Classics Rock At New World Symphony Bash 2009: Seasons Not

Classics rock at New World Symphony bash

The seasons may not change much here, but they sure do come to an end — and for some, with a bigger bang than
for others. Take the Friends of the New World Symphony, for example. The group is hosting a rocking, two-hour music festival on Saturday to celebrate the end of so-called ”season.” It’s appropriately titled Symphony and Mystery because, in our own interpretation, it’s a mystery as to whether summer will bring us to an audible halt of activity or, fingers crossed, vice-versa. Whatever the meaning, the music starts at 9 p.m. at the pool at 900 Biscayne Bay — one of those cool but cavernously vacant condos — and will feature performances by NWS fellows showcasing the works of Sam Hyken as well as a set by The Mysterytones (so that’s it!), a seven-piece funk, rhythm and blues band, as well as the requisite DJ-ing, this time by DJ JJ Neil. To get your ticket — it’s $50 — e-mail or call 305-673-3330, ext. 230. Although finding a bartender to serve us some refreshing beverages one Friday night at Area 31 at the Epic Hotel in Brickell was nearly impossible, perhaps things have improved as the restaurant debuts Cigar Bar 31. The 16th-floor outdoor space features premium brand and hand-rolled stogies as well as a Gentleman’s Club prix fixe menu of flat iron steak, a glass of red wine, scotch and a cigar for just $45. Cool idea and an ideal place perhaps for single and lookings to stalk — er, scope out the scene. We commend Area 31 for having the foresight to put their cigar bar outdoors, where one can breathe fresh air, at least sort of. At the Catalina Hotel and Beach Club’s Maxine Restaurant and Lounge from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday is The Green Party, a new dinner soiree for eco-maniacs featuring an organic menu, organic wines and drink specials all night. Also on the menu: product showcases, fashion shows, DJ Alioco ”recycling the beats,” and, best of all, for every $6.50 eco-friendly Veev Treetini — Veev Acai spirit and pineapple — served, Live It Green Foundation will plant a tree in your honor. Finally, the girls of summer are in full swing this weekend thanks to Aqua Girl ’09, the country’s largest charity week for girls who like girls. All proceeds go to the Aqua Foundation for Women, a nonprofit group promoting equality, health, strength and visibility of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender women through community initiatives, grants and scholarships. A slew of soirees from a dinner party at China Grill Saturday night to a jazz brunch at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens are among the festivities. For more info, go to .

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