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The best things to do in Miami this weekend: Dec 22–24

Virginia Gil
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Virginia Gil
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Fri 22

Cirque du Soleil: Volta

Cirque du Soleil’s 41st production could be its most futuristic show to date, with an electro-pop soundtrack by indie hitmakers M83 and a premise that takes viewers light years into space. Volta, like many other Cirque productions, centers around a conflicted main character named Waz whose journey to enlightenment is chronicled through explosive performances and spellbinding acrobatics. It’s not your typical story of personal transformation, as characters in technicolor costumes leap across the stage, rollerblade by and fly over audiences.

Winter Shorts

City Theatre’s Winter Shorts is a fast-paced, 85-minute program comprising eight short plays, each running no more than 10 minutes. The eccentric assortment of holiday-themed productions includes Oy Vey Maria, Mark Harvey Levine’s cheeky nativity comedy, and Becky’s Christmas Wish, Ashley Lauren Rogers’s dark short about a fraught sibling relationship.

Sat 23

Ugly Sweater Day at the Wharf

Wear your ugliest sweater, or hideously festive tank (this is Miami, after all) to the Wharf’s holiday celebration this weekend. Poor fashion choices pay off: sport something tacky and receive a free cocktail at the hostess stand. Expect the Wharf’s usual fun mix of live music, dancing and people watching.

Becoming Dr. Ruth

Still actively touring at age 89, pioneering therapist and Holocaust survivor Dr. Ruth Westheimer has been liberating sexuality for the past 40 years. This one-woman show by Mark St. German illuminates the darker corners of Westheimer’s upbringing while capturing her ebullient spirit.

Sun 24

School of Rock: The Musical

This stage adaptation of one of the most enduring film comedies of the 2000s warmed the cockles of even the most ardent skeptics’ hearts when it premiered on Broadway in 2015, leaving an awestruck Jack Black to reportedly tell the cast, “There were so many times I went, ‘I could not have done it that well.’” Lloyd Webber, who knows something about rock musicals, penned the score.

MatzoBall

Because eight nights of celebrations aren’t enough, the Society of Young Jewish Professionals and JDate are throwing the ultimate singles event. Dance, drink and connect with old friends and new prospects at Story nightclub.

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