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Written by Dinah McNichols, BT Contributor   
June 2018

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City Theatre’s Summer Shorts: America’s Short Play Festival” is the gift that keeps on giving. The 2018 shorts production at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Carnival Studio Theater (1300 Biscayne Blvd.) runs Thursdays through Sundays (with Saturday and Sunday matinees) and ends Sunday, July 1. Each performance offers nine ten-minute comedies, dramas, and mini-musicals, submitted by playwrights across the country, that highlight diversity, change, and humor. Recommended for ages 16 and up. Tickets $39-$59.


Celebrate the Newly Commissioned

Miami Light Project’s annual “Here and Now” project commissions South Floridians in the performing arts, gives them rehearsal and production support, and helps them present their new works to the public. This year’s series takes place Thursday through Saturday, June 7-9, 8:00 p.m. The lineup includes performance artist Kat Hernandez’s multimedia dance-theater play, Illuminate; Diana Lozano’s The Nothing, using video and butoh (Japanese dance theater); Adel Myers with Girls!Girls!Girls!, a dance that explores power dynamics between performers and audience; and Shamar Wayne Watt with the dance performance of Gully Spring: Di Exhortation, about revolution of the spirit. All performances take place at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26 St.)


A Museum of Costume and Movement

Called the best folk ensemble in the Serbian diaspora, Canadia’s Oplenac Ensemble celebrates its 30th season and a return to Miami with an array of gorgeous costumes and a breathtaking repertoire of dance and music. A program sampling includes dance from the Boljevac, said to be most famous of Serbia’s dance regions; from Bosilegrad, with Bulgarian influences; from southern Serbia, known for older Roma elements; wedding dances from Bukovica and Knin in Croatia, as well as Metohija, in Kosovo; fast-tempo Hungarian-style csárdás; a “silent” (non-instrumental) dance from Glamoč; and a stylized work, Komitsko, that depicts the ancient struggle against Ottoman rule. The panoply unrolls for one night only, Saturday, June 9, 6:00 p.m., at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.). Tickets: $18.87- $30.00.


Harry Potter Rides Again

How magical is it that we can get our Harry Potter fix the very night before we’ll learn whether JK Rowland’s HP and the Cursed Child actually wins those ten Tony Awards it’s up for? Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third book in the series and the one that introduces us to Winston Churchill (okay, really, we do know it’s Sirius Black) gets the big-screen and full symphony treatment for two performances on Saturday, June 9, at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m. in the Knight Hall of the Adrienne Arsht Center (1300 Biscayne Blvd.). Tickets $39-$109.


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The Miami Center for Architecture and Design (MCAD) hosts bimonthly walking tours to acquaint visitors, newcomers, and old hands with the glory of downtown’s historic buildings, most of which are sitting pretty on the National Register of Historic Places. You can bet it’s a thorough tour when it’s led by architects, lasts two hours, and covers just three city blocks. The two walkabouts this month are scheduled for Saturday, June 9 and 23, 10:00 a.m., come rain or come shine (try to arrive by 9:45), and begin with an introduction in the lobby of the Alfred I. Dupont Building (169 E. Flagler St.). Tickets: $20; $15 for seniors and students; children under 8 free with one adult. Advance online reservations required.


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The Rhythm Foundation presents the Colombian band and Latin Grammy winner Monsieur Periné, whose “swing a la Colombiana” entwines Django Reinhardt-style gypsy jazz of Paris in the 1930s and Latin cumbia, son, bolero, tango, and samba. Opening for the band is Miami-based musician Mr. Pauer (Toto González), a Latin Grammy-nominated pioneer of Miami-Latin electronic dance music. The concert takes place Sunday, June 10, 7:30 p.m. (doors open 6:30) at the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave.). Tickets: $30/$40 at the door.


Little Haiti Brings on the Sound

Every third Friday of the month -- meaning June 15 this lunar go-round -- downtown Little Haiti welcomes the family-friendly world to its “Sounds of Little Haiti” in the outdoor courtyard of the Little Haiti Cultural Complex (212-260 NE 59th Terr.), where musicians play onstage and local vendors sell Caribbean arts, crafts, and spiced bites. Don’t forget to explore the neighborhood’s galleries, restaurants, studios, and retail shops, which stay open late just for you. The music starts at 7:00 p.m., but arrive earlier to see more.


This Tour Follows Trouble

HistoryMiami’s resident historian Paul George leads a coach tour into Miami’s gritty past, this one sure to please your taste for mobsters and murder. The “Mystery, Mayhem, Vice, and Crime” trek includes stops at Miami City Cemetery (see this issue’s cover story), Gianni Versace’s stairstep murder, Miami Vice TV shooting locations, and more, including tales of Al “Scarface” Capone’s ties to the town. The road to perdition bus tour, set for Sunday, June 17, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., leaves from the HistoryMiami Museum (101 W. Flagler St.). Members: $50; non-members: $60; children 12 and under: $25. The price of the tour gets you free admission to the museum. Reservations required.


Let Your Sweet Tooth Go Natural

The Redland Summer Fruit Festival at the Fruit and Spice Park (24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead) offers up a mouthwatering variety of locally grown tropical fruits -- we’re talking mangoes and lychees here -- plus samplings of rare fruits, and fruit wines and other dishes for purchase. There’ll be contests and plenty of children’s activities. The event spans two days, Saturday, June 23, and Sunday, June 24, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Adults: $8. Children 11 and under get in free.


Haitian-American Film Premières

Romuald Thermidor, founder of Realite Film Company, produced and stars in the film Après Le Mariage (After the Wedding), which has its première Saturday, June 23, at 8:00 p.m. at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.). A reception takes place at 7:00 p.m. and a cast meet-and-greet follows the film, which is set on Florida’s west coast and centers on a brutal past, blackmail, and revenge, as told through the story of a Haitian-American newlywed and a sex trafficker recently out of prison. The film is unrated and does contain mature content, including violence. Tickets are $35-$60 through Ticketmaster.


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