This is a fairly busy week around Wynwood and the surrounding environs. There’s Electric Pickle’s four-year anniversary, featuring Blood Orange tonight and Seth Troxler tomorrow, along with Gramps’ grand opening, stuff at Lester’s, and more. Here’s a quick roundup of wallet-friendly choices from among all that — entry to all of these will set you back $10 or less.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1
Moods 2 Party @ Lester’s
Two weeks ago, we wrote here about a party for Strange Ways, another occasional, contributor-sourced zine produced by artist Luis Pinto. Tonight, Lester’s opens its doors again for a shindig based around another new zine, Moods 2. It’s produced by Edwin Beauchamp and Gusto Mendoza, the brains behind the new design studio Coloform, and both of them DJ alongside Pinto. NiC Fit Vintage will also be dealing coed curated clothes on the back patio. This is the only place to get a free copy of the zine, which also pulls out into a limited-edition poster.
9 p.m. at Lester’s, 2519 NW 2nd Ave., Miami. Admission is free; age 21 and up. Call 305-456-1784, or visit lestersmiami.com
Gramps’ Grand Opening Party, the Friday Edition @ Gramps
Yes, Gramps has been open since Basel, but no, we aren’t bothered by the fact that they’re doing their grand opening now. Consider this the official coming-out of their Friday programming, with a little bit of everything you might expect on Fridays in the coming weeks. In the back “speakeasy” room, Little Beard and Suede Dudes play for $5, but you can show up and hang out anywhere else from 6 p.m. happy hour on for free. Resident DJs L. Sangre, Mikey R., and Benton G. spin dark and deep tunes throughout the rest of the night.
Doors open at 6 p.m. at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami. Admission is $5 for the bands or free otherwise; age 21 and up. Call 305-75-BOOZE, or visit grampsbar.com
Film Gate Miami: Spinners of Sound @ O Cinema Wynwood
Think of this as a kind of VH1 Storytellers-type thing, turned local and weird. As part of the ongoing Film Gate 2013 event, O Cinema hosts four local bands who each perform a handful of signature songs, then, yes, tell the stories behind them. They’ll also screen music videos before heading to the afterparty later at the Vagabond. This segment of the evening is free, and the bands featured are Hola Hi, Sirens and Sea Lions, Deaf Poets, and Avocado Estates. Weird factoid: One of the billed special guests for this thing is actress Jo Marie Payton, who ’90s kids will recognize as the mom from Family Matters.
6 p.m. at O Cinema, 90 NW 29th St., Miami. Admission is free; all ages. Call 305-571-9970, or visit o-cinema.org
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2
Gramps’ Grand Opening Party, the Saturday Edition with Jacuzzi Boys @ Gramps
This is the big capper to the week of festivities. Jacuzzi Boys play, because really, who else would be appropriate? You know what to expect from one of their shows, so come here for a guaranteed good time.
Jacuzzi Boys play at 11 p.m. Admission is free; age 21 and up. Venue details as above.
His & Hers @ the Garret
Have you checked out this new party at the Garrett yet? If you remember older Poplife parties, then you’ll appreciate this, where the team goes back to its roots a bit. No, that doesn’t mean completely retro Anglophilia, but it does mean a cutting-edge mix of underground sounds that bridge the old and the new. This time around, resident DJ Ray Milian gets some help from Nightdrive DJs Laura of Miami and Patrick Walsh, so we’re guessing that means some deep disco cuts at some point, too.
Doors open at 11 p.m. at the Garret, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami. Admission is free; age 21 and up. Call 305-377-2277, or visit grandcentralmiami.com