Things To Do

The 21 Best Things to Do in Miami This Week

Monday: J. Cole
Monday: J. Cole Courtesy of artist's management
click to enlarge Friday: FamFest - KIEN QUAN PHOTOGRAPHY
Friday: FamFest
Kien Quan Photography

Thursday

A life of controversy and drama can seem like good press for a young artist. But Kodak Black's trips in and out of jail on charges ranging from drug possession to sexual assault have hampered his stardom as opposed to helping it. Still, South Floridians can't help but feel a little pride knowing one of their own is a nationally successful artist. Maybe that explains the hype surrounding Kodak's first show since he was released from jail in early June. If you're all about reppin' the crib, snag your tickets for Pompano Beach's golden boy. 7 p.m. Thursday at the University of Miami Watsco Center, 1245 Dauer Dr., Coral Gables; 305-284-8244; watscocenter.com. Tickets cost $39.50 to $49.50.

Friday

Sinbad has maintained a low-key successful career for 30 years since his first appearance on The Cosby Show in 1987. At 61, he's somehow remained relevant on TV, in his standup, and in interviews. For a chance to see his energetic, fast-paced routine, make the hike to Fort Lauderdale for a wizened veteran's comedy mixed with an old-school view on current events. 8 p.m. Friday at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0222; parkerplayhouse.com. Tickets cost $33 to $43.

If you thought Miami's hip-hop scene was limited to a few young rappers taking nosedives off venue rafters or shuffling in and out of jail, think again. Trick Daddy and Rick Ross aren't the only OGs in town. The Flipside Kings have been carrying the traditions of break dance and hip-hop for more than 20 years, and their annual FamFest is here to remind us of what "fam" is really about. Aside from performances by the likes of Spam Allstars, Fusik, and DJ Lean Rock, among others, show up for the B-Boy/B-Girl Battle and live art and graffiti. 6 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday at Miami Light Project, 404 NW 26th St., Miami; 305-576-4350; famfestmiami.com. Two-day passes cost $25.

Miami is home to many film festivals, but most of them have a crucial cinematic flaw: the lack of blood-curdling screams and gratuitous gore. That's why the Popcorn Frights Film Festival is here to introduce us to films that embrace the horror drama, ranging from the truly creepy to the tongue-in-cheek. Highlights include Steven Yeun (better known as Glenn from The Walking Dead) wielding a hammer against diseased corporate lawyers, the tale of two young aspiring serial killers, and scares made right here in our own backyard. 7 p.m. Friday through August 17 at O Cinema Wynwood, 90 NW 29th St., Miami; 305-571-9970; o-cinema.org. Badges are sold out; tickets to individual films cost $12.


click to enlarge Friday: Sinbad - COURTESY OF BROWARD CENTER
Friday: Sinbad
Courtesy of Broward Center

If you've ever been new to Miami, you know the scenes here are reminiscent of high-school cliques. Try to talk to strangers and you're met with blank stares at best and an hijo de puta at worst. That's probably why we needed the folks from Orlando's Body//Talk to join forces with Miami Paradise to show us that a good party builds community and fosters friendship. Aside from art and creative ice-breakers, musicians like Miami-based Triangles, Eons, and Native Youth, along with Orlando artists DVWEZ and Phil Santos, will fuel the social with dance tunes. 9 p.m. Friday at 1306, 1306 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-377-2277; 1306miami.com. Admission is free.

Miamians can shake their tail feathers at plenty of places, from fancy South Beach nightclubs to Wynwood bars to Little Haiti mainstays. But few places capture the old-school side of Miami that remembers when tourists would travel here as if the Magic City were a Caribbean country. That's why Ball & Chain — the oldest venue in Miami with a liquor license — is helping to mark Electric Piquete's tenth anniversary. The band's approach to Afro-Latin-jazz-funk fusion makes it a quintessential Miami act deserving of celebration. 10 p.m. Friday at Ball & Chain, 1513 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-463-7820; ballandchainmiami.com. Admission is free.

Saturday

The galleries and shops that flourished in Wynwood's early days are getting pushed farther north because of rising rents. Whatever your opinion is on the subject, there's no doubt they're flourishing up there too. Moksha Gallery & Arts Collective is one example, and to prove it to you, it's celebrating Reinier Gamboa and his show "Indivisible" with a party involving live music and mural painting, the opening of a virtual gallery, plus drinks and snacks. The gallery is free to peruse beginning at 6 p.m., but the good times start in the back a few hours later. 9 p.m. Saturday at Moksha Gallery, 599 NW 71st St., Miami; 305-757-7277; mokshafamily.org. Admission costs $10.

Cool mint, tart lime, sweet syrup, and rum make the mojito a perfect Caribbean cocktail: refreshing, light, and boozy. If you're looking to get a good day-buzz going, the Miami Mojito March is using the green-flecked drink as an excuse to take a bar crawl through Brickell. Spots on the way include American Social, Candela Bar, and La Mexicana Cantina, but the party starts at Batch Gastropub. You're guaranteed up to eight mojitos, making this march a decent deal on top of a good time. Noon Saturday at Batch Gastropub, 30 SW 12th St., Miami; miamimojitomarch.com. Tickets cost $55.

Beards possess a strange dichotomy. On the one hand, they are the pinnacle of manliness; on the other, they're the scary stuff of biker gangs. If you have a glistening chin forest but struggle to find true acceptance, look no further than the Bearded Villains World Meet. This band of bushy brothers is hosting an international hangout that includes a swimsuit contest, live graffiti and tattooing, food trucks, and raffles. Of course, no true peacockery is complete without some healthy competition, so lube up your whiskers for a facial-hair face-off. 3 p.m. Saturday at Wynwood Café, 450 NW 27th St., Miami; 786-342-2987; bv305.com. Admission is free with RSVP.

¡Mayday! is one of Miami's most enduring and popular hip-hop acts. The six rapper/musicians broke through the neon ceiling that this city's artists find so hard to crack. They reached a national crowd and are even featured on Kendrick Lamar's song "Fragile." Signed to Tech N9ne's label, Strange Music, the crew will play live at the cool Brickell haunt Blackbird Ordinary. The place has fruit-muddling, cocktail-slinging bartenders and now a renovated patio with A/C, a retractable glass roof, and a new stage for ¡Mayday! to christen with its heavy beats and clever rhymes. 9 p.m. Saturday at Blackbird Ordinary, 729 SW First Ave., Miami; blackbirdordinary.com. Admission costs $10.

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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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