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Written by Dinah McNichols, BT Contributor   

For the Birds

Eco Adventures hosts an Introductory Birding Walk at Arch Creek Park this Saturday, January 5, to coincide with National Bird Day, a day of recognition declared by the Avian Welfare Coalition to educate on illegal bird trading and captive bird welfare. You’ll learn the basics of birding, which is not quite like birdwatching and more about spotting them. You’ll learn how to track with binoculars and how to ID, on a 90-minute walk that begins at 8:00 a.m. from the Arch Creek Park Nature Center (1855 NE 135th St.) and is designed for ages 9 and up. Reservations required; fee $3.00.


Young Stars, YoungArts

It’s “finals week” for the 170-plus students invited to Miami by the National YoungArts Foundation to showcase their talent in the nationwide competition known as YoungArts Week. From Sunday through Sunday, January 6-13, they’ll attend workshops and classes by day. Come nightfall beginning Tuesday, they’ll regale us (and the judges) with works that include song, jazz and classical music, dance, theater, and film screenings at New World Center (500 17th St., Miami Beach); and literary readings and visual arts at both the Jewel Box and Gallery at the YoungArts Campus (2100 Biscayne Blvd.). Here’s your chance to support their efforts. Tickets: $15 per event; some are free.


JewishCultureThroughFilmJewish Culture Through Film

On the lineup for this year’s Miami Jewish Film Festival, running Thursday, January 10, through Thursday, January 24: 80 films from 25 countries; 50 filmmakers and special guests at numerous events; a dozen premières; Academy Award entries; films accompanied with live music; events and films in honor of honor Martin Luther King Jr.; free films shown on the Soundscape Wall; and 25 films directed by women. Screening and events take place at 15 locations about town. Tickets $14, festival passes $295. For details:


HowDoesHeDoThatHow Does He Do That?

Winner of NBC’s “Phenomenon Live On Stage” and voted “America’s Favorite Mystifier Wizard,” Mike Super brings two performances of magic and illusion to Aventura on Saturday, January 12, 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. He’s in the middle of a North American tour, performs frequently on Disney cruises and for U.S. troops, and never ceases to amaze. Tickets $35-$40 at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center (3385 NE 188 St.).


After Basel, Time for Beaux Arts

Since 1952, the Beaux Arts Festival of Art has hosted an outdoor juried art show, including a juried student show, in support of UM’s Lowe Art Museum and its art outreach programs for children. This year the festival features the juried works of more than 200 artists, plus live music, children’s arts activities, food vendors, and free admission to the museum for the duration, Saturday and Sunday, January 12 and 13, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day, outside the museum, located on the UM campus in Coral Gables (301 Stanford Dr.).


Morningside Walking Tour

HistoryMiami’s resident historian (and BT contributor) Paul George leads a walk through Morningside, Miami’s first designated historic district, imparting local stories and highlighting the distinctive residential architecture, with homes dating back to the 1920s. You’ll also visit Morningside Park along Biscayne Bay. The tour lasts 90 minutes and takes place Sunday, January 13, leaving at 10:00 a.m. from the front of the park (750 NE 55th Terr.). Members $20, nonmembers $30. Register: or 305-375-1492.


ScreenDance Miami Returns

Miami Light Project’s ScreenDance Miami returns for its sixth year, with various events taking place around Miami and Miami Beach, including the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse in Wynwood, Pérez Art Museum Miami, and the WallCast at the New World Center in Miami Beach. The festival runs Thursday through Saturday, January 17-19, and again Friday, January 25. Created to support dance, and especially dance works created for camera and film, it will feature workshops, panels, and -- best of all for us onlookers -- screenings. Tickets prices vary. You can find schedule information and other details, and see previous years’ achievements on video at the Light Project website,


EclecticandElectricfromtheDesertEclectic and Electric from the Desert

The Rhythm Foundation presents Tuareg (i.e., Berber ethnic Azawagh desert stock) guitarist Mdou Moctar of Niger. Mdou Moctar got his start in the North African music underground; now he and his band tour the world, playing everywhere in this country from small rock clubs to Lincoln Center. His genre-pushing compositional and playing styles have been described as “equal parts nomadic bard and Eddie Van Halen,” and earned raves from print, television, and film critics (in 2015 he starred in a Saharan film homage to Prince’s Purple Rain). The band performs Friday, January 18, 10:00 p.m. at Gramps in Wynwood (176 NW 24th St.). Doors open at 9:00 p.m. Free with RSVP.


What You Will Know About Zydeco!

Programmed for young people but enjoyed by the culturally curious worldwide for years, Creole for Kidz and the History of Zydeco is a performance by eighth-generation Louisiana Creole and two-time Grammy winner Terrance Simien and his five-piece Zydeco Experience ensemble. (Simien’s music, you may recall, was featured in Disney’s Princess and the Frog.) This musical show is a guide through the flatlands and bayous of Louisiana to explore zydeco’s roots among the French-speaking Creoles through its evolution into the zydeco blends we hear today. This is a free event; sign up online for First-Access Passes at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (1300 Biscayne Blvd.). or 305-949-6722.


MLK and Troubled Times

To honor the civil rights hero, let’s do a self-check on how far we must go to achieve his dream. A small step is turning out to support Miami’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day events. You can begin the day with the 36th annual MLK 5K Run and Fitness Walk, starting from the MLK Plaza Metrorail Station (6205 NW 27th Ave.); a “coexist covenant” ceremony is set for at 10:00 at the intersection of NW 54th Street and NW 10th Avenue. The 42nd Annual MLK Day Parade itself, billed as the oldest and largest, begins at 11:00 and covers an eight-mile stretch along NW 54th Street, from NW 10th to NW 32nd avenues, and features marching bands, floats, high school students, local pols, activists, and union leaders, historical figures, classic cars, equestrian teams, military units, veterans, even Carnival dancers. The parade ends at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park (6000 NW 32nd Ct.), where you’ll find a Main Stage, a Cultural Stage, a Food Corner, Marketplace, and Children’s Village, with entertainment, vendors, and activities until 6:00 p.m.


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