The best time of the week is finally here: the weekend. Miami offers just about every activity this weekend. On the music front, you can catch Josh Wink at Trade, Dark Side Disco at Electric Pickle, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony at the Hangar, and Nick Warren at Do Not Sit on the Furniture. The Pinks, the Gun Hoes, and Portland's Psychologic will be at Gramps for Friday Nite Live, too. On Sunday, toast to the holidays by clinking teacups at Madi’s Tea Garden. The tea room’s Holiday Tea will feature a bevy of tea flavors, a white-hot chocolate station, and a range of small, tasty bites including finger sandwiches, cranberry or toffee-pecan scones, and a dessert buffet.
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.
- Buskerfest Miami Street Performance Festival at Bayfront Park: For the third year in a row, Buskerfest Miami will invade downtown this Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., taking over Metromover’s Inner Loop stations and special locations peppered throughout the area. Local artists will perform 45-minute sets to the delight of onlookers, a truly special way to unwind after a long, hard week.
- The Nutcracker at Aventura Arts and Cultural Center: Even in South Florida, where winter temperatures rarely dip below 65 degrees, the holiday season elicits a sense of shiver-inducing joy (even if it is just from the frigid air conditioning). The imagery of brightly painted wooden soldiers in tall hats and Tinker Bell-esque sugar-plum fairies floating in circles in Disney’s Fantasia are inescapable visual triggers for one of the most recognizable pieces of holiday music ever penned: Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.
- Friday Nite Live at Gramps: “If you could put fun in music, I think that would be [our sound],” Plastic Pinks singer June Summer told New Times earlier this year. And you can put some fun back into your Friday night with the Pinks, the Gun Hoes, and Portland's Psychomagic at Gramps.
- 305 Fest at Churchill's Pub: With two nights featuring more than two dozen bands, 305 Fest aims to be a showcase for all that is punk and hardcore about South Florida. The night's roster will include just about every face from the local scene you could imagine, as well as some out-of-town legends, like Houston thrash heroes D.R.I.
- Josh Wink at Trade: After more than 20 years, DJ-producer Josh Wink still hasn't lost sight of what originally got him started in the EDM game: his passion for the music itself. It's taken him from stints in the early '90s as a rave DJ, through his "Higher State of Consciousness" chart-crushing heyday, and now all the way to the top as chief of the world-renowned Ovum label.
- Dark Side Disco at Electric Pickle: Watch Princes Leia, Luke Skywalker, and Han Solo destroy the Death Star at the Pickle's Dark Side Disco. While you'll still have to wait another week until The Force Awakens hits theaters, there's nothing like a little Star Wars party with Luke Solomon and Dude Skywalker to get you even more hyped up for the movie. The force is real. And it wants you to dance.
- Story Time & Photos With Santa at Deering Estate at Cutler: This Saturday, Saint Nick will visit the estate for Story Time & Photos With Santa, located in the property’s historic Stone House Ballroom. Children can also participate in holiday arts and crafts while parents admire the estate’s beautiful holiday decor.
- ¿Qué Pasa Improv? at Just the Funny Theatre: Just the Funny will get spicy with Miami flavor when it presents its Spanglish-speaking show, ¿Qué Pasa Improv? The name is a reference to the title and spirit of ¿Qué Pasa, USA?, the classic late-’70s TV sitcom based on the trials and tribulations of a Cuban-American family adjusting to life in Little Havana and the United States in general.
- O Cinema Wynwood: It’s time once again for O Cinema’s monthly installment of its series Cine al Fresco, which transforms the cinema’s Wynwood courtyard into an outdoor screening room. After an unfortunate cancelation last month due to inclement weather, Cine al Fresco will finally present the much-anticipated feature Talashimaii, directed by Carla Forte and Alexey Taran.
- Live @ Sweat at Sweat Records: "We wanted something that when you heard it, you didn't have anything to relate it to or have some preconceived idea of," Bleeth's Lauren Palma told New Times earlier this year. And as the guitarist of a band made up of former members from local outfit, Astrokats, homegirl knows a thing or two about what she's talking about. Check her out this week as Bleeth tears up the stage at Sweat with Wastelands during the record store's Live @ Sweat concert series.
- Woodystock Benefit Festival at Virginia Key Beach Park: The Woody Foundation is hosting its third-annual Woodystock on December 12 at Virginia Key Beach. Previous years were held at Peacock Park, but Woody is particularly excited about this year's concert.
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- Bone Thugs-N-Harmony at The Hangar: Oh, Cleveland. You may sometimes be derided as a desolate wasteland of snow and pale people, but you've given us some great things. You gave us LeBron (though you eventually took him back). And you also helped grow Nine Inch Nails. But maybe best of all, you birthed Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. With its mix of rugged raps and melodies, the five-man group give hip-hop a soft spot like no other.
- Nick Warren at Do Not Sit on the Furniture: Nick Warren has been a working DJ since around the time Avicii was learning how to hold a baby rattle. And as one-half of pioneering production duo Way Out West, he helped forge the sound of U.K. progressive house, blissing out the entire rave generation with transcendent chart-topping dance hits like 1997's "The Gift." Of course, retirement is nowhere in sight for Warren, whose prolific solo career has seen him deliver some of the most acclaimed installments of the prestigious Global Underground mix series, among other things.
Holiday Tea at Madi's Tea Garden Tea Room: Toast to the holidays by clinking teacups at Madi’s Tea Garden. The tea room’s Holiday Tea will feature a bevy of tea flavors, a white-hot chocolate station, and a range of small, tasty bites including finger sandwiches, cranberry or toffee-pecan scones, and a dessert buffet. Those with larger appetites can try the roast turkey and cornbread-sausage casserole. There will be live music too, and every guest will receive a holiday treat to take home.
- Festivus Party at Abbey Brewing Co.: Festivus’ no-bullshit minimalism has caught on with a lot of holiday haters, who trade the typical gift-and-tree trends for a bare metal pole and zero frills. Paying homage to this special non-holiday, the Abbey Brewing Company presents its annual Festivus Party, where Seinfeld fans can enjoy Festivus-themed cocktails, complimentary Festivus fare (let’s hope for some “Happy Festivus”-embroidered yarmulkes), and a killer craft beer lineup.
- Megan and Faith Brown Host Holiday Charity Class with Diem Brown's MedGift at Barry’s Bootcamp Miami Beach:MTV Real World/Road Rules alumn Rachel Robinson and Diem’s sisters, Megan and Faith Brown, will host a special charity class supporting Diem Brown’s MedGift organization to pay homage to her late reality friend and Barry’s enthusiast. Proceeds from the class, entitled "A Gift for the Holidays,” will go to MedGift, an organization co-founded by Diem Brown, offering medical assistance and support to those suffering from health-related hardships The 60-minute full-body class will be led by Robinson will help supporters get healthy while giving the gift of health to others. Inspired by Diem Brown’s personal fight, MedGift supports those going through adversity — financially, physically and emotionally. The cost of the class is $40 and Barry’s Bootcamp Miami Beach will be donating 100 percent of the proceeds to MedGift.