Culture Guide: April 1st – April 15th

April 1, 2016admin

Spring is in full effect, the weather’s as unstable as a dog in heat and we’re getting ready for a season full of change and transition. This is the time where we come together to celebrate all of the hard work we’ve been putting out during a beautiful Winter season. I’m sure all of you are washing off the jokes of the day, but enough of the Foolsin’, April is going to be a seriously fun time in our city and check out of first culture guide of the month to see why:

Saturday, April 2nd:

SWAN Spoke Soul Festival – The goal of this artistic showcase is to help transition novice artists to a career as a successful artist. This special showcase will feature designers, visual artists, and performance artists. The entire performing arts building of Little Haiti Cultural Complex will be transformed into a haven of and for South Florida’s rising women artists. There will be 2 stories of art & design and a state of the art theater will blast a performance heard and felt on planet Mars.
Where: Little Haiti Cultural Complex – 212 NW 59th Ter. Time: 6PM – 9PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.

Sunday, April 3rd:

The Ultimate Brunch – The Citadel in Little River will open its doors for one game-changing Sunday featuring tantalizing suprises for every taste. Take your pick of over a dozen Miami brunch masters, jam to the live tunes of Patrick & The Swayzees and Magic City Hippies, and bounce to electronic rhythms provided by III Points’ Legs Benedict and Klangbox.FM’s Patrick Walsh. Sip on pitchers of brunch essentials like Bloody Marys and Mimosas, plus some other great family-style cocktails by Mac’s Pubs.
Where: The Citadel – 8330 NE 2nd Ave. Time: 10AM – 3PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.


Monday, April 4th:

Shadows of Home: New Musical Works Based on Poems – “Shadows of Home” is a concert combining music and poetry from composers and writers who have experienced exile from their homes or imprisonment within their homelands during times of political and social turmoil. Musicians from the New World Symphony, led by fellow Hannah Nicholas, perform a range of folk, classical and contemporary compositions, including the world premiere of a string quartet by American Iranian composer Sahba Aminikia, based on poetry from his homeland. The works presented are linked together by the pervasive ideal of home as revealed through a deep nostalgia for the past and perhaps an anguished desire to escape the present.
Where: The New Tropic – 7230 NW Miami CT. Time: 8PM – 9:30PM. Tickets: Free.

Tuesday, April 5th:

Design Thinking for the 2016 Public Space Challenge – Great for new and experienced design thinkers alike, this exercise-driven workshop will walk you through the full design thinking cycle to help you uncover great ideas to creating, improving and activating local public spaces. You’ll leave not only with design thinking experience but also with actionable ideas that you may submit to the 2016 Public Space Challenge hosted by The Miami Foundation, where $305,000 will be invested to make top ideas a reality!
Where: The Miami Foundation – 40 NW 3rd ST. Time: 6:30PM – 9:30PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.

Wednesday, April 6th:

The Miami Soul Train – All aboard the Miami Soul Train for a night of Funky tunes courtesy of Miami-Dade Public Transit. Come engage with Miami’s public transportation system in a new and exciting way! Join us on the metromover for a silent get down with headphones and beats provided by Silent Revolution MIA. There will be three colored groups of headphones: Red, Blue, and Green. Each team will be given glow-stick flare to match their own headphone color so no one gets lost among the bustle. Late-night grub by A Pizza Truck, and Motown-inspired cocktails all night long. Make sure to arrive early because only 200 headphones will be dispersed.
Where: 1440 N Miami Ave. Time: 7PM – 11PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.


Thursday, April 7th:

OPENING RECEPTION | Implicitly Stated – Comprising of small watercolor studies, Michael Williams transforms singular expressions into a communal dialogue. Through the spatial placement and specific groupings, the work creates interpretive narratives that range from simple emotional relationships to broader societal themes. The use of light and the implication of line it creates has always been an essential part of Williams’ work. Combined with the delicacy of watercolor, it creates an intimacy and acts to further enhance the audience’s role in the interpretation of the work’s narrative.
Where: O Cinema Wynwood – 90 NW 29th ST. Time: 6PM – 9PM. Tickets: Free.

Friday, April 8th & Saturday, April 9th:

TransAtlantic Festival Day 1 – The Rhythm Foundation has done it 15 years in a row, and now they’re ready to deliver the sounds of the world once again. The North Beach Bandshell will be transformed this weekend into a cultural celebration for all ages. Night 1 features the tunes of Beirut with their Miami debut and Mexican funk outfit Troker, plus local tunes by Kazoots. Night 2 features the Afro-beat jams of EMEFE, and local funk tunes by Psychic Mirrors, plus, local singer-songwriter Chantil Dukhart.
Where: The North Beach Bandshell – 7275 Collins Ave. Time: 6PM – 11PM. Tickets: Get em here.

Saturday, April 9th:

Keg & Klean – A beach clean with a rad reward of FREE BEER by Wynwood Brewing Company at Key Biscayne, Crandon Park, NORTH BEACH! The tent will be on the beach near lifeguard stand #1, right behind the Nature Center. They will have bags, gloves and waivers for you to fill out. Oh, and a keg. Fall out of bed at 2pm, head over with a little bit of giving back thrown in. Bring Your Own Cup! They will NOT be handing out disposable cups for brews. Do the ocean a favor and bring your own beer holder, or you will be doing keg stands.
Where: Crandon Park North Beach. Time: 3PM – 7:30PM. Tickets: Free.

Stones Throw 20th Anniversary Tour – Bardot is bringing the one & only Peanut Butter Wolf to The Carpet alongside his Stones Throw Records label signees Mndsgn and J Rocc. PBW’s music is deeply implanted in his West Coast roots, drawing influence more specifically from his home city of San Jose. His sets are funky and energetic, paying tribute to the old school hip-hop that used to rule the dance underground throughout the 90s. Peanut Butter Wolf will be a real treat for those who have a profound respect for the classics, and his set will be one you definitely will not want to miss.
Where: Bardot – 3456 N Miami Ave. Time: 10PM (Doors). Tickets: Get em here.

Sunday, April 10th:

Reggae Sundays – If there’s one genre of music that fits the chillest of vibes, it’s Reggae. We haven’t been able to find a good Reggae jam in a while and so happy that the Kulcha Shok Muzik krew has come back with this fun new series at The Wynwood Yard. Swing by on the 10th for the first session featuring live tunes by Rythmadix and more for the perfect Sunday atmosphere.
Where: The Wynwood Yard – 70 NW 29th ST. Time: 4PM. Tickets: Free.


Tuesday, April 12th:

DiscoTacos: The Return of the Taco – Swing by Treehouse for Miami’s only all-vinyl showcase with free tacos before 7pm. They’ll have 3 local live painters going down in the courtyard, local chef creations by Gregory Paulo Tetzner, and tons of tunes by Puma & Harry, Patrik Bergqvist, Lowcut (Live), Will Buck, Franco Alexander & Colangelo and more. This is one of the biggest loves of local talent, make sure you don’t sleep on it.
Where: Treehouse Miami – 313 23rd ST. Time: 6PM – 5AM. Tickets: Free entry.

Thursday, April 14th:
Brand New Mornings – This is a monthly interactive conversations about branding, creativity and business in our beautiful Little Havana space. They believe in nurturing a strong community of entrepreneurs in Miami. Brand New Mornings welcomes South Florida business owners looking to connect with others who share the values of creativity, community and collaboration. Their first event will focus on “Creativity and Business” – how opening up space to create in your life can have a real impact in your thinking and opportunities.
Where: 537 SW 12th Ave. Time: 8:30AM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.

Movies Under the Stars – The A+E District collaboration with Miami International Film Festival is back with their next installment of Movies Under the Stars at their new location! Enjoy a free screening of “The Strongest Man” made by an entirely local team, set in Miami. The comedy follows a local Cuban man on his adventurous quest to recover his most prized possession: his golden BMX bicycle. Grab bites by Gaucho Ranch and gourmet popcorn by Mad Chiller. Sip on Vice City Bean coffee and a beer and wine bar. Bring friends, family, & lawn chairs. Please arrive early as chairs are first come first serve.
Where: 1440 N Miami Ave. Time: 7PM – 10PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.

And a tease:

Sweat’s Record Store Day – Headlining this year’s main stage at Churchill’s is none other than SHABAZZ PALACES. That’s right, a FREE, ALL-AGES show with one of the most exciting and experimental duos in hip hop, featuring Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler of Digable Planets and multi-instrumentalist Tendai Maraire. Their excellent albums “Black Up” and “Lese Majesty” have been top sellers at Sweat. Doors open at 8am for the Record Store Day exclusives. Starting at 7am DJ LE SPAM will serenade the line-waiters with a vinyl DJ set from his tricked out WV Sound Bus! Tunes all day will feature: PARTY FLAG, BLEUBIRD, EONS and more locals, but grub by food trucks more.
Where: Sweat Records – 5505 NE 2nd Ave. Time: 8AM – 2AM. Tickets: Free.