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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.

 

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

Laugh Lines, Italian Style


Award-winning actor Toni Servillo stars in Let Yourself Go, the latest entry of Shelly Isaacs’ Aventura International Film Festival and winner of the 2017 Italian Golden Globe for best comedy. Servillo (who also starred in The Great Beauty, winner of the 2014 best foreign film Oscar), stars here as a middle-age psychotherapist who’s uptight and not over his ex-wife. When his doctor orders him to get back in shape, enter the comely, much younger trainer with ex problems of her own. The film screens Tuesday, May 7, 7:30 p.m. at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.). The lobby opens at 6:30 p.m. Tickets $12. www.aventuracenter.org.

 

It’s On the Wall

The Soundscape Cinema Series continues through May, with free outdoor films screening every Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. in SoundScape Park at the New World Center (400 17th St.) in Miami Beach. The month’s lineup beginning today, May 1, includes: Ida (from Poland, winner of the 2015 foreign film Oscar ); Rebel Without a Cause, the 1955 James Dean classic; Sorcerer (with Roy Scheider), an overlooked classic from the 1970s crushed by the release of Star Wars that year; The Last Resort (the 2018 documentary of Miami photographers Andy Sweet and Gary Monroe who captured Miami Beach retirees of a certain era); and Sergio Leone’s 1968 spaghetti western Once Upon a Time in the West with Henry Fonda and Charles Bronson. Free. www.nws.edu.

 

Nu Deco Closes Its Season at the Light Box

Miami’s own Nu Deco Ensemble closes out another eclectic season with final concert dates Thursday through Saturday, May 9-11, 8:00 nightly. The program will feature compositions by Andy Akiho (a new work), Nico Muhly (Doublespeak), and Aaron Parks, plus a guest artist not yet announced. All concerts are at the Light Box (404 NW 26th St.). Tickets Thursday and Friday, $45-$70; Saturday, $55-$90. VIP tickets include extras. www.nu-deco.org.

 

ANationofImmigrants

Nation of Immigrants

Chicago’s Griffin Theatre Company brings its much-traveled production In to America to the Miami-Dade County Auditorium (2901 W. Flagler St.) for two performances only, Friday, May 10, at 10:30 a.m. (yes, morning) and 8:00 p.m. Taken from actual letters, public records, and other historical writings, and with multimedia accompaniment, the performance features 13 actors who bring to life 60 immigrants from nearly 30 countries across the span of U.S. history. E pluribus unum indeed. Tickets: $20. www.miamidadecountyauditorium.org.

 

DanceLikeTetrisDance Like Tetris

Arch8, based in the Netherlands, isn’t your typical dance company. The group stages performances in unexpected places that engage audiences ages six and up and which have won the company multiple awards, including a 2016 People’s Choice in Montreal. They bring their most famous piece of choreography, Tetris, which has all the physicality of the arcade game. The performance is “for the kids who can’t sit still, for the ones who like to climb the walls, and those who can imagine further than they can see,” and takes place Saturday, May 11, 11:00 a.m. at the Miami Shores Theater Center (9806 NE 2nd Ave.) Tickets: $12. www.mtcmiami.org or 305-751-9550.

 

Orchidian Overload? No Way...

A major event for flower lovers and growers alike, the Redland International Orchid Festival is set for Friday through Sunday, May 17-19, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day at Fruit & Spice Park (24801 SW 187th Ave.) in the Redland. The festival promotes local, state, U.S., and international (five continents are represented) nurseries and is an official judging event of the American Orchid Society. For the rest of us, it’s the chance to walk in beauty, as the poet says. Take your foldup shopping cart, and don’t miss the multitudinous lectures and demos to help you care for your new little beckoning bundles. Lots of food, from beef jerky to burgers, and free parking. Tickets $10 or $25 for a three-day pass. www.redlandorchidfest.org.

 

Compas Fest at Wynwood

It’s the 21st Annual Haitian Compas Festival and its second year at Mana Wynwood Convention Center (318 NW 23rd St.), with nonstop music, lots of Haitian food, and the celebration running Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19, from 4:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. Headliners include Gabel, Harmonik, Zenglen, Enposib, Djakout #1, Nu Look, T-Vice, Kai, Kreyol La, Vayb, Rutshelle, Tamara S, Roody Roodboy, Chiwawa, TonTon Bicha, Anie, and honorary guest Skah Shah de Cubano, along with deejays Tony Mixx, Power Mixx, Nicky Mixx, and DJ FMA. There will be VIP pre- and after-party packages. Tickets start at $30. haitiancompasfestival.com.

 

Moon River Meander

HistoryMiami’s resident historian Paul George (and BT contributor) hosts a cruise along our namesake river and unlocks Miami’s heritage, narrating our backstory, from the early Tequesta settlers to the railroad’s arrival and subsequent building boom -- stories from another world, it may seem, as you glide past today’s neon-lit downtown. This two-hour “Moon Over Miami” river cruise will take place Saturday, May 18, 7:00 p.m. You’ll be aboard an Island Queen Cruises vessel, leaving from Miamarina at Bayside Marketplace (401 Biscayne Blvd.). Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. Members $50; non-members $60; kids 12 and under $25. Registratration: www.historymiami.org.

 

Thrills and Noise at Air and Sea Show

The boldest, loudest, most testosterone-packed Memorial Day events of the weekend will, beyond all doubt, occur during the Hyundai Air and Sea Show, set for Sunday and Monday, May 26-27, in Lummus Park along Ocean Drive (11th through 14th streets) on the Beach. Just a few highlights: morning sea demos, racing, and extreme water sports; afternoon military aircraft fly-bys, precision exercises, parachutes, sea rescues; an Action Zone featuring motocross sports and intense lumberjack competitions, and Kids Zone; military displays and exhibits; first responders exhibits; a Music Explosion on Sunday, featuring FLO RIDA, military bands and drill teams; and nighttime fireworks. Look nice -- there’ll be film crews taking it all in, too. Free, but VIP tickets ($25-$65) will get you exclusive perks. For complete roundup: usasalute.com/wp-content/cache/all/event/index.html

 

SummerShortsAreBeingUnpackedSummer Shorts Are Being Unpacked

It’s a new season of Summer Shorts, the immensely popular program of ten-minute plays (mini comedies, dramas, and musicals) submitted by writers nationwide and presented by City Theatre in just one two-hour sitting. The season run at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Carnival Studio Theater (1300 Biscayne Blvd.), opens Thursday, May 30, and continues through Sunday, June 23, with performances Thursdays through Sundays (and some matinees in the mix). Recommended for ages 16 and up. Tickets $35-$70. www.arshtcenter.org.

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

Poetry Takes a Front Seat

O, Miami Poetry Festival runs Monday, April 1, through April 30, and spreads out across town with something for everyone -- be it on some chance corner, at any number of poetry readings, a community read-along, and more interactive performances, workshops (a micro memoir, anyone, or tips on senryu or the lyric essay?), book launches, three zine fairs, a poet-filled “advice tent,” a culture crawl plus a poetry crawl, a softball game, a poetry pajama party, a Game of Thrones party with odes to the Westeros fallen, and an “Ode to Your ZIP Code” contest. Events are either free or low-cost; some have limited space. www.omiami.org/events.



The Everyday Wonder of Riverday

Miami Riverday is our only free event to celebrate what is the shortest working river in the country. To help us remember that its continued cleanup, maintenance, and improved access benefits all, the Miami River Commission sponsors this annual festival at historic Lummus Park (250 NW North River Dr.), this year on senryu, from 1:00-6:00 p.m. It features boat tours, paddleboard and kayak races, historical characters, environmental booths, food and drink, and music by the Spam Allstars and Luis Bofill & Band. www.miamirivercommission.org.



Even Carnivores Get the Blues

Savory ribs, chicken, sausage, and more are on the grill during the annual Redland Blues and Barbecue Festival at Fruit and Spice Park (24801 SW 187th Ave.) in Homestead on Saturday and Sunday, April 6-7, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The real headliners? The blues and country musicians onstage each day. You can enjoy the park surroundings, spread your eats out on a picnic blanket, listen to the performers, and watch the wee ones enjoy pony rides and other diversions. Also on tap: classic car and motorcycle shows. $10; kids 11 and under free. redlandfruitandspice.com.



Women Star at Afro Roots Fest

Under the heading “The Afro Future Is Female,” MDC Live Arts, Community Arts & Culture, and the Rhythm Foundation present two acclaimed artists in an Afro Roots performance Saturday, April 6, 8:00-11:00 p.m. at the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave.). From a harrowing life in Mali, Paris-based singer/guitarist Fatoumata Diawara has become a global star, playing major music festivals, singing at Carnegie Hall (with Snarky Puppy); and participating in the UK-Mali Africa Express tour. Also on stage, from Mauritania, is Noura Mint Seymali, whose first two albums have been called, respectively “arguably the best psych/blues album of the year” and “the best album in the universe.” Also appearing, the African Watoto Dance Theater. Tickets $28; $35 at the door. www.rhythmfoundation.com or mdclivearts.org.



Here’s to Our Own Clean Water Act

Yes, you too can get in on the act for Biscayne Bay Cleanup Day, a highlight of the 37th annual Baynanza and taking place Saturday, April 13, 9:00 a.m. to noon. When you register (by e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or at 305-372-6784), you can choose from among numerous cleanup sites. If your first choice is taken, no matter, keep trying -- the bay is begging you. Closed-toe shoes, sun protection, and gloves are essential; BYO water and snacks. miamidade.gov/environment/baynanza.asp



WynwoodHasStoriestoTellWynwood Has Stories to Tell

The Wynwood Yard (soon heading to Doral) leaves us with a lotta love and a farewell gift: Wynwood Stories, from Juggerknot Theatre Company, the creator of Miami Motel Stories. The immersive production takes us along different “routes” in the Yard (56 NW 29th St.) to learn the Wynwood neighborhood history, with characters explaining the impacts of its layered, sometimes controversial transformation from the early 1900s to the present day. Performances at various times from Tuesday, April 16, through Saturday, May 4. Tickets $75. www.thewynwoodstories.com, or 877-504-8499.



HistoryMiami Makes Its Own History

Thirty-one years ago, HistoryMiami led its inaugural city walking tour, and on Saturday, April 20, from 10:00 a.m. to noon, historian Paul George offers a repeat of that first walkabout. The route in downtown Miami follows points of interest along Flagler Street and on to the Miami River as George talks about the Tequesta and later city founders, including the Tuttle, Flagler, and Brickell families. Leave from HistoryMiami Museum (101 W. Flagler St.). Members $20, non-members $30, children 12 and under $10. Registration: www.historymiami.org.



BrazilianSongsBrazilian Songs, Bahia Style

Boomers may know Caetano Veloso as a co-founder of Brazil’s avant Tropicalismo, music that came of age in the turbulent 1960s as a blend of political messaging and rock-infused Latin, influenced by the Beatles and incorporating eclectic vocals. And which, no surprise, had few fans in high junta, resulting in Veloso’s arrest and exile, with his friend Gilberto Gil, to London for a time. In the decades since, the guitarist, singer, and composer, with nine Latin Grammys, two Grammys, and 50 recordings under his belt, has been hailed as one of the century’s greatest songwriters and a master melodist. Veloso tours with his sons, who perform on cello, bass, and keyboard; all come to Miami on Saturday, April 20, 8:00 p.m., at the Arsht Center (1300 Biscayne Blvd.) Tickets $59-$89. www.arshtcenter.org.



Join the City Nature Challenge

As part of the global City Nature Challenge (citynaturechallenge.org) to see “which city has the most biodiversity and the most people enjoying it,” the Frost Museum calls on citizen scientists (that’s you, luv) to volunteer with MUVE -- Museum Volunteers for the Environment; some 8000 of you have since 2007 -- and join the Frost’s BioBlitz at its new restoration project in East Greynolds Park (16700 Biscayne Blvd.). The event, on Saturday, April 27, from 10:00 a.m. to noon, is open to kids and teens accompanied by a guardian, everyone over 18, and families. You’ll help record the flora and fauna in your designated zone using the free ID’ing app iNaturalist, take photos, upload your observations, and get a taste of what biologists, botanists, entomologists, and ornithologists do. Registration and info: www.frostscience.org/event/muve-bioblitz.



GoldenDragonfromtheIslandGolden Dragon from the Island

From the Republic of China (aka Taiwan) but based in Texas and touring the U.S. continuously since 1985 come the Golden Dragon Acrobats, onstage Sunday, April 28, at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m., and Monday, April 29, with abridged shows at 10:00 a.m. and noon, at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.). The troupe of 23 performers is a favorite with young people and adults alike, with spectacular costumes, dazzling dexterity, grace, and athleticism, and all the pageantry and beauty that accompany Chinese extravaganzas showcasing this ancient art form. Tickets $37-$42. aventuracenter.org.


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Events March 2019 PDF Print E-mail
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March 2019

TheWorldAroundUsinFilmThe World Around Us, in Film

The Miami Film Festival opens the month with features, shorts, and documentaries plus conversations with artists, master classes, and awards presentations, all running through Sunday, March 10 at various locations, including: Silverspot Cinema and Olympia Theater (downtown); MDC’s Tower Theater Miami (Little Havana); O Cinema Miami Beach; Coral Gables Art Cinema; and the Nite Owl Theater and Paradise Plaza (Miami Design District). Check online for additional venues for 12 parties and special events. Admission to films $13; Miami Film Society members $10; seniors (65-plus) $12; students and veterans with ID $10. Extra charges for special events. miamifilmfestival.com

 

Rising Stars Plus a Blazing Star

It’s the annual showcase of the New World School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra and Choir in a program that welcomes home NWSA alumnus and acclaimed tenor Russell Thomas, hailed by the New York Times for his “heroically shining tone of exceptional clarity and precision” in leading roles with major opera companies worldwide. He performs Tuesday, March 5, 7:30 p.m. at the Arsht Center (1300 Biscayne Blvd.), and tickets are an unbelievable steal at $20. www.arshtcenter.org. The school’s current crop of young talent in multiple genres is featured Thursday, March 21, beginning with a reception (5:00-7:00 p.m.) at the New World Gallery (25 NE 2nd St.) for the multimedia exhibit “Objects.” Then at 7:30, just a few blocks away at the Olympia Theater (174 E. Flagler St.), you’ll watch the school’s bright young artists perform in a program includes scenes from Broadway musicals, dance, more orchestral and choral works, and music with the school’s jazz and wind ensembles. Tickets $20-$40. tickets.olympiatheater.org.

 

CulturalDifferencesArtisticFusionsCultural Differences, Artistic Fusions

The large folk ensemble the Tamburitzans (named for the tamburitza, a Croatian stringed instrument) returns for one performance only in PRISM-Full Spectrum Culture, featuring music, dance, and glorious traditional costumes from Croatia, Armenia, Romania, Ukraine, Slovenia, Greece, Serbia, Latin Caribbean, Ireland, Bulgaria, and Macedonia. You can catch them Thursday, March 7, 7:30 p.m., at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.). Tickets $30. www.aventuracenter.org.

 

Flower Power at Fairchild

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s annual International Orchid Festival holds irresistible allure -- 10,000 stunning, but hardy and easy-to-grow plants, abloom in different scents, shapes, and hues. The festival runs Friday through Sunday, March 8-10, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and features orchid sales, demonstrations, walking tours, kids’ activities, plus sales vendors, food, and entertainment to satisfy your other senses. Adults $25, seniors $18, kids ages 6-17 $12, and free for children 5 and under. www.fairchildgarden.org

 

Eco Action at Arch Creek Park

Bring sunscreen and bug spray, and roll up your figurative sleeves when you join Arch Creek Park’s EcoAction Day on Saturday, March 9, starting at 10:00 a.m. You’ll help with planting, mulching, and clearing out invasive vegetation and litter. (Really? We still litter?) Don’t forget the work gloves, closed-toed shoes, and small hand tools. Meet at the nature center in the park (1855 NE 135th St.), and check out more info on Facebook at www.facebook.com/events/595701584165964.

 

Luxe and Luscious Garden Walks

The annual Miami Beach Garden Tour features self-guided tours through six gardens on the stunning grounds of Miami Beach residences. Held Saturday, March 9, the walks take place between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., and begin (where you’ll get your map) and end at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden (2000 Convention Center Dr.). Admission $35; admission plus the continuous shuttle service to the properties $55. VIP admission $80, and with shuttle $100. The garden itself hosts a flower show, plant sale, and other activities. Box lunches, snacks, and drinks available. Tickets at the door, via the website, or 305-673-7256. www.mbgarden.org.

 

Flamenco’s Added Flourish

And that would be the incomparable Sara Baras, whose two-decade career can be mapped by her scores of awards and accolades, including Spain’s highest dance honors. She returns to Miami with her dance company, flamenco singer Manuel Gago, and the program Sombras. The Arsht Center plays host for the 12th annual Flamenco Festival Miami, with performances Wednesday through Saturday, March 13-16, at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 17, at 2:00 p.m. All four Baras performances during her previous stint here sold out, and no wonder -- one reviewer wrote that she can “dance up a hurricane.” Tickets $25-$125. www.arshtcenter.org.

 

TheRealMamboKingThe Real Mambo King

Cuban composer and double-bassist Israel López, a.k.a. Cachao, gave us both the mambo and descargas, or jazz jam sessions. His career included collaborations with Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, Eddie Palmieri, and countless others; he was, said Paquito D’Rivera, “what a great musician should be.” His centennial is celebrated with “the ultimate jam session,” featuring percussionist Cándido Camero, guitarist Juanito Márquez, violinists Federico Britos and Alfredo de la Fé, and the Cachao Mambo All Stars, on Friday, March 15, 8:00 p.m., at the Arsht Center. Tickets $63-$133. www.arshtcenter.org.

 

Nowruz Mobarak! Happy New Year, Persian Style!

Thursday, March 21 not only marks the spring equinox, it’s also the first day of the first month of the new year in the Iranian calendar. And though it’s rooted in early Zoroastrianism, for the most part the holiday is secular -- and so popular here that presidents have opened the White House to celebrate with guests. Locally, HistoryMiami and the Iranian-American Foundation of Florida host a Persian New Year celebration, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., with a music and dance performance at 7:00 p.m. by musician Reza Filsoofi and the Caravan Ensemble. Look for the ceremonial “7-sin” table, or haft sin, adorned per tradition with seven foods beginning with the letter sin, and other objects associated with the holiday. Free with registration. For details: www.historymiami.org

 

Cuba Fest at the Bandshell

For its part of Global Cuba Fest 2019, the month-long celebration of Cuban music taking place in venues around town, the Rhythm Foundation hosts two artists Wednesday, March 30, at the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave.). Afro-Cuban singer Daymé Arocena blends Santerían chant and Afro-Cuban rhythms with jazz and R&B. and has been called “a cross between Celia Cruz and Aretha Franklin.” The multiple-award winner is also known for her call-and-response with the audiences and her skill with scat. Meanwhile the singer/composer Cimafunk, labeled “one of the most singular emerging artists of Cuba’s alternative music,” mixes funk, Afro-Cuban, and American black music. The performances begin at 8:00 p.m.; tickets $30 at the door.

 

Compiled by BT contributor Dinah McNichols. Please send information and images to calendar @ biscaynetimes.com.

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

Black History Month in Miami Shores

The first documented arrival of slaves to this country took place in August 1619, when a Spanish ship headed from Angola for Mexico was seized and 20 Africans offloaded in Point Comfort, Virginia, to live the rest of their lives as slaves or indentured servants. To mark the dreadful quadricentennial, the Miami Shores Community Alliance, South Florida People of Color, Barry University, and Miami Shores Community Church host a four-part Black Migrations series, exploring the condition of black diaspora. Part 1: church service, gospel performance, and soul food lunch Sunday, February 3, 10:30 a.m., MS Community Church (9823 NE 4th Ave.); Part 2: art exhibit plus spoken word and saxophone performances Thursday, February 7, 6:00 p.m., Brockway Library (10021 NE 2nd Ave.); Part 3: Tuesday, February 19, 6:30 p.m., panel discussion “Black Trauma to Black Healing” at Barry University (11300 NE 2nd Ave.), focusing on emotional, psychological, and spiritual healing; Part 4: Thursday, February 28, 6:00 p.m., screening and discussion of Haile Gerima’s much-honored 1993 film Sankofa, Miami Theatre Center (9806 NE 2nd Ave.). See www.southfloridapoc.org; for countywide events: www.miamidade.gov/holidays/black-history-month.asp.

 

AAventuraFilmFestSpotlightonTelAvivventura Film Fest: Spotlight on Tel Aviv

The Aventura International Film Series screens In Between, about three young Palestinian women who are roommates -- a lawyer, a university student, and a DJ -- who struggle to find self-determination in their respective lives. Directed by Arab Israeli Maysaloun Hamoud, the film was declared haram but has won awards in Toronto, Cannes, and Israel. It screens Tuesday, February 5, 7:30 p.m. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.) Tickets: $12. www.aventuracenter.org.

 

Highlights of Little Havana

Miami-based artist T. Wheeler Castillo leads a HistoryMiami walking tour of Little Havana’s art and culture. The 90-minute outing, set for Friday, February 8, leaves at 6:00 p.m. from the Bay of Pigs Monument (806 SW 13th Ave.,) and follows Calle Ocho, famous for its Domino Park, tabaquerías, cafés, and art scene, where you can linger in studios once the walking tour ends. Tickets: members $5, non-members $15, kids 12 and under free. Registration required: www.historymiami.org.

 

MusicFestattheBeachMusic Fest at the Beach

GroundUP Music Festival returns to the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave.) on Friday and Saturday, February 8 and 9, 1:00 to 11:00 p.m., and Sunday, February 10, 1:00 to 10:00 p.m. Late-night music continues in two other venues. The lineup? Familiar favorites, great genres, and a terrific mix of international names and Grammy winners. Artists include jazz trio Chris Potter Circuits, La Perla, David Crosby and the Lighthouse Band, House of Waters, Lalah Hathaway, Susana Baca, Richard Bona, Bill Laurance, Ghost-Note, Funky Knuckles, Maz, Michelle Willis, Bokanté, New York Gypsy All-Stars, Innov Gnawa, Tank and the Bangas, Andrew Bird, PRD Mais, Lucy Woodward, the O’Pears, and, of course, Snarky Puppy, label and festival founder. Ticket prices and packages: festival.groundupmusic.net.

 

Go National This Month

We’re thrilled to say the government shutdown ended in time for Family Fun Fest at Biscayne National Park, just east of Homestead, scheduled for Sunday, February 10, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. It’s a great way to thank national park staff and volunteers for their sacrifice, and enjoy a day in the water or onshore. Head to the park’s Dante Fascell Visitor Center and look for activities for toddlers, children, and adults. Free. The Homestead National Parks Trolley offers free rides to the park. www.nps.gov/bisc/learn/kidsyouth/familyfunfest.htm.

 

Art Wynwood and the Yacht Show

Now that we’ve had Art Week and Beaux Arts, let’s make it a trifecta with Art Wynwood and rub elbows with “the most diverse, affluent, and culturally savvy international audience in the United States” -- well, so say the promoters -- but we’re going for Art, from Friday through Sunday, February 15-17, 11:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m., and Monday, February 18 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Location: the Art Miami and CONTEXT site (One Herald Plaza at NE 14th Street). Metromover is a short walk away. Next door, and in partnership with Art Wynwood, is the Miami Yacht Show, with 500 yachts and superyachts for sale, as well as “pop-up luxury retail, guest lounges and bars, exotic cars, private aircraft.” These are interesting times. Ticket packages and pricing: www.artwynwood.com and for the boat show: www.miamiyachtshow.com.

 

III Points Scores Again

III Points Miami is back with its eclectic blend of Miami and international talent Friday through Sunday, February 15-17 at Mana Wynwood (2217 NW 5th Ave.) The multisensory music and arts fest runs each day from 5:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. and includes a roster of a hundred-plus artists, six stages, immersive art, lectures, and food and drink. For schedule and tiered pricing: iiipoints.com.

 

FebruaryMustStandforFestivalsFebruary Must Stand for Festivals

We’ve got a superfecta it would seem! The Coconut Grove Arts Festival celebrates its 56th anniversary this year, running Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, February 16-18, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. the first two days and until 5:00 p.m. Monday. Look for cooking demos and tastings from more than 50 restaurant partners; music performances scheduled throughout the weekend in Peacock Park; works by more than 360 artists; a Family Zone in Regatta Park; and more entertainment along the bayfront, McFarlane Road, S. Bayshore Drive, and Pan American Drive. www.cgaf.com

 

A Surfside Sampler from HistoryMiami

HistoryMiami’s Paul George leads a free, one-hour Surfside walking tour on Sunday, February 17, with narration on the beach town’s history. The group leaves at 11:00 a.m. from the Surfside Community Center (9301 Collins Ave.) and heads to the Four Seasons, formerly home of the famed Surf Club, which opened in 1930 as a private retreat for the rich and famous who could feel “off duty but on show, together.” Then on through the Collins Avenue historic district, and to Harding Avenue’s “Turtle Walk.” www.visitsurfsidefl.com

 

May Your Dog Have His Day at Bayfront Park

What quicker pickup-upper than a friendly dog, except maybe a crowd of friendly dogs and their happy people at the 20th annual Walk for the Animals! The celebration on Saturday, March 2, runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Bayfront Park (301 N. Biscayne Blvd), with the walk beginning at 10:00 to benefit the Humane Society of Greater Miami. Even if you don’t do the walk, show up for the fun, with contests starting at 11:00, plus an adoption arena, a Doggie Fun Zone, food vendors, raffles, music, and a Frisbee performance from the Purina Pro Plan Performance Team’s athletic canines. Walk registration: $50. www.walkfortheanimalsmiami.com.

 

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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