It’s all about art in Miami this week. First, head to the Pérez Art Museum Miami for Small Business Saturday, when artists will be showcasing and selling their works. Then hit the streets for Tide by Side, an artistic parade unlike any you’ve experienced before. The Locust Projects brings Alexis Gideon’s The Comet and the Glacier video opera to the city, and sculpture by Miami-based artist Antuan Rodriguez is exhibited in The Other Dimension at North Miami’s MOCA.
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November 1 | Now open: Restaurant
Mark Soyka is behind some of Miami’s coolest establishments, including News Café, the former Van Dyke Café, and Soyka. Morningside’s new Café Roval is Soyka’s first new concept in 15 years. The restaurant, located inside a limestone building that once served as a tap house providing water to the neighborhood, focuses on classic local fare with a Mediterranean slant. The spot now has a lush backyard for sipping cocktails and slurping oysters and a cozy, chandelier-lit interior.
5808 NE 4th Ct., Miami | website
November 26 | Shopping
Small Business Saturday at PAMM
Pérez Art Museum Miami is hosting a special event for Small Business Saturday, the nationwide initiative that aims to get people shopping locally on the day after Black Friday. The museum will have artists like Dafné Alleno, Werner Blumenthal, and Michelle Weinberg on site to showcase and sell their works. It’s the perfect opportunity to use your consumer power for the good cause of promoting the arts—plus, it’s a great place to buy gifts you won’t be able to find anywhere else.
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM | 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami | $16 | website
November 27 | Art
Tide by Side: Artistic Processional Performance
The Faena hotel and residences are expanding this week with a new art complex. On Sunday, they’re celebrating with an artistic procession called Tide by Side, which draws from parades and carnivals to celebrate more than 30 Miami cultural institutions. The free performance came together under the watch of artistic director Claire Tancons, musical director Arto Lindsay, and architectural director Gia Wolff, and it will include appearances by Carlos Betancourt, Los Carpinteros, and Ernesto Neto. The parade route will take over several of Miami’s busiest streets, and onlookers are invited to participate, not just watch from the sidelines. The festivities will continue past Sunday into next week for Miami Art Week.
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM | Collins Ave. btw. 32nd and 36th St., Miami | Free | website
November 29 | Art
The Comet and the Glacier
The renowned nonprofit Locust Projects is hosting artist Alexis Gideon for the debut of The Comet and the Glacier, a video opera and immersive installation, at its space in the Miami Design District. Gideon describes his installation as a “live video opera,” which includes elements of stop-motion animation, musical composition, live performance, video, paintings, and sculptures. The exhibition is centered on a narrative about an imaginary book, The Almanac, of which The Comet and the Glacier is a chapter.
7:30 PM | 3852 North Miami Ave., Miami | Free | website
November 30 - January 22 | Art
The Other Dimension
Miami Art Week is around the corner and some establishments, including the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, are already hosting opening events. This week the MOCA is opening a sculpture-focused exhibit called The Other Dimension: Contemporary Art Practice as the Existence of Higher Dimensions. Cuban American artist Antuan Rodriguez explores how humans communicate—and the human desire for universal communication—through never-before-seen sculptures. Stop by on the 30th for the opening night reception, or catch the exhibition on display through January 22.
770 NE 125th St., Miami | $30 | 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.
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