This week in Miami brings a new (and unique) tearoom to the city, as well as a revamped version of an old favorite restaurant. Meanwhile, the Summer Shorts Festival will have you on the floor with laughter, and 131 Projects presents a Florida-centric art exhibit.
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June 3 | Art exhibit
From Eden to Sahara
131 Projects presents From Eden to Sahara, a group exhibition by local artists reflecting on the themes in John Kunkel’s book by the same name. Kunkel wrote the book during his travels documenting Florida’s environment, plant life, and American Indian villages in the 1920s with Charles Deering and David Fairchild. Artists at the opening reception on June 3 will include AholSniffsGlue, Huffer Collective, and Nicole Saucedo.
6 p.m.–11 p.m. | 7101 North Miami Ave. Suite 103, Miami | website
June 2–July 3 | Theater festival
City Theater’s Summer Shorts: America’s Short Play Festival is an annual tradition in Miami. The festival highlights ten-minute plays and musicals—perfect for short attention spans or for seeing a lot in a little bit of time. Now in its 21st year, Summer Shorts is held at the Carnival Studio Theater. Come ready to laugh, because this season’s selections are some of the nation’s most hilarious.
7 p.m., Tuesday–Sunday | 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami | From $39 | website
Through June 19 | Fashion exhibit
Bellissima: Italy and High Fashion 1945-1986
Italian fashion designers Valentino, Emilio Pucci, Fendi, and some lesser-known names like Germana Marucelli and Fernanda Gattinoni are on display at the NSU Art Museum in Fort Lauderdale for its Belissima: Italy and High Fashion 1945-1986 exhibit. The aim is to explore how fashion tied into culture during that era in Italy, and curators Maria Luisa Frida (fashion curator at the University of Venice) and Stefano Tonchi (editor-in-chief at W Magazine) certainly delivered.
Times vary | NSU Art Museum, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Miami | $12 | website
The Federal made waves when it first opened a few years ago; it was featured on just about every “Best of” list and appeared on national television and in magazines. However, owners Cesar Zapata and Ani Meinhold weren’t afraid to turn around and update the concept a bit. The Fed is a new incarnation of The Federal. The food is a little lighter, and the interior is revamped, but the taste and ambiance is just as good. Join them every day for a happy hour called La Boracherra, or head over for the bottomless boozy brunch on Sundays.
The Fed | 5132 Biscayne Blvd., Miami | website
Now open | Tearoom
JoJo Tea Tasting Room
You’ve seen JoJo Tea on just about every worthwhile menu in Miami for a few years, but now they finally have a space to call their own. Tucked inside an office building off Le Jeune and 9th Street is a tearoom oasis created by the two Miamians behind the city’s only artisanal tea brand. The eight-seat tasting room offers hour-long tastings, by reservation only, for just $20.
JoJo Tea Tasting Room | 951 S. LeJuene Rd., Coral Gables | website
Patricia Guarch Wise is a Miami native and the blogger behind Miami Nice. Her interests include paella, paranormal activity, Proenza Schouler, and her Pekingese named Bonnaroo.
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