Here are the best free events happening in Miami this week.
The Emperor of Shoes is a book by Boston-born author Spencer Wise, who teaches at Florida State University. It tells the story of a 26-year-old who goes to China to run his father's shoe company. He finds that the place exploits its workers, and he bonds with a seamstress who is also a political organizer. He's torn between his crappy father's bad business and his morals and new friend. Wise is headed to Books & Books for a reading. Could someone please ask him to send a copy to Ivanka Trump? 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, at Books & Books in Coral Gables, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; booksandbooks.com. Admission is free with book purchase.
tidaltownhalls.org. Admission is free.
Fantastic Mr. Fox is a quirky, stop-motion-animated 2009 film by Wes Anderson. It features the voices of some of the biggest names in showbiz, including George Clooney and Meryl Streep, narrating the story of Mr. Fox and his family on an adventure. Mr. Fox plans to bring down big, bad farmers. It's a complicated kids' movie about community that was adapted from a Roald Dahl book. Find out how much the film and book have in common at Miami Theater Center, where the film will screen alongside dramatic readings from the book. 6 p.m. Wednesday, August 1, at Miami Theater Center, 9806 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores; mtcmiami.org. Admission is free.
Nigerian photographer and independent filmmaker Andrew Dosunmu began his career directing music videos for the likes of Issac Hayes and Talib Kweli, and he's gone on to collaborate with A$AP Rocky, Erykah Badu, Common, and others before directing films Relentless City, Mother of George, and Where Is Kyra? This Thursday, he'll sit down with author and former Fader editor-in-chief Knox Robinson for an engaging discussion about identity, diaspora, and the like. The conversation is part of Miami's ongoing Black Lounge Film Series. 6 p.m. Thursday, August 2, at Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; eventbrite.com. Admission is free.
First Friday is upon us yet again. First Fridays at ICA Miami are always a stellar option. Going down in the Design District, First Fridays celebrate all mediums of art, from film screenings to exhibition tours to public art institutions, so your Friday will never, ever be boring. First Fridays are free and presented in part with the folks at Mini USA. 6 p.m. Friday, August 3, at Institute of Contemporary Art, 61 NE 41st St., Miami; icamiami.org. Admission is free.
muce305.org. Admission is free with RSVP.
Miami has never been known as a hippie hotbed. But the truth is, the Magic City has always had a pretty strong hippie culture simmering behind the South Beach façade. And for a long time, Moksha Arts Collective has been its cauldron. It will host SOMA this Saturday with an outrageously large array of performers and media. Soma, they say, is "the drink of immortality, an offering to the gods," and the exhibition will include a virtual gallery (with VR) and a long list of artists including Bhakti Baxter and Lebo and the debut of a new mural. Myriad musicians — such as Cuci Amador and Tony Smurphio from Afrobeta, some of the folks of Elastic Bond and Xperimento, Spam Allstars, and others — are set to perform. It'll be a blissed-out evening with good vibes to match. 7 p.m. Saturday, August 4, at Moksha Arts Collective, 599 NW 71st St., Miami; mokshafamily.com. Admission is free from 7 to 9 p.m. and is a $10 donation after 9.