The Café at Books and Books Adrienne Arsht Center

Here are the five coolest things to do in and around Miami this week. We publish a new list every Wednesday, covering Thursday through Wednesday. Stay tuned for insider updates on restaurant openings, festivals, exhibitions, shows, weekend escapes, and more. Planning a trip? Check out the AFAR guide to Miami.

September 10–13 | Theater
Shorts Gone Wild 3
The Fillmore usually hosts musical acts, but for four days this week the iconic theater returns to its roots as a variety show venue as it puts on a festival of short plays. For Shorts Gone Wild, a collaboration between City Theatre and Island City Stage, six actors, eight playwrights, four directors, and a design team put together eight new humorous LGBT-themed works.
8 p.m. (5 p.m. Sunday) | The Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach | (305) 673-7300 | From $32.50 | website 

September 12 | Comedy, booze & books
Authors Tending Bar
Pulitzer Prize–winning humorist Dave Barry teams up with fellow writers Adam Mansbach and Alan Zweibel to serve drinks at the Cafe at Books & Books in the Arsht Center. Mansbach, author of the New York Times bestseller Go The F*** To Sleep, and Zweibel, one of the original writers on Saturday Night Live, recently published Benjamin Franklin: Huge Pain in my…! aimed at tweens, but the humor—and the drinks—at this event are for grownups.
7.30 p.m. | Books & Books at Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami | (305) 405-1745 | Free | website 

September 16–17 | Film
Miami Fashion Film Festival
You don’t even have to take off your flip-flops to enter the world of high fashion at the third annual Miami Fashion Film Festival. The two-day celebration screens documentaries, narrative films, and experimental shorts dealing with the culture and business of style. The festival opens on Wednesday with an exhibit of fashion photos and collages by artist Deming King Harriman at 330 Spaces, in Wynwood. On Thursday night, the Miami Beach Cinematheque hosts the screenings. Program A begins at 7 p.m. and features 15 films followed by a panel discussion. Program B starts at 9 p.m. and culminates with award announcements. It all wraps up with a party at the Freehand Miami.
Times vary | Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach | (305) 673-4567 | From $10 | website 

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New opening | Restaurant
Plethore & Balthazar at the Hilton Bentley
Originating in Lyon, France, Plethore & Balthazar has now come to the beachfront Hilton Bentley in Miami Beach. Dedicated to preserving the gastronomic traditions of France, the chic restaurant includes a brasserie, deli, cocktail bar, and pool bar, offering everything from gourmet breakfast to afternoon tea to romantic dinner for two. They also partner with the Bentley Beach Club, making light bites (think fresh fruit with mint leaves, or red snapper sandwiches) to eat right on the sand.
Plethore & Balthazar at Hilton Bentley, 101 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach | (305) 672-6624 | website 

Weekend Escape
Cocoa Beach
Just under four hours from Miami on Florida’s Space Coast, Cocoa Beach is a good old Florida beach town. Check out the eponymous beach or Lori Wilson Park for stretches of sand that feel silent compared to Miami’s South Beach. Also take a day and drive over to the nearby Kennedy Space Center, where from September 11 to 16 you can catch a Q&A session with astronaut Ed Gibson! Back in Cocoa Beach, Jazzy’s Mainely Lobster and Seafood market and restaurant is a must-visit for lobster fans. However, devotees of the Florida lobster might want to choose the fried clam strips or the Dijon mussels—Jazzy’s specializes in Maine lobster only.

Patricia Guarch Wise is a Miami native and blogger behind Her interests include paella, paranormal activity, Proenza Schouler, and her Pekingese named Bonnaroo.