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May 23rd
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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.


ProdigiousMusicalityProdigious Musicality

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


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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