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16 Apr - Guide to Miami: April 16 – 30

Although we can already start feeling the heat, Miami certainly hasn’t lost its cultural charm. We’re settling into the lazier days of Spring’s peak, but there’s still tons of anticipation for good things on the horizon. April is rounding out with a huge band, y’all and we can’t wait for these next few weeks. Things like O, Miami’s poetry programming, Earth Day festivities, and Adobe’s Creative Jam all top the list. Check out our top picks for things to do these last few weeks of April:


Monday, April 16

Sow:Poetry at Market MondaysArsht Market Mondays on April 16 will have a plantable paper workshop with Sow: Poetry, led by Ashley Quinn, Melanie Gapany, and Amy Arce. You’ll get to make your own seed paper out of poems! Throughout the month of April, Sow: Poetry takes on the task of creating “plantable poetry” to be “sowed” throughout the streets of Miami, mixing literature with flora and fauna.

Where: The Arsht Center. Time: 4PM – 8PM. Tickets: Free.


Tuesday, April 17

Breakfast Talk Series #9Jill Deupi – Beaux Arts Director and Chief Curator of the Lowe Art Museum – will talk about the possibilities and perspectives an artist can have to exhibit with a museum. #engage conversation.

Where: Lowe Art Museum. Time: 8:30AM. Tickets: Get em here.


Jackson Hall Grand OpeningThis spring, the Yard Hospitality team behind beloved local concepts like The Wynwood Yard, della bowls, and Charcoal Bar + Grill bring you the nation’s first wellness-focused food hall: Jackson Hall. The culinary endeavor, led by Della Heiman and Ken Lyon, will make healthy, delicious options available and affordable for not only the Miami medical district, but for the entire city. Come celebrate the GRAND OPENING with us on Tuesday, April 17th!

Where: Jackson Food Hall. Time: 12PM – 2PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.


Poet Meet & Greet with Yaddyra PeraltaJoin Blue Bottle Coffee for a meet and greet with Miami-based poet,Yaddyra Peralta, in celebration of the O, Miami festival. Sample our delicious New Orleans iced coffee, take a moment with Yaddrya’s “Coffee” excerpt, and enjoy their new, beautiful Design District cafe.

Where: Blue Bottle Coffee. Time: 3PM – 4PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.


Rosetta at Gramps – A night of live music featuring the emerging sounds of Rosetta, Cave of Swimmers and Ta Bien.

Where: Gramps. Time: 8PM. Tickets: Get em here.


Wednesday, April 18

Hair & Make-Up Meet-up – There is so much that goes on behind the scenes with editorial and commercial shoots. Hair and make-up are intricate parts that go into bringing the full picture together. Hair and make-up artists can sometimes be the unspoken heroes in the creative world so let’s make an effort to bring that community together to convene at Casa TropiSoul on Wednesday, April 18th. Chat experiences, opportunities, and the best ways to keep hair and make-up artist thriving in Miami.

Where: Ace Props Shop + Studio. Time: 12PM – 2PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.


Thursday, April 19

Midtown Meditates: Free YogaChannel your inner yogi with Rosario Chozas for this complimentary Vinyasa flow session with sounds provided by DJ Claunine. Beginners and advanced yogis of all levels are welcome to practice and develop your skills and set your own intentions.

Where: Shops at Midtown Miami. Time: 6:30PM – 7:30PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.


Abundant Soul ConversationsTalking about TELLING YOUR STORY: owning your truth and sharing it out loud as a way to grow, heal, inspire and connect. Deborah Rodriguez, Co-Founder of Bodhi Wellness, Marte Siebenhar, Assistant Vice President at New World Symphony, Nadia Payan, Founder of Good Axe Designs, Patty Fuenzalida, Co-Founder of Bodhi Wellness.

Where: The Jupiter Circle. Time: 6:30PM. Tickets: RSVP here.


Brickell City Centre BiergartenSpend the evening sipping on suds from a handful of your favorite local brews from curated by Mac’s Pubs. Get down to the tunes of local acts like the local indie-funk stars, Magic City Hippies, and the funky Scone Cash Players. Grab a bite from delicious Miami eateries and pop-ups like Fritz & Franz Bierhaus, Box of Chacos, Miami Smokers,The Avenue Miami, Don Giuseppe’s Pizzeria, Viv’s little waffle shoppe and more.

Where: 700 Brickell Ave. Time: 7PM – 10PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.


Rooftop SessionsDiscover this Miami-based band while noshing on light bites by Doggiestyle Miami and sipping handmade cocktails by Top Shelf. Jam out in good company at the pool deck of The Filling Station Lofts with spectacular moonlit views of the Magic City skyline.

Where: Filling Station Lofts. Time: 7PM – 9PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.


Our Own VoicesHannah Rose Nicholas (Philadelphia) and Annaliese Kowert (Miami) lead a concert of music and poetry inspired by the visceral and folk-minded String Quartet no.4 by Hungarian composer Bela Bartok, and Strum by violinist and composer Jessie Montgomery. Related musical works include three newly commissioned pieces, for strings, vocals, and clarinet, by composers Abby Swidler, Daniel Pencer, and Borey Shin, that are based on poetry by children from Miami public schools. The final commission is by Miami composer and Frost School of Music Professor Shawn Crouch, working with text by Miami poet Annik Adey-Babinksi. The piece is entitled: “O Miami, With Love.”

Where: Nina Johnson Gallery. Time: 7:30PM – 9:30PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.


Friday, April 20

Wynwood Life 2018Experience ALL of Wynwood in One Weekend. Wynwood Life is back and packed with everything that Miami loves! Check out all of the great features of the festival starting with the Art section with the 22nd Terrace Gallery, the Raw Project, the Thrifter Market with over 100 arts & crafts vendors and food trucks, and the unveiling of the Wynwood Cannons with life-sized spray paint cans painted by Wynwood’s TOP Artists. Listen to Miami’s best 20+ bands/Dj’s and local Wynwood musicians as well at our Live Music Stage and more.

Where: Wynwood Marketplace. Time: 5PM – 10PM, April 20th – 22nd. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.


Climakaze Miami Beach: In conjunction with Siren Arts, and the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, Climakaze Miami heads to Miami Beach with performances of Elizabeth Doud’s The Mermaid Tear Factory, followed by an Eco-Artist community gathering; a Bike-Dance-Swim Triathlon and the “Dear Climate” creative writing intensive taking place over the weekend at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, on bikeways and beaches.

Where: FUNDarte. Time: 5:30PM, April 20th – 22nd. Tickets: Get em here.


Pine Rockland Plant GiveawayCome by the garden and pick out your free native plant specific to South Florida’s Pine Rocklands and learn more about this globally endangered ecosystem. See the newly completed Pine Rockland Demonstration garden, a grant project they received from City of Miami Beach Government and Miami Beach Rising Above. These plants have tremendous benefits to our community by providing habitat for native fauna and provide ecosystem services specific to our local needs. Celebrate Earth Day!

Where: Miami Beach Botanical Garden. Time: 5:30PM – 9PM. Tickets: Free.


Black Lounge Film SeriesBlack Lounge Film Series 4th edition of bringing global Black cinema to Overtown is back with an award-winning independent film entitled, “Black Cop” by Canadian Filmmaker, Cory Bowles. In collaboration with the Black Police Precinct & Courthouse Museum in Overtown, at the Overtown Performing Arts Center for an evening of music, a movie and discussion as we spotlight the Canadian Black Experience & Black Cops. Cory Bowles will be in the house to taking your questions.

Where: Overtown Performing Arts Center. Time: 7PM – 10PM. Tickets: Free.


III JointsIII Points is beyond excited to announce their 420 party, III Joints, with Earl Sweatshirt, RZA: LIVE FROM THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN, DJ Earl, Suzi Analogue & more at The Anderson on Friday, April 20th.

Where: The Anderson. Time: 4PM – 4AM. Tickets: Get em here.


Nu Deco at New World CenterNu Deco Ensemble returns to New World Center for a world-premiere performance of Kishi Bashi’s Improvisations on EO 9066, a multi-media work honoring the 75th anniversary of the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. This performance will also include music by Mason Bates, Dmitri Shostakovich, and a new symphonic suite of Depeche Mode by Sam Hyken.

Where: New World Center. Time: 8PM, April 20th & 21st. Tickets: Get em here.


Saturday, April 21

Record Store Day at Technique RecordsRecord Store Day is an annual event inaugurated in 2007 and held on one Saturday every April to celebrate the culture of the independently owned record store. In-Store Signings By: Diplo  and Kevin Haskins of Bauhaus. Featuring: Record Store Day Exclusive releases for sale, Thousands of used records, 12 inch singles, 45s, cassettes & more.

Where: Technique Records. Time: 8AM – 10PM. Tickets: Free.


Record Store Day at Sweat RecordsVinyl DJ sets all day + Deep Eddy Vodka happy hour 4-6! ARTHUR BAKER / DJ HOTTPANTS / GABE KARDASHIAN / DJ SKIDMARK. 7pm: The big party at Churchill’s Pub! Catch live performances by some of South Florida’s best: Millionyoung, DEATH LOTTERY, Mo’Booty, Seafoam WALLS, Papaya Whip and Charlie Pickett Music, celebrating the release of his RSD 7” collaboration with Peter Buck. With DJs RICHIE HELL + JAVIER ZUKER (Argentina) all night. More Fun Stuff: Killer raffle featuring a special Run The Jewels prize package / Ticket giveaways courtesy of The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater / Free swag galore / Drink specials / Surprise guests… / And more treats TBA.

Where: Sweat Records. Time: 8AM – Midnight. Tickets: Free.


Saturday Brunch at 27 – The Freehand is kicking off every weekend with their NEW Saturday Brunches. Join them for Steak & Eggs or Eggs with Labneh or of course their famous Sticky Buns. PLUS they have Bottomless High Life Pony Beers for $10!

Where: 27 Restaurant & Bar. Time: 11AM, every Saturday. Tickets: Make Reservations.


Earth Day at The Wynwood Yard – The second annual Earth Day Festival where The Yard will be celebrating Mother Earth. This all-day event is open to all ages and will provide a wide range of activities and programming to elevate consciousness, create awareness, and educate our community about green initiatives and sustainability. The event, in partnership with Whole Foods Market and Andromeda Districtis open to the public and free to attend, though some workshops and activities will have a fee and require individual registration.

Where: The Wynwood Yard. Time: 11AM – 4PM. Tickets: RSVP here.


PosterFest: Design For GoodGet graphic with a full day of presentations, exhibitions, hands-on workshops, and design challenges focused on the theme of posters as vehicles for advocacy and social change. Co-presented by AIGA Miami and Adobe Creative Jams.

Where: The Wolfsonian. Time: 4PM – 10PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.


Miami Creative JamThe Adobe Creative Cloud team will host the Creative Jam presentations. This one-hour design showcase highlights the work of 3 local creative leaders. At the same time, in the next room, hand picked designers will be competing in the Creative Jam tournament, a 3-hour design charrette showdown. This event will have two categories: graphic design and UX/UI design. Once the Creative Jam presentations wrap, tournament participants will take the stage to share their creations with you. As part of the audience, you’ll vote on each submission and select the People’s Choice winner. There will also be Grand Prize winners decided by a group of Judges.

Where: The Wolfsonian. Time: 7PM – 10PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.


Hip Hoppa LockaB-boys and B-girls, DJs, emcees, and Hip Hop heads unite under the arabesque skyline of Opa-locka—known for the largest collection of Moorish Revival architecture in the Western hemisphere. Hip Hoppa Locka remixes multiple references in a celebration of Muslim artists in Hip Hop—highlighting female forerunners in particular.

Where: Opa-Locka, FL. Time: 4PM – 7PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.


Opening Night: Rancourt/Yatsuk-HorizonsLocust Projects hosts an opening reception for Horizons, a new commission by artist duo Rancourt/Yatsuk of Brooklyn, NY. Inspired by a multitude of sources including alternative medicine; theme park rides, get-rich-quick schemes, and near death experiences, Horizons explores the role of fantasy as a manipulative tool within the darkest corners of unfettered capitalism. The media driven installation is engineered to guide viewers through a layered indoctrination process and sales pitch, ultimately presenting an opportunity to “take the ONE action that will determine the path to the rest of your life.”

Where: Locust Projects. Time: 7PM – 9PM. Tickets: Free.


Yoli Mayor at The Wynwood Yard A SPECIAL SURPRISE is part of this night! Dont miss it! Come live the quintessential Miami experience by hanging out at The Wynwood Yard for delicious drinks, local food and Live Music with Yoli Mayor.

Where: The Wynwood Yard. Time: 9PM – 11PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.


Lapalux LIVEStuart Howard, known to most as the longstanding and always-innovative Brainfeeder producer Lapalux, has experienced the kind of musical career that has the ability to leave individuals scratching their heads in equal parts wonder and admiration. After sending a simple spec email to Brainfeeder label owner and electronic music titan Flying Lotus back in 2010, Lapalux was quickly signed to the cult label where he released a stream of esteemed EPs and remixes for the likes of Bonobo, Andreya Triana, and Lianne La Havas amongst others.

Where: Floyd Miami. Time: 10PM. Tickets: Get em here.


Sunday, April 22

A Mindful MiamiBrickell City Centre and Modern ŌM have teamed up, again, to raise the vibration in Miami on Sunday, April 22nd. In honor of Earth Day, Brickell City Centre will open early to host a large-scale meditation and create a space for conscious Miamians to go inward, together, in celebration of our planet. Participating socially conscious retailers throughout Brickell City Centre will be offering Earth Day perks.

Where: Brickell City Centre. Time: 9:30AM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.


Morning of Mindfulness: Earth DayEarly risers will enjoy an Earth Day yoga session hosted by Four Feathers Yoga starting at 10AM followed by a Chakra-Balancing & Meditation 101 class performed by Reiki & Chakra certified Annie Vazquez, founder of the wellness brand Annie the Alchemist beginning at 11AM. The morning will capture the spirit of Earth Day by bringing the socially conscious together to achieve emotional, mental and physical well-being while celebrating our beautiful planet.

Where: Dadeland Mall. Time: 10AM – 12PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.


Earth Day BBQ – The Freehand is joining forces with 1 Hotel South Beach to celebrate our beautiful earth. The 1 Hotel is kicking off the day at 9a with Complimentary Beach Yoga followed by a beach clean up and a full immersive butterfly experience. Once you’ve hit up all the fun activities happening there head over to Broken Shaker at Freehand Miami for a sustainable BBQ and jump in the pool!

Where: The Freehand. Time: 2PM – 7PM. Tickets: RSVP here.


Field Day – 3rd Annual Day of ThronesWe are tapping into nostalgia (and some of the best days of school) by hosting our own Field Day, minus the bullies and awkward adolescence. Co-presented by O, Miami; Commissioner Ken Russell; and The New Tropic, Day of Thrones is an epic, team-competition battle of “field day”-style games mixed with nerdy brain games and poetry.

Where: Margaret Pace Park. Time: 10AM – 4PM. Tickets: Get em here.


Cushion CrawlThe Cushion Crawl is like a Pub Crawl, but for Mindfulness. It’s a 21-day challenge that will inspire you to build a practice of connecting to the present moment. At the core of the Crawl are 21 Meditation Sessions across 21 special & unique venues in Miami. They believe movement is Mindfulness, so they also allow you to mix in yoga & exercise classes at Miami’s premier studios (extra fees may apply).

Where: All over Miami. Time: Varies. Tickets: Get em here.


Monday, April 23

Bowling-LeggersFrom the occasionally esteemed literary producers of Puttputtleggers, comes the next iteration of casual sporting meets poetry: Bowlingleggers! Join O, Miami and Bookleggers Library for an evening at the lanes. Buy and trade used books while rolling the old three-holed ball down the wooden runway.

Where: Bird Bowl. Time: 7PM – 10PM. Tickets: Get em here.


Tuesday, April 24

Natural Wine Pairing Dinner – It’s a Natural Wine Pairing Dinner to benefit the Miami Rescue Mission. Chefs John Gallo and Rene Reyes have curated a special menu to be paired with the natural wines in Cerdá, Llanos & Cía’s portfolio. Chefs Gallo and Reyes will go through each course as Martin from Cerdá, Llanos & Cía talk about each wine being poured to give attendees a better understanding of Natural Wines.

Where: Pinch Kitchen. Time: 7PM. Tickets: Find out more here.


Wednesday, April 25

Meet Iris Apfel for Afternoon Tea & TalksJ NELSON and CULTURED Magazine invite you to join fashion, style and design icon, IRIS APFEL for afternoon tea to celebrate the South Florida launch of her new book, “ACCIDENTAL ICON, Musings of a Geriatric Starlet.” Mrs. Apfel will meet guests and sign copies of her book. J Nelson is located at South Florida Design Park in Hollywood, Florida.

Where: J Nelson. Time: 2:30PM. Tickets: Free.


Talks with Trevor SchoonmakerJoin Locust Projects and ArtCenter/South Florida for a conversation with Trevor Schoonmaker, Artistic Director of the U.S. Triennial, Prospect New Orleans (Prospect.4) and Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

Where: Little Haiti Cultural Complex. Time: 7PM – 9PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.


Thursday, April 26

Foggy Windows: A Slow Jam Podcast & PartyFoggy Windows is a new Miami-based radio show created and hosted by Jason Fitzroy Jeffers of the Caribbean artist collective Third Horizon. The podcast “decodes the mysteries of love through the history of sweet, sappy R&B.” In this live version of the radio show, Jeffers hosts Hanif Abdurraqib and Eloisa Amezcua for a discussion about their newest writing projects.

Where: Villain Theater. Time: 8PM. Tickets: Get em here.


Beers and Beats for The WOW CenterEnjoy a night of Beers and Beats at The Tank Brewing Co. hosted by Ana Quincoces with a live performance by Grammy nominated artists, Locos por Juana. Tickets purchased benefit The WOW Center Miami.

Where: The Tank Brewing Co. Time: 6:30PM. Tickets: Get em here.


Friday, April 27

Miami Hacks Climate ChangeThe mission of this hackathon is to create art & technology solutions for local climate issues in South Florida. How can augmented reality and other art mediums work with technology to educate and activate citizens about climate change? This inaugural hackathon supports Miami Murals, a grassroots movement led by local artists & technologists to deliver an augmented reality mural series to spur environmental action around Miami-Dade County.

Where: EcoTech Visions. Time: April 27th – 29th. Tickets: Apply here.


Miami Downtown Jazz Festival: FridayNEA organ master, Dr Lonnie Smith and jazz vocal great, Kurt Elling take the stage at the beautiful and historic Olympia Theater for Day 2 of WDNA’s Miami Downtown Jazz Festival. Kurt Elling’s Quintet performs with special guest Jeff “Tain” Watts. The MDJF Piano Competition winner will open the night.

Where: The Olympia Theater. Time: 7PM – 11PM. Tickets: Get em here.


Cruise the Bay with Richard BlancoLong inspired by the cultural diversity and beauty of Miami, the city where he spent most of his life, acclaimed Cuban American poet Richard Blanco will read from his works during an evening cruise onboard the Miami Lady. As the boat sails on Biscayne Bay under the stars, past illuminated landmarks old and new, audiences will hear a poetry that grapples with the state of the world and our place in it, and demonstrates why Miami remains an incubator for artistic talent in many fields.

Where: Bayside Marketplace. Time: 7PM – 9PM. Tickets: Get em here.


BYO-Record Night with Dude Skywalker – Bring some of your favorite records and come vibe with The Freehand and Dude Skywalker upstairs. They’ll have Late Night Happy Hour going on also starting at 10!

Where: The Freehand. Time: 9PM. Tickets: Free.


Three Irish Poets: A Reading for O, MiamiThe Betsy – South Beach and O, Miami present a poetry reading featuring Irish poets Tara Bergin, Julie Morrissy, and Paul Perry. Presented in partnership with Culture Ireland and Poetry Ireland.

Where: The Betsy Hotel. Time: 7:30PM – 9:30PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.


Saturday, April 28

2nd Annual Crawfish BoilMore crawfish for all ye’ weirdos! The 2nd Annual Crawfish Boil is back in April. The fest will feature New Orleans-style tunes by The Rockin’ Jake Band and DJ Oski Gonzalez. Come feast on crawfish, gumbo, and vegetables galore, brought to you by Rosey Baby FL. It’s gonna be deliciously off the chain.

Where: Lincoln’s Beard Brewery. Time: 12PM – 7PM. Tickets: Free.


WDNA Miami Downtown Jazz Festival – A full evening of some of South Florida’s and the world’s leading jazz musicians and artists. A can’t-miss event for any live music lover!

Where: Bayfront Park Amphitheatre. Time: 6PM. Tickets: Get em here.


Who, [Girl], Your [Man]? Modern Day Keh Mukarni“Who, [Girl], Your [Man]?” is a modern take on Keh Mukarni, a genre of “say” and “deny” folk poetry in Hindavi literature involving two speakers seemingly discussing their lovers but ending instead in wordplay. While Keh Mukarni is traditionally performed as playful and sometimes sensual conversations between two female characters, “Who, [Girl], Your [Man]?” puts the pronouns in brackets to allow for inclusivity across the gender spectrum. Novice writers, seasoned poets, and those simply interested in participating in a new spin on an old form are invited to submit their poems guided by the examples provided. Create double entendres about avocados, zika, Pitbull – the more Miami, the better.

Where: BAZ78. Time: 7PM – 10PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.


O, Burning Love Miami: 1 Day Love BurnLove Burn’s first ever 1-day event to burn the World structure and Hands of Love at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park. They’re calling it “O, Burning Love Miami”. Love Burn will celebrate together with O, Miami’s Poetry Festival.

Where: Historic Virginia Key Beach Park. Time: 7PM – 11PM. Tickets: Get em here.


Sunday, April 29

Silence Into LanguageIn the wake of the #metoo moment, how do we, as Audre Lorde says, write our “silence into language”? In this poetry workshop, we will look at the various ways in which poets have written directly and/or imaginatively about trauma and its aftermath. Through various exercises, and in a small intimate setting, participants will learn and practice various techniques for expression and reclamation of the unspeakable through poetry.

Where: Center for Social Change. Time: 10AM – 12PM. Tickets: Get em here.


Candlelit Vinyasa & Sound Bath – With the Full Moon in Scorpio, this will be an evening of releasing all that is no longer serving us and tuning into ourselves. Full Moons represent a time of completion, the closing of chapters, and the releasing of anything in our lives that no longer truly serves us. This theme will emanate throughout the evening.

Where: Bikram Hot Yoga 305. Time: 5PM – 7:30PM. Tickets: Get em here.


Be In Miami: Antibalas + Roger ReevesIt’s a community celebration at the Bandshell! Performances by Members of Antibalas, Roger Reeves, DJ Le SPAM, Guitars Over Guns, Young Musicians Unite. Tables by Miami social justice organizations, including Smash the Slumlords, Engage Miami, Americans for Immigrant Justice, and Amnesty International USA/Amnesty International Miami Chapter Group #248.

Where: The North Beach Bandshell. Time: 6PM – 9:30PM. Tickets: Donation.


Full Moon Pop-Ups and ShopsShop pop-ups in the afternoon as the sunsets and enjoy swimming under the Full Moon as it gets dark! Shops by Born Interiors. Up your style game, sip Shaker cocktails and go for a dip in the pool after dark.

Where: The Freehand. Time: 4PM – 8PM. Tickets: Free