Q: How was the Pool Party with DJ Phil B?
A: Maybe the best party of the week, in that it's always so easy. It
takes so little to "be there" and find the right spot. It's a
perfect setting (juxtapose it to the White Party's pool party at the
Royal Palm this year, which was dead in the water) and the right
afternoon (Saturday mood, everyone happy, no work, all play) and
excellent sight lines and no shadows from other buildings and a
perfect flow, so that it feels like a club as you're wandering
about, but you're outside, on the sand, and the ocean's there, too.
Hello? Is this perfection or what?
Q: What about Roland Belmares & Tracy Toung's music?
A: We first fell in love with Roland, and his music, and his
enthusiasm at a beach party a couple of years ago. The way he worked
his leg to the music and his infectious grin -- and he was
equally captivating this year, and better, actually, because his
music has deepened in complexity, or so it seemed to us, and as for
Tracy, we thought she did a fine job, and neither of us were the
least bit put off by her selections. For us, outdoor parties are as
much about the setting and the people as they are about the music,
and therefore, it might mean that the music is but one part of the
recipe. It's cooking over a campfire instead of in a kitchen with
Viking appliances -- and that's when you're happy with almost
whatever you get served.
Q: What was Sean Defretias's production design at the beach party?
A: Giant wedges of fruit -- as if they'd exploded from Carmen
Miranda's hat and were falling from heaven.
Q: Was attendance really up this year?
A: It seemed so to us. Particularly at the Pool Party and on Sunday
night, where both Abel and Victor drew crowds which left no room on
the dance floor to do anything but the circuit boy rock.
Q: Was Mark Baker wise to move Ice Palace to Friday?
A: I think so, because, for us, the Ice Palace Studios is NOT a
perfect venue and too much expectation (like last year) makes you
want it to be an exemplary setting, which it isn't, because it's a
warehouse, so it's better to make it an opening party and experience
it and accept it and then move on.
Q: After this weekend, would you go again?
A: Of course. South Beach is a true vacation from the parts of
reality which can wear you down.
Q: Can you count how many times you saw Nurse?
A: Three: once when she was wandering bleary-eyed into the welcome
center to pick up her multitude of free passes and drink tickets and
twice when she wildly laughing and dancing with her tongue out at
the Ice Palace and thrice at the tail end of the pool party where
she was receiving obeisances from her myriad fans.