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The 11 Best Things to Do in Miami This Week

IndepenDance: See Saturday
IndepenDance: See Saturday Photo by Karli Evans

Thursday, July 1

Cuban artists Rafael Domenech and Ernesto Oroza have come together at the Bass for "Hialeah Eléctrica — Metavector." In their first joint museum exhibition, the artists have contributed a site-specific installation that functions as an artistic project, an index, and an archive. "Instead of using the exhibition to show results, we want to use the exhibition as a tool to produce research," Domenech and Oroza say in a statement. The installation fuses references to la cuidad que progresa, Hialeah, and Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, particularly Isozaki's installation "Electric Labyrinth." Noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through October 10, at the Bass, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami; 305-673-7530; Tickets cost $8 to $15; free for museum members. Jose D. Duran

Friday, July 2

The "first cannabis consumer-friendly lounge in Wynwood," the Joint of Miami, celebrates its grand opening with three days of music, food, and smokable goodies. Underground reggae and hip-hop artist Illuminati Congo will headline the opening night on Friday, with DJs Alamo, Suave, and Rere supplying the vibes behind the decks. Philly rapper Freeway follows on Saturday, with South Floridian blues-meets-funk outfit Crazy Fingers wrapping up Sunday's celebration. Head to the grand opening on Friday for "reefer raffles," juice-bar goodies and food trucks, and, for the first 100 guests, one-of-a-kind gift bags. 2 p.m. Friday through Sunday, at the Joint of Miami, 2010 NW Miami Ct., Miami; 786-860-5634; Tickets cost $35 to $100 via Olivia McAuley

Singer and social-media influencer Shenseea headlines at Taboo on Saturday. The 24-year-old Jamaican native has more than four million followers on Instagram, where she posts highly polished glimpses of her jet-set lifestyle. As a musician, she's collaborated with Tyga, Christina Aguilera, Vybz Kartel, Sean Paul, and Swae Lee. By the way, Taboo, which bills itself as the "ultimate adult playground," is itself a Jamaican import, with locations in Montego Bay and Ocho Rios and now (as of earlier this year) the Magic City. 10 p.m. Friday, at Taboo Miami, 728 NW 79th St., Miami; 305-890-6363. Tickets cost $50 via; $65 at the door. Ashley-Anna Aboreden

click to enlarge Black Coffee: See Saturday - PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ARTIST
Black Coffee: See Saturday
Photo courtesy of the artist

Saturday, July 3

Sick of crowded beaches? Enjoy Independence Day weekend in style at Strawberry Moon at the Goodtime Hotel. South African DJ and producer Black Coffee is set to headline and bring the requisite jolt to the long holiday weekend. (Heads up to those wanting to catch Black Coffee in a more traditional club environment: He'll be spinning at Club Space on Friday.) Earlier this year, the producer released his sixth studio album, Subconsciously, via Ultra, featuring the pre-pandemic beats he's long been known for. Noon Saturday, at Strawberry Moon at the Goodtime Hotel, 601 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 786-745-8050; Tickets cost $125 via Ashley-Anna Aboreden

A pool party to end all pool parties, Club Shred presents its Cancer Season Pool Party on Saturday, transforming the Selina Miami Gold Dust into an interactive indoor-outdoor nightclub reminiscent of MTV's Spring Break with a sprinkling of A Night at the Roxbury. The poolside fête will feature live bands, including Ben Katzman's DeGreaser, Mustard Service, and Palomino Blond, plus a lounge piano player for a special cocktail hour. DJs Baby Face Blitz and Partywitch round out the lineup, serenading guests as they stay busy with games, contests, comedy theater courtesy of Sergio Mendez, Carlos Hernandez, and Alby Dominguez. 3 p.m. to midnight Saturday, at the Selina Miami Gold Dust, 7700 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-985-4764; Tickets cost $10 via; $12 at the door. Olivia McAuley

Celebrating its 17th year, IndepenDance will take over the Miami Marine Stadium for a two-day blowout. On Saturday, catch acts like the Martinez Brothers, Nic Fanciulli, Gordo, and Caleb Calloway. Things heat up further on Sunday when Soundtuary presents a curated lineup featuring Marco Carola, Damian Lazarus, DJ Chus, and a special surprise guest. 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday to Sunday, at Miami Marine Stadium, 3501 Rickenbacker Cswy., Miami; Tickets cost $45 to $2,500. Olivia McAuley

click to enlarge Club Shred: See Saturday - PHOTO BY LEEANNE DRUCKER
Club Shred: See Saturday
Photo by Leeanne Drucker

Prior to 1996, Will Smith was known for his goofy comedic antics on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. But after starring in the mid-'90s blockbuster Independence Day, he transformed into an action-movie star. On Saturday, courtesy of the Nite Owl Drive-In, you can relive the experience of seeing the Roland Emmerich-directed flick on the big screen. In addition to Smith, the film stars Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, and Randy Quaid and features a plot that sees aliens launch a worldwide attack on Earth. Like any good Hollywood film, the good guys win in the end, but that doesn't make it any less of a spectacle. 10 p.m. Saturday, July 3, at Night Owl Drive-In, 1400 NE First Ave., Miami; Tickets cost $39.80 for two passengers; $9.95 per additional passenger. Jose D. Duran

Sunday, July 4

After releasing his album Oddyssey last year, electronic virtuoso Amtrac is going on tour to support the release. Lucky for Miami, the Kentucky native kicks off his trek right here in the Magic City on Sunday at Floyd. Fans can expect a special live set from the artist, with deep-house DJ Durante serving as the opener. Until then, warm up to the sounds of Amtrac's latest release, which Magnetic Magazine's Ryan Middleton describes as "some of the best indie dance he has done to date." 11 p.m. Sunday, at Floyd Miami, 34 NE 11th St., Miami; 786-608-2824; Tickets cost $30 to $40 via Ashley-Anna Aboreden

Monday, July 5

Especially after a year of pandemic-induced spectatorless sports, what better way to complete the Fourth of July long weekend than by taking in America's oldest professional sport? Take yourself — or the whole family — out to the ball game on Monday, as the Miami Marlins take on the Los Angeles Dodgers at LoanDepot Park. The Marlins haven't quite achieved contender status, but they take the field with some of the hottest young talent in Major League Baseball. So grab a hot dog, a beer —and maybe a scorecard and a pencil — and watch it go down live. 6:30 p.m. Monday, at LoanDepot Park, 501 Marlins Way, Miami; 305-480-1300; Tickets cost $10 to $88 via Olivia McAuley

click to enlarge Synth Batte: See Tuesday - PHOTO BY JOHN QUINTERO
Synth Batte: See Tuesday
Photo by John Quintero

Tuesday, July 6

Gramps invites all synth enthusiasts to plug in on Tuesday — or just to sit back and enjoy the modular sounds — at the bar's weekly Synth Battle. Gabo Rio (Vinyl Social Club) hosts the event, which puts a fun spin on the open-mike format, inviting amateur synth-heads to sign up and experiment in front of a live audience. 5 to 11 p.m. Tuesday, at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; 855-732-8992; Admission is free. Olivia McAuley

Wednesday, July 7

For more than ten years, Words & Wine has been dedicated to giving artists a place to share their work with Miami's community. Now, every Wednesday night at the Anderson, you can participate in or simply observe one of the most exciting open-mike nights the city has to offer. Hosted by Rio Dios Mio and Michelangelo, the event allows artists of all disciplines to take the stage — everyone from stand-up comics and poets to musicians and live painters. The list goes out at 8 p.m., with performances kicking off at 9 and continuing till the last signed-up performer finishes doing their thing. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday, at the Anderson, 709 NE 79th St., Miami; 786-401-6330; Admission is free. Ashley-Anna Aboreden

Have the Sunday scaries? Recharge at Namaste Nights at X Miami's rooftop lawn as you watch the sun set over the downtown skyline. The healing yoga class and sound-bowl experience is led by Cathy Gomez (RYT 500 and Reiki master) and Sam Reynolds, founder of Café Namaste. Don't worry if you've never done yoga before; Namaste accommodates participants of all levels of yoga expertise. 7 p.m. Wednesday, at X Miami, 230 NE Fourth St., Miami; 786-284-1516; Tickets cost $20 to $30 via 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.
Contact: Jose D. Duran
Olivia McAuley was born and raised in London, England. After studying at the University of Miami, she worked in music PR and marketing before joining Miami New Times as the club listings editor. She also writes about music and anything and everything that's going on in her adopted city.
Contact: Olivia McAuley