Global Golf, Anyone?
Throughout August you and the kids can discover who’s the best putter in the family while you also learn about the world’s great wonders, both natural and manmade. It’s Mini-Golf 2015: International Edition, held at the Coral Gables Museum (285 Aragon Ave.). Tickets cost $5 plus museum entrance ($3 kids; $7 adults) Tuesdays through Sundays from noon through 6:00 p.m. (until 5:00 p.m. Sundays). The interactive exhibit features a nine-hole indoor, air-conditioned mini course featuring sculptures of global landmarks -- e.g., the Great Wall, the Giza pyramids, Ayers Rock, the Tikal Temple of the Jaguar, among others. Visit www.coralgablesmuseum.org for more information.
PAMM Explores Migration in Miami
See “Poetics of Relation”, an exhibit that “responds to Miami as a site defined culturally by its diasporic communities,” featured during Perez Art Museum Miami’s (1103 Biscayne Blvd.) monthly “Free Second Saturdays,” event on Saturday, August 8, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Themes like identity and displacement will be discussed by the artists, who were inspired by the late writer Édouard Glissant (1928-2011), a principal figure in Caribbean cultural and social commentary. Bring the kids to the terrace afterward for art-making activities. Visit www.pamm.org for more details.
Camp Broadway Miami Finale Performance at the Arsht
Camp Broadway Miami is an immersive ensemble performance camp for ages 10-17. It pairs theater-loving kids with Broadway professionals to bring us the Camp Broadway Finale Performance of All Shook Up, featuring hits from Elvis Presley, and Hairspray Jr., a tribute to the original Broadway musical, which won eight Tony Awards. The family matinée takes place at the Arsht Center’s James L. Knight Concert Hall on Saturday, August 8, at 1:30 p.m. Check www.arshtcenter.org for ticket prices.
Paddle the Bay for a Mix of History and Nature
It’s one thing to see Biscayne Bay from your car; it’s a different experience entirely to be out paddling on the water while naturalists lead you through mangrove-lined water trails. Enjoy the experience for yourself during a Key Biscayne Kayak Adventure, held two Sundays, August 9 and 23, at 9:30 a.m., and on Saturday, August 29, at 4:30 p.m. as part of Miami-Dade’s Eco Adventures program. Hear stories of the Tequesta people, who fished in the bay some 2000 years ago, as well as tales of pirates and shipwrecks. You’ll also paddle around an ancient fossilized reef. Meet the group at the Crandon Park Nature Center (6767 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne), and bring water, repellant, and sunscreen. Register online at www.miamidade.gov/ecoadventures or call 305-361-6767.
Thugs Love Musicals at Miami Light Project
Terry Francois takes pride in being a thug, but he also aims to “break the stigma of musical theater having no place in Thuggin.” Follow him in this musical comedy by the Black Republic Theatre and Film Company as he learns how to sing and dance during Thugs Love Musicals at Miami Light Project (404 NW 26th St.) on Saturday, August 15, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Those 18 and over admitted. Cost is $30. Visit www.miamilightproject.com for tickets.
When Too Much Is Actually Enough
When the “greediest man in the world” pushes the limits in his pursuit of worldly possessions, guess what happens? Clue: we’re talking about a criminal adventure story by Mad Cat Theater Company’s resident playwright, Theo Reyna. Lazy Fair runs Thursdays through Sundays, August 20 through August 30, at 8:00 p.m. at the Sandbox, a 50-seat black box space at the Miami Theater Center (9806 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores). Tickets cost $25. Visit www.madcattheatre.org for more information.
Scarface, Assassins, and Miami Vice
Board a coach bus and hear stories of Miami’s crime-ridden past involving drug smugglers, murderers, and mobsters -- and see where the events unfolded during HistoryMiami’s (101 W. Flagler St.) Mystery, Mayhem, and Vice Crime Coach Tour. Led by historian and BT columnist Paul George on Saturday, August 22, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., the tour heads to the City of Miami Cemetery and Bayfront Park, where Franklin D. Roosevelt was nearly assassinated, plus the homes of the late Gianni Versace and convicted murderer Joyce Cohen, along with Miami Vice settings. You’ll even see the courtroom where Al “Scarface” Capone was convicted and pass by Palm Island, where he lived. Register online at www.historymiami.org; or call 305-375-5792; or e-mail
. Members: $50; Non-members: $60.
Dance Festival Honors Those Aboard Mariel Boatlift
The newest performance of Florida’s main Afro-Cuban dance organization, IFE-ILE, is titled Under Heaven and Earth and will take you on a soul-shaking journey with the thousands of Cubans who arrived through the Mariel boatlift in 1980. Held at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium (2901 W. Flagler St.,) on Saturday, August 22, from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., this collaboration with the Miami Salsa Congress features new choreography by company director Neri Torres, and is a show not to be missed. Tickets cost $30. Visit www.miamidadecountyauditorium.org for more details.
Lessons in Little Haiti
During La Petite Haiti Culture Walk, presented by HistoryMiami, you’ll learn about Miami’s Little Haiti area and its history with a tour guide on Saturday, August 29, from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Meet at the Little Haiti Cultural Center (212-260 NE 59th Terr.,) where you’ll be able to browse handmade art for sale before you embark to stops like Libreri Mapou, a “bookstore, gift shop, and cultural center rolled into one,” and a botanica, while learning about Haiti’s diaspora and the history of Little Haiti’s other name: Lemon City. Members: $20 Non-Members: $30. Walk-ups welcome. Visit www.historymiami.org for more information.
Summer Fun: Car Show and Farmers Market
Lamborghinis and Aston Martins may be how some people get around in this city, but on Sunday, August 30, bring the family or your car enthusiast friend to see the real classics at the Car Show and Farmers Market held at Heritage Park (19200 Collins Ave.) in Sunny Isles Beach. Enjoy this free locals’ favorite event with fresh, seasonal local food, produce, and arts and crafts for sale, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Free parking is available at the park’s parking garage, as well as underneath the William Lehman Causeway. Visit www.sibfl.net for more details, to inquire if you’d like to enter your car in the show, or for info on the city’s free shuttle bus to get there and back.
Compiled by BT contributor Caitlin Granfield. Please send information and images to