Weekend in Miami: Fast Cars, High Bidders, and a Zoo Run

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You’ve got a fast car, fast enough so you can drive away, but not nearly as fast as those hot rods racing around down in Homestead for the NASCAR Ford Championship weekend, featuring five time winner Jimmie Johnson and his merry gang of pedal pushers. For the 10th year in a row, the Ford Championship, November 14-16, brings a spirited crowd willing to endure whiplash to catch their favorite drivers. South Florida resident Juan Pablo Montoya, fan favorite Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and many more cruise at close to warp speed in the quest for the Oscar of NASCAR: the Sprint Cup Trophy. The three-day race, which includes the Ford EcoBoost 200, 300 and 400, offers multiple opportunities for fanfare, but none as cool as the Pre-Race Pit Pass, allowing you to get up close and personal with the grease, walking out pit road and the front stretch of the speedway to take pictures and see your fave drivers during the race introductions. All that’s missing is Ricky Bobby.

Going, Going, Gone

You may not qualify to race down in Homestead, but you can test out your reflexes at the Wynwood Art Auction, featuring some potentially valuable art by locals and legends alike, all to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities. Taking place from 6-10pm Friday, November 14 at Grand Central, the auction is the hoi polloi hipster version of Art Basel, featuring work by a who’s who of street and graffiti artists. Among them: Kenny Scharf, Lebo, Steven Gamson, Miguel Paredes, Jenny Perez and some you may or may not have heard of but probably will when Jay-Z plunks down several hundred Woodrow Wilsons for one of their works in a few short weeks. Tickets are $50 with a 20 percent discount if you use the code SPRAY at www.wynwoodartauction.com.

Moonlight

And hey, big spender, check out Erika Moon’s Burlesque Magnifique, a variety show dedicated to the bawdy boudoir artform of both classic and modern kinds–the brassiness continues there with a comedy act and live band. So who is this Erika Moon? Word count prevents us from getting fully into her background, but she is a French-born Latina turned cabaret slash burlesque performer whose bio also says she was a “schoolgirl by day and artist-in-training by night.” This isn’t amateur hour at the Apollo, kids. Tickets are $35 to $65 and available at livenation.com.

A Zoo Run Run Run

Carol Burnett it’s not, but do cue the comedy legend’s famous Tarzan catcall, this time at 7am Sunday for the Tommy Hilfiger Zoo Run5K and Kidz Medical Services ZooKidsDash at Zoo Miami benefitting Zoo Miami and West Kendall Baptist Hospital, and a chance to let the kids run wild for a good cause. After running, cool down with a leisurely stroll through the Zoo where there will be a post-race festival with snacks (don’t feed the animals) and music. Race fees are $20 for the KidsDash and $45 for the 5K.

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