Latin American Art at the Edge
For 12 years, the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) has exhibited the winners of its Grants & Commissions Programs, in which Latin American contemporary artists who are selected work for a year on new pieces. The results are sometimes the most interesting and visionary artworks on view in Miami, expressed in installation, video, and even performance. Fleeting Imaginaries should prove no exception. Opening on Friday, September 5, at CIFO (1018 N. Miami Ave., Miami), emerging and mid-career artists from Argentina to Bolivia, Brazil to Mexico -- eight in all -- will show off their creations in various media, including the performance piece from Cuba’s Carlos Martiel who literally explores his skin, which is that of a black man in Cuba; www.cifo.org.
Take the Plunge
We don’t have mountains, but we do have high-rises off which one can jump, safely of course. On Friday, September 5, and Saturday September 6, you can rappel down 19 stories from the downtown JW Marriott Marquis (255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami) as part of Over the Edge Miami. It’s a fundraising event for the nonprofit Miami Children’s Initiative, so you’ll have to raise $1,500 before you can take the plunge -- a truly rare opportunity that also helps inner-city kids leap from poverty; for more details, go to otemiami.com.
If These Walls Could Talk
You’ve read about how graffiti has transformed the Wynwood neighborhood into one of the biggest outdoor art galleries in the world; you’ve heard people talk about how wall murals have put Miami on the art world map. But have you really seen it? Graffiti and street art have a fascinating history going back millennia, and they have a history here and now, as you’ll discover with the Wynwood Walk: A History of Street Art, on Saturday, September 6. From 10:00 a.m. to noon, Paul George will lead a tour through the physical district and discuss the origins of graffiti. The HistoryMiami event will leave from Panther Coffee (2390 NW 2nd Ave., Miami); non-members $30, members $20; 305-375-1621.
Science? Always on Sunday
The Museum of Science (3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami) has inaugurated its Scientist Sundays, where adults and children are invited to meet with scientists who work in fields from marine biology to climatology. On Sunday, September 7, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., scientists specializing in the diverse studies of iguanas, African monkeys, and the role of clouds on climate will be on hand to talk and answer questions, as well as lead hands-on activities; tickets cost $14.95; students and children $10.95; www.miamisci.org.
Salsa, Fiesta on the Plaza
To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, the City of North Miami is throwing a plaza party on Saturday, September 13. From 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., the Grand Fiesta Block Party will rock on to the music from South Florida salsero and 2013 Grammy winner for Best Latin Tropical Album Marlow Rosado y La Riqueña, who will be joined by Lisett Morales. It’s all free at the MOCA Plaza (770 NE 125th St., North Miami), with food vendors on site; wwwnorthmiamifl.gov/celebrate.
Caetano Veloso, the Musical Game Changer
The word legend can so painfully be overused, but not so with Caetano Veloso. As a singer and songwriter, Veloso has transformed Brazilian music since the 1960s and made a huge impact on global musical trends in general. With his latest release, Abraçaço, Veloso closes out a trilogy in which he has fused Tropicália style (which he helped originate) with contemporary indie pop from Rio, which just won him a Latin Grammy. His concert on Saturday, September 13, at 8:00 p.m. will be centered on the album, and he will be joined by his newest band, Banda Ce, for a tour of music that continues to be fresh and vital -- falling on laurels for Veloso. Presented by the Rhythm Foundation at the Fillmore Miami Beach (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach), tickets range from $38.50 to $78.50; 800-745-3000.
The Jewish Side of Wagner
Think Richard Wagner, and you think superb musical compositions and soaring operas and virulent anti-Semitism; Hitler sang his praises, and Israel has never staged his operas. Which is why the film Wagner’s Jews, which will kick of the Miami Jewish Film Festival along with a concert, is so intriguing. Following the lives of Jews who were his protégés, the film also incorporates the music of his fellow Jewish colleagues, and points to a more complicated relationship than was thought. At the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St., Aventura) on Wednesday, September 17, starting at 7:30 p.m., the film will screen accompanied by a performance from the Second Avenue Jewish Chorale and an outdoor wine and dessert reception; tickets cost $36; www.aventuracenter.org.
Keep It Clean!
It’s your duty, but it’s a fun duty -- to keep our waters and shores clean and clear. Time to volunteer for the annual Miami-Dade Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, September 20, from 9:00 a.m. till noon. You don’t even have to go far to help out -- there are a whopping 44 locations from one end of the county the other; take your pick, starting down at the Deering Estate up to Oleta State Park. Just make sure you pick. To register, contact Tanya Denis at tdenis@robertallenlaw; www.miamidadecoastalcleanup.org.
Terry Gilliam: Reanimating the Animator
Terry Gilliam hit the world stage as the animator of the Monty Python pioneering television series and movies back in the 1970s, and has never stopped delivering wild and cutting-edge stuff. O Cinema (90 NW 29th St., Miami) will open up a Terry Gilliam Retrospective on Wednesday, September 22, through Monday, September 27, in honor of another anticipated release, The Zero Theorem, which the theater will premiere on September 26. The screenings will include The Adventures of Baron Munchhausen, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and the great Brazil; tickets $11; for detail on times, dates and movies, go to www.o-cinema.org.
That Smells Like Skink
The Skink returns: Carl Hiaasen’s one-eyed captain is again floating around Florida, where fiction can never top fact for weirdness, except maybe when Skink is observing our beloved bizarre state, like he does in Skink -- No Surrender. The latest adventure will be released on September 23, the same Tuesday that Hiaasen will read from his book and sign copies at Temple Judea (5500 Grenada Blvd., Coral Gables) at 7:00 p.m. You have to buy a voucher for a book ($18.99) for two tickets, presented by Books & Books; www.booksandbooks.com.
Compiled by BT arts editor Anne Tschida. Please send information and images to