Friday, April 17, 2009

Miami Weekend Planning Guide

There's a TON of fun and interesting stuff to do this weekend. Here are my top picks:


Sonny Rollins:

The living jazz legend will be playing at the Adrienne Arsht Center on Saturday, April 18th at 8pm. Tickets range from $25 to $125 dollars. Purchase tickets here.

Alfredo Triff:

The Miami-based troubadour will be performing at the Colony Theater also on Saturday, April 18th at 8:30pm.

If you've never seen Triff perform, I highly suggest you do! It's a wonderful sensory experience. Here is a description of him and his music taken from a press release issued by the group sponsoring his show:

Alfredo Triff takes traditional Cuban musical styles—boleros, son and more—and re-imagines them through a lush and sultry jazz-inflected post-modern lens. Classically trained by Russian masters, Havana-born Triff has performed with Sting, Jack Bruce, Eddie Palmieri and Arnaldo Antunes, among others.

Triff's outstanding trio includes Daniel Ponce on congas, who has worked and recorded with musicians such as Paquito d'Rivera, Laurie Anderson, Rolling Stones, Patti LaBelle and Herbie Hancock; and Alex Berti, former member principal double bass with the Venezuelan Symphony Orchestra, who has worked with Yo Yo Ma, Placido Domingo and Arturo Sandoval.

This performance includes guest artists Adrian Castro, with his unique Afro-Latino spoken word poetry; Rosie Inguanzo, actress and poet, as "Es (Linda) Cinfuentes" and the velvet vocals of mesmerizing singer-songwriter Roberto Poveda.

Tickets cost $25 dollars for general admission. Purchase tickets here.

Ximena Sariñana with an opening set by local musician Rachel Goodrich:

The Mexican singer and actress will be doing another Saturday performance at 7pm at the North Beach Bandshell. She is performing as part of the Transatlantic Festival, which includes other performances from a talented group of musicians from around the world. Tickets cost $20 dollars in advance and can be purchased here. That link will also lead you to other performers participating in the festival.

If you're not familiar with her music, check out this description taken from the TransAtlanitc Festival Web site:

Rolling Stone recently proclaimed her [new] CD “one of the strongest debuts from a female singer-songwriter since Norah Jones’ Come Away With Me. In Ximena’s music, one hears echoes of Jones, as well as Mexican compatriot Julieta Venegas, and singers as diverse as Bjork and Fiona Apple.


Me Me Me Me Me: Self Portrait Group Show:

The comic book store Tate's in Ft.Lauderdale is having an art opening reception on Saturday, April 18th from 7pm to 10pm. It's free and includes the work of over 30 South Florida based artists. I had a chance to interview one of the artists involved in the show. You can read that interview here.

Find out more about the show here.


The silent Western returns to the big screen for free this Sunday, April 19th from 8pm to 10pm at the News Lounge located at 5580 NE 4th Court. The movie will be accompanied with live music, drink specials and complimentary popcorn.

Find out more here.

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