Free Events This Week in Miami: Symphonies, Food Trucks, and the Perfect Tailgate

Categories: Around Town

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Photo by Max Reed
The weekend was a blur, and now time begins marching ever so slowly. Not to worry -- there are plenty of feel-good freebies to get you through the workweek.

Maybe you had a big pig-out session and you need some friendly workout encouragement. Maybe you didn't get to eat enough and you want to learn how to cook the perfect tailgate. Or maybe you just want to curl up with a good book.

Miami has all that and more at no cost to you. C'mon, Monday, get excited.

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Slides and Seesaws at Spinello Projects

Categories: Around Town, Art

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Courtesy of Spinello Projects
A few years ago, Johnny Robles was walking on the beach near Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas when he came across a wrecked boat. The inside was cluttered with condom wrappers, water bottles, and syringes.

A thunderbolt and the name of the band AC/DC were painted on the side along with the words, in Spanish, "May God bless us." A tractor motor was bolted to the back and painted red to prevent rust.

Robles, a bearded artist with bright-blue eyes and the lithe build of a long-distance runner, immediately realized Cubans had used the vessel to cross the Florida Straits.

"It was like a weird art installation in front of me in this desolate location," the 30-year-old says. "It put into perspective how far people will go to pursue their dreams."

Robles too has come a long way to present his first gallery solo show, "Let It Slide," on view at Spinello Projects. His conceptual playground includes several slides, spring riders, a pogo stick, a whirling teeter-totter, and a collapsed swing set.

See also: Antonia Wright Leaves Spinello Buzzing

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Terror in the Jungle: Aztec Ruins, Moss-Covered Mutants, and Total Darkness

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Photo courtesy of Terror in the Jungle
Jungle Island is a pretty upbeat place during daylight hours -- happy monkeys, chirping birds, majestic ligers. All the wonders of the jungle, with none of the dangers.

But for 19 nights over the next month, it'll be an eerier place entirely. For the first time ever, Terror in the Jungle is bringing five acres of mutant animals, zombie Aztecs and bloodthirsty crawlers to an otherwise innocent attraction.

We got a sneak peek of the spine-tingling spot at Thursday night's opener.

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Vice Gallery in Wynwood Opens With MSG Crew Show: "They're Not 16 Years Old Anymore"

Categories: Around Town, Art

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Courtesy of MSGcartel.com
Crome on a billboard, 1990s
The mighty MSG Crew are a band of spraycan warriors so notorious their crew name rings bells from Budapest to the gates of hell, and their battle-scarred fists serve testament to a baptism by concrete, paint, and razorwire. Their souls, however, are free as aerosol blasting from a new can.

They have been active in painting every inch of surface in Miami-Dade since the early '90s, and more recently they've been adopted as cultural icons by the likes of HistoryMiami.

Now the whole crew is rocking "Greatly Exaggerated," the inaugural exhibition celebrating the opening of Vice Gallery in Wynwood, a space dedicated to supporting the advancement of urban and street art on an international level. We spoke with co-curator Omar Khan about the show, MSG's roots, and how the bombing boys have evolved as artists over the years.

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Free Events in Miami This Week: Carl Hiaasen, Sketchy Galleries, and Swamp Art

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Photo by Giulio Sciorio
The official DWNTWN Art Days have come to an end, but that doesn't mean the well of creativity is dry. Miami's galleries continue to open their doors to art lovers looking for interesting perspectives on the world around them, and a lot of those doors don't come with cover charge.

If you find yourself feeling sluggish in the midst of a new work week, spice up your life with some of these free exhibits and activities. At no cost to you, supporting the local arts has never been easier.

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DWNTWN Art Days Kickoff Features Exhibits, Short Films, and Food Trucks

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Courtesy of McCormick Place
The arts are alive and well in downtown Miami. What's that, you say? Hasn't Wynwood already assured that fact? Hasn't Art Basel proven that Miami's already become a center of the art universe? Yes, and yes, but in this case we're talking specifically about that other "downtown," the one that encompasses Brickell and the commercial hub of those concrete canyons.

Credit McCormick Place, a onetime warehouse repurposed as a haven for artists, events and exhibitions, and the Downtown Development Authority with the upcoming launch of the Miami Downtown Arts District -- conveniently known as MDAD -- an extensive initiative that will combine support for museums, galleries, artists, art studios and various cultural institutions with participating businesses, live venues, hotels, and restaurants, all in an effort to promote art, culture and historical preservation throughout downtown and Brickell. The proposed boundaries for the district will be YoungArts on Biscayne Boulevard and 21st Street to the north, I-95 to the west, 26th Road to the South, and Biscayne Bay to the East.

See also: DWNTWN Art Days: Fringe Projects' Public Installations and Frost's New Maker Space

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Miami PARK(ing) Day to Turn Parking Spots Into Pop-Up Parks

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Courtesy of Marta Viciedo
As Miami's population booms, the debate about parking only gets more contentious (just ask business owners in Wynwood). But what if we were a city who needed fewer parking spots, thus freeing up more public space? What would we do with it? How would our sense of community change?

These questions are the domain of PARK(ing) Day, a global event on Friday, September 19, when metered parking spots are turned into mini-parks. This year, ten parking spots (mainly in downtown Miami) will be transformed into engaging pop-up parks, all to challenge the status quo of how we're using public street space.

See also: PARK(ing) Day Will Turn Metered Spots Into Mini-Parks in Downtown Miami

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International Peace Day: Help Make a Massive Human Peace Sign on Miami Beach

Categories: Around Town

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Flickr cc | Beth
Kinda like this, but with people.
Everybody says they're down with world peace, but what is anyone actually doing about it? Flashing a two-fingered peace sign in photos doesn't count.

Luckily, now's your chance to do more for the cause than just sing along to John Lennon's Imagine when it plays on Pandora.

On September 21, in honor of the United Nation's International Day of Peace, Miamians will gather on our sandy shores to create a massive human peace sign. Talk about Instagrammable.

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Free Events This Week in Miami: Photog Lessons, Foraged Cocktails, and Wynwood on Two Wheels

Categories: Around Town

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Paul Rysz | Flickr CC
With Joan Rivers and Robin Williams gone, the world seems like a more serious place. Add Monday morning to the mix, and it's easy to wonder if you'll ever smile again.

Luckily, here at the New Times, we're all about bringing a little sunshine into your life (except not literally, because we've got more than enough of that right now in Miami). Here's the weekly lineup of free stuff to do, so you can have fun without the wallet fall out. And if that's not happy news, what is?

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Avra Jain Preserves Miami's History at Vagabond Hotel (Video)

The long line of Biscayne Boulevard is home to a string of historic hotels in various states of decay and charm. Looking to recapture the seaside glamor of these spots is the Vagabond Hotel on Northeast 73rd Street, the iconic inn whose soft opening last month gave us a glimpse of the carefully reconstructed details and upscale adjustments to come.

See also: Inside the Vagabond Hotel, Biscayne Boulevard's Restored MiMo Gem (Photos)

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