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The 13 Best Things to Do in Miami This Week

Miami Swim Week: See Thursday
Miami Swim Week: See Thursday Photo by Karli Evans

Thursday, July 8

Not unlike New York Fashion Week in February and September, Miami Beach hosts its own fashion celebration every summer, showcasing the article of clothing we do best: swimwear. The first-ever Miami Swim Week took place in 1989, and after last year's hiatus, it has come back with a bang. While events will take place all over the city, the one to catch will be Art Hearts Fashion's production at the Faena Forum, which kicks off on Thursday. Expect swim and resort wear by Giannina Azar, Kino Swim, Fernando Alberto Atelier, Luxe Isle, Mister Triple X, and others. Thursday through Sunday, at Faena Forum, 3300 Collins Ave, Miami Beach; Tickets cost $55 to $377 via Ashley-Anna Aboreden

Love comedy but don't know where to go see it? Described as a "hidden comedy club," Tripping Animals Brewing Co.'s Comedy Night occurs every Thursday. The event is presented by Miami Comedy, which hosts other comedy nights around town, including Tuesdays at Sweet Caroline and Fridays at FunDimenision. If beer and jokes aren't a good enough pairing for you, there's also barbecue fare from Gorilla City Meats and Sandwiches. While the event is free, for just $15, you can get BOGO drinks all night long. 8 p.m. Thursday, at Tripping Animals Brewing Co., 2685 NW 105th Ave., Doral; 305-646-1339; Tickets are free with RSVP; priority seating costs $10 via Ashley-Anna Aboreden

New York producers DJ Swisha and Kush Jones make their Miami debut at ATV Records on Thursday thanks to local label and collective Jezebel Sounds. Both artists draw from Footwork and Baltimore club styles, which will makefor a night of energetic East Coast underground musings. As members of the Juke Bounce Werk crew, the duo are frequent collaborators, releasing the bass-fueled EP Outta Bounds last summer. 10 p.m Thursday, at ATV Records, 1306 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-456-5613; Tickets cost $20 to $30 via Olivia McAuley

click to enlarge I Carry You With Me: See Friday - PHOTO COURTESY OF SONY PICTURES CLASSICS
I Carry You With Me: See Friday
Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Friday, July 9

Premiering Friday at Tower Theater, I Carry You With Me (Te Llevo Conmigo) focuses on a love story between an aspiring chef (Armando Espitia) and a teacher (Christian Vázquez) that begins in Mexico and makes its way to New York City. The film had its world premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the NEXT Innovator and Audience Awards. For its Miami debut on Friday, Tower will be handing out free tacos and tequila with the purchase of a movie ticket. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday, at Tower Theater, 1508 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-237-2463; Tickets cost $11.75. Ashley-Anna Aboreden

No stranger to spinning at the biggest clubs in the world, Alesso brings his sound-selection mastery to Story on Friday. The Grammy-nominated producer rose to fame at the height of the EDM craze in the early 2010s thanks to tracks like the Calvin Harris collaboration "Under Control" and "Heroes (We Could Be)," featuring Tove Lo. He's also been a mainstay on DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs list since 2011, peaking at number 13 in 2013 and 2015. 11 p.m. Friday, at Story, 136 Collins Ave., Miami; 305-479-4426; Tickets cost $75 to $90 via Jose D. Duran

click to enlarge Doja Cat: See Saturday - PHOTO BY DAVID LACHAPELLE
Doja Cat: See Saturday
Photo by David LaChapelle

Saturday, July 10

Local rock outfit Better Strangers is set to play at Gramps on Saturday. The band consists of guitarist Joey Rodriguez, bassist Yang Waingarten, drummer Nic Collins, and singer deCasa, who joined in 2020. Aiming to "make rock relevant again," Better Strangers released their debut EP, Luna's Daydream, back in April. You can be the judge of whether they succeed when they perform under Gramps' palapa stage. 7 p.m. Saturday, at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; 855-732-8992; Tickets cost $10 via Ashley-Anna Aboreden

From her initial meme stardom with the viral song "Mooo!," Doja Cat's success has quickly spread to the mainstream, with singles like "Bottom Bitch" and "Say So" lodged firmly on the Billboard Hot 100 list. The 25-year-old recently dropped her third studio album, Planet Her, to critical acclaim. On Saturday night, 24-hour ultraclub E11even will host the singer to celebrate the new release. 8 p.m. Saturday, at E11even Miami, 29 NE 11th St., Miami; 305-829-2911; Tickets cost $100 via Olivia McAuley

Sandrell Rivers Theater presents Boys Will Be Boys, an unflinching examination of American masculinity and boyhood, on Saturday. The work of Miami-Dade County Choreographers Award recipient Randolph Ward features a diverse cast of multidisciplinary artists, including drag performer CC Glitzer, showcasing contemporary dance, tap, dance theater, drag, and vogue culture. 8 p.m. Saturday, at Sandrell Rivers Theater, 6103 NW Seventh Ave., Miami; 305-284-8872;; Tickets cost $25 to $30. Olivia McAuley

Sunday, July 11

How familiar are you with Haitian culture? On Sunday, HistoryMiami teams up with the Little Haiti Cultural Center for a day of Haitian Food and Folktales. Storyteller Ketsia Theodore-Pharel will lead the event, sharing stories and other folktales while guiding participants in the preparation of Haitian dumpling soup. Arrive hungry, because while you're slurping soup, you'll also learn about Haiti's rich cultural traditions. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, at Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th Ter., Miami; 305-960-2969; Tickets cost $15 to $20 via Jose D. Duran

As part of O Cinema's "Awake and Aware" program, which focuses on "conscious cinema," The Hidden Life of Trees will screen on Sunday. The series is designed to enhance viewers' understanding of the nuanced relationships between things, people, and processes. The event will begin with a brunch, courtesy of Green Gables Café, followed by the film's screening, and wrapping up with a conversation. Directed by Jörg Adolph, The Hidden Life of Trees delves into the secret world of German forests as told by Peter Wohlleben in his book of the same name. 11 a.m. Sunday, at O Cinema South Beach, 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 786-471-3269; Tickets cost $15 to $32. Olivia McAuley

click to enlarge Museum of Graffiti Beachside: See Monday - PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CONFIDANTE MIAMI BEACH
Museum of Graffiti Beachside: See Monday
Photo courtesy of the Confidante Miami Beach

Monday, July 12

The Museum of Graffiti has expanded with its newly opened outpost inside the Confidante Miami Beach. Dubbed Museum of Graffiti Beachside, the nine-month pop-up currently features the work of Cuban-American artist Jel Martinez, which will be on display until August 15. Expect artists like Ahol Sniffs Glue and Few and Far, the all-female graffiti-street art crew, to be featured as well through the pop-up's run. Hotel guests can enjoy a complimentary tour of the exhibits led by the museum's curators every Friday at 5 p.m., along with a glass of rosé. On view through August 15, at the Confidante Miami Beach, 4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 833-816-4530; Admission is free. Ashley-Anna Aboreden

Tuesday, July 13

Head to Bayfront Park on Tuesday for NBC's Summer Games, a free, family-friendly event featuring a performance by America's Got Talent winner Kodi Lee. Also on offer are an American Ninja Warrior inflatable obstacle course, photo activations, games, prizes, and free food and beverages. The evening of fun will include a screening of America's Got Talent followed by NBC's brand-new show Capital One College Bowl. 6 p.m. Tuesday, at Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; Admission is free with RSVP Olivia McAuley

Wednesday, July 14

With experience in physical therapy, tantra, integrative yoga therapy, sound healing, and more, Michelle Alva is the perfect coach to guide guests of Modern OM in its Wednesday class, Sensual Sound Off. The exercise's mission is to heighten the mind-body connection with oneself and a partner utilizing headsets for noise cancellation as well as musical sounds, all to promote the meditative experience. 7 p.m. Wednesday, at Modern OM Bungalow, 5020 NE Second Ave., Miami; 786-617-5056; Tickets cost $30 via Olivia McAuley

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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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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.
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