18 Best Things to Do in Miami This Week June 19-25, 2023 | Miami New Times

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The 18 Best Things to Do in Miami This Week

The Juneteenth Experience, Werq the World Tour, Peso Pluma, and more events in Miami this week.
The Juneteenth Experience at Miami Beach Bandshell is one of the best things to do in Miami this week.
The Juneteenth Experience at Miami Beach Bandshell is one of the best things to do in Miami this week. Photo by Osmany Torres
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Monday, June 19

What's a Black celebration without a proper cookout? Little River restaurant Rosie's hosts a Juneteenth Cookout. Chef Akino West has invited former Kyo executive chef Raheem Sealey to bring his Drinking Pig BBQ pop-up and feast. There will also be a whiskey tasting courtesy of Duke & Dame and a Shop Cool pop-up. The event marks Rosie's last service in its backyard space before moving to its summer spot. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, at Rosie's 7127 NW Second Ave., Miami; 305-631-2496; rosiesmia.com. Tickets cost $30 to $45 via resy.com. Jose D. Duran

On Monday, Hued Songs presents the Juneteenth Experience, a multidisciplinary performance celebrating Black culture and community at the Miami Beach Bandshell. The event features spoken word, song, dance, and animation. The cast includes Arsimmer McCoy, Jasmine Williams, Miriam King, J'Von Brown, Darius Manuel, Eden Marte, Chauncy Riley, King Friday, and the Zest Dance Collective under the direction of artist director Gentry George. 6:30 p.m. Monday, at Miami Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; miamibeachbandshell.com. Admission is free with RSVP; VIP tickets cost $150 eventbrite.com. Ashley-Anna Aboreden
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Melanie Martinez stops at Hard Rock Live on Wednesday, June 21.
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Tuesday, June 20

Every Tuesday, Savage Labs extends a warm invitation to musicians to grace the stage during its Open Mic. Whether you're a soulful singer, a skilled guitarist, or a passionate drummer, seize the opportunity to showcase your talents before a live audience. Don't hesitate to attend even if your skills don't lean toward the musical realm. You never know when you might stumble upon Miami's next emerging star. Plus, you can indulge in delectable cocktails and bites. 8 p.m. Tuesday, at Savage Labs, 2451 NW Fifth Ave., Miami; 786-597-3320; savagelabswynwood.com. Admission is free with RSVP via eventbrite.com. Sophia Medina

Wednesday, June 21

Known for her dark and macabre themes, singer-songwriter Melanie Martinez takes the stage at Hard Rock Live on Wednesday. Martinez recently released her third studio album, Portals, which sees the 28-year-old morph into a pink, alien-like creature. It's a departure in theme from her previous albums, Cry Baby and K-12, which explore childhood traumas. If you are wondering if she's truly moved on from that musical period, her video for the single "Death" sees an audience of masked characters placing flowers on Cry Baby's grave. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, at Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 954-797-5531; myhrl.com. Tickets cost $55 to $95 via ticketmaster.com. Ashley-Anna Aboreden

Basement, the nightclub, bowling alley, and skating rink at the Miami Beach Edition presents Stride of Pride on Wednesday night. Hosted by Jasmine Pryce Lords, the party invites you to lace up your bowling shoes for a fast-paced game of speed bowling. The winning team gets $100 off their bar tab and a free ice-skating session. In addition to the rainbow-colored bowling balls, jam along to sounds by Zehno. 9 p.m. Wednesday, at Basement, 2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; basementmiami.com. Admission is free with RSVP via eventbrite.com. Ashley-Anna Aboreden
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No Straight Lines: the Past, Present, and Future of Queer Comics screens at O Cinema on Thursday, June 22.
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Thursday, June 22

On Thursday, Pérez Art Museum Miami celebrates National Caribbean Heritage Month with the sights and sounds of Trinidad and Tobago's world-famous Carnival celebration. Presented by PAMM's Caribbean Cultural Institute, "Carnival: the Sound of a People," organized by trumpeter, percussionist, and composer Etienne Charles, brings the high energy of the Trinbagonian Carnival to the stage with vibrant visuals, a mix of multimedia, colorful costumes, dancing, and traditional carnival characters. Plus, there will be live music by Creole Soul. 7 p.m. Thursday, at Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-375-3000; pamm.org. Admission is free with RSVP. Sophia Medina

O Cinema and PEN America have partnered to present a one-night screening of No Straight Lines: the Past, Present, and Future of Queer Comics. Directed by Vivian Kleiman, the 2021 documentary film looks into the lives of five influential queer American comic book artists who depicted everything from the AIDS crisis, coming out, and same-sex marriage to themes of race, gender, and disability. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Kleiman, film critic Juan Barquin, and artist/musician Cristy C. Road. 7 p.m. Thursday, at O Cinema, 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 786-471-3269; o-cinema.org. Tickets cost $5. Ashley-Anna Aboreden

Friday, June 23

British rock band Black Midi stops at Gramps on Friday as part of its Hellfire Tour. Opening up for the postpunk group is New York-based band YHWH Nailgun. Black Midi burst onto the scene in 2017, consisting of members Geordie Greeps, Cameron Picton, and Morgan Simpson. The band's music style can be defined as a mixture of different forms of the rock genre, including progressive and punk and avant-jazz. The band's debut album, Schlagenhein, received universal acclaim and earned a nomination for the 2019 Mercury Prize. 8 p.m. Friday, at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami, 855-732-8992; gramps.com. Tickets cost $25 to $30 via eventbrite.com. Sophia Medina

Villain Theater once again hosts its annual No Fear, We're Queer Comedy Festival, featuring a cast of all queer comedians. The venue features a long bill of funny people on Friday and Saturday, including Victoria Haig, Rutendo Chimbaru, Cotton Wood, Tarek Turjman, and this year's headliner, Dr. Anna Lepeley. The festival wraps up on Saturday with its grand finale, High Notez: the Improvised Musical, which is precisely what it sounds like — an improvised musical show with live band accompaniment. 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, at Villain Theater, 5865 NE Second Ave., Miami; 786-391-2241; villaintheater.com. Tickets cost $20 to $25 via eventbrite.com. Ashley-Anna Aboreden
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Halsey performs at Hard Rock Live on Saturday, June 24.
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Saturday, June 24

Calling all gym buffs — it's time to show off the hard work you've put in at the 23rd annual Fitness Universe Weekend. Top fitness athletes, bodybuilders, and models are invited to take the stage and showcase their stellar physiques. No matter the phase of your fitness journey, you are still invited to come out and show out. There will be several divisions for the competition, including beginners and juniors. Noon Saturday, at the Ashe Auditorium at James L. Knight Center, 400 SE Second Ave., Miami; 2023.fitnessuniverse.com. Tickets cost $50 to $75; registration costs $375. Sophia Medina

On Saturday, Deering Estate's artist-in-residence Gustavo Matamoros presents "Pitch Dark." Curated from the Subtropics Archive and Sound Art Collection, the program highlights the work of avant-garde composers and radio artists and is designed to be listened to in total darkness. Afterward, stick around to meet the day's special guest, Dr. Guillermo Grenier, the Spanish-speaking voice in Robert Ashley's Yellow Man With Heart With Wings, who will recount his involvement in the project. 2 p.m. Saturday, at Deering Estate Theater, 7220 SW 168th St., Miami; 305-235-1668; deeringestate.org. Admission is free with RSVP via eventbrite.com. Ashley-Anna Aboreden

Spiderman is leaving New York and heading to Miami for a battle unlike ever before. The superhero takes the fight against his enemies to the roller rink, fighting alongside his other spidey friends. Take part in Across the Derbyverse, a rollerskating competition between Spiderman and his villains presented by Miami Roller Derby. Attendees are encouraged to come in cosplay and witness the ultimate showdown. There will be a contest at halftime to pick the best cosplayer. Local vendors such as Goblin's Heist and Wreaths & Things will also be on-site hawking collectibles, crafts, treats, and more. 6 p.m. Saturday, at Miami Springs Recreation Center, 1401 Westward Dr., Miami Springs; miamirollerderby.com. Tickets cost $10 to $20 via eventbrite.com. Sophia Medina

Mexican artist Peso Pluma brings his Doble P Tour to FLA Live Arena in Sunrise on Saturday, with special guest Alemán as the opener. The corrido tumbado singer has seen his profile quickly rise, with countless songs appearing on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart. He collaborated with Latin music acts like Natanael Cano, Luis R. Conriquez, and Nicki Nicole. Peso Pluma is best known for blending the century-old corrido tradition with trap, hip-hop, and urbano. 8 p.m. Saturday, at FLA Live Arena, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; 954-835-7000; flalivearena.com. Tickets cost $34.75 to $294.75 via ticketmaster.com. Jose D. Duran

Pop singer Halsey is back in South Florida, stopping at Hard Rock Live for her 2023 summer tour. The 28-year-old's last significant musical output was 2021's If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power, produced by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. However, she has released tracks like "Stay with Me," which appeared on producer Calvin Harris' album, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2, as well as singles "So Good" and "Die 4 Me." For Saturday's performance, Halsey will be accompanied by a string ensemble. 8 p.m. Saturday, at Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 954-797-5531; myhrl.com. Tickets cost $45.50 to $205 via ticketmaster.com. Ashley-Anna Aboreden

Sorry Papi has only one rule: no boys allowed. The reggaeton-heavy party invites all the ladies looking to have a perreo. Leave the boyfriends at home, get together with your besties, and head to Oasis Wynwood on Saturday night. The girl hang will be filled with all the party essentials, including pink n' pretty cocktails, themed Instagram-worthy photo ops, and music by female DJs. The celebration is meant to empower women and create a safe space for them to have a fun time. 9 p.m. Saturday, at Oasis Wynwood, 2335 N. Miami Ave., Miami; oasiswynwood.com. Tickets cost $25 to $50 via oasismiami.tixr.com. Sophia Medina
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Werq the World Tour brings a spectacle to Hard Rock Live on Sunday, June 25.
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Sunday, June 25

If you've never seen Federico Fellini's surrealist comedy-drama 8 1/2, have you really experienced true cinema? The 1963 film won the Academy Award for "Best Foreign Language Film" and has consistently been cited as a source of inspiration for many of Hollywood's biggest auteurs. Cosford Cinema screens the film on Sunday as part of its Sight & Sound Poll series. 1 p.m. Sunday, at Cosford Cinema, 5030 Brunson Dr., Coral Gables; cosfordcinema.com. Tickets cost $5. Jose D. Duran

On Sunday, Books & Books will host an in-person discussion with Dustin Brookshire, Denise Duhamel, Tyler Gillespie, Caridad Moro-Gronlier, Gregg Shapiro, Nicole Tallman, and Julie Marie Wade on Let Me Say This: a Dolly Parton Poetry Anthology. The book, which Brookshire and Julie E. Bloemeke edited, offers 54 poets' take on Dolly Parton's busty, blonde legacy. Brookshire is a Wilton Manors-based poet, self-professed Dolly fanatic, program director for Reading Queer, and founding chapter president of the South Florida Poets. 4 p.m. Sunday, at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 305-442-4408; booksandbooks.com. Admission is free with RSVP via eventbrite.com. Jose D. Duran

The queens from RuPaul's Drag Race take the stage at Hard Rock Live as part of the Werq the World Tour. Catch your favs like Asia O'Hara, Laganja Estranja, Lady Camden, Bosco, Rosé, and DeJa Skye, as they interpret this year's cyberpunk theme. The show follows along as the queens are unknowingly trapped in the Netwerq and reimagine themselves in a dystopian future. For Florida's LGBTQ community, that dystopian future might already feel like the present, but for one evening, escape for a bit and cheer for the creativity and spectacle put on by these fabulous performers. 8 p.m. Sunday, at Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 954-797-5531; myhrl.com. Tickets cost $65 to $125 via ticketmaster.com. Ashley-Anna Aboreden
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