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The Best Things to Do in Miami This Week

Paulo Nazareth: See Thursday.
Paulo Nazareth: See Thursday. Courtesy of the artist
click to enlarge Paulo Nazareth: See Thursday. - COURTESY OF THE ARTIST
Paulo Nazareth: See Thursday.
Courtesy of the artist


Paulo Nazareth is a big deal in Brazil. Now the dynamic artist is hitting the States for his first solo U.S. exhibition tour. "Melee" opens with a series of pieces that provide an alternative political history of Latin America. Among the moving items is a collection of drawings and photographs dubbed Blacks in the Pool, highlighting the discrimination of black people throughout the Americas and how public swimming pools were a focal point of the evolution of segregation. 7 p.m. Thursday through October 6 at ICA Miami, 61 NE 41st St., Miami; Admission is free with RSVP. Jesse Scott

He spent more than four decades in solitary confinement for a crime he didn't commit. Albert Woodfox — who has since emerged from jail — has an absolutely incredible story. Thursday evening, he'll speak about his journey and efforts to reform solitary confinement in the United States and beyond. If you can't make it or just want to prep for the event, his new book, Solitary, is a must-read. 7 p.m. Thursday at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Admission is free with RSVP via Jesse Scott


Pop Funhouse lets you experience the Dominican Republic without the expense of traveling there. In this interactive, Instagram-friendly exhibit, you can experience kiteboarding in the clouds, waterfalls, and the colorful murals of Puerto Plata. In eight rooms set up by the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism, with a name that is a play on the city's airport code, the exhibit opens Friday and continues Saturday before heading to Chicago, New York, and Boston. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Soho Studios, 2136 NW First Ave., Miami; Admission is free. Chuck Strouse

Electronic royalty will soon play a superintimate show in the 305. The dynamic duo of Disclosure, comprising brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence, will spin at Space late-night Friday. The house/deep-house masters have a third studio album in the works, the first since 2015's Caracal was nominated for the best dance/electronica album Grammy. 11 p.m. Friday at Space, 34 NE 11th St., Miami. Tickets cost $50 via Jesse Scott

There's much more to Canadian hip-hop than Drake. Stop being so damn basic. Case in point: 88Glam. Composed of Toronto's Derek Wise and 88 Camino, this duo came on strong in 2017 and hasn't backed off. This Friday, 88Glam will spit at Floyd as part of the duo's Twin Turbo Tour. If you haven't yet been subjected to the Glam goodness, its 2017 self-titled mixtape is gold, as is 88Glam 2, the 2018 followup. 7 p.m. Friday at Floyd, 34 NE 11th St., Miami. Tickets cost $20 via Jesse Scott

The iconic host of The Arsenio Hall Show is coming for us. Who is that, you ask? Arsenio Hall, duh. The actor/comedian is a few years removed from his late-night talk-show days, but he's still staying busy. In addition to doing his standup gigs, he's recently appeared alongside Adam Sandler and Jennifer Hudson in the Netflix flick Sandy Wexler and as himself in Real Husbands of Hollywood. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Miami Improv, 3450 NW 83rd Ave., Suite 224, Doral; Tickets cost $30. Jesse Scott

If you have yet to experience the wonder that is an Otto von Schirach and the Bermuda Triangle Family show, what are you waiting for? The Miami-bass/Cuban-funk outfit always puts on an interesting and entertaining spectacle. Plus, Otto bills himself as "half Cuban Native Indian, half German Anunnaki wolf that was born in the third point of the Bermuda Triangle." If you don't find that intriguing, you might be dead. 10 p.m. Friday at Bar Nancy, 2007 SW Eighth St., Miami. Admission is free. Jesse Scott

click to enlarge Nicky Jam - GEORGE MARTINEZ
Nicky Jam
George Martinez


Let's jam, everyone — Nicky Jam, that is. The Boston-bred reggaetonero is absolutely everywhere lately, and this Saturday he'll perform in the Magic City. Among his recent big-time happenings, Jam was featured on the 2018 FIFA World Cup official song "Live It Up," dropped a U.S. Latin chart-topping album — Phoenix — in 2017, and starred in his own biographical TV series, El Ganador, last year. "El ganador" means "the winner" — and, yeah, he totally is. 8 p.m. Saturday at American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets cost $51 to $131 via Jesse Scott

Happy Haitian Heritage Month, South Florida. As part of the celebration, the 21st-annual Haitian Compas Festival will kick off Saturday afternoon and run into the wee hours of Sunday. The fest will be packed with more than 20 artists performing, including Harmonki, VayB, DJakout#1, Nu Look, and Gabel. There's also a slew of pre- and afterparties happening at Wynwood Factory Night Club and Club Iguana. 4 p.m. Saturday at Mana Wynwood, 318 23rd St., Miami. Tickets cost $50 to $100 via Jesse Scott

Money. Politics. The state of the American public. These are timely topics, and Kings by Sarah Burgess addresses them all. This hilarious and intelligently presented new play follows Kate, who sounds like the quintessential lobbyist. She hates wasting her time on nonwinners and likes schmoozing with the right people. But Kate faces a unique conundrum that gets to her core: Does she side with "the Man" or fight for everything in which she believes? 8 p.m. Saturday and select dates through June 16 at GableStage, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables; Tickets cost $65. Jesse Scott

Paddletopia debuted in Surfside last year and was an absolute hit, so it's back. The two-day, family-friendly fest will offer free paddleboard and kayak rentals, yoga and fitness classics by Sweat Studio and Modo Yoga, upcycled bracelet and headband workshops from the Full Edit, and even a book swap. There will be giveaways galore too, so bring a bag. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 96th Street Park, 9580 Bay Dr., Surfside. Admission is free; RSVP via Jesse Scott


Five chefs, five pigs, and five winemakers. They're all coming together for Cochon555 to put their own spin on a whole heritage-breed pig for you to feast on. Expect flowing beverages and yummy sides too. Local competitors include Barley's Jorgie Ramos, Goya's Fernando Desa, and the Bazaar by José Andrés' Karla Hoyos. At its core, the event has a good message: to get people thinking about heritage-breed pigs and how to support family farmers. 5 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Biltmore, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. Tickets cost $130 to $200 via Jesse Scott

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Game of Thrones
Helen Sloane/HBO

After you waited two years for the final season of Game of Thrones, the past five episodes have flown by faster than a dragon on the hunt. Now it's time for the series finale. To celebrate (or simply to watch the remaining characters' gruesome deaths), the German-American Social Club is throwing a Game of Thrones watch party. In addition to crying because the show will be over, you can drink Game of Thrones beer, Chardonnay, Paso Robles wine, Pinot Noir, and themed cocktails. 7 p.m. Sunday at German-American Social Club, 11919 SW 56th St., Miami. Admission is free. Jesse Scott

It's Mental Health Month, and films are an awesome way to dispel myths and educate viewers. For a fourth year, NAMI Miami-Dade County is presenting the Reel Minds Miami Mental Health Film Festival. This year's fest will screen six films, each about a different topic, covering everything from familial struggles to bullying to depression. 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at University of Miami Shalala Center Grand Ballroom, 1330 Miller Dr., Coral Gables. Tickets cost $10 via Jesse Scott


Not everyone can say they've been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And only a handful can say they've been inducted twice. David Crosby is among those elite. The iconic cofounder of Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash will rock Parker Playhouse this Tuesday evening. You know the hits: "Eight Miles High," "Mr. Tambourine Man," and "Turn! Turn! Turn!" to name only a few. These days. he's rocking with five friends known as the Sky Trails Band. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale; Tickets cost $47.50 to $107.50. Jesse Scott


Bob Marley is no longer with us, but the Original Wailers keep churning out the goodness. Marley's former lead guitarist Al Anderson is now joined by four jammin' veterans, re-creating the classics and producing some new jams. On the newish-tunes front, the group in 2012 was nominated for a best reggae album Grammy. That album — the EP Miracle — boasts five reggae nuggets that will bring chill to the most stressful of days. 7 p.m. Wednesday at North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets cost $20 via Jesse Scott

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Jesse Scott is a Fort Lauderdale-based contributor for Miami New Times covering culture, food, travel, and entertainment in South Florida and beyond. His work has appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, Lonely Planet, National Geographic, and his hometown newspaper, the Free Lance-Star, among others.