The Ten Best Things to Do in Miami This Week

Thursday, May 12

You've heard of sister cities, but what about transcontinental dance partners? It's not such a crazy idea, and thanks to the hard work and collaborative talents of three international dance companies, it's about to become a reality. The Lisbon/Miami Dance Exchange, featuring Amalgama, Plural Dance, and Karen Peterson and Dancers (KPD), will fill the Miami-Dade County Auditorium (2901 W. Flagler St., Miami) with a medley of music, movement, and rhythm for two nights of mixed-ability dance Thursday and Friday. Amalgama Companhia de Danca and Plural Nucleo de Dance will represent our Portugal brothers and sisters, while the homegrown talents of KPD will showcase what Floridian style is all about. Three new works, including a duet between Miami's Pioneer Winter and KPD's wheelchair dancer Marjorie Burnett, will be unveiled. The second collaborative performance, Through a Void, Inside a Brick, tells the true story of a disappearing bride from the mid-16th Century. The third and final piece, Identity, tackles social issues of physical, linguistic, geographical, and political commonalities and differences. Performances begin at 8 p.m. both days, and tickets cost $20 for general admission and $15 for students, seniors, and wheelchair users. Call 305-547-5414 or visit miamidadecountyauditorium.com

Get excited about one of the tastiest weeks of the year at the inaugural Brickell Restaurant Week kick-off event, benefiting the Irie Foundation. This Thursday through the following Thursday, May 19, downtown dining favorites such as Burger & Beer Joint and Cindy Hutson's Zest will feature special three-course prix-fixe menus. The participating restaurants will showcase Miami's growing culinary scene. To prepare for the foodie-filled week, nosh on eats from American Social, Akoya, and Pasion del Cielo, and sip drinks from Concrete Beach Brewery, Fireball Whiskey, and Segafredo at the event's launch soiree. Keep the celebration going at Brickell Restaurant Week's afterparty at Area 31, where guests will be treated to a complimentary cocktail and get groovy with beats by DJ Kristian Caro. Brickell Restaurant Week kick-off is Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. at Brickell World Plaza (600 Brickell Ave., Miami). The afterparty begins at 10 p.m. at Area 31 (270 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). General-admission tickets cost $53.74 and include unlimited food and drink tastings and access to the afterparty with one cocktail. VIP tickets, priced at $106.49, include early admission and access to an exclusive lounge area. Visit brickellrestaurantweek.com

Come 6 p.m. on any given weekday, most of Miami is firmly planted at a local bar throwing back beers, mojitos, or tropically inspired cocktails. Miamians may disagree on many things, but the importance of happy hour isn't one of them. And in a city as creative as ours, adding art to the mix seems like a logical way to feel even better about our boozing. Pérez Art Museum Miami's happy hour is a chance to scope out the venue's impressive aesthetics, get some fresh air, and imbibe. After priming your eye with some social lubrication ($6 beer and wine and $9 cocktails), check out the museum's newest exhibit, by Doris Salcedo. The Colombian sculptor and installation artist's work echoes the social and political landscape of her country. Hear music by DJ Hans, enjoy the sultry pre-summer weather, and pat yourself on the back for your commitment to culture. The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at PAMM (1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). Museum admission costs $16 for adults. Food and drink are extra. Call 305-375-3000 or visit pamm.org

Friday, May 13

Laugh Attack is an all-out assault on your comedy pleasure centers. It's a nonstop barrage of local and touring comedians. The event also features live music performances and a halftime show filled with silly skits and ridiculous costumes. Comics battle for the audience's approval and laughter, with a champion named at the evening's end. Unlike most comedy showcases, the monthly event held every second Friday at Artistic Vibes Studio doesn't enforce a minimum drink policy. In fact, BYOB is allowed, and audience participation is encouraged. Every Laugh Attack night is based on a classic pop-culture reference. Popular ones include Fear and Laughter in Las Vegas, AV/DC Villains, Laughter Under the Sea, '90s Nostalgia, The Bi-Wizard Cup, and The Laughing Dead. This month, organizers take audiences to Wonderland with An Adventure Down Alice's Hole. The headliner for Friday's show will be local comedian Johnny Trabs. Tickets cost $15 for this 18-and-over event. The show begins at 8:30 p.m. at Artistic Vibes Studio (12986 SW 89th Ave., Miami). Free parking is available. Call 786-505-8423 or visit artistic-vibes.com.

Saturday, May 14

Remember Wynwood Art Walk? No, not the crowded food-truck fiasco that takes over the former warehouse district every second Saturday. We're talking about years ago, before the advent of Ducati and Jugofresh, when Second Saturdays were as much about checking out the galleries that once lined the streets of the Arts District as they were about partying. Way back when, the culture seekers of the world could wander NW Second Avenue with free booze in hand as they pondered the paintings, sculptures, and installations of local artists. Those were the good old days. And Andromeda studio is bringing them back. "Rock Saved My Life," a pop-up project by the gallery, opens this Saturday. For the show, 20 artists have customized vintage vinyl records, all inspired by music's most influential acts. The works come to the gallery from near and far — artists based right here in Miami and as far away as Spain. And Argentine artist Claudio Roncoli will display his rock 'n' roll-themed screen-print posters. Saturday's opening night will also feature a DJ and free drinks from Nightshade Tequila. Think of it as a blast from the past — but with artwork you'll remember far into the future. "Rock Saved My Life" opens with a free party from 7 to 10 p.m. inside the Wynwood Building (2750 NW Third Ave., Suite 16, Miami). Call 786-409-2143 or visit pop.andromedavisual.com

Out Con is South Florida's first gay-oriented comic convention. It's a place where queer fans of all things nerdy can enjoy a con without the fear of being judged. Many people have experienced harassment and judgment at various conventions throughout the years, so a queer-friendly convention is an absolute must in 2016. Though this event is the first of its kind in Miami, there have been others across the country. That's why its organizer, Jonathan Stryker, felt the need to replicate the idea in South Florida. "LGBTQ conventions have popped up here and there, so I decided to take the plunge and create one in Florida," he says. "We have an incredible gay geek community, so putting on an event for our queerful geeky culture was a no-brainer." One way Stryker plans to do that is through guest panels, costume contests, and other activities throughout the one-day convention. Out Con takes place Saturday at the Miami Airport Convention Center (777 NW 72nd Ave., Miami). Doors open at 11 a.m., and tickets cost $10 for general admission. Visit outconvention.com

It may be another month and a half before summer officially hits, but as far as the city is concerned, the heat is on. Your workweek, on the other hand, is as hectic as ever. Why not kick back with a few drinks and a side of chill, tropical beats? Renowned Colombian crooner Fonseca to the rescue! The four-time Latin Grammy-winning singer/songwriter has exactly the laid-back style to make your Saturday evening nothing short of perfecto. His pop-forward blend of vallenato and cumbia makes for one catchy, romantic sound. His silky voice pours out over rich instrumental compositions as varied and beautiful as the sunset, and his intimate vocal delivery will transform the Fillmore (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) into a bedroom serenade. Bring someone you love, and dance the evening away to some of the most positive, uplifting grooves you'll hear all summer. The show begins at 8 p.m., and tickets cost $65 to $125. Call 305-673-7300 or visit fillmoremb.com

Sunday, May 15

Running is so basic. Look at all of those posers, posting photos of themselves proudly displaying their 5K medals on Facebook. They're just in it for the profile pic and the post-race beer. They don't know the struggle for true greatness. They're not ready for a real test of physical endurance. Not like you. But you're gonna show them all. Because this weekend, the Mack Cycle Tri-Miami Triathlon/Duathlon and Caribbean Championship takes over the Rickenbacker Causeway. The bona fide athletes competing in the series' International Triathlon will swim half a mile and bike 20 more before running a 10K. That's right, Color Run bitches, that's twice your pathetic 3.1 miles with no pansy-ass party favors to distract you. If Sunday is your rest day, you can always scale back to the Sprint Triathlon: a quarter-mile swim and ten miles of biking followed by a 5K. The Duathlon packs a ten-mile bike ride right in the middle of a combined 4.1 miles of running. But like, seriously, bro? At that point, you might as well just drive to Orlando, put on a tutu, and run the Disney Princess half. Tri-Miami events start at 6:45 a.m. Sunday at Miami Marine Stadium (3501 Rickenbacker Cswy., Miami). Individual registration costs $95 to $145. Visit multirace.com

They say the reward for a life well-read is a cultured mind. And sure, that's probably true. But they left one part out: Voracious readers also collect a ton of random facts about a wide variety of topics, making them nearly impossible to beat at trivia night. So consider yourself warned before you show up at Books & Books (265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables) for this Sunday's Trivia Night, part of the store's Sunday Funday series of events. The gathering in the shop's picturesque courtyard might look like an average evening of informative entertainment. But it's sure to attract a loyal community of lit lovers — and you know they're packing some serious weird knowledge inside their skulls. The good news is you don't have to win (or even compete respectably) to have a good time. All participants get 10 percent off their café bill (excluding booze and desserts), so at least you'll get a good deal on dinner in addition to a hard-core schooling. Trivia Night begins at 7 p.m. and is free to attend. Call 305-442-4408 or visit booksandbooks.com

Wednesday, May 18 

The former president of Haiti, Michel Joseph Martelly, has released his memoir, Michel Martelly Autobiographie. In it, the author revisits his childhood years and maps his rise from musician to president. As stated on his website, michelmartelly.net, the book "recounts the road that led him to the presidency... and the formative influences, and strong convictions, that guided him while in office." Martelly will debut his book while in conversation with popular Haitian radio host Elizabeth Guerin this Wednesday at Miami Dade College's Wolfson Campus (300 NE Second Ave., Miami). The event is presented by Miami Book Fair International. Light refreshments will be served beginning at 6 p.m., and the talk starts at 8. There will be a signing immediately following, and books will be available for purchase. It's free to attend, but RSVP is suggested via eventbrite.com. Visit miamibookfair.com

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