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The 17 Best Things to Do in MiamI This Week

Hadestown at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts: See Tuesday
Hadestown at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts: See Tuesday Photo by Matthew Murphy

Monday, December 5

Unwind from the Miami Art Week chaos at Peacock Park with Meditation Monday. Led by Cin Rondon, the class welcomes you to participate in an hourlong session to create positivity and produce good energy. Guests from all levels are invited to bring a mat to center their chakras and to exhale all the negativity and stresses from their daily life. 6:30 p.m. Monday, at Peacock Park, 2820 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove; coconutgrove.com. Admission is free with RSVP via grovefit.eventbrite.com. Sophia Medina

Tuesday, December 6

You don't have to be a fan of Broadway musicals to know about Hadestown. Winner of eight Tony Awards, including "Best Musical," and the Grammy Award for "Best Musical Theater Album," the production arrives at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday. Hadestown combines two mythic legends: Orpheus and Eurydice and King Hades and his wife Persephone. It's a unique telling of some of the oldest stories with singular music to match. 8 p.m. Tuesday through December 11, at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722; arshtcenter.org. Tickets cost $35 to $165. Ashley-Anna Aboreden

Wednesday, December 7

On Wednesday, author Lily Brooks-Dalton stops at Books & Books to discuss her latest novel, The Light Pirate. The book is set in Florida in a possibly not-so-distant future as the environment changes and communities are torn. Brooks-Dalton's work should be added to your reading list if you are a fan of novels like Station Eleven and Where the Crawdads Sing. During her appearance in Coral Gables, Brooks-Dalton will be in conversation with investigative reporter Mario Ariza, formerly of the Sun-Sentinel and now at Floodlight. 7 p.m. Wednesday, at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 305-442-4408; booksandbooks.com. Admission is free with RSVP via eventbrite.com. Ashley-Anna Aboreden

Every Wednesday, Hotel Greystone hosts its Cabaret Night and New York-style piano bar at the Greystone Jazz Bar. Grab a seat and enjoy drinks at the bar in the dimly lit space with piano music and a jazz ensemble to tie the evening together. While enjoying the atmosphere, make sure to order a drink at the bar like the "S'il Vous Plaît" (Botanist gin, amaro Montenegro, and Lillet blanc) or the "Bowd Blvd." (Russell's Reserve bourbon, Campari, and sweet vermouth). 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, at the Hotel Greystone, 1920 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-847-4000; greystonehotel.com. Admission is free with RSVP via eventbrite.com. Sophia Medina
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Lotus at North Beach Music Festival: See Friday
Photo by Ben Wong

Thursday, December 8

Get into the holiday spirit with award-winning vocalist Nicole Henry as she looks back at her concept of "home" during the end-of-the-year season. During her ninth-annual winter concert, you can expect a set of celebratory tracks from different genres, including soul, gospel, disco, and jazz, in addition to holiday classics. Proceeds from the concert will benefit SAVE, a South Florida organization fighting for the rights of the LGBTQ community, and the Miami Music Project, a program that offers free music education to create social change. 8 p.m. Thursday, at the Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 305-674-1040; miaminewdrama.org. Tickets cost $30 to $125. Sophia Medina

Back in the early 2000s, Murder Inc. dominated the charts. At its center were rapper Ja Rule and singer Ashanti. The latter's 2002 self-titled debut was buoyed by the hit singles "Foolish" and "Baby," while Ja Rule found pop levels of success with his 2021 album Pain Is Love and 2002's The Last Temptation. And who can forget when the pair came together for "Always on Time"? You can catch them together again when they headline Jingle Jam at Hard Rock Live on Thursday. Fat Joe, Plies, and Trina are also on the bill. 8 p.m. Thursday, at Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 954-797-5531; myhrl.com. Tickets cost $55 to $305 via ticketmaster.com. Ashley-Anna Aboreden
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Vibra Urbana at Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo: See Saturday
Photo by Ben Weickert

Friday, December 9

Kicking off on Friday, the North Beach Music Festival returns to the Miami Beach Bandshell for its second year for three days of jam bands. This year's headliners are Moe., Lotus, and Lettuce, with acts like Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Dopapod, Antibalas, Trouble No More, Keller Williams, Doom Flamingo, and Brandon "Taz" Niederauer further down the bill. Although the term "jam band" is sometimes used as a genre moniker, it includes a range of styles from jazz to classic rock and funk, so expect a little bit of everything throughout the weekend. 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday, and 2 to 10 p.m. Sunday, at the Miami Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; northbeachmusicfestival.com. Tickets cost $65 to $500 via dice.fm. Sophia Medina

The South Florida tradition lives on as the family-friendly musical Mouse King returns to share the story of The Nutcracker from a whole new perspective. The theater production reimagines the holiday classic with mice who eventually discover that the "key to Christmas" is love and performer by master puppeteers. The play was conceived by Sesame Street and Jim Henson Company veteran Noel MacNeal and award-winning singer-songwriter Jim Camacho. 7 p.m. Friday and Sunday and 1 p.m. Saturday and Monday, at the Mandelstam Theater, 8530 SW 57th Ave., South Miami; mousekingtickets.com. Tickets cost $35 to $60. Sophia Medina

Step into the Jazz Age when the historic Deering Estate hosts the fifth-annual Mistletoe & Martinis on Friday. The festive party also serves to commemorate the centennial celebration of the estate's Stone House. Don't be afraid to arrive decked out in your best Roaring Twenties attire as you sample bites from NaiYaRa, Seawell Fish N' Oyster, Joe's Stone Crab, Pubbelly Sushi, Chef Adrianne's, and more. And the aforementioned martinis will be crafted with Voli 305 vodka and Whitley Neill gin. Adding to the holiday atmosphere, the FIU School of Music will provide the entertainment, featuring classical pieces and holiday jazz standards. 7:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, at the Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Miami; 305-235-1668; deeringestate.org. Tickets cost $175 to $1,800. Ashley-Anna Aboreden

Italian rock group Måneskin stops at Hard Rock Live on Friday as part of the quartet's Loud Kids Tour. The band started out busking on the streets of Rome as teenagers, gaining prominence after appearing on the Italian edition of the X Factor in 2017. Måneskin's star rose further after the band won the Eurovision song contest 2021, catapulting it to international fame. The band is a mix of pop, glam rock, and alternative, with influences like Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie, and the Rolling Stones apparent in its live performance and studio work. 8 p.m. Friday, at Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 954-797-5531; myhrl.com. Tickets cost $35 to $69.50 via ticketmaster.com. Jose D. Duran
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Nu Deco Ensemble at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts: See Saturday
Photo by Alex Markow

Saturday, December 10

Get on your horses and ride out to La Ciudad Que Progresa on Saturday for Unbranded Brewing Co.'s second-annual Maverick Town craft beer fair in Hialeah. The brewery is serving unique craft beers from all over the U.S. that are sure to rope in enthusiasts with their delicious and refreshing tastes. Hialeah cowboys can pair their experience with savory foods delivered by local vendors. Plus, there'll be fun activities for all to enjoy, including carnival games, live music, and live wrestling. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, at Unbranded Brewing Co., 1395 E. 11th Ave., Hialeah; 786-332-3097; unbrandedbrewing.com. Admission is free. Sophia Medina

These days, reggaeton and Latin trap are at their peak in popularity. Even American audiences can seem to get enough of it. Coming to capitalize on the genre's popularity is Vibra Urbana, which returns to the Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo Grounds on Saturday and Sunday. This year's headliners are Maluma, Don Omar, J Balvin, and Nick Jam. However, there's also plenty of talent further down the bill, including Jhayco, Sech, Feid, Mora, and Lunay. 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo, 10901 SW 24th St., Miami; vibraurbanafest.com. Tickets cost $129 to $999 via seetickets.us. Jose D. Duran

South Florida might not have snow days or Christmas tree farms, but we do have holiday boat parades. The Winterfest Boat Parade takes place on Saturday, bringing holiday cheer and twinkling lights to Fort Lauderdale's New River. The 12-mile parade route attracts millions of viewers as hundreds of boats decked out in lights make their way to the Intracoastal Waterway. While you can watch the parade from anywhere along the parade route, there is an official viewing area at Las Olas Intracoastal Promenade Park Gates, which opens at 4 p.m. while the parade kicks off at 6:30. 4 p.m. Saturday, at Las Olas Intracoastal Promenade Park, 300 Las Olas Cir., Fort Lauderdale; winterfestparade.com. Tickets cost $20 to $25. Ashley-Anna Aboreden

Who says you only have to be passionate about one thing? The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz will host the fifth edition of MAS Miami on Saturday. MAS stands for music, arts, and sports and takes place at Wynwood Marketplace, featuring live music, art, professional athletes, a domino tournament, and a World Cup watch party. G Love and Patrick and the Swayzees will perform live, while Zoo Miami's Ron Magill will unretire his "Sex and the Animals" presentation for the event. It all adds up to nine hours of Miami-style fun. 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, at Wynwood Marketplace, 2250 NW Second Ave., Miami; maslebatard.com. Tickets cost $40 to $610 via eventbrite.com. Jose D. Duran
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Dance Now! Miami at Miami Theater Center: See Saturday
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Nu Deco Ensemble's 2022-23 season continues on Saturday when the orchestra takes the stage at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts with Grammy Award-winner Wyclef Jean. The program kicks off with Sam Hyken's "Chanukah 5776," followed by a collaboration with pianist Terrence Wilson who will perform George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" and William Grant Still's "Out of the Silence." And right before welcoming Jean onto the stage, Nu Deco will perform its reimagination of Michael Jackson's landmark Thriller album. 8 p.m. Saturday, at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722; arshtcenter.org. Tickets cost $35 to $115. Ashley-Anna Aboreden

While the holiday season is usually about spending time with family, Dance Now! Miami recommends you leave the kids at home on Saturday when it presents Clara. The production puts a contemporary twist to the classic story of The Nutcracker, focusing on a young woman who explores the exotic and the unknown to uncover her identity and find love. The show features music from Berlin-based composer Davidson Jaconello, who drew inspiration from the original Tchaikovsky score. 8 p.m. Saturday, at Miami Theater Center, 9806 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores; dancenowmiami.org. Tickets cost $20 to $40. Sophia Medina

Sunday, December 11

Pinecrest Gardens is once again shining bright for the holiday season. Every evening through January 1, Night of Lights transforms the gardens into a sparkling winter wonderland. This year, there will also be a holiday maze and a market featuring locally made gift items. And you might be able to catch an appearance by Santa Claus, have story time with Mrs. Claus, or see a live performance at the Banyan Bowl amphitheater on select nights. 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday through January 1, at Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Rd., Pinecrest; 305-669-6990; pinecrestgardens.org. Tickets cost $15 to $20. Ashley-Anna Aboreden
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Ashley-Anna Aboreden is a Miami native and has been writing for as long as she can remember. She is an English graduate from FIU and is currently receiving her MFA in creative writing at the New School. She has an everlasting love for shih tzus (especially hers), chocolate chip cookies, and vintage books.
Jose D. Duran is the associate editor of Miami New Times. He's the strategist behind the publication's eyebrow-raising Facebook and Twitter feeds. He has also been reporting on Miami's cultural scene since 2006. He has a BS in journalism and will live in Miami as long as climate change permits.
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