Clay Formations at PAMM
Nicole Cherubini molds familiar materials, like wood and clay, into new forms and shapes. Her exhibit at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) is the inspiration for Free Second Saturdays: Tile Transformations. The family day takes place Saturday, January 10, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the veranda facing the bay. Adults and children can transform and reshape a sculptural tile (clay is the base for much tiling), using layered color and texture; www.pamm.org.
New Beat Tiempo
Long before the latest thawing of Cuba-U.S. relations, the three-time Grammy-nominated group Tiempo Libre was crossing cultural borders. Mixing Cuban timba and son with R&B and jazz from both sides of the straits, Miami-based Tiempo -- whose members were all trained at top-notch Cuban conservatories -- is hitting its stride, with a month full of Florida concerts that will bring the group to the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St., Aventura) on Saturday, January 10, at 8:00 p.m. Tickets range from $40 to $45; www.aventuracenter.org.
We have lots of water -- salty, briny, and fresh. But very little of it has remained untamed. Thanks to development, most shorelines, rivers, and streams have been dredged and rechanneled. But the Oleta River remains relatively untouched, one of the last true wild outposts. The northern Everglades flows into the Atlantic through this waterway, which has been used by humans as a thoroughfare since the time of the Tequesta Indians. All of this natural beauty and history unfurls during the Oleta River Canoe Tour on Sunday, January 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., leaving from Arch Creek Park, 1855 NE 135th St., North Miami. The EcoAdventures tour costs $28; reserve at 305-944-6111.
Dance Is Alive Onscreen
If the second iteration of the ScreenDance Miami festival goes as well as the first, we’re in for some cutting-edge offerings. Focused around dance on film (not live dance), the Tigertail Production, directed by Marissa Alma Nick, brings in local choreographers and filmmakers working with dance on film and on camera. The five-day event includes film screenings, installations, panel discussions, free and open workshops, and runs from Wednesday, January 21, through Sunday, January 25. Events kick off at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) with short films from Cinedans, the Dance of Film festival held in Amsterdam. The next night features local art experimenters Moira Holohan and Barron Sherer; other locations include the Miami Beach Cinematheque and the Wynwood Inkub8 space. Times and prices for all events vary, www.tigertail.org.
An Antigone from Havana
Teatro El Público and its founder/director Carlos Diaz press all kinds of boundaries when they perform at home in Havana and elsewhere, with unpredictable topics and presentations. Antigonón, coming to the Miami-Dade County Auditorium On.Stage Black.Box Theater (2901 W. Flagler St., Miami), should be no exception. The Greek classic is reworked to incorporate the myths, tragedies, and absurdities of contemporary Cuba (and, hint, the chorus doesn’t just narrate -- it makes unbelievable physical demands of its members). On Thursday, January 22, at 8:30 p.m.; tickets cost $35; www.ticketmaster.com; 800-745-3000.
A World of Chocolate
Chocolate was born more than 2000 years ago, when Mesoamericans ground up the beans of the cacao plant. Since then, it has been an elixir of sorts, the most famous sweet in the world. The ninth annual International Chocolate Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables) gives a nod to this history from Friday, January 23, to Sunday, January 25, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There are numerous cooking and chocolate-making demonstrations, plus treks through the tropical gardens (including a Choco-Walk and an Edible Garden tour) to learn about the cacao plant. Throw in children’s activities and a beer pairing sampling, and you’ve got everything chocolate. Entry is $25, members free; www.fairchildgarden.org.
African Traditions at Free Family Fest
The Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) kicks off its Free Family Fest series with a new format: high-caliber indoor concerts appropriate for young and old, featuring major performers and troupes. The Saturday, January 24, event starting at 1:30 p.m. is titled Seeds of the African Diaspora and includes performances from Delou Africa Dance Ensemble, Children of Kuumba, and Venus Rising Women’s Drum & Dance Ensemble, along with four other bands and companies whose roots lie in West African traditions; the history of their music and dance is explained by several narrators and through folktales. Free, in the Knight Concert Hall, but First Access passes are required, www.arshtcenter.org.
A New Nile Valley
Most of the African cultural influences here come from African-American and Caribbean heritages emanating from West Africa. The Nile Project is a change of tempo and geography. Musicians from the Nile basin, from Egypt to Kenya and down into Rwanda, are coming together to perform at the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach) for an outdoor extravaganza presented by MDC Live Arts. Starting at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 24, the concert will introduce rhythms and sounds influenced by Arabic and more obscure East African melodies and grooves; tickets $25; www.mdclivearts.org.
Finding Little Haiti
The multiethnic makeup of Miami-Dade has been publicized and celebrated, but knowledge of one of its major groups, the Haitian Miami community, has often been overlooked. A newly added HistoryMiami walking tour wants to rectify that. La Petite Haiti Culture Walk will take you through the lively neighborhood north of the Design District, with its recently renovated and pastel-colored Caribbean Marketplace, small Creole restaurants, botánicas, art outlets, and the unique Libreri Mapou bookstore. The two-hour tour leaves from the Little Haiti Cultural Center (212 NE 59th Terr., Miami) on Saturday, January 24, at 11:00 a.m.; $20 members, $30 non-members and walk-ups welcome; www.historymiami.org.
You Too Can Survive!
There’s a reason why Survivor and all its spinoffs have been widely popular for so long: everyone wants to survive. But unlike highly scripted TV episodes, survival in the real life takes some real-life skills, which Outdoor Skills Saturday on Saturday, January 31, aims to impart. Do you actually know how to build a fire? Bandage someone with a wound? Take care of plant and insect infections? That’s what it takes to survive. As part of an EcoAdventures training session, the event runs from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at A.D. Barnes Park (3401 SW 72nd Ave., Miami); cost is $6; 305-662-4124.
Compiled by BT arts editor Anne Tschida. Please send information and images to