O, Miami Poetry Festival Returns
If everyone here encounters a poem this month, the O, Miami Poetry Festival, returning this year from Wednesday, April 1, through Thursday, April 30, will have accomplished its mission. A sampling of events includes “Poetry in the Park” on Sunday, April 12, from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at New World Symphony’s SoundScape Park (500 17th St., Miami Beach). The Spam Allstars play a mash-up of hip hop, Latin, funk, and electronica with New World Symphony musicians at 4:00 p.m. At 6:00 p.m., Taylor Ho Bynum pairs with an entourage for Acoustic Bicycle Tour, involving musical instruments, bikes, and poems. For the final act, starting at 7:45 p.m., two poets will read their poems inside the New World Symphony, while an outdoor WALLCAST displays a live feed. On Thursday, April 23, through Saturday, April 25, the ultra-high-tech Chicago-based puppetry company Manuel Cinema debuts My Soul’s Shadow, based on the poems of Federico García Lorca and featuring hundreds of shadow puppets, a chamber ensemble, and six projectors at a Little River warehouse (7357 NW Miami Ct.), with shows starting at 7:30 p.m. For information on all April performances and prices on ticketed events, see www.omiami.org.
Grab Some Joie de Vivre à la Français
Tigertail’s second annual FLA-FRA (Florida-France Festival) continues the entire month, with a cabaret, music, and dance performances (from Cajun to guitar solos to jazz), films, book readings and discussions, sunrise beach tributes to French artists, a treasure hunt, and 12 “Culture Clicks” featuring local artists in performances with a French twist. (Napoleon in the park, anyone?) The events, many of which are free, take place throughout Miami at theaters and surprise locations. Check the website for complete details, locations, and times: www.tigertail.org.
Explore Downtown’s Past on Foot
HistoryMiami (101 W. Flagler St.) hosts a Downtown Archaeology and Architecture Walking Tour along the junction of Biscayne Bay and the Miami River from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, April 4. You’ll learn about the Tequesta tribe and early pioneers, as well as modern art and architecture, along the walk to an archaeological site. The tour ticket includes museum admission. Cost for members is $20; $30 for nonmembers. Advance reservations are recommended. Visit www.historymiami.org.
Music Festival at the Bandshell
The Rhythm Foundation’s two-day Heineken TransAtlantic Festival makes its melodic return to the North Beach Bandshell, at North Shore Park (501 72nd St., Miami Beach). Friday’s lineup features local band My Deer; the Colombian band Puerto Candelaria infusing cumbia with dance beats and horns; plus the Budos Band, who play “Staten Island instrumental Afro-soul.” On Saturday, it’s the local band Bluejay; Ana Tijoux’s ballads -- the New York Times calls her “South America’s answer to Lauryn Hill”; and American indie band Wild Belle. The events runs from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on both Friday, April 10, and Saturday April 11. Tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 at the door; two-day passes are available. Go to www.rhythmfoundation.com.
Fruit and Spice and Everything Nice…
Bring your appetite and some extra napkins to the fifth annual Redland Blues and Barbecue Festival in Homestead. It runs for two finger-lickin’ days, Saturday, April 11, and Sunday, April 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the tropical botanical garden Fruit and Spice Park (24801 SW 187th Ave.). Get ready for award-winning barbecue, country music and blues, park tours, and an abundance of children’s activities and pony rides. Bring a picnic blanket and make a day of it. Admission is $8, but children 11 and under are free. For more information, see www.fruitandspicepark.org.
Free Boat Tours on the Miami River
The Miami River Commission ushers in its 19th Annual Miami Riverday Festival at Lummus Park (250 NW N. River Dr.) on Saturday, April 11. The family-friendly event features free boat tours, historic reenactments, general environmental education, children’s activities; plus you’ll find plenty of food and beverage vendors. The festivities run from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. See www.miamirivercommission.org.
Welcome Our Newest Community Market
The Bakehouse Art Complex has just launched Wynwood’s first community market, the Wynwood Green and Art Market. To be held every other week at the Bakehouse (561 NW 32nd St.), the market features locally grown produce, herbs, and flowers, along with affordable art, vintage items, and goods available from vendors. This month the market will be held Sunday, April 12 and 26 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Be sure to check out the artists’ studios while you’re there. Go to www.bacfl.org/market.
A Taste of Brazil in Key Biscayne
Break out your dancing shoes -- the fast rhythms of samba, romantic bossa nova, and the best of Brazilian jazz kick off during Key Biscayne’s Brazilian Carnival Extravaganza. The free event, part of the “Winter Music Concert Series,” which concludes this month, will take place Sunday, April 12, at 4:00 p.m. Enjoy the sounds and sights of Miami’s Brazilian dancers and drummers while sipping on caipirinhas and munching on Brazilian specialties available for purchase. The event takes place at the Monaco Reflecting Pools, outdoors on McIntyre Street in front of the Key Biscayne Fire Station (10 Village Green Way). Log on to www.keybiscayne.fl.gov.
Cleanup Day on Biscayne Bay
Join in a celebration of Earth Day by lending a hand to cleanup efforts at 24 locations along Biscayne Bay, from Oleta River State Park down to Homestead Bayfront Park. Baynanza 2015, which got under way in March and directs community attention to the ecosystems at our doorstep, wraps up on Saturday, April, 25, from 9 a.m. to noon, with the cleanup events, five of which take place at nearby islands (transportation provided). Register online to attend, and bring trash bags, water, insect repellent, and the usual accessories for sun protection. For details and registration, see www.miamidade.gov/environment.
Rent Takes the Stage in Aventura
One of the longest-running musicals on Broadway and the recipient of four Tonys and a Pulitzer Prize, Rent comes to the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.) from Thursday, April 30, through Sunday, May 3. Presented by Slow Burn Theatre Company, Rent follows a group of struggling young friends, artists all, coping with life, love, poverty, and AIDS in New York City’s East Village. Performances start at 8:00 p.m. (2:00 p.m. Sunday). Remaining tickets range from $45 to $55. Visit www.aventuracenter.org.
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