Biscayne Boulevard is constantly evolving – and for the better. Once known for its street walkers, Biscayne has been gussied up. I’m very excited about ORCHID. No, it’s not a flower sale! It’s a pop-up entertainment venue, a double-tented area containing Miami’s latest genius project.
I know we see many tents all around Miami Beach and the Design District during Art Basel and the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, but these tents are quite different. This is a fully functioning entertainment playground for adults. On this compound on 38th Street lies The Pleasure Garden with two tents. First, there is a burlesque/vaudeville-themed by acclaimed culinary star Michelle Bernstein. In this pop-up tent you can find Bernstein’s inventive offerings including her famous fried chicken and Kobe beef hot dogs.
Exit Bernstein’s facility through the garden and pass a Veuve Cliquot and Belvedere Vodka outdoor bar to the ORCHID tent. Expect the unexpected such as a large T-shaped stage circled by 500 chairs. It’s akin to a Cirque du Soleil-esque experience based around the story of strange and erotic creatures in a garden, including Poison Ivy, the Bee Keeper, Honeysuckle Rose and the melancholic Master Gardener. The audience becomes immersed into this fantasy, igniting all senses. Great music, acrobatics and beyond. I won’t spoil the rest for you.
The performance tent was created by architect and Miami local David Schwarz, as well as Marty LaSalle, President of Pleasure Garden Entertainment. “We are delighted to debut ORCHID in the cultural epicenter of Miami’s Design District,” notes LaSalle, who has brought together leading talent in the worlds of pop culture, theater and circus to give Miami an unprecedented entertainment experience.
The entire experience is happening through January 6th. It’s a different night out for Miamians, and you can try the restaurant, the performance or both. Tickets for the show are available at www.orchidtheshow.com, and range from $49 to $119. Recommended age for patrons is 16 and older.
Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Sundays at 6 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays Closed
38th Street and Biscayne Boulevard Valet and self-parking available