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.

Sagamore Hotel Rotating Art Exhibit Debut

Wednesday, August 24 from 6 to 9 p.m.

The Sagamore Hotel and its new ownership will host the official art exhibit unveiling featuring a live performance by local graffiti artist Abstrk and curated art walks with Liliana Botero. Locals will have the opportunity to sip and snack on a select menu by the hotel's signature restaurant Canvas with musical entertainment, all themed around Cuba, paying homage to Abstrk’s heritage.

Sagamore Miami Beach
1671 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
Sagamore Hotel Miami Beach


Orchestra Miami's End of Summer Soiree

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

Break the summer doldrums at Orchestra Miami's End-of-Summer Soiree. Enjoy a beverage of your choice, delicious hors d'ouvres, fun, friendship and music at the hottest spot on Key Biscayne. Bring your friends, celebrate the end of summer and help gear up towards its fabulous 2016-17 10th Anniversary Season. All proceeds go to support Orchestra Miami’s community programming. Tickets are $25 per person.

Novecento Restaurant
620 Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne


Miami City Ballet: All Eyes on You

Wednesday, August 24 at 7 p.m.

The National YoungArts Foundation will welcome its community partner, Miami City Ballet, to its campus with a special edition of their ViewPointes Series: All Eyes on You/Welcome to Your First Audition. The event will feature a panel of artists discussing their personal experiences with the audition process. The event is open Miami City Ballet Members only. Become a Friend of MCB – starting at $100. Become a member by calling or emailing MCB.

YoungArts Campus |The Jewel Box
2100 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami


Belief + Doubt Opening Reception

Thursday, August 25 at 6 p.m.

NSU Art Museum | Fort Lauderdale will display approximately 70 of the newly acquired works in the exhibition Belief + Doubt: Selections from the Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz Collection. A preview and reception will be held on Thursday, August 25 at 6 p.m. David Horvitz, Chairman of the museum’s board of governors, and artist Francie Bishop Good, his wife and fellow board member, have made a promised gift to the museum of 100 works from their highly regarded collection of contemporary art. With an emphasis on multi-cultural and women artists, the works date from 1978 to 2013, and fill a gap in the museum’s 6,000-work encyclopedic holdings. On view from August 26 – January 22, 2017.

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale
One East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale


National Park Service Centennial Birthday Bash

Thursday, August 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The public is invited to attend the centennial celebration for our National Park Service at the Coral Gables Museum. The museum presents "This Land Is Your Land: A Second Century For America's National Parks," an exhibit endorsed and supported by NPS that features artifacts from the collections of Everglades, Big Cypress, Biscayne and Dry Tortugas. Visitors will enjoy free admission, cake, cash bar, meeting park rangers from all four South Florida National Parks, and listening to a thought-provoking panel about the future of National Parks in our country.

Coral Gables Museum
285 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables


Tribeca Shortlist Presents 'Basquiat' (1996)

Thursday, August 25 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Join the Perez Art Museum Miami for a special screening of the breakthrough film Basquiat (1996) directed by Julian Schnabel, in honor of PAMM’s new exhibition "Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks." The film is based on the true story of the iconic graffiti artist turned painter, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and his rise to fame after being discovered by Andy Warhol, played by David Bowie. Free with museum admission ($16 adults, members free).

Perez Art Museum Miami
1103 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami


Sketching in the Galleries

Friday, August 26 at 7 p.m.

Experience The Wolfsonian–Florida International University's collection in a new way by sketching in its galleries. Whether you are a lifelong artist or an excited novice, an instructor will guide you and give insight on drawing techniques. Drawing materials and gallery stools provided; instruction in English and Spanish. Free and open to the public. Space is limited; materials provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Wolfsonian–FIU
1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach


Jazz at MOCA: Glyn Dryhurst Dixieland Jazz Band

Friday, August 26 from 8 to 10 p.m.

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) will host a performance by the Glyn Dryhurst Dixieland Jazz Band as part of its monthly Jazz at MOCA series. Dixieland, which was developed in New Orleans, is one of the earliest styles of jazz music. The Glyn Dryhurst Dixieland Band is South Florida’s leading band dedicated to this genre of music. Admission is free.

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



August 27 - August 28, Saturday - Sunday

Puccini’s melodrama about a volatile diva, a sadistic police chief, and an idealistic artist has offended and thrilled audiences for more than a century comes to the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. Tosca, an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini with Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa is based on the original play of Victorien Sardou. This great musical drama was set in Rome of 19th Century, with the Kingdom of Naples’ control of Rome threatened by Napoleon’s invasion of Italy. It contains depictions of torture, murder and corruption, yet also includes some of Puccini's best-known lyrical arias, and has inspired memorable performances from many of opera's leading singers. Saturday, 8 p.m. Sunday, 4 p.m. Tickets $27-$47.

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center
10950 S.W. 211 Street, Cutler Bay


Free Gospel Sundays: Tasha Cobbs

Sunday, August 28 at 5 p.m.

In 2012, Tasha Cobbs recorded her first project titled "Grace," produced by multi-award-winner and Motown Gospel label mate, VaShawn Mitchell. This project laced with organic and moving tracks featured the lead single, Break Every Chain, which landed as Billboard’s #1 song for a total of 12 weeks. Grace landed on Billboard’s Top 10 Gospel Albums chart for a year. Cobbs will perform at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts as part of Free Gospel Sundays. There is a maximum of 4 First-Access Passes per household/caller.

Adrienne Arsht Center
Knight Concert Hall
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami


Taser Victim Graphic Novel Reading + Reception

Sunday, August 28 at 5 p.m.

Miami taser victim and artist is the subject of a few graphic novel The Story of Israel Hernandez: Ira & Lito. The Miami Beach teenager of Colombian descent died after being shot in the chest with a taser by police who spotted him painting graffiti on an empty building. In attendance at Books & Books + Bikes will be the Fernandez-Llach family and fellow artists. Following the reading will be a reception and book signing with author Stan Jakubowicz (pictured) and illustrator Jefferson Quintana.

Books & Books + Bikes
2602 NW 5th Avenue, Wynwood


'Hands of Stone' Screening

Tuesday, August 30 - Thursday, September 1

​Hands of Stone follows the life of Roberto Durán (Edgar Ramírez), the Panamanian fighter who made his professional debut in 1968 as a 16-year‐old and retired in 2002 at the age of 50, and his relationship with his legendary trainer, Ray Arcel (Robert de Niro). In June 1980, he defeated Sugar Ray Leonard (Usher Raymond) to capture the WBC welterweight title, but shocked the boxing world by returning to his corner in their November rematch, famously saying the words "no más" (no more). ​English with Spanish subtitles. Showtimes: Tuesday, 4:20 & 6:45 p.m.; Wednesday, 4:20 p.m.; Thursday, 6:55 p.m. Tickets are $9-$11.50.

MDC's Tower Theater
1508 S.W. 8th Street, Miami