Art About Town - Events of the Week

Arts & Culture in South Florida

SocialMiami's Art About Town is edited by Onelia Collazo Mendive. Publicized events are selected from SocialMiami's Online Community Events Calendar with first priority given to members. Contact Onelia at for information on submitting your events. Calendar publicity is free.

Opening Reception for Andy Sweet Photography

Tuesday, September 27 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Andrew John Sweet was a young photographer living and working in Miami Beach in the late 1970s. His life and his art were cut tragically short when he was murdered in 1982. Andy left an extensive body of work that exhibits a level of creative maturity far beyond his years. His photographs are a testament to a rich but often overlooked period of Miami Beach’s cultural heritage. Andy Sweet returned home after receiving a MFA degree from the University of Colorado in 1977 to photograph the old world Jewish culture that then distinguished South Beach. Andy’s aesthetic vision was as fresh as his colors. Andy's photos captured the era of 1970's Miami Beach before its transformation.

Miami Beach Cinematheque
1130 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach
305-673-4567 (RSVP)


YoungArts Awareness Day + 'MouthWater' Opening Reception

Tuesday, September 27 at 7 p.m.

The National YoungArts Foundation kicks offs its season as it celebrates the third annual YoungArts Awareness Day with the opening of MouthWater. This multi-generational exhibition is curated by Robert Chambers and features works created by established visual arts alumni, including Hernan Bas (1996 Winner in Photography and Visual Arts), Naomi Fisher (1994 Winner in Visual Arts), Daniel Arsham (1999 Winner in Visual Arts), along with recent YoungArts winners and emerging talent, like Sebastian Ruiz (2014 Winner in Visual Arts), Mikayla Brown (2015 Winner in Visual Arts) and Nadia Wolff (2016 Winner in Visual Arts). Light refreshments will be served, and Lulu's Ice Cream, Mika Bites and Caja Caliente will offer food for purchase. Exhibition open through November 21. Admission is free.

National YoungArts Foundation
2100 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami


SOCIAL Manny: Episode 194

SOCIAL Manny: Episode 194
Social Manny was on the scene photographing events from New York City's Waldorf Astoria to Little Havana with stops along the way in Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Aventura and Key Biscayne.

Pictured: Emily Estefan performing at the People en Español 25 Poderosas Luncheon presented by Adelante and Coca-Cola at the Ritz Carlton Coconut Grove.

View Photos

Why Not? With Richard Nixon

Thursday, September 29 - Sunday, October 9

The Miami Theater Center presents the riotous world-premiere comedy, Why Not? With Richard Nixon. The show follows the ousted president as he attempts to host a late night public access television show out of his house on Key Biscayne. With the help of his best friend, Bebe Rebozo, and his daughter, Tricia, the trio put on a colorful variety show that spirals into a series of musical outbursts and heated interrogations that history couldn't have made up on its own. Performances are Thursday through Sunday at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $15 to $30.

Miami Theater Center SandBox
9816 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores
305-751-9550 (Jessica Farr)


Jazz at MOCA: Conjunto Progreso

Friday, September 30 from 8 to 10 p.m.

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) will present Conjunto Progreso as part of the monthly Jazz at MOCA series. This long-established Cuban Son ensemble has charmed audiences everywhere with their ability to transport audiences to a nostalgic era of early Cuban popular music. Co-founded by Johnny Aguiló and Jose Elias in 1999, the group has since grown from a quartet to a group of nine members. Admission is free. The galleries will be open by donation from 7 – 10 p.m.

Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami
770 N.E. 125th Street, North Miami


Florida Architect Alfred Browning Parker Exhibition Opening

Florida Architect Alfred Browning Parker Exhibition Opening
It was an opening party fit for a legend as HistoryMiami Museum celebrated its newest exhibition, Discipline of Nature: Architect Alfred Browning Parker in Florida. With a sold out party on what would have been the famed architect’s 100th birthday, champagne flowed during a VIP reception with a guest curators, Allan Shulman and Randolph Henning, who provided a guided tour of the exhibition.

View Photos

Thalia - Latina Love Tour

Friday, September 30 at 8 p.m.

Mexican pop star Thalía comes to Adrienne Arsht Center with her newest album, "Latina," her fourth album to reach number one on Billboard’s Top Latin Album’s list. With 11 new songs produced by Sergio George, the album embraces her Mexican roots as well as sounds from Cuba, Puerto Rico and Colombia. Tickets are $49, $69 and $89.

Adrienne Arsht Center, Knight Concert Hall
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami


Creative Arts 4 Kids

Saturday, October 1, from 2-4 p.m.

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) hosts a monthly series known as Creative Arts 4 Kids, which occurs the first Saturday of every month from October through May. The theme for October is Helen Frankenthaler: Water & Movement. Activity: Water Color Abstract Paintings. Classes are geared for Kids ages 6 – 12. These creative art classes are offered for kids ages 6 through 12. $18 per class, $60 for a four-class series for the general public. $12 per class, $40 for a four-class series for MOCA members, NOMI residents and City employees. There is a $2 discount for each additional child in the household. Advance purchase is recommended.

Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami
770 N.E. 125th Street, North Miami