Catch Movies Under the Stars Tonight in A&E District

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Movies Under the Stars
Amidst Miami's familiar neighborhood niches, there's a new game in town: the Arts and Entertainment (A&E) District. The newly designated district connects Wynwood and the Design District to downtown.

A&E is more than just a catchy name -- it's a community-wide effort complete with programming including bonfires under the stars, outdoor movie nights, workshops, farmer's markets, and more, all curated by area creative Isabella Acker. Tonight, the group is hosting a screening of Café de Flore by Jean-Marc Vallée.

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Subtropics Introduces the Unconventional Claudia Quintet

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Courtesy of Claudia Quintent
This is what a quintent looks like
The Claudia Quintet brings its signature sound to Miami Beach on Saturday as part of this year's Subtropics XXIII of music and sound art.

"The great thing about this band is that it is unconventional music, but very accessible," says John Hollenbeck, who formed the group in 1997 in New York, via email. "We are very excited to play in Florida. The first time with this band!" Claudia is just back in the United States after a European tour that took the group to Austria, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. In 2013, they played the Jazzmandu Festival in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Ten Other Things Miamians Should Stop Doing

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Photo by Steve Jurvetson | Flickr CC
Lookin' good, Miami.
People from around these parts often describe themselves as having a love/hate relationship with Miami. It is, after all, not a city without fault. But for the most part, the faults we spend most of our time complaining about are not with the city, but with the people who either call it home or a place to stay. Might as well give credit where credit is due and call out the perpetrators who put the less lovable parts of Miami in motion.

To do that, New Times has compiled a list of ten other things Miamians do that make us crazy, make us cringe, or make us do a bit of both. See what we put on blast after the jump.

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Free Events This Week in Miami: Chinese New Year, The Seven Year Itch, and Food Trucks

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Photo by Wyn Van Devanter | Flickr CC
Feeling free.
Put those Ugg boots and furry vests back in mothballs -- the thermostat is back where it belongs. Eighty-degree temperatures are upon us, and all is right with the world. Well, except in parts of the country where poor saps are still digging their way out of the snow.

Now that you no longer have an excuse to hibernate, get your lazy butt out and about this week with our list of free stuff to do.

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The Five Best Ways to Celebrate the Oscars in Miami

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Ralph Fiennes gives an Oscar-worthy performance.
The most important day of award show season is almost here. Forget the SAGs or the Golden Globes, the Oscars are where it's at. As Neil Patrick Harris gears up for his hosting duties and the Dolby Theatre prepares for it's ultra famous guests to arrive, Miami is also prepping for Oscar Sunday.

From viewing parties to old favorites coming back in theaters, it's all done with style. Here are Miami's best Oscar celebrations,

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Get Your Groove On: Bay Skate Comes To Bayfront Park

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Skatin' by Biscayne Bay
Break out those Rollerblades, or even your old-school, four-wheeled lace-ups: the long awaited roller rink takeover of Bayfront Park makes its debut on February 26.

Known as Bay Skate, the project won the Miami Foundation's Public Space Challenge last year, and the plan is to wow Miamians with an evening of skating, celebrities, funky tunes, food, drinks, and nonstop throwbacks.

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MasterMind 2015 Honorable Mention: David Bulit of Abandoned Florida

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Photo by Bullet via Abandoned Florida
An abandoned pump house.
On a planet of seven billion souls, where almost everything has been touched by the hand of man, there's something otherworldly about abandoned places. Empty malls, crumbling movie theaters, deserted hospitals -- these are the places that make our skin crawl.

These are the places places where David Bulit spends his time. Bulit, the man behind the website Abandoned Florida, has been in and out of more abandoned places that most of us probably knew existed. And he's photographed and catalogued every place he's visited, his work reveals a rarely-seen side of human civilization; the rubble we leave behind.

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Miami Beach Celebrates Centennial With 100-Hour Festival

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Miami Beach
It's not every day that a saucy broad like Miami Beach makes it to centenarian status. To celebrate this momentous birthday, the city is planning a 100-hour festival of fun, featuring everything from weddings to citizenship naturalizations to astrophysical concerts.

Would you expect anything else from the world capital of all things fabulous?

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My Best Miami Memory: People Mover

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Image via Walter Smalling, Wikimedia Commons
400 Block, Española Way, c. 1980
My Best Miami Memory is a new monthly feature where Miami creatives share their favorite memories of the Magic City. This is the first installment.

It is 1990-something (I'm in eighth grade) and I'm sitting in the Miami Arena, waiting for a concert to begin. The performers are a surprise, so we -- me and other eighth-graders from all over Dade County -- are guessing who it might be. I am praying to the Lord in Heaven that it's Boyz II Men.

It's the middle of the day, so we should be in school, but this is a field trip. We're there because someone somewhere decided we are at risk for eventually dropping out of high school, which starts next year.

This couldn't be further from the truth, I think -- my parents would kill me! They don't want me making the same mistake as my dad! But whoever made the call about who needed to be in that arena was likely on the Dade County School Board, so maybe they were just looking for ways to waste money.

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Subtropics: A Festival of New Music for New Listening

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Before there were grooves, string quartets, jazz trumpet solos, or Kanye West, there was sound.

That, in short, is the subject of Subtropics XXIII, Miami's experimental biennial of music and sound art, taking place this Wednesday through March 8.

Founded in 1989 by Venezuela-born, Miami-based local artist and composer Gustavo Matamoros and produced by the South Florida Composers Alliance, the festival, against improbable odds, was held annually until 2007. Since then, it has become a biennial event.

It is part armchair exploring, part walk into a music R&D lab, and all a chance to test and relearn the art of listening.

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