Things To Do

Free and cheap things to do in Miami this weekend - Jan. 29-31

From a Bachata dance lesson to a fashion film festival to a black history celebration to a food truck invasion to a doggie outing, here are just some of the highlights of affordable events this weekend.  


One, two, three, tap

Grab a dance partner and head to the Little Havana Social Club at the Koubek Center on Friday night for an 8 pm concert with the Dominican Republic’s Duke of Bachata Joan Soriano


He brings both old-school charm and modern sensibility to the bachata genre, creating a danceable sound that is gritty yet romantic. Soriano’s tender crooning evokes sweet memories, but his steel-strong guitar gives an urban, contemporary edge to his music. 


Go at 7 pm before the concert and take advantage of a dance lesson. Stay after the concert and dance more with DJ music. It’s $10, and kids ages 12 and under are free. 


Clothes Minded

Who would you say has been the most stylish actress — Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, perhaps Marilyn Monroe? It’s hard to pick just one. 


Well, get ready for more haute couture at a free four-day fashion film festival in Bal Harbour Shops from Jan. 28 to 31. 


Titled Wearing Time: Returns, Recalls, Renewals, and co-curated by Tom Gunning and Marketa Uhlirova, the festival explores “how film and fashion together evoke and reflect on the past, and its connections with the present, and future.” 


Black History 

The 2016-17 Miami-Dade County AT&T Black History Calendar event, honoring South Florida black leaders, will be Saturday, Jan. 30, beginning at 4 pm at Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens.


The public is invited to the free event honoring Andrea Ivory, Ronald Major, Thelma Harris, Myrtle Bullard, Virginia Harvin, David Pemberton, Dr. Cynthia Clarke, Cuthbert Harewood, Dr. Solomon C. Stinson, Officer Earnest Dawkins, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Miami Alumnae Chapter, and The South Florida Drum Majors: Kenneth “TC” Harris, Willie “Turk” Hayward and Kevin “Bemo” Moyd.


Since 1994, the annual calendar contains the annual black history theme obtained from the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History brief biographical sketches of local black leaders in the South Florida area, and information on places and events that have made a considerable contribution to the history and/ or social status of the South Florida black community.


Food trucks for foodies 

Granada Presbyterian Church’s front lawn will be filled with some of the best food trucks in South Florida on Sunday, Jan. 31, from 11 am to 2 pm. More than a dozen of the best food trucks are participating in the food truck invasion.


Every dog has his day

Fun activities for dogs and people, dog adoptions and pet-theme vendors are featured at the popular Doggie Palooza from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 30 at the dog park, 6600 SW 16th St., Plantation. 


The fee for people is $1, which goes to a select rescue organization.Dogs, which need to be leashed during the event, enter for free.


The event includes a best dressed dog contest. For information, phone 954-452-2510


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