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What’s going on in South Florida this week?
It’s time for the Miami Book Fair! Streaming events have already kicked off, but the festival’s in-person events are just getting started. If you’re partial to queer authors, I made a little guide for Miami New Times sharing my most anticipated events and conversations. If you’re unsure about what might be of interest to you, explore the fair’s website! Chances are your favorite authors — or at the very least, writers working within genres you hold near and dear — will be in the city over the next couple of days. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, go in with no expectations and check out the massive collection of book-stocked booths that’ll be lining Downtown this weekend.
What’s the buzz in Miami entertainment?
The cast for The Real Housewives of Miami reboot has been announced, and I’m thrilled with the picks. Now that the show has moved over to Peacock from its former Bravo home, I am hoping that the series will be an improvement over its initial three-season run — a lot of the program’s spin-offs have been really fine-tuned over the years (like the stunning Salt Lake City iteration) and it’d be great to see some of that reality TV magic extended to the Magic City.
Any good movies being screened in Miami this week?
If you somehow haven’t seen it yet, you can still catch the Kristen Stewart-starring Princess Diana flick Spencer at both Tower Theater and O Cinema. Alternatively, The Souvenir Part II (as well as the original film) is playing at the Tower all week.
As for new features popping up this week, there’s two documentaries hitting theaters this Friday: Julia at Tower Theater and Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time at O Cinema. When it comes to classics at both, you can watch David Byrne’s True Stories as part of MBC’s Interactive Archive Project at O Cinema as well as Clueless as part of Tower’s Shop Sip Screen series.
Over at Coral Gables Art Cinema, you can catch the new Wes Anderson film The French Dispatch as well as one of my favorite films of 2021: Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy. As if that wasn’t enough, John Leguizamo’s Critical Thinking kicks off on Thursday for regular screenings, and the engrossing new Jane Campion film The Power of the Dog opens the following week. Oh, you want more? There will be special showings of Don’t Look Back, John Carpenter’s horror classic The Thing, and Guys and Dolls coming up this month to boot.
At the risk of getting overly specific, are there any locally-made short films spotlighting how Miamians can help keep the 305 clean?
As a matter of fact, yes there are! Oolite Arts recently announced the winners to its Sustainability in Action competition and will be premiering the accompanying collection of PSAs this Thursday. It’s going down at Soundscape Park as part of Miami Beach’s Culture Crawl programming. The short films sound like a fairly delightful collection designed to promote environmental awareness in unique ways and I, for one, am looking forward to watching and learning from them.
Hold on a minute — a culture crawl in Miami Beach, you say?
Yes! Miami Beach’s Culture Crawl is happening this month, it’s taking place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. across the city, and it actually sounds pretty damn neat! They’re offering everything from complimentary meditation and yoga classes at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden to an intriguing video art piece called The Lava Log at O Cinema. And then there’s my personal favorite: the Jewish Museum of Florida’s Hello Gorgeous exhibition all about the one and only Barbra Streisand. Run, don’t walk, folks.