Woman in Orange Carnival Costume
Photo credit: medulaespinal

Let this be your go-to guide for what’s going on in South Florida and the Florida Keys.  Being a LEGO fan, I’ll start by saying that Nathan Sawaya‘s work will be on display at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood (June 7—Aug 17).  Also worth mentioning is the inaugural International Food & Comedy Festival featuring comedian Michael Blackson (June 14), West Palm Beach carnival… which has moved back to the South Florida fairgrounds.  The list is brought to you with lots of TLC.

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ONGOING

First Fridays Lyric Live

Hear some of South Florida’s greatest unsigned talent. Enjoy singers, dancers, rappers, spoken word artist, magicians, and more. Talented individuals will compete each month head to head, as the crowd determines who takes home the $500 prize.

More info: http://bit.ly/1x3Dqaj

Lyrics Lab | Poetry, Beats & Soul

Meant for the creative types – bring your latest rhymes, poems, songs, lyrics and beats and share in our intimate space hosted by Ian Caven, and accompanied by live music with Doug Carter on keys and Anthony Carter on drums.  Share your latest work, or just have a coffee and a cocktail while enjoying the performance. Takes place every Wednesday.

More info: http://bit.ly/1iZ98Ml

White Rabbit Society

White Rabbit Society is an open mic/showcase that takes place every 2nd Thursday at The Stage Miami. Its goal is to provide a platform that will give artists the experience and exposure needed to enhance their musical and creative endeavor. FREE.

More info: http://bit.ly/1fIiRcS

THROUGH JUNE 8

“Doubt”, A Play by John Patrick Stanley

Set in 1964 in the Bronx, DOUBT recounts the conflict between Father Flynn (a young priest) and the very conservative principal of a Catholic school, Sister Aloysius. When a naïve young teacher commends Father Flynn’s interest in a young black student, the school’s very conservative principal questions the nature of his interest. Is it purely spiritual? Or is it yet another instance of the problem that has created so much turmoil in the Catholic Church in recent years?

More info: http://bit.ly/1pSbf9w

THROUGH AUGUST 10

Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui

Drawing on the artistic and aesthetic traditions of his birth country of Ghana, his home in Nigeria and various Western art forms and movements, Anatsui’s work combines personal, local and global concerns. The artist’s most recent pieces are inspired by the “huge piles of detritus from consumption”, particularly in his local environment. Anatsui arranges for the collection of discarded aluminum bottle tops, seals and labels produced by local Nigerian distilleries, which are then bent, twisted and pieced together to create massive, colorful, richly-textured hanging works. Given liquor’s crucial role in the slave trade, these monumental pieces also reference colonial relationships between Europe, Africa and the United States.

More info: http://bit.ly/1mcm7eH

THROUGH AUGUST 17

Caribbean: Crossroads of the World

Caribbean: Crossroads of the World will highlight over two centuries of rarely seen works—from paintings and sculptures to prints, photographs, installations, films, and videos—dating from the Haitian Revolution to the present. This exhibition employs an inter-disciplinary approach to advance our understanding of the Caribbean and its artistic heritage and contemporary practices. It focuses on four central themes: Fluid Motions, Counterpoints, Shades of History, and Kingdoms of this World. These interconnected frameworks allow insight into the complex context from which the vital and varied artistic production of the region has emerged, illuminating the multiple histories of the region.

More info: http://bit.ly/1kJEg2t

THROUGH SEPTEMBER 12

Sushi & Stroll Summer Walks at Morikami

Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens welcomes guests on select Friday evenings throughout the summer to experience and explore its Japanese gardens, cold drink in hand while enjoying drum performances by Fushu Daiko. Sip craft sake selections from Stacole Fine Wines – some sweet, sparkling, creamy, or even in a can – that you might not find anywhere else in South Florida.

More info: http://bit.ly/RpEowM

JUNE 5

Caribbean-American Heritage Month Kick-off Celebration: Lauderhill Steel Ensemble

Celebrate Caribbean culture with Pérez Art Museum Miami’s Caribbean: Crossroads of the World exhibition and dance under the stars to a live performance by Lauderhill Steel Ensemble, who will present a preview of their upcoming Colors of the Caribbean Festival performance.

More info: http://bit.ly/1tJIYSF

JUNE 6

Destination Fridays: Brazil

Polish up your samba shoes and boot your soccer ball in anticipation for the next Destination Fridays event: Sensational Brazil! This is the fourth of six scheduled destination events for the year. Enjoy authentic Brazilian food, sample wines of Brazil and try our special signature drink. Come early for a samba lesson with Lidia Dumenigo—a certified ballroom dance teacher! Meet a Fort Lauderdale Strikers futbol player and find out about life in pro soccer. Appreciate the bold and vibrant art of Brazilian-born Luciano Rabuske… marvel at the athletic feats of capoeira.

More info: http://bit.ly/1kyOFCl

JUNE 7 — AUGUST 17

Lego Art from Will Huxley on Vimeo.

The Art of Nathan Sawaya featuring “In Pieces”

The Art of Nathan Sawaya featuring In Pieces builds upon Sawaya’s previous body of work with ground-breaking LEGO® sculptures that are integrated into large-scale photographs by award-winning Australian photographer Dean West. This is the first time Sawaya’s collaboration with West, In Pieces, will be exhibited in Florida.

More info: http://bit.ly/1jSY1E3

JUNE 8

Caribbean Jazz Matazz

With an impressive lineup of top-notch performers, Caribbean Jazz Matazz delivers a mesmerizing fusion of jazz, reggae and calypso music for an unforgettable evening of island sound. Featuring Myrna Hague, one of Jamaica’s top female jazz performers. Also apprearing Richie Stephens backed by Eugene Grey & his band. Special guest appearance by Trinidad’s Charmaine Forde and George Tandy.

More info: http://bit.ly/1nms7ob

JUNE 10

Sabvor Iberica Food & Wine Exhibition 2014

Put on by the Spain-U.S. Chamber of Commerce, international food and wine companies and local Spanish restaurants will serve dishes for guests to dig into Tuesday at the Miami Culinary Institute. The fair is primarily aimed at professionals in the agri-food industry as this event will provide the opportunity for companies to taste products and establish greater business opportunities. Starting at 5:30pm, local Spanish restaurants will be displaying Spanish delicacies for the general public to taste and enjoy.

More info: http://bit.ly/Udnrb1

JUNE 12 — JULY 6

Summer Shorts 2014

SUMMER SHORTS is America’s Short Play Festival, with an incredible line-up of scripts penned by the country’s best writers including City Theatre National Short Play Competition winners.

More info: http://bit.ly/S5AAAU

JUNE 13-15

Key West Bacchanalia

A three-day food and wine event featuring celebrity chefs, world-renowned mixologists, and rums, spirits, wine, beer and food from local restaurants, Burger Wars, Bulldogs BBQ,  and more in one of the Keys’ premier foodie events.

More info: http://bit.ly/1pSLWUF

Inaugural Mystery Writers’ Key West Fest

Fans of mystery fiction can learn how their favorite authors craft tales of murder and mayhem at the Mystery Writers’ Key West Fest. Presented in part by the Mystery Writers of America, the festival features acclaimed authors sharing insights on intrigue with readers and offers aspiring writers a chance to pitch their plots to editors and e-book publishers. Events include meet-and-greet parties, panels on aspects of mystery writing and publishing, a noir film showing, book signings and more.

More info: http://bit.ly/1i3O9I8

JUNE 14

Hollywood Artspark Experience: Colors Of The Caribbean

Celebrate Caribbean American Heritage Month at the Hollywood ArtsPark at Young Circle in Hollywood with a FREE celebration of Caribbean culture – all free and fun for the family. Highlights at the show include roots reggae from Midnite (Virgin Islands), Haitian konpa group Harmonik, and Caribbean star Kevin Lyttle, plus other delights. The evening also features dance, art, crafts, delicious Caribbean food, and drinks representing the richness and diversity of the Caribbean community.

More info: http://bit.ly/1mA00F2

International Food & Comedy Festival

Hosted by Chef Selz from Food Network, the Food Festival will begin at 5pm. Food truck cooks will compete for your vote for the “Best Food Award.” The South Florida’s Top Chef Showdown will be the flavorful highlight of food entertainment for the evening. Watch as some of the Top Chefs from Restaurants across South Florida compete for the title and bragging rights. The line up of headliner comics include Michael Blackson, most commonly known from his role in the movie Next Friday, along with Jason Andors, Sara Contreras, Marc Theobald, Larry Dogg, and Mike Yard.

More info: http://bit.ly/TbwCrr

Miami Juneteenth Freedom Fry & Music Festival

A celebration of Culture, Art, Music and Food serving up soul food (chicken, fish, shrimp, conch) as well as enjoying live music from local artists. A special Tribute to Maya Angelou has just been added to this celebration night of live music!

More info: http://bit.ly/TBBmXI

POEM: A Midnight Summer Dream

Event aims to attract high powered spoken word artists to tap into the Fort Lauderdale Arts Village (FATS) creative energy. The open space, full liquor bar and inspiring spoken word matches the allure of the bubbling Downtown Ft Lauderdale night scene. This night of sexy and chill will meet with an intellectual gathering of artist and creatives for an awesome night of , “Internal Expressions”.

More info: http://bit.ly/1ngJNSt

West Palm Beach Carnival

The Seventh Annual West Palm Beach Carnival will be a festive celebration of Caribbean culture with a parade of costumes, food, drinks and live entertainment featuring international performing artists!

More info: http://bit.ly/1ovX8pj

JUNE 16

Nuts About Beer Tasting

Funky Buddha Brewery is partnering with Flour Power Food Truck to create a menu featuring a wide variety of nuts paired with their brews. Dishes include: Pistachio Chicken over Coconut Rice, Almond Butter & Jam Stand Gourmet Jam, Bite-Size Sandwich, Spicy Nut Trail Mix Peanut Brittle, Mini Bourbon Infused Pecan Pie. Beers: Don’t Tell Reese Peanut Butter Cup Brown Ale, Last Snow, and more.

More info: http://bit.ly/1x9lDyq

JUNE 20

AllSpice: Flavors of the Caribbean

You are invited to sit back, relax and experience Allspice: Flavors of the Caribbean.  What is the Caribbean known for? Food. Fun. Family. Come hang out with great people, enjoy the food and cocktails. 

More info: http://bit.ly/1kDq0wD

Downtown Summer Luau

Downtown Miami Partnership invites you to a great evening full of food, live music & more in a luau themed Block Party. 

More info: http://on.fb.me/1kIrv7

Fete de la Musique GABEL in concert

A global celebration of music on the summer solstice, comes to Big Night in Little Haiti this month. The inspiration behind Fete, which began in Paris in 1982, is to welcome summer with free music.  Prior to the main stage concert by popular Haitian kompa group Gabel, there will be an open stage for the public to make music. 

More info: http://bit.ly/1lDaIrJ

JUNE 21-22

Redland Summer Fruit Festival

This annual event showcases local agriculture and tropical fruits. Vendor booths featuring food, plants and rare fruit samplings will be available.

More info: http://bit.ly/UXyJAh

JUNE 22

Tropical Cooler Fest

Fill your “Cooler” and be your own bartender! Tropical Cooler Fest is designed to be a 21+ event, with the objective of attracting Mature and Young professionals in South Florida with a passion for music.

More info: http://bit.ly/1wcAExS

JUNE 28

Anime Film & Japanese Culture Festival

The event features screenings of two Miyazaki films, “Kiki’s Delivery Service” and “Castle in the Sky” (passes available on a first come, first served basis). There will also be a cosplay costume contest; a display of vintage Japanese motorcycles and cars; demos of Taiko drumming, martial arts, manga cartoon drawing, and bonsai; a variety of vendors; and a Sumi-e brush painting demo and activity. Japanese food will be available for purchase. FREE.

More info: http://on.fb.me/1mUy4qK

The Kitchen Hop

Featuring more than 10 of Brickell and S. Miami Ave’s best restaurants, attendees will big will bounce from one kitchen to another, sampling chef-selected appetizers or entrees at each stop. Enjoy drink specials throughout the afternoon then come evening, you’ll head to the after party for a complimentary welcome cocktail and some more live entertainment.

More info: http://bit.ly/1lAkW7I

Mango Mania

Everything about mangos. Learn how to grow and propagate them, insects & disease control and varieties. Last year 180 mango varieties. Sample a large selection of rare mangos.

More info: http://bit.ly/Uqa0nV

Tropical Fruit Festival at Mounts Botanical Garden

In collaboration with the Palm Beach Chapter of the Rare Fruit Council International, this annual festival attracts hundreds of local horticultural enthusiasts, tropical gardening fans, amateur chefs and fruit aficionados. Fun and informative activities include the popular tropical fruit tastings, cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, and purchases from food trucks, tropical fruit displays and tours of the Garden.

More info: http://bit.ly/1oizZqv

JULY 10-13

Calígula

Calígula is undoubtedly a paean to human freedom in its struggle against oppression by omnipotent, omnipresent and murderous power. At the end of the play Calígula says, “I exist and will continue to exist forever and ever,” but so will the struggle of peoples and individuals in pursuit of a freedom that is as eternal as the Calígulas of this world.

More info: http://bit.ly/1hXSPiE

JULY 12-13

22nd Annual International Mango Festival—Mangos of Colombia

Over the two days of the festivities, celebrate the mango. Visit the festival to shop Curator Choice mango trees and fresh fruit, enjoy mango lectures and smoothies, view the world’s largest display of mangos, take part in the world’s only mango auction and buy mango merchandise and botanical art. There will also be mango culinary demonstrations, mango brunch, an International Fruit Market and activities for kids.

More info: http://bit.ly/S9W3bJ