Five of the coolest things to do in and around Miami this week
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The JAZZ ROOTS season kicks off this week with jazz legend Terence Blanchard performing music from Spike Lee films at Miami's Arsht Center. For a different type of music, check out Chance The Rapper at The Fillmore, fresh off his Halloween megamix collaboration with The Social Experiment. Food lovers can rejoice this week, too: Chef Dale Talde has opened a Miami Beach outpost of his acclaimed Brooklyn eatery, and it turns out beloved Vietnamese classic Hy Vong is not closing down after all. You just got to have hope.
November 6 | Music
JAZZ ROOTS: The Movie Music of Spike Lee & Terence Blanchard
The 2015–2016 JAZZ ROOTS kickoff event marries the art of two legends: Movie director Spike Lee and jazz musician Terence Blanchard. As iconic Lee scenes are screened at the Arsht Center, the world-renowned trumpeter will take the stage to perform their scores live. Blanchard will be accompanied by other celebrated performers, including Grammy winners Dee Dee Bridgewater and Judith Hill, Grammy nominee Maysa, and the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music’s orchestra.
6–8 p.m. | Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami | From $25 | website
November 7 | Music
Chance The Rapper: Family Matters Tour
Chance The Rapper, a favorite of Stephen Colbert, NPR, Rolling Stone, and Pitchfork, is taking the stage at The Fillmore Miami Beach. Just last week he released a Halloween-themed megamix with The Social Experiment, with samples from The X-Files, Ghostbusters, and The Twilight Zone. Towkio, D.R.A.M., and Metro Boomin are all supporting, but Chance The Rapper has been pulling up all sorts of surprise guests at his Family Matters Tour concerts—find out who shows up this time.
8 p.m.–midnight | 3251 South Miami Ave., Miami Beach | From $140 | website
New Opening | Restaurant
Talde Miami Beach
Chef Dale Talde, whose eponymous restaurants are wildly popular in Brooklyn and Jersey City, has just opened an outpost in Miami Beach. While Talde is situated in the Thompson Miami Beach (one of the area’s trendiest and most stylish hotels), the eatery has a casual vibe—complete with handpainted graffiti—and is looking to appeal to locals, not just hotel guests. The Asian-American fare is prepared by the same teams that turned the chef's original restaurant into a Brooklyn hotspot, but Talde is also incorporating Florida-inspired flavors into his dishes this time around. Don’t miss the pretzel, pork, and chive dumplings or the Florida snapper roasted in banana leaves and served with moo shu pancakes.
Talde, 4041 Collins Av., Miami Beach | (786) 605-4041 | website
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Still kickin' | Restaurant
When word on the street was that Hy Vong, the 36-year-old hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese restaurant in Little Havana, was going to close, its devoted fans were in despair. But eaters should take a cue from the restaurant's name, which means "hope" in Vietnamese, and take heart: The landlord has agreed to extend the restaurant's lease by one year. So, if you were one of the many mourners, dry your eyes and head on over. And if you weren't, head on over anyway.
Hy Vong, 3458 SW 8th St., Miami | 305 446 3674 | website
Weekend escape | Art festival
The Sarasota Chalk Festival starts on Monday, which means that hundreds of artists will head to Venice, Florida (about half an hour south of Sarasota proper) to create temporary works of art with chalk. The free festival, which goes on for a week, also features a full music lineup and children’s events. Sarasota itself—a Florida beach town on the Gulf Coast—also has plenty of parks, trails, and beaches to keep you busy. Don't miss the world-famous Ringling Museum, which is a combination art museum, botanical garden, historic mansion, theater, education center, and circus museum. And if you want even more beaches, try visiting Longboat Key, a quiet island right off the coast.
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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