Like to Experiment with Music
Subtropics XXIII, the experimental music and sound festival that was founded in 1989, comes to a close the first week in March with several unique programs, including Thomas Buckner: A Tribute to Robert Ashley. Ashley was a pioneer of contemporary opera, meshing music and dialogue in innovative ways, and writing specific pieces for the baritone. Buckner will be in town on Thursday, March 5, to perform a range of those works. Starting at 7:30 p.m., he will be joined by the FIU New Music Ensemble at the Miami Beach Urban Studios (420 Lincoln Rd.). Free, see subtropics.org.
Fly Takes Center Stage
Ever year we’re treated to one of the major film festivals in the nation -- the Miami International Film Festival. This year it runs from Friday, March 6, through Sunday, March 15. Among the films screening are the première of Dawg Fight from Cocaine Cowboys’s director Billy Corben, about illegal MMA-style fights in one Miami neighborhood (opening on March 12 at O Cinema Miami Beach, 500 71st St.; at 7:00 p.m.). Other films screen at venues across the county; for dates and times go to www.miamifilmfestival.com.
The Dollhouse Comes Alive
The ballet Fairy Doll was a hit when it debuted in 1888, and it has never lost its appeal. The late 19th-century piece is a nice fit for the Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida, a classical company under the helm of Vladimir Issaev. It’s a fairy tale about a boy in a shop at night when all the dolls come to life. The crowd-pleaser includes incredible costumes transforming 60 dancers into live toys onstage, and the sets are enhanced by digital projections. The family-friendly performances come to the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.) on Saturday, March 7, at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, March 8, at 3:00 p.m.; tickets $30; www.aventuracenter.org.
No Divide with Cuban Jazz
This year’s Global Cuba Fest punctuates the cultural ties between the island and Miami more than ever. With a stunning lineup highlighting Cuban and Latin jazz, the month-long event includes four concerts and kicks off with a six-hour extravaganza (how Cuban!) at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium (2901 W. Flagler St.) on Saturday, March 7. At 7:00 p.m. the night starts off with three of Cuba’s most promising jazz pianists, followed by an all-star group featuring Gonzalo Rubulcaba and ending with Latin/rap/salsa ensemble Lariba. The fest, co-produced by FUNDArte and Miami Light Project (where the remaining events will be held), will culminate with a concert by Omar Sosa on April 11. For times, dates, and prices, go to www.fundarte.us.
Dearly Beloved Orchid
For such a small flower, the orchid has had a huge impact on South Florida. The state is home to half of all the species in the United States, and four are found only here. So the annual International Orchid Festival, now in its 13th year, at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden (10901 Old Cutler Rd.), is something of a must-attend event. From Friday, March 13, through Sunday, March 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., you can see more than 10,000 orchid plants at all the vendor booths, and learn about the varieties and how to take care of them. You can also take in the garden of glass created by artist Dale Chihuly, whose exhibition includes glass artworks planted among the flora and floating in the ponds. General admission is $25; www.fairchildgarden.com.
Bike Tour through History
Grab your bike and head over to Bayside Marketplace (401 Biscayne Blvd.) for HistoryMiami’s intriguing Miami Bike Ride through the heart of the city. It will be a tour through 2000 years of history, passing by early Tequesta archeological sites, a tropical hardwood forest, a pioneer house, and the cemetery where Julia Tuttle and other city founders are buried. If you don’t have a bike, no worries. In a partnership with Bike & Roll Miami, you can get a discounted rental. From 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 15; members $20, non-members $30; www.historymiami.org.
Paddle the Watery Parkways
. Guided by a park naturalist, you paddle among the mangrove fringes, where blue herons, spotted eagle rays, and huge jellyfish reside. You are asked to bring along plenty of water; cost $40; contact
Music Part of CCE’s Mix
Colombian Nicolas Tovar has worked with the likes of Emilio Estefan, Paulina Rubio, and Ricky Martin as a composer, singer, and producer. The Latin music heavyweight will perform one night only on Thursday, March 19, at 7:00 p.m. at the Centro Cultural Español (CCEMiami), 1490 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, the first of its “Musica y Aparte” monthly music series. Oh, and it’s free; www.ccemiami.org.
A Springtime Musical Bouquet
It no longer seems strange that one of our best cultural entities is named for another city. But the Cleveland Orchestra, in residency at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (1300 Biscayne Blvd.), is much loved here as well. And it will be hard to top this season’s closing concerts on Friday, March 27, and Saturday, March 28, with Carmina Burana. Carl Orff’s work is extravagant to begin with, and the orchestra will do it justice: there will be a huge choir and a children’s chorus and elaborate instrumentation. The piece was written to be a joyful, lusty introduction to springtime, a perfect pick for the season’s finale. At 8:00 p.m., tickets range from $36 to $170; www.arshtcenter.org.
Let’s Get This Tech City Started!
Miami is a young and exciting city, but it has lagged in producing home-grown tech industries. But the third Start-Up City: Miami’s Summit on Urban Tech Growth aims to change that. Sponsored by The Atlantic, CityLab, and the Knight Foundation, the day-long event on Monday, March 30 returns to the New World Center (500 17th St., Miami Beach) with such speakers as urban studies expert Richard Florida, and The Atlantic magazine’s editors. The mission is to make Miami a hub of not just new buildings but new ideas. Tickets $99; www.theatlantic.com/live/events/start-up-city-miami/2015/.
Compiled by BT arts editor Anne Tschida. Please send information and images to