Best free things to do in Miami this week, 17-23. January 2022

Downtown Jazz on the Corner

Every Tuesday, Corner hosts his Downtown Jazz Evening feature “Miami’s Finest Players.” Yes, believe it or not, the corner can be fun outside at 3am to 7pm. Presented by Miami Jazz Bookings, this week you can enjoy the stylings of Derek Fairholm (piano), Lucas Apostoleris (drums), Cisco Dimas (trumpet), and Brian Tate (bass) while sipping expertly developed cocktails and sipping some light bidder. Best of all? You will definitely be in bed before sunrise. 22.00 Tuesday, January 18 at the corner, 1035 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-961-7887; thecornermiami.com. There is free admission.

ICA talks to Ellen Lesperance

On Thursday, the Institute of Contemporary Art Miami welcomes artist Ellen Lesperance as part of her ICA Speaks series. During Thursday’s virtual lecture, Lesperance, whose exhibition, “Amazonknights,” is currently being viewed, will discuss how her commitment to feminist activism affects her painting practice. For the past decade, Lesperance has been archiving protest knitwear worn by separatist feminists from Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp, who demonstrated against the U.S. nuclear weapons depot in Berkshire, England, culminating in her book on the archive. Velvet fist. 19.00 Thursday 20 January; icamiami.org. There is free admission with RSVP.

Malicious creation on Las Rosas

Calling all death metal fans! Vile Productions is staging an evening of hardcore music at Las Rosas on Friday night with three bands on the field. Malevolent Creation will play its first hometown show alongside guitarist and vocalist Ryan Taylor. Joining the band are Rhythm of Fear and Midnight Spell, as well as DJ Briggs, host of Metal Revolution at WVUM. If you’re still not convinced, there is no cover – which is perhaps the most metal of it all. 9pm Friday, January 21st in Las Rosas, 2898 NW Seventh Ave., Miami; 786-780-2700; lasrosasbar.com. There is free admission.

Black, Gay & Proud at the Sandrell Rivers Theater

The Unity Coalitions Caōba initiative presents Black, Gay and Proud, an all-day celebration at the Sandrell Rivers Theater on Saturday in honor of American civil and gay rights activist Bayard Rustin. Rustin was a confidant of Martin Luther King, Jr., and helped organize the march in Washington before speaking out on gay issues in the 1980s. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013 by President Obama. Saturday’s event includes a Q&A with Walter Naegel, Rustin’s life partner, a panel discussion on what social activism means today, performances by Randolph Ward, a sex workshop and a village with community resources. 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 22 at Sandrell Rivers Theater, 6103 NW Seventh Ave., Miami; 305-284-8872; sandrellriverstheater.com. There is free admission with RSVP.

Lootopia pop-up store

Of course there are Supreme and Yeezy, but any pro-level hypebeast knows that this is where it’s to find the next big streetwear brand before the masses do it. On Saturday, Marauder Studios gathers some of South Florida’s hottest new streetwear brands for Lootopia, a one-day pop store in Allapattah. Brands present include Donnie, Ultra Rare, Born a Miracle, Coz Made and Wwristss along with music by @normalfeed and @ _dylvnn. 5pm to 10pm Saturday, January 22nd at 776 NW 21st Ter., Miami. There is free admission.

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