Here are the five coolest things to do in and around Miami this week. We publish a new list every Wednesday, covering Thursday through Wednesday. Stay tuned for insider updates on restaurant openings, festivals, exhibitions, shows, weekend escapes, and more.
Closing August 30 | Theater
Final Week to Catch I’ll Eat You Last at GableStage
Some people say, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Sue Mengers said, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, come sit by me.” Mengers was Hollywood’s most powerful agent of the 1970s, known for a signature style that included a fabulous caftan and a joint in hand. More importantly, she was known for fraternizing with the most famous people in the world and never holding back on gossip about them. Carbonell Award–winner Laura Turnbull dishes the dirt as Mengers in this one-woman show by John Logan.
Times & prices vary | GableStage at the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables | website
August 30 | Car show—with food!
Sunny Isles Beach’s Classic Car Show and Farmer’s Market
Peek under the hood at classic cars and stock your fridge with next week’s farm-fresh vegetables at the Classic Car Show and Farmer’s Market in Sunny Isles Beach’s Heritage Park. This event encapsulates all the charm that earned Sunny Isles the nickname “Florida’s Riviera.” Bring the family and cast your vote for favorite car before exploring the range of produce and handmade crafts and enjoying performances by local community groups. Make sure to stick around for lunch from an on-site food vendor.
10 a.m.–3 p.m. | Heritage Park, 19200 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach | website
September 3 | Gallery show
Miami’s Collective of Young Artists at Basement
“Just as the Impressionists challenged the Académie des Beaux-Arts with their independent exhibitions in 19th-century Paris, or street artists such as Banksy stirred emotion in the streets of London in the 1990s, this group of young, forward-thinking artists is shaping the face of their growing world-class city.” This bit of description about the Young Artists Initiative event at Basement on Thursday might be a touch hyperbolic. Or not. Go see for yourself if the next Banksy, Monet, or Manet is here in Miami at Young Artists Initiative Presents Miami’s Collective of Young Artists. There will be about a dozen modern artists playing music and live-painting, and it’s free.
9:30 p.m. | Basement Miami at EDITION, 2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach | Free | website
Through September | Film
FP: Festival / Dressing Down the Movies
It’s not every day that you get something for free at Miami’s most expensive luxury mall, but throughout the month of September you can catch a free movie at Bal Harbour Shops exploring the intersection of fashion and film. The festival is a collaboration between Fashion Project at Bal Harbour Shops—a new experimental fashion space inside the mall featuring curatorial projects and public programming—and the Coral Gables Art Cinema. The space has been converted into a screening room by Tui Lifestyle, a high-end home furnishings company. Some of the highlighted films include Cover Girl, Funny Face, Bonnie and Clyde, and Barbarella.
Fashion Project at Bal Harbour Shops, Level 3, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour | Free | website
The Gulf of Mexico is on your west and the Pine Island Sound Aquatic Preserve on your east on this tiny sliver of beach with waters so turquoise you’d think you were in the Bahamas. Just north of Sanibel Island, Captiva is a remote spot for a chill beach weekend. If you’re looking to really get away, consider North Captiva, only accessible by boat. (Hitch a ride from Island Girl Charters.) The island mostly caters to a luxury market, and the best option is to rent a house. Stay in, cook, picnic on the beach, play board games, go shelling—that’s the vibe.
Patricia Guarch Wise is a Miami native and blogger behind www.miaminicemag.com. Her interests include paella, paranormal activity, Proenza Schouler, and her Pekingese named Bonnaroo.
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