Welcome Summer with Shorts!
The award-winning, locally based professional theater company City Theatre presents its annual Summer Shorts: America’s Short Play Festival, from Thursday, June 2, through Sunday, July 3. Co-presented and staged at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Carnival Studio Theater (1300 Biscayne Blvd.), the 90-minute show treats audiences to “the nation’s best new ten-minute plays in one hilarious and thought-provoking evening,” with works like I Buried Doug Biggers Alive but He’s Probably Dead by Now, and musicals in themes centered on “laughter, diversity, and joy of Miami.” Tickets range from $39 to $59. www.citytheatre.com.
Discover North Beach’s MiMo Architecture on Foot
On the first Saturday of each month, the Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL) hosts a 90-minute guided MiMo on the Beach Walking Tour, where you can learn about Miami’s modern architecture, and how to identify the characteristics that make a building “Miami Modern.” MDPL recently partnered with the North Beach Development Corporation, as North Beach is packed with historical MiMo buildings. The tour meets at the southeast corner of 73rd Street and Collins Avenue, and departs at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 4. Bring water and a camera, and wear comfortable walking shoes. Cost: $20 for seniors and students; $25 all others. Pay online or in person. www.mdpl.org.
From Andalusia to Aventura: A Love Story
The seventh annual Baila Flamenco Student Dance Festival presents Through the Alleys, a love story set in Andalusia that follows Rocio and Antonio, two young lovers threatened to be torn apart by Rocio’s disapproving aunt. Watch as more than 60 students from Miami-based Baila Flamenco Dance Studio perform. The school’s instructors, who hail from Spain and Cuba, will also dance to live flamenco guitar players. See the noon performance on Sunday, June 5, at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.). Tickets range from $35 to $45. Lap tickets for babies cost $5. www.aventuracenter.org.
Classic Children’s Opera Comes to Edgewater
As part of its series of “Family Fun” concerts, Orchestra Miami presents Brundibár, a children’s opera composed in the midst of the Holocaust by Hans Krása, who was of Czech-Jewish descent. It depicts good overcoming evil and was performed by children from a Jewish orphanage and at the Theresienstadt concentration camp in what “became both a symbol of hope and resistance, as well as a Nazi propaganda tool.” See it Sunday, June 5, at 4:00 p.m., at Temple Israel of Greater Miami (137 NE 19th St.) Kids’ tickets (ages 3 through 17) $10; adults $15; free lap seating for children under three. www.orchestramiami.org.
Dark Comedy at MTC Explores a Fraught Mind
During the 45-minute play Brookdale, at Miami Theater Center’s intimate black-box theater, (9806 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores), Juilliard alumnus and SandBox Series artist Lazaro Godoy stars in a dark comedy about “the despairing solitude of a man left alone in confinement of the darkest rooms.” Godoy uses movement, words, and video as he battles to reclaim his sanity in a work he describes as an “introspective to the psychology of the human, its fragility and powerfully instinctive strength.” See this solo performance on Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 p.m., running from Friday, June 10, through Saturday, June 25. Tickets: $25. www.mtcmiami.org.
Carpe Diem! And Kayak with Miami EcoAdventures
Rise and shine with the morning sun on this guided tour around Crandon Park during Miami EcoAdventures’ Sunrise Kayak Adventure, held on Sunday, June 12, and on Sunday June 26, at 6:30 a.m. The park’s various ecosystems are home to herons, pelicans, ospreys, butterflies, and rare plants, and the seagrass beds that you’ll paddle over contain colorful parrotfish, sea stars, and sea turtles. The two-hour trip departs from the Crandon Park Marina (4000 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne). Wear sun screen and bring water. Cost: $30. www.miamidade.gov/ecoadventures.
LGBT Festival Packed with Performances, Panels
During the weeklong Out in the Tropics, the contemporary performing arts festival presented by FUNDarte and running from Wednesday, June 15, through Saturday, June 18, national and international artists will “address gender, sexuality, and issues of interest to the art community.” See performances, attend panel discussions and workshops, and sit in on artist talks at different venues in Miami Beach. Don’t miss folk and blues musician Toshi Reagon and her New York band, the “BIGLovely,” as they perform at the Gleason Room at the Fillmore Miami Beach (1700 Washington Ave.), on Thursday, June 16, at 8:30 p.m. ($30). A “queer Flamenco” open-air performance, called Bailar en Hombre, takes place at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden (2000 Convention Center Dr.) on Saturday, June 18, at 4:00 p.m. ($30). To see the schedule of events, including free panels and performances, visit: www.fundarte.us.
Relish in Homegrown Fruits in the Redland
Taste nature’s candy during the annual Redland Summer Fruit Festival at the Fruit and Spice Park (24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead) on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Local fruits (like mangoes, lychees, and starfruit) harvested from the park and by local fruit vendors will be available for purchase as whole fruit and in smoothies. Pony rides will be available for kids, and there’ll be a watermelon-eating contest, too. Admission: $8; children 11 and under are free. www.fruitandspicepark.org.
Full-Moon Boat Ride
During a full moon on the Miami River, set sail with historian and BT contributor Paul George during HistoryMiami’s Moon Over Miami Cruise on Sunday, June 19. As you take in the neon sights of downtown, you’ll learn the history of the river, like how it attracted settlers throughout the 19th Century, and about southeast Florida’s first residents, the Tequesta Indians, who lived along its banks. The boat departs from Bayside Marketplace (401 Biscayne Blvd.) at 7:00 p.m. and returns at 9:00 p.m. Members: $50; non-members: $60; children 12 and under: $25. Reserve your spot at www.historymiami.org.
Multilingual Flamethrowers at MOCA
The first part of the name Lanzallamas Monofonicas loosely translates as “flamethrower,” while the latter, meaning “one sound,” is an homage to the group’s folk roots. See this fabulous eight-member band perform during the free monthly “Jazz at MOCA” event on Friday, June 24, at 8:00 p.m. The Miami band is composed of a mix of Grammy Award-nominated artists and local musicians who blend “multilingual world-beat Caribbean fusion music” with a “deep love for folklore, Afro-Latin beats, and a global voice,” singing in Spanish, English, Portuguese, and Serbian. www.mocanomi.org.
Compiled by BT contributor Caitlin Granfield. Please send information and images to