Art About Town - Events of the Week

Arts & Culture in South Florida

Dance, music, theater, visual arts and more. . .you'll find it all on SocialMiami's calendar.

Art About Town, published every Tuesday, will be on hiatus through the summer so check out Events of the Week (published every Friday) for all summertime events. Last issue of Art About Town will be May 30, resuming September 5.

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The African Queen

Tuesday, May 23 at 7 p.m.

Opposites attract as Bogart and Hepburn collide in the gloriously restored adventure classic, The African Queen, presented for a one-time-screening. Tickets: $5 to $11.75.

Coral Gables Art Cinema
260 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables


Music Under the Stars

Wednesday, May 24 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind & Visually Impaired will present Music Under the Stars, an annual fundraising spectacular benefitting its Florida Heiken Children’s Vision Program. The event will feature special performances by students of the Miami Lighthouse Music Program, gourmet food and fine wine catered by Brickell City Centre restaurants, a silent auction and a raffle for Brickell City Centre shops gift certificates. A highlight of the event will be the display of renderings of a new mobile optometric unit, donated by the Miami Marlins and Major League Baseball. Music Under the Stars will honor Dr. Sidney J. Stern, past president of the Miami-Dade Optometric Physicians Association, who was instrumental in creating the Heiken program. Tickets: $75.

Brickell City Centre, 4th Floor
701 South Miami Avenue, Downtown Miami
786-362-7515 (Cameron Sisser)


Contemporary Art at Vizcaya: A Decade and a Century

Thursday, May 25 from 6:30 to 10 p.m.

Join Vizcaya Museum and Gardens for a celebration of Vizcaya's centennial and a decade of the Contemporary Arts Program (CAP) with the launch of a new book. Titled "Lost Spaces and Stories of Vizcaya: 10 Years of the Contemporary Arts Program, 100 Years of Vizcaya," the publication highlights the centennial exhibition Lost Spaces and Stories of Vizcaya and looks back at CAP's first decade. The evening will feature special performances by past CAP artists, special access and tours. The book will be available for purchase and Lost Spaces artists will be on hand to sign copies. Tickets: $10.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
3251 South Miami Avenue, Coconut Grove


Art Talk on John Dunkley

Thursday, May 25 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Celebrating the opening of "John Dunkley: Neither Day nor Night," Perez Art Museum Miami's Associate Curator Diana Nawi will speak with Nicole Smythe-Johnson, an independent curator, on the subject of artist John Dunkley. The Jamaica-born Dunkley (1891-1947) is widely considered to be one of Jamaica’s most important historical artists. The exhibition of his work will be on view through January 14. Free with museum admission.

Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)
1103 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami


Jazz at MOCA: Haiti Jazz Roots Project

Friday, May 26 at 8 p.m.

In celebration of Haitian Heritage Month, the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami welcomes The Haiti Jazz Roots Project to perform at Jazz at MOCA. The Haiti Jazz Roots Project is an electric blend of outstanding musicians performing jazz-infused folkloric Haitian music. Led by guitarist Jean Chardavoine, the group comprises of Jennifer Louis (vocals), Mike Levine (piano/keys), Kenneth Jiménez (bass), Matisou Légba (Haitian drums) and Shay Eisten (drums). The museum galleries will be open by donation from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is free.

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


Little Haiti Book Festival

Saturday & Sunday, May 27 & May 28

The Little Haiti Book Festival offers round tables featuring Haitian authors with simultaneous translation into English; writing workshops; storytelling and art making for kids - plus Haitian food, music, dance, film screening and a Voudou ceremony. Presented by Miami Book Fair and Sosyete Koukouy, hours are Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free.

Little Haiti Cultural Complex
260 N.E. 59th Terrace, Little Haiti


Films on the Beach: Swagger + Closing Reception

Sunday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m.

The 4th edition of the French Film Festival's Films on the Beach will screen "Swagger" by Olivier Babinet (2016 - French subtitled in English). Closing reception begins at 7:30, and the film at 8:30. Admission is free.

Faena Bazaar
3330-3398 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach