The 21 Best Things to Do in Miami This Week

Saturday: Black Heritage Festival.
Saturday: Black Heritage Festival.
Photo by Armando Rodriguez


Have you ever wanted to know more about the work of German pop artist Thomas Bayrle? If so, you're in luck! Critic Kirsty Bell is presenting a talk with an impressively long title: "The Massive Scale of Sameness Makes Everything Completely Different." Bell knows a thing or two about the 1960s humorous artist who critiqued religion, consumerism, mass media, and communications. She even recently published an article about Bayrle for Art in America. This ICA Ideas talk will give you the chance to think more deeply about physical and digital systems in a changing world. 7 p.m. Thursday at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, 4040 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-901-5272; Admission is free with RSVP to

To many, a visit to the museum sounds like a boring school field trip. Until it's free. Then it's awesome. And because first Thursdays are complimentary at Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), here's how your foray into freeganism goes: From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., flex some crafter chops while being inspired by the museum's collection at Made at PAMM. Get fueled at Verde after you've seen everything on view (freegan tip: Go with a grownup who will pay for you), and from 6 to 9:30, enjoy an informative (and boozy!) Nerd Nite of short lectures covering diverse topics such as comics and undersea sex. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 786-345-5662; Admission is free.

The Miami Workers Center has more than 15 years of experience making change at the grassroots level, and this Thursday, that wisdom can benefit the women and activists in conversation with the Women's March on Washington at After the March: Reflect, Debrief, Take Action. Whether or not you were in attendance at any of the marches January 22, this debriefing is an opportunity to share experiences, questions, and plans for future action. Previous experience or knowledge of activism is not required; all interested community members are encouraged to attend with an RSVP. 6 p.m. Thursday at Miami Workers Center, 745 NW 54th St., Miami; 305-759-8717; Admission is free.

Miami is a little too millennial to appreciate anything that isn't new or invented by Steve Jobs, but this weekend, Palm Beach County will bless us with some throwback luxury at the Miami Beach Jewelry and Antiques Show. A satellite of the Palm Beach affair, this four-day event will feature exhibitors from all over the country selling rare and valuable collectors' items, some for the first time this far south. From furniture to art to your great-aunt's bling, there's plenty available to make you stand out from the choker-clad crowd. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Deauville Beach Resort, 6701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 561-822-5440; Admission costs $20.

The long-haired, pensive singer-songwriter will never die, even though the inner monologue of skinny white dudes stopped being trendy 20 years ago. Kurt Vile's Tom Petty-esque twang and classic guitar-picking are part blast from the past, part modern-day existentialist, and still part of a healthy diet of folk rock that anyone vibing on a Thursday night can enjoy. Luke Roberts will open this intimate live show in Miami Beach. 8 p.m. Thursday at the North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 786-453-2897; Admission costs $20 to $30.

Thursday: Get your geek on — for free — at PAMM.
Thursday: Get your geek on — for free — at PAMM.
Raymond Adrian


Quoting MLK on Facebook, watching a Beyoncé video and thinking, Yass, queen, binge-watching a season of Power: These are some typical ways white people engage with black culture. For a more direct and meaningful approach, the Black Arts Expo provides a monthlong exhibition of black art, a weekend of vendors from minority-owned businesses, and a party with performers and a DJ. Portions of ticket sales will go to R Solutions, a nonprofit doing outreach in Haitian communities, and White Coats for Black Lives, which brings doctors together to tackle racism's effect on the mental and physical health of black communities. Noon Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Art & Sol Studios, 310 NW 25th St., Miami; 786-310-3689; Admission costs $5 to $12.

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are like the Beach Boys of rap but without all the messy blood relations (despite all having the "last name" Bone). As its name suggests, the Cleveland crew also mastered the art of harmonizing. With the song "Tha Crossroads" — a tribute to the late Eazy-E, who signed Bone Thugs into fame — the group will surf radio waves eternally. All members will perform live this week at the Eighth Street stronghold, Sidebar, alongside Malc Stewy with DJs Heron and David Maws. 7 p.m. Friday at Sidebar Miami, 337 SW Eighth St., Miami; 786-703-6973; or Admission costs $25 to $50.

The Village of El Portal was incorporated as a municipality in 1937. It's celebrating its 80th birthday with the El Portal Art Fair, complete with a party befitting the historic stature of its namesake. Opening night includes an unveiling ceremony, the presentation of the village's new logo, and a concert from Spam Allstars. Music, performance art, kids' activities, and the local farmers' market will all accompany the tented art fair through the following day. 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Antique & Design Mall, 8650 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; Admission is free.

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We often walk through places with no regard for their history. Who has slept, eaten, thought, or fought where you're standing right now? Leyla Cárdenas' work deals with this history directly, sifting through the physical components of a space to reveal elements of its past. Dimensions Variable, a gallery previously located in the Design District, recently moved to MDC Campus and invited Cárdenas to use materials from renovations for a show. "Vice Versa" is the result: an exhibition that explores drywall, wood frame, and architecture as poetic storytelling. The reception celebrates both the show and gallery opening. 6 p.m. Saturday at Dimensions Variable, 300 NE Second Ave., MDC Building 1, third floor, Miami; Admission is free. The show runs through March 31.

"Black History Month is in the shortest month of the year, and the coldest — just in case we want to have a parade," comedian Chris Rock once noted. But these hindrances won't prevent Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan and City of Miami Gardens Vice Mayor Erhabor Ighodaro from honoring black history with the fourth-annual Black Heritage Festival. This Saturday, Miami Gardens is set to celebrate African-American diversity with live music, dancers, African fashions, food trucks, and plenty of activities for children, such as face painting, rock climbing, and a bounce house. Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex, 3000 NW 199th St., Miami Gardens; 305-474-3011; Admission is free.

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