Antique Maps, Atlases, Rare Books, and More
At the 23rd annual Miami International Map Fair, held at the HistoryMiami Museum (101 W. Flagler St.) on Saturday, February 6 (10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.), and on Sunday, February 7 (12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.), browse for rare and antique maps from the 16th Century onward, attend cartography lectures, and peruse rare books from international dealers. Parking is available at the Cultural Center Parking Garage, 50 NW 2nd Ave. HMM members $15, non-members $20, university and high school students (with a valid ID) $10. www.historymiami.org.
Black History Events, Book Readings for Every Age
For Black History Month, the Miami Shores People of Color (PoC) organization will co-sponsor several events highlighting the African diaspora and its cultural contributions. Events take place at the Brockway Memorial Library (10021 NE 2nd Ave.), in Miami Shores. On Monday, February 8, at 6:30 p.m., professor and civil rights activist Tameka Hobbs will lead a community discussion of the best-selling 2015 book Between the World and Me, by MacArthur Award-winning writer and Atlantic national correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates. During a live performance on Thursday, February 11, at 6:30 p.m., unwind to the soulful tunes of South Florida jazz singer Shenita Hunt. The concluding event, on Saturday, February 13, at 11:00 a.m., features critically acclaimed Haitian-born novelist Edwidge Danticat, this time reading from two of her children’s books. All events are free and open to the public. www.facebook.com/MiamiShoresPoC.
It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s a Kite!
Kites of all shapes and sizes will take to the skies during the free Kite Day festival at Haulover Park (10800 Collins Ave.), which goes from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, February 14. Hosted by Skyward Kites and Miami-Dade County’s Parks Department, there’ll be paper kite-building classes, kite-flying competitions, face painting, food trucks, and live performances from Miami Country Day School’s student bands. Purchase a kite there, or bring your own. Parking is $7. www.skywardkites.com.
Creole Jazz at Big Night in Little Haiti
During Jazz at Big Night: Chardavoine and Bemol Telfort on Friday, February 19, you’ll get a double dose of Creole jazz during the monthly “Big Night in Little Haiti” at the Little Haiti Cultural Center (212 NE 59th Terr.). Haitian-born, Brooklyn-bred Jean Chardavoine will play his distinctive sleek, smooth style of guitar, backed by his band, the Creole Jazz Project, which includes some of the most accomplished jazz players in Miami, a renowned Haitian drummer, and saxophonist Anthony Church. In the second act, jazz guitarist and composer Telfort will blend funk, swing, and Caribbean flair. Creole cuisine will be available for purchase, and kids’ activities are scheduled. The free event goes from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. www.rhythmfoundation.com.
Japanese Poetry and Global Dance Merge in Wynwood
Bessie Award-winning choreographer Kota Yamazaki brings his poetic dance performance piece, OQ (ōkyu is the phonetic reading of “palace” in Japanese), to the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26th St.), on Friday, February 19, and Saturday, February 20, with 8:00 p.m. show times. Presented by the Miami Light Project, this 90-minute act features butoh, contemporary, and hip-hop dancers who move about with such fluidity, it’s as if they were dancing underwater. Underlying themes showcase Yamazaki’s inspiration: Japanese ritual poetry readings held at the Imperial Palace. GA tickets $25; VIP $50. www.miamilightproject.com.
Double Dutch and the Black Female Experience
As part of the MDC Live Arts performance series, two-time National Dance Project grant recipient and choreographer Camille A. Brown connects African-American history with contemporary culture in Black Girl: Linguistic Play, showing us what the black female experience looks like through African-American girlhood games at Miami-Dade County Auditorium (2901 W. Flagler St.), on Saturday, February 20, at 8:00 p.m. The Queens native will double Dutch, sidestepping in a rhythmic dance over an invisible jump rope, illustrating how black girls pass on shared skills while addressing “the complexity of carving out a positive identity as a black female in urban American culture.” Tickets $28. www.mdclivearts.org.
Romantic Music from Spain at Olympia Theater
Four-time Grammy nominee Café Quijano brings sultry bolero sounds, steeped in Cuban son, along with Mexican and other Latin influences, to the Olympia Theater (174 E. Flagler St.) Friday, February 26, at 8:00 p.m. Hailing from León, Spain, the brothers Manuel, Oscar, and Raul Quijano all sing and play guitar, have released eight top-selling albums, and have collaborated with the likes of Celine Dion, Pancho Amat, and Joaquín Sabina. Hear sensual songs like “La Lola” (named for their father’s pub in León) and “Ardiente Amor” during their first Miami performance. Tickets $25 to $50. www.olympiatheater.org.
Bring Fido to Bayfront Park
Whether you’re honoring the life of your beloved pooch or want to raise money to help animals find homes, proceeds from the 16th annual Walk for the Animals at Bayfront Park (301 Biscayne Blvd.) help the Humane Society of Greater Miami in its adoption efforts. The one-mile walk around the park begins at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 27, followed by a lineup of music, food vendors, pet/owner look-alike contests, kids’ activities, and a pet adoption area. Dogs must be leashed during the walk. Registration fee $50. Visit www.walkfortheanimalsmiami.com to register.
From China to Aventura: The New Shanghai Circus
Acrobats, contortionists, and jugglers from China interpret classical Chinese circus traditions, some dating back two millennia, during three showings of the New Shanghai Circus at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.). See it on Sunday, February 28, at 2:00 p.m. ($35 to $40), or catch a matinee the following day ($13) at 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The elaborate costumes, professional plate spinners, ring leapers, and gravity-defying stunts will leave you breathless. The New York Times describes the performance as “feats of circus art that reach literally breathtaking heights of skill.” www.aventuracenter.org.
The Globetrotters Come to Town
Celebrating their 90th anniversary, the never-aging Harlem Globetrotters come to the American Airlines Arena (601 Biscayne Blvd.) on Sunday, February 28, at 4:00 p.m. as part of their world tour. See powerhouse players like “Ace,” “Big Easy,” “Buckets,” and “Rocket” take to the court as they juggle, flip, and slam-dunk their way to the net. Pairing comedy with athleticism and entertainment, the Globetrotters are known to bring members from the audience out on the court to help them with their tricks. Great for all ages! Tickets: $20 to $165. www.aaarena.com/events.
Compiled by BT contributor Caitlin Granfield. Please send information and images to