When we take a long, hard look at what’s in store for us this year, we’re excited that Miami is continuing on this trajectory of cultural vibrancy. Kicking off this decade on the right foot seems to be the name of the game and our cultural calendar is no different. While there’s ample time to relax and set intentions for this new year, there’s still tons of great things to do to get the ball rolling. From performances by emerging talents, award-winning film festivals, and rooftop jams, check it all out:
Bingo with Petty Boop – This Wednesday, join your fabulous guest hostess Petty Boop with FREE Bingo at Gramps: 9pm-midnight. Win featured prizes from… Technique Records, Sweat Records, Panther Coffee, Absolut and more! Imbibe the $10 Beer & Shot special of the night: Peroni Nastro Azzurro and Altos Tequila USA!
Where: Gramps. Time: 9PM. Tickets: Free.
Birdman Presents New Years Day Jam – Join us as BIRDMAN PRESENTS…A NEW YEARS DAY JAM WITH THE CLAM!! We will also be celebrating the first day of 2020 with an ALL DAY 1/2 Off HANGOVER HAPPY HOUR.
Where: Bar Nancy. Time: 8PM. Tickets: Free.
Words & Wine Open Mic – Happy 2020 Ft. The UnCanny Reservoir – Wednesday January 1st 2020 Las Rosas Presents: Words And Wine Open Mic, A weekly Tribal Kinda Open Mic. Open Mic List out at 9:00pm. 21+ ONLY. Featuring special guests: The UnCanny Reservoir. Open Mic, Drum Circle and Open Jams (indoors only), Live Music, Spoken Word, Hosted by Rio Dios Mio & Michelangelo (The Chavarro Brothers).
Where: Las Rosas. Time: 9PM. Tickets: Free.
Yayoi Kusama in Miami – ICA Miami presents a special off-site exhibition of artist Yayoi Kusama’s All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins in the Miami Design District, marking the first time that one of Kusama’s signature “Infinity Mirror Rooms” will be on view in Miami.
Where: ICA Miami. Time: 11AM. Tickets: RSVP here.
MBC Archive Retro: On the Verge of the Nouvelle Vague – L’OPÉRA MOUFFE (Diary of a Pregnant Woman), Directed by AGNÈS VARDA, France, 1958. 16mins. A pregnant filmmaker (Dorothée Blanck, but it’s not a coincidence that the director was pregnant at the time) gives us her viewpoint of a Parisian neighborhood (“La Mouffe”, rue Mouffetard in the fifth district). She discovers the homeless, the poor, and more than she expected. She also starts the Nouvelle Vague. AND LE BEAU SERGE (Handsome Serge), Directed by CLAUDE CHABROL, France, 1958. 1hr, 38mins. A year before Jean-Luc Godard debuts Breathless and François Truffaut debuts The 400 Blows, Claude Chabrol gets the Nouvelle Vague ball rolling with this film that was ahead of its time.
Where: O Cinema Miami Beach. Time: 7PM. Tickets: Get em here.
First Fridays at ICA Miami – First Fridays at ICA Miami are part of a neighborhood-wide initiative celebrating art and performance in the Miami Design District. Every first Friday, ICA Miami remains open until 10pm, and offer experiences for visitors of all ages—film screenings, exhibition tours, performances, talks, and more! First Fridays at ICA Miami are free and open to the public and are presented by the museum’s Innovation Partner, MINI.
Where: ICA Miami. Time: 6PM. Tickets: RSVP here.
Giralda Under the Stars – January – Every first Friday of the month from November 2019 – April 2020, the community promenade will come alive with outdoor dining and music by local bands. Make sure to come early and fill those bellies with the delicious local eats of Restaurant Row’s vibrant selection of eateries. The January month theme is La Vieja Giralda!
Where: Giralda Plaza. Time: 7PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.
Speak! Rooftop Sessions – Speak! Rooftop Sessions is a monthly event hosted by Rob Lee founder of Speak! Fridays. The event is a mix of spoken word, poetry and live music. Since its fledgling beginnings in a part-time space in the Bird Road Arts District to its booming success as a monthly mainstay at The Light Box, Speak Fridays has been home to poetry, spoken word, comedy, and music for a decade. The event has even played host to spoken word artists from HBO Def Poetry and Brave New Voices.
Where: The Citadel Rooftop. Time: 8PM. Tickets: Free.
Patrick Walsh [All Night] – Patrick has been hyperactive in Miami’s nightlife for over a decade starting with his Nightdrive party in 2008, teaming up with Laura of Miami to produce some of Miami’s most memorable party and concert experiences at The Electric Pickle, The Vagabond, Grand Central, Bardot and other staple Miami venues. He also forms one-half of SAFE with Diego Martinelli and co-founded Klangbox Radio where he hosts his Tropico Virgo broadcast alongside DJs Terence Tabeau and Artime.
Where: ATV Records. Time: 10PM. Tickets: RSVP here.
Miami Beer Festival – The 6th annual Miami Beer Festival brings together dozens of craft and international breweries, as well as Southern Florida’s best local breweries. The event will take place at the plaza of Marlins Park, and will feature food trucks, DJs, entertainment, and some delicious beers. Admission if $45 for general admission and $60 for Early Admission (includes an additional hour with some specialty beers poured during the first hour).
Where: Marlins Park. Time: 5PM. Tickets: Get em here.
Macbeth – Free Shakespeare in the Park – Miami Beach – Get your Shakespeare on! The dark and violent tragedy, Macbeth, is the tale of love, and the burning desire for power at any cost, told through the eyes of a couple bound together in their ambition for the Scottish throne. Driven by the prophesy of three witches, and the schemes of his wife, Macbeth kills his king, claims his throne, thus beginning a moral descent into a reign of terror. Macbeth is Shakespeare’s most accessible play in terms of language and plot. Starring Seth Trucks as Macbeth. Directed by Colleen Stovall.
Where: North Beach Bandshell. Time: 8PM. Tickets: Free.
Sunday Sessions 01/05 at The Anderson Miami – Sunday Sessions @ The Anderson ft Grant Grosky, Jeff Moreno, Jose Matos, Juana Arana, and Mario Rosenthal. $20 Prosecco Bottles and $20 Beer Buckets.
Where: The Anderson. Time: 3PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.
Atlas Meat-Free Deli Pop-Up – January 5th catch Atlas Meat-Free Deli at The Mighty in #Miami from 2pm till 9pm-Vegan grub to eat and plenty of drinks to drink.
Where: The Mighty. Time: 2PM. Tickets: Free.
Retro & Roots – Retro & Roots is back for 2020 with new old jams, $5 Jungle Punch (While it lasts), pop-up goodie shop by Hyscoiety, the Strange Media video game corner, card & crystal readings by @Powerful_divine and @aspiritualhaven clothing drive by help for the people and a deep mix of 90’s hip hop, reggae, 80’s jams and more
Where: Bar Nancy. Time: 8PM. Tickets: RSVP here.
Jam Cruise 18 Pre-Party – Please note, Blackbird Ordinary is a limited capacity venue in Miami. Ticket sales are open ONLY to cruisers with access code until November 18th. Starting November 19th, any remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public. You may still use your promo code after the 19th for the discounted cruiser rate.
Where: Blackbird Ordinary. Time: 7PM. Tickets: Get em here.
National YoungArts Week 2020 | Jazz & Theater Performance – The National YoungArts Foundation’s signature program, National YoungArts Week, welcomes more than 170 YoungArts Finalists to Miami. A life-changing experience that supports young artists (ages 15–18 years or grades 10–12) in the visual, literary, and performing arts, this program fosters interdisciplinary collaboration and offers unparalleled guidance to prepare for a career in the arts. Throughout the week, these promising artists work with master teachers in their field to share their talents with the public at New World Center and the YoungArts Campus.
Where: New World Symphony. Time: 8PM. Tickets: Get em here.
VAMOS a La PLAYA on Klangbox.fm – #VALP is back on the global airwaves after a super duper long hiatus. Join Vamos a La Playa | Laura (of Miami) every WEDNESDAY from 5-7pm Miami time or 23:00 Euro time on http://klangbox.fm (mobile or desktop).
Where: Klangbox FM. Time: 8PM. Tickets: Free.
Artist Talk: Mette Tommerup & Lorie Mertes – Join us as artist Mette Tommerup, Lorie Mertes, Director of Locust Projects, and Tyler Emerson-Dorsch discuss the exhibition, Love, Ur, currently on view at Emerson Dorsch. The panel discussion will allow audiences to learn about Tommerup’s process, her long-standing collaboration with Emerson Dorsch, and introduce an exciting year ahead, as she plans her Fall 2020 project at Locust Projects.
Where: Emerson Dorsch. Time: 8PM. Tickets: Free.
Sound Bowl Healing with Marianna – Join Marianna and her 7 frosted crystal quartz singing bowls for a vibrational journey full of sound through the Chakras. Each bowl is tuned to one of these seven energy centers with the intention of clearing, re-energizing and aligning them. No previous experience is necessary, just an open mind and the willingness to receive.
Where: Modern OM. Time: 7PM. Tickets: Get em here.
Miami Jewish Film Festival – The best of international and independent cinema returns to Miami when the Miami Jewish Film Festival (MJFF) takes over the city for its 23rd year. The largest Jewish cultural event in Florida, and one of the three largest Jewish film festivals in the world, takes place this year over 13 days from January 9-23.
Where: All over Miami. Time: Jan 9th – 23rd. Tickets: Get em here.
Bistoury Physical Theatre and Film Present: The Commune – The Commune is a dance performance fusing and integrating physical theater, dance and film. The performance chronicles a society that lives under emotional repression. Within this totalitarian regime, the characters try to reveal themselves, using body language instead of spoken word. Dance becomes a mechanism of survival and an emotional weapon in relief to freedom.
Where: Miami-Dade County Auditorium. Time: January 9th – 12th. Tickets: Get em here.
Full Moon Dance Circle (Noche Gitana) – Every month there is a Full Moon Drum Circle event done at the North Shore Open Space Park (8101 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, Fl. 33141). Fusion Gitana will be getting together to start the year dancing under the Full Moon.
Where: North Shore Space Park. Time: 8PM. Tickets: Free.
Miami City Ballet: I’m Old Fashioned – Miami City Ballet is joined by two larger than life stars, Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth, in Jerome Robbins’ stunning I’m Old Fashioned, on a huge screen dancing and gliding alongside Miami City Ballet dancers. This tribute to the Golden Age of Hollywood is big, glamorous and simply irresistible!
Where: Arsht Center. Time: January 10th – 26th. Tickets: Get em here.
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ScreenDance Miami Festival 2020 presents Reset (Relève: Histoire d’une Création) – WALLCAST at Soundscape Park – Please join Miami Light Project for ScreenDance Miami Festival 2020! For more information about ScreenDance Miami please visit our website, miamilightproject.com Reset / Relève: Histoire d’une Création (2017), France, 1h 50m Directed by Alban Teurlai and Thierry Demaizière Reset (Relève: Histoire d’une Création) documents the creation Benjamin Millepied’s first ballet as Artistic Director of the Paris Opera Ballet, the oldest national ballet company in the world, and one of the most prestigious. The appointment of Millepied, best-known for his choreography for the film “Black Swan,” was an untraditional choice and his first ballet was eagerly anticipated. The film shows a work of love and the creation of beauty.
Where: Soundscape Park. Time: 8PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.
The Yoga Expo Fort Lauderdale 2020 – Immerse yourself in practices of yoga, meditation, and mind-body awareness during this all-day event. 5th Annual The Yoga Expo- Fort Lauderdale: North America’s LARGEST Indoor Yoga Event. 7 INDOOR Stages. Live Music. Meditation Classes. Mindfulness Workshops. UNLIMITED Classes Dozens of Styles. Explore our Yoga Marketplace. Food Court. Acro Yoga Shows. See you at the Broward County Convention Center!
Where: Greater Fort Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center. Time: 10AM. Tickets: Get em here.
The Wander Not Lost Experience: A Morning of Bliss – We start the morning off with a juicy, slow-flow yoga class. This one hour yoga class will be a gentle with lots of space to restore and reinvigorate the body. You do not need to have any previous yoga experience to take this class. We will take it slow and allow ourselves to flow. We will close the yoga class with a sound bowl bath and then share a delicious and healthy brunch together to connect and share the experience.
Where: S Bayshore. Time: 10AM. Tickets: Get em here.
Coconut Grove Scavenger Hunt – Make plans to join us in the Grove for an Instagram Scavenger Hunt! This family-friendly event will get you acquainted with our eclectic mix of merchants and boutiques as you make your way around Miami’s oldest neighborhood. Register for the event at Lokal located at 3190 Commodore Plaza and begin to explore the Grove. We are collecting new or gently used hoodies and jackets to provide to children in need. Complete the Instagram posts first and take home a Panama Jack Beach Cruiser! The Spillover is the finish line and will have drink specials and fun games for the kids!
Where: 3190 Commodore Plaza. Time: 12PM. Tickets: Sign up here.
Start the New Year in Ur – Join us for an activation of Mette Tommerup’s installation, Love, Ur. We invite families, artists, performers, and the community to play inside of Tommerup’s immersive installation. Visitors can play with her painted canvases. As you can see, it is a lot of fun. Emerson Dorsch wants to welcome the New Year by celebrating Mette’s achievements, and what better way to do this, than with our friends. Refreshments will be served. Wear play clothes.
Where: Emerson Dorsch. Time: 2PM. Tickets: Free.
Grace Potter – Soul powerhouse Grace Potter comes to Fort Lauderdale.
Where: Revolution Live. Time: 7PM. Tickets: Get em here.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari – CGAC and Miami Jewish Film Festival celebrate the 100th anniversary of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari with a screening of the 4K restoration featuring an original score composed and performed live by Richard Vergez.
Where: Coral Gables Art Cinema. Time: 11:30PM. Tickets: Get em here.
Foreverglades – Floating Art Installation – A unique public art installation from award-winning artist Sofia Valiente will open in Downtown West Palm Beach just west of the Palm Beach County Convention Center over Thanksgiving weekend. Dubbed Foreverglades, this remarkable photography exhibit focused on life in The Glades will be housed in a replica of a 1920’s steamboat docked in the Stub Canal Turning Basin in Howard Park, immersing visitors in the history of long-ago Florida. The exhibition is free and open t
Where: 1302 Parker Ave. West Palm Beach. Time: 9AM. Tickets: Get em here.
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DANCE ON FILM – Richard Move GHOSTLIGHT at New World Dance Theater – A feature film based upon the life and work or dancer, choreographer and 20th Century Icon, Martha Graham, which had its World Premiere at the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival. “Ghostlight” features Richard Move as Martha Graham and also stars Ann Magnuson with Deborah Harry, Isaac Mizrahi and Mark Morris and has been hailed as “Glorious” (A.O. Scott- The New York Times) and “Magnificent” (Jami Bernard – Daily News). Directed by Christopher Herrmann. Co-Written and Choreographed by Richard Move. This presentation will be followed by a discussion with Move.
Where: New World School of the Art. Time: 7PM. Tickets: Free.
Manifest Joy & Abundance Workshop – Use the trifecta of meditation + mindfulness + visualization to speed up transformation and manifest joy and abundance in your life. Gather with us for an evening where you will have the opportunity to relax in a beautiful intimate space and learn how to consciously manifest an abundant future using a trifecta of meditation + mindfulness + visualization. You also get to connect with others that are there with the same intention: the intention to increase your ability to make leaps and bounds toward creating the life you truly desire.
Where: Inhale Miami. Time: 6:30PM. Tickets: Get em here.
VKOC – Manatee Photo Safari | Kayak & Paddleboard Tour – It’s Manatee Season! Ready your cameras and paddles, it’s the best time of the year for wild manatee viewing! Multiple Manatee families have made a home out of Jimbo’s Lagoon and absolutely love to pose for the cameras. Come join us in the early mornings or late winter afternoons for an exclusive Manatee Photo Safari with an occasional dolphin or two!
Where: Virginia Key Outdoor Center. Time: 10AM. Tickets: Get em here.
The Moth Miami StorySLAM: Adventure – JOIN US on the second Tuesday of every month…Theme: ADVENTURE. Prepare a five-minute story about an experience outside your usual sphere of comfort. Dangerous outings, dubious cohorts, uncharted territory. The joy of the unknowing…the terror of the finding out. Escapades, romps and walkabouts. May the force be with you.
Where: Olympia Theater. Time: 7PM. Tickets: Get em here.
Something Old, Something New – Mozart String Quartet #15 in D minor, K421/417b (1783), Britten String Quartet #1 in D major, Op. 25 (1941).
Where: Coral Gables Museum. Time: 8PM. Tickets: Get em here.
Cynthia Anderson – Home Now – A moving chronicle of struggle, transformation, and who belongs in America. The once-thriving city of Lewiston had fallen on hard times–mills closed, jobs gone. It was mostly white, and the young were leaving. Then thousands of African Muslim immigrants came to town. Over the past 15 years, Lewiston, Maine has improbably become one of the most Muslim towns in America. About 6,000 of the city’s 36,000 inhabitants are African refugees and asylum seekers, many of them Somali. Cynthia Anderson tells the story of this fractious yet resilient mill town near where she grew up, offering the unfolding drama of a community’s reinvention–and humanizing some of the defining political issues in America today.
Where: Books & Books. Time: 8PM. Tickets: Free.
Wednesday, January 15th:
New Order – New Order are an English rock band formed in 1980 by vocalist and guitarist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook, and drummer Stephen Morris. The band formed after the demise of Joy Division, following the suicide of lead singer Ian Curtis; they were joined by Gillian Gilbert on keyboards later that year.
Where: Fillmore Miami Beach. Time: 8PM. Tickets: Get em here.
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