Local Artists Unite with “The Collabo Show”
The Collabo Show is like nothing you’ve ever seen before, with installations and works from the imaginations of more than 40 local artists, who have collaborated in making an expansive, anything-goes exhibit, turning two acres of land at the Bakehouse Art Complex (561 NW 32nd St.) into their canvas. See one of the most anticipated art exhibits this year in the Wynwood Arts District for free through Saturday, September 5, at a venue that has been supporting Miami artists for 30 years. Visit www.bacfl.org for details and hours of operation.
Art and Architecture for the Visually Impaired
In an effort to connect art and architecture with those who are blind or visually impaired, the Miami Center for Architecture and Design, Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, and EXILE Books, a pop-up artists’ run bookstore, have partnered to showcase Listen to this Building, debuting Thursday, September 3, through Saturday, October 17, at the Miami Center for Architecture and Design (100 NE 1st Ave.). An offering of free exhibits “seeks to bridge the understanding between downtown Miami architecture, independent publishing, and accessibility, specifically addressing visual impairments,” with installations like 3-D printed models of downtown Miami buildings that people of all abilities will “see” through touch, as the models are inside covered boxes. Visit www.exilebooks.com to learn more.
Exhibition Promotes Latin American Artists
Realizing that great contemporary artists from Latin America weren’t getting the recognition and audiences they deserved in the international realm of contemporary art, the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, also known as CIFO (1018 N. Miami Ave.), has brought ten emerging and mid-career artists from Mexico, Central America, and South America to their downtown Miami space in the debut of “Intersections (after Lautréamont)”, part of CIFO’s annual Grants and Commissions Exhibition. Opening night for the free exhibit is Thursday, September 3, at 6:00 p.m. and will stay on display until November 1. Visit www.cifo.org for more information.
Three-Day Weekend of Art Events in Downtown
The fourth year of the Downtown Development Authority’s DWTWNArt Days runs from Friday, September 11, through Sunday, September 13, giving Miamians a three-day dose of more than 100 free art events and programs, plus walking tours, throughout downtown Miami. Download the mobile app “Art Days 2015” to search for and navigate events, like Fringe Projects’ (200 S. Biscayne Blvd.) multi-dimensional performance, and a film exhibit by Miami artist Dara Friedman, who “addresses the historical traces of the Tequesta native Americans who once inhabited Miami.” Check www.miamidda.com for more information, and to see which events are kid-friendly.
A Theatrical Pub Crawl in Downtown
Front Yard Theatre Collective takes bar hopping and debauchery to a whole new level with Schmooze Over Miami, a “Theatrical Pub Crawl,” on Saturday, September 12, where you’ll get to experience a “hilarious take on Miami’s past.” Meet at Biscayne Tavern (146 Biscayne Blvd.) at 4:00 p.m., drink, then head to Le Chat Noir, Pub One, and Elwoods Gastro Pub, where you’ll witness live performances inspired by each decade in Miami, starting from the 1920s and finishing with today. Free, but must purchase drinks. Visit www.frontyardtheatrecollective.com for additional details.
Explore Biscayne Bay’s Legendary Stiltsville by Boat
Take in the sights of wooden stilt houses, rising ten feet or more above the waters’ surface off Key Biscayne as you learn about their beginnings during HistoryMiami’s Key Biscayne and Stiltsville Sunset Boat Tour on Sunday, September 13. Miami historian and BT contributor Paul George will narrate stories about how the “cabins in the sea” became a haunt for the rich and famous from the 1940s through 1960s, and how decades earlier, during prohibition, the original stilt, called Crawfish Eddie’s, was where locals would go to drink, gamble, and eat fresh seafood. The boat leaves Bayside Marketplace (401 Biscayne Blvd.) at 5:30 p.m. and returns at 8:00 p.m. Advance reservations and payment are recommended, $50 members; $60 non-members. Go to www.historymiami.org for more information.
International Ballet Festival of Miami Twirls into 20th Year
The International Ballet Festival of Miami, now in its 20th year, is the only event in Florida where 100 dancers from more than 20 prestigious ballet companies from all over the world converge in six venues throughout Miami-Dade County. Pick a show and see it live through Sunday, September 13, at venues like the Chapman Conference Center at Miami-Dade College’s Wolfson Campus, the Miami Beach Cinematheque, the Miami Hispanic Cultural Arts Center, the Colony Theater, the Fillmore Miami Beach, and at Dade County Auditorium. Tickets range from $35 to $62 depending on the venue and seating preferences. Visit www.internationalballetfestival.org for details.
Miami-Dade Coastal Cleanup Seeking Volunteers!
Bring a bucket and help clean Miami’s shores during the annual Miami Coastal Cleanup, held on Saturday, September 19, from 9:00 a.m. until noon. Organized by VolunteerCleanUp.org and sponsored by the International Coastal Cleanup, people of all ages will band together in masses to collect litter at more than 40 planned locations in Miami-Dade and will be using data cards to document what kinds of trash are picked up to help influence public policy for change. RSVP on www.volunteercleanup.org, where you’ll find a list of local sites in need of volunteers. Must wear closed-toe shoes.
North Miami Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
Come party at North Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) for the annual La Gran Fiesta, which celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month in style with live music, salsa dancing, tasty food from nearby restaurants featuring “local Latin flavors,” and a night of family fun. Special guest and Grammy award-winner Marlow Rosado will also be performing. The free event takes place on Saturday, September 19, from 7:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. in MOCA’s courtyard (770 NE 125th St.). Go to www.mocanomi.org for details.
Copacabana Comes to Aventura
Enjoy the sounds from a ten-piece Latin band during An Evening at the Copacabana, a stage show, at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.) on Saturday, September 26, at 8:00 p.m. Extravagant show girls and dancers will shake to the songs of the greats, like Celia Cruz, Frank Sinatra, Desi Arnaz, and Ella Fitzgerald in what’s described as “Latin dance rhythms and the intensity of big band swing from the great American songbook.” Tickets cost $45 to $50. VIP tickets are available for seats in the first two rows; see www.aventuracenter.org for details.
Compiled by BT contributor Caitlin Granfield. Please send information and images to