Here's a look at these and more of the best free events happening in Miami this week.
When you’re a little kid and learning words, numbers, emotions, and colors, you need things to be concrete. Your brain can’t handle abstraction just yet. But there comes a time when you should be able to grasp more complicated concepts. Teacher and photographer Carmen Rivero
2018 marks 50 years since the debut of Stanley Kubrick's cinematic sci-fi marvel 2001: A Space Odyssey. To accompany an anniversary run of screenings at Coral Gables Art Cinema, Books & Books will host a panel discussion about the film across the street from the theater. Panelists include Miami Herald writer Rene Rodriguez, Frost Science Museum Astronomy and Exhibition curator Dr. Jorge Perez-Gallego, and New Times contributor Hans Morgenstern. 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; booksandbooks.com. Admission is free.
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Dance classes tend not to come cheap, but thanks to a partnership between the City of Miami Beach and state cultural organizations, locals can partake in a complimentary 30-minute swing dance lesson from four-time World Swing Dance Champion Yuval Hod at the North Beach Bandshell once a month. Nervous about your two left feet? Pregame with happy hour specials beginning one hour before the swingin' starts. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 12, at North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; rhythmfoundation.com. Admission is free.
The Overtown Music & Arts Festival returns to the streets of the historic Miami neighborhood this year with performances by Estelle, Ginuwine, Musiq Soulchild, and more. Over the past few years, the festival has shone a light on the rich cultural history of the historically black neighborhood, which was known as "Miami’s Little Broadway" and frequented by the musical greats of America's jazz and soul music heydays. 11 a.m. Saturday, July 14, at Historic Overtown District, NW Second and NW Third Avenues between NW Eighth and NW Tenth Streets, Miami; overtownmusicartsfestival.com. Admission is free.
With free admission year-round, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami makes itself accessible to the community in the midst of the otherwise ritzy Design District. This Sunday, the whole family is welcome at the museum's first annual children's exhibition, featuring interactive art designed for children of all ages and abilities, and including contributions from artists Laura Marsh and Sondra Perry. 1 p.m. Sunday, July 15, at ICA Miami, 61 NE 41st St., Miami; icamiami.org. Admission is free.