Culture Guide: Jan 16th – 31st

January 15, 2016admin

Our city is all a-flurry in cooler weather excitement and, according to my trusty Weather Channel app, this somewhat colder front is here to stay for the next two weeks. It’s funny how the heat lazes us up and pushes us to stay indoors, and when the weather drops, so a similar phenomenon occurs. But it’s time to go outside, people! Whether the skies may be however many shades of gray or not, there are celebrations to be had and culture to be guided to.

These next two weeks will see a jam-packed creative schedule across the city. From full moon parties, to classic music in unconventional forms, it’s time to get down and be grateful that we live in a portal town that can take us anywhere we want to go, on the magic carpet of endless culture. Check out our latest guide below:

Saturday, January 16th:

Bookleggers at Sweet Liberty – In honor of MLK Day, Bookleggers is teaming up with their pals at Sweet Liberty for a night of Americana themed books. They’re going to be giving away some super sexy editions, so come early and come thirsty for $5 Old Fashioneds aka “The Sweet Library”. Remember, everyone gets one book for free, you can trade books, and each additional book is $2.
Where: Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Co. – 237 20th ST Miami Beach. Time: 6-11PM. Tickets: Free.

Fancy Nasty Bonfire – For Art Basel 2015, a renegade crew of multi-disciplinary artists took control of a huge, soon-to-be-demolished home in an affluent neighborhood in the heart of Miami’s art scene. Join The New Tropic with the crew behind Fancy Na$ty for a closing party. Take a tour, paint some things together, and enjoy a bonfire in the backyard with s’mores and hot dogs (veggie dogs too!). BYOB.
Where: 5625 N Bayshore Drive. Time: 7PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.

Purple Rain 35MM – That’s right. The cult Prince classic is coming to The Coral Gables Art Cinema for one night of sexy celebration. Bring a friend or go alone, either way, it’ll be glorious.
Where: Coral Gables Art Cinema – 260 Aragon Ave. Time: 11:30PM. Tickets: Get em here.

Sunday, January 17th:

Gay8 Festival – Gay8 is a FREE Latino LGBT art, music and food street festival in Miami. The one day festival debuts on January 17th, 2016 and blends all the South Florida’s delights into one gigantic party in the heart of Miami’s historic Little Havana. There’ll be films all day at The Tower Theater by Miami International Film Festival, a Tea Dance party, live tunes featuring PALO!, Suenalo, Spam Allstars, and so much more!
Where: SW 8th ST between 14th & 17th Aves. Time: 11AM – ? Tickets: Free!

Monday, January 18th:

MLK Day of Service with Emerge – Join Emerge Miami for an MLK Day Cleanup in Little Haiti. Sweat Records resides in Little Haiti, like a gem inside of a treasure box. Emerge calls Sweat Records its home-base, a community Batcave, where folks build relationships and connect to build a better Miami. So for MLK Day, Emerge will host a neighborhood cleanup of the blocks surrounding Sweat Records.
Where: Sweat Records – 5505 NE 2nd Ave. Time: 10AM – 12PM. Tickets: Free, obviously.

NWS Happy Hour – Current and prospective Friends of NWS members are invited to a special Happy Hour at Sushi Samba in Coral Gables. Reconnect with Friends and enjoy a complimentary cocktail upon arrival, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and an opportunity to purchase a Spring 2016 Friends of NWS membership and enter a special raffle.
Where: Sushi Samba Coral Gables. Time: 7PM – 9PM. Tickets: RSVP to


Tuesday, January 19th:

South Florida Women in Journalism Goal Setting Workshop – Start the year off right with a goal-setting workshop with Debra Eckerling of Guided Goals, sponsored by the South Florida chapter of the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS). Come up with a mission statement, set short and long-term goals, prioritize, make a plan, and get ready to take on 2016! Arrive on time with a laptop or notebook & pen.
Where: The New Tropic – 7230 NW Miami CT. Time: 7PM. Tickets: $10 CASH at the door.

Wednesday, January 20th:

Luck Circle – For the *Next 12 Months* Barefoot & Badass will be hosting the Miami GirlBoss Series. A group of events, workshops, and talks aimed at helping amazing woman get to where they want to be in their lives and in their work. You will be paired with a group of girlbosses you haven’t met before. Share with them a personal or professional goal that you have. The other members of your group will suggest connections and resources that will help you fulfill your request. Follow up!
Where: The Wynwood Yard – 70 NW 29th ST. Time: 7-9PM. Tickets: Get em here.

Thursday, January 21st – January 23rd:

The Avenue Pop-Ups: Lunch & Dinner – Meet celebrity chef Andy Bates and the A+Eats winner team behind The Avenue as you experience 4 courses of their British fare including complimentary beer and prosecco pairings. Chef will lead you through each course with live cooking demos and recipe insights. The evening will end with a tour of the future space and updates on restaurant plans. 20 people max per nightly seating.
Where: Filling Station Lofts – 1657 N Miami Ave. Time: 7:30PM – 10PM. Tickets: Get em here.

Friday, January 22nd:

Sonic Funk Yoga Jam – Join Inhale for a two-hour Sonic Healing Experience that will include interactive movement, yoga, tribal dance & drumming and a NSEV shared group acupuncture session accompanied by a deep, hour-long sub-atomic sound healing invoked by Didgeridoos, Gongs, Crystal bowls, flutes and more. Bring drums and acoustic instruments to participate in an open jam session that will follow the meditation. All proceeds from the event will go towards sponsoring free yoga, meditation, sound healing and music classes for local children in the neighborhood.
Where: Inhale Miami – 6310 NE 2nd Ave. Time: 6:30-10:30PM. Tickets: Get em here.

Saturday, January 23rd:

Saturdaze – Drink in the not-so-humid rays and a whole lot of cocktails for your perfect Saturday bump. We’ll be getting down to the sexy, Indie Funk sounds of Magic City Hippies followed by a jam-filled DJ set by Electric Pickle resident, Arremer Jack. The garden will come alive to the tunes of local music lovers *swoon*.
Where: The Wynwood Yard – 70 NW 29th ST. Time: 1PM – 5PM. Tickets: RSVP here.


Seaside Sessions at The Bandshell – Night 2 of The Rhythm Foundation’s newest series (Night 1 is Jan 16th and features Marco Benevento) continues the musical odyssey, with young jazz sensation Christian Scott in concert; Ethiopian jazzman Hailu Mergia; and an opening set by Aaron Lebos Reality, all at the historic North Beach Bandshell.
Where: North Beach Bandshell – 7275 Collins Ave. Time: 7PM – 11PM. Tickets: Get em here.

Sunday, January 24th:

Arts in The Park – The Bass Museum of Art, Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO) and Miami Beach Arts in the Parks will hold the fourth annual MISO@thebass concert in Collins Park.Music lovers are encouraged to bring their own picnic and an award will be given for most creative BASSket. During the concert, parents and children are invited join in the fun of “Outdoor Art” with the free monthly IDEA@thebass Family Day that will be held from 4-5 p.m.
Where: Collins Park. Time: 4PM. Tickets: Free.

Full Moon Night Swim – Usually the Freehand’s delicious-looking pool is off-limits after a few nightly cocktails, but swing by for a full moon dip where everyone is welcome. Shop curated pop-ups and sample hand-crafted cocktails at one of the cities favorite hangs.
Where: Freehand Miami – 2727 Indian Creek Dr. Time: 7PM. Tickets: Free.

Tuesday, January 26th:

Recess Coffee – Everyone needs a break from the busy office atmosphere. Good thing The Wynwood Yard is here for your daily Recess! Come by for a chill lunch break with free WiFi and complimentary vibes. Get a free coffee when you share the event or post a photo at The Wynwood Yard on socials. Spread the word and share the love.
Where: The Wynwood Yard – 70 NW 29th ST. Time: 12PM. Tickets: RSVP here.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at O Cinema – Popcorn Nights & O Cinema are proud to present the 30th Anniversary of FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF: We absolutely love the work from the late John Hughes. He had given us so many gems during the 1980’s and we love each and every one of them. Last year Popcorn Nights and O Cinema kicked things off with a 30th anniversary event for The Breakfast Club and we decided to start the new year with another beloved John Hughes classic, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Where: O, Cinema Wynwood – 90 NW 29th ST. Time: 9-11PM. Tickets: Get em here.

Wednesday, January 27th:

Rooftop Unplugged Sessions – Swing by The Filling Station Lofts pool deck for an awe-inspiring view of the A+E District while local ethereal songstress, Brika, takes the stage for a live performance you won’t want to miss. Enjoy light bites and hand-crafted sips to wash down the city’s magic. The show is Sold Out but walk-ins are welcome after RSVPs are accommodated.
Where: Filling Station Lofts – 1657 N Miami Ave. Time: 6:30-8:30PM. Tickets: See above.

Thursday, January 28th:

Nu Deco Ensemble with Spam Allstars – Nu Deco Ensemble makes its Miami Beach debut at the historic North Beach Bandshell, performing its signature music of genre-bending eclectic styles. This classically trained 21st Century Chamber Orchestra will delight audiences with a program that features the music of Daft Punk, JS Bach, LCD Soundsystem, Adam Schoenberg, Clint Needhman, and a special collaboration with Spam Allstars.
Where: North Beach Bandshell – 7275 Collins Ave. Time: 8PM. Tickets: Get em here.


Friday, January 29th:

Raise Miami – Support Miami artists by checking out some dope paintings, prints, jewelry and much more. The New Tropic will be giving away one free membership to help you Live Like You Live Here, plus live Art by Cory Hunter Art, Amanda Gelpi and Muta; grooves by Mysterr, Phantasman, Alex Villar, and DJ ZEHNO. Also, criminal defense attorney and local rabble-rouser Sara Yousuf will dispense advice a la Lucy from Charlie Brown. Win a free Graffiti bike tour with Miami’s Best Graffiti Guide: Ryan the Wheelbarrow. Live art, vendors, music, advice, bike tours, that’s what Miami is all about, let’s celebrate!
Where: Wynwood 5th Ave. Time: 7PM. Tickets: $5 Donation.

Culture Collective – Curated by Inez Barlatier (of Kazoots) The Culture Collective is a platform for artists to create beyond their comfort zones. In this edition of The Culture Collective, artists from Haiti, West Africa, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua and Miami are represented through collaborative work in the form of film, music and spoken word. Food, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages will be available by way of suggested donations and Freedom Hall will be capturing these rare moments on film!
Where: The New Tropic – 7230 NW Miami CT. Time: 7:30PM – 11:30PM. Tickets: $5.

Saturday, January 30th:

Seaside Sessions – Night 3 of the news series presented by The Rhythm Foundation closes the musical odyssey, with DRKWAV featuring John Medeski, Adam Deitch, and Skerik. Plus, an opening set by Aroze Troubadou, at the historic North Beach Bandshell.
Where: North Beach Bandshell – 7275 Collins Ave. Time: 7PM – 11PM. Tickets: Get em here.