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Miami June 23–29: Viernes Culturales & Miami Indie Film Fest

The best of what to do in and around Miami this week

Get ready for art and film in Miami this week. First, stroll through multiple galleries in Little Havana during Viernes Culturales. Then, check out the inaugural Mindie Film Fest, and see the Miami Flea like you’ve never seen it before. Finally, visit a new, thought-provoking exhibit at the MOCA, and eat a work of art in doughnut form courtesy of the Salty Donut. 

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June 24 | Art walk
Viernes Culturales
Viernes Culturales (Cultural Friday) is more than just an art walk. Located along Calle Ocho, the main artery of Little Havana, Viernes Culturales is a gallery-hop, foodie festival, and musical event. Centered in Domino Plaza, the monthly event highlights the local influence of Cuban culture in Little Havana and more broadly in the city of Miami. The work of local artists and artisans will be on display in stores and galleries, and Afro-Cuban music will fill the streets.
7–11 p.m. | Domino Plaza, 1637 SW 8th St., Miami | Free | website

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June 25–26 | Film
Miami Independent Film Festival
The Miami Independent Film Festival, also known as Mindie, is an ongoing film festival celebrating its first annual film showcase this year. Over 1,000 films were submitted for review, and this weekend at the Screening Room the finalists will be shown. The screenings will culminate in a presentation of awards for the Best Feature Film, Best Feature Documentary, Best Student Film, and more.
2–8 p.m. | The Screening Room, 2626 NW 2nd Ave., Miami | Free | website

June 25–26 | Food
The Salty Donut Collaborates with Lee Brian Schrager
Miami’s first artisanal doughnut shop, the Salty Donut, has been wooing the foodie crowd as a pop-up for months with its homemade, all-natural approach to the doughnut. In anticipation of its upcoming permanent location, the Salty Donut has partnered with Lee Brian Schrager, the creator of the South Beach Food & Wine Festival, to celebrate his new book, America’s Best Breakfasts: Favorite Local Breakfasts from Coast to Coast. Using the book and breakfasts around the country as inspiration, the masterminds at Salty Donut will create a surprise, limited-edition doughnut that will be available this weekend only. They will sell out fast, so make sure to stop by early.
11 a.m. | The Salty Donut, 29 NW 24th St., Miami | website

Viernes Culturales
June 26 | Flea Market
The Miami Flea at Night
This pop-up shopping event has become popular with Miamians. The organizers are shaking things up this week and opening for an evening flea market rather than the usual morning event. That means friends, drinks, and dancing are in order, all of which the Flea will provide. Get to know local artists selling their works, drink craft beer and eat local favorites in the Grub Garden, and dance to live music by The Wynwoods, Jahzel Dotel, Camila Luna, and Uncle Scotchy.
4–8 p.m. | 1440 N. Miami Ave., Miami | Free | website

Now open | Exhibit
Intersectionality
A new collection of work at North Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art addresses intersectionality, a concept used to express the connectedness of oppressive institutions. More than 50 artists from South Florida and beyond have contributed works that reflect on intersectionality as it relates to racism, sexism, homophobia, and classism. Visit the exhibit on June 24 and stay for a performance by local Latin/jazz band Llanzallamas Monofonica at 8 p.m.
Times vary | Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami | $5 | 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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