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The Eleven Best Things To Do in Miami This Week

Thursday, August 27

1980s Manhattan had a lot in common with Miami (at least, the Miami portrayed in gossip rags and reality-TV shows): hedonistic, sexy, dripping with riches. And number-one New York Times bestselling author Robert Goolrick's latest book, The Fall of Princes, is all about NYC in the era of Gordon Gecko and Jordan Belfort.

In his third novel, Goolrick weaves a tale of money, power, and a group of Wall Street bros. From Paris to Los Angeles to Italy to Las Vegas to London, these dudes learn the price of greed, excess, and self-indulgence. And Goolrick (who's reportedly an amazing speaker) will be telling audiences all about it via his upcoming appearance at Books & Books. If you've ever found yourself envying the likes of Dan Bilzerian (because Instagram is the new Wall Street), Goolrick's tome might be a handy instructional on what not to do.

The reading starts at 8 p.m. at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Admission is free. Visit, or call 305-442-4408. 

The Pittsburgh Pirates' illustrious history in professional baseball has had some of the biggest names of the sport, like Roberto Clemente, Honus Wagner, Wilver "Willie" Stargell, and Bill Mazeroski, to name a few. The Pirates have also been uniform innovators, using the distinctive pillbox hat for probably too many years. One of baseball's greatest accomplishments, a no-hitter, was secured in 1970 by then-Pirate pitcher Dock Ellis under the influence of LSD.

Well, there's no telling how the home-run sculpture might affect a Pirate (or Marlin, for that matter) especially if self-medicated, but the Pirates' four-day stretch in sunny South Florida will do much to spark the rivalry between these NL teams. Promos for this game include the Add-A-Cap group offer for groups of 20 or more, the Subway $5 discount offer, and Wellmax Medical Centers' "Seniors Free Ticket Thursday" for seniors 55 and older.

The Miami Marlins take on the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday at 7:10 p.m. at Marlins Park, 501 Marlins Way, Miami. Tickets cost from $16 to $100. Call 305-480-1300, or visit

The New Tropic invites anyone with an interest in crafting for Arts & Drafts with Renda Writer, a night for drinks, food trucks and art. Writer, a local artist and poet who effortlessly blends the two seemingly different genres, will share his work while helping attendees create written art throughout the night. The event will be held Thursday at the New Tropic (7230 NW Miami Ct., Suite 5, Miami). Doors open at 7 p.m. and classes begin at 8 and last until 10.

The event is free to attend, but supplies need to be purchased. Pre-purchasing supplies reserves your spot. Tickets cost $5 to $45, depending on what kind of supplies you want to buy — from a small canvas panel to a large stretched panel and the most important of art supplies: wine. Visit

Friday, August 28 

Ever been overworked, underpaid, and pushed to the edge by an ungrateful boss? This, sadly, describes the vast majority of Americans, which is what makes Colin Riggins' 1980 comedy 9 to 5 so relevant decades after its initial success. Nothing feels better than daydreaming about giving said bosses a violently tinged piece of your mind, and this smart comedy allows the working masses to live vicariously through the totally fed-up characters.

Starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton, 9 to 5 surrounds three working women living out their fantasies of getting even with and eventually overthrowing their "sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot" boss. Not only did this movie spawn Parton's crazily catchy song of the same title but it also birthed one of the best verbal ways to cut down a man with its famous "rooster to hen" monologue. Adapted as a Broadway musical in 2009, 9 to 5 has remained an ensemble comedy staple for decades, making it the perfect choice to conclude the Wolfsonian-FIU's Ladies Leading Film Series, a monthlong celebration of women rising above workplace adversity on screen.

9 to 5 starts Friday at 7 p.m. at the Wolfsonian (1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). The film is free and open to the public. Call 305-531-1001, or visit

Books and booze go together like Hemingway and six-toed cats. So Bookleggers Library's upcoming collaboration with the Regent Cocktail Club is a historically apt occasion. Bibliophiles can expect free books, fancy drinks, and literate company.

In keeping with the classic cocktail theme, there'll be a special assortment of libation-based reads, plus cocktail-making stations (because who's a better bartender than you?). Guests will score one free book — Booklegger rules — plus bar tools from sponsor High West Whiskey. Come as a book nerd, leave as a mixologist extraordinaire. That's more than you'd usually accomplish at happy hour.

The event starts at 7 p.m. at the Regent Cocktail Club, 1690 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Admission is free. Call 786-975-2555.

Saturday, August 29 

Have you ever spent an hour watching a cat chase a laser pointer? It's incredibly fun, and that's only one out of an almost innumerable list of uses for the space-age technology. No club experience is complete without one, but lasers also changed the game in medicine, welding, nuclear fusion, surveying, engineering, and, of course, there are all the military applications. When the Apollo astronauts landed on the moon, they used lasers to accurately measure the distance from where they stood to back home. When your friend goes into Lasik surgery with glasses on and comes back sans corrective lenses forever, your friend has lasers to thank.

In celebration of this multipurpose and totally entertaining technology, the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science (3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami) presents Science Art Cinema #1: Lasers, the first in a new performance event series. Saturday's 90-minute experience is set to include 20th-century films exploring the laser's early-day applications, a short documentary on laser-incorporating artist Matthew Schreiber, and an interactive presentation from Schreiber and six local guitarist friends. Complimentary food and drink will be available onsite. The event also signals the winding down at the old Frost facility before the final transition to the museum's new home in downtown.

Doors open at 7 p.m., and tickets cost $15. Call 305-646-4400 or visit

From the moment James Dean stepped onto the scene in his tight blue Levi jeans, white T-shirt, and that iconic red jacket, he defined a fashion generation. It suddenly became the uniform of the decade for all the cool cats and squares alike. There's no doubt that his role in Rebel Without a Cause impacted the fashion world at large. It's a logical correlation that doesn't get much attention: fashion and film.

That is, until now. Fashion Project and Bal Harbour Shops, in collaboration with Coral Gables Art Cinema, Tui Lifestyle, and Books & Books, present: FP Festival: Dressing Down the Movies starting in August and running through September. The makeshift festival spotlights the "intersection of fashion and film" by showing 24 classic films throughout the coming weeks. Next up: Revel in all things rebellious with the screening of Rebel Without a Cause on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and again at 7 at Bal Harbour Shops (9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour).

Screenings take place on level three at the Fashion Project within the mall and are free and open to the public. Visit for a complete schedule of upcoming screenings.

Sunday, August 30 

Opera is awesome, but dressing up in designer duds and navigating crowds of monied patrons drunk on Dom Perignon isn't everyone's cup of tea. Instead, why not check out some legendary operatic talent via a big screen?

O Cinema Miami Beach is showing I Due Foscari (The Two Foscari), an all-star musical extravaganza featuring the likes of Placido Domingo and Bryn Terfel. In high-def and with surround sound, you'll totally feel like you're in the Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden (only without coughing up $1,200 for a plane ticket). Moving and tragic, the opera is based on a play by Byron. Set in Venice in 1457, the drama is all about a father who's torn between love for his son and duty to his corrupt city. Four hundred years later, and some things never change. Like humans.

The show will start at noon at O Cinema Miami Beach, 500 71st St., Miami Beach. Tickets cost $21 each. Visit, or call 786-207-1919. 

On Sunday, O Cinema Wynwood screens Sonic Oddities, a film (of sorts) made by oddball archivist Stephen Parr. Parr is curator and archivist of Oddball Films, a San Francisco-based company that specializes in "offbeat footage." The company has amassed a collection of more than 50,000 historic short films. As part of Sonic Oddities, Parr will show some of Oddball Films' weird and wonderful vintage short films. In addition to showing films from his own archive — including Eucharist, a "1960s neopsychedelic short produced by the Lutheran Church" — he'll be sharing some of his recent additions from the Wolfson Florida Moving Image Archives. Those additions include Miami Beach: The Great American Resort, a 1970s short and silent film that captured Miami's uncanny beauty and funky '70s vibe.

So get weird and wonderful at O Cinema Wynwood, 90 NW 29th St., Miami. The screening begins at 1:30 p.m and is free and open to the public. 

Tuesday, September 1

"The Rock" may be back in Miami (thanks to HBO's Ballers), but he's going by Dwayne Johnson, and he's fallen back into his footballin' ways. That means there's still a big fold-up-chair-sized hole in our hearts, and the only thing that can make us whole is a visit from WWE Smackdown.

It's been a year since the rough-and-tumble sporting event made its way to the bay, but come Tuesday, the wait is over. Don your favorite fan costume and clamber to the American Airlines Arena (601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) to watch all the blood, carnage, and drama unfold as John Cena, Seth Rollins, Randy Orton, and many more beat the living pulp out of each other and shed a few catch phrases in the process. In the end, only one meaty man will stand as Heavyweight Champion of the World. The show starts at 7 p.m., and tickets cost $23 to $118. Call 786-777-1000, or visit

Wednesday, September 2

They say everyone eventually goes "Home Sweet Home," and Mötley Crüe is no exception. The hair-sprayed, make-up-clad '80s metal band has announced that this — the Final Tour — will be its last run, with glam-metal rocker Alice Cooper serving as the opening crew. Over the past year or so, Mötley Crüe has taken the Final Tour to five of seven continents and will hit Miami's American Airlines Arena in the middle of the tour's second leg. Members of the Los Angeles hair metal band — bassist Nikki Sixx, drummer Tommy Lee, guitarist Mick Mars, and singer Vince Neil — rode the indulgent way to fame over the past nearly-four decades. In between infamous sex tapes, boozin', getting inked, and shootin' drugs, Mötley Crüe wrote and released some of the biggest hits of the '80s, including "Girls Girls Girls," "Shout at the Devil," and "Kick Start My Heart."

The group's flair for the theatrical should be right at home in Miami too. Expect pyrotechnics, flashy lights, and arena-style sing-alongs. Although the tag line for the event reads, "All bad things must come to an end," sometimes it's fun to be a little bad.

Mötley Crüe: The Final Tour takes place at American Airlines Arena (601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) on Wednesday at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $42.60 to 147.40 with fees. Call 786-777-1000, or visit

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