17 Best Things to Do in Miami This Week November 6-12, 2023 | Miami New Times

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The 17 Best Things to Do in Miami This Week

Country Bay Music Festival, Florida Grand Opera, Jamaican Jerk Festival, and more can't-miss events in Miami this week.
Katie Parla's Food of the Italian Islands book tour stops at Jaguar Sun on Wednesday, November 8.
Katie Parla's Food of the Italian Islands book tour stops at Jaguar Sun on Wednesday, November 8. Photo by Ed Anderson
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Monday, November 6

Every Monday, brush off the workweek blues with Bateria Saideira at Magic 13 Brewing, a night filled with cold brews and live rehearsals by Miamibloco. The music group is a social club made up of musicians looking to showcase their talents and the cultures they represent. Guests are welcome to take part in all the fun as they sip on a refreshing craft beer under the night sky and jam to Afro-Brazilian rhythms and moving beats. 7 to 10 p.m. Monday, at Magic 13 Brewing Co., 340 NE 61st St, Miami; 786-773-9139; magic13brewing.com. Admission is free via eventbrite.com. Sophia Medina

Tuesday, November 7

Take a culinary journey when Michelin-awarded chefs Olivier Jean and James Friedberg take over two-Michelin-star restaurant L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon for "Switzerland Meets Miami: A Culinary Fusion," curating an exclusive menu of the seemingly disparate cuisines. The pair will meld the Swiss cuisine, which is heavily influenced by its Alpine region, with the Floribbean flavors of Miami. Here's hoping there's a guava-and-cheese fondue on the menu. 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, at L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, 151 NE 41st St., Miami; 305-402-9070; latelier-miami.com. Tickets cost $325 via resy.com. Sophia Medina
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Actors' Playhouse's 36th season opens with Sweet Goats & Blueberry Señoritas by Richard Blanco and Vanessa Garcia.
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Wednesday, November 8

Jaguar Sun hosts the sixth stop of Katie Parla's Food of the Italian Islands book tour on Wednesday. For one night only, savor a delectable four-course menu featuring island-inspired delights like coniglio all'Ischitana (rabbit stew) and insalata de foglie di cappero (caper leaf salad). Complement your meal with a selection of beverages and wines available for purchase. Parla will be in attendance, engaging with guests, sharing travel stories, and autographing books. The ticket includes a signed copy of her best-selling cookbook. 6 p.m. Wednesday, at Jaguar Sun, 230 NE Fourth St., Miami; jaguarsunmia.com. Tickets cost $95 via resy.com. Ashley-Anna Aboreden

Actors' Playhouse kicks off its 36th season with the Miami premiere of Sweet Goats & Blueberry Señoritas, a play written by two of Miami's best, Richard Blanco and Vanessa Garcia. The play follows a Cuban-American baker named Beatriz in Maine as she tries to determine whether she should stay with the community she's developed or reunite with her estranged mother in Miami. It's a tale of belonging and blending childhood recipes with local flavors in her new home, taking you from Miami to Maine and back in a delightful theatrical journey you won't want to miss. 8 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, December 3, at the Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305-444-9293; actorsplayhouse.org. Tickets cost $40 to $85. Ashley-Anna Aboreden
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Nilo Cruz's Un Parque en mi Casa will be performed for the first time in Florida on Thursday, November 9.
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Thursday, November 9

French-Congolese rapper Gims, known for his diverse musical style blending hip-hop, pop, R&B, and reggaeton with African and Middle Eastern influences, graces the stage at the Miami Beach Bandshell on Thursday. Raised in a musical family in France, Gims' journey began in the rap group Sexion d'Assaut before venturing into a successful solo career. He's collaborated with notable artists such as Pitbull, Lil Wayne, Stromae, Maluma, Sting, and Mohamed Ramadan, cementing his status as an international music sensation. 8 p.m. Thursday, at Miami Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; miamibeachbandshell.com. Tickets cost $72.10 to $108.15 via dice.fm. Ashley-Anna Aboreden

Bilingual theater company Arca Images presents Nilo Cruz's Un Parque en mi Casa (A Park in My House) in Florida for the first time. The semi-autobiographical story is one of Cruz's earliest produced works and will be presented in a new Spanish-language version with simultaneous English translation. Set in 1970 Cuba, the play tells the story of five relatives of an improvised family who await the arrival of a Russian who will live with them as part of an international exchange program. The characters struggle with a life full of changes, a divided country, and an uncertain future. 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 5 p.m. Sunday, at Miami-Dade County Auditorium, 2901 W. Flagler St., Miami; arcaimages.com. Tickets cost $25 to $30 via ticketmaster.com. Jose D. Duran
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"Walasse Ting: Parrot Jungle" opens at NSU Art Museum of Friday, November 10.
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Friday, November 10

"Walasse Ting: Parrot Jungle" at NSU Art Museum is a vibrant retrospective of Ting's remarkable artistic legacy. The late painter, a maverick who blended Chinese aesthetics, European avant-garde, and American pop art, is celebrated beyond his iconic 1¢ Life. The exhibition immerses visitors in Ting's neon-infused world, with alluring women, wildlife, and vivid motifs, while also shedding light on his fascinating global journey. South Florida, where Ting felt at home, plays a central role, inspired by his frequent visits and a special connection to the Parrot Jungle wildlife park (now Jungle Island). The exhibition harmoniously connects Ting's work with the museum's CoBrA (Copenhagen, Brussels, and  Amsterdam) collection, underlining his role as a global artist. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through March 12, 2024, at NSU Art Museum, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-525-5500; nsuartmuseum.org. Tickets cost $5 to $16; free for museum members and children 12 and under. Ashley-Anna Aboreden

American indie-pop quartet the Ocean Blue first came together in 1986, releasing its self-titled debut album in 1989. While the record didn't burn up the charts, it did solidify the band as an alternative rock darling, both with critics and fans. Some of the band's best-known tracks over the years include "Between Something and Nothing," "Ballerina Out of Control," and "Sublime." In 2019, the Ocean Blue released its eighth album, Kings and Queens / Knaves and Thieves, and recently remastered its 1999 album, Davy Jones' Locker. On Friday, the band stops at the Ground for its only Florida performance this year; local indie-rock band Jaialai serves as the opener. 7 p.m. Friday, at the Ground, 34 NE 11th St., Miami; thegroundmiami.com. Tickets cost $30 to $60 eventbrite.com. Jose D. Duran

Experimental theater company LakehouseRanchDotPNG presents its latest production, Rabbit, starting Friday. Written by resident playwright Riley Elton McCarthy, the play asks what happens when a home is no longer a home and the lion devours the lamb. The 90-minute, one-act play is classified as horror and will presented at Artistic Vibes through November 19. 8 p.m. Friday through November 19, Artistic Vibes, 8846 SW 129th Ter., Suite B, Miami; lakehouseranchdotpng.com. Tickets cost $20 via eventbrite.com. Jose D. Duran
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Florida Grand Opera will stage Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata on Saturday, November 11.
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Saturday, November 11

Strap on your cowboy hat and boots. The inaugural Country Bay Music Festival takes over the Miami Marine Stadium on Saturday and Sunday. Live and Loud, the festival's organizer, is betting it can lure country music fans to its grounds with Biscayne Bay as the backdrop. Thomas Rhett and Sam Hunt are the headliners, and acts like Chris Young, Lainey Wilson, Lee Brice, Elly King, and Randy Houser are also set to perform. Noon Saturday and Sunday, at Miami Marine Stadium, 3501 Rickenbacker Cswy., Miami; countrybaymusicfestival.com. Tickets cost $143.22 to $1899.99 via countrybay.frontgatetickets.com. Sophia Medina

If you're still ordering Shein by the bulk load, what are you doing? Fast fashion is out; sustainability is in. Thankfully, Little River Flea, the pop-up market filled with an array of vintage and sustainable finds, can help you kick your habit. On Saturday, it's popping up at ZeyZey with a curated lineup of vendors and local businesses selling items like clothing, vinyl, and homemade jewelry. There will also be a pet adoption by Pawsitive Beings Rescue. ZeyZey will be slinging top-notch cocktails, natural wines, and food from its vendors like the Maiz Project and Dale Street Food. Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, at ZeyZey, 353 NE 61st St., Miami; zeyzeymiami.com. Admission is free. Sophia Medina

Last performed by the Florida Grand Opera in 2013, Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata once again hits the stage at the Adrienne Arsht Center. Under the director of Chia Patiño, FGO's production stars Cecilia Violetta López as Violetta Valéry, Pavel Petrov as Alfredo Germont, and Troy Cook as Giorgio Germont. The opera, sung in Italian with English and Spanish projected translations, tells the story of Violetta, the most sought-after courtesan in Paris, with whom Alfredo falls in love, hoping to save her from suffering. However, Alfredo's father, Giorgio, has other plans for his son to save the family from ruin. 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, and 8 p.m. Tuesday, at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722; arshtcenter.org. Tickets cost $26 to $234. Jose D. Duran

Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami kicks off its 2023-24 season with an exciting Latin-themed show, including a dazzling new work danced to live tango music. "Tangos Cristal," choreographed by Leonardo Reale from Argentina and featuring Mariano Mores' iconic tango compositions, arranged especially for the ballet, will feature Gabriel Mores, the composer's grandson, performing parts of the score on stage. The program also features Yanis Pikieris' mesmerizing "Boléro," inspired by Maurice Ravel's Spanish-influenced music, and the world premiere of Pikieris' "Voyager." 8 p.m. Saturday, at the Dennis C. Moss Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St. Miami; 786-573-5300; mosscenter.org. Tickets cost $25 to $45. Ashley-Anna Aboreden
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South Florida Seafood Festival takes over Peacock Park on Sunday, November 12.
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Sunday, November 12

Seafood lovers, rejoice! On Sunday, indulge in the ocean's bounty at the South Florida Seafood Festival. You can enjoy a cornucopia of dishes reeled in by some of Miami's best restaurants. This year's lineup includes Casablanca, Red Zeppelin, Cilantro 27, Taco Baja, and Monstah Lobstah. They'll be serving mouth-watering dishes such as lobster rolls, stone crabs, conch fritters, fish tacos, and ceviche. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, at Regatta Park, 3500 Pan American Dr., Coconut Grove; southfloridaseafoodestival.com. Tickets cost $15 to $59 via eventbrite.com. Sophia Medina

The Miami Rum Renaissance Festival returns on Sunday, delivering a taste of the sugarcane-based spirit. The Coral Gables Woman's Club hosts the 14th edition of the grand tasting event, inviting you to sample rums from all over the world. You'll be able to enjoy unlimited samples, including rare and limited-edition rums. Brand representatives will be in attendance to answer questions and guide you on your rum journey. 12:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday, at the Coral Gables Woman's Club, 1001 E. Ponce De Leon Blvd., Coral Gables; rumrenaissance.com. Tickets cost $49 to $99. Ashley-Anna Aboreden

On Sunday, turn up the heat at the 21st annual Jamaican Jerk Festival at Miramar Regional Park. Savor all the flavors from the Caribbean island nation, everything from jerk chicken and lobster to oxtail and curry goat.  You might even stumble upon jerk oysters and jerk ice cream — is there anything that can't be jerked? Things get even spicier with a performance by Grammy Award-winning band Morgan Heritage. 1 to 10 p.m. Sunday, at Miramar Regional Park, 16801 Miramar Pkwy., Miramar; jerkfestival.com. Tickets cost $40 to $175 via caribtix.com. Sophia Medina

Diwali is a major Hindu celebration symbolizing the victory of light over darkness and good over evil. It involves lighting lamps, prayers, feasts, and festivities, bringing families together to mark the celebratory occasion. On Sunday, Diwali Miami brings the beautiful tradition to South Florida, delivering an authentic experience where the community can come together. The family-friendly event promises music, live entertainment, and more, with Arti Lalwani from Netflix's Indian Matchmaking serving as host. 5 p.m. Sunday, at 2300 N. Miami Ave., Miami; instagram.com/diwalimiami. Tickets cost $35 via diwalimiami.eventbrite.com. Ashley-Anna Aboreden
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