Things To Do

The 21 Best Things to Do in Miami This Week

Friday: Natalia Lafourcade
Friday: Natalia Lafourcade Photo by Bruno Bancalari


Flower crowns, cotton candy, and fresh R&B tunes for your slow-grind pleasure. No, it's not a new Coachella-inspired Beyoncé track. It's RnBae, a monthly showcase of underground R&B thrown by local artists, curators, and DJs. If you're looking for a sweet spot to spend some romantic time with your snuggle buddy (or just your regular buddies), you'll find Aleicia Nicole, Viie, and Melody Reyne on the Shirley's stage making sweet love to your eardrums to get you in a vibe. So don your free flower crown, spend a couple bucks on the sweet stuff, and get ready to groove. 9 p.m. Thursday at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-699-2669; Tickets cost $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

The Stonewall riots erupted June 28, 1969, and National Pride Month happens every June to commemorate that catalyst of the modern LGBTQ movement. Because the revolution was started by queer folks shaking their asses, it's important that the tradition stays alive. That's why Yes, a monthly LGBTQ dance party, is launching this week. The first installment will double as a birthday party for Brian Rafferty, a producer of NYC's gay nightlife. Erez Ben Ishay, GSP, and King Cut will curate tunes to keep the revolution alive, but you can always bowl or skate if the club isn't your thing. 11 p.m. Thursday at Basement Miami, 2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 786-641-7119; Admission is a suggested donation of $20.

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Thursday: RnBae
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What would your dad enjoy more than sipping a cold beer between puffs of a fine cigar? How about chowing down on Cuban food and playing a few games of dominoes? To commemorate the launch of Concrete Beach's Havana Lager can distribution, the brewery is debuting a monthly party including your favorite Cuban pastimes. The first Havana Nights event will feature a live salsa band. Saturday brings a cigar pop-up shop, and Sunday gets dad's boo in the picture with free salsa lessons. In true Cuban fashion, be prepared to talk shit and wile away the hours on Caribbean time. 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Concrete Beach Brewery, 325 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-796-2727; Admission is free.

Movies aren't meant to be mindlessly consumed. They should be processed, discussed, and appreciated as windows into cultural analysis and understanding. Chic Critiques already knows this, and with the success of their panel discussion of Get Out, the film and book reviewers decided to take their powers of observation to Miami during the American Black Film Festival. With a panel of writers, producers, and creatives, you can discuss Black Love Cinema Classics such as Love & Basketball, Poetic Justice, and Love Jones. If you need a preview, check out their YouTube channel for videos of past discussions. 2 p.m. Friday at the LAB, 400 NW 26th St., Miami; Tickets cost $10 via

With experience that ranges from creative development for Xbox to performing globally in dance theater productions, Natasha Tsakos is a multifaceted artist. A graduate of Miami's New World School of the Arts, Tsakos hasn't stopped blowing minds. Now she's taking on "a peculiar commentary on the human condition facing the perplexities of modernity" in her play Colours. In this small production of self-proclaimed nonsense and absurdity, follow a fool as he comes to terms with a postapocalyptic new world, with a bathtub thrown in there somewhere. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Sandbox at Miami Theater Center, 9816 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores; 305-751-9550; Tickets cost $25.

Those of us who remember Wynwood's past as a barren square mile of random warehouse art spaces and weave shops are probably getting too old for the neighborhood's present. We ask ourselves things like Why do people want their faces to look like dogs? and What does "lit" mean? Well, the owner of Wood, one of Wynwood's hottest bars, understands you. That's why he's opening a bar dedicated to throwbacks. They're not just for Thursdays anymore, kids. The grand opening of B-Side will include a performance by Special Ed of "I Got It Made" fame, plus spins by DJ Ynot. 10 p.m. Friday at B-Side, 2898-B NW Seventh Ave., Miami; 786-780-2750; Admission is free with RSVP at

There's no shortage of reggaeton or salsa on our streets, but Miami's rich Latin-folk tradition is often ignored in favor of twerking in the club. That's why Natalia Lafourcade's newest effort, Musas, is such a gem. The delicate guitar work of her accompaniment, Los Macorinos, almost seems made for the chanteuse and her silky soprano voice. Her U.S. tour will kick off at the Olympia Theater, where she'll perform from Musas and her Grammy-winning album, Hasta La Raiz. 8 p.m. Friday at the Olympia Theater, 174 E. Flagler St., Miami; 305-374-2444; Tickets costs $35 to $55.

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Sunday: Tig Notaro
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You don't need to listen to 103.5 the Beat to be familiar with Papa Keith. Since the beginning of his career, the native New Yorker has had his finger on the pulse of the hip-hop and Caribbean cultures that make the Magic City so uniquely itself. He's using that influence to make a positive impact on black communities in Miami through his People Matter Fest. Two city commissioners who helped organize the event are calling for a 24-hour cease-fire while families enjoy a father-son basketball tournament, a DJ battle, food trucks, local vendors, and art exhibits. 1 p.m. Saturday at Athalie Range Park, 525 NW 62nd St., Miami; Admission is free with RSVP via

This week at Vizcaya Village, the Processional Arts Workshop (PAW) will present Bloom: A Twilight Performance. No cell-phone activity will be allowed as they present the story of this venue through illuminated lanterns and mobile projections. 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Vizcaya Village, 3250 S. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-250-9133; Admission costs $10.

Jai alai, touted as the fastest sport in the world, is a point of pride for South Floridians. And though Miami's psych foursome Jaialai might not be slamming the fastest tunes, it has adopted the name of the town's beloved sport. The group will celebrate its new EP, When I'm on the Run, three days after its June 14 release at the enchanting downtown bar and event space 1306 Miami. Jaialai will perform alongside Heavy Drag, Private School, and DJ David Rondon. 9 p.m. Saturday at 1306 Miami, 1306 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-377-2277;; Admission is free.

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Wednesday: Internatonal Yoga Day
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If your pops is into dudely stuff, the Barnacle Historic State Park has a Father's Day-ready celebration for him. Cars & Cigars offers not only classic rides and hand-rolled cigars but also a biergarten, music, and picnic lunches you can either bring or pick up on the spot. It's also kid- and pet-friendly, so newer dads and parents of dogs can also enjoy the holiday at this Coconut Grove park. 11 a.m. Sunday at the Barnacle Historic State Park, 3485 Main Hwy., Miami; 305-442-6866; Admission costs $2.

Tig Notaro is something of a legend. Practically the antithesis of dudebro comedy, her work gained notoriety after Louis C.K. distributed a recording of one of her personal and brilliant performances. Notaro followed that with a standup set in which the cancer survivor performed shirtless, with her double-mastectomy scars visible. Her comedy is far from the shocking or gimmicky kind, however, relying instead on observational humor informed heavily by Notaro's life and delivered with an almost deadpan wryness. And it's hilarious. Catch this comic's standup before binge-watching her show, One Mississippi. 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0222; Tickets cost $28.50 to 34.50.

Father's Day means the freedom to do Man Stuff. Like drink whiskey. Like cook a pig in a pit after injecting that pig with whiskey. Like drinking whiskey while eating whiskey from a juicy, slow-roasted pig. Even if your dad isn't Ron Swanson, he's sure to appreciate the Father's Day BBQ at the Freehand Hotel, which will offer chef Jimmy Lebron's menu of Johnny Walker-inspired fare to celebrate fatherhood. Because if you really want Dad to know you love him, don't use words; use whiskey. 2 p.m. Sunday at the Freehand Miami, 2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach; 305-531-2727; Admission is free.

Miamians know the best time to hit up the pool is when the thermometer is popping off the charts and beads of sweat gather under their lower lip. With this knowledge in mind, the PLUR Group is taking over the historic midcentury-modern pool at the Vagabond Hotel with the Sol Miami Pool Party. The island-themed bash will feature DJs Dr Esan, Marvelous, and Fergie & Springer, as well as food and bottle service. It's strictly 21 and older, and the dress code is casual brunch or "fashionably chic swimwear," so get your couture statements prepped and ready to get lit Caribbean-style. 2 p.m. Sunday at the Vagabond Hotel, 7301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 561-235-2878; Admission costs $20 to $1,300.

Cuban-American singer Willy Chirino entered the country as part of Operation Pedro Pan, which shipped kids out of Cuba for fear of what Castro and his cronies would do to them. It was in Miami that his crooning career kicked off with songs such as "Yo No Coopero Con La Dictadura." This Father's Day, celebrate with the Grammy-winning papa of six as he touts his new album, Sigo pa' Lante!, in Little Havana. 7 p.m. Sunday at Miami-Dade County Auditorium, 2901 W. Flagler St., Miami; 305-547-5414; Admission costs $45 to $125.

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Sunday: Cars & Cigars
Photo by Jim Stamps


Darkwave duo Black Marble is signed to Seattle's über-hip Hardly Art label, which pretty much guarantees this music is good quality. The electronica act will play Wynwood venue Gramps this week thanks to the keen ear and prowess of Breakeven Booking. Arizona's stripped-down dance twosome Body of Light and Miami power rockers Wastelands will join Black Marble onstage at this 18-and-up show. With all of that good, pounding sound, the range of your emotions will be tested on this memorable night. 9 p.m. Monday at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; Admission costs $12 to $15.


Ruth and Marvin Sackner spent a large part of their lives gathering works of concrete and visual poetry, eventually creating the largest collection of this type of art in the world — and it's based right here in Miami. It will be celebrated at the Concrete Poetry Dinner, a "performative" meal blending food, art, and literature at the Standard in Miami Beach. Whether you're dedicated to the art of cooking, the visual arts, or the written word, there's a plate with your name on it at this shindig. 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Standard, 40 Island Ave., Miami Beach;; Admission costs $75 to $95.

Sure, the internet offers just about anything you desire delivered to your front door in hours. Diapers on demand are a dream, but wouldn't you rather buy your radishes locally? Contributing to local businesses helps protect the environment and nurtures your community. Prism Creative group is helping small Miami businesses connect through its Support Local Mixer at Wynwood's Brothers and Brawlers. The focus of this meetup is how to strengthen through collaborations. Local wares, handcrafted drinks, and food will sweeten the deal. 6 p.m. Tuesday at Brothers and Brawlers, 359 NW 28th St., Miami;; Admission is free.


Before WebMD, humankind had to turn to alchemists and snake oil salesmen for medical advice. Not all of their remedies were winners — blood letting, for example — but some have persisted, especially ones that have added benefits like getting you drunk. Concrete Beach is hosting an ode to the wisdom of old with Mystic and Holistic, a night of tarot card readings, crystal healings, and four versions of its Stiltsville brew made with different hops varieties. Hops have been used to treat insomnia, ADHD, and anxiety, and they also make beer delicious. So go ahead — drink to your health. 7 p.m. Wednesday at Concrete Beach Brewery, 325 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-796-2727; Admission is free.

Yes, there's a holiday for every item, activity, and occasion these days. But one worth bending over backward for is International Yoga Day, because unlike International Hot Dog Day (July 19), this one is aimed at uniting the world in a healthy and mindful activity and is recognized by the United Nations. Green Monkey Miami Beach will host a public celebration with a community yoga class inside the New World Center's performance hall to the tune of a curated, fun playlist in honor of the holiday. 7 p.m. Wednesday at the New World Center, 500 17th St., Miami Beach; Admission costs $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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