The Biscayne Times

Apr 20th
Events April 2018 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dinah McNichols, BT Contributor   

O, Miami Poetry Returns

O, Miami Poetry Festival runs through April, so watch for poetry and poetry performances tucked about town, and mostly free -- for example, check out the poet in residence at the bridge tender house in front of the Wolfsonian (1001 Washington Ave.) from 10:00 a.m. to noon every Saturday through April. Or for the price of a boat ride, join MDC MOAD’s Poetry Along the Bay cruise to hear renowned Miami-born poet Richard Blanco read from his works Friday, April 27, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Tickets: $15 general. or 237-7700. Check for a complete schedule.


Miami Riverday Rolls Around

Who says you can’t step into the same river (festival) twice…or even 22 times? The annual Miami River Festival promises a day of fun, with free riverboat rides, historic tours and re-enactments, kids’ activities, and paddleboard and kayak races Saturday, April 7, 1:00 to 6:00 p.m., Lummus Park (250 NW North River Dr.). Hosted by the Miami River Commission, the event will also feature environmental booths, food and drink, and entertainment by ARL and Electric Kif.


Marvels Galore at Miami Maker Faire

Maker Faire is part science fair, part county fair -- and totally brilliant. The family-friendly event, held Saturday and Sunday, April 7-8, celebrates our do-it-yourselfers -- crafters, science clubs, designers, students, and artists -- who tinker away for the joy of creation. This is their time to wow the rest of us with games, robotics, 3D printing, furniture making, fashion, food, and music. Both days 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. MDC’s Wolfson campus (300 NE 2nd Ave.). Two-day ticket: $20; single-day: $15. Free parking at the campus garage; see


Amadeus_and_WhoAmadeus and Who?

Did you know that Mozart had a sister as gifted a musician and composer as he? And that these two prodigies performed together in the capitals of Europe, and that she was the star? You’ll learn her true story in The Other Mozart, written by and starring Sylvia Milo in a performance drawn from Mozart family letters. Unqualified raves have followed the production across the globe, including numerous performances in Salzburg, with audiences mesmerized by the period atmosphere, an impossibly elegant 18-foot dress, brilliant scoring, and the highly stylized music-making. Friday, April 13, 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 14, 3:30 and 8:30 p.m.; and Sunday, April 15, 3:30 p.m., Black Box Theater, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (10950 SW 211th St.). Tickets: $35. or 786-573-5300.


Zine Fair in Little Haiti

Exile Books, which produces not just books but also events, began with pop-up stores but took up permanent residency last fall in Little Haiti. This is the fourth year for Exile’s Miami Zine Fair, a showcase of limited-edition publishers and printed artworks from local and international artists, and the first time it will be held (Sunday, April 15, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) in the Caribbean Marketplace of the Little Haiti Cultural Complex (212 NE 59th Terr.). There’ll also be a gallery exhibition and screenprinting demonstration in the cultural complex classrooms, and local food trucks with Caribbean cuisine. Free admission.


How Times Flies: Irakere Marks a Milestone

It was 45 years ago that pianist and bandleader Chucho Valdés co-founded Irakere, blazing new paths in Afro-Cuban jazz. Since then, he’s won six Grammys, three Latin Grammys, and the hearts of Latin-music lovers worldwide. He’ll lead the Afro-Cuban Messengers in Irakere classics and much newer works. Also onstage: multiple-Grammy-nominated singer Aymée Nuviola, and Diego Figueiredo, called one of the world’s best guitarists, who opens the show Friday, April 20, 8:00 p.m., Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall (1300 Biscayne Blvd.). Tickets start at $45.


Street Party Feasts on the Artistic Life

The Wynwood Life Street Festival returns with 20 bands and a main stage; artists at work plus a pop-up gallery; fashion runways showcasing local designers; scores of craft and art vendors; and for eats, the Wynwood Culinary Showcase and a slew of food trucks. Events are spread out across Mana Wynwood (2250 NW 2nd Ave.) and run Friday, April 20, 5:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.; Saturday, April 21, noon to 3:00 a.m.; and Sunday, April 22, noon to 9:00 p.m. RSVP at


Jazz_Fest_Take_TwoJazz Fest: Take Two

Miami Downtown Jazzfest takes its second annual spin about town with three days of concerts, most of them free, Thursday through Saturday, April 26-28. Day 1 at the Government Center (111 NW 1st St.) is free and features the Scone Cash Players, Electric Kif, Aaron Lebos Reality, and Tito Puente Jr. Day 2 shows at the Olympia Theater (174 E. Flagler St.) feature the winner of the festival’s first jazz piano competition opening for Dr. Lonnie Smith and then the Kurt Elling Quintet. Day 3 moves first to the Bayside Marketplace stage (401 Biscayne Blvd.) with the JECC Boot Camp Ensemble, the Wendy Pedersen Quintet, Tim Jago Group, Leon Foster Thomas, and Oriente; and then to Bayfront Park Amphitheater (301 Biscayne Blvd.), with Regina Carter, the Lizz Wright Quintet, and the Arturo Sandoval Sextet. For schedule and ticket info:


Help for Troubled Waters

How about once a year we give three hours back to something that feeds the soul every time we look at it? We’re talking Biscayne Bay, and we Miamians love it so much, we smother it -- and not just with motor fuel and sunscreen, but with litter like you wouldn’t believe. Registration’s under way for volunteer boaters and shore walkers to join in the 36th annual family-friendly Baynanza aka Biscayne Bay Cleanup Day on Saturday, April 21, 9:00 a.m. to noon. You can choose from nearly 25 locations in need of some TLC.


Get_Your_Boarding_Pass_to_MIAGet Your Boarding Pass to MIA

On Saturday, April 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., HistoryMiami historian Paul George talks Aviation in Miami with a coach tour and trove of stories about the inventors, aviators, and airline founders who trained, built empires, or who set off from here on a famous fatal flight (one guess?). The tour ends up at MIA and its Hall of Aviation’s “Century of Flight” exhibit, then on to a look at one of the air-traffic control towers. (For this reason, participants must provide a photo ID to pass checkpoints.) The tour price includes lunch at the 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant. Museum members: $75, nonmembers: $85, children 12 and under: $50. Reservations required:


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