Free Events This Week: Celebrity Chefs, Yoga, and Live Tunes

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Bill Wisser
Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli goes grill to grill with Aaron Brooks and Todd Erickson this Tuesday.
The summer slump is upon us. It's hot, it's wet -- but without any of the fun that usually goes along with those two terms.

If you're without an escape to a more hospitable climate, we can commiserate. The Jersey Shore sounds pretty appealing right about now, GTL and all.

Well, we've gotta make the best of things, so here are a few ways to save your pennies this week (hopefully to fund a late summer vacation somewhere north of here). Enjoy.

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Free Library to Make Metrorail Ride a Lot More Pleasant

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Transit library design rendering by David Caballero
Waiting on a concrete platform for a steel box to whisk you off to work is a less-than-stimulating way to start your morning. And this is Miami, not Manhattan, so good luck finding a street musician, magician, or Human of New York to keep you entertained.

But Daniel Caballero, one of the recent winners of Miami's Public Space Challenge, hopes to change all that by adding a little literary flair to the city's Metrorail platforms.

See also: The Miami Foundation Raised $130,000 to Help You Create and Beautify Miami's Public Spaces

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Leonel Matheu Weaves a Spell on Viewers at the Frost Art Museum

Categories: Around Town, Art

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Leonel Matheu in front of video installation.
Much like Aesop, the ancient Greek storyteller, Leonel Matheu is a fabulist of the first order whose vivid imagery combines an everyman figure with animals and nature to caution against materialism, greed, and man's destructive encroachment on the environment.

"Crossroads of the Dystopia," a new exhibit at the Frost Art Museum, marks Matheu's first major museum survey and corrals 20 years of his oeuvre, featuring a collection of more than 70 works ranging from drawings with colored pencils, ink on paper, oil on canvases, public art installations, video and multimedia installations.

The sprawling exhibit is presented by Wynwood's Dot Fifty-One Gallery, which reps the artist locally, and was curated by El Nuevo critic Janet Batet who's deft eye has delivered a seamless impression of Matheu's most distinctive imagery.

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Miami Art Museums Alliance: A Unified Voice for Miami's Art Scene

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Vanessa Martin
PAMM and six other Miami museums have joined forces as MAMA.
Slowly but surely, Miami's getting there. We can be quite critical of a lot of the downright Flori-duh stuff that happens within the Magic City; from shortsighted politicking to local yokels, we have no shortage of the strange, the bizarre, and the downright counterproductive preventing this city from becoming a compelling destination beyond whatever cocaine cowboy/Miami Vice-era appeal South Beach tries to retain. The building blocks are there.

Thankfully, the directors of seven of Miami's art museums have come together and formed the Miami Art Museums Alliance (MAMA), and as any doting parent would, have sought to unify their efforts fomenting art and aim to ensure that the arts continue to thrive in South Florida. Comprised of the Bass Museum, the Frost Art Museum-FIU, the Lowe Art Museum-UM, the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA), the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and the Wolfsonian-FIU, the alliance's number one objective is contributing to our community's success.

Working together, towards a common goal is a great start in making this city great. We had a chance to ask Terry Schechter, MAMA's executive director about their forming and goals.

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Free Events This Week: Leonel Matheu, Spoken Word, East Los High

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East Los High.
Hopefully, three days of mourning has pulled you out of your LeBron-induced depression. Breakups hurt. Nobody likes to be dumped, least of all a hot POA like MIA.

But, splitsville it is. So to keep your mind off this parting of the ways, here's some free stuff to occupy you all week. Enjoy.

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Chris Colfer on His New Kids' Book, Gloria Estefan, and Rewriting History

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Like many children, when Chris Colfer was a wee lad, he would doodle silly characters and write passages to his made up stories. As he grew up, he kept adding to those stories that once helped him get through adolescence. And now as an adult, he's able to share those same stories with the world.

"I promised myself that one day I would get it done, and thanks to Glee, the opportunity came and I jumped on it," Colfer told Cultist over the phone from New York City.

What he got done - aside from a successful run on Glee, winning a Golden Globe, writing a young adult novel (Struck by Lightning), writing a screenplay and producing his first major film - was finally getting around to bringing his fairy tale scribbles to fruition. The first installment in a now-growing series, The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell, was published in 2012, followed by The Enchantress Returns in 2013, and keeping the steady flow, The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning was just released this week.

See also: Borscht Corporation Remaking Scarface, 15 Seconds at a Time

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Free Events This Week: Queen Bey, Nike Workouts, Wynwood Bike Tour

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Anyone else still hurting after the holiday weekend? Feels like we're all knee-deep in post-party depression. Only 52 days till Labor Day, at least.

To keep your mind off the forehead-high pile of work occupying your desk, here's a bunch of stuff to plan for this week. All free, of course.

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ArtCenter/South Florida Is Selling Its Iconic Lincoln Road Gallery Building

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It's hard to imagine a cultural organization with an historic presence on South Beach letting go of a property that draws untold thousands of local and international visitors each year.

But that's what's happening with ArtCenter/South Florida which has today listed its 800-810 Lincoln Rd. building for sale to provide the organization with greater resources to expand its programming and services in the coming years.

The decision to sell the building housing ArtCenter's iconic bubble-shaped storefront gallery was unanimously voted on by the organization and supported by the artists in residence, according to a statement released by the organization earlier today. The Miami office of Ackman-Ziff Real Estate has been selected as the exclusive broker for the sale of the property.

See also: Van Dyke's Closing: Lincoln Road Has Become the Luxury Mall It Was Meant To Be

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Studio 54 DJ Nicky Siano to Play Real Roller Disco Tonight at Grand Central

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People used to laugh at those who said disco would come back. Well, haters, who's laughing now?

Rewind the clock and experience the golden age of boogie with a very-special edition of Lundi Dis Moi Oui!, Grand Central's weekly old-school disco and house extravaganza. Whether you're a Dis Moi regular or a dance floor virgin, this is some ground-shattering news.

The groovy hosts are bringing extra hot stuff, baby, this evening, with a first-time-ever real roller disco, featuring sounds by none other than Nicky Siano, the original resident DJ of Studio 54. Yes, that Studio 54. And it's all at no cover to you.

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Fourth of July 2014 in Miami: The Ten Best Things to Do on Independence Day

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Another high-pressure holiday is almost upon us: the Fourth of July. As with Memorial Day, Labor Day, and St. Paddy's Day, you'd better have some seriously awesome plans, or your Instagram feed will feel sadly bereft of likes come Monday morning.

So if you're still scrambling for something amazing to do that'll impress your friends in far-flung, less-cool cities, have no fear. Here's our list of the top ten ways to spend Uncle Sam's big day.

See also: Fourth of July 2014 Weekend Events in Miami

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