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Written by Dinah McNichols, BT Contributor   
July 2018

GetYourArtsGrooveOnGet Your Arts Groove On

History Miami’s three tours this month will help you sally forth into August, a.k.a. Arts Appreciation Month. First up: a Little Havana Art and Culture Walk on Saturday, July 7, 10:00 a.m. to noon, with local history and visits with artists. Second: Wynwood: A History of Street Art on Sunday, July 15, 10:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., for the lowdown on the neighborhood’s transformation. Third: Saturday, July 21, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Public Art in Downtown Miami Walking Tour visits Mana Contemporary and explores Miami’s public arts initiatives in action. Prices vary, restrictions apply, reservations a must.


A Classics Fest of Low-Cost Highbrow

The Miami Music Festival continues through July 30 with great pricing at various venues. MMF brings in 300 young classical musicians from two dozen countries for eight weeks of training in piano, orchestra, opera, and conducting. We get the performances, some of which are free, most of which cost $10-$30. The Independence Day concert at Barry University’s Broad Performing Arts Center (11300 NE 2nd Ave.) features July 4 summer pops programming, plus Michelle Kim on the electric violin. Remaining performances include works by Shostakovich, Beethoven, Dvořák, and Mozart; full acts from Lohengrin and Die Walküre; three operas (La Rondine, Ghosts of Versailles, and Radamisto); recitals; zarzuelas; a Broadway night; and a chamber series.


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Bayfront Park (301 N. Biscayne Blvd.) offers spectacular views year round, but the ultimate summer freebie and South Florida’s largest fireworks spectacular will be Wednesday, July 4, starting at 3:00 p.m. You’ll find a kids’ zone (open till 7:00 p.m.) plus music and vendors aplenty. Fireworks begin at 9:00. You know the rules: No bottles, cans, or coolers; if you’re in a boat, stay clear of sea turtles, manatees, and other wildlife, including coral, or face stiff fines.


A Walk Through Our Heritage

How about a guided walk through our past, with this Brickell Avenue North walking tour, presented by Dade Heritage Trust on Saturday, July 7, 10:00 a.m. to noon. Meet at the DHT headquarters (190 SE 12th Terr.), and set off for Brickell Park, the Miami Circle, and other landmarks. Tickets: $10 members; $20 nonmembers. The next day, DHT offers a bike tour to the Scottish Rite Temple in the Lummus Park Historic District, where you’ll get a private tour of the building. Again, meet at DHT headquarters; fee: $5 members; $10 nonmembers. (Rental bikes available in advance at Brickell Bikes: 305-373-3633.)


Overtown’s Music & Arts Festival

Historic Overtown hosts the Overtown Music & Arts Festival on Saturday, July 14, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Head to the business and entertainment district along NW 2nd and 3rd avenues between NW 8th and 10th streets. You’ll find musicians; arts and crafts vendors; an array of foods; and a Youth Zone (toddlers to teens) featuring performances, arts and crafts, a story-time tent, and fitness activities. Check out the Art Expo Zone, a barbecue cook-off, and the main stage lineup: R&B singer/songwriter Vivian Green; singer/songwriter Estelle; singer/songwriter Jon B.; singer/songwriter Musiq Soulchild; singer/songwriter and dancer Elgin Baylor; musician/bandleader Tito Puente Jr. Don’t miss the dancing brothers Ayleo and Mateo and the teen rap/dancers the Trainerz. Free admission.


A Tribute to Island Mangoes

This year the much loved Mango and Tropical Fruit Festival at Fairchild Botanical Garden (10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables) pays tribute to the mangoes of Haiti, said to be the best in the Caribbean. The festival boasts the world’s largest tropical fruit collection, plus tropical gardening classes, fruit trees for sale, cooking demonstrations, a beer garden, music, activities for youngsters, and plenty of food. Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free for Fairchild members and children five and under. Adults: $25; seniors: $18; children (ages 6-17): $12.


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The LA-based, 2014 Grammy-winning (and nominated this year for the album Amar y Vivir) group La Santa Cecilia comes to Miami on Saturday, July 21, 8:00 p.m., at the Olympia Theater (174 E. Flagler St.). (Santa Cecilia, by the way, is the patron saint of musicians.) Singer La Marisoul -- whose alto voice is reminiscent of Mercedes Sosa’s and has been likened to Janis Joplin’s, but with the grace of Ella Fitzgerald’s -- leads the quartet in classic Latin and Mexican musical forms, along with modern covers and politically relevant songs a la nueva canción. Tickets: $18-$34.


NYO2 Debuts with Wallcast

Summer breeze and a free concert? Must mean a Wallcast performance, this one Saturday, July 21, featuring NYO2 and violinist Gil Shaham, acclaimed as one of the world’s finest violinists. NYO2, an offshoot of the National Youth Orchestra but with a strong agenda on opportunity and diversity, is made up of musicians ages 14-17 who undergo training at Carnegie Hall’s Weill School of Music. This year’s crop gets a six-day residency in Miami, culminating in the simulcast performance. Wallcast is set in SoundScape Park, next to the New World Center (500 17th Street) in Miami Beach. Bring a picnic and arrive early. The concert starts at 8:30 p.m.


Jazz Series at MOCA

The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (770 NE 125th St.) hosts its free monthly Jazz at MOCA outdoor concert series Friday, July 27, at 8:00 p.m. featuring saxophonist Dr. Ed Calle, whose other hats include composer, producer, and Miami Dade College professor. This Latin Grammy winner has performed on many Grammy-winning albums across numerous genres and for a jaw-dropping array of artists, including Vicki Carr, Frank Sinatra, Carlos Santana, Chick Corea, Tito Puente, Gloria Estefan, the Temptations, the Four Tops, Shakira, Lenny Kravitz, Placido Domingo, and KC and the Sunshine Band. Dance in the plaza, or wander through MOCA’s current exhibit. Museum admission is a simple donation.


Bring a Pen and Sketch Pad

Curious about the basics of architectural drawing? In two hours you can learn them plus some more tricks of the trade, all included in the Urban Sketch Tour presented by the Miami Center for Architecture and Design. It’s a walking class for interested beginners of all ages, and a chance to draw some of our downtown landmarks. The tour on Saturday, July 28, leaves at 10:00 a.m. rain or shine from the Alfred I. Dupont Building (169 E. Flagler St.). Tickets: $20 members; $25 for seniors and students; $30 general. Advance reservations required.


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