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April 2019

Poetry Takes a Front Seat

O, Miami Poetry Festival runs Monday, April 1, through April 30, and spreads out across town with something for everyone -- be it on some chance corner, at any number of poetry readings, a community read-along, and more interactive performances, workshops (a micro memoir, anyone, or tips on senryu or the lyric essay?), book launches, three zine fairs, a poet-filled “advice tent,” a culture crawl plus a poetry crawl, a softball game, a poetry pajama party, a Game of Thrones party with odes to the Westeros fallen, and an “Ode to Your ZIP Code” contest. Events are either free or low-cost; some have limited space. www.omiami.org/events.



The Everyday Wonder of Riverday

Miami Riverday is our only free event to celebrate what is the shortest working river in the country. To help us remember that its continued cleanup, maintenance, and improved access benefits all, the Miami River Commission sponsors this annual festival at historic Lummus Park (250 NW North River Dr.), this year on senryu, from 1:00-6:00 p.m. It features boat tours, paddleboard and kayak races, historical characters, environmental booths, food and drink, and music by the Spam Allstars and Luis Bofill & Band. www.miamirivercommission.org.



Even Carnivores Get the Blues

Savory ribs, chicken, sausage, and more are on the grill during the annual Redland Blues and Barbecue Festival at Fruit and Spice Park (24801 SW 187th Ave.) in Homestead on Saturday and Sunday, April 6-7, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The real headliners? The blues and country musicians onstage each day. You can enjoy the park surroundings, spread your eats out on a picnic blanket, listen to the performers, and watch the wee ones enjoy pony rides and other diversions. Also on tap: classic car and motorcycle shows. $10; kids 11 and under free. redlandfruitandspice.com.



Women Star at Afro Roots Fest

Under the heading “The Afro Future Is Female,” MDC Live Arts, Community Arts & Culture, and the Rhythm Foundation present two acclaimed artists in an Afro Roots performance Saturday, April 6, 8:00-11:00 p.m. at the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave.). From a harrowing life in Mali, Paris-based singer/guitarist Fatoumata Diawara has become a global star, playing major music festivals, singing at Carnegie Hall (with Snarky Puppy); and participating in the UK-Mali Africa Express tour. Also on stage, from Mauritania, is Noura Mint Seymali, whose first two albums have been called, respectively “arguably the best psych/blues album of the year” and “the best album in the universe.” Also appearing, the African Watoto Dance Theater. Tickets $28; $35 at the door. www.rhythmfoundation.com or mdclivearts.org.



Here’s to Our Own Clean Water Act

Yes, you too can get in on the act for Biscayne Bay Cleanup Day, a highlight of the 37th annual Baynanza and taking place Saturday, April 13, 9:00 a.m. to noon. When you register (by e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or at 305-372-6784), you can choose from among numerous cleanup sites. If your first choice is taken, no matter, keep trying -- the bay is begging you. Closed-toe shoes, sun protection, and gloves are essential; BYO water and snacks. miamidade.gov/environment/baynanza.asp



WynwoodHasStoriestoTellWynwood Has Stories to Tell

The Wynwood Yard (soon heading to Doral) leaves us with a lotta love and a farewell gift: Wynwood Stories, from Juggerknot Theatre Company, the creator of Miami Motel Stories. The immersive production takes us along different “routes” in the Yard (56 NW 29th St.) to learn the Wynwood neighborhood history, with characters explaining the impacts of its layered, sometimes controversial transformation from the early 1900s to the present day. Performances at various times from Tuesday, April 16, through Saturday, May 4. Tickets $75. www.thewynwoodstories.com, or 877-504-8499.



HistoryMiami Makes Its Own History

Thirty-one years ago, HistoryMiami led its inaugural city walking tour, and on Saturday, April 20, from 10:00 a.m. to noon, historian Paul George offers a repeat of that first walkabout. The route in downtown Miami follows points of interest along Flagler Street and on to the Miami River as George talks about the Tequesta and later city founders, including the Tuttle, Flagler, and Brickell families. Leave from HistoryMiami Museum (101 W. Flagler St.). Members $20, non-members $30, children 12 and under $10. Registration: www.historymiami.org.



BrazilianSongsBrazilian Songs, Bahia Style

Boomers may know Caetano Veloso as a co-founder of Brazil’s avant Tropicalismo, music that came of age in the turbulent 1960s as a blend of political messaging and rock-infused Latin, influenced by the Beatles and incorporating eclectic vocals. And which, no surprise, had few fans in high junta, resulting in Veloso’s arrest and exile, with his friend Gilberto Gil, to London for a time. In the decades since, the guitarist, singer, and composer, with nine Latin Grammys, two Grammys, and 50 recordings under his belt, has been hailed as one of the century’s greatest songwriters and a master melodist. Veloso tours with his sons, who perform on cello, bass, and keyboard; all come to Miami on Saturday, April 20, 8:00 p.m., at the Arsht Center (1300 Biscayne Blvd.) Tickets $59-$89. www.arshtcenter.org.



Join the City Nature Challenge

As part of the global City Nature Challenge (citynaturechallenge.org) to see “which city has the most biodiversity and the most people enjoying it,” the Frost Museum calls on citizen scientists (that’s you, luv) to volunteer with MUVE -- Museum Volunteers for the Environment; some 8000 of you have since 2007 -- and join the Frost’s BioBlitz at its new restoration project in East Greynolds Park (16700 Biscayne Blvd.). The event, on Saturday, April 27, from 10:00 a.m. to noon, is open to kids and teens accompanied by a guardian, everyone over 18, and families. You’ll help record the flora and fauna in your designated zone using the free ID’ing app iNaturalist, take photos, upload your observations, and get a taste of what biologists, botanists, entomologists, and ornithologists do. Registration and info: www.frostscience.org/event/muve-bioblitz.



GoldenDragonfromtheIslandGolden Dragon from the Island

From the Republic of China (aka Taiwan) but based in Texas and touring the U.S. continuously since 1985 come the Golden Dragon Acrobats, onstage Sunday, April 28, at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m., and Monday, April 29, with abridged shows at 10:00 a.m. and noon, at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.). The troupe of 23 performers is a favorite with young people and adults alike, with spectacular costumes, dazzling dexterity, grace, and athleticism, and all the pageantry and beauty that accompany Chinese extravaganzas showcasing this ancient art form. Tickets $37-$42. aventuracenter.org.


Compiled by BT contributor Dinah McNichols. Please send information and images to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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