Timur and the Dime Museum: A Spaceship Ride to the Other Side

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Timur and the Dime Museum is the delightfully demented Los Angeles-based gender-bending/genre-defying hybrid post-punk glam performance band led by the fierce, classically trained Kazakh-American opera singer (Timur) and a cunning and sardonic songwriter (Daniel Corral). The band, like their name, is a blend of haughty style, galactic personalities and flamboyant theatrics, and they're coming to Miami Light Project this weekend.

"When I was attending the New England Conservatory, studying classical opera, I was also hanging out with many bands on the underground scene," Timur says. "I became good friends with Dresden Dolls and singer Amanda Palmer, who in some way encouraged me to pursue projects outside the box. After I moved to Los Angeles to study at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), a lot of creative, interdisciplinary, off-the-wall projects followed. CalArts profoundly influenced how my different experiences in classical voice, contemporary and popular music and theater were falling into place."

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Free Events This Week: Yoga, Young Poets, and Run Club

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Hello Monday, you saucy minx. We didn't miss you. Despite an incoming five days of boredom, drudgery, and Reddit trolling, there's lots to be thankful for. Namely sunshine, blue skies, free shit to do.

Check out the gratis good times you can get into this week.

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Find Your Charity of Choice at PhilanthroFest

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If there's one thing Miami needs more of (besides coffee shops and parking spots), it's do-goodery. There are lots of organizations working to make things better in the Magic City, but most are short on resources, time and the most important factor of all -- human capital.

Enter Philanthrofest, the annual ode to all things charitable. This downtown fest showcases the good work of dozens of local groups at Miami Dade College's Wolfson Campus. It's the perfect chance to find a charity you'd be stoked to give some time to.

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Free Events This Week: Yoga, Mural Tour, Singalong

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Summer is here, and it really does feel like it.

After a weekend of sweating it out, you're probably ready for five days of air-conditioned, cubical comfort.

But all work and no play makes you a dull citizen of the 305. Get yourself out and about this week without spending any cash. You'll need it for this season's AC bill.

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Five Things You Never Knew About Orchids in Honor of Fairchild's Million Orchids Project

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It may seem like orchids are everywhere in Miami. The tropical treasures jump out at us from roadside stands; peer down delicately from treetops; add a colorful hue to many a Florida room. But as it turns out, there used to be a whole hell of a lot more orchids around here than there are now. Like, millions more.

Most of the orchids you see around town aren't native species -- the originals were decimated by people picking and exporting them back in the day. But Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden aims to change all that with their Million Orchid Project. They'll be propagating a million new plants in their shiny new lab, then working with local schools and municipalities to cover the city with these lush blooms. In honor of this ambitious endeavor, here are a few things you probably didn't know about the beautiful blossoms.

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Get Half-Off Tickets to the South Florida Women's Expo Through Voice Daily Deals

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Hey lady, you've been working hard. Don't you think you've earned a night out with the girls?

A night on the town doesn't have to be expensive, especially not with the Voice Daily Deal on the South Florida Women's Expo, on sale now for your enjoyment Friday, May 9.

There's tons of fun stuff coming, from delicious food and drink to delicious bods. Just make sure you leave your man at home, because it's all designed with your needs in mind.

That leaves you plenty of time to plan, but don't wait too long, because this deal saving you 53 percent on admission only lasts through Sunday.

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Great American Bacon Race Sizzles at Oleta River State Park Saturday

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You don't have to wear a pig nose to compete, but it sure doesn't hurt.
If loving bacon is wrong, we don't want to be right. So we're thanking the baby Jesus for the Great American Bacon Race, a mind-blowingly delicious 5k fun run with a buttload of the U.S. of A's best damn breakfast food. Actually, who are we kidding, it's really the best food ever. Period.

Bringing the noms to Oleta River State Park (3400 NE 163rd St, North Miami, FL) on Saturday, April 5, the Great American Bacon Race is the brainchild of the folks at Fearless Events.

Spearheaded by CEO, race director and bacon meister Garfield Griffiths, the glorious event came to fruition after a simple bacon station at one of the group's mud runs became an instant sensation.

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Send in Your Miami Stories for the Big Read Tumblr Project

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When it comes to bibliophilia, these aren't the glory days of Reading Rainbow (we miss you, Levar!). With attention spans shortening, libraries closing, and book publishers going broke, any chance to promote tomes lengthier than 140 characters is a step in the right direction.

Enter the Big Read, a National Endowment of the Arts program to promote reading and literature. The Center for Literature and Theater at Miami Dade College is getting in on the fun with a whole host of events inspired by the book The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. Think flash mobs, Indian film screenings, and best of all, a Miami Stories Tumblr open to submissions from everyone.

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Free Events This Week: Yoga, Bombay Stories and PAMM

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Yoga makes everything better.
Another weekend of skrillex, more neon than you've seen since 1993 and so. many. energy drinks. Tired, much? Whether you opted in or out of artificial enhancements, it's likely that by now, the buzz has worn off.

Take it easy this week. Get your yoga on, drink lots of water, and give the bod (and wallet) a break. Here's some free stuff to do. Namaste.

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Feed the Homeless Flash Mob to Hit Downtown, Overtown

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With all the festival madness of late; traffic, life, and just getting from point A to B is more taxing than usual. Some locals, however, think we should focus on helping others in trying times instead of dissolving into fits of road rage and grumpiness. One such radical is Miami resident Give Thanx Bellafonte, whose group 4MK spreads its peaceful message through music and doing good.

Together with New York-based organization Project Impact, 4MK will lead a Feed the Homeless Flash Mob on Saturday, April 5, beginning in Downtown and Overtown, followed by a performance at Camillus House. Since its initial run in 2012, the flash mob has seen an explosion in popularity, with people from London, Mexico, France, and around the U.S. making a collective effort to attack poverty on each given date.

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