How do you get teenagers to put down the Xbox controls and spend a Saturday afternoon at an art museum? Tell them you're going for the hip-hop and anime, and they'll be out the door faster than you can say "Got Akira?" The Museum of Contemporary Art (770 NE 125th St., North Miami) celebrates its annual teen day festival with "It's Funkadelic," a fusion of Asian and hip-hop cultures. In addition to junior docent-led tours of the current exhibit "Ellen Gallagher: Murmur and DeLuxe," there will be live music, anime drawing workshops, and a music journalism summit (featuring New Times music editor Mosi Reeves). Teens can also learn about audio engineering and create a collaborative recording in Brimstone 127's "Business of Hip-Hop" session.
Curatorial associate Jillian Hernandez says the yearly event "expands [the teens'] idea of what a museum is" and she's excited to reach kids interested in art, music, and journalism. Get down and funky today from 1:00 to 4:00. The event is free and open to teens and their families, but advanced registration for workshops is recommended. Call 305-893-6211, or visit www.mocanomi.org. --Lyssa Oberkreser
Part of living in Miami is that some flavors seem stronger than others. Our Latin and Caribbean influences can sometimes overwhelm subtler ethnicities. Today, enjoy Eastern delights at the weekend-long fifteenth annual Asian Culture Festival. Watch tournament games of Sepak Takraw, high-energy Malaysian no-hands volleyball, then check out the dragon boat display. At the fruit and vegetable carving demonstration, see Thai craftspeople slicing melons, onions, and gourds into intricate works of art. Listen to booming Japanese Taiko drums while artists put on an Origami demonstration and flower arrangers reveal the graceful art of Ikebana. Dancers from Thailand, India, and Bangladesh will display their native moves with classical and folk dances, and attendees will be delighted when the Chinese lion dance wends through the crowd. Enjoy arts, crafts, and food starting at 10:00 a.m., when the Far East celebrates at the Fruit and Spice Park, 24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead. Admission is six dollars. Call 305-247-5727. -- Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursik
More food and drink? Bring it!
During festival season, the challenge to organizers is to set their event apart from the throngs of others crowding the fleeting weekends. The F.A.B. Fest does that by uniting all of the necessary, crowd-attracting elements with a catchy name. F.A.B. ostensibly stands for food and beverage, but attendees are guaranteed a simply fab time, complete with music to enhance the weekend-long experience. While gourmands will certainly be drawn to the delicious food, the festival weighs heavily on the "and beverage" part. Brew expert Garrett Oliver will be on hand to sign copies of his book, The Brewmaster's Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food, and to school eager beer-a-holics on the difference between a stout, a lager, and an ale. Loads of cask-conditioned ales from the United Kingdom and American-crafted beers will be available for frothy samples.
While getting your drink on, groove to world music. Caribbean steel drum sounds from Tamboo Bamboo, music from local heroes MANTRA and DJ Le Spam, and Mexican tunes from Mariachi Omega will be featured, among many others. Take a culinary global tour at the festival village. En route to the British Pub, enjoy a Taste of Barbados. Smoke cigars at Sabor Latino, then kick up your feet at Hammock Haven, a tropical tiki lounge replete with flaming torches and island-style laid-back music, or sip vodka and gin cocktails at the Soul Lounge. Enjoy the opening night festivities starting at 6:00 at Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. One-day tickets cost $30, or you can snag a double pass -- two days or two people -- for $50. Call 305-754-5886, or visit www.fabfest.com. --Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursik
Be a Nosy Neighbor
Downtown Miami is becoming a gentrified, condo-lover's dream. If the sight of construction cranes and bulldozers makes you yearn for the quiet past, indulge your inner peeping Tom at the nineteenth annual Morningside Historical Home Tour. Seven architecturally distinctive houses in this plush community will be on display. Explore Art Deco, Mediterranean, and Miami Modern residences today at 1:00 p.m. The tour starts at NE 57th Street and Sixth Avenue. Tickets cost $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Call 305-632-6060, or visit www.mhesmiami.org. -- Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursik
A Novel Retreat
The book club trend is still smokin' and now the Wolfsonian Museum (1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) and the Miami-Dade Public Library System have teamed up to form Wolf Book Pack. Lovers of art and literature will meet quarterly to discuss books of the modern age. George Orwell's Down and Out in London and Paris is the first pick. Tonight's discussion at 7:00 is free. For more information, or to loan a copy of the book, call 305-535-2632, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. -- Lyssa Oberkreser