Top Seven Things to Do This Weekend

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True story: Type "Miami is" into Google and the site's auto complete function comes up with "Miami is a shithole" and "Miami is a third world country." Jerks. The site's auto complete function reflects the most common search terms. So we if we can convince you, Cultist's legions of readers, to Google "Miami is so freaking rad" a couple dozen times a day, we might be able to drown out the naysayers.

Don't believe us? Consider that Dan Savage asked his readers to Google bomb Rick Santorum's name so that the first Google hit associates his last name with a post-coital bodily fluid we're way too classy to describe here. And it worked. We say all this to proclaim that Miami is not a shithole. Check out the top seven things to do this weekend. We got culture, yes we do. We got culture, how bout you?


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Sedaris talks pretty at Parker Playhouse.
Friday
  • David Sedaris: Who would we invite to our dinner party if we could invite absolutely anybody - real or fictional, dead or alive? Well, Sedaris is first on that hypothetical guest list. But because we won't be able to lure him back to our lair to dine on Hungry Man entrees, we'll have to settle for his performance tonight at Parker Playhouse.
  • STACKS: O, Miami commissioned National Book Award finalist Anne Carson to pair up with dancers from Merce Cunnigham dance troupe. Tonight, modern dancers interpret Carson's prose at STACKS.


Saturday
  • Overtown Rhythm and Arts Festival: Yes, we got a little grumpy when he heard Overtown was getting its first beauty pageant, but we're 100% behind the neighborhood's revival -- and it's start with Saturday's Overtown Rhythm and Arts Festival.
  • Transit Antenna: An ambitious Miami family is setting off to ride their bus fueled on vegetable oil across America. This Saturday, they're hosting an art carnival in the Design District. Come see your favorite/most loathed Miami artists get wet in the dunk tank and support the Transit Antenna initiative.
  • Second Saturday Art Walk: It's not hyperbole to claim that this weekend's Art Walk will be one of the most interesting to date. Not only do a handful of top Miami artists -- Jillian Mayer, Kevin Arrow, Agustina Woodgate -- have shows, there are also Borscht Film Festival and O, Miami events. The packed night will inspire you to whip out your smart phone and Google "Miami is so freaking rad."

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Sunday
  • The Sparrow: We'll cut to the chase and say that this production may be one of the most exciting to hit the Arsht this year. Originally from the Chicago theater scene, The Sparrow is described as Mean Girls meets X-Men meets Carrie. Spooky, snarky, and delicious.
  • Jimbo's Birthday Party: If Miami had a patron saint, it'd be Jimbo Luznar -- the proprietor of the infamous drinking and shrimp shack out on Virginia Key. In honor of his 84th birthday, there'll be live bands, an 18-wheeler drunk with keg taps, and a crowd of Jimbo's regulars letting loose in the Biscayne backwoods this Sunday.

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