White Guy on the Bus: See Thursday.
White Guy on the Bus: See Thursday.
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The 21 Best Things to Do in Miami This Week


The Shakira tour coming to American Airlines Arena Thursday was originally planned for last January. But the Colombian singer's vocal cords weren't doing so well then, so she took some time off. Now she's back and better than ever, with the El Dorado World Tour hitting the 305 for two spicy nights. From "Whenever, Wherever" to "Underneath Your Clothes" to "La Tortura," this will be quite the show. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; ticketmaster.com. Tickets cost $76.50 to $186.50. 

Brazilian-bred artist Rivane Neuenschwander's latest artistic adventure spans video, performance, and painting at PAMM. Quarta-Feira de Cinzas/Epilogue (Ash Wednesday/Epilogue), shot on Ash Wednesday in Brazil, tracks a colony of ants transporting leaves along a forest floor. It's captivating to watch the ants work together and fight at times, just like we humans do. Ongoing at Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; pamm.org. Regular adult admission costs $16, and various discounts are available. 

Edith Piaf was a French icon. She was one of the country's most renowned singers and cabaret stars, performing on some of the most prominent stages in France and beyond during the first half of the 20th Century. Leonardo Padrón's Piaf, Voz y Delirio tells the entertainer's roller-coaster story through theatrics, voice, and music, covering everything from her sadness to celebration. The piece stars Venezuela's Mariaca Semprún and a seven-piece band. 8 p.m. Thursday through September 2 at Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; colonymb.org. Tickets cost $55 to $75. 

Our society is full of racial bias and revenge. Those are exactly the subjects of GableStage's new show, White Guy on the Bus, which also addresses moral ambiguity and intrigue. The Bruce Graham production, directed by Michael Leeds and featuring Ryan Didato and Whitney Grace, zooms in on a white businessman and single black mother who ride the same bus each week. Over time, their differences — both racial and economic — take the front seat. Running through September 9 at GableStage at the Biltmore, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables; gablestage.org. Tickets cost $15 to $45. 

Thursday is National Rum Day. Hooray! Amid rum specials galore in South Florida, the Wharf Miami is hosting a Rum Around the Clock Rum Festival, boasting more than 150 kinds of the spirit. In addition to booze specials, Cardi & Friends will be onsite to supply the tunes, and La Santa Taqueria, King of Racks BBQ, Mojo Donuts, Spris Artisan Pizza, and others will sell grub. Noon Thursday at the Wharf Miami, 114 SW North River Dr., Miami; eventbrite.com. Admission is free. 

More rum? You bet. Here's another National Rum Day celebration for your deteriorating liver: The Confidante Miami Beach is staging an elegant affair with more than 20 rum brands, from Pusser's Rum to Afrohead, offering unlimited tastings. Experts will be on hand to help you refine your rum taste. It all goes down at the Confidante's poolside garden, with a backdrop of festive tunes. 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Confidante, 4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; eventbrite.com. Tickets cost $35 to $50.

Umphrey's McGee: See Friday.
Umphrey's McGee: See Friday.
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Some bands you just have to see live. Among them is Umphrey's McGee. Since forming at the University of Notre Dame in the late '90s, the rockin' jam band has gone on to play thousands of shows, sell millions of tracks, and release 11 studio albums. Its latest studio album, It's Not Us, hit shelves in January. But with this band, it's all about the live experience — so much so that Umphrey's McGee releases a Hall of Fame album every year with fan-favorite live performances. Opening for the rockers is fellow jam band and Arizona native Spafford. 6 p.m. Friday at the Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; livenation.com. Tickets are sold out. 

No, you didn't quantum-leap yourself back to the '80s; Def Leppard and Journey really are touring together in 2018. This is the show your nostalgic, rock-lovin' soul has been waiting for this summer. Journey's present-day lead singer, Arnel Pineda, is a spectacle who can't be missed, and Def Leppard is still churning out new tunes — its latest, self-titled album dropped in 2015. But, of course, expect these guys to play the classics, from "Don't Stop Believing" to "Pour Some Sugar on Me." 7 p.m. Friday at the BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; ticketmaster.com. Tickets cost $65 to $175. 

One hundred dinosaurs are coming to Miami. No, the U.S. Senate isn't having a South Florida retreat. It's Jurassic Quest! Guests can interact with massive, larger-than-life animatronic dinosaurs, join in a fossil dig for dino bones, jump around in a dino bounce area, and participate in Jurassic-themed crafts galore. Talk about a dream come true for kids — and grownups who never stopped dreaming of dinos. 3 to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Miami-Dade Fair Expo Center, 10901 Coral Way, Miami; maingatetickets.com. Tickets cost $20 for kids and adults and $18 for seniors; police, military, and other discounted ticket packages are available.

Shakira's El Dorado World Tour: See Thursday.EXPAND
Shakira's El Dorado World Tour: See Thursday.
Kayt Jones


Love her or hate her, Taylor Swift and her Reputation Stadium Tour are making a pit stop in Miami. Clearly, plenty of fans still love T-Swift, because she's filling massive venues across the nation. The 28-year-old, known for hits spanning "Love Story" to "Shake It Off," is joined by fellow pop diva Camila Cabello (queue "Havana, ooh na-na") and English songstress Charli XCX. 7 p.m. Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium, 347 Don Shula Dr., Miami; ticketmaster.com. Tickets cost $69.50 to $480. 

What's the first thing you think of when you hear the word "Naples"? You probably envision that town on the west coast of Florida. Now it's time to get acquainted with a different Naples — superior DJ Anthony Naples. The dude grew up in Miami and is now one of NYC's rising producers. You'll want to catch him at Floyd before he hits Canada, Belgium, the United Kingdom, and wherever else life may take him this fall. 10 p.m. Saturday at Floyd, 34 NE 11th St., Miami; ticketfly.com. Tickets cost $10. 

When done wrong, ballet can be tedious for an audience to watch. Done right, it's invigorating and enchanting. The nonprofit Miami Hispanic Ballet Company achieves the latter by featuring and promoting Miami's Latin talents. Each year, the company stages the International Ballet Festival of Miami, bringing together dance stars from around the world for classical and neoclassical dance repertoire. The fest features all things dance, from a film series to performances by 20 ballet companies. Saturday's A Life for Dance gala will include an awards ceremony and is a must-do fest. 8 p.m. Saturday at Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7300; fillmoremb.com; internationalballetfestival.org. Tickets cost $39 to $69.

Wynwood Brewing is celebrating five years of crafting and slinging suds. It feels like only yesterday that the brewery opened in the happening neighborhood. Now it's a Miami staple, featuring regular Last Call Comedy nights and Metal Mondays. The brewery will celebrate its fifth anniversary with a block party. The whole street will be blocked from noon till 11 p.m., and 25 of Wynwood's brews will flow heavily. Expect live music, food from Sparky's Roadside Barbecue, and family-friendly games. Cheers to beers. 9 p.m. Saturday at Wynwood Brewing Co., 565 NW 24th St., Miami; wynwoodbrewing.com. Admission is free. 

Bouvalay is a term made up by Miami rappers that means "bullshit," according to the internet. But the beer created by Concrete Beach Brewery made with Malbec grapes of the same name is nothing of the sort. Debuted on tap as part of a Gallery Series in 2017, the brew will be released in a can at the Move the Bouv release party. This lager has an interesting backstory: It was left to age in oak when parts of the city were evacuated because of Hurricane Irma. The beer fermented without temperature control, giving it a unique flavor. Enjoy this special beer with live music, food vendors, summer swag, and a photo booth to mark the occasion. Noon Saturday at Concrete Beach, 325 NW 24th St., Miami; concretebeachbrewery.com. Admission is free. 

Warrior Flow, a yoga practice created by married yogis Adrian Molina and Dennis Hunter, is a modified version of Vinyasa, with added sounds such as electronic and reggae, singing and mantras, and guided meditation. They took Warrior Flow, "a studio without walls," around the world, including to the Wynwood Yard for an afternoon Saturday class. This week, you can check out their yoga in a covered space with fans, food trucks, vibes, and sounds by DJ Cisco Achurra Events and Emilia Garth. 1 p.m. Saturday at Wynwood Yard, 56 NW 29th St., Miami, warriorflow.com. Admission costs $10.

Breweries abound in South Florida, but not all have a unique Latin flavor. Veza Sur is a Wynwood brewery that emphasizes its South American roots while honoring the city's diversity and great vibes. The brewery is celebrating its first anniversary with a big party and beer release. There will be music by DJ Tillery James, DJ A-Train, and Ill-Set Dee-J, as well as live acts Jacuzzi Boys, Mr. Pauer with live percussion, and Uma Galera. The party goes until 3 a.m., so there'll be plenty of time for genuine fun at this fiesta. 2 p.m. Saturday at Veza Sur Brewing Co., 55 NW 25th St., Miami; vezasur.com. Admission is free with RSVP.

The 21 Best Things to Do in Miami This Week
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Sunday mornings are the perfect time to recenter yourself before a busy workweek. So head to Miami Beach Botanical Garden, where each week yogi Franci leads Zen Garden Yoga. The Vinyasa- and Hatha-style class is complemented by the serene environment and relatively fresh ocean air. Get yourself feeling good with a proper stretch and a great tropical view; then chill onsite after class. Bring your mat and a towel — it will be sweaty. 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach; mbgarden.org. Admission costs $10.


Broken Shaker, the especially delicious and smartly curated tropical bar at the Freehand Hotel, serves some of the best cocktails you'll ever slurp. They're so good you'll believe they're worth their high prices even before you get sloshed. And like the expertly curated menu, this summer's Rusty Shaker Summer Guest Bartender Series features only the finest booze slingers in town. Stop by Monday to sip drinks crafted by Eddie Fuentes. 9 p.m. Monday at Broken Shaker, 2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach; freehandhotels.com/miami/broken-shaker. Admission is free.


Baseball can be a hard sell. It's a slow sport in an age of fast-paced videogames. The guys are throwing the ball far and fast and hitting it hard, but it's not as sexy as, say, the way Dwyane Wade shoots a big ball into a tiny basket on the other side of the court. But there's still one foolproof thing that'll get you worked up about baseball: the rivalries. And no one does rivalries like the New York Yankees. Catch the team everyone loves to hate taking on the Miami Marlins this week. You'll be fired up to root for the home team, even if the innings feel a bit long and the sun shines too brightly. 7:10 p.m. Tuesday at Marlins Park, 501 Marlins Way, Miami; mlb.com. Tickets start at $31.


It's not always easy to find an 18-and-older show. But Gramps knows how important it is to introduce younger folks to live music. This week, the tropical paradise in Wynwood will host a Breakeven Booking event with the intense atmospheric sounds of DC foursome Bound, the Miami indie rockers of Superhaunted, experimental posthardcore musician Ta Bien, the alt dudes of Phantom Drive, and Lagoon. There will be plenty to inspire the young and old fans of rock subgenres in a perfect South Florida setting. 7 p.m. Wednesday at Gramps, 176 NW 24 St., Miami; gramps.com. Admission costs $10. 

Haute Tension is a rock band formerly known as Mo Booty. With its recent name change, a tour, and a new weekly happy-hour series at Gramps' food spot Pizza Tropical, the group is evolving. This Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m., the band wrangled a special guest, the heavenly musical duo Dracula. Recently scooped up by the new local label Sweat Records Records, Dracula will take you to another level of ecstasy with its divine renditions of classic Spanish and English songs. Get high on music, drunk on cheap drinks, full on pizza, and up in time for work the next day. 4 p.m. Wednesday at Pizza Tropical, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; pizzatropical.com. Admission is free.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story listed an incorrect admission price for Wynwood Brewing's fifth anniversary event.

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