Weekly Gems Guide: 10 Events in South Florida This Week

There’s always something to do in South Florida! Check out my curated event list for the curious explorer in Miami this week!

**This weekly guide features—Gems for Gems—people who love to expose themselves to new experiences.

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1. GIRL BLOSSOM BOOK CLUB SESSION #1
Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Join Girl Blossom for their first book club meeting at West Elm Midtown. Enjoy refreshments and preare for some deep conversations about the importance of sisterhood, literacy, feminism and more. Learn more here.

 2.A CONVERSATION WITH CITY OF MIAMI MAYOR FRANCIS SUAREZ
Thursday, January 18, 2018, 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Come out to “Conversation With…”,  a leadership development networking series for professionals in South Florida that emphasizes community development, hosted by the Little Haiti Cultural Complex. This monthly event provides a platform which cultivates professionals looking to build relationships in South Florida, along with, providing leaders with the opportunity to network for business and social purposes. Learn more here.

3. SCREENDANCE MIAMI 2018
Thursday, January 18, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Please join Miami Light Project for the opening night and 5th anniversary of ScreenDance Miami 2018! They will be screening the festival's first feature-length film, Bronx Gothic, presented in partnership with O Cinema. Learn more here.

4. LASER FRIDAY’S
Friday, January 19, 2018, 8:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Experience Laser Friday’s the first and third Friday, and enjoy a retro throwback to the classic laser light spectacles you know and love. The week’s edition includes a laser light show to music hits by Beyoncé, Michael Jackson, Daft Punk and more. Learn more here.

5. SPEAK FRIDAY’S
Friday, January 19, 2017, 7:00 p.m. –  10:00 p.m.
Experience Miami's Most Diverse Open Mic, Speak Fridays'!  It will be an eclectic mix of live performances and live art, featuring performances by The Reggae Ambassadors, Third World!  Learn more here.

6. OPENING RECEPTION FOR THE BIRMINGHAM PROJECT
Thursday, January 18, 2018, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Come out to the opening reception for Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project. In 2013, 50 years after the infamous attack on the African-American 16th Street Baptist Church, and the ensuing violence throughout Birmingham, Dawoud Bey made his first of what would be multiple visits to that city to create a commemorative project. Over the next seven years, Bey developed The Birmingham Project—a series of vibrant and poignant photographic portraits. Learn more here.

7. ARTIST TALK AT THE PAMM
Thursday, January 18, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
In celebration of the third chapter of On the Horizon: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection, join artists Carlos Garaicoa and Glexis Novoa for a discussion about their work and its relation to the chapter's theme of Domestic Anxieties—a selection of works that explores everyday life and its attendant insecurities, stresses, and anxieties. Learn more here.

8. 2018 MIAMI BEER FEST
Saturday, January 20, 2018, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The 6th annual Miami Beer Festival brings together dozens of craft and international breweries, as well as Southern Florida's best local breweries. The event will take place at the plaza of Marlins Park, and will feature food trucks, DJs, entertainment, and some delicious beers. Admission includes beer. Learn more here.

9. POWER TO THE POLLS: MIAMI DAY OF ACTION
Sunday, January 21, 2018, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
On January 21, 2018, thousands of women, femmes and allies will come together in Mana Wynwood in Miami Florida, to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Women’s March and to launch the collective 2018 Women’s March agenda: #PowerToThePolls.  This anniversary event in Miami will be a community event focusing on voter registration, ending voter suppression in Florida and supporting our marginalized communities. It will be a day filled with tremendous speakers, community activists, performers and community vendors. Learn more here.

10. TIME OUT MIAMI PRESENTS: MAC N CHEESE SMACKDOWN  
Sunday, January 21, 2018, 12:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Come out to the Mac & Cheese Smackdown: an all-you-can-eat mac and cheese experience with beer provided by Ricky's South Beach. Your ticket gets you:Tastings from each mac n cheese station, two complimentary drink tickets, music, giveaways and more. Learn more here.


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