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Written by Dinah McNichols, BT Contributor   
March 2018

MusicFromACountry'sHeartMusic From a Country’s Heart

This season marks the 81st for the Tamburitzans, a folk ensemble more than 30 members strong that began with one man’s interest in the tamburitza, a stringed instrument from Croatia. In Miami for a single show, the Tamburitzans present Passages: The Journey of Our Ancestors, two hours of traditional costume, music, song, and dance from Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cuba, Eastern European Roma, Greece, Hungary, Mexico, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain. If you love ballet folklórico, this has your name all over it. Thursday, March 8, 8:00 p.m., Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.). Tickets: $25-$30.


MeetYourParksPeopleMeet Your Parks People

The Arch Creek Park Museum and Nature Center, along with the Arch Creek Trust and Miami-Dade EcoAdventures, hosts its ongoing Talks in the Parks speaker series Thursday, March 8, 7:30 p.m., with Claire Kurlychek of the Florida Wildlife Commission. Topic: Burmese pythons, the environmental havoc they wreak, and the Python Patrol program, which offers training workshops for the public. The Arch Creek Trust will offer hors d’oeuvres and wine for donations. Greynolds Park Boathouse (18501 NE 22nd Ave.). Visit Arch Creek Trust on Facebook. Free. 305-944-6111.


An Ocean of Orchids at Fairchild

The orchid is hardy and easy to grow, as evidenced by the 10,000 or more to swoon over during the 16th annual International Orchid Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (10901 Old Cutler Rd.) in Coral Gables. (Fairchild is also home to the American Orchid Society.) The event runs Friday, March 9, through Sunday, March 11, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, and features tours of the gardens, orchid judging and sales, garden workshops, food, and activities for children. Orchid Festival admission is included in your garden admission: members free; adults $25; seniors 65-plus, $18; children 5 and under free, and 9-17, $12.


Our Film Fest at 35

The Miami Film Festival, hosted by Miami-Dade College, returns with scores of U.S. and foreign films, to be viewed individually or as parts of several series options, including those with directors and actors participating. Need we mention the awards nights, tributes, and red-carpet galas? Film week runs Friday, March 9, through Sunday, March 18, at multiple locations: the Olympia Theater (174 E. Flagler St.); Regal Cinemas South Beach (1120 Lincoln Rd.); MDC’s Tower Theater (1508 SW 8th St.); O Cinema Miami Beach (500 71st St.); and, in Coral Gables, both Art Cinema (260 Aragon Ave.) and Landmark Theatres at Merrick Park (358 San Lorenzo Ave.). Tickets at or 844-565-6433. Standard admission from $13 general; $10 Miami Film Society members; $12 seniors 65-plus; $10 students and veterans showing IDs. For the full program of films, prices, and events:


Luxe and Luscious Garden Walks

Get tickets early for the soul-soothing Miami Beach Garden Tour, sponsored by Miami Beach Botanical Garden. Participants follow self-guided tours through six private gardens featuring water views and lush greenery. Held Saturday, March 10, the walks take place between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., and begin (where you’ll get your map) and end at the Botanical Garden (2000 Convention Center Dr.). A continuous shuttle service is available to the properties for $25. The 2.6-acre garden itself, open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., hosts a flower show, plant sale, and other activities all day. Box lunches and snacks available for purchase. A 4:00 p.m. reception to thank the homeowners is open to all. Tickets: $30-$35 at the door, via the garden website, or 305-673-7256.


Questions of Memory and Myth in Mexico

As part of Miami’s “Living Together” series running through September in different venues, MDC’s Museum of Art and Design presents Héctor Bourges and Patricio Villareal, founding members of Mexico City’s acclaimed avant-garde Teatro Ojo in the lecture-performance Disorganizing Mimesis, a theatrical tour through Mexico’s history that includes a “flayed-flayer” god, a talking cross, an Aztec emperor’s skeleton, Moctezuma’s corpse, and Zapatista subcommandante Marcos. Saturday, March 10, 7:30 p.m., MDC Live Arts Lab, Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Ave. Free but reservations required:


CubaFestTakesOffWithAStrongBeatCuba Fest Takes Off with a Strong Beat

Miami Light Project and FUNDarte kick off their Global Cuba Fest music series with Cuban-American drummer and bandleader (and author) Dafnis Prieto Sextet on Friday, March 16, at 8:00 p.m. Prieto, winner of a MacArthur “genius” grant in 2011, is a prolific composer across various genres, from chamber music to Latin jazz. Light Box at Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26th St.) in Wynwood. Tickets: $15-$50. Visit or for ticket info and other guest lineups during this tenth annual festival.


Bike the Barrier Island

Bring your clan to the Crandon Family Bike Adventure, a leisurely two-hour guided pedal through Crandon Park. The ride sets off Sunday, March 18, at 10:00 a.m. and covers four miles, with stops at Crandon Gardens, Crandon Park Beach, Bear Cut Reserve, Fossil Reef Overlook, and the Crandon Park nature center. Meet at Crandon Gardens (6767 Crandon Blvd.), located by Crandon Park South Beach on Key Biscayne, the southernmost barrier island in the U.S. Bring your own bike and mandatory helmet, plus water, closed-toe shoes, and sun protection. No children under 5. Fee: $5. 305-361-6767.


The Ongoing Reinvention of Flamenco

Fundarte brings us Flamenco Rave, a daylong celebration of the newest, boldest flamenco from Spain. Musicians include the Andalusian pianist Dorantes, as well as Daniel Casares, Naike y Paquete, vocalist Rosalía and guitarist Raül Refree, all of whom weave together traditional flamenco and “smooth contemporary influences.” Sunday, March 25, at 6:00 p.m. at Miami-Dade County Auditorium (2901 W. Flagler St.). Tickets: $40 adults, $35 seniors and students via or 800-745-3000, and at the auditorium box office, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Info: 305-547-5414 or 786-348-0789,

Full Moon and the River

Have you seen Miami by Miami River full-moon moonlight? Sounds dreamy, no? Join HistoryMiami Museum’s Full Moon Over Miami River Cruise with historian (and BT contributor) Paul George on Saturday, March 31, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. You’ll learn about ancient Tequesta settlements, the city’s early developers, and little-known backwater stories as you wind upstream along the Miami River’s 5.5 navigable miles and back downtown. Meet at Island Queen Cruises, Bayside Marketplace (401 Biscayne Blvd.). Members $50; non-members $60; children 12 and under $25. Information and registration:


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