The Best Things to Do in Miami This Weekend

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 John Digweed at Heart Nightclub, Electric Piquete at Ball & Chain, Savoy at Culture Room, Danny Krivit at Electric Pickle, and 1349 at Churchill's Pub. Celebrating 35 years, the National YoungArts Foundation will kick off 2016 with its annual — and notoriously pricey — Backyard Ball this weekend. Sunday, head to Wood Tavern to cleanse your palate with a good old-fashioned barbecue, complete with plenty of booze to end your weekend on the perfect note.

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.


  • Burlesque Magnifique at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center: The production combines dazzling costumes, elaborate choreography, and the finest artists and Las Vegas-style showgirls for an evening of classic burlesque performances, comedy acts, and live music from Miami Sound Combo.
  • Circus Xtreme at American Airlines Arena: The show includes animals such as big cats, camels, poodles, and Asian elephants. For you activists out there, the pachyderms have their own center for elephant conservation onsite that tends to their well-being and longevity while also researching their relationship with humans and health.
  • Basement Project at Museum of Contemporary Art: The Basement Project’s latest production, Boom, combines comedy, romance, tragedy, and one of Miami’s most beloved bands. Written by San Francisco-based playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, Boom follows what happens when a grad student’s personal ad lures a mysterious girl to his underground research lab under the pretense of a night of no-strings-attached sex.
  • John Digweed at Heart Nightclub: Party with John Digweed when the "UK's electronic dance music titan" and Bedrock label boss shows Miami a little Heart this week. It's a new year — make good music your 2016 resolution.
  • Electric Piquete at Ball & Chain: If you haven't experienced Little Havana nightlife yet, shame on you. But, luckily, it's the start of a new year, and you can kick it off with salsita from Miami's favorite Latin band, Electric Piquete. You're in for a night of nonstop rumba at Ball & Chain. ¡Pa'rriba!
  • Jump Smokers at Wall Lounge: No other DJ act can turn pop hits — even a mashup of Mariah Carey's "Oh, Santa!" and "All I Want for Christmas" holiday classics — into club bangers like Jump Smokers. So turn up with Roman, Flipside, and Johnny Digital as the Chi-Town DJs take over Wall Lounge.
  • France Camp at Gramps: Jay Simonsson, lead singer of the Minneapolis garage-rock band France Camp, has a prediction for Friday's show: "It's going to be loud, and I'm going to climb on stuff."
  • Silversun Pickups at Culture Room: According to keyboardist Joe Lester, the band is more than cool with playing intimate venues: "We'll play wherever you put us, but honestly, smaller shows with everyone so close together are easier to get into."


  • The Big Lebowski at Virginia Key Beach Park: The cult classic is hitting a star-lit screen near you, because at the Blue Starlite Drive-In, it’s always a showing under the sky, or at least under your car top.
  • Scholl Lecture Series at Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM): The first offering of 2016 is a conversation between authors Roxane Gay and Jeff Chang, celebrating the exhibition “Bloodlines,” which showcases a series of new works by Dominican artist Firelei Báez.
  • Backyard Ball at National YoungArts Foundation: Celebrating 35 years, the National YoungArts Foundation will kick off 2016 with its annual — and notoriously pricey — Backyard Ball. The organization’s largest fundraiser is presented by MaxMara and MCed by Billy Porter, a Tony- and Grammy-winning actor, singer, director, and YoungArts alumnus. The evening will honor a handful of actors, directors, performers, and teachers for their contributions and impact on the arts community. Attendees can expect performances, live music, food, and dancing throughout the night.
  • Second Saturday Art Walk at Wynwood Walk: On view as part of this month’s Second Saturday Art Walk, beginning at 7 p.m., are seven of the galleries' top names, including chameleon-like Peruvian artist Cecilia Paredes, whose photo-based images depict her melting into the wildly inventive environmental or dreamy celestial landscapes she creates. If your tastes run grittier, check out Rome’s Fabiano Parisi, whose poetic images of abandoned urban locations bristle with a mysterious air evoking the surreal.
  • Savoy at Culture Room: Savoy hit the scene only a few years ago and already has a diverse following of fans addicted to its adrenaline-inducing, notoriously high-energy live shows. The band's name itself is all-inclusive. The trio of Gray Smith, Ben Eberdt, and Mike Kelly titled their act after the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, the first nightclub where everyone, all races included, could dance for free.
  • Danny Krivit at Electric Pickle: Urban legend has it that the way you spend the first few Saturday nights of the new year will set precedence for the next 12 months. So if you find yourself partying with Danny Krivit at the Pickle this week, brace yourself for a funkadelic 2016.
  • 1349 at Churchill's Pub: Asked to define black metal, Olav Bergene, lead singer of Norway's 1349, takes a long pause. A second passes and then another and then, in his Norwegian accent, he explains the fundamentals of the loud, fast, and heavy musical genre around which his life revolves.


  • Nu Deco Ensemble: Water Music at Deering Estate: Nu Deco Ensemble, a Miami-based, 21st-century chamber orchestra that presents live, genre-bending orchestral music, will perform at the historic Deering Estate at Cutler in a concert titled Water Music. This performance marks the secondconcert of Nu Deco Ensemble’s collaborative and exciting inaugural season. Water Music will feature the ensemble’s eclectic and signature style, which explores reimaginings of Bach and Bizet, as well as iconic American composer Aaron Copland.
  • Backyard Boogie at Wood Tavern: Backyard Boogie sounds like one of your grandma’s old-timey euphemisms for sex. (Grandpa is one lucky man.) Now that you’re fully grossed-out, head to Wood Tavern to cleanse your palate with a good old-fashioned barbecue, complete with plenty of booze to help you forget that you wouldn’t be alive if Nana and Pops weren’t at least a little pervy back in the day.

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