Happy Monday, Miami. This week brings plenty of events, and the best part is they all cost less than $10. Grab a few bucks and enjoy what's new in town, from Siri Hustvedt at Books & Books and Lash Wynwood at Gramps to the Miami Downtown Jazz Festival.
SpeakOut Featuring Andrea Assaf at Various Locations
Various times and locations through March 3, free
Tigertail is always bringing the best of cultural offerings to South Florida. This week, it will cater to the creative minds of the LBGTQ teen community through the spoken-word project SpeakOut. Both as the host of a teen slam and a separate poetic performance, Art2Action artistic director Andrea Assaf will show off her skills. The project includes public school workshops, slams, performances, and residencies.
Miami Jazz Jam at Churchill's Pub
9 p.m. Monday, $5 for 21+, $10 for under 21
Yeah, yeah, yeah, Churchill's is a great place to drink beer, shoot pool, smoke cigs, and look surly, but it also has one hell of a jazz jam. Monday nights are what you want. The music starts around 9 p.m. and includes performances by the Fernando Ulibarri Group and surprise guests.
FIU Music Series: Amernet String Quartet at Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center
7:30 p.m. Monday, free
Snag a free concert highlighting Mozart, Beethoven, and Dohnanyi. Expect members of the Amernet String Quartet, including violinist Misha Vitenson, violist Michael Klotz, and cellist Jason Calloway, who will be joined by pianist Heather Coltman.
Girl Rising Screening at FIU University Park Campus, Graham Center Ballroom
6 p.m. Monday, free
If you're horrified by injustices in society, check out Richard E. Robbins' film Girl Rising. The documentary focuses on the real lives of nine impressive girls from developing nations who achieve their dreams despite overwhelming odds. The film is part of Michelle Obama's famed Let Girls Learn Initiative, launched to help adolescent girls around the world get a quality education.
Bingo With Miss Toto at Gramps
9 p.m. Wednesday, free
Sometimes all you need is a little sparkle to make your Wednesday sizzle. That’s where Miss Toto comes in. If there’s one "gender-bending, bodybuilding drag monster from Miami" who knows how to turn an ordinary hump day into a night you’ll never forget, it's she. And if you’ve never experienced Bingo With Miss Toto, you’ll definitely be in for a treat.
Pilates at the Wynwood Yard
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, free
No matter your level — beginner or master — take advantage of the Pilates Place Studios classes at the Wynwood Yard. Just bring a mat.
Rooftop Unplugged at Filling Station Lofts
7:30 p.m. Thursday, free
Rooftop parties are fashionable, romantic, and well-lit — all the makings of a great selfie. But the Rooftop Unplugged Sessions are more than just the opportunity to beef up your Instagram game. Atop a midtown Miami building of spacious lofts, craft cocktails, ice-cream sandwiches, and skyline views are the cherry on top of an intimate night of acoustic jams. The first show of this season features Soulixer, a three-piece funk-soul band from the west coast of Florida.
"Territorios" at Gary Nader Fine Arts
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through April, free
Pop art has become the stuff of hotel lobbies and '60s TV shows, but in its heyday, it was a transgressive movement that deconstructed popular imagery. Far from being just a U.S. affair, pop art had iterations all over the globe. Claudio Tozzi was a pioneer of Brazilian "nouvelle figuration" in the late '60s, and though his work has transformed over time, he's still using shape, color, and line to dismantle the symbols and pictures we encounter constantly and without much thought. "Territorios" is an exhibit of his latest work with form and conceptual construction.
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Plan Z for Miami Exhibition Opening at Coral Gables Museum
6 p.m. Friday, free
Driving toward the mainland on the Rickenbacker Causeway affords a view of the bay on the left and the edge of Brickell on the right — surroundings that make this roadway a favorite among runners and bikers. But the Magic City hasn't gotten on the green-living bandwagon. Plan Z Miami is looking to change that fact by reimagining Rickenbacker as a public park that complements the beauty of the landscape and provides safety and security to those sans vehicles. The opening of the project's exhibit will include a talk with global urban mobility expert Mikael Colville-Andersen and Plan Z founder Bernard Zyscovich.
TransCon at Barry University
Noon Friday, free
Less than half U.S. states have clear anti-discrimination laws to protect transgender people — and you've probably already guessed Florida is not one of those states. That's why TransCon is in its seventh year of community organizing to create, inform, and embolden a community of trans activists and allies. The two-day event kicks off with a job fair that will be attended by representatives from IKEA, Wyndham, and other companies. Saturday workshops range from art-making to sex and relationships to laws and rights, and will include a keynote address by Dr. Kelley Winters.