Things To Do

The Nine Best Things to Do in Miami This Week

Thursday, May 19

Satire is one of the highest forms of comedy, but that doesn't mean it has to be stuffy. It takes a keen eye for observation and a blunt tongue for delivery. Comedians walk a fine line between offensive and hysterical with the grace of the flying trapeze artist — and maybe a little slapstick of the clown. It's hard to make a career out of it, but for Marlon Wayans, satire is the name of his game. From starring in Scary Movie to White Chicks and most delightfully Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, this actor, writer, and director has made thoughtful social statements that are the stuff of comedy gold. But for all of his accolades and big-screen blockbusters, there is one world Wayans hasn't dominated: the standup stage. The celebrated funnyman transitioned his onscreen entertainment to a live setting in 2010, and his attempts were met with lots of lols. Now six years in, he has caught a definite groove, and his latest trek across the country, dubbed the Scandal-less Tour, comes to tickle your funny bone Thursday at the Fillmore (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). Showtime is 8:30 p.m., and tickets cost $39.50 to $49.50. Call 305-673-7300 or visit

When you turn on the TV, log onto Facebook, or read the news, abortion debates are seemingly everywhere. But the 1 in 3 Campaign hopes to address this controversial issue in a new way — through the arts. With its second play, Remarkable Normal, the group attempts to explore the matter in a more personal, humanistic way with shows in eight cities across the nation. In this documentary play, actors and actresses portray real people who have submitted their stories directly to the campaign. The grassroots movement, a project organized by the Washington, D.C.-based Advocates for Youth, is named for the fact that one in every three women will have an abortion in her lifetime. This play aims to share the personal stories behind those statistics. Remarkably Normal takes place at the Koubek Center at Miami Dade College (2705 SW Third St., Miami) Thursday at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10 to $125. Call 305-284-60001 or visit

Friday, May 20

Adding to the list of national cultural holidays like Record Store Day (April), Free Comic Book Day (May), and Independent Bookstore Day (May), the seventh-annual Art Museum Day takes place in late May. Usually, participating museums open their doors for free — sometimes for extended hours — to encourage people to experience art in real life. This year, the Wolfsonian-FIU is not only participating in the event but also adding a range of enticing perks. The South Beach museum will be open for free for almost 12 hours this Friday. Guests who visit that day will also receive a 10 percent discount in the museum shop and café, and museum membership will be offered at a 25 percent discount. Attendees who tag #ArtMuseumDay and @wolfsonian on Instagram will receive free coffee and a Wolfsonian mug. Art Museum Day takes place at the Wolfsonian-FIU (1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free. Call 305-531-1001 or visit

Swing dancing might be old-school, but it's an art form that transcends eras. And if you've never tried it, now is the time to get your wingtip-wearing feet wet. Swyngwood is an old-meets-new experience, featuring some of the area's swing enthusiasts and toe-tapping performers. It's the perfect place to try your grandma's favorite dance style — no partner necessary. There will be performances by Miss Jenna Beth, the Pitbull of Blues Band, plus swing music from every era spun by DJ Babs. Participate in a beginners' dance lesson, visit a pop-up vintage shop by LA Boudoir, check out a Rat Rod car show, have a shirt made at the print shop, get Instagram fodder from a pop-up photographer, and shimmy your way into lots of other fun stuff. Hit up Pinterest for outfit ideas. The event begins at 8 p.m. Friday at Toe Jam Backlot (150 NW 21st St., Miami). Tickets cost $20. Call 786-664-7352 or visit 

Saturday, May 21

Summer: It's everyone's favorite time of year — unless you live in South Florida. While the rest of the country celebrates the culmination of this year's Game of Thrones-style winter season, Miami is stocking up on sunscreen and rain boots, buying bottled water in bulk, and praying the roof holds up during another hurricane season. As the humidity rises along with the temperature, one thing is certain: You're gonna be thirsty. Luckily, J. Wakefield Brewing (120 NW 24th St., Miami) has you covered. This Saturday, the local brewery will release three limited-edition brews designed for summertime sipping. There's Wasting Away, a Berliner Weisse aged in mezcal barrels with pink himalayan salt and kaffir lime zest; Haboob Hits Miami, a Flanders ale brewed with fresh Balaton cherries; and Every Gose Has Its Thornes, a coriander-and-ruby-red-grapefruit-flavored gose. World Famous House of Mac will serve Chef Teach's remixed traditional dishes to soak up all the suds. The bottle release begins at noon. Call 786-254-7779 or visit

Sunday, May 22 

Getting itchy for some retail therapy? You must have caught the bug — the Miami Flea, to be precise. The recurring local market returns to the open patch of grass at 1440 N. Miami Ave. in Miami this Sunday with wares of all sorts on display. Expect locally designed clothing and accessories, potted orchids and succulents, antique furniture, vintage records, and many other items. The Bookleggers crew will be on hand with its give-a-book, take-a-book pop-up library. The Frost Museum of Science folks will teach you how to build your own bird feeder. There will even be adorable rescue puppies available for adoption, thanks to Jamie's Dog Rescue. With a "grub garden" packed with dishes from local restaurants and craft brews, plus live entertainment throughout the day, this is more than just a shopping trip — it's an all-day celebration of Miami's creative community. The Flea runs from 2 to 6 p.m. Admission is free. Visit

Sundays were made for brunch. This week, celebrity chef Richard Ingraham, who spends most of his time cooking for Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade, will host his first brunch at the Wynwood Yard. The menu is eclectic, fusing South Beach flair with simple and straightforward bites. Start with a sweet and salty iteration of deviled eggs, followed by pigs in a blanket drizzled with blueberry-thyme jam and a choice between short ribs or cinnamon-custard pan-seared peach cobbler French toast. End your meal with a white-chocolate ice-cream float, where toffee banana bread mixed with creamy white chocolate is immersed into vanilla cream soda. It wouldn't be brunch without booze, so wash it all down with a bubbly peach-scented wine with mango orange juice and mint. For the Love of Brunch takes place Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Wynwood Yard (56 NW 29th St., Miami). It costs $65 per person, which includes a glass of bubbly, two appetizers, an entrée, and dessert. Visit

Wednesday, May 25

Beach bods are making appearances across the 305, so the countdown is on to ditch those extra inches. And what better way to burn off your morning pastelitos than running? Strap on your sneakers for a three-mile trek through Miami's most hipsteriffic neighborhood during the Concrete Beach Calvary Run. Meet your fellow athletes at the brewery's famous Social Hall in Wynwood. Then jog a loop around the areas. Check out Wynwood Walls, get some summer fashion ideas from Panther Coffee's avant-garde patrons, and break in those new kicks. When you finish, raise a cold beer to yourself and your fellow runners. Now is the time to get in as many runs as possible — before summer suffocates us all. The event runs from 7 to 8 p.m. at Concrete Beach Brewery (325 NW 24th St., Miami) this Wednesday. Participation is free. Call 305-796-2727 or visit

Never has a band been so funky and its name so difficult to pronounce. You may be befuddled by the flier that reads, "!!!," but it's easy once you learn to say "chk chk chk." Never mind the name, because once this indie-funk outfit puts fingers to guitars, the head-scratching gives way to booty-shaking and foot-shuffling. There's nothing hard to understand about their smooth disco grooves and driving bass lines. This is music to fall in love to, even if you're just falling in love with the night. Set a date for Wednesday at 8 p.m., and wear your red dancing shoes to Gramps (176 NW 24th St., Miami). There, you'll catch this delightfully catchy ensemble with a punky twist. Relive the best sounds of the decade like the indie dance craze never gave way to shitty fist-pumping EDM DJs. Who cares if it's the middle of the week? You need to remind yourself why going out was fun in the first place. The band goes on at 10 p.m. and will play for two hours. Trust us — Thursday morning won't mind. Tickets cost $15 to $18. Call 305-699-2669 or visit

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