Honored Photographer Heads Back to School
Photojournalist Carl Juste is one of Miami’s true cultural ambassadors. Born in Haiti and raised in Miami’s Little Haiti, Juste has pointed his camera at the wonderful and the disturbing, from great musicians to the ravages of the earthquake in his homeland, mostly working for the Miami Herald and winning numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize. A retrospective of his work, Through the Lens, runs through April 30 at Juste’s alma mater, Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep School (4949 NE 2nd Ave., Miami), as part of its “60th Anniversary Alumni Artist” series. For details call 305-751-8367.
World Music at the Bandshell
“The Sound of the World Right Now” is a perfect title for the 12th TransAtlantic Festival, produced by the Rhythm Foundation and which every year features the best examples of music on the world scene. Taking place in the refurbished outdoor North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach) -- one of the best places to listen and dance to music -- the fest will kick off on Friday, April 4, at 6:00 p.m., with bands from Chile, Colombia, and Miami. On Saturday, April 5, the evening includes groups from Jamaica and Miami, and is headlined by Bombino, from Niger. Tickets cost $23 in advance, $28 at the door; TransAtlanticFestival.com.
Miami Riverday Returns
Strange to remember that the Miami River, and Lummus Park on its banks, were once considered somewhat exotic urban destinations that only the adventurous explored. The entire area now called the Lummus Park Historic District (250 NW River Dr.) is right in the middle of the newly developing urban core, which is why Miami Riverday 2014, taking place Saturday, April 5, from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., should be on everyone’s itinerary. No longer off the beaten path, the event includes historic tours and re-enactments, boat rides, children’s activities, kayak races, and music from our hometown faves Spam Allstars and Suénalo. Extra feature: it’s all free; www.miamirivercommission.org.
A Beneficial Brew
The craft-beer tasting event VeritageMiami spreads out from Coral Gables this year for an evening at Wynwood Walls (2550 NW 2nd Ave., Miami) from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9. The benefit for the United Way of Miami-Dade involves much more than beer, however, including food samplings from 30 restaurants in the neighborhood and wine tastings; tickets cost $55; attire is listed as business casual. www.veritagemiami.com/events/craft-beer-tasting.
It’s Like … Springtime in Paris
The French cabaret chanteuse Floanne kicks off Tigertail Productions’ monthlong celebration of French culture, the Florida/France, or FLA-FRA, Festival begins Friday, April 11. A little bit opera, a little bit performance art, and a lot of flair, Floanne comes to Miami-Dade County Auditorium On.Stage Black Box Theater (2901 W. Flagler St., Miami) at 8:00 p.m. She’s followed during the series by Haitian-French jazz singer Cecile McLorin Salvant; contemporary dancer Myriam Gourfink and her electronica soundtrack; and former Merce Cunningham and Opéra de Lyon ballet dancer Cedrick Andrieux. For a complete schedule and prices, go to www.tigertail.org.
Don Quixote for the Young at Heart
The story of Don Quixote and his squire Sancho Panza is one of the great tales of adventure and chivalry. When told as ballet, it also includes fabulous costumes, gypsies, and bullfighters. At least, that will be the case when Miami City Ballet presents a version tailored for children during Free Family Fest Day, featuring excerpts from Don Quixote at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) on Saturday, April 12, starting at 2:00 p.m. There will be a chance to chat with the dancers after the show; www.arshtcenter.org.
Get Out and Smell the Botanicals and Tropicals …
The national Cultural Landscape Foundation, whose aim is to raise awareness of the “diversity and interconnectedness of our shared designed landscape heritage,” brings its popular touring event to South Florida for the first time with What’s Out There Weekend Miami, a two-day event from Saturday April 12, to Sunday, April 13. An amazing array of tours at 28 sites is offered, from the Fruit and Spice Park in Homestead to the Kampong House and Gardens in Coral Gables and the Spanish Monastery in North Miami Beach, all the way up to the Morikami Gardens in Palm Beach. The tours, which “reveal anecdotes and stories about city shaping, landscape architecture, and design history, are free, but you must register, and there is a limit of four tours per person. To sign up and see all the destinations, go to: tclf.org/event/wotw-miami.
Big Night in Little Haiti Turns Three
It was three years ago this month that we saw the launch of Big Night in Little Haiti; since then the party has only grown. Centered around the Little Haiti Cultural Center (212 NE 59th Terr., Miami) every third Friday of the month, a live concert takes place in the courtyard, art and craft studios open their doors, vendors show up, and it morphs into one of the most popular, family-friendly nights in Miami. For the anniversary event Friday, April 18, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., the featured band will be the famed traditional Haitian processional troupe Dja-Rara, which rose to prominence after the election of Jean Bertrand Aristide and has become the heartbeat of Haitian culture in New York. Big Night continues to be free; BigNightLittleHaiti.com.
Kayak Under the Moon Over Miami
Some things about living here are impossibly romantic. Like the fact that you can paddle around in calm, warm, shallow waters just off the coast in a kayak and watch the sunset and moonrise, in a mangrove setting at Bear Cut Preserve with the lights from downtown glinting off the sea. Weather permitting, that’s exactly what will happen Saturday, April 19, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. during the Sunset and Moonlight Kayak Adventure, part of the Miami-Dade County Eco-Adventure program. Push off from the Crandon Park Marina (4000 Crandon Blvd.) for $40. Best to bring some mosquito repellent; www.miamidade.gov/ecoadventures/home.asp.
A Call-Up for Bay Cleanup Day
Miami is not known for great urban planning or leafy streets and parks. But we are known for our brilliantly azure waters, including those of Biscayne Bay -- so let’s keep it that way. For the 32nd year, Miami-Dade County is organizing Baynanza Biscayne Bay Cleanup Day on Saturday, April 26, from 9:00 a.m. till noon. There are 23 cleanup locations, and registration is recommended, along with closed-toe shoes, hats, and sunscreen. The bay needs you: www.miamidade.gov/environment/baynanza.asp.
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