Miami’s Favorite Poetry Festival Is Here!
O, Miami Poetry Festival is the annual month-long event that celebrates all things poetry at venues throughout the city, with the goal of everyone in Miami experiencing at least one poem. There’ll be events that highlight climate change, like “Rising Waters Poetry Flotilla,” on Sunday, April 10, in Coral Gables. This “open mic on the water” outing aims to educate those who live along Miami’s canals about rising sea levels via spoken word and music. You can rent or bring your own non-motorized watercraft as you launch from Matheson Hammock Park (9610 Old Cutler Rd.) at 9:00 a.m., following a guide, before returning at 1:00 p.m. Other events include “Poetry in the Park,” an Islamic poetry workshop, and Poetry Press Week. View the complete schedule at www.omiami.org.
Tennessee Williams Onstage in the Shores
Two-Character Play, by the great Tennessee Williams, is about the slipping sanity of a brother and sister who’ve been deserted by their acting troupe in a run-down theater before an audience expecting a performance. It starts a run at Miami Theater Center (9806 NE 2nd Ave, Miami Shores), and will be directed by co-founder and artistic director, Stephanie Ansin, on MTC’s main stage. Opening night with a cast meet-and-greet takes place Saturday, April 2, ($150) at 8:00 p.m. Performances run through Sunday, April 24, on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., with 2:00 p.m. shows on Sundays. Tickets are $45. Details at www.mtcmiami.org.
A Whole Lotta Rhythm on the Beach
The Rhythm Foundation’s TransAtlantic Festival, now in its 14th season, comes to the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach,) with a lineup of not-to-miss bands like Troker, an instrumental funkadelic jazz band from Mexico, and Miami-based Afro-Indie-Rock band Kazoots. The musicians live up to this year’s theme: “The Sound of the World Right Now: Modern World Music.” Hear them Friday, April 8, and other greats on Saturday, April 9. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.; shows starts at 7:00 p.m. both nights and go until 11:00 p.m. Free parking at the municipal parking lot across the street. Tickets: $22 and up. Visit www.rhythmfoundation.com for tickets.
A Fairchild Favorite: Garden Fest and Plant Sale
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden hosts its Spring Garden Festival, celebrating local foods and the gardens in which they grow. Also featured: the 36th annual spring plant sale, where thousands of plants from local vendors and Fairchild’s nursery will be on display for purchase. On Saturday, April 9, and Sunday, April 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., attend gardening and culinary demos, a farmers market, a beer tasting garden, and “pop-up” lectures about gardening and edible landscaping. There’ll be culinary activities for kids, too (10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables). Free for Fairchild members and for children five and under; non-members: $25 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $12 for children 6-17. www.fairchildgarden.org.
Some TLC for Biscayne Bay
During Baynanza 2016, join other eco-minded volunteers as you help clean Biscayne Bay and the lands that surround it. Cleanup efforts for Baynanza started last month and conclude with Biscayne Bay Cleanup Day on Saturday, April 16. From 9:00 a.m. to noon, choose from 22 locations along the bay to lend a hand, from Homestead to North Miami Beach. Five of the sites are islands in Biscayne Bay, where boats will deliver you. Bring trash bags, gloves, water, snacks, bug spray, and sun protection. Visit www.miamidade.gov/environment to register.
Dark Novel Comes Alive at Colony Theatre
Like a beautifully illustrated but dark graphic novel come to life, Teatro Cinema: Historia de Amor is sure to wow adult audiences with a multimedia performance about a teacher and the young woman he abducts. Presented by MDC Live Arts at the Colony Theatre (1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach), the Chilean theater company’s performance blends 2-D and 3-D animated backdrops and photographs with a live cast, in this surreal adaptation of a novel by French writer Régis Jauffret. See it Saturday, April 16, at 8:00 p.m. in Spanish with English supertitles. Tickets: $25 and $10 for MDC students. www.mdclivearts.org.
BBQ, Cars, and Music at Fruit and Spice Park
Just what your taste buds have been waiting for: the Redland Blues and Barbecue Festival in Homestead. Now in its sixth year at the Fruit and Spice Park (24801 SW 187th Ave.), the festival offers a chance to indulge in award-winning barbecue while enjoying a classic car show and live country and blues music from award-winning bands like Iko-Iko. The event goes from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, April 23, and from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, April 24. There’ll be kids’ activities, too. Admission is $8, but children 11 and under are free. Food starts at $5. For more information, see www.fruitandspicepark.org.
Earth Day in Miami’s Upper Eastside
The inaugural Earth Day and Wellness Festival, which aims to bring the community together through healthy living and environmental conservation, will take place at Legion Park (6599 Biscayne Blvd.) in Miami’s Upper Eastside. This free family- and pet-friendly event takes place Saturday, April 23, from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., rain or shine. There’ll be a fruit tree giveaway, wellness workshops, exhibits on environmental conservation, and children’s activities. For more information, e-mail NET administrator Sharie Blanton:
Nu Deco Ensemble Does Wynwood
During the Nu Deco Ensemble’s Concert Six, hear the contemporary steel drum sounds from composer and guest soloist Andy Akiho; then watch as this very modern chamber orchestra plays co-founder Sam Hyken’s Jamiroquai Suite at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26th St., Wynwood). Show times are 8:00 p.m. Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30. Tickets: $30 and up. www.nu-deco.org.
The Islands in Biscayne Bay via Boat with HistoryMiami
Cruise around the islands of Biscayne Bay and learn their history during HistoryMiami’s Islands of Biscayne Bay Boat Tour on Saturday, April 30. The boat departs promptly 9:30 a.m. from Bayside Marketplace (401 Biscayne Blvd.) and returns at 11:30 a.m. You’ll see and learn about old homesteading communities like Lemon City and Buena Vista, learn the backstories of famous hotels on your way to South Beach, and encounter the same islands that artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude surrounded with bright pink polypropylene fabric. Advance reservations and payment required. Members: $50; non-members: $60; children 12 and under: $25. Visit www.historymiami.org.
Compiled by BT contributor Caitlin Granfield. Please send information and images to