All Is Fair These Days
For a while it seemed that Art Basel would crowd out all other art events -- but we’re now addicted. Art Wynwood is back bigger than ever for a five-day run. In a tent in Midtown (where Art Miami is held in December), 70 international galleries will set up booths, to be joined by special projects, such a site-specific works from Viennese street artist Boicut, and solo projects from four of Miami’s main galleries. From Thursday, February 12, through Monday, February 16, at 3101 NE 1st Ave.; tickets $25 for one-day; www.artwynwood.com.
Fly High, Look Pretty
Albuquerque has its annual balloon fiesta; we have our Kite Day at Haulover Park, now in its 23rd year. Both fill the skies with colorful, creative designs and figures that float and bounce above our heads. But in Miami, the kite interplay involves not just blue sky, but a turquoise ocean and bay, and white sands -- it’s a spectacle. It’s also a great day for kite enthusiasts and families, with kite-making workshops and demos. Create your own or buy one. Sunday, February 15, from noon until 5:00 p.m. at Haulover (10800 Collins Ave.), with food trucks and live music from Miami Country Day School’s rock ensemble. Admission is free, parking $7; 305-893-0906, skywardkites.com.
Best Seat in the House and City
What could fit better while sitting outside on the verandah of the Pérez Art Museum Miami (1103 Biscayne Blvd.) on a winter’s night, with the spectacular views of the bay and the city? How about viewing a retro chic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn (in clothes designed by Givenchy) and Peter O’Toole, in How to Steal a Million? It’s the second in the series Third Thursdays at PAMM Movies (Not Really) About Museums -- all the featured films have some obscure reference or scene in a museum. The 1966 movies starts at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 19; it’s free with admission ($16), food and drink available; www.pamm.org.
Scratch This Itch
The iconic Fifties movie The Seven Year Itch, in which Marilyn Monroe has her dress blown skyward while standing over a street vent, actually started life as a three-act play. Now, thanks to the Miami Theater Center (9806 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores), it’s back onstage, billed as “the original Mad Men,” although this adaptation has a lighter take on the midlife male crisis than the dark TV show. The play opens Thursday, February 19, and runs through March; at 8:00 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.; tickets cost $35; www.mtcmiami.org.
A Locked-Room Puzzle and Other Stated Delights
When the Austin-based Rude Mechs brought their inspired play about method acting to Miami several years ago, it made us wish we could claim those Mechs as our own. Well, at least they’re back, again courtesy of MDC Live Arts, with Now, Now, Oh Now. This one involves themes of evolutionary biology, interactive gaming (think D&D style), an audience of only 30, and a big dash of humor. From Friday, February 20, through Sunday, March 1, with three shows each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at various times, at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26th St.); tickets $25; www.mdclivearts.org.
This Salsa Combines the Sauce and the Dance
Here’s an interesting blend of salsa: the Los Angeles-based Contra Tiempo, which mixes up Afro-Cuban rhythms and salsa music with contemporary dance, is bringing its latest show about food (and sauces?) and consumption to the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (1300 Biscayne Blvd.) for the group’s tenth anniversary. Full Still Hungry is politically tinged dance theater, with the company’s underlying mission to take salsa back to the streets where it began (it has an original score from co-founder Cesar Alvarez). On Friday, February 20, and Saturday, February 21, at 7:30, with a Saturday 2:00 p.m. matinee; tickets $40; www.arshtcenter.org.
The Kids Play Is Alright
Think of Miss Nelson Is Missing! as a Breakfast Club for grade-schoolers. It’s got a bunch of rowdy kids, a mean substitute teacher, and lots of good music. When the regular teacher, Miss Nelson, doesn’t return, the classroom starts to worry. She wasn’t so bad after all -- and neither, it turns out, are the kids. The clever musical will have two performances on Sunday, February 22, at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St., Aventura); tickets $16; www.aventuracenter.org.
Where the Night Wild Things Are
Ever wonder how Arch Creek Park got its name? Both the extinct Tequesta tribe and the Seminoles used a natural limestone bridge to cross a creek, which became a segment of a major Indian trail. Today the arch is part of the wilderness park, with significant plant and animal life. See for yourself on Friday, February 27, for the Arch Creek Park Campfire and Night Hike Program, at 9:00 p.m. When the rest of the city settles down, the nocturnal creatures come alive -- the naturalists on hand will tell you all about their incredible diversity. It ends with a campfire for marshmallow roasting. Get there early and visit the Indian artifacts museum, 1855 NE 135th St., North Miami; entrance $6; 305-944-6111.
Walk Designed to Shine
Now might be an opportune time to take a Design District walk, before all the new construction makes it less appealing. HistoryMiami just added Design District Delights Walk, from 10:00 a.m. till noon on Saturday, February 28. The area is a Miami gem, with the unique architecture in the business district filled with boutique shops and restaurants, and the adjacent neighborhood of Buena Vista, home to historic houses and some of the loveliest, leafy streets in South Florida. You can learn about the man behind much of the development, Craig Robins, who spearheaded the district’s revival by emphasizing art -- collections of which will also be part of the tour. Starting at 4141 NE 2nd Ave.; tickets for non-members $30; www.historymiami.org.
For a Dog’s Life
It’s dubbed the event for “those who cannot speak for themselves.” The Walk for the Animals fundraiser asks you to walk or stroll for a mile around Bayfront Park to raise money for shelter animals, on the morning of Saturday, February 28. Bring your own canine or a friend, and maybe visit the Adoption Arena, where rescue groups will bring their voiceless homeless ones. To learn more, go to www.walkfortheanimalsmiami.com.
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