If Fridays normally drive you to drink, this particular one will make you want to double down. Friends, Friday, May 25, is National Wine Day. Unlike every other useless food- or drink-related “holiday,” an entire 24 hours dedicated to wine seems legit, especially heading into a long weekend. Whether it’s specials by the glass or discounted bottles, these are some of the best wine deals to take full advantage of this Friday. CHARCOAL Garden Bar + Grill Fancy French rosés and other wines, such as Phillippe Gonet Blad de Blanc Champ, are marked down 30 percent. Malibu Farm Miami BeachWhy stop at one glass? Get a flight of four white, red or rosé wines for just $12 at the waterfront restaurant inside the Eden Roc. La ModernaGet a mini Margherita pizza free when you order a glass of white or red wine ($6) between 5 and 7:30pm. Jack’s MiamiPair your penne with several glasses on Friday as all bottles will be marked down 50 percent off throughout the day The DutchTake half off a selection of wine and champagne bottles in honor of the big day. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Fri 25 Asian Bazaar Night Dinner Series Skip your usual Friday takeout routine—the Setai is throwing a dinner party. Head to the restaurant’s courtyard for DJ-spun tunes, geishas and other entertainment before heading inside for a three-course Asian feast. Dinner costs $75 and includes a complimentary cocktail. Viernes Culturales The Little Havana street party and gallery week, now in its 18th year, celebrates Latin culture with an old-school pachanga, featuring art exhibits, live music and dancing in one of Miami's most famous cultural hubs. Various food and drink vendors routinely set up on the sidewalk along the strip. Calle Ocho between 13th and 17th Aves. May 25 7–11pm Sat 26 Poetry Reading by Reginald Dwayne Betts Listen to the multi-hyphenate Betts—poet, lawyer, activist—recite his latest works as well as previously published writings. O, Miami Poetry Festival founder, P. Scott Cunningham, hosts. “The Power of Poison: From the Depths of the Sea to Your Own Backyard” Check out Frost Science’s latest and largest exhibit, an interactive display exploring poison’s role in our past, present and future. From close encounters with venomous creatures, like frogs and snakes, and displays that explain poison’s role in history to labs that uncover environmental toxins, kids and adults get a (safe) 360-degree view of all things poisonous. Hyundai Air & Sea Show and Music Explosion Most Miamians are smart enough to avoid South Beach on Memorial Day weekend, but if you do
Hey, Miami. How are you holding up? We know it’s been a rainy week and you might have forgotten what the sun looks like, but guess what? We’ve got even more bad news: the rain is coming back this weekend with a vengeance. Yes, it appears the storm system hanging out in the Gulf is going to form into a tropical storm. And while it looks like it won’t be a direct hit to Miami, it’s going to soak us nice and good this Memorial Day weekend. According to the National Weather Service, this storm is pretty much going to have the worst timing ever, arriving Friday, peaking Saturday/Sunday and lingering through Wednesday. 815am 5/24: A tropical storm is likely to form in the eastern Gulf this weekend and track generally northward. Regardless of development, very heavy rain and flooding are possible for portions of South FL this weekend. Additional impacts can't be ruled out at this time #FLwx pic.twitter.com/o0GWwMc7EV — NWS Miami (@NWSMiami) May 24, 2018 Does this mean we have to be miserable this weekend? Of course not. Miami bars have roofs, people! But you might have to cancel your beach day. And with the traffic expected on Miami Beach this weekend, that might not be such a bad thing. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Summer break is just around the corner, but it’s not too late to sign up your offspring for the season’s best camps. FunCamps Parents love the 29-year-old camp for having two convenient locations in Miami (Pinecrest Gardens and the University of Miami campus) and catering to a range of interests: drama, robotics, magic, science, coding and, yes, dinosaurs. Sessions run for two weeks and include field trips, outdoor activities and swimming. Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Rd. • University of Miami, 1330 Miller Dr, Coral Gables (funcamps.com). • Two-week sessions June 11–Aug 17 9:30am–3:30pm; $475–$585. Ages 5–12. Summer Camp at Frost Science Educators and scientists share their passion for everything STEM this summer, helping Miami students dissect squid, launch rockets and code games. The lucky campers spend time at Frost’s massive aquarium, its planetarium and various gallery spaces.Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, 1101 Biscayne Blvd (305-434-9600). Weekly sessions June 18–Aug 10 9am–3pm; $350, members $295. Grades K–8. Nature Camp at the Deering Estate Kids get to spend the day swimming, hiking, kayaking and exploring the grounds surrounding the grand estate. Arts-and-crafts activities, science experiments and field trips round out the fun.Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72nd Ave (305-235-1668, deeringestate.org/summer-camp). Weekly sessions June 11–Aug 17 7:30am–5pm; $175–$200. Ages 6–14. Ransom Everglades Summer Camp Even the littlest campers can find something
It wasn’t that long ago that Casa Florida’s lead bartender, Emiliano González, was swinging clubs instead of shaking drinks. Nearly four years after emigrating from Argentina, the former golf pro is now a skilled mixologist, coming up with new recipes and creating Instagrammable presentations. Here, the self-taught barkeep sounds off on life behind the bar. How did you get into bartending? When I came here from Argentina three and a half years ago, I didn’t know how to serve a glass of water. My job then was as a barback at Barú, a Latin place in Brickell. I saw the bartender’s check and thought, I want that. All my knowledge comes from researching online and practicing different techniques. I never went to bartending school. You’re known for creating fanciful drinks. I want people to have a different experience here. I’m going to pay more for a drink with a nice presentation and good ingredients. We make everything from scratch. Even if it’s busy, we have to be fast and consistent in what we serve. What types of garnishes do you use? I love using flowers in the drinks, like baby’s breath. One time, someone brought me a palm-tree leaf and it made my lip swell [from an allergic reaction], so now I keep Benadryl with me when I research. If I haven’t tasted the flower, I don’t put it in my drinks. I use pineapple leaves to make different shapes, like little gators. We also save the citrus fruits we use [for mixers] and dehydrate them for garnishes. What’s the drink you li
The goal of improv is simple enough: you create a tiny universe—one that’s weird, gripping and hopefully funny—out of thin air, with nothing but a little imagination and confidence. So maybe it shouldn’t be surprising that Miami’s improv community has managed to carve out a home for itself in a city otherwise lacking in comedy. And you can be forgiven if, perhaps, this is all news to you. Among Miami’s louder and shinier entertainment options, our small but scrappy improv scene gets dwarfed. But those days of obscurity may be numbered as two theaters with two very different styles are proving that Miami has a funny bone after all. Villain Theater In October 2017, after more than two years of bouncing around between warehouses and bars, the improv troupe Villain Theater finally opened the doors to its very own 120-seat space, a pointy, maroon building with a Medieval Times vibe that sits on a busy corner in Little Haiti. “The first couple of months, we were like, What the hell is happening?” remembers Peter Mir, Villain’s CEO. “It was like a Field of Dreams sort of thing—we just built it, and, apparently, people really wanted this. They all came out of the woodwork.” What these folks have been so eager to see is improv comedy performed by a diverse group of fresh local talent. “For me, this place felt younger, more energetic and less 40-year-olds–in-cargo-shorts,” says Jannelys Santos, the theater’s chief operations officer. Like Mir and other troupe members, Santos never
Some noises make the hairs on the back of your neck stand straight up: nails on a chalkboard, crying babies and “the Julia Tuttle and MacArthur Causeways will be closed down to only one lane during Memorial Day Weekend.” The latter will be true for any unlucky cars traveling to Miami Beach this coming Memorial Day Weekend, the Miami New Times reports. The city is funneling both causeways down to a single lane to allow Miami Beach Police to scan each car’s license plate as they enter Miami Beach. The traffic change will go into effect Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights (no word exactly when yet) and the Venetian Causeway will be closed to non-residents. Fun stuff! It’s going to be, to put it kindly, the traffic equivalent of looking up only to have a passing bird poop in your mouth. In addition to the causeway lane closures, parts of Ocean Drive will also be closed to cars and there will be other road closures throughout South Beach. If your weekend plans involve a visit to Miami Beach, we highly recommend arriving before the sun sets, taking a ride-share (because parking is going to be even more hectic) and bracing yourself to sit in traffic for a bit. Or you could convince a manatee to give you a ride? That actually might be easier. Best of luck out there! Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Where’s a woman’s place these days? In Miami, it’s at a coffeeshop for an entrepreneur meet-up or the streets of Wynwood for an empowering group run, though the list goes on thanks to this fresh crop of ladies-only communities in the city. Women in Leadership League Whether you’re leading a sorority fund-raiser or a multinational corporation, Anayancy Escarpanter wants you. Last year, she founded the Women in Leadership League, an organization designed to unite Miami’s female trailblazers. “We don’t define what a woman leader is,” says Escarpanter. WILL hosts monthly female-empowerment gatherings, which have included a panel discussion on ladies in the business world and a party highlighting women chefs. Escarpanter emphasizes programming that’s inspiring but also useful for busy women like herself. “My time is valuable,” she says. Membership $30/month, $300/year; womeninleadershipleague.com Photograph: Alex Escarpanter & Daniel Velazquez The Miami Girl Society After a psychic told her to move to Miami to “find her tribe,” Candis Hickman packed up her belongings and left Chicago for the Magic City last year. Her psychic was on to something: In January, she formed the Miami Girl Society, a growing community of creative women focused on their careers. She hosts two events a month—think social-media strategy sessions with local influencers—and plans to offer educational services soon. “My mission is to help creative women turn their passion into profit,” Hickman says. For
For such an allegedly up-and-coming area, Downtown is shockingly short on drinking options—especially compared to places like Wynwood or South Beach. Sure, you can find upscale dining and booming nightclubs but a good place to grab a drink after work (other than our beloved Corner)—well, there ain’t much. But hope is on the horizon in the form of Biscayne Bay Brewing Company. The Doral brewery is opening up a second location at the historic United States Post Office and Courthouse building (100 NE 1st Avenue) sometime this winter. It’ll be Downtown’s first brewery and this won’t be a small operation either. The taproom will take over 6,200-square-feet of the building’s third floor (once home to the Miami Weather Bureau Office). Biscayne Bay Brewing will use this location for small batch brewing and experimental beers. So, when you’re sweating your butt off this summer waiting for the Metromover and desperately wishing you had some cool place to find air conditioning and a chilly beer, use this as motivation. Help is coming. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Did you ever get a chance to stop by El Tucán to check out their dinner shows? Well, if you procrastinated, we’ve got bad news: you missed your chance. The venue’s popular Latin cabaret and variety show is no more. Instead, El Tucán has transitioned into a full nightclub. It’s a bummer. There wasn’t much in Miami like El Tucán, which channeled a gorgeous old Cuba charm and blended it together with patches of new Miami chic and French style. It was that rare Miami attraction that could appeal to both tourists and locals looking for a different sort of night out. There are still some other spots to catch live cabaret in South Florida, but Tucán was certainly one of our top picks. This isn’t a funeral, though. El Tucán and its delightfully vintage interior live on in its second life as a nightclub—one of the only ones in Brickell, too. If you want to check out the new venue, El Tucán Nightclub will host Rick Ross on May 31. Sadly—or, maybe thankfully—we do not expect to see any nipple tassel routines from the headliner. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.