A Month of Poetry
The O, Miami Poetry Festival is one of our city’s biggest gatherings, with a variety of poetry-themed events taking place across Miami all month. This means that everyone in the 305 can encounter a poem before the month winds down. From Saturday, April 1, through Sunday, April 30, attend poetry events like “literary mini golf” in Palmetto Bay; the Miami Zine Fair at the Lowe Art Museum at University of Miami; and much more. The free kick-off event, on Saturday, April 1, features a plethora of Miami Poets at the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave.), from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Free admission also to most events. Check www.omiami.org for events, times, and dates.
Harold Pinter Classic Comes to the Arsht
The tragicomedy The Caretaker, by English playwright and Nobel Prize winner Harold Pinter, deals with a power struggle between two brothers when a mysterious old man, the tramp, enters their lives. Directed by Stuart Meltzer and presented by the Zoetic Stage, the three-part play, which sold out in London and New York, runs from Saturday, April 1, through Sunday, April 16, at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Carnival Studio Theater (1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami.) GA tickets cost $50. Visit www.arshtcenter.org for show times.
SandBox Series Finale Paints a Picture of Womanhood
Miami Theater Center’s Retiro blends live performances with documentary video to depict the lives of three older women who hail from Miami, Québec, and Puerto Rico, each helping to tell the story of what it means “to be a woman, to grow old, and to remember.” Written and directed by San Juan native Natalia Lassalle, a former artist-in-residence at the Miami Light Project, this is MTC’s closing installment of the fifth annual Sandbox Series, which features and celebrates Latina playwrights. See it Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. from Friday, April 7, through Saturday, April 22. Tickets cost $25. www.mtcmiami.org.
HistoryMiami Hosts CultureFest 305
HistoryMiami’s inaugural CultureFest 305 brings together everything that Miami represents -- and that represents Miami -- to one spot, with local cuisine, art, Haitian drumming, and Seminole crafts converging on the museum’s grounds (101 West Flagler St., Miami.) The free event, which includes family activities, takes places Saturday, April 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Panels will offer guidance on the art of horticulture, how to grow bonsai trees in homemade containers, and more. www.historymiami.org.
A Robot’s Love Sets the Stage at the Olympia
Nufonia Must Fall blends real-time stage production with live puppetry projected on film to the tune of turntables and a string quartet. Based on a dialogue-free graphic novel by world-famous DJ and artist Kid Koala (Eric San), the live story centers on a “headphones-sporting robot on the verge of obsolescence” who falls in love with a human. The Boston Globe describes the performance as “a mix of Chaplin follies and Pixar charm.” Presented by Miami-Dade College’s Live Arts and directed by Oscar-nominated director K.K. Barrett (Her), the production takes place at the Olympia Theater (174 E. Flagler St., Miami) on Saturday, April 8, at 8:00 p.m. Tickets: $35; MDC students: $10. www.mdclivearts.org.
Season Finale of Nu Deco Ensemble Dazzles
The season finale of Miami’s own chamber orchestra, the Nu Deco Ensemble, culminates at The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26th St., Wynwood) with Concert 6, from Thursday, April 13, to Saturday, April 15, with 8:00 p.m. performances; and at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall (1300 Biscayne Blvd.), with Concert 7, on Friday, April 28, at 8:00 p.m. Hear the music of piano and cello prodigy Chris Rogerson at The Lightbox, while the famed all-women Brooklyn theatrical hip-hop crew, DecaDanceTheatre, combines hip-hop dance with Nu Deco’s classical music at the Arsht. Tickets: $28 and up. www.nu-deco.org.
Wynwood Street Party Celebrates the Arts
The Wynwood Life Street Festival boasts nonstop live music, artists at work, fashion shows, and a plethora of food trucks on the grounds of Mana Wynwood (2250 NW 2nd Ave.) over three days, Friday, April 21 from 5:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.; Saturday, April 22, from noon to 3:00 a.m.; and Sunday, April 23, from noon to 9:00 p.m. There’ll be more than a hundred artisan craft vendors selling everything from jewelry to made-in-Miami apparel at the free event. Visit www.wynwoodlife.com to register for a free drink ticket.
LGBT Film Fest Features 65-Plus Entries
The 19th annual MiFo LGBT Film Festival has expanded from a three-day affair with just over two dozen films to a ten-day event with more than 65 films that highlight the “historical and contemporary perspectives on the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience.” Formerly called the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, most of the films, mainly the dramas and documentaries, show at Regal Cinemas (1120 Lincoln Rd.) in South Beach from Friday, April 21, through Sunday, April 30. Don’t miss The Lavender Scare, showing at Regal Cinemas on Sunday, April 23, at 2:30 p.m., which portrays how the LGBT rights movement started, after President Eisenhower ordered the firing of gay and lesbian government workers during the Cold War. Tickets to the films cost $14. www.mifofilm.com.
Grab a Friend and Join the Cleanup
We all can do our part to keep Biscayne Bay beautiful during the biggest annual community cleanup event of the year, Baynanza, held on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22. Now in its 35th year, the free, family-friendly event is held from 9:00 a.m. until noon, at more than 20 locations in Miami-Dade, from Biscayne National Park (9700 SW 328th St.) in Homestead to Oleta River State Park (3400 NE 163rd St.) in North Miami Beach. Check www.miamidade.gov/environment/baynanza.asp to find a cleanup near you and to register for your free Baynanza T-shirt. Closed-toe shoes, sun protection, and gloves are essential.
Food and Music at the Fruit and Spice Park
Treat your palate to savory ribs, chicken, and other meaty fare during the annual Redland Blues and Barbecue Festival, held at the Fruit and Spice Park (24801 SW 187th Ave.) in Homestead. Blues and country musicians take to the stage during the weekend event, held Saturday, April 22, and Sunday, April 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Kids will enjoy pony rides and other fun activities. Cost: $8. Children 11 and under are free. www.fruitandspicepark.com.
Compiled by BT contributor Caitlin Granfield. Please send information and images to