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Miami This Week: Grand Central Finale with Mystery Guest

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Here are the five coolest things to do in and around Miami this week.

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It's out with the old and in with the new this week in Miami. Beloved music venue Grand Central is closing down, but not before throwing the mother of all farewell parties. There's a whole week of bittersweet good times planned, including a mystery guest for the Grand finale. If saying goodbye is just too hard, then check out Nu Deco Ensemble's inaugural performance instead—this ultra-modern chamber music outfit is going to rock. Other new beginnings include Asian concept restaurant Bází, and an early look at Chef Dale Talde and what he might bring to his upcoming Miami Beach joint later this year. 

September 25 | Goodbye party
Grand Central’s Farewell with Trick Daddy and DZA
Grand Central has been a bastion of indie music concerts and late-night dance parties for the past five years, but the good times will end this week. To say farewell, they’re hosting a week of festivities. The final edition of Friday’s popular Peachfuzz hip-hop dance party will be held in the bigger space downstairs, instead of the smaller upstairs quarters, and will feature Trick Daddy, DZA, and Jubilee. If by Saturday night you’re recovered and ready to head over for the finale, you could be in for a big treat: There will be a special mystery guest performance.
11 p.m. | Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami | (305) 377-2277 | Free (women), $15 (men) | website

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September 25–26 | 21st-century chamber music
Nu Deco Ensemble with Brika at Goldman Warehouse 
There’s a new chamber orchestra in town. Nu Deco Ensemble is a brand new 21st-century chamber orchestra with a focus on collaboration and music from all genres. Their inaugural season kicks off with a concert featuring music by LCD Soundsystem and a collaboration with Brika, the 20-year-old Miami native with an Adele-meets-Lana-Del-Rey sound. The first night is $30, whereas the second is $80 and includes a complimentary drink and an after-party with bites by STK Miami and a performance by local synth-pop duo Eons. 
8 p.m. | Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, 404 NW 26th St., Miami | (305) 576-4350 | From $30 | website

October 1 | Food
Pop-Up Dinner by Chef Dale Talde
In anticipation of the November opening of Talde Miami Beach at the Thompson Hotel, Top Chef alumnus Dale Talde is hosting a pop-up dinner. This will be his second location, following the success of Talde in Brooklyn’s Park Slope. Chef Michelle Bernstein will surrender the kitchen at the hotel's 1930s House for the night, allowing Dale to serve a four-course menu paired with a bottle of Brooklyn Brewery’s Sorachi Ace beer. Everyone will take home a copy of his new cookbook, Asian-American
7:30 p.m. | 1930s House, 4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach | (786) 605-4041 | $55 | website

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New opening | Restaurant
The team behind Macchialina has veered away from Italian and opened an Asian concept restaurant in the historic Marlin Hotel on South Beach. Chef Michael Pirolo is serving shared plates of (in the words of the restaurant's website) “Asian classics with a modern twist.” Standout dishes include the duck udon and the Cantonese style Florida shrimp—but we wouldn’t bother with picking dishes. Instead, trust the kitchen and go with the tasting menu. Similar to Macchialina, Bází is serving an over-the-top, multi-course feast for $70 per person.
Bází, The Marlin Hotel, 1200 Collins Ave., Miami Beach | (305) 604-5063 | website

Weekend Escape
St. Petersburg
Head northwest to Tampa Bay's St. Petersburg for a surreal combo of art and ocean. The Dali Museum's current exhibits include Escher at the Dali, a 135 piece look at the work of M.C. Escher, and Dali Revealed: Candid Moments From the Artist’s Life, a revealing exhibit of 48 photographs taken by photographer and friend Robert Descharnes. Once you’ve had your fair share of Surrealist art, take a quick 20-minute drive across the peninsula to St. Pete Beach, where you can stay at the Postcard Inn, watch a beautiful sunset, and get some grub and a beer at a seafood diner like Dockside Dave’s or Sea Critters Cafe. It's not often you get to do Dali in the morning, and fried grouper and a pitcher of Bud in the afternoon.

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.