Things To Do

Free Events This Week in Miami: FilmGate Miami, Henry Stone, and Jelly Wednesdays

To say the past couple of weeks have been rough would be an understatement. The Florida Legislature once again denied the LGBT community basic nondiscrimination protections, Donald Trump won South Carolina's GOP primary, and the Grammys were a tossup. Though we can't guarantee a turnaround this week, Miami's cultural calendar is one bright spot that won't disappoint. Get ready for performance art, lots of films, and one massive hip-hop party — all free of charge. 

  • Athi-Patra Ruga at bassX: The South African artist's series, The Future White Women of Azania, combines performance art and images fueled by political symbolism.
  • The Holocaust: How Was It Humanly Possible? at FIU Miami Beach Urban Studios: Kicking off Holocaust Education Week, Dr. Marlene W. Yahalom will give the keynote address and lead a tour of this exhibition, which examines the theme of the Holocaust and the events leading up to it.
  • Canvas Miami Groundbreaking at Canvas Miami: Mark the occasion with live performances by the band the French Horn, featuring Shira Lee, and Xperimento, playing Latin Funk rhythms, plus food from Fiorito Restaurant, brews by Vice City Bean, and complimentary s'mores. 
  • Primo Levi: The Saved Word at FIU Miami Beach Urban Studios: Also part of Holocaust Education Week, Dr. Nicola Gavioli will present an examination of the life and works of the writer and Italian Holocaust survivor Primo Levi. 
  • Jelly First Anniversary at Basement Miami: Celebrate with a live performance by 2 Live Crew; free bowling and skating for ladies from 10 p.m. to midnight; and free slushies! 
  • Mars Attacks! at SoundScape: Catch Tim Burton's 1996 science-fiction cult classic, starring Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, and Danny DeVito.
  • Analog Archives, Part 1: Henry Stone in the 1950s at Gramps: Go back to Miami’s musical roots with classic analog recordings by music business legend Henry Stone as DJ Le Spam spins vintage music by Johnny and Marsha, Ervin T. Rouse, Sonny Thompson, Johnnie Mack, and others.
  • Jérémy Gobé at bassX: View the French artist's immersive soft-sculpture installation before it closes Sunday. 
  • Rafael Adamuz at Books & Books: Join the journalist and author as he presents his work, La Memoria Varada, which tells the story of the men incarcerated on the prison ship the Cabo Carvoeiro. Excerpts will be read by the author, accompanied by flamenco guitarist Jose Luis Rodriguez.

  • FilmGate Interactive’s Creative Conference at Deauville Resort: Dive into a world where storytelling and technology meet panels and workshops from industry professionals, virtual reality experiences, showcases of the latest in filmmaking tech, free interactive screenings, and other events. 
  • A Warm December at Littman Performing Arts Theater: Presented by DocMiami International Film Festival, this screening of the 1973 film starring Sidney Poitier and Esther Anderson celebrates Black History Month. It will  be followed by a Q&A session with costar Anderson, introduced by community leader and Maya Angelou’s grandson, Elliott Jones.

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Shelly Davidov