Sure, South Florida’s got a lot of “things to do” — if they involve either the ocean, or an establishment whose main purpose is serving alcohol for money. Until recently, though, that’s about where things have stopped. With the summer over and “season” now getting into full swing, though, the span of cultural events around town continues to increase. Here are five events to check out this weekend that don’t involve wasting away the wee hours at the same old haunts — and some of them even, yes, still involve booze.
Huey Copeland: Solar Ethics lecture at the Miami Art Museum, Saturday, September 22
Ready for some heady stuff for a Saturday afternoon? Head to Miami Art Museum for a lecture tied to the institution’s current exhibition, Rashid Johnson: Message to Our Folks. Here, art historian Huey Copeland will, in layman’s terms, trace jazz freak Sun-Ra’s aesthetic influence on Johnson’s visual art, with plenty of terms like “utopian visions” discussed along the way. Dig back to your humanities-degree seminars and come prepared ready to parse some stuff through various lenses (or something). Seriously, though, anything involving a discussion of Sun-Ra is bound to entertain, and if you haven’t checked out the show, here’s your chance. The talk is free with museum admission, which is $8 for adults. 2 p.m. at Miami Art Museum, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami. Call 305-375-3000, or visit miamiartmuseum.org.
Beer Snob Bicycle Crawl, Saturday, September 22
This one, okay, involves some bars. But, the event takes place during daytime — fresh air! — and involves physical activity and eco-friendly transportation, so we’ll give it a nod. Meet up on your favorite two wheels at the Abbey for a discounted pint, then head with the rest of the assembled bicycle gang to a number of other spots known for their brews: Wood Tavern/Lester’s, Bloom, Will Call, and the Filling Station. The whole thing ends at Government Center, too, so you can head home on the train, too. There’s no cost to join up, just meet up at 4 p.m. The Abbey, 1115 16th St., Miami Beach. Age 21 and up. Visit themiamibikescene.com/2012/09/beer-snob-bicycle-pub-crawl-vi.html.
Teen Miami Opening at History Miami, Saturday, September 22
If you make it to MAM, consider an early dinner in the area and then a return to the museum plaza at 7 p.m., when History Miami hosts a kickoff party for its new Teen Miami exhibition. The show traces the history of teen culture in Miami dating back to World War II, and it’s all been organized with, yes, a group of teens who have interned at the museum over the past three years. Besides a first look at the show, you can enjoy tunes selected by a DJ, teen-friendly food like burgers and shakes, and various other surprises. Admission is $10 for non-member adults, and $7 for teens. History Miami, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami. Call 305-375-1492, or visit historymiami.org.
Junot Diaz Reading, Sponsored by Books and Books, Saturday, September 22
How’s this for an achievement — Dominican-born, Jersey-bred writer Diaz won a Pulitzer for his very first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. The book achieved a rare balance of formal experimentation and commercial success, made both hilarious and sad through its taut editing and rich, often-Spanglish-studded dialogue. It wasn’t his first book, though. Diaz previously published Drown, an equally lauded collection of short stories, and this month returned with This is How You Lose Her, a concise volume that’s somewhere between novel and story collection. Fans will be delighted, but not surprised, that it revisits some of the most poignant characters and events of previous works. Admission to the reading is free, but you’ll need to get tickets in advance at one of Books and Books’ various locations. 7:30 p.m. at Coral Gables Congregational Church, 3010 Desoto Blvd., Coral Gables. Cal 305-442-4408, or visit booksandbooks.com.
Average Joe Art Sale at Yo Space, Sunday, September 23
Studio and alternative art space Yo Space returns with its recurring sale meant to stimulate the hyperlocal art economy a bit. During this event, which is also partially a chilled-out party, nothing tops $250 for the works on show. Yes, that even includes original pieces, not just prints, and some 15 artists are expected to show. Jolt Radio provides the tunes, and you can fuel up at the food trucks that’ll be parked outside. 3 p.m. at Yo Space, 294 NE 62nd St., Miami. Admission is free. Visit facebook.com/YOMiami.