This week in Miami, a global equestrian tour kicks off on the beach, Lewis Black delights with his signature comedy rants, and Pearl Jam rocks the AmericanAirlines Arena. It's also your last chance to catch the Frost Museum's The Art of Video Games exhibit, which closes next week.
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April 7–10 | Equestrian tournament
Longines Global Champions Tour
The Longines Global Champions Tour’s 2016 season has stops all over the world, including in places like Vienna, Chantilly, Shanghai, and Doha. And where does this internationally recognized, months-long equestrian tournament pick as its launch city? Sunny Miami Beach. The Atlantic Ocean will serve as the backdrop to impressive jumps, trots, tricks, and gallops. The event is free to the public and open to all, and the Sunday team competition is the must-see event.
Between 21st and 22nd Streets (behind the Setai Hotel), Miami Beach | Free | website
April 8 | Comedy
Lewis Black’s tour, The Emperor’s New Clothes: The Naked Truth, comes to the historic Fillmore Miami Beach this week. You can expect his trademark ranting, yelling, and finger-pointing to be in full effect, as well as the humor that got him a weekly segment on The Daily Show—a three-minute rant called Back in Black where nothing and no one was safe.
8 p.m. | 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach | From $39.50 | website
April 9 | Concert
Pearl Jam is playing Bonnaroo, Jazz Fest, Wrigley Field, and Fenway this year—but first, they’re taking over the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami. One of the most influential rock bands of the ‘90s, Pearl Jam has been consistently touring for over two decades, but it’s this summer’s slots at major festivals that has strummed up some additional interest in the classic band. Catch them in an arena setting before they head to the outdoor stages.
7:30 p.m. | 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami | From $67 | website
April 9–10 | Escape the city
For nature lovers looking to enjoy the last of mild Florida weather before the impending temperature spike, an outdoor weekend in Cabbage Key might scratch the itch. Cabbage Key is a 100-acre island just a few hours’ flight from Miami, where you won’t find a car or even a paved road. Just north of Sanibel, this is the perfect place for a romantic weekend filled with quiet activities like shelling, fishing, boating, and just hanging out on the beach.
Closing soon | Art exhibit
The Art of Video Games
It’s the last full week to visit The Art of Video Games, an exhibit organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum at the Frost Art Museum. Most people have played a video game, but have you ever stopped and considered the artistry involved in a game’s creation? This is one of the first exhibitions to take a deeper look at video games and their evolution as an artistic medium for painting, writing, storytelling, and cinematography, from the Atari to the PlayStation.
10975 SW 17th St., Miami | (305) 348-2890 | Free | 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.