You’re here because you’re looking for something to do in South Florida this month. You came to the right place!  Here you’ll find amazing films being shown at Miami International Film Festival (Mar. 7-16), a performance by Haitian songstress Emeline Michel with Boukman Eksperyans at Miramar Cultural Center (Mar. 8), free festivals such as Miami Made 2014 (Mar. 6-8), open mic at The Stage Miami (ongoing), live music at  Little Haiti Cultural Center (every 3rd Friday), Smokey Robinson at Arsht Center (Mar. 16), a course that teaches you to dance Flamenco (Mar. 19), make cold processed soaps (Mar. 3-22), and lots more!

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ONGOING

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 MARCH 8

2014 Flamenco Festival

Flamenco Festival Miami returns to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County with world-class flamenco dance and music performances.

More info: http://bit.ly/1fa2ZKl

THROUGH MARCH 9

Memphis – Broadway Across America

Turn up that dial… From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, Memphis tells the story of a radio DJ who wants to change the world and a club singer who is ready for her big break..

More info: http://bit.ly/1idHDn8

MARCH 3-22

Soap Making 101

Soap has been described as “the yardstick of civilization”. Cold process soap making can be traced to ancient times, and is still in use today. Learn this ancient method and create your very own soap. Learn a little about saponification (starting with how to say it!), why soap works, and the benefits that real soap brings to your skin

More info: http://bit.ly/1cDsaFa

MARCH 6-8

Miami Made Festival 2014

The eighth annual MIAMI MADE FESTIVAL, features a weeklong showcase of new works-in-progress created and performed by a roster of Miami-based artists across multiple disciplines, all of whom have previously collaborated with the Arsht Center. The event includes staged play readings and a dance showcase on-site in the Carnival Studio Theater. FREE.

More info: http://bit.ly/1l3Zv15

Thaddeus Phillips 17 Border Crossings

Innovative theater director Thaddeus Phillips (creator of RED-EYE to HAVRE de GRACE, WHaLE OPTICS, ¡El Conquistador!) steps back onstage for the World Premiere of 17 BORDER CROSSINGS, a new theatrical work that takes audiences to the frontiers of Egypt, Bosnia, Cuba, Brazil, Morocco, Colombia, Austria, Bali, Czech Republic, Israel, Jordan, Serbia, Croatia, Italy and Mexico. Based on Phillip’s actual border crossing experiences, 17 BORDER CROSSINGS is a deceptively simple solo work that weaves these accounts into a dramatic, visual and surreal examination of imaginary lines, arbitrary passports and curious customs. 17 Border Crossings is a physical work that highlights Phillips’ unique theatrical aesthetic that fuses global ideas, transformative staging, surprising images and extreme playfulness. The performance style draws inspiration from stand-up comedy, the Balkan films of Emir Kustarica, the floor shows of the Tropicana in Havana, musicals about Austria, cheap magic, Native myths from the Amazon jungle and Chilli Relleno recipes.

More info: http://bit.ly/1gypzQt

MARCH 6-15

Festival of the Arts BOCA

Established in 2007, the Festival of the Arts BOCA was designed to promote the cultural arts and to enrich the quality of life of the residents of Boca Raton, North Broward and Palm Beach Counties. As conceived by its founders, the Festival is more than just programming; it is a unique way of bringing world class performers, authors and speakers to Boca.

More info: http://bit.ly/1ibrWZ7

MARCH 7-16

Miami International Film Festival

Miami International Film Festival had its beginnings as the main activity of the Film Society of Miami, Inc., which was founded in 1983. The Festival has gained recognition with its consistently high quality of programming and presentations from filmmakers, critics, and the film industry.

More info: http://bit.ly/1l44Wgs

MARCH 8

Emeline Michel & Boukman Eksperyans to perform at Miramar Cultural Center

Grammy Award-nominated musical group Boukman Eksperyans, acclaimed for its fusion of traditional Haitian and Caribbean rhythms with rock and reggae, are joined by internationally recognized Haitian singer Emeline Michel.

More info: http://goo.gl/o83vhn

MARCH 8-9

2014 Irish Fest on Flager

Fest goers can sample food at the International Food Court – all while enjoying music, stepdancers and comedians from both sides of the pond.  In addition to the music and dance, Irish Fest features an Irish Marketplace with authentic Irish gifts and products for sale from Irish artists, crafters, and vendors.

More info: http://bit.ly/1g1Rucq

MARCH 9

Sounds of Little Haiti

Sounds of Little Haiti is an intimate look into legendary musicians across the Caribbean. Audiences have an opportunity to hear the stories behind the music. They get an in-depth look into the rhythms that inspired their favorite bands. The Sounds of Little Haiti Series proceeds benefit programming at the Little Haiti Cultural Center and furthers the mission of Northeast Second Avenue Partnership (NE2P) to showcase and promote Little Haiti as a cultural destination.

More info: http://bit.ly/1kzNG5J

MARCH 9

Peking Acrobats

This troupe of China’s most gifted tumblers, contortionists, jugglers, cyclists and gymnasts perform amazing feats of daring with masterful skill and grace. Entertaining to sold-out audiences around the world, The Peking Acrobats expertly perform trick-cycling, precision tumbling, somersaulting and gymnastics and execute unbelievable maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs.

More info: http://bit.ly/1osBEIE

MARCH 15 — APRIL 13

The Mountaintop by Katori Hall

The night before his assassination, after delivering one of his most memorable speeches, Martin Luther King retires to room 306 in the now famous Lorraine Motel in Memphis. While a storm rages outside, a mysterious young maid arrives with some surprising news — and King is forced to confront his past and the future of his people.The night before his assassination, after delivering one of his most memorable speeches, Martin Luther King retires to room 306 in the now famous Lorraine Motel in Memphis. While a storm rages outside, a mysterious young maid arrives with some surprising news — and King is forced to confront his past and the future of his people.

More info: http://bit.ly/1idJKau

MARCH 15-16

2014 Asian Trade, Food Fair & Cultural Show

The 21st annual Asian Trade, Food Fair & Cultural Show will take place March 15 & 16 at the South Florida Fairground. This year’s lineup includes Hridoy Khan, Vishwajit Barwankar, Habib Wahid, singer Mila and more.

More info: http://bit.ly/NcoX9H

MARCH 16

Smokey Robinson Performs at the Arsht Center

A Grammy Living Legend Award recipient and member of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame, the legendary singer, songwriter and producer makes his Arsht Center debut.

More info: http://bit.ly/1dtGRhz

MARCH 18

Head to Butterfly World with Mounts Botanical Gardens

Go on the road with Mounts to Butterfly World in Coconut Creek. This park features the largest butterfly house in the world as well as 10 acres of gardens and aviaries.  Get a close up view of butterflies in various stages of growth, witness the miracle as new butterflies emerge, and delight in the antics of thousands of exotic butterflies. Interact with lorikeets, the clowns of the bird world, and discover the amazing world of hummingbirds and other exotic species as they buzz around you in a flower-filled habitat. Stop by the Butterfly Garden Plant Shop to purchase nectar and host plants. Please bring your own lunch or plan to eat on your own in either of the cafes. Pre-paid registration is required by March 7th.

More info: http://bit.ly/1cbmtTP

MARCH 19

Flamenco: The Master Class with Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana

This hands-on workshop includes instruction in rhythmic handclaps (palmas), arm movements (braceo), body posturing, and footwork (taconeo). The flamenco technique is woven into a short choreography, taught in a supportive and fun way. By the end of the class the participants will be able to “perform” a simple choreographed dance. The class also covers a brief history of the origins of flamenco dance, music and song and how it has been influenced by the various cultures that inhabited Spain.

More info: http://bit.ly/1nf2ULS

Miami Boheme: An American Musical Journey

The hour-long PBS documentary, Miami Boheme: An American Musical Journey ” will be shown at a special event at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19 at The Stage, 170 NE 38th St, in Miami’s Design District. Following the screening will be a live performance by PALO!, featuring special musical guests from the film.

More info: http://bit.ly/1hNpNoa

MARCH 21

Loray Mistik at Big Night Little Haiti

Led by Jude Papaloko Thegenus, Loray Mistik (The Mystic Thunder) has been on the scene for 22 years. Loray Mistik mixes traditional rasin (roots) music with West African percussions, rock, blues and hip-hop. World music at its best. FREE.

More info: http://on.fb.me/NVYRHE

MARCH 24

MIA Music Summit

The MIA Music Summit will take place for the first time on March 24th, 2014 at Miami’s premier music laboratory, the New World Center. The event will gather some of today’s leading digital music experts, startups and investors from around the globe in order to discuss the latest trends that are at the intersection of music and technology.

More info: http://bit.ly/1fspp9P

MARCH 25

Cirque Ziva Performs at the Eissey Campus Theatre

Zíva was created in 2011 for a 10-week engagement at Asbury Park Boardwalk’s Paramount Theatre, the first-ever summer run held at the venue in its more than 80-year history. An instant success in Asbury Park, earning critical acclaim and packed houses, the show burst onto the US performing arts circuit with a 55-city, 20-week premiere tour in 2013, and encore tour winter/spring 2014.

More info: http://bit.ly/MP9hrJ

Jazz Project | René Marie

Award-winning singer René Marie is unmistakably honest and unpretentious while transforming audiences worldwide with her impassioned vocals and powerful interpretations of jazz, soul, blues and gospel. René Marie has drawn a legion of fans who are entertained, encouraged and even changed by her performances.

More info: http://bit.ly/1l3HwI0

Hatsume Fair

Celebrating the first bud of spring, Hatsume, the Morikami’s largest annual event, transforms the normally tranquil Morikami Park into a unique Japanese spring festival. The event will feature multiple stages of continuous entertainment where guests can experience taiko drumming performances, martial art and bonsai demonstrations, a costume contest, fashion show, and more.

More info: http://bit.ly/P2H4zV

MARCH 29

In Bituin: transmuting, traveling and transforming

In Bituin explores the recurring metaphysical themes found in Taino-influenced culture in Latin America and the Caribbean such as Santeria, telepathic communication, connection to the Earth and other subjects related to spirituality by using line and shadows as way to manifest the underlying realities we can experience. The exhibition is composed of fiber and textile work, drawings, monotype and linoleum prints, photographs and performance from local South Florida artists.

More info: http://bit.ly/KoROGt

MARCH 29-30

2014 Pridefest of Lake Worth and the Palm Beaches

PrideFest features a full slate of exceptional live musical entertainment, fine merchandise from booth vendors, and an awesome selection of food from many local restaurants. Celebrate the generations, and celebrate LGBT pride in the annual parade starting at noon on Sunday in downtown Lake Worth at Lucerne & M Street.

More info: http://bit.ly/1nfktLS

Dania Beach Arts & Seafood Celebration

The second annual Arts and Seafood Celebration will take place at Frost Park in Dania Beach.  Event will feature live music, an array of seafood and specialty treats, hand-on arts and crafts and more.

More info: http://bit.ly/1gU0jp5

MARCH 30

Jamaica Farewell

When Debra Ehrhardt was an eighteen year old secretary in Kingston Jamaica, she and her passion for America bumped into a handsome CIA agent over a bowl of oxtail soup on her lunch break. It was during the turbulent seventies of the Manley Era that she saw her chance. A pinhole of opportunity that she could squeeze through with the help of this love-struck American. She began a dangerous adventure that only the single minded passion of a teenage girl would chance. The boundary between bravery and foolishness blurred as she became more desperate. When she agreed to smuggle a million US dollars in cash to a mysterious contact somewhere in Miami, the agent became her accomplice. Only he had no idea.

More info: http://bit.ly/1cw8bhc

APRIL 1-5

2014 South Beach Comedy Festival

Now in its ninth year, the South Beach Comedy Festival will feature W. Kamau Bell, Mike Epps, Chelsea Handler, Chris Hardwick, Joe Rogan, and Nick Swardson, with more great acts to be announced.

More info: http://bit.ly/1kzI7Ec

APRIL 3-10

APRIL 12

SMDCAC Presents Rene Marie: Cabaret Series

Back after a successful premiere at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center last season, acclaimed jazz singer Rene Marie returns to Miami for a weekend of soulful, witty singing. The Miami Herald wrote, “She has the requisite phrasing, repertoire, sense of swing and willingness to take chances.”

More info: http://bit.ly/1dtEmvE

APRIL 23 — May 18

Rose and the Rime

Radio Falls, Mich., has been trapped in perpetual winter for a generation and the constant blizzard surrounding the town means there’s no way in or out. The last moment of heated passion brought the town its only remaining youth: a young girl named Rose. It is up to her to save Radio Falls from the vicious curse of the Rime Witch. But when she succeeds, Radio Falls discovers the witch’s magic coin has two sides.

More info: http://bit.ly/1dtEmvE