Things to do for December 24, 2008

The Weekender

Indies, Fireworks and Ostrich Meat

The weekend refuses to be re-gifted.

Christmas Day Buffet at 1 Bleu

Christmas Day Buffet at 1 Bleu

Nothing goes better with a Miami Christmas than panoramic ocean views, roast prime rib au jus and gingerbread crème brulee. Find it all (and a few more sides) when new Regent chef Mark Militello focuses his James Beard game on your Xmas appetite.

$80, 12pm-8pm, Dec 25, 1 Bleau at the Regent Bal Harbour, 10295 Collins Ave (N. of 102nd), 305-455-5460

Borscht Film Festival

Borscht Film Festival

Catch the world premiere of CCCV: sixteen short films, each taking place in a different Miami neighborhood. Wash them down with complimentary Jupina and Bacardi rum cocktails served during the screening. (Take note, AMC.)

No cost, 9pm, Dec 26, The Tower Theater, 1508 SW. 8th St (at SW. 15th Ave), 305-644-3307

Rybak's Cafe Opens

Rybak's Cafe Opens

Brickell's condo canyon gains a 24-hour cafe and bistro with eclectic Jamaican-Asian eats like pan-roasted grouper and a trio of sliders, namely Kobe beef, tuna and ostrich. Just in time, too: Your 4am ostrich-burger desires have never been stronger.

Open now at 177 SW. 7th St (near Brickell), 786-539-4903

Slippery Grooves at Bella Rose

Slippery Grooves at Bella Rose

The team behind NYC's sceney piano bar Ella hosts this pre-New Year's party that's more like a Manhattan/South Beach hipness summit meeting. There'll be sounds from Miami's Brendan O'Hara, plus a few pre-countdown celebs (cough, Lindsay and

No cover, Dec 30 at 11:59pm, Bella Rose, 423 16th St (between Washington and Drexel), 305-673-8634

Aquabooty First Night

Aquabooty First Night

Party curators Aquabooty give you an opportunity to escape the beach-traffic headaches—not to mention the homemade fireworks bonanza of Ocean Drive—with a downtown New Year's fete featuring fireworks views from the DoubleGrand Waterclub.

No cost with RSVP, 8pm-1am, Dec 31, Doubletree Grand Hotel, 1717 N. Bayshore Dr (between 17th and 18th), 305-372-0313, RSVP here

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