By: Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly
Lots of May events Miami , from free music performances and chef-led cooking classes, to historic film presentations, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and various art events. Looking for something new to do in the Magic City? Try one of these events, listed below. We love them—and we think you will, too!
WEDNESDAY, MAY 2ND
Right on Target® Cooking Class with Pablo Zitzmann (No Name Chinese)
This fun, hands-on cooking class will be led by none other than Pablo Zitzmann, of No Name Chinese! Taking place at The Wynwood Yard, budding chefs will learn how to make a delicious menu of contemporary Chinese cuisine, including Smashed Cucumber Salad with a creamy spicy sesame dressing, Mr. Lee’s Jiaozi-Red Ossabaw Pork Shoulder with Napa Cabbage, Lemongrass and Shrimp Dumplings with smoked trout roe, and a Macanese-Style Walnut Egg Tart. Signs they’ll be good? Before he helmed the kitchen at No Name Chinese, Chef Zitzmann worked under some of the best: like Michelle Bernstein, NOBU’s Thomas Buckley and Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The Wynwood Yard is located at 56 NW 29th Street. This event will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets for this class are priced at $50 per person and can be purchased here. Part of the proceeds benefit Wellness in the Schools programs, which use nutrition and fitness education to fight childhood obesity.
SATURDAY, MAY 5TH
“Paint & Sip” Plein Air Event
Head to Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Park and paint, relax and enjoy the great outdoors. All painting tools are provided—just come ready to release your inner artist, sip wine and let Mother Nature inspire you. Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Park is located inside Crandon Park, at 6767 Crandon Boulevard. The painting event will run from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. It is open to the public. Call (305) 361-6767 for pricing.
FRIDAY, MAY 11TH
RAW X MDD Presents: RAW Pop Up
Taking place at The Moore Building, this three-day music-sensory pop up will bring together 80+ artists, musicians and site-specific installations designed to change the public’s perception of how art is experienced. Encouraging viewers to focus on the “NOW,” this exhibition is made up of new and ephemeral art experiences that put attendees in touch with the five senses; allowing them to taste, touch, feel, listen, actively engage in and influence art. Immersive installations will change throughout the weekend, and the first two days, May 11th and 12th, are for 21+ guests only. The final day, May 13th, is for art lovers of all ages, and includes Ode to Mom, a multi-sensory RAW program celebrating mothers and women. The Moore Building is located at 191 NE 40th Street. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased here. This event will run from Friday, May 11th, at 8 p.m. to Sunday, May 13th, at 5 p.m. All mothers and children under 8 years old will get in free on Sunday, May 13th (Mother’s Day!), and all other tickets sold that day will benefit Arts for Learning. And while you’re in the Design District, check out the fab florist shop, have an ice cream at Mad Creamery, or a bite at the new St.Roch food hall. For more information, click here.
SATURDAY, MAY 12TH
Pinecrest Gardens Presents: Miami Music Project
The Miami Music Project was created to empower children with music; using it as an instrument for social transformation and not just a means of art expression. Designed as a tuition-free, after-school program (and only implemented in underdeveloped and immigrant communities throughout Miami-Dade County), Miami Music Project provides a fully-integrated music curriculum that builds the transferable, practical and social skills children need to improve academic motivation and develop social preparedness. This concert is the result of that program, and is an opportunity for those young music students to share all they have worked hard to achieve. Pinecrest Gardens is located at 11000 Red Road. The concert is free to attend, with the $5 general park admission fee.
SATURDAY, MAY 12TH
Grilling Masterclass with Chef Cristian Menendez
Head to the Faena Miami Beach for another of Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann’s intimate Grilling Masterclasses. Just before lunch, guests can start on the Veranda terrace, where Chef de Cuisine Cristian Menendez—an apprentice of the world-renowned grillmaster, Francis Mallmann—will teach them some of Mallmann’s signature live-fire cooking techniques, and show them how to prepare different ingredients for his signature, mouthwatering plates. During this class, guests will learn how to make plates like Smoked Shrimps ‘A la Plancha,’ Salt-Crusted Whole Red Snapper and Mallmann’s famous Beef Tenderloin Milanesa. The demonstration is completely hands on, so it will end with a curated wine-pairing meal, where guests will get to eat the dishes they have prepared. But the learning doesn’t have to end there! Each participant will leave with both an autographed copy of Francis Mallmann’s best-selling cookbook and a recipe card, so they can perfect their open-flame cooking skills at home. Faena Miami Beach is located at 3201 Collins Avenue. It will run from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The class is priced at $195 per person and entry can be purchased here. The price of entry includes the two-hour cooking lesson, lunch, wine pairings, a recipe card and a signed copy of Mallmann’s cookbook.
THURSDAY, MAY 17TH
MTC and Miami Jewish Film Festival Presents: Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me
Visit the Miami Theater Center for a special film presentation of Sammy Davis, Jr: I’ve Gotta Be Me, with a live appearance by singer-actress Paula Wayne, who played opposite Sammy Davis, Jr. in the Broadway musical “Golden Boy.” During this film, a standout roster of star interviewees pay tribute to the legendary singer, dancer, impressionist and actor, including: Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg, Norman Lear, Quincy Jones and Billy Crystal. Produced in conjunction with the Miami Jewish Film Festival, this film is sure to give you a new appreciation of Sammy Davis, Jr. from the eyes of the colleagues that revered his extraordinary talent and character the most. Miami Theater Center is located at 9806 NE 2nd Avenue. Tickets are free and guests can RSVP here.
ALL MONTH LONG
The Dolls of Japan: Shapes of Prayer, Embodiments of Love
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! And to celebrate, Gallery North at Miami Dade College – North Campus is hosting an exhibit called “The Dolls of Japan: Shapes of Prayer, Embodiments of Love.” On loan from The Japan Foundation, this exhibit gives the MIami community a peek at 75 dolls made in Japan, from Hina ningyo (Girls’ Festival dolls) and Gogatsu ningyo (Boys’ Day dolls), to dolls that reflect traditional performing arts, regional dolls, and ‘creative dolls’ handmade by modern Japanese craftspeople. Gallery North is located at 11380 N.W. 27th Avenue. This exhibit is free and open to the public. It will be on display from April 25th to June 1st.