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Written by Dinah McNichols, BT Contributor   
November 2018

International Film Fest in Aventura

The Aventura International Film Series screens the 2017 Israeli feature The Cakemaker, shot in Berlin and Jerusalem. The film touches on the love affair that develops between a young male pastry chef in Berlin and an Israeli businessman. When the latter dies unexpectedly back home, the baker travels to Jerusalem and finds his life slowly intertwining with that of the widow’s. Showtime: Tuesday, November 6, 7:30 p.m. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.). General admission: $12; seating at 7:00. aventuracenter.org.

 

PennyArcadeDespairsoftheNewNewYorkPenny Arcade Despairs of the New New York

Penny Arcade is a “Warhol superstar,” the woman Quentin Crisp called his “soul mate and anima figure,” the queen of avant-garde theater and performance art. Poet, actor, filmmaker, life chronicler, erstwhile Green Party candidate, she now brings “Longing Lasts Longer,” billed as a “rock and roll blend of standup comedy and memoir,” to the Live Arts Lab (300 NE 2nd Ave.) of MDC’s Wolfson Campus. Shows: Thursday through Saturday, November 8-10, 8:00 p.m. Tickets: $30. mdclivearts.org.

 

ElCigalaHeadsaConstellationattheFillmoreEl Cigala Heads a Constellation at the Fillmore

In 2000, Spanish flamenco singer Diego el Cigala received a transformative jolt to his art when he met Cuban pianist Bebo Valdés. The resulting two decades have been a glorious dive into a flamenco-inflected range of Latin music, from boleros to salsa, and mega-hits and world tours, of which this performance is a highlight. The concert, Friday, November 9, 8:00 p.m. at the Fillmore Miami Beach (1700 Washington Ave.), features “15 Years of Lágrimas Negras” and stars as well Oscar D’Leon, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Larry Harlow, Luis “Perico” Ortiz, and original Fania studio musicians. The concert coincides with the release of a documentary, Indestructible: The Soul of Salsa, about El Cigala’s take on the genre. Tickets: $39-$79 (plus fees). Doors open 7:00 p.m. rhythmfoundation.com.

 

Annual Party Celebrates the River

Now in its 11th year, the popular Downtown Miami International Riverwalk Festival and Boat Parade takes place Saturday, November 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and offers activities ranging from face painting, raffles, music, art and crafts booths, and international foods -- and flotilla viewing. The event takes place along the Riverwalk bordering the Intercontinental Hotel and One Miami condominiums, at the mouth of the Miami River, north bank. Parking is available in nearby public parking garages, and a Metromover station is one block away. Free admission. miamiriverwalkfestival.com.

 

All Aboard for Miami Shores History

Brockway Memorial Library hosts a Miami Shores History Bus Tour with local resident and guide John Bachay. The tour takes place Saturday, November 10, 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and features local sites, as well as private tours of some historic area homes and gardens. The trip, which concludes with lunch at Sherwood’s Bistro, leaves from the library (10021 NE 2nd Ave.). Tickets: $45, which includes lunch and tips. Info: 305-758-8107; reservations: eventbrite.com.

 

Breakfast, Tour, and Baking Class

Dade Heritage Trust’s newest series, “Baking in Historic Places,” allows participants to visit the kitchens of renowned sites. On Saturday, November 10, for example, you’ll meet at the Scottish Rite Temple (471 NW 3rd St.) in the Lummus Park Historic District. There, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. you’ll settle in with Lucia Meneses, the Trust’s school programs director -- and master baker -- for a continental breakfast and sourdough bread-baking session, plus a tour of the building. Participants will receive sourdough starter and a loaf pan of sourdough to bake at home. Members $25, nonmembers $30. Info: 305-358-9572. Reservations: dadeheritagetrust.org.

 

Chill Time at the Book Fair Porch

Yes, we do support our public libraries, but we can’t resist Miami Book Fair, held this year Sunday through Sunday, November 11-18. In addition to the book signings, pop-ups, and author talks and panels, there’s a full roster of events at the Porch (located at the northwest corner of NE 2nd Avenue and NE 3rd Street), where you’ll want to take breaks at “the most chill space at the fair.” Each Porch day features local performers plus music, games, food, drink, art, and film. On Day 1, for example, beginning at 4:00 p.m., you’ll find food trucks, games, a coloring wall, Silent Poetry Disco, photo exhibits, DJ Mr. Pauer spinning “Electrópico,” and beer on tap. Events run from late afternoon into the night, and all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. For daily Porch events: miamibookfair.com/programs.

 

The Cristo Projects on Film

In conjunction with PAMM’s documentary exhibition “Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Surrounded Islands, Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida, 1980-83”, about the project that put Miami on the global art scene map 35 years ago, the museum (1103 Biscayne Blvd.) hosts an afternoon of four short films on Saturday, November 17, about the duo’s projects. Open seating begins at 12:45, and the films are as follows: 1:00 p.m., Valley Curtain (1974), 28 minutes; Running Fence (1978), 56 minutes; 2:30-3:00 p.m., intermission; 3:00 p.m., Christo in Paris (1990), 58 minutes; and Islands (1986), 56 minutes, concluding at 5:00 p.m. Free with museum admission. pamm.org.

 

BreathtakingBravuraattheArshtBreathtaking Bravura at the Arsht

Founded in 1958, the Chinese Warriors of Peking offer the mastery of precision acrobatics, martial arts, and choreographed strength we expect from the best Chinese stage productions, and in Cirque de Soleil, with whom this company has toured. Set during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), this performance pits two rival martial arts disciplines against each other in a show of complex juggling, gravity-defying acrobatics, and staged combat. The company performs one day only, Saturday, November 17, 3:00 and 7:30 p.m., Knight Concert Hall of the Arsht Center (1300 Biscayne Blvd.) Tickets: $29-$49. arshtcenter.org.

 

Lantern Festival at the Fairgrounds

To get us ready for 2019’s Chinese New Year, we have more Sino-related marvels at the Lantern Light Festival, running from November 30 through January 20 at the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds (10901 SW 24th St.). The Lantern Festival is one of China’s oldest, dating back 2000 years, and celebrates the new season, new hopes, and rebirth. The local version features immense and intricately constructed light displays up to 30 feet tall and 300 feet long that look as though they’re floating in air. Also: arrays of food, fireworks, and entertainment, including children’s activities. Thursdays through Sundays 5:00-10:00 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 5:00-11:00 p.m. Adults $23; children (3-12) $18; seniors and active military $20. lanternlightfestival.com.


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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