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The Best Free Events in Miami This Week

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Welcome to the first full week of 2019. Did you splurge on champagne this New Year's Eve? Whether you balled-out on dinner, drinks, or admission to the best parties in the city, odds are that last Monday's festivities burned a hole in your pocket. So you'll be glad to know there's plenty to do in Miami this week without spending a dime. Take advantage of ladies' night during Boombox's Blame It on the Disco event this Thursday. And if you want to keep the party going, head to the Anderson Saturday night for the bar's New Order concert afterparty.

Here are the best free events happening in Miami this week:

Screenwriters, playwrights, and actors come beautifully together in a unique performance space for an equally unique concept. It's called Naked Angels x FilmGate Miami. It was an idea that stemmed from New York City in the '80s with the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, and now it has a weekly version in the 305. Come perform and share your talents with your fellow creatives. Capacity for this event is 50 people, so get moving or wait till the next one. 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 8, at FilmGate Miami, 168 SE First St., Miami. Admission is free; RSVP via

You don't always have to resort to just tacos on Tuesday. Maybe watch a movie instead. Hôtel Gaythering offers the Monthly Screening Series, with free admission, complimentary popcorn, and two-for-one drinks. This month, check out the hilarious 2013 flick GBF, starring Paul Iacono and Michael J. Willett. 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 8, at Hôtel Gaythering, 1409 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; Admission is free.
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Forty years removed from the '70s, disco is still alive. For one magical night at Boombox, Blame It on the Disco will present live DJ sets by Enrique Quintero, Jorge Sotolongo, and the D.C.-bred Miks. It's all designed to get you to do the hustle and whatever corny dance moves your heart desires. Thursday is always ladies' night at Boombox, so if you're a lady, enjoy free booze and drink specials from 9 to 11 p.m. too. 9 p.m. Thursday, January 10, at Boombox, 3456 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-814-4548; Admission is free.

It's time you read a modern-day version of Homer's Odyssey. Chigozie Obioma's touching tale, An Orchestra of Minorities, follows Chinonso, a young poultry farmer. He falls in love with Ndali, a young woman he saves from a near-death experience but ultimately realizes they are from two different places in society. Their journey of love takes them throughout the world. And Obioma's novel takes him to Coral Gables for a chat this week. 7 p.m. Friday, January 11, at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 305-442-4408; Admission is free; RSVP via

Miami was quite rebellious during Prohibition. The city was home to speakeasies and rum havens both on- and offshore. Now you can learn all about that boozy era and the interesting local objects from it, plus sip cocktails made from vintage recipes. Wolfsonian chief librarian Frank Luca and Bookleggers Library founding director Nathaniel Sandler will lead this special event, Into the Stacks. 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, January 11, at the Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-531-1001; Admission is free with RSVP.
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New Order
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Did you sleep on tickets to New Order's Saturday-night concert at the Fillmore? Tickets have been sold out for weeks, but you can still make it to the next-best thing. True Faith: A New Order After Party will go down at the Anderson for those who want to keep the party going as well as those who didn't get to LiveNation quickly enough. The afterparty includes a performance by Ordinary Boys, a Smiths and Morrissey tribute band. 11:30 p.m. Saturday, January 12, at the Anderson, 709 NE 79th St., Miami; Admission is free.

If you've ever wanted to take your dog to the movies, here's a chance. Bark-Off 2019 at the New World Center will show top flicks from the 2018 Canine Film Festival as well as previews of coming attractions at this year's fest (happening in July in Coconut Grove). At 7 p.m., there will be a fashion parade with adorably clad dogs; at at 8 p.m., movie showings will begin outside on the 7,000-square-foot wall. 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, January 12, at New World Center, 500 17th St., Miami Beach; Admission is free; register via for a complimentary goody bag for your dog.
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Celia Almeida is the digital editor of American Way and the former arts and music editor of Miami New Times. Her writing has been featured in Venice, Paper, and Billboard; and she co-hosts Too Much Love on Jolt Radio.
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