"What is a weekend?" Maggie Smith's badass Dowager Countess once famously quipped on Downton Abbey. Well, we have an answer, and it doesn't involve sitting around the house and watching the latest season of the dreary British melodrama. No -- go out and enjoy the Miami sun and this perfect (yet undoubtedly fleeting) patch of perfect weather.
There are plenty of events to facilitate that: art in the gardens, national parks, and the sweet sounds of jazz. Enjoy the weekend -- you know what it is and you've earned it. Happy weekend, Miami.
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Eat Drink Support Art: Dimensions Variable Turns 5 at Dimensions Variable: The alternative artist-run space celebrates its fifth anniversary with booze, Susie Green, and the TM Sisters. What more could you ask for?
Cassy at Trade: The superchic British DJ spins the night away.
Arturo Sandoval at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts: The trumpeter brings his Latin-infused jazz back to Miami.
Hear the Dance at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts: Miami City Ballet performs the choreography of modern masters George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, and Paul Taylor. Tharp's "Nine Sinatra Songs" looks especially sleek and stylish.
2015 South Motors Fine Arts Festival at Pinecrest Gardens: Few things sound more relaxing after a hectic week than an art show in a lush garden. Plus it's free.
Miami Beach Jazz Festival at New World Center:The 88-year-old jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli headlines the daylong event. Who wouldn't want to see an octogenarian named Bucky jam?
Harvey Littleton: No Secrets at Miami Dade College's Kendall Campus Gallery: The father of the modern glass art movement finally gets the exhibition he deserves.
Charley Friedman: Western Code at Gallery Diet: Wynwood's art galleries return this weekend after a long (and deserved) post-Basel break. Friedman's show looks like a good bet.
Biscayne Bowl Family Fun Fest at Biscayne National Park: This football-themed event is a clever way to get your kids off the couch and get 'em learnin'.
Backyard Boogie at Wood Tavern: Sure, this is a monthly event, but the near-perfect weather we've been having makes this boozy barbecue the perfect end to the weekend.
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