Originating in the Spanish community of Andalusia, the art of flamenco blends the rapid rhythms of Spanish guitar music with the equally energetic footwork of skilled dancers. Under the direction of flamenco devotee Pepe Canto, both legendary and budding flamenco dancers grace the stage at Cava Restaurant. Three nights a week, joyful strumming and stomping reverberates against the brick walls and vaulted brick ceiling of a dining room perfumed with the scent of chef Francisco Mateo's Spanish cuisine.
Another Andalusian original, Francisco relies on local ingredients to create Spanish dishes, such as filet mignon with Spanish blue cheese sauce. He meticulously assembles platters of Serrano ham, cheese, and chorizo, or prepares squid in its own ink, rather than tapping the ink reserves J.D. Sallinger kept on hand to write cease-and-desist letters instead of novels. Cava's bartenders complement Francisco's cuisine with wine from a list heavy on Spanish varietals, as well as other selections from around the world.
Visitors to Miami-Dade County Auditorium witness shows and concerts unfold on the same stage where U.S. presidents, Luciano Pavarotti, and stars of Broadway have respectively stood, sung, and danced. The 60-year old auditorium, known for its cultural contributions to the Miami community, has recently undergone renovations, upgrading its sound system and ensuring its lighting accentuates each actor’s shadow-puppet dream sequences.
At Open Stage Club, visual and auditory delights share the bill with gustation and olfaction to create an extrasensory dining experience. At first glance, it's a restaurant and bar, with a menu loaded with seafood and steak house-worthy entrees, and a wine selection that seems plucked from a sommelier's dreams. But the star attraction of the club is the talent that blossoms upon its performance stage. Equipped with a professional sound and lighting system and featuring a house band for backup, the open stage draws burgeoning singers, dancers, comedians, and mimes into the spotlight to chase their muses as audiences offer encouragement and friendly critiques.
The first ever Bricktoberfest launches an annual celebration of live music and craft beer in the Brickell neighborhood. From afternoon until night, 10th Street reverberates with tunes from live bands, and fills with vendors serving food from local restaurants and pouring more than 75 craft beers. For an hour before the event, VIP visitors gather for an advance tasting of the festival's beers—which include brews from Shipyard, Magners, Cigar City, Due South, and Stella. At the end of the evening, a party at Fado Irish Pub keeps attendees grooving with DJ-provided beats and beer competitions, such as a race to see who can drink their beer the most carefully and responsibly.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, The Globe's CubaLibre Block Party electrifies the streets with Cuban flair as attendees savor creative cocktails, exotic street food, hand-rolled cigars, and plenty of dancing. From the main stage of the festival, Cuban-born, Miami-raised trio Los 3 de la Habana headlines, playing music for the crowds. The band plays rousing tunes such as the sweeping power ballad “Donde esta el Amor” and the thumping “No te pases de la Raya.” Edwin Bonilla y Su Son will also perform to create more traditional, though no less danceable, melodies. Elsewhere, partiers can take in a salsa lesson and demo, or watch a special tribute to Cuban piano legend Bebo Valdes.
Founded in 1999, Just The Funny Theater hosts a rotating roster of improv and sketch teams, and also opens its stage to standup comedians. The theater’s comedic cast members have numerous credits from local theater productions. Just The Funny also offers classes in the improvisational arts and sketch writing, during which instructors dispense the comedic skills they’ve learned from their own training with such groups as The Second City, Upright Citizens Brigade, and The Groundlings.