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Miami This Week: Fab 5 Freddy & Book Fair International

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Miami Book Fair International 2010
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Miami Book Fair International 2010

Five of the best things to do in and around Miami this week

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There are two events in Miami this week that will inspire art lovers: The Margulies family is holding a fundraising gala that will include a sneak peek at new works, and street art and hip hop legend Fab 5 Freddy is speaking at the National YoungArts Foundation. Bibliophiles can check out the start of the Miami Book Fair International (Patti Smith is opening), and food freaks should scope the Asian-Latin fusion at the LUCKYRICE Festival.

November 13 | Food
LUCKYRICE is a traveling food festival spreading the word about Asian food and culture. This all-you-can-eat-and-drink event will transform the pool at the Raleigh Hotel into an international bazaar. It’s only appropriate that in Miami there’s a bit of a Latin twist, so expect a fun mix of Asian and Latin food from Miami’s hippest restaurants, including kimchee fried rice from 27, wahoo crudo from Alter, and dumplings from Hakkasan.
7:30–11 p.m. | 1775 Collins Ave., Miami Beach | From $88 | website

November 14 | Fundraiser
Fall Gala: Lotus House Fundraiser
Miami’s art season is kicking off with a fundraising event hosted by one of the community’s most influential families. The Margulies family, art collectors and founders of The Lotus House, a local shelter for homeless women and their children, are merging their two passions at the Fall Gala: Lotus House Fundraiser. The event will be held at the Margulies Collection, where they’re offering a first look at their new installations before the Basel season.
7 p.m. | The Margulies Collection, 591 NW 27th St., Miami | From $500 | website

November 15–22 | Book Fair   
Miami Book Fair International
Patti Smith is opening the Miami Book Fair International on Sunday, November 15th, the start of a non-stop week of literary events and activities. The fair, in its 32nd year, features readings in both English and Spanish and a weekend Street Fair with booths by 250 publishers and booksellers. At the Festival of Authors, a yearly event that takes place during the fair, more than 450 authors will read their works aloud.
Times vary | Miami Dade College, 300 N.E. Second Ave., Miami | (305) 237-3258 | From free | website

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November 18 | Art talk
Fab 5 Freddy - YoungArts Salon Series
Miami is an international street art capital, but before there was Wynwood there was Fab 5 Freddy. The New York graffiti legend (seminal in helping street art become recognized as "serious art"), hip hop pioneer, and first host of Yo! MTV Raps will join YoungArts alumnus James Allister Sprang at the YoungArts Salon for a discussion on hip hop, art, and more. Past salons have brought in artists spanning all disciplines, including the likes of Marina Abramovic and Sufjan Stevens. A night of interesting conversation is guaranteed.
6:30–10 p.m. | National YoungArts Foundation, 2100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami | $35 | website

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Weekend escape
Florida's panhandle doesn't have the most glamorous reputation. But the "Redneck Riviera," as it's (mostly) affectionately known, is still worth exploring. Apalachicola is a quaint hippie town on the Gulf with an authentic Florida feel. Formerly the oyster capital of Florida, the town has been affected by overfishing and drought, but there are still plenty of places to get your bivalve fix, like Up the Creek Raw Bar or the Owl Cafe. Spend time in the historic downtown and duck into dozens of charming, locally owned galleries, bookstores, and antique and nautical stores. Get a massage in a houseboat-turned-spa at Riverfront Therapy & Spirit of the River Spa, and then have a cup of tea and watch the birds from their porch. There are all the usual outdoor activities in Apalachicola, too, like kayaking and biking, but it’s the quiet, pristine beaches that are really special. 

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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