Nixon as TV Host? That’s Entertainment!
With the presidential election a month away, Mad Cat Theatre Company presents a fitting comedy called Why Not? With Richard Nixon. In the play, the 37th president is a late-night TV host with daughter Tricia and longtime pal Bebe Reboso of Key Biscayne. The show includes timely political humor that “spirals into a series of musical outbursts and heated interrogations that history couldn’t have made up on its own,” says Broadway World.” See it at Miami Theater Center’s SandBox Theater (9816 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores), Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2, and from Thursday, September 6, through Sunday, October 9, with 8:00 show times. Directed by Paul Tei, founder of Mad Cat. Tickets: $15 and up. www.madcattheatre.org.
III Points Puts the Local in Focus
Blending terrific homegrown musical talent with international performers on five stages, III Points Music, Art, and Technology Festival kicks off at Mana Wynwood (318 NW 23rd St.) from Friday, October 7, through Sunday, October 9. Lots of music, arists, labs, tech talk, plus a virtual reality lounge on all three days. On Saturday, October 8, join Exile Books and learn to make zines (those mini self-published magazines, for you Luddites). Tickets start at $70. Parking lot at 1700 NE 2nd Ave. More info and specific times at www.iiipoints.com.
Celebrate the Arsht’s Birthday
For the Arsht Center’s 10th Birthday Celebration on Saturday, October 8, we’re being treated to a day of free performances on the center’s three stages: the Knight Concert Hall, Carnival Studio Theater, and the Ziff Ballet Opera House. Starting at 11:00 a.m., the shows include the jungle fantasy Cirque Dreams, Japanese drumming of Fushu Daiko, and Afrobeta, Rara Lakay, Delou Africa, Bluejay, Spanglish Wrangler, Bahamas Junkanoo Revue, and more local talent. A ticketed ($10) performance featuring CeeLo Green, Spam All-Stars, and Tiempo Libre starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Ziff Ballet Opera House. Visit www.arshtcenter.org.
Like Father, Like Child?
Three-time New York Dance and Performance Bessie winner Nora Chipaumire choreographs Portrait of Myself as My Father, on a stage that becomes a boxing ring and along a theme that “celebrates and critiques masculinity -- the black African male in particular,” complete with football, boxing, and West African tribal attire. The performance, co-commissioned by Miami-Dade College and the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, is staged at Matt Baiamonte’s Boxing Club, 222 NW 27 St., Wynwood, on Friday and Saturday, October 14 and 15, at 8:00 p.m. See for yourself why the New York Times calls Chipaumire, who was born in Zimbabwe and now lives in Brooklyn, “an artist of ferocious intensity.” Tickets: $30. www.miamilightproject.com.
Performance Despite Disabilities
Claire Cunningham, an internationally acclaimed disabled performance artist hailing from Scotland, teams up with her mentor and award-winning choreographer and performer, Jess Curtis, in a performance showing Cunningham’s “use/misuse, study, and distortion of crutches,” that aims for the audience to reflect on their perception of others. See the first Miami performance of The Way You Look (at Me) Tonight, presented by Tigertail Productions, Friday and Saturday, October 14 and 15, 8:30 p.m., at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium, 2901 W. Flagler St. Tickets: $20 for students and seniors; $25 for GA, and $50 for VIP (free glass of wine and priority entrance). www.tigertail.org.
Homegrown Street Fair Brings Community Together
You’ll find a farmers market, food trucks, craft beer, and live music all in one place Saturday, October 22, but most of all, you’ll find community spirit during the Green Day: Miami Shores Street Fair, which runs from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. along NE 2nd Avenue in Miami Shores (from 94th to 99th streets). Hundreds of local businesses, including the BT, will be promoting their goods and services. Local groups like Saving Sage Animal Rescue Foundation will also be on site with animals for adoption. Free parking, free admission, www.miamishores.com/greenday.
Tango the Night Away in Aventura
Fans of tango won’t want to miss the avant-garde musical Tangobsession, presented by the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.) on Saturday, October 22, at 8:00 p.m. Different forms of tango, from its inception in the 1930s to present day, will be demonstrated alongside a multimedia spectacle of animation and art that follows the storyline about forlorn love. Argentine-born singer/song writer Humberto Fortuna curates the show, which is sung in Spanish but translated to English -- and includes tangos from Astor Piazzolla, known for his blend of jazz and classical music. Tickets ($75) benefit the Anita Priest Memorial LGBT college scholarship fund. www.aventuracenter.org.
Spooky Tour Brings Thrills and Learning
Explore Miami’s first and oldest cemetery while seeing the final resting places of notable Miami pioneers like Julia Tuttle during HistoryMiami’s Annual Ghosts of Miami Cemetery Night Tour. Historian and BT contributor Paul George leads the walking tour Friday, October 28, where attendees will be led to the tombstones of Confederate and Union soldiers, Miami’s first mayor, and other memorable mortals. The two-hour tour starts at 8:00 p.m. Park inside the cemetery’s front-gate entrance at 1800 NE 2nd Ave. Members: $20; non-members: $30. Advance registration recommended. Bring bug spray and flashlights. www.historymiami.org.
Vodou Exploration in Little Haiti
During HistoryMiami’s Sevis Lwa: Serving the Haitian Spirits walking tour of Little Haiti, your guide, Eoghan Ballard, a practicing Vodousaint and a priest of the Afro-Cuban religion Palo Monte, will school you on the influence of Haiti’s spiritual customs on Haiti’s -- and Miami’s -- arts, literature, culture, and cuisine You’ll visit a Haitian bookstore, an art gallery, and two botanicas as you learn about the healing powers of different potions while hearing about the history of Vodou. The two-hour tour meets at the Little Haiti Cultural Center (212 NE 59th Terr., Miami) and starts at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 29. Members: $20; non-members: $30. Register in advance at www.historymiami.org.
Halloween Street Party Comes to Wynwood
You don’t have to be a kid to have fun on Halloween. Head to HalloWyn: Wynwood’s Annual Halloween Block Party on Monday, October 31, and party the night away during this free event, complete with deejays, a 240-inch TV showing cult classics like Rocky Horror Picture Show, 20-plus food-trucks, and a costume contest with a $500 prize for the winner. The fun starts at 7:00 p.m. and continues until 1:30 a.m. at Mana Production Lots, 2250 NW 2nd Ave. Plenty of bars line the nearby streets, so you can skip the candy if you want, and quench your thirst.
Compiled by BT contributor Caitlin Granfield. Please send information and images to