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June 2019

Visions of Utopia

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

 

A Space Trip for the Ages

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

 

PAMM’s Community Night Is for Nerds

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

 

Black Film Fest on the Beach

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

 

DesignDistrictArtTourDesign District Art Tour

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

 

Miami Pride Takes to Wynwood

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

 

ButterflyWalksattheDeeringEstateButterfly Walks at the Deering Estate

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

 

SummerSweetsBeckonintheRedlandSummer Sweets Beckon in the Redland

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

 

Get Your Fill of Local Crime Lore

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

 

A Cultural Exchange, in Choreography

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

 

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

 

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