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Miami December 1–7: Design Miami & III Points Concert Series

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The best of what to do in and around Miami this week

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It’s that time of year again when Miami Art Week takes over the city and you can cram more culture into a few days than most people manage in a lifetime. As well as the iconic Art Basel Miami Beach, make sure to check out both Design Miami and the III Points concert series. The former is Art Basel’s sister fair, showcasing high-design lighting and furniture alongside artwork. Additionally, The Bass is unveiling its newest permanent art piece, two New York designers are in town with a cool program at The Confidante, and Courtney Love performs an experimental show with Todd Almond.

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November 30 - December 4 | Art and design
Design Miami
Art Basel’s sister fair, Design Miami, is popping up in a tent behind the Beach Convention Center this week. There are museum-quality exhibits of everything from lighting to furniture to artworks, including some one-of-a-kind collaborations, plus various lectures and panels. This year, the signature entrance is made of 3-D-printed biodegradable “bamboo,” and collaborators include Maison Kitsuné, Louis Vuitton, and Fendi.
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Meridian Ave. and 19th St., Miami Beach | From $20 | website

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November 30 - December 4 | Music
III Points Art Basel Concert Series
III Points, Miami’s homegrown platform for local talent in art, music, and technology, is hosting a follow-up to its successful October festival as part of Art Basel. The lineup, which is spread across the week and three stages, includes names like James Blake, Young Thug, Afterlife, and Nick Murphy.
Times & locations vary | From $35 | website

November 30 - December 11 | Theater
Courtney Love and Todd Almond in “Kansas City Choir Boy”
Courtney Love and Todd Almond star in this intimate, experimental theater piece. Kansas City Choir Boy is the story of two lovers in a small American town told through flashbacks, with music written by Todd Almond and performed by Almond and Love.
The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami | From $85 | website

III Points

December 1 | Now on display: Public art
“Miami Mountain”
The Bass museum has added a new piece to its permanent collection. Miami Mountain, by artist Ugo Rondinone, is a 42-foot-tall fluorescent rock tower now installed on the museum’s front lawn in Collins Park. Also on display are 20 art pieces loosely inspired by David Bowie as part of The Bass’s Ground Control exhibit. While the museum’s interior renovation won’t be complete until Spring 2017, The Bass is more than making up for it with these displays of public art.
2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach | Free | website

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December 1 - 3 | Performance art
Public School New York at The Confidante
New York–based fashion designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of Public School New York are bringing a pop-up radio station and performance art piece to the Confidante Hotel to coincide with Art Basel. Guests of the three-days-only radio station include artists such as José Parlá and musicians such as Uncle Luke. The public can participate by partying to the radio’s tunes, listening to on-air discussions, and simply watching the thing unfold from the hotel’s pool on Friday and Saturday.
4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach | Free | website

Patricia Guarch Wise is a Miami native and the blogger behind Miami Nice. Her interests include paella, paranormal activity, Proenza Schouler, and her Pekingese named Bonnaroo. 

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