American Black Film Fest
The ABFF film program is primarily composed of world premieres of narrative, documentary and short films. As such, it is the leading film festival in the world for African American and urban content. Since its inception, the ABFF has showcased more than 600 films, rewarding and redefining artistic excellence in independent filmmaking. Don;t miss the lecture tonight with The Best Man Holiday, Director Malcolm Lee and cast members Morris Chestnut, Sanaa Lathan, and Nia Long, discuss the upcoming sequel to The Best Man. Moderator: Shaun Robinson, Access Hollywood. $40. 5:30pm – 7pm. Ritz Carlton, 1 Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach. For info: abff.com
Fete de la Musique
Celebrate the summer solstice with live music in the streets, restaurants and bars in Coconut Grove! More than 20 bands playing rock, jazz, blues, latin, choral, folk and pop musicians will perform all over the Grove. Fete de la Musique, a celebration of live music and peace is held annually. Wander from place to place and enjoy a night of free music of all styles from classical to funk, R&B, rock, blues, jazz and more. Free. 7pm - 11pm. Downtown Coconut Grove, Miami. For info: 305-442-2283.
2013 Summer Solstice
Celebrate the 2013 Summer Solstice with a three-part South Beach party, turning the longest day of the year into the longest night, in honor of the 24-hour sunshine over its native land with Reyka Vodka. Start the night with a laid-back bonfire featuring with S’mores and Spanish acoustic set by Jean Espiritusanto. Japanese lanterns, bamboo tiki torches and a hand-cut ice block for cocktails will set the tone for this relaxed rendezvous. Guests will focus on the peaceful nature of Iceland while enjoying $6 Reyka specials and punch bowl feature. 5pm – 9pm. The Broken Shaker, 2727 Indian Creek Dr; Miami Beach. For info: thefreehand.com/venues/the-broken-shaker. Then move onto Nikki Beach. This fire and ice beach party will feature fire-breathers & Icelandic DJ Felipe Caval. Reyka bottle specials fort $150 and punch bowls. 9pm – midnight. Nikki Beach, One Ocean Dr; Miami Beach. For info: nikkibeach.com. Reyka ends the night with “Northern Lights” at Gale South Beach with a black light party creating an aurora borealis effect in the South Beach lounge. Reyka bottle service available. Midnight to 2am. Rec Room at Gale South Beach, 1690 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: galehotel.com/nightlife
Chapungu: The Great Stone Sculptors of Africa
These monolithic stone sculptures are carved by the Shona people of Zimbabwe. On display are 20 works from Zimbabwe’s greatest contemporary sculptors, whose art invokes an awareness of the wisdom and legends of traditional African cultures. These impressive monoliths have an expressive power unlike any other, depicting themes such as nature and the environment, family and society, and legends and the spirit world. Pieces from the exhibit will be available for sale throughout their time at the Garden. Come discover the reasons for this exhibit’s critical acclaim the world over.The pieces express human ecology at its core, and will be on display throughout the Garden. Opening reception tonight, 6pm – 8pm. Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr; Miami Beach. For info: mbgarden.org
Go Skateboarding Day
Go Skateboarding Day is the official holiday of skateboarding. Go Skateboarding Day began with a few simple skate sessions and events held in skateboarding’s unofficial capital, southern California, and is now recognized around the globe by skateboard retailers, manufacturers, skate parks, distributors, organizations and individuals. The Museum of Discovery and Science joins in with the new traveling exhibit, Tony Hawk: RAD Science and a contest for a one-of-a-kind autographed Tony Hawk skateboard. The Tony Hawk: RAD Science exhibit features over 25 interactive experiences that demonstrate force, momentum, acceleration, velocity and inertia that are used in action sports. Through September 2. Museum of Discovery, For info:
Indie band Papadosio plays the Culture Room with Atlanta’s Stokeswood. Papadosio combines eclectic musical traditions with modern electronica to stir the heart and fuel the mind. The band has a dedicated fan base that truly appreciates their amplified message of transcendence, unity and universal understanding. This summer they are playing Joshua Tree and High Sierra in California, Summer Camp in Chicago, Wakarusa, Gathering of the Vibes and many, many other festivals across the U.S. Stokeswood is an incredibly unique, Low-Endie Rock band with infectious energy, unpredictable live performances, and a fierce electronic edge. They coined the phrase “Low-Endie” rock to describe their layered mixture of pumping synths, powerful vocals, and irresistible dance vibe. Culture Room, 3045 North Federal Highway; Fort Lauderdale. For info: 954-564-1074 or CultureRoom.net
Lights! Camera! Action
The Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida will celebrate the music and magic of the movies with Lights! Camera! Action! at the Sunshine Cathedral in Fort Lauderdale. This will be one concert in which the audience will be familiar with practically every song performed, movie classics sung by a 130-member male chorus with orchestra. Because no commercially available arrangements for male choruses exist for many of the selections, Roberts and Assistant Conductor Harold Dioquino arranged both the choral music and the orchestration for more than half of the program. Along with medleys of Oscar-winning music, and songs from James Bond films, Mary Poppins and Yentl, the program will include such beloved songs as Windmills of Your Mind, The Pink Panther theme, Putting on the Ritz, An Affair to Remember and Hooray for Hollywood. $30. 8pm. Sunshine Cathedral, Fort Lauderdale. For info: gmcsf.org or 954-851-2299.
Overtown Rhythm & Arts
The stage is set for the 3rd Annual Overtown Rhythm & Arts Festival that takes place today, in the heart of Miami’s Historic Overtown district. Don’t miss a day of music, art and delicious food. For the past two years, Overtown has welcomed over 1,000 visitors during the festival and this year promises to be better than ever. R&B songwriter Q Parker, jazz vocalist Nicole Henry, internationally renowned jazz trumpeter Melton Mustafa, saxophone performer Earnest Walker Jr., Deep Fried Funk, J.J. and the Connections featuring Mr. Lock and the Booker T. Washington Marching Band are some of the acts that will entertain the audience. Families can bring their little ones for a day of children’s activities, or treat themselves to succulent slabs of authentic BBQ, southern cooking and mouthwatering Caribbean flavors. Visitors can also enjoy the work of local artists in the art fair. Free. 11am – 5pm. Northwest 3rd Ave between 9th and 11th St; Overtown. For info: overtownfestival.com.
Pan American Modernism
Featuring the work of 50 Latin American artists and 21 artists from the United States, Pan American Modernism: Avant-Garde Art in Latin America and the United States explores, for the first time at the Lowe, the rich visual dialogue that exists between objects produced by artists working in 13 countries in North, South and Central America, and the Caribbean during the 60 years between 1919 and 1979. Showcasing more than 70 important works of art, many of which are not currently on view or have not been previously exhibited, this exhibition includes paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photography, and mixed media works that represent the Lowe’s diverse, multi-cultural holdings. Artists documented in the exhibition include Eduardo Abela, Wifredo Lam, Man Ray, Amelia Pelez, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Adolph Gottlieb, Jacob Lawrence, Hans Hofmann, Gordon Matta-Clark, and Roberto Matta, among others. Curated by University of Miami Assistant Professor Dr. Nathan Timpano. $10. The Lowe Art Museum, 1301 Stanford Dr; Coral Gables. For info: 305.284.3535 or lowemuseum.org.
Bar & Bat Mitzvah Through the Lens of Pop Culture
A multimedia presentation on bar and bat mitzvah preconceptions, misconceptions and celebrations through the lens of popular culture movies and TV shows. Film clips and a guided discussion will lead this family oriented event for teens and adults. A guided tour of Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age will follow the presentation. 2pm. JMOF-FIU, 301 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: jewishmuseum.com or 786-972-3175.
Meet one of the world’s most beloved storytellers Neil Gaiman reading and signing his new book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. This is Gaiman’s first adult novel in eight years. Wondrous and imaginative, and at times deeply scary, The Ocean at the End of the Lane captures the very essence of childhood fear and uncertainty. In a clash of memory and reality, it is a pitched fever dream of a novel, and could very well be Gaiman’s most accomplished work to date. Stay for the Q&A with the audience. 2pm. Temple Judea, For info: booksandbooks.com
A Brazilian pop singer, Marisa Monte has sold over 10 million albums worldwide. While classically trained in opera singing, she grew up surrounded by the sounds of the Portela samba school, and combines diverse influences into her music. She is a unique artist who combines the aura of a pop star, the elegance of a jazz diva and the roots of a samba muse. Monte sang at the London 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony, she was the first Brazilian singer performing during Rio’s Olympic Flag handover. 8pm. $48.50 – $98.50. Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info:
M+V Art has a selection of unpublished photographs of Frida Kahlo in Mexico during the 1940s taken by Columbian photographer Leo Matiz. These images are part of a recent discovery made by Matiz’ daughter. The 55 negatives were found in a sealed envelope in Mexico. This is the first time a group of these photographs will be on exhibit to the general public. Matiz is considered one of the most important Colombian photographers of the 20th Century. Through July 12. m+v ART, 2750 NW 3rd Ave; Miami. For info: mvart.co
Food Truck & Music Festival
Miami Beach’s North Shore Park Bandshell & Ocean Terrace will dress in the typical, characteristic Latin flavor of the North Beach area to welcome the Miami Beach Food Truck and Music Fest on Wednesday nights this fall. The food and music fest will feature the popular mobile food trucks, free entertainment and participation by area restaurants. 5pm. North Shore Park Band Shell, 7275 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbculture.com
Alone Together explores a paradox: artists often work in isolation in their studios, but they are almost always seen and defined in relation to a greater whole. Whether it is called a movement, a moment, a school, a group, or an -ism, this greater whole ? defined by artists, critics, historians, museums, galleries, collectors, art institutions, and pure chance ? creates a community for the artwork that often lives beyond the life of the artist. Artists in the exhibition include: Valentin Carron, Maurizio Cattelan, Aaron Curry, Raoul De Keyser, Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Karsten Födinger, Georg Herold, Secundino Hernández, Thomas Houseago, Richard Jackson, Sigalit Landau, Nate Lowman, John Miller, Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, Maria Nepomuceno, Cady Noland, Jon Pestoni, R. H. Quaytman, Neo Rauch, Charles Ray, Jason Rhoades, Thomas Schütte, Ryan Sullivan, Ryan Trecartin, Rosemarie Trockel, Oscar Tuazon, Paloma Varga Weisz, Andro Wekua, Franz West and Zhu Jinshi. 3pm. $10. Rubell Family Collection, 95 NW 29 St; Miami. For info: 305-573-6090 or rfc.museum
Dr. Carl Hart
A pioneering neuroscientist shares his story of growing up in one of Miami’s toughest neighborhoods and how it led him to his groundbreaking work in drug addiction. As a youth, Carl Hart didn’t realize the value of school; he studied just enough to stay on the basketball team. At the same time, he was immersed in street life. Today he is a cutting-edge neuroscientist—Columbia University’s first tenured African American professor in the sciences—whose landmark, controversial research is redefining our understanding of addiction. In this provocative and eye-opening memoir, he recalls his journey of self-discovery and weaves his past and present. Hart goes beyond the hype of the antidrug movement as he examines the relationship among drugs, pleasure, choice, and motivation, both in the brain and in society. His findings shed new light on common ideas about race, poverty, and drugs, and explain why current policies are failing. Though Hart escaped neighborhoods that were dominated by entrenched poverty and the knot of problems associated with it, he has not turned his back on his roots. Determined to make a difference, he tirelessly applies his scientific research to help save real lives. But balancing his former street life with his achievements today has not been easy—a struggle he reflects on publicly for the first time. A powerful story of hope and change, of a scientist who has dedicated his life to helping others, High Price will alter the way we think about poverty, race, and addiction—and how we can effect change. will read from and sign his new book tonight. 8pm. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com
From Austria to America
Fritz Lang’s classic story of a child murderer brought to justice is now available in a brand-new 2k restoration. Peter Lorre stars as Hans Beckert, a recently released asylum inmate with a compulsion to kill little girls. In an attempt to capture the killer, the police pressure the city’s criminal underworld, which in turn endeavors to find the killer themselves. Using a network of prostitutes, pickpockets and thugs, the criminals close in on Beckert and put him on trial in their own court. 8:30pm. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com
Opa-locka: Mirage City Reception
Join HistoryMiami for the opening reception of Opa-locka: Mirage City (on view June 28-September 8, 2013). Explore one of South Florida’s unique architectural communities through original drawings, historic photographs and models. Curated by Jose R. Vazquez, Associate Professor of Architecture at Miami Dade College. 6pm – 9pm. Free. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: historymiami.com or 305-375-5356.
Juanes will bring his highly-anticipated Loud & Unplugged Tour to Hard Rock Live tonight. With six solo albums to his credit and multi-platinum sales of over 16 million copies, Juanes has been hailed as The single most important figure of the past decade in Latin music. The Double Grammy & 19-Time Latin Grammy winner is also frequently recognized as one of the Spanish-speaking world’s leading social media voices with an online following of over 10 Million fans. The Colombian superstar’s dedication as a global activist also extends far beyond his passionate lyrics and is seen in his wide ranging charitable work for his own Mi Sangre Foundation and as a co-founder of the “Paz sin Fronteras” (Peace Without Borders) organization. Recorded during a special evening at the New World Symphony on Lincoln Road, “Juanes MTV Unplugged” was released on May of last year and quickly debuted at #1 on Billboard’s “Top Latin Albums” chart and in 18 countries throughout Latin America. The album’s first single “La Señal” likewise reached #1 on the “Hot Latin Songs” chart, giving Juanes the 8th #1 song of his career. Most recently, “Juanes MTV Unplugged” won this year’s Latin Grammy awards for Album of The Year & Best long Form Music Video – giving Juanes an impressive career total of 19 Latin Grammys, more than any other solo artist. Now, with the MTV Unplugged bringing Juanes another Grammy award as well, the appreciative musician is returning to the road to share this music directly with fans. 8pm. $64 – $94. Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood. For info: hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com
All City Slam
Miami’s first ever All-City Slam. With growing interest in spoken word for teens, as part of its WordSpeak project Tigertail is offering four free workshops and a slam for South Florida teens. All City Slam was launched to assist Miami Dade teens in the development of their writing and performance. Four dynamic poets, writers and directors will give hour-long workshops, Alexis Caputo, Teo Castellanos, Rudi Goblen and Deborah Magdalena. Castellanos and Magdalena will co-host the slam. Cash prizes ($100 for first, $75 for second and $25 for third) will go to the top three slam winners. No need to pre-register for the workshops or slam, just show up and register on site for the workshops and slam. 4:30pm. Free. Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr; Miami Beach. For info: tigertail.org