The best time of the week is finally here — the weekend — and Miami offers just about every activity. It’s three days of a festive cacophony of music, art, and frosty libations. This Saturday, Trick Daddy will come home for a show at a venue that has become as much an unexpected institution as he: Churchill’s.
Mel Gorham at Books & Books: Stage and screen aficionados might remember actress Mel Gorham from the '90s NBC sitcom Union Square or on Broadway in Hair. But here in Miami, Gorham is also known as a hometown woman of Catholic-Cuban and
Jewish-Americandescent. She’s a University of Miami alumna who stayed in town to earn a BFA in theater. Although Gorham left Miami for New York after graduation, she eventually returned to South Beach just a few years ago. And for the upcoming Coral Gables Gallery Night opening, Gorham will display some of her most recent paintings and photographs. Additionally, the independent bookstore’s Steve Moss will lead a conversation with the actress/artist.
Laura Lima at ICA: The Brazilian artist has strung industrial nylon rope from the signature support beams of the Moore Building, tangling and braiding them from a giant web into an ever-diminishing tether attached, at the small end, to a female body. It's all in keeping with Lima's tendency to juxtapose human forms with thought-provoking objects in her work, which has been shown from Sweden and Argentina to New York City. The exhibit at the ICA, however, is Lima's debut solo museum exhibition.
Blue Star Museums Initiative at PAMM: As part of the nationwide initiative Blue Star Museums, a dozen cultural institutions are offering free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families. The collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America runs May 31, Memorial Day, through September 5, Labor Day.
The Wolfsonian-FIU Book Club at the Wolfsonian-FIU: This edition will cover The Havana Habit. Written by Gustavo
Firmat, the book is about Cuba’s influence on U.S. culture, from mambo to cigars to everyone’s favorite SoBe cocktail: the mojito. The topic reflects the museum’s current exhibit, "Promising Paradise: Cuban Allure, American Seduction."
Trick Daddy at Churchill's: When he’s done touring with Juvenile and Bun B, the Liberty City native will return home for a show at a venue that has become as much an unexpected institution as T Double D: Churchill’s Pub. This Saturday, the Miami Dolphins' biggest fan and star of ghetto hits such as “Nann Nigga,” “Shut Up,” and “Take It to da House” is set to perform at one of South Florida’s most beloved dive bars for a concert stacked with local talent.
Train Day at Gold Coast Railroad Museum: In conjunction with the holiday, the Gold Coast Railroad Museum will open for its regular free first-Saturday promotion. The event includes a number of additional activities for kids and adults. Food and drink stands will be set up alongside other vendors and a bounce house.
Carmen at YoungArts: The classic Bizet opera has been performed across the globe, but until now, it has never gotten the full Miami treatment. Directed by Jay Scheib, a renowned theatrical mastermind known for remixing and adapting both classic and contemporary plays, this version of Carmen merges the worlds of film and theater, with five interactive vignettes to be screened and performed live by program alumni.
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Lincoln Road Farmers Market at Lincoln Road Mall: You’ll find a spectacular display of fruits, veggies, fresh flowers and plants, bread, honey, jams, and other items that people in other parts of the country have to buy indoors.
Remote Miami by
Questaliveat Cityof Miami Cemetery (1800 NE Second Ave.): Remote Miami is the latest installment of Remote X, a global, pedestrian-based live-art experience and movement where participants are challenged to rethink how the city around them is built and what it means to be "alive" and human. As Heather, an artificial intelligence (AI) voice feeds them thought- provokingideas through noise-canceling headphones, participants become increasingly aware of their surroundings. For more information, visit remote.miami.com.