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Miami November 3–9: Brickell City Centre Opens and Tomatito

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Courtesy of Miami Museum of Contemporary Art


The best of what to do in and around Miami this week.

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This week in Miami, stop by the new “city within a city” that is the much-anticipated Brickell City Centre. Then eat at the newly opened Fi’lia, or make it a meat-free week at the annual all-vegan Seed Food & Wine Festival. Celebrate November, aka Miami Live Arts Month, with flamenco guitarist Tomatito, or stop by the Museum of Contemporary Art to catch a cool gallery exhibit before it closes this week.

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October 13 - November 13 | Last chance: Museum exhibit
It’s your last chance to catch Syzygy at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The multimedia art show features work by 10 female Hispanic artists, who explore themes of identity, sexuality, and spirituality in painting, photography, film, and sculpture. The show takes its name from the term in Jungian psychology for a pair of connected things, usually referring to the moon and the sun. Come see what connects these artists’ visions before the show closes on November 13.
Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125th St., Miami | $10 | website

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November 2 - 6 | Food festival
Seed Food & Wine Festival
The Seed Food & Wine Festival is back with another celebration of all-you-can-eat vegan food and environmentally friendly wine. Throughout the week, there’s a lineup of events geared toward planet-conscious eaters, including cooking demonstrations, craft beer and wine tastings, and a veggie burger battle. Saturday at Mana Wynwood is the main event, which features a grand tasting tent full of more than 200 vendors serving healthy, vegan foods.
Times & locations vary | From $55 | website

November 3 | Now open: Mixed use center
Brickell City Centre
Brickell City Centre, the retail, residential, and hotel complex in the heart of Brickell, is set to open its doors this week. The nine-acre project bills itself as a “city within a city” and features an integrated Metromover station and an outdoor cooling ribbon that will provide air conditioning in the mall’s pedestrian walkways. City Centre will also be home to restaurants such as Pubbelly Sushi and a 38,000-square-foot Italian market and food hall, plus a luxury cinema and major retail outlets, including Saks Fifth Avenue.
701 South Miami Ave., Miami | website

Brickell City Centre

November 3 | Now open: Restaurant
Michael Schwartz, the celebrity chef who popularized farm-to-table eating in south Florida, has opened his latest restaurant this week. Fi’lia, located inside the new SLS Brickell hotel, is a rustic Italian restaurant devised by French interior designer Philippe Starck. The restaurant is serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a menu that includes pizzas, pasta, and a signature olive oil blend.
1300 South Miami Ave., Miami | website

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November 4 | Dance
Celebrate Miami Live Arts Month with one of the best flamenco guitarists in the world, Jose Fernandez Torres. Known as “Tomatito,” Torres is here from Spain to play alongside singer and dancer José Maya. Torres was a child prodigy born to a famous family of flamenco guitarists, and he’s been called “the most eminent guitarist in flamenco” by the New York Times. If you’ve never seen a performance of emotionally provoking flamenco music, there’s no better person to show you than Torres.
Olympia Theater at The Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, 174 E. Flagler St., Miami | From $35 | 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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