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October 2018

Midweek Freebies in Soundscape Park

Soundscape Cinema Series opens a season of free midweek, family-friendly, after-work (or after-dinner) movies shown in surround sound on the 7000-square-foot projection wall of the New World Center in Soundscape Park (400 17th St., Miami Beach). Films start at 8:00 p.m., with the first one a screening of 1984’s fantasy The NeverEnding Story on Wednesday, October 3, followed each Wednesday this month by Isle of Dogs, The Red Shoes, A Quiet Place, and, on Halloween, October 31, a restored Night of the Living Dead, which came to life 50 years ago. www.nws.edu.

 

Major Laughs from Micro Performances

El Centro Cultural Español and Microtheater Miami continue their “Catch Me on Social Media, Put a Like on It!” season with showtimes Thursdays through Sundays, October 4-7 and 11-14. Performances run from 8:00 p.m. to midnight and consist of 15-minute plays, all showing concurrently and eight times per night, with programming in English and Spanish. What’s more, they’re performed inside shipping containers for 15 spectators and cost just $6 per play. While you wait, enjoy the patio bar and food trucks, and contemplate what social media has done to your life. There are three playlets in English and six in Spanish, though we’ll bet that the humor transcends language. See one, see all on a night of theater shorts, at the CCE (1490 Biscayne Blvd.). Parking is available on NE 2nd Avenue between 14th and 15th streets, with a $5 validation at the ticket booth. www.microtheatermiami.com.

 

The Experimental Keyboardist

Italian avant-garde pianist Roberto Cacciapaglia comes to Miami for Italian Hit Week and a performance Saturday, October 6, 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:00) at the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach). One of Italy’s most inventive composer/musicians, Cacciapaglia blends synthesizers and conventional instruments, and experiments with both electronic and classical genres. His objective, he has said, is to take the piano, that most fundamental of instruments, and use technology to release its “harmonic, non-audible…invisible sounds, to make them audible and perceivable.” His career includes a mastery of 12-tone compositions, quadraphonic albums, and numerous collaborations and performances worldwide. The concert is free but requires an RSVP to www.rhythmfoundation.

 

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The actors of Los Colochos Teatro from Mexico City have been touring worldwide with Mendoza, an adaptation of Macbeth dropped into revolutionary Mexico with the same allure of power and its tragic consequences. The play comes to Miami Thursday and Friday, October 11-12, 8:30 each night at the On.Stage Black Box Theater at Miami-Dade County Auditorium (2901 W. Flagler St.). Performed in Spanish with English supertitles, Mendoza employs six actors and three actresses, all onstage for the full 90-minute production. Tickets: $30 adults, $25 seniors and students. www.ticketmaster.com and at the auditorium box office, 305-547-5414. http://fundarte.us.

 

Ghoulies That Go Bump in the Night

Brave enough to take a nighttime ghost tour through Arch Creek Park? Professional storyteller Melinda Munger leads three hikes Wednesdays, October 10 and 31, and Friday, October 26, 7:30-9:30 p.m. through the woods to fill you in on the area’s haunted history. Meet at the nature center inside the park (1855 NE 135th St.), dress for hiking, and bring your flashlight and insect repellant. Not recommended for children under 9. Registration required. https://rms.miamidade.gov.

 

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Yamandu Costa is a virtuoso of the seven-string Brazilian classical guitar. A composer and stylist as well, the Latin Grammy nominee twice over (2010, 2014) has recorded 13 CDs and three DVDs, and toured worldwide to acclaim, playing not just the classical guitar works with symphony orchestras but also bossa nova, milonga, tango, samba, and chamamé folk style. A wonder to behold, he’ll be performing at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center on Sunday, October 14, at 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $30-$35. www.aventuracenter.org.

 

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Africa’s most celebrated musician, Youssou N’Dour, seems to have a charmed life. In his 30-year career, he’s worked as Senegal’s tourism minister, been a UNICEF ambassador, acted in film, composed music and lyrics, and owned a newspaper, radio station, and television station. Yet it’s his voice, described by Rolling Stone as “so extraordinary that the history of Africa seems locked inside it,” that makes reviewers reach for superlatives. His band, Super Étoile, has been hailed as the greatest in the world. He brings the group to the Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall (1300 Biscayne Blvd.) on Friday, October 26, for an 8:00 p.m. show, with tickets priced from $40 to $85. www.arshtcenter.org.

 

City Cemetery Spooks and Sagas

So popular is the annual Ghosts of Miami City Cemetery that HistoryMiami offers two outings this year, both on Friday, October 26, at 5:30 and 8:00 p.m. Historian Paul George leads the tombstone tours and regales with hair-raising snippets of local history. For some online context, revisit the BT’s June cover story on the place, “Rest in Pieces.” Costumes are welcome; reservations required. Tickets: members $20, non-members $30, children 12 and under: $10. www.historymiami.org.

 

Wynwood’s HallowMania

It’s billed as Miami’s biggest Halloween free block party, also known as HalloWYN at MANA Wynwood, but you can expect to engage in a fair amount of “booze, food, music, and shopping.” Come in your most outrageous costume Wednesday, October 31, 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m., and enjoy food trucks, costume contests, an artisans market, and plenty of “live art” and music. Located at the Mana Production Lots (i.e., the food truck lots, 2250 NW 2nd Ave.). RSVP online for a free drink ticket. https://hallowynblockparty.com/

 

Now for the Real Deal

For a serious take on the power of ritual: reserve your place for a two-hour Little Haiti Vodou Tour early next month. You’ll disregard Hollywood distortions of Haiti’s vodou culture in favor of actual lore and legends, not to mention vodou’s history in the Americas, from its arrival with slaves in the 17th century to its survival under their forced conversions, the Haiti rebellions, and the religion as practiced today. You’ll hear about vodou saints and holidays, priestess/practitioners, and ceremonies and temples, and visit a botanica, where you may find just the amulet you need. Reservations are a must for this tour, slated for two Saturdays, November 3 and 10, 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. each day, leaving from the Caribbean marketplace (5925 NE 2nd Ave.). Tickets: $35-$90; details: www.littlehaiticulturalcenter.com.

 

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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