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The Best Free Events in Miami This Week

The Best Free Events in Miami This Week
Photo by Karli Evans
click to enlarge PHOTO BY KARLI EVANS
Photo by Karli Evans
It seems like the whole city attended the New Order concert at the Fillmore this past Saturday, so you might still be coping with postconcert depression. Well, get off the couch — it's a new week, and there's plenty more where that came from. Even better, you won't have to spend any money on these events, so you can start replenishing that concert fund. For some free music, check out Locos por Juana in Coconut Grove this Saturday and Jaialai, Electric Kif, Firstworld, Twyn, and DJ Le Spam at Ball & Chain Sunday. And end hump day on Calle Ocho at the Tower Theater's popular Cinema Trivia Night.

Here are the best free events happening in Miami this week:

Are you the movie expert at your regular trivia night? If so, Cinema Trivia Night at Tower Theater is for you. Inside the beautiful arthouse cinema, the evening will feature four themed rounds of movie-only trivia. So all of you history and science whizzes can just stay home and save your wisdom for a typical trivia night, OK? 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 16, at Tower Theater, 1508 SW Eighth St., Miami; Admission is free; RSVP via

What is the longest-running free community cultural festival in Miami? That would be the Miami Design Preservation League's Art Deco Weekend. For its 42nd-annual celebration, there will be more than 85 events in a three-day span, including fashion shows, live tunes, historical tours, and art displays. Amid a number of can't-miss happenings, there's the Bark Deco Dog Show Sunday at 1 p.m., with pups (some up for adoption) clad in historically inspired garb. Noon to 10 p.m. Friday, January 18; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, January 19; and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, January 20, on Ocean Drive between Sixth and 13th Streets, Miami Beach; Admission is free.
Can you pinpoint Sistrunk on the South Florida map? If not, it's an artsy and vibrant community in northwest Fort Lauderdale that's ready to woo you. For Sistrunk-A-Fair, a plethora of films, performances, and exhibits will review the history of black communities throughout Broward. The opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the African American Research Library. From there, plenty of diversions will keep your artsy soul occupied, including the Paint & Sip Night and a spoken-word spectacle. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, January 18, and events through January 26 at various locations in Fort Lauderdale; Admission prices vary.

A Permanent Vacation sounds lovely, doesn't it? Thanks to the kind folks in Coconut Grove, Main Highway will morph into a beachy block party, spotlighting the neighborhood's culinary mainstays as well as a couple of stellar music acts. On the tunes front, Grammy-nominated reggae band Locos por Juana and Cape Coral's Soulixer will rock the street. As for grub, Grove hot spots Jaguar Latin-American Kitchen and the Spillover will serve tasty morsels. 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, January 19, on Main Highway from Commodore Plaza to Fuller Street (near 3439 Main Hwy.), Coconut Grove; Admission is free.

It's time to dance at the foot of the pineapple stage once again. Pineapple Sunday returns to Ball & Chain this weekend with a stellar lineup of local talent. This installment's performers include Jaialai, Electric Kif, Firstworld, and Twyn. DJ Le Spam will hit the decks as well. While you're there, order a Calle Ocho old-fashioned, if only for the novelty of it. 2 p.m. Sunday, January 20, at Ball & Chain, 1513 SW Eighth St., Miami; Admission is free.
click to enlarge Counter Corner - PHOTO BY KARLI EVANS
Counter Corner
Photo by Karli Evans
You may have attended Gender Blender at Las Rosas this past Sunday, but if you're a fan of South Florida's queer nightlife scene, you know the party ain't over. Sure, you'll probably hit up Double Stubble at Gramps this Thursday night as always, but you won't want to miss even more of your favorite drag performers at Counter Corner this Sunday night. With Miami's queer scene enjoying yet another renaissance, there's no reason to choose between LGBTQ+ parties. Just remember to bring singles to tip your favorite performers. 10 p.m. Sunday, January 20, at the Corner, 1035 N. Miami Ave., Miami; Admission is free.

Photojournalist Barbara Kinney knows the Clintons like few others do. She was an official White House photographer for Bill. And she was the official campaign photographer during Hillary's 2008 and 2016 runs. This Sunday evening, Kinney will visit Books & Books to chat about some of the moments she's captured as well as her riveting, story-filled book, #StillWithHer. 6 p.m. Sunday at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; Admission is free.
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Celia Almeida is the digital editor of American Way and the former arts and music editor of Miami New Times. Her writing has been featured in Venice, Paper, and Billboard; and she co-hosts Too Much Love on Jolt Radio.
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