South Beach’s iconic night life has a new haunt. Byblos, the delicious Mediterranean import from Toronto, expands with a 2,300-square-foot lounge on June 2. Velvet seating surrounds the statement bar’s silver and gold mirror fashioned into a snazzy zigzag pattern. Natural, wide-plank oak floors and geometric textiles link to the dining rooms’ seaside design. The idea is to transport guests atop their ottomans to an exotic locale—a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of Collins Avenue. The adventurous mood extends to cocktail service performed as a traditional Middle Eastern tea ritual. Sip spiked teas and the signature gulab cocktail with rose-infused vodka, pomegranate and cardamom, while nibbling on canapés like labneh and beets and spiced kibbeh made with duck rather than traditional beef or lamb.
1545 Collins Avenue; 305.508.5041; byblosmiami.com
By now, you may have heard of Faena Theater’s pop-up performances. It’s a rare opportunity to see major stars from singers like Grace Potter to principal ballet dancers such as Benjamin Millepied in an intimate, 150-seat setting. On May 27, r & b hitmaker Miguel (“All I Want Is You,” “Adorn”), pictured, takes the stage as part of Faena Live’s spring concert series. C’est Rouge, a retro cabaret with jazz horns, tap dancers and Latin flair, kicks off weekly shows every Friday and Saturday on June 4; its Spanish choreographer Blanca Li has quite the resume. After studying with Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey, she founded her namesake contemporary dance company with commissions from the Paris Opera to Kanye West to Target. Reserve for all performances through Ticketmaster.
3201 Collins Avenue; 305.534.8800; faena.com
Fans of the Federal are happy to have their neighborhood eatery back, with a new name and direction to boot. After closing briefly to revamp their rich menu, founding couple Cesar Zapata and Ani Meinhold reopened as “The Fed” with healthier dishes like cilantro edamame hummus and salmon poke. They address fast casual dining’s obsession with carb-less bowls through build-your-own salads with proteins and other tasty toppings. Hailing from the Lone Star State, Zapata also used the time to create new recipes: custom fajitas, corn tostadas (go for the Gulf-sourced seafood) and tortas (burgers and grilled cheese with a twist). To make it feel more welcoming, especially for solo diners, they installed flat-screen TV’s and extended the bar. The refurbished décor’s sunset colors and neon accents pay homage to “Miami Vice.”
5132 Biscayne Boulevard; 305.758.9559. thefederalmiami.com
MEMORIAL DAY + MUSEUM
PAMM is going full tilt for the holiday weekend. Tonight, the museum’s Scholl Lecture Series continues with multimedia artist Sam Durant whose 2008 politically-charged work Gallows Composite C (pictured) is exhibited in “Global Positioning Systems” on the second floor. IlluminArts, a collaborative vocal chamber music series, invites museum goers to watch rehearsals for American composer David Lang’s “the little match girl passion” beginning May 27, with the official performance on June 2; soprano Anne Carolyn Bird stars in his Pulitzer Prize-winning composition commissioned by Carnegie Hall and based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale. PAMM’s new director Franklin Sirmans has been waiting for Saturday’s unveiling of “Luanda-Kinshasa,” Canadian artist Stan Douglas’s in-depth film about New York musicians in the seventies; the joint acquisition with LACMA is on view through September 25.
1103 Biscayne Boulevard; 305.375.3000; pamm.org