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The Best Things to Do in Miami This Week

Whose Live Anyway?: See Sunday.
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Whose Live Anyway?: See Sunday.


Hip-hop meets a musical. Talk about a powerful combo! Making Henry Box Brown that much more powerful is the Roots' Karl "Dice Raw" Jenkins playing the lead role. Prepare for an emotional roller coaster as you track the enslaved Henry Box Brown's amazing journey to escape bondage in Virginia — by mailing himself in a box — and reunite with his family in Pennsylvania. 11 a.m. Thursday and select times through Saturday at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722; Tickets cost $25. 

Potential playoff matchup alert: The Boston Celtics, including their main man, Kyrie Irving, are coming to town. With the Miami Heat and Celtics hovering around playoff spots, this could be a preview of what we'll see for a series in mid-April (or later). Boston fans are typically loud and obnoxious, so you'll definitely want to cheer wildly for the Heat for this one. 7 p.m. Thursday at American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 786-777-1000; Tickets cost $40 to $550 via 

Forty years removed from the '70s, disco is still alive! For one magical night at Boombox, Blame It on the Disco will present live DJ sets by Enrique Quintero, Jorge Sotolongo, and the D.C.-bred Miks. It's all designed to get you to do the hustle and whatever corny dance moves your heart desires. Thursday is always ladies' night at Boombox, so if you're a lady, enjoy free booze and drink specials from 9 to 11 p.m. too. 9 p.m. Thursday at Boombox, 3456 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-814-4548; Admission is free. 

Just because the holidays are over doesn't mean you can't sip a winter cocktail. That's why you should head to Addikt for happy hour. Besides boasting stunning views and scrumptious bites, this restaurant on the 15th floor of the W Miami also serves killer cocktails. Ease your winter woes with the Gintox, an herbaceous drink made with gin, celery shrub, lime juice, ginger juice, and grapefruit juice and garnished with a sprig of rosemary ($15). 5 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Addikt, 485 Brickell Ave., Miami; 305-503-0373; Admission is free.

click to enlarge Ann: See Friday. - COURTESY MDCA
Ann: See Friday.
Courtesy MDCA


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 of the show — 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 and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722;, Tickets cost $29 to $199. 

It's time you read a modern-day version of Homer's Odyssey. Chigozie Obioma's touching tale, An Orchestra of Minorities, follows Chinonso, a young poultry farmer. He falls in love with Ndali, a young woman he saves from a near-death experience but ultimately realizes they are from two different places in society. Their journey of love takes them throughout the world. And Obioma's novel takes him to Coral Gables for a chat this week. 7 p.m. Friday at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 305-442-4408; Admission is free; RSVP via 

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, Fall Out Boy, and seemingly everything emotional and angsty in between. Prepare to mosh and cry at the same time. 8 p.m. Friday at Revolution Live, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-449-1025; 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 and Saturday at MDCA On.Stage Black Box Theatre, 2901 W. Flagler St., Miami; 305-547-5414; Tickets cost $20. 

Miami was quite rebellious during Prohibition. The city was home to speakeasies and rum havens galore both on- and offshore. Now you can learn all about that boozy era and the interesting local objects from it, plus 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 at the Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-531-1001; Admission is free with RSVP.

click to enlarge Karl "Dice Raw" Jenkins in Henry Box Brown: See Thursday. - COURTESY OF ARTIST MANAGEMENT
Karl "Dice Raw" Jenkins in Henry Box Brown: See Thursday.
Courtesy of artist management


WynCarib has become a monthly ritual at the Wynwood Yard. Every second Saturday, the always-eclectic outdoor space offers cultural tunes and yummy grub at this event. WynCarib will turn two years old this Saturday, and it's time to party. Eccentrix Sound, Doctor Esan, and Neil Dyer will provide the jams. Ladies get in free with an Eventbrite RSVP. 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday at the Wynwood Yard, 56 NW 29th St., Miami; 305-351-0366; Ladies get in free with RSVP via; admission for men costs $10. 

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 begin at 8 p.m. outside on the 7,000-square-foot wall. 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at New World Center, 500 17th St., Miami Beach; Admission is free; register via 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 and Sunday at Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour; 305-585-4483; Tickets cost $40 for adults and $15 for children aged 2 to 12 via 

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; Tickets cost $50 via 

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 and Sunday at Stiltsville Fish Bar, 1787 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach; 786-353-0477; 

Break out your black pleather trench coat, because 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 Coral Gables Art Cinema, reminding us all what Keanu Reeves looked like in his prime. 11:30 p.m. Saturday at Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 786-472-2249; Tickets cost $8.

click to enlarge Chigozie Obioma: See Friday. - JASON KEITH
Chigozie Obioma: See Friday.
Jason Keith


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 cable channel 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 roving live show boasts 90 minutes of pure improv joy and a ton of audience interaction. Slated to appear with Carey at Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale this Sunday are Joel Murray, Jeff B. Davis, and Greg Proops. 6 p.m. Sunday at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale; Tickets cost $35 to $75 via


Who's ready for some historical drama? The expressive flick The Last Note, directed by Pantelis Voulgaris, tracks the wild events leading to execution of 200 Greeks by German occupiers after a German general is killed in an ambush. This Monday, the film will make its Southeast U.S. premiere at Gables Cinema. The film is part of the Miami Jewish Film Festival (MJFF), which runs through January 24. 2 p.m. Monday at Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 786-472-2249; Tickets cost $14, and discounts are available. 

The latest Jam Cruise will soon set sail from Miami, mon. But before hitting the waves, the official Pre-Cruise Kickoff Party will happen at Blackbird Ordinary. Funkmaster and jazz saxophonist extraordinaire Karl Denson, known for playing in Lenny Kravitz's band and cofounding the Greyboy Allstars, will rock the Brickell bar with his all-star group Tiny Universe. Fun fact: Denson is also a touring member of a little band called the Rolling Stones. 6 p.m. Monday at Blackbird Ordinary, 729 SW First Ave., Miami; 305-671-3307; Tickets cost $25 via


Calling all happy-hour enthusiasts. Drunken Dragon's popular summer event, Tiki Tuesdays, has returned for the winter. The restaurant will warm you up with seasonal cocktails, which will rotate weekly based on a featured bar or liquor sponsor. The best part is all drinks will be offered at discounted prices. Check the restaurant's social media to find out what to expect for the week. 5 to 11 p.m. Tuesdays at Drunken Dragon, 1424 Alton Rd., Miami Beach; 305-397-8556;


Are you the movie expert at your regular trivia night? If so, Cinema Trivia Night at Tower Theater is for you. Inside the beautiful arthouse cinema, the evening will feature four themed rounds of movie-only trivia. So all of you history and science whizzes can just stay home and save your wisdom for a typical trivia night, OK? 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Tower Theater, 1508 SW Eighth St., Miami; Admission is free; RSVP via