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Written by Dinah McNichols, BT Contributor   
February 2018

A-Soundtrack_to_Every_Revolution_1“A Soundtrack to Every Revolution”

At 25, pianist/composer Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes has performed at Carnegie Hall, the White House, and Monterey, and toured with jazz greats. He comes to Miami with The Transformations Suite, a lush five-part tone poem that uses music, theater, spoken word (e.g., Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Tupac Shakur) to explore the history of African diasporic protest movements. Friday, February 2, 8:00 p.m., Light Box at Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26th St.). Tickets: $15 general; discounts to students and MDC staff. www.mdcmoad.org.

 

Miami Map Fair Goes Global

Indulge your inner history buff (or perhaps your inner hoarder as you bring along an old map for a free expert opinion) at the 25th annual Miami International Map Fair, which offers a trove of antique and antiquarian maps, books, and atlases, plus talks on sea monsters in medieval maps; mapping the Caribbean; maps from the Andes to the Amazon; and the joy of map collecting. In conjunction with the fair, UM’s Lowe Art Museum (1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables; 305-284-3535) hosts “Antillean Visions: Maps and the Making of the Caribbean” through May 27. Map fair, Saturday, February 3, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, February 4, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., HistoryMiami (101 W. Flagler St.). All-weekend access: members $75 or nonmembers $85; daily admission for HistoryMiami and Lowe members: $15, or nonmembers, $20; students, $10; children 6-12, free. www.historymiami.org.

 

Beach.Music.Three_Days.Three_Nights_1Beach. Music. Three Days. Three Nights.

GroundUP Music Festival returns Friday, February 9, through Sunday, February 11, 1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave.). There are 2000 tickets available daily for admission to the shows, master classes, and talks -- not to mention food and drink, a hammock-filled Palm Grove Park, and VIP perks. Separately ticketed late shows take place in the Starlight and Vista rooms of the Miami Beach Resort and Spa (4833 Collins Ave.). Festival tickets: daily general pass $85, or premium $170; three-day general pass $225, or premium $450. Late shows: festival ticketholders, $10 nightly; others, $30 nightly. www.groundupmusicfestival.com.

 

An Algerian Roots Discovery

The Hervé Koubi dance company presents the choreographer’s 2013 work, What the Day Owes to the Night, featuring dancers primarily from Algeria and Burkina Faso who perform what the Washington Post calls “a stunning fusion of acrobatics, gymnastics, b-boying, modern dance, and ballet.” Koubi, who grew up in France, discovered at age 25 that his family was originally from Algeria, whereupon he set out to explore his African roots. The performance follows that journey, incorporating a score that ranges from Sufi and Nubian music to Bach. Saturday, February 10, 8:00 p.m., Olympia Theater (174 E. Flagler St.); tickets: $25, $38, and $55. www.olympiatheater.org.

 

Where the Wild Things Are

Come explore “Creatures of the Night” at Greynolds Park (17530 W. Dixie Hwy.) on Friday, February 16, at 6:30 p.m. Meet the group at the park entrance at 22nd Avenue and Miami Gardens Drive; wear closed-toed shoes, and bring insect repellant and a flashlight, as you look for raccoons, screech owls, and night spiders -- and perhaps your naturalist guide will come up with some surprises. Fee: $6. Info: 305-949-1741. www.miamidade.gov/parks/calendar.

 

Wynwood_at_the_Waterfront_1Wynwood at the Waterfront

Thank the good lord we can afford tickets to gaze upon what we can’t afford to buy, like the works at Art Wynwood, now at the Art Wynwood Pavilion (One Herald Plaza at NE 14th Street). Scores of dealers will be representing emerging, higher-end, and stratospheric artists, and, of course, the artists who put Wynwood on the map. As a fillip: free shuttle service back and forth to the Miami Yacht Show to see more of our favorite things (admission: $25; www.miamiyachtshow.com). Art fair Friday, February 16, through Sunday, February 19, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Monday, February 19, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. One-day ticket: $25, seniors: $15; multi-day pass: $55; VIP tickets (see website for details): $200. Visit www.artwynwood.com or call 305-517-7977.

 

“… and Send It Soaring….”

Florida’s largest kite-flying festival, the annual Kite Days, returns Saturday and Sunday, February 17 and 18, noon to 5:00 p.m. at Haulover Park (10800 Collins Ave.). Look for flying squids, floating whales, and more fantastical creations, as well as traditional kites from around the world. The event is free and replete with goings-on at ground level, as well: music, food, refreshments, and kites for sale. Parking: $7. www.skywardkites.com/kite-festivals.

 

Piano Lover’s Dream: A Program of Chopin

Of Italian pianist Luigi Carroccia, writes a music critic, “there doesn’t seem to be a nonmusical atom in his being.” He comes to the Miami International Piano Festival a second time, performing a 90-minute program at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.). Chopin dominates, with the romantic Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op. 60; the Polonais in A-flat Major “Heroique,” Op. 53; and a flurry of mazurkas. (Chopin’s mazurkas, it’s said, were the compositions he most cherished.) Carroccia then turns to Schubert’s Sonata D 960 in B-flat Major, considered one of the composer’s masterworks. Sunday, February 18, 5:00 p.m. Tickets: $25; students: $17.50. www.aventuracenter.org.

 

Alvin Ailey Celebration

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater celebrates a decade of performances at the Arsht Center from Thursday, February 22, through Sunday, February 25. The programs range from premières, new looks for repertory standards, and Ailey’s 1960 three-part masterpiece, Revelations (showcased in all performances). Works include Members Don’t Get Weary, from choreographer Jamar Roberts; The Hunt, Ella, and Mass, by artistic director Robert Battle; a world première, Victoria, by Gustavo Ramírez; and new productions of Stack-Up and Shelter. For programming and pricing tiers at the Ziff Ballet Opera House: www.arshtcenter.org.

 

Stories Out of Stiltsville

They could disappear in the rising tides -- or be lost to National Park Service budget cuts. So, yes, go see what remains of Stiltsville, if just once in your lifetime. Historian and BT contributor Paul George ushers you through a history of Biscayne Bay as you cruise to that storied party place for the well-heeled, the well-greased, and those who just wanted to leave well enough alone back on the mainland. The tour lasts two and a half hours Saturday, February 24, and departs at 9:30 a.m. from Miamarina at Bayside Marketplace (401 Biscayne Blvd.), aboard an Island Queen Cruises vessel. Museum members: $50, nonmembers: $60; children 12 and under: $25. Info: www.historymiami.org.

 

Compiled by BT contributor Dinah McNichols. 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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