Cycle de Mayo at PAMM
To say thanks to all those who “go green” in their transportation, the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) offers free entry through May to all patrons who come to the museum via bicycle. Cycle de Mayo on Thursday, May 5, at PAMM (1103 Biscayne Blvd.) is the official launch party for the “cycle-bration,” which coincides with National Bike Month and Cinco de Mayo. From 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., sip happy-hour drinks for purchase as you converse with fellow two-wheel enthusiasts; enter a raffle for a chance to win a brand-new bike; and dance to the upbeat sounds of the Miami-based electro-funk band Afrobeta on the museum’s terrace overlooking beautiful Biscayne Bay. Event and museum admission are free, as are the bike valet and a bike checkup for those who want one. www.pamm.org.
Improv at Villain Theater
Get ready to LOL during T.G.I.F. at Villain Theater, located inside co-working space MADE at the Citadel (8325 NE 2nd Ave.). It’s Miami’s first improv theater “dedicated to the art of Chicago-style long-form improvisation.” Past T.G.I.F. shows have included “Orange Is the New Wack,” a “fully improvised prison comedy based on a single suggestion” from the audience. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; the show concludes at 11:30 p.m. every Friday, from May 6 through May 27. Cost is $20 at the door; pre-sale tickets are available online for a discounted price. Drinks will be available for purchase. www.villaintheater.com.
New Take on an Old Comedy
Local filmmaker, writer, and HBO-backed Project Greenlight winner Joshua Jean-Baptiste has created a modern spin on an 16th-century comedy at Miami Theater Center’s Sandbox Theater (9806 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores). In Them Beaux, two cons mix business with pleasure in a tale of love, deception, race, and sexual identity set in the Deep South. Jean-Baptiste blends a live cast with film in this multimedia performance, with show times at 8:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays from May 6 through May 13, and a special Thursday showing May 12, also at 8:00 p.m. Tickets: $25. www.mtcmiami.org.
Historical Take on Miami’s Design District
During HistoryMiami’s Design District Neighborhood Walk, led by historian and BT contributor Dr. Paul George, you’ll get a firsthand look at the area’s new buildings and high-end shops while learning how the neighborhood has been transformed. Stops on the trip include outdoor public art installations, façade views of swanky fashion and luxury businesses, and a trip to Palm Court, an outdoor mall in the heart of the district. The tour departs at 10:00 a.m. from the Luminaire Lab, 3901 NE 2nd Ave. in the Design District, and concludes at noon Saturday, May 7. Members: $20; non-members: $30. Reserve your spot at www.historymiami.org.
Mother’s Day Paddle on the Oleta River
Paddle with Mom on a relaxing adventure along the Oleta River during the Miami EcoAdventures event, a Mother’s Day Oleta River Canoe Trek, on Sunday, May 8, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Naturalists on this guided trip will point out birds, sea life, and rare ecosystems, like the tropical hardwood hammocks on the same waterways used by Tequesta Indians and Spanish explorers. Bring water and sun protection. Meet at the fishing pier near the parking lot within East Greynolds Park (16913 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami Beach). For reservations call 305-666-5885. Cost: $30 per person. www.miamidade.gov/ecoadventures.
Local Artists Shine in Here and Now
Miami Light Project’s 18th annual Here and Now festival celebrates South Florida-based artists, says Beth Boone, executive director of the Miami Light Project, which commissions emerging artists to create new works and produce them themselves. See performances from six artists at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26th St., Wynwood) on Thursdays through Saturdays, from May 12 through May 21, with 8:00 p.m. show times. GA tickets: $25; VIP: $50, which includes two drinks and cocktail table seating. www.miamilightproject.com.
World-Famous Flower Power in the Redland
People fly in from all over the world to attend the largest orchid show in the United States, but luckily for you, the Redland International Orchid Show is just a car ride away at the Fruit and Spice Park (24801 SW 187th Ave.), in Homestead. Orchids from Thailand, Peru, Jamaica, Japan, and elsewhere will be on display and for purchase at over 50 booths from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. during the three-day judged event Friday, May 13, through Sunday, May 15. This family-friendly outing features renowned guest speakers, raffles, international food, and free parking. A storage tent is available for purchased plants. Tickets: $10. Visit www.redlandorchidfestival.org.
Arts Ballet’s Best of the Best in Aventura
The current season of Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida comes to an end this month with its Spring Ballet Gala, which highlights choreographic works by the company’s artistic director, Vladimir Issaev, for Glinka Suite Fantastique, Endless, and Four Seasons. Held at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.) on Saturday, May 14, at 7:00 p.m., this production features other works, as well as international dancers. Tickets: $30. Visit www.aventuracenter.org.
Kayak Adventure at Historic Chapman Field
Glide through a mangrove forest teaming with wildlife, then past a bird rookery in Biscayne Bay during Miami EcoAdventures’ Chapman Field Kayak Trek on Saturday, May 21, from 10:00 a.m. until noon. The guided nature tour leaves from Chapman Field kayak launch (13601 Deering Bay Dr.). You’ll also learn about the park’s past as a 118-year-old repository for exotic plants, operated by the USDA’s David Fairchild, and as an Army Air Corps training field during World War I. Bring drinking water and wear sun protection. Cost: $30 per person. For reservations call 305-666-5885. www.miamidade.gov/ecoadventures.
Urban Sketch Tour of Historical Buildings
During SketchMIA: An Urban Sketch Tour, two architecture professors from FIU and UM will teach participants how to draw some of downtown Miami’s historic buildings. The two-hour walking/sketch tour meets at the Miami Center for Architecture and Design (MCAD) at 100 NE 1st Ave., downtown, at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 28. Stops include the Church of Gesù, the oldest Catholic Church in Miami, and the Dade County Courthouse, which was once the tallest building in the region. Sketchbooks and pens can be purchased for $10, or you can bring your own. Open to all levels and ages. Cost: $20 for members, $25 for seniors and students, $30 for all others. To register, visit miamicad.org/sketchmia.
Compiled by BT contributor Caitlin Granfield. Please send information and images to