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August 2018

African Dance and Drum Fest Turns Nine

Miami’s Delou Africa, a nonprofit that teaches about traditional African culture through dance, drum, music, and art, hosts its annual African Diaspora Dance and Drum Festival this weekend, Friday through Sunday, August 3-5. An event for all ages (and energy levels), the fest features performances; fashion and crafts bazaars; food vendors; dance and instrumental workshops ($10, $20, and up); and a free children’s zone offering dance and drum workshops, crafts, and storytelling. Saturday and Sunday are the big days, with Saturday’s concert extravaganza, “Journey of the Mask,” beginning at 8:00 p.m. and showcasing ensembles from Africa, the Caribbean, Miami, and elsewhere in the U.S. ($35 general admission; $20 for students and seniors). Head to the Little Haiti Cultural Center (212 NE 59th Terr.), and check online for the full schedule and assorted costs: www.adddff.delouafrica.org.

 

DesignDistrictWalkaboutDesign District Walkabout

The Miami Design District and Arts Encounters offer three guided tours each month that highlight the neighborhood’s public art. On Saturday, August 4, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m., Margery Gordon of Art Encounters introduces participants to some of the area’s signature artworks, ending with a tour of the Institute of Contemporary Art Miami. On Saturday, August 25, also from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m., the walking tour winds up at the Juan Carlos Maldonado Art Collection. Then on Wednesday, August 15, 6:20 to 8:00 p.m., the walk includes public art along Paseo Ponti through Jade Alley to the new Paradise Plaza, ending at the Museum Garage. All tours are free. Meet at the Fly’s Eye Dome (by Buckminster Fuller) in the center of Palm Court (enter at 140 NE 39th St.). www.miamidesigndistrict.net.

 

MangoManiaStrikesAgainMango Mania Strikes Again

Mango season is at its peak, and South Florida’s devotion to the sweet cultivar has given rise to yet another festival in its honor -- this one the inaugural South Beach Mango Festival, taking place Sunday, August 5, at Lummus Park (12th Street and Ocean Drive) in MB. Running from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., the festival celebrates the mango every which way, including a mango-eating contest for the kids, best mango recipe contest, mango prep and cooking classes, mango desserts, and mango vendors and growers. Lots of entertainment for the kids, plus live music from the band HyRyZe and singer/songwriter Johnny Rez. Tickets cost $20. www.sobemangofest.com.

 

Behold the Flashlight Brigade

Arch Creek Park offers two Campfire and Night Walks through the grounds on Friday, August 10 and 24, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., to teach us more about the area’s nocturnal creatures. Maybe you’ll learn how to identify bird calls and animal tracks; you could spy night spiders and other creatures who hunt and play after dark. Meet at the EcoCenter. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring insect repellant, a flashlight, and marshmallows to roast at the campfire at the end of the trail. Fee: $6. Info: 305-944-6111, park office; preregistration: rms.miamidade.gov/Saturn/Activities/Search.

 

Heritage Trust Takes to the Roads

Dade Heritage Trust leads a bike ride and tour through the historic Roads neighborhood just west of Brickell. Designed as a residential neighborhood by Mary Brickell, the triangular-shaped area features pedestrian-friendly, tree-lined streets and roundabouts, interesting architecture -- and a surprise tour destination just for this intrepid group. Set for Sunday, August 12, from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m., the tour leaves from Trust headquarters (190 SE 12th Terr.) Fee: $5 members; $10 nonmembers; youngsters 12 and up. Rental bikes available in advance at Brickell Bikes: 305-373-3633. dadeheritagetrust.org.

 

20thAnnualAfro-CubanDanceFestival20th Annual Afro-Cuban Dance Festival

IFE-ILE Dance Company, founded in 1998 to explore the African roots of South Florida dance traditions, presents its annual Afro-Cuban Dance Festival on Friday, August 17. The program begins at 8:00 p.m. at Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center (2705 SW 3rd St.), and features traditional and contemporary styles of Afro-Cuban dance, as well as performances of rumba, salsa, and ritual “spirit” dances. Tickets $20; discounts available. Check www.ife-ile.org to view other events, like the parade at Domino Park in Little Havana, dance workshops, and a children’s camp, offered in the days preceding the performance. ife-ile.org/festival/festival.

 

Sunset Cruise to Stiltsville

What could be better than a sunset cruise on Biscayne Bay with a raconteur to stir your imagination and the sea breeze ruffling your hair? HistoryMiami’s resident historian (and BT contributor), Paul George, leads this voyage to the bay’s flats and Stiltsville, shoving off Saturday, August 18, at 6:00 p.m. from Miamarina at Bayside Marketplace (401 Biscayne Blvd.) aboard an Island Queen Cruises vessel (snacks and drinks available for purchase aboard ship). The tour returns at 8:30. Museum members: $50, non-members: $60, children 12 and under: $25. historymiami.org.

 

Your Guide to Urban Tactics

MDC’s Museum of Art and Design brings in architect Tony Garcia, who heads the Miami office of Street Plans Collaborative and is recognized worldwide for his work in infrastructure for public transit, as well as pedestrian and bike traffic. His topic: “Disrupting the Order of Things: How to Get Involved and Get Things Done.” He’ll explain the Tactical Urbanism movement springing up across the country and offer guidelines for grassroots efforts to facilitate long-term sustainability through incremental change. The two-hour presentation takes place Saturday, August 25, starting at 4:00 p.m. in the Citizen Design Lab, second floor of Freedom Tower (600 Biscayne Blvd.). Free. calendar.mdc.edu.

 

Home Expo Opens a World of Want

Got the urge to re-twig your nest? Head over to the Miami Home Design and Remodeling Show from Friday, August 31, to Monday, September 3 (Labor Day), at Mana Wynwood Convention Center (318 NW 23rd St.). Hours: Friday: 4:00 to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday: noon to 9:30 p.m.; Monday: noon to 7:30 p.m. The expo features ideas for inside and out, from furniture and décor to appliances and pergolas. Look for John Gidding of TLC’s Trading Spaces, who’ll be at several events. Admission: $10 adults, just a buck for children 11 and under. homeshows.net.

 

Siempre Flamenco Simmers at the Arsht

You say it’s hot outside? Steamier than a performance of Miami flamenco? See for yourself at Siempre Flamenco’s 13th annual Festival de Cante Flamenco, returning to the intimate Carnival Studio Theater of the Adrienne Arsht Center (1300 Biscayne Blvd.) Friday, August 31, through Sunday, September 2. The programs (two evening performances, two matinees) feature Spanish singers Macarena de Jerez, Paco del Pozo, and José Méndez, dancer José Barrios, guitarists José Luis de la Paz and José Cortes Panzekito, plus Siempre Flamenco’s founding members, guitarist Fonta Paco and dancer Celia Fonta. General admission tickets: $48. arshtcenter.org.

 

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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