Stories shine in Miami this week. From personal recounts of heartbreak to the connection between vintage maps and how they appear now, you’ll find plenty of juicy details to keep you nodding along. Foodies should save room for dinner and sake at Ichimi, the success story of an Italian chef marrying his roots with Japanese ramen, and music lovers can expect to be blown away by a legendary singer at the Seminole Hard Rock. If the flurry of the week leaves you craving downtime, head to the quaint Anna Maria Island, just a short drive from the mainland but worlds away in speed of life.
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February 5–7 | Fair
Miami International Map Fair
Vintage maps, antique globes, and history-rich atlases are analyzed under expert eyes at the HistoryMiami Museum's giant cartophile fair. If you're expecting to hear only of the past (and see its worth on the floor of the onsite marketplace), though, you'd be wrong. Speakers at this fair delve into the history of content dissemination, how old maps can lead to new discoveries, and even how a map of the fictional Middle Earth creates a physical map in our brains.
Times vary | 101C W. Flagler St., Miami | (305) 375-1492 | From $20 for single day tickets | website
February 6–7 | Escape the city
Anna Maria Island
This tiny island clocks in at only seven miles long and—at its max—two miles wide, making it a walker's paradise. The white-sand beaches don't hurt, either. Though the last decade has seen the beach town's tourism industry growing, Anna Maria retains that Old Florida charm thanks to a steady local population. A free trolley will take you end to end, stopping at each of the island's three cities. Stop for a picnic at Bean Point, learn the island's history at the island's museum, or spend the day on turquoise waters kayaking, snorkeling the barrier reefs, or SCUBA diving.
Anna Maria City Pier, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria | website
February 9 | Open mic storytelling
The Moth Miami StorySlam
When faced with heartbreak, it's always good to vent to a close friend. Or, in the case of The Moth's annual heartbreak-themed open mic night, to a room full of strangers. Those brave enough to share their personal tales of love and loss put their names in a hat and hope to be drawn. Stories are limited to five minutes, so The Moth reccommends you prepare in advance if you want to get onstage. On or off, though, you'll be entranced by the often funny, sometimes deeply emotional, always real lives of ordinary people. Seats fill up quick, so book tickets ahead of time and arrive with a half hour or more to spare.
6 p.m. | The Olympia Theater, Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, 174 E. Flagler St., Miami | (305) 374-2444 | $10 | website
February 9 | Music
A songstress for the ages, Diana Ross is one you shouldn't miss the opportunity to hear live. From her days in the all-female pop and soul group The Supremes to her solo success, Ross has managed to deliver songs that have stood the test of time and inspired countless other musicians along the way (not to mention the TV shows, movies, and parades that have been vastly improved by songs like "I'm Coming Out" or Ross's version of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough").
8 p.m. | Hard Rock Live, 5747 Seminole Way, Hollywood | (866) 502-7523 | From $70 | website
Now open | Restaurant
Coral Gables has a new mainstay: ramen. The noodles that Ichmi executive chef Constantine De Lucia cooks up range from traditional Japanese-style ramen to Italian-inspired creations including ingredients like arborio rice. After your meal, relax in the beer and sake room, which also has a view of the kitchen's noodle-making machine, one of only ten in the U.S. that can work at the breakneck speed of 200 ramen bowls per hour.
2330 Salzedo St., Coral Gables | (305) 960-7016
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.