Get in the festive spirit this week with some traditional holiday tunes from the New World Symphony and rock ’n’ roll Christmas jingles from the Beach Boys. Hear others’ hilarious holiday stories at the Lip Service Holiday Storypalooza, and find cruelty-free and vegan gifts at the first edition of Paulie Gee’s vegan holiday market. Step away from the holidays for a moment to catch a legendary dance performance at the Colony Theatre.
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December 15 | Music
The Beach Boys: Holidays & Hits
The Beach Boys are playing their signature laid-back rock ’n’ roll at the Adrienne Arsht Center this week, and in honor of the season they’re adding their favorite holiday tunes to the set list. Expect to sing along to tracks like “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” as well as the hits “Fun, Fun, Fun” and “Good Vibrations.”
8:00 PM | Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 295 NW 26th St., Miami | From $60 | website
December 15 | Open mic
Lip Service Holiday Storypalooza
The Miami Book Fair and Shinola are hosting a night of holiday-themed open mic storytelling and cocktails at bar and venue Gramps. The Lip Service Storypalooza will give storytellers the chance to reminisce about disastrous holidays past as audience members sit back, order drinks at happy hour prices, and laugh the holiday stress away.
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM | 176 NW 24th St., Miami | Free | website
December 16 | Dance
Ritmo Jondo is a flamenco-inspired contemporary dance piece created in 1953 by José Limón. The piece tackles themes of masculinity and femininity and is beautiful to watch—plus, it’s had a significant impact on modern dance. Presented by the Dance NOW! company, which will also debut two new original pieces during the night, Ritmo Jondo is a must for any dance aficionado.
8:30 PM | Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach | From $35 | website
December 17 | Music
Wallcast Concert: Sounds of the Season
Gather in SoundScape Park outside the New World Symphony building and lay out a picnic blanket to enjoy the symphony’s holiday concert without the ticket price thanks to Wallcast, a program the symphony started to allow anyone to see to the show. A Wallcast show is exactly what it sounds like: A 7,000-square-foot video of the symphony inside is projected on a wall outside. The special holiday show will include a suite from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, “Greensleeves,” and other festive tunes.
7:30 PM | 500 17th St., Miami Beach | Free | website
December 17 | Shop
Vegan Pop-up Market at Paulie Gee’s
If you have a vegan on your holiday gift list, you probably already know that it can pose a bit of a shopping challenge to find products that are 100% appropriate. Thankfully, pizzeria Paulie Gee’s is hosting a one-day-only vegan market, where you’ll be able to find cruelty-free makeup, vegan food (including empanadas!), and more for your veggie friend or your office party spread.
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM | Paulie Gee’s, 8001 Biscayne Blvd., Miami | 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.