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Art Basel Miami 2011: The Best Under-The-Radar Events of Thursday

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Celebrities like Diddy, Michael Douglas, Val Kilmer and Paris gawked at each other and at contemporary art during last night's VIP opening of Art Basel. For the rest of us, doors open today. Beyond the convention center, day two of these art olympics includes rare film screenings, hipster chillwave performances and sculptures that are only complete once you get drunk.

Convention Center Culture
Art Basel Miami Beach opens to the public today. At last night's versionnage, the Stephen Merit booth was a popular stop thanks to Jennifer Rubell's Engagement. Fairgoers can pose with a life-sized wax model of Prince William and slip their finger into the engagement ring he gave Duchess Catherine. Also worth a visit is Loretta Howard Gallery's “Max’s Kansas City, 1965-1974.” Look for work by Robert Mapplethorpe and Williem de Kooning in honor of the legendary venue. (Thursday through Sunday)

This Ain't Fair
OHWOW may have moved to L.A., but they're back in Miami with their annual It Ain't Fair show during Basel. This year, the theme is materialism, featuring work by Bert Rodriguez and Luis Gispert among others. See a special performance by Michael David Quattlebaum Jr. (Thursday through Sunday)

Korine and Franco
Tonight, courtesy of L.A.'s MOCA, see James Franco in CAPUT, a Harmony Korine (Kids, Trash Humpers) film, at The Mondrian. RSVP to caputrsvp@gmail.com. See a clip below.

Drink in the Art
Erwin Wurm's “Beauty Business” exhibit at the Bass Museum includes the Drinking Sculpture series. The works are comprised of vintage pieces containing booze, and the other half of the art is you getting drunk. The bottles will be replaced nightly. (Thursday through Sunday)

Hipster Pop
Portland indie electronic act Yacht plays the Electric Pickle tonight with Miami lap-top-poppers BFGF. Get the gist in the below video. (Thursday)

Basel Hearts ChillWave
Yet another indie electronic band – this time from Texas – plays Bardot tonight. See Neon Indian perform with Fort Lauderdale chillwaver MillionYoung. (Thursday)

This is Happening
DFA Records executive and former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy plays Grand Central tonight with garage rockers Black Lips. (Thursday)

Warhol Un-Seen
Interview Magazine and the Andy Warhol museum host a screening of the never before seen Warhol film, San Diego Surf at The Standard. Sorry, invitation only. (Thursday)

Horror of Graffiti
Tonight at 10:30pm, catch the world premiere of graffiti artist Neckface's horror film Born Under a Bad Sign. It screens for one-night-only at the Olympia Theater at Gusman downtown. RSVP via rsvp@onfwd.com. (Thursday)

Neck Face X Isaiah Seret: Art in the Streets collab short film from Levi's Film Workshop on Vimeo.

See our picks from yesterday for ongoing events.

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