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The Best Things to Do in Miami This Week

Some strings attached: Black Violin. See Thursday.
Some strings attached: Black Violin. See Thursday. Photo by Colin Brennan
click to enlarge Some strings attached: Black Violin. See Thursday. - PHOTO BY COLIN BRENNAN
Some strings attached: Black Violin. See Thursday.
Photo by Colin Brennan

Thursday

The Nu Deco Ensemble sold out the North Beach Bandshell last year. The ensemble will soon return, this time joined by Latin Grammy-nominated singer Danay Suarez, along with special guests Stephen Marley and dubstep pioneer El B. On the agenda for the evening are remastered hits by Radiohead, Kraftwerk, Henry Mancini, and others. 7 p.m. Thursday, January 25, at North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; northbeachbandshell.com. Tickets cost $38 for general admission and $25 for students.

It takes a special individual to make the violin cool. There's Lindsey Stirling and that dude from Yellowcard. And, of course, there's the hip-hop duo Black Violin, composed of Sunshine State natives Kev Marcus and Wil B, who will roll through South Florida this week on their Classical Boom Tour. The show is a homecoming for the guys — they both attended Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale. It's nice of them to take a break from collaborating with the likes of Kanye West, Wu-Tang Clan, and Tom Petty to visit. 8 p.m. Thursday, January 25, at Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; browardcenter.org. Tickets cost $15 to $59.50.

Have you always wanted a mansion on the Intracoastal loaded with a ton of cool art? You're probably still a lottery jackpot away from that dream, but you can experience it temporarily at Art Fort Lauderdale. As part of the multiday fair, visitors hop onto a complimentary water taxi and visit five mansions that artists and galleries have packed with their works. Varying times Thursday, January 25, through Sunday, January 28, departing from Bahia Mar Yachting Center, 801 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; artftlauderdale.com. Tickets start at $36.

A show that satirizes America's issues with race and stereotypes? How timely! The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, a production by Miami New Drama and Sarasota's Asolo Repertory Theatre, will debut at the Colony Theatre this week. The story centers on Puerto Rican professional wrestler Macedonio "Mace" Guerra as he battles from the bottom of the wrestling world up the ladder, where he faces egos, including the titular character, and unfair treatment along the way. Thursdays through Sundays through February 18 at Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; colonymb.org. Tickets cost $30 to $59.

In what has to be your mom's favorite name of a tour ever, the Love Your Parents Tour will hit Revolution Live Thursday. But don't invite your 'rents just yet. The show is a live experience by Brockhampton, formed in 2015 and self-dubbed the "internet's first boy band." The hip-hopping posse already has four albums under its belt. As much a live, creative agency as a music group, Brockhampton puts on truly unique and colorful spectacles. The lyrics can be less than wholesome, though, so you might want to leave Mom out of it. 7 p.m. Thursday, January 25, at Revolution Live, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale; jointherevolution.net. Tickets start at $69.

click to enlarge Nu Deco Ensemble shares the stage with Danay Suarez: See Thursday. - PHOTO BY ALONDRA ANGELES
Nu Deco Ensemble shares the stage with Danay Suarez: See Thursday.
Photo by Alondra Angeles

Friday

This show will be huge — it's in the name. They Might Be Giants will rock a sold-out concert at Culture Room Friday night, hot off the heels of last week's release of the band's 20th album, I Like Fun. If you can't snag a ticket, at least you have 20 albums of alt-rock goodness to keep you warm this weekend. 8 p.m. Friday, January 26, at Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; cultureroom.net. Tickets are sold out.

Airfare across the pond to England can be pricey. Why not save some dough and have a proper party in the 305 instead? Tigermilk Miami bills itself as "Miami's new Brit-pop party." The shindig features resident DJs Ray Milian and Tommy Gun. As long as the pints keep flowing, Las Rosas plans to host Tigermilk each second Saturday moving forward, so cheerio! 11 p.m. Friday, January 26, at Las Rosas, 2898 NW Seventh Ave., Miami; lasrosasbar.com. Admission is free.

First he successfully filled Jon Stewart's seat on The Daily Show. Now he's filling theaters across the nation. Trevor Noah will hit Hard Rock Live for a show that will surely touch on cultural observations, politics, and his favorite (uh, "favorite") president. Being from one of the "shithole countries" himself — South Africa — Noah has had a ton of material to work with lately. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, January 26, at Hard Rock Live, 5747 Seminole Way, Hollywood; seminolehardrockhollywood.com. Tickets cost $40 to $90.

The Cleveland Orchestra is making its way back to Miami for a 12th consecutive year. For its shows this weekend, the orchestra will perform Gustav Mahler's iconic Symphony No. 9. With Franz Welser-Most — one of the most celebrated conductors on Planet Earth — at the helm, South Floridians will be left craving a lucky 13th return. 8 p.m. Friday, January 26, and Saturday, January 27, at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; arshtcenter.org. Tickets cost $53 to $187.

click to enlarge Art Fort Lauderdale turns mansions into galleries: See Thursday. - PHOTO BY OLAPI CREATIVE
Art Fort Lauderdale turns mansions into galleries: See Thursday.
Photo by Olapi Creative

Saturday

Sweden has given us so many wonderful things — Ace of Base, Absolut Vodka, and IKEA, to mention just a few. And now pop guitarist Jens Lekman is making his way to the Ground. Among other endeavors in 2018, Lekman and fellow songwriter Annika Norlin have started the project Correspondence, in which the pair will participate in a chain of songs, each inspired by the last. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 27, at the Ground, 34 NE 11th St., Miami; thegroundmiami.com. Tickets cost $15 to $25.

South Florida is rarely hit by bone-chilling temperatures that call for pots of piping-hot soups and stews, but the city's lack of freezing weather won't stop us from celebrating some damn good chili. The Riverwalk Chili Cook Off is back for another year, pitting companies and individuals against one another in a battle to be dubbed Chili King. Pack your heartburn medicine, because for five bucks you can taste every entry and cast a vote for your fave. Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, January 27, in Esplanade Park, 400 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale; goriverwalk.com. Admission is free; a tasting package to sample all entries and vote costs $5, and tickets to the 21-and-older VIP Chill Zone cost $40.

Did you know that the richest horse race in the world takes place in Hallandale Beach? It's the Pegasus World Cup, a thoroughbred race at Gulfstream Park. Launched only last year, the race immediately surpassed the Dubai World Cup with a purse of $12 million. You can get up close but not too personal with the four-legged beasts by heading to the new Boulevard Bar at Gulfstream. Boulevard Brewing Co. offers Gulfstream Golden Ale, Tropical Pale Ale, Single Wide IPA, and Tank 7 to whet your palate as it dries up in anticipation of the equine run, which this year includes a $16 million purse. Start early when doors open at 9 a.m. on race day. 11 a.m. Saturday, January 27, at Gulfstream Park, 901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach; facebook.com/Boulevard. Admission is free.

Los Angeles artist Dan Froot is not only a producer, composer, choreographer, writer, dancer, actor, and director but also a saxophonist who makes work that spotlights societal woes. Among his many accomplishments — including an ongoing interdisciplinary series with collaborator David Dorfman, Live Sax Acts — is his artist-in-residency at the Light Box, which gives artists a place to explore new techniques for making work that engages the community. He'll present his latest project, Pang!, a triptych of live radio plays telling the stories of families living in hunger from not only Miami but also his hometown and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. At the performance, learn about this California creative and the plight of families in your city. 8 p.m. Saturday, January 27, at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, 404 NW 26th St., Miami; miamilightproject.com. Tickets start at $15.

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Jesse Scott is a Fort Lauderdale-based contributor for Miami New Times covering culture, food, travel, and entertainment in South Florida and beyond. His work has appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, Lonely Planet, National Geographic, and his hometown newspaper, the Free Lance-Star, among others.
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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