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Miami September 8–14: Leon Bridges & The Moth’s StorySlam

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

Satisfy all your senses in Miami this week. First, see a Smithsonian exhibit in Miami at the Curtiss Mansion, and attend one of the Moth’s popular StorySlam events. Or head to the Fillmore Miami Beach for a ’50s-inspired concert by Leon Bridges. Satiate your hunger at Shimuja, the popular pop-up that just moved locations, or at Phuc Yea, a Viet-Cajun cuisine specialist that started as a pop-up and has just moved into a permanent space.

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September 10–October 22 | Museum exhibit
Curtiss Mansion is one of Miami’s lesser-known museums. Located in Miami Springs, the National Register of Historic Places site was the home of aviator and inventor Glenn Hammond Curtiss. Nowadays, Curtiss Mansion hosts traveling museum exhibits, wildlife events, talks, and more. This fall, the museum will be showing “Water/Ways,” a Smithsonian exhibit that focuses on increasing awareness about the environment and eco-stewardship through the lens of water and waterways. Curtiss Mansion is also hosting a busy calendar of corresponding events, including a photo contest, water bird-watching, an activity with the Miami Science Barge, and a presentation from Cuban immigrants who made the perilous journey across the water to Miami.
Times vary | Curtiss Mansion, 500 Deer Run, Miami Springs | Free | website

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September 13 | Storytelling
StorySlam: Money
The Moth, a storytelling podcast that is downloaded more than 30 million times per year, is back in Miami with another live show. This month’s theme is “Money,” and all personal tales that touch on it are welcome. From telling of Craiglist’s deals gone wrong to high rollers winning at the blackjack tables, the stories you hear (or tell) at this event will make it one of a kind. Sign up to express your voice and tell your story on stage (no notes allowed), or participate as an audience member and help pick the night’s winner.
7 p.m. | Olympia Theater, 174 E. Flagler St. | $10 | website

September 13 | Concert
Leon Bridges
Leon Bridges is only 26 years old, but he’s channeled the sound of an old soul. This week, Bridges is bringing the music of the 1950s and ’60s to the Fillmore Miami Beach. His first album, Coming Home, and his track of the same name, were breakout successes that landed him on the top charts and playlists all over the country. Now you can hear him live in the acoustically perfect Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater.
7 p.m. | 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach | From $35 | website

The Moth's StorySlam
Now open | Pop-up restaurant
Finding information on Shimuja, the pop-up ramen restaurant operating out of Shokudo, isn’t easy. The website is mostly in Japanese, because its three other locations are all in Japan. Similarly, the menu is entirely in Japanese. Now the pop-up’s location has moved from its original spot in Miami Beach to 2nd Avenue in Buena Vista. Head there to taste authentic ramens like the Tonkotsu (made with Chashu pork), as well as other soups and rice bowls. Rumor has it that the restaurant is moving to a permanent location in Davie eventually, so head to the pop-up soon before it’s gone again.
Shimuja, 4740 2nd Ave., Miami | website

Now open | Restaurant
Phuc Yea
Phuc Yea started the pop-up restaurant craze in Miami. Now it's back after a five-year hiatus in a new, full-time space. The restaurant, known for its signature Vietnamese-Cajun cuisine mix, has a homey yet stylish interior, giving the place a very easy-going vibe. Choose from a raw bar (oysters, shrimp, beef tartare), a build-your-own Cajun wok meal, salads, noodles, rolls, and appetizers like spicy smoked chicken wings or eggplant curry.
Phuc Yea, 7100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami | 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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