Best Things to Do in Miami This Week May 12-18, 2022

thursday 12 may

Find some comic relief in GableStage’s latest production. Written by Jessica Provenz, boca takes the audience to Boca Raton to follow the lives of a group of retirees who gossip, bicker and live like teenagers again. Last summer, the piece had its world premiere with the Massachusetts-based Barrington Stage Company. Robert Zukerman, Avi Hoffman, Beverly Blanchette, Deborah Kondelik and Barbara Bonilla are in the South Florida show directed by Julianne Boyd. 7 p.m. Thursday through May 22, at GableStage, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables; 305-445-1119; Tickets cost $35 to $65. Sophia Medina

If you’ve never had the pleasure of going out Nerd Nite, now is your chance. Every month Gramps organizes mini-lectures on all kinds of topics, taught by experts. It’s interactive, fun and always feels fresh – plus you can drink while you learn something. This month’s topics include “Caribbean Micronationalism,” led by editor and publisher Jason Katz, and “Drugs,” by law students Leiona Noah, Shaun Lenihan and Ashley Lago. 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Thursdays, at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; 855-732-8992; Admission is free. Ashley-Anna Aboren

click to enlarge Birds of Paradise II at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium: See Friday - PHOTO COURTESY OF PIONEER WINTER

Birds of Paradise II at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium: See Friday

Photo courtesy of Pioneer Winter

Friday 13 May

On Friday and Saturday, Dance now! Miami joins forces with Limón Dance Company, one of New York City’s most celebrated modern dance ensembles, for its ‘Program III’. In the program, both companies work together on the presentation of The Waldstein Sonata, an unfinished 1971 work by José Limón, completed after his death by Dr. Daniel Lewis. In addition, Limón Dance Company will perform the work from 1967 Psalm, while Dance Now! takes the stage for the Limón classic The Malinche and a retribution for his acclaimed work Anusim, what is hidden is never lost7:30 p.m. Friday, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; and Saturday at 8:00 PM at Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St., Aventura; Tickets cost $20 to $50. Jose D. Duran

On Friday, comedian John Mulaney goes to Hard Rock Live as part of his From Scratch Tour. The former Saturday Night Live writer and Big mouth star began his current stand-up tour in March, and he’s stopping in South Florida for two back-to-back shows. His latest stand-up tour, Kid Gorgeous, sold out in the US, with the Radio City Music Hall show in New York recorded and released as a special on Netflix. The special won an Emmy Award in 2018 for ‘Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special’. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, at Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 954-797-5531; Tickets cost $68 to $138 through Ashley-Anna Aboren

After premiere bird of paradise Last fall at the Adrienne Arsht Center, choreographer Pioneer Winter returned to amaze audiences with his queerness-centric work. Birds of Paradise II at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium celebrates queerness, and the resilience, strength and stamina that queer individuals possess. The work builds on Arsht Center’s original and explores how people find their flock. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, at Miami-Dade County Auditorium, 2901 W. Flagler St., Miami; 305-547-5414; Tickets cost $10 to $25 through Ashley-Anna Aboren

click to enlarge Keshi at Revolution Live: See Saturday - PHOTOGRAPH BY VINCE AUNG

Keshi at Revolution Live: See Saturday

Photo by Vince Aung

Saturday 14 May

No party is really complete without mimosas and lots of R&B. Enter His N brunch, an event that combines lunch dishes and alcoholic drinks with your favorite R&B songs at the Anderson. Guests can take a seat and enjoy the brunch menu while singing along to the sultry soundtrack. In addition to music, there are also games and other activities for guests to enjoy. Saturday 12 noon to 5 p.m., at the Anderson, 709 NE 79th St., Miami; 786-401-6330; Tickets cost $10 to $200 through Sophia Medina

It’s Haitian Heritage Month and this weekend is the Haitian Compass Festival takes over the Miramar Regional Park Amphitheater for two days of Caribbean music. With the extended celebration, the family-friendly event promises more fun for its 24th edition. On the program are the acts Nicky Mixx, Shassy, ​​Kenny Haiti, Harmonik, Zeglen, Pierre Jean, Nu Look and Roody RoodBoy. 3:30 PM Saturday and Sunday, at Miramar Regional Park Amphitheatre, 16801 Miramar Pkwy., Miramar; 954-833-6948; Tickets cost $70 to $250 through Jose D. Duran

April may have been poetry month, but there is still plenty of prose in May. On Saturday, Hampton Art Lovers welcomes poet Christell Victoria Roach, an MFA candidate at the University of Miami, for: “Poetry Under a Simple Tree.” The event is a celebration of language, history, community and belonging to Overtown’s historically black community. Roach will read part of her book, bluesing, and premiered her first short film. Visitors can also view the current exhibit, “Starry Crown: Art of #BlackGirlMagic.” 7pm to 10pm Saturday, at Historic Ward Rooming House, 249 NW Ninth St., Miami; 786-529-8624; Admission is free. Ashley-Anna Aboren

On Saturday, Florida Grand Opera will perform its production of the 1709 opera Agrippina to the Scottish Rite Temple. Compiled for the Venice Carnival season of 1709-10, it tells the story of Agrippina, Nero’s mother, who plots the downfall of the Roman Emperor Claudius in order to install her son on the throne. It is one of George Frideric Handel’s earliest operatic compositions, with soprano singer Christine Lyons as the titular character in the FGO show. 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, and 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, at Scottish Rite Temple, 471 NW Third St., Miami; Tickets cost $16 to $230. Jose D. Duran

After completing the European leg of his tour, singer-songwriter keshi stops at Revolution Live to take his sold-out Hell/Heaven Tour to South Florida. Keshi’s sound is a blend of soft lo-fi beats combined with soulful vocals meant to influence all who listen. His music has racked up over a billion streams on platforms such as Spotify, thanks to singles like “Like I Need U” and “Right Here”. 7 p.m. Saturday, at Revolution Live, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-449-1025; Out of stock. Sophia Medina

click to enlarge Tamiami International Orchid Festival at Fair Expo Center: See Sunday - PHOTO COURTESY OF TAMIAMI INTERNATIONAL ORCHID FESTIVAL

Tamiami International Orchid Festival at Fair Expo Center: see Sunday

Photo Courtesy of Tamiami International Orchid Festival

sunday 15 may

Enjoy the beautiful beauty of flowers when the Tamiami International Orchid Festival returns to the Miami Dade Fair Expo Center on Sunday. Known as one of the largest orchid events in the US, the organizers welcome a host of flower vendors to introduce enthusiasts to a whole world of orchids. The festival includes planters from Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Brazil and Jamaica. Not only will they sell crafts and gifts in honor of the flower, but they will also compete for trophies and rewards from the American Orchid Society, including a $500 cash prize. Sunday at 11 a.m., at Miami Dade Fair Expo Center, 10901 SW 24th St., Miami; 305-223-7060; Tickets cost $12 to $90. Sophia Medina

After working with the likes of Maluma and Myke Towers, it seems only a matter of time before the Colombian singer-songwriter Blessed becomes just as well known in the US. Last year the 22-year-old dropped his debut album, Made in Medellin, and on Sunday he stops at Oasis Wynwood for a live performance. Expect to hear fan favorites such as ‘Medallo’, ‘Quien TV’ and ‘Lejania’. With his profile rising, it’s only a matter of time before he starts taking the stage in arenas across the country. 4 p.m. Sunday, at Oasis Wynwood, 2335 N Miami Ave., Miami; Tickets cost $45 through Sophia Medina

Monday 16 May

There’s never a bad time to focus on yourself and reset your body, but starting your week in that mental box certainly doesn’t hurt. Go to the Center for Subtropical Affairs for: Mindset Mondays, a night of wellness and self-examination led by certified yoga instructor Raquel B. There will be a vinyasa flow, along with a short journal and meditation. Then let the rest marinate in you for the rest of the week. 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM Monday, at Center for Subtropical Affairs, 7145 NW First Ct., Miami; Admission is free, but a $22 donation is suggested. Ashley-Anna Aboren

click to enlarge Halsey at iThink Financial Amphitheater: See Tuesday - PHOTO COURTESY OF LIVE COMPANY

Halsey at iThink Financial Amphitheater: see Tuesday

Photo courtesy of the Lede Company

tuesday 17 may

On Tuesday, Multiplatinum Artist Halsey kicks off their Love and Power Tour at the iThink Financial Amphitheater in West Palm Beach. In support of their recent album, If I can’t have love, I want power, the pop artist reunites with fans to share the music of the Grammy-nominated work. The singer has amassed more than 31 billion combined worldwide streams, of which 12.5 billion in the US alone. Their recent album follows the 2020 release Manicthe one at the top of the Billboard 200 chart. Opening for Halsey are singer-songwriters Beabadoobee and PinkPantheress. 7 p.m. Tuesday, at iThink Financial Amphitheater, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach; 561-795-8883. Tickets cost $29.50 to $1,010 through Sophia Medina

Expand the senses and open the mind at Modern ŌM’s latest seminar, “Psychedelic Women.” The event delves into the world of psychedelic medicine and talks about the benefits of the unchartered practice. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear panelists’ stories and the impact hallucinogens have on their daily lives. In addition to an endless knowledge on the topic of “psychedelic aids for being feminine”, guests will also have the chance to relax during a yoga experience led by Giselle Fiumara. Tuesdays from 7-9pm at Modern ŌM Bungalow, 5020 NE Second Ave., Miami; 786-617-5056; Tickets cost $28 to $33 through Sophia Medina

Wednesday 18 May

On Wednesday, watch Actors’ Playhouse tackle Agatha Christie’s classic mystery novel with its production of Murder on the Orient Express† Adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig, the play follows the same rhythm as the novel: Detective Hercule Poirot must solve a murder while aboard the Orient Express, while interacting with a colorful cast of characters. For the South Florida premiere, the Actors’ Playhouse production will star Terry Hardcastle as Poirot, with David Arisco directing. 8 p.m. Wednesday through June 5, at Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theater, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305-444-9293; Tickets cost $40 to $85. Ashley-Anna Aboren

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