Little Haiti is getting a little bigger, if only for one night a month. Hosted by the Rhythm Foundation and the Little Haiti Cultural Center, Big Night in Little Haiti takes over the neighborhood every third Friday. This cultural festival brings together the bright colors of local artists, the savory aromas of community restaurants, the resounding vibrations of musicians, and the creativity of neighborhood arts and crafts vendors. Beginning this Friday, mizik racine roots group Boukan Ginen will perform two sets, with beats from Haitian Internet radio station Mizikpam and spins from DJ Moses in between. In the main gallery, the Nature Discovery exhibit (created by students at a summer camp program) will be interactive. Kids will also be able to participate in the MLK Mural Project, a national community-building program that allows children to create large-scale works of art. And at the Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance (225 NE 59th St., Miami), catch an exhibit of Serge Jolimeaus metal work, Lionel St. Elois found-object sculpture, and Gerard Fortunes paintings. A bus tour will take sightseers through the historical community, and an all-star jam featuring Moksha Family Roots Collective at the Moksha Gallery beginning at 10 p.m. will wrap up the evening.
Fri., July 15, 6 p.m., 2011