Things To Do

The Best Things to Do in Miami This Week

Peter Beste
Mineral: See Wednesday.


A bunch of clowns and mimes down by a river? In most towns, that would sound like a horror movie. But all of this and more will happen at the beautiful Wharf Miami during the Riverside Circus. The waterside space will boast stilt-walkers, jugglers, acrobats, magicians, and other performers, all to help kick this year off on a wacky note. Acts such as Paul E, Kid Nemesis, and Hushmoney will provide the tunes for this 305 spin on a circus. Noon Thursday through Sunday at the Wharf Miami, 114 SW North River Dr., Miami. Admission is free; RSVP via


Remember Steve-O of Jackass and Wildboyz? Well, he's still up to his insane ways. He apparently hasn't done enough crazy things to himself and others, so he's doing some more as part of his comedy tour, aptly called the Bucket List Tour. Among the things audiences will see during his trek: a general-anesthesia Olympics and something called Vasectomy Blue Balls. Pray for him. 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday at Miami Improv Comedy Theater, 3450 NW 83rd Ave., Doral; Tickets cost $25 to $50.

From Tel Aviv, with love, comes Guy Mantzur. This Friday marks the electronic musician's first time back to our friendly shores since March's electronic music fest Rapture. He's built up quite a following in Miami, in addition to the heaps of places across the globe where he spins each year. His style spans genres, falling somewhere between progressive house and tech house. Check him out and he'll totally be your Guy (pun intended). 11 p.m. Friday at Treehouse Miami, 323 23rd St., Miami. Admission is free before midnight and $10 after; RSVP via

If a gazillion shopping and dining options aren't enough to entice you to Coral Gables' Miracle Mile, maybe some tunes and a street-festival vibe will do the trick. Giralda Under the Stars will return with live music, entertainment, and local eats. Participating restaurants include Pasión del Cielo, PokeBao, the Local, Threefold Cafe, and Divino Ceviche. The event is held every first Friday of the month and is now anchored by the recently transformed and expansive Giralda Plaza. 7 p.m. to midnight Friday on Giralda Avenue in Coral Gables; Admission is free.

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Steve-O: See Friday.
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A ton of wild stuff has happened in Miami Beach. Why not learn more about it? On the South Beach Scandals Tour, learn about the corruption, illegal gambling, organized crime, and other graft that's plagued the community over the years. The tour begins at the Art Deco Welcome Center and weaves through historically seedy spots you might never see the same way again. 11 a.m. Saturday at Art Deco Welcome Center, 1001 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach. Tickets cost $25 via

Law Versus Power. What a great name for a book in 2019. No, it's not about the president and all the laws he might or might not have broken. But it is penned by Wolfgang Kaleck, who famously represented computer-analyst whistleblower Edward Snowden in Europe. Kaleck is also the general secretary for the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights and has quite a bit to say when it comes to the global search for justice. You can hear it all this weekend. 6 p.m. Saturday at Books & Books Coral Gables, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; Admission is free, but registration is required.

There are so many gifted folks in Miami, including talented playwrights. Last year, the Fantasy Theatre Factory at Sandrell Rivers Theater launched New Year, New Works! The series, taking place every Saturday in January, promotes new works by South Florida playwrights in the form of play readings. This Saturday's event is a reading of Kris L. Baushe's Simon Says. 8 p.m. Saturday at Sandrell Rivers Theater, 6103 NW Seventh Ave., Miami. Reserve free tickets via

Scarface is arguably Miami's favorite gangster film, but spare some love for Goodfellas, Martin Scorsese's tale of one man's rise through the ranks of the Mafia. Screening as part of Gables Cinema's After-Hours series, the crime-ridden classic features award-worthy performances by Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, and Joe Pesci. 11:30 p.m. Saturday at Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; Tickets cost $8.

Riverside Circus: See Thursday. - BRADEN PAILLAND
Riverside Circus: See Thursday.
Braden Pailland


A bunch of talented young people are converging on Miami... to become even more talented. That's right, another National YoungArts Week will bring exhibits and performances all week at the New World Center and YoungArts Campus. Approximately 160 up-and-coming artists aged 15 to 18 will participate in master classes and workshops spanning jazz, photography, visual arts, writing, cinematic arts, and more. Between classes, you won't want to miss seeing their enhanced skills firsthand. Sunday through Friday, January 13, at New World Center, 500 17th St., Miami Beach; and the YoungArts Campus, 2100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; Event prices vary.

"I'm coming out. I want the world to know. Got to let it show." Name that artist. Diana Ross, duh. The music icon is still rockin', and she will roll into Hollywood's Hard Rock Event Center this weekend. In addition to scoring a ton of hits with the Supremes and enjoying an illustrious solo career, she also won the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016 and even performed in last year's Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. 8 p.m. Sunday at Hard Rock Event Center, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood; Tickets cost $50 to $110.

Remember Justin Timberlake's 'N Sync days? Draco Rosa is on a similar career path. He was in Menudo in the '80s, but decades later he's one of Puerto Rico's shining stars, with more than ten studio albums under his belt. His latest LP, Monte Sagrado, dropped last year. To prime for the show, listen to his 2013 smash album, Vida. 8 p.m. Sunday at the Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets cost $39 to $53 via


Agave is an ingredient in many delicious foods and drinks — cocktails and basically anything you want to sweeten. Though you might think often of how delicious it is, you might not think about where it comes from. The film Agave: The Spirit of a Nation zooms in on Mexico, home to the highest biodiversity of agave varietals. Beyond showing the yummy tequila and mezcal spirits derived from agave, this moving flick follows the people ingrained in agave every day and trying to protect it. 7 p.m. Monday at Silverspot Cinema, 300 SE Third St., #100, Miami; Tickets cost $26.70.

Estiatorio Milos continues its monthly Winemaker's Table Dinner. This Monday's edition will offer a six-course menu of local seafood paired with Greek wines. Priced at $79, the meal includes Greek ceviche and grilled lamb chops, each expertly paired with a different wine, from rosé to red. Call for reservations. Seatings at 5:30 p.m. till close Monday at Estiatorio Milos, 730 First St., Miami Beach; 305-604-6800;

click to enlarge Diana Ross: See Sunday. - COURTESY OF THE ARTIST
Diana Ross: See Sunday.
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Every week, screenwriters, playwrights, and actors come beautifully together in a unique performance space for an equally unique concept. It's called Naked Angels x FilmGate Miami. It was an idea that stemmed from New York City in the '80s with the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, and now it has a version in the 305. Come perform and share your talents with your fellow creatives. Capacity for this event is 50 people, so get moving or wait till the next one. 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at FilmGate Miami, 168 SE First St., Miami. Admission is free; RSVP via

Global warming might soon put our lovely city underwater. But before then, higher temps will also drastically affect the food we eat and our food systems. The CLEO Institute's director of development, Natalia Ortiz, will host the 45-minute chat "The Carbon Footprint: Understanding Climate Change & Food." Learn about how you can mitigate the impact of global warming on all things delicious. 7 p.m. Tuesday at Sacred Space Miami, 105 NE 24th St., Miami. Tickets cost $20 via

You don't always have to resort to just tacos on Tuesday. Maybe watch a movie instead. Hôtel Gaythering offers the Monthly Screening Series, with free admission, complimentary popcorn, and two-for-one drinks. Check out the hilarious 2013 flick GBF, starring Paul Iacono and Michael J. Willett. 8 p.m. Tuesday at Hôtel Gaythering, 1409 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; Admission is free.

Explore an intriguing time in South Florida's history by attending the Prohibition Era Cellar Series at the Deering Estate. You'll venture into the basement of the Stone House, dating back to 1922, and pass through a bank-vault door that reveals a room filled with original bottles of alcohol, including rum, champagne, vermouth, and gin from places such as Jamaica, France, and Italy. You'll then sample a selection of distilled spirits with an assortment of small bites, presented by St. Petersburg Distillery. Staff will be on hand to explainthe distilling process and expound their product selections.A ticket and a password to be used the night of the event will be mailed to each participant. 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Deering Estate,16701 SW 72nd Ave., Palmetto Bay. Tickets cost$45 or 305-235-1668, ext. 233.


It's been somewhat of a rocky 25 years for the indie rockers of Mineral. The Houston-bred band was together for four years in the late '90s. And, well, not a whole lot has happened since then. But 2019 marks the band's 25th anniversary, so Mineral is hitting some intimate spots across the nation. The group will also release a book, One Day When We Are Young, and a ten-inch vinyl with two new tracks. 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Ground, 34 NE 11th St., Miami. Tickets cost $20 to $25 via

Stranger Things fans, rejoice! Repour Bar's winter menu, Stranger Drinks, is an ode to the beloved Netflix series. Spend the season in the Upside Down with the Time After Time — a ruby-red tipple that drinks like an elevated punch — composed of Ziami rum, organic cranberry reduction, and beet juice. 1650 James Ave., Miami Beach; 305-913-1000;