Things To Do in South Florida DECEMBER / JANUARY 2015
This time of year, South Florida’s abuzz in all things Art Basel Miami Beach where you’ll find works like this hyper-real sculpture of “Frida Kahlo” by Kazuhiro Tsuji. In addition, there’s a wide array of satellite fairs: SCOPE Miami Beach, newcomer Art on Paper Miami — many featuring local artists — like Calabash Visual Arts Fair and Art Synergy PBC.
If you’re looking for something more relaxed, try Nature Connects — which features 14 sculptures by artist Sean Kenney at Mounts Botanical Gardens. Haitian singer Emeline Michel will perform at the Kravis Center on December 4! On December 20th in downtown West Palm Beach, catch a free performance on the waterfront filled with hula and fire-knife dancers. In the mood for a Broadway musical? Kinky Boots will be playing at the Arsht Center December 8 – 13 (…AND you can stream the movie now on Netflix… so good).
THRU FEB. 14
Nature Connects is an award-winning, record-breaking exhibition now touring North America. Created with over 1.6 million LEGO pieces, this show features over 50 larger-than-life sculptures built with LEGO bricks by New York artist Sean Kenney. While the exhibit has been offered in other cities and counties in Florida, this showing offers newly designed sculptures. Featured pieces include a Peacock, Herd of Deer, Giant Corn Spider, and Monarch Butterfly on Milkweed. The Garden will showcase 14 sculptures making up 13 displays from nearly 500,000 LEGO bricks.
More info: http://on.fb.me/1lPnUgX
DEC. 1 – 6
Building on the momentum of New York City’s Art on Paper fair, Art on Paper Miami will feature exhibitions of paper-based art presented by fifty-five modern and contemporary galleries from around the world. Art on Paper’s singular focus affords exhibitors the opportunity to innovate, to show a unique facet of a program, or to highlight a specific body of work in a venue dedicated to the inspiration of ideas, conversation, and patronage. Art on Paper Miami will include a food and beverage program highlighting top Miami and New York City based chefs and cocktail programs.
More info: http://bit.ly/1IfsAGR
DEC. 1 – 13
A cutting-edge art fair whose goal is to expand the spectrum of international artists from the African Diaspora and emerging markets at one of the most prestigious art festivals in the world. Exhibiting artists: ALEXIS PESKINE, AMBER ROBLES-GORDON, ASSER SAINT-VAL, BAYUNGA KIALEUKA, BRIANNA MCCARTHY, CHERYL POPE, CHRISTOPHER CARTER, DR. DEBORAH WILLIS, FRANCKS DECEUS, JEFFERSON PINDER, LATOYA HOBBS, MARGO SAWYER, FAAR, MOREL DOUCET, MARTHA JARVIS JACKSON, OLALEKAN JEYIFOUS, STANLEY SQUIREWELL, SHAUNTE GATES, STEPHON SENEGAL, TAHA CLAYTON, TYRONE MITCHELL, T.ELIOTT MANSA, WOLE LAGUNJU, WENDELL McSHINE, WESLEY CLARK, YA’ LAFORD.
More info: http://bit.ly/1Iomlvg
DEC. 1 – FEB. 8
Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, a native of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is a current Forbes 30 Under 30 recipient. Whether using wheat paste on outdoor walls or oil paint on canvas, Fazlalizadeh adds her imagery to a national and international dialogue about conflict in public spaces, such as police violence against black people, the Arab Spring uprisings, or sexual violence against women. Her street art series, Stop Telling Women to Smile, has garnered attention around the world for bringing light to street harassment and women’s rights via visual art. She’ll also be putting up posters across Miami throughout Art Basel week.
More info: http://bit.ly/1QLLRm3
DEC. 2 – 5
The brain-child of arts visionary and Senior TED Fellow Lars Jan, the centerpiece of HOLOSCENES is a publicly displayed, elevator-sized human aquarium inhabited by performers conducting everyday behaviors (making the bed, playing a guitar, cleaning the house) while it’s constantly filled and drained by a custom hydraulic water system. The spectacular project weaves the unraveling story of the rising seas, melting glaciers, intensifying floods and droughts—into the patterns of the everyday. According to Jan, the provocative and visceral work is made to “make people feel climate change in their gut, rather than just understand it.” The audience can hear the sounds from inside the aquarium through headphones connected to the tank. Taking place during Art Basel Miami.
More info: http://bit.ly/1QLzPsJ
DEC. 2 – 6
Established in 2011, Art Africa’s inaugural exhibition in Overtown Miami was the first of many exhibtions during the Art Basel Miami festivities. This year’s artists include: ADEDOBA AFOLABI, TURGO BASTIEN, NAKAZZI HUTCHINSON, RAFAEL LOPEZ RAMOS, PHANTOM GALLERY, MILES REGIS, ANTHONY BURKS, RUDOLF KOHN, PHILIPPE DODARD, CARL CRAIG, MAXIMO CAMINERO, BRYAN MCFARLANE, CECIL COOPER.
More info: http://bit.ly/1TevEmZ
DEC. 3 – 6
For the first year, HistoryMiami Museum will host the Miami Street Photography Festival (MSPF) during Art Basel Week, from December 3-6, 2015, featuring various street photography exhibitions and public programs. In conjunction with the festival, the Museum will exhibit the finalists of MSPF’s international street photography competition. Each year, the festivals core activity, an international street photography competition, receives thousands of submissions from more than 45 countries.
More info: http://bit.ly/1Xor3Qj
The largest and most diverse Afro-Caribbean mixer in Washington DC and New York now launches in Miami, a monthly mixer where African Diaspora professionals can unwind and enjoy a great selection of Afro-Caribbean music. The movement is for progressives & cultural enthusiasts living in South Florida’s Tri-County region and seeking to connect, socialize and collaborate with other like-minded individuals.
More info: http://on.fb.me/1OlG7Ok
Emeline Michel fuses pop, jazz, blues and traditional Haitian rhythms to create deeply moving music delivered with warmth and charisma. The soulful singer, who released her 10th album, Quintessence, in 2013, has performed worldwide for more than 20 years, including appearances at New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Montreal International Jazz Festival and on MTV’s Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief.
More info: http://bit.ly/1LQ97rb
DEC. 5 & 6
The Hip Hop Nutcracker re-imagines Tchaikovsky’s classic score through explosive hip-hop choreography. A dozen all-star dancers, rapper Kurtis Blow, an on-stage DJ, and an electric violinist bring the traditional Nutcracker story to life in contemporary New York City.
More info: http://bit.ly/1NzCGoq
DEC. 8 – 13
Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.
More info: http://bit.ly/1IfoZZw
This one-of-a-kind event showcases over 40 local performance groups on the streets of Downtown Miami. On Friday, December 11th from 4-8pm, musicians, acrobats, comedians, dancers and more will be performing just outside the stations of the Metromover Inner Loop, as well as a few special satellite locations.
More info: http://bit.ly/1HuiIsE
Action-packed show with pulsating drums, hula dancers and Samoan fire-knife dancers. There will also be a conch blowing contest at 5:50 p.m. as part of the tropical festivities to see which contestant can blow their own horn the loudest. Free admission.
More info: http://on.fb.me/1OvWPIW
The soulful Jamaican vocalist who has been described as “reggae’s Jill Scott” (NPR) or “reminiscent of India.Arie” (Essence) – dropped her fourth album I Rise on Oct 28, 2014. The album was helmed primarily by the legendary Jamaican multi-instrumentalist and producer Clive Hunt (Stevie Wonder, Peter Tosh, Rolling Stones, The Wailers, Grace Jones, Jimmy Cliff). It hit #1 on the U.S. Billboard Reggae Album chart, making Etana one of the three Jamaican female artists ever and the first in nearly two decades (since Diana King and Patra in the mid-90s) to land this highly-coveted chart position.
More info: http://bit.ly/1LEA8xF
Soriano’s tender crooning evokes the countryside and sweeter times, but the nimble runs and articulate phrases on his steel-string guitar give an urban, contemporary edge to his music. The farmer-turned-musician’s star has quickly risen: he is featured in Alex Wolfe’s acclaimed documentary, Santo Domingo Blues, is the subject of Adam Taub’s documentary, The Duke of Bachata, and is showcased on The Rough Guide’s Bachata compilation. South Florida debut.
More info: http://bit.ly/1NgMxNL
JAN. 29 – 31
Now in its 17th year, the Delray Beach Garlic has become an institution in Palm Beach County and is affectionately named “The Best Stinkin’ Party in Town. Feast on unique garlic inspired dishes including fest favorite – flaming shrimp scampi – in addition to garlic crab cakes, garlic bruschetta, garlic pizza, garlic Argentine BBQ with garlic black beans and rice, garlic Portobello sandwich, garlic ice cream and more.
More info: http://bit.ly/1b9jSK7
- Art Basel 2015: Ultimate guide to music, fairs and parties (southflorida.com)
- Art Basel Miami Beach: A Focus on Female Artists (nytimes.com)
- Taste History Culinary Tour Introduces New Restaurants To Its Lineup (cookmixmingle.com)
- Palm Beach County Green Markets are Back! (cookmixmingle.com)