Map Fair Brings Vintage Finds
At the 24th annual Miami International Map Fair, billed as the largest in the Western Hemisphere, you’ll find rare and antique maps, atlases, and books from international dealers. There’ll also be interactive digital map demonstrations and panel discussions by map experts. Presented by HistoryMiami, the event opens to the public Saturday, February 4, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and goes through Sunday, February 5, from noon until 5:00 p.m., at the HistoryMiami Museum (101 W. Flagler St., Miami). HMM members: $15; non-members: $20; students: $10. www.historymiami.org.
Live Jazz at the Spanish Monastery
A soulful evening awaits during Jazz at the Monastery, where you’ll hear the steel drum sounds of Doug Walker, melodies from pianist Herman Whitfield III, and the soothing voice of Maryel Epps, who has performed alongside greats like Patti Labelle and David Bowie, and opened for the late Prince. Hear them on Thursday, February 9, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., within the nearly 900-year-old cloisters at the Ancient Spanish Monastery (16711 W. Dixie Highway) in North Miami Beach. Dancers from the Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida will also perform. GA ticket: $50, includes two drinks. VIP ticket: $75, includes front-row seats and open bar. www.spanishmonastery.com.
A Concert Celebrating the Fans
During the inaugural GroundUP Music Festival, held at the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach) from Friday, February 10, through Sunday, February 12, there’ll be film screenings, music panels, scavenger hunts, and musician meet-and-greets. This Rhythm Foundation event, created by the bandleader of the Grammy award-winning jazz + funk + world + soul + pop ensemble Snarky Puppy, features an international roster of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Grammy award-winning performers, spanning all music genres. Event time: 1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. both days. Cost: $85 per day, or $225 for all three days. www.rhythmfoundation.com.
Art Wynwood Spotlights Local Art
Miami’s favorite winter art fair, Art Wynwood, returns for the sixth year of showcasing works from local and international contemporary artists, muralists, and street artists. Stop by the Art Wynwood Pavilion (3001 NE 1st Ave.) to get your art fix during Presidents’ Day Weekend from Thursday, February 16, through Sunday, February 20. Tickets: $15 for students, seniors, and groups of ten or more; $25 for a GA one-day pass. Fair hours: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday through Sunday. Monday: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. VIP Preview will be held on Thursday, February 16. www.artwynwood.com.
Kite Festival: A Perfect Family Event in Haulover
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… a Superman kite flying high in the sky during the 25th annual Kite Day at Haulover Park! During this family-fun event, hosted by Skyward Kites and Miami-Dade Parks on Saturday, February 18, and Sunday, February 19, from noon to 5:00 p.m., expect to see hundreds of colorful kites of all shapes and sizes, including a 100-foot-long flying squid. Bring your own kite or purchase one at the park (10800 Collins Ave.). This free event features complimentary paper kite building classes for kids, food trucks, live music, and kite-flying competitions. Parking: $7. www.skywardkites.com.
Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival Highlights Local Bands
Donna the Buffalo and other legendary local acts will perform during the sixth annual Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance on Sunday, February 26, starting at 2:00 p.m., at Virginia Key Beach Park (4020 Virginia Beach Drive, Virginia Key). There’ll be free yoga, a beer garden, arts and craft vendors, and a Vinyl Lounge with deejays spinning between music sets until midnight. During GrassRoots Live, from Wednesday, February 22, through Saturday, February 25, Miami bands will be performing at popular local venues like the Wynwood Yard. Sunday ticket: $10. All-access ticket to the Sunday event and GrassRoots Live events: $35. To see a list of venues and the lineup, visit www.virginiakeygrassroots.com.
Alvin Ailey Dance Comes to the Arsht
See legendary choreographer Alvin Ailey’s most famous work, Revelations, a character dance about African-American faith and tenacity “from slavery to freedom,” as well as other highly acclaimed choreographies during four days of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performances. Held at the Arsht Center’s Ziff Ballet Opera House (1300 Biscayne Blvd.), performances run Thursday, February 23, through Sunday, February 26, at 8:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. on select days. Since its inception, the company’s dancers, currently led by artistic director and Miami native Robert Battle, have performed for an estimated 23 million people worldwide. Tickets: $29 and up. www.arshtcenter.org.
Did You Know Vaclav Havel Was a Playwright Too?
See the acclaimed play Audience and Protest, written in 1978 by the late Vaclav Havel, onetime dissident and former president of the Czech Republic, at Miami Theater Center’s SandBox Theater (9816 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores), in collaboration with Mad Cat Theatre Company. The performance, about Havel’s alter ego who sets out to renounce the Communist regime, is divided into two short one-act plays, and directed by Mad Cat Theatre founder Paul Tei. It runs Thursday, February 23, through Sunday, March 12, with 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. show times. Ticket prices start at $15. www.madcattheatre.org.
Next Generation of Artists Show Their Works
Founded 36 years ago, the National YoungArts Foundation was created to recognize talented young artists (ages 15 through 18) and help them grow in their chosen artistic fields. During YoungArts Miami, you’ll see the finished works of some of the top young artists in the nation, chosen from among thousands of applicants. Events will take place at the YoungArts Campus (2100 Biscayne Blvd.) and other venues, including the 1935-era Colony Theatre in Miami Beach, from Tuesday, February 21, through Sunday, February 26. From visual art to performance pieces, there’s something for everyone. Tickets: $15. Check www.youngarts.org for a list of venues, and times of exhibitions and performances.
Doo Wop in Aventura Blends Classics with Pop
Stars from the Tony Award-winning Broadway musicals Jersey Boys and Motown will blend storytelling with timeless doo wop songs at the The Doo Wop Project at Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.). People of all ages will love the doo wop renditions of songs from artists like Bruno Mars, Michael Jackson, and more. See it Friday, February 24, at 8:00 p.m. Tickets: $45.50 and up. www.aventuracenter.org.
Compiled by BT contributor Caitlin Granfield. Please send information and images to