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March 2020

A Feast for Your Eyes

The Miami International Film Festival dishes up 125-plus films from 30 countries over ten days of screen binging at local venues, including the Olympia Theater and Silverspot Cinema (downtown); MDC’s Tower Theater (Little Havana); O Cinema (Miami Beach); and the Coral Gables Art Cinema. From Friday, March 6, through Sunday, March 15, individual general admission film tickets cost $13; packages are priced from $100 for the opening-night gala, themed screenings, and many parties about town. Discounts available. www.miamifilmfestival.com

 

GlobalCubaFestMakesWaves

Global Cuba Fest Makes Waves

Global Cuba Fest celebrates island and diaspora musicians, and opens Saturday, March 7, with singer and percussionist Brenda Navarrete and Mi Mundo at 8:00 p.m., followed by bassist Yelsy Heredia and the Changüí Project band (changüí being a salsa forerunner) at 9:00 p.m., North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave.). Tickets $30-$35. On Wednesday, March 11, 8:00 p.m., Sol and the Tribu, billed as ambassadors of New Miami Sound (“Miami-Licious swagger and Caribbean funk rhythms”), perform at the Citadel Rooftop (8300 NE 2nd Ave.); free with RSVP; doors open at 7:00 p.m. Book seats at MDC’s Mid-Stage Theatre (2901 W. Flagler St.) for Saturday, March 14, and the Piano Marathon Cubano by Jorge Luis Pacheco, and Mambo #2020, “Mambo Meets Timba” by Alain Perez and Julio Montalvo Orchestra. Tickets $30. miamilightproject.com.

 

Asian Multicultural Culture Fest

Sample the many different Asian foods, rituals, rhythms, and arts during the Asian Cultural Festival on Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8, at the county’s Fruit and Spice Park in the Redland (24801 SW 187th Ave.). You’ll encounter Japanese taiko drumming, origami, and ikebana; Thai folk dance, classical music, and fruit and vegetable carving; Malaysian games and puppet shows; a Chinese Lion Dance; and more from Laos, India, Taiwan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar, and Singapore. 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, tickets $14, kids (6-12) $5, under 6 free. redlandfruitandspice.com.

 

ABarkfortheCountyFairA Bark for the County Fair

Can we forget elections and just make like Bruce Springsteen is in the corner crooning “County Fair”? Yes, we can! The Miami-Dade County Fair in Tamiami Park (10901 SW 24th St.), has everything to make you squeal, beginning with pig races, pony rides, a petting zoo and barn animals, stunt riders, a stilt circus, shows, and more eats than you can shake a Cheetos corndog at. Don’t forget the rides and games. The fair runs Thursday, March 12, through Sunday, April 5. General admission ($10; kids 5 and under free) doesn’t include the rides. Bring cash for vendor transactions. www.thefair.me.

 

The Secret Gardens of Miami Beach

The Miami Beach Garden Tour, to be held Saturday, March 14, features self-guided visits through six area residential gardens sure to fill you with…zenvy and blisspiration. Meet at the Botanical Garden (2000 Convention Center Dr.), where you’ll get a map and set out either by foot or via shuttle. Admission $40; admission plus shuttle $65. VIP admission $80, with shuttle $105. Back at the garden, take in the flower show, plant sale, and pop-up café. Also at the garden Sunday, March 14, a free Miami Symphony Orchestra performance at 4:00 p.m. www.mbgarden.org.

 

“The Truth Has Changed”

Filmmaker, playwright, performer, journalist, activist, and what-can’t-he-do Josh Fox is credited with educating the world (in France they named a street in his honor) about fracking. He brings his touring show, “The Truth Has Changed”, whose style -- monologist at desk -- brings to mind the late Spalding Gray. Here he targets the “post-truth” world, where disinformation and environmental collapse intersect. Showtimes Friday and Saturday, March 13-14, 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, March 15, 3:00 p.m., at MDC Live Arts Lab at the Wolfson Campus (300 NE 2nd Ave., Bldg. 1); then at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26th St.) for Friday and Saturday, March 20-21, 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, March 22, 3:00 p.m. $30. mdclivearts.org.

 

Antique Maps and Ephemera

Now in its 27th year, HistoryMiami’s International Map Fair is hardly a showcase for your dad’s glovebox foldup. One of the “big four” globally, this map fair brings in renowned speakers, several dozen U.S. and European antiquarian dealers, and a trove of maps, globes, atlases, maritime maps, and oodles of ephemera (e.g., old playbills, land surveys, printer’s plates, bills of lading, and printed advertisements). Saturday and Sunday, March 14-15. $75 tickets bring special Friday access; daily pass for members $5, non-members $15. historymiami.org.

 

In a Class of Their Own

Every year the New World School of the Arts holds an arts showcase, Rising Stars, for its talented creators and performers (high school and college students). On Thursday, March 19, (5:00-7:00 p.m.) the event opens with a multimedia art exhibit at New World Gallery (25 NE 2nd St.; free). At 7:30 p.m., a few blocks away at the Olympia Theater (174 E. Flagler St.), the curtain rises on the school’s young performers as they execute routines in ballet, modern dance, choral works, theater, jazz, and other music. Tickets $20, $30, and $40. olympiatheater.org.

 

Straight from the Horse’s Mouth?

In conjunction with the Wolfsonian’s ongoing exhibit “Radicals and Reactionaries: Extremism in America” (running through May), the museum (1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) hosts “Into the Stacks: Propaganda!” on Friday, March 20, 7:00-9:00 p.m., led by Nathaniel Sandler, cofounder of the nonprofit mobile Bookleggers Library. He’ll help explore some of “the most charged and dangerous items” in the museum’s collection and show how language can reshape political discourse (Frank Luntz, anyone?). Free with RSVP. Cash bar. wolfsonian.org.

 

DirectfromSpainFlamencoFestDirect from Spain: Flamenco Fest

Returning to the Arsht Center (1300 Biscayne Blvd.) on Saturday, March 21, 8:00 p.m., is Flamenco Festival Miami, with Spanish superstar Michel Poveda, accompanied by guitarist Jesús Guerrero; vocalist El Londro; percussionist Paquito González; and dancer Antonio Molina “El Choro.” The program is a tour of flamenco, “from the cantinas of Cádiz to soleá” style. The festival continues with luscious, adventurous programming that includes the María Pagés Compañía and a string quartet for Yo, Carmen, a new work that adapts parts of Bizet’s opera along with classical music and original flamenco works (Thursday, 8:00 p.m.). The Friday program (8:00 p.m.) features Compañía Manuel Liñán, an all-male dance company performing ¡VIVA!, in which flamenco’s gender roles are turned upside-down. The Saturday (8:00 p.m.) and Sunday (2:00 p.m.) programming feature “Stars of Flamenco: Mercedes Ruíz, María Moreno, and Eduardo Guerrero” -- three award-winning dancers and choreographers from Andalusia. 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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