Thursday, October 8
There’s nothing worse than spending your hard-earned cash on crappy cocktails, especially those made with bottom-shelf swill you know costs half of what they’re charging you to pour it. Thankfully, the third-annual Craft Spirits Festival gives local libation lovers the chance to get a big taste of the good stuff.
At the Craft Spirit Festival’s main event, the Grand Tasting, more than 30 spirits producers from around the world will gather for a comprehensive, large-scale tasting event, which will feature more than 120 spirits to sample. At bars throughout the building, Miami’s best bartenders from the U.S. Bartenders’ Guild will serve unique craft cocktails that highlight the various brands. Guests can mingle over their favorites — from the best gins, rums, and whiskies to vodkas, liqueurs, and bitters — while sampling free food from local restaurants, including bites by Finka Table & Tap and coffee by Relentless Roaster.
The Grand Tasting runs from 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday at the Cruz Building (3157 Commodore Plaza, Coconut Grove). Tickets cost $75 and include samples of spirits, cocktails and light bites. Guests must be 21 or older to attend. Visit craftspiritsfest.com.
“Pool party in October” is a phrase you’ll hear only in Miami. As the rest of the country clings to its PSLs in a fruitless attempt to ward off the cold, Miamians are breaking out the loungewear and buying new bikinis. It’s at this seasonal juncture that Cannonball, Miami’s eclectic arts organization, is hosting its annual Endless Summer Pool Party at the Freehand Hotel.
There will be bites provided by Blue Collar and Mignonette; craft beers by Box Elder; a silent auction with works by artists Daniel Arsham, Pepe Mar, Jim Drain, and Glexis Novoa; and, of course, a pool. Attendees can sip and splash while watching synchronized swimming performances by Verso and video accompaniments by Obsolete Miami Media.
Bring your floaties and make prolific use of the hashtag #wishyouwerehere. Because what’s the point of a pool party if you can’t make everyone on IG jealous?
The party runs from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday at the Freehand Hotel (2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach). Tickets cost $50 per person. Visit cannonballmiami.org/pool-party or call 786-347-2360.
Cinema Italy returns for its 13th year to Miami Beach with a small batch of Italian films featuring the hottest stars working in that country’s industry today. As evidenced by a comedy that pits atheists against religious devotees in the festival opener, Se Dio Vuole, and a clichéd culture clash between big-city living and farm life in Sei Mai Stato Sulla Luna?, Italians prove they know how to laugh at themselves. Le Badanti, a sexy comedy set in a retirement home, might be about misunderstandings between generations while surreptitiously teaching a lesson on immigrant labor in the European Union. Crime and thriller fans will be interested in the atmospheric La Terra dei Santi and the hard-edged Perez, while those who like a little action with their popcorn might be more into the screwball antics of Zio Gaetano e Morto.
Italian cinema’s long-running tradition of quality filmmaking is bound to make this fest delightfully fun. Regal Cinemas South Beach (1120 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach ) will screen the films this Thursday through October 13, so there will be plenty of time to clap and yell, “Bravo!” For showtimes, listings, and tickets, call 305-864-0101 or visit cinemaitaly.com.
Cirque Éloize is not Cirque du Soleil. Though both are Quebec-based circus-inspired acrobatic troupes, Cirque Éloize began much later, in 1993, and is a much more intimate production than its more famous corporate, theatrical-company cousin. For its latest trick (and eighth original creation), Cirque Éloize has choreographed and produced the vibrant show iD, a mix of traditional circus acrobatics and contemporary urban dance.
Set in a city locale and told through loose character confines, 15 performers ranging from break dancers to contortionists twirl and gyrate across the stage and sets. They double-dutch on bicycles, jump rope on inline skates, and slide down fire-station poles, all to the electronic and synthesized street sounds created by composers Jean-Phi Goncalves (AKA Beast) and Alex McMahon. Additionally, iD includes original multimedia video projections and what the producers refer to as “a one-of-a-kind video trampowall.” It’s like West Side Story with seemingly impossible feats of human acrobatics and a hipper, grimier soundtrack.