Best free things to do in Miami this week 3.-9. January 2022

An evening with Gabriela Garcia at Book & Books

The native of Miami, Gabriela Garcia, looks past Books & Books in Coral Gables to discuss her novel Of Women and Salt. The novel follows generations of characters and their secrets from Cuba to Miami and back. Tuesday’s chat with Garcia celebrates the paperback debut for the bestselling novel. 7pm Tuesday, January 3 at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 305-442-4408; booksandbooks.com. Admission is free with RSVP via eventbrite.com.

“Matters of the Inner City” at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center

“Matters of the Inner City”, a solo exhibition by Miami-based artist Charles Humes, Jr., can now be seen in the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center’s Amadlozi Gallery. Curated by art administrator and producer Donnamarie Baptiste, the exhibition – Hume’s first in a decade – exemplifies the artist’s range, featuring large, mixed-media works exploring the history and culture of black diasporic communities in South Florida and the problems they face. faced. Seen through Feb. 19 at African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, 6161 NW 22nd Ave., Miami; 305-638-6771; ahcacmiami.org. There is free admission.

South Beach Jazz Festival

The South Beach Jazz Festival’s mission is to highlight world-renowned musicians living with disabilities. The sixth annual festival kicks off at North Beach Bandshell on Friday with a performance by the Blind Boys of Alabama. While the show is not free, there are a host of other performances on Lincoln Road over the weekend. On Saturday, organist Derek Fairholm pays tribute to the great Dr. Lonnie Smith, while Russ Spiegel Organ Group performs on Sunday with its funky tunes alongside Nicole Yarling Quintet, Negroni’s Trio, French Horn Collective and Munir Hossn & Elas. Friday, January 7th through Sunday, January 9th in various locations; sobejazzfestival.com. There is free admission.

Astari Nite and Las Rosas

On Saturday, you can enjoy a live performance by one of the city’s best goth and post-punk actors, Astari Nite. Lead singer and lead singer Mychael Ghost is eerily reminiscent of The Cure’s Robert Smith, so you know you’re waiting for a completely wearing black treat. Also on the lineup is dark-wave outfit Violet Silhouette as well as DJ Rippin Kittin, who will keep the dark, melancholic vibes going with a set that matches the mood of the night. 22.00 Saturday, in Las Rosas, 2898 NW Seventh Ave., Miami; lasrosasbar.com. There is free admission.

Bike ride and tour of Shenandoah

On Sunday you can grab your bike and join the Dade Heritage Trust and Friends of the Underline for a bike ride and tour of Shenandoah. Riders will learn about one of Miami’s most overlooked neighborhoods and explore its history and residential architecture. They will also learn about Underline’s Phase 1 and 2 plans and enjoy free refreshments and gift bags. 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, at Dade Heritage Trust, 190 SE 12 Ter., Miami; 305-358-9572; dadeheritagetrust.org. Admission is free with RSVP via eventbrite.com.

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