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The 21 Best Things to Do in Miami This Week

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click to enlarge Saturday: "Word Play" - PHOTO BY CHRISTIAN MORA
Saturday: "Word Play"
Photo by Christian Mora

Saturday

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.

Sunday

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.

Monday

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.

click to enlarge Wednesday: Fire Gods in the Garden - PHOTO BY CHRISTIAN SALAZAR
Wednesday: Fire Gods in the Garden
Photo by Christian Salazar

Tuesday

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.

Wednesday

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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Liz Tracy has written for publications such as the New York Times, the Atlantic, Refinery29, W, Glamour, and, of course, Miami New Times. She was New Times Broward-Palm Beach's music editor for three years. Now she plays one mean monster with her 2-year-old son and obsessively watches British mysteries.
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