Food and art events top the list in Miami this week. First, catch a new oil-focused exhibition when it opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Then celebrate National Cheeseburger Day with sliders from some of Miami’s greatest burger chefs, or indulge in a pop-up omakase dinner by master chef Katsuya Uechi. If you still crave more, head to Paulie Gee’s—Miami’s newest pizzeria, known for its creative toppings and a selection of vegan-friendly slices. Or skip dinner altogether and opt for popcorn at the Miami Fashion Film Festival.
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September 15–November 13 | Museum exhibit
In his new exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, Venezuelan artist Ronaldo Peña explores how oil influences our economic, industrial, environmental, political, and financial lives. Black Gold will include performance art, architecture, cinema, photography, and more, all with the goal of getting us to think more about our everyday use of oil and the global impact of the product.
Times vary | MOCA, 770 N.E. 125th St., North Miami | $10 | website
September 18 | Food festival
Burgers, Babes & Booze
Saturday is National Cheeseburger Day and the W Miami is celebrating with a slider showdown featuring some of Miami’s most prominent chefs. The girl-power lineup includes Nicole Votano of DIRT, Adrianne Calvo of Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar, Cindy Hutson of Zest and Ortanique on the Mile, and Jessica Sanchez of Loba. Your ticket includes four sliders, two sides from 15th and Vine, and a beer from one of the participating Miami breweries.
3–8 p.m. | W Miami, 485 Brickell Ave., Miami | $35 | website
September 19–23 | Fashion
Miami Fashion Film Festival
As New York Fashion Week rages on and what is known in industry circles as “Fashion Month” kicks off, Miami is taking a more laid-back, educational approach to the theme with the Miami Fashion Film Festival. Everyone is invited to explore fashion through film with a series of events at the Miami Beach Cinematheque, where more than 30 movies will explore stories of fashion as an art, a business, and a cultural phenomenon.
Times vary | Miami Beach Cinematheque and additional venues, Miami Beach | From $12 | website
Master Sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi Hosts a Dinner
Master sushi chef Katsuya Uechi is hosting a one-night-only omakase dinner at his namesake restaurant, Katsuya South Beach. The full menu will also be available, but you’ll be in capable hands if you go with the chef’s selection; he is one of only four master sushi chefs in his home of Los Angeles, and he’s opened restaurants everywhere from the Bahamas to Kuwait.
7–11 p.m. | Katsuya at SLS South Beach, 1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach | $65 | website
Now open | Pizzeria
Paulie Gee’s Miami
It’s been a long haul for Paulie Gee’s Miami, the Brooklyn institution that first talked of opening in Miami more than a year ago, but the pizzeria is finally open on Biscayne Boulevard and 80th Street. Paulie Gee’s has a cult following in Brooklyn for its extensive vegan and gluten-free offerings and Neapolitan-style pizzas. The Miami location will be serving pizzas topped with everything from Italian sausage to octopus to dairy-free ricotta made from cashews—and every type is worth a taste.
Paulie Gee’s, 8001 Biscayne Blvd., Miami | 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.