Brace yourself for what could be a weird and wacky week. Friday the 13th and a full moon are both happening over the next few days. To keep you in balance, check out the Full Moon Ritual Ceremony at Nautilus by Arlo. Among other free happenings, you can catch an album-release party and set from Electric Kif in Wynwood Saturday and hit up a new farmers' market in Surfside Sunday.
Here are the best free things to do in Miami this week:
It's National Suicide Prevention Week, but this is an issue that we should be having an open and honest conversation about beyond the next few days. Monday evening, the Dr. Brandt Foundation will host a Lights of Hope Suicide Prevention Panel Discussion at the LAB Miami, featuring veteran and master of social work James Garcia. After the discussion, there will be a lighting ceremony honoring those whose lives have been lost to suicide.7 to 9 p.m. Monday, September 9, at LAB Miami, 400 NW 26th Ave., Miami; eventbrite.com. Admission is free.
Havana has been evolving before our eyes for the past five centuries. Tuesday evening, University of Miami School of Architecture professor Sonia Chao will discuss the evolution of the city in light of its 500th birthday. Utilizing pieces from the new exhibit, "Havana500: Five Centuries of Evolving Urban Form and Urban Codes," see the Cuban capital like never before. 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, September 10, at Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion, 1300 Memorial Dr., Coral Gables; eventbrite.com. Admission is free.
Who likes free booze? OK, that's all of you. Well, ladies, Barter Wynwood has a stellar ladies' night, dubbed She's Bad, from 10 p.m. to midnight every Wednesday. In addition to snagging free admission, your bad self gets totally free drinks during that two-hour span. Just be sure to RSVP. Cheers!10 p.m. to midnight Wednesday, September 11, at Barter, 255 NW 27th Ter., Miami; eventbrite.com. Admission is free.
For the world-renowned Puerto Rican actor Raul Julia, the world was truly a stage. A new film, directed by Ben DeJesus, is keeping his memory alive. Featuring reflective interviews with the likes of Anjelica Huston, James Earl Jones, and John Leguizamo, this exclusive screening of Raúl Juliá: The World's a Stage comes courtesy of South Florida PBS. A complimentary reception will follow the screening and DeJesus will be in attendance alongside Julia's widow, Merrill. 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, September 12, at Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; eventbrite.com. Admission is free.
A full moon is about to happen, and things might get odd. Fortunately, the kind folks at Nautilus by Arlo are combatting the weirdness with a tranquil Full Moon Ritual Ceremony this Friday night. Shaman Lauren Unger will lead folks on a cleansing journey including essential oils, holy fire reiki, and sound. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, September 13, at Nautilus by Arlo, 1825 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; eventbrite.com. Admission is free.
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Miami's Electric Kif conjures all sorts of sounds. Sometimes it's jazzy, oftentimes there's a bass-heavy undertone, but it always rocks. Saturday at Lagniappe, the band will celebrate the release of its newest album, Jefe. Be among the first to hear the songs on the record before Kif heads on a tour up the East Coast. 9 p.m. Saturday, September 14, at Lagniappe, 3425 NE Second Ave., Miami; lagniappehouse.com. Admission is free.
The Town of Surfside is ready to debut its farmers' market this Sunday. The market, boasting more than 20 vendors, will be open every Sunday. Among the stands to check out are Wavey Açaí Bowls, Baguette Plus, Cauliflower Bites, and Soapciety. Happy shopping — and eating! 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, September 15, at 95th Street and Collins Avenue, Surfside; townofsurfsidefl.gov. Admission is free.