Can’t Stop the Music
It’s hard to beat the mix and sheer quantity of music that Festival Miami offers up every year. From jazz to blues, classical to country, acoustic to children’s music, there’s something for just about everyone. The festival, with more than 25 concerts and programs, starts on Friday, October 10, and runs into November. Performances are categorized into four themes: Great Performances, Jazz and Beyond, Creative American Music, and Music of the Americas. A mere sampling: country music star Craig Campbell; a pairing of percussionist Sammy Figueroa with Brazilian singer Glaucia Nasser; Patti Austin singing Ella Fitzgerald; and classical pianist Vadym Kholodenko, a Van Cliburn gold medalist. Most concerts are at the University of Miami’s Gusman Concert Hall (1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables). Tickets range from $25 to $50, and a few are free; for details and complete schedules and times, go to www.festivalmiami.com.
The Fab Four Land Again!
No, Miami isn’t Liverpool. But the Beatles left an indelible impression on this place when they recorded the Ed Sullivan Show at the Deauville Hotel and splashed around Miami Beach in 1964. The whole country watched and the musical world was never the same. HistoryMiami (101 W. Flagler St.) is honoring that splash with the exhibit Ladies & Gentleman … The Beatles. The show covers those heady years from 1964 to 1966, with memorabilia, video, instruments, and photos -- 400 items culled from various collections. It opens Friday, October 10, and runs through the middle of January; www.historymiami.org.
A Jazz Master Comes to Town
Not only was jazz great Art Tatum a major influence on Johnny O’Neal, who will be coming to town on Saturday, October 11, but O’Neal also got to portray him in the 2004 movie Ray. But that’s really the least of his achievements. The self-taught Detroit native became a regular at New York’s legendary Blue Note, and has built up his own voluminous repertoire since the early 1980s. His distinctive jazz piano and vocals will be presented in an intimate setting when the Miami-Dade County Auditorium On.Stage Black Box theater (2901 W. Flagler St.) is transformed into a cabaret, kicking off presenter Tigertail Productions’ new season. Tickets $25, $50 for VIP, at a jazz-appropriate time of 9:00 p.m.; www.tigertail.org.
Culture of the Andes
Sitting on the rim of the Caribbean, we may be tempted to overlook the rich traditional heritage that comes from the other side of the Latin Americas. In fact, Andean culture is one of the oldest and richest in the world, going back at least 2000 years, influenced by the awe-inspiring mountain peaks and jungles. The handicrafts, music, dance, and food will be highlighted at the XII Annual Andes Folkloric Festival of Dance and Music, anchored by the Bolivian dance troupe Masis, starting at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 12, at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.). Tickets range from $10 to $25; www.aventuracenter.org.
A Castellanos Première
Teo Castellanos has become one of Miami’s most important and interesting talents in the performing arts world, with his theater, dance, and music productions. His newest, the world première of Third Trinity, opens at Miami Light Project’s Light Box (404 NW 26th St.) on Friday, October 10, and continues through Saturday, October 18. The semi-autobiographical work follows three Puerto Rican boys, “one dark, one light, one clearly ‘an artist,’” through the turbulent 1980s, through drug violence and political awakenings. Tickets range from $10 to $25. For times and dates go to www.miamilightproject.com.
Classic Latin Rock at the Gusman
The 1926 Olympia Theater at Gusman Center (174 E. Flagler St.) is an historic landmark; and it will be the venue for a more recent landmark. It’s been 20 years since the Mexican rock band Café Tacvba released its ground-breaking album Re, considered the most influential Latin rock work of all time. On Thursday, October 16, at 8:00 p.m., they will play the whole album live, and throw in some other classics. What a great combo. Tickets range from $65 to $85; www.olympiatheater.org.
Get Into Your Gruesomeness
When organizers of the Zombie Crawl tell you to don your goriest costume for this pre-Halloween event on Saturday, October 18, they are not kidding around. Outfits from previous years top the gruesome meter in every respect, trust us. This zombie crawl starts at 7:00 p.m. at the Shops at Midtown Miami, 3401 N. Miami Ave., where vendors will be serving booze and food around the Fountain Plaza. General admission is $33.33; www.southfloridazombiecrawl.com.
We Do Green So Well
There’s no better way to kick off our “outdoor” season than with a street fair in lush Miami Shores, and an eco-friendly fair at that. From 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 18, all sorts of fresh fun will take place during 2014 Green Day. Along with food trucks and craft stalls, nurseries and landscapers will set up temporary shop, joining the farmers market and Electric Street, which will highlight hybrid vehicles. The BT will be there! On NE 2nd Avenue between 94th and 99th streets, it’s free; ww.miamishores.com/greenday.
Up, Up, and Away on a Haulover Day
The color scheme is just about perfect: turquoise ocean, blue sky, white clouds, and a panoply of brightly colored kites in all shapes and sizes. That’s what you’ll see at the 22nd annual Kitetoberfest. While the rest of the country braces for winter, we come out to the beach at Haulover Park (10800 Collins Ave.) to ring in the beautiful season. Although the park is always popular with kite flyers, on Sunday, October 19 from noon till 5:00 p.m., the sky here is jammed with hundreds of kites. Bring your own or buy one for as little as $5; the event is free with easy parking. More at sites.google.com/site/skywardkites/kite-festivals.
Howl Into the Night
The day-long Halloween Howl Hoedown is back. The Cushman School’s family day leaves nothing to be desired: there’s rock climbing, for one, and a dunk tank and a massive bungee trampoline, and more rides than ever. Oh, and there are play stations, contests, music, and -- for those too old to slide down ramps -- lots of grub with a new Tasting Village hosting more than 20 of Miami’s best restaurants. The October 25 event doubles as a fundraiser for the historic school, although it’s open to everyone, student and non-student families alike. General admission is free, with some minimal fees for rides; 592 NE 60th St., Miami; www.cushmanschool.com.
Compiled by BT arts editor Anne Tschida. Please send information and images to