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Written by Dinah McNichols, BT Contributor   
October 2019

Artisan Fair in the Shores

The Miami Shores Brockway Memorial Library (10021 NE 2nd Ave.) hosts its Fourth Annual Artisan Fair on Saturday, October 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., rain or shine, featuring woven, knitted, stitched, beaded, strung, painted, printed, and sculpted works by numerous local artists and artisans, live folk music, and all kinds of homemade foods. Admission, of course, is free. brockwaylibrary.org.

 

HelpOurEndangeredBeesHelp Our Endangered Bees

Master beekeeper Daniel Calzadilla holds a degree in environmental science and sustainability, and a certificate in agroecology (local sustainable farming). And from the looks of his Facebook page, he has been rescuing lots of local hives. Calzadilla returns to Miami Beach Botanical Garden, which has its own apiary, for a Second Saturday Seminar on Beekeeping 101 on Saturday, October 12, 10:00 a.m. to noon. You’ll come away with beekeeping basics and the satisfaction, should you take up the cause, of helping these pollinators maintain the food chain for the rest of us. Free with registration. www.mbgarden.org/calendar.

 

DiavolosSpatialVirtuosiDiavolo’s Spatial Virtuosi

Jacques Heim calls himself an architect of motion. His L.A.-based company Diavolo incorporates acrobatic verve and grace into stunning visual narratives. Among his credits: choreographer of Cirque du Soleil’s show Ka and a creative director for the opening ceremony of the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou (formerly Canton). Heim brings two acclaimed works to the Arsht Center (1300 Biscayne Blvd.) for one night only: Voyage, a phantasmagoric journey across the universe, and Trajectoire, an existential study of the human soul. Date: Saturday, October 12, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $30-$85. www.arshtcenter.org.

 

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It’s the season opener for New World Symphony’s free outdoor Wallcast concerts, set for Saturday, October 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Soundscape Park (400 17th St., Miami Beach). The featured soloist is 29-year-old Russian-born pianist/composer Daniil Trifonov, winner at age 20 of the International Tchaikovsky Competition and whom The Times of London declared to be “the most astounding pianist of our age.” Trifonov has performed with every major orchestra, and even for a Tiny Desk Performance. The program features Beethoven’s Egmont Overture; Scriabin’s Piano Concerto; and selections from Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet. A pre-concert chat begins an hour before the performance. Bring a picnic and comfy folding chairs. www.nws.edu.

 

Another Year, Another Monologue

It’s the return of Tony winner Eve Ensler’s Obie-winning 1996 Vagina Monologues, which is performed annually to bring attention to V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls. A performance takes place Saturday, October 12, 8:00 p.m. at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.), where you’ll meet a number of characters, including a six-year-old child, a septuagenarian New Yorker, a vagina workshop participant, a grandmother who watches her granddaughter’s birth, a wartime rape survivor, and more. Tickets $35.50-$42.50. www.aventuracenter.org.

 

A Night of Legends and Remembrance

Composer and respected jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard and his band E-Collective -- with keyboardist Fabian Almazan, guitarist Charles Altur, bassist Donald Ramsey, and drummer Oscar Seaton -- perform an Arsht-commissioned multidisciplinary work, Caravan: A Revolution on the Road. Choreographer Rennie Harris and his Philadelphia-based Puremovement hip-hop dance/theater company, and sculptor/digital fabric mapping artist Andrew Scott (who designed the cover of Blanchard’s elegiac Breathless album, a tribute to Eric Garner) add their vision. The work explores the band’s first tour and the artists’ reflections on Black Lives in our era. At the Arsht (1300 Biscayne Blvd.) on Friday, October 18, 8:00 p.m. Tickets $40-$100. www.arshtcenter.org.

 

Megustalations, If You Dare!

On Saturday, October 19, at 8:00 p.m., Last Podcast on the Left hosts Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks, and Henry Zebrowski bring their show (i.e., “their deeply informed yet juvenile banter,” according to one writer) to the Olympia (174 E. Flagler St.). Since 2011, these guys have spun low-down, lurid, and Webby Award-winning shows that mix true crime (the grislier the better), horror (the more horrific the better), and comedy (is it cathartic, or just too weird?) as they examine urban legends, aliens, ghosts, conspiracy theories, and gore from what they call the dark side of humanity. Inappropriate? Too explicit? Not their problem. And loved they are, as their long run and fans attest. Tickets range from $29.50 to ultra VIP packages of $150. www.olympiatheater.org.

 

Reclaim Your Rest at MOAD

Politics stressing you out? Over at MOAD MDC (600 Biscayne Blvd.), where the exhibit “Where the Oceans Meet” -- with works by the late Cuban painter Lydia Cabrera and the late Martinican poet Édouard Glissant -- explores the multitudinous ways that borders divide us, you can breathe deeply and take the edge off with Black Power Naps/Siestas Negras. Artists Navild Ocasta and Fannie Sosa create an interactive installation that “reclaims laziness and idleness as power.” They’re quite serious, noting that the creation of constant fatigue is a component of historical oppression. The installation in the skylight gallery offers guided meditations, vibrational sound therapy, and other restorative measures from Thursday, October 24, through January 12, 2020. www.mdcmoad.org.

 

Miami’s Ghosts & Crime Tours

It’s the annual Ghosts of Miami City Cemetery Tour with HistoryMiami’s Paul George offering a pair of Halloween treks for the intrepid: Friday, October 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m. and 8:00-10:00 p.m. Members $20, non-members $30, children 12 and under $10. Meet at Miami City Cemetery (1800 NE 2nd Ave.). If you still need more of the ghostly ghastly, sign on for George’s Vice & Crime Coach Tour, whose highlights include mob and smuggling tales, and local scenes of kidnappings and murder Sunday October 27, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Members $50, non-members $60, children 12 and under $25. historymiami.org.

 

Haitian Roots Music at the Bandshell

The Rhythm Foundation returns to the North Beach Bandshell with Haitian voudou rock ’n’ roots legend RAM, featuring vocalist Lunise; bandleader Richard Morse (his mother was the dancer/folklorist Emerante de Pradines Morse); and a band that includes their son. Their mizik rasin has been a staple at the famed Hotel Oloffson, and both band and hotel have survived an onslaught of political crises and natural disasters in Port-au-Prince for the past quarter century. Since 2015, RAM has also been a mainstay at Krewe du Kanaval, a New Orleans-based project with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band that celebrates the 200-year-old cultural connections between the island and the Crescent City. RAM performs Saturday, October 26. Doors open at 7:00; the show starts at 8:00 p.m. Tickets $25. www.rhythmfoundation.com. 

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Events September 2019 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dinah McNichols, BT Contributor   
September 2019

All Family, All Day

The Children’s Trust Family Expo returns to the Miami-Dade Fair & Expo Center (enter on Coral Way at SW 109th and 112th avenues) Saturday, September 7, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Activities include face painting, arts and crafts, bounce houses, climbing walls, storytellers, and magicians. There’s also a book fair, tennis, fencing, martial arts, and chess. Plus 200 booths offering a wealth of information on after-school and other enrichment programs, nutrition and health education, and programs for children with special needs. Free admission, free parking. www.thechildrenstrust.org.

 

Annual ArtsLaunch at the Arsht

To kick off the 2019-2020 season, the Arsht hosts its annual ArtsLaunch on Saturday, September 8, 9:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m., with free family-friendly performances, activities, arts talks, and tours of the center itself. Scores of organizations are participating, including Miami Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Spoken Soul Festival, Siempre Flamenco, Peter London Dance Company, Miami City Ballet, Dranoff International 2 Piano Foundation, Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, Florida Grand Opera, ShowStoppers Studio, City Theater, Zoetic Stage. Look for the A Cappella Corner, a piano slam, and performances by artists representing Little Haiti, Overtown, and Little Havana -- plus a Hamilton singalong. www.arshtcenter.org.

 

OnceUponaTimeinHavanaOnce Upon a Time in…Havana

This month’s cover story features journalist and BT contributor Gaspar González, whose newest film,  Errol Flynn’s Ghost: Hollywood in Havana, examines Hollywood’s romance with Cuba from the 1940s to the Revolution. The screening takes place Sunday, September 8, 5:00 p.m. at O Cinema South Beach (1130 Washington Ave.). Ticket price includes admission to a complementary event at 4:00 p.m. across the street, where the Wolfsonian-FIU (1001 Washington Ave.) hosts “Cuban Caricature and Culture: The Art of Massaguer.” Cuban graphic artist Conrado Massaguer (1998-1965) was a cosmopolitan who lived in Mérida and New York, as well, rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous, publishing magazines, and contributing to top publications. His ad campaigns were in large part responsible for Cuba’s tropical playground image. Free to Wolfsonian and Miami Beach Cinamatheque members, seniors, and students; otherwise $11. wolfsonian.org or miamibeachfilmsociety.memberlodge.org.

 

Rollin’ (Up and) Down the River

The Historic Miami River Cruise aboard an Island Queen vessel takes you on a two-hour cruise Sunday, September 8, along the waterway’s short course and back. While you feast on the views and hidden neighborhoods, you’ll also soak up tales of the river’s history from historian Paul George. The boat leaves at 10:00 a.m. from Miamarina at Bayside Marketplace (401 Biscayne Blvd.), returning around noon. Members $50; nonmembers $60; children 12 and under $25. www.history.org.

 

DisneyonIceattheArenaDisney on Ice at the Arena

Adults can relive the childhood thrill of The Mouse when Disney on Ice brings its “Road Trip Adventures” to the AmericanAirlines Arena (601 Biscayne Blvd.) Thursday through Sunday, September 19-22. This fantastical trip takes you off to Motunui, to Simba’s Pride Lands, on Aladdin’s trail, and in line with Woody and Forky. Only children under 14 may come in costume, but do bring a sweater. There are seven performances, including morning, matinee, and nighttime, with tickets ranging from $26-$180, and as many pricing tiers as rows, it seems. www.ticketmaster.com.

 

You’ll Know Them When You See Them

The word is aroid. An unappealing word for a plant family whose members have both a spathe, an exotic sheath of leaf, and a spadix, the spike rising from the center of the leaf. Think calla and arum lilies, or those giant “corpse flowers” that grow for years before they bloom and gag everyone within 50 feet. Familiar aroids also include philodendrons, elephant’s ears, and dieffenbachia. But at the two-day International Aroid Society Show and Sale taking place Saturday and Sunday, September 21-22, at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables), you’ll see rare aroids brought in by local and international vendors. Both days, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission free to members; adults, $25; over 65, $18; ages 6-17, $12; 5 and under, free. fairchildgarden.org.

 

It’s Time to Say Thanks for the Beach Days

Last year, 2979 Miami-Dade volunteers removed 14,414 pounds of trash from our shorelines -- in just one day. The International Coastal Cleanup 2019 takes place Saturday, September 21, with more than 40 cleanup sites targeted from Aventura to Homestead. A sampling: Crandon Park, Oleta River State Park, Pelican Harbor Marina, Lummus Park, Legion Park, Griffing Park, and Margaret Pace Park, just for starters. Register online and pick your location; if it’s “sold out,” please go where you’re needed most. volunteercleanup.org.

 

SalmanRushdieonHisNewestBookSalman Rushdie on His Newest Book

Author Salman Rushdie’s 14th novel, Quichotte, is a 21st-century patchwork travelogue of a modern-day Sancho and the delusional, sweet-natured Don, crossing America to woo a talk-show host -- or so it seems in this story within a story. Quichotte is longlisted for the Booker, and reviewers either adore it or write as though they’re personally miffed. Rushdie will discuss the book Thursday, September 26, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at MDC’s Wolfson Campus Auditorium (Building 1, 2nd Floor, Room 1261, 300 NE 2nd Ave.), courtesy of Books & Books and the Miami Book Fair. Seating is first come, first served. Tickets: $28, which includes admission for two. miamibookfair.com.

 

Beer and Bavaria in Wynwood

Wynwood Marketplace hosts the second annual Wynwood Oktoberfest, running Friday, September 27 (7:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.); Saturday, September 28, (2:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.); and Sunday, September 29 (noon to 8:00 p.m.). The organizers swear you’ll think you’re in the heart of Germany as you enjoy the German bands; Bavarian games of strength, like stein hoisting; and the re-creation of an authentic Munich beer hall, replete with “long flowing festival tables and beer wenches serving the coldest Sam Adams beer you’ve ever had.” Lots of food, an artisan market, and more. Admission is free; party packs start at $21. wynwoodoctoberfest.com

 

Tribute to Celia Cruz

Linda Viera Caballero, La India, was dubbed by none other than Celia Cruz as “la princesa de la salsa.” She’s won a Latin Grammy (2016) for Best Salsa Album, and she comes to the Arsht Center on Saturday, September 28, 8:00 p.m., in a tribute concert to the Queen of Salsa. An all-star orchestra will back her on Celia’s most memorable hits, including “Quimbara,” “La vida es un carnival,” and “Bemba Colorá,” as well as her own standouts. Tickets $62-$188. arshtcenter.org.

 

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Events August 2019 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dinah McNichols, BT Contributor   
August 2019

AfricanDanceandDrumFestival

African Dance and Drum Festival

Miami’s Delou Africa presents its African Diaspora Dance and Drum Festival from Friday, August 2, through Sunday, August 4, at the Little Haiti Cultural Center (212 NE 59th Terr.). On tap: a children’s village, drum and dance workshops, storytellers, a wellness fair, African fashion and arts, and food and drink. The mainstage event, Seeds of the Diaspora, showcases traditional and contemporary performances. Tickets $30, $20 for seniors and students, children $5. Check online for free offerings and workshop costs: www.adddff.delouafrica.org.

 

How Many Principals Make a Ballet Fest?

Apparently 120! The Miami Hispanic Ballet Company hosts the International Ballet Festival of Miami, inviting 120 principal dancers from more than 20 ballet companies worldwide. That’s a lot of artistic excellence, so let your imagination soar even if you can’t, with these programs (as of deadline, we don’t know specific repertoires): young competition winners Saturday, August 3, 7:30 p.m., Manuel Artime Theater (900 SW 1st St., $25); avant ballet and modern dance Saturday, August 10, 8:00 p.m., Miami Arts Charter School (95 NW 23rd St., $30); contemporary ballet Sunday, August 11, 5:00 p.m., Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, $35-$45); classical and neoclassical Saturday, August 17, 8:00 p.m., the Fillmore Miami Beach (1700 Washington Ave., $49-$69); and a closing performance featuring all the principals Sunday, August 18, 5:00 p.m., MDC Auditorium (2901 W. Flagler St., $35-$62). Free street performances: Friday, August 9, 8:00 p.m., at the Lincoln Road Mall/Euclid Circle and at Wynwood Walls. www.internationalballetfestival.org.

 

TouraGemofSpanishHistoryTour a Gem of Spanish History

Response was so great to July’s cover story that we’re putting out an APB: The Ancient Spanish Monastery offers free tours every Saturday at 1:00 p.m. as part of admission ($10 for adults; $5 for seniors and students). The medieval Monastery of St. Bernard de Clairvaux, north of Segovia, fell into disrepair, was sold, converted to a granary, then sold again to William Randolph Hearst in the 1920s, who had it dismantled stone by stone and shipped to this country. You can hear its fascinating history as you wander the beautiful complex, which still serves parishioners. www.spanishmonastery.com.

 

Futbol Firsts at the Stadium

The home fans reportedly weren’t happy, but as part of a 15-year contract with Relevant Sports (a.k.a. Stephen Ross) to promote the league here, at least one Liga regular season match gets played in the U.S. -- and that means Miami for the opener, on Wednesday, August 7, 10:00 a.m., when FC Barcelona and SSC Napoli face off, with their newly announced first teams, at Hard Rock Stadium (347 Don Shula Dr., Miami Gardens). Game 2 is set for Ann Arbor, Michigan, at Ross’s alma mater. Info at https://hardrockstadium.com.

 

Dolphins: QB To Be Determined...

The Miami Dolphins host two preseason home games: against the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, August 8, 7:30 p.m.; and the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday, August 22, 8:00 p.m., to be nationally televised. Do preseason games really matter, you ask? The sports website FTW asked and answered. After tracking data going back five years, the conclusion: “Surprisingly, you can find a little information about how a team will fare based on its preseason record. But only a little and only if you look real hard.” So just go to Hard Rock Stadium. Enjoy the dogs and suds, and live for today. www.miamidolphins.com.

 

This Hannibal’s a Funny One

You gotta admire a comic whose standup routines nailed Bill Cosby back in 2014. Hannibal Buress, of course, has a whole other body of work with his Eric Andre Show sketches and his own podcast, “Handsome Rambler.” You may recognize him as love interest Lincoln Rice on Comedy Central’s Broad City and in such films as Slash, Tag, and Spiderman: Homecoming. He returns to town Saturday, August 10, for two shows, 7:00 and 10:30 p.m., at the Olympia Theater (174 E. Flagler St.). Both will be filmed, so be early, be camera ready, and fasten your seatbelts. Tickets: $29.50-$39.50; www.olympiatheater.org.

 

SeaTurtleOutreachintheParkSea Turtle Outreach in the Park

You keep the lights low and avoid certain beach areas this time of year, and our turtle hat’s off to you! Miami EcoAdventures has two sessions left for its Sea Turtle Awareness Program: Wednesdays, August 21 and 28, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Haulover Park (10800 Collins Ave.). After an orientation, you and your own hatchlings will follow staff to the beach and observe, if all goes well, a permitted release of hatchlings into the ocean. Registration: www.miamidade.gov/ecoadventures.

 

“Flamenco Jazz” at the Black Box

Pianist/composer and Grammy nominee José Negroni joins two artists of Ballet Flamenco La Rosa -- singer Salvador De Angela and dancer Maria Mercedes -- for a night of jazz and flamenco fusion Friday, August 23, 8:00 p.m., at MDC Auditorium’s On.Stage Black Box Theatre (2901 W. Flagler St.). BFLR creates groundbreaking flamenco collaborations that incorporate not only jazz, but tap, blues, Caribbean, Celtic, Sephardic, and more. Tickets $40. www.miamidadecountyauditorium.org.

 

Is It Magic or Illusion?

Picture, if you will, the single-minded passion that propelled a seven-year-old with magic tricks from small-town South Dakota into Reza the Illusionist, who has taken his high-voltage rockstar showmanship around the world and to numerous television specials. You can see for yourself when he seemingly passes through power tools and spray paint, makes motorcycles appear out of thin air, and takes the entertainment to new levels, as his show, “Edge of Illusion,” suggests. He performs Saturday, August 24, at the Arsht (1300 Biscayne Blvd.). Tickets $25-$69. www.arshtcenter.org.

 

More Strains of Andalusia

Miami’s Siempre Flamenco stirs up our folkloric souls with its annual Festival de Cante and four performances Friday, August 30, 8:00 p.m., Saturday, August 31, 3:00 and 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, September 1, 4:00 p.m. Founding members Paco and Celia Fonta join Spanish singers Rocío Bazán, Manuel de Manuel, and Javier Heredia; dancer Antoñete Castro; and guitarist Paco Fernández. Performances at the Arsht (1300 Biscayne Blvd.). Tickets $48-$60. www.arshtcenter.org.

 

Home Design and Improvement Show

In the market for a redo or an up-do? At the Miami Home Design and Remodeling Show you can browse, ask the pros, follow celebrity panels and DIY demos, and pick up design and décor tips. The show runs Friday, August 30, through Labor Day. Hours: Friday 4:00-9:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 9:30 p.m.; and Monday, noon to 7:30 p.m. Mana Wynwood Convention Center (318 NW 23rd St.) Tickets $7. www.homeshows.net.

 

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Events July 2019 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dinah McNichols, BT Contributor   
July 2019

Independence Day Party Poppers

America’s Birthday Bash is a perfect capper to the Independence Day celebrations Thursday, July 4, at Bayfront Park (301 N. Biscayne Blvd.). The city hosts live music, food and drink vendors, plus a free kids zone that stays open from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:00 p.m. Remember, no bottles, cans, or coolers. And if you’re in a boat, steer clear of protected reefs, habitats, and creatures above and below the waterline. Free. www.bayfrontparkmiami.com

 

HispanicTheaterfromThreeContinentsHispanic Theater from Three Continents

The 34th International Hispanic Theatre Festival, presented by Miami’s Teatro Avante (celebrating its own 40th birthday), stages works at two sites. At the Arsht’s Carnival Studio (1300 Biscayne Blvd.): Thursday through Sunday, July 11-14, La extinta poética (Extinct Poetics) (Zaragoza, Spain) 8:30 p.m., except Sunday 5:00 p.m. Friday through Sunday, July 19-21, it’s Bendita Gloria (Blessed Gloria) (Cádiz, Spain), same show times. From Thursday through Sunday, July 25-28, it’s Bayamesa (Avante, Miami), same times. All tickets $29-$34. MDC’s On.Stage Black Box Theater (2901 W. Flagler St.) hosts festival works as well, and are presented in Spanish with English subtitles: Cartas de Jenny (Santiago, Chile) running Friday through Sunday, July 12-14, at 8:30 p.m./Sunday 5:00 p.m. El Bululú: Antología Endiablada (The Itinerant Actor: A Devilish Anthology) (Buenos Aires, Argentina) runs Thursday through Saturday, July 18-20, at 8:30 nightly. Then Friday through Sunday, July 26-28, at 8:30 p.m., it’s Millones de Segundos (Buenos Aires) Tickets $33. Also Sunday, July 21, Black Box hosts an afternoon of Spanish-language workshops, puppetry, painting, and more celebrating International Children’s Day. Synopses and more info: www.teatroavante.org or www.arshtcenter.org.

 

EcoAdventures Offers Weekly Camps

Miami EcoAdventures continues its nature-focused Summer Camps in weekly bites for kids ages 6-15 at Miami-Dade parks. At the A.D. Barnes Park Nature Center in South Miami, for example, there’s “Cooking in the Wild,” “Ocean Sustainability,” “Animal Science,” and other themed camps. Greynolds Park in North Miami Beach hosts Camp Manatee programs, including “Mangrove Madness,” “Art from Nature,” and “Leave No Trace,” at the Boathouse. Camps are offered through the second week of August and cover different themes each week. Prices start at $125 per week. To register, visit www.miamidade.gov/ecoadventures.

 

Overtown Music and Arts Festival

It’s free, has something for everyone...and has it got the music. The annual Overtown Music & Arts Festival is set for Saturday, July 13, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the historic Overtown central business district, NW 2nd and 3rd avenues between NW 8th and 10th streets. Headliners include Grammy winner Melanie Fiona; the R&B group Jagged Edge; Ye-No, currently a judge on World of Dance; R&B singer-songwriter Pleasure P; R&B singer Chanté Moore; singer/songwriter/actor/video director Mario; and plenty more. In addition to the stage lineups, there’ll be plenty of artists and artisans; food vendors; a Youth Zone that’s billed as a mini festival, with villages catering to teens, toddlers, and more, with interactive, educational, and fun activities. www.overtownmusicartsfestival.com.

 

Happy Birthday, Miami!

At 123, Miami doesn’t even rank among the 20 oldest U.S. cities. But age before beauty, we always say. HistoryMiami wants us to remember the city’s official incorporation date, July 28, 1896, with an on-site party scheduled for Saturday, July 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., featuring story time entertainment and crafts for kids plus two tours, 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., of the museum’s core exhibit Tropical Dreams: A People’s History of South Florida, which looks at the span of South Florida history, from the prehistoric era to the modern age. The birthday party is free. www.historymiami.org.

 

Sweet Mango Mash-Up

Mangos from the Dominican Republic are VIPs at this year’s Mango Festival, hosted by Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables) on Saturday and Sunday, July 13-14, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. The festival offers 15 varieties of mango trees for sale, a fruit market, a mango beer garden, a kids zone, culinary demonstrations, and island music. Admission free to members; adults, $25; over 65, $18; ages 6-17, $12; 5 and under, free. www.fairchildgarden.org. And to keep you in the sweet spot, the second annual South Beach Mango Festival is also just around the corner. Again, you’ll find chefs with knockout recipes, mango experts, mango bars, a mango café, mango sales, live music, dancers, contests, and kids entertainment at Lummus Park (1130 Ocean Dr.) on Saturday, July 27, noon to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 28, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Saturday event is 21-plus only; kids are free on Sunday. Tix: $20-$60, www.sobemangofest.com.  

 

Saturday Cinema for Kids

SaturdayCinemaforKidsFree blockbusters, free face painting, free popcorn -- good things come in threes, a formula the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th Street), has perfected with its Summer Family Film Series, which runs on Saturdays (July 14, 21, and 28) at 11:00 a.m., and features, respectively, Moana, Coco, and The Wizard of Oz. Reservations are required. aventuracenter.org.

 

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Timely, Topical, Talented

Amid discussions of reparations and Black Lives Matter, here’s a rare opportunity to see Colson Whitehead, author of The Underground Railroad (2016) and winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. He’ll be here Friday, July 26, at 8:00 p.m. at the Arsht’s Knight Concert Hall (1300 Biscayne Blvd.), sponsored by Books & Books. A MacArthur “genius” grant winner, Whitehead will also talk about his newest book, The Nickel Boys: A Novel, which tackles Jim Crow in Tallahassee and the impossible choices that await two young boys in detention. Tickets: $35 www.arshtcenter.org.

 

Birding on the Bay

A relaxed sunset BYOB Biscayne Bay birding cruise is in the offing Saturday, July 27, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Be on the lookout for brown pelicans, magnificent frigatebirds (“magnificent” is really part of their name), and more species among the mangroves, with the city skyline as backdrop. The Pelican Island Skipper is your vessel; the Pelican Harbor Seabird Station is your host. Tickets $40. Reservations for the monthly cruise are a must. https://pelicanharbor.org.

 

Art Day Is Family Day

The last Sunday of the month is always Family Art Day at the Bass Museum (2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach). The next one, slated for Sunday, July 28, runs from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. -- but admission to the museum is free for everyone all day. This month, kids and parents create postcards or posters taking Art Deco design ideas from the city around us. Activities include gallery exploration “action guides,” performances, and special guests. https://thebass.org.

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Events June 2019 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dinah McNichols, BT Contributor   
June 2019

Visions of Utopia

The Museum of Art and Design’s “A City of the People” project continues its “Real Utopias” film series on Thursday, June 6, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. with the screening of two documentaries: the 20-minute Soul City, USA (2016), about the North Carolina utopian efforts of civil rights activists and business owners to create a multicultural boomtown in the “heart of Klan country”; and the 50-minute Paolo Soleri: Citizen of the Planet (2016), about the controversial Italian-born architect, artist, and urban planner (Arcosanti) who lived most of his life in the States and gave us the portmanteau arcology (architecture + ecology). Screenings at UM’s Bill Cosford Cinema (5030 Brunson Dr. in Coral Gables). Free, but register online: www.eventbrite.com. Info: www.mdcmoad.org.

 

A Space Trip for the Ages

Thaddeus Phillips and his longtime collaborators, including wife and co-dramaturge Tatiana Mallarino, actor Ean Sheehy, composer Juan Gabriel, and video artist Spencer Sheridan, created Inflatable Space using large inflatables and playing with the idea of NASA’s interstellar Golden Record (remember Carl Sagan?), launched aboard Voyagers 1 and 2 and containing an audio-visual story of Earth for possible ET encounters. As Phillips notes, “Perhaps Ean and I are aliens the whole time. Or perhaps we’re two NASA lab technicians installing the Golden Record on the Voyager 1 probe in 1977 -- or we’re both in a time loop coming back on itself.” The performance screens at 8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 7-8, at the Colony Theatre (1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). Tickets $35-$60. www.miamilightproject.com.

 

PAMM’s Community Night Is for Nerds

Gramps hosts its monthly Nerd Night Miami Museum Tour, this month on Thursday, June 6, 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Pérez Art Museum Miami, featuring (besides the awesome museum) the coding school Ironhack. With a mantra “grab a drink and learn something new,” the evening features hip-hop horror and fantasy writer/filmmaker Jeff Carroll on “Black Dreams Matter: Understanding the Black Sci-Fi Movement”; novelist Julie Tyler’s “The News Often Lies, But Fiction Always tells the Truth”; and marine ecologist Emilie Stump on “Seahorses: The Magical Creatures in Our Backyard.” Plus interactive art with artist Crystal Alyssa Rodriguez inspired by José Carlos Martinat’s current PAMM installation. ​​Free with registration at www.pamm.org. Remember, museum admission is free every first Thursday of the month, 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.

 

Black Film Fest on the Beach

The 23rd annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) returns to Loews Miami Beach (other locations: the New World Center, Regal Cinemas, the Bass Museum, Capital One Café, the Betsy Hotel, Nikki Beach Nightclub, and the Historic Lyric Theater) from Wednesday through Sunday, June 12-16. The festival features premières, like the latest in the Shaft film franchise and The Bobby LeBarge Story from TV One; panels, master classes, seminars, and interviews; indie and “spotlight” screenings; celebrity tributes; an industry expo; and, of course, the parties. This year sees the introduction of a global initiative, “About Women.” Festival packages range from $120 to $1800. www.abff.com.

 

DesignDistrictArtTourDesign District Art Tour

What better way to work up an appetite -- for supper and your inner artist -- than a free walking tour to view some of the Design District’s public art and architectural detail? The next walkabout is scheduled for Wednesday, June 19, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., with artwalk leader Margery Gordon. Meet the group at R. Buckminster Fuller’s Fly’s Eye Dome on the ground level of Palm Court (140 NE 39th St.) www.miamidesigndistrict.net/art-tours.

 

Miami Pride Takes to Wynwood

Miami steps up and out to recognize National LGBTQ Pride Month with the first-ever Wynwood Pride, three days of mostly family-friendly activities (remember the legal drinking age, please) Friday through Sunday, June 21-23, along NW 2nd Avenue and in the Wynwood Marketplace (2250 NW 2nd Ave.). The event, running from 4:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. Friday, noon to 3:00 a.m. Saturday, and noon to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, features a packed musical lineup, lip-synch battles, late-night DJs, a community village, and art installations. Free general admission; VIP packages are available. RSVP to all at www.wynwoodpride.com.

 

ButterflyWalksattheDeeringEstateButterfly Walks at the Deering Estate

The butterflies are aflutter, adding more color to the foliage and canopy at the lush Deering Estate (16701 SW 72nd Ave.). And on fourth Saturdays through September, beginning Saturday, June 22, the estate hosts escorted butterfly walks at 11:00 a.m., in search of the 40 or so species who tuck in there. General admission is $15 for adults, $7 for children ages 4-14; free to members. Tickets can be purchased upon entry to the event. For more details call 305-235-1668 ext. 233. deeringestate.org.

 

SummerSweetsBeckonintheRedlandSummer Sweets Beckon in the Redland

Its sponsors call fruit the unofficial food of summer, and who are we to argue? The annual Redland Summer Fruit Festival showcases local plants and fruits, smoothies and wines, fruit-flavored ice creams and more, not to mention workshops for home growers, entertainment, and a kids area, replete with pony rides, a petting zoo, and watermelon-eating contest. Held Saturday and Sunday, June 22-23, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the festival at Fruit & Spice Park (24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead) never gets old. Admission $10; free for kids 11 and younger. redlandfruitandspice.com.

 

Get Your Fill of Local Crime Lore

HistoryMiami offers up a three-hour coach tour that exposes Miami’s wild criminal underbelly and includes tales of the area’s Mobsters, cocaine cowboys, high-profile murders and kidnappings, and a trip to the city cemetery -- all on its “Mystery, Mayhem, Vice, and Crime” tour led by resident historian Paul George on Wednesday, June 26, leaving at 1:00 p.m. from HistoryMiami Museum North Building (101 W. Flagler St.). Tickets cost $50 for members, $60 for non-members, and $25 for children ages 12 and under. www.historymiami.org.

 

A Cultural Exchange, in Choreography

The On.Stage Black Box Theatre at Miami-Dade County Auditorium (2901 W. Flagler St.) presents a collaborative dance work, Objects in the Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, created through a dance exchange program between Miami and Havana. Choreographer-dancers Abel Berenguer (Miami) and Sandra Remy (Havana) describe the work as an exploration of “the illusions and realities of life in Miami after Havana: the sunshine, the false wonderland, and the heartless paradise of a magic city, which also has a refreshing functionality, comfort and decadence as long as you play by the rules.” Three performances take place Friday through Sunday, June 28-30, the first two at 8:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Tickets $25. www.miamidadecountyauditorium.org.

 

Compiled by BT contributor Dinah McNichols. Please send information and images to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
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