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Events May 2018 PDF Print E-mail
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The Merry Museum Month of May

Miami Museum Month is the perfect cusp-of-summer gift to us, with two dozen museums offering BOGO admission and other discounts (check your favored destinations for details). Participants throughout this month of May include: PAMM, MOAD MDC, the Art Deco Museum, Wolfsonian, the Bass, the Rubell Family Collection, Frost Art Museum, Lowe Art Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art Miami, ArtCenter/South Florida, MOCA North Miami. Plus the Haitian Heritage Museum, Jewish Museum, Gold Coast Railroad Museum, Vizcaya, Coral Gables Museum, the Deering Estate, Ancient Spanish Monastery, the Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum, Museum of Science, HistoryMiami, Wings Over Miami, Children’s Museum, and Historic Homestead Town Hall Museum. Got to for details.


MoroccowithaNewYorkTwistMorocco with a New York Twist

The Brooklyn-based Innov Gnawa, one of the top musical collectives in the U.S. Arabic music scene, is featured on Bonobo’s Bambro Koyo Ganda, a 2017 Billboard Top 100 dance recording. Gnawa, a form of Moroccan ritual trance music, originated in Morocco’s black communities whose forbearers were brought in as slaves or soldiers from Mali and Mauritania. Innov Gnawa uses vocals, a lute-like sinter, and metal castanets, and fuses New York Latin percussion and piano. The group performs Saturday, May 5, 8:00, at the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave.). Tickets: $20.


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The Miami International Piano Festival presents Alexander Gavryluk. Born in Ukraine in 1984, Gavryluk began performing at age nine, and by age 16 had won both first prize and gold medal at the Horowitz International Piano Competition; first prize at the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition; and gold medal at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Masters Competition. Achievements like these have made him a guest of every major orchestra worldwide. He comes to the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.) on Sunday, May 6, 5:00 p.m., with a program of Bach, Haydn, Chopin, Scriabin, and Rachmaninov. Tickets: $17-$35.


Andalusian Nights

The 24-member National Arab Orchestra began as a small chamber ensemble in Michigan in 2009 with a goal of preserving and sharing classical and contemporary Arab music and culture. Today the orchestra tours frequently and has a chamber ensemble of its own, plus a full-sized chorus. NAO comes to Miami on Saturday, May 12, at 8:00 p.m., with the program “Layali al-Andalus,” or “Andalusian Nights,” celebrating the music of Muslim Spain. The program at the Olympia Theater (174 E. Flagler St.) also features Flamenco guitarist José Luis de la Paz and singers Marian Layousse, Usama Baalbaki, Alfonso Cid, and Susana Behar. Tickets: $25-$65.


Behold the Chamber Eclectic

Nu Deco Ensemble, Miami’s chamber ensemble moderne, closes another season at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26th St.) with an adventurous mix of compositions by Nicholas Omiccioli (“Push/Pull”); Darius Milhaud (“Creation of the World”); David Lang (“Learn to Fly”); and a symphonic suite by hip-hop Outkast artist Sam Hyken. Guest artist not announced by press time. The concerts take place Thursday through Saturday, May 17-19, at 8:00 each night. $40-$90.


HistoryMiami’s Island Chronicles

HistoryMiami’s resident historian, Paul George, hosts a Biscayne Bay Cruise on Sunday, May 13, from 10:00 a.m. to noon, with a focus on some of the bay’s famous islands, including Fisher Island; the property of D.A. Dorsey, Miami’s first black millionaire; Flagler Memorial Island, named for railroad magnate Henry Flagler; barrier island Miami Beach and early developer Carl Fisher; and Palm Island, final home of “Scarface” Al Capone. The tour aboard an Island Queen Cruises vessel leaves from Miamarina at Bayside Marketplace (401 Biscayne Blvd.). Museum members: $50, nonmembers: $60, children 12 and under: $25. Reservations required:


Something Old, Something New

The Haitian Compas Festival turns 20 this year and tries out its new home at Mana Wynwood (318 NW 23rd St.). Tied in with Haiti’s Flag Day (May 18), the festival takes place Saturday, May 19, 4:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.; but events include pre- and two after-parties during the week. Headliners include Tabou Combo, Gabel, Enposib, Harmonik, Djakout #1, Nu Look, T-Vice, Kai, Kreyol La, Vayb, Disip, Septen, Admiral T, Rutshelle, Tamara S. Ada, JPerry, Roody Roodboy, and Chiwawa, along with deejays Tony Mix, Nicky Mix, Power Mix, and DJ FMA. Look for plenty of Haitian dishes to enjoy with the music. Tickets start at $45; more for VIP tickets, party tickets, and package deals.


HerefortheGrillingHere for the Grilling

Coconut Grove’s best-known fire worshipper, Steven Raichlen, comes off season three of his popular PBS series, Project Smoke, with a reading and signing of his newest book, Project Fire: Cutting-Edge Techniques and Sizzling Recipes from the Caveman Porterhouse to Salt Slab Brownie S’Mores. He’ll be at Books & Books (265 Aragon Ave.) Wednesday, May 16, 7:00 p.m.


Hardy and Lush, Exotic and Easy

The Redland International Orchid Show, the nation’s largest, boasts more than 80 flower vendors, potting services, orchid judging, orchid talks, food for every palate, and music and crafts. You’ll learn that orchids can flourish despite benign neglect, which will make it easier to bring home armfuls of these showy plants. The show at the Fruit and Spice Park runs Friday through Sunday, May 18-20, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. The 37-acre park is located at 24801 SW 187th Ave. in Homestead. Admission: $10.


Night Paddle on the Bay

What’s more soothing than moonlight on water? The monthly Oleta River Full-Moon Kayak Tour will put you right en scène. Sit back and navigate by glow sticks as you paddle gently through the mangroves out into the bay Saturday, May 26, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Offered by the BG Oleta River Outdoor Center inside the state park (3400 NE 163rd St.), the group excursion includes a guide escort. You need a swimsuit, towels, waterproof shoes, and insect repellent. Cost: $50 per person plus park entry fees.


Your New Line of Summer Shorts

Welcome summer with the most in-demand shorts around -- City Theatre’s “Summer Shorts,” that is. The only theater company that produces short plays exclusively, the group saw its founding artistic director, Gail Garrisan, honored last month for outstanding achievement in the arts at the Carbonell Awards. The 2018 shorts production runs at the Adrienne Arsht Center (1300 Biscayne Blvd.) from Thursday, May 31, through Sunday, July 1, with each performance date offering nine ten-minute comedies, dramas, and mini musicals. Recommended for ages 16 and up. Tickets $39-$59


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Events April 2018 PDF Print E-mail
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O, Miami Poetry Returns

O, Miami Poetry Festival runs through April, so watch for poetry and poetry performances tucked about town, and mostly free -- for example, check out the poet in residence at the bridge tender house in front of the Wolfsonian (1001 Washington Ave.) from 10:00 a.m. to noon every Saturday through April. Or for the price of a boat ride, join MDC MOAD’s Poetry Along the Bay cruise to hear renowned Miami-born poet Richard Blanco read from his works Friday, April 27, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Tickets: $15 general. or 237-7700. Check for a complete schedule.


Miami Riverday Rolls Around

Who says you can’t step into the same river (festival) twice…or even 22 times? The annual Miami River Festival promises a day of fun, with free riverboat rides, historic tours and re-enactments, kids’ activities, and paddleboard and kayak races Saturday, April 7, 1:00 to 6:00 p.m., Lummus Park (250 NW North River Dr.). Hosted by the Miami River Commission, the event will also feature environmental booths, food and drink, and entertainment by ARL and Electric Kif.


Marvels Galore at Miami Maker Faire

Maker Faire is part science fair, part county fair -- and totally brilliant. The family-friendly event, held Saturday and Sunday, April 7-8, celebrates our do-it-yourselfers -- crafters, science clubs, designers, students, and artists -- who tinker away for the joy of creation. This is their time to wow the rest of us with games, robotics, 3D printing, furniture making, fashion, food, and music. Both days 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. MDC’s Wolfson campus (300 NE 2nd Ave.). Two-day ticket: $20; single-day: $15. Free parking at the campus garage; see


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Did you know that Mozart had a sister as gifted a musician and composer as he? And that these two prodigies performed together in the capitals of Europe, and that she was the star? You’ll learn her true story in The Other Mozart, written by and starring Sylvia Milo in a performance drawn from Mozart family letters. Unqualified raves have followed the production across the globe, including numerous performances in Salzburg, with audiences mesmerized by the period atmosphere, an impossibly elegant 18-foot dress, brilliant scoring, and the highly stylized music-making. Friday, April 13, 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 14, 3:30 and 8:30 p.m.; and Sunday, April 15, 3:30 p.m., Black Box Theater, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (10950 SW 211th St.). Tickets: $35. or 786-573-5300.


Zine Fair in Little Haiti

Exile Books, which produces not just books but also events, began with pop-up stores but took up permanent residency last fall in Little Haiti. This is the fourth year for Exile’s Miami Zine Fair, a showcase of limited-edition publishers and printed artworks from local and international artists, and the first time it will be held (Sunday, April 15, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) in the Caribbean Marketplace of the Little Haiti Cultural Complex (212 NE 59th Terr.). There’ll also be a gallery exhibition and screenprinting demonstration in the cultural complex classrooms, and local food trucks with Caribbean cuisine. Free admission.


How Times Flies: Irakere Marks a Milestone

It was 45 years ago that pianist and bandleader Chucho Valdés co-founded Irakere, blazing new paths in Afro-Cuban jazz. Since then, he’s won six Grammys, three Latin Grammys, and the hearts of Latin-music lovers worldwide. He’ll lead the Afro-Cuban Messengers in Irakere classics and much newer works. Also onstage: multiple-Grammy-nominated singer Aymée Nuviola, and Diego Figueiredo, called one of the world’s best guitarists, who opens the show Friday, April 20, 8:00 p.m., Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall (1300 Biscayne Blvd.). Tickets start at $45.


Street Party Feasts on the Artistic Life

The Wynwood Life Street Festival returns with 20 bands and a main stage; artists at work plus a pop-up gallery; fashion runways showcasing local designers; scores of craft and art vendors; and for eats, the Wynwood Culinary Showcase and a slew of food trucks. Events are spread out across Mana Wynwood (2250 NW 2nd Ave.) and run Friday, April 20, 5:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.; Saturday, April 21, noon to 3:00 a.m.; and Sunday, April 22, noon to 9:00 p.m. RSVP at


Jazz_Fest_Take_TwoJazz Fest: Take Two

Miami Downtown Jazzfest takes its second annual spin about town with three days of concerts, most of them free, Thursday through Saturday, April 26-28. Day 1 at the Government Center (111 NW 1st St.) is free and features the Scone Cash Players, Electric Kif, Aaron Lebos Reality, and Tito Puente Jr. Day 2 shows at the Olympia Theater (174 E. Flagler St.) feature the winner of the festival’s first jazz piano competition opening for Dr. Lonnie Smith and then the Kurt Elling Quintet. Day 3 moves first to the Bayside Marketplace stage (401 Biscayne Blvd.) with the JECC Boot Camp Ensemble, the Wendy Pedersen Quintet, Tim Jago Group, Leon Foster Thomas, and Oriente; and then to Bayfront Park Amphitheater (301 Biscayne Blvd.), with Regina Carter, the Lizz Wright Quintet, and the Arturo Sandoval Sextet. For schedule and ticket info:


Help for Troubled Waters

How about once a year we give three hours back to something that feeds the soul every time we look at it? We’re talking Biscayne Bay, and we Miamians love it so much, we smother it -- and not just with motor fuel and sunscreen, but with litter like you wouldn’t believe. Registration’s under way for volunteer boaters and shore walkers to join in the 36th annual family-friendly Baynanza aka Biscayne Bay Cleanup Day on Saturday, April 21, 9:00 a.m. to noon. You can choose from nearly 25 locations in need of some TLC.


Get_Your_Boarding_Pass_to_MIAGet Your Boarding Pass to MIA

On Saturday, April 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., HistoryMiami historian Paul George talks Aviation in Miami with a coach tour and trove of stories about the inventors, aviators, and airline founders who trained, built empires, or who set off from here on a famous fatal flight (one guess?). The tour ends up at MIA and its Hall of Aviation’s “Century of Flight” exhibit, then on to a look at one of the air-traffic control towers. (For this reason, participants must provide a photo ID to pass checkpoints.) The tour price includes lunch at the 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant. Museum members: $75, nonmembers: $85, children 12 and under: $50. Reservations required:


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Events March 2018 PDF Print E-mail
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March 2018

MusicFromACountry'sHeartMusic From a Country’s Heart

This season marks the 81st for the Tamburitzans, a folk ensemble more than 30 members strong that began with one man’s interest in the tamburitza, a stringed instrument from Croatia. In Miami for a single show, the Tamburitzans present Passages: The Journey of Our Ancestors, two hours of traditional costume, music, song, and dance from Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cuba, Eastern European Roma, Greece, Hungary, Mexico, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain. If you love ballet folklórico, this has your name all over it. Thursday, March 8, 8:00 p.m., Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.). Tickets: $25-$30.


MeetYourParksPeopleMeet Your Parks People

The Arch Creek Park Museum and Nature Center, along with the Arch Creek Trust and Miami-Dade EcoAdventures, hosts its ongoing Talks in the Parks speaker series Thursday, March 8, 7:30 p.m., with Claire Kurlychek of the Florida Wildlife Commission. Topic: Burmese pythons, the environmental havoc they wreak, and the Python Patrol program, which offers training workshops for the public. The Arch Creek Trust will offer hors d’oeuvres and wine for donations. Greynolds Park Boathouse (18501 NE 22nd Ave.). Visit Arch Creek Trust on Facebook. Free. 305-944-6111.


An Ocean of Orchids at Fairchild

The orchid is hardy and easy to grow, as evidenced by the 10,000 or more to swoon over during the 16th annual International Orchid Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (10901 Old Cutler Rd.) in Coral Gables. (Fairchild is also home to the American Orchid Society.) The event runs Friday, March 9, through Sunday, March 11, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, and features tours of the gardens, orchid judging and sales, garden workshops, food, and activities for children. Orchid Festival admission is included in your garden admission: members free; adults $25; seniors 65-plus, $18; children 5 and under free, and 9-17, $12.


Our Film Fest at 35

The Miami Film Festival, hosted by Miami-Dade College, returns with scores of U.S. and foreign films, to be viewed individually or as parts of several series options, including those with directors and actors participating. Need we mention the awards nights, tributes, and red-carpet galas? Film week runs Friday, March 9, through Sunday, March 18, at multiple locations: the Olympia Theater (174 E. Flagler St.); Regal Cinemas South Beach (1120 Lincoln Rd.); MDC’s Tower Theater (1508 SW 8th St.); O Cinema Miami Beach (500 71st St.); and, in Coral Gables, both Art Cinema (260 Aragon Ave.) and Landmark Theatres at Merrick Park (358 San Lorenzo Ave.). Tickets at or 844-565-6433. Standard admission from $13 general; $10 Miami Film Society members; $12 seniors 65-plus; $10 students and veterans showing IDs. For the full program of films, prices, and events:


Luxe and Luscious Garden Walks

Get tickets early for the soul-soothing Miami Beach Garden Tour, sponsored by Miami Beach Botanical Garden. Participants follow self-guided tours through six private gardens featuring water views and lush greenery. Held Saturday, March 10, 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 Botanical Garden (2000 Convention Center Dr.). A continuous shuttle service is available to the properties for $25. The 2.6-acre garden itself, open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., hosts a flower show, plant sale, and other activities all day. Box lunches and snacks available for purchase. A 4:00 p.m. reception to thank the homeowners is open to all. Tickets: $30-$35 at the door, via the garden website, or 305-673-7256.


Questions of Memory and Myth in Mexico

As part of Miami’s “Living Together” series running through September in different venues, MDC’s Museum of Art and Design presents Héctor Bourges and Patricio Villareal, founding members of Mexico City’s acclaimed avant-garde Teatro Ojo in the lecture-performance Disorganizing Mimesis, a theatrical tour through Mexico’s history that includes a “flayed-flayer” god, a talking cross, an Aztec emperor’s skeleton, Moctezuma’s corpse, and Zapatista subcommandante Marcos. Saturday, March 10, 7:30 p.m., MDC Live Arts Lab, Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Ave. Free but reservations required:


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Miami Light Project and FUNDarte kick off their Global Cuba Fest music series with Cuban-American drummer and bandleader (and author) Dafnis Prieto Sextet on Friday, March 16, at 8:00 p.m. Prieto, winner of a MacArthur “genius” grant in 2011, is a prolific composer across various genres, from chamber music to Latin jazz. Light Box at Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26th St.) in Wynwood. Tickets: $15-$50. Visit or for ticket info and other guest lineups during this tenth annual festival.


Bike the Barrier Island

Bring your clan to the Crandon Family Bike Adventure, a leisurely two-hour guided pedal through Crandon Park. The ride sets off Sunday, March 18, at 10:00 a.m. and covers four miles, with stops at Crandon Gardens, Crandon Park Beach, Bear Cut Reserve, Fossil Reef Overlook, and the Crandon Park nature center. Meet at Crandon Gardens (6767 Crandon Blvd.), located by Crandon Park South Beach on Key Biscayne, the southernmost barrier island in the U.S. Bring your own bike and mandatory helmet, plus water, closed-toe shoes, and sun protection. No children under 5. Fee: $5. 305-361-6767.


The Ongoing Reinvention of Flamenco

Fundarte brings us Flamenco Rave, a daylong celebration of the newest, boldest flamenco from Spain. Musicians include the Andalusian pianist Dorantes, as well as Daniel Casares, Naike y Paquete, vocalist Rosalía and guitarist Raül Refree, all of whom weave together traditional flamenco and “smooth contemporary influences.” Sunday, March 25, at 6:00 p.m. at Miami-Dade County Auditorium (2901 W. Flagler St.). Tickets: $40 adults, $35 seniors and students via or 800-745-3000, and at the auditorium box office, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Info: 305-547-5414 or 786-348-0789,

Full Moon and the River

Have you seen Miami by Miami River full-moon moonlight? Sounds dreamy, no? Join HistoryMiami Museum’s Full Moon Over Miami River Cruise with historian (and BT contributor) Paul George on Saturday, March 31, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. You’ll learn about ancient Tequesta settlements, the city’s early developers, and little-known backwater stories as you wind upstream along the Miami River’s 5.5 navigable miles and back downtown. Meet at Island Queen Cruises, Bayside Marketplace (401 Biscayne Blvd.). Members $50; non-members $60; children 12 and under $25. Information and registration:


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Events February 2018 PDF Print E-mail
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February 2018

A-Soundtrack_to_Every_Revolution_1“A Soundtrack to Every Revolution”

At 25, pianist/composer Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes has performed at Carnegie Hall, the White House, and Monterey, and toured with jazz greats. He comes to Miami with The Transformations Suite, a lush five-part tone poem that uses music, theater, spoken word (e.g., Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Tupac Shakur) to explore the history of African diasporic protest movements. Friday, February 2, 8:00 p.m., Light Box at Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26th St.). Tickets: $15 general; discounts to students and MDC staff.


Miami Map Fair Goes Global

Indulge your inner history buff (or perhaps your inner hoarder as you bring along an old map for a free expert opinion) at the 25th annual Miami International Map Fair, which offers a trove of antique and antiquarian maps, books, and atlases, plus talks on sea monsters in medieval maps; mapping the Caribbean; maps from the Andes to the Amazon; and the joy of map collecting. In conjunction with the fair, UM’s Lowe Art Museum (1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables; 305-284-3535) hosts “Antillean Visions: Maps and the Making of the Caribbean” through May 27. Map fair, Saturday, February 3, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, February 4, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., HistoryMiami (101 W. Flagler St.). All-weekend access: members $75 or nonmembers $85; daily admission for HistoryMiami and Lowe members: $15, or nonmembers, $20; students, $10; children 6-12, free.


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GroundUP Music Festival returns Friday, February 9, through Sunday, February 11, 1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave.). There are 2000 tickets available daily for admission to the shows, master classes, and talks -- not to mention food and drink, a hammock-filled Palm Grove Park, and VIP perks. Separately ticketed late shows take place in the Starlight and Vista rooms of the Miami Beach Resort and Spa (4833 Collins Ave.). Festival tickets: daily general pass $85, or premium $170; three-day general pass $225, or premium $450. Late shows: festival ticketholders, $10 nightly; others, $30 nightly.


An Algerian Roots Discovery

The Hervé Koubi dance company presents the choreographer’s 2013 work, What the Day Owes to the Night, featuring dancers primarily from Algeria and Burkina Faso who perform what the Washington Post calls “a stunning fusion of acrobatics, gymnastics, b-boying, modern dance, and ballet.” Koubi, who grew up in France, discovered at age 25 that his family was originally from Algeria, whereupon he set out to explore his African roots. The performance follows that journey, incorporating a score that ranges from Sufi and Nubian music to Bach. Saturday, February 10, 8:00 p.m., Olympia Theater (174 E. Flagler St.); tickets: $25, $38, and $55.


Where the Wild Things Are

Come explore “Creatures of the Night” at Greynolds Park (17530 W. Dixie Hwy.) on Friday, February 16, at 6:30 p.m. Meet the group at the park entrance at 22nd Avenue and Miami Gardens Drive; wear closed-toed shoes, and bring insect repellant and a flashlight, as you look for raccoons, screech owls, and night spiders -- and perhaps your naturalist guide will come up with some surprises. Fee: $6. Info: 305-949-1741.


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Thank the good lord we can afford tickets to gaze upon what we can’t afford to buy, like the works at Art Wynwood, now at the Art Wynwood Pavilion (One Herald Plaza at NE 14th Street). Scores of dealers will be representing emerging, higher-end, and stratospheric artists, and, of course, the artists who put Wynwood on the map. As a fillip: free shuttle service back and forth to the Miami Yacht Show to see more of our favorite things (admission: $25; Art fair Friday, February 16, through Sunday, February 19, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Monday, February 19, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. One-day ticket: $25, seniors: $15; multi-day pass: $55; VIP tickets (see website for details): $200. Visit or call 305-517-7977.


“… and Send It Soaring….”

Florida’s largest kite-flying festival, the annual Kite Days, returns Saturday and Sunday, February 17 and 18, noon to 5:00 p.m. at Haulover Park (10800 Collins Ave.). Look for flying squids, floating whales, and more fantastical creations, as well as traditional kites from around the world. The event is free and replete with goings-on at ground level, as well: music, food, refreshments, and kites for sale. Parking: $7.


Piano Lover’s Dream: A Program of Chopin

Of Italian pianist Luigi Carroccia, writes a music critic, “there doesn’t seem to be a nonmusical atom in his being.” He comes to the Miami International Piano Festival a second time, performing a 90-minute program at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.). Chopin dominates, with the romantic Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op. 60; the Polonais in A-flat Major “Heroique,” Op. 53; and a flurry of mazurkas. (Chopin’s mazurkas, it’s said, were the compositions he most cherished.) Carroccia then turns to Schubert’s Sonata D 960 in B-flat Major, considered one of the composer’s masterworks. Sunday, February 18, 5:00 p.m. Tickets: $25; students: $17.50.


Alvin Ailey Celebration

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater celebrates a decade of performances at the Arsht Center from Thursday, February 22, through Sunday, February 25. The programs range from premières, new looks for repertory standards, and Ailey’s 1960 three-part masterpiece, Revelations (showcased in all performances). Works include Members Don’t Get Weary, from choreographer Jamar Roberts; The Hunt, Ella, and Mass, by artistic director Robert Battle; a world première, Victoria, by Gustavo Ramírez; and new productions of Stack-Up and Shelter. For programming and pricing tiers at the Ziff Ballet Opera House:


Stories Out of Stiltsville

They could disappear in the rising tides -- or be lost to National Park Service budget cuts. So, yes, go see what remains of Stiltsville, if just once in your lifetime. Historian and BT contributor Paul George ushers you through a history of Biscayne Bay as you cruise to that storied party place for the well-heeled, the well-greased, and those who just wanted to leave well enough alone back on the mainland. The tour lasts two and a half hours Saturday, February 24, and departs at 9:30 a.m. from Miamarina at Bayside Marketplace (401 Biscayne Blvd.), aboard an Island Queen Cruises vessel. Museum members: $50, nonmembers: $60; children 12 and under: $25. Info:


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History by Moonlight

Why not start 2018 resolving to learn more about the place you call home? HistoryMiami Museum makes the lesson fun on its Moon Over Miami cruise with historian (and BT contributor) Paul George on Saturday, January 6, at 6:00 p.m. You’ll hear about early Tequesta settlements, the city’s 19th-century developers, and little-known backwater stories as you wind upstream along the Miami River’s 5.5 navigable miles and back downtown. Meet at Island Queen Cruises, Bayside Marketplace, 401 Biscayne Blvd. Members $50; non-members $60; children 12 and under $25. Information and registration:


You’ll Say You Saw Them When....

National YoungArts Week celebrates the finalists chosen to compete in the National YoungArts Foundation’s annual competition. During “finals week,” Monday through Friday, January 8-12, they’ll enjoy mentoring and classes. Each night culminates with performances and exhibits for the public (and judges) that include music, theater, dance, song, literary readings, films, and visual arts. Events take place at the New World Center (500 17th St.) in Miami Beach, the Jewel Box and Gallery at the YoungArts Campus (2100 Biscayne Blvd.), and at PAMM (1103 Biscayne Blvd.). Stay tuned for the winners next month. For lineup and ticket information:


Transcription for Psychedelic Piano

The Miami International Piano Festival continues Sunday, January 14, at 5:00 p.m., with Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, transcribed for piano by Franz Liszt. Pianist Kemal Gekić performs the symphony, for which Berlioz himself wrote (autobiographical) program notes: “A young musician of morbid sensitivity and ardent imagination poisons himself with opium in a moment of despair caused by frustrated love.” The opium doesn’t kill him, but the score does take the listener along some bizarre hallucinations. “Berlioz tells it like it is,” said Leonard Bernstein of this work. “You take a trip, you wind up screaming at your own funeral.” Yet it’s one of the great romantic masterpieces. A multimedia presentation accompanies this can’t-miss performance. Tickets $35, Aventura Art & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St.,


Family Fest Opens New Season

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, January 9, when first-access passes become available for the opening event of the Arsht Center’s tenth annual Family Fest season: Story Pirates on Saturday, January 20, at 1:30 p.m. This group offers musical comedy based on stories written by children ages 5-12. The shows have been called a “mix between School House Rock and Monty Python,” and our show features two new stories written by South Florida youngsters. Knight Concert Hall (1300 Biscayne Blvd.). For first-access: 305-949-6722;; or the box office window.


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Ocean Drive between 5th and 13th streets is closed to traffic from Friday through Sunday, January 12-14, when the Miami Design Preservation League puts on its annual Art Deco Weekend. Like Miami Beach itself, the festival can go from classic to kitsch in the twinkling of an eye. Events on tap: walking tours; an antique/art promenade; theater; jazz, Afro-Cuban, cabaret, blues, and swing artists, with room for dancing; a Deco Kids Club and Deco Dog show; a classic car show; retro fashion; a lecture series; and related activities at the Art Deco Museum, PAMM, and Wolfsonian-FIU Museum.


Jewish Film Fest Turns 21

This year’s Miami Jewish Film Festival: 62 films, 20 countries, 50 filmmakers and special guests on hand. Premières: 3 world, 2 North American, 3 Florida. Films directed by women: 12. An “Israel at 70” program, with special guests, award-winning films, celebrated directors. Dates: Thursday, January 11, through Thursday, January 25, and don’t tell us there’s no screening near you: Aventura Center (3385 NE 188th St., 305-466-8002); Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center (20400 NE 30th Ave., 305-937-1880); Coral Gables Art Cinema (260 Aragon Ave., 786-385-9689); Miami Beach JCC (4221 Pine Tree Dr., 305-284-4861); Miami Beach Cinematheque (1130 Washington Ave., 305-284-4861); O Cinema Miami Shores (9806 NE 2nd Ave., 786-565-3456); Regal Cinemas South Beach (1120 Lincoln Rd., 305-674-6766); Temple Beth Am (5950 SW 88th St., 305-667-6667); and Temple Beth Sholom (4144 Chase Ave., Miami Beach, 305-538-7231). Tickets: $13. Festival passes: $275.


Chocoholics, This Is For You

We Americans reportedly eat over 11 pounds of chocolate per person per year, somehow fitting as we head toward Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s 12th annual Chocolate Festival. From Friday, January 19, through Sunday, January 21, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the fest features a decadence of chocolate, chocolatiers and chocolate vendors, chocolate-infused foods and drinks, a ChocoWalk, ChocoKids, even a ChocoSpa. You’ll also find classes, demos, and special lectures. The garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Rd. Tickets: members free, adults $25, seniors $18, children (6-17) $12, children 5 and under free.


StringsandPercussionofClassicalIranStrings and Percussion of Classical Iran

The annual Axis of Love three-concert series returns to the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave.) on Saturday, January 27, at 8:00 p.m. with music from Iranian-born Sahba Motallebi, a virtuoso of the tar and its linguistic younger cousin, the sitar. In this concert, she’s joined by another Iranian, Naghmeh Farahmand, on traditional percussion instruments like the tonbak and daf, prominent in Sufi and Kurdish rhythms. Tickets: $20 advance, $25 day of concert, $50 for the series pass. or


Hungry, and Hungry for Change

Miami Light Project Presents performance artist Dan Froot and Company, performing his work Pang!, which uses the stylings of live radio shows, e.g., multiple mikes, sound effects props, and live piano and sax, to tell the stories of three families living with hunger. Pang! is presented Friday and Saturday, January 26 and 27, at 8:00 p.m. at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26th St.) in Wynwood. Froot is the recipient of numerous fellowships, commissions, and awards; previous works include Live Sax Acts, Seventeen Kilos of Garlic, Shlammer, and Who’s Hungry? Tickets $15-$25. 305-576-4350.


WorldMusicatItsBestWorld Music at Its Best

The Umalali Women’s Project of the Garifuna Collective revolves around a group of female vocalists from Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras, accompanied by musicians playing traditional hand drums, turtle shells, guitars, and bass. Their music, evocative at times of Cesária Évora’s, has been called “the perfect demonstration” of universal music. In 2001, UNESCO declared Garifuna music, language, and dance “a masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity.” They’re in Miami for just two performances, Saturday, January 27, at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 28, at 3:00 p.m., courtesy of FUNDarte at On.Stage Black Box at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium (2901 W. Flagler St.) Tickets: $30 adults; $25 seniors and students (limited): and at the box office, M-F 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Info: 305-547-5414; 786-348-0789.


Compiled by BT contributor Dinah McNichols. 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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