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May 2017

Improv Classes, Standup, and Open Mic

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

 

Houdini’s Life Captured at Arsht

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

 

An_Arts Festival_for_Kids_of_All_AbilitiesAn Arts Festival for Kids of All Abilities

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

 

Cruise Past Our Famous Landmarks

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

 

Opening_Day_for_Frost_Science_MuseumOpening Day for Frost Science Museum

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

 

Experimental Artists Showcase Their Talent

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

 

Haitian Food, Musicians, and Crafts

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

 

Ballet Troupe’s Season Finale

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

 

Family_Seagrass_Adventure_in_Key_BiscayneFamily Seagrass Adventure in Key Biscayne

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

 

Biggest Orchid Show in the US of A

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

 

Compiled by BT contributor Caitlin Granfield. Please send information and images to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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