Noire Miami's guide to something different to do this weekend in South Florida Oct. 16 - Oct. 19


Have fun this week without breaking the bank with free and cheap events, arts, parties, and more.

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By Fabiola Fleuranvil | Noire Miami |

The holiday season is just around the corner and so are all of the parties, galas, holiday receptions, and of course we can't forget about Art Basel. Until then, count on Noire Miami to fill up your weekend and keep you in the loop of things to do, places to go, and people to see. Here's our roundup.

Global Reggae Poster Contest Exhibition, Lecture, and Book Signing by Professor Carolyn Cooper
Thursday, Oct 17 at 6:30pm
Multitudes Gallery, 5570 NW 4th Ave, Miami
Edited by Professor Carolyn Cooper, Global Reggae, a powerful new book on the international impact and influence of reggae, will be the spotlight at the International Lecture Series and book signing. Professor Cooper is a professor of literary and cultural studies at the University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica where she conceived the International Reggae Studies Centre in 1992. Professor Cooper also initiated and chaired the historic conference, "Global Reggae: Jamaican Popular Culture A Yard and Abroad", which was convened at UWI, Mona in 2008.  

Black Tie and Blue Jeans Bachelor Auction
When: Saturday, Oct 19 from 7pm – 9:30pm
Where: Betty T. Ferguson Center, 3000 NW 199 St, Miami Gardens
Tickets: $15 at the door. Minimum bid is $25
Don your favorite pair of jeans and your black tie for a fanciful evening of fun and flair as South Florida’s bachelors are auctioned off  in support of various cancer research foundations. Hosted by The Dade County Chapter of The Charmettes, Inc, distinguished bachelors include: Mayor Oliver Gilbert, City of Miami Gardens; Dexter Bridgeman, Legacy Magazine and Noire Miami Founder and Publisher; Willie Franklin, real estate investment broker; Jacob Wilson, Jr., MDCPS employee; and Rick Royster, screen writer and novelist.

Caribe Arts Fest 2013
 Saturday, Oct 19 from 11am - 10pm
Where: Esplanade Park,  400 SW 2nd St, Fort Lauderdale
Tickets: $10 or $20 weekend pass; children under 12 free admission
Second annual multi-genre art festival in downtown Ft Lauderdale celebrating the arts of the Caribbean and the Americas. Bring a flag, lawn chairs, and maybe even a drum and enjoy a display of contemporary trends in painting, photography, sculpture, performance arts, film, multimedia, Kids Art Zone, and much more. Spam Allstars, Rootz Underground, and more artists on stage.

Looking for something different?

Big Night In Little Haiti
Friday, October 18 (and every 3rd Fridays) from 6pm - 10pm, FREE
Where: Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59 Terr, Miami
Info: Monthly schedule at
Presented by the Rhythm Foundation, Big Night in Little Haiti is always free and is cool not just for the live Haitian konpa music but also for its ability to bring together a diverse audience who love culture, music, and the eclectic vibe of Little Haiti. This month's Big Night in Little Haiti celebrates Creole Month with a free concert by the popular konpa band T-Vice, with South Florida konpa musician Hector Lominy and his band opening. This month also includes “Creole Spice” with samples from top Haitian and French Caribbean chefs. The LHCC features children’s activities as well as artists, arts and crafts, and food vendors.

Want to party for free and listen to good music by some cool DJs?

Beats & Rhymes Fridays
Friday, Oct 17 (and every Friday) from 11pm until the party dies
Where: The Stage Miami, 170 NE 38th St, Miami
DJ Self Born and DJ Heron has added a new flavor to your Friday night repertoire, and it consists of mature Hip Hop. I guess that means less of what gets played on radio and more classic Hip Hop. The venue is hot, and the DJs know how to give you eargasms.

Recess, the Adult Playground
Saturday, Oct 19 (and every Saturday) from 5pm - 10 pm 
Where: Blackbird Ordinary, 729 SW 1st Ave  Miami
Recess is Miami's weekly outdoor day party and barbecue. It's like being in someone's backyard in the middle of downtown Miami. DJ Fly Guy and weekly special guest DJs bring you the best of open format Hip Hop, R&B, Soulful House, Rock, Reggae music. The barbecue is smoking with jerk chicken and island cuisine, the drinks are strong and moderately priced, and best of all it's FREE!

Classic Sundays
Sunday, Oct 20 (and every Sunday) from 10pm - 5am
Where: Room Service Lounge, 929 Washington Ave, South Beach
Info: @DJSelfBorn@aflyguy,
This weekly Sunday night party has claimed the title for nearly six years as the original grown folks Hip Hop party on South Beach without the crazy South Beach prices and all of its fluff...and it's FREE. Classic Sundays is a relaxed environment with DJs LS One, Self Born, Fly Guy, Ha, Ghost Rider and your occasional special guest DJs blessing the crowd with nothing but good music.

Love movies…free ones? Here's a few weekly outdoor movie events that you can catch.

Miami Jazz & Film Society Films
Tuesday, Oct 22 (and every Tuesday); first film 6:15pm - 7:35pm, second film at 7:40pm - 9:10pm
Where: African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, 6161 NW 22nd Ave, Miami
Catch a free film every Tuesday and monthly jazz concerts on the second Wednesdays of the month from 6-10pm. Cash bar and food is for sale. For the October 22nd film, the first film is Hollywood Shuffle directed by Robert Townsend followed by I'm Gonna Get You Sucka featuring Keenan Ivory Wayans, Isaac Hayes, and others. Films to look forward to in November: Rosewood, A Time to Kill, 500 Years Later, Black in Latin America, among others.

Movie Night Monday
Monday, October 21 (and every Monday), 10pm double feature film showing 28 Days Later and Shaun of the Dead
Where: Blackbird Ordinary, 729 SW First Ave, Miami
Free outdoor movies most Mondays with outdoor seating, lots of games, no cover, and karaoke inside at 11pm.

SoundScape Cinema Series
Wednesdays at 8pm
Where: New World Center’s ExoStage, 500 17th St, Miami Beach (corner of 17th Street and Washington Ave)
Info: For a listing of upcoming movies, visit
Catch free films on the 7,000-square-foot outdoor projection wall at the New World Center.

Other events to check out this week:

R. Kelly in Concert
Thursday, Oct 17 at 8pm
Where: James L. Knight Center, 400 SE 2nd Ave, Miami
Tickets: $59-$133.75 plus fees via For more info, visit

Social Xchange: Happy Hour with Open Bar
Friday, Oct 18 from 6pm to 11pm
Where: TSL Lounge, 167 NW 23rd St, Miami
Cover: Drink unlimited from 6pm - 8:30pm with open bar for $20; RSVP:
Second installment of the Social Xchange happy hour in the heart of Wynwood with music by DJ Ghostrider.

The Session Live Music Open Mic night
Tuesday, Oct 22 (and every Tuesday) at 8pm no cover
Where: Piano Bar at Hardrock, 5805 Seminole Way

Sunday Soiree Masquerade & Live Music
 Sunday, October 20 (and every third Sunday) from 6pm to 12am. Featuring live music by Jai Rose and DJ Top Feelin
Where: Martini Bar at Gulfstream Park, 601 Silks Run, Hallandale Beach
Admission: $10 Cover before 8pm, $15 after 8pm
Live band plays from 7pm - 9pm and the NFL games will be showing

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