Latin Music Across America
Latin music in the U.S. runs deep, with names like Tito Puente, Carlos Santana, Ricky Martin, and Gloria Estefan part of the lexicon. In collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution, HistoryMiami (101 W. Flagler St.) presents American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music, which delves into the artists and distinct sounds emerging from Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Antonio, New York, and Miami. The multimedia exhibit features photos, videos, and listening stations, and opens Wednesday, August 6; $8; www.historymiami.org.
Prime Time for Local Artist
Miami institutions don’t support local artistic contributions? That is so yesterday. Case in point: the solo exhibition of Adler Guerrier Formulating a Plot, which opens at Pérez Art Museum Miami (1103 Biscayne Blvd.) on Thursday, August 7. Born in Haiti and based in Miami, Guerrier attracted national attention with a show at the Studio Museum of Harlem in 2001, and was part of the Whitney Biennial in 2008. In photography, drawing, and collage, he documents the cityscape around us, reflecting its cultural and social significance; works from 2001 to the present will be highlighted here; www.pamm.org.
Brazil Still in Sight
Fresh off the World Cup, Brazil will again be coming to the screen, thanks to the 18th Brazilian Film Festival of Miami taking place from Saturday, August 16, through Sunday, August 24. Features include the quirky romantic comedy The Dognapper; the documentary Meeting Sebastião Salgado; and Orfeu, a 1999 remake of the 1959’s Orfeu Negro, set in the favelas during Carnaval. There are a number of thrillers and contemporary dramas as well. This year the festival will pair off with various restaurants for a “Taste of Brazil.” All screenings take place at the Colony Theater (1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). For times, tickets, and more information on the cuisine options, visit www.brazilianfilmfestival.com.
Out of the Ashes
Mad Cat Theatre is back! The innovative and fun homegrown theater companies returns with a summer surprise, Centralia, again directed by founder Paul Tei, from Thursday, August 14, through Sunday, August 31. It’s based on a true story about an underground coal seam fire in Pennsylvania that 20 years later was still burning. Only three residents decided to remain in the coal town, and they tell their stories through a mix of comedy, cabaret, and dance. At the Sandbox in the Miami Theater Center (9816 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores) at 8:00 p.m., tickets cost $30; www.madcattheatre.org.
Hot Haitian Fun in the Summertime
Now that Little Haiti’s Caribbean Marketplace has reopened, why not pay a visit during this month’s Big Night in Little Haiti, on Friday, August 15? It will feature the music of Shleu Shleu, the classic band started in the 1960s that defined and made popular the kompa sound. They’ll be joined by the eight-member rasin (roots) company Ayabonmbe, who combine Afro-Caribbean beats with dance. As always, the event is free at the Little Haiti Cultural Center (212 NE 59th Terr.), with food and drink tables offering creole dishes and rum, presented by the Rhythm Foundation; www.rhythmfoundation.com.
Endearing Treasures on the Bay
The Deering Estate at Cutler (16701 SW 72nd Ave.) is one of those Miami treasures that locals can let slip from their minds. The gorgeous grounds, 444 acres in all, that front Biscayne Bay offer ecological gems and stunning vistas. Built by Chicago industrialist Charles Deering in the early 20th Century, the mansion is now an arts center, with residencies and exhibitions. Usually it costs to explore the estate, but not on Saturday, August 16. Admission is free from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for Fee-Free P.L.A.Y. day, which stands for Preservation, Learning, Adventure, Year-Round. Look for scientific and botanical activities, house tours, and other special events to complement the natural beauty. Visit www.deeringestate.org/pages/Fee-Free-Play-Days.aspx.
Experimental Ripples in the Sand
Writing in Sand By Carlos Caballero is the third in a four-part series called “Knight New Works -- Miami On Stage,” projects meant to showcase cutting-edge works from locals. On Friday, August 22, at 8:30 p.m., Cuban-born actor and performance artist Caballero invites “local collaborators” to join him in exploring themes of displacement, immigration, and identity in a personal discourse onstage. Presented by FUNDArte at On.Stage Black.Box Theater at Miami-Dade County Auditorium (2901 W. Flagler St.). Tickets cost $20; www.fundarte.us.
Highlights of Gay Life
While most of Florida still struggles to join the 21st Century in terms of equal rights, South Beach has been a center for LGBT culture for decades, which you’ll discover with the Miami Design Preservation League’s Gay & Lesbian Walking Tour on Saturday, August 23, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. The nightlife of the 1980s helped rejuvenate the area, but the history goes beyond that, with some of the first openly gay politicians and community activists supporting everything from parks to much of the area’s architectural preservation. Tickets cost $25; the tour leaves from the Art Deco Welcome Center (1001 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach); www.mdpl.org.
Afro-Cuban Heart in Little Havana
The dance and drumming troupe Ifé Ilé is a special Miami institution. Since 1996 the group and its founder, Neri Torres, have been educating and exciting the public with performances based on unique Afro-Cuban culture. They’re back with the Ifé Ilé Afro-Cuban Dance Festival from Thursday, August 28, through Saturday, August 30. This year the fest takes place in Little Havana, during the street fair night “Viernes Culturales,” when the dancers and drummers take over the outdoor stage; and in the Koubek Center (2705 SW 3rd Ave., Miami). At the center all day Saturday, workshops about Orisha dances, rumba, and salsa will be held (don’t let the word workshop bore you; these are electric engagements with top-notch musicians and dancers); the day ends with an evening performance. The outdoor dance is free on Friday, from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.; the workshops are $20, as is the gala, which starts at 8:00 p.m.; www.ife-ile.org/festival/festival.htm
Flamenco Continues to Flair
We just can’t enough flamenco. In Miami these days, we can hear and see everything from classical Andalusian versions to ultra-contemporary takes. For Siempre Flamenco at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (1300 Biscayne Blvd.), you’ll get a taste of both. Old-school will be represented by Paco del Pozo, making his Miami debut, and the pure gypsy sound of Ismael de la Rosa, while Miami-based José Luis Rodriguez brings in a contemporary flair. The event also features newly choreographed works from Siempre Flamenco’s artistic director, Celia Font. It runs from Friday, August 29, to Sunday, August 31, at 8:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. on Sunday; tickets $45; www.arshtcenter.org.
Compiled by BT arts editor Anne Tschida. Please send information and images to