Films About Food, With a Meal
The Miami International Film Festival, like the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, has grown into a huge success. So why not combine elements of each? A segment of this year’s MIFF titled “Culinary Cinema” has been curated by none other than Lee Brian Schrager, founder of the Wine & Food Festival. Starting on Saturday, March 8, a movie about food will be paired with dinner at a Miami-area restaurant, the menu inspired by the film. Films include Soul of a Banquet, Brasserie Romantique, Final Recipe, Le Chef, Food for Love, and Jadoo, the final film, which screens Friday, March 14. For details on participating movie houses, restaurants, and tickets, go to miamifilmfestival.com/program/culinary_cinema.
On the Tequesta Trail
March is Florida Archaeology Month, and the Deering Estate at Cutler (16701 SW 72nd Ave.) is hosting two Tequesta Trail walking tours to introduce guests to this long-vanished people and their local habitat. The Tequesta hunted and canoed around the land known now as the Deering Estate (and, of course, in downtown Miami), and walkers will follow the ancient trail that the original Floridians navigated along Miami Rock Ridge, study artifacts from the area, visit a burial mound, and get to know the lush landscape. The walks take place Saturday March 8, and Sunday March 9, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.; tours are free with admission, which is $12; www.deeringestate.org.
A Tour Through Miami’s Jewish History
Temple Emanu-El in Miami Beach, with its blend of Byzantine and Moorish architectural elements, is not just a beautiful example of the deep roots of Jewish life here -- it’s considered one of the most spectacular synagogues in the nation and will be featured as one of the stops, along with Beth David and the Holocaust Memorial designed by Kenneth Treister, on HistoryMiami’s (101 W. Flagler St., Miami) Jewish History Coach Tour. The event takes place Sunday, March 9, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Members $35, non-members $45, reservations required;
“Put On Your Red Shoes and Dance the Blues.…”
The Spanish Cultural Center, or CCE, (1490 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) has grown into a community/meeting center, part of the reason it moved downtown from Coral Gables, featuring free or inexpensive multicultural art, theater, and musical performances. The center also encourages other groups to host events, such as the grouping called The Nightclub. As part of the “This Is Not a Museum” exhibit (which ends March 7), The Nightclub celebrates its “14th “edition” with a dance party Thursday, March 6, from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Let’s Dance! features DJs CC Cruz and Le Spam, and VJ Consuelo Constañeda; free. RSVP at www.ccemiami.org/2014/02/05/lets-dance.
Borders and Other Demarcations Between Us
Actor, director, “theater artist” Thaddeus Phillips, whose most recent work a New York Times critic called an “exquisite show…among the most original musical theater works I’ve seen in years,” brings a new work, 17 Border Crossings, to town. Presented by Miami Light Project, the solo show takes us through his experiences crossing the borders of Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia, Bali, Colombia, Mexico, Cuba, Morocco, Austria, Italy, and the Czech Republic. Performances, which blend “global ideas, surprising images, and extreme playfulness,” run from Thursday, March 6, through Saturday, March 8, at 8:00 p.m. at the Lightbox at Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26th St., Miami); tickets $20 to $50 for VIP; www.miamilightproject.com.
A Russian Doctor Dolittle Meets the Ballet
The Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida presents its latest child-friendly and funny performance with Dr. Ouch!. Based on poems of the beloved Russian children’s poet Kornei Chukovsky, the dance tells the adventures of a doctor (adapted from Doctor Dolittle) who travels to Africa to help the animals and meets monkeys, tropical birds, other amazing creatures…and pirates. Professional dancers are accompanied by a number of young talents. On Saturday, March 8, and Sunday March 9, the company will put on 3:00 p.m. matinees and evening shows at 7:00 at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center (3385 N.E. 188th St., Aventura); tickets cost $25; lap tickets are also available. More at aventuracenter.org.
Virtuosity, Mirth, and Charm
Here comes another U.S. tour for those virtuoso musicians who can also move an audience to helpless laughter: Berlin’s Max Raabe and the Palast Orchester. MR&PO brings a dazzling nod to the stylish cabaret, dance, and big band music popular in Weimar Germany during the 1920s and 1930s (and American songs of the era as well). Shows sell out from Shanghai to Tel-Aviv to New York’s Carnegie Hall. When the university music students debuted their band in 1987, an enraptured audience demanded that they repeat the entire program -- and it’s been onward and upward ever since. MR&PO comes to the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) on Sunday, March 9, at 8:00 p.m. Tickets range from $35 to $95; www.arshtcenter.org.
The Real Deal for Your Nightlife Cravings
Winter nights in South Florida are not called balmy for nothing. So enjoy the balm of a pleasant moonlit evening with the naturalists of Greynolds Park (17530 W. Dixie Hwy., North Miami Beach) as they lead guests on a Creatures of the Night EcoAdventures walk from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday, March 14. You’ll explore the park’s nocturnal denizens under the stars. No snow, no clouds. Admission is $6; go to the “Calendar” link on www.miamidade.gov for registration and more information.
A Hollywood Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
The resident theater company at the Arsht Center (1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami), Zoetic Stage, is back with a play that premières on Thursday, March 20, and runs through Sunday, April 6. Written by Michael McKeever, Clark Gable Slept Here is billed as a satirical look behind the scenes in Hollywood as a silver screen idol gets through the Golden Globe Awards ceremonies while his wife and staff are left to deal with the body of the male prostitute found on his bedroom floor; at 7:30 p.m.; tickets cost $45; www.arshtcenter.org.
Tales From the Little Havana Hood
The Sandbox Series at the Miami Theater Center (9806 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores) offers Paradise Hotel from Juan C. Sanchez, a performance on Friday, March 28 at 8:00 p.m. Sanchez has strung together seven vignettes taking place in the same down-and-out motel on Calle Ocho, but from different decades from the 1950s until the present. Tickets are $20. Sanchez will also be leading workshops throughout the month; go to www.mtcmiami.org for details.
Compiled by BT arts editor Anne Tschida. Please send information and images to