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Sweet Dreamz party says good night to Dali Museum's old building

It's countdown time at the Salvador Dalí Museum. In less than four months, the grand new building opens just a few blocks north of its current location at 1000 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. To pay homage to the soon-to-be-vacant building, the Zodiac Group is hosting Sweet Dreamz, a dessert and drinks event, from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

The old building deserves the tribute. It has served the famous collection by the Spanish surrealist well, weathering meteorological and financial storms, attracting worldwide visitors.

This will be the kind of party the artist himself would have loved. The Zodiacs are the fun-loving support group for the museum, so nothing stuffy about the souvenir photo booth, cigar bar, dancing to live jazz by Speak Easy and an art auction featuring works by local artists. Shown here is Ivanka Ska's contribution. We're not sure what it is, but we think Dalí would have liked it, too.

Let's get to the important stuff: What's on the menu? A spread of desserts by Ottomat features surreal concoctions (the melting clock cookies from an earlier catered event have become legend) and a gooey chocolate fountain, washed down with martinis, champagne and cordials.

If you want to prime yourself for those indulgences, the new Hanger Restaurant, 540 First St. SE, at Albert Whitted Airport, is offering a $20 prix fixe dinner (sans dessert, of course) if you buy an advance ticket to the Dalí party. Those are $50, $60 at the door.

And don't worry if you can't make this party. The museum itself will stay open to visitors right up to the sweet end and the new beginning. For information about Sweet Dreamz, call (727) 823-3767, ext. 3013, or go to thedali.org/zodiac.

Lennie Bennett, Times art critic

Sweet Dreamz party says good night to Dali Museum's old building 09/15/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 5:30am]
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