When Baby Sea Turtles Race to the Ocean
Watch but do not disturb the sea turtle hatchlings making their journey to the ocean during the Sea Turtle Awareness Programs, presented by Miami EcoAdventures. Offered at both Haulover Park (10800 Collins Ave.) and Crandon Park on Key Biscayne (6767 Crandon Blvd.), the two-hour programs begin at 8:00 p.m. and reveal the sea turtle life-cycle and survival threats. The Crandon Park program is offered August 4, 5, 11, 18, 19, 25, 26 at the nature center; the Haulover program takes place August 6, 13, 20, and 27 at the Bill Bird Marina in the “multipurpose room” (the light-blue building). No light-up shoes, glow sticks, or flash photography allowed. Per person price: $10. Register online at miamidade.gov/ecoadventures, or call 305-361-6767 for Crandon Park and 305-947-3525 for Haulover.
LGBT Shorts Take the Stage
Described as “a rainbow of gay-themed plays for everyone,” Shorts Gone Wild 4 promises to make audiences laugh, cry, and think with eight back-to-back personal and politically themed ten-minute shorts, written by local and nationally acclaimed playwrights. Presented by City Theatre and Island City Stage, which won three Carbonell Awards, catch over three weeks of shows like The Incident in the Bathroom, The Lie, and Things My Grandfather Taught Me, from Thursday, August 4, through Sunday, August 28, at Island City Stage (2304 N. Dixie Hwy., Wilton Manors). Performances take place Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., with 5:00 p.m. shows on Sundays. Tickets: $35. www.islandcitystage.com.
Bluegrass Fest at Greynolds Park
Relax under old oak trees and enjoy bluegrass and old-time mountain music during the free South Florida Bluegrass Festival, held at Greynolds Park in North Miami Beach (17530 W. Dixie Hwy.). These festivals have been going strong for more than 40 years, with many bluegrass legends getting their start onstage there. Held on the first Sunday of every month, local bands like the Dusty Road Rangers, New River Boys, and Old Time Jammers will perform Sunday, August 7, from 12:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. The event is free, but park admission costs $7. www.southfloridabluegrass.org.
Afro-Cuban Dance Fest with Workshops and Panels
The Miami-based Afro-Cuban dance ensemble IFE-ILE Dance Company, renowned for teaching traditional, ritual, and modern Afro-Cuban culture through dance, is hosting its 18th annual IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance Festival from Thursday, August 11, through Saturday, August 13, at the Koubek Center (2705 SW 3rd St., Miami). If you want to learn how to salsa, rumba, or drum, you can partake in workshops ($20) taught by Cuban-born professional musicians. The opening-night panel discussion about the late Cuban choreographer Victor Cuellar is free and starts at 7:00 p.m., while the closing dance performance, *CQ “Ciudad de Orichas,” starts at 8:00 p.m. Saturday and features choreography by Neri Torres, the organization’s director ($15 for students and seniors, and $20 for others.) www.ife-ile.org.
PAMM Art Workshop Looks at Basquiat Sketches
The artwork and notebook sketches of the late New York City rags-to-riches artist Jean-Michel Basquiat are the highlight of this month’s PAMM Free Second Saturdays: Wordplay edition. Held Saturday, August 13, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, the free session focuses on the artist’s background in the new exhibition “Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks,” and its emphasis on “the distinct interplay of text and images in Basquiat’s art.” You’ll be able to create your own sketchbook and “wordplay” of drawings and text within it. www.pamm.org.
Fee-Free and Play at Deering Estate
During Deering Estate’s Fee-Free Play Day on Saturday, August 20, feel free to explore the preserve’s grounds overlooking Biscayne Bay by way of canoe or via a nature hike or butterfly walk. With activities for the whole family, you can also see where 50,000-year-old fossils were excavated, go on a self-guided tour of historic homes on the 444-acre property, and more. Located in Miami’s Cutler area at 16701 SW 72nd Ave., enjoy complimentary admission from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. www.deeringestate.org.
Asia America Trade Show
You don’t need to travel the globe to explore worldly products. Just head to the Miami Beach Convention Center (1901 Convention Center Dr.) for the Asia America Trade Show from Sunday, August 21, through Tuesday, August 23. Browse more than 100,000 products ranging from fashion to electronics from India, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Vietnam, and other countries. Check hours and register for free at www.AsiaAmericaShow.com.
Ladies Night OUT: A Stand-Up Comedy Show at MTC
During Ladies Night OUT, watch Bear Webb, “Florida’s funniest female,” and Pride Comedy Festival winner Shana Manuel in their stand-up comedy shows, benefiting the Pridelines organization, which serves Miami’s LGBT youth. The 90-minute performance starts at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 26 at Miami Theater Center’s Sandbox Theater (9806 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores), as part of the inaugural Live, Laugh, Love: Miami Shores Summer Comedy Series, presented by both MTC and Comic Cure. Webb is described as your “basic homosexual physical education teacher,” while Manuel is an actual criminal defense attorney when she’s not on stage. Advance tickets for the 18-and-older event are $25 online at www.ComicCure.com, or $40 at MTC at the event.
HistoryMiami Whets the Appetite
Come hungry as you explore the neighborhoods that make Miami unique during HistoryMiami’s guided Taste Miami Bus Tour, led by historian and BT contributor Paul George. You’ll not only learn about the history and culture of neighborhoods like Little Haiti, Little San Juan (now Wynwood), and Little Managua, but you’ll get to try food that’s synonymous with the cultures that make up those communities. The three-and-a-half-hour adventure leaves at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 27, from the HistoryMiami Museum (101 W. Flagler St., Miami). Reservations are recommended; seats fill up quickly. Members: $80, non-Members: $90. www.historymiami.org.
Family Trio Brings Brazilian Rhythms to Miami Beach
The Brazilian music trio and record producers Bons Ritmos (Andrew Scott Potter, Edi Machado, and Jack Potter) are in performance at the Colony Theatre in Miami Beach during Secrets of Ketu Candomblé: Dances and Drumming, on Wednesday, August 31, at 8:00 p.m. The group performs songs (and dance) from the CD Jazz Standards: Afro Bahian Rhythms, along with guests Malaika W., Francy Mu, Diogo Brown Bass, and Phill Fest. Candomblé Ketu is a religion that took root in Brazil but whose origins lie in West Africa; the word candomblé means “ritual dancing in honor of gods,” and Ketu was the historical region (now Benin) in Nigeria where many people were sold into slavery, making up Brazil’s mixed culture. Tickets cost $15. www.colonytheatremiamibeach.com.
Compiled by BT contributor Caitlin Granfield. Please send information and images to