Things To Do

The 21 Best Things to Do in Miami This Week

W Miami's Buenas Vibras: See Saturday.
W Miami's Buenas Vibras: See Saturday. Evgeny Karandaev / Shutterstock.com

Thursday

The Prism Creative Group has been busy pumping us full of Miami culture this summer. This week, it's gifting us a performance by Venezuelan songstress Manu Manzo, sweets by Elsie's Flour Shop, and food from Fufi Restaurant in the last installment of its Summer Crafts and Concerts series. Madewell is hosting the intimate concert and offering attendees 20 percent off any purchases made during the event, so you can get a new pair of jeans to match your culturally conscious consumption. 6 p.m. Thursday at Madewell, 714 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 305-534-8079; prismcreativegroup.com. Admission is free with RSVP to [email protected].

You get another chance to mitigate the negativity of your drinking problem with a positive impact at the Whisky Wisemen Third Thursday Launch. Instead of just drinking out of a bottle of Jim Beam at your desk, head to Coconut Grove, meet the connoisseurs behind the Miami chapter of the Canadian-founded organization, and feel good about the 10 percent of your bar tab that will benefit the United Way of Miami-Dade, a nonprofit that works toward education, financial stability, and health for our county. With various whiskey brands being featured at each event, you might even learn a thing or two. 7 p.m. Thursday at Taurus Beer & Whiskey House, 3540 Main Hwy., Miami; 305-529-6523; facebook.com/WhiskyWisemenMia. Admission is free.

Back when classy broads were a real thing and not just something strippers pretend to be when they start rapping, you'd imagine they hooked their wrists around the bent arm of a gentleman with a cigar between his teeth. Well, New Times is all about class, which is why our next Sips N Selfies event will pair summery cocktails with Mediterranean-type hors d'oerves at a spot where you can puff away like the Gs of old. 7 p.m. Thursday at Casa de Montecristo by Prime Cigar & Whiskey Bar, 1106 S. Miami Ave., #202, Miami; 786-622-2220; miami.primecigar.com. Admission is free with RSVP.

Friday

Even though the event has "Miami" in its name, Miamipalooza actually started in Key Largo ten years ago. It's bounced around since then, but it's never lost its roots: underground music, craft vendors, and art for sale. This year you can count on heavy-metal band MekroniuM, reggae artist Tony G, and Hialeah's Reed & Company among the 20 acts to perform on three stages. Who needs to fly to the Midwest when we can get rowdy right here at home? 8 p.m. Friday at Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-303-3976; churchillspub.com. Admission costs $10.

You know what the real problem is with environmentalism? It doesn't look cool enough. To save planet Earth, the folks at Wynwood Yard and Debris Free Oceans are putting a hipster face on trash collection with the Pub Crawl Pick Up. Meet in the center of Wynwood to tidy up the streets while fueling your heroic deeds with beer from Boxelder and tacos from Coyo. Along with feeling personally responsible for giving the face of the climate-change fight a face-lift, you get to take home a reusable canteen cup. 6 p.m. Friday at Wynwood Brewing Company, 565 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-351-0366; thewynwoodyard.com. Tickets cost $20.

click to enlarge Freddy Stebbins: See Saturday. - COURTESY OF THE ARTIST
Freddy Stebbins: See Saturday.
Courtesy of the artist

Saturday

Summer in Miami makes everyone melt unless you're lucky enough to be submerged in a pool of water. If you haven't experienced this for yourself, the Buenas Vibras Pool Party is a good place to test that theory. Fifty stories up, you'll definitely be closer to the sun, and you'll also be bouncing to the uhntz-uhntz of Max Vangeli, Chris Valencia, Tricia Dade, and about half a dozen more DJs, making it especially difficult to retain your solid state. Keep cool in the pool — at least until September rolls around. Noon Saturday at W Miami, 485 Brickell Ave., Miami; 305-970-3516; buenasvibras.eventbrite.com. Admission costs $20.

Instead of hosting your own house party, risking freshman vomit and the smell of stale beer in your apartment, head to Dream Lab's Volume 1 party, organized to provide a low-key house-party vibe but with less stress and no underage drinking. You can get a manicure from Porn Nails, play Mario Kart on a comfortable, slightly musty couch, or space out in front of an art installation. DJs Gami and Palm Trees will spin before bands Folktale San Pedro and Left Handed Jacket perform. Free beer, Jell-O shots, and punch will be available while supplies last, so get there early. 9 p.m. Saturday at Brooklyn Vintage & Vinyl, 3454 NW Seventh Ave., Miami; volume1.eventbrite.com. Admission is free with RSVP; $5 at the door.

Fresh off of winning this year's Ultimate Miami Comedian competition, Freddy Stebbins is here to entertain us by holding a mirror up to our lives. Well-known for his impersonations of Miami stereotypes, Stebbins keeps us laughing at ourselves, perhaps so we don't murder each other in traffic. 8 p.m. Saturday at the Open Stage Club, 2325 Galiano St., Coral Gables; 305-441-7902; havenotscomedy.com. Tickets cost $15 to $40.

Miami could be the home of the next Versace and you don't even know it. If you want to help nurture young local fashion talents, head to the Swank Deco Fashion Show. Local designers will be showcased at the exotic ice bar in Miami Beach where you can also enjoy a hairstyle exhibition and an afterparty. The admission price gets you access to all of the festivities, but a portion will also benefit the Warm Hearts charity, an organization that improves the quality of life for impoverished families in Africa. 5 p.m. Saturday at Drinkhouse Fire & Ice Bar, 1672 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-534-2423; swankdeco.com. Tickets cost $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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