Free Events This Week in Miami: Blue Velvet, 1306, and Art Deco Weekend

While the rest of the nation is trudging through a ho-hum January, Miami's penchant for the weird and wild rarely dips below 100. Thankfully, between the viral sorority videos and overturned shoe trucks, this city keeps us focused on the important stuff — like nonstop entertainment. This week, we've got movies, grand openings, and art deco delights, all wonderfully free of charge. 


  • Blue Velvet at Lincoln Garage: Dive into the David Lynch Movie Series with his 1986 neo-noir mystery, and view a prefeature showing of Blood, Sweat and Trees: The Story of Sawetoa documentary about how the Asheninka community of Saweto, an indigenous village in the Amazon, has been victimized by illegal logging on its property.


  • Q&A with Fusion and the 19 Million Project at Univision Noticias: Hear from journalists from Fusion who were recently in Rome for the 19 Million Project, a summit sponsored by Fusion and Univision involving journalists, coders, designers, digital strategists, and human rights advocates who united to draw attention to the refugee crisis consuming Europe.


  • The Queen at SoundScape: Catch Helen Mirren in her Oscar-winning performance as Elizabeth II.
  • Drunken Crafts: Doodles with DaveL at the Wynwood Yard: Learn watercolor and doodles from local street artist DaveL, and sample tasty cocktails from the Thyme bartenders.


  • 1306 Grand Opening at 1306: The folks behind Grand Central return to debut their new music venue, with live music by Cleaveland Jones and Afrobeta, along with the sounds of Ray Milian & Friends.
  • First Draft: A Literary Social at Books & Books Arsht: Instructor Vanessa Garcia will guide you in this writing prompt challenge. 
  • 500 Years of Cubans in Florida” at the Deering Estate: Presented by Juan L. Riera, this talk will illustrate how during the past 500 years, the state of Florida and country of Cuba have been linked in ways such as architecture, military, religions, revolutionaries, and transportation. Also discussed will be people associated with Florida and Cuba, such as Hemmingway, Felix Varela, and José Martí.


  • Art Deco Weekend on Ocean Drive: Head to Ocean Drive to celebrate Miami Beach's art deco fabulousness with a street festival, parade, classic cars, live jazz, and more. 
  • Free Guided Tour at the Wolfsonian: Take a stroll through the current exhibitions , including "Philodendron: From Pan-Latin Exotic to American Modern" and "Orange Oratory."  
  • Shannon Ebner at ICA Miami: Catch Ebner's first major museum presentation of works, "A Public Character" — comprising photography, sculpture, installation, and video — before it closes Sunday. 
  • Big Night in Little Haiti at Little Haiti Cultural Complex: Get a final chance to view the Art Basel-sanctioned exhibition "Borderless Caribbean," presented by the Haitian Cultural Alliance, plus enjoy live music by Shoogar Combo and Prisnip

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