Events September 2018 Print
Written by Dinah McNichols, BT Contributor   
September 2018

Miami’s Artistic Core

The three-day Downtown Art Days will be packed with family events, outdoor installations, and exhibits at participating studios, galleries, co-ops, and museums; architecture and design walking tours; and music. The celebration, organized by the Miami Downtown Development Authority, runs from Friday, September 7, through Sunday, September 9. The Miami Center for Architecture and Design (100 NE 1st Ave.) is Art Days Hub and kicks off the weekend with “Drink + Draw,” plus sidewalk art for kids and MCAD’s current exhibit, “Miami Mix: How Brazil Became Part of Miami.”


ArtsLaunch at the Arsht

Let the season begin…the 2018-2019 Arsht Center’s (and Miami’s) performing arts season, that is. To kick off its box office opening and to celebrate city arts, the Arsht hosts ArtsLaunch on Saturday, September 8, with a full day (10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.) of free and family-friendly activities, performances, workshops, chef demonstrations, music, and tours of the center itself. Scores of arts and cultural organizations are participating, from Delou Africa to Florida Grand Opera. How about performances by Radio Lollipop and Locos Por Juana, or six of the best high school singing groups? Check the full schedule online:


Spanish Flamenco with a Twist of Jazz

Saxophonist Antonio Lizana, featured on NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concerts” series, brings Flamenco Jazz on Voice and Saxophone -- courtesy of the Cultural Center of Spain in Miami and the Miami Downtown Development Authority-- Saturday, September 8, at 8:00 p.m. to the cultural center (1490 Biscayne Blvd.). The artist, who began playing the sax at age ten, has been a stalwart at jazz festivals, and collaborated on the Grammy-winning Best Instrumental Latin Jazz album from the New York-based Arturo O’Farrill’s Big Band. Free.


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The hugely popular Children’s Trust Family Expo returns to Tamiami Fair & Expo Center (enter on Coral Way at SW 109th and 112th avenues) Saturday, September 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Activities include face painting, magic acts, storytelling, arts and crafts, climbing walls, and music and dance. There’s information, too, on nutrition, injury prevention, special needs programs, and KidCare outreach. Look for the chess tournaments, a book fair, tennis and fencing, martial arts, clowns and stilt walkers, and mobile units offering community services. Free admission, free parking.


Coastal Cleanup Miami

As if Florida beaches haven’t been hit hard enough this summer, they get assaulted with litter and plastics that enter the ocean and imperil marine life. You can help fight for ocean and coastal ecological health by participating in the 33rd annual International Coastal Cleanup, held Saturday, September 15. You can join teams at the 45 local cleanup sites and be part of the world’s largest one-day volunteer shoreline and marine cleanup. You’ll also help catalogue the trash as part of the annual Ocean Trash Index, which provides data on marine debris worldwide. More info:


A Calming Mantra

Deva Premal and Miten are on a mission to share the healing powers of mantra and tools for mindfulness through original chants for meditation, yoga, stress management, massage, and sleep. The prescription must work; the result, in audio terms, has been 1.5 million album sales and 550,000 monthly Spotify listeners. On this “Soul of Mantra” world tour, they and accompanying musicians come to Miami on Saturday, September 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Olympia Theater (174 E. Flagler St.). Billed as a deep immersion into the healing realm of the heart, the concert will feature, among other pieces, the seven-chakra Gayatri mantra, praised as one of the greatest in Vedic literature. Tickets: $35-$108.


22nd Annual Miami Brazilian Film Festival

One of our granddaddy film fests, the Brazilian Film Festival returns for its 22nd year and runs September 14-24. It opens up north, with screenings September 14-16 that pay tribute to Cacá Diegues, one of Brazil’s best-known cinema novo directors of the 1960s and 1970s (Savor Cinema, 503 SE 6th St., Fort Lauderdale). FUI plays host September 17 and 18 with a roster of full-length and short films. Regal Cinema South Beach (1120 Lincoln Rd.) shows the entries vying for this year’s people’s choice Lente de Cristal award September 19-22; and closing night features awards presentations, as well as a free screening of both the winning film and Diegues’s Bye Bye Brasil at New World Center’s Soundscape Park (400 17th St.). More info: 305-600-3347 or


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Argentine singer-musician Juana Molina has achieved renown well beyond her famous parents’ shadows, first for her acting and comedic chops, now for her avant mixes of indie, folk, and electronica. Her music has been compared with Björk’s and the ambient music of Aphex Twin. She performs Saturday, September 22, 8:00-11:00 p.m., at the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave.). Doors open at 7:00 p.m. for a pre-show, Afrobeta. Tickets $30 in advance, $35 at the door.


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In 1993, architect Jorge Pérez Jaramillo, then 28, was appointed dean of the architecture school at Medillin’s Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana. Not a dean in the usual sense, he believed then, as he does today, in architects as social actors, not simply designers. Having lived through the violence of the 1980s, he knew Medellin as “a city of terror and fear, in which public space and public life came to be associated with risk.” Yet the urbanist helped transform Medellin into one of the world’s most innovative cities. He speaks at MOAD MDC about the problems Colombia now faces, notably with respect to Venezuela, and the topic “Medellin: A City for Public Life,” on Thursday, September 27, at 7:00 p.m., Freedom Tower (600 Biscayne Blvd.). Free, registration required. and 305-237-7700.


Third Horizon Film Fest

Independent Caribbean and Caribbean diaspora cinema comes to Miami for the third annual Third Horizon Film Festival, running September 27-30, and homing in on films as socially and politically disruptive tools. On tap are full-length films, shorts, and documentaries -- all cutting-edge and sure to provoke discussion. Events take place at PAMM (1103 Biscayne Blvd.) and O Cinema Wynwood (90 NW 29th St.). Also featured as festival artist is Trinidadian Rodell Warner, who works in photography and new-media. Look for opening and closing parties, and events in between. Weekend passes available at or under the “programs” link at


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