The Best Things to Do in Miami This Week

Penn & Teller: See Thursday.
Penn & Teller: See Thursday.
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Ready to get scandalous? The 1923 play Indecent, written by Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel, was ahead of its time. It zoomed in on a Jewish brothel owner and a bit of lesbian love. At the time, some viewers loved its risqué approach, and some absolutely hated it. Now it's arrived nearly 100 years later, directed by GableStage's Joseph Adler and starring David Kwiat, Hannah Benitez, and Kelly Pekar. 8 p.m. Thursday and select dates through February 24 at GableStage, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables; gablestage.com. Tickets cost $15 to $50.

Convincing magic shows are hard to come by. To see one this week, head up to Hollywood. Vegas mainstays Penn & Teller are set to hit the Hard Rock Event Center Thursday evening. Buddies since the '70s, the two have a style of contrast and hilarity. Pro tip: If you want to geek out your tricks using some Penn & Teller sleight of hand, their 1989 book, Cruel Tricks for Dear Friends, is awesome. 8 p.m. Thursday at Hard Rock Event Center, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood. Tickets cost $40 to $85 via ticketmaster.com.

Cher. Madonna. Bono. What do they have in common? They're all one-name phenoms. So is Anika, who will rock a solo live set at Floyd this Thursday evening. Her style is multigenre, spanning electronic and postpunk goodness. She's had some pretty cool jobs that have surely inspired her work, including being a poet and a political journalist. 11 p.m. Thursday at Floyd, 34 NE 11th St., Miami; floydmiami.com. Tickets cost $10 to $15.

If you're not up on young adult fiction, you probably have no idea what the Grishaverse is. But readers of Leigh Bardugo know she's a big deal. The number-one New York Times best-selling author is trekking across this great land in support of her latest book, King of Scars. She'll hit Books & Books for a unique engagement, preceded by a fan meetup at Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ this Thursday evening. The Grishaverse, for the uninitiated, is loaded with magic, science, and all kinds of characters you'll adore. It's never too late to be a part of it. 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ, 3010 De Soto Blvd., Coral Gables; eventbrite.com. Tickets cost $19.99.

If you missed the chance to try the legendary sticky-bun doughnut at the Salty Donut a few months ago, don't worry: It's officially back at the Wynwood shop until Sunday. Drenched in a roasted-pecan/toffee-rum glaze and topped with caramelized pecans, each $6.50 treat encases a famous Knaus Berry Farm cinnamon roll inside a thick layer of the Salty Donut's signature 24-hour brioche dough. Then the whole thing is fried, baked, and garnished by hand at the shop. The flavor debuted in March 2016, marking the first time the Salty Donut and Knaus Berry Farm, both known for outrageously long lines, teamed up to make their most indulgent treat to date, which, naturally, resulted in even longer lines. Now is your chance to try it one more time. 7:30 a.m. until sold out now through Sunday at the Salty Donut, 50 NW 23rd St., Miami; 305-925-8126; saltydonut.com.

Anika: See Thursday.
Anika: See Thursday.
Shinya Kato


Miami's most creative queer festival is back, bitches. This year's Wigwood theme is "Deep-Sea Creatures," and there are three unique events for attendees to get their mermaid on. First, there will be a four-hour yacht party Friday evening that cruises around Biscayne Bay. Saturday, a daylong festival loaded with DJs and vendors will go down at Gramps. And Sunday, there will be a free pool party and barbecue at the Freehand. Friday through Sunday at various locations; wigwoodmiami.com. Admission prices vary from free to $55.

Everyone's favorite Mexican cowboy is hitting the 305. Pedro Herrera, known by his alter ego Chingo Bling, will deliver a couple of musical and parody-filled shows this weekend as part of his Latino AF Tour. Mixing rap and laughs, the Houston-bred comedian boasts more than 20 albums to his name. He also has several nicknames, including the "Ghetto Vaquero, "Tamale Kingpin," and "Versace Mariachi." 8 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday at Miami Improv, 3450 NW 83rd Ave., Doral; miamiimprov.com. Tickets cost $25 to $45.

As if you need another reason to look forward to the weekend, try this: late-night happy hour at Ariete. Before heading home Fridays and Saturdays, hit up the Coconut Grove restaurant, the home of killer drink specials, comfort-food-inspired bites (think fritas and burgers), and a rotating selection of pastelitos by Miami's own Pastelito Papi. No need to be limited to the bar, either — after-hours specials are available in the dining room and on the patio too. 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays at Ariete, 3540 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove; 305-640-5862; arietemiami.com.

Inside Gianni's Suite at the Versace Mansion awaits an intimate four-seat sushi bar, complete with a self-service sake machine, a fireplace, and a 60-minute omakase experience. Think of Sushi by Bou, which includes three locations in New York City, as an incredibly small Japanese speakeasy. For $125 per person, you can engage in an hourlong meal with numerous small dishes, which might range from smoked lean tuna to uni sea urchin or a scallop topped with lightly smoked charcoal salt. Every Sushi by Bou dining experience begins almost immediately when you enter the Versace Mansion. Once you're checked in at the front desk, an attendant will hand over a keycard and escort you to the 500-square-foot Gianni's Suite, which houses the makeshift restaurant. 1116 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; sushibybou.com. Cost is $125 per person; reservations are required.

Wigwood: See Friday.EXPAND
Wigwood: See Friday.
Karli Evans


Wanna get all sultry, '90s-style? A handful of the R&B artists so many people got jiggy with in the Clinton era have come together for Love in the '90s. Among the artists you can catch are the "In My Bed" and "How Deep Is Your Love" singers of Dru Hill, "What Could Have Been" smooth-ster Ginuwine, and Donell Jones, who always knows "What's Up." 8 p.m. Saturday at James L. Knight Center, 400 SE Second Ave., Miami; jlkc.com. Tickets cost $63 to $122.

We could all use a little of the tranquility that comes with jazz. Fortunately, WDNA has another Jazz Encounter on the calendar. The series spotlights young, budding local musicians, and for this roundit's saxophonist David Leon, joined by bassist Lowell Ringel and drummer Stephen Boegehold. Born and bred in Miami, Leon is the 2017 winner of the prestigious ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer's Award. 7:30 p.m. Saturday at WDNA Jazz Gallery, 2921 Coral Way, Miami; wdna.org. Admission costs $10.

Your significant other who is horrible with directions might not enjoy this one. But for everyone who loves maps, the 2019 Miami International Map Fair will be way too cool. This year's show boasts more than 30 map dealers from around the world, showcasing antique maps, books, and atlases. Expect noteworthy speakers as well, including guests from the MacLean Collection, Queen Mary University of London, and Arizona State University. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at HistoryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; historymiami.org. Adult nonmember admission costs $15; various discounts are available.

Get ready to drink up, because the WakeFest Invitational, the annual festival that celebrates the craft of independent brewers, is set to return. More than 120 independently owned craft breweries from across the globe are expected to participate. Included in those anticipated attendees are eight of the top ten craft brewers in the world (according to RateBeer). Almost all of the breweries are from out of state and have been selected and invited by the J. Wakefield Brewing team, and most brewers pouring at WakeFest come to South Florida only for this festival. General-admission tickets include unlimited samples and a collectible acrylic sample glass. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd St., Miami. Tickets cost $75 to $350 via jwakefieldbrewing.com.

Dessert Wars is set to return with more than 20,000 sweets ready to be devoured. Expect about 50 vendors and numerous stands piled with cupcakes, cookies, brownies, doughnuts, and other confections. Several vendors will offer gluten-free and vegan options. Confirmed participants include One Love Cakes, Twice as Sweet Cakes & Cupcakes, and Sweetz by Niyaah. Guests will receive a ballot to rank every vendor on a scale of one to three; the highest-scoring vendor will win. Tickets include a limited number of vouchers that can be traded for dessert samplings. VIP tickets include samplings from all vendors and early entrance at 4 p.m. Each guest also gets a to-go box to stash a few treats for the road. 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Ocean Bank Convocation Center, 1180 SW 113th Ave., Miami; dessertwarsmiami.com. Tickets cost $20 to $40 via eventbrite.com.

Sevendust: See Monday.
Sevendust: See Monday.
Travis Shinn


LGBTQ BBQ. That's a lot of letters. But beyond having a great ring to it, the LGBTQ Family BBQ is an event happening Sunday at Greynolds Park. Families of all backgrounds are invited to join the fun, which includes drinks, a face painter, a bounce house, live entertainment, and other diversions in a comfy setting. The event was created by the Aqua Foundation for Women, which has helped thousands of local women through grants, scholarships, and various initiatives. Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Greynolds Park, 17530 W. Dixie Hwy., North Miami Beach. Admission is free; RSVP via eventbrite.com.

Looking for big fun while you watch the big game? The Black Archives and Black Smoke are bringing back the annual Super Bowl Watch Party. Sponsored by the Southeast Overtown Park West Community Development Association, this free community gathering will offer much more than football. In addition to watching the big game, enjoy billiards, beanbag toss, a cigar lounge, and cash bars. 6 p.m. to midnight Sunday at the Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater Cultural Arts Complex, 819 NW Second Ave., Miami; eventbrite.com. Admission ranges from free to $500 with VIP options.

It's hard out there for a woman. But it's especially hard for the women of The Girlfriends (Le Amiche), the classic Italian drama. The story follows Clelia, who simply wants to move back to her hometown of Turin and open a fashion boutique but ends up befriending a trio of women suffering woes from relationship troubles to suicidal tendencies. Viewers can also catch the Wolfsonian-FIU's "Made in Italy: MITA Textile Design" exhibition, in partnership with the Cinematheque, across the street. 6 p.m. Sunday, February 3, at the Miami Beach Cinematheque at Historic City Hall, 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; mbcinema.com. Tickets cost $11.


Time is flying. Case in point: Sevendust turns 25 years old this year. And the nu-metal, Atlanta-bred band clearly isn't slowing down anytime soon. With dates booked through April (including a swing through Australia), the fivesome will play an intimate show at Revolution Live this Monday evening. The band's latest album, All I See Is War, hit shelves last year, and classic singles such as "Denial," "Waffle," and "Enemy" are always rockin' listens. 5 p.m. Monday at Revolution Live, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $26.50 via ticketmaster.com.


What's that noise you hear coming from Churchill's Pub? It's the International Noise Conference! The five-day affair, kicking off this Tuesday, features more than 200 artists performing 15-minute-or-less sets. The bulk of the bands will play next Thursday through Saturday, but you can check out a good chunk of acts this Tuesday, including Two Coin, Dog Heat, and Fatplastik. 9 p.m. Tuesday through February 9 at Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami; churchillspub.com. Admission is free.

Near the top of the list of musicals you should see is Les Misérables. The piece is always an emotional roller coaster, set in 19th-century France and touching on broken dreams, love, and redemption. More than 70 million people have seen it since its 1985 Broadway debut, and now it's your turn. The touring show is set to stop in Miami this week. 8 p.m. Tuesday through February 10 at Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; arshtcenter.org. Tickets cost $39 to $120.


In the land of goth rock, Bauhaus is royalty. Last year, the England-bred band marked the 40th year since its inception. To celebrate, frontman Peter Murphy is hitting the road. For his gig in Miami, he'll be joined by Bauhaus bassist David J, and they're ready to perform the band's iconic 1980 LP, In the Flat Field, in its entirety. 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Ground, 34 NE 11th St., Miami; thegroundmiami.com. Tickets cost $35 to $200.

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