May’s coming to a close and June’s peeking around the corner, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do in Miami this week. On the contrary, there are still activities and events that you could go to until the end of May. So whether you’re visiting Miami alone or with the family, your itinerary is certified to be filled with something to do. Don’t expect a dull moment here!
For the artist at heart, here are several activities that might be of interest to you.
The University of Miami – Lowe Art Museum will be holding a print/multimedia gallery entitled “Carlos Llerena Aguirre: Ultimas Tribus (Last Tribes)”. Here Carlos Llerena Aguirre portrays the symbiotic relationship between human and animals in the form of woodcuts made during his stay at the Venice Printmaking Studio in the island of Murano. In addition, visitors will be able to view his video art, including his recent show, Saynatakuna, Masks and Transfigurations in Paukartambo. Gallery begins on May 26 from 10 am to 4pm.
Over at the Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery is the art show entitled Paradox and Conformity. Included in this gallery is Richard Deon’s Paintings, Prints & Planes. Admission is free and gallery begins on May 28 from 6pm to 9pm.
Artistic Vibes will be holding a poetry reading/spoken word session named Re//Verb Saturdays – A Night of Music & Poetry starting May 30. Here poets and artists alike get together for a night of live music and poetry. Another artistic activity one may be interested is “Writing Workshop – The Persona: The Fitting Room” by Girls’ Club on May 30 from 4pm to 6pm. The two day workshop is dedicated to discussing persona poems such as Skinhead by Patricia Smith R. Elena Prieto’s “Courting Mary Ann Cotton,” Sarah Messer’s “I am the Real Jesse James,” Evie Shockley’s “The Lost Letters of Fredrick Douglas, June 5, 1892,” Tomas Q Morin “My Life as a Woman,” and Elizabeth Austen’s “It Didn’t Happen That Way” just to name some.
Over at Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens is the photography exhibit entitled, ”Return to the Roof of the World – A Photographic Exhibition by Nicholas Vreeland”. Here, ordaid Tibetan Buddhist monk will be showing his spiritual outtakes during his horseback voyage with his spiritual teacher, Khyongla Rinpoche, on the landscape and lifestyle of the Dagyab District in Tibet. Gallery opens starting May 27 and will last until May 31 from 10 am to 4 pm.
Bringing the family along? Here are some activities that may interest you.
Jungle Island will be having a nature activity named Interact With Trainers and Animals where guests can come close first hand with the animals and touch them. Guests are also allowed to ask questions to the trainers about the animals during their visit. Gates open from May 25 starting at 10 am all the way to 6 pm.
Over at the Museum of Discovery and Science is the event/activity Meet Elmo at the Museum. From 10:15 am to 10:30 am children will be able to have a learning experience with a guest from Sesame Street with a different topic each week starting May 30. Following the short class is a meet and greet with Elmo until 11 am.
Ever dreamed on being a princess for a day? Now’s your chance as a Royal Princess Ball will be held at Signature Grand on May 30 from 9 am to 4pm courtesy of Princess & Pearls Inc. and Destiny School of Etiquette. Here princess-to-be’s will be taught the basics of social and dinner etiquette as well as provide activities that promotes self-esteem and anti-bullying.
If you’re alone during your visit and would want to do something relaxing or worthwhile during your stay, here are some events and activities that you might want to take some time off on.
Do you do yoga, pilates or tai chi? Village Yoga over at Beach Gardens Hotel provides the best atmosphere for any yogi. From the mango and grapefruit trees that will help you connect with nature to the sound and feel of the gentle sea breeze readily and naturally available to them, one will certainly feel at peace here. Classes are open to all starting May 26 however, it is subjected to weather conditions as it is held in the outdoors.
Interested in learning something new? Head over to The Grove Spot for an educational environment lecture of the Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence, Florida entitled “Beneath Our Feet: Miami’s Drinking Water” on May 27. Serving as guest panelists are Dr. Virginia Walsh, Hydrologist from Miami Dade County Water and Sewer Division, Troy Bernier, PhD Candidate in Florida Atlantic University’s Department of Geosciences, and Julia Wester, PhD Candidate at University of Miami’s Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy. RSVP is required to secure a slot for this lecture.
The Lab Miami will be holding a lecture named Brainfood @ The LAB with Peter Kellner serving as the guest speaker on May 27. Here, guests will be able to unlock the secrets of a successful business as well as find ways on how to launch a successful business on their own. Another talk/lecture one should take into consideration is North Shore Medical Center’s Dementia: Memory Matters on May 27. The lecture will have speech-language pathologist, Lance Wiener, as a guest speaker. Though the lecture is free, reservations are required to be able to attend the lecture.
Easing away from science and health type of lectures, the Lilt Lounge will be holding cocktail classes on May 28 from 6:30pm to 7:30 pm. Here guests will be able to learn tricks and tips from bar manager Dean Feddaoui and his team of mixologists for this Mixology class. Attendees will be able to have a first hands-on experience for one hour straight on how to make their own cocktails.
Ladies might be interested in this. Brownes Merchants & Trading Co. – South Beach will be holding the social event Beauty-Chella on May 28 from 5pm to 8pm. Attendees will be able to enjoy complimentary makeup and nail polish touch-up as well as braiding services, Lulu DK metallic jewelry, brow and facial treatments and so much more! The event is free but RSVP is required to attend.