This is a week of art and new openings in Miami. First, sculpture artist Matthew Ronay will give a talk on the wide variety of topics that inspire his craft. Then, get a clue and hunt down free art all over the city on Free Art Friday. Celebrate your finds with dim sum at the new Sarsaparilla Club or drinks at the new Langford Hotel.
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March 10 | Art talk
Matthew Ronay at PAMM
Sculpture artist Matthew Ronay is known for colorful, crafted objects made of wood, fabric, and clay morphed into all shapes on all scales. To celebrate the opening of his new installation for the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), which will live right next to the museum’s main entrance, he’s giving a talk about five individuals who inspired and influenced his artistic practice. Expect topics ranging from wavelengths and biology to mysticism and maps to be discussed.
7 p.m. | 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami | (305) 375-3000 | $16 | website
March 11 | Art
Free Art Friday
Free Art Friday, a worldwide movement to bring art into people’s homes—for free!—has come to Miami. This giant scavenger hunt will take you looking for free pieces of art that artists and wannabe artists alike have hidden around the city. All types of artists, from poets to painters, are invited to participate. All you have to do is check out the Facebook page for clues to join in the fun. You know what they say: Finders, keepers.
Locations vary | Free | website
March 12–13 | Escape the city
Hutchinson Island—just two hours out of Miami by car—is often called out for having Florida’s prettiest beaches. Happily, these shores are also known as some of the least-visited ones in the state. Check out the 20-mile long spit of Blind Creek Beach for an incredible leisurely walk, or Bathtub Reef Beach for snorkeling. For dining, the Riverwalk Café and Oyster Bar can’t be beat. Book a room at the Four Fish Inn, where you can easily pop over to neighboring Jensen and Stuart Beaches.
Four Fish Inn, 2225 NE Indian River Dr., Jensen Beach | (772) 334-0936 | website
Now open | Hotel
The Langford Hotel
The Langford Hotel is the first of its kind: a charming boutique hotel in a remodeled historic site, right in the bustling center of downtown Miami. The building was formerly the Miami National Bank—added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989—and the restoration highlights the original building’s design and architecture. With only 126 rooms and a beautiful, high-end take on Beaux-Arts, 1920s style, the Langford is sure to become a go-to for the modern business traveler.
121 SE 1st St., Miami | (305) 537-7040 | website
Now open | Restaurant
The Sarsaparilla Club
You’ve heard of “farm-to-table” cuisine, but what about “cart-to-table”? That’s the modern American comfort food and Cantonese dim sum concept that chefs Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth are playing with at the Sarsaparilla Club. Florida native McInnis is a Top Chef alumnus and James Beard nominated chef who’s helmed the kitchens at Gigi and Yardbird. Booth worked under McInnis at Gigi and Yardbird before moving on to Khong River House and gaining her own James Beard nomination and—like mentor, like mentee—competing on Top Chef. The Sarsaparilla menu includes small plated dim sum like beet and short rib dumplings as well as heartier entrees like green curry fried chicken.
1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach | 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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