Welcome the Newest Downtown Farmers Market
Starting Monday, December 1, and running every Monday thereafter, a new farmers market will take place outdoors at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) in conjunction with the opening of the new Books & Books store in the complex. The market will have some funky participants and offerings, including Zak the Baker goods, local honey from the Keys, “sushi” cupcakes, and local mozzarella. There will be cooking demonstrations and, of course, tons of local produce; 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.; 305-775-2166.
Art of the Body and Canvas
Chinese-born American artist Shen Wei encapsulates many aspects of ancient and contemporary Chinese culture in the work he produces: he’s been influenced by calligraphy, Chinese opera, and Western dance and painting. He may be best known to the broader world as choreographer of the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics. Shen will be the featured artist during Art Basel at MDC’s Museum of Art + Design’s In Black, White and Gray exhibition at the Freedom Tower (600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). In conjunction with MDC Live Arts, he’ll unveil five new public performances to accompany his 11 paintings, from Friday, December 5, through Sunday, December 7, with matinees and evening shows. They are free, but RSVP; contact
Chihuly and Fairchild Together Again
There may be no better aesthetic collaboration than that of famed glass artist Dale Chihuly and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables). For his third return, Chihuly will place new and richly colored sculptures throughout the tropical landscape, amid the palm trees, ponds, the orchid plants, and the new Wings of the Tropics exhibit, where thousands of butterflies will complement the manmade beauty with nature’s own. Dale Chihuly: Art at Fairchild opens Saturday, December 6, and runs through May; entrance costs $25; www.fairchildgarden.org.
A BuskerFest Reprise
Cities may have high-rises, sports stadiums, and other architectural accoutrements that make them look cosmopolitan, but without street life, they’re dead. Downtown Miami has been growing its street life significantly, and on Friday, December 12, beginning at 4:00 p.m., Buskerfest Miami 2014 can prove it. The street performance festival will include 40 performers and groups playing at Metromover stops along the inner loop, and at walkable places in between. Yes, downtown Miami is now walkable and enjoyable. Imagine that! Visit www.buskerfestmiami.com.
Holiday Lights for a Cause
The tradition of lighting up the darkest of nights goes back millennia and continues here most prominently during Christmas and Hanukah season. Bringing light is what Enchanted Place of North Miami Holiday Lights aims to do on a couple of levels. From Saturday, December 13, through Tuesday, January 6, NE 137th Terrace in North Miami glows with a dazzling canopy of tree lights, plus home displays ranging from Santas and sleighs to Snoopies -- the neighborhood residents make it happen. But it is also coordinated with Care Resource, an outreach organization for people suffering from HIV/AIDS -- donations go to the cause. See the Facebook page for more details: www.facebook.com/pages/Enchanted-Place-of-North-Miami/744036892276773.
New Dance Premiere
The Peter London Global Dance Company is a home-grown Miami troupe, in residence at the Little Haiti Cultural Center and headed by New World professor London. He has commissioned five works by South Florida dancers and choreographers, several of whom are Martha Graham and Ailey-trained, for an evening at the Arsht Center. Fourteen London Global dancers will realize these new works in “Jazz Love Night” on Friday, December 13, and Saturday, December 14, at 7:30 p.m.; tickets cost $35; www.arshtcenter.org.
Borscht in Miami Means Independent Film
The Borscht Film Festival is nine years old, but it’s really just come into its own, filling a void and now funded by the Knight Foundation. The regional fest highlights independent filmmaking -- shorts, docs, features, and Web-based programming. From Thursday, December 18, through Sunday, December 21, the focus at venues throughout Miami and Miami Beach will be on commissioned short films (20 previous Borscht commissions have played as such heavyweight festivals as Sundance and SXSW); with some cult screenings and culminating with super cool Scarface Redux, the crowd-sourced initiative remaking scenes from the over-the-top Miami drug classic (to participate, visit www.scarfaceredux.com). For details on times, screenings, and other events, go to www.borschtcorp.com.
The Secrets of Stiltsville
The remaining wooden structures that make up Stiltsville at the edge of Biscayne Bay constitute some of the most picturesque housing anywhere, seemingly floating on the blue waters. Since the buildings arose, starting in the 1930s, Stiltsville was always a playground, separated from terra firma just enough to allow for all sorts of vice. Its story, along with that of other areas along the bay, will be recalled by historian Paul George during the Stiltsville, Key Biscayne & Cape Florida Light House Boat Tour from HistoryMiami on Sunday, December 28, at 9:00 a.m. till 11:30 a.m., which leaves from Bayside Marketplace, 401 Biscayne Blvd. Tickets $54; www.historymiami.org.
If It’s Wacky and Woolly, It’s the King Mango Strut
The King Mango Strut just refuses to get old and stale, even in its 33rd year. Oh, aging hippies from the Grove still spearhead it, but those counterculture activists have more spunk and attitude in them than many of the “youths” today. Themes for this year’s parade on Sunday, December 28, starting at 2:00 p.m., don’t shy away from death (costuming as Robin Williams or Joan Rivers, anyone?); or politics (non-medical expert Ron Klain as invisible Ebola czar); sports (the-once-and-never-again king Lebron James); or downright tragedies (Malaysian Airlines discount fares). The timeless Strut begins at Commodore Plaza and Main Highway, with a Little Miss Mango Pageant for the truly youthful (ages 5 to 12) at 1:15 p.m.; www.kingmangostrut.org.
New Year’s Bayfront = Best Seat in the Country
The polar vortex came early again for most of the United States, a reminder that spending New Year’s Eve in the balmy subtropics and watching fireworks burst over the bay is one of the most enviable pleasantries anywhere. Especially when the occasion is free, family-friendly, and easily accessible. Bayfront Park Miami New Year’s Eve starts at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 31, with a DJ party from Funky Frank and the drop of the Big Orange down the Intercontinental Hotel at midnight. The Metromover will run at 15-minute intervals until 2:00 a.m.; 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; free; no cans, bottles, coolers; 305-358-7550.
Compiled by BT arts editor Anne Tschida. Please send information and images to