The Best Things to Do in Miami This Week
Miami Girls Rock Camp Grand Finale Showcase: See Sunday.
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All-you-can-drink beer is appealing in theory, but in practice it usually involves watery swill only a coed could love. At Ace Props this Thursday, however, it's all the craft beer you can consume, thanks to Tripping Animals Brewery, the newest addition to Miami's suds scene. The Tripping Animals Beer Fest will feature a host of tasty brews, including Falling Pig IPA, Bandido Pale Ale, Selfie Saison, Loko Drile Double IPA, Wild Duck Dubbel, Red Red Tail Red Ale, Tripping Turtle Blonde Ale, Long Neck Hefeweizen, Porter Rican (coffee porter), Tipsy Shark Wheat IPA, and, just in time for summer, the Ripping Dolphin IPA (brewed with passionfruit) and the Motha Foca (brewed with mango and guava). For those who tire of beer (if that's even possible), there will also be rum and wine, plus food trucks, live tunes, games, and plenty of tipsy attendees who'll make the dating game easier than Tinder. Summer is soiree season, after all, and a new brewery is the perfect excuse to party. The event kicks off at 8 p.m. at Ace Props (398 NW 78th St., Miami) Tickets cost $27 to $35. Visit trippinganimals.com.
Rest up and chow down at the Wynwood Yard's Shabbat: See Friday.
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For a multitude of reasons, millennials are often labeled as lazy. Maybe it's the amount of time they spend on the internet and social media. But, hey, plenty of these so-called slackers have made careers out of being on Instagram, Twitter, Vine, and the almighty YouTube. And the best of them share stuff that actually makes the rest of us laugh. Two such video stars are Mario Ramil and Andy Pita, collectively known as Ramil and Pita. The Miami-bred comedy duo is set to return to Magic City Casino Friday for its second showcase of standup and sketch comedy. These Cuban-Americans are best known for their goofy characters, jokes about Cuban moms and Hialeah life, and music. Pita scored a huge local hit with his band Los Primeros and their song "Eslow Motion," which is about as Miami as pan cubano and the phrase ¿Oye, que bola? Enjoy the Spanglish comedy extravaganza that is the Ramil and Pita Show II on Stage 305 at Magic City Casino (450 NW 37th Ave., Miami) this Friday. The show begins at 9 p.m. and is 21 and up. Visit magiccitycasino.com or call 305-649-3000.
Along with Henry Flagler and Julia Tuttle, we gotta thank the Jews for building Miami. Maybe it was the inclusive attitude of reform Judaism that set the irie vibe for this Caribbean oceanside town. The Magic City is a home for displaced people in their diasporas, and that encourages community. So each month, the Wynwood Yard restaurant brings hungry Jews together to celebrate their day of rest, Saturday, with Shabbat at the Yard. The joint cooks up a delightful menu with OneTable, an org that helps people "Shabbat together." This month, Mediterranean-inspired, seasonal dishes created by the healthy Manna Life for Food team will fill plates. After some sweetly savory challah bread from Zak the Baker, expect a three-course meal that includes eggplant tempeh moussaka, mango custard pie, and raw falafel with a toasted superfood arepa, macadamia hummus, probiotic tzatziki, and baba ghanouj. Delicious stuff that'll keep ya regular! Amen to that. There will also be wine, beer, and a tangy hibiscus cocktail to cool you down. It'll be like going to the Holy Land without having to leave the States. Shabbat at the Yard begins at 7 p.m. Friday at the Wynwood Yard (56 NW 29th St., Miami). The cost is $46. Call 305-771-4810 or visit dinners.onetable.org/#/events/1451.
If you're among the millions of Pokémon Go players in the United States, you've likely become obsessed with hunting for Pikachu and Jigglypuff all over town. But wandering the streets alone while staring at your phone makes you look like a lonely loser at best, and, at worst, as recent robberies have proven, it can make you a sitting Psyduck for the criminal element. Better to catch 'em all with a group of friends by your side. And some booze. This Friday, the newly formed Pokémon Go South Florida invites you to do just that at its Pokémon Go Pub Crawl Meetup. Starting at Redbar Brickell (52 SW Tenth St., Miami), the group will converge upon local bars to do two things: drink alcohol and kick the asses of whatever competing team members dare to step into the nearest gym (virtually, of course). The PokéParty begins at 9 p.m. Friday, and it's free to participate. Visit Pokémon Go South Florida on Facebook.
Standup comedy has few dynastic families, but the Wayans clan is undoubtedly one of them. Keenen Ivory, Damon, Shawn, Marlon, and Kim are talented individually, but together they're a Hydra of pioneering satire, from their groundbreaking sketch-TV staple In Living Color to Don't be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, one of the best comedies of the '90s, to the durable Scary Movie franchise. Marlon, the wiriest of the Wayans, has enjoyed the most unpredictable career of his siblings, excelling as an actor/writer/producer in projects beyond his family's comfort zone of pop-culture spoofs: He played a supporting role in Requiem for a Dream and was even cast as Robin in Tim Burton's original conception for Batman Forever, only to be recast by the milquetoast paleness of Chris O'Donnell (cue the sad trombone). Marlon has been so prolific an actor that, unlike his road-warrior kin, he didn't begin doing standup until about five years ago, learning the craft in order to audition for a forthcoming Richard Pryor biopic. Few clips of Marlon Wayans standup exist online, so expect to hear a fresh batch of material, which he described in a local TV appearance as "some PG-13, but mostly R." Check him out at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Fort Lauderdale Improv (5700 Seminole Way, Hollywood). Tickets cost $30. Call 954-981-5653 or visit improvftl.com.
Marlon Wayans hits the Fort Lauderdale Improv: See Friday.
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The Institute of Contemporary Art wants to help you break through the sound barriers of your mind and explore the inner workings of your soul. ICA is getting heady to a beat with three summer shows, each one pairing an experimental artist from outside Florida with a few local artists that echo styles and musical approaches. Think of it like a singles mixer for different sounds. It's a way to get to know yourself and your local music scene better. The program is called Miami Music Club, and this Saturday features Scottish electronic producer Drew McDowall, famous for getting dark and minimal in groups Psychic TV and Coil, as well as for remixing Nine Inch Nails. His mysterious musical musings will be balanced by similar work from Sarasota's Ortrotasce, Croissant Park's Möthersky, and Miami's own DJ Ramiro. The show goes down at 8 p.m. at the ICA Miami/Moore Elastika building (191 NE 40th St., Miami). Tickets cost $10. Call 305-722-7100 or visit miamidesigndistrict.net.
Overtown is usually not the first stop on a tourist's list, but 100 years ago, it might have been. The now-historic neighborhood was once a thriving epicenter of music, art, and commerce. It was a home to jazz icons and a beacon of black culture. Today it struggles with crime and poverty, but community organizers hope cultural outreach and education can bring back a bit of that old-time luster. They just need a little help from the rest of Miami. If there ever were a time to relive the best days of Overtown's past, it's the annual Overtown Music and Arts Festival. The all-day affair erects a stage in the Overtown Business District (NW Third Avenue between Ninth and 11th Streets) and fills it with international Grammy-nominated acts. This year's lineup includes performances by Ameriie, Jeremih, Tito Punete Jr., and Estelle, plus tons of local vendors selling tasty treats, jewelry, and crafts. Thanks to support from the Southwest Overtown Park West Community Redevelopment Agency, City of Miami District 5 Commissioner Keon Hardemon, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the festival is free to enjoy for music lovers of all ages. The show runs Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call 786-529-4586 or visit overtownmusicartsfestival.com. See page 43 for an interview with festival headliner Estelle.
Carl Thomas gets down in Overtown.
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James Brown famously sang "It's a Man's World," and in rock 'n' roll, that's usually the case. But fuzzy, headbanging guitar power is a club that's hardly boys only — the likes of Joan Jett, Kim Deal, Carrie Brownstein, and Grace Potter prove it. One organization that looks to be instrumental in encouraging adolescent girls to achieve their inner St. Vincents is the Miami Girls Rock Camp. Founded in 2014, the camp is on a mission "to promote self-esteem, community, and creative expression for young women and girls in Miami." The weeklong camp includes instruction, practice, and songwriting workshops in a variety of instruments and disciplines. It all culminates in the upcoming Grand Finale Showcase. This Sunday, girls ages 8 to 17 will make like Marceline from Adventure Time and, to paraphrase the bass-playing vampire, lay down the most savory licks at the Fillmore Miami Beach. The camp, held at the nearby Miami Beach Community Church, is run entirely by volunteers. The campers write and will perform their original songs at the showcase, making the event a great way to support their hard work and perhaps glimpse a future South Florida rock legend. The Miami Girls Rock Camp Grand Finale Showcase takes place at the Fillmore Miami Beach (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). Doors to the all-ages show open at 4 p.m. Visit miamigirlsrockcamp.org or call 305-673-7300. See page 43 for more about Miami Girls Rock Camp.
It may seem a bit too sweltering for race season, but winter will be here before you know it, so now is the time to up your endurance and give your bod a beating. Thanks to Fit2Run, you can do it at no cost. The running superstore will host Beat the Heat, a free 5K by the bay. The run will kick off at Bayside Marketplace and then head through Bayfront Park and toward Brickell. After you've perspired for 3.1 miles, you can hit up the postrace party. There'll be music, food, games, and raffle giveaways. And no need to feel self-conscious about your sweat. It's July — everyone else will be just as juicy. The event kicks off Sunday at 7 a.m. at Fit2Run at Bayside Marketplace (401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). Visit eventbrite.com and search "Beat the Heat Free 5K" or call 305-379-5625.
There are certain spots on the planet where homosexuals can feel at least moderately safe. For decades, South Florida has been one of them. But after the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, it seemed there was no place where the gay community could be itself in this gun-shaped state. The tragedy quickly became about a lot of things — gun control, terrorism, immigration — but most important, it was about fear. One Miami organization, Pridelines, offers the community a place to grieve and discuss one of the largest mass shootings in this nation. With the town-hall meeting We Stand With Orlando!, queer folk and allies can come together to talk productively and think about what's next. Because the shooting targeted a Latin night at the club, Pridelines will have Central and South Florida chapters of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and Immigration Equality on hand to speak about Immigration Action Orlando, offering pro bono immigration advice to victims of the shooting. Everyone needs time to process the violence erupting all over the country, and We Stand With Orlando! offers a safe haven for that. The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Pridelines (6360 NE Fourth Ct., Miami). Admission is free. Contact email@example.com. Call 305-571-9601 or visit pridelines.org.
Summer in Miami is already sweltering. But get ready for a spike in temperature, because the Miami Salsa Congress is bringing the fire in the form of five days of parties, performances, parties, workshops, and more parties, all designed to keep your hips twisting to the beat. Beginning Wednesday, the five-day Latin music and dance festival will feature a unique compilation of the world's top salsa talent, including local and international touring artists, critically acclaimed dancers, world-class dance instructors, top industry DJs, and award-winning Latin bands. Attendees can enjoy pool parties, dance workshops and showcases, evening parties, and concerts at the Deauville Beach Resort (6701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach). Now in its 15th year, the Miami Salsa Congress boasts its recognition as one of the largest festivals of its kind on the East Coast and is among the top five salsa congresses in the world. Can you handle the nonstop pool jams, soirees, and live concerts with some of the sexiest people on the planet? If you answered yes, this one's for you.
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