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The 21 Best Things to Do in Miami This Week

Thursday: Residente.
Thursday: Residente. Photo by Ruben Salgado Escudero


Pants are not the bottoms of choice in a tropical climate, which is why you'll see everything from biking shorts to thong bikinis covering the privates of Miami citizens. No Pop decided to immortalize this wide variety of attire in its Pants Zine, which consists of photographs of guests at the Standard from the waist down. Head to the fashionable Miami Beach hotel to celebrate the release of the zine's second edition and get your extremities up on their virtual collection. 6 p.m. Thursday at the Standard Spa, 40 Island Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-1717; Admission is free with RSVP. 

If you've been to a concert in the past ten years, you've no doubt had this experience: Already craning your neck to see over a thick crowd, you're dismayed to have your favorite performer eclipsed by a sea of shining iPhone screens. That won't happen at the Listening Den. For this night of music with Miami native Keith Johns and Atlanta singer Macy Todd, there are strict rules to be present and respect the performers onstage, whether that means putting your phone away or ordering drinks well in advance. What a concept. 8 p.m. Thursday at Ace Props, 398 NE 78th St., Miami; Admission is free with RSVP at 

As part of the Puerto Rican group Calle 13, rapper and artist Residente has won 24 Latin Grammies while remaining politically charged and artistically independent. He's made films, met with South and Central American presidents, and fought for Puerto Rico's independence, all while attracting tens of thousands of fans from around the world to his group's concerts. He'll be flying solo for this show in Miami Beach, but if you're looking for hip-hop of the socially conscious, Spanish-language variety, you won't want to miss this one. 8 p.m. Thursday at the Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7300; Tickets cost $65 to $85.

click to enlarge Friday: Heart's second anniversary. - STUART TRACTE PHOTOGRAPHY
Friday: Heart's second anniversary.
Stuart Tracte Photography


You might have seen it at your local bookstore — the nondescript cart full of cellophane-wrapped or pastel zines, chapbooks, and printed materials of all kinds known as Exile Books' pop-up. But the nomadic lifestyle makes one weary, so the independent book seller and publisher is settling down in Little Haiti. For Exile Books' grand opening, the shop will unveil a mural by artist Lawrence Weiner and launch programming to include art by local women artists and access to design and content consultation. Support the growth of this hometown literary institution by joining the party. 6 p.m. Friday at Exile Books, 5900 NW Second Ave., Miami; Admission is free. 

Few songs get most '90s kids all in their feelings. Sure, everybody knows the lyrics to "Juicy," and they'll even put away their pride for "Spice Up Your Life," but play the first few chords of "Iris" by the Goo Goo Dolls, and the waterworks start flowing. If you want an evening of women crying and dudes with sweeping bangs, head to this concert in downtown. 8 p.m. Friday at Bayfront Park Amphitheater, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-358-7550; Tickets cost $25 to $80. 

You already know Heart for its techno benders and jungle interior even if you don't quite remember everything you've done there. To celebrate two years of uhntz, the nightclub is throwing a double feature of electronic music royalty. Two Years of Heart will begin with Toolroom Records founder Mark Knight this Friday, followed by Detroit native Stacey Pullen Saturday. Expect support from other DJs to keep the party going as long as physically possible, typical of one of the best clubs in the world. 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Heart, 50 NE 11th St., Miami; 617-580-2889; Tickets cost $10 to $30 per night. 

The Pickle has been a haven for fans of house, techno, and minimal. To celebrate Four Years of Sünde, the club will present a lineup that includes Spanish DJ and label owner Javier Carballo. His experience spinning all over the world should be enough, but Carballo will also get support from an international group of DJs: Madrid's Alex Serna, Puerto Rico's Diego Devoto, and Brooklyn's Steve Amoroso. 10 p.m. Friday at Electric Pickle, 2826 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-456-5613; Admission costs $10 to $20. 

For the past two years, Calle Ocho staple Ball & Chain has been celebrating its birthday with a festival of epic proportions, and this year is no different. Over the course of three days, the Ball & Chain Music Festival will present more than 20 bands and four DJs to keep the Chain bumping with Latin beats. If it's a Miami band you're looking for, you'll find almost all of them here, including Palo!, Electric Piquete, Electric Kif, Spam Allstars, SonLokos, and Elastic Bond. So here's to 80 more years of Caribbean music in the Magic City. Noon Friday through Sunday, September 3, at Ball & Chain, 1513 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-643-7820; Admission is free.

click to enlarge Saturday: Kendrick Lamar. - COURTESY OF ARTIST MANAGEMENT
Saturday: Kendrick Lamar.
Courtesy of artist management


Whether you've been a fan since the first Friday movie or only vaguely know him from the one time you watched Rush Hour, you'd probably recognize Chris Tucker's yelp. Tucker didn't stop at martial-arts comedy, though, as evidenced by his role in Silver Linings Playbook and his return to standup. Peep what the comedian has to say about his famous friends and life, no doubt with his characteristic energy. 8 p.m. Saturday at Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 954-797-5531; Tickets cost $30 to $70. 

Respectable Street remains West Palm's live music and hip dance stronghold. And with print papers shutting down across the nation, PureHoney Magazine is still publishing articles and local concert showtimes in a beautiful package that doubles as a keepsake. Together with Voltaire and Subculture Alley, these powerhouses of sounds and substance are putting on Bumblefest, presenting 22 bands, including Deaf Poets, Pocket of Lollipops, Peyote Coyote, and Jellyfish Brothers, on four stages for two days of well-curated, crowd-pleasing shows. 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Respectable Street, 518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; Admission costs $5. 

Fela Kuti was a Nigerian Afrobeat multi-instrumentalist and human-rights activist whose legend continues to inspire those making art and political change in every country and medium. Coconut Grove gallery Kroma Art Space is celebrating his memory with Felaspora, which brings together visual artists' of the African diaspora and displays their creations September 3 through November 4. Further demonstrating Kuti's impact, related speakers, workshops, and performances will expand minds and focus on the way art can heal and be revolutionary. 7 p.m. Saturday at Kroma Art Space and Studios, 3670 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove;; Admission is free with RSVP to [email protected]. 

It's not Kendrick Lamar's fault that he makes other rappers in the game right now look like jokes — there just aren't many lyricists out there who can snatch our proverbial wigs like Kung Fu Kenny. Though the artist has far from shunned Miami — he performed here during Art Basel and Rolling Loud — our appetite for the living legend is voracious enough that he can make a killing here every few months. If you're ready to be humbled, whether for the first or the third time, you can catch Lamar on his Damn tour this weekend. 7:30 p.m. Saturday at American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 786-777-1000; Tickets cost $75.50 to $434.

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Taylor Estape