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Written by Dinah McNichols, BT Contributor   
February 2019

Black History Month in Miami Shores

The first documented arrival of slaves to this country took place in August 1619, when a Spanish ship headed from Angola for Mexico was seized and 20 Africans offloaded in Point Comfort, Virginia, to live the rest of their lives as slaves or indentured servants. To mark the dreadful quadricentennial, the Miami Shores Community Alliance, South Florida People of Color, Barry University, and Miami Shores Community Church host a four-part Black Migrations series, exploring the condition of black diaspora. Part 1: church service, gospel performance, and soul food lunch Sunday, February 3, 10:30 a.m., MS Community Church (9823 NE 4th Ave.); Part 2: art exhibit plus spoken word and saxophone performances Thursday, February 7, 6:00 p.m., Brockway Library (10021 NE 2nd Ave.); Part 3: Tuesday, February 19, 6:30 p.m., panel discussion “Black Trauma to Black Healing” at Barry University (11300 NE 2nd Ave.), focusing on emotional, psychological, and spiritual healing; Part 4: Thursday, February 28, 6:00 p.m., screening and discussion of Haile Gerima’s much-honored 1993 film Sankofa, Miami Theatre Center (9806 NE 2nd Ave.). See; for countywide events:


AAventuraFilmFestSpotlightonTelAvivventura Film Fest: Spotlight on Tel Aviv

The Aventura International Film Series screens In Between, about three young Palestinian women who are roommates -- a lawyer, a university student, and a DJ -- who struggle to find self-determination in their respective lives. Directed by Arab Israeli Maysaloun Hamoud, the film was declared haram but has won awards in Toronto, Cannes, and Israel. It screens Tuesday, February 5, 7:30 p.m. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.) Tickets: $12.


Highlights of Little Havana

Miami-based artist T. Wheeler Castillo leads a HistoryMiami walking tour of Little Havana’s art and culture. The 90-minute outing, set for Friday, February 8, leaves at 6:00 p.m. from the Bay of Pigs Monument (806 SW 13th Ave.,) and follows Calle Ocho, famous for its Domino Park, tabaquerías, cafés, and art scene, where you can linger in studios once the walking tour ends. Tickets: members $5, non-members $15, kids 12 and under free. Registration required:


MusicFestattheBeachMusic Fest at the Beach

GroundUP Music Festival returns to the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave.) on Friday and Saturday, February 8 and 9, 1:00 to 11:00 p.m., and Sunday, February 10, 1:00 to 10:00 p.m. Late-night music continues in two other venues. The lineup? Familiar favorites, great genres, and a terrific mix of international names and Grammy winners. Artists include jazz trio Chris Potter Circuits, La Perla, David Crosby and the Lighthouse Band, House of Waters, Lalah Hathaway, Susana Baca, Richard Bona, Bill Laurance, Ghost-Note, Funky Knuckles, Maz, Michelle Willis, Bokanté, New York Gypsy All-Stars, Innov Gnawa, Tank and the Bangas, Andrew Bird, PRD Mais, Lucy Woodward, the O’Pears, and, of course, Snarky Puppy, label and festival founder. Ticket prices and packages:


Go National This Month

We’re thrilled to say the government shutdown ended in time for Family Fun Fest at Biscayne National Park, just east of Homestead, scheduled for Sunday, February 10, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. It’s a great way to thank national park staff and volunteers for their sacrifice, and enjoy a day in the water or onshore. Head to the park’s Dante Fascell Visitor Center and look for activities for toddlers, children, and adults. Free. The Homestead National Parks Trolley offers free rides to the park.


Art Wynwood and the Yacht Show

Now that we’ve had Art Week and Beaux Arts, let’s make it a trifecta with Art Wynwood and rub elbows with “the most diverse, affluent, and culturally savvy international audience in the United States” -- well, so say the promoters -- but we’re going for Art, from Friday through Sunday, February 15-17, 11:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m., and Monday, February 18 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Location: the Art Miami and CONTEXT site (One Herald Plaza at NE 14th Street). Metromover is a short walk away. Next door, and in partnership with Art Wynwood, is the Miami Yacht Show, with 500 yachts and superyachts for sale, as well as “pop-up luxury retail, guest lounges and bars, exotic cars, private aircraft.” These are interesting times. Ticket packages and pricing: and for the boat show:


III Points Scores Again

III Points Miami is back with its eclectic blend of Miami and international talent Friday through Sunday, February 15-17 at Mana Wynwood (2217 NW 5th Ave.) The multisensory music and arts fest runs each day from 5:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. and includes a roster of a hundred-plus artists, six stages, immersive art, lectures, and food and drink. For schedule and tiered pricing:


FebruaryMustStandforFestivalsFebruary Must Stand for Festivals

We’ve got a superfecta it would seem! The Coconut Grove Arts Festival celebrates its 56th anniversary this year, running Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, February 16-18, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. the first two days and until 5:00 p.m. Monday. Look for cooking demos and tastings from more than 50 restaurant partners; music performances scheduled throughout the weekend in Peacock Park; works by more than 360 artists; a Family Zone in Regatta Park; and more entertainment along the bayfront, McFarlane Road, S. Bayshore Drive, and Pan American Drive.


A Surfside Sampler from HistoryMiami

HistoryMiami’s Paul George leads a free, one-hour Surfside walking tour on Sunday, February 17, with narration on the beach town’s history. The group leaves at 11:00 a.m. from the Surfside Community Center (9301 Collins Ave.) and heads to the Four Seasons, formerly home of the famed Surf Club, which opened in 1930 as a private retreat for the rich and famous who could feel “off duty but on show, together.” Then on through the Collins Avenue historic district, and to Harding Avenue’s “Turtle Walk.”


May Your Dog Have His Day at Bayfront Park

What quicker pickup-upper than a friendly dog, except maybe a crowd of friendly dogs and their happy people at the 20th annual Walk for the Animals! The celebration on Saturday, March 2, runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Bayfront Park (301 N. Biscayne Blvd), with the walk beginning at 10:00 to benefit the Humane Society of Greater Miami. Even if you don’t do the walk, show up for the fun, with contests starting at 11:00, plus an adoption arena, a Doggie Fun Zone, food vendors, raffles, music, and a Frisbee performance from the Purina Pro Plan Performance Team’s athletic canines. Walk registration: $50.


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