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Written by Dinah McNichols, BT Contributor   
April 2019

Poetry Takes a Front Seat

O, Miami Poetry Festival runs Monday, April 1, through April 30, and spreads out across town with something for everyone -- be it on some chance corner, at any number of poetry readings, a community read-along, and more interactive performances, workshops (a micro memoir, anyone, or tips on senryu or the lyric essay?), book launches, three zine fairs, a poet-filled “advice tent,” a culture crawl plus a poetry crawl, a softball game, a poetry pajama party, a Game of Thrones party with odes to the Westeros fallen, and an “Ode to Your ZIP Code” contest. Events are either free or low-cost; some have limited space. www.omiami.org/events.



The Everyday Wonder of Riverday

Miami Riverday is our only free event to celebrate what is the shortest working river in the country. To help us remember that its continued cleanup, maintenance, and improved access benefits all, the Miami River Commission sponsors this annual festival at historic Lummus Park (250 NW North River Dr.), this year on senryu, from 1:00-6:00 p.m. It features boat tours, paddleboard and kayak races, historical characters, environmental booths, food and drink, and music by the Spam Allstars and Luis Bofill & Band. www.miamirivercommission.org.



Even Carnivores Get the Blues

Savory ribs, chicken, sausage, and more are on the grill during the annual Redland Blues and Barbecue Festival at Fruit and Spice Park (24801 SW 187th Ave.) in Homestead on Saturday and Sunday, April 6-7, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The real headliners? The blues and country musicians onstage each day. You can enjoy the park surroundings, spread your eats out on a picnic blanket, listen to the performers, and watch the wee ones enjoy pony rides and other diversions. Also on tap: classic car and motorcycle shows. $10; kids 11 and under free. redlandfruitandspice.com.



Women Star at Afro Roots Fest

Under the heading “The Afro Future Is Female,” MDC Live Arts, Community Arts & Culture, and the Rhythm Foundation present two acclaimed artists in an Afro Roots performance Saturday, April 6, 8:00-11:00 p.m. at the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave.). From a harrowing life in Mali, Paris-based singer/guitarist Fatoumata Diawara has become a global star, playing major music festivals, singing at Carnegie Hall (with Snarky Puppy); and participating in the UK-Mali Africa Express tour. Also on stage, from Mauritania, is Noura Mint Seymali, whose first two albums have been called, respectively “arguably the best psych/blues album of the year” and “the best album in the universe.” Also appearing, the African Watoto Dance Theater. Tickets $28; $35 at the door. www.rhythmfoundation.com or mdclivearts.org.



Here’s to Our Own Clean Water Act

Yes, you too can get in on the act for Biscayne Bay Cleanup Day, a highlight of the 37th annual Baynanza and taking place Saturday, April 13, 9:00 a.m. to noon. When you register (by e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or at 305-372-6784), you can choose from among numerous cleanup sites. If your first choice is taken, no matter, keep trying -- the bay is begging you. Closed-toe shoes, sun protection, and gloves are essential; BYO water and snacks. miamidade.gov/environment/baynanza.asp



WynwoodHasStoriestoTellWynwood Has Stories to Tell

The Wynwood Yard (soon heading to Doral) leaves us with a lotta love and a farewell gift: Wynwood Stories, from Juggerknot Theatre Company, the creator of Miami Motel Stories. The immersive production takes us along different “routes” in the Yard (56 NW 29th St.) to learn the Wynwood neighborhood history, with characters explaining the impacts of its layered, sometimes controversial transformation from the early 1900s to the present day. Performances at various times from Tuesday, April 16, through Saturday, May 4. Tickets $75. www.thewynwoodstories.com, or 877-504-8499.



HistoryMiami Makes Its Own History

Thirty-one years ago, HistoryMiami led its inaugural city walking tour, and on Saturday, April 20, from 10:00 a.m. to noon, historian Paul George offers a repeat of that first walkabout. The route in downtown Miami follows points of interest along Flagler Street and on to the Miami River as George talks about the Tequesta and later city founders, including the Tuttle, Flagler, and Brickell families. Leave from HistoryMiami Museum (101 W. Flagler St.). Members $20, non-members $30, children 12 and under $10. Registration: www.historymiami.org.



BrazilianSongsBrazilian Songs, Bahia Style

Boomers may know Caetano Veloso as a co-founder of Brazil’s avant Tropicalismo, music that came of age in the turbulent 1960s as a blend of political messaging and rock-infused Latin, influenced by the Beatles and incorporating eclectic vocals. And which, no surprise, had few fans in high junta, resulting in Veloso’s arrest and exile, with his friend Gilberto Gil, to London for a time. In the decades since, the guitarist, singer, and composer, with nine Latin Grammys, two Grammys, and 50 recordings under his belt, has been hailed as one of the century’s greatest songwriters and a master melodist. Veloso tours with his sons, who perform on cello, bass, and keyboard; all come to Miami on Saturday, April 20, 8:00 p.m., at the Arsht Center (1300 Biscayne Blvd.) Tickets $59-$89. www.arshtcenter.org.



Join the City Nature Challenge

As part of the global City Nature Challenge (citynaturechallenge.org) to see “which city has the most biodiversity and the most people enjoying it,” the Frost Museum calls on citizen scientists (that’s you, luv) to volunteer with MUVE -- Museum Volunteers for the Environment; some 8000 of you have since 2007 -- and join the Frost’s BioBlitz at its new restoration project in East Greynolds Park (16700 Biscayne Blvd.). The event, on Saturday, April 27, from 10:00 a.m. to noon, is open to kids and teens accompanied by a guardian, everyone over 18, and families. You’ll help record the flora and fauna in your designated zone using the free ID’ing app iNaturalist, take photos, upload your observations, and get a taste of what biologists, botanists, entomologists, and ornithologists do. Registration and info: www.frostscience.org/event/muve-bioblitz.



GoldenDragonfromtheIslandGolden Dragon from the Island

From the Republic of China (aka Taiwan) but based in Texas and touring the U.S. continuously since 1985 come the Golden Dragon Acrobats, onstage Sunday, April 28, at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m., and Monday, April 29, with abridged shows at 10:00 a.m. and noon, at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.). The troupe of 23 performers is a favorite with young people and adults alike, with spectacular costumes, dazzling dexterity, grace, and athleticism, and all the pageantry and beauty that accompany Chinese extravaganzas showcasing this ancient art form. Tickets $37-$42. aventuracenter.org.


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Events March 2019 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dinah McNichols, BT Contributor   
March 2019

TheWorldAroundUsinFilmThe World Around Us, in Film

The Miami Film Festival opens the month with features, shorts, and documentaries plus conversations with artists, master classes, and awards presentations, all running through Sunday, March 10 at various locations, including: Silverspot Cinema and Olympia Theater (downtown); MDC’s Tower Theater Miami (Little Havana); O Cinema Miami Beach; Coral Gables Art Cinema; and the Nite Owl Theater and Paradise Plaza (Miami Design District). Check online for additional venues for 12 parties and special events. Admission to films $13; Miami Film Society members $10; seniors (65-plus) $12; students and veterans with ID $10. Extra charges for special events. miamifilmfestival.com

 

Rising Stars Plus a Blazing Star

It’s the annual showcase of the New World School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra and Choir in a program that welcomes home NWSA alumnus and acclaimed tenor Russell Thomas, hailed by the New York Times for his “heroically shining tone of exceptional clarity and precision” in leading roles with major opera companies worldwide. He performs Tuesday, March 5, 7:30 p.m. at the Arsht Center (1300 Biscayne Blvd.), and tickets are an unbelievable steal at $20. www.arshtcenter.org. The school’s current crop of young talent in multiple genres is featured Thursday, March 21, beginning with a reception (5:00-7:00 p.m.) at the New World Gallery (25 NE 2nd St.) for the multimedia exhibit “Objects.” Then at 7:30, just a few blocks away at the Olympia Theater (174 E. Flagler St.), you’ll watch the school’s bright young artists perform in a program includes scenes from Broadway musicals, dance, more orchestral and choral works, and music with the school’s jazz and wind ensembles. Tickets $20-$40. tickets.olympiatheater.org.

 

CulturalDifferencesArtisticFusionsCultural Differences, Artistic Fusions

The large folk ensemble the Tamburitzans (named for the tamburitza, a Croatian stringed instrument) returns for one performance only in PRISM-Full Spectrum Culture, featuring music, dance, and glorious traditional costumes from Croatia, Armenia, Romania, Ukraine, Slovenia, Greece, Serbia, Latin Caribbean, Ireland, Bulgaria, and Macedonia. You can catch them Thursday, March 7, 7:30 p.m., at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.). Tickets $30. www.aventuracenter.org.

 

Flower Power at Fairchild

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s annual International Orchid Festival holds irresistible allure -- 10,000 stunning, but hardy and easy-to-grow plants, abloom in different scents, shapes, and hues. The festival runs Friday through Sunday, March 8-10, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and features orchid sales, demonstrations, walking tours, kids’ activities, plus sales vendors, food, and entertainment to satisfy your other senses. Adults $25, seniors $18, kids ages 6-17 $12, and free for children 5 and under. www.fairchildgarden.org

 

Eco Action at Arch Creek Park

Bring sunscreen and bug spray, and roll up your figurative sleeves when you join Arch Creek Park’s EcoAction Day on Saturday, March 9, starting at 10:00 a.m. You’ll help with planting, mulching, and clearing out invasive vegetation and litter. (Really? We still litter?) Don’t forget the work gloves, closed-toed shoes, and small hand tools. Meet at the nature center in the park (1855 NE 135th St.), and check out more info on Facebook at www.facebook.com/events/595701584165964.

 

Luxe and Luscious Garden Walks

The annual Miami Beach Garden Tour features self-guided tours through six gardens on the stunning grounds of Miami Beach residences. Held Saturday, March 9, the walks take place between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., and begin (where you’ll get your map) and end at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden (2000 Convention Center Dr.). Admission $35; admission plus the continuous shuttle service to the properties $55. VIP admission $80, and with shuttle $100. The garden itself hosts a flower show, plant sale, and other activities. Box lunches, snacks, and drinks available. Tickets at the door, via the website, or 305-673-7256. www.mbgarden.org.

 

Flamenco’s Added Flourish

And that would be the incomparable Sara Baras, whose two-decade career can be mapped by her scores of awards and accolades, including Spain’s highest dance honors. She returns to Miami with her dance company, flamenco singer Manuel Gago, and the program Sombras. The Arsht Center plays host for the 12th annual Flamenco Festival Miami, with performances Wednesday through Saturday, March 13-16, at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 17, at 2:00 p.m. All four Baras performances during her previous stint here sold out, and no wonder -- one reviewer wrote that she can “dance up a hurricane.” Tickets $25-$125. www.arshtcenter.org.

 

TheRealMamboKingThe Real Mambo King

Cuban composer and double-bassist Israel López, a.k.a. Cachao, gave us both the mambo and descargas, or jazz jam sessions. His career included collaborations with Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, Eddie Palmieri, and countless others; he was, said Paquito D’Rivera, “what a great musician should be.” His centennial is celebrated with “the ultimate jam session,” featuring percussionist Cándido Camero, guitarist Juanito Márquez, violinists Federico Britos and Alfredo de la Fé, and the Cachao Mambo All Stars, on Friday, March 15, 8:00 p.m., at the Arsht Center. Tickets $63-$133. www.arshtcenter.org.

 

Nowruz Mobarak! Happy New Year, Persian Style!

Thursday, March 21 not only marks the spring equinox, it’s also the first day of the first month of the new year in the Iranian calendar. And though it’s rooted in early Zoroastrianism, for the most part the holiday is secular -- and so popular here that presidents have opened the White House to celebrate with guests. Locally, HistoryMiami and the Iranian-American Foundation of Florida host a Persian New Year celebration, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., with a music and dance performance at 7:00 p.m. by musician Reza Filsoofi and the Caravan Ensemble. Look for the ceremonial “7-sin” table, or haft sin, adorned per tradition with seven foods beginning with the letter sin, and other objects associated with the holiday. Free with registration. For details: www.historymiami.org

 

Cuba Fest at the Bandshell

For its part of Global Cuba Fest 2019, the month-long celebration of Cuban music taking place in venues around town, the Rhythm Foundation hosts two artists Wednesday, March 30, at the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave.). Afro-Cuban singer Daymé Arocena blends Santerían chant and Afro-Cuban rhythms with jazz and R&B. and has been called “a cross between Celia Cruz and Aretha Franklin.” The multiple-award winner is also known for her call-and-response with the audiences and her skill with scat. Meanwhile the singer/composer Cimafunk, labeled “one of the most singular emerging artists of Cuba’s alternative music,” mixes funk, Afro-Cuban, and American black music. The performances begin at 8:00 p.m.; tickets $30 at the door.

 

Compiled by BT contributor Dinah McNichols. Please send information and images to calendar @ biscaynetimes.com.

 
Events February 2019 PDF Print E-mail
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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 www.southfloridapoc.org; for countywide events: www.miamidade.gov/holidays/black-history-month.asp.

 

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. www.aventuracenter.org.

 

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: www.historymiami.org.

 

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: festival.groundupmusic.net.

 

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. www.nps.gov/bisc/learn/kidsyouth/familyfunfest.htm.

 

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: www.artwynwood.com and for the boat show: www.miamiyachtshow.com.

 

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: iiipoints.com.

 

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. www.cgaf.com

 

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.” www.visitsurfsidefl.com

 

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. www.walkfortheanimalsmiami.com.

 

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Events January 2019 PDF Print E-mail
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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. www8.miamidade.gov/global/recreation/ecoadventures/home.page

 

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. www.youngarts.org.

 

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: https://miamijewishfilmfestival.org.

 

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.). www.aventuracenter.org.

 

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.). https://beauxartsmiami.org.

 

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: www.historymiami.org 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, www.miamilightproject.com/screendance_miami.

 

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. www.rhythmfoundation.com.

 

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.). www.arshtcenter.org 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. www.mlkparadeandfestivities.org.

 

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Events December 2018 PDF Print E-mail
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December 2018

SwoonOverMiamiCasaCorReturnsSwoon Over Miami: CasaCor Returns

CasaCor Miami, the highly curated architecture, design, and landscaping showcase, returns to the U.S. for only its second year, and only in Miami. For two weeks, through Sunday, December 16, a mix of emerging and renowned designers and design teams, many from South America, will take over 20 rooms (that’s 25,000 square feet of living space) high above Brickell City Centre (700 Brickell Ave.) for a striking range of ambient design, style, and décor. Open hours are plentiful but vary, so be sure to check the online schedule. Tickets: $25-$32. www.casacormiami.com.

 

HighWattageHolidaySpiritHigh-Wattage Holiday Spirit

For 30 years the residents of Enchanted Place have decorated their North Miami cul-de-sac with lights, inflatables, and all manner of holiday charm and sparkle. It’s their gift to the rest of us. The collective display lights up Saturday, December 1, through January 6, from 6:00-11:00 nightly. (For donations, be you so inclined, the effort’s charitable partner is AT&T Pioneers.) Enchanted Place is located along NE 137th Terrace, a block north of NE 135th Street at NE 16th Avenue, behind the Enchanted Forest/Elaine Gordon Park. Free. On Facebook: Enchanted Place of North Miami.

 

Flying Orchids, Talking Trees at Fairchild

Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden inaugurates its NightGarden, a special kind of high-tech holiday enchantment for all ages, open daily through Wednesday, January 9. The glittery NightGarden features talking trees, flying orchids, illuminated mazes, holographic butterflies, dandelion fields, and more special optical effects throughout the 83-acre gardens. There’ll be food and drink offerings from Miami eateries, too. Open Sundays through Thursdays, 6:00-10:00 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays, 6:00-11:00 p.m. Check online for holiday hours and a few blackout dates. Tickets: $20/$15 members and member children under 10; $28/$20 nonmembers and their children under 10. www.fairchildgarden.org.

Have Yourself a Very Merry Wallcast

As the New World Symphony performs its program Sounds of the Seasons indoors, the concert is projected live as a Wallcast on the NWS’s huge outdoor projection wall Saturday, December 15, at 7:30 p.m. The program includes a new arrangement of Carol of the Bells; José Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad”; the NWS’s 2015 commission by Sam Hyken, “Chanukah 5776”; Leroy Anderson’s classic “Sleigh Ride” and “A Christmas Festival”; selections from The Nutcracker; and the Farandole Suite No. 2 of Bizet’s L’Arlésienne, whose opening recalls the carol “March of the Kings.” Free. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic to SoundScape Park (400 17th St.) in Miami Beach. www.nws.edu.



The Girl Who Dreamed!

Ballet superstar Diana Vishneva (of Russia’s Mariinsky Ballet and a principal as well of the ABT) knows Sleeping Beauty -- Tchaikovsky’s, that is. Now she and Marcelo Gomes, whose career as a principal with the ABT ended last year, do star turns in the world première of Sleeping Beauty Dreams. This performance brings a new dimension to the classic fairy tale, exploring the princess’s spell-cast dream world through modern dance, electronic dance music, film, digital optics, and real-time avatar-mapping (motion mapping) technology that works in response to dancers’ movements. No two performances will be alike. The work, with choreography by Edward Clug, debuts Friday and Saturday, December 7 and 8, 8:00 p.m. at the Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center (1300 Biscayne Blvd.) Tickets $80-$200 through www.ticketmaster.com. www.arshtcenter.org.

 

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The Rhythm Foundation and Emerson Dorsch Gallery present a Vanguard Concert Series performance of the South Korean band sensation SsingSsing, which NPR “discovered” at globalFEST 2017 and booked into one of its “Small Desk Concerts” (a great preview video, btw). Appearing Friday, December 7, at 8:00 p.m., the band melds contemporary music with Korean shamanic/folk vocalizations into what’s been called a kind of Korean shamanic rock. What’s more, behind the group’s glammed up cross-dressing is a very Korean reason: like traditional shamans, they’re channeling both the male and female spirits. However it’s explained, it’s the intriguing sound of the moment and the band members are lovely to watch. Free with RSVP. Emerson Dorsch Gallery (5900 NW 2nd Ave.) www.rhythmfoundation.com/

 

Buskerfest Returns to the Metromover Inner Loop

We fill our coin jars each year for the buskers at this street performance festival. Buskerfest 2018 is set for Friday, December 14, 4:00 -7:00 p.m., downtown, with artists, musicians, and other acts working through 45-minute sets at Metromover Inner Loop stops, at a Comedy Corner, and at satellite locations not announced by press time. At 7:00 p.m., the Buskextravaganza moves over to Bayfront Park (301 Biscayne Blvd.), and a wrap-up show is scheduled at Tina Hills Pavilion there with performances by LIVE! Modern School of Music and SunGhosts. Everything’s free and caters to all audiences. Buskerfest “passports” offer downtown discounts, and get them stamped for a raffle entry. buskerfestmiami.com.

 

A Walk in Wynwood

HistoryMiami presents “Wynwood: A History of Street Art”, a 90-minute walking tour Sunday, December 16, led by Thom Wheeler Castillo. Setting off at 11:30 a.m. from Panther Coffee Wynwood (2390 NW 2nd Ave.) in the heart of Wynwood, you’ll hear about the transformation of the warehouse neighborhood into an outdoor art gallery; about graffiti through the ages; and about the residents, developers, galleries, museums, and art complexes in the neighborhood. Tickets: members $20; non-members $30; kids 12 under $10. www.historymiami.org.

 

Let’s Hear It for the King Mango Strutters

Between the headlines, “fake news,” and other low-hanging fruit, we can’t wait to see what costumes the “Nuts in the Grove” come up with for 2018’s King Mango Strut, the community parade whose the only admission price is a good sense of humor. Set for Sunday, December 30, the theme, as usual, is news from the outgoing year. Yet despite the potential, this is a family-friendly event, with kids’ events, too. It starts at 2:00 p.m., followed by an “after-strut party” and dancing. The parade route heads from Commodore Plaza, up Main Highway to Cocowalk, down Grand Avenue, and then back to Commodore Plaza. www.kingmangostrut.org.

 

New Year’s Eve Bayfront Bash

It’s Miami’s annual answer to Times Square, our crowds without overcoats on New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31, and South Florida’s largest outdoor dance party, at Bayfront Park (301 Biscayne Blvd.). More than a 150,000 people are expected for music in the amphitheater, fireworks over the bay, and Miami’s own “Big Orange” on the side of the Intercontinental for the countdown to midnight. Festivities begin at 8:00 p.m. and end at 12:30 a.m. For ease, take the Metrorail and Metromover Inner Loop; no bottles, cans, coolers, or personal fireworks. Free. Happy New Year! www.bayfrontparkmiami.com/NYE.

 

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