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Written by Dinah McNichols, BT Contributor   

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.


YYoureTherefortheArchitectureRememberou’re There for the Architecture, Remember

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.


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Events December 2017 PDF Print E-mail
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December 2017

North_Miami_Holiday_Light_SpectacularNorth Miami Holiday Light Spectacular

Each December, North Miami residents on a quiet cul-de-sac turn up the wattage with dazzling tree lights and front-yard tableaux during Holiday Lights at Enchanted Place. Illuminated nightly from 6:00 to 11:00 through Saturday, January 6, the twinkling extravaganza is located on Enchanted Place, off NE 16th Avenue and parallel to Enchanted Forest Elaine Gordon Park. It’s the residents’ gift to the rest of us. On Facebook: Enchanted Place of North Miami.

Vizcaya_Village_Re-Creates_Olden_YuletideVizcaya Village Re-Creates Olden Yuletide

James Deering took possession of his winter residence on Christmas Day 1916, and Vizcaya re-creates that bygone holiday splendor this month during regular hours. On Saturday through Monday, December 2-4, and Sunday, December 10, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., courtyard stations host ornament making for estate trees. Clear Wednesday, December 13, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., for the inaugural Holiday Evening at Vizcaya Village. The families that worked the estate had their residences and offices in the 12-acre “village” (3250 S. Miami Ave.) across the street, and this celebration highlights their winter traditions. Wander, enjoy tours, treats, and music; families who come for Holiday Evening get passes for Vizcaya.; 305-250-9133.


Cracking_the_NutCracking the Nut

Parents, time’s running out. If you want tickets for your little Claras and Mouse Kings, don’t delay. At the Arsht Center, two performances only, Saturday, December 2, don’t miss the very cool, touring Hip Hop Nutcracker, set to Tchaikovsky but in New York, with an onstage DJ, hip-hop choreography, and rapper Kurtis Blow. Also at the Arsht, Miami City Ballet presents Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker with Balanchine’s choreography from Friday, December 16, through Sunday, September 24, evenings and some matinees. The touring Moscow Ballet presents The Great Russian Nutcracker on Saturday, December 30, at the Fillmore in Miami Beach (1700 Washington Ave.) for a 3:00 p.m. matinee only.


Actual Art Week Freebies

Art Basel is a masterstroke of marketing, with its shows, satellite shows, and pay-per-parties. But there’s plenty in Miami Beach that’s free, including nightly arts films at Soundscape Park and the Colony Theatre; “Territorial,” an installation of 11 “site-transforming” works of public art at Collins Park; two walking tours (registration a must); and nearly 20 talks at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens featuring artists, social activists, collectors, patrons, critics, journalists, art dealers, and museum curators and directors, over three days. On Wednesday, December 6, at 8:00 p.m., at SoundScape Park, catch the first two movements of Jim Shaw’s rock opera The Rinse Cycle (snarky nod to Wagner’s Ring Cycle). See “Off the Basel Path” (page 58) for details. For many more events, go to


Miami Street Photography Festival

What does it take to be a documentary or street photographer? Irony? Empathy? The ability to see the world in a grain of sand? You’ll get a bit closer to understanding at the Miami Street Photography Festival from Thursday through Saturday, December 7-9, 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 10, noon to 5:00 p.m., at HistoryMiami (101 W. Flagler St.). On view: works from 93 international finalists. All exhibits and events are free, though some classes and workshops are paid/private events. Acclaimed photogs on hand are expected to include Miami’s Maggie Steber, Vineet Vohra, Ibarionex Perello Alessandra Sanguinetti, Constantine Manos, Larry Fink, Richard Sandler, and Harvey Stein. For a schedule and to register for free tickets: More info:


They’ve Got Street Cred

Buskerfest returns with scores of local performers Friday, December 15, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. How to find them? Ride the free Metromover, and wherever you get off along the Inner Loop, listen for laughter and applause. Enjoy the show, then hop back on to your next busker-do. Bring your spare change -- the buskers will thank you. Related Bayfront Park fun: Children’s Corner activities each half hour from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and at 6:00 p.m., “Blast From 305’s Past,” video from the Wolfson’s Moving Image Archives. At 7:00 p.m., everyone convenes at Bayfront Park for the Buskextravaganza and a special performance.


MISO’s Pop-Up Series at the Palm Court

The Miami Symphony Orchestra continues its free performance series in the Design District on Friday, December 15, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., at the Palm Court plaza (140 NE 39th St.). The event is presented by the Knight Foundation, produced by Emilio Estefan, and sponsored by Estefan Kitchen. No program or guest announcements yet, but judging from October’s program, look for a mix of Latin, pop, Broadway, and classics; and don’t be surprised if an Estefan takes the stage. or


Behind the Wynwood Murals

Too late for Basel, but you could be speaking like a true “gallerist” once you’ve taken HistoryMiami’s History of Street Art walking tour through Wynwood. Set for Saturday December 16, 11:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., the tour includes the murals and installations; the history of graffiti in the world; and the backstory of the old Garment District’s makeover. Meet at Panther Coffee (2390 NW 2nd Ave.); the event ends at the Concrete Beach Brewery for a tour and tastings. Reservations,

Get Your Mango On

The 36th King Mango Strut on Sunday, December 31, brings the perfect touch of mania to cap this año bizarro. As usual, headlines from the past year are fodder for costumes and props, and faux and legit marching bands. No pomp, much parody. Bring a cooler, a folder chair, your best belly laughs, and you’ll fit right in. Everything is free. At noon kids 5 to 12 can take part in the pre-Strut Little Miss (and Little King) Mango Pageant and then ride in the parade’s opening float. The Strut gets officially under way at 2:00 p.m. in central Coconut Grove, but arrive early since the fun lasts all day. For details and map:


New Year’s Eve at Bayfront Park

Fireworks? Check. Big Orange? Check. Pitbull (Mr. 305 himself)? Okay, then. You’re covered for Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution at Bayfront Park (301 Biscayne Blvd.). Billed as the largest NYE party in South Florida, it features a free concert (at the amphitheater) and family event featuring a food and wine festival (ticketed), food vendors, and the lightshow at midnight. The party starts at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 31, and lasts until 12:30 a.m. You know the routine: try the Metrorail and Metromover Inner Loop; and no bottles, cans, coolers, or fireworks.


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Events November 2017 PDF Print E-mail
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November 2017

A Film in Bold Bushstrokes

A film painted frame by frame? You bet -- more than a hundred painters spent six years restyling scores of van Gogh’s celebrated works and aligning them with human movement to make 65,000 frames of Loving Vincent, “the world’s first fully painted feature animation.” The film uses the artist’s paintings and correspondence to explore his final days. Did he really die by his own hand? Screenings begin Friday, November 3, at O Cinema Miami Beach (500 71st St.). Members $7.50, general admission $11, students/seniors $9.50.


Flamenco Heat

Francisco Hidalgo, Anabel Moreno, and the dance company of Madrid’s Casa Patas Flamenco Foundation-Conservatory return to Miami to perform Binomio on Saturday, November 4 (8:30 p.m.), and Sunday, November 5 (3:00 p.m.), at Miami-Dade County Auditorium (2901 W. Flagler St.). Fiery, sensual, technically brilliant -- all define Binomio, the energy coursing between two dancers. Tickets $30; $25 for students and seniors; or 800-745-3000, and at the box office.


MusicfromtheHeartofPakistanMusic (and Jazz) from the Heart of Pakistan

Sachal Ensemble’s 2011 studio recording of Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five” in Pakistan was a YouTube hit that brought these musicians to Western awareness. The 2015 documentary Song of Lahore, following their journey to Lincoln Center to play with Wynton Marsalis, made them unforgettable. Now on their first U.S. tour, the ensemble performs Saturday, November 4, at 8:00 p.m. at the Olympia Theater, 174 E. Flagler St. These virtuosi of Pakistani classical and folk music were brought together by Izzat Majeed, first to save the nation’s non-religious music and instruments banned by the Taliban, and then to share his love of jazz. They perform both, one show only. Tickets: $25-$55.


A Fall Festival Flourish at Fairchild

Post-Hurricane Irma cleanup has put things back on track for Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s Fall Festival and 77th Ramble, from Friday through Sunday, November 10-12, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Events take place at different locations throughout the garden so you’ll enjoy its beauty as you amble to your destinations. On tap: gardening demos, plant talks, and sales; cooking, chefs, and food; craft and antique books on sale; a kids’ zone; and live music all day long. Members free; adults $25; seniors $18; children (6-17): $12; free for 5 and younger.


RaucousPaperAirplaneTourRaucous Paper Airplane Tour

Ben Folds has worn many hats: band member, balladeer, prolific writer and producer of pop, rock, indie, and alt, contributor to film soundtracks. Did we mention piano virtuoso and most affable showman? He’s now an artistic adviser for the National Symphony Orchestra (watch him on YouTube compose a full orchestral piece onstage in ten minutes). Folds comes to the Olympia Theater with his Paper Airplane Request Tour on Sunday, November, 12, at 8:00 p.m. Besides regular tickets, two VIP packages are available.


VetsDayParadesPicnicsandPraiseVets Day: Parades, Picnics, and Praise

This Veteran’s Day, let’s give our service members a high five in thanks. If you’re in Coconut Grove on Friday, November 10, you can join the remembrance ceremony at 9:30 a.m. at Charlotte Jane Memorial Cemetery (3650 Charles Ave.); then watch the parade at 11:15 a.m. as it winds through town to Elizabeth Virrick Park (3255 Plaza St.), where speakers and lunch await (305-461-5506). On Saturday in North Miami, festivities begin at 10:00 a.m. and include ceremonies and a Family Day, so bring a lawn chair and enjoy music, a picnic, and kids’ activities at Griffing Park (12220 Griffing Blvd., 305-895-9840). In North Miami Beach, festivities begin at 11:00 a.m., at the All Wars Memorial Park, 16500 NE 16th Ave. (305-948-2957), north of the amphitheater. The Miami Beach parade, with marching bands, floats, and military groups, also Saturday, starts at 11:11 a.m., along Ocean Drive from 5th to 14th streets, followed by ceremonies, a picnic, and fly-in from the All-Veterans Parachute Team (305-673-7000).


Hangout, Partake, Collaborate

The Porch is a great place to take a break each day of the Miami Book Fair, running this year from Sunday through Sunday, November 12-19. Enjoy the open air and a full program of entertainment, instead of joining the rush-crush home. Located at the northwest corner of NE 2nd Ave. and NE 3rd St., it’s billed as the fair’s “ultimate urban hangout” for watching improv comedy, or theatrical and dance performances, live music, film, and art all week. Each day offers a new schedule, lasting from late afternoon into the night, and all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The opening program begins at 4:00 p.m. Sunday. On Monday, events start at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday at 5:00 p.m., Friday at 9:30 a.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 a.m. For daily Porch events:


The Sounds of Little Haiti

If it’s the third Friday, it’s the Sounds of Little Haiti Friday night, the free outdoor concert and social at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, its gift to local Haitians and us fellow Miamians. Mark the date: Friday, November 17, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. No eating before you go! A DJ curates samplings of the greatest and latest Haitian bands, and there’ll be plenty for sale, from island foods and spices to arts and crafts. The complex is located at 212-260 NE 59th Terr. Info:


Little Havana History Refresher

New to Miami? Old-timer feeling stale? Why not take a stroll with BT contributor Paul George, resident historian at HistoryMiami? He’ll be leading a Little Miami History and Culture Walk on Saturday, November 18, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. The group leaves from Los Pineraños Frutería (1334 SW 8th St.) and features the famous ceiba tree with Santería connections, the art of cigar making, and intriguing local lore. Museum members $20, non-members $30, children up to 12 $10. Tickets include admission to HistoryMiami Museum.


Those Bearded Ladies Are Eclectic and Electric

Miami Light Project and Miami Theater Center present the cabaret group Bearded Ladies in Marlene and the Machine, in which the aging film star “gives musical seminars on emotional control.” With music of Marlene Dietrich, Fiona Apple, and Regina Spektor, and a backdrop of German Expressionism, the audience heads into a “shadowy, atonal world.” Want more? How about “wildly entertaining”? Or in their own words: “Our shows tackle the politics of gender, identity, and artistic invention with sparkle and wit.” Well said. Performances Thursday, November 16, through Saturday, November 19, 8:00 p.m. at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26th St.)


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Events October 2017 PDF Print E-mail
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October 2017

Copper Fest Celebrates Our Melting Pot

Irma put a damper on September, but the resilient Copper Fest is back on the calendar Wednesday, October 4, through Sunday, October 8, with most events at the Little Haiti Cultural Center (212 NE 59th Terr.). The Copperbridge Foundation hosts this cross-cultural arts celebration with a lineup that includes group and solo art exhibitions; a full day of family fun at MOCA (770 NE 125th St., North Miami) with classes and workshops, followed by music from Agape with Nadia Harris, the Soul of Brass, and DJ Erick Paredes. And there’s more -- the Cuban modern dance company DanzAbierta performs Friday, October 6. For the complete schedule (most events are free; a few require an RSVP):


Ibero-American Cinemafest Turns Two

The second annual Ibero-American Film Festival features full-length films, shorts, documentaries, and animated and student films from Europe, the Americas, and Cuba. Colombian director and producer Sergio Cabrera serves as jury president. The festival takes place at Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center (2705 Southwest 3rd St.) and includes daytime events, as well as opening night Friday, October 6, followed by première night and awards night, Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8. A tiered ticketing system, $25 to $300, is explained at


While You’re in the Neighborhood...

HistoryMiami offers a Petite Haiti Culture Walk on Saturday, October 7, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The tour sets off from the Little Haiti Cultural Complex (212 NE 59th Terr.), but not without a look through the center’s art galleries and Caribbean Marketplace. Participants also stop by Libreri Mapou Creole and French bookstore, the acknowledged heartbeat of the neighborhood. Don’t miss out on the area art and cooking. Members: $20, non-members: $30, children 12 and under: $10. Ticket includes admission to HistoryMiami Museum.


Aventura Hosts Foreign Film Series

The Aventura Foreign Film Series opens with the award-winning, darkly funny 2016 film The Teacher. Set in Czechoslovakia in 1983, a new schoolteacher comes to town who’s a poobah in the local Communist Party. But beneath her engaging demeanor beats a rapacious heart, and when she begins to leverage good grades for parental odd jobs and other “favors,” divisions erupt between those who will and those who won’t. The film screens Tuesday, October 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.). Shelly Isaacs, founder of Café Cinematheque International, hosts. Tickets: $12 through or 877-311-7469.


Downtown Arts Days Is Looking Up

Let a little wind take the wind out of our sails? No way. Downtown Art Days has reset its calendar to run from Friday, October 13, through Saturday and Sunday, October 14 and 15. It’ll be brimming with events and activities, most of which are free. The Miami Center for Architecture and Design (MCAD, at 100 NE 1st Ave.) serves as Art Days Hub. You can plan your days along themed tracks (e.g., exhibits, tours, talks, theater, films, music, indoor, outdoor, children’s, etc.); or cherry-pick from each day’s schedule. Whichever you prefer, details are a click away, as are venues, maps, apps, and more:


Project_305WallCastProject 305’s WallCast and the Music of Place

Don’t miss the New World Symphony’s Wallcast, with a subscription performance Saturday, October 21, in the concert hall that’s simulcast for free on the 7000-square-foot wall right outside in SoundScape Park, next to the New World Center (500 17th Street) in Miami Beach. The main work on the program is the première of Miami in Movements, a crowdsourced symphony-cum-video, with contributions from more than a thousand Miami-Dade residents who tried to capture the music of place. Composer Ted Hearne and filmmaker Jonathan David Kane are the lead artists on the work, born of a collaboration between the NWS and MIT Media Lab. Bring a picnic and arrive early for free tours of the center, exhibits, and performances by local artists. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.


Do_You_Love_the_MothDo You Love The Moth?

The Moth Radio Hour, that is -- the eerily intimate, heartbreaking, thigh-slapping, breathtaking hour of storytelling-on-a-theme that airs weekly on public radio? Now comes Miami GrandSLAM on Thursday, October 26, at 8:00 p.m. at the Olympia Theater (174 E. Flagler St.), during which the winners of ten smaller Miami StorySLAMs compete before teams of judges selected from the audience. Judge for yourself whether you’ve emerged a Mothophile. Language and theme may be adult. Our notice says “champs tell tales of dog people versus cat people; fire versus ice; politic versus truth. Krispy Kreme versus tofu.”


This Cemetery May Hold Plot Twists

Historian Paul George has a working birthday Friday, October 27, leading both of HistoryMiami’s annual Ghosts of Miami City Cemetery Walking Tour. The first group departs, so to speak, at 5:30 p.m., and the second at 8:00 p.m. Miami City Cemetery (1800 NE 2nd Ave.) is the county’s oldest municipal cemetery; George will focus on early settlers and civic leaders, as well as the spooky endings that befell some of the site’s permanent residents. Park inside the cemetery front gate. For reservations and tickets (which include admission to HistoryMiami Museum): or 305-375-1492.


French with a Cuban Twist

Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé Diaz, the twin sisters of the musical duo Ibeyi, know music. Their father was the late Cuban conguero Angá Díaz, and their mother, Maya Dagnino, a French-Venezuelan singer. Classically trained, they sing in English, French, and Yoruba, and blend pop, hip-hop, electronic music, jazz, and soul with traditional instruments and Yoruba sounds. Ibeyi had their musical debut in 2015 and perform internationally, returning every year from Paris to Cuba. This fall, thanks to the Rhythm Foundation, they return to Miami as well, taking the stage Saturday, October 28, at 8:00 p.m. at the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach). Tickets: $30. or 305-672-5202.


Flamenco_Legends_Paco_de_Lucia_ProjectFlamenco Legends: Paco de Lucía Project

Flamenco guitar legend and Spain’s gift to the world, the late Paco de Lucía experimented often with the genre that brought him fame, and worked with jazz artists and classical arrangers as well. Javier Limón, a longtime record producer and collaborator of de Lucía’s (and winner of ten Latin Grammys himself), has brought together the musicians who toured with de Lucía in the final decade his career. They’ll perform one night only, Sunday, October 29, at 7:00 p.m., again courtesy of the Rhythm Foundation, at the Olympia Theater (174 E. Flagler St.). Tickets: $37, $47, and $57.


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Events September 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Caitlin Granfield, BT Contributor   

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

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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Tito Puente Jr. Onstage North Miami Beach


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.


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 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


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