Things To Do in South Florida MARCH / APRIL 2015

Unlike Mr. Burns (Simpsons) who famously uttered, “I bring you love“, I bring you food.  Not really, instead I bring oodles of festivals (film, food, music), theater, a little history (Seminole War Reenactment) and so on.  The month of March, named after to Roman God Mars, celebrates National Irish Heritage, Women’s History (proclaimed in 1987), Youth Art, amongst others. As for April, O Miami Poetry Festival will be here to help you celebrate National Poetry month.

So if you’re looking for things to do in South Florida, look no further and connect with Cook Mix Mingle on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Tumblr, or Instagram for regular updates.

7 Deadly Sins Micro Theater


Imported from Spain, the Micro Theater concept is part artistic experience, part party. The “theater” is made from shipping containers and only holds 15 audience members in each container. 6 original plays, 15 minutes each, 6 showings per night, 15 audience members, 7 containers.

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Florida Renaissance Festival


Browse through the enchanted crafts Village where over one hundred merchants and artisans demonstrate and sell their wares. Behold glass blowing, hammered pewter, wooden toys, unique pottery, clothing and a wealth of other riches. Applaud hundreds of performers all around you: sword fighters, minstrels, magicians, wenches and more. For all the world’s a stage. Cheer Battling Knights as they mount their steeds, lower their visors, aim their lances and charge at full tilt, thrice daily. Feast on Hearty Food fit for a King! Visit the Pub and toast to the Royal Court with a tankard of ale or cider. Hip! Hip! Huzzah! Play Games of Chance and games of skill which challenge both young and old alike… archery, the test of strength, Jacob’s Ladder and more.

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Collaboration: African Diaspora Exhibition


A Harlem Renaissance-style art exhibition displaying 14 visual artists of African and Caribbean descent from different parts of the country and the world. Learn their stories.

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Miami International Film Festival

MARCH 6-15

Over 60,000 filmgoers and over 300 filmmakers, producers, talent and industry professionals from around the world will come together in March 2015 for the 32nd edition of Miami International Film Festival produced and presented by Miami Dade College. The Festival will present over 100 films from over 30 countries during ten days.

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Yissy y Banda Ancha

MARCH 13 & 14

An elite drummer creating an exciting musical style that combines complex jazz rhythms and electronic beats. She offers a fresh interpretation of young trends in jazz on the Island by combining her compositions with electronic beats and using a DJ in the musical performances of her band.

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Seminole War Reenactment, Historical and Cultural Displays Highlight the Big Cypress Shootout

MARCH 13 – 15

The battle reenactments honor the Seminole’s struggle and sacrifice to remain in their homeland and will feature authentic weapons, soldier and warrior attire and tactics typical of the Second Seminole War. The three-day event will also include music, Seminole food, Seminole and pioneer artisans, tomahawk throws, primitive archery competition, Seminole Stomp Dancing, authentic Seminole and soldier camps, venomous snake shows and alligator wrestling. “Period settlers” from around the country will hew wood, iron and silver crafts and depict trading techniques from the Seminole war era.

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Mateo Tannatt, HORSE

MARCH 13 – MAY 7

Tannatt is an L.A.-based artist who deals with formal inquisitions of space via sculpture, video, and painting. His most recent project, Studio Agony (Revisited) will be on view alongside a newly commissioned sound piece. In the video, Mateo explores an undefined industrial, creative warehouse with the help of quasi-domestic animals such as donkeys and chickens. As the animals traverse the empty room, their interactions with the architecture trigger various memories of modern and contemporary visual experience. As viewers, we move about the gallery in a similar manner, becoming both aware of and displaced from the sculptural forms installed alongside the works. Continuing into a smaller, adjoining room, a series of paintings and sculptures address aerial geometry, mathematics, and color implications.

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Irish Festival on Flagler

MARCH 14 & 15

The festival, sponsored by The Irish Cultural Institute, highlights the best in Irish entertainment, Irish arts and crafts,  foods and features international, national and local entertainers each displaying their uniquely Irish versions of old time favorites as well as Folk and Celtic Classic Rock.

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Marathon Seafood Festival

MARCH 14 & 15

The Original Marathon Seafood Festival began in 1976 as a way for local Marathon and Middle Keys commercial fishermen and their families to “kick-back” and enjoy the fruits of their labor. Delicacies from the waters of the Florida Keys highlight this annual munch-fest at Marathon Community Park, mile marker 49 Oceanside. Live music, vendor booths, sweets, treats and beverages make for a delectable weekend. Florida Keys Art Guild also hosts an open-air art show at entrance to the festival.

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Crawdebauchery Food & Musical Festival


South Florida’s premiere festival celebrating the music and culture of New Orleans, including a live crawfish boil. People are still dancing to the rhythm of jazz and blues that made New Orleans famous. Experience Louisiana with seven bands playing the sounds of The Big Easy throughout the day.

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Jazz in the Gardens

MARCH 21 & 22

The two-day music festival will feature: Maxwell, Toni Braxton, R. Kelly, Erykah Badu, Run-D.M.C., Sheila E., Brian Culbertson, Men of Soul’s Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo Bryson, and Freddie Jackson, and Jazz in the Gardens All Stars Ronnie Laws, Roy Ayers, Lonnie Liston Smith, and Tom Browne. Comedians D.L. Hughley and Rickey Smiley will co-host the festival.

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Basics of Sushi


Sushi has entered the American palate as a cultural influence from Japan.  But do you know what sushi is? Few know that sushi is not actually raw fish, but rice made with a bit of vinegar and sugar. Served with a variety of accompaniments, cooked or raw fish and vegetables, it can take many forms.  Participants in this hands-on workshop, led by Mitsutoshi Sekita, a sushi chef  in Plantation, will learn cultural information about sushi, how to make sushi, and, of course, enjoy eating the sushi.

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Erotica 2015: An Exhibition of Black & White Images


In conjunction with Gay Pride Lake Worth Events, this exhibition features works by Joanne Urban, whose work reflects the aesthetic of the traditional black and white darkroom processes, Orlando Chiang, and Ali Miranda, known for his erotic nudes.

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Palm Beach International Film Festival


The Palm Beach International Film Festival offers films, shorts, and documentaries – along with special events, and galas. You may not know the name of every filmmaker at the festival, but you are certain to recognize one or two in the future, as emerging talent, award-wining directors, producers, and actors present their latest works.

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Tabou Combo ft Yanick Etienne


Haiti’’s celebrated Kompa Band bring their high voltage, big horn, salsa, merengue and drum sounds to the stage with special guest Yanick Etienne, for an eclectic performance.

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Mess O’ Blues, Beer & BBQ Fest


Taste the array of Blues featured in a star-studded lineup including Louisiana Blues, Kansas City Swing Blues, Chicago Blues and Memphis Blues.  You’ll also experience a mess o’ savory BBQ and beer tastings too. The Beer Garden and Lounge features over 30 national and local micro-breweries.

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Cabaret Follies

MARCH 28 & 29

Featuring a colorful variety of acts including can-can dancers, comedy, and a touch of sophisticated burlesque. This dynamite show dazzles with its stunning costumes, elaborate choreography and sultry performances that embody the authentic French cabaret experience.

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Delray Beach Bacon & Bourbon Festival

MARCH 28 & 29

The Bacon & Bourbon Festival brings a wide ranging menu of bacon and pork related dished from the sublime (Braised Pork Bellies with Tamari, Garlic, Ginger & Chili Peppers) to the insane (Bacon Ice Cream anyone?). Menu items developed by chefs exploring the boundaries of New American Cuisine and the Farm to Table movement to good old fashioned comfort foods! Completing the palate pleasing properties of bacon, the festival also bring to you an eclectic selection of bourbon and whiskeys. The distiller’s art and patient techniques are shared in a series of seminars and tastings. All intended to enhance your knowledge and pleasure of American made Bourbon and whiskey.

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Golden Dragon Acrobats in Cirque Ziva


Cirque Ziva blends a centuries-old Chinese art with today’s technology, creating a spectacle that mesmerizes audiences while promoting the group’s commitment to cultural exchange

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O, Miami Poetry Festival 2015

APRIL 1 – 30

The mission of the festival is for every single person in Miami-Dade County to encounter a poem during the month of April. Since its founding in 2011, the festival has hosted performances by Anne Carson, Raúl Zurita, W.S. Merwin, Patti Smith, Richard Blanco, Tracy K. Smith, Thurston Moore, Kevin Young, and many others

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Yen Shun 2015

APRIL 7 & 8

Shen Yun uses performing arts to present stories that bring to life the inner essence of China. This includes ancient legends, characters, and tales from history, and representative events from the modern world. In Shen Yun performances, themes like spiritual devotion, the benevolence of gods, good and evil, retribution, and the search for the meaning of life have appeared in dance stories and lyrics.

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Expo Al Fresco: A Taste of Hollywood


Fo samplings from over 100 booths from South Florida’s finest eateries and businesses, wine tasting, business expo, Muzart Creative Studio’s Kidz Korner, music and more!

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South Beach Comedy Festival

APRIL 8-11

Dave Chappelle, Hannibal Buress, Bill Burr and Patton Oswalt are among the headliners for the 10th annual South Beach Comedy Festival, which returns to the Fillmore Miami Beach April 8-11.

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CircX Cabaret


Internationally renowned troupe CircX presents their signature style of cabaret, described as: one part circus, two parts burlesque, a pinch of class and a dash of trash. This is an rated R show; If you are easily offended, this is not for you!

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Hatsume Fair

APRIL 18 & 19

Celebrating the first bud of spring, Morikami’s largest annual event transforms the normally tranquil park into a unique Japanese spring festival featuring three stages (with taiko drumming, martial arts demos and our annual costume and fashion show contest), avenues of artisan booths, plant sales, Asian and American food vendors and children’s activities.

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Craft Beer Festival & Burger Bash


You choose King of All Burgers for the best burger, best alternative burger, and most innovated burger. With a mild climate, entertainment by The Replay, a selection of over 70 craft beers to choose from and unlimited burger tastings from all your local favorite chefs.

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Celebration of Caribbean/Haitian Heritage Month


Tradisyon Lakou Lakay brings together a potpourri of cultures featuring Afro-Haitian dance. The fusing of the passions and the traditions of the two cultures result in an awe-inspiring art form.

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