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Written by Dinah McNichols, BT Contributor   
July 2018

GetYourArtsGrooveOnGet Your Arts Groove On

History Miami’s three tours this month will help you sally forth into August, a.k.a. Arts Appreciation Month. First up: a Little Havana Art and Culture Walk on Saturday, July 7, 10:00 a.m. to noon, with local history and visits with artists. Second: Wynwood: A History of Street Art on Sunday, July 15, 10:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., for the lowdown on the neighborhood’s transformation. Third: Saturday, July 21, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Public Art in Downtown Miami Walking Tour visits Mana Contemporary and explores Miami’s public arts initiatives in action. Prices vary, restrictions apply, reservations a must. www.historymiami.org.

 

A Classics Fest of Low-Cost Highbrow

The Miami Music Festival continues through July 30 with great pricing at various venues. MMF brings in 300 young classical musicians from two dozen countries for eight weeks of training in piano, orchestra, opera, and conducting. We get the performances, some of which are free, most of which cost $10-$30. The Independence Day concert at Barry University’s Broad Performing Arts Center (11300 NE 2nd Ave.) features July 4 summer pops programming, plus Michelle Kim on the electric violin. Remaining performances include works by Shostakovich, Beethoven, Dvořák, and Mozart; full acts from Lohengrin and Die Walküre; three operas (La Rondine, Ghosts of Versailles, and Radamisto); recitals; zarzuelas; a Broadway night; and a chamber series. miamimusicfestival.com.

 

America'sBirthdayBashAmerica’s Birthday Bash

Bayfront Park (301 N. Biscayne Blvd.) offers spectacular views year round, but the ultimate summer freebie and South Florida’s largest fireworks spectacular will be Wednesday, July 4, starting at 3:00 p.m. You’ll find a kids’ zone (open till 7:00 p.m.) plus music and vendors aplenty. Fireworks begin at 9:00. You know the rules: No bottles, cans, or coolers; if you’re in a boat, stay clear of sea turtles, manatees, and other wildlife, including coral, or face stiff fines. bayfrontparkmiami.com.

 

A Walk Through Our Heritage

How about a guided walk through our past, with this Brickell Avenue North walking tour, presented by Dade Heritage Trust on Saturday, July 7, 10:00 a.m. to noon. Meet at the DHT headquarters (190 SE 12th Terr.), and set off for Brickell Park, the Miami Circle, and other landmarks. Tickets: $10 members; $20 nonmembers. The next day, DHT offers a bike tour to the Scottish Rite Temple in the Lummus Park Historic District, where you’ll get a private tour of the building. Again, meet at DHT headquarters; fee: $5 members; $10 nonmembers. (Rental bikes available in advance at Brickell Bikes: 305-373-3633.) dadeheritagetrust.org.

 

Overtown’s Music & Arts Festival

Historic Overtown hosts the Overtown Music & Arts Festival on Saturday, July 14, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Head to the business and entertainment district along NW 2nd and 3rd avenues between NW 8th and 10th streets. You’ll find musicians; arts and crafts vendors; an array of foods; and a Youth Zone (toddlers to teens) featuring performances, arts and crafts, a story-time tent, and fitness activities. Check out the Art Expo Zone, a barbecue cook-off, and the main stage lineup: R&B singer/songwriter Vivian Green; singer/songwriter Estelle; singer/songwriter Jon B.; singer/songwriter Musiq Soulchild; singer/songwriter and dancer Elgin Baylor; musician/bandleader Tito Puente Jr. Don’t miss the dancing brothers Ayleo and Mateo and the teen rap/dancers the Trainerz. Free admission. overtownmusicartsfestival.com.

 

A Tribute to Island Mangoes

This year the much loved Mango and Tropical Fruit Festival at Fairchild Botanical Garden (10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables) pays tribute to the mangoes of Haiti, said to be the best in the Caribbean. The festival boasts the world’s largest tropical fruit collection, plus tropical gardening classes, fruit trees for sale, cooking demonstrations, a beer garden, music, activities for youngsters, and plenty of food. Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free for Fairchild members and children five and under. Adults: $25; seniors: $18; children (ages 6-17): $12. fairchildgarden.org.

 

TheSummerLovinTourHasLandedThe Summer Lovin’ Tour Has Landed

The LA-based, 2014 Grammy-winning (and nominated this year for the album Amar y Vivir) group La Santa Cecilia comes to Miami on Saturday, July 21, 8:00 p.m., at the Olympia Theater (174 E. Flagler St.). (Santa Cecilia, by the way, is the patron saint of musicians.) Singer La Marisoul -- whose alto voice is reminiscent of Mercedes Sosa’s and has been likened to Janis Joplin’s, but with the grace of Ella Fitzgerald’s -- leads the quartet in classic Latin and Mexican musical forms, along with modern covers and politically relevant songs a la nueva canción. Tickets: $18-$34. olympiatheater.org.

 

NYO2 Debuts with Wallcast

Summer breeze and a free concert? Must mean a Wallcast performance, this one Saturday, July 21, featuring NYO2 and violinist Gil Shaham, acclaimed as one of the world’s finest violinists. NYO2, an offshoot of the National Youth Orchestra but with a strong agenda on opportunity and diversity, is made up of musicians ages 14-17 who undergo training at Carnegie Hall’s Weill School of Music. This year’s crop gets a six-day residency in Miami, culminating in the simulcast performance. Wallcast is set in SoundScape Park, next to the New World Center (500 17th Street) in Miami Beach. Bring a picnic and arrive early. The concert starts at 8:30 p.m. nws.edu.

 

Jazz Series at MOCA

The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (770 NE 125th St.) hosts its free monthly Jazz at MOCA outdoor concert series Friday, July 27, at 8:00 p.m. featuring saxophonist Dr. Ed Calle, whose other hats include composer, producer, and Miami Dade College professor. This Latin Grammy winner has performed on many Grammy-winning albums across numerous genres and for a jaw-dropping array of artists, including Vicki Carr, Frank Sinatra, Carlos Santana, Chick Corea, Tito Puente, Gloria Estefan, the Temptations, the Four Tops, Shakira, Lenny Kravitz, Placido Domingo, and KC and the Sunshine Band. Dance in the plaza, or wander through MOCA’s current exhibit. Museum admission is a simple donation. mocanomi.org.

 

Bring a Pen and Sketch Pad

Curious about the basics of architectural drawing? In two hours you can learn them plus some more tricks of the trade, all included in the Urban Sketch Tour presented by the Miami Center for Architecture and Design. It’s a walking class for interested beginners of all ages, and a chance to draw some of our downtown landmarks. The tour on Saturday, July 28, leaves at 10:00 a.m. rain or shine from the Alfred I. Dupont Building (169 E. Flagler St.). Tickets: $20 members; $25 for seniors and students; $30 general. Advance reservations required. miamicad.org.

 

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Events June 2018 PDF Print E-mail
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June 2018

SummerShortsLastAllMonthLongSummer Shorts Last All Month Long

City Theatre’s Summer Shorts: America’s Short Play Festival” is the gift that keeps on giving. The 2018 shorts production at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Carnival Studio Theater (1300 Biscayne Blvd.) runs Thursdays through Sundays (with Saturday and Sunday matinees) and ends Sunday, July 1. Each performance offers nine ten-minute comedies, dramas, and mini-musicals, submitted by playwrights across the country, that highlight diversity, change, and humor. Recommended for ages 16 and up. Tickets $39-$59. www.arshtcenter.org.

 

Celebrate the Newly Commissioned

Miami Light Project’s annual “Here and Now” project commissions South Floridians in the performing arts, gives them rehearsal and production support, and helps them present their new works to the public. This year’s series takes place Thursday through Saturday, June 7-9, 8:00 p.m. The lineup includes performance artist Kat Hernandez’s multimedia dance-theater play, Illuminate; Diana Lozano’s The Nothing, using video and butoh (Japanese dance theater); Adel Myers with Girls!Girls!Girls!, a dance that explores power dynamics between performers and audience; and Shamar Wayne Watt with the dance performance of Gully Spring: Di Exhortation, about revolution of the spirit. All performances take place at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26 St.).www.miamilightproject.com/.

 

A Museum of Costume and Movement

Called the best folk ensemble in the Serbian diaspora, Canadia’s Oplenac Ensemble celebrates its 30th season and a return to Miami with an array of gorgeous costumes and a breathtaking repertoire of dance and music. A program sampling includes dance from the Boljevac, said to be most famous of Serbia’s dance regions; from Bosilegrad, with Bulgarian influences; from southern Serbia, known for older Roma elements; wedding dances from Bukovica and Knin in Croatia, as well as Metohija, in Kosovo; fast-tempo Hungarian-style csárdás; a “silent” (non-instrumental) dance from Glamoč; and a stylized work, Komitsko, that depicts the ancient struggle against Ottoman rule. The panoply unrolls for one night only, Saturday, June 9, 6:00 p.m., at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.). Tickets: $18.87- $30.00. www.aventuracenter.org.

 

Harry Potter Rides Again

How magical is it that we can get our Harry Potter fix the very night before we’ll learn whether JK Rowland’s HP and the Cursed Child actually wins those ten Tony Awards it’s up for? Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third book in the series and the one that introduces us to Winston Churchill (okay, really, we do know it’s Sirius Black) gets the big-screen and full symphony treatment for two performances on Saturday, June 9, at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m. in the Knight Hall of the Adrienne Arsht Center (1300 Biscayne Blvd.). Tickets $39-$109. www.arshtcenter.org.

 

ArchitecturalGemsintheBusinessDistrictArchitectural Gems in the Business District

The Miami Center for Architecture and Design (MCAD) hosts bimonthly walking tours to acquaint visitors, newcomers, and old hands with the glory of downtown’s historic buildings, most of which are sitting pretty on the National Register of Historic Places. You can bet it’s a thorough tour when it’s led by architects, lasts two hours, and covers just three city blocks. The two walkabouts this month are scheduled for Saturday, June 9 and 23, 10:00 a.m., come rain or come shine (try to arrive by 9:45), and begin with an introduction in the lobby of the Alfred I. Dupont Building (169 E. Flagler St.). Tickets: $20; $15 for seniors and students; children under 8 free with one adult. Advance online reservations required. http://miamicad.org.

 

ColombianSwingIt’s a Thing, that Colombian Swing

The Rhythm Foundation presents the Colombian band and Latin Grammy winner Monsieur Periné, whose “swing a la Colombiana” entwines Django Reinhardt-style gypsy jazz of Paris in the 1930s and Latin cumbia, son, bolero, tango, and samba. Opening for the band is Miami-based musician Mr. Pauer (Toto González), a Latin Grammy-nominated pioneer of Miami-Latin electronic dance music. The concert takes place Sunday, June 10, 7:30 p.m. (doors open 6:30) at the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave.). Tickets: $30/$40 at the door. www.rhythmfoundation.com.

 

Little Haiti Brings on the Sound

Every third Friday of the month -- meaning June 15 this lunar go-round -- downtown Little Haiti welcomes the family-friendly world to its “Sounds of Little Haiti” in the outdoor courtyard of the Little Haiti Cultural Complex (212-260 NE 59th Terr.), where musicians play onstage and local vendors sell Caribbean arts, crafts, and spiced bites. Don’t forget to explore the neighborhood’s galleries, restaurants, studios, and retail shops, which stay open late just for you. The music starts at 7:00 p.m., but arrive earlier to see more. www.littlehaiticulturalcenter.com.

 

This Tour Follows Trouble

HistoryMiami’s resident historian Paul George leads a coach tour into Miami’s gritty past, this one sure to please your taste for mobsters and murder. The “Mystery, Mayhem, Vice, and Crime” trek includes stops at Miami City Cemetery (see this issue’s cover story), Gianni Versace’s stairstep murder, Miami Vice TV shooting locations, and more, including tales of Al “Scarface” Capone’s ties to the town. The road to perdition bus tour, set for Sunday, June 17, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., leaves from the HistoryMiami Museum (101 W. Flagler St.). Members: $50; non-members: $60; children 12 and under: $25. The price of the tour gets you free admission to the museum. Reservations required. www.historymiami.org.

 

Let Your Sweet Tooth Go Natural

The Redland Summer Fruit Festival at the Fruit and Spice Park (24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead) offers up a mouthwatering variety of locally grown tropical fruits -- we’re talking mangoes and lychees here -- plus samplings of rare fruits, and fruit wines and other dishes for purchase. There’ll be contests and plenty of children’s activities. The event spans two days, Saturday, June 23, and Sunday, June 24, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Adults: $8. Children 11 and under get in free. www.redlandfruitandspice.com.

 

Haitian-American Film Premières

Romuald Thermidor, founder of Realite Film Company, produced and stars in the film Après Le Mariage (After the Wedding), which has its première Saturday, June 23, at 8:00 p.m. at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.). A reception takes place at 7:00 p.m. and a cast meet-and-greet follows the film, which is set on Florida’s west coast and centers on a brutal past, blackmail, and revenge, as told through the story of a Haitian-American newlywed and a sex trafficker recently out of prison. The film is unrated and does contain mature content, including violence. Tickets are $35-$60 through Ticketmaster. https://www.aventuracenter.org.

 

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Events May 2018 PDF Print E-mail
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The Merry Museum Month of May

Miami Museum Month is the perfect cusp-of-summer gift to us, with two dozen museums offering BOGO admission and other discounts (check your favored destinations for details). Participants throughout this month of May include: PAMM, MOAD MDC, the Art Deco Museum, Wolfsonian, the Bass, the Rubell Family Collection, Frost Art Museum, Lowe Art Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art Miami, ArtCenter/South Florida, MOCA North Miami. Plus the Haitian Heritage Museum, Jewish Museum, Gold Coast Railroad Museum, Vizcaya, Coral Gables Museum, the Deering Estate, Ancient Spanish Monastery, the Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum, Museum of Science, HistoryMiami, Wings Over Miami, Children’s Museum, and Historic Homestead Town Hall Museum. Got to miamiandbeaches.com for details.

 

MoroccowithaNewYorkTwistMorocco with a New York Twist

The Brooklyn-based Innov Gnawa, one of the top musical collectives in the U.S. Arabic music scene, is featured on Bonobo’s Bambro Koyo Ganda, a 2017 Billboard Top 100 dance recording. Gnawa, a form of Moroccan ritual trance music, originated in Morocco’s black communities whose forbearers were brought in as slaves or soldiers from Mali and Mauritania. Innov Gnawa uses vocals, a lute-like sinter, and metal castanets, and fuses New York Latin percussion and piano. The group performs Saturday, May 5, 8:00, at the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave.). Tickets: $20. www.rhythmfoundation.com.

 

ProdigiousMusicalityProdigious Musicality

The Miami International Piano Festival presents Alexander Gavryluk. Born in Ukraine in 1984, Gavryluk began performing at age nine, and by age 16 had won both first prize and gold medal at the Horowitz International Piano Competition; first prize at the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition; and gold medal at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Masters Competition. Achievements like these have made him a guest of every major orchestra worldwide. He comes to the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.) on Sunday, May 6, 5:00 p.m., with a program of Bach, Haydn, Chopin, Scriabin, and Rachmaninov. Tickets: $17-$35. www.aventuracenter.org.

 

Andalusian Nights

The 24-member National Arab Orchestra began as a small chamber ensemble in Michigan in 2009 with a goal of preserving and sharing classical and contemporary Arab music and culture. Today the orchestra tours frequently and has a chamber ensemble of its own, plus a full-sized chorus. NAO comes to Miami on Saturday, May 12, at 8:00 p.m., with the program “Layali al-Andalus,” or “Andalusian Nights,” celebrating the music of Muslim Spain. The program at the Olympia Theater (174 E. Flagler St.) also features Flamenco guitarist José Luis de la Paz and singers Marian Layousse, Usama Baalbaki, Alfonso Cid, and Susana Behar. Tickets: $25-$65. www.olympiatheater.org.

 

Behold the Chamber Eclectic

Nu Deco Ensemble, Miami’s chamber ensemble moderne, closes another season at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26th St.) with an adventurous mix of compositions by Nicholas Omiccioli (“Push/Pull”); Darius Milhaud (“Creation of the World”); David Lang (“Learn to Fly”); and a symphonic suite by hip-hop Outkast artist Sam Hyken. Guest artist not announced by press time. The concerts take place Thursday through Saturday, May 17-19, at 8:00 each night. $40-$90. www.miamilightproject.com.

 

HistoryMiami’s Island Chronicles

HistoryMiami’s resident historian, Paul George, hosts a Biscayne Bay Cruise on Sunday, May 13, from 10:00 a.m. to noon, with a focus on some of the bay’s famous islands, including Fisher Island; the property of D.A. Dorsey, Miami’s first black millionaire; Flagler Memorial Island, named for railroad magnate Henry Flagler; barrier island Miami Beach and early developer Carl Fisher; and Palm Island, final home of “Scarface” Al Capone. The tour aboard an Island Queen Cruises vessel leaves from Miamarina at Bayside Marketplace (401 Biscayne Blvd.). Museum members: $50, nonmembers: $60, children 12 and under: $25. Reservations required: www.historymiami.org.

 

Something Old, Something New

The Haitian Compas Festival turns 20 this year and tries out its new home at Mana Wynwood (318 NW 23rd St.). Tied in with Haiti’s Flag Day (May 18), the festival takes place Saturday, May 19, 4:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.; but events include pre- and two after-parties during the week. Headliners include Tabou Combo, Gabel, Enposib, Harmonik, Djakout #1, Nu Look, T-Vice, Kai, Kreyol La, Vayb, Disip, Septen, Admiral T, Rutshelle, Tamara S. Ada, JPerry, Roody Roodboy, and Chiwawa, along with deejays Tony Mix, Nicky Mix, Power Mix, and DJ FMA. Look for plenty of Haitian dishes to enjoy with the music. Tickets start at $45; more for VIP tickets, party tickets, and package deals. www.haitiancompasfestival.com.

 

HerefortheGrillingHere for the Grilling

Coconut Grove’s best-known fire worshipper, Steven Raichlen, comes off season three of his popular PBS series, Project Smoke, with a reading and signing of his newest book, Project Fire: Cutting-Edge Techniques and Sizzling Recipes from the Caveman Porterhouse to Salt Slab Brownie S’Mores. He’ll be at Books & Books (265 Aragon Ave.) Wednesday, May 16, 7:00 p.m. booksandbooks.com.

 

Hardy and Lush, Exotic and Easy

The Redland International Orchid Show, the nation’s largest, boasts more than 80 flower vendors, potting services, orchid judging, orchid talks, food for every palate, and music and crafts. You’ll learn that orchids can flourish despite benign neglect, which will make it easier to bring home armfuls of these showy plants. The show at the Fruit and Spice Park runs Friday through Sunday, May 18-20, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. The 37-acre park is located at 24801 SW 187th Ave. in Homestead. Admission: $10. redlandfruitandspice.com.

 

Night Paddle on the Bay

What’s more soothing than moonlight on water? The monthly Oleta River Full-Moon Kayak Tour will put you right en scène. Sit back and navigate by glow sticks as you paddle gently through the mangroves out into the bay Saturday, May 26, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Offered by the BG Oleta River Outdoor Center inside the state park (3400 NE 163rd St.), the group excursion includes a guide escort. You need a swimsuit, towels, waterproof shoes, and insect repellent. Cost: $50 per person plus park entry fees. bgoletariveroutdoor.com/event/full-moon-kayak-tour-14/

 

Your New Line of Summer Shorts

Welcome summer with the most in-demand shorts around -- City Theatre’s “Summer Shorts,” that is. The only theater company that produces short plays exclusively, the group saw its founding artistic director, Gail Garrisan, honored last month for outstanding achievement in the arts at the Carbonell Awards. The 2018 shorts production runs at the Adrienne Arsht Center (1300 Biscayne Blvd.) from Thursday, May 31, through Sunday, July 1, with each performance date offering nine ten-minute comedies, dramas, and mini musicals. Recommended for ages 16 and up. Tickets $39-$59 www.arshtcenter.org.

 

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Events April 2018 PDF Print E-mail
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O, Miami Poetry Returns

O, Miami Poetry Festival runs through April, so watch for poetry and poetry performances tucked about town, and mostly free -- for example, check out the poet in residence at the bridge tender house in front of the Wolfsonian (1001 Washington Ave.) from 10:00 a.m. to noon every Saturday through April. Or for the price of a boat ride, join MDC MOAD’s Poetry Along the Bay cruise to hear renowned Miami-born poet Richard Blanco read from his works Friday, April 27, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Tickets: $15 general. calendar.mdc.edu or 237-7700. Check www.omiami.org for a complete schedule.

 

Miami Riverday Rolls Around

Who says you can’t step into the same river (festival) twice…or even 22 times? The annual Miami River Festival promises a day of fun, with free riverboat rides, historic tours and re-enactments, kids’ activities, and paddleboard and kayak races Saturday, April 7, 1:00 to 6:00 p.m., Lummus Park (250 NW North River Dr.). Hosted by the Miami River Commission, the event will also feature environmental booths, food and drink, and entertainment by ARL and Electric Kif. www.miamirivercommission.org.

 

Marvels Galore at Miami Maker Faire

Maker Faire is part science fair, part county fair -- and totally brilliant. The family-friendly event, held Saturday and Sunday, April 7-8, celebrates our do-it-yourselfers -- crafters, science clubs, designers, students, and artists -- who tinker away for the joy of creation. This is their time to wow the rest of us with games, robotics, 3D printing, furniture making, fashion, food, and music. Both days 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. MDC’s Wolfson campus (300 NE 2nd Ave.). Two-day ticket: $20; single-day: $15. Free parking at the campus garage; see miami.makerfaire.com.

 

Amadeus_and_WhoAmadeus and Who?

Did you know that Mozart had a sister as gifted a musician and composer as he? And that these two prodigies performed together in the capitals of Europe, and that she was the star? You’ll learn her true story in The Other Mozart, written by and starring Sylvia Milo in a performance drawn from Mozart family letters. Unqualified raves have followed the production across the globe, including numerous performances in Salzburg, with audiences mesmerized by the period atmosphere, an impossibly elegant 18-foot dress, brilliant scoring, and the highly stylized music-making. Friday, April 13, 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 14, 3:30 and 8:30 p.m.; and Sunday, April 15, 3:30 p.m., Black Box Theater, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (10950 SW 211th St.). Tickets: $35. www.smdcac.org or 786-573-5300.

 

Zine Fair in Little Haiti

Exile Books, which produces not just books but also events, began with pop-up stores but took up permanent residency last fall in Little Haiti. This is the fourth year for Exile’s Miami Zine Fair, a showcase of limited-edition publishers and printed artworks from local and international artists, and the first time it will be held (Sunday, April 15, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) in the Caribbean Marketplace of the Little Haiti Cultural Complex (212 NE 59th Terr.). There’ll also be a gallery exhibition and screenprinting demonstration in the cultural complex classrooms, and local food trucks with Caribbean cuisine. Free admission. exilebooks.com.

 

How Times Flies: Irakere Marks a Milestone

It was 45 years ago that pianist and bandleader Chucho Valdés co-founded Irakere, blazing new paths in Afro-Cuban jazz. Since then, he’s won six Grammys, three Latin Grammys, and the hearts of Latin-music lovers worldwide. He’ll lead the Afro-Cuban Messengers in Irakere classics and much newer works. Also onstage: multiple-Grammy-nominated singer Aymée Nuviola, and Diego Figueiredo, called one of the world’s best guitarists, who opens the show Friday, April 20, 8:00 p.m., Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall (1300 Biscayne Blvd.). Tickets start at $45. arshtcenter.org.

 

Street Party Feasts on the Artistic Life

The Wynwood Life Street Festival returns with 20 bands and a main stage; artists at work plus a pop-up gallery; fashion runways showcasing local designers; scores of craft and art vendors; and for eats, the Wynwood Culinary Showcase and a slew of food trucks. Events are spread out across Mana Wynwood (2250 NW 2nd Ave.) and run Friday, April 20, 5:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.; Saturday, April 21, noon to 3:00 a.m.; and Sunday, April 22, noon to 9:00 p.m. RSVP at wynwoodlife.com.

 

Jazz_Fest_Take_TwoJazz Fest: Take Two

Miami Downtown Jazzfest takes its second annual spin about town with three days of concerts, most of them free, Thursday through Saturday, April 26-28. Day 1 at the Government Center (111 NW 1st St.) is free and features the Scone Cash Players, Electric Kif, Aaron Lebos Reality, and Tito Puente Jr. Day 2 shows at the Olympia Theater (174 E. Flagler St.) feature the winner of the festival’s first jazz piano competition opening for Dr. Lonnie Smith and then the Kurt Elling Quintet. Day 3 moves first to the Bayside Marketplace stage (401 Biscayne Blvd.) with the JECC Boot Camp Ensemble, the Wendy Pedersen Quintet, Tim Jago Group, Leon Foster Thomas, and Oriente; and then to Bayfront Park Amphitheater (301 Biscayne Blvd.), with Regina Carter, the Lizz Wright Quintet, and the Arturo Sandoval Sextet. For schedule and ticket info: miamidowntownjazzfestival.org.

 

Help for Troubled Waters

How about once a year we give three hours back to something that feeds the soul every time we look at it? We’re talking Biscayne Bay, and we Miamians love it so much, we smother it -- and not just with motor fuel and sunscreen, but with litter like you wouldn’t believe. Registration’s under way for volunteer boaters and shore walkers to join in the 36th annual family-friendly Baynanza aka Biscayne Bay Cleanup Day on Saturday, April 21, 9:00 a.m. to noon. You can choose from nearly 25 locations in need of some TLC. miamidade.gov/environment/baynanza.asp.

 

Get_Your_Boarding_Pass_to_MIAGet Your Boarding Pass to MIA

On Saturday, April 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., HistoryMiami historian Paul George talks Aviation in Miami with a coach tour and trove of stories about the inventors, aviators, and airline founders who trained, built empires, or who set off from here on a famous fatal flight (one guess?). The tour ends up at MIA and its Hall of Aviation’s “Century of Flight” exhibit, then on to a look at one of the air-traffic control towers. (For this reason, participants must provide a photo ID to pass checkpoints.) The tour price includes lunch at the 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant. Museum members: $75, nonmembers: $85, children 12 and under: $50. Reservations required: www.historymiami.org.

 

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Events March 2018 PDF Print E-mail
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March 2018

MusicFromACountry'sHeartMusic From a Country’s Heart

This season marks the 81st for the Tamburitzans, a folk ensemble more than 30 members strong that began with one man’s interest in the tamburitza, a stringed instrument from Croatia. In Miami for a single show, the Tamburitzans present Passages: The Journey of Our Ancestors, two hours of traditional costume, music, song, and dance from Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cuba, Eastern European Roma, Greece, Hungary, Mexico, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain. If you love ballet folklórico, this has your name all over it. Thursday, March 8, 8:00 p.m., Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.). Tickets: $25-$30. www.aventuracenter.org.

 

MeetYourParksPeopleMeet Your Parks People

The Arch Creek Park Museum and Nature Center, along with the Arch Creek Trust and Miami-Dade EcoAdventures, hosts its ongoing Talks in the Parks speaker series Thursday, March 8, 7:30 p.m., with Claire Kurlychek of the Florida Wildlife Commission. Topic: Burmese pythons, the environmental havoc they wreak, and the Python Patrol program, which offers training workshops for the public. The Arch Creek Trust will offer hors d’oeuvres and wine for donations. Greynolds Park Boathouse (18501 NE 22nd Ave.). Visit Arch Creek Trust on Facebook. Free. 305-944-6111.

 

An Ocean of Orchids at Fairchild

The orchid is hardy and easy to grow, as evidenced by the 10,000 or more to swoon over during the 16th annual International Orchid Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (10901 Old Cutler Rd.) in Coral Gables. (Fairchild is also home to the American Orchid Society.) The event runs Friday, March 9, through Sunday, March 11, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, and features tours of the gardens, orchid judging and sales, garden workshops, food, and activities for children. Orchid Festival admission is included in your garden admission: members free; adults $25; seniors 65-plus, $18; children 5 and under free, and 9-17, $12. www.fairchildgarden.org.

 

Our Film Fest at 35

The Miami Film Festival, hosted by Miami-Dade College, returns with scores of U.S. and foreign films, to be viewed individually or as parts of several series options, including those with directors and actors participating. Need we mention the awards nights, tributes, and red-carpet galas? Film week runs Friday, March 9, through Sunday, March 18, at multiple locations: the Olympia Theater (174 E. Flagler St.); Regal Cinemas South Beach (1120 Lincoln Rd.); MDC’s Tower Theater (1508 SW 8th St.); O Cinema Miami Beach (500 71st St.); and, in Coral Gables, both Art Cinema (260 Aragon Ave.) and Landmark Theatres at Merrick Park (358 San Lorenzo Ave.). Tickets at miamifilmfestival.com or 844-565-6433. Standard admission from $13 general; $10 Miami Film Society members; $12 seniors 65-plus; $10 students and veterans showing IDs. For the full program of films, prices, and events: miamifilmfestival.com.

 

Luxe and Luscious Garden Walks

Get tickets early for the soul-soothing Miami Beach Garden Tour, sponsored by Miami Beach Botanical Garden. Participants follow self-guided tours through six private gardens featuring water views and lush greenery. Held Saturday, March 10, 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 Botanical Garden (2000 Convention Center Dr.). A continuous shuttle service is available to the properties for $25. The 2.6-acre garden itself, open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., hosts a flower show, plant sale, and other activities all day. Box lunches and snacks available for purchase. A 4:00 p.m. reception to thank the homeowners is open to all. Tickets: $30-$35 at the door, via the garden website, or 305-673-7256. www.mbgarden.org.

 

Questions of Memory and Myth in Mexico

As part of Miami’s “Living Together” series running through September in different venues, MDC’s Museum of Art and Design presents Héctor Bourges and Patricio Villareal, founding members of Mexico City’s acclaimed avant-garde Teatro Ojo in the lecture-performance Disorganizing Mimesis, a theatrical tour through Mexico’s history that includes a “flayed-flayer” god, a talking cross, an Aztec emperor’s skeleton, Moctezuma’s corpse, and Zapatista subcommandante Marcos. Saturday, March 10, 7:30 p.m., MDC Live Arts Lab, Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Ave. Free but reservations required: www.mdcmoad.org.

 

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Miami Light Project and FUNDarte kick off their Global Cuba Fest music series with Cuban-American drummer and bandleader (and author) Dafnis Prieto Sextet on Friday, March 16, at 8:00 p.m. Prieto, winner of a MacArthur “genius” grant in 2011, is a prolific composer across various genres, from chamber music to Latin jazz. Light Box at Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26th St.) in Wynwood. Tickets: $15-$50. Visit www.fundarte.us or www.miamilightproject.com for ticket info and other guest lineups during this tenth annual festival.

 

Bike the Barrier Island

Bring your clan to the Crandon Family Bike Adventure, a leisurely two-hour guided pedal through Crandon Park. The ride sets off Sunday, March 18, at 10:00 a.m. and covers four miles, with stops at Crandon Gardens, Crandon Park Beach, Bear Cut Reserve, Fossil Reef Overlook, and the Crandon Park nature center. Meet at Crandon Gardens (6767 Crandon Blvd.), located by Crandon Park South Beach on Key Biscayne, the southernmost barrier island in the U.S. Bring your own bike and mandatory helmet, plus water, closed-toe shoes, and sun protection. No children under 5. Fee: $5. 305-361-6767. www.miamidade.gov/parks/calendar.asp.

 

The Ongoing Reinvention of Flamenco

Fundarte brings us Flamenco Rave, a daylong celebration of the newest, boldest flamenco from Spain. Musicians include the Andalusian pianist Dorantes, as well as Daniel Casares, Naike y Paquete, vocalist Rosalía and guitarist Raül Refree, all of whom weave together traditional flamenco and “smooth contemporary influences.” Sunday, March 25, at 6:00 p.m. at Miami-Dade County Auditorium (2901 W. Flagler St.). Tickets: $40 adults, $35 seniors and students via www.ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000, and at the auditorium box office, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Info: 305-547-5414 or 786-348-0789, fundarte.us.




Full Moon and the River

Have you seen Miami by Miami River full-moon moonlight? Sounds dreamy, no? Join HistoryMiami Museum’s Full Moon Over Miami River Cruise with historian (and BT contributor) Paul George on Saturday, March 31, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. You’ll learn about ancient Tequesta settlements, the city’s early developers, and little-known backwater stories as you wind upstream along the Miami River’s 5.5 navigable miles and back downtown. Meet at Island Queen Cruises, Bayside Marketplace (401 Biscayne Blvd.). Members $50; non-members $60; children 12 and under $25. Information and registration: www.historymiami.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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