PREVIEW: Pre-Basel Art, Experiences and Live Music Coming to Miami

Fall is here. Hear the yell… of snowbirds as they plough down I-95 signifying the slowing down of the Halloween season and the arrival of Art Basel season. For the month of November as the Thanksgiving crowds flock to get their vacation selfies at The Clevelander, Miami locals can indulge in a smorgasbord of cultural offerings. From larger-than-life glass burgers, movie star memoirs to a luminary indie-rock duo backed by a symphony orchestra, the Magic City has plenty to offer crowds seeking artistic stimulation.

Dogs @ fromica booth – John Miller, artist, The Blue Plate Special @ The Lowe 2023- photo credit John Miller

Order Up!

Location: The Lowe Museum
1301 Stanford Dr, Miami, FL 33146
Oct. 27, 2023 – Jan. 14, 2024

Featuring the art work of pop artist John Miller, the exhibition puts the glass work artist’s larger than life crystalline pieces inspired by a massive diner.

This solo exhibition includes thirty-five pieces of Miller’s oversized glass sculptures of food, drinks, and condiments, contextualized by 1950s diner fixtures and fittings. Inspired by the Pop Art movement of the 1960s—including Claes Oldenburg’s whimsical soft sculptures of everyday objects— as well as the artist’s own memories of visiting diners near his father’s motorcycle dealership, Miller builds upon a lineage of Pop Art with his brightly colored glass work.

Alongside the exhibit, the city of Coral Gables is hosting a scavenger hunt called Where’s the Burger from November-January. Twelve signed mini burgers (sliders) will be hidden on site at a variety of locations- burger joints, public spaces, and even a bakery. Everyone is encouraged to take photos of the mini burgers for a chance to win one of the signed art pieces.

The Miami Book Fair 2022 on 11/19/22 at the Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus in Miami. (Photo by / Mitchell Zachs)

40th anniversary of Miami Book Fair

Location: Downtown Miami, MDC Wolfson Campus
Nov. 12, 2023-19, 2023

Boasting their “Evenings With” series bringing stars of stage and screen like Henry Winkler, Jada Pinkett Smith and Kerry Washington, the Miami Book Fair returns to the MDC campus this year with a free street fair running throughout the weekend. The free fair itself features a series of live performances on top of the literary fare for sale. Individual tickets for “Evenings With” talks are available here.

The opening night festivities will feature Grammy award winning and superstar DJ, musician and producer Luis Vega, performing a 4 hour musical journey set called Flashback. With him will be a band, complete with guitarists, keyboardists and percussionists with African and latin style drums starting out performing traditional salsa, and into the performance of music that salsa has influenced – disco, dance music, house music Into something new.

Photo courtesy of FlimGate

10th anniversary of FilmGate XR/VR Interactive Film Festival

Location: Downtown Miami and at the University of Miami.
Nov. 29, 2023 – Dec. 3, 2023

Returning for its 10-year anniversary comes FlimGate, featuring a one-of-a-kind international event that showcases mind-bending stories that are interactive and immersive.

FilmGate Interactive Media Festival (FGIX), in partnership with University of Miami, celebrates its 10th Anniversary with its most ambitious program to date, showcasing 35 projects from Florida, and around the world, including Taiwan, France, Germany, Canada and the Netherlands that highlight and showcase how emerging technology can empower new ways of artistic and media expression, along with 10 University of Miami projects.

FilmGate’s 10th anniversary festival will feature talks, workshops, experiential installations, parties, music, and more, closing with our Sunset Cruise on the bay. Theme for this year’s festival is REGENERATE X.

The 2023 Festival is taking place in person and virtually both in Downtown Miami and in Coral Gables, and over the course of five days, Wednesday through Sunday, Nov. 29- Dec 3, 2023, creators, producers, tech companies and audiences of all ages will have access to 35 plus interactive experiences, 15 panels and keynotes, 4 dome experiences, a financing market, b2b meetings, music, and live events. A dedicated lab has been created expressly for Miami and French Caribbean creators, focusing on six selected projects. Over the course of three days, the artists will experience an in-depth mentorship experience” a schedule of workshops in immersive storytelling, tech, distribution and production, culminating in a live pitch experience in front of a live audience.

Over 35 works will take place at various locations in Downtown Miami and Coral Gables, with many of the experiences and all panels taking place on campus at University of Miami’s Lakeside Center. Other locations VR/XR and interactive experiences take place at Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, Downtown Media Center, Perez Art Museum, Bayside Marina, and a variety of outdoor locations in Downtown Miami.

Nu Deco with Lawrence at North Beach Bandshell by Alex Markow-0103

Nu Deco at the Bandshell ft. Lucius

Location: Miami Beach Bandshell
7275 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33141
Nov. 18, 2023 at 8:00 PM

Join Nu Deco for a night of vibrant music under the stars on November 18 at the iconic Miami Beach Bandshell with the captivating guest artist Lucius. The duo is known for their mesmerizing harmonies and genre-crossing appeal and have graced prestigious stages, including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and Outside Lands. From Vivaldi to Enescu’s enchanting Romanian Rhapsody, plus a dynamic suite of hits from Talking Heads, this electrifying event promises an unforgettable fusion of classical and contemporary music that will resonate long after the final note.

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