The 21 Best Things to Do in Miami This Week

Thursday: Seven Songs for Malcolm X at PAMM.
Thursday: Seven Songs for Malcolm X at PAMM.
Photo by John Akomfrah
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Malcolm X died more than 50 years ago, but his life and legacy become increasingly relevant as police brutality and white supremacy become more and more visible. In Seven Songs for Malcolm X, artist John Akomfrah examines the life of the famous activist and intellectual with surrealist reenactments and celebrity interviews. The Black Audio Film Collective at PAMM is bringing associate professor of Moving Image Studies Alessandra Raengo to introduce the film, which is the third in the Summer Film Series. 7 p.m. Thursday at Pérez Art Museum, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-375-3000; pamm.org. Admission costs $16.

To celebrate the Betsy's summer program of IberoAmerican writers composing in different languages, Escribe Aquí is throwing a summer celebration with paella, poetry, and performances. Author Pablo Cartaya, two-time Fulbright winner Chantal Acevedo, and actor/playwright Teo Castellanos are only a few of the artists scheduled to perform at the Miami Beach hotel, which is quickly becoming a cultural and philanthropic hub. 7 p.m. at the Betsy Hotel, 1440 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 305-531-6100; thebetsyhotel.com. Admission is free.

Remember the National Anthem you and your classmates half-heartedly mumbled in school? Turns out you know only about a quarter of the lyrics. Caín Press took that as an opportunity to present Flag Zine, featuring cutups of one of America's most sacred texts. If that seems sacrilegious, just think of all the destruction of natural resources and stealing of lands and peoples the U.S. has engaged in and channel some righteous dissidence into handmade "flagzines" of patriotic poetry. Then chill with the folks from Exile Books in the lush gardens of the Standard. 6 p.m. Thursday at the Standard Spa, 40 Island Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-1717; standardhotels.com/miami. Admission is free with RSVP.

If you're a fan of Seu Jorge's mellow Bowie covers or Tiago Iorc's easygoing pop, then you'll enjoy Brasoul, a Miami group dedicated to Brazilian jazz. They've performed all over Miami since their start in 2013. Singer Paloma Dueñas has an Amy Winehouse-esque sound that can be smooth and airy or deep and sultry. The band can range from a two-piece to a quintet, so get ready to be surprised at this free show in Wynwood. 8 p.m. Thursday at the Wynwood Yard, 56 NW 29th St., Miami; brasoul.com. Admission is free.

Friday: Cirque du Soleil's Ovo.
Friday: Cirque du Soleil's Ovo.
Photo by Rob Davis


While Miami's path to marijuana legalization has had its setbacks, many cities throughout the country have accepted the medical use of weed. To get our city on the same page, the Miami Cannabis Walk is organizing a day of education with lawyers, doctors, and people with experience using the herb as medicine. Proceeds from the walk will be donated to about half a dozen medical foundations who have promised to further their research into the benefits of cannabis. After the walk, a concert will feature Oscar G, Otto Von Schirach, and others. 4:20 p.m. Friday at Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd St., Miami; miamicannabiswalk.com. Tickets cost $10.

A beloved venue of general revelry and routine counterculture activity? Check. Tasty drinks that don't leave you broke and feeling despondent about our imminent downfall as a society? Check. Local bands performing a variety of rock music for your listening pleasure? Check. You've got the makings of Friday Night Live, a sweet evening of performances by Drawing Bored, Negative Spin, and Off Orbit. Don't be afraid to rock out, Miami. 11 p.m. Friday at Shirley's at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-699-2669; gramps.com. Admission is free.

Just because you've brutally murdered millions of ants, roaches, and other tiny critters in your house doesn't mean you can't appreciate the poetry of a bug's life. And if that prospect sounds impossible, buy a ticket to Cirque Du Soleil's Ovo. The world-famous showcase of circus arts is bringing the teeming world of insects to human-size proportions in performances that include aerial dance, contortions, acrobatics, and the beautiful set design and costumes we've come to expect from more than 40 years of Cirque's excellence. 7:30 p.m. Friday at American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 786-777-1250; cirquedusoleil.com. Tickets cost $25 to $198.

Originally from Germany, Iamnobodi started out as an MC at the tender age of 13. The production side of the business seems to be more his interest these days, though, as the L.A.-based beat maker travels the world with creations that range from soul to hip-hop to something almost dub-step-like. But don't be surprised if Spanish acoustics or a '70s flute solo get thrown next to a James Blake or crunchy electric guitar sample. The result is always smooth and artful, making this show a viable candidate for your Friday night. 10 p.m. Friday at Floyd, 34 NE 11th St., Miami; 786-618-9447; floydmiami.com. Tickets cost $12.

Break out your strongest hairspray and ripped-up fishnet stockings — not only is '80s Flashback Fest bringing back the tunes of your favorite glam-rock and power-ballad icons, but it's also hosting a costume contest that could earn you a crisp Benjamin. Over 20 bands are scheduled to play on three separate stages throughout the night, but we all know you're actually going there to smoke cigarettes, wear leather, and pretend the last 35 years never happened. 8 p.m. Friday at Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-757-1807; churchillspub.com. Admission costs $10.

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Friday: '80s Flashback Fest.
Friday: '80s Flashback Fest.
Photo by Gwendolyn Millon


For many of the musicians and fans who frequented Miami rock shows in the late '80s and throughout the '90s, Nuclear Valdez remains one of the city's greatest "What if?" stories. The band teetered on the edge of nationwide fame before grunge music broke big, shattering the traditional rock landscape. But it's still the stuff of legend here at home. Almost two decades after they parted ways as a band, the members of Nuclear Valdez have returned with a vinyl collection of previously unreleased demos, Present From the Past. Hear the new stuff and the '80s classics during the guys' homecoming gig at Churchill's. 8 p.m. Saturday at Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-757-1807; churchillspub.com. Tickets cost $10.

Miami's underground hip-hop scene is wildly undercelebrated and thus not the easiest for a music fanatic to explore. XLACED is hosting the Creative District Event V at the massive Mana Wynwood warehouse, opening a window and ushering you into this world of rich prose and well-placed beats. They're showcasing both Miami's best and artists like Atlanta fashion plate Young Thug, who recently released the genre-bending Beautiful Thugger Girls. He'll perform alongside Famous Dex, Ice Berg, Spaceghostpurpp, and others in this daylong art and music fest. 7 p.m. Saturday at Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd St., Miami; manawynwood.com. Admission costs $40 to $650.

Though not pristine like the Gables and without the fine beaches of South Beach, Little Haiti has its own genuine Miami flavor that must be tasted. Bright, weird, and authentic, it is a neighborhood to be celebrated. HistoryMiami Museum's La Petite Haiti Culture Walk will let you do just that with a tour of the Haitian diasporic experience under the guidance of Monique Alfonso. There's nothing petite about the creative Creole goodness going on at these tour spots: Little Haiti Cultural Center, Libreri Mapou Creole, and Caribbean Marketplace. 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th Ter., Miami; historymiami.org. Admission costs $10 to $30.

Ayitri Images is highlighting films about the Haitian experience this summer in partnership with Miami Book Fair's ReadCaribbean initiative. Their latest screening, My Father's Land, is the story of Papa Jah, a 64-year-old Haitian expat living in the Bahamas who risks losing the ability to return to his home of 46 years if he visits his ailing father back in Haiti. The documentary will be paired with the short film Purgatorio, an examination of the Dominican Republic's treatment of Dominicans of Haitian descent. 1 p.m. Saturday at O Cinema Wynwood, 90 NW 29th St., Miami; 305-571-9970; o-cinema.org. Tickets cost $12.

Some people have decided that if given the opportunity, they would change their child's genetics in the womb to provide them certain advantages. Born brunette? Blondes have more fun! Born female? Male is easier! Though manipulating genetics seems an awful lot like playing God, that's hardly the concern of the hero of Informed Consent, a genetic anthropologist whose concerns about her chromosomes lead her into dangerous territory. The play is a philosophical conundrum presented in the context of her personal story. 8 p.m. Saturday through August 27 at GableStage at the Biltmore, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables; 305-445-1119; gablestage.org. Tickets cost $60.

Saturday: My Father's Land at O Cinema Wynwood.
Saturday: My Father's Land at O Cinema Wynwood.
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Just like Wu-Tang Clan has always been nothing to fuck with, neither can you fuck with one of its most beloved members, Raekwon. Corey Woods, AKA Raekwon the Chef, started his solo career in 1995. He has maintained the credibility of his early career, putting out his own albums and launching a label, IceH20 Records. He just released Wild on that imprint and will be headed to the intimate venue Churchill's Pub in Little Haiti with DJs Heron and Klassik to bring some of the best hip-hop has to offer to a dirty but delightful Miami stage. 4:20 p.m. Sunday at Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami; churchillspub.com. Admission is $25 to $40.

If you really want to dance like you're from Miami, showing the world how every single muscle in your legs and behind work, then it may not always be easy to find the sound that suits your style. Henny Ting Can Happen is the party that will provide the sounds and tastes integral to your display of moves. Featuring sounds by Eccentrix, Dr. Esan, DJ Bre, and Iron Heart, you can also get a bottle of Hennessy with your entrance ($75 for the reasonably sized one, $125 for two) at Cafeina in Wynwood. It may be just the steamy hookup on the dance floor your body needs. 6 p.m. Sunday at Cafeina, 297 NW 23rd St., Miami; 305-498-4644; cafeinamiami.com. Admission costs $10 to $125.

The Bronx didn't just provide pop culture with the great Jennifer Lopez, it also gave us Prince Royce. The singer and songwriter started penning tunes and poetry in high school, and today the 28 year old is touring the country, crooning for the masses. His Five tour, touting his most recent release of the same name, is coming to Bayfront Park Amphitheater and bringing Luis Coronel with it. You'll be standing by him with his bachata version of "Stand By Me" and have your heart pumping to "Corazón Sin Cara." 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Bayfront Park Amphitheater, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-358-7550; bayfrontparkmiami.com. Admission costs $14 to $227.


If only to catch the oddly dramatic hair flip of Bryce Harper, you should head out to see the Miami Marlins play the Washington Nationals. Miami, you really should be showing some support at these games, if only to justify the newly built stadium that so often has empty seats. Yeah, our team isn't making it to the playoffs, but give the fish some love. Even if you're bitter about our failing squad and its owner's constant missteps, the Nats will entertain with a good offense. 7:10 p.m. Monday at Marlins Park, 501 Marlins Way, Miami; 305-480-1300; mlb.com. Admission costs $12 to $67.


Remember the scene in Half Baked when Jerry Garcia comes back to life from the ashes around Jim Breuer's neck, saving the day? It's a classic in more ways than one. First, what a great scene, right? And second, Jerry Garcia was the best, man! Not everyone gets a Ben & Jerry's ice cream named after them, but the Grateful Dead frontman and Cherry Garcia namesake sure did. This Tuesday would have been his 75th birthday, and Dead cover band from Boca Unlimited Devotion will pull out all the stops to celebrate Jerry Garcia Day at the Wynwood Yard. The band says to expect a massive crowd for its two sets honoring this timeless Latin legend. 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Wynwood Yard, 56 NW 29 St., Miami; thewynwoodyard.com. Admission is free.


Merrick Park has a movie theater, and it's just as snazzy as you'd expect. This week, they're screening Unforgiven, the Oscar-winning Western Clint Eastwood directed and starred in for its 25th anniversary. After you pull yourself off the ground when you realize 1992 was 25 years ago, dust off the old ten-gallon hat and get ready to enjoy Eastwood playing an old outlaw-turned-farmer who takes on one last killing gig. The flick was impressively added to the United States National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 2004, a nod to its enduring greatness. 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Landmark at Merrick Park, 358 San Lorenzo Ave., Suite 3005, Coral Gables. Admission costs $15.

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