A Month of Movies Greets the Start of Summer
During Miami Film Month, critically acclaimed films, indies, and everything in between will screen for reduced fares at various art cinemas in Miami. Miami Beach Cinematheque, for example, will host an array of titles, like 2009’s Enter the Void, which takes the viewer on a psychedelic, out-of-body experience from the view of its main character, a drug dealer who’s just been shot by the police. The Pérez Art Museum Miami will host tours of its video installations and artworks inspired by films. Free with museum admission. Visit: www.miamiandbeaches.com, then search: “Miami Film Month.”
A Festival of Shorts -- Short Plays, That Is
City Theatre’s 20th annual showcase of the nation’s top ten-minute short plays, Summer Shorts: America’s Short Play Festival, takes place at the Arsht Center from Thursday, June 4, to Sunday, June 28. Tickets range from $35 to $45 for general admission, depending on the event. Shorts 4 Kids, geared for those five and older, (June 17 through 28, $20) will draw little ones into a digital dimension of a videogame console, where avatars act out themes that encompass cultural diversity, self-respect, and individuality. Go to www.arshtcenter.org for more details.
A Rubberneck Tour for Your Ghoulish Side
You’ll not only hear true tales from Miami’s crime-ridden past involving drug smugglers, murderers, and mobsters, but you’ll see where the events unfolded as a coach bus takes you to the City of Miami Cemetery and Bayfront Park, where Franklin D. Roosevelt was nearly assassinated, plus the homes of the late Gianni Versace (murder victim) and Joyce Cohen, (murder perpetrator); Miami Vice settings; and sites linked to Al Capone. HistoryMiami’s (101 West Flagler St.) Mystery, Mayhem, and Vice Crime Coach Tour, led by historian and Biscayne Times “Picture Story” columnist Paul George, takes place Friday, June 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Register online at www.historymiami.org; or call 305-375-5792; or e-mail:
. Members: $44; Non-members: $54.
Modern Art Made Family-Friendly
Treat your youngsters to an afternoon of art-making during Family Day at the Institute of Contemporary Art (4040 NE 2nd Ave.) on Saturday, June 6, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Local artists and a storyteller will be on hand, and activities include the “Exhibition I Spy,” during which a museum guide will ask children to find colors and shapes within art works; “Be a Curator,” in which children will use found objects to curate their own exhibit; and “Abstract Art Activity” for the whole family, using fabrics and other materials to create artworks. Free, but an RSVP is recommended at www.icamiami.org.
All-Stars Bring Experimental Music to Miami
Bang on a Can All-Stars, a six-member ensemble that mesmerizes U.S. and international audiences with performances of classical, rock, jazz, world, and experimental music, will play in Miami for the first time at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26 St.), Saturday, June 6, at 8:00 p.m. Tickets start at $15 for students and seniors, $25 for the general public, and $50 for VIP seating and perks. Visit www.miamilightproject.com.
“Jenny in Love: Tribute to the Stars”
Former Billboard Latino’s House Band musical director Jenny Love pairs up with Latin jazz violinist and composer Pedro Alfonso in Tribute to the Stars on Thursday, June 11, at 8:00 p.m. at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.). Love will sing hits from Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Shirley Bassey, Peggy Lee, Stevie Wonder, and others alongside the two-time Grammy and Billboard Latin Music award winner. VIP tickets cost $46; general admission is $42. Go to www.aventuracenter.org for more details.
The Time Is Ripe for the Redland Fruit Festival
Some of our favorite summer fruits, including mangoes, lychees, and mamey, will be available for sampling and purchase Saturday, June 13, and Sunday, June 14, during the annual Redland Summer Fruit Festival at the Fruit and Spice Park (24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead) from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Local vendors will be selling fruit wine, small fruit trees, and of course, a variety of fruit grown in the Redland and Homestead. Admission is $8; children 11 and under enter free. See www.fruitandspicepark.org to learn more.
Two Legends of Miami’s Cuban Sound at the Arsht
After arriving to Miami some 50 years ago, Willy Chirino grew up to make more than 20 albums and win a Grammy. Meanwhile, Carlos Oliva would become an Emmy winner and earn the title of “godfather of Miami Sound” with his group The Judge’s Nephews (Los Sobrinos del Juez). The recipe calls for a little bit of jazz, a shake of rock, with big doses of Brazilian and Caribbean sounds, paired with Cuban music. The duo performs Saturday, June 13 at the Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center (1300 Biscayne Blvd.) with songs like “Nada Como Miami” as part of the “Cuba Beat” concert series. Tickets range from $55 to $150. Visit www.arshtcenter.org for more info.
Paddle Up Your Campfire Appetite
Experience the beauty of the setting sun while paddling on the Oleta River, then stop at a private island to roast S’mores over a bonfire, socialize, and drink sangria during Blue Moon Outdoor Center’s Sangria Sunset Tour on Friday, June 19. The two-and-a-half-hour guided tour departs at 8:00 p.m. in front of the outdoor center inside the park (3400 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach) and costs $20 if you bring your own kayak or $50 to rent your choice of a single or tandem kayak, or a paddle board. Florida college students with valid college ID pay $30 rental fee. Sangria, glasses, and S’more ingredients will be provided at Sandspur Island. A parking fee of $4 per vehicle applies, and if the car has two or more people, it’s $6. You must sign a waiver inside the Outdoor Center before departing. Bring bug spray and a waterproof bag for your belongings. Register at: www.bluemoonoutdoor.com.
Does Your Inner Nerd Need a Boost?
Florida SuperCon, a celebration of comic books, anime, fantasy, cult classics, sci-fi, and pop culture, comes to the Miami Beach Convention Center (1901 Convention Center Dr.) on Thursday, June 25, through Sunday, June 28. Meet comic book artists and creators, and attend panels led by famous stars like Peter Mayhew, who played “Chewbacca” in Star Wars. Four actors from The Walking Dead will make appearances, while the comedy show Revenge of the Nerd Comics! will help you see that “nerdy” and “cool” can be one and the same. Single-day tickets start at $25; two-, three-, and four-day passes are also available. See: www.floridasupercon.com to purchase tickets, view parking options, and check the schedule of events, which last from morning until night.
Compiled by BT contributor Caitlin Granfield. Please send information and images to