Thursday, April 21
Last week, I celebrated my friend's birthday at a gorgeous South Beach hotel pool. We sipped cocktails while wading in the warm water, and everything was perfect — until a pack of wild children seemed to follow us as they played Marco Polo and splashed one another with cups of chlorinated water.
Sure, it's nice to see kids having fun, but it's even nicer to enjoy tranquil waters. And waters get sexier when the sun goes down. Too bad my friend wasn't born April 21, because the Freehand Miami (2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach) will open its luxurious aquatic facility for the Full Moon Night Swim. Guests of all ages are allowed to join, but you can be pretty certain there won't be any overzealous rug rats doing cannonballs.
The trendy art deco hostel sweetens the deal with a pop-up shop, so you can pick up a few choice items poolside when you take time to dry off. Drinks will be available from the Broken Shaker, and noms are for order at 27 Restaurant. The night swim begins Thursday at 7 p.m., and admission is free. Call 305-531-2727 or visit thefreehand.com.
Friday, April 22
The annual Wynwood Life festival has become a popular experience because it incorporates four cultural elements: art, music, food, and fashion. The free event, which stretches more than ten blocks in the heart of the Wynwood Arts District, features two stages that will host live music, fashion shows, and artists showcasing their skills. Local street artists, painters, designers, and illustrators will create works throughout the three-day fest. Showcasing 20 live performances from musicians such as the Ying Yang Twins, Otto Von Schirach, Afrobeta, and DJ Laz, the stages will feature homegrown bands and crowd favorites. Guests can expect one fashion show each day that will feature local brands. Aside from the entertainment, 150-plus exhibitors will create a mini craft fair. Exhibit types include jewelry, photography, yoga, food, clothing, and frames.
Wynwood Life takes place Friday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday from noon to 2 a.m.; and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m. at the old RC Cola Plant (550 NW 24th St., Miami). It's free to attend. Call 305-461-2700 or visit wynwoodlife.com.
April is National Poetry Month, and the Magic City takes the celebration to the next level with the annual O, Miami festivities tailored around the much-loved art form. Happening this weekend is Poetry Press Week, a collection of events that focus on new works by emerging and established poets. The wordsmiths recite their pieces in front of an audience full of publishers, media mavens, and ordinary folks. The idea for the event was founded in Portland, Oregon, in 2013.
Poetry Press Week at O, Miami will take place at Mana Wynwood (318 NW 23rd St., Miami) Friday at 7:30 p.m. and again at the same time Saturday. The first night will feature poets Carlos Pintado, Cherry Pickman, Annik Adey-Babinski, Chasity Hale, and Aja Monet. Attendees the second night will hear from Laurel Nakanishi, Denise Duhamel, Gregg Shapiro, M.J. Fievre, and Yaddyra Peralta. Admission is free, but RSVP is encouraged. Visit poetrypressweek.com.
Prepare to namaste your way into the biggest yoga-centric event of the year. In honor of Earth Day, journey into the Miami Beach Botanical Garden's green spaces, where local yoga teachers Hilary Packin and Amy Dannheim will join forces to lead an outdoor music and yoga event. At Earth Day Yoga, spend the evening downward-dogging with more than 200 expected attendees as Packin and Dannheim teach an all-levels class. Along with support from Green Monkey Yoga and the Miami yoga community, the festivities include a guided mindfulness meditation session, musical performances, healthy snacks, and a conscious vendor fair during the sunset affair.
Earth Day Yoga begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden (2000 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach). Admission costs $25. Visit eventbrite.com.
Saturday, April 23
In case you missed it, Hialeah — or simply "Leah" to those hip with the lingo — is the new hot spot in Miami-Dade. A local group called ¿Que Pasa, Hialeah?, which organizes bimonthly meetups, is dedicated to sharing the love for that city. The group's upcoming event is a guided bike ride through the colorful streets. Bikers and participants meet at the Milander Center for Arts & Entertainment (4800 Palm Ave., Hialeah), eat breakfast together at a neighborhood joint, discuss the new Leah Arts District, and check out Art Central Miami before returning to the Milander in time for an O, Miami poetry festival event. That gathering, called Love Letter to Hialeah, will encourage residents to write poems and odes to their city and will also include live music, food trucks, an appearance from the roving bookstore Bookleggers, and other diversions.
The Hialeah Bike Tour begins Saturday at 10 a.m. Visit Facebook and search for the ¿Que Pasa, Hialeah? group for more information. Details about the O, Miami component can be found at omiami.org.
The word "Redland" usually conjures images of the 2002 Spike Jonze film Adaptation and phantom tastes of the greatest cinnamon rolls and milkshakes on Earth. But there's more to this unincorporated community than beautiful botanicals and farmland. For the sixth year in a row, the Fruit & Spice Park (24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead) will host the weekend-long Redland Blues & Barbecue Festival. In addition to offering delectable food — like three kinds of ribs, conch fritters, and funnel cakes — the family-friendly fest features children's activities such as a petting zoo and pony rides. And for nostalgia lovers, there will be classic cars on display as well. Live musical performances will come courtesy of Iko Iko, the Jay Blues Band, Shadow Creek, P.J. Aviles, and Juke.
The Redland Blues & Barbecue Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets cost $8. Call 305-245-5727 or visit fruitandspicepark.com.
As The Wonder Years theme song reminds us, we all get by with a little help from our friends. Friendship is the cornerstone of a fun and fulfilling life. Everyone needs a squad to provide them help, support, and love. That's why Best Buddies is an awesome cause. The nonprofit organization raises awareness and provides funds to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Buddies offer friendship, encouragement, and advocacy.
The organization's annual Friendship Walk is the perfect opportunity to show support. Differently abled or not, everyone is invited to join the more than 3,000 participants strolling for solidarity. Celeb walkers include artist Romero Britto, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, Real Housewives of Miami stars, Miss Teen USA 2015 Katherine Haik, Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan, WSVN Anchor Craig Stevens, baseball legend Sammy Sosa, and the Miami Heat cheerleaders. If you need a new BFF, this is your chance.
The walk takes place Saturday from 8:45 a.m. to noon at Museum Park (1075 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). Registration is free. Visit bestbuddies.org/soflowalk.
Sunday, April 24
Mama told you not to talk with your mouth full, but she didn't tell you not to fill your mouth with prose.
The Little Farm House (281 NE 84th St., Miami) invites you to a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience inspired by the legendary work of American author Gertrude Stein. The culinary world takes inspiration from around us, and chef Evan Hanczor of Brooklyn restaurant Egg has composed a five-course meal from Stein's seminal work, 1914's lyrical Tender Buttons. The book itself comprises three sections, one of which is all about food.
Stein is known for her avant-garde approach, so hope for some deconstruction on the plate that mirrors the page. Hanczor promises a meal that meets Stein's diction, syntax, rhythm, and text — using her own food section as a list of cornerstone ingredients. Hosted by Amanda Finuccio and Lauren Monzon of Exile Books, it is sure to be an unforgettable evening of taste and style in a beautiful and natural location.
Fans of jazz and funk, prepare yourselves for the return of Grammy-winning Esperanza Spalding. The singer will perform her latest album, Emily's D+Evolution, this Sunday onstage at the Knight Concert Hall inside the Adrienne Arsht Center (1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). This won't be Spalding's first time performing at the Arsht, however, having been on the stage before for President Obama's fundraiser in 2010 and celebrating her album, Radio Music Society, in 2012.
Her show will offer something entirely new and different, rekindling her childhood interest in theater, poetry, and movement. The result will be material that unfolds as live musical vignettes. "My hope for this group is to create a world around each song," she says in a release. "There are a lot of juicy themes and stories in the music. We will be staging the songs as much as we play them, using characters, video, and the movement of our bodies."
Tickets cost $52 to $82, and showtime is 8 p.m. Each ticket buyer will receive an exclusive digital download of Spalding's new album. Visit arshtcenter.org.
Wednesday, April 27
Filmmaker Robert Zemeckis — best known for delightful and fantastical films such as Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the Back to the Future trilogy, Forrest Gump, and Death Becomes Her — made a cool little psychological thriller in 2000. It's a film that stars Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford as a couple who experience a haunting that uncovers secrets about their past. What Lies Beneath is part of the many screenings that Tigertail Productions will host throughout the month as part of its Water series, full of site-specific events and new performances. The film is the last of the water-themed movies (which was preceded by Niagara, San Andres, River of Grass, and The Day After Tomorrow) and will be projected on the wall of the New World Center in the SoundScape Park (400 17th St., Miami Beach) this Wednesday.
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Rain or shine, What Lies Beneath begins at 8 p.m. and is free to watch. Bring a towel or chair and some snacks, and enjoy the show.
Queen Bey. Mrs. Carter. Sasha Fierce. Whatever name she goes by, all roads lead to the woman herself, Beyoncé. That accented name holds more power in seven letters than some governments. It's no wonder, then, that when she dropped her most recent self-titled album, it became an instant smash. The singer put everyone on alert in 2013 that the game had changed. She wouldn't catch us off-guard again — until she did in 2016. Earlier this year, just one day before the Super Bowl and the halftime show at which she was scheduled to perform, Bey released the single "Formation." She then had the audacity to sing her new song the very next day, and of course we knew all the damn words.
As if that weren't enough, she announced her Formation World Tour immediately afterward. The summer-long tour runs through all of North America and Europe, and it opens in Miami this Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Marlins Park (501 Marlins Way, Miami). Tickets cost $45 to $305. Call 305-480-1300 or visit ticketmaster.com.