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Written by Caitlin Granfield, BT Contributor   
June 2017

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Now in its 22nd year, City Theatre’s Summer Shorts: America’s Short Play Festival delivers a month of short plays and musicals, each under ten minutes long, at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Carnival Studio Theater (1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami), Thursdays through Sundays, starting Thursday, June 1, and running through Sunday, July 2. With a mix of comedy, drama, and everything in between, viewers will see nine shorts performed by some of our best-known local actors during the 90 performances in what calls Florida’s “best summer show.” Ticket prices start at $39. For show times, check


See Downtown with an Architect’s Eye

Do you want to learn more about our local buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places? Then you’ll love the Miami Center for Architecture and Design’s (MCAD) bimonthly Downtown Miami Historic District Walking Tour. The two-hour event is led by architects and begins at 10:00 a.m. at the MCAD building (100 NE 1st Ave., Miami) on Saturday, June 10, and Saturday, June 24. Participants will cover three blocks in that time and learn the history of the Miami-Dade County Courthouse; the Gesù Catholic Church, which is the oldest church in South Florida; and the MCAD building itself, built in 1912 and known as the Old Post Office Building. Cost: $20; seniors and students: $15. Children under eight can attend free when an adult purchases a ticket. Advance reservations online are required.


Film Fest and Talent Schmooze

On the first Wednesday of each month, O Cinema in Wynwood (90 NW 29th St.) hosts a short-film festival called I’m Not Gonna Move to L.A. (NOLA), which celebrates homegrown cinematic talent and shows locally shot short films. The FilmGate Miami event, which has attracted a cult following of film enthusiasts since its inception, starts at 6:30 p.m. Attendees can pitch movie ideas to industry professionals, enjoy film trivia, see three “shorts” from Florida filmmakers, and partake in the in-house networking event, which concludes at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 7. Tickets: $10.


Paddlers_Compete_for_a_Cause_Off_the_CausewayPaddlers Compete for a Cause Off the Causeway

During the Orange Bowl Paddle Championship, more than 300 paddle-boarders of all levels will race on the smooth waters of Biscayne Bay in front of the Miami Marine Stadium (3601 Rickenbacker Causeway) on Virginia Key for cash prizes -- and for a good cause. The action starts at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, June 10, and concludes at 2:00 p.m. There will be different obstacle courses and races for both teams and individuals, with all proceeds going to benefit the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Miami. The event, which will feature food trucks, is free for spectators and includes free parking.


Annual Fruit Festival Promises a Sweet Time

Head to the Redland Summer Fruit Festival at the Fruit and Spice Park (24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead) to taste a variety of locally grown tropical fruits, including mangoes, lychees, and more, plus fruit wines, for sample and purchase. There will also be rare fruit tastings. The event spans two days, Saturday, June 10, and Sunday, June 11, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., both days. There’ll be a watermelon-eating contest and kids’ activities. Adults: $8. Children 11 and under: free.


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Be among the first to experience the wizarding magic at the Miami première of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert at the Adrienne Arsht Center (1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) on Saturday, June 10. A full symphony orchestra will play live John Williams’s soundtrack of the film, which will be shown in full and in high definition on a huge screen in the Knight Concert Hall. The two-and-a-half-hour event, with show times at 2:00 p.m. and at 8:00 p.m., is perfect for all ages. Tickets: $39 and up.


South Florida Dancers Perform in Arabian Nights

Watching Disney films with the kids is a sweet ritual for parents and other relatives, but seeing a live Disney-esque show without breaking the bank is even sweeter. Bring the family to watch the Arabian Nights performance, with songs and scenes from Disney’s Aladdin on Sunday, June 11, at 6:00 p.m. at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.). Young dancers from locally based Universal Dance Studios will portray beloved characters like the Genie, Jafar, Princess Jasmine, and everyone’s favorite, Street Rat. Tickets start at $28.


Night on the Town with Little Haiti Culture Walk

On the third Friday of every month, art galleries, art studios, and many Haitian-run businesses in Little Haiti’s downtown area stay open until 10:00 p.m., so attendees of the Sounds of Little Haiti: Culture Walk can explore the late-night soul of the area. Meet up with other culture-lovin’ folks at the Little Haiti Cultural Center (212-260 NE 59th Terr.) at 7:00 p.m. Friday, June 16, or browse the art hubs and businesses at your own pace during this free self-guided tour. Haitian musicians will play onstage in the center’s courtyard, where local vendors will be selling Caribbean food and crafts.


Miami River Cruise Under the Stars

Learn the history of the Miami River on a boat cruise under a canopy of stars and neon-lit bridges during HistoryMiami’s Moon Over Miami River Cruise. The cruise, which will be led by historian and BT contributor Paul George, takes place on Saturday, June 17. Passengers will see where the ancient Tequesta lived and fished, and will learn about the importance of the port in our economy. Your boat, the Island Queen, departs from Bayside (401 Biscayne Blvd.) at 7:00 p.m. sharp and returns two hours later. Members: $50; non-members: $60.


Play at Miami Theater Center Shows a Censored Florida

Mad Cat Theatre actor and screenwriter Theo Reyna pays homage to Gov. Rick Scott’s ban of the terms “global warming” and “climate change” in his dark comedy Fireman Are Rarely Necessary, on stage at the Miami Theater Center (9806 NE 2nd Ave.) in Miami Shores. The play’s plot takes place in a not-so-distant Florida future, where censorship makes it hard to “describe a place where things have gone very wrong.” Directed by Paul Tei. Curtains up at 8:00 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays from Thursday, June 29, through Sunday, July 16. Tickets start at $15.


Compiled by BT contributor Caitlin Granfield. Please send information and images to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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