The 12 Best Things to Do in Miami This Week
Namaste — and then some — in Wynwood: See Wednesday.
Courtesy of Pilathon
Friday, November 27
Dinner and a show takes on a new meaning with YoungArts' newest series. Pairings at Ted's updates this concept by choosing a theme and matching it with a meal catered by Starr Catering Group and a live performance. The event takes place on the seventh floor of the YoungArts tower in the malleable yet intimate event space of Ted's. The theme for the inaugural Pairings at Ted's is A Broadway Thanksgiving, which will offer a range of classic and contemporary Broadway tunes that will sound like the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade invaded Biscayne Boulevard.
Pairings at Ted's events will begin with drinks and mingling before each hourlong performance. A brief meet-and-greet will follow the show and precede the meal. The details of the three-course feast for A Broadway Thanksgiving are still to be determined, but the scheduling for the first Pairings at Ted's will allow patrons to enjoy a family-style Thanksgiving with YoungArts.
A Broadway Thanksgiving takes place this Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Ted's at the National YoungArts Foundation (2100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). Tickets cost $35 to $95, depending upon whether patrons purchase general-admission tickets or the prix-fixe menu option; the former requires a $25 minimum food-and-drink purchase. All proceeds from the event go toward furthering the mission of the National YoungArts Foundation. Call 305-377-1140 or visit youngarts.org.
Nestled amid megamurals in the heart of Wynwood is a quaint space filled with craft beer, cocktails, and small bites. Smashed Canvas, the exclusive Basel-only pop-up, will host a grand-opening event specially for Miami's locals and Basel early birds. Indulge in food and drinks, and enjoy entertainment and surprises throughout the night.
During Basel, more than 20 of the world's best muralists will paint an entire block between NW Second and Third avenues and 28th and 29th streets. Smashed Canvas can be found right in the center of the action, on 29th Street, where guests can savor myriad bites, exclusive craft beers, and handmade cocktails while rubbing elbows with the world's foremost figures in contemporary urban art. It'll be a place to begin or end the day's Basel shenanigans too. Whether you stop by early or late, the folks at Smashed Canvas will make sure you enjoy #BaselSmashed to full effect.
The party starts at 2 p.m. Friday and lasts till midnight at Smashed Canvas (244 NW 29th St., Miami).Visit facebook.com/smashedcanvasmia.
Let's do the time warp again — and again and again and every month from now until who knows when. With every passing year, theaters nationwide more frequently screen the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show to fans as well as unsuspecting virgins looking for a good time. After a double set of showings in October, O Cinema Miami Beach (500 71st St., Miami Beach) now joins the club of venues with regular late-night screenings of the film, kicking off this Friday at 11:30 p.m.
"For the past five years, our annual Rocky Horror show during Halloween has been one of our most popular nights every year, and it occurred to us that Miami is one of the few major American cities that didn't have a regular Rocky Horror screening," says Kareem Tabsch of O Cinema. "Since we've been Miami's go-to theater for it during Halloween, why not bring the fun all year long?"
Whereas the Halloween showing includes a drag queen host, the monthly show will be scaled down, with attendees encouraged to bring their own prop bags (no water or open flames allowed) and to sing along to and quote the film shamelessly. Better yet, bring friends and dress up to get the party going offscreen too. Tickets cost $11. Visit o-cinema.org.
Eddie Izzard is Taking Miami by Storm: See Saturday.
Photo by Amanda Searle
Saturday, November 28
Internationally renowned standup comedian Eddie Izzard is generally considered one of the greatest British comedians ever. He's also one of the most ambitious, as evidenced by his Force Majeure world tour, an epic undertaking that began in 2013. By the end of it all, Izzard will have visited 28 countries on five continents and all 50 states. He has already powered through the majority of the U.S., having completed a tour in 2014 that saw him perform 50 shows in 32 cities in 64 days. Earlier this year, he galloped through the West, hitting 25 more cities. Now Izzard — an actor, writer, activist, and unexpected marathon man both in comedy and sport — brings his brilliant, rambling, rapid-fire, Monty Python-esque style of comedy to the Southern states.
Izzard kicks off this leg of the tour at the Fillmore Miami Beach inside the Jackie Gleason Theater (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) this Saturday. Doors to the all-ages show open at 7 p.m. Tickets are available online and cost $45 to $90. Visit eddieizzard.com or call 305-673-7300.
In Miami, we're all about that boat life. What good is 90 percent humidity and the risk of living at sea level if not for the opportunity for water-bound adventures? And for those who take seafaring more seriously than the occasional boat ride, there's the 49th-annual Round the Island Regatta on Key Biscayne.
Captains will take to the seas in sailboats of all sizes and then make their way from Biscayne Bay through the Stiltsville featherbeds, past Cape Florida, north along the Atlantic coast of Key Biscayne, around Bear Cut, and all the way back to the Key Biscayne Yacht Club. Spectators who aren't lucky enough to be onboard can bring cold beverages and enjoy an outstanding view from Crandon Park or Bill Baggs Cape Florida Park.
The race kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Key Biscayne Yacht Club (180 Harbor Dr., Key Biscayne). The club is private, but there are views of the race from different parks on the island. Visit kbyc.org or call 786-972-4580.
For one full year, the Arts & Entertainment District has been the force behind a whole host of hipster soirees in downtown Miami. That is 12 months of movies under the stars, caffeinated conversations, eclectic flea markets, and musical yoga. Now, for the Arts & Entertainment One Year Anniversary, you can join the crew behind the community effort for a community celebration. There will be live tunes by Mr. Pauer and Locos por Juana; a photo gallery featuring the A&E District's Adobe Photo Jam winner, Max Reed; live art by Blank Canvas winner Jenny Perez; food from spots like Cheeseburger Baby and Les Petits Sucres; and — most important — organic cocktails. Celebrate Miami's cultural evolution in style.
The event starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at Canvas Miami (90 NE 17th St., Miami). Admission is free, but RSVP is required. Visit aedistrictmiami.eventbrite.com.
Experience a comedy night like no other at the Villain Theater. The company, housed at MADE at the Citadel, is Miami's first improv theater working in the vein of Chicago-style long-form improvisation. Every week, Villain and its resident comedy troupe present Saturday Gigantic.
This Saturday's installment will open with Just Us Ducks and Tales From the Magic City — a pair of works highlighting the night's ongoing sense of evolvement and community interaction — and continue with a parodic take on high-school life and the popular Netflix series Orange Is the New Black with Orange Is the New WACK. The final skit of the evening will be more textbook improv, with the disconnected repetition between performer and the back of the house (the "Lighting Minions") causing chaos and guiding the pace — it could be 30 seconds of comedy, or it could go on for ten minutes.
The full night of comedy begins at 8 p.m. at MADE at the Citadel (8325 NE Second Ave., Miami). Guests with November birthdays get in free with valid ID. Tickets cost $20. Call 786-537-5430 or visit facebook.com/villaintheater.
Take to the seas, or the Keys, with Round the Island Regatta: See Saturday.
Key Biscayne Yacht Club
Sunday, November 29
Most men —especially gun-wielding, game-hunting men — get pissed if you call them soft. That's why every once in a while, it's good to put a dent in such stonefaced masculinity by exposing the vulnerable underbelly often hidden beneath. Known for creating immersive, living picture installations, Israeli-based Dina Shenhav uses soft materials such as ash and foam to sculpt powerful scenes of domestic and urban life and destruction.
Exploring the complex origins of traditional markers of masculinity, Shenhav presents the exhibit "D.O.A. (Dead on Arrival)," whose title is borrowed from the police jargon used to describe a murder scene. Items from the hunter's camp come together in an immersive environment, with every detail of his life and work — his boots, his table, even the food on his plate — hand-carved into pliable yellow foam. Shenhav transforms soft mattress foam, typically associated with the domestic realm, to create imagery and subject matter related to masculinity, war, combat, or, for this show, the world of the hunter.
Curated by Tami Katz-Freiman, "D.O.A." will be on view at ArtCenter/South Florida's Little River Edition (7252 NW Miami Ct., Miami) this Sunday through January 31, 2016. Guests are invited to a special preview and artist talk Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is free. Call 305-674-8278 or visit artcentersf.org.
Monday, November 30
Despite what many right-wing politicians preach, climate change is real. For Florida dwellers, there's no denying the ever-increasing sea-level rise creeping into the streets. In a refreshing show of awareness and creativity, the City of Hialeah — one of the state's cities most vulnerable to climate change — presents "Clima," a solo art exhibit by Xavier Cortada addressing sea-level rise and global climate change.
During the first 12 days of the exhibit, Cortada will convene a series of participatory performances and panel discussions on sea-level rise, global climate change, and environmental impact with a diverse group of scientists and community leaders, including the school superintendent, a bishop, an infectious-disease expert, an historian, a literature professor, an environmental lawyer, and a county commissioner. Cortada will present videos, silk-screens, digital prints, solar panel paintings, and more.
"Clima" begins Monday at 6 p.m. with a panel discussion, followed by a reception and screening of Cortada's film Five Actions to Stop Sea Level Rise at the Milander Center for Arts & Entertainment (4800 Palm Ave., Hialeah). Admission is free. Call 305-889-5701 or visit cortada.com.
Pour this all over you: See Tuesday.
Courtesy of Locust Projects
Tuesday, December 1
Locust Projects is known for giving artists free reign of its space. From hosting Daniel Arsham's massive 2014 archaeological dig to showcasing Sarah Crowner's painted stages, Locust often gets totally transformed when artists come to create. The gallery's latest exhibition is no exception.
In "Pore," Brooklyn-based artist Martha Friedman presents her first major show in Miami with a series of new works: four vividly colored sheets of rubber made by pouring about 1,000 pounds of material onto Locust Projects' floor and then rigged to cascade from the rafters. Each site-specific sculpture has a costume attached and is colored to reference one of the four humors, the theory of which formed the basis of Western medicine for more than 2,000 years.
During the exhibition's opening weekend, as well as Miami Art Week, New York choreographer/dancer Silas Riener will interact with the sculptural installation through a performance developed in collaboration with Friedman.
"Pore" will be on view through January 9, 2016, at Locust Projects (3852 N. Miami Ave., Miami), and performances with Riener run Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 p.m., Thursday at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m., Friday at 1 a.m., Saturday at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., and Sunday at 11 a.m. Locust also welcomes visitors to its celebratory reception Tuesday at 7 p.m. before the performance. Admission is free. Call 305-576-8570 or visit locustprojects.org.
With four films and an Amazon series pilot under his belt, filmmaker Whit Stillman has made a distinct voice for himself that's arguably inimitable. The first of these voices came in 1990 in Stillman's debut feature, Metropolitan. A veritable Christmas movie of an offbeat kind, Metropolitan focuses its lens on a group of young, upper-class Manhattanites who identify as the UHB — "urban haute bourgeoisie" — and are home from college during the debutante ball season.
Though they may sound like an eye-roll-worthy group to watch, the film is an entertaining experience, mostly owing to Stillman's wit and comic writing (which scored him an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay). With its 25th anniversary taking place this year, the film has been enjoying re-releases in theaters, and this Tuesday, Coral Gables Art Cinema (260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables) will host its own showing.
The one-time-only screening, beginning at 7 p.m., will also offer an exciting element: Filmmaker Whit Stillman will be in attendance. Be prepared to ask questions about his work, and let's hope he'll dish details about his upcoming Jane Austen flick. Tickets cost $7 to $11.50. Visit gablescinema.com.
Wednesday, December 2
Join Miami's yogis, runners, and art enthusiasts for a night of sweat, strength, and fun at Pilathon Wynwood's monthly Art Yoga Run. The stretching and meditating begin at 6:30 p.m. with a fun run, led by running coach Bryan Stone — gotta get those muscles warmed up somehow. Then jump onto the rooftop for a skyline yoga session with yoga instructor Cat Haayen. DJ Bea Pernia will spin soothing tracks throughout the event to help guests pump up and cool down.
Space is limited to about 40, so be sure to RSVP early on Pilathon's Eventbrite page. Admission is free but exclusive to adults. The run begins poolside at Pilathon (2700 N. Miami Ave., Miami). Bring your own mat or rent one for $2. Visit pilathon.com.
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