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.

Fiesta Peru

Thursday, July 28 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Jean Paul Strauss comes to Miami from Peru to celebrate Peruvian Independence day with a show paying homage to iconic figures of Peruvian Folk Music as Chabuca Granda, Mario and Cavagnaro. With his singular fusion style Jean Paul will also perform duets with locals Isabel Bances, Jessica Sarango and Diana Naranjo. Tickets are $25-$40.

Paseo de las Artes
3635 N.W. 78th Avenue, Doral


Confluences in Brazilian Contemporary Art Opening Reception

Thursday, July 28 from 8 to 10 p.m.

The Brazilian Consul General in Miami, Ambassador Hélio Vitor Ramos Filho, Espaço Arte M Mizrahi Gallery and Art & Design Gallery will host a cocktail opening reception of the exhibition: Confluences in Brazilian Contemporary Art. Light bites and cocktails will be served. RSVP recommended. The exhibition showcase 27 international artists and will be on view until Saturday, August 13.

Art & Design Gallery
8690 Biscayne Boulevard #2, Miami
305-762-5896 (RSVP)


Foodie Find: Blue Matisse Restaurant

Foodie Find: Blue Matisse Restaurant
Fresh, Peruvian-inspired specialties are a feast for the eyes – as well as your taste buds - at Blue Matisse Restaurant in the InterContinental at Doral Miami. Offered Monday through Friday for lunch, the small-plate delicacies, featuring daily ceviche specials, are drawing a dedicated audience of those who live and work in the City of Doral.

Peruvian-born Yoel Salini, the InterContinental Doral Miami’s Food & Beverage Manager, is responsible for the the success of Blue Matisse Restaurant’s reinvented luncheon buffet...

Pictured: Peruvian Japanese Nikkei Tuna Causa

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GableStage: Stalking the Bogeyman Preview Night

Friday, July 29 at 6:30 p.m.

GableStage will present Stalking the Bogeyman, a powerful thriller based on a true story. The play is a powerful thriller based on a true story that aired on NPR's "This American Life." It follows renowned journalist David Holthouse's secret pursuit of justice for a crime hidden for 25 years - and explores the dangers of vengeance, the power of forgiveness, the strength of family - and the bogeymen that lurk inside us all. On Preview Night, Friday, July 29, 100% of all ticket sales will go to programs for sexually abused children served at Kristi House. Cocktail reception reception at 6:30 p.m. and curtain time at 8 pm. Tickets are $100 each. The play will run from July 30 - August 28.

Biltmore Hotel
1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables
305-547-6832 Lauren Harrison (Tickets)


Swan Lake and more: Future stars of the ballet

Friday, July 29 at 7 p.m.

More than 80 young, talented dancers will take the stage of the Parker Playhouse to flaunt the skills they acquired while participating in the Summer Intensive Program of Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida. After a four week long dance training program (with a focus in ballet) taught by the world's best ballet teachers, these dedicated young dancers will present excerpts of the most famous Classical Ballets showcasing the most significant variations and adagios and Character, Flamenco and Modern dances. Tickets are $20.

Parker Playhouse
707 N.E. 8th Street, Fort Lauderdale


Photojournalism Panel @ HistoryMiami

Photojournalism Panel @ HistoryMiami
HistoryMiami Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate located in the heart of downtown Miami, hosted a select group of the finest journalists in the country. In a riveting panel discussion with Pulitzer Prize winners Deanne Fitzmaurice and Patrick Farrell, and moderator Maggie Steber, the panel discussed the past, present, and future of photojournalism. Farrell told the packed house that “it is as important now as ever before.” The crowd included an impressive group of journalists including celebrity photographer Manny Hernandez, the Associated Press’ Lynn Sladkey, and the Miami Herald’s Al Diaz.

Pictured: Maggie Steber, Patrick Farrell, Deanne Fitzmaurice

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Sketching in the Galleries

Friday, July 29 at 7 p.m.

Take a break from the screens in your life and reconnect with good old paper and pencil at The Wolfsonian-Florida International University. Drawing materials, gallery stools, and professional instruction in English and Spanish to participants of all ages and skill levels provided, free of charge. Space is limited; materials provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission is free.

1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach


No Strings Attached: A Wickedly Inappropriate Adult Puppet Show

Friday, July 29 at 8 p.m.

Comic Cure and Miami Theater Center present The 2016 Miami Shores Summer Comedy Series: No Strings Attached: A Wickedly Inappropriate Adult Puppet Show Starring Comedian Jerry Halliday. A world-class puppet designer, Halliday makes all his own puppets and brings them astonishingly to life with his incredible skill. The series will benefit the Pridelines non-profit organization that supports, educates and empowers South Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth and the community at large in safe and diverse environments through affirming programs and services to promote dialogue, wellness and foster social change. Ages: 18+. Tickets: Online Advance, $25. At the door, $40. All seating is first come, first serve.

Miami Theater Center (MTC)
9806 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores
305-751-9550 (Tickets)


Jazz at MOCA: Rose Max and Ramatis

Friday, July 29 at 8 p.m.

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) will present Rose Max and Ramatis as part of the free monthly Jazz at MOCA series. The duo provides a magical and musical experience with the beautiful voice of Max and the genuine Brazilian acoustic guitar of Ramatis. They provide the perfect mix of the soulful Brazilian music style. The public is invited to sit under the stars and enjoy the Brazilian jazz concert. The galleries will be open by donation from 7 – 10 p.m.

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


GableStage: Stalking the Bogeyman

Saturday - Sunday, July 30 - August 28

GableStage at the Biltmore presents the Southeastern premiere of Stalking the Bogeyman by Markus Potter and David Holthouse. Directed by directed by Joseph Adler. Based on the true story made famous on "This American Life," Stalking the Bogeyman follows renowned journalist David Holthouse's secret pursuit of justice for a crime hidden for 25 years. This new play explores the dangers of vengeance, the power of forgiveness, and the strength of family.Performances: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m and 7 p.m. No 7 p.m. performance on Sunday, July 31. Tickets are $57-$60.

Biltmore Hotel
1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables


Celebrate National Dance Day + Author Readings

Saturday, July 30 at 3 p.m.

Bring your kids for a fun-filled Reading Circle with Hope Mucklow and “Rojo the Red Panda,” LaDonna Brinkley and her bilingual Butterfly Beauties, a special guest from the City of Miami Lakes, and a special dance performance by the Roxy Theatre Group. Bring new or gently-used books children’s books to donate to kids in need in our community! Hosted by the Children’s Trust, Miami Book Fair, in partnership with the Miami Lakes Branch Library. Co-hosted by Read to Learn Books for Free, Roxy Theatre Group, Miami Dade Public Library System and

Miami Lakes Branch Library
6699 Windmill Gate Road, Miami Lakes


Harry Potter 8 Midnight Release Party: An Evening at Hogwarts Library

Saturday - Sunday, July 30 - July 31

Everyone's invited to the free midnight book release party for "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" featuring Harry Potter themed events, entertainment and activities at Miami-Dade Public Library System Downtown Miami branch. Place your copy on hold using your library card online or contacting your local branch. You can pick it up at the party or during regular hours. Free parking will be provided at the Cultural Center Garage. Activities and entertainment include: Mythical Creatures Show by Zoo Miami, The Royal Chessmen (human chess match with audience participation), magic show, costume and trivia contest, Harry Potter movie screening (free popcorn provided), Harry Potter themed crafts and photo booth. Butterbeer, food truck vendors and more. A limited number of books will be available for purchase. Proceeds go to Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library.

Main Library of the Miami-Dade Public Library System
101 West Flagler Street, Downtown Miami


Peruvian Songstress Cecilia Barraza

Saturday, July 30 at 8 p.m.

Cecilia Barraza is one of the most important figures in Peruvian music. Cecilia performs a style known as Musica Criolla, which originated in the coastal Peruvian communities. Her music soulfully blends Afro-Peruvian and popular music. Don't miss her in her only presentation at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. Tickets are $40-$80.

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


WHIRL: An Immersive Performance

Saturday, July 30 from 8 to 9 p.m.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens will collaborate with Processional Arts Workshop (PAW) for an exciting workshop program inspired by the works of Robert Winthrop Chanler. At twilight, workshop participants and volunteers bring their creations to life as a wandering menagerie, luring visitors into Vizcaya's far-flung corners and hidden grottos. Come experience this artistic spectacular. Tickets are $10, general admission; $5 for Vizcaya members; free for students under 17.

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
3251 South Miami Avenue, Miami
305-250-9133 (Tickets)


Pitbull's The Bad Man Tour

Sunday, July 31 at 7 p.m.

The highly anticipated summer tour by Pitbull will come to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. All dates on The Bad Man Tour include Latin star Prince Royce. The tour includes only one other Florida performance, July 30 in Tampa. Tickets cost $25.70-$135.70 at all Ticketmaster outlets.

Broward Center for the Performing Arts
1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise
BB&T Center