Get a dose or two of music in Miami this week: Catch the wonderfully alternative music of violinist Kishi Bashi, hear the African diaspora explored through the vocal chords of artists on the level of Nas and Talib Kweli, or listen to the Fairchild Ensemble Players perform at the botanic garden’s annual holiday celebration. Feeling hungry? Two new spots will satisfy your cravings.
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November 26 | Now open: Bakery
Zak Stern, also called Zak the Baker, is known around town as the bread master of Miami. Last week, he opened a new bakery, 295 Bakery, down the street from his very popular 405 Café in Wynwood. The new spot is all kosher and open to the public Sunday through Friday. But you don't have to visit to find his signature breads and pastries: 295 Bakery will also provide its kosher carbs to restaurants and grocery stores around the city.
295 NW 26th St., Miami | website
November 29 | Now open: Restaurant
It may seem odd that this New York–based restaurant is bringing California-style cuisine to Miami Beach—until you find out that chef Justin Smillie was born in rural Upland, California, and raised in the equally rustic Hunterdon County, New Jersey. Smillie has spent a lot of time on both coasts, and he was foraging for wild ingredients before he ever dreamed of becoming a chef. The new space in Miami features cozy booths and warm woods, and the menu includes standouts such as sausage and kale pizza, wood-fired Florida prawns, handmade pastas and ricotta, and crispy potatoes with pickled dill–jalapeño mayonnaise.
49 Collins Ave., Miami Beach | website
December 8 - 10 | Music
Nu Deco Ensemble
Famed violinist Kishi Bashi takes the stage with the Nu Deco Ensemble at Miami Light Project this week. Born Kaoru Ishibashi, Kishi Bashi was once a member of the dreamy alt-pop band Of Montreal, and he’s performed with other indie artists, including Regina Spektor and Sondre Lerch. Nu Deco Ensemble is a chamber orchestra with a new approach to classical music that focuses on multi-disciplinary collaboration. Given Bashi’s eclectic musical history, this is sure to be an entertaining show that approaches musical performance in a fresh way.
8:00 PM | The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami | From $35 | website
December 9 | Music
A Diaspora Calling! Concert Series
Ms. Lauren Hill’s A Diaspora Calling! Concert Series has hit the road, and it will perform twice in Miami Beach this week (December 9 and 11). The concert series will feature collaborative performances that explore themes of the African diaspora. The featured guests haven’t been announced yet, but showgoers in other cities have seen Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Talib Kweli, Nas, and others take the stage.
8:30 PM | The Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach | From $55 | website
December 11 | Music
Holiday Concert at Fairchild
The winter holiday season has officially begun and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is celebrating with its 22nd annual holiday concert. The Fairchild Ensemble Players will provide the sounds, and the garden’s vegetation and flowers will provide the sights. Before the show, light bites and drinks will be served under the stars; after the show, dessert.
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables | From $250 | 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.