Free Events This Week: Creepy Clowns, Meditation, and Musical Shopping

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The Clown screens tonight at Soundscape Park.
Hello Monday, you persistent bastard. Week after week, we reject you, shame you, ridicule you. We make you feel entirely unwelcome. Yet you return again and again, without fail.

That's dedication.

Despite the fact that we'd rather skip right ahead to Wednesday (at least), we can respect your tireless commitment to duty. So let's make the most of Monday (and all the other days of the week) with a full roster of free stuff to do.

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Niall Harbison, Author of Get Sh*t Done, on How to Get Shit Done

Courtesy of Get Shit Done on Facebook
Everybody wants to get shit done. Every day, people are buzzing about like busy little bees trying to get shit done. Our lives revolve around getting shit done. Or trying to. Sadly, almost nobody gets as much shit done as they'd like.

Enter Niall Harbison, an Irish author and entrepreneur who's all about teaching people exactly how to, well, get shit done. His book, appropriately titled Get Sh*t Done, is a best-seller in his home country. And now, he's on a mission to make it to the U.S. best-seller list, too.

To get there, he's on a wild two-week bucket list-inspired drive tour of the U.S. This week, he passed through Florida, where he totalled a car, hit up Miami Beach, and squeezed in the time to talk to Cultist.

See also: The Minimalists: Five Ways to Be Happy With Less Stuff

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Florida's Five Freakiest Plants, According to Author Michael Largo

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Belladonna, illustrated by Pauline Goldsmith
Plants give us life, literally. Without their oxygen-producing abilities and edible extremities, humans wouldn't last long.

But how often do we take the time to appreciate the plant kingdom, in all its silent, green magnificence? Plants deserve our respect, our consideration, and sometimes, our stupefaction.

Because there are some seriously freaky plants out there. And in addition to giving you life, lots of 'em can kill you.

We spoke to Miami author Michael Largo, author of The Big, Bad Book of Botany, about Florida's freakiest flora.

See also: Florida's Freakiest Animals: An Expert Guide, According to Author Michael Largo

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Free Events This Week in Miami: Locust Roundtable, Ms .45 and French Sci-Fi

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Screenshot from Ms .45
Somehow, summer Mondays seem like they shouldn't be a thing. Like, why are we even awake right now? Shouldn't we be propped up in a hammock for a mid-morning nap? With these absurd temperatures, physical exertion of any kind should be put on pause until fall rolls around again.

Alas, no such luck. It's a Monday like any other and we're back to the (sweaty) grind. But on the bright side, here's a list of stuff you can get into this week without spending any of the dough you're slaving away to earn.

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Make Like Sherlock to Solve The Great Escape Room, Soon to Open in Coral Gables

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Courtesy of The Great Escape Room

Soon, instead of spending your weekend killing brain cells at the local bar (as per usual), you can give your brain a boost at The Great Escape Room -- a quizzical attraction designed to put your mental muscle to the test.

In this soon-to-open Coral Gables outpost, ten people will get locked in a room and given an hour to solve a puzzle, Sherlock-style.

But don't worry, you don't need the brainpower (or sex appeal) of Benedict Cumberbatch to make your way out of this one.

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Wynwood Art Walk Guide: August's Hottest Shows

Categories: Around Town, Art

The skeletal armatures of the mammoth cranes dotting the Miami horizon appear not unlike prehistoric creatures foraging on the landscape. For Matt Herget, the mechanical behemoths silhouetted against the Magic City's skyline have become the inspiration behind a recent body of work.

The local artist, whose creative nom de guerre is Mr. Herget, combines elements of machinery and South Florida's flora and fauna to create a weird vision of humanity's uneasy relationship with the environment he says echoes from the dawn of time.

You can catch Mr. Herget's new solo at Gregg Shienbaum Fine Art beginning at 6 p.m. during the Second Saturday Art Walk this weekend, where the artist channels everything from prehistoric cave paintings to today's kids going wild with a box of Crayola on the walls at home.

But remember, August means a spate of Wynwood galleries have shuttered their doors to prepare for high season while others are featuring holdover shows. Here are our picks for what not to miss this weekend.

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"American Sabor" Tells Miami's Story, the Story of Latino Culture in American Music

Photo by Jacob Katel
Turn on the radio and listen to the story of Miami. It's your own story, and it's right there in the danceable grooves, the colorful vibes, the tropical drums.

Latino cultures -- whether Cuban, Puerto Rican, Mexican, Caribbean -- have had an irrevocable influence on American musical traditions, whatever the genre. Miami has been one of the biggest players in this game of sonic fusion, and "American Sabor," the latest exhibition at HistoryMiami, curated by the Smithsonian Institution, EMP Music, and the University of Washington, takes a hard look at these regional contributions from the '40s into the present era.

And thanks to support from the Ford Motor Company, the interactive exhibit is open now through Sunday, Oct. 26, for everyone to enjoy.

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Free Events This Week: What If Screening, Yoga of the Mind, and PAMM

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Photo by Caitlin Cronenberg
August is upon us, and we're counting down the weeks until cooler weather arrives. How we long for the days of patio seating, sans buckets of sweat! We barely remember what it's like to leave the house without mosquito attacks and sweat stains.

In the meantime, we have to hunker down in the AC as much as possible -- or risk heat exhaustion and impossibly frizzy hair. On that note, here's some free stuff to get into this week, mostly indoors.

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Miami Artist AholSniffsGlue Sues American Eagle Outfitters for Intellectual Property Infringement

Giulo Sciorio
AholSniffsGlue is one of the Magic City's quintessential street artists who is widely known for his trademark droopy eyes that keep watch over Wynwood at NW 27th Street and for more than a decade have peered down on I-95 traffic outside of the Margulies Collection.

So when American Eagle Outfitters descended on Wynwood earlier this year to package its 2014 spring break advertising with a distinct urban vibe, it became besotted by the local artist's attention-grabbing imagery.

The company, which earned more than $3 billion last year, boasts 1,000-plus stores around the world, and ships to customers in 81 countries, began using Ahol's work on its webpage, social media sites, billboards, and in-store displays as part of a sweeping international blitz to shape its brand identity and sell its product.

The problem, according to a lawsuit filed by Ahol, is that American Eagle never sought the artist's authorization or compensated him for plastering his work on its ads.

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Free Events This Week: Our Town, Arsht Tour, Free Cafecito

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doctor.boogie via Flickr
The dog days of summer are officially upon us. It's hot as hell, and if you're anything like us, you're totally unmotivated to move, to function, and least of all, to work. Do you know how much effort we're expending to write this goddamn blog post?

But unfortunately, siestas aren't a standard part of the workday (yet), so plug along we must. To keep yourself from falling into a summer fugue state, here's some stuff you can get into this week (*most* of it involving AC).

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