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Written by Dinah McNichols, BT contributor   
February 2020

CinemaNightsattheWallCinema Nights at the Wall

The SoundScape Cinema Series continues on Wednesday nights with free screenings on NWS’s projection wall at SoundScape Park (400 17th St,, Miami Beach). The roster includes 2019’s Little (with Regina Hall and Marsai Martin) on February 5; 2010’s Valentine’s Day on February 12 (with a big-name ensemble cast); Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, a 2019 documentary on the life of the Nobel, Pulitzer, and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, February 19; and Disney’s 2017 Coco on February 26. Rain or shine, films start at 8:00 p.m.

MoreMiamiMotelStoriesMore Miami Motel Stories

The Art Deco-style Broadmoor Hotel (7450 Ocean Terr.) in North Beach hosts Juggerknot Theatre Company’s newest Miami Motel Stories, with doors opening Thursday, February 6. Your color-coded passkey gives you entry to one of four storylines and its cast of characters as you learn some of the neighborhood’s history through their eyes. The production runs Thursdays through Sundays this month, so you’ll have time to take in all four narratives. Free parking after 6:30 p.m. on Ocean Terrace.


National Park Family Fun Fest

Biscayne National Park’s Family Fun Fest adopts the theme “Twenty Years of Extraordinary Stories” for 2020 and combines timeless tales (costumes welcome) with timely topics. To wit: the Game of Thrones Long Summer and our looming threat of climate change. The free festival takes place Sunday, February 9, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at (and near) the park’s Dante Fascell Visitor Center. The downtown Homestead National Parks Trolley offers free transportation.


Les Misérables, Unite!

What’s the perfect antidote to Valentine’s Day smarm? Maybe a touch of the heart-wrung-dry and Moth Miami Story Slam’s pre-VD themed evening of “Love Hurts.” Audience storytellers will have five minutes to share their tales of unrequited love, ghosted love, lost love, stolen love, love that got away, even love so good it hurts. The doors open Tuesday, February 11, at 6:00 p.m. for loosening-up cocktails; stories begin at 7:00. Seating is first come, first served at the Olympia Theater (174 E. Flagler St.). Tickets $17.25.


Art Wynwood Counts You In

You who attend Art Wynwood are to be counted among “the most diverse, affluent, and culturally savvy” in the land, sayeth your host. We say that even if you ping only one of those adjectives, you’re definitely Miami and primed for an up-close look at who’s trending and who already counts as a modern master. The art fair runs Friday and Saturday, February 14-15, 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. and Sunday and Monday, February 16-17, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. at NE 14th St., formerly One Herald Plaza. Single-day tickets $35; multi-day $60; Check online for VIP packages and discounts, as well as concurrent events and activities in the area.


GroundUP Returns to the Bandshell

Snarky Puppy and sax player Chris Potter headline the GroundUP Music Festival, set for Friday through Sunday, February 14-16, at the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave.). The lineup includes Lila Downs; Edmar Castañeda and Grégoire Maret (Harp vs. Harp); the instrumental quartet Forq; the group Lettuce; Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band; the Michael McDonald Quintet; Flor de Toloache; Cécile McLorin Salvant; and more luminaries in the music universe. No sets overlap, so you can see every performance. Tickets $85 per day (meet-and-greets, brunches, cocktails, talks, workshops, and masterclasses, are extras) or $225 all three days. VIP packages available. Late-night shows (11:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.) continue in other venues. Details:


It’s “Comedy on Steroids”

Houston native Eddie B wanted to play football after college but instead wound up teaching fifth-graders for the next 12 years -- and, when he wasn’t too burned out, posting funny video rants titled “What Teachers Really Say....” He tapped into a veritable motherlode of teacher/parental/humankind guffaws, wrote a book on the profession’s indignities, and has become a traveling standup sensation (who will never stop loving fellow teachers). He comes to the Olympia Theater (174 E. Flagler St.) on Saturday, February 15, at 8:00 p.m. Tickets $20-$40


The Annual Presidents Day Grove Fest

The Coconut Grove Arts Festival runs over three days, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, February 15-17, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. the first two days and until 5:00 p.m. Monday. More than 350 artists are represented, and each day features celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, foods from more than 50 restaurants and vendors, live music in Peacock Park, a family fun zone in Regatta Park; and more entertainment along the bayfront, McFarlane Road, S. Bayshore Drive, and Pan American Drive. Tickets $15 per day. Discount tickets and packages available in advance


“Mutts Gone Nuts” in Aventura

W.C. Fields may not have taken a back seat to performing dogs, but we’re cheering for this popular touring troupe of rescue dogs turned superstars. They walk tightropes, jump rope, high-jump, dance, fetch, do backward summersaults, and will steal your heart in Mutts Gone Nuts, two performances only, Saturday, February 15, 1:00 and 3:00 p.m., at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.). Tickets $35.


Twentieth-Century Black Miami History Tour

Marvin Dunn, Ph.D., historian, and former chair of FIU’s Department of Psychology, leads this HistoryMiami coach bus tour and a discussion of the role blacks have played in Miami life and history. Dunn is the author of Black Miami in the Twentieth Century (1997); The History of Florida: Through Black Eyes (2016), The Beast in Florida: A History of Anti-Black Violence (2013); and co-author in 1984 of The Miami Riot of 1980: Crossing the Bounds. Suffice to say, you’ll learn a lot from his expertise. Meet at the museum (101 W. Flager St.) Saturday, February 22 at 1:00 p.m. for this three-hour event. Members $50, nonmembers $60, children 12 and under $25.


FebruaryMustBeforFidoFebruary Must Be for Fido

The no-kill Humane Society of Greater Miami benefits from its annual Walk for the Animals celebration, taking place this year Saturday, February 29, at Ferré Park (formerly Museum Park, 1075 Biscayne Blvd.). Check-in for the walk begins at 8:30 a.m.; the walk itself gets under way at 10:00. There’ll be a bakery tent, food vendors, raffles, entertainment, and games. Look for the Adoption Arena; the Lucky Dogs Lure Coursing (no experience needed); and canine athletes in a Frisbee performance. Even if you don’t enter the walk, show up for the fun. (Bring cash as some vendors won’t be able to process credit cards.) Walk registration: $50.

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Events January 2020 PDF Print E-mail
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January 2020

Black History in the Grove

On Saturday, January 4, Paul George of HistoryMiami (and the BT) leads a walking tour of mainland South Florida’s first black settlement, along Charles Avenue in Coconut Grove. It was here in the 1880s that Bahamians who’d moved from Key West to work at the Peacock Inn built their community; and their familiarity with local woods spurred development of the larger town. Meet at 10:00 a.m. in front of the Barnacle Historic State Park (3485 Main Hwy.). Members $20, nonmembers $30, children 12 and under $10.


YoungArtsUp-and-ComersYoungArts Up-and-Comers

National YoungArts Week features a new crop of finalists Monday to Monday, January 6-13, at venues across town, as we watch them perfect their works before judging in a series of nightly performances, readings, exhibitions, and screenings at the Jewel Box and Gallery at the YoungArts Campus (2100 Biscayne Blvd.) and the New World Center (500 17th St., Miami Beach). Tickets across ten genres, including jazz, classical, dance, poetry and prose readings, film, photography offer an absurdly affordable post-holiday tonic. $15 per event; some are free.


Jewish Film Fest in Aventura

The Miami Jewish Film Festival opens with a première of Saul and Ruby: To Life! at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.) on Thursday, January 9. The documentary follows Holocaust survivors Saul Dreier and Ruby Sosnowicz, who met in their late 80s, started a klezmer band, and went from playing senior centers to the Kennedy Center and eventually back to Poland, where they’d lost so many loved ones. They’ll attend the 7:00 p.m. reception, which precedes the screening (tickets $70). The festival continues through Thursday, January 23, at 15 venues in Miami Shores, North Miami, Miami Beach, Coral Gables, and Pinecrest, and includes 100-plus films and special events. Tickets $15 general admission to films; some special event prices $60-$70.


ScreenDance Miami

ScreenDance Miami immerses us in the sometimes unsettling beauty of dance in film, and runs Friday, January 10; Wednesday through Sunday, January 15-19; and Friday, January 24 with screenings at various locations in Miami and Miami Beach. The gorgeous opening documentary, Reset, follows choreographer Benjamin Millipied as he prepares for his first production as director of the Paris Opera Ballet, and screens for free in Soundscape Park (400 17th St., Miami Beach) as a Wallcast. Other films and events take place at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26th St.); at the PAMM (1103 Biscayne Blvd.); and O Cinema South Beach (1130 Washington Ave.).


Beaux Arts Fest Turns 69

The Beaux Arts Festival of Art is operated solely by volunteers in support of UM’s Lowe Art Museum, Miami-Dade’s first art museum, and its many children’s arts outreach programs. The festival awards more than $20,000 in prize money, with some of the cash going to middle- and high-school artists. Their works in the juried Student Artist Showcase are a festival highlight. Food vendors, music, a fun zone, and crafts bazaar are on tap, as is free admission to the Lowe during the fair, which runs Saturday and Sunday, January 18-19, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day, at the UM campus museum (301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables).


Tribute and Unity

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 20, the nation’s oldest, largest MLK parade and remembrance celebration begins at 11:00 a.m., featuring floats, bands, drill teams, equestrians, and civic, church, and veterans groups, and travels for eight miles through Liberty City, from NW 54th St. and 10th Avenue to NW 32nd Avenue. The parade ends with a party at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park (6000 NW 32nd Ct.), where you’ll find music, food, handcrafts, and a children’s village with entertainment, vendors, and activities of all kinds.


The Fleet Competes

The fleet races of the Hempel World Cup Series Round 2 take place off Regatta Park (2700 S. Bayshore Dr.) in Coconut Grove, starting Monday, January 20, and winding up with the medal races for the top three boats in each class Saturday, January 25. This Miami regatta is a notch on the contests leading up to the next Olympic Games, and is the only U.S. race in the series. Come for the thrill of watching -- on a Jumbotron, no less. Landlubber though you may be, there’ll be food and family activities aplenty in the park.


RhythmFoundationand3MARhythm Foundation and 3MA

The Rhythm Foundation hosts 3MA, a trio of solo stars whose group name derives from the French renderings of their home countries: Mali, Maroc (Morocco), and Madagascar. Ballaké Sissoko on the harp-like kora, Driss El Maloumi on the lute-like oud, and Rajery on the valiha, a bamboo zither, are masters of their instruments and musical traditions, and combine them with jazz intonations. The performance takes place Thursday, January 23, 8:00 p.m., at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26th St.). $20 advance/$25 at the door.


Culinary Decadence with Cacao

CulinaryDecadencewithCacaoFairchild Botanical Garden knows the way to our hearts is via its annual  Chocolate Festival, from Friday through Sunday, January 24-26, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You’ll “experience chocolate beyond your wildest dreams,” not that we’re asking, as you watch pastry chef demonstrations, pair your own sweets and spirits, let your kids try chocolate face painting, enjoy the Cinema au Chocolat, and chocolate milkshakes. Cacao trees, chocolate orchids, and more will be on sale. Free for members and children 5 and under; otherwise adults $25, kids (6-17) $12.


Super Bowl Pre-Game Events

You can’t escape Super Bowl madness, so why not join in? To wet your whistle, the Miami Beach Convention Center hosts Lowe’s “Super Bowl Experience,” a veritable NFL theme park, Saturday and Sunday, January 25-26, and Wednesday, January 29, through Sunday, February 2, various hours, with tickets starting at $20 ( Bayfront Park (301 Biscayne Blvd.) hosts Verizon’s “Super Bowl Live” fan fest Saturday-Tuesday, January 25-28, and Thursday, January 30, through Saturday, February 1, featuring food, fan family activities, Tailgate Town, music and dance, water shows, and fireworks ( On Super Bowl Sunday, February 2, Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater Plaza (819 NW 2nd Ave.) hosts its annual Super Bowl outdoor watch party, with food vendors, cash bars, billiards, a cigar lounge, the DJ H2, and the largest screen in Miami (bring a beach chair for viewing under the stars). Info:


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Events December 2019 PDF Print E-mail
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December 2019

IfSantaHadaPlaygroundforHisElvesIf Santa Had a Playground for His Elves…

Oh, wait, he does! It’s Santa’s Enchanted Forest, and while you may not see the forest for the lights, your kids (and you, eventually) will be squealing. Now in its 37th year, this holiday tradition features carnival game arcades and foods, plus scores of rides for all thrill and age levels (some rides cost extra), plus holiday music, displays, light shows, entertainment, Santa himself, and “South Florida’s tallest Christmas tree.” It runs now through Sunday, January 5, at Tropical Park (7900 SW 40th St.). Hours: 5:00 p.m. to midnight nightly, closing at 1:00 a.m. Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, and 11:00 p.m. New Year’s Eve. Adult (ages 9 through 64) day pass: $35.51; kids (3-8) and seniors: $21.49. Season passes available. Free parking and shuttle service are available.


Fairchild Brings Back Its NightGarden

Now here’s an enchanted forest of unearthly delights. At Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables), the gorgeous NightGarden reveals its flying fairies, a Wise Talking Tree, floating orchids, holographic butterflies, music, and other sound-and-light effects and interactive surprises along the garden paths. In its second year, NightGarden has tripled in size, has expanded guest parking, and features food and drinks from Miami restaurants and food trucks. The spectacular runs most nights now through January 15 (with fireworks and more New Year’s Eve). Check online for daily/holiday hours and for some blackout dates due to private events. Online ticket pricing depends on date and entry time: $20-$29 and $15-$12 for members and member children under 10; $29-$33 and $22-$26 nonmembers and children under 10. 

Nu Deco Does Nutcracker

Having just released its debut album -- and on the verge of its youth ensemble orchestra launch -- Miami’s Nu Deco Ensemble returns to the Arsht Center’s Knight Hall (1300 Biscayne Blvd.) for a Miami-inspired holiday performance Thursday, December 12, at 8:00 p.m. The program features holiday arrangements from co-artistic director Sam Hyken, including the première of the Nu Deco Nutcracker. Also appearing: Maroon 5 keyboardist, composer, and 2018 Grammy winner PJ Morgan; and the Miami Mass Choir, longtime veterans of the Arsht’s free Gospel Sunday Series. Tickets $35-$85.

NextStopEnjoytheBuskersNext Stop, Enjoy the Buskers!

The seventh annual street performance Buskerfest takes place Friday, December 13, 4:00-6:00 p.m., with Comic Cure’s own Comedy Corner, artists, musicians, and other performers working through their sets at various stops along the Metromover Inner Loop, as well as some satellite stops. As usual, at 6:00 p.m., the Buskextravaganza heads to Bayfront Park (301 Biscayne Blvd.) for a free family-friendly finale featuring Cleaveland Jones, Inez Barlatier, and SHENZI at the Tina Hills Pavilion. Buskerfest “passports” offer downtown discounts and raffle prize opportunities.


Wallcast’s “Sounds of the Season”

The New World Symphony performs its annual Sounds of the Seasons concert, which you can watch free as a Wallcast Concert on the NWS’s huge (and upgraded) outdoor projection wall Saturday, December 21, 7:30 p.m. The program includes Leroy Anderson’s classic “Sleigh Ride” and “A Christmas Festival”; selections from The Nutcracker; Anthony DiLorenzo’s “Latin Holiday Medley”; John Williams’s selections from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone; Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Overture to his ballet Der Schneemann (The Snowman), written when he was just 11; and the NWS’s 2015 commission by Nu Deco’s Sam Hyken, “Chanukah 5776.” NWS Fellows turn out for a pre-concert chat in SoundScape Park (400 17th St., Miami Beach). Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and holiday munchies.


Step Back in Time Along the Miami River

Paul George of HistoryMiami will regale you with true stories of the 19th-century Miami River waterfront, its transformation, and what we now know about its much, much earlier residents, the Tequesta, as you ride aboard an Island Queen vessel for the upriver-downriver Miami River cruise. The boat tour takes place Sunday, December 21, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. HistoryMiami members $50; nonmembers $60; children 12 and under: $25. Light snacks and drinks available for purchase onboard. Meet at Miamarina at Bayside Marketplace (401 Biscayne Blvd.).


Doctor’s Rx: Laugh Off That Holiday Guilt

Comedy-trained entertainers and singing brothers Will and Anthony Nunziata bring their two-part harmonies onstage alongside Comedy Central’s Jessica Kirson (she’s just taped an hour-long special for the network) for The Italian Jewish Christmas Show! It’s a night of music and good humor that includes holiday and Italian classics and enough Italian-Jewish “holiday guilt” to remind you that yours likely isn’t the craziest family on the block. The touring show runs one night only, Saturday, December 21, at 8:00 p.m. at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.). Tickets $62.50-$67.50.


Will You Dine and Dance with the Fishes?

Latin and Caribbean food and culture are on the menu during Miami Seaquarium’s Tastes of Miami, running Thursday through Monday, December 26-30. Music, food, Latin dance (including instruction), and special kids’ activities (including a Conservation Fun Zone) highlight the schedule, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. Miami Seaquarium (4400 Rickenbacker Causeway) hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily, so you’ll have extra of time to wander through the exhibits. The fair is included in regular admission price. Discounts available at


Mangoheads Strut Again

The crowd along last year’s King Mango Strut parade route cheered “Ruth Bader Ginsburg” and her medics; booed “Red Tide Rick”; applauded a python exorcist and the Electile Dysfunction contingent; and hooted at Political Pinnochios, among them “Melania” and her “Marry for Love” signage. Get the idea? Nothing from the 2019’s headlines is safe from parody so long as attendees keep in mind that little Miss Mango and her tiara-wearing cohorts all help make the Coconut Grove tradition a family-friendly event. The parade starts at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 29 at the corner of Commodore Plaza and Main Highway, where things also wind up with a party, bands, dancing, and food and drink.


BayfrontNYEBashGreets2020Bayfront NYE Bash Greets 2020

South Florida’s largest outdoor party takes place New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31, at Bayfront Park (301 N. Biscayne Blvd.). Leave your car at home, and join the 150,000 people expected to turn up for a free dance party with Funky Frank in the amphitheater, fireworks over the bay, and the countdown for Miami’s “Big Orange” ascent on the side of the InterContinental Hotel. Festivities begin at 8:00 p.m. and end at midnight. No bottles, cans, coolers, or personal fireworks, please. Free. Happy New Year!


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Events November 2019 PDF Print E-mail
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November 2019

ChineseAcrobaticArtsChinese Acrobatic Arts

The acrobats of Cirque Mei begin their training at around age five and study for a decade, mastering balance, leaps, tumbling, and aerial dives. Only then do they start incorporating artistic routines -- movements from Chinese opera, martial arts, and dance -- into breathtaking feats and graceful routines. Forty members of the touring troupe come to the Arsht Center (1300 Biscayne Blvd.) on Sunday, November 3, at 3:00 p.m., with a newly choreographed program and such beloved Chinese circus routines as hoops diving, the Lion Dance, bicycle syncopation, Flying Meteors, umbrella juggling, and ladder balancing acts. $29-$49.


TraumaTruthandTa-NehisiCoatesTrauma, Truth, and Ta-Nehisi Coates

Maybe you haven’t yet picked up Ta-Nehisi Coates’s We Were Eight Years in Power or the gut-wrenching Between the World and Me. But you can’t have missed the Black Panther film and comics, or the string of interviews with this relentlessly on-point writer who calls slavery our original sin and says, “You are called to struggle, not because it assures you victory but because it assures you an honorable and sane life.” He comes to the Arsht on Monday, November 4, at 7:30 p.m. to discuss his just-released first novel, The Water Dancer, and more, as part of Miami Book Fair. $10-$40.


Paris with Moroccan Flavors

The Aventura International Film Series presents the French-Moroccan film Tazzeka (2018), written and directed by Jean-Philippe Gaud. The story follows a young Moroccan (from the village of Tazzeka) whose dream of becoming a great chef propels him to Paris. There, as an undocumented immigrant, he finds his aspirations butting up against chronic desperation. “Tazzeka was born out of the desire to make a film that can talk about immigration issues with a ray of hope,” says Goud, “and in a less dramatic way than we usually see in the news.” General admission; doors open at 6:30 p.m.; screening at 7:00 on Tuesday, November 5, Aventura Arts & Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St., 305-466-8002). $12.

Plant Foodies, Unite!

Running Thursday through Sunday, November 7-10, the Miami Seed Food and Wine Festival takes place at a number of venues and is all about healthy menus, renowned chefs, medical experts, cooking demonstrations, libation tastings, wellness panels, yoga classes, urban gardening guidance, and even a pitch panel for 20 candidates in front of VC and angel investors. You can buy tickets by event ($25 and up) or by package ($199 and $459), and a few are free. For the schedule, which includes a burger battle, dog-friendly yappy hour, a taco tailgate party, and several roots-to-table dinners, see


CultureFest 305 Returns

You can’t do much better than CultureFest 305 to celebrate Miami’s diverse cultures and the traditions that underlie them. This recurring gift from HistoryMiami Museum (101 W. Flagler St.), now in its third year, takes place Saturday, November 9, noon to 6:30 p.m. The schedule, available online, includes music of Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, and Venezuela, not to mention the Spam Allstars, dance of Ireland, Bolivian Ballet Folklórico, Haitian drum and dance, and a drum circle. Don’t miss demonstrations on dugout canoe carving, chocolate making, designing an African musical instrument, and playing dominoes like a true Cuban. There’ll be Chinese traditional arts, graffiti, and mystics and healers. Not for nothing are we the Magic City. Free admission with RSVP at


TheWolfsonianHonorsItsFounderThe Wolfsonian Honors Its Founder

See Elisa Turner’s arts feature in this issue for a delightful profile of Micky Wolfson, “the Tasmanian devil of collecting,” who has gifted Florida an eponymous museum and trove of treasure. On Thursday, November 14, 7:00-10:00 p.m., for his 80th birthday, the Wolfsonian-FIU and City of Miami Beach host a Universe of Micky block party on 10th Street between Washington and Collins. There’ll be a marching band, a key to the city presentation (fitting since keys were apparently Mr. Wolfson’s first love), food, cash bars, and entertainment outside that concludes with a concert by the Nu Deco Ensemble. Inside, the museum debuts “A Universe of Things: Micky Wolfson Collects,” an exhibit of his very first purchase and other remarkable showpieces he subsequently collected. And there’s a gift for us, too -- admission is free. RSVP at


Get Thee Some Porch Action

Take a break from Miami Book Fair’s heady hoopla, and head to the Porch (located at the northwest corner of NE 2nd Avenue and NE 3rd Street) to experience “the ultimate outdoor urban hangout.” Running Friday through Sunday, November 22-24, you’ll find comedy acts, cabaret, films, coloring books, poetry readings, brew, live bands, art shows, a silent poetry disco, a story recording booth, and games, plus Nerd Nite, guided meditations, true stories performed live, and a literary “death match.” Check out the schedule in the downloadable “2019 Fair Guide” (page 25),


All Hands on Deck for Riverwalk Fest

As in years past, the annual Downtown Miami Riverwalk Festival and Boat Parade celebrates history, the river, and its caretakers with a day of activities that include music and foods, arts and crafts, kids activities, information booths, and more at the historic mouth of the Miami River at the Riverwalk (315-335 S. Biscayne Blvd.) on Friday, November 22, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Look for metered parking on the street or nearby public parking garages and the Metromover. Free.

“Latin People Helped Build This Country”

That’s one takeaway self-professed ghetto scholar John Leguizamo wants for audiences of his Latin History for Morons, nominated for the 2018 Best Play Tony Award (losing out to Harry Potter). His funny-serious-funny look at Latin history (“Mayans at 1000 B.C….and then we have…the Age of Pitbull?”) includes acting out historical figures, teachers, and family members, and asking questions like “Why is all our art called folk art, but all European art is called fine art?” Leguizamo brings his solo play back to the Arsht Center (1300 Biscayne Blvd.) on Friday and Saturday, November 29-30, at 8:00 both nights. $49-$125.


Delgado Lights Fire, Makes Rain

El Chévere Issac Delgado returns to Miami and the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave.) for a performance to showcase his 17th album,  Lluvia Y Fuego, which pays homage to Benny Moré and Cheo Feliciano and features salsa, timba, traditional song forms, and the cool edge for which he is celebrated. Gates open at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, November 30, and his set runs from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. $40.

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October 2019

Artisan Fair in the Shores

The Miami Shores Brockway Memorial Library (10021 NE 2nd Ave.) hosts its Fourth Annual Artisan Fair on Saturday, October 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., rain or shine, featuring woven, knitted, stitched, beaded, strung, painted, printed, and sculpted works by numerous local artists and artisans, live folk music, and all kinds of homemade foods. Admission, of course, is free.


HelpOurEndangeredBeesHelp Our Endangered Bees

Master beekeeper Daniel Calzadilla holds a degree in environmental science and sustainability, and a certificate in agroecology (local sustainable farming). And from the looks of his Facebook page, he has been rescuing lots of local hives. Calzadilla returns to Miami Beach Botanical Garden, which has its own apiary, for a Second Saturday Seminar on Beekeeping 101 on Saturday, October 12, 10:00 a.m. to noon. You’ll come away with beekeeping basics and the satisfaction, should you take up the cause, of helping these pollinators maintain the food chain for the rest of us. Free with registration.


DiavolosSpatialVirtuosiDiavolo’s Spatial Virtuosi

Jacques Heim calls himself an architect of motion. His L.A.-based company Diavolo incorporates acrobatic verve and grace into stunning visual narratives. Among his credits: choreographer of Cirque du Soleil’s show Ka and a creative director for the opening ceremony of the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou (formerly Canton). Heim brings two acclaimed works to the Arsht Center (1300 Biscayne Blvd.) for one night only: Voyage, a phantasmagoric journey across the universe, and Trajectoire, an existential study of the human soul. Date: Saturday, October 12, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $30-$85.


WallcastOpensWithaKeyboardWonderWallcast Opens With a Keyboard Wonder

It’s the season opener for New World Symphony’s free outdoor Wallcast concerts, set for Saturday, October 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Soundscape Park (400 17th St., Miami Beach). The featured soloist is 29-year-old Russian-born pianist/composer Daniil Trifonov, winner at age 20 of the International Tchaikovsky Competition and whom The Times of London declared to be “the most astounding pianist of our age.” Trifonov has performed with every major orchestra, and even for a Tiny Desk Performance. The program features Beethoven’s Egmont Overture; Scriabin’s Piano Concerto; and selections from Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet. A pre-concert chat begins an hour before the performance. Bring a picnic and comfy folding chairs.


Another Year, Another Monologue

It’s the return of Tony winner Eve Ensler’s Obie-winning 1996 Vagina Monologues, which is performed annually to bring attention to V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls. A performance takes place Saturday, October 12, 8:00 p.m. at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.), where you’ll meet a number of characters, including a six-year-old child, a septuagenarian New Yorker, a vagina workshop participant, a grandmother who watches her granddaughter’s birth, a wartime rape survivor, and more. Tickets $35.50-$42.50.


A Night of Legends and Remembrance

Composer and respected jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard and his band E-Collective -- with keyboardist Fabian Almazan, guitarist Charles Altur, bassist Donald Ramsey, and drummer Oscar Seaton -- perform an Arsht-commissioned multidisciplinary work, Caravan: A Revolution on the Road. Choreographer Rennie Harris and his Philadelphia-based Puremovement hip-hop dance/theater company, and sculptor/digital fabric mapping artist Andrew Scott (who designed the cover of Blanchard’s elegiac Breathless album, a tribute to Eric Garner) add their vision. The work explores the band’s first tour and the artists’ reflections on Black Lives in our era. At the Arsht (1300 Biscayne Blvd.) on Friday, October 18, 8:00 p.m. Tickets $40-$100.


Megustalations, If You Dare!

On Saturday, October 19, at 8:00 p.m., Last Podcast on the Left hosts Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks, and Henry Zebrowski bring their show (i.e., “their deeply informed yet juvenile banter,” according to one writer) to the Olympia (174 E. Flagler St.). Since 2011, these guys have spun low-down, lurid, and Webby Award-winning shows that mix true crime (the grislier the better), horror (the more horrific the better), and comedy (is it cathartic, or just too weird?) as they examine urban legends, aliens, ghosts, conspiracy theories, and gore from what they call the dark side of humanity. Inappropriate? Too explicit? Not their problem. And loved they are, as their long run and fans attest. Tickets range from $29.50 to ultra VIP packages of $150.


Reclaim Your Rest at MOAD

Politics stressing you out? Over at MOAD MDC (600 Biscayne Blvd.), where the exhibit “Where the Oceans Meet” -- with works by the late Cuban painter Lydia Cabrera and the late Martinican poet Édouard Glissant -- explores the multitudinous ways that borders divide us, you can breathe deeply and take the edge off with Black Power Naps/Siestas Negras. Artists Navild Ocasta and Fannie Sosa create an interactive installation that “reclaims laziness and idleness as power.” They’re quite serious, noting that the creation of constant fatigue is a component of historical oppression. The installation in the skylight gallery offers guided meditations, vibrational sound therapy, and other restorative measures from Thursday, October 24, through January 12, 2020.


Miami’s Ghosts & Crime Tours

It’s the annual Ghosts of Miami City Cemetery Tour with HistoryMiami’s Paul George offering a pair of Halloween treks for the intrepid: Friday, October 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m. and 8:00-10:00 p.m. Members $20, non-members $30, children 12 and under $10. Meet at Miami City Cemetery (1800 NE 2nd Ave.). If you still need more of the ghostly ghastly, sign on for George’s Vice & Crime Coach Tour, whose highlights include mob and smuggling tales, and local scenes of kidnappings and murder Sunday October 27, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Members $50, non-members $60, children 12 and under $25.


Haitian Roots Music at the Bandshell

The Rhythm Foundation returns to the North Beach Bandshell with Haitian voudou rock ’n’ roots legend RAM, featuring vocalist Lunise; bandleader Richard Morse (his mother was the dancer/folklorist Emerante de Pradines Morse); and a band that includes their son. Their mizik rasin has been a staple at the famed Hotel Oloffson, and both band and hotel have survived an onslaught of political crises and natural disasters in Port-au-Prince for the past quarter century. Since 2015, RAM has also been a mainstay at Krewe du Kanaval, a New Orleans-based project with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band that celebrates the 200-year-old cultural connections between the island and the Crescent City. RAM performs Saturday, October 26. Doors open at 7:00; the show starts at 8:00 p.m. Tickets $25. 

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