The best time of the week is finally here — the weekend. Miami offers just about every activity this weekend. Catch Salmon Rushdie at Miami Dade College Wolfs Campus Friday or Brad Meltzer and Judd Winick at Books and Books on Saturday. On the music front, you can catch Arty at Story, Recondite at Grand Central, Front 242 at Grand Central and Janet Jackson at the American Airlines Arena. Here's a glimpse at what our city has to offer this weekend, so get up and get ready for another memorable, Miami-style weekend.
- Short Film Series at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center: Enjoy a featured flick and sit back and relax with a cold beer this Friday for one of the series’ featured films in a lounge-like and comfortable setting that’s not your traditional movie theater.
- Salman Rushdie at Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus: He’s written 12 novels, won the Booker, and has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth. Rushdie will take a break from his knightly duties this Friday when he will stop in Miami as part of the leadup to Miami Book Fair International. He’ll read from his latest book, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, a novel inspired by the “wonder tales” of Eastern literature.
Artyat Story: Part of an all-time legendary lineup, he played alongside names like Mat Zo, Markus Schulz, Above & Beyond, van Buuren, Garth Emery, and W&W at a State of Trance 500 in Den Bosch, Netherlands. This was his grand intro into the dance music world.
- Recondite at Grand Central: His releases on favored labels, such as Ghostly International, and his own Plangent Records made him an international favorite, but a Stateside appearance is still quite rare. That’s why it’s such a big deal to have him at Grand Central this Friday.
- Brad Meltzer and Judd Winick at Books and Books: Meltzer is a New York Times bestselling author and historian, and Winick is a cartoonist and screenwriter. The two will join forces to wow crowds with the ins and outs of their newest releases.
Universityof Miami Hurricanes vs Nebraska Cornhuskers at Sun Life Stadium: The U versus the Cornhuskers? Oh, boy, this is a rivalry that began way back at the 50th Orange Bowl in 1984, when Coach Howard Schnellenberger made good on his promise to deliver a championship to UM.
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- Sweating for Change at Barry's Bootcamp Miami Beach: The first annual "Sweating for Change" block party in celebration of Playing for Change Day will lead Sunset Harbour fitness studios and neighbors in a day of sweating for a good cause. To reserve a spot in one of the day's fitness classes, visit barrysbootcamp.com or call 786-888-1699.
- Celebrating Celia! at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts: From winning a nationally televised singing competition as a teenager in Cuba to being selected to play Celia Cruz on a Fox Telecolombia biographical telenovela, Aymee Nuviola has been living a dream. Now, with a 2015 Latin Grammy nomination for Best Salsa Album for First Class to Havana, Nuviola is reaping the fruits of her years of labor.
8th Annual Everglades Awareness Benefit Concert at Gramps: The Love of the Everglades Movement is depending upon South Florida music fans to help. Together with Ploppy Palace Productions, the movement will present a
benefitconcert at Gramps this Saturday to raise Everglades awareness.
JanetJackson at American Airlines Arena: The Unbreakable World Tour brings Janet back on stage starting August 1 and to Miami on September 20. But this significance is beyond song and dance. Her upcoming album will be released through BMG and her new label Rhythm Nation — a worldwide partnership that makes Janet the first female African-American recording artist to form her own record label.
- Front 242 at Grand Central: From Belgium to Miami, electronic body music pioneers Front 242 are taking over Grand Central this week. And as the "industrial electro" crew's only southeastern U.S. performance, this will be one show you don't wanna miss.