Here are the five coolest things to do in and around Miami this week
This week in Miami has something for everyone and everything for someone. Music lovers can enjoy British indie mesmerizers Alt-J (a.k.a. "the Mac shortcut that creates ∆") at Bayfront Park; the Pulitzer-winning Disgraced debut will keep theater darlings happy (as well as anyone desperate to learn how NOT to put on a dinner party); and shopaholics can head to Stitch Rock, the largest crafts bazaar in South Florida. Everyone needs to eat, and Jean Paul Lourdes's new joint, Marion, is all things (restaurant, cafe, oyster bar, AND bakery) to all eaters. Everyone needs to escpe, too, so here's one word to convince you of St. John's River: manatees.
October 1 | Concert
Alt-J at Bayfront Park
British indie band Alt-J are coming to Miami for the first time. Alt-J’s studio albums, the award-winning An Awesome Wave (2012) and the chart-topping This Is All Yours (2014), blend their signature sound: a mix of electronic, folk, guitar, and harmonic, looping melodies. Alt-J, named for the Mac shortcut that generates the delta sign, are known for putting on a helluva live show, and have been a festival circuit favorite for a few years. Expect a crowd of Miami cool-kids lounging on the lawn at this outdoor concert.
8 p.m. | Bayfront Park Amphitheatre, 301 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami | From $35 | website
October 3 | Theater opening
Disgraced Opens at GableStage
There's an old adage that says never to talk about religion or politics at the dinner table. Disgraced, running October 3–November 1 at GableStage, is a cautionary tale about what happens when that advice goes out the window. Pakistani American playwright Ayad Akhtar won the Pulitzer for this play in 2013, which is now making its Southeastern premiere after successful runs at Lincoln Center and on Broadway. Disgraced centers around a dinner party in the New York apartment of a lawyer with Muslim parents, where questions of race and identity quickly get personal and cringeworthy.
8 p.m. | GableStage at The Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables | (305) 445-1119 | $45 | website
October 3 | Crafts
Is your house starting to feel like an IKEA showroom? Head to Stitch Rock, South Florida’s largest indie craft fair, and seek out some unique handmade pieces to spice up your space or jazz up your wardrobe. This Delray Beach bazaar is home to such eccentric handcrafts as paper cut art, terrariums, small-batch bath salts, and more. The show, held in a historic gymnasium, features 80-plus vendors who are, as the website explains, “bringing back old school crafting techniques with new school flare.”
12–6 p.m. | 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach | website
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New opening | Restaurant
Marion is a stylish new restaurant, oyster bar, cafe, bakery, and market in Brickell. Chef Jean Paul Lourdes, who cut his teeth under such luminaries as Pierre Gagnaire, Anne-Sophie Pic, and Joël Robuchon, has developed a menu of European classics, but with plenty of vegetarian options. So as well as dishes like lamb belly with white bean cassoulet, there are heirloom artichokes with pink grapefruit, and imported cheeses with local honey. The surroundings are just as chic, with a dining room laid out by the interior designer of New York hotspots Sant Ambroeus and The Surf Lodge. If you’re just stopping by to pick something up, you’ll find a gourmet selection of grab-and-go items, including rotisserie chicken, tarts, cheese, and other perfect picnic fare.
Marion, 1111 SW 1st Ave., Miami | (786) 717-7512 | website
Explore St. John’s River by Houseboat
St. John’s River is Florida’s longest, at 310 miles. It's also slow, beautiful, and lush. Rent a houseboat at Holly Bluff Marina, about an hour north of Orlando, and take all the comforts of a rental property on the river with you, including a full bar and kitchen. No special boater’s license is required, and you can spend your days fishing and then cook up your catch on the back of your houseboat. The river is lined with trees draped with Spanish moss and is home to animals like turtles, alligators, and manatees. Speaking of manatees, you’ll want to make time for Blue Springs State Park, the largest spring on the river and a manatee sanctuary.
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.