Once-in-a-Lifetime Audubon Exhibit
Fewer than a hundred first editions remain of John James Audubon’s brilliantly illustrated and colored Birds of North America, and HistoryMiami has one of them in the large (elephant folio) edition. The unbound sets included 435 prints of 457 avian species and were released in groupings of five between 1826 and 1838. They’re on display in their original groupings at HistoryMiami. Sad to say, a number of species are now extinct, and the event itself comes to a close at the end of the month. Don’t miss it. For details, see: www.historymiami.org.
Romeo and Juliet Gets a YoungArts Spin
Two YoungArts alums -- acclaimed playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney and Andrew Hevia -- offer their take on Shakespeare’s tale of star-crossed lovers, renamed Romeo & Juliet: Outside the Box. The free event features dancer Gentry George, as well as artists from the Miami City Ballet, and gets under way Friday, May 8, at 7:00 p.m. at the YoungArts campus at the Jewel Box, 2100 Biscayne Blvd. See: www.youngarts.org/outside-the-box. An RSVP is recommended:
Double Feature of a Classic Forest Fantasy
Presented by the Florida Grand Ballet, La Sylphide comes to the Colony Theatre in Miami Beach (1040 Lincoln Rd.,) on Friday, May 8, at 8:00 p.m. and to Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.,) on Thursday, May 14, at 8:00 p.m. The performance re-creates the folktale of a mischievous forest fairy who tests a man before his wedding, while his betrothed faces a test of her own. Will true love prevail? Visit www.colonytheatremiamibeach.com or www.aventuracenter.org for more details.
We’ll Have Some of that Rum & Coke
Local playwright Carmen Peláez’s endearing one-woman play Rum & Coke ran for nearly a year in Miami in the late 1990s, before she took it to Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York. It’s a familiar (and familial) tale of one clan’s “challenge through the Cuban experience” as Camila, a young Cuban American, travels back to Havana to find her roots and meets some unforgettable characters. Performances are scheduled for Friday, May 8, and Saturday, May 9, from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the second floor of the Freedom Tower/MDC Museum of Art+Design (600 Biscayne Blvd.) For ticket information, see www.mdc.edu.
Treat Yourself to a Creole Feast
It’s time to welcome the third annual Taste of Haiti, a food festival made possible by the Haitian Culinary Alliance. Haitian restaurants will be serving up the cuisine they love, and you can try familiar staples as griot (marinated pork) and soupe de giraumon. But the Culinary Alliance reminds us that we’ll find Spanish, African, Indian, French, and Lebanese influences as well. The event will offer live music, arts and crafts, and a chef cook-off, all taking place at MOCA Plaza (770 NE 125th St.) in North Miami on Saturday, May 9, from 3:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Free admission. See: www.tasteofhaitiusa.com.
Which Bike Ride Is for You?
You’ve no doubt heard of (or been caught up in) Miami Critical Mass, where hundreds of bicyclists ride through a string of Miami neighborhoods on a 14-mile ride held the last Friday of every month. This month the ride falls on May 29 and encompasses East Little Havana, West Miami, West Flagler, and downtown. The group meets at Government Center (150 NW 1st St. in downtown Miami) at 6:30 p.m. and the ride begins at 7:15 p.m. If large crowds and late rides aren’t your thing, then try the Get in Gear Community Bike Ride, a smaller-scale, ten-mile ride that departs from MOCA Plaza (770 NE 125th St.) in North Miami on the second Saturday of the month (May 9) at 8:30 a.m. Both events are free. Visit: www.themiamibikescene.com.
From Flamenco and Water Ballet to Down a Rabbit Hole
Momentum Dance Company continues its annual Miami Dance Festival with a Festival Family Day on Saturday, May 9, and performances of Alice in Wonderland for children ages 4-10. The free shows will be held at Coral Gables Library at 11:00 a.m. (3223 Segovia Ave.) and at Miami Beach Regional Library, (227 22nd St.) at 2:00 p.m. On Thursday, May 14, at 7:00 p.m., Arts at St. Johns presents a program of improvisational dance with Momentum Dance Company and percussionist J.J. Freire. Free, St. Johns on the Bay (4945 Pinetree Dr., Miami Beach). On Thursday, May 21, again at 7:00 p.m., it’s an evening of water ballet at the National Hotel pool deck, with free admission (1655 Collins Ave., Miami Beach). The festival closes with Ballet Flamenco La Rosa. This event takes place Saturday, May 23, at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 24, at 3:00 p.m., at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium (2901 W. Flagler St.). For ticket prices to this event go to www.momentumdance.com
Botanical Brunch for Your Mom
from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the venue’s Garden House. Featured are scrumptious buffet selections. For reservations and pricing information, call 305-256-8399 or e-mail
. On the veranda after brunch, enjoy tea, scones, and desserts for an additional fee. For more details visit: www.fairchildgarden.org.
Beloved Orchid Show Returns
Roll up your sleeves and clear out the trunk because chances are you’ll be bringing home some beautiful orchids and new gardening supplies after browsing the selections at the Redland International Orchid Show, held at the Fruit and Spice Park. The event takes place from Friday, May 15, through Sunday, May 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. More than 60 exhibitors will be selling orchids of all colors and sizes. This is one of the nation’s largest and most popular orchid shows. Also featured: informative talks, walking tours, and raffles. For information, go to www.redlandorchidfestival.org.
A Rock and Roll Odyssey
Rock Odyssey is a take on Homer’s epic for young audiences and is part of the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Family Fest season. The performance, on Saturday, May 16, at 1:30 p.m., follows the Greek hero Odysseus as he makes his way home from the Trojan War, meeting up with a Cyclops, Lotus-Eaters, a six-headed monster, and the whirlpool Charybdis. Admission is free. Stand-by line opens at 1:00 p.m. on the day of the concert. People will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis as seats become available. See www.arshtcenter.org for more details.
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