Things To Do

The 14 Best Things to Do This Week in Miami

Kehlani at FPL Solar Amphitheater: See Monday
Kehlani at FPL Solar Amphitheater: See Monday Photo by Bria Alysse

Monday, August 1

On Monday, Kehlani brings their Blue Water Road Trip Tour to the FPL Solar Amphitheater. The concert supports the singer's latest album, Blue Water Road, filled with soulful vocal deliveries and smooth melodies. The record features recent singles “Altar,” “Little Story,” and “Up At Night” (featuring Justin Bieber). Kehlani is also known for their collaborations with artists like Jhené Aiko, Charlie Puth, Zedd, and Cardi B. Rapper Rico Nasty and singer Destin Conrad are set to open Monday's show. 8 p.m. Monday, at FPL Solar Amphitheater, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-358-7550; bayfrontparkamphitheater.com. Tickets cost $39.50 to $109.50 via livenation.com. Sophia Medina

Tuesday, August 2

Punk outfit Ceremony will perform under Gramps' palm frond-covered stage on Tuesday. The band's last album, 2019's In the Spirit World Now, was its sixth effort as well as its debut on Relapse Records. It received lukewarm reviews, with Pitchfork's Noah Yoo writing that "the group has finally found space to begin carving their own lane in the crowded field of '80s-indebted groups." The quintet's latest single, "Vanity Spawned by Fear," released in April, exhibits a more glam-rock aesthetic while still not feeling entirely foreign. Also on Tuesday's bill are shoegaze band Hotline TNT and synth-pop act Romeo Blu. 8 p.m. Tuesday, at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; gramps.com. Tickets cost $16 to $17 via eventbrite.com. Jose D. Duran
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Ife-Ile Afro-Cuban Dance Festival: See Wednesday
Photo courtesy of Ife-Ile Afro-Cuban Dance Festival

Wednesday, August 3

It's impossible to separate Afro-Cuban culture's rich history from its dance and music. That's perhaps why Miami has Ife-Ile, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the culture through dance. On Wednesday, the group kicks off the Ife-Ile Afro-Cuban Dance Festival with the theme of "Dance Untamed: Rituals of Resistance for the 21st Century." Over four days, participate in dance workshops in Afro-Cuban dance like oricha, rumba, palo, yuka, and arara and other dance styles like Afro-modern and belly dance. Wednesday through Sunday, at HistoryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; and Koubek Center, 2705 SW Third St., Miami; ife-ile.org/festival. Tickets cost $20 to $200. Ashley-Anna Aboreden

Thursday, August 4

For some, the pandemic seems like a lifetime ago, but many people still hold memories of the hardships they faced. DJ and photographer Rahsaan “Fly Guy” Alexander reflects on the harsh realities of COVID in the exhibition "Capture: A Portrait of the Pandemic" at HistoryMiami Museum. The show features more than 60 images spotlighting some of the pivotal moments in Miami over the past two years, from protests of racial injustice to an endangered nightlife industry and widespread homelessness. 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday through January 8, 2023, at HistoryMiami Museum, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; 305-375-1492; historymiami.org. Tickets cost $5 to $10. Sophia Medina

Dada Life's Stefan Engblom stops at E11even as part of the duo's Blood, Sweat & Smiles Tour. (Olle Cornéer, the group's other half, stopped touring in 2017 owing to health concerns but continues working in the recording studio with Engblom.) The Swedish producers recently dropped their latest album, Blood, Sweat & Smile, a ten-track record that should feel right at home at the 11th Street megaclub. Tracks like "Readymade Sweat" and "This Time (Never Be Alone Again)" hark back to the big-room bangers of the early 2010s. 8 p.m. Thursday, at E11even, 29 NE 11th St., Miami; 305-829-2911; 11miami.com. Tickets cost $20 to $30 via tixr.com. Sophia Medina
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Silvana Estrada at the Citadel: See Friday
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Friday, August 5

Mexican singer-songwriter Silvana Estrada heads to the Citadel for an intimate concert presented by Escala Sonora. The 25-year-old released her debut album, Marchita, earlier this year; in the Guardian's list of "Best Albums of 2022 So Far," Laura Snapes called it "a captivating arrival." Despite her short career, Estrada has already collaborated with artists like Natalia Lafourcade, Guitarricadelafuente, and Mon Laferte. 7 p.m. Friday, at the Citadel, 8300 NE Second Ave., Miami; escalasonora.com. Tickets cost $45 via seetickets.us. Ashley-Anna Aboreden

Jennifer and Michele Kaminski are bringing their pop-up concept, 2 Korean Girls, to Shelborne South Beach's Oasis Garden for a weekly karaoke party. 2 Korean Girls Karaoke takes place every Friday, inviting diners to nosh on Korean short ribs, melon salad, and tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes). There's also a 2 Korean Girls signature cocktail, created by mixologist Alexa Delgado: "The Last Imoogi," a dragon fruit-infused Bacardi rum cocktail served with a swirl of rose gold shimmer, Domaine de Canton, citrus, and orange bitters, and garnished with an edible flower. Oh, and you'll be able to belt out all the karaoke classics before and/or after you dine. 8 p.m. Friday, at Shelborne South Beach, 1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-531-1271; shelborne.com. Jose D. Duran
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The Weeknd
Photo by Brian Ziff

Saturday, August 6

Monster Jam is back with its heavy truck jumping and hard car-smashing entertainment, which will have fans and families screaming for more. Known as one of the most action-packed motorsports events, Monster Jam features some of the most skilled drivers in the game taking on challenging obstacles. In addition to the daredevil antics, the event will feature a Pit Party where guests can see the trucks up close, watch live prerace interviews, and participate in driver Q&As. 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday, at FLA Live Arena, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; 954-835-7000; flalivearena.com. Tickets cost $25 to $70 via ticketmaster.com. Sophia Medina

On Saturday, Dimensions Variable premieres the latest collaborative work between New Delhi-based artist Ayesha Singh and Miami-based artist Misael Soto. The pair has worked on a series of site-specific work starting in 2017. Opening on Saturday, "Provisional Obstruction (Little Haiti, Miami II)" employs chaotically installed scaffolding and banner-size architectural and historical imagery. The location of the latest installation is meant to highlight the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of Little Haiti, which some attribute to its higher elevation and a phenomenon known as climate gentrification. 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday through September 18, at Dimensions Variable, 101 NW 79th St., Miami; dimensionsvariable.net. Admission is free. Jose D. Duran

Save those tears for another day — the Weeknd finally brings his After Hours Til Dawn Stadium Tour to Hard Rock Live. The performance is a long time coming — the tour was delayed several times owing to the pandemic. The Canadian artist released his critically acclaimed fourth album, After Hours, at the start of lockdown in 2020. Despite the obstacles, he scored chart-topping hits like "Blinding Lights" and "Save Your Tears." He followed it up with 2022's Dawn FM, which picks up where the previous album left off. Opening Saturday's show is electronic producer Kaytranda and hip-hop producer Mike Dean. 6:30 p.m. Saturday, at Hard Rock Stadium, 347 Don Shula Dr., Miami Gardens, 305-943-8000; hardrockstadium.com. Tickets cost $51 to $276.50 via ticketmaster.com. Sophia Medina

Los Angeles-based comedian Rachel Wolfson doles out the laughs at Gramps on Saturday. The Las Vegas native is known for her dry humor and ability to work the crowd. Wolfson also appeared as the first female cast member in the fourth installment of the Jackass film franchise, Jackass Forever. Opening Saturday's show: Long Beach comedian Mat Edgar. 8 p.m. Saturday, Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; gramps.com. Tickets cost $20 via eventbrite.com. Jose D. Duran

Local band Pans wraps its East Coast tour with a homecoming show at the Bridge. Members Adrian Garcia, Jack Le Sante, and Keysel Peleaz are multi-instrumentalists who use live loops to create unique “orchestrally inclined indie-rock.” Last year the band released its debut album, A New Wilderness, a folky, chamber-pop effort. For the show at the Bridge, Rick Moon, April Nicole, and the Floridians complete the lineup. 8 p.m. Saturday, at the Bridge, 4220 NW Seventh Ave., Miami; pansofficial.com. Tickets cost $10 via eventbrite.com. Ashley-Anna Aboreden
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Meduza at Club Space: See Sunday
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Sunday, August 7

Sunday mornings at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden have gone to the dogs. Spend quality time with Fido at Dog Date Stroll. You and your pup can explore the 83 acres during the morning hours and enjoy refreshments at the Glasshouse Cafe, where they’ll have treats and drinks for your dog, too. 8 to 10 a.m. Sunday, at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables; 305-667-1651; fairchildgarden.org. Tickets cost $11.95 to $24.95. Ashley-Anna Aboreden

Club Space welcomes Meduza to its terrace for an epic party going well past sunrise. Kicking off the late-night festivities is the duo Miguelle & Tons. An Italian combo made up by members Luca de Gregorio, Mattia Vitale, and Simone Giani, Meduza's breakthrough track, 2019's "Piece of Your Heart," spiked the dynamic trio into commercial fame, reaching number two in the UK and earning a Grammy nomination. 10 p.m. Sunday, at Club Space, 34 NE 11th St., Miami; 786-357-6456; clubspace.com. Tickets cost $26.46 via dice.fm. Sophia Medina
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Ashley-Anna Aboreden is a Miami native and has been writing for as long as she can remember. She is an English graduate from FIU and is currently receiving her MFA in creative writing at the New School. She has an everlasting love for shih tzus (especially hers), chocolate chip cookies, and vintage books.
Jose D. Duran is the associate editor of Miami New Times. He's the strategist behind the publication's eyebrow-raising Facebook and Twitter feeds. He has also been reporting on Miami's cultural scene since 2006. He has a BS in journalism and will live in Miami as long as climate change permits.
Contact: Jose D. Duran