Not all artists need stimulants to create, but amateurs can certainly benefit from a boozy boost when hitting the canvas at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5 at Fire & Ice, 1672 Collins Ave., when Canvas Club sets up shop, “combining the magic of painting with the enjoyment of delicious cocktails.” Led by artist Asa F. Charles, the painting class will “encourage inspiration on the canvas inspired by the crafted concoctions in their glasses.” The $35 cover includes apron, canvas, easel, paints, brushes and a glass of wine. Other packages include The Perfect Date Package ($100), which includes the aforementioned as well as two glasses of wine, plus entry into the Ice Bar and two ice bar cocktails. All arteests can post their favorite #sobecanvasclub images on Instagram for a chance to win Ice Bar entry and free drinks. Vodka, thy name is Muse.
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Cycle de Mayo
Traffic in Miami is abysmal, which is why Pérez Art Museum Miami is one of many jumping on the bike-wagon, celebrating National Bike Month in support of alternative and green transportation and the reduction of road rage. Those who arrive to the museum by bike in May will get free admission by posting a photo of their ride with the hashtag #BiketoPAMM. Don’t forget to tag @Pamm on Twitter or @Pammpics on Instagram. Kicking off this new, er, cycle, is a Cycle de Mayo party from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, May 5. Cyclists biking over can rehydrate over Cinco de Mayo-inspired happy hour specials, create bike spoke cards with PAMM teaching artists and listen to live music on the waterfront terrace. A free bike valet will be provided and free bike checkups available in case you need some tweaking. Galleries will be open until 9 p.m. and event and museum admission is free.
Cinco at Once
Whatever political party or candidate to which you subscribe and support, on May 5, we are all Mexican – at least those who imbibe are, especially when every single place with or without a liquor license throws their own Cinco de Mayo fiesta. Rooftop at E11EVEN, for instance, 29 NE 11th St., is throwing their own at 9 p.m. Thursday, May 5, featuring Avion Tequila specials all night long, plus live music by Latin roots band Bachaco with a special guest appearance by El Arka, which will perform their hip hop hits. Toto, we’re not in Mexico anymore. For $10 tickets, go to www.11miamirooftop.com/cinco.
All that Jahz
Mariachi bands and Lemonade may be all the rage this week, but sometimes you just need to even out with smooth jazz. At 7 p.m. Friday, April 28 you can do just that
at the Wynwood Yard, 56 NW 29th St., where singer-slash-yogi Jahzel Dotel (pictured) performs in celebration of the release of her Kickstarted album, Leftovers. In addition to Dotel, tap dancer Natasha Williams and an assortment of singers will perform. There will be food and drink for sale, but admission is free if you RSVP at theprismmusicgroup.eventbrite.com.