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3 Jan - Guide to Miami: January 1 – 15

Ringing in the new year is always an exciting time. How will we all grow in the next coming 365 days? Well, by the looks of it, Miami seems to be shaping up quite nicely in just the first few weeks of the year. We’re talking great outdoor hangs in this chilly weather, culinary explorations, and a whole lot of movies. Check out the latest cultural round up:


Monday, January 1

Full Moon Drum Circle – Every full moon, take in the magical sky at one of Miami’s oldest traditions. Bring your instruments or just sit in the sand and let the live music wash over you. Fire dancers, swims and more.

Where: North Shore Open Space Park. Time: 8PM – Midnight. Tickets: Free.


Tuesday, January 2

The Love Below PartyTuesday nights are the new Friday…THE LOVE BELOW is Wynwood’s funkiest weeknight party jam! Local tunes by Telescope Thieves, Pazmal, The Gammabot, Manuvers, Louie Arson, and Sharpsound. No Cover Charge + 2/4/1 drinks before Midnight.

Where: The Electric Pickle. Time: 10PM. Tickets: Free.


Wednesday, January 3

Meteor Shower – Just Look Up!With meteors fainter than other showers, the Quadrantids are generally less dazzling than the Perseids or the Geminids. Though, it’s capable of having strong years. This shower also has a sharp peak, lasting only a few hours. But it’s the first significant meteor shower of 2018, giving you a chance to enjoy some fireworks just after your New Year’s celebration.

Where: All Over Miami. Time: 8PM – 3AM. Tickets: Free.


Thursday, January 4

PAMM Happy Hour w/ XYZA CollectiveStart your weekend early with this Thursday night waterfront happy hour. Enjoy drink specials on the terrace set to a live set by electronic group, the XYZA Collective, in celebration of PAMM Free Community Night: Tech Takeover.

Where: The Perez Art Museum. Time: 5PM – 9PM. Tickets: Free.


Chinese Lantern FestivalBroward County’s Central Regional Park will host a new and spectacular family friendly event this holiday season, the Chinese Lantern Festival produced by Hanart Culture. The 8-week Lantern Festival is a totally immersive experience among Chinese culture, multi-hued “The Wild” animal lantern displays, live entertainment, authentic Chinese food, hand-made gifts by Chinese craftspeople, and more.

Where: Central Broward Regional Park. Time: 5:30PM. Tickets: Get em here.


Friday, January 5

Giralda Under the StarsEvery first Friday of the month from November – April 2018, the community promenade will come alive with outdoor dining and jive to the rhythm of local bands. Make sure to come early and fill those bellies with the delicious local eats of Restaurant Row’s vibrant selection of eateries.

Where: Giralda Avenue, Coral Gables. Time: 7PM – 10PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.


Laser FridaysOn the first and third Friday, The Frost Science Museum will be rocking out with a retro throwback to the classic laser light spectacles you know and love. From Pink Floyd to Daft Punk, they’re fusing music from some of the greatest artists of our time with old-school laser light visuals—all under the Planetarium’s 67-foot dome.

Where: Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science. Time: 7PM – 1AM. Tickets: Get em here.


First Fridays at The Yard‘First Fridays w/ Keith Johns’, is the new monthly residency at the Wynwood Yard! The night begins at 8pm with a set by the smooth style of Roberta Burke and her band, then it’s on to Keith Johns for two sets to close out the night!! Come kick it, it’ll be one to remember!

Where: The Wynwood Yard. Time: 8PM. Tickets: Free.


Saturday, January 6

YogaRefresh 2018 at New World CenterStart your New Year off right! Celebrate 2018 with a day devoted to mindfulness and music in the world-class New World Center Performance Hall. Retune and relax your body through the healing rhythms of live classical music, yoga, sound bowls and other healing instruments.

Where: New World Symphony. Time: 10AM – 7:30PM. Tickets: Get em here.


No Country For Old Men (35mm) + DiscussionWith just a decade since its release, No Country for Old Men still stands as one of the best works in the Coen Brothers’ extensive filmography. It juggles a slew of hefty themes, including fate, greed, corruption, and the changing times, all heightened by its darkly comic tone.

Where: Coral Gables Art Cinema. Time: 11:30PM – 2AM. Tickets: Get em here.


Sunday, January 7

Creature from the Black LagoonThe 1950s saw a wave of creature features, low-budget B-films inspired by the threat of Mother Nature and thermonuclear war. Creature from the Black Lagoon was one such film but what set it apart was that it was shot in 3D, another early 50s craze.

Where: Coral Gables Art Cinema. Time: 11AM – 2PM. Tickets: Get em here.


Shaker Sunday BBQ + Doggie AdoptionBreak out the BBQ and hang out poolside with your 4 legged pals! Miami-Dade Animal Services is bringing some dogs that are available for adoption from 1p until 3p, so come early! Get to know Woof Equals Love and Mutt Munch Dog Treats.

Where: The Broken Shaker at Freehand. Time: 1PM – 7PM. Tickets: Free.


Monday, January 8

21 Day Challenge21 Day Challenge is an incredible active meditation process to move things through the body and develop awareness, let go, and consequently live in more freedom. It is a powerful, deep working technique, doing it in a group setting helps the energy to intensify.This course will give you a thorough and energetic understanding of this revolutionary meditation technique for today’s people.

Where: Inhale Miami. Time: 9AM. Tickets: Find out more here.


Tuesday, January 9

Music on the MileJoin the City of Coral Gables and UM’s Frost School of Music for a free live concert at The Plaza at 150 Miracle Mile, courtesy of the McBride Family. It’s the green space between Barnes & Noble and BurgerFi. Refreshments for sale.

Where: McBride Family Plaza. Time: 6PM – 8PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.


Free Rooftop Sunset YogaWarrior Flow is back at the beautiful rooftop at WeWork South of Fifth on Lenox. Join us every Tuesday in January at 6:30pm for yoga. Open to everyone. Donation-based. Special surprises in store. Bring your mat. Mark your calendars and help us spread the word by sharing event.

Where: WeWork South of Fifth. Time: 6:30PM. Tickets: Free.


The MOTH StorySlamPrepare a five-minute story about keeping your eye on the prize! Clawing your way to the top, cut-throat tactics or just keeping your nose to the grindstone. Practice, practice, practice can get you to Carnegie Hall and beyond…but some have made it via sabotage, nepotism or other nefarious calculations! Tell us of the quest to be king or queen of the mountain.

Where: Olympia Theater. Time: 7PM – 10PM. Tickets: $10.


Wednesday, January 10

Miami is Not Plastic LaunchThe launch of MIAMI IS NOT PLASTIC campaign, a collaborative initiative to inspire hospitality businesses in Miami, FL to reduce single-use disposable plastics as part of the global movement to clean our oceans. Hospitality leaders will be inspired to eliminate single-use plastics from their operations. At the launch event, local retailers and restaurateurs, along with the general public, will have the opportunity to meet with eco-friendly vendors and speakers and learn more about how they can get involved.

Where: The Rusty Pelican. Time: 6:30PM – 8:30PM. Tickets: Free.


Women Writers’ Reading EventJoin The Betsy Hotel for a special evening with the Women Writers’ Group, a collection of local writers honing their craft through a weekly gathering at The Betsy. After a year of meeting, writing, sharing and growing, the writers are excited to share their works with the community.

Where: The Betsy Hotel. Time: 7PM – 8:30PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.


Monsters in The Shape of WaterGuillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” follows in the tradition of genre films that use their fantastical elements – monsters, magic, horror – to explore contemporary social and political issues. His latest effort grapples with prejudice and the concept of the other. Take in a conversation on this aspect of genre filmmaking moderated by Gables Cinema Associate Director Javier Chavez, featuring Miami Herald writer Rene Rodriguez and filmmakers Diego & Andres Meza-Valdez.

Where: Books & Books Coral Gables. Time: 7PM. Tickets: Free.


Thursday, January 11

The French Horn at Dance Band Night Happy Hour and Swing Dance Lesson plus a live performance by The French Horn Collective. The French Horn Collective is an energetic and progressive band that performs an eclectic variety of Gypsy Jazz, Swing, and original French music.

Where: The North Beach Bandshell. Time: 7PM – 10PM. Tickets: Free w/ $5 suggested donation.


An Evening with Ta-Nehisi CoatesBooks & Books and Miami Book Fair are proud to present An Evening with Ta-Nehisi Coates. Tickets include a copy of the book. The conversation will be moderated by Nadege Green, who covers social justice issues for WLRN. The event is a special presentation of Miami Book Fair and Books & Books who once again join forces to bring the South Florida community an unforgettable encounter with leading-edge authors of note.

Where: MDC-Wolfson Campus Chapman Showroom. Time: 7PM – 9PM. Tickets: Get em here.


EB and Friends with Special Guests EB comes back to the The Wynwood Yard for their monthly series “Elastic Bond and Friends” with special guests Dj/Singer #Chulius(Los Amigos Invisibles) and electro-soul trio #AtomicMish. Highlighting the success of the single “Espérame feat. Elastic Bond”, from Los Amigos Invisibles’ latest Grammy-nominated album, this first show of 2018 will be full of groovy awesomeness.

Where: The Wynwood Yard. Time: 8PM – 11Pm. Tickets: Free.


Who Framed Roger Rabbit 30th AnniversaryIn 1988 director Robert Zemeckis’s followed-up his iconic “Back to the Future” with another 80’s classic that has brought joy to so many over the past three decades, WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT?. This Academy Award winning animation-live action hybrid introduced us to the loveable Roger Rabbit (voiced by Charles Fleischer) and Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins).

Where: O Cinema Wynwood. Time: 9PM – 11PM. Tickets: Get em here.


Friday, January 12

Art Deco WeekendJoin the Miami Design Preservation League for a Weekend of Art Deco appreciation. With a full roster of over 85 events including live music, tours, fashion shows, and the Deco Film Festival, there’s something for everyone at this year’s Art Deco Weekend, the 41st annual installment of the Miami Beach Deco District’s marquee event.

Where: 1001 Ocean Dr. Time: 10Am – 10PM, Jan 12th – 14th. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.


2018 SciFi Miami Film Festival With one festival pass, you will have 80+ SciFi & Fantasy Films to enjoy. Meet the animator who makes the Porg come to life in Star Wars. Are you a VFX creator? Learn from one of the best how to make a living with insight and experience. Learn cinematography and the film business from the award-winning creators from Journey to Planet X.

Where: Multiple Venues. Time: January 12th – 15th. Tickets: More info here.


Karen Finley: The Expanded Unicorn Gratitude MysteryPioneering performance artist Karen Finley’s one-woman show of three short works, The Expanded Unicorn Gratitude Mystery, takes on citizenship, gender disparity, and abuse of power in an experimental nonlinear poetic text that creates a jolt of intuition, analysis, and unnatural disaster of the human kind. In Unicorn, Finley humorously explores America’s obsession with the imagined, unattainable white-horned mythical creature.

Where: Miami Light Project. Time: 8PM – 10PM. Tickets: Get em here.


Craig David Presents TS5 at The Ground Hot off the heels of his new single “Heartline” and in anticipation of his new album “The Time is Now” scheduled for release in early 2018, CRAIG DAVID will bring his TS5 performance to The Ground stage!

Where: The Ground Miami. Time: 8PM. Tickets: Get em here.


Metropolis (1927)The silent film is regarded as a pioneering work of the science-fiction genre in movies, being among the first feature-length movies of the genre. Made in Germany during the Weimar Period, Metropolis is set in a futuristic urban dystopia and follows the attempts of Freder, the wealthy son of the city’s ruler, and Maria, a poor worker, to overcome the vast gulf separating the classes of their city. The art direction draws influence from Bauhaus, Cubist and Futurist design.

Where: O Cinema Miami Beach. Time: 11PM – 2AM. Tickets: Get em here.


Saturday, January 13

RUN x Lincoln RoadIt’s the final run before the Miami Marathon! What better way to prepare than a 9 mile run of the Miami Half Marathon course with Hector Arana, Lincoln Road ambassador and founder of IRun Company .The run starts at 6:30 AM followed by a recovery lead by Henry Rivera and Sandra Sanchez Corrective Exercise Specialist/Soft Tissue Therapists from DBC Fitness .Aminorip will be there providing the recovery with collagen based protein.

Where: lululemon Lincoln Road. Time: 6:30AM. Tickets: Free.


Renda Writer Art Show + Haiti Send OffBefore leaving for Haiti on January 17th, 2018, to create his 50th mural for The World Peace Mural Tour, Miami Artist Renda Writer is teaming up with Midtown Miami Magazine to host a “Send Off Party” and Art Show.

Where: Wynwood Lofts. Time: 6PM – 11PM. Tickets: Free.


Fantastic Planet w/ Live ScoreNothing else has ever looked or felt like director René Laloux and Polish Jewish writer/illustrator Roland Topor’s animated marvel Fantastic Planet, a politically-minded and visually inventive work of science fiction that 45 years later astonishingly still reflects the horrors of the Holocaust, dictatorship, and conformity.

Where: Coral Gables Art Cinema. Time: 11:15PM – 1AM. Tickets: Get em here.


Sunday, January 14

Second Sundays at Faena ForumFaena Miami Beach will present the third installment of Second Sundays with ángeles veloces arcanos fugaces, an immersive, participatory and site-specific art installation created by contemporary artist duo assume vivid astro focus (avaf) that reimagines the traditional roller dancing rink as part of its mission to curate community-based cultural programming.

Where: Faena Forum. Time: 12PM – 10PM. Tickets: Free.


Sunshine Music FestivalNow in its 6th awesome year with a lineup featuring Tedeschi Trucks Band, Mike Gordon (Phish), Medeski Martin & Wood, Galactic, Hot Tuna (electric set) Foundation of Funk: featuring Meters drummer Zigaboo Modeliste and bassist George Porter, Jr. with special guests Eric Krasno and John Medeski, and The Suffers.

Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater. Time: 1PM – 11PM. Tickets: Get em here.


It Happened One NightIt Happened One Night was the first movie to win all five major Academy Awards (Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, and Screenplay). In 1993, It Happened One Night was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, being deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. In 2013, the film underwent an extensive restoration.

Where: SoundScape Park. Time: 8PM. Tickets: Free.