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The Best Things to Do in Miami This Week

Duran Duran: See Tuesday.
Duran Duran: See Tuesday. Stephanie Pistel
click to enlarge Duran Duran: See Tuesday. - STEPHANIE PISTEL
Duran Duran: See Tuesday.
Stephanie Pistel


Happy birthday to Pérez Art Museum Miami! The beloved local art institution is turning 35, and it's time to party. This month, PAMM's Free Community Night (which happens the first Thursday of each month with free admission) is dubbed "Our Birthday, Your Party." Millionyoung and DJ Ray Milian will perform, and in true PAMM fashion, there will be themed art-making activities. 5 p.m. Thursday at Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; Admission is free.

click to enlarge GroundUp Music Festival: See Friday. - STELLA K
GroundUp Music Festival: See Friday.
Stella K


GroundUp Music Festival is an intimate music festival with a megafest lineup. Headlining this year's three-day affair are Snarky Puppy, Andrew Bird, Lalah Hathaway, Richard Bona, and David Crosby & the Lighthouse Band. Some of the artists also have interactive workshops, so you can complement your rockin' with some learnin'. Friday through Sunday at North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Admission costs $85 for one-day tickets and $225 for three-day passes via

Tyler Perry's lovable Mabel "Madea" Simmons has endeared herself to fans for more than 20 years. And March 1, the Madea chapter will come to a close when the character goes bye-bye in the film A Madea Family Funeral. But before she's given the RIP treatment, Perry is taking her and the family on the road for Tyler Perry's Madea's Farewell Play Tour. Among its stops is downtown Miami this week. 8 p.m. Friday at James L. Knight Center, 400 SE Second Ave., Miami; Tickets cost $45 to $95.

This winter, the modern Peruvian gastrobar Pisco y Nazca is offering the country's national dish, chupe de camarones, as a main-course soup. The thick, rich chowder is made with huacatay, queso fresco, a poached egg, and plenty of tender shrimp. It arrives in a large bowl with white rice and house-made bread ($18). Pisco y Nazca, 8405 Mills Dr., Miami; 305-630-3844; and 8551 NW 53rd St., A101, Doral; 786-805-4344;

click to enlarge South Florida Garlic Fest: See Saturday. - VMA PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIOS
South Florida Garlic Fest: See Saturday.
VMA Photography Studios


Lots of art forms will come together Saturday at ArtCenter/South Florida. During an evening co-presented by IlluminArts, the music program Terence Price II: Here After will own the stage. The work is inspired by the recent photographic exhibition "Dancing in the Absence of Pain," an intimate look at family and community that zooms in on contemporary black life and the often harsh realities that come with it. The program's tunes include classics such as "Amazing Grace" and contemporary pieces like Bill Withers' "Stories." 6:30 p.m. Saturday at ArtCenter/South Florida, 924 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; Admission is free.

That sashay better be on point, because it's time for Catwalk: A Night of Vogue. The sixth edition of the popular catwalk event has found a new home at 1306. Among the many categories in which any guest may participate are runway, realness, face, bizarre, and vogue performance. And you can totally take home some dough for bringing your A-game. This is what you've been practicing for in your bedroom your entire life. 11 p.m. Saturday at 1306, 1306 N. Miami Ave., Miami; $10 at the door.

Forget partying like it's 1999. Let's party like it's the 16th Century. The 27th-annual Florida Renaissance Festival is set to kick off Saturday at Quiet Waters Park. This year's time-traveling affair offers more than 100 artisans selling goods and more than 100 performers mingling about. If you enjoy booze, the onsite pub crawl is always a blast and hits five Ren Fest pubs. Cheers ye, cheers ye! 10 a.m. to sunset Saturday (and Saturdays and Sundays through March 24) at Quiet Waters Park, 401 Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach. Tickets cost $25 for adults via; various discounts are available.

Do you smell that? It's the South Florida Garlic Fest, and, yeah, it's stinky. But there's more to this massive fest than seemingly everything garlic, from ice cream to barbecue. This Saturday, you can catch a set by the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and Sunday, Steel Pulse will tear the garlicky house down. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at John Prince Park, 4759 S. Congress Ave., Lake Worth. Tickets cost $12 via

Adam Sandler always keeps it fresh. Now, apparently, he's getting even fresher. His 100% Fresher Tour is set to roll into the BB&T Center this weekend. Sure, he's been on Saturday Night Live and starred in Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, and a gazillion other movies, but onstage is where he continues to bring his A-game. For this tour, he promises new material and perhaps even a new song or two. 8 p.m. Saturday at the BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; Tickets cost $55.25 to $170.

Fantasy lovers, rejoice. You have an all-new book to binge on, courtesy of the Jamaican-bred, Man Booker Prize-winning Marlon James. Building on African history and mythology, the book Black Leopard, Red Wolf follows a mercenary, Tracker, who's been hired to find a missing child. Along the way and through a lush forest, he encounters creatures and adventures galore. James will be at Books & Books in Coral Gables to chat about the novel. 7 p.m. Saturday at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Tickets cost $30 via

Organized by staff members from Florida International University and the Miami Brewers Alliance, BrewMiami returns with more than 20 breweries and spirits producers, including Lincoln's Beard, Concrete Beach, Tipping Animals, and Islamorada Beer Co. The goal is to promote locally made beer and Miami's burgeoning beer industry through an evening of chilled suds, unlimited food from nearby restaurants, music, and live entertainment. Some event proceeds will benefit United Way. 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Riccardo Silva Stadium, 11310 SW 17th St., Miami, Florida; 305-348-4263. Tickets cost $30 to $60 via

No date for Valentine's Day? In a relationship and want to have fun without a fancy dinner? Meet local singles (or not) and join hundreds of crawlers at a special-edition Valentine's Bar Crawl while sipping drinks across Wynwood. You'll start at Shots and continue to El Patio, No. 3 Social, Barter, Cafeina, the Butcher Shop, and Centro. Besides enjoying one included drink at each venue, take advantage of additional drink specials, giveaways, and no cover at any of the participating bars. 7 p.m. Saturday at Shots Miami, 311 NW 23rd St., Miami. Tickets cost $10 to $30 via

click to enlarge PAMM's Free Community Night: See Thursday. - COURTESY OF PAMM
PAMM's Free Community Night: See Thursday.
Courtesy of PAMM


Drink some Jameson and support a good cause? Yes, please. The Love Thy Neighborhood Block Party Tour will stop in the 305 this Sunday. All proceeds from the event will go to Keep America Beautiful, a nonprofit dedicated to helping local communities stay beautiful, green, and clean. Expect Jameson cocktail samplings, craft beer tastings, and whiskey education sessions led by a Jameson master. 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Soho Studios, 2136 NW First Ave., Miami. Tickets cost $35 via

All kinds of unexpected and fun folks come together for Curator Culture events at the Bass. Sunday's shindig will be no exception when activist Kimberly Drew and New York Times op-ed columnist Charles Blow sit down for a curated conversation titled "Seen and Heard: The Elements of Style in Art and Politics." The sit-down will be moderated by writer Tim Healy, and the series aims to answer a simple question: What is really worth our time? 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Bass, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; Admission cost $10, and RSVP is required.

Brunch before bros! Celebrate with your girls at the Galentine's Brewzy Brunch. Sip Rosé Ale beermosas while enjoying fare catered by Hummingbird Table. Strike a pose in the photo booth, and post your most scandalous admissions on the anonymous confession wall. Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Concrete Beach Brewery, 325 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-796-2727; Admission is free.

click to enlarge Japanese Breakfast: See Monday. - JACKIE LEE YOUNG
Japanese Breakfast: See Monday.
Jackie Lee Young


You might not know what people eat in the morning in Japan, but you absolutely should know Japanese Breakfast, the delightful indie-rock-pop project of Philly-bred songstress Michelle Zauner. Japanese Breakfast, which is set to perform at Gramps this week, boasts two albums: its 2016 debut, Psychopomp, and the highly acclaimed and wonderfully dreamy Soft Sounds From Another Planet, released in 2017. 8:30 p.m. Monday at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; Tickets cost $20.

Valentine's Day comes early at Concrete Beach Brewery's Concrete Couples. Test your love in games of couples-themed trivia while enjoying beers and bites. Single? Don't worry — you can still participate in trivia night, so stop by and compete for the win. 8 to 11 p.m. Monday at Concrete Beach Brewery, 325 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-796-2727; Admission is free.


Duran Duran is decades old, but the band is still ready and able to rock a sold-out Fillmore this week. In addition to the classics — "Girls on Film," "Save a Prayer," and "The Reflex," among others — count on some newbies from the English foursome, including nuggets from Paper Gods, which dropped in 2015. 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7300; Tickets are sold out.


The South Korean girl group Red Velvet, with two studio albums and a handful of EPs topping the Korean charts, is among the hottest on the K-pop scene. If you're not familiar with this five-some, listen to the hypnotic singles "Red Flavor" and "Power Up" and you'll be on the wagon in no time. 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7300; Tickets cost $73 to $203 via

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