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January 2020

Black History in the Grove

On Saturday, January 4, Paul George of HistoryMiami (and the BT) leads a walking tour of mainland South Florida’s first black settlement, along Charles Avenue in Coconut Grove. It was here in the 1880s that Bahamians who’d moved from Key West to work at the Peacock Inn built their community; and their familiarity with local woods spurred development of the larger town. Meet at 10:00 a.m. in front of the Barnacle Historic State Park (3485 Main Hwy.). Members $20, nonmembers $30, children 12 and under $10.


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National YoungArts Week features a new crop of finalists Monday to Monday, January 6-13, at venues across town, as we watch them perfect their works before judging in a series of nightly performances, readings, exhibitions, and screenings at the Jewel Box and Gallery at the YoungArts Campus (2100 Biscayne Blvd.) and the New World Center (500 17th St., Miami Beach). Tickets across ten genres, including jazz, classical, dance, poetry and prose readings, film, photography offer an absurdly affordable post-holiday tonic. $15 per event; some are free.


Jewish Film Fest in Aventura

The Miami Jewish Film Festival opens with a première of Saul and Ruby: To Life! at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.) on Thursday, January 9. The documentary follows Holocaust survivors Saul Dreier and Ruby Sosnowicz, who met in their late 80s, started a klezmer band, and went from playing senior centers to the Kennedy Center and eventually back to Poland, where they’d lost so many loved ones. They’ll attend the 7:00 p.m. reception, which precedes the screening (tickets $70). The festival continues through Thursday, January 23, at 15 venues in Miami Shores, North Miami, Miami Beach, Coral Gables, and Pinecrest, and includes 100-plus films and special events. Tickets $15 general admission to films; some special event prices $60-$70.


ScreenDance Miami

ScreenDance Miami immerses us in the sometimes unsettling beauty of dance in film, and runs Friday, January 10; Wednesday through Sunday, January 15-19; and Friday, January 24 with screenings at various locations in Miami and Miami Beach. The gorgeous opening documentary, Reset, follows choreographer Benjamin Millipied as he prepares for his first production as director of the Paris Opera Ballet, and screens for free in Soundscape Park (400 17th St., Miami Beach) as a Wallcast. Other films and events take place at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26th St.); at the PAMM (1103 Biscayne Blvd.); and O Cinema South Beach (1130 Washington Ave.).


Beaux Arts Fest Turns 69

The Beaux Arts Festival of Art is operated solely by volunteers in support of UM’s Lowe Art Museum, Miami-Dade’s first art museum, and its many children’s arts outreach programs. The festival awards more than $20,000 in prize money, with some of the cash going to middle- and high-school artists. Their works in the juried Student Artist Showcase are a festival highlight. Food vendors, music, a fun zone, and crafts bazaar are on tap, as is free admission to the Lowe during the fair, which runs Saturday and Sunday, January 18-19, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day, at the UM campus museum (301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables).


Tribute and Unity

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 20, the nation’s oldest, largest MLK parade and remembrance celebration begins at 11:00 a.m., featuring floats, bands, drill teams, equestrians, and civic, church, and veterans groups, and travels for eight miles through Liberty City, from NW 54th St. and 10th Avenue to NW 32nd Avenue. The parade ends with a party at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park (6000 NW 32nd Ct.), where you’ll find music, food, handcrafts, and a children’s village with entertainment, vendors, and activities of all kinds.


The Fleet Competes

The fleet races of the Hempel World Cup Series Round 2 take place off Regatta Park (2700 S. Bayshore Dr.) in Coconut Grove, starting Monday, January 20, and winding up with the medal races for the top three boats in each class Saturday, January 25. This Miami regatta is a notch on the contests leading up to the next Olympic Games, and is the only U.S. race in the series. Come for the thrill of watching -- on a Jumbotron, no less. Landlubber though you may be, there’ll be food and family activities aplenty in the park.


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The Rhythm Foundation hosts 3MA, a trio of solo stars whose group name derives from the French renderings of their home countries: Mali, Maroc (Morocco), and Madagascar. Ballaké Sissoko on the harp-like kora, Driss El Maloumi on the lute-like oud, and Rajery on the valiha, a bamboo zither, are masters of their instruments and musical traditions, and combine them with jazz intonations. The performance takes place Thursday, January 23, 8:00 p.m., at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26th St.). $20 advance/$25 at the door.


Culinary Decadence with Cacao

CulinaryDecadencewithCacaoFairchild Botanical Garden knows the way to our hearts is via its annual  Chocolate Festival, from Friday through Sunday, January 24-26, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You’ll “experience chocolate beyond your wildest dreams,” not that we’re asking, as you watch pastry chef demonstrations, pair your own sweets and spirits, let your kids try chocolate face painting, enjoy the Cinema au Chocolat, and chocolate milkshakes. Cacao trees, chocolate orchids, and more will be on sale. Free for members and children 5 and under; otherwise adults $25, kids (6-17) $12.


Super Bowl Pre-Game Events

You can’t escape Super Bowl madness, so why not join in? To wet your whistle, the Miami Beach Convention Center hosts Lowe’s “Super Bowl Experience,” a veritable NFL theme park, Saturday and Sunday, January 25-26, and Wednesday, January 29, through Sunday, February 2, various hours, with tickets starting at $20 ( Bayfront Park (301 Biscayne Blvd.) hosts Verizon’s “Super Bowl Live” fan fest Saturday-Tuesday, January 25-28, and Thursday, January 30, through Saturday, February 1, featuring food, fan family activities, Tailgate Town, music and dance, water shows, and fireworks ( On Super Bowl Sunday, February 2, Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater Plaza (819 NW 2nd Ave.) hosts its annual Super Bowl outdoor watch party, with food vendors, cash bars, billiards, a cigar lounge, the DJ H2, and the largest screen in Miami (bring a beach chair for viewing under the stars). Info:


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