The Best Things To Do In Miami This Weekend May 27-29, 2022

Friday May 27

On Friday, witness the triumphant return of Sparkling eyes when the indie-rock band stops by the Fillmore Miami Beach. After a nine-year hiatus, they’re reuniting with fans through a catalog of their greatest hits, including tracks from 2020’s comeback album, In the weeds where the world once was. Bright Eyes debuted in 1998, with vocalist and guitarist Conor Oberst leading the musical project alongside bandmates Mike Mogis and Nate Walcott. In 2011, the members parted ways to pursue their solo projects. The group is best known for songs like “First Day of My Life”, “Lua” and “Road To Joy”, from 2005. I’m wide awake, it’s morning. 8 p.m. Friday, at Filmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7300; Tickets cost between $42.50 and $58.50 through Sophia Medina

Legend Riot Grrrl Kill in bikini makes noise at Ground Friday and Saturday. Since the early 90s, the band has been pushing boundaries, proving that women deserve a place in the punk scene. Bikini Kill disbanded in 1997, but in 2019 original members Kathleen Hanna, Tobi Vai and Kathi Wilcox rebooted the project with South Florida native Erica Dawn Lyle joining the ranks. Today, the band continues to empower women through their music, including their 1993 debut. Pussy Whippedfeaturing the musical manifesto “Rebel Girl”. 8 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday at The Ground, 34 NE 11th St., Miami; Tickets are $39.95 through Sophia Medina

Mexican-born comedian and actor Philip Esparza holds court at the Miami Improv for a three-night, five-show stay at the Doral Comedy Club. Despite a history of drug addiction and poverty, Esparza won NBC’s Last comic standing, which sparked his overnight success. Since then, he’s made guest appearances on shows like gentified, The Eric André showand Hypermarket. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday, at Miami Improv, 8300 NW 36th St., Doral; 305-441-8200; Tickets are $25. Ashley-Anna Aboreden

Saturday May 28

Thanks to our sunny weather and beautiful beaches, South Florida is a must-visit place to spend Memorial Day weekend. The city of Fort Lauderdale certainly knows this, since it hosts the Great American Beach Party Saturday. The event promises a free, family-friendly party that includes live bands, kids’ areas, art exhibits, a military tribute, and more. There’s also a vintage car display and a “Walk of Fame” ceremony honoring local businessmen, educators, and founders. 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, at Las Olas Oceanside Park, 3000 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; Free entry. Ashley-Anna Aboreden

Click to enlarge Hyundai Air & Sea Show: See Saturday - PHOTO COURTESY OF HYUNDAI AIR & SEA SHOW

Hyundai Air & Sea Show: see Saturday

Photo courtesy of Hyundai Air & Sea Show

Marvel at the military as they take off into the sky and smash through the ocean waves with the latest technology at the Hyundai Air and Sea Show on Miami Beach. Servicemen and women, as well as first responders, will come together to put on a show in honor of those who sacrificed their lives for their country. The two-day event includes an air and water show, water activities and an action zone, among other entertainment opportunities. A military village will house various exhibits, including a motocross performance. Attendees can elevate their entertainment experience at the LiquorSplit Beach Club, which features private front patios and seating, as well as a variety of food and beverage options. 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, at 1001 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; Tickets cost between $45 and $350 through Sophia Medina

Billed as a water-themed anime, gaming, Japanese culture, and arts convention, mizucon splashes at the Hilton Blue Lagoon Miami Airport hotel over Memorial Day weekend. During the three-day event, convention attendees will encounter mermaids, swords, fire dances, signs, and cosplay. (This might also be the best time to bring back the seapunk aesthetic.) Workshops include “Cosplaying on a Budget,” “Anime Jeopardy,” and “Embroidery 101,” plus a guest appearance from voice actress Kayli. Mills (Hunter X Hunter and Genshin Impact) and a maid cafe (if you’re not familiar with the concept, google it). Noon Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday and Monday, at the Hilton Miami Airport Blue Lagoon, 5101 Blue Lagoon Dr., Miami; Tickets cost between $30 and $500. Jose D. Duran

Joke Plack does what founder Raws Schlesinger calls “leather-induced electronic body music,” and the act is heading to Gramps on Saturday to give audiences just that. The Nebraska-based band’s music falls somewhere between the sound of Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails — with a heavy dose of leather daddy aesthetic. Opening the show is SYZYGYX, Luna Blanc’s synth-based project. 8 p.m. Saturday, at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; Tickets are $15 through Ashley-Anna Aboreden

Click to enlarge Gender Blender in Las Rosas: See Saturday - PHOTO BY KARLI EVANS

Gender Blender in Las Rosas: see Saturday

Photo by Karli Evans

Despite what some bad-faith actors will tell you, the queer community’s pushback against the norms and constraints surrounding gender – which are not things you are born with but are taught – is meant to challenge our thinking about why we do the things we do. and exploring alternatives to binary gender expression. The event that best sums up this philosophy is gender mixer (it’s in the name, for God’s sake!). The queer party celebrates its fifth anniversary in Las Rosas on Saturday with performances by Sin Silva, Nicky Monet, Miz Tonya and Viola Putx, as well as live music from Roxx Revolt & the Velvets, Real People and Sandratz. Behind the decks, you’ll find DJ Yung Algebra with Party Karloz fulfilling his hosting duties. 10 p.m. Saturday, at Las Rosas, 2898 NW Seventh Ave., Miami; 786-780-2700; Free entry. Jose D. Duran

Sunday May 29

On Sunday, discover the inspiring story of environmental activist and feminist Vandana Shiva during the screening of O Cinema The seeds of Vandana Shiva. Produced and directed by Jim Becket, the film centers on Shiva’s incredible life story, highlighting how she resisted industrial agriculture and became a major voice in the organic food movement. A brunch hosted by the Green Gables Cafe precedes the screening, which is followed by a post-film discussion with the director. 11 a.m. Sunday, at O ​​Cinema South Beach, 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 786-471-3269; Tickets are $27. Ashley-Anna Aboreden

Turn up the reggae at the 16th edition Best of the best concert at Bayfront Park. Recognized as one of the city’s biggest Caribbean musical showcases, the show brings together veteran and up-and-coming artists from dancehall, reggae and soca to showcase their musical talent. This year’s lineup includes mainstays like Beres Hammond, Cham, Chris Martin and Mr. Vegas alongside new artists Yakasta, 10Tik and Laa Lee. 2 p.m. Sunday, at Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; Tickets are $65-$160 through Sophia Medina

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