Photo: Penelope Umbrico, "Suns from Flickr". Courtesy Aperture Foundation // Scope
Arguably the nation's hottest winter event, Art Basel Miami kicks off for a four-day brou-ha-ha this Friday, December 1-4. This year, gay hotel mecca Lords South Beach will be serving you artistic realness with a cocktail-laden agenda of Happy Hours and hotel installations, kicked off last night with the likes of Amanda Lepore and Cazwell and continuing with Jake Shears, Trong G. Nguyen, and an Ice Cream Truck -- oh yeah, and some pretty incredible artwork, too.
Read below for the hotel's full schedule of events and a chance to score some VIP passes to the Scope and Art Asia ancilliary fairs.
Thursday 12/1 -- Josh Woods & BOFFO
Legendary party boy Josh Woods (and nightlife concierge for the hotel) and BOFFO host a Basel all-nighter. Music by Jake Shears from Scissor Sisters
Midnight - ?
Friday 12/2 -- Gay Letter Occupies Lords South Beach
Join two of New York's hottest homosexuals for an unforgettable night at Lords. Brought to you by Tom & Abi of Gayletter.com.
Sunday 12/4 -- Detox at Lords
Hosts Alex Piento & Ryan Work help wind it down as Art Frazzle comes to a close. Perrier to detox (or cocktails to retox).
*Also worth noting:
NYC-based artist Trong G. Nguyen will be installing his works in various Lords guest rooms at random, like "Is Heaven for Homos" from the Noveau Ghetto series, "Grilla Girls Gone Wild" and "HNH Oz Slippers" (Think Dorothy!).
CoolHaus ice cream truck will be parked in front of Lords giving hot guests a cool treat. Classy ice cream sandwich fun for all!
Enticed? Headed down for the action and want to skip the lines? WIN A VIP PASS to both the Scope and Art Asia fairs (good for two people, early/special hours, free entrance) by commenting below what artist or party you're most looking forward to checking out. Winner picked at random from entry at 12-noon, Thursday Dec 1.