Even though Ocean Drive is so named because it borders a seashore, we're rarely thinking about dolphins and seagulls while strolling down the street. Mostly, we're thinking about how to dodge restaurant hostesses aggressively marketing gigantic mojitos or anyone cradling a souvenir Wet Willy's cup like a newborn baby. But during the 13-hour art marathon known as Sleepless Night Miami Beach this weekend, Barcelona street theater group Sarruga will force everyone on the street to stop for a moment and ponder the fact that marine life exists -- mostly because that marine life will be in everyone's face and sparking up a block party. The Spanish company is the project of Pakito Gutierrez, an artist who creates giant, fluid mechanical structures that resemble animals with life-like movement. For Fishes, the theater group will hit the streets, enlisting giant sharks and fish to "make everyone go underwater for an hour," says Gutierrez. Experimental electronic music, pyrotechnics, and lighting will accompany the show, and he hopes spectators will make a party of it.
Sat., Nov. 5, 8 p.m., 2011