The 11 Best Things to Do in Miami This Week
Croquetas and champagne are God's gift to man: See Saturday.
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Thursday, February 25
You look stressed. You've been working too hard. You deserve a massage and a facial and a foot rub and some wine. What's that? You don't have the money for a spa day? That's not true. Haven't you heard about the Viceroy Hotel's monthly Beauty and Besties spa happy hour? From 6 to 9 p.m. every last Thursday of the month beginning in February, the Viceroy Spa opens its doors to happy friends looking to get pampered without punching a hole in their wallets. This Thursday will feature a smorgasbord of sensory delights, including all the aforementioned services plus expert skin consultations, healthy snacks, access to spa facilities, special discounts, and spa treatment giveaways. Representatives from Babor, BuFace, Eminence, and HydraFacial will be onsite with samples and demonstrations, so make sure you and your pal show up with eager hands and minds.
Sit back, relax, and take in the gorgeous bay views at the Viceroy (485 Brickell Ave., Miami). The two-hour experience costs $60 per person, and those who work on Brickell Avenue get an additional 10 percent off. To book, call 305-503-0369 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit viceroyhotelsandresorts.com.
Bring your blanket, bring your dog — it's outdoor movie time. Pérez Art Museum Miami continues Sea Movies at PAMM, its sea-themed movie series, with the 2004 comedy-drama The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. The film features a star-studded cast, including Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Cate Blanchett, and Jeff Goldblum. Murray stars as Zissou, an oceanographer who wants to exact revenge on a sea creature that ate his partner. In addition to being a parody, the film is dedicated to French diving pioneer Jacques Cousteau, who helped develop what is now the modern-day scuba set.
Sea Movies at PAMM screens The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou Thursday at 7 p.m. at PAMM (1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). Curl up with your pup on the lawn or sit on the bayside staircase; dogs are allowed only in outdoor areas. Tickets cost $16 for general admission and are free for museum members. Prepurchase is recommended due to limited space. Admission does not include food or drink. Call 305-375-3000 or visit pamm.org.
Celebrate German Film: See Friday.
Courtesy of Kareem Tabsch / O Cinema
Friday, February 26
Chrissy Teigen's website, Delushious, views like the ultimate culinary tour. The internationally known supermodel's longtime love of food provides vibrant photos of both exotic dishes from her travels and from her own kitchen. Whether taking inspiration from her mother's traditional Thai cooking, tackling satisfying vegetarian options, or showcasing delicious twists on classics such as grilled cheese, Teigen's food blog posts feature step-by-step visuals and detailed instructions. Now, with two Cooking Channel specials under her belt, Teigen presents her first cookbook, Cravings.
Full of recipes for families, date nights, parties, and meals for one, Teigen's collection of indulgent dishes is meant for kitchen denizens and rookies alike. Miami fans can to nab the book and get it signed during a meet-and-greet autographing with Teigen this Friday at 1 p.m. at Books & Books at the Adrienne Arsht Center (1301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). Call 786-405-1744 or visit booksandbooks.com.
The 2015-16 season of Pairings at Ted's continues. The latest series, which launched around Thanksgiving last year, features a gourmet meal provided by Starr Restaurants Catering Group and live performance, with proceeds benefiting the National YoungArts Foundation. Each event has a special theme, and February's revolves around love. The interactive one-man show PET interprets this dinner's theme in a darker way. Conceived of and performed by writer/actor/break dancer Rudi Goblen, the story takes place in a support group for heartbroken ex-lovers and serial monogamists.
The theater performance and meal will take place in the flexible, intimate Ted's, the restaurant on the seventh floor of the YoungArts tower. Ticket prices vary; however, the prix fixe option includes a three-course meal for $95, and general admission costs $35 and requires a $25 minimum purchase of food and drinks. Pairings at Ted's takes place at 7 p.m. this Friday and Saturday at Ted's at the National YoungArts Foundation (2100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). Call 305-377-1140 or visit youngarts.org.
If you're wondering about the state of the justice system in this country, look no further than teenager Ethan Couch and his infamous "affluenza" defense. Have all the cash? Get off scot-free. Have none? Rot in prison.
Luckily, Miamians have Dade Legal Aid, the oldest civil legal services provider in the city. These good folks have been assisting at-risk children, adults, and families with their legal woes since 1949. And to help fund their good work, there's Fashion Night on Brickell.
The fancy soiree showcases duds from top designers in a red-carpet fashion show and party. Join celebrities, TV personalities, fashionistas, dignitaries, and Miami's best and brightest for cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, glittering jewel displays, music, and other fun.
It's a chance to get ahead of the hottest styles while making a dent in due process. Fierce fashion and the fight for justice go hand in hand — just ask Iron Man. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Espírito Santo Plaza (1395 Brickell Ave., Miami). Tickets cost $65 at the door. Visit fashionnightonbrickell.com.
The Germans tend to get a bad rap because of, you know, that horrible mustached dude who rallied a bunch of followers in the 1940s. But that was decades ago, guys, and the Central European nation has produced some really great stuff since then — namely film. O Cinema, along with the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Miami, is hosting the minifestival Celebration of German Film.
"We're highlighting films by some of our favorite contemporary German filmmakers, including Tom Twyker (Run Lola Run), Christian Petzold (Phoenix, Barbara), and Fatih Akin (Head-On, Soul Kitchen), as well as films by a lesser-known filmmaker, Marco Kreuzpaintner," explains Kareem Tabsch, owner and operator of O Cinema.
All films will be screened on 35mm prints that come directly from Munich, specially for the occasion. "Some of the films have never been seen in Miami before," Tabsch adds. Screenings include Jerichow, Three, The Edge of Heaven, and Krabat.
Celebration of German Film takes place Friday through Sunday at O Cinema Miami Beach (500 71st St., Miami Beach). Call 786-207-1919 or visit o-cinema.org.
Dick Tracy knows how to get the ladies and defeat the enemies: See Saturday.
Saturday, February 27
Dick Tracy is coming to town, and with him comes a hell of a party. Saturday at the Olympia Theater, it's time to celebrate the venue's 90th birthday with a 35mm showing of Warren Beatty's 1990 film. The feature — starring Beatty, Madonna, and Al Pacino — is based on Chester Gould's comic strip from the 1930s and follows the relationship between Tracy and his lovers as well as his enemies.
It's a weird and fun movie to pick for the theater's birthday celebration, but because the screening is presented in partnership with Secret Celluloid Society, known for its late-night 35mm cult movie showings, it makes sense. The special film screening isn't the only event happening during the theater's birthday bash. For those willing to dish out the cash, there's also a No Prohibition party full of costumes, cocktails, and dancing onstage following the screening.
Just as Breathless Mahoney always gets her man, you can score tickets to the event at the Olympia Theater (174 E Flagler St., Miami) with two options: general-admission balcony seating for the screening only for $19, and orchestra seating plus admission to the party for $59. Don't forget to enter code #olympia90 at olympiatheater.org for free popcorn with ticket purchase.
They've finally done it. This is the most Miami food-and-drink pairing ever. The 2016 Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival adds an upscale twist to the traditional breaded and fried pastry stuffed with meats and gooey cheeses. Superchef and host Jean-Georges Vongerichten will host the Croquetas and Champagne showdown, presented by One&Only Resorts in the Design District. Local Miami chefs, selected by literal and cultural taste-maker Sef Gonzalez (AKA Burger Beast), will battle for the title of tastiest croqueta. The toques will also whip up their favorite flan variations for dessert while guests enjoy unlimited pours of Champagne Henriot. Local Latin-rock group Suenalo will provide the jams, perfectly suited for this crossover event.
Croquetas and Champagne takes place at 10 p.m. this Saturday at Palm Court (140 NE 39th St., Miami). Tickets cost $95. Call 877-762-3933 or visit sobefest.com. See our pull-out guide, "Taste 2016," in this issue for more about the South Beach Wine & Food Festival.
Katniss returns for one final battle for Panem: See Wednesday.
Photo by Murray Close
Sunday, February 28
The South Beach Wine & Food Festival is in full swing, and with it come the tasty gifts of the culinary world's brightest stars. They've brought their best to our beach, and what better way to cap a week of chef celebrations than a big backyard barbecue?
Pack a moist towelette and head to the Freehand (2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach) Sunday afternoon for the Fat Rice x Broken Shaker BBQ. Drink, dance, mingle, and stuff yourself silly. It's not every day you can enjoy two world-class smokers in one pit. Freehand chef Jimmy Lebron will represent the home team, while chef Abraham Conlon will take the crowd on a mouthwatering journey to Southeast Asia. Conlon has wowed international audiences with his modern take on Mecanese at his restaurant Fat Rice in Chicago. Skilled in Macau's fusionary blend of Portuguese, Chinese, Indian, and Southeast Asian cuisine, Conlon cooked his way to the fourth spot on Bon Appétit's "Best New Restaurant" list in 2013. The Chicago chef will unleash his tastes alongside Lebron for an afternoon of delectable delights that will linger on your tongue for months to come.
The grills light up at 2 p.m., and the event is not ticketed; however, guests are encouraged to arrive early, because food will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Call 305-531-2727 or visit freehand.com/miami.
Just because Valentine's Day is over doesn't mean the chocolate and libations need to stop flowing. In a delightful combination of sweets and spirits, the folks behind the worldwide beverage consulting firm Cocktail Guru present A Deliciously Decadent Afternoon of Chocolate & Cocktails, hosted by James Beard Award-winning pastry chef, cookbook author, and TV personality Johnny Iuzzini.
Making its Miami premiere, this three-hour walk-around tasting is sponsored by Valrhona and packed with chocolate-friendly liquor brands, such as Van Gogh Vodka and Don Q Rums. Guests can taste their way through a selection of desserts — each paired with a spirit — made by Miami's best chocolatiers, bakers, and pastry chefs. At the bar, chocolate lovers and cocktail enthusiasts can sample Valrhona's signature line of chocolates while watching some of Miami's master mixologists serve custom cocktails designed to bring out the best in each chocolate bite.
General admission costs $40 and includes a tasting of eight specialty chocolate creations by Miami-based chefs; eight samples of chocolate-friendly spirits; eight samples of specialty cocktails created by the Miami-based mixologists of Cocktail Guru; and unlimited tastings of some of Valrhona's single-estate varietals. Beginning an hour earlier, VIP entry costs $55 and includes specialty punch drinks, extra time with the host and chefs, and a champagne toast.
This Sunday, A Deliciously Decadent Afternoon of Chocolate & Cocktails runs from 3 to 5 p.m. for general admission and 2 to 5 p.m. for VIP at Drinkhouse Fire & Ice Lounge (1672 Collins Ave., Miami Beach). Visit chocolateandcocktails.com.
Wednesday, March 2
It's movie time. It's movie time for free. It's movie time for free on a 7,000-square-foot projection wall. SoundScape Cinema Series will play The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2, one of the most popular movies of 2015, this Wednesday. Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen and has been praised for her performance as the protagonist heroine who battles to liberate the citizens of Panem. The science-fiction war film also stars Josh Hutcherson as Katniss' love interest, Liam Hemsworth as her best friend, and Donald Sutherland as the evil president with one helluva beard.
Don't worry about arriving early to snag a good seat, because not only is there a massive projection wall, but also the New World Center features a 2.5-acre public park. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 begins at 8 p.m. at the New World Center's Miami Beach SoundScape ExoStage (500 17th St., Miami Beach). The screening goes on rain or shine unless otherwise noted. Call 305-673-7577 or visit mbculture.com.
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