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Copper Fest Celebrates Miami’s Melting Pot

The Copperbridge Foundation hosts this festival, bringing people together through the cultural bridges of art, music, storytelling, and community fun. From Thursday, September 7, through Tuesday, September 12, join the celebration of arts programming in North Miami and Little Haiti. Participate in an Afro-Haitian drum and dance workshop, or learn how to salsa at the daylong MOCA Family Fun Day on September 9 (770 NE 125th St., North Miami), in conjunction with the festival. Head to the Little Haiti Cultural Center (212 NE 59th Terr.) on September 10 and see Cuba’s renowned dance troupe DanzAbierta, starting at 5:00 p.m. Most programming is free. For details visit www.copperbridge.org.

What’s Your Hack?

The inaugural Art+Hack+Data: Miami Media Art Weekend, sponsored by Arthackdata and the MUD Foundation, invites tech enthusiasts and media artists “to discuss issues in the digital environment.” There’ll be two days of presentations, panel discussions, and collaborative workshops focused on censorship and surveillance protection and creative expression. Free conferences and panels will take place at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (1103 Biscayne Blvd.) and at the Bakehouse Art Complex, (561 NW 32nd St.) in Wynwood on Friday, September 8, and Saturday, September 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Works created during Media Art Weekend will go on view at the Bakehouse through October 2. www.arthackdata.net.

 

Get Your Downtown Arts Fix

Downtown Art Days is a three-day happening that features outdoor art instillations, walking tours, music, and family activities at cultural venues in the city center. The celebration is organized by the Miami Downtown Development Authority and runs from Friday, September 8, through Sunday, September 10. The kick-off event, “Drink + Draw,” takes place at the Miami Center for Architecture & Design (100 NE 1st Ave.) on Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Most events are free. For event times and locations, check www.dwntwnartdays.com.

 

Arts Launch 2017 Heralds Arsht Center’s New Season

Kicking off its 2017-2018 season, the Adrienne Arsht Center hosts a free all-day celebration called Arts Launch 2017, with fun family activities, live performances, and discounted tickets (no handling fees) to more than 40 shows from the upcoming season. Head to the Ziff Ballet Opera House (1300 Biscayne Blvd.) on Saturday, September 9, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., where there’ll be vendors representing more than a hundred South Florida arts organizations, a Community Arts Village, Broadway demos, dance workshops, cooking demonstrations, and a live concert featuring Locos Por Juana. Food will be available for purchase. www.arshtcenter.org.

 

Expo Targets the Entire Family

The all-day Children’s Trust Family Expo encompasses an array of fun and educational activities for children and teens, and serves as a one-stop shop for health, educational, and community resources for parents. This free annual event, held on the grounds of the Miami-Dade County Fair and Expo Center (10901 SW 24th St., Miami), takes place Saturday, September 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Entertainment includes rock-climbing walls, face painting, stilt walkers, magic shows, and live music. www.thechildrenstrust.org.

 

Auto Show Features New Models and Classics

Car enthusiasts will love the display of wheels at the 47th annual Miami International Auto Show, taking place at the Miami Beach Convention Center (1901 Convention Center Dr.) over nine days from Saturday, September 9, through Sunday, September 17. Sponsors promise more than a thousand new vehicles from over 40 manufacturers worldwide, as well as classic cars from the 1950s and 1960s in a “Memory Lane” exhibit. Adults, $12; children 6 to 12, $6. Kids 5 and under, free. www.miamibeachconvention.com.

 

SpringGardenHistoryMiami’s Spring Garden Walking Tour

Mosey through the tree-lined streets of Spring Garden, one of Miami’s oldest residential neighborhoods and a hidden gem nestled along the north bank of the Miami River. Historian and BT contributor Paul George leads HistoryMiami’s Secrets of Spring Garden Walking Tour, which features examples of Miami’s early residential architecture and a house known as the “Hindu Temple.” The tour departs from the historic Pink House (1017 NW 9th Court, Miami) at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 10, and returns to the same location at 11:45 a.m. Members, $20; non-members, $30; children 6 to 12, $10. www.historymiami.org.

 

A Peek Into Miami’s Scandalous Past

Learn about Miami Beach’s infamous past -- the bootlegging, organized crime, the gangsters, corruption, and murder -- during South Beach Scandals, the Miami Design Preservation League’s (MDPL) new 90-minute guided walking tour. The tour departs from MDPL’s Art Deco Welcome Center (1001 Ocean Dr.) at 1:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month (September 11), and includes a dozen stops, like the Villa Casa Casuarina on Ocean Drive, where Gianni Versace was murdered; the site of the Scarface chainsaw scene, also on Ocean Drive; and the locations of former illegal gambling rings on adjacent avenues. Adults, $25; seniors, veterans, and students, $20; children under 12 and MDPL members, free. www.mdpl.org.

 

Tito Puente Jr. Onstage North Miami Beach

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The North Miami Beach Multicultural Committee deserves props for booking Latin music sensation Tito Puente Jr. and his Latin Jazz Ensemble for a free concert on Friday, September 15 as part of the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration. Puente will bring out hits like “Oye Como Va,” as well as original scores. The two-hour performance starts at 8:00 p.m., with doors opening an hour prior, at the Julius Littman Performing Arts Theater (17011 NE 19th Ave.) in North Miami Beach. Drinks at a cash bar and food will be available for purchase. www.littmantheater.com.

 

Help Clean Our Coast and Waterways

HelpCleanOurCoastAndWaterwaysOn Saturday, September 16, people worldwide put on their sneakers and gloves, and join forces to clean up shoreline litter that includes cigarette butts, food containers, plastic and glass bottles and bottle caps, grocery bags, and more. Sad to say, but according to the Ocean Conservancy, plastic has been found in 62 percent of all sea birds and in 100 percent of sea turtle species. So give something back during the 32nd annual International Coastal Cleanup Day, hosted by the conservancy and, locally, by VolunteerCleanup.org. Choose from among 45 county sites, ranging from Homestead to Sunny Isles Beach, as we try to top last year’s record of removal of more than 15,000 pounds of trash from Miami’s beaches and waterways. The four-hour event starts at 9:00 a.m. at various sites and is followed by a free after-party with live music at Gramps (176 NW 24th St.) in Wynwood at 2:00 p.m. Register at www.volunteercleanup.org.

 

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Events August 2017 PDF Print E-mail
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August 2017

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Miami EcoAdventures presents a two-hour Sea Turtle Awareness Program, at Haulover Park’s Bill Bird Marina (15600 Collins Ave.) on Wednesdays, August 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, at 8:00 p.m.; and at the Crandon Park Nature Center (6767 Crandon Blvd.) in Key Biscayne on Fridays, August 4, 11, 18, and 25, also at 8:00 p.m. Naturalists will teach participants about sea turtles and show you some hatchlings up close before your group heads to the beach to witness the baby reptiles’ first treks out to the sea. The cost is $10 per person. www.miamidade.gov/ecoadventures/

 

Eighth Annual African Dance and Drum Concert

Our very own Delou Africa Dance Ensemble returns for the eighth annual Dance Africa Miami festival, a three-day event for the whole community to learn more about African dance, music, drum, and culture -- and its influence in the African diaspora -- at the Little Haiti Cultural Center (212 NE 59th Terr.). From Friday, August 4, through Sunday, August 6, you can take part in African dance workshops ($20), a free “children’s village,” and a global bazaar, with African and Caribbean crafts and food for sale. A dance and drum concert, featuring musicians from Africa and the Caribbean, takes place Saturday, August 5, at 8:00 p.m. ($35 general admission; $20 for students and seniors.) Visit www.adddff.delouafrica.org to see the schedule.

 

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Aviation pioneer Glenn Curtiss (1878-1930) made the first U.S. long-distance flight, built airplanes and seaplanes that were used in World War I, won a world record for motorcycle racing, and developed the cities of Hialeah, Opa-locka, and Miami Springs. His 1925 Pueblo-Mission Revival mansion and gardens, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, will be open to the public during an hour-long Curtiss Mansion Historic Home Tour, during which you’ll hear the fascinating story of his life and many accomplishments. It’s held every Saturday of the month (August, 5, 12, 19, and 26), starting at 10:00 a.m., at 500 Deer Run, in Miami Springs. Kids 12 and under get in free; otherwise, it’s $5 per person. www.curtissmansion.org.

 

Catamaran Cruise Up the Northern Channel

Hop aboard a 45-foot catamaran and tour Biscayne Bay’s northern channel during HistoryMiami’s Historic North Bay and Pelican Island Cruise. Historian and BT contributor Paul George leads the two-hour tour Saturday, August 5, which leaves from the Pelican Harbor Marina (1275 Northeast 79th St.) promptly at 10:00 a.m. Participants will learn about the history of neighborhoods like Buena Vista, Miami Shores, and Lemon City (which we now know as Little Haiti); the mini-cruise also glides around Pelican Island, a 10-acre nature preserve and bird sanctuary. Members: $50; non-members: $60; children ages 6 through 12: $25. www.historymiami.org/city-tour.

 

Family Art Day in the Design District

Each second Sunday of the month, the Miami Design District and the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) host a free Family Day, during which youngsters and their families can create artworks together. On Sunday, August 13, head to the second floor of ICA (4040 NE 2nd Ave.), inside the historic Moore Building, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., and use found objects to collaborate on a mural design with other families. Participants of all ages can also make their own sculptures and “silhouette collages,” using the recycled materials that will be provided. www.miamidesigndistrict.net.

 

19th Annual Afro-Cuban Dance Festival

IFE-ILE Dance Company, a leading regional force in promoting Afro-Cuban culture through dance for 20 years, has invited musicians and dancers from Cuban dance companies to perform at its 19th annual Afro-Cuban Dance Festival on Saturday, August 19. The program begins at 8:00 p.m. at Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center (2705 SW 3rd St.), and features traditional and contemporary styles of Afro-Cuban dance, as well as performances of rumba, salsa, and ritual “spirit” dances. Tickets $20; students and seniors: $15. Check www.ife-ile.org, to view other ticketed events, like dance workshops and a children’s camp, offered in the days preceding the performance.

 

LGBTQ Film Shorts Screen at Island City’s New Home

Island City Stage’s Shorts Gone Wild 5 features eight short original plays by emerging and established local playwrights that highlight the struggles, humor, and shared experiences of the LGBTQ community. The shorts unfold over five nights, August 17, 18, 19, and 24, at 8:00 p.m., and on Saturday, August 20, at 5:00 p.m., at Island City Stage’s new home on 2304 N. Dixie Highway in Wilton Manors. Tickets: $35. www.islandcitystage.org.

 

Solar Eclipse Viewing from the Deering Estate

The historic Deering Estate overlooking beautiful Biscayne Bay (16701 SW 72nd Ave., Miami) will host a Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing on Monday, August 21, from 1:00 p.m., to 4:00 p.m. Members of the Southern Cross Astronomical Society (SCAS), will be on hand to instruct visitors of all ages about the science of an eclipse. Bring your own protective eclipse glasses, please! Free with Deering Estate admission: $12 for adults, and $7 for children (ages 4 through 14). Free for estate members. www.deeringestate.org.

 

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The Miami Critical Mass is held on the last Friday of each month to celebrate the sport and remind drivers that the road is meant to be shared. Meet fellow riders at the Stephen P. Clark Government Center (111 NW 1st St.) in downtown Miami at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, August 25, before departing promptly at 7:15 p.m. for a 16-mile ride around Miami’s Wynwood and Little Havana neighborhoods. A free after-party, dubbed the “Magic City Bike Party,” is set to take place at the Omni Park (1234 North Miami Ave.), complete with food trucks, live music, and beer for purchase. Bikes must be equipped with front and rear safety lights. www.themiamibikescene.com.

 

Wynwood Gets a Beer Fest

Beer-lovers, rejoice! You will enjoy samplings of 150 craft beers from more than 50 brewers during the inaugural Wynwood Beer Festival. The event will feature a mix of local brewers, as well as brewers from all over the country, and takes place Saturday, August 26, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on the grounds of Mana Wynwood (318 NW 23rd St.). Award-winning food trucks will be on site, and live music is sure to delight. General admission tickets: $40 online and $50 at the event. VIP tickets cost $85 online and include early entry starting at 2:00 p.m. and specialty tastings, among other perks. www.facebook.com/pg/wynwoodbeerfest.


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Events July 2017 PDF Print E-mail
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EcoAdventures_Camps_Offer_Hands-On_FunEcoAdventures Camps Offer Hands-On Fun

Miami EcoAdventures Summer Camps offers four camps located in Miami-Dade parks. At Camp Manatee in Greynolds Park in North Miami Beach, and at Camp Black Bear at A.D. Barnes Park in South Miami, 6- to 14-year-olds can learn about animals and plants up close, and participate in other hands-on topics. Bill Sadowski Park in Palmetto Bay hosts Camp on the Sea for 12- to 15-year-olds, and Fishing Camp, for 9- to 14-year-olds. The month-long camps are offered through Friday, August 18, and are split into weekly sessions that cover different themes. Prices start at $120 per child per week. Visit www.miamidade.gov/ecoadventures/ to register and for more information.

 

Bayfront Park Fireworks Show

It’s the largest fireworks show in South Florida, along with a spectacular view of the Miami skyline, taking place on America’s Birthday Bash at Bayfront Park (301 N. Biscayne Blvd.). The free celebration starts at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, with music, food and drink vendors, and fun activities for kids. The hour-long fireworks show begins at 9:00 p.m. Visitors can park in the parking garage at Bayside Marketplace or try metered parking across the street, though taking a ride-sharing service is recommended. No outside alcoholic drinks or coolers are allowed in the park. www.bayfrontparkmiami.com.

 

Music and the Lost Art of Listening

The Subtropics XXIV Summer Festival celebrates experimental music, “sound art” (installations), and musical improvisation through listening galleries, live concerts, films, workshops, and exhibitions held at five venues in Miami Beach and downtown. The festival, founded by Venezuelan composer Gustavo Matamoros, serves to “ignite the lost art of listening,” and to expose Miami “to a new music and the fine art of sound.” The series will culminate with the Subtropics Marathon concert Saturday, July 22 (a nonstop session of multiple artists, from 5:00 p.m. to midnight). The event opens with “Listen: A Sound Art Exhibition,” on Wednesday, July 5, at ArtCenter/South Florida’s Project 924 (924 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach) from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Performances, films, and panels run through Saturday, July 22. All events are free. www.subtropics.org.

 

Surrealism at the Olympia

Welcome to Night Vale is a “podcast presented as a radio show,” which broadcasts strange events happening in the desert town of Night Vale, where conspiracy theories are a way of life. See the live rendition at downtown’s historic Olympia Theater (174 E. Flagler St.) on Friday, July 7, at 8:00 p.m. Tickets start at $27.50. With praise from NPR and the New York Times, this Stephen King-meets-George Orwell storyline has developed into a cult classic you won’t want to miss. www.olympiatheater.org.

 

Art, Music, and Film Event Brings Miami Together

Aimed to connect the larger community with the people and culture “on the other side of the bridge,” in Miami’s Little Haiti and El Portal areas, the MUCE Summer Series (Miami Urban Contemporary Experience) offers a distinct cultural experience with art, live jazz and Afro soul music, and film screenings. The “pop-up” family-friendly event, sponsored in part by Miami-Dade County’s Department of Cultural Affairs, will take place on the premises of Cantey Realty and Investment (246 NE 82nd St., Miami) on Saturday, July 8, from 5:00 to 11 p.m. www.muce305.org.

 

Sunset_Birding_Cruise_Shows_Miami's_Wild_SideSunset Birding Cruise Shows Miami’s Wild Side

For 37 years the Pelican Harbor Seabird Station has been rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing pelicans and other birds and furry creatures back to their habitats in Miami. During the Seabirds on the Bay sunset birding cruise, you’ll journey with members of the station’s crew around bird rookeries on beautiful Biscayne Bay. People of all ages will love seeing and learning about our local bird life. The Pelican Island Skipper leaves the Seabird Station (1279 NE 79th Street Causeway) at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, July 8, and returns two hours later. Cost: $40 per person. Register online at www.pelicanharbor.org.

 

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Winter fun comes to Miami this summer, with the Tony-nominated Slava’s Snowshow, created by Russian performance artist Slava Polunin and acclaimed as “a cross between Cirque du Soleil and Blue Man Group.” The evening combines comedy, drama, and miming clowns in a thrilling production that has sold out theaters all over the world. The show plays at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Ziff Ballet Opera House (1300 Biscayne Blvd.), from Wednesday, July 12, through Sunday, August 6. Audience participation reaches a whole new level, with feather fights, water play, and giant spreading spider webs. Tickets: $30 and up. www.arshtcenter.org.

 

Overtown Show Appeals to All Ages

The Overtown Music and Arts Festival, a favorite annual event where locals of all ages gather to hear live music from Grammy-winning artists, takes place Saturday, July 15, on NW 2nd and 3rd avenues, between NW 8th and 10th streets, in Overtown. The free event, in partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, will host an arts and fitness area for kids and teens, as well as live music geared for young audiences. Over 9000 people attended the festival last year to hear famous musicians like Tito Puente Jr., and Kelly Price. Check www.overtownmusicartsfestival.com to view this year’s lineup.

 

Nautical Collaboration Shows Splendor of Biscayne Bay

In a first-ever collaboration between HistoryMiami and Miami Waterkeeper, the Biscayne Bay Eco-Explorers boat cruise will offer participants insights into Biscayne Bay’s history, its ecological and economic impacts, and how to safeguard its various ecosystems for future generations. Attendees will cruise around the Port of Miami and Stiltsville in Biscayne National Park, as well as other significant Miami landmarks. The Island Queen departs from the Dinner Key Marina (3400 Pan American Dr., Miami) at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 22, and returns around noon. HistoryMiami members: $50; non-members: $60; children, 6 through 12: $25. Preregistration is encouraged. www.miamiwaterkeeper.org.

 

Classical Music Fans, Rejoice!

If you’re a fan of opera, symphony orchestras, and mind-blowing musical talent, the Miami Music Festival is your ticket to hear some of the best emerging classical artists and prominent singers from around the world. From Friday, July 7, through Sunday, July 30, young musicians and their mentors will perform at notable South Florida institutions, like the Adrienne Arsht Center, the Betsy Hotel in South Beach, and a special Independence Day show at Barry University’s Broad Theater. Tickets start at $15. Visit www.miamimusicfestival.com to see a complete list of symphonies, venues, and show times.

 

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Events June 2017 PDF Print E-mail
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June 2017

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Now in its 22nd year, City Theatre’s Summer Shorts: America’s Short Play Festival delivers a month of short plays and musicals, each under ten minutes long, at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Carnival Studio Theater (1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami), Thursdays through Sundays, starting Thursday, June 1, and running through Sunday, July 2. With a mix of comedy, drama, and everything in between, viewers will see nine shorts performed by some of our best-known local actors during the 90 performances in what Broadwayworld.com calls Florida’s “best summer show.” Ticket prices start at $39. For show times, check www.arshtcenter.org.

 

See Downtown with an Architect’s Eye

Do you want to learn more about our local buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places? Then you’ll love the Miami Center for Architecture and Design’s (MCAD) bimonthly Downtown Miami Historic District Walking Tour. The two-hour event is led by architects and begins at 10:00 a.m. at the MCAD building (100 NE 1st Ave., Miami) on Saturday, June 10, and Saturday, June 24. Participants will cover three blocks in that time and learn the history of the Miami-Dade County Courthouse; the Gesù Catholic Church, which is the oldest church in South Florida; and the MCAD building itself, built in 1912 and known as the Old Post Office Building. Cost: $20; seniors and students: $15. Children under eight can attend free when an adult purchases a ticket. Advance reservations online are required. www.miamicad.org.

 

Film Fest and Talent Schmooze

On the first Wednesday of each month, O Cinema in Wynwood (90 NW 29th St.) hosts a short-film festival called I’m Not Gonna Move to L.A. (NOLA), which celebrates homegrown cinematic talent and shows locally shot short films. The FilmGate Miami event, which has attracted a cult following of film enthusiasts since its inception, starts at 6:30 p.m. Attendees can pitch movie ideas to industry professionals, enjoy film trivia, see three “shorts” from Florida filmmakers, and partake in the in-house networking event, which concludes at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 7. Tickets: $10. www.filmgate.miami/nola/.

 

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During the Orange Bowl Paddle Championship, more than 300 paddle-boarders of all levels will race on the smooth waters of Biscayne Bay in front of the Miami Marine Stadium (3601 Rickenbacker Causeway) on Virginia Key for cash prizes -- and for a good cause. The action starts at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, June 10, and concludes at 2:00 p.m. There will be different obstacle courses and races for both teams and individuals, with all proceeds going to benefit the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Miami. The event, which will feature food trucks, is free for spectators and includes free parking. www.game.orangebowl.org/events/paddle/.

 

Annual Fruit Festival Promises a Sweet Time

Head to the Redland Summer Fruit Festival at the Fruit and Spice Park (24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead) to taste a variety of locally grown tropical fruits, including mangoes, lychees, and more, plus fruit wines, for sample and purchase. There will also be rare fruit tastings. The event spans two days, Saturday, June 10, and Sunday, June 11, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., both days. There’ll be a watermelon-eating contest and kids’ activities. Adults: $8. Children 11 and under: free. www.redlandfruitandspice.com.

 

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Be among the first to experience the wizarding magic at the Miami première of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert at the Adrienne Arsht Center (1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) on Saturday, June 10. A full symphony orchestra will play live John Williams’s soundtrack of the film, which will be shown in full and in high definition on a huge screen in the Knight Concert Hall. The two-and-a-half-hour event, with show times at 2:00 p.m. and at 8:00 p.m., is perfect for all ages. Tickets: $39 and up. www.arshtcenter.org.

 

South Florida Dancers Perform in Arabian Nights

Watching Disney films with the kids is a sweet ritual for parents and other relatives, but seeing a live Disney-esque show without breaking the bank is even sweeter. Bring the family to watch the Arabian Nights performance, with songs and scenes from Disney’s Aladdin on Sunday, June 11, at 6:00 p.m. at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.). Young dancers from locally based Universal Dance Studios will portray beloved characters like the Genie, Jafar, Princess Jasmine, and everyone’s favorite, Street Rat. Tickets start at $28. www.aventuracenter.org.

 

Night on the Town with Little Haiti Culture Walk

On the third Friday of every month, art galleries, art studios, and many Haitian-run businesses in Little Haiti’s downtown area stay open until 10:00 p.m., so attendees of the Sounds of Little Haiti: Culture Walk can explore the late-night soul of the area. Meet up with other culture-lovin’ folks at the Little Haiti Cultural Center (212-260 NE 59th Terr.) at 7:00 p.m. Friday, June 16, or browse the art hubs and businesses at your own pace during this free self-guided tour. Haitian musicians will play onstage in the center’s courtyard, where local vendors will be selling Caribbean food and crafts. www.littlehaiticulturalcenter.com.

 

Miami River Cruise Under the Stars

Learn the history of the Miami River on a boat cruise under a canopy of stars and neon-lit bridges during HistoryMiami’s Moon Over Miami River Cruise. The cruise, which will be led by historian and BT contributor Paul George, takes place on Saturday, June 17. Passengers will see where the ancient Tequesta lived and fished, and will learn about the importance of the port in our economy. Your boat, the Island Queen, departs from Bayside (401 Biscayne Blvd.) at 7:00 p.m. sharp and returns two hours later. Members: $50; non-members: $60. www.historymiami.org.

 

Play at Miami Theater Center Shows a Censored Florida

Mad Cat Theatre actor and screenwriter Theo Reyna pays homage to Gov. Rick Scott’s ban of the terms “global warming” and “climate change” in his dark comedy Fireman Are Rarely Necessary, on stage at the Miami Theater Center (9806 NE 2nd Ave.) in Miami Shores. The play’s plot takes place in a not-so-distant Florida future, where censorship makes it hard to “describe a place where things have gone very wrong.” Directed by Paul Tei. Curtains up at 8:00 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays from Thursday, June 29, through Sunday, July 16. Tickets start at $15. www.mtcmiami.org.

 

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Events May 2017 PDF Print E-mail
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May 2017

Improv Classes, Standup, and Open Mic

Whether you want to learn how to be a standup comic or just watch as the laughs unfold, the Miami-based Villain Theater has a full month of activities, from sketch-comedy classes, improv, standup, and open mic nights at Gramps in Wynwood (176 NW 24th St.) every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday throughout May. On Tuesdays, pay $5 for a drop-in “learn to improv” class, which starts at 8:00 p.m. During T.G.I.F., which goes from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Fridays ($12), watch as actors improvise scenes from “blockbuster” movies. At Saturday Gigantic the shows ($12) will feature sketch comedy about people from Miami (7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.). www.villaintheater.com.

 

Houdini’s Life Captured at Arsht

After previous years of sold-out shows in Chicago and Miami, Death and Harry Houdini, presented by the acclaimed House Theatre of Chicago ensemble theater company, returns at last to the Adrienne Arsht Center (1300 Biscayne Blvd.) from Wednesday, May 3, through Sunday, May 21. The performances will combine Houdini’s famous feats with a timeline of his life and his innumerable escapes from death. Dennis Watkins, an award-winning magician, plays Houdini in such death-defying escapes as the one he made from the infamous Water Torture Cell. Visit www.arshtcenter.org for tickets ($50) and show times.

 

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The 11th annual All Kids Included Family Arts Festival gives children with and without disabilities the opportunity to create cool works of art alongside one another. Presented by the Children’s Trust and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, this free event will be held Saturday, May 6, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (10950 SW 211th St.) in Cutler Bay. There’ll be music, storytelling, ASL storytelling, children’s theater performances, shadow theater, adaptive art, and more, all to accommodate youngsters of all abilities. www.smdcac.org.

 

Cruise Past Our Famous Landmarks

During HistoryMiami’s Icons of the Bay boat tour on Saturday, May 6, you’ll learn about significant South Florida landmarks aboard the Island Queen, as your guide, Thom Wheeler Castillo, chronicles the history of each place. You’ll cruise around Key Biscayne’s Cape Florida Lighthouse, which was constructed in 1825 to warn sailors of the offshore reef. Then you’ll weave between the remains of Stiltsville, the motley collection of wooden shacks dating back to the 1930s, where the “who’s who” of Miami could be found drinking and gambling during Prohibition. The boat leaves the Miamarina at Bayside Marketplace (401 Biscayne Blvd.) at 3:00 p.m. sharp and returns two and half hours later. Members: $50; non-members: $60; children 12 and under: $25; www.historymiami.org.

 

Opening_Day_for_Frost_Science_MuseumOpening Day for Frost Science Museum

On Monday, May 8, head to the most anticipated open house of the year, the Grand Opening of the Frost Science Museum, (1101 Biscayne Blvd.) from noon to 6:00 p.m. You’ll feel (we hope) as if you’re soaring through the galaxy while inside the state-of-the-art planetarium, which boasts six 3D-capable projectors and a tilting dome that can produce a nearly 360-degree experience of shows like Dynamic Earth. A three-level aquarium, complete with sharks, home-grown coral, and mangroves, mimics South Florida’s unique ecosystem, while “Feathers to the Stars” traces the evolution of flight, from feathered dinosaurs to space travel. Opening weekend is May 12 through 14. Miami-Dade County residents: $23.80; kids ages 3 to 11: $17. Under 2 years old: free. Members ($65 annually): free. www.frostscience.org.

 

Experimental Artists Showcase Their Talent

Nineteen years ago, the Miami Light Project started their Here and Now festival to spotlight talented Miami artists by commissioning their creations and choreographies. This year’s lineup includes New World School of the Arts alumna and contemporary dancer Brigette Cormier, performance artist Katie Stirman, and Juan Carlos Zaldivar, who experiments with optical illusions to “explore the tension between reality and actuality.” See them and other multimedia artists perform from Thursday, May 11, through Saturday, May 13, at 8:00 p.m. each night at The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26th Street), in Wynwood. www.miamilightproject.com.

 

Haitian Food, Musicians, and Crafts

Immerse yourself in Haitian culture while feasting on Creole cuisine sold by local vendors during the fifth annual Taste of Haiti festival, held Saturday, May 13, in the courtyard of North Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art (770 NE 125th St.). People from all over South Florida flock to this free community get-together to hear local musicians, watch cooking demonstrations and cooking competitions, and browse hand-made jewelry, art, and crafts. The free event goes from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. www.tasteofhaitiusa.com.

 

Ballet Troupe’s Season Finale

During the Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida’s Spring Gala, dancers will perform enchanting ballets, like the “Dance of the Hours,” from La Giaconda and “Ballet Paquita,” a cornerstone of traditional classic ballet where ballerinas show off their highest technical skills. The Ballet Theatre’s choreographer and artistic director, Vladimir Issaev, has invited a roster of international ballerinas and choreographers to culminate the season’s final Miami show, which incorporates classical and neoclassical repertoires. See it on Saturday, May 13, at 7:00 p.m. at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.). Tickets: $30. www.aventuracenter.org.

 

Family_Seagrass_Adventure_in_Key_BiscayneFamily Seagrass Adventure in Key Biscayne

The whole family will love finding sea stars, sea urchins, and tropical fish during the Biscayne Nature Center’s Seagrass Adventure at Crandon Beach Park (6747 Crandon Blvd.), in Key Biscayne. Follow naturalist guides as you wade in the shallow waters with nets in hand in search of marine life along the seagrass bed. This hands-on learning experience will be held Saturday, May 20, from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Cost: $14 per person. Water shoes are highly recommended. Call 305-361-6767 to make a reservation. www.biscaynenaturecenter.org.

 

Biggest Orchid Show in the US of A

Head to the Fruit and Spice Park (24801 SW 187th Ave.) for the biggest orchid show in the nation: the Redland International Orchid Show. Over 60 vendors from all over the globe will be selling stunning and rare orchids at the American Orchid Society event Friday, May 19, through Sunday, May 21, from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. each day. There’ll be raffles, food available for purchase, and lectures that cover everything from how to spot and treat diseased orchids to how to properly repot your plant. Admission: $10. www.redlandorchidfest.org.

 

Compiled by BT contributor Caitlin Granfield. 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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