The 11 Best Things to Do in Miami This Week


Courtesy Fashion Film Festival
Courtesy Fashion Film Festival

Thursday, September 17

Romance, sadly, is a dying concept. With modern advances in dating that don’t require people to have in-person interactions until much later in the relationship, it’s no wonder women often mutter, “Chivalry is dead.”

But it doesn’t have to be! There are options, ladies and (those few) gentlemen, that allow dating to be as airy and romantic as it once was. Let Movies Under the Stars be your perfect date night. The Miami International Film Festival will screen Relatos Salvajes (Wild Tales) in the open lot at Canvas (90 NE 17th St., Miami) for a moviegoing experience like no other. If a free film isn’t alluring enough, complimentary wine will be served (during the first hour), and lovers can enjoy food from Gaucho Ranch and Mad Chiller, plus some unique cocktails concocted by Airstream Apothecary. Can’t find a date? Take some friends. And don’t forget your lawn chair!

t’s a date this Thursday at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but an RSVP is required via, and guests must be 21 or older.

This is Miami Beach’s year. To mark its 100th birthday, businesses and organizations around the city have been celebrating its unique past, present, and future with all kinds of colorful events. The Wolfsonian-FIU got in on the festivities in true museum fashion with three consecutive exhibitions, each featuring works from its rare books and special collections library.

Exploring the city’s incredible transformation in the first half of the 20th Century, the exhibits trace the story of Miami Beach’s early development. The first and second showings displayed the impact of World War II on Miami Beach and the 1930s art deco development that led to the evolution of Miami Beach’s nightlife and emergence as a tourist destination affordable to the middle class. The third and final show, “Miami Beach: From Mangrove to Tourist Mecca,” documents the city’s fledgling years. Sculpted by pioneering developers such as Carl Fisher, Miami Beach blossomed during the 1920s into a winter tourist hot spot catering to the wealthy elite. Photographic albums of “lost” hotels — the Nautilus, Flamingo, King Cole, and others — show how these self-contained luxury resorts lured the rich and famous south with regattas, elephant rides, and amenities such as tennis courts, golf courses, polo fields, private bungalows, and yacht docks.

As the third-annual Miami Fashion Film Festival gets underway this week, fashion lovers and film fiends are undoubtedly giddy about this year’s programming. Featuring more than 15 works, including documentaries, narratives, and experimental shorts by brands and international filmmakers, the 2015 lineup also highlights special events corresponding to the highly visual screenings. One such event brings things back to our stomping grounds.”Fashion Reporting: As History Tells It” takes a look back at Miami fashion as local TV news covered it.

Friday, September 18  

The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (10950 SW 211th St., Cutler Bay) is calling all indie film aficionados for an evening of indie movies as part of its Short Film Series. The night is one of the select Fridays that will screen a documentary, independent film, or other story.

Enjoy a featured flick and sit back and relax with a cold beer this Friday for one of the series’ featured films in a lounge-like and comfortable setting that’s not your traditional movie theater. In addition to enjoying some quirky short films, attendees also get a chance to meet the filmmaker, who will be present to talk about his film. This round features filmmaker Ian Samuel, who will talk about his 2015 short Myrna the Monster, a charming flick about an alien learning how to live and grow in Los Angeles. In addition to showing Myrna the Monster, SMDCAC will also screen three of Samuel’s other shorts: Caterwaul, The Eyes in the Ice, and Nancy and the Dapper Toad.

You might have heard of Salman Rushdie. Besides being a good Bridget Jones joke, he’s arguably one of the most famous writers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Since the 1988 publication of The Satanic Verses — a controversial book that made Rushdie a target and an idol — Rushdie has been one of the preeminent voices in fiction, influencing an entire generation of British thinkers and writers. He’s written 12 novels, won the Booker, and has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth. Rushdie will take a break from his knightly duties this Friday, when he stops in Miami as part of the leadup to Miami Book Fair International. He’ll read from his latest book, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, a novel inspired by the “wonder tales” of Eastern literature.

Saturday, September 19 

Celia Cruz is the indisputable voice of Cuban music. Without her influence, salsa would not have inspired countless hips across Miami and Latin America to shake. In fact, the Cuban-American singer and actress is often referred to as the Queen of Salsa and one of the most important figures in Cuban music. This fall, Telemundo will premiere the first of an 80-episode series titled Celia, which traces the history of the singer’s career and life. But for those who can’t wait that long, the show’s star, Aymée Nuviola, will perform Cruz’s most beloved hits at the Adrienne Arsht Center (1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) this Saturday during Celebrating Celia! As part of its Cuba Beat concert series, the Arsht will host the Havana-born Nuviola, who has been nominated for Grammys and Latin Grammys.

In addition, two-time Grammy-winning Spanish flamenco singer Diego el Cigala will join Nuviola alongside other musicians and special guests. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets cost $59 to $154. Call 305-949-6722 or visit

Oh, to be a kid again — when recess was long, naps were on schedule, and snacks were packed for us. Who says we can’t recapture the golden days?Whether you have kids or are a kid at heart, Brad Meltzer and Judd Winick‘s books should be standard issue.

Meltzer is a New York Times bestselling author and historian, and Winick is a cartoonist and screenwriter. The two will join forces at Books & Books (265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables) this Saturday to wow crowds with the ins and outs of their newest releases.

Meltzer’s I Am Helen Keller is an inspiring tale of heroism — a story of the iconic woman herself and her remarkable teacher, Annie Sullivan. Winick (whom you might remember from The Real World San Francisco, #RIPPedro) will talk about his tome, Hilo, is a middle-grade graphic novel about a boy who crashes to earth and his ensuing adventures. Put the two together and you’ve got heroism, science fiction, friendship, and history, all in one evening’s entertainment.

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