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Written by Dinah McNichols, BT Contributor   
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.


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.


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 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:


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.


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:


CubaFestTakesOffWithAStrongBeatCuba Fest Takes Off with a Strong Beat

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 or 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.


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 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,

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:


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February 2018

A-Soundtrack_to_Every_Revolution_1“A Soundtrack to Every Revolution”

At 25, pianist/composer Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes has performed at Carnegie Hall, the White House, and Monterey, and toured with jazz greats. He comes to Miami with The Transformations Suite, a lush five-part tone poem that uses music, theater, spoken word (e.g., Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Tupac Shakur) to explore the history of African diasporic protest movements. Friday, February 2, 8:00 p.m., Light Box at Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26th St.). Tickets: $15 general; discounts to students and MDC staff.


Miami Map Fair Goes Global

Indulge your inner history buff (or perhaps your inner hoarder as you bring along an old map for a free expert opinion) at the 25th annual Miami International Map Fair, which offers a trove of antique and antiquarian maps, books, and atlases, plus talks on sea monsters in medieval maps; mapping the Caribbean; maps from the Andes to the Amazon; and the joy of map collecting. In conjunction with the fair, UM’s Lowe Art Museum (1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables; 305-284-3535) hosts “Antillean Visions: Maps and the Making of the Caribbean” through May 27. Map fair, Saturday, February 3, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, February 4, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., HistoryMiami (101 W. Flagler St.). All-weekend access: members $75 or nonmembers $85; daily admission for HistoryMiami and Lowe members: $15, or nonmembers, $20; students, $10; children 6-12, free.


Beach.Music.Three_Days.Three_Nights_1Beach. Music. Three Days. Three Nights.

GroundUP Music Festival returns Friday, February 9, through Sunday, February 11, 1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave.). There are 2000 tickets available daily for admission to the shows, master classes, and talks -- not to mention food and drink, a hammock-filled Palm Grove Park, and VIP perks. Separately ticketed late shows take place in the Starlight and Vista rooms of the Miami Beach Resort and Spa (4833 Collins Ave.). Festival tickets: daily general pass $85, or premium $170; three-day general pass $225, or premium $450. Late shows: festival ticketholders, $10 nightly; others, $30 nightly.


An Algerian Roots Discovery

The Hervé Koubi dance company presents the choreographer’s 2013 work, What the Day Owes to the Night, featuring dancers primarily from Algeria and Burkina Faso who perform what the Washington Post calls “a stunning fusion of acrobatics, gymnastics, b-boying, modern dance, and ballet.” Koubi, who grew up in France, discovered at age 25 that his family was originally from Algeria, whereupon he set out to explore his African roots. The performance follows that journey, incorporating a score that ranges from Sufi and Nubian music to Bach. Saturday, February 10, 8:00 p.m., Olympia Theater (174 E. Flagler St.); tickets: $25, $38, and $55.


Where the Wild Things Are

Come explore “Creatures of the Night” at Greynolds Park (17530 W. Dixie Hwy.) on Friday, February 16, at 6:30 p.m. Meet the group at the park entrance at 22nd Avenue and Miami Gardens Drive; wear closed-toed shoes, and bring insect repellant and a flashlight, as you look for raccoons, screech owls, and night spiders -- and perhaps your naturalist guide will come up with some surprises. Fee: $6. Info: 305-949-1741.


Wynwood_at_the_Waterfront_1Wynwood at the Waterfront

Thank the good lord we can afford tickets to gaze upon what we can’t afford to buy, like the works at Art Wynwood, now at the Art Wynwood Pavilion (One Herald Plaza at NE 14th Street). Scores of dealers will be representing emerging, higher-end, and stratospheric artists, and, of course, the artists who put Wynwood on the map. As a fillip: free shuttle service back and forth to the Miami Yacht Show to see more of our favorite things (admission: $25; Art fair Friday, February 16, through Sunday, February 19, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Monday, February 19, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. One-day ticket: $25, seniors: $15; multi-day pass: $55; VIP tickets (see website for details): $200. Visit or call 305-517-7977.


“… and Send It Soaring….”

Florida’s largest kite-flying festival, the annual Kite Days, returns Saturday and Sunday, February 17 and 18, noon to 5:00 p.m. at Haulover Park (10800 Collins Ave.). Look for flying squids, floating whales, and more fantastical creations, as well as traditional kites from around the world. The event is free and replete with goings-on at ground level, as well: music, food, refreshments, and kites for sale. Parking: $7.


Piano Lover’s Dream: A Program of Chopin

Of Italian pianist Luigi Carroccia, writes a music critic, “there doesn’t seem to be a nonmusical atom in his being.” He comes to the Miami International Piano Festival a second time, performing a 90-minute program at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.). Chopin dominates, with the romantic Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op. 60; the Polonais in A-flat Major “Heroique,” Op. 53; and a flurry of mazurkas. (Chopin’s mazurkas, it’s said, were the compositions he most cherished.) Carroccia then turns to Schubert’s Sonata D 960 in B-flat Major, considered one of the composer’s masterworks. Sunday, February 18, 5:00 p.m. Tickets: $25; students: $17.50.


Alvin Ailey Celebration

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater celebrates a decade of performances at the Arsht Center from Thursday, February 22, through Sunday, February 25. The programs range from premières, new looks for repertory standards, and Ailey’s 1960 three-part masterpiece, Revelations (showcased in all performances). Works include Members Don’t Get Weary, from choreographer Jamar Roberts; The Hunt, Ella, and Mass, by artistic director Robert Battle; a world première, Victoria, by Gustavo Ramírez; and new productions of Stack-Up and Shelter. For programming and pricing tiers at the Ziff Ballet Opera House:


Stories Out of Stiltsville

They could disappear in the rising tides -- or be lost to National Park Service budget cuts. So, yes, go see what remains of Stiltsville, if just once in your lifetime. Historian and BT contributor Paul George ushers you through a history of Biscayne Bay as you cruise to that storied party place for the well-heeled, the well-greased, and those who just wanted to leave well enough alone back on the mainland. The tour lasts two and a half hours Saturday, February 24, and departs at 9:30 a.m. from Miamarina at Bayside Marketplace (401 Biscayne Blvd.), aboard an Island Queen Cruises vessel. Museum members: $50, nonmembers: $60; children 12 and under: $25. Info:


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History by Moonlight

Why not start 2018 resolving to learn more about the place you call home? HistoryMiami Museum makes the lesson fun on its Moon Over Miami cruise with historian (and BT contributor) Paul George on Saturday, January 6, at 6:00 p.m. You’ll hear about early Tequesta settlements, the city’s 19th-century 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:


You’ll Say You Saw Them When....

National YoungArts Week celebrates the finalists chosen to compete in the National YoungArts Foundation’s annual competition. During “finals week,” Monday through Friday, January 8-12, they’ll enjoy mentoring and classes. Each night culminates with performances and exhibits for the public (and judges) that include music, theater, dance, song, literary readings, films, and visual arts. Events take place at the New World Center (500 17th St.) in Miami Beach, the Jewel Box and Gallery at the YoungArts Campus (2100 Biscayne Blvd.), and at PAMM (1103 Biscayne Blvd.). Stay tuned for the winners next month. For lineup and ticket information:


Transcription for Psychedelic Piano

The Miami International Piano Festival continues Sunday, January 14, at 5:00 p.m., with Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, transcribed for piano by Franz Liszt. Pianist Kemal Gekić performs the symphony, for which Berlioz himself wrote (autobiographical) program notes: “A young musician of morbid sensitivity and ardent imagination poisons himself with opium in a moment of despair caused by frustrated love.” The opium doesn’t kill him, but the score does take the listener along some bizarre hallucinations. “Berlioz tells it like it is,” said Leonard Bernstein of this work. “You take a trip, you wind up screaming at your own funeral.” Yet it’s one of the great romantic masterpieces. A multimedia presentation accompanies this can’t-miss performance. Tickets $35, Aventura Art & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St.,


Family Fest Opens New Season

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, January 9, when first-access passes become available for the opening event of the Arsht Center’s tenth annual Family Fest season: Story Pirates on Saturday, January 20, at 1:30 p.m. This group offers musical comedy based on stories written by children ages 5-12. The shows have been called a “mix between School House Rock and Monty Python,” and our show features two new stories written by South Florida youngsters. Knight Concert Hall (1300 Biscayne Blvd.). For first-access: 305-949-6722;; or the box office window.


YYoureTherefortheArchitectureRememberou’re There for the Architecture, Remember

Ocean Drive between 5th and 13th streets is closed to traffic from Friday through Sunday, January 12-14, when the Miami Design Preservation League puts on its annual Art Deco Weekend. Like Miami Beach itself, the festival can go from classic to kitsch in the twinkling of an eye. Events on tap: walking tours; an antique/art promenade; theater; jazz, Afro-Cuban, cabaret, blues, and swing artists, with room for dancing; a Deco Kids Club and Deco Dog show; a classic car show; retro fashion; a lecture series; and related activities at the Art Deco Museum, PAMM, and Wolfsonian-FIU Museum.


Jewish Film Fest Turns 21

This year’s Miami Jewish Film Festival: 62 films, 20 countries, 50 filmmakers and special guests on hand. Premières: 3 world, 2 North American, 3 Florida. Films directed by women: 12. An “Israel at 70” program, with special guests, award-winning films, celebrated directors. Dates: Thursday, January 11, through Thursday, January 25, and don’t tell us there’s no screening near you: Aventura Center (3385 NE 188th St., 305-466-8002); Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center (20400 NE 30th Ave., 305-937-1880); Coral Gables Art Cinema (260 Aragon Ave., 786-385-9689); Miami Beach JCC (4221 Pine Tree Dr., 305-284-4861); Miami Beach Cinematheque (1130 Washington Ave., 305-284-4861); O Cinema Miami Shores (9806 NE 2nd Ave., 786-565-3456); Regal Cinemas South Beach (1120 Lincoln Rd., 305-674-6766); Temple Beth Am (5950 SW 88th St., 305-667-6667); and Temple Beth Sholom (4144 Chase Ave., Miami Beach, 305-538-7231). Tickets: $13. Festival passes: $275.


Chocoholics, This Is For You

We Americans reportedly eat over 11 pounds of chocolate per person per year, somehow fitting as we head toward Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s 12th annual Chocolate Festival. From Friday, January 19, through Sunday, January 21, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the fest features a decadence of chocolate, chocolatiers and chocolate vendors, chocolate-infused foods and drinks, a ChocoWalk, ChocoKids, even a ChocoSpa. You’ll also find classes, demos, and special lectures. The garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Rd. Tickets: members free, adults $25, seniors $18, children (6-17) $12, children 5 and under free.


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The annual Axis of Love three-concert series returns to the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave.) on Saturday, January 27, at 8:00 p.m. with music from Iranian-born Sahba Motallebi, a virtuoso of the tar and its linguistic younger cousin, the sitar. In this concert, she’s joined by another Iranian, Naghmeh Farahmand, on traditional percussion instruments like the tonbak and daf, prominent in Sufi and Kurdish rhythms. Tickets: $20 advance, $25 day of concert, $50 for the series pass. or


Hungry, and Hungry for Change

Miami Light Project Presents performance artist Dan Froot and Company, performing his work Pang!, which uses the stylings of live radio shows, e.g., multiple mikes, sound effects props, and live piano and sax, to tell the stories of three families living with hunger. Pang! is presented Friday and Saturday, January 26 and 27, at 8:00 p.m. at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26th St.) in Wynwood. Froot is the recipient of numerous fellowships, commissions, and awards; previous works include Live Sax Acts, Seventeen Kilos of Garlic, Shlammer, and Who’s Hungry? Tickets $15-$25. 305-576-4350.


WorldMusicatItsBestWorld Music at Its Best

The Umalali Women’s Project of the Garifuna Collective revolves around a group of female vocalists from Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras, accompanied by musicians playing traditional hand drums, turtle shells, guitars, and bass. Their music, evocative at times of Cesária Évora’s, has been called “the perfect demonstration” of universal music. In 2001, UNESCO declared Garifuna music, language, and dance “a masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity.” They’re in Miami for just two performances, Saturday, January 27, at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 28, at 3:00 p.m., courtesy of FUNDarte at On.Stage Black Box at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium (2901 W. Flagler St.) Tickets: $30 adults; $25 seniors and students (limited): and at the box office, M-F 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Info: 305-547-5414; 786-348-0789.


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December 2017

North_Miami_Holiday_Light_SpectacularNorth Miami Holiday Light Spectacular

Each December, North Miami residents on a quiet cul-de-sac turn up the wattage with dazzling tree lights and front-yard tableaux during Holiday Lights at Enchanted Place. Illuminated nightly from 6:00 to 11:00 through Saturday, January 6, the twinkling extravaganza is located on Enchanted Place, off NE 16th Avenue and parallel to Enchanted Forest Elaine Gordon Park. It’s the residents’ gift to the rest of us. On Facebook: Enchanted Place of North Miami.

Vizcaya_Village_Re-Creates_Olden_YuletideVizcaya Village Re-Creates Olden Yuletide

James Deering took possession of his winter residence on Christmas Day 1916, and Vizcaya re-creates that bygone holiday splendor this month during regular hours. On Saturday through Monday, December 2-4, and Sunday, December 10, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., courtyard stations host ornament making for estate trees. Clear Wednesday, December 13, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., for the inaugural Holiday Evening at Vizcaya Village. The families that worked the estate had their residences and offices in the 12-acre “village” (3250 S. Miami Ave.) across the street, and this celebration highlights their winter traditions. Wander, enjoy tours, treats, and music; families who come for Holiday Evening get passes for Vizcaya.; 305-250-9133.


Cracking_the_NutCracking the Nut

Parents, time’s running out. If you want tickets for your little Claras and Mouse Kings, don’t delay. At the Arsht Center, two performances only, Saturday, December 2, don’t miss the very cool, touring Hip Hop Nutcracker, set to Tchaikovsky but in New York, with an onstage DJ, hip-hop choreography, and rapper Kurtis Blow. Also at the Arsht, Miami City Ballet presents Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker with Balanchine’s choreography from Friday, December 16, through Sunday, September 24, evenings and some matinees. The touring Moscow Ballet presents The Great Russian Nutcracker on Saturday, December 30, at the Fillmore in Miami Beach (1700 Washington Ave.) for a 3:00 p.m. matinee only.


Actual Art Week Freebies

Art Basel is a masterstroke of marketing, with its shows, satellite shows, and pay-per-parties. But there’s plenty in Miami Beach that’s free, including nightly arts films at Soundscape Park and the Colony Theatre; “Territorial,” an installation of 11 “site-transforming” works of public art at Collins Park; two walking tours (registration a must); and nearly 20 talks at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens featuring artists, social activists, collectors, patrons, critics, journalists, art dealers, and museum curators and directors, over three days. On Wednesday, December 6, at 8:00 p.m., at SoundScape Park, catch the first two movements of Jim Shaw’s rock opera The Rinse Cycle (snarky nod to Wagner’s Ring Cycle). See “Off the Basel Path” (page 58) for details. For many more events, go to


Miami Street Photography Festival

What does it take to be a documentary or street photographer? Irony? Empathy? The ability to see the world in a grain of sand? You’ll get a bit closer to understanding at the Miami Street Photography Festival from Thursday through Saturday, December 7-9, 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 10, noon to 5:00 p.m., at HistoryMiami (101 W. Flagler St.). On view: works from 93 international finalists. All exhibits and events are free, though some classes and workshops are paid/private events. Acclaimed photogs on hand are expected to include Miami’s Maggie Steber, Vineet Vohra, Ibarionex Perello Alessandra Sanguinetti, Constantine Manos, Larry Fink, Richard Sandler, and Harvey Stein. For a schedule and to register for free tickets: More info:


They’ve Got Street Cred

Buskerfest returns with scores of local performers Friday, December 15, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. How to find them? Ride the free Metromover, and wherever you get off along the Inner Loop, listen for laughter and applause. Enjoy the show, then hop back on to your next busker-do. Bring your spare change -- the buskers will thank you. Related Bayfront Park fun: Children’s Corner activities each half hour from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and at 6:00 p.m., “Blast From 305’s Past,” video from the Wolfson’s Moving Image Archives. At 7:00 p.m., everyone convenes at Bayfront Park for the Buskextravaganza and a special performance.


MISO’s Pop-Up Series at the Palm Court

The Miami Symphony Orchestra continues its free performance series in the Design District on Friday, December 15, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., at the Palm Court plaza (140 NE 39th St.). The event is presented by the Knight Foundation, produced by Emilio Estefan, and sponsored by Estefan Kitchen. No program or guest announcements yet, but judging from October’s program, look for a mix of Latin, pop, Broadway, and classics; and don’t be surprised if an Estefan takes the stage. or


Behind the Wynwood Murals

Too late for Basel, but you could be speaking like a true “gallerist” once you’ve taken HistoryMiami’s History of Street Art walking tour through Wynwood. Set for Saturday December 16, 11:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., the tour includes the murals and installations; the history of graffiti in the world; and the backstory of the old Garment District’s makeover. Meet at Panther Coffee (2390 NW 2nd Ave.); the event ends at the Concrete Beach Brewery for a tour and tastings. Reservations,

Get Your Mango On

The 36th King Mango Strut on Sunday, December 31, brings the perfect touch of mania to cap this año bizarro. As usual, headlines from the past year are fodder for costumes and props, and faux and legit marching bands. No pomp, much parody. Bring a cooler, a folder chair, your best belly laughs, and you’ll fit right in. Everything is free. At noon kids 5 to 12 can take part in the pre-Strut Little Miss (and Little King) Mango Pageant and then ride in the parade’s opening float. The Strut gets officially under way at 2:00 p.m. in central Coconut Grove, but arrive early since the fun lasts all day. For details and map:


New Year’s Eve at Bayfront Park

Fireworks? Check. Big Orange? Check. Pitbull (Mr. 305 himself)? Okay, then. You’re covered for Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution at Bayfront Park (301 Biscayne Blvd.). Billed as the largest NYE party in South Florida, it features a free concert (at the amphitheater) and family event featuring a food and wine festival (ticketed), food vendors, and the lightshow at midnight. The party starts at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 31, and lasts until 12:30 a.m. You know the routine: try the Metrorail and Metromover Inner Loop; and no bottles, cans, coolers, or fireworks.


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November 2017

A Film in Bold Bushstrokes

A film painted frame by frame? You bet -- more than a hundred painters spent six years restyling scores of van Gogh’s celebrated works and aligning them with human movement to make 65,000 frames of Loving Vincent, “the world’s first fully painted feature animation.” The film uses the artist’s paintings and correspondence to explore his final days. Did he really die by his own hand? Screenings begin Friday, November 3, at O Cinema Miami Beach (500 71st St.). Members $7.50, general admission $11, students/seniors $9.50.


Flamenco Heat

Francisco Hidalgo, Anabel Moreno, and the dance company of Madrid’s Casa Patas Flamenco Foundation-Conservatory return to Miami to perform Binomio on Saturday, November 4 (8:30 p.m.), and Sunday, November 5 (3:00 p.m.), at Miami-Dade County Auditorium (2901 W. Flagler St.). Fiery, sensual, technically brilliant -- all define Binomio, the energy coursing between two dancers. Tickets $30; $25 for students and seniors; or 800-745-3000, and at the box office.


MusicfromtheHeartofPakistanMusic (and Jazz) from the Heart of Pakistan

Sachal Ensemble’s 2011 studio recording of Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five” in Pakistan was a YouTube hit that brought these musicians to Western awareness. The 2015 documentary Song of Lahore, following their journey to Lincoln Center to play with Wynton Marsalis, made them unforgettable. Now on their first U.S. tour, the ensemble performs Saturday, November 4, at 8:00 p.m. at the Olympia Theater, 174 E. Flagler St. These virtuosi of Pakistani classical and folk music were brought together by Izzat Majeed, first to save the nation’s non-religious music and instruments banned by the Taliban, and then to share his love of jazz. They perform both, one show only. Tickets: $25-$55.


A Fall Festival Flourish at Fairchild

Post-Hurricane Irma cleanup has put things back on track for Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s Fall Festival and 77th Ramble, from Friday through Sunday, November 10-12, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Events take place at different locations throughout the garden so you’ll enjoy its beauty as you amble to your destinations. On tap: gardening demos, plant talks, and sales; cooking, chefs, and food; craft and antique books on sale; a kids’ zone; and live music all day long. Members free; adults $25; seniors $18; children (6-17): $12; free for 5 and younger.


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Ben Folds has worn many hats: band member, balladeer, prolific writer and producer of pop, rock, indie, and alt, contributor to film soundtracks. Did we mention piano virtuoso and most affable showman? He’s now an artistic adviser for the National Symphony Orchestra (watch him on YouTube compose a full orchestral piece onstage in ten minutes). Folds comes to the Olympia Theater with his Paper Airplane Request Tour on Sunday, November, 12, at 8:00 p.m. Besides regular tickets, two VIP packages are available.


VetsDayParadesPicnicsandPraiseVets Day: Parades, Picnics, and Praise

This Veteran’s Day, let’s give our service members a high five in thanks. If you’re in Coconut Grove on Friday, November 10, you can join the remembrance ceremony at 9:30 a.m. at Charlotte Jane Memorial Cemetery (3650 Charles Ave.); then watch the parade at 11:15 a.m. as it winds through town to Elizabeth Virrick Park (3255 Plaza St.), where speakers and lunch await (305-461-5506). On Saturday in North Miami, festivities begin at 10:00 a.m. and include ceremonies and a Family Day, so bring a lawn chair and enjoy music, a picnic, and kids’ activities at Griffing Park (12220 Griffing Blvd., 305-895-9840). In North Miami Beach, festivities begin at 11:00 a.m., at the All Wars Memorial Park, 16500 NE 16th Ave. (305-948-2957), north of the amphitheater. The Miami Beach parade, with marching bands, floats, and military groups, also Saturday, starts at 11:11 a.m., along Ocean Drive from 5th to 14th streets, followed by ceremonies, a picnic, and fly-in from the All-Veterans Parachute Team (305-673-7000).


Hangout, Partake, Collaborate

The Porch is a great place to take a break each day of the Miami Book Fair, running this year from Sunday through Sunday, November 12-19. Enjoy the open air and a full program of entertainment, instead of joining the rush-crush home. Located at the northwest corner of NE 2nd Ave. and NE 3rd St., it’s billed as the fair’s “ultimate urban hangout” for watching improv comedy, or theatrical and dance performances, live music, film, and art all week. Each day offers a new schedule, lasting from late afternoon into the night, and all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The opening program begins at 4:00 p.m. Sunday. On Monday, events start at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday at 5:00 p.m., Friday at 9:30 a.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 a.m. For daily Porch events:


The Sounds of Little Haiti

If it’s the third Friday, it’s the Sounds of Little Haiti Friday night, the free outdoor concert and social at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, its gift to local Haitians and us fellow Miamians. Mark the date: Friday, November 17, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. No eating before you go! A DJ curates samplings of the greatest and latest Haitian bands, and there’ll be plenty for sale, from island foods and spices to arts and crafts. The complex is located at 212-260 NE 59th Terr. Info:


Little Havana History Refresher

New to Miami? Old-timer feeling stale? Why not take a stroll with BT contributor Paul George, resident historian at HistoryMiami? He’ll be leading a Little Miami History and Culture Walk on Saturday, November 18, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. The group leaves from Los Pineraños Frutería (1334 SW 8th St.) and features the famous ceiba tree with Santería connections, the art of cigar making, and intriguing local lore. Museum members $20, non-members $30, children up to 12 $10. Tickets include admission to HistoryMiami Museum.


Those Bearded Ladies Are Eclectic and Electric

Miami Light Project and Miami Theater Center present the cabaret group Bearded Ladies in Marlene and the Machine, in which the aging film star “gives musical seminars on emotional control.” With music of Marlene Dietrich, Fiona Apple, and Regina Spektor, and a backdrop of German Expressionism, the audience heads into a “shadowy, atonal world.” Want more? How about “wildly entertaining”? Or in their own words: “Our shows tackle the politics of gender, identity, and artistic invention with sparkle and wit.” Well said. Performances Thursday, November 16, through Saturday, November 19, 8:00 p.m. at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26th St.)


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