The 21 Best Things to Do in Miami This Week

Friday: Dead Prez
Friday: Dead Prez
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We may know him as the hurricane expert who guided South Florida through one of the worst storms in its history, but Bryan Norcross has continued to have a prestigious career as a hurricane specialist, covering the devastating Hurricane Sandy and routinely scrutinizing government response to natural disasters. In his book that was released this past May, Norcross goes into detail about his experience covering Hurricane Andrew in 1992, what we learned from that storm, and what we have yet to learn about extreme weather. 7 p.m. Thursday at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Miami; 305-442-4408; booksandbooks.com Admission is free.

How many hours a day do you spend looking at Instagram, Snapchat, or YouTube? How often do you mention a meme or a Facebook video in conversation? With visual culture inundating our lives, can we measure the effects of images on our society and psyches? Nicholas Mirzoeff has been asking himself that last question for years, which makes sense for someone who has pioneered academic inquiry into the visual nature of politics, art, and technology. His lecture at the ICA will cover his latest book, How to See the World, and his upcoming book, The Appearance of Black Lives Matter. 7 p.m. Friday at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 4040 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-901-5272; icamiami.org. Admission is free with RSVP.

Friday: Seeking a better life Hew Locke's For Those in Peril
Friday: Seeking a better life Hew Locke's For Those in Peril
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PAMM is bringing back Hew Locke's For Those in Peril on the Sea and commissioning work from Haroon Mirza for a double-feature of art openings this week. Mirza is creating works of LED lights and sound for an immersive experience curated as a response to pieces in the museum's permanent collection. Locke says of his miniature boats suspended from the ceiling: "I'm trying to make links between people seeking a better life which are thousands of miles apart... some of them in peril, some of them going about their daily business." 10 a.m. Friday at Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-375-3000; pamm.org. Admission costs $16.

Flower crowns, lace bras, and headdresses aren't the unofficial uniform of this music festival. At Brochella Weekend, expect a dress code of backward caps and single chains. The musicians at BroLife Music Group want to showcase the talent spilling out of Broward County and other parts of South Florida, so they're throwing some parties to get your attention. To support some homegrown hip-hop and R&B talent, you'll trek through most of the southerly counties, from a mansion on Star Island with Tory Lanez, to Markham Park in Sunrise, to O'Malley's Sports Bar in Margate. 7 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday, and 8 p.m. Sunday at various locations; brolife.net. Admission prices vary from free to $40.

If you watched Chappelle's Show, you heard Dead Prez — but that's hardly the best reason to listen to this Florida-based hip-hop duo. Since the mid-'90s, M-1 and Stic.man have been crafting socially conscious rhymes, but with less self-righteousness and more radical politics. The last time New Times spoke to them, they promised a new album this year, so if you hope to hear some of their latest tunes, you could catch some at this show. 8 p.m. Friday at Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-757-1807; churchillspub.com. Tickets cost $20.

Thursday: Brian Norcross
Thursday: Brian Norcross
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B-Side is keeping the resurgence of the '90s alive with its latest show, New York City's Nice & Smooth. Throughout their career, Greg Nice and Smooth B have caught the ears of legends like Tupac and De La Soul, although you might recognize only their somber "Sometimes I Rhyme Slow" single or the catchier "Hip Hop Junkies." They haven't released an album since 1997, but you can reminisce with the duo on the tiny dance floor of this Allapattah bar. 10 p.m. Friday at B-Side, 2898-B NW Seventh Ave., Miami; 786-780-2750; facebook.com/bsidemiami. Admission is free.

It's summertime. No doubt you need a vacation but can't afford to take time off work for a fancy getaway. Looks like you'll need to use your sleeping hours for that time off, which is why No Sleep South Beach is here to provide all the summer madness you can handle. Beginning with a meet-and-greet at V-Live this Friday, you'll get a chance to party on a yacht, make appearances at clubs in South Beach and Wynwood, and even sweat the liquor out on the beach with an ab guru. Whether you're attending just one or all of these events, you can act like a tourist all night and show up to your normal life in the morning like nothing ever happened. Noon Friday through Sunday at various locations; facebook.com/nosleepsouthbeach. Tickets cost $20 to $950.

It isn't OK to body-shame anybody, but that doesn't mean counting visible ribs at Miami Swim Week wouldn't keep you occupied and leave most of us feeling some type of way. That's why Miami Curves Week is here to bring beauty diversity to the glamour of swimwear fashion through a celebration of full figures. Festivities include Curves and Comedy with Erica Watson and other comediennes Friday night and a Charity Runway show Saturday night. During the latter day, head to the Marseilles Hotel to shop the Style Marketplace with celebrity stylist Meaghan O'Connor. 9 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7300; miamicurvesweek.com. Tickets cost $43 to $78 per event; admission to the marketplace is free.

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Friday: Miami Curves Week
Friday: Miami Curves Week
Tommy Chung


Like a bison on the wide open plains, you can graze at your leisure at the Stop Light Crawl, a "free roam" bar crawl in Brickell. Hosted by Where Locals Go and geared toward matching up singles, the event includes five free drinks and drink specials at each stop to lube you up for some potential romance. Each guest will receive a wristband with a color: green for single, yellow for "it's complicated" (avoid those people), and red for "attached but I just want a few free drinks." The crawl begins at American Social and proceeds to Fado Irish Pub, Taverna Opa, Barú, Red Bar, and Batch Gastropub. Proceeds will help support not only the satisfaction of your ego and/or libido but also an even better cause: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. 6 p.m. Saturday at American Social, 690 SW First Ct., Miami; wherelocalsgo.net; americansocialbar.com. Admission costs $15 to $25.

It can be cold out there for an independent artist. Whether you're a comedian, a musician, or a poet, finding a scene that accepts and nourishes your craft can feel downright impossible in this city. RocDaStage invites you to the table via the Comedy and Poetry Open Mic Night, which gives local artists an opportunity to not only share but also relax, network, and connect with one another. Comedian Bert Cornelius will host the evening, DJ Lucca Savi will warm up the crowd, and positivity and community will abound. 9 p.m. Saturday at Strega Gastropub, 928 71st St., Miami Beach; 786-216-7196; iamchrohm.com/rockdastage. Tickets cost $5 to $10.

Mexico City is an enduringly hip metropolis, up there with Berlin and Portland. But its brand of cool is not necessarily that country's biggest export. Get a taste of what's musically on the other side of the imaginary wall when Comunité comes to the Pickle. Founded in January 2017, this music community, festival, and label is gathered around a signature sound and devoted to deep thinking and cultural evolution. It is curated by cofounder Wuuan, who will DJ alongside Mexico City's Josep and Monterrey's Leo Leal. 11 p.m. Saturday at Electric Pickle, 2826 N. Miami Ave., Miami; facebook.com/comunitemex; comunite.mx. Admission is free before midnight with RSVP on Facebook.

As if the hottest week on record in Miami isn't summery enough for you, here comes Miami Swim Week. Mainly composed of two fashion industry trade shows, the event will nevertheless have the whole city abuzz with parties for all things scantily clad and moisture-wicking. SwimShow will take over the Miami Beach Convention Center with more than 2,500 swimwear lines and countless brands on display. Hammock is more of a runway-show type of affair and is slated to happen at W South Beach. Saturday through July 25 at various locations; hammockshow.com; swimshow.com.

Saturday: Comedy and Poetry Open Mic Night with Bert Cornelius
Saturday: Comedy and Poetry Open Mic Night with Bert Cornelius
Courtesy of RocDaStage


A belly sometimes needs more than feeding and crunches — it needs an emotional workout. That's what comedic couple Moshe Kasher and Natasha Leggero are coming to do. The newly married comedians will provide your midsection with plenty of laughs and offer on-the-spot relationship advice during their upcoming performance. You've likely giggled to jokes by Leggero on Comedy Central roasts and her program Another Period. Kasher is host of Problematic, also on Comedy Central, and is a regular on @midnight. 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the James L. Knight Center's Ashe Auditorium, 400 SE Second Ave., Miami; 305-416-5970; jlkc.com. Tickets cost $31.50 to $41.50.

Rising from the sandy, salty Miami soil, Gramps has translated the smells and sounds of long, lazy summer beach days into a bar. And then it brilliantly added pizza, movies, and great musical fare. This week in the bar's backroom/movie theater, Shirley's, you can sample some of those sonic delights while munching on a slice of pepperoni when Phoenix dream-pop act Kolezanka, Orlando electro-pop group Transcendental Telecom, and Fort Lauderdale synth-pop outfits Tête-à-Tête and Chilean Slang perform. 7 p.m. Sunday at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami, 305-699-2669; gramps.com. Admission costs $5. Ages 21 and over.


Miami is a transient city. It can be exhausting dealing with all the shifts and changes: landmarks closing, friends moving, afternoon thunderstorms coming out of nowhere. But one thing the Magic City can rely on is Miami Jazz Jam and Theatre de Underground at Churchill's Pub. For the past 16 years, the Monday-night party has been bringing together some of the most talented musicians in town to perform jazz improv on one of the quietest days of the week. The jam is hosted inside by the Fernando Ulibarri Group and outside by Theatre de Underground, where Dan Bell leads the proceedings. It's one of the most authentic, cozy, and reliably wonderful nights the city has to offer, and it happens this and every other week in Little Haiti. 9 p.m. Monday at Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami; churchillspub.com, facebook.com/MiamiJazzJam. Admission costs $5 for 21 and older and $10 for under 21.

Wednesday: El Clásico Miami
Wednesday: El Clásico Miami
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The name Logic might be new to you, but he's not new to the game. He released his first mixtape, Young, Broke & Infamous, in 2010, and though he's still young, he's no longer a broke newbie. The good-vibes rapper will headline his Everybody's Tour, featuring Joey Bada$$ and Big Lenbo. It took only three more mixtapes before he was signed to Def Jam and released his popular debut album, Under Pressure, in 2014. He's put out albums every year since then and is bringing more good feelings in 2017 with his mantra "Peace, love, and positivity." 8 p.m. Tuesday at Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; bayfrontpark.amphitheatermiami.com. Tickets cost $58 to $515.

Just because you're stuck in your niche of whatever it is you listen to when you're zipping down I-95 doesn't mean there isn't a whole world of different jams worth soaking up. Take, for instance, K-pop. You might not still be doing it "Gangnam Style," but South Korea has not stopped delivering the catchy tunes and blanketing the globe with its musical inventions. For instance, fashion icon and former Diplo collaborator G-Dragon is about to fill American Airlines Arena with his ACT III, M.O.T.T.E World Tour. Also known as Kwon Ji-yong, the former frontman of the boy band Bigbang will present the largest tour ever by a Korean male solo artist. 7 p.m. Tuesday at American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; aaarena.com. Tickets cost $65 to $367.

O, Miami and the Betsy Writer's Room both work tirelessly to cultivate local literary culture that links the Magic City to the rest of the nation and the world. This week, they've joined forces to present An Evening With Rob Casper and Matthea Harvey. Casper is the head of the Library of Congress Poetry and Literature Center, and Harvey is a poet living in Brooklyn. P. Scott Cunningham, director of O, Miami, will lead a discussion with Casper about the state of poetry in the United States, followed by a poetry reading from Harvey. 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Betsy Hotel, 1440 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 305-531-6100; thebetsyhotel.com. Admission is free with RSVP.


Miami Salsa Congress is an event dedicated to the fantastic sight of hips swaying to a one-two-three step. Latin dance is celebrated in true form at this five-day festival held for the past 16 summers in Miami Beach. It offers pool parties, galas, concerts, dance workshops, and performances. You'll be able to experience some of the best dancers in the world, DJs, and Latin bands displaying their talents in front of the beautiful backdrop of the beach. Heaven isn't too far away. Wednesday through July 30 at the Deauville Beach Resort, 6701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; miamisalsacongress.com; 305-220-7115. Admission to single events costs $15 to $90.

Whether you call it soccer or fútbol, if you're a fan of the sport, you'll likely jump at the chance to see the most skilled, strong-legged players kick a ball around Hard Rock Stadium at El Clásico Miami. The event kicks off with a match between Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus, followed by a couple of days of parties and concerts before the main event July 29: International Champions Cup North America, featuring Real Madrid CF versus FC Barcelona. The ticket price is steep at almost a grand, but it's not often you can catch the two best, most beloved Spanish teams playing just miles from your front door. Wednesday through July 29 at Hard Rock Stadium, 347 Don Shula Dr., Miami Gardens; elclasico.internationalchampionscup.com. Tickets cost $980 to $4,500.

YouTube has sprouted a crop of Canadian pop stars, from Justin Bieber to Carly Rae Jepsen, but Shawn Mendes rose to fame thanks to the app Vine. The now-18-year-old had his own thing going four years ago when he was posting covers. By 2014, he was picked up by Island Records and is now on the Illuminate World Tour, crooning his infectious, upbeat tunes from his latest album. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; aaarena.com. Tickets cost $15 to $75.

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