The best things to do in Miami this week of December 2-8, 2021

Thursday 2 December

Developer Moishe Mana flexes his muscles during Miami Art Week, launching the first Flagler Street Art Festival. The event is a partnership between Mana Common and the Urban Impact Lab – and it’s a bit abusive. Yes, street art will play a part in the event, but everyone’s favorite new art medium, non-fungible tokens (NFTs) will also be highlighted. The week-long celebration will unveil 15 new murals commissioned by Mana Public Arts, which will be painted live throughout the week, as well as the debut of IlluMia, an interactive nightlife experience projected onto the facades of buildings on along Flagler Street. There will also be workshops focused on NFTs by ArtRepublic. Thursday through Sunday, at 150 E. Flagler St., Miami; Entry is free with RSVP via José D. Duran

Basel Art returns to the Miami Beach Convention Center for its first in-person presentation since 2019. On Thursday, the fair opens to the general public, with 253 galleries showcasing some of the world’s best artists in various formats and attracting well-heeled and passionate buyers. Expect to see pieces ranging from rare masterpieces to trendy new works. Also, don’t overlook the information panels organized as part of the Salon’s Conversations series. 11:00 am, Thursday through Saturday, at the Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach; 786-276-2600; Tickets cost $ 65. Olivia McAuley

Homework Gallery, a nomadic pop-up art exhibit that activates experimental spaces around the world, will open a temporary gallery at the Knoxon Hotel in the Upper Eastside. To see until January 15th “duty v00001” will present an exhibition of emerging contemporary artists and artisans, including Elisa Bergel Melo, who explores the relationship of photography with time, reality and memory; and Aleksandra “Sasha” Personick, who makes Mexican-inspired ceramics. 11:00 a.m. Thursday through Jan. 15, at the Knoxon Hotel, 7411 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; homework. gallery. Entry is free with RSVP via Olivia McAuley

A tour of the Charles Dickens classic, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol focuses on Scrooge’s business partner, Marley. The groundbreaking narrative was staged across the country, including via a broadcast on NPR. On Thursday, the play, directed by Margaret M. Ledford, lands at the Carnival Studio Theater at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, inviting audiences to kick off the holiday season. 7:30 p.m., Thursday to December 19, at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722; Tickets cost $ 50. Ashley-Anna Aboreden

Click to enlarge Basel House: see Friday - PHOTO COURTESY OF SWARM

Basel House: see Friday

Photo courtesy of Swarm

Friday 3 December

Anglo-Nigerian designer Yinka Ilori presents the stuff of childhood dreams with her multicolored multi-purpose “Skatable object park” came to life in partnership with Tony Hawk’s nonprofit Skatepark Project. The exterior project is organized by Unique Design X Group, a design exhibition founded by women that focuses on representing the XYZ generations and the millennial. The sculptures are built to be weathered and the park is open to the public until Saturday. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays in the Faena neighborhood, Collins Avenue and 35th Street, Miami Beach; 305-534-8800; Free entry. Olivia McAuley

Located in the heart of Wynwood, Basel House returns for its seventh annual mural festival. The four-day event promises live painting, installations, DJs, and cocktails. Confirmed muralists include Pez, Kram, Slomo, Chicadania, El Xupet Negre, Faóbio Flop, Toxicómano Callejero, Erre and Risk. 4 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and noon to 3 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at Basel House, 2250 NW Second Ave., Miami; Free entry. Ashley-Anna Aboreden

After a successful start last year, Cuba under the stars returns to his new home in Miami International Mall. The unique theatrical experience brings the sights, sounds and tastes of the island to the audience. Enjoy a large orchestra, dancers and a full dinner in the midst of a setting that will bring the ancient magic of Cuba to life. It’s a classic story of love and longing. 7 p.m. Friday to March 26, 2022, at Miami International Mall, 1455 NW 107th Ave., Doral; Tickets cost $ 80 to $ 150 via Ashley-Anna Aboreden

Click to enlarge Rakastella at Virginia Key Beach Park: See Saturday - PHOTO COURTESY OF RAKASTELLA

Rakastella at Virginia Key Beach Park: see Saturday

Photo courtesy of Rakastella

Saturday 4 December

Intimate house music festival Rakastella takes over Virginia Key Beach Park on Saturday, fusing environmental art, sensory experiences and live music. The lineup includes locals like Ashley Venom and Brother Dan and internationally renowned artists like Honey Dijon, DJ Harvey, Octo Octa and Dixon. In addition to great music, the festival is committed to its Keep Her Wild program, which together with Ascendance Sustainable Events aims to protect the Key, minimize its environmental impact and educate clubbers about sustainable partying. 3 p.m. Saturday, at Virginia Key Beach Park, 4020 Virginia Beach Dr., Miami; 305-960-4600; Tickets cost from $ 82.50 to $ 267.50 via Olivia McAuley

Meet at the Pérez Art Museum Miami on Saturday to attend a panel discussion on Indigenous contemporary art, which will examine the work of artists Miccosukee and Seminole. The panel discussion will focus on Felipe Mujica and Khadijah Cypress, whose current collaborative exhibition, “TheSwaying Motion on the Bank of the River Falls”, an exploration of contemporary patchwork, is on display at the museum. The artists will be joined in a conversation by curator Jennifer Inacio, art historian Durante Blais-Billie and poet, artist and environmental activist Houston Cypress. 3:30 p.m. Saturday, at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-375-3000; Tickets cost $ 16. Olivia McAuley

The equality and safety of sex workers continue to be threatened. On Saturday, join slut walking miami for a peaceful demonstration demanding the decriminalization of sex work. Safe sex and self-defense kits will be distributed during the march on a first come, first served basis. Participants are encouraged to wear red and bring signs and items that make noise. 4 p.m. Saturday, at Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Entry is free with RSVP via Ashley-Anna Aboreden

Click to enlarge A Wonderful World at the Colony Theater: Must See Saturday - PHOTO BY STIAN ROENNING

A wonderful world at the Colony Theater: see Saturday

Photo by Stian Roenning

Imagine this: unlimited croquetas, delicious craft beers and a loving community. Discover all this and more at Croqueta Palooza 2021. Miami’s favorite croquetas from places like Dos Croquetas, Islas Canarias, COA Bakery, Señor Pan and Masa Craft will be served with bites of Sanguich de Miami, Mojo Donuts, Ted’s Burgers, El Rey de las Fritas and Lila’s Desserts. And, yes, there will be a croqueta competition. 7:00 p.m. Saturday at Magic City Casino, 450 NW 37th Ave., Miami; Tickets cost $ 75 via Ashley-Anna Aboreden

Celebrate jazz legend Louis Armstrong with Miami’s new musical New Drama, A wonderful world. The musical is based on the original book by Aurin Squire, a native of Opa-locka and writer for This Is Us and The Good Fight. The production, directed by Tony-nominated and Drama Desk Award winner Christopher Renshaw, explores Armstrong’s musical journey as well as the complexity of race in America and the civil rights movement. 8 p.m. Saturday to January 16, at the Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 305-674-1040; Tickets cost $ 51.50 to $ 91.50. Ashley-Anna Aboreden

Click to enlarge Kaytranada at Oasis Wynwood: see Sunday - PHOTO BY LIAM MACRAE

Kaytranada at Oasis Wynwood: see Sunday

Photo by Liam MacRae

Sunday 5 December

After warming up the RC Cola factory during its set at III Points in October, the Haitian-Canadian producer Kaytranada returns to Miami for a show at Oasis Wynwood on Sunday. The producer recently released his new three-track EP, Intimidated, with collaborations with HER, electronic bassist / producer Thundercat and rapper Mach-Hommy. At Oasis, expect Kaytranada to close the week with her signature tunes, rich in samples and ready for dance. 8 p.m. Sunday at Oasis Wynwood, 2335 N. Miami Ave., Miami; Tickets cost $ 60 to $ 125 via Olivia McAuley

Monday 6 December

Boasting a 13-7 record at press time, the Miami heat are off to a good start this season. On Monday, the team faces the Memphis Grizzlies at the FTX Arena. The Heat will also be home for their clash against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, giving fans plenty of home minutes to cheer on Tyler, Udonis, Jimmy and the others. 7:30 p.m. Monday, at the FTX Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 786-777-1000; Tickets cost $ 15- $ 375 via Ashley-Anna Aboreden

Click to enlarge Croqueta Palooza at Magic City Casino: see Saturday - PHOTO BY MICHELE EVE SANDBERG

Croqueta Palooza at Magic City Casino: see Saturday

Photo by Michèle Eve Sandberg

Tuesday, December 7

As part of its Keep Her Wild program, Rakastella and Debris Free Oceans have teamed up for a Beach cleaning Tuesday. Promising a party with a purpose, the Sunset Beach Cleanup will feature beats to dance to as you collect trash and zero waste beer from a keg provided by Wynwood Brewing Co. The event is free, but free. you can opt for a $ 10 add-on bill and receive a Debris Free Oceans and Wynwood Brewing reusable stainless steel mug or a $ 20 add-on to receive a double-walled stainless steel tumbler. Who says helping the planet can’t be fun? 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, December 7 at Virginia Key Beach Park, 4020 Virginia Key Beach Dr., Miami; Entry is free with RSVP via José D. Duran

Wednesday 8 December

Miami bookworms can start enjoying in-person (but hidden) book chats at Books & Books again. Wednesday, join the Spanish editor, writer, translator and teacher Valerie Miles to discuss his translation of the psychological novel Incineration by Rafael Chirbes. Discover the art and skills of translating novels, and familiarize yourself with the unwavering history of capitalist greed and questionable morality. 7 p.m. Wednesday, at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 305-442-4408; Entry is free with RSVP via Olivia McAuley

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