Hialeah homecomings, Shots in Wynwood, Women at Wolfsonian & Goobers at Gramps

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Hialeah Homecoming
In anticipation of the second birthday of Hialeah Park (2200 E. 4th Ave.) redux, the historic racetrack / casino is kicking off the celebratory festivities from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7 with a funktastic performance by Hialeah-based band Electric Piquete. The band will perform on the Fountain Terrace adjacent to the casino and for them, it’s a win-win. “I consider this show a homecoming. It’s a homecoming for me and for the band. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate  than to play at such a historic venue as Hialeah Park,” says the band’s bassist/vocalist Michael Mut. “It’s a huge honor to be able to turn that around and give back to the people of Hialeah, to be able to play our music for them, and to be a part of a great anniversary celebration at Hialeah Park.”

Worth a Shot
In between scratching your beard as you view up-and-coming artstuffs at the Wynwood Art Walk, stop into SHOTS Miami, 311 NW 23rd St., from 7 p.m. to closing on Saturday, Aug. 8 for “Rule Breakers Night” in which you can not only go against the grain as usual, but drink some, too, in the form of a Rule Breaker Maestro Dobel Tequila shot chilled with peach Schnapps and grenadine or a full blown cocktail of Dobel Tequila, fresh muddled limes, mint, tree tomatoes and a splash of Sprite. The soon-to-expand bar does feature over 100 varieties of shots, in case the aforementioned don’t float your avant garde boats. They don’t call it Rule Breakers Night for nothing, you know.

Front Page News
The biggest deal about Howard Hawks’s wacky 1940 comedy “His Girl Friday” wasn’t that the lead character, played by Rosalind Russell, was about to give up a journalism career for a man (gasp), but the fact that the Russell character was originally – gasp – a MAN in the original stage version, “The Front Page”, by Ben Hecht. While it’s no Caitlyn Jenner situation, it was a big ballsy move made by director Howard Hawks. The movie, which also stars Cary Grant, is screening at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7 as part of the Wolfsonian FIU’s (1001 Washington Ave.) Ladies Leading Film Series inspired by their exhibit, “Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise.” The series is free and open to the public. For more information, call 305-531-1001.

Goobers at Gramps
Nerds used to be uncool.Today it’s quite the opposite and they even have a new name: hipsters. Whatever you call them, Gramps (176 NW 24th St.) has an entire night devoted to them, this time from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 13, during which time an impressive lineup of experts in various fields (nerds, or, as we prefer, goobers) will speak. Among them: Dean Lyon, who will discuss a 1970 Japanese scientist who was involved in creating humanoid robots; Amanda Butler, who will discuss the future of In Vitro Fertility; and, completely on a different level (which is part of the charm of these nights) John Gulla on “How Playing Board Games Can Save Your Life.”  While the panelists go from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Gramps opens at 5 p.m. with half priced drinks until 8 p.m. At 6 p.m. listen for your letters in a round of goober Bingo. The M.O. here: “Drink beer, meet fellow nerds, learn something new.”