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The Best Things to Do in Miami This Weekend

The Best Things to Do in Miami This Weekend
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We're about two weeks into the new year, and though your workout routine might have changed, some things have stayed the same. Queer party Gender Blender returns to Las Rosas this Sunday with wild fashion and drag performances, and Boxelder Craft Beer Market will keep the suds flowing at Juicy, an all-day festival celebrating IPA and fruited sour brews this Saturday. Relive your angsty, emo days with a performance by Take This to Your Grave at Revolution Live, or keep the party going after New Order at the Anderson Saturday night.

Here are the best events happening in Miami this weekend.

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Miami City Ballet
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Like Doublemint gum, Miami City Ballet is set to bring double the fun. Dances at a Gathering boasts two 20th-century masterpieces from two mastermind choreographers: Jerome Robbins and Twyla Tharp. The first piece — Dances at a Gathering — zooms in on the athleticism, grace, and beauty of dance in its purest form, showcasing ten dancers and live Chopin tunes. The second piece — Brahms/Handel — is a high-energy exposé that bends ballet boundaries in a high-energy and clever manner. 8 p.m. Friday, January 11; Saturday, January 12; and 2 p.m. Sunday, January 13, at the Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722; arshtcenter.org, Tickets cost $29 to $199.

Though some of your favorite late-'90s and early-'00s bands no longer exist (ahem, Yellowcard and Motion City Soundtrack), Take This to Your Grave is trying to keep the spirit alive. The cover band regularly performs hits from the likes of New Found Glory, My Chemical Romance, and Fall Out Boy and seemingly everything emotional and angsty in between. Prepare to mosh and cry at the same time. 8 p.m. Friday, January 11, at Revolution Live, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-449-1025; jointherevolution.net. Tickets cost $13.

A trippy, psychological production based on the 2016 film Ann has hit the theater stage. The mind-twisting production follows the story of Ruben, an artist who leaves his tormented life and takes shelter in his own imagination. He distances himself from everything, including his wife Ann, who tries to understand his newfound world. Needless to say, Ann will get you thinking. 8:30 p.m. Friday, January 11, and Saturday, January 12, at MDCA On.Stage Black Box Theatre, 2901 W. Flagler St., Miami; 305-547-5414; miamidadecountyauditorium.org. Tickets cost $20.

Miami was quite rebellious during Prohibition. The city was home to speakeasies and rum havens both on- and offshore. Now you can learn all about that boozy era and sip cocktails made from vintage recipes. Wolfsonian chief librarian Frank Luca and Bookleggers Library founding director Nathaniel Sandler will lead this special event, Into the Stacks. 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, January 11, at the Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-531-1001; wolfsonian.org. Admission is free with RSVP.

New Order
New Order
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Did you sleep on tickets to New Order's Saturday-night concert at the Fillmore? They've been sold out for weeks, but you can still make it to the next-best thing. True Faith: A New Order After Party will go down at the Anderson for those who want to keep the party going as well as those who didn't get to LiveNation quickly enough. The afterparty includes a performance by Ordinary Boys — a Smiths and Morrissey tribute band. 11:30 p.m. Saturday, January 12, at the Anderson, 709 NE 79th St., Miami; facebook.com. Admission is free.

If you've ever wanted to take your dog to the movies, here's a chance. Bark-Off 2019 at the New World Center will show top flicks from the 2018 Canine Film Festival as well as previews of coming attractions at this year's fest (happening in July in Coconut Grove). At 7 p.m., there will be a fashion parade with adorably clad dogs; movie showings will begin at 8 p.m. outside on the 7,000-square-foot wall. 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, January 12, at New World Center, 500 17th St., Miami Beach; nws.edu/new-world-center. Admission is free; register via eventbrite.com for a complimentary goody bag for your dog.

Some of Miami's best local ice-cream shops will unite for Bal Harbour Shops' second-annual Ice Cream We Love, a frozen-treats fest benefiting UM/Jackson Memorial's Holtz Children's Hospital. The event will transform the mall's first and second levels into a real-life Candyland, where you'll find everything from Italian ice and gelato to paletas and nitrogen ice cream. More than 20 vendors are expected to set up mini pop-ups, so keep an eye out for Amazonica, Bianco Gelato, Cielito Artisan Pops, Dasher & Crank, and others. The festival will offer a variety of unique flavors, though specifics have not been released. A sneak peek, however, reveals Dasher & Crank's popular picks, including ubemacapuno and strawberry cream cheese with guava jelly. Each ticket guarantees unlimited samples at every booth. 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, January 12, and Sunday, January 13, at Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour; 305-585-4483; balharbourshops.com. Tickets cost $40 for adults and $15 for children aged 2 to 12 via eventbrite.com.

The Best Things to Do in Miami This Weekend
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All-you-can-drink beer, anyone? Boxelder Craft Beer Market will host Juicy, an all-day festival celebrating IPA and fruited sour beers. A ticket guarantees unlimited pours and a custom festival glass. Confirmed breweries include Angry Chair, Calusa, Equilibrium, and Hidden Springs Ale Works, and more are on the way. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, January 12, at Boxelder Craft Beer Market, 2817 NW Second Ave., Miami; 305-942-7769; bxldr.com. Tickets cost $50 via eventbrite.com.

Stiltsville Fish Bar's brunch is getting an upgrade with seafood towers, bloody-mary carts, and grilled catches of the day. At the Bubble Bath Brunch, take advantage of half-off specials such as $55 bottles of Perrier-Jouët and $25 bottles of La Fête Rosé. Also added are $6 Absolut Elyx bloody marys, which can be garnished with an array of ingredients from a nearby cart. New plates include the fisherman's tackle box, which comes with a selection of raw bites such as shrimp and oysters; the whole grilled barbecued big fish, which is grilled over white oak and available only during brunch; and a waffle of the day, which rotates weekly. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, January 12, and Sunday, January 13, at Stiltsville Fish Bar, 1787 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach; 786-353-0477; stiltsvillefishbar.com.

Break out your black pleather trench coat — Neo and his ragtag team of code-hacking misfits are returning to the big screen. The 1999 dystopian classic The Matrix will screen for one night only at Gables Cinema, reminding us all what Keanu Reeves looked like in his prime. 11:30 p.m. Saturday, January 12, at Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 786-472-2249; gablescinema.com. Tickets cost $8.

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Florida Man at Gender Blender at Las Rosas.
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If you haven't yet made it to Gender Blender, New Times' 2018 pick for Best LGBTQ Party, you should add attending the monthly event to your list of 2019 resolutions. This Sunday's edition will include performances by South Florida queer artists such as Jackie Jae and King Femme. Dress as your truest self and join the party. 10 p.m. Sunday, January 13, at Las Rosas, 2898 NW Seventh Ave., Miami; facebook.com. Admission is free.

The Drew Carey-hosted improv show Whose Line Is It Anyway? was superpopular back in the day, and now there's a version of it on the CW. Well, Carey and a few of his pals are back and touring with a similar concept, Whose Live Anyway? Just like the TV series, this show boasts 90 minutes of pure improv joy and a ton of audience interaction. Slated to appear with Carey in Fort Lauderdale are Joel Murray, Jeff B. Davis, and Greg Proops. 6 p.m. Sunday, January 13, at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale; parkerplayhouse.com. Tickets cost $35 to $75 via ticketmaster.com.

Central Park has made music history many times over. It's home to the Strawberry Fields John Lennon memorial. It was the setting for an historic Diana Ross concert in 1983. And in the fall of 1981, Simon & Garfunkel reunited at the park to play and record a beloved benefit concert. This Sunday, Broadway singers Johnny Rogers and Lee Lessack will perform the songs Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel sang that day, including classics such as "Bridge Over Troubled Water." 7 p.m. Sunday, January 13, at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St., Cutler Bay; 786-573-5316; smdcac.org. Tickets cost $25 to $50.

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