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Deirdra Funcheon
15 hours ago - News

Miami jazz saxophonist Marcus Strickland talks new album and tour

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Marcus Strickland. Photo: Courtesy of Petra Richterovà

Miami's own Marcus Strickland — one of the most celebrated saxophone players in jazz — is taking his tour back home this week.

Driving the news: Strickland will perform at the Banyan Bowl Friday, showcasing his new album, "The Universe's Wildest Dream," that was released this month.

The best spots to listen to jazz in Miami

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Miami made its reputation on party music: Latin rhythms, hip-hop and EDM. But these days, some of the city's coolest venues are playing different, more understated tunes.

  • Here's a rundown of some of the most happening spots to catch live jazz:
Deirdra Funcheon
Jan 25, 2023 - News

New pro cycling league will launch with Miami Beach race

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Austrian cyclist Verena Eberhardt — pictured racing at a velodrome in 2018 — is on the Miami Nights team of the National Cycling League. Photo: Dan Istitene/Getty Images

A new professional cycling league is trying to revolutionize the sport with co-ed teams and closed-circuit course races through major cities, starting in Miami Beach.

What's happening: The National Cycling League announced on Tuesday its inaugural race will take place in Miami Beach on April 8, followed by races later this spring and fall in Atlanta, Denver and Washington, D.C.

Miami weekend guide: Chocolate Festival, Chinese New Year and more

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A cacao display from the 2008 International Chocolate Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Photo: Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Making weekend plans? Here are four events to keep on your radar:

Festival of Chocolate: Pair specialty chocolates with sips of bourbon, indulge in choco-cocktails and unwind with a chocolate-infused massage at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden tomorrow and Sunday. There will be kids' activities, a "chocolate lab" and food vendors. Entry: $25 for adults, $12 for children.

How to honor Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy in Miami

Photo illustration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and children holding "I am a Man" signs with the WashingtonMonument in the background.

Photo Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios. Photo: Stephen F. Somerstein, Bloomberg/Getty Images

Later this year will mark the 60th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

Why it matters here: The national civil rights leader — who has inspired generations of activists across the country — visited Miami often and gave an early version of his famous speech at the Historic Hampton House in 1960.

Martin Vassolo
Jan 13, 2023 - News

Cold weather means churro time in Miami

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Trays of Churros at Churros Manolo in North Beach. Photo: Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

It's going to get chilly this weekend, with temperatures dropping to the 40s.

Why it matters: Apart from falling iguanas, cold weather in Miami means freshly fried churros and hot chocolate dip.

Miami Jewish Film Festival celebrates Jewish voices with 105 films

From the film "Karaoke." Courtesy: Miami Jewish Film Festival

The Miami Jewish Film Festival kicks off tonight with a full slate of in-person programming for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

Why it matters: "It is an essential time for Jewish voices to make themselves heard," Igor Shteyrenberg, the festival's executive director, told Axios in a statement.

Miami weekend guide: King Mango Strut, Three Kings Day and more

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The 2005 King Mango Strut. Photo: Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Looking for things to do in Miami this weekend? Here are four events on our radar:

  • The King Mango Strut — known as "The Weirdest Parade in the Universe" — returns to Coconut Grove this Sunday after a two-year hiatus. Brace for wacky costumes and ridiculous sendups of politicians and newsmakers.

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