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What to Do in Miami This August: Popcorn Frights Film Festival & Croquetapalooza

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

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It’s Halloween in August thanks to the Popcorn Frights Film Festival, a horror series featuring lots of film premieres. Other options: Eat your fill of Cuban croquettes and fritas at Croquetapalooza, sing along to fresh versions of Supertramp’s greatest hits, or take a kayak tour of Coral Gables. 

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August 1 - 13 | History
“Vanishing Miami”
The Dade Heritage Trust lives in a tiny wooden house amid the skyscrapers and modern condos of Brickell, Miami’s ever-changing financial center. This month, it’s the site of Vanishing Miami, local photographer Larry Shane’s exhibit focused on the city’s iconic buildings that have been lost to development, as well as the shrinking number of historic buildings still standing today.
Dade Heritage Trust, 190 SE 12 Terrace, Miami | Free | website

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August 10 | Film
Black Audio Film Collective
Perez Art Museum Miami’s Summer Film Series closes with Black Audio Film Collective, a screening of two films on the Africa Diaspora. The Last Angel of History and Memory Room 541, both by filmmaker John Akomfrah, explore mythological futures, black subculture, and dystopian takes on classic
science-fiction tropes.
Perez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami | $16 | website

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August 11 - 17 | Film
Popcorn Frights Film Festival
It’s not Halloween yet, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to get in a good scare; Wynwood’s O Cinema has put together a week of frightful film premieres. Don’t miss Tragedy Girls, a Clueless-meets-Scream horror flick for the social media age starring Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool), Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse), Craig Robinson (Pineapple Express), Josh Hutchinson (The Hunger Games), and Kevin Durand (The Strain). The festival also features mini-films before the longform versions, including a short about a woman who gets stuck in a Red Lobster commercial.
O Cinema Wynwood, 90 NW 29th St., Miami | From $12 | website

August 12 | Comedy
Growing Up Haitian
Haitian comedy legends Zoe Poze, Success Je, Plus Daddy, and the Haitian Husbands are reaching into their childhood stories and shared culture for Growing Up Haitian. The show promises to introduce audiences to life in Haiti, as well as put a comedic spin on universal childhood truths.
8:00 PM | Great Hall at Pembroke Pines City Center, 601 SW City Center Blvd., Pembroke Pines | $31 | website

August 18 | Music
Classic Albums Live: Supertramp’s “Breakfast in America”
Supertramp’s 1979 hit album, Breakfast in America, had four number one singles: “The Logical Song,” “Goodbye Stranger,” “Take the Long Way Home,” and, of course, “Breakfast in America.” Hear them all, plus the rest of the album, brought back to life by a band of multiple guitars, live vocals, and drums at the South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center.
8:00 PM | South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211 St., Cutler Bay | From $35 | website


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August 25 | Food
Croquetapalooza 2017
Cuban croquetas (also known as croquettes) are Miami’s unofficial food, and there’s no better place to taste them than at the annual Croquetapalooza. Miami's local restaurants submit their best takes on the tasty bites, and you’ll have the opportunity to make the call on your favorite version. This year, the festival is also celebrating fritas, or Cuban-style burgers with chorizo, at the first annual Frita Showdown.
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM | Magic City Casino, 450 NW 37th Ave., Miami | From $40 | website

August 26 - September 17 | Dance
International Ballet Festival of Miami
Over 100 principal dancers from more than 20 ballet companies will take to stages across the city for the International Ballet Festival of Miami. The 22nd annual festival will showcase a range of local, national, and international talent in performances that go beyond ballet to book presentations, workshops, master classes, and more.
Times, locations & prices vary | website

August 30 | Outdoors
Kayak Tour of the Coral Gables Waterway
The Coral Gables Museum invites you to see Coral Gables from the city’s intricate system of waterways. If you’re a house-gazer, this tour is for you, as you’ll be privy to the backyards of some of Miami’s most beautiful homes. Meet at the museum to explore an exhibit about city founder George Merrick and his vision for Coral Gables, and then hop in your canoe or kayak for a leisurely float around town.
9:30 AM | Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables | $40 | website

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August 10 | Music
Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey
After canceling their May show in Miami, Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey are finally here to sing their hits at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. Richie and Carey are tied for Grammy acclaim with five awards each in the categories of album of the year, song of the year, best new artist, and more. The powerhouse duo has been traveling the nation delivering their spine-tingling performances to rave reviews.
7:00 PM | BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise | From $20.75 | website

September 7 | Plan ahead: Food
Common Threads Chef Takeover
Charity dinners are a dime a dozen in this town, but the Chef Takeover is in a league of its own. The five-course dinner will include dishes from chefs Art Smith, Michelle Bernstein, Shirley Chung, and Lorena Garcia, plus delicious wine pairings. Proceeds from the dinner go to benefit Common Threads, an organization that brings health and wellness training to children and communities by teaching them how to cook.
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM | From $175 | Mondrian South Beach Hotel, 1100 West Ave., Miami Beach | 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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