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The 21 Best Things to Do in Miami This Week

Thursday: Wyncode.
Thursday: Wyncode. Courtesy of Wyncode


Even if you haven't taken lots of psychoactive drugs, you've probably spent more time than you'd like to admit staring at those screen savers that change shapes based on the music that's playing. PAMM's latest Free Community Night is taking this concept to a new level with Sacred Geometry, a collaborative effort that involves electronic music by artist Ricardo Romaneiro, live projections by Christian Hannon, and classical music performed by the Nu Deco Ensemble. The piece as a whole explores geometry and music as mirroring modalities of space and time. 7 p.m. Thursday at Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-375-3000; Admission is free.

Aside from the die-hard Luddites of the world, almost everyone can benefit from learning a few things about coding. That's why Wyncode offers ten-week intensives on web developing for those interested in joining the digital age. If you're hesitant to jump in, get a preview with Wyncode Pitch Day, a dual graduation ceremony and pitch presentation from those who recently finished the Wyncode program. Mix and mingle with entrepreneurs and coders before the presentation, and get a taste of Miami startup life. 6 p.m. Thursday at Venture Cafe Miami, 1951 NW Seventh Ave., Miami; 305-720-2422; Admission is free with RSVP at

Dance is as varied as any other art form, with traditions that need minimal skill and disciplines that require years of training. Acrobatics, no doubt in the latter category, is definitely one of the most awe-inspiring skills, although it isn't limited to dance. The Acrobatics Arts Convention provides dancers of varying skill levels and ages the opportunity to learn within this discipline in order to enrich their ability to choreograph and perform. Two days of intensive classes are peppered with parties, competitions, and even scholarship opportunities. 2 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Fontainebleau, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; Admission costs $379 to $438 for all three days and $199 for a single day.

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Friday: Dance Africa.
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The Delou African Dance Ensemble is celebrating its 30th anniversary in conjunction with the eighth-annual African Diaspora Dance and Drum Festival (DanceAfrica Miami for short). The ensemble helped catalyze the festival and will honor the legacy of Chuck Davis, founder of DanceAfrica, who died earlier this year. For three days, you can enjoy drum and dance workshops, a marketplace, and a free children's village. Saturday will host the concert and gala that help sustain Delou's year-round work to keep African dance traditions alive in the United States. 4:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th Ter., Miami; 305-960-2969; Workshop prices range from $10 to $25. Tickets to the concert and gala cost $35.

If you're as frustrated with modern music television as Mr. Jolt and DJ Woozles (or maybe you're just surprised that music television is still a thing), Sound Waves is here for you. Mr. Jolt is a radio host who recruits his plant friend/employee DJ Woozles to resuscitate true music television. After the two drink a strange tea, their studio door becomes a wormhole to an idyllic beach with talking goth dolphins, sand genies, and wall-to-wall music. RSVPs to the show's premiere are maxed out, but you can show up for the rush line or put your name on the waitlist. 11 p.m. Friday at O Cinema Wynwood, 90 NW 29th St., Miami; 305-571-9970; Admission is free with RSVP.

Your 2 a.m. existential breakdown might seem interesting to you, but it's actually a rarity for someone to write or perform something that reinvigorates age-old questions like "Who am I?" and "What does it all mean?" Robert Dubac does this with biting social commentary and a sense of humor that doesn't let him take it all too seriously in Book of Moron: If Thinking Were Easy, Everyone Would Do It. The one-man show finds Dubac getting advice from different facets of himself after ending up in a coma and forgetting who he is. 8 p.m. Friday and 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0222; Tickets cost $50.

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Saturday: Cultura Profética.


Miami nightlife can feel like an alternate universe where coke heads and Instagram models vie for a clandestine prize given to the Most Extra among us. And if you have a real job where you work all week long, that probably sounds exhausting. SocialXchange is here with the Day La Soul party for Miami professionals, where you can bust out and cut a rug without needing $300 worth of makeup or designer duds. Step onto the rooftop and sip signature Crunk Juice or Day La Soul Punch while watching the sun go down and bumping to throwbacks. 5 p.m. Saturday at the Rooftop at E11even, 15 NE 11th St., Miami; Admission costs $15 to $75.

Being insufferably arrogant can get you into trouble in real life, but Bill Maher has made a career of it, both in his standup and as the host of his talk show. That's not an unfair assessment; one of his books is titled A Funny Look at How Everybody but Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass. If you're into that sort of thing, the 61-year-old will perform his standup two nights in a row at the Fillmore. Saturday tickets are sold out, so grab your seats while you can. 8 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7300; Tickets cost $59.50.

Need something to laugh about? Have no fear. Have-Nots Comedy has you covered. This Saturday, it'll present the 2009 Comedy Central South Beach Comedy Festival winner, Ken Miller. The North Carolina native and Army vet has not one, not two, but nine brothers. When not touring comedy competitions, he spends his time writing jokes in Orlando. To get better plugged into Miller's comedy, check him out on NickMom. 8 p.m. Saturday at Open Stage Club, 2325 Galiano St., Coral Gables; Admission costs $15 to $40 plus a two-drink minimum. Ages 18 and up.

There's something about the way cold carbonation cuts through tablespoons of lard and beef fat that drives foodies crazy, in a good way. Which is why you should take the opportunity to celebrate this brilliant combination at the Coral Gables Grill Fest. The focus is on bacon, beer, and barbecue, although other bites and libations will be available for the weaker among us. Live music and kids' activities are promised, and admission is free if you register online. Onsite admission will be donated to the Coral Gables Firefighter's Benevolent Association. 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on Alhambra Circle between Le Jeune Road and Salzedo Street in Coral Gables; Admission is free with online registration and costs $10 at the gate.

August 6 is Jamaican Independence Day, the day in 1962 when the lush tropical island removed itself from the grip of its British colonizers. So why not celebrate it a day early in wild Jamaican style at the #PangeaMiami Summer Water Party at the massive RC Cola Plant in Wynwood? Besides honoring the Caribbean nation, you can also let the two onsite fire trucks douse you in agua, drink unlimited amounts of booze, and experiment with water guns, water balloons, and whatever other pool toys are available to wet those bikinis and Speedos. 6 p.m. Saturday at the RC Cola Plant, 550 NW 24th St., Miami; Admission costs $20 for women and $35 for men.

The City of Miami Gardens and the Health Foundation of South Florida have teamed up to present Live Healthy Miami Gardens Week. The Healthy in the Gardens Festival kicks off seven days of events that cover everything from better eating and fitness to health-care registration. The fest will offer bounce houses and face painting for kids, free health screenings, cooking demonstrations, and live performances courtesy of Miami Gardens Got Talent. 11 a.m. Saturday at Rolling Oaks Park, 18701 NW 17th Ct., Miami Gardens; Admission is free.

Puerto Rico probably isn't the first place you'd think to find a reggae band, but neither is England, and UB40 is still a thing. The members of Cultura Profética have been making Spanish-language reggae for more than 20 years on the Island of Enchantment, and they show no signs of stopping. Their socially conscious and politically engaged lyrics don't stray far from the genre's roots, so get your Moog synth fix at their one-night stop in Miami. 8 p.m. Saturday at the James L. Knight Center, 400 SE Second Ave., Miami; 305-416-5970; Tickets cost $28 to $68.

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Liz Tracy has written for publications such as the New York Times, the Atlantic, Refinery29, W, Glamour, and, of course, Miami New Times. She was New Times Broward-Palm Beach's music editor for three years. Now she plays one mean monster with her 2-year-old son and obsessively watches British mysteries.
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