MTV VMAs party survival guide

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The moon man has officially landed in Miami, and everywhere you look, MTV has taken over. The show begins 8 p.m. Sunday, but you don't have to wait till then to get in on the action. VMA Week officially began this past Saturday and continues to the wee hours of Monday morning. So pop the Cristal and get the party started with our rundown of the week's hottest VMA-related events.

Almost all these celeb-infested parties are open to the public. However, because the cover charges at most have yet to be determined, we suggest you empty your savings account and sell your collection of Garbage Pail Kids cards on eBay before attending. And depending on how badly you want in with the A-listers, finding a sugar daddy or mama by Friday probably wouldn't hurt, either.


1921 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786/276-6132,
MTV will invade Mynt from midnight to closing with DJs, surprise appearances, prizes, giveaways and a chance to win tickets to MTV's VMA block parties later in the week (see below), as well as a shot at hitting Miami's newest jackpot -- tickets into the big show Sunday. Cover charge is $20.


VMA Takeover at CocoWalk
3015 Grand Ave., Miami, 305/444-0777,
The streets surrounding CocoWalk will be closed to traffic today so you and your pals can drool over pimped-out celebrity cars like the ones seen on MTV's Pimp My Ride. The network and Coconut Grove will also host a free outdoor event from 5 to 9 p.m. featuring national and local DJs near CocoWalk's front fountain and main courtyard. The X-ecutioners, Maceo (of De la Soul), DJ Cipha Sounds, Rob Dinero and DJ Irie will perform. A lucky few attendees will win tickets to the VMAs. If for some reason you can't find the party, look for the 30-foot moon man created by local artist Robert Chambers and Miami Dade College students.

The CocoWalk Gap, meanwhile, is offering the first 400 people to buy a regular-priced pair of jeans between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. today the chance to have them personalized by Gap's traveling team of style experts. The first 200 customers will have the chance to star in a fake Gap ad.


Virgin Megastore
5701 Sunset Drive, South Miami, 305/665-4445,
Ever wonder what you might say to Miami's smokin' rapper Pitbull if you were face-to-face with him? Well, start thinking of something, because he'll be singing and signing in a free show at the Virgin Megastore from 4 to 6 p.m. in Sunset Place. But think of how jealous your hip-hop-obsessed crew will be when they hear you also got an up-close glimpse of the Ying Yang Twins before their VMA performance. It's enough to make you want to shake it like a saltshaker.

1671 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305/535-8088
Work it, flip it and reverse it from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Sagamore while Adidas and Us Weekly host an old-school barbecue in honor of Missy Elliott.

VMA Block Party
Northeast 11th Street between Northeast Second and Miami avenues, Miami
Join Kevin Lyttle, Ciara, Kid Capri, Pitbull, Lil Scrappy, Trillville, Chingy, 8 Ball and MJG, Xzibit and host Lil Jon for a free, high-energy concert from 7 p.m. to midnight.

1235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305/532-1525,
Sean "P. Diddy" Combs hosts a "Welcome to Miami" party from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Señor Frog's
616 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305/673-5262,
Sponsored by 94.9-FM (WZTA), this VMA party takes place tonight through Sunday and features South Florida rock bands Maria, Rhett and the Pawn Shop Drunks and Lo-Fi, plus a variety of DJs and some "very special guests." The show begins each night at 11. Admission is $5.

Teasers Hotel
524 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305/532-8420,
MTV and Cash Money Records head up this party beginning at midnight. Admission is $100.


VMA Block Party
Northeast 11th Street between Northeast Second and Miami avenues, Miami
Become a grindacologist when Cash Money Millionaires, De la Soul, The Spam All-stars, Baby, Lil' Wayne, Mannie Fresh, Carl Thomas, New Edition, Anthony Hamilton and Mase jam out at this free show from 5 to 10 p.m.

1235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305/532-1525,
A "Jammin' to the Whitehouse" party will go down from 5 to 9 p.m. with LL Cool J, No Doubt, Kanye West, Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe, The Rev. Al Sharpton, U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek and Kerry and Edwards family members Andrew Heinz, Chris Heinz, Alexandra Kerry and Kate Edwards. Then, what do you get when you mix money with funny? A taste of the not-so-simple life, of course, when Paris Hilton and Comedy Central's Dave Chappelle take over Mansion from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Freestyle Reunion: Concert Uno
Coconut Grove Expo Center, 2700 S. Bayshore Drive, Miami, 305/579-3310,
Break out your leg warmers and jelly bracelets for PARTY 93-1's Freestyle Reunion concert. Stevie B., George Lamond, Coro, Debbie Deb, Lisa Lisa, Shannon, Soave and other '80s dance acts will perform. The $100 VIP seats are sold out, but other tickets are still available for $20 in advance or $30 at the door. See Best Bets, page 31, for more information.

MTV2/LIFEbeat Concert
Crobar, 1445 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305/531-5027,
MTV's sister network and LIFEbeat, a national nonprofit HIV/AIDS-prevention youth organization, will host a benefit concert beginning at 9 p.m. at Crobar to support HIV/AIDS education and prevention. De la Soul and DJ AM will perform. More acts will be announced later. Call ahead for ticket information.

Teasers Hotel
524 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305/532-8420,
Forget about your 99 Problems and hang out with Jay-Z during his after-10 p.m. party. Admission is $100, so make sure you're packing plenty of dead presidents.

136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305/531-5535,
Join P. Diddy and his Citizen Change initiative here from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. The hip-hop mogul's latest dream is to break the record for the largest youth-voter turnout in history, so if you have no interest in voting this year, you might want to make a Starbucks run during this one.

136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305/531-5535,
R&B singer/tabloid figure R. Kelly will perform and host a CD-release party for his new double album, Happy People/U Saved Me. Call 305/438-9488 for info and tickets, which cost $100.

Rok Bar
1805 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305/538-7171,
Australian garage-rock act Jet is set to play this club owned by former Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee sometime tonight. Don't get too excited, though, since the club's management is engaging in a bit of sleight of hand here. Claiming admission to the concert is free, the Rok Bar adds that the only guarantee Jet fans will get in at all is if they reserve a table for six for $1,200. Ten of the 13 available tables have already been reserved. Just goes to show that apparently not everyone is ramen-noodle-eating-broke.

34 N.E. 11th St., Miami, 305/375-0001,
90 N.E. 11th St., Miami, 305/373-2229
As if you needed a reason to stay up all night again, this event, held from midnight to closing, is one of your last chances to score a nod into the VMAs.


American Airlines Arena
601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 786/777-1250,
The 21st Annual MTV VMA Awards. The show begins at 8 p.m. and will be broadcast live on MTV.

Nikki Beach
1 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305/538-1111,
Dennis Rodman and Matchbox 20's Adam Gaynor will host this "Unofficial MTV Awards Post-Party," a.k.a. Casino in the Sand. From the buzz around town, you can bet the soirée, which starts at 8 p.m., will be anything but tame. Tickets cost $20 and are available on the club's Web site, as well as at the door.

1445 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305/531-5027,
Jadakiss will celebrate the platinum-selling status of his new album, Kiss of Death. The night will be hosted by MTV's LaLa and will include performances by new hip-hop artist Akon, with DJs LS1 and Da Mummy. Tickets cost $40. Call 305/672-8084. Management suggests arriving by 9 p.m. to ensure entry.

Teasers Hotel
524 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305/532-8420,
MTV and Kanye West will host this party. Admission is $100 and the fete begins after 10 p.m.

1235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305/532-1525,
Those well-dressed men of OutKast will take over Mansion from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Insiders hint that this isn't just a celebration but a theatrical production complete with waterfalls, trees, videos and various DJs spinning. The event isn't open to the public, but it might be fun to try to sneak a peek at Andre 3000 while you're in a headlock and getting dragged down the street by a merciless security guard.

136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305/531-5535,
Get low in Opium's hip-hop room with Lil Jon and lean back with Fat Joe from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305/531-5535,
MTV's favorite sisters, Jessica and Ashlee Simpson, will boogie and play nice with each other and their fans from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. And for Jessica's sake, we hope they're serving chicken and tuna.

Automatic Slim's
1216 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305/695-0795
Slim's free VMA afterparty begins at midnight and promises to provide some unbelievable people-watching.

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How to get into a VMA party and not get thrown out
1. Bring lots of plastic, including your friends.
2. At random moments, pretend to be dodging imaginary paparazzi.
3. Give your brother's bonehead friend $50 to pose as your bodyguard.
4. And never, ever act like you're impressed.

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