting. I used to tour for Second City with Vanessa Bayer, who is on SNL right now. And Tim Robinson, who just got onto SNL this season, was also around at the same time. He's from Detroit and I'm from Detroit and he's so hilarious. But Mike O'Brien, who now writes for SNL, is maybe one of my modern-day comedy heroes. The guy is comedy. If you've ever seen his one-man show...the dude is a genius. There's this one part in his one-man show, where he acts out the lyrics to "Drops of Jupiter" by Train. It was like a totally choreographed stage play. At one point, the crowd was just dead silent and there was this big reveal and I accidentally shouted, so loudly, "Oh my God!" It was really embarrassing because everyone heard, but I was just so in awe of what he had pulled off.

You have a lot of photos of your co-stars on your Twitter and Tumblr. Are you all friends?
We're all pretty tight. We get thrown into hell. You get thrown into shit and you just kind of come together because this is all we have.

You also have photos of your dog. What kind of a dog is she?
She's a twenty-pound golden retriever-poodle-bichon mix. Her name is Agnes.

Does she come to the set?
Every day.

Are there other dogs there?
There are a million dogs on set. There are eight dogs on set right now and two that have been adopted just this year. We live and work in the countryside and people out here have dogs they don't want anymore and just set loose. So there are these dogs just roaming around that will make their way on to our set. And people who work here will be like, "I'll take that one."

Was this season tougher than others?
I had a tough time this season, with where the character ended up going. I remember I'd show up to work and I'd be fine and then I'd get into the chair and they'd put that giant bruise on my face and blood and you can't help but feel that pain. And once you lock into that, it just stays.  Not that I was doing anything like crazy method acting or Daniel Day-Lewis stuff, but I remember a couple of [crew members] coming up to me and asking if I was OK.  For me, [filming this season,] I had two to three months of just being in a really dark place. I don't know, after this I'm just going to go look at beaches.

You're going to go look at beaches?
Yeah. I'm not even going to go to the beach, I'm just going to look at pictures of beaches and get myself out of here.

Photo via AMCTV.com

Nutcracker Craftspeople Needed...


1. Bravo's Andy Cohen goes fishing with Tom Colicchio: "I'm a Jewish adventurist."

2. Dig this computer keyboard made out of wood and moss. [Robbie Tilton]

3. Seiffen, Germany, birthplace of the nutcracker, seeks young artisans to keep up the craft. [Spiegel, image via]
eastpirates.jpg4. The East River Pirates and East River Bar are hosting a charity auction tomorrow with live music and soccer on the TV. [Free Williamsburg]
East River Bar, 97 South Sixth Street, Brooklyn. 6 p.m.

5. "More babies were named Apple, Mac and Siri in 2012."

image-1-300x168.jpeg6.  After taking a hard hit from Hurricane Sandy, the Red Hook Lobster Pound will return to the Brooklyn Flea at One Hanson Place this weekend to serve lobster rolls. Welcome back, guys. [Brownstoner]

John Waters Chats With Us About His Christmas Show and ... Dildos

JW-Christmas-Poster-NO-TEXT-27x40-300dpi-CMYK.jpgFor over 10 years, filmmaker John Waters has been performing his marvelously demented one-man Christmas show for deviants across the country. This year, he brings his yuletide smut to 16 cities, including a stop in Tarrytown, New York on December 3rd. Here, he chats with us about his tour and fills us in on the latest developments in the dildo industry. 

Your Christmas show changes every year. Can you tell us what new topics you'll be discussing on this tour?

Oh, no. But, you know, I generally like to talk about what I want for Christmas and what I would like to give my fans. Last year I said I wanted a 'packer' for Christmas, which is a limp dick dildo that's supposed to give the hint of a crotch. Afterwards, I was doing a book signing, and a woman came up to me and said, 'You want mine? I have one on.' And I said, 'Well, yeah,' and she took it out and gave it to me. I was like, 'I can't put this in my carry on. What gay man wants to travel with a limp dick dildo? What would security think!'

You've described your holiday show as 'a self-help show.' What do you mean by that?

Well, you can't avoid Christmas.You have to embrace it, either for the right reasons or the wrong reasons. Or you can reject it, but you have to think of a funny way to reject it. You have to use humor to get through Christmas, because it's a trying time financially and emotionally. I love Christmas, and I don't say that with irony. I'm lucky, I had a functional family. I had nice Christmases when I was young, even the Christmas when the tree fell over on my grandmother. I included [a Christmas tree falling on someone] in Female Trouble, and even my grandmother laughed at how I exaggerated it and used it for humor. Whatever hand you're dealt from your family, Christmas is the time when it's hardest to make it work. But you've gotta try.

What was Christmas like in your house growing up? 

We used to have to go to midnight mass, which I hated. Divine would come to midnight mass, too, but in drag. He'd pass with the adults, but the children knew. My family opened stockings in the morning and then we'd have breakfast before we could see the tree and all the presents. I have a great picture of me on Christmas morning that I'm very fond of. I was about nine years old and I'm holding a hand puppet in one hand and in the other hand the album The Genius of Ray Charles, which I had asked for. I think that photo really shows me as a child and also the adult I turned out to be. My parents would always get me the stuff I asked for. I used to get cartons of Kools in my stocking from them. I'm not kidding! And my parents were sane parents! Back then nobody thought smoking was bad, nobody ever told you that. I wish I had taken a picture at the time, because it's so politically incorrect now. I think it's hilarious.

How old were you?

Oh, 16 or so. They probably wouldn't have let me smoke until I was around 16. And even in my Easter basket, I remember getting a carton of Kools surrounded by black jelly beans. My mom knew I liked black jelly beans. I wish I had a portrait of that. That would have been a great, great picture.

How will you spend Christmas this year? 

I always have a big party in Baltimore. I invite everyone from the guy who played the singing asshole in Pink Flamingos to the governor to the mayor to criminals to my mom. And then it's my turn to cook Christmas dinner this year for the whole family. I'll be cooking for eleven people.

Your Christmas show in the past has talked about your obsession with Santa Claus. Do you think Santa can be sexy?

Well, can you even have sex in a chimney? There are a lot of sexual things Santa can be to people -- he could be a silver fox or a polar bear. There's always something new you can think up about sex and Christmas.

A John Waters Christmas is in Tarrytown, New York on December 3rd. Tickets here.

Western Enisphere Plays at Spectrum


Accomplished avant-garde guitarist David First got his start in the Philadelphia instrumental trio Notekillers, whose late-'70s recordings were given a new audience by Thurston Moore's Ecstatic Peace label in 2004. Tonight he premieres a new work for a larger ensemble.
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, (650) 400-5100. 7 p.m. $15.

Get Your Art Basel Pre-Game On With Just Friends' Cover Of "Avalanche"


If you didn't get your hands on The Prism -- Nicolas Jaar's cool, aluminum cube of music -- when it was released earlier in the year, it's now available HERE as a virtual-edition download for $7. Mr. Jaar is heading down to Miami this week to contribute to the Art Basel fun with two shows: he's playing at Bardot, (3456 N Miami Avenue, Miami) on Thursday, December 6th, and then on Friday at the Mondrian South Beach Hotel (1100 West Avenue, Miami Beach).  On that note, today's video is a cover of Leonard Cohen's "Avalanche" that's on both the cube and the download, and it's by Jaar's side-project called Just Friends featuring Sasha Spielberg, the daughter of Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg.

Conquistador Travels to Outer Space in "With a Love Like That"


Los Angeles' Conquistador was the youngest person ever to become "World Imperial Moustache Champion" at the World Beard and Mustache Championships. His prize-winning facial hair is on full display in this video, which finds the musician prancing in a pink tutu among interstellar crystals (and swapping spit with an interstellar babe) to a mod beat. It premieres here today, and will be featured this week in L.A.'s Machinima Interactive Film Festival. Conquistador recalled for us losing his tutu during the shoot: "You know life is okay when your biggest concern is that you don't have your hot pink tutu. I told myself this a few times but I WANTED MY TUTU. It's my video and I'll whine if I want to. It really felt like the end of the world."

Alexander Wang Is Officially Confirmed at Balenciaga...

wang-balenciaga-official.jpgWe can all breathe a deep sigh of relief now: Alexander Wang is officially confirmed at Balenciaga. The brand shared the news via Twitter, posting: "Wang has responsibility for designing the brand's women's and men's ready-to-wear and accessories collections, as well as for Balenciaga's image."

156837764-300x450.jpgFor the Jelly Shoe-enthusiast in all of us: longtime purveyors of designer jellies, Melissa, is going to collaborate with Karl Lagerfeld on a new line! We're imagining faux-quilted flats in jewel tones. [via Fashionista]

dezeen_Sneaker-Speaker-by-Ray-Kingston-Inc_ss1.jpgIn other 'Shoes That We're Scared of But Want' news, NYC-based studio Ray Kingston Inc. developed these sneakers which double as speakers! The full user guide can be found at Dezeen.   

daria-werbowy-fat-mag.jpgWe love love love this editorial of model Daria Werbowy shot by Cass Bird for Fat Magazine. Why didn't we think of that?? [via High Snobette

kate-middleton-scrimmage.jpgIn honor of Kate Middleton's just-announced pregnancy (!!!!) we give you this: K-Mid, playing field hockey with children, while wearing McQueen. [via The Cut]

Popular London bike store Brick Lane Bikes collaborated with H&M on a sustainable men's capsule collection made specifically for cyclists. It's out on March 7th, so get your wallets in high gear! [via Selectism]

lykke-li-hilary-walsh-rodeo-01.jpgHere's Lykki Li looking elegant on the new cover of Swedish magazine Rodeo. [via Design Scene]

georgiaone.jpgFor their new, limited edition 'Artist Series,' Sunglass Hut is collaborating with James Price on a line of Swarovski crystal-encrusted shades (pictured above). We dig. [via Press Release] 

"iamjohnnyboy" Picks the Best Art Basel Miami Beach 2012 Parties

Our fave Miami blogger iamjohnnyboy has been tracking all of the latest gossip surrounding Art Basel Miami Beach 2012 and we asked him to pick his "Top 10 AB/MB Parties." Here's what he's looking forward to -- in no particular order:

1) Pin-up No.13 cocktail party honoring Philippe Malouin, with a performance by Lauren Devine at Yabu Pushelberg residence

2) Dior Homme and W magazine party to celebrate Bruce Weber's film "Can I Make the Music Fly?" at the Moore Building

3) Gagosian party celebrating Richard Prince's "Lemon Fizz" collab with Arizona Ice Tea at Chez Andre

4) Inspiration Miami Beach Party hosted by amfAR, M.A.C, Josh Wood, and Interview magazine at Soho Beach House

5) Tumblr, Paddle 8 and Milk Studios party for "Moving the Still: A GIF Festival" at their Wynwood Space (318 NW 23rd Street)

6) Stella McCartney "Tea Party" at the Webster Miami

7) JR /Jose Parla book signing and film screening for "Wrinkles of the City: Havana, Cuba" at the Standard Spa, Miami Beach

8) Valentino & Interview magazine party at the Webster Miami

9) Terry Richardson's book launch and afterparty for "Terrywood" at the Standard Spa

10) Visionaire's "Free Store" with Net-a-Porter and Mr. Porter at the SLS South Beach

PREMIERE: Club Chrissie Finale Ft. Drea de Matteo and Charlotte Ronson


On this morning's series finale of Club Chrissie, designer Charlotte Ronson and actress Drea de Matteo pop in for an embroidery lesson from the downtown DIY gal. What the CC guests may not have expected, however, was that Miller had de Matteo's adorable five-year-old daugher, (and It Kid-in-the-making) Alabama Gypsy Rose, hidden in the back. 'Bama, as she's apparently called, steals the show as soon as she comes on wearing cat ears and a pink leopard print dress. Together the foursome stitch hearts on jean jackets ("We're four old yentas knitting over here," de Matteo observes), learn how The Sopranos actress came up with her daughter's name (for the record, de Matteo and fiance Shooter Jennings also call their infant son Blackjack) and dish about how the long-time friends met. Watch the episode above and keep an eye out for Alabama Gypsy Rose to open her own high-end denim store in 2030.


Club Chrissie Featuring Leah Dell
Club Chrissie Featuring Maxine Ashley
Club Chrissie Featuring Mr. Mickey and Susan Miller
Club Chrissie Featuring Pharrell
Club Chrissie Featuring Cory Kennedy
Club Chrissie Featuring Pamela Love

The MEGA Guide to Art Basel Miami Beach: Day 1

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The Royal Palm (1545 Collins Avenue, South Beach) has been re-born as a new member of the James group of hotels. They are jumping right into the Art Basel fray with an exclusive after-party following the opening of the new fair on the beach, UNTITLED, tonight. (They're also hosting this year's official AB/MB closing party on Sunday, December 9.) The hotel houses the Miami branch of New York's popular Catch restaurant and another spot called Florida Cookery.

Cool Miami gallery Locust Projects (3852 North Miami Avenue, Miami) is presenting a big installation by Chicago artist Theaster Gates called "Soul Manufacturing Corporation" that will be up December 3 - 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For the work, Gates plans to "create a factory consisting of four pavilions occupied by skilled makers who will produce 'things' throughout the week." At the same time, a yoga instructor, a DJ and a reader will entertain the "makers" and the viewers. Locust Projects will be celebrating their 15th anniversary in 2013.

Never before seen photos of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones will be on view at The Betsy Hotel (1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach). The shots are from the archives of Bob Bonis and were shot between 1964 and 1966 while he was the tour manager for both bands' first US tours. After Bonis passed away, his son took the images to a rock 'n' roll memorabilia specialist who organized this "first Florida showcase of the images." The exhibit is free and open to the public all week.

A retrospective of works by Las Vegas-based artist Martin Kreloff will be on view from December 3rd to the 9th in the JW Marriott Hotel (1109 Brickell Avenue, Miami). The show will reunite many of the participants in an event called "Miami Says ART" that took place in 1976 while Kreloff was a student at the University of Miami and featured local cultural leaders each saying the word "ART."

Brazilian home design brand ORNARE kicks off Art Week Miami with their "Tastemakers Showcase" from 7 to 11 p.m. tonight in the Design District.

Photo above: Theaster Gates, from "Soul Manufacturing Corporation"

Q&A: New Exhibit IRL_URL Brings Internet Art into Real Life


North Williamsburg venue/bar/café Muchmore's will be hosting a new "exhibition about the internet, by the internet" entitled IRL_URL starting this Thursday, December 6th. Conceived by internet enthusiasts including visual artist Anna Li, Pace Gallery assistant Morgan Shockley, and music curator Tristan Viner-Brown, the show brings the work of up-and-coming internet artists Al BaioMartha Hipley and Rob Sobotnik into a physical spaceThursday night's opening will feature a VJ set by Kyle Hiedacavage and a DJ set by the (supercute) band SUPERCUTE!. We recently sat down with curator Li and artist Baio to chat about the show's conception, the power of the reblog, and the ways the digital world affects their lives and art. 


Anna Li photo via Marco Hernandez; Al Baio photo via Trevor Powers

So how did the whole IRL_URL concept come to happen in real life, or "IRL"?

Anna Li: Well, I've always wanted to do a show about the internet, and I've always wanted to branch out as an artist [and] do some curatorial work. The opportunity didn't come up until someone on the camp of Muchmore's stumbled across me on the street and remembered seeing me at one of their preview shows. They were just curious, did I want to do anything with Muchmore, "anything you want to do." They told me they asked me because of essentially my online lifestyle, my presence online. Which I thought was great, being spoken to as two different Annas: "online Anna" and "offline Anna." I've always made art that was based around the concept of the internet.

What role has the internet played in your life as an artist?

AL: Well, I went to NYU for film and television, and the school encourages the students to have a participatory lifestyle outside of NYU. So the connection I made to the world outside of NYU was by going on the internet and figuring out who and what was out there. I began all of my internet interests on Tumblr, where I started off just sharing things I liked and things my friends did. Eventually I shared things I created on Tumblr, and it circulated, and now it's like I am known for my Tumblr. It's snowballed into a really lovely, little career where people find my photos via the internet.  That's an interesting commentary the show makes, because when you've created a social presence for yourself online, how does that affect your offline world? Because of Tumblr, I got all the jobs I have today. I just started working with Flavorwire and Old Navy, where they call me a "cultural influencer" [laughs]. I recently finished a music video for the band SUPERCUTE! because they like stuff I've done with Rookie magazine, and so on. So, there's the power of reblogging! In fact, you could say my whole life is a reblog...of Al Baio's life.

Hey Al Baio, your work was so interesting! Could you tell us a little bit about your aesthetic and how how the internet shapes it?

Al Baio: My parents enrolled me at three into an oil panting class, which is a really young age to start oil painting. Very messy and a little unsafe. On the side I would obsessively watch cartoons: I'd get up at around five a.m. to watch Sailor Moon. So in a way the two aesthetics meshed together and that's where I am at today. I feel like the internet for me is one, big nostalgia album for me to flip through. It's kind of my best friend, it's always there for me. There's always an image for me to find and work on, because every single thing I paint is from the internet.


All work by Al Baio

Like there is a contained, public archive already available?

AB: Exactly. And it's growing, it never ends, and it never will. People are always adding to it, people you don't know, but you're connected to. The main thing I do is paint my ideal sets of childhood friends, like a dream crew. So I look online for photos that parents put up of their children, because I find it bizarre that people will openly share these photos of their kids. The kids have no say, it's their big internet debut and they don't know their image is out there and people can find it and do whatever they want with it. And when I find that image, I paint it. That's it, I am kind of a super creeper on the internet [laughs].

So are you doing anything original for the show?

AB: Specifically for the show, the kids I am showing are dressed up as characters from my past. A lot of them are dressed up as Garfield, or Teletubbies. So it's about this wave of nostalgia. When I was a kid my dad would make these beautiful photo albums, which I treasure to this day. I think it's so weird with parents today, like, why are you sharing this image with me? You don't know me. I'm taking it! [Laughs.] I like to think that even if I am giving the parent a hard time, I am honoring the kid. Each painting is with admiration, and friendliness. Each kid is so cool, the clothes they are wearing, and the poses they are making. They are such a mystery to me. I kind of relate to them too, because people have taken photos of me when I was unaware of it and then I see them on random blogs. It's weird to find an image of yourself, and all these people are looking at it and liking it, but you have no real control or awareness that it's out there.


What's your dream childhood photo to paint?

AB: Ideally, I would love to work with kids and actually stage photos that already exist. Like art history, or album artwork. I do a lot of album covers for bands, and I'd love to do a painting of kids pretending to be David Bowie. That would be my dream. But, for an actual example, I went to Paris last week, and I made a friend at a museum. We exchanged emails and she just sent me a photo of herself as a kid without even asking. It's a cross-eyed, classic childhood photo, and this image is now my favorite image, and I am going to paint it. It's this magical connection that keeps me linked with her, even if I don't see her again, which I hope I do.

AL: I think Al brings up a really great point, and that's one of the reasons Morgan and I chose her for the show, she addressed the really beautiful idea of the flexibility of the internet. You could take a picture of, let's say a tree, and make a tidal wave on the internet, or [you could] see a picture of a tree online which prompts you to take your own picture in real life.

AB: It's like a never-ending cycle.

Al: And it doesn't have one single direction either.


How do you think the internet affects how art is viewed? 

AL: The first time I met with Al Baio, [I was] showing super eager interest in her work, and inquiring to see if her work would correlate to some commentary on the internet--which is ridiculous since her work is the internet. We were talking [about] how it's the opposite of Noah's Ark. It's like museums choose which pieces get seen by millions of eyes. Who gives them the license to choose who gets on Noah's Ark? Who chooses the .001% of art that's preserved? Everyone is a curator on the internet, if you deem it art, it could be art. Nothing is destroyed, it's all preserved. So when you make something, there's always a ghost of it, even if you were to delete it.

AB: Yeah. It's always there for someone else to experience. It's never gone.

How do you think we'll be living our lives more digitally down the road?

AL: I think the internet is slowly making it so there is no "offline" culture. Soon, at least here, it will be "online" twenty-four hours, seven days a week. I love the internet, but one of my biggest fears about it is that it no longer originates from our computer screens, it's on our cell phones--I honestly think it will eventually be in our eyes. The whole world is going to be taken over by the internet, and there's no way we can control what will be shown of us.

AB: I can't wait!

That kind of echoes the documentary We Live in Public, about Josh Harris and all the artistic experiments he did with the internet and its effect on our social lives. 

AL: Oh! I haven't seen that...

You should! It's on Netflix.

AB: Streaming?

DMX Gets in the Christmas Spirit...


1. DMX sings "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." [via @jaysmooth]

2. Pope Benedict XVI has joined Twitter with the handle @pontifex (@pope, @thepope and @popeben were already taken). [Twitter]

3. Cory Arcangel is launching a clothing and homeware line. [Financial Times, image via WikiCommons]

4. The NYPD is investigating a suspect in the KAWS poster theft from the Marc Ecko gallery last summer. [NYPost, image via NBC New York]

5. We love this ad for an anti-Mayan apocalypse S.H.A.N.G.A. (Still Here And Not Goin' Anywhere) celebration. [Brooklyn Weekly]

6. Here's a first look at Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs. It was announced today that JOBS, the upcoming Kutchner-starring biopic on the Apple founder, will close the 2013 Sundance Festival. [Hollywood Reporter]

Morning Funnies: The Christmas Card to End All Christmas Cards...

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Heads up, this is the Christmas card we'd like to receive this year. No others need apply. [via Pleated Jeans]

Screen shot 2012-12-03 at 7.03.40 PM.pngHe may not actually be the Sexiest Man Alive but Kim Jong-un might have a pretty effing awesome replacement award: Time's Person of the Year. Thanks to 4chan trolls, the North Korean leader has already received over three million votes for the title. [via Huffington Post]

Screen shot 2012-12-03 at 7.07.36 PM.pngScrooge c. 2012. [via The Clearly Dope]

Here's a charming little video of the famous 'Pixar lamp' come to life. We want one of these in our office. [The Verge via Vulture]

tumblr_me4xaoHyVB1qbq8c7.gifTwerk those golden arches, gurls! [via Paris Not France]

Screen shot 2012-12-03 at 7.10.56 PM.pngLet's all take bets about what was found in Santa's beard. [via Golden Oldies]

Screen shot 2012-12-03 at 7.09.47 PM.pngApparently "North BUTTFace" was played out. [via The Clearly Dope]

Screen shot 2012-12-03 at 7.23.17 PM.pngAl Pacino in character as Phil Spector for a new movie is giving us the heebie jeebies. [via The Carlos Ramos]

tumblr_lv193rqUiJ1qbb70eo1_500.gifHere's our next "10 second elevator pitch": a gallery devoted to mash-ups of Renaissance art and Internet art. Up next? Jesus frescoes and glittery dolphins.  [via Paris Not France]

Ahead of the start of Hanukkah, here's the children's (sort of) classic, Biscuit's Hanukkah, as read in Jamaican patois. [via Heeb]

And, while we're on the subject of Hanukkah, learn how to make latkes from two gangstas because, well, why not? "Mazel Tov Motherfuckers!" [via Vulture]

Screen shot 2012-12-04 at 8.47.51 AM.pngMove over Papa Joe, there's a new Parks & Rec blowhard star in town: Newt Gingrich. The politico just wrapped filming a cameo for the sitcom and -- get this? -- landed the part after bumping into the cast shooting at the same Indianapolis steakhouse where he was having lunch. Best $40 porterhouse he ever had. [via Gawker]

Tonight in New York: Diamond Rings at Bowery Ballroom

Toronto glam-popper John O'Regan (a.k.a. Diamond Rings) describes his new album, Free Dimensional, as about "trying to navigate this new world that I'm finding myself in." Opening are percussion-heavy Australian quintet Gold Fields.

Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street. 8 p.m. $15.
Photo by Norman Wong

The MEGA Guide to Art Basel Miami Beach: Tuesday

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Oscar Murillo at the Rubell Family Collection

The Rubell Family Collection (95 NW 29th Street, Miami) launches two shows tonight: "Alone Together" and "Oscar Murillo: work" with a private opening, but the public is invited to check out both shows during the week in their incredible 45,000-square-foot space. If you've never been, be sure to stop by this year.

Art Miami returns for the 23rd edition of their annual fair, running through December 9. This year they're expecting over 125 galleries to participate and, for the first time, they've added a new "fair-within-a-fair" with an additional 65 galleries housed in a special area called CONTEXT. They are bringing in four six-ton walls that feature works by UK artist Banksy and, though they aren't for sale, they offer a good opportunity to see the artist's work in a unique environment.

In honor of the late Tony Goldman -- the visionary real estate developer and founder of Miami's Wynwood Walls -- there will be a special tribute entitled "Come and Dream" that launches tonight from 9 to 11 p.m. in-and-around the intersection of 25th Street and NW 2nd Avenue in Miami. Meghan Coleman, the arts manager of Goldman Properties, is spear-heading the project with Tony's daughter Jessica. They're unveiling a second "wall" by Shepard Fairey, plus new projects by Faith 47, Dal East, KR, Santiago Rubino, Pose and Momo; as well as a gallery exhibit called "Time Evaporates, Emotion Elevates."

A super-cool exhibit of performance art and "live art activation" called "Fresh Basel" is being presented by NYC gallery The Hole and Collective Hardware in a 1920s villa way up on Pine Tree Drive. The VIP opening is today, but the exhibit will be open daily from noon to 6 p.m. DO NOT drive there! You need to be dropped off in a cab, limo or yacht.

North Miami's Museum of Contemporary Art (770 NE 125th Street) and Vanity Fair celebrate the opening of "Bill Viola: Liber Insularum" tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. for MoCA members, VIPs, exhibitors and invited guests.

Andre Saraiva's global nightclub, Le Baron, returns to Miami with a six-night pop-up edition during AB/MB 2012. This year, however, the nightclub will be elusive as well as exclusive, as they move to a new location each night starting tonight. And they'll only reveal the night's location at 6 p.m. daily via twitter.com/lebaronfamily and facebook.com/whereislebaron. We also hear that nightlife-obsessed art aficionados can go to the Free Spirits Sports Cafe (100 21st Street, Miami Beach) from 8 to 10 p.m. to find out the location and there will be a free shuttle from Free Spirits between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Tonight's edition of Le "mobil" Baron might be at the Rec Room (1690 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach).

Shepard Fairey is DJing at the grand opening of a new spot from Amir Ben Zion (Bardot, gigi, Cooper Avenue) called The Garage (1661 Pennsylvania Avenue, South Beach).

Whitewall magazine celebrates their latest issue featuring Gilbert & George -- and also their new website -- tonight at the Delano (1685 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach). Louis Roederer Champagne is the sponsor.

A new fair called Miami Project (NE 1st Avenue at NE 29th Street, Miami) opens today and runs through the 9th. They've got over 65 galleries housed in a modular structure in Midtown Miami.
Check out this year's Design Miami pavilion created by Daniel Arsham's NYC firm Snarkitecture. Look for it behind the Miami Beach Convention Center where it will be up through Sunday.

Swarovski collab'd with UK-based architect Asif Khan to create "Parhelia" -- that's Greek for "beside the sun." The immersive installation incorporates over one million crystals in a structure that's almost 20 feet tall and "explores the relationship between crystal, light, architecture and nature." Check it out at Design/Miami today through Sunday inside the Swarovski Crystal Palace.

Local gallerist Oliver Sanchez is hosting what might be the AB/MB show with the longest title: "100 Years of Artitude 1913 - 2013 Pataphysics for Dummies: Where Contradiction Meets Exception." Sanchez adds: "It's a centennial celebration of the artistic development of craft and culture." Sounds cool, no? The installation will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Swampspace Gallery (150 NE 42nd Street, Miami) and if you're heading down early, there's an opening reception from 6 to 10 p.m. on December 1.

Another local Miami gallery, Spinello Projects (2930 NW 7th Avenue, Miami) is hosting a "collective" exhibition called "CLOSER" with an opening reception tonight at 7 p.m. The show examines how people interact with each other and includes works by 15 emerging artists including Naama Tsabar, Rowan Smith, Abby Double, Frederico Nessi and Ingrid Lee.

New York-based artist Desi Santiago is working on a huge installation for the Lords South Beach Hotel (1120 Collins Avenue) called "The Black Lords." The artist's work has been seen here in NYC at Deitch Projects, MoMA PS1, Matthew Marks Gallery and the Metropolitan Museum of Art and he's know for elaborate theatrical and performance pieces. In South Beach, he plans to transform the hotel into a "ravenous black dog named Gypsy" that will tell fortunes and respond to visitors' questions with sound, lasers and smoke. Perrier is sponsoring the installation and they are having a big VIP opening tonight, but "Gypsy" will be on view all week from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.

If you look inside the Hotel Astor (956 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach) you'll find a wine tasting and "aperitivos" in their new restaurant dei Frescobaldi this afternoon from 6 to 8:30 in honor of AB/MB 2012. Also, Costantino Padovano will be "music director" in the lounge every night until 2 a.m.

The Tides Hotel (1220 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach) is hosting a series of "Sunset Sessions" with art and music from tonight until December 7th. It's presented by Monocle Order and Black Banditz.

Shoot the Lobster opens a site-specific project by Kyle Thurman today from 4 to 7 p.m. at 70 NW 20th Street, Miami.