Things To Do

The 21 Best Things to Do in Miami This Week

Thursday: Brika.
Thursday: Brika. Courtesy of the artist
click to enlarge Thursday: Brika. - COURTESY OF THE ARTIST
Thursday: Brika.
Courtesy of the artist

Thursday

A beautiful marriage of talent and place is going down at the lush Pinecrest Gardens with artist Patrick Dougherty's installation Stickwork. The gardens, once home to Parrot Jungle, are a beautiful representation of the area before people encroached on the landscape. Dougherty creates haunting but homey structures from bent sticks. Sometimes the sculptures are almost like nests. But you'll have to show up to the opening to see what he, with the help of volunteers, crafted by hand out of tons of locally sourced saplings. The work will likely be on display for two years, but a show like this deserves multiple visits. 6 p.m. Thursday at Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Rd., Pinecrest; pinecrestgardens.org. Admission costs $5.

We all know Peter Pan, the ethereal child who swoops Wendy and her brothers out of their beds and into a fantastical land where they never have to grow up. But what created the boy who can fly by merely thinking happy thoughts? Peter and the Starcatcher is a theatrical adaptation of the 2004 children's book by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson that posits the origin story of Captain Hook's nemesis. Watch as an orphan becomes the leader of the Lost Boys in this Tony Award-winning play. 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St., Aventura; 305-466-8002; aventuracenter.org. Tickets cost $20 to $49.

Two years ago, graphic designer Diego Orlandini jumped on the adult coloring book craze by compiling a collection of outlines based on murals in Miami's ultracolorful Wynwood neighborhood. The result, The Wynwood Coloring Book, was a hit. Now Orlandini is back with a second edition, containing pages by mural artists such as Ron English, Okuda, and El Seed. He'll celebrate the sequel's official launch with a party at the Wynwood Yard, offering music, live painting, coloring stations, and artist signings. For every book sold, a free textbook will be given to a child in need. 6 p.m. Thursday at the Wynwood Yard, 56 NW 29th St., Miami; wynwoodyard.com. Admission is free.

Relationships are drama. Simply ask Brika, the Miami singer whose latest release, "Just Wanna Be Single," recalls overhearing two lovers quarreling. Brika's vibe is far too chill for that nonsense. Since her debut album, 2014's Voice Memos, her sultry alt-soul stylings have earned her an increasingly devoted fan base. Expect to see plenty of converts in the audience when she performs during RnBae. 8 p.m. Thursday at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-699-2669; gramps.com. Tickets cost $10 to $12.

Do we even deserve Lady Gaga? The 31-year-old has brought a kind of legitimacy to pop music that's capable of overshadowing the out-of-touch and two-dimensional child's play of artists such as Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez, on top of being a powerful advocate for sexual assault survivors and the LGBTQ community. Her show is sure to be an onslaught of light shows, costumes, and musicianship, even if Mother Monster is living a little closer to Earth these days. 7:30 p.m. Thursday at American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 786-777-1000; aaarena.com. Tickets cost $46 to $251.

click to enlarge Thursday: Debut of Wynwood Coloring Book, Second Edition. - COURTESY OF DIEGO ORLANDINI/WYNWOOD COLORING BOOK
Thursday: Debut of Wynwood Coloring Book, Second Edition.
Courtesy of Diego Orlandini/Wynwood Coloring Book

Friday

Art Basel doesn't technically begin until next Thursday, but Young Artist Initiative, whose pop-up exhibit "Raw" pairs 15 emerging artists with 15 musicians for a ten-day run, is getting an early start. Its pop-up bar, the Sixth, will open Friday to prepare viewers to interact with works by Stereotank, Anja Marais, and others, which promise elements that invite viewers to touch, smell, and even taste. The bar opens Friday, ahead of the "Raw" exhibit debut Tuesday. 8 a.m. Friday through December 9 at the Historic Post Office Building, 100-118 NE First Ave., Miami; youngartistinitiative.com. Admission costs $10 to $100. 

The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) had a fantastic fling at the Moore Building, its former Design District home. It was a perfect rebound building for the former Museum of Contemporary Art staffers who founded ICA: historic, unique, and located in a flashy, creative neighborhood. But the Moore Building was never long-term-partnership material. Instead, the ICA will open its newly constructed, hotly anticipated permanent museum this Friday, just in time for Art Basel. Few outsiders have gotten a look at the space, but all signs indicate it's a marriage made in art heaven. A grand-opening ceremony and ribbon cutting will take place at 9:30 a.m., before the museum opens to the public at noon. Noon Friday at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, 61 NE 41st St., Miami; 305-901-5272; icamiami.org. Admission is free.

Miami's rich history and eclectic population can bear some peculiar fruit. Take, for instance, the Mavericks. With a blend of old-school country crooning, horns that range from mariachi to salsa, and even surfer guitar riffs, the four-piece band plays Americana that might make sense only to all the Southerners marooned here in Caribbean- and South American-drenched South Florida. The band is touring in support of Brand New Day, its latest studio effort. 8 p.m. Friday at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0222; parkerplayhouse.com. Tickets cost $34.50 to $67.50.

Once a duo but now the sole work of leading man Jonny Pierce, the Drums is heading south to grace us with indie-pop angst. Abysmal Thoughts was released this summer and has been celebrated as a return to form for the New York-based project. Exploring heartbreak and the balance of darkness and light, the album could be an indication of a good time — if you think simultaneously dancing and crying sounds like a good time. 9 p.m. Friday at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-699-2669; gramps.com. Tickets cost $20.

Every Friday and Saturday night in December, Zoo Miami will dazzle with dozens of twinkling animal sculptures and foliage decorations during Zoo Lights. Karaoke, films, and photos with Santa will provide added holiday cheer, but the real dream fulfillment comes with themes such as PJ and Snuggie Nights (this Friday and Saturday), Ugly Sweater Nights (December 8 and 9), and Star Wars Galactic Nights (December 15 and 16). Show up in your favorite jammies, a crocheted monstrosity, or Stormtrooper costume, respectively, and get a chance to win some prizes and generally be awesome. 7 to 10 p.m. every Friday and Saturday in December and every night December 26 through 30 at Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami; 305-251-0400; zoomiami.org. Admission costs $9.95.

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Ciara LaVelle is New Times' former arts and culture editor. She earned her BS in journalism at Boston University and moved to Florida in 2004. She joined New Times' staff in 2011.
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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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