The 21 Best Things to Do in Miami This Week

Thursday: "Tropical Wildlife"
Thursday: "Tropical Wildlife"
Brenda Ann Kenneally
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Anthropological studies need not be reserved for remote tribes and dead civilizations. The unique and diverse milieu of Miami citizens is rife with opportunity for the study of exotic plumage and strange customs. "Tropical Wildlife" will put these studies on display with portraits of our city's fair populace taken between 1991 and 1996. The portraits were first published in the weekend magazine Tropic, alongside interviews with those photographed. If you're inspired to celebrate Miami culture after seeing the show, head back to HistoryMiami for CultureFest, an all-day celebration of all things Miami, beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday. 6 p.m. Thursday at HistoryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; 305-375-1492; historymiami.org. Admission costs $10.

Bust out your best wig, gold lamé briefs, or rainbow attire, 'cause it's Pride Week. There isn't enough space here to list all the celebrations, but a good place to start might be Pride Night at PAMM, where you can enjoy happy-hour specials on the terrace beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday, along with a free screening of Moonlight. Stick around for Pride Lights the Night, a tribute to Pulse nightclub victims that involves several buildings across the city displaying rainbow colors on their façades. But the crown jewel of any Pride event is the parade: Be on South Beach by noon Sunday to watch colorful floats and even more colorful dancers and characters strike some proud poses on Ocean Drive. The Miami Beach Gay Pride Festival will continue in Lummus Park after the parade. Thursday through Sunday at various locations; pamm.org; miamibeachgaypride.com.


Nothing says "I'm rich" quite like a fat cigar lodged in the middle of a toothy grin. So if you're loaded (or just want to look like you are), spend a day with tobacco experts at the Big Smoke. A ticket gets you 36 premium cigars; a luxurious buffet; cocktails and spirits sponsored by Dewar's, D'Ussé, and Bacardi 8; and the chance to rub shoulders with the best cigar makers in the industry, such as Litto Gomez of La Flor Dominicana, maker of Cigar Aficionado's number one cigar of 2016. 6:30 Friday at the Fontainebleau, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-538-2000; bigsmokemiami.com. Admission costs $325 to $375.

What do Miamians love more than poetry? Pretty much anything. So why not merge poetry with a sexy dead actor and a fast, expensive car to get people's juices flowing? That was arguably David Landsberger's thought process when he decided to remake 2 Fast 2 Furious with a poetic theme. 2 Poetry 2 Ferrari is the name of not only his film but also the O, Miami party celebrating its filming. A limited-edition zine will be available while supplies last, and a commemorative reading for the dearly departed Paul Walker will take place inside a white Ferrari. 7 p.m. Friday at Primary Projects, 15 NE 39th St., Miami; 954-296-1675; omiami.org/events. Admission is free.

How many women do you see aging peacefully and gracefully around you? In a city where plastic surgery is as common as cafecitos, you'll probably guess not many. In Retiro, Natalie Lasalle presents women over the age of 65 in three locales — Miami, Puerto Rico, and Quebec — exploring their lives, memories, and experiences of aging. Part documentary film, part live performance with storytelling, this production is the second of three works presented as part of the annual SandBox series Mujeres, the theater's effort to commission new work from Hispanic and Latina artists. 8 p.m. Friday at the SandBox at Miami Theater Center, 9806 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores; 305-751-9550; mtcmiami.org. Admission costs $25. The show runs Fridays and Saturdays through April 22.

Friday: Big Smoke
Friday: Big Smoke
Courtesy of Cigar Aficionado magazine

Stevie Ray Vaughan has been called a living legend, and Steve Miller's songs are a staple of your parents' early adulthood, which tells you these two musicians have not only been around for a while but also were successful because they're scholars of their genre. That's why the Jazz Roots series is featuring a tribute to the blues, From Ma Rainey to Miles Davis: A Blues Journey. Watching these two classic-rock gods share the music that inspired them isn't just a nice thing to do for your dad, either. The night is sure to be educational and mind-blowing. 8 p.m. Friday at the Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722; arshtcenter.org. Admission costs $45 to $125.

Two cities so close shouldn't be so different. Yet a mere 30 miles from the EDM- and hip-hop-obsessed Miami, Fort Lauderdale hosts country music festivals. The Tortuga Music Festival brings acts such as Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, and Kenny Chesney to a sandy stage in Broward to benefit Rock the Ocean — an organization raising money for ocean research and education. If country isn't your thing, Nelly, Slightly Stoopid, and other hip-hop, blues, and roots groups are slated to perform. Plus, the same sun and beach exist on that side of the Dade-Broward line. 1 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, 1100 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; tortugamusicfestival.com. Admission costs $99 to $999.

If you were born early enough in the '90s, you might remember your first cassette tape. If you were born before the '90s, you probably had the pleasure of painstakingly recording a mixtape on a cassette. For those of you who lived the struggle, the Cheap Miami Tape Release Party is your kind of nostalgic fest. The Velocity Gospel, Fat Sun, Johnny Mile & the Kilometers, Analog, and Fulltime Mötherfucker are the bands featured on four albums being released on tape. Bring your Walkman, enjoy a drink, support local bands, and even get a custom mixtape made onsite. 9 p.m. Friday at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-699-2669; gramps.com. Admission costs $5.

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Saturday: "Word Play"
Saturday: "Word Play"
Photo by Christian Mora


From comic books to conceptual paintings, language and art have been commingling for decades. And because April is National Poetry Month, the Laundromat is opening "Word Play" — an exhibit of three artists working with words in mediums ranging from painting and sculpture to video installation. If literature isn't your forte, give this show a chance; you'll seem bookish without reading more than three words at a time. Artists JC Rodriguez, Elysa Batista, and Ronald Sanchez will be at this Saturday's opening and at a panel discussion of the work April 22. 6 p.m. Saturday at Laundromat Art Space, 5900 NE Second Ave., Miami; 303-960-7810; laundromatartspace.com. Admission is free.

Ice cream was invented in the 17th Century, and the course of history was altered forever. But don't get too depressed imagining the world before the frozen treat. Instead, imagine the inventions yet to change our lives for the better; then check out Maker Faire Miami to see them in real life. The two-day event will include self-driving cars built by Miami Dade College students, as well as hundreds of other inventions and DIY innovations. You'll be able to tell your grandkids about the first time you saw an unmanned vehicle right before you're terminated by the robot rebellion. 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-237-3960; miami.makerfaire.com. Admission costs $15 for one day and $20 for two days.

Historically, women run the marketplace. Their hands pick the fruit and weave the fabric that feed and clothe the children. The three entrepreneurial females behind Hatch Miami, an outdoor market of fabulous DIY proportions, know this firsthand. Set to take place during Family Day on Aragon at the Coral Gables Museum, it's the perfect place to catch a kid-friendly performance and buy locally sourced products — from jellies and jams to vintage jackets — from Miami's female marketplace masters and moms who make magic. 7 p.m., Saturday at Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 305-603-8067; coralgablesmuseum.org. Admission is free.

Sometime after 1984 but before 2008, robots went from horrifying apocalypse catalysts to adorable surrogates for human emotion. Adding to the latter category is the graphic-novel-turned-live-action-animation by Kid Koala, Nufonia Must Fall. In this elaborately performed and projected puppet production, a robot falls in love with an office worker after a chance encounter. Kid Koala and the Afiara Quartet provide a live soundtrack to the story, which unfolds via K.K. Barrett's production design. This undeniably unique show is sure to give you all the feels. 8 p.m. Saturday at Olympia Theater, 174 E. Flagler St., Miami; 305-237-3010; mdclivearts.org. Admission costs $35 to $50.


Just last summer, Miami said goodbye to one of its greatest unintentional tastemakers. James "Jimbo" Luznar created a scene of bikers, misfits, and bocce ball fans at his Virginia Key squatters' paradise, Jimbo's. Each year, the place was packed for his birthday celebration, where everybody jammed to Lynyrd Skynyrd songs played by Swampfoot. When Adam Gersten opened the Wynwood bar Gramps, he promised to offer an homage to this legend and has done so by putting on Jimbo's Party for five years straight. Luznar passed away last summer, but his spirit will fuel the fun at the fifth-annual shindig. Noon Sunday at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-699-2669; gramps.com. Admission is free, but donations and profits from food and drink sales will benefit the Everglades Foundation.

Ricky's South Beach is like a playground for nostalgic adults who happen to be craving cotton candy. The '80s-themed bar offers craft beverages and classic American cuisine with a side of arcade games and beer pong. This week, Fort Lauderdale indie band Chase the Jaguar will mix rock styles while the bartender mixes your cocktail with the same satisfactory results. 10 p.m. Sunday at Ricky's South Beach, 1222 16th St., Miami Beach; 305-704-3602; rickyssouthbeach.com. Admission is free.

It's not always easy to please your mom. Is one measly brunch enough to thank her for the years of putting up with your brattitude? It sure is not. So why not take her to the Barnacle Society's presentation of Miami folk artist Keith Johns under the stars on the bay. His emotional jams and soulful voice will have Mom really feeling the grateful vibes you long to give her. 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Barnacle Historic State Park, 3485 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove; 305-442-6866; floridastateparks.org. Admission costs $10 for adults, $8 for members, and $3 for children under 6.


Whenever LeBron James comes back to town, Miamians feel awfully confused. Yeah, we're almost over our breakup with the MVP, but the joy we felt winning those championships is hard to shake. Heading toward the playoffs, the Miami Heat is set to play the Cleveland Cavaliers again. Let's hope the Heat emerges looking healed and refreshed from a big win over our favorite ex to brag about. 7:30 p.m. Monday at American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 786-777-1000; aaarena.com. Admission costs $60 to $250.

Alaska isn't known for pumping out big names in rock 'n' roll. But Wasilla is home to the hip five-man band with the awkwardly punctuated name Portugal. The Man. The group is setting out on tour ahead of its 2017 release, Woodstock. The groovy guys are hitting Fort Laudy. They'll have your toes twinkling with their chill beats at Culture Room. Get there early. Rapper HDBeenDope will open with skill and style. 7:30 p.m. Monday at Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; 954-564-1074; cultureroom.net. Admission costs $30.

Wednesday: Fire Gods in the Garden
Wednesday: Fire Gods in the Garden
Photo by Christian Salazar


When John Waters, the New York Times, and Whoopi Goldberg tout your style and hilarity, you know you're winning at the camp-comedy game. Performer Dina Martina has been lauded by drag queens and critics for her terrible singing, awful dancing, and wild storytelling since her first show in 1989. She'll hit the Broward Center this week and is certain to have the audience guffawing with mixed emotions. 8 p.m. Tuesday at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Admission costs $25 to $40.

The Freehand has long proved it knows how to craft a perfect cocktail at the Broken Shaker. Now it's proving it can do the same for a fantastic night with its Full Moon Pop-Up Shops and Swim. There's nothing a winter-worn traveler wants more than an evening browsing hip goods, sipping delicious drinks, devouring Wynwood Parlor ice-cream sandwiches, sweating, and then taking a dip in the pool — all under the light of a full moon over Miami Beach. Dreams do come true. 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Freehand Miami, 2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach; 305-531-2727; freehandhotels.com/miami. Admission is free.


Tigertail has commissioned Fire Gods in the Garden, a dance event created by four Miami-based choreographers: Marissa Alma Nick, Carla Forte, Hattie Mae Williams, and Pioneer Winter. They will perform five-minute solos sequentially in the gardens of Vizcaya during a moonlit celebration. Each artist has selected a location and a fire god or goddess. Nick will honor Hawaiian fire goddess Pele; Forte will reference Mayan fire god Huracán; Williams will tackle Egyptian fire and war goddess Sekhmet; and Winter will draw inspiration from Greek fire god Hephaestus. 7:30 and 8:15 p.m. Wednesday at Vizcaya, 3251 S. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-324-4337; tigertail.org. Free with admission to Vizcaya, which costs $20 for adults and $6 for children.

Flesh, commissioned by Miami-Dade County Auditorium and created by Bistoury Physical Theatre, explores the phenomenon of collective madness, mental demise, and the crappiness of institutions. Sure, it's a little dark, but in this era of political insanity, it'll probably be relatable. 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Miami-Dade County Auditorium's On.Stage Black Box Theatre, 2901 W. Flagler St., Miami, 305-547-5414; miamidadecountyauditorium.org. Admission costs $20.

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