Happy Monday, Miami. This week brings plenty of events, and the best part is they all cost less than $10. Grab a few bucks and enjoy what's new in town, from imagining the city's future with the Miami Downtown Development Authority to pilates at the Wynwood Yard.
Miami Jazz Jam at Churchill's Pub
9 p.m. Monday, $5 for 21+, $10 for under 21
Yeah, yeah, yeah, Churchill's is a great place to drink beer, shoot pool, smoke cigs, and look surly, but it also has one hell of a jazz jam. Monday nights are what you want. The music starts around 9 p.m. and includes performances by the Fernando Ulibarri Group and surprise guests.
What’s the Future of Downtown? at Downtown Miami (Biscayne Boulevard between SE Second and NE First Streets)
10:30 a.m. Wednesday, free
Join the New Tropic and the Downtown Development Authority for an interactive conversation with some of the community leaders designing the future of downtown.
Tell Your Story at the Idea Center at Miami Dade College
5:30 p.m. Wednesday, free
Learn the craft of compelling storytelling through social media thanks to a new free program at Miami Dade College.
Pilates at the Wynwood Yard
7 p.m. Wednesday, free
Take advantage of a free Pilates session hosted by the Pilates Place at the Wynwood Yard. The strength-building session welcomes all levels. Bring a mat.
Bingo With Miss Toto at Gramps
9 p.m. Wednesday, free
Sometimes all you need is a little sparkle to make your Wednesday sizzle. That’s where Miss Toto comes in. If there’s one “gender-bending, bodybuilding drag monster from Miami” who knows how to turn an ordinary hump day into a night you’ll never forget, it’s she. And if you’ve never experienced Bingo With Miss Toto, you’ll definitely be in for a treat.
Ladies' Night Bingo at the Freehand
9 p.m. Wednesday, free
Presented in partnership with Out Miami and Carli Nicholas, the night features happy-hour bites and beverages, plus the chance to win swag bags, pitchers of booze, food, and other goodies. It's free to play, and, really, what's more beautiful than getting loose with your girls poolside amid the tropical flora? The party runs from 9 p.m. to midnight. Games are held at 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30.
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2017 Miami Bachata Festival at Deauville Beach Resort
8 p.m. Thursday, $10
Maybe your 50-something neighbors turning up to Latin beats into the wee hours of Tuesday morning isn't enough Miami for you. Fear not — the Miami Bachata Festival starts this weekend. It kicks off with a birthday bash for Jorge “Ataca” Burgos, bachata instructor and founder of Island Touch Dance Academy (which also happens to be organizing the festival). Dance workshops run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday and cover all levels, from beginner to advanced. Almost a dozen dance acts will show their talents beginning at 9 p.m. each night, followed by a dance free-for-all at 11 p.m.
"Pioneer of American Art Nouveau" at the Wolfsonian-FIU
Debuts Thursday, January 26. Daily, $10
If art nouveau sounds like something your great-grandmother liked, that's because it is. But it's also the art form that preceded the art deco-style buildings of South Beach and inspired a generation of acid-dropping hippies to make innovative and hallucinatory poster art in the '60s and '70s. Bet you didn't think about that the last time you spaced out to a Pink Floyd album. If you're looking for an origins tour, head to the William H. Bradley retrospective, "Pioneer of American Art Nouveau," to learn more about the movement's U.S. roots.