Calling All Techies
The fourth annual and free TigerDirect Tech Bash comes to Marlins Park (501 Marlins Way) on Friday, November 6, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., where you can see the newest innovations in technology from more than 120 of the biggest brands. And during the TigerDirect Innovation IT Conference and Expo, which kicks off beforehand from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., also within the stadium and free, you’ll learn about new trends in IT during breakout sessions and hear business tips from Alonzo Mourning and Kevin O’Leary (“Mr. Wonderful” from ABC’s Shark Tank). Visit www.tigertechbash.com for schedule and free tickets.
Experience the magic of an Arthurian legend told through flamenco during Avalon: Suite for Flamenco Guitar and Orchestra, presented by the Cultural Arts Exchange and Nu Flamenco, at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.) on Friday, November 6, at 8:00 p.m. More than 30 flamenco musicians will play onstage as flamenco guitarist and composer José Luis Rodriguez retells the adventures of a man who leaves home in search of the utopian Avalon. The concert will also feature Miami’s master violinist Federico Britos. Tickets cost $35 to $40 and are discounted for students with valid ID. Visit www.aventuracenter.org for tickets.
Dragon Boat Festival at Haulover
Dragon boat racing dates back more than 2500 years in southern China, with origins in religious and seasonal rituals. You can watch or participate in a modern take, the South Florida Dragon Boat Festival on Sunday, November 8, at Haulover Beach Park Marina (10800 Collins Ave.), from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The free, family-friendly event will feature cultural and martial arts performances, an egg roll-eating contest, a kite contest for kids, foods for purchase, and more. Visit www.miamidragonboat.com for details or to register a team. Parking fees apply.
Watch Downtown Come Alive
A participatory art experiment, Newt Miami: Experiments in Light, Color, and Sound is a public-art installation that will “transform the 19-story LED wall of the downtown’s InterContinental Hotel (100 Chopin Plaza, adjacent to Bayfront Park) into a digital canvas for performative architecture.” During the free screenings every night from Tuesday, November 10, through Sunday, November 15, see “rapid-motion animations of color, shapes, and light alongside synchronized musical composition.” The best place to view this crowd-funded project will be at Bayfront Park (301 Biscayne Blvd.). For more information, visit www.awesomefoundation.org/en/projects/40784-newt-miami.
Miami Theater Center Highlights the Life of Controversial Playwright
French author, playwright, and poet Jean Genet (1910-1986) was abandoned by his prostitute mother, spent his teen years in prison, and claimed to have thieved and prostituted his way across Europe. His works deal with homosexuality and crime; he was championed by Cocteau, Sartre, and Picasso, among others, and later in life became a political activist, tackling issues of race and ethnicity in the U.S., the Middle East, and France. Sandbox Series artists Danilo de la Torre and David Rohn explore Genet’s life through multimedia vignettes in Genus Genet at Miami Theater Center (9806 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores), on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. from November 13 through November 28. Tickets cost $25. Visit www.mtcmiami.org.
Ukulele Sensation to Play in Miami
Rolling Stone calls him a musical hero. The Hawaii native has performed for the Queen of England and topped Billboard’s World Music Chart multiple times. Jake Shimabukuro: Ukulele Phenom has been compared to Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix for the passion with which he plays his instrument. He performs at Miami-Dade County Auditorium (2901 W. Flagler St.), on Saturday, November 14, at 8:30 p.m., as part of Tigertail’s “Dive Into the Arts” program. Tickets cost $25 to $50 depending on seat selection. For tickets and details go to www.tigertail.org.
Family Fun Overlooking the Miami River
The eighth annual Downtown Miami Riverwalk Festival and Boat Parade takes place Saturday, November 14. You can take in sweeping views of the river while immersing yourself in the art and food of Trinidad and Tobago ($3 small plates; $1 soft drinks), and dance to the sounds of calypso. There’ll be activities for children as well. The free event takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the Riverwalk that wraps around downtown’s InterContinel Hotel (100 Chopin Plaza). Visit www.miamiriverwalkfestival.com or call 305-416-6868.
Vegetarian Food and Wine Festival
Seed Food and Wine, the first plant-based food and wine festival in the U.S., runs Wednesday, November 18, through Sunday, November 22, with events in Miami Beach and Wynwood. From Wednesday through Friday, enjoy five-course dinners, brunches, and outdoor movie screenings. During the weekend festival, sample organic wine, craft beers, and plant-based bites from more than 80 restaurants in the Tasting Village at MANA Wynwood (318 NW 23rd St.), which goes from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Chefs from around the country will compete to make the best veggie burger. The Magic City Hippies will perform. A 5K run will take place, along with yoga and meditation, and kids’ activities. For a full calendar go to www.seedfoodandwine.com.
Recent Cinema from Spain Film Series at Olympia Theater
Six of Spain’s most popular films of the year will screen at the Olympia Theater (174 E. Flagler St.) during the Recent Cinema from Spain Film Series, held Thursday, November 19, through Sunday, November 22. Don’t miss The Wild, the Child and the Miracle, winner of the New Filmmakers From Spain 2015 Short Film Contest, about a young mother trying to raise a feral child. A series pass ($55 plus tax), allows you entry to all the films, plus access to nightly premieres and Q&A sessions with cast members and filmmakers. For information, visit www.miami.recentcinemafromspain.com, or call 305-374-2444.
Top Digital Stars Perform Live at Bayfront Park
The inaugural Project IRL (In Real Life) festival brings the world’s top YouTube and Vine stars to Bayfront Park (301 Biscayne Blvd.), where they’ll perform Saturday, November 21, and Sunday, November 22. The outdoor festival is perfect for teens, tweens, and adult fans of today’s top digital stars. Tori Kelly, a singer/songwriter whose album Unbreakable Smile surpassed 110 million views on YouTube, will headline the festival, along with other singers, comedians, vloggers, gamers, chefs, and fashionistas. This debut festival will also feature a meet-and-greet area, food trucks, and a lounge area for parents. Generel admission tickets cost $49; VIP, which includes early access to meet-and-greets, access to a VIP lounge, and merchandise discounts, cost $170. See www.projectirlfest.com for more information.
Compiled by BT contributor Caitlin Granfield. Please send information and images to