The 21 Best Things to Do in Miami This Week

Friday: Koresh Dance Company
Friday: Koresh Dance Company
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Last year, in the midst of the presidential election, a play set in Mussolini's Italy on the day of a parade for Hitler ran for a short weekend at the Colony Theatre. The election has come and gone, but the urgency of addressing xenophobia, hate speech, and violence has only increased. Based on Ettore Scola's film of the same name, A Special Day uses a sparse backdrop to present an intimate look at the intersection of personal choice, political allegiance, and social conditioning. The return of the play is set to run for ten days. 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, with a Sunday matinee at 3 p.m., through March 26 at the Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 800-211-1414; colonymb.org. Admission costs $25.

You know how to party, but you could be better about giving back to the city that makes it so easy to have fun. If all you have to offer is your willingness to get down, you can still help. Pause for a Cause urges Miamians to "party for a purpose" at an annual event where making merry is the only requirement for charitable giving. Oh, yeah, and money. But with presale tickets as low as $10, raffle prizes, and 15 percent of your booze and food money going to local charities, you won't even notice you're doing good. 5 p.m. Thursday at Fritz & Franz Bierhaus, 60 Merrick Way, Coral Gables; 305-774-1883; tinyurl.com/pauseforacause. The first 100 presale tickets cost $10, tickets bought online cost $15, and tickets at the door cost $20.

At this point, it shouldn't come as a surprise that an art form dominated by men has been practiced by equally skilled women without anyone noticing. What's surprising is that people don't talk about it. Entering the conversation is "Latin American Women Printing," an exhibit of femme Argentine artists who have garnered attention for women in printing media. With help from the Latin American Arts Pavilion, 20 artists will have pieces of lithography, book arts, and other works on paper on display to celebrate the proliferation of the distaff in this field. The opening reception will include cocktails and refreshments. 8 p.m. Thursday at Art & Design Gallery, 8650 Biscayne Blvd., #2, Miami; adgallery.miami. Admission is free.

Friday: TEDx of Coconut Grove
Friday: TEDx of Coconut Grove
Photo by Travis Harris


There's little that we obsess about more than our own happiness. We agonize over questions like "Will murdering every driver on U.S. 1 bring me the bliss I've been looking for?" To help answer these necessary questions, the World Happiness Summit will host three days of workshops and lectures on establishing well-being. While experts in business, government, technology, academia, and other areas work for the betterment of humankind, we normals can still learn a little via passes to panels and classes that are open to the public. Bring your yoga mat and dancing shoes, because this summit ends with a party. 7 a.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Ice Palace Studios, 59 NW 14th St., Miami; 305-347-7400; happinesssummit.world. Three-day passes cost $799.

Even though we Miamians live in a place other people escape to, there's still plenty we want to escape from: our parents' houses, for example, or our acknowledgment of the impending effects of climate change. The independently organized TEDx of Coconut Grove was inspired by the original TED format to launch its own series of short talks, and this round is all about the need to flee. Speakers range from TV hosts to best-selling authors to professional educators, so there's guaranteed to be plenty of knowledge to go around. Stick around afterward for a Tasting Village with local eateries. 2 p.m. Friday at the Lewis Family Auditorium of Ransom Everglades, 3575 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove; tedxcoconutgrove.org. Admission costs $50 for adults, $10 for students.

Forget your past few St. Patrick's Days (if you can remember them to begin with) and corrupt yourself with throngs of kelly-green-clad college kids at St. Pat's Wynwood. Last year's party-at-the-end-of-the-rainbow attracted more than 20,000 revelers for green beer and leprechauns, and this year stands to attract an even larger crowd via arts and crafts, food trucks, DJs, and Jameson Irish whiskey. You'll invoke the true luck of the Irish when you black out yet somehow wake up somewhere other than a street corner. 4 p.m. Friday at Mana Wynwood, 2240 NW Second Ave., Miami; 305-461-2700; stpatswynwood.com. Admission is free.

If modern dance sounds like something your awkward cousin attempted in his trying-to-find-himself phase, you might not have gotten a great first impression. But the Koresh Dance Company is a troupe of professionals, and watching 25 years' worth of choreography will convince you of this art form's merit. As a testament to the company's diverse work, this anniversary program is cherry-picking from more than 60 pieces created by founder Ronen Koresh. A new collaborative effort with Paul D. Miller (AKA DJ Spooky) will also be featured, and a postshow conversation with Miller, Koresh, and the company is scheduled for Friday. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722; arshtcenter.org. Admission costs $50.

Performance art — there's nothing more delightfully weird and thought-provoking, which is why it's worth a bit of a hike to witness it in its full glory. The Nerve is in its second year of presenting genre-bending live art from artists of all stripes and types. This year's festival includes 22 performances from 48 performers spread over three nights and five venues in Fort Lauderdale. Expect installations, durational pieces, and even musical numbers, but the failure inherent in trying to describe everything is exactly why you should see it for yourself. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday at FATVillage Projects and surrounding galleries, 523 NW First Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-760-5900; fatvillageprojects.com. Admission costs $15 per day or $35 for a three-day pass.

Saturday: Global Cuba Fest
Saturday: Global Cuba Fest
Photo by Agustín Escamez Rambaud


Jazz in the Gardens reaches beyond the ambitions of a music festival. This year, a poetry contest and a film, music, and art conference will accompany performances by LL Cool J, Jill Scott, and Common in the fair city of Miami Gardens. Though a lineup of superstars is sure to attract the most attention, the poetry finals give a nod to the historical ties between jazz and poetry, and the conference allows for established and emerging Miami artists to rub elbows and trade secrets. 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium, 347 Don Shula Dr., Miami Gardens; 800-745-3000; jazzinthegardens.com. Admission costs $69 to $244.

The Global Cuba Fest has showcased talent from the island and its émigrés across the world for ten years. To celebrate a decade of artistic and cultural exchange, FUNDarte is throwing a party with world-class performers, including Carlos Puig and Érnan López Nussa. Closing the night is the Madrid-based band Picadillo, whose name not only induces flashbacks of a Miami childhood but also speaks to the influence of traditional Cuban music on the band's work. Cuban author Wendy Guerra rounds out the event as the night's lovely host. 8 p.m. Saturday at Miami-Dade County Auditorium, 2901 W. Flagler St., Miami; 800-745-3000; fundarte.us. Admission costs $30.

On average, women make up less than a third of the STEM workforce in the United States, and that fact is directly related to how girls are received in science and technology classrooms. To create a supportive community and promote girls' participation in computer technology, Code Art Miami organizes an annual showcase of digital artwork, along with a coding competition for girls in grades 3 through 12. The event also includes workshops, speakers, interactive media, and a reception. Proceeds go toward a scholarship for a woman in Miami Dade College's animation or gaming program. 4 p.m. Saturday at Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, 315 NE Second Ave., Miami; codeart.miami. Admission is free for students in kindergarten through 12th grade; adult general admission costs $15; the master-class coding workshop costs an additional $10; VIP admission costs $50 and includes the coding workshop.

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Saturday: Femme FestEXPAND
Saturday: Femme Fest
Cesar Moreno

Vinyl collectors usually find the best records in their aunt's basement, at an old guy's yard sale, or on their last trip to San Francisco. But Gramps' Crate Diggers Record Fair aims to change that. Thanks to the bar's daylong event presented by Discogs, you can get prized vinyl from more than 30 vendors right in Wynwood while jamming to the soundtrack of experienced DJs. Crate Diggers will be followed by a wild late-night afterparty. So bring the kids for the retail therapy but ditch them come 10 p.m., when DJs Ron Trent, Rich Medina, and Zernell will take over the decks. Noon Saturday at Gramps, 178 NW 24th St., Wynwood; 305-699-2669; gramps.com. Admission is free.

We should celebrate women every day. But in this America, we're lucky to get a month to reflect on female accomplishments. The tenth-annual FemmeFest is doing just that with a daylong event at Churchill's Pub, featuring poets, artists, vendors, political activist speakers, and more than 20 bands. The rules? Respect women. The attire? Feel free to bring your pro-lady signs, and don't forget your pussyhats. 8 p.m. Saturday at Churchill's, 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-757-1807; churchillspub.com. Admission costs $10.

Two things you can always count on to bring the party: marijuana and Trick Daddy. Both will be in the spotlight at the 19th-annual Medical Marijuana Benefit Concert, presented by Ploppy Palace, Modern Galaxy TV, and Norml of Florida. Activism, pot, and amazing music that also includes live acts Grind Mode, Telekinetic Walrus, Tamboka, and Nag Champayons are certain to sway a few minds to support allowing legal use of weed to help those with legit health conditions. 4:20 p.m. Saturday at the Wynwood Yard, 56 NW 29th St., Miami; 305-351-0366; thewynwoodyard.com. Admission costs $15 to $25. Ages 18 and up.

Sunday: DJ Spooky
Sunday: DJ Spooky
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DJ Spooky, AKA Paul D. Miller, is someone who took spinning to the level of artistry. His multimedia film project Rebirth of a Nation deconstructs the racist 1915 film of the same name through DJ tricks. In the Arsht Center's Peacock Foundation Studio, he will apply his turntable savvy to cinema by remixing the terrible views of the past. If ever there were an apt time to examine revisionist history, it's now. 7 p.m. Sunday at the Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722; arshtcenter.org. Admission costs $25.

Photo nerds with big hearts will be pleased to know they can pair their love of the camera and do-gooder ways for the 13th South Beach Photomarathon. The Tropicolor fundraiser benefits Fotomission Kids, a photography program for children with cancer. Participants will pay a nominal fee and be assigned six topics to shoot in Miami Beach over five hours. You can get creative, expand your portfolio, give some art to kids, and possibly win $500 in cash prizes. 11 a.m. Sunday at Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach; 305-673-7256; fotomission.org. Admission is free for spectators; registration to participate costs $59 for adults and $39 for students.


Tennis is one of those elite sports that's easy to get into even if you're broke. And that's likely why IMG's Miami Open attracts more than 300,000 fans a year to Crandon Park Tennis Center. You can catch matches between some of the biggest names in the game. Just don't forget your sunscreen and hat. It's only March, but it'll be heating up both figuratively and literally on the court. 10 a.m. Monday through April 2 at Crandon Park Tennis Center, 7300 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne; miamiopen.com. Admission costs $136 to $3,525.

There is never a bad time to flaunt your pride. The Pride South Florida Pageant is headed by onetime RuPaul's Drag Race favorite Latrice Royale. The community-conscious event will be in full swing this week, when it crowns a Mr. and Miss Pride. In celebration of diversity and culture, entertainment is at the heart of this contest. Think way outside the box when entering this competition to become a role model for the LGBTQ community in these nether regions of the United States. 8 p.m. Monday at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St., Aventura; 877-311-7469; aventuracenter.org; pridesouthfl.com. Admission costs $9.35 to $28.04.

Friday: The NerveEXPAND
Friday: The Nerve
Marilyn Loddi


Miami Music Week can be the most exciting and musically enriching seven days of your life. Soak in the digital genius of the best in the business at the long-running industry festival, Winter Music Conference. And venues around town will be alight with addictive sounds thanks to Ultra Music Festival. You might as well plan ahead and dive confidently into the vibrating and beat-laden waves of MMW. Various times Tuesday until March 26 at various locations; 954-563-4444; wintermusicconference.com; miamimusicweek.com; ultramusicfestival.com. Admission varies.

Maybe no one has heard of Florida International University past the county line, but the school has grown into one worthy of recognition. This week, FIU's Women's Center will host a two-day conference, Women Who Lead, to get more female students in leadership roles. Attendees will explore issues related to gender equality and attempt to understand female growth in various careers. Keynote speaker Angela Y. Davis will anchor the event, which begins Tuesday at FIU's Modesto campus, moves to the Biscayne Bay campus Wednesday, and ends with you finding your superpowers. 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at Women's Center, FIU Division of Student Affairs, 10955 SW 15th St., GC 219, Miami; 305-348-4232; womenstudies.fiu.edu. Admission is free.


The Pretenders formed in 1978, but rock goddess and frontwoman Chrissie Hynde is still at the top of her game. She's touring as the Pretenders and bringing songs from her newest album on the road and straight to Miami Beach. Alone was recorded in Nashville with the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach and has everything necessary for an old or new rocker to get back on that sonic Pretenders chain gang. 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7300; fillmoremb.com. Tickets cost $50.

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