The best time of the week is finally here, and Miami offers just about every activity this weekend. Ultra, one of the largest EDM festivals in the world, begins its three-day Miami takeover today in Bayfront Park. But let's not think about that right now — there's plenty to do in the Magic City that doesn't involve fire-spewing stages and overwhelming crowds.
- Little Havana Social Club at Miami Dade College - Koubek Center: Miami Dade College presents Little Havana Social Club, a dance party and concert series that bridges Miami’s cultural roots to its excitingly modern future. Friday night’s guest of honor is Cuban band Timbalive. Celebrated for its fresh approach to traditional salsa, the band will perform tracks from its critically acclaimed album Gasolina de Avion. Bites and cocktails will be available.
- ¡Fiesta Cubana! at New World Center: The first portion of the three-part ¡Fiesta Cubana! includes an art installation curated by art gallery Conde Contemporary, accompanied by chamber music performed by NWS fellows. The second portion takes place in the main performance hall, where the entire New World Symphony will perform a set of classical Cuban works organized for orchestra. Finally, the third part takes place at Miami Beach Botanical Garden, featuring additional Cuban sounds from the 20th-century-jazz-inspired quintet Cortadito. Throughout the evening, samplings of Cuban bebidas and munchies will be available.
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts: Including all-new sets and costumes by famed artist Michele Oka Doner and dramatic direction by playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, the performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be the grand finale of Miami City Ballet’s 30th-anniversary season.
- Home Design and Remodeling Show at Miami Beach Convention Center: When was the last time you renovated or even redecorated your home? For more than 40 years, the Home Design and Remodeling Show has brought professional home vendors and local homeowners together. Whether you’re looking to completely remodel or simply make a few changes around the house, this event specifically caters to South Florida.
- Beat Macho at Bardot: Featuring DJs Benoit & Sergio, the Black Madonna, Visuals, Jeremy Ismael, and Will Buck.
- Wynwood Art and Design District Bike Tour at Panther Coffee: It’s hard enough to get a good look at all of the murals and wall art around Wynwood. How do you even know what you’re looking it? Cue the helpful bicycle tour guides. They are full of interesting tidbits and street knowledge, and they want to share those secrets with you on a joyride through the city. The Wynwood Art and Design District Bike Tour, presented by HistoryMiami, takes you and your friends through both hoods. It’s a cool way to get some exercise, soak up some sun, and learn a few party tricks.
- Daymé Arocena at Light Box at Goldman Warehouse: The 23-year-old artist perfectly represents the Cuban culture’s sumptuous blend of cultures and styles. She mixes a bit of Afro-Cuban with neo-soul and modern jazz for an arresting style that uplifts and enlightens as it sets crowds to dance. Her sound has been recognized by critics across languages. She nabbed a place on NPR Music’s 50 Favorite Albums of 2015. And now she’ll take the stage at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse.
- James Bond double feature at Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In: Grab your martinis — shaken, not stirred. It’s time for Bond. James Bond. And it’s happening at the Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In. Now at its new location off Old Cutler Road (7271 SW 168th St., Palmetto Bay), the Blue Starlite is showing a James Bond double feature. Two of the most popular 007 features — Dr. No and Goldfinger — will hit the big screen.
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- Deering Seafood Festival on the Bay at Deering Estate at Cutler: This Sunday, the historic Deering Estate will host the 12th-annual Deering Seafood Festival on the Bay, featuring events and entertainment for all ages. Celebrity chefs will offer cooking demonstrations; families can watch the Bahamian Junkanoo musical parade and stilt walkers from the Virgin Islands; and kids will even have their own area — the Lil’ Shrimp Kids Zone — with themed activities and tasty bites that even the pickiest palates will enjoy.
- Sense and Sensibility at Coral Gables Art Cinema: Actor Alan Rickman gave us years of pleasure, from Die Hard to Harry Potter and everything in between. So it’s only fitting that not long after his passing, one of the many arthouses in Miami would showcase his films. This Sunday at 1 p.m., the Coral Gables Art Cinema (260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables) is the place to be. Rickman starred alongside Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet in 1995’s Sense and Sensibility.
- Def Mix Presents Our House at Yuca: The lure of EDM acts is strong this week, but anyone would be remiss for not honoring those who laid the groundwork for today's industry. David Morales was spinning house music when it was in its infancy and became a regular at places such as Paradise Garage and Ministry of Sound. If you're tired of house subgenres — progressive house, tech house, tropical house — catch Def Mix, who'll deliver dance music in its pure, unadulterated form.
- Jazz in the Gardens at Sun Life Stadium: With performances by Usher, Babyface, Janelle Monae, Michael McDonald, Kool & the Gang, Average White Band, Brian Culbertson, and others, this edition of Jazz in the Gardens will be hosted by Rickey Smiley.