Did you spend all your money on tequila shots over Cinco de Mayo weekend? Don't fret — you can still afford to have fun this week without overdrafting your account. For free music, head over to Gramps for this week's installment of Haute Happy Hour with Haute Tension. For a free film, visit the Bill Cosford Cinema for a screening of Chad Friedrichs’ The Experimental City. And for comic book fans, there's the AARLCC-CON: Sci-Fi & Comic Convention in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday. See? You'll make it to payday after all.
Here are the best free events happening in Miami this week:
Miami's psychedelic rock band, Haute Tension, is making hump day a bit more bearable with its weekly Haute Happy Hour series at Gramps. Every Wednesday, the band hosts guest local bands, and bassist Alexandre Merbouti kicks out the jams on the decks. Grab a Rosemary's Baby cocktail and chill on the back patio as you listen to some of the city's most talented musicians. 6 p.m. Wednesday at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami. Admission is free.
What would a modern utopia look like? The subjects of Chad Friedrichs’ documentary, The Experimental City, set out to explore that exact question. And they went beyond hypotheticals: The Minnesota Experimental City project's aim was to create a full-size city from scratch in the isolated woods of northern Minnesota. Want to know how it all turned out? The Museum of Art and Design at MDC will host a screening of the film as part of its Real Utopias film series, which explores modern experiments in the search for freedom, equality, and democracy. 6 p.m. Thursday at Bill Cosford Cinema, 5030 Brunson Dr., Miami. Admission is free; RSVP via eventbrite.com.
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So many talented folks have been enriched by our local National YoungArts Foundation. Among them are some stellar photographers. The organization's second annual alumni exhibition dedicated solely to photography opens on Thursday. The exhibit, curated by YoungArts' VP of Artistic Programs Lisa Leone, is titled "Can we be as brave?" The show boasts works by 13 YoungArts alums and explores themes including family, home, community, and self-love. 6:30 p.m. Thursday at National YoungArts Foundation, 2100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Admission is free; RSVP via eventbrite.com.
Calling all comic-book fans: The first AARLCC-CON: Sci-Fi & Comic Convention is set to happen this Saturday. "AARLCC" stands for the African-American Research Library & Cultural Center, and there will be opportunities aplenty for African-American writers and illustrators, including workshops and networking opportunities, among other activities. For all comic-book fans, there will be grub, autograph signings, and, yes, a cosplay contest, so get dressed up! 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the African-American Research Library & Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Admission is free; RSVP via eventbrite.com.
The acclaimed, boundary-pushing art space Dimensions Variable is back in a new location. To celebrate its fresh space, DV will open three exhibitions this Saturday: Juan Pablo Garza's "Arenas y Arenas y Arenas," Luz Carabano's "Ni Aquí, Ni Allá," and Gustavo Matamoros' "Untitled: Social Commentary." Since its humble beginnings in 2009, Dimensions Variable has been a local hot spot for contemporary art. And it appears it's keeping that vibe going with this new chapter. 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Dimensions Variable, 101 NW 79th St., Miami; dimensionsvariable.net. Admission is free.