Free Events This Week in Miami: David Bowie, Fashionable Films, and Critical Mass

January has been kind of a bastard. From contentious presidential debates to shocking celebrity deaths, this month has given us a sad start to 2016. Thankfully, Miamians will get the chance to close out the month with a week of therapeutic activities. Enjoy diverse films, catch unique panel discussions, and pay tribute to a rock god — all for free. 

Monday

  • Girl Develop It Inspiration Panel at the Lab Miami: Join members of the international nonprofit organization Girl Develop It and hear about the rewards and challenges woman face in the technology industry. 
  • UM’s Open Mic USpeak at Books & Books: The first USpeak Flash Fiction and Poetry Performance Open Mic Series of 2016 welcomes Miami-based writer, photographer, teacher, and former fashion designer Neil de la Flor. 

Tuesday

  • Casual Conversations at the Wynwood Yard: The New Tropic's latest moderated discussion welcomes VP of Arts at the Knight Foundation — Victoria Rogers — who will answer questions about leadership, her journey, and other topics.

Wednesday

  • Fantastic Four at SoundScape: If you're gonna watch a terribly received action flick, you might as well watch it for free. 
  • Harvey and Myrna Frommer at Books & Books: The acclaimed oral historians present It Happened in Miami, the Magic City: An Oral History, which features nearly 70 voices including more than 15 mini-memorists recounting stories about Miami's vibrant past and present. 
  • Speaking Sustainably at the Deering Estate: The latest film in the ongoing environmental movie series is Billfish: Battle on the Line?, a look at the researchers studying sailfish and marlin in the region and their work to protect the fish populations from further decline. 

Thursday

  • Let's Sang at Gramps: Pay tribute to the recently lost legend David Bowie with some badly sung covers. 
  • FP: Festival at Fashion Project: This free four-day film festival — titled Wearing Time: Returns, Recalls, Renewals — features rare archival shorts, celebrated classics, newsreels, documentaries, fashion films, and artist films, investigating cinematic clothing as a vehicle of reconnecting past and present. 
  • Protect Yo Self! An Intellectual Property Workshop at MADE at the Citadel: Learn about the basics of protecting your work with intellectual property lawyer Mario Roitman.
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Photo by George Martinez

Friday

  • Critical Mass at Government Center: Grab your wheels and get peddling. 
  • Clima at Milander Center for Arts & Entertainment: Today is the last chance to catch Xavier Cortada's latest project, "Clima," an exhibition of works and interactive events concentrating on climate change in Hialeah.
  • Sketching in the galleries at the Wolfsonian: Get free access to drawing materials, gallery stools, and professional instruction as you get artistic.

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