Free Events This Week in Miami: 3D Paintings, Ancient Israelites, and Italian Comedies

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A patron admired the work of local artist Asser Saint-Van on display at the MDC Museum of Art and Design.
Another week, another hustle, but it doesn't have to be a struggle.

Resist the urge to strangle that coworker and treat yo'self. We're making it even easier for you by listing all these cool, free events.

Take advantage of some free art tours or even take a date to one of these fine film screenings, just don't mention the free ticket, and you'll look pretty baller.

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Catch Jasmine Villegas Performance, Meet Fashionistas at Macy's Hispanic Heritage Celebration

Categories: Culture, Fashion

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Photo by Macy's
Jasmine Villegas
Hispanic Heritage Month is a pretty big deal in Miami, filled with events and specials celebrating our city's massive Latin culture. Macy's in the Dadeland Mall is no exception, and this Saturday the three-story behemoth will mark the month-long holiday by acknowledging those whom have positively represented the Latino community within the fashion and entertainment industries.

The three chicas selected to speak at this weekend's event, kicking off on the second level at 3 p.m., include world-renowned fashion blogger Julie Sariñana from Sincerely Jules, former fashion director for People en Español, Kika Rocha, and Jasmine Villegas, actress and R&B singer, who recently dropped an ill single featuring hip hop's finest, Kendrick Lamar.

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Viva Chile! 13th Annual Chileno Festival in Miami Kicks Off Saturday

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Photo by Cristian Pimimo Baradit
We all know Miami is an ethnic melting pot, full of culture and cuisine from regions around the world. Fortunately for us, this city is always game for a festival to celebrate these rich traditions. This month, it's Chile's turn in the spotlight when the Chileno Festival gets started September 20.

The 13th Annual Chileno Festival is a family festival in which the Chilean community celebrates the 2004 Independence of Chile. Started by the owners of Chilean restaurant Sabores Chilenos, Ingrid and Pierre Encina, the festival includes various Chilean bands, artists, folklorists, and more. The couple wanted to bring a piece of their home back to Miami.

We spoke with the organizers about what to expect at this year's celebration.

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Celebrate Your Female Side with Wynwood's LadyFest This Weekend

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Courtesy of Charo Valero / LadyFest
A very wise person once asked the deep, philosophical question: Who run the world? That same sage soul answered the ultimate question: girls. That's right, ladies, we run the world. It's high time everyone gets the memo.

We jest, but in all seriousness, being a woman is a special thing and it's not celebrated enough. That's all about to change with the first ever LadyFest Miami.

Gently put, LadyFest is a community event put together wholly by women for women with the overall goal being to "build a sustainable community and celebrate diversity through critical dialogue, cultural performance, and artistic expression within the context of a women-centered space," explains one of its many organizers, Charo Valero.

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DWNTWN Art Days: Ten Must-See Art Events

Categories: Art, Culture

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Courtesy of Fringe Projects
DWNTWN Art Days is finally upon us. For the next three days, Downtown Miami gets a chance to show off its artistic assets, taking a slice of the spotlight from their happening neighbors in Wynwood.

The weekend-long celebration of exhibited and public art starting Friday features over 150 events for us to take in. Many of the events ask visitors to flex their creative muscles and get involved, while others invite you to simply enjoy the talent of the dozens of artists participating.

To help guide you in this epic adventure, we've compiled ten of the coolest art events.

Happy hunting!

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Miami Vice: 30 Years of Crockett, Tubbs, and Pastels

On September 16, 1984, two dreamy gelled-up cops came to our rescue. Detectives Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs, members of Metro-Dade Police vice squad, vowed to rid Miami of its criminal ills, taking on pimps, cokeheads, and mob bosses with bad ass moves and bad pastel suits.

Today marks the 30th anniversary of Miami Vice, the NBC '80s hit that made Don Johnson a superstar (once upon a time) and forever cemented Miami as the capital of neon, kick ass cars, and bromance. Who didn't want to be besties with Crockett, living on a sailboat guarded by his alligator, Elvis? Good times.

Rightfully so, the Internet is happily traveling down memory lane. Here's a collection of
some righteous pics from some Vice forever fans.


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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.

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Que Cute: How To Spot a Miamian During New York Fashion Week

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The Miami woman is a rare commodity, a wonder to behold. And when something summons their illustriously loud presence to another far-off land, taking them out of their natural habitat, that certain je ne sais quoi shines all the brighter, especially in the heavily condensed hustle and bustle of New York City, and especially during New York Fashion Week.

While trekking from show to show during the semi-annual roundup of designers, we couldn't help but notice some irrefutable differences between the Miami fashion ambassador, and the contemporary likes of her hunched-back counterpart, the City girl.

Here's how you sniff out Miami's finest from everyone else at NYFW. Observe.

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

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Courtesy of Fringe Projects
Conceptual work by Domingo Castillo.
Downtown Miami will become a living canvas during the third annual DWNTWN Art Days. The event, developed by the Miami Downtown Development Authority (Miami DDA), brings together Miami's cultural venues with artists from Miami and around the world to celebrate the city's vibrant love affair with visual art.

Sonja Bogensperger, team leader of business development, real estate, and marketing for Miami Downtown Development Authority, and Claire Breukel, the creative director of DWNTWN Art Days, say that the weekend-long event was developed from a desire to showcase the area's growing art community.

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Floatopia 2014: Miami to Take Massive Ice Bucket Challenge on the Beach

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Photo by Laura Morcate
Gather your air pumps and red Solo cups, Miami. It's time for another Floatopia, the bi-annual celebration of beach, bikinis, and fun floats that make us all feel like boys and girls again.

This year's float fest at South Pointe Park has been challenged to take the ALS ice bucket challenge by the original Floatopia in Virginia Beach. A cringe-inducing task on the regular, Floatopia's event has hot sun, cool ocean, and BYOB booze to soften that freezing blow.

"I think (Miami) is a great venue because it's pretty, the water is right there," the event's organizer said. "At 3:05 p.m., everyone will grab a bucket, bring abuela's bucket, or your nephew's bucket -- hopefully I'll be able to provide the ice -- and we'll all do the ice bucket challenge."

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