Early August in Miami means it's best to stay indoors. With film screenings, panel discussions, and music showcases happening around the city, there are plenty of ways to beat the heat without spending a single dollar.
This week, Books & Books hosts a discussion about Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar's films as the bookstore's neighbor across the street, Coral Gables Art Cinema, continues its two-week retrospective of his films. Huffington Post founding editor Roy Sekoff discusses his new book about his career exploits, and Las Rosas' Words & Wine music series continues with sets by Ex Isles, Batawi, and others.
Here are the best free events happening in Miami this week.
Prolific Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar made his U.S. debut at the 1984 Miami Film Festival. Nat Chediak, director of programming at Coral Gables Art Cinema, ran the film festival at the time. This Tuesday, Gables Cinema's Associate Director Javier Chavez will join Chediak in conversation to discuss Almodóvar's lauded filmography and the fateful decision to program his film at the Miami Film Festival more than three decades ago. 8 p.m. Tuesday, August 7, at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Miami; eventbrite.com. Admission is free.
Though it began in a living room, Words & Wine has garnered a huge following over the past eight years. It created a community that has followed it from venue to venue, and now to its new home at Las Rosas. This week, the "Tribal Kinda Open Mic" will present Ex Isles, Batawi, and a secret surprise guest. The Chavarro Brothers-hosted night will feature an open mike and a drum circle, so bring your bongos, hoops, and balls to juggle in a full-on jam session. Spoken word will open you up to all of your weird feelings, which you can then shut down again with some arcade games or pool. It'll be a
The world is literally on fire right now. There's been record heat and drought throughout Europe this year, and California is experiencing one of the largest fires in state history. All of this comes less than one year after a record catastrophic year for hurricanes. Put simply: the effects of climate change have arrived. Climate Change Cinema is a new, recurring film series that will pair screenings with valuable discussions about how best to proceed in the battle to save the planet. This week's film, Saving Atlantis, explores the accelerating decline of coral reef ecosystems around the globe. 7 p.m. Thursday, August 9, at Everglades Room at the Venture Cafe Miami, 1951 NW Seventh Ave. #600, Miami; o-cinema.com. Admission is free with RSVP.
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