With Basel gone, life goes on — and now, as South Florida locals, we can get back to focusing on the cool shit that’s happening here regardless of out-of-towner largesse. There’s plenty of homegrown stuff going on this weekend, and, unlike the Basel ridiculousness, much of it is free or cheap, and easy to get into! Here are five options for your weekend.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14
Heineken DWNTWN Concert Series Presents Cris Cab @ Bayfront Park Tina Hills Pavilion
Here’s a different spin on happy hour. The monthly free concert series at Bayfront Park returns with a performance by Cris Cab, the buzz-worthy local kid whose slightly Bruno Mars-ish take on multi-genre pop is set to blow. Head over here at 5 p.m. for a free festival in the park featuring arts and crafts vendors, a farmers market, and a Heineken-fueled beer garden. The concert starts at 7 p.m.
5 to 9 p.m. at the Tina Hills Pavilion at Bayfront Park, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Admission is free. Visit dwntwnconcerts.com
Flagler Nights @ El Barrio
Wynwood has Second Saturdays, but east Little Havana has second Fridays, when El Barrio workspace opens its doors for Flagler Nights. It’s a monthly celebration of the area’s community and arts, and tonight’s family-friendly event features a holiday market of locally produced goods. There’s live music, dance performances, kids’ rides, and food, too.
6:30 to 11 p.m. at El Barrio, 520 W. Flagler St., Miami. Admission is free. Visit facebook.com/flaglernights
The Bosh Film Festival @ Miami Art Museum
A cease-and-desist from Chris Bosh himself can’t hold down the crew behind Borscht Corp., who put on this free event tonight as an appetizer for their full-on film festival tomorrow. At this event at the Miami Art Museum, local filmmakers are invited to come project their own work while musical acts like Hundred Waters, a Gainesville folk-ish act signed to Skrillex’s OWSLA label, perform. The centerpiece of the evening is, of course, the film that’s caused all the legal flaps: Adventures of Chris Bosh in the Multiverse, an animated short by Bleeding Palm’s Ronnie Rivera.
10 p.m. at the Miami Art Museum, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami. Admission is free. Call 305-375-1725, or visit borschtcorp.com
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15
The Borscht Film Festival @ the Arsht Center
This is the main event! Don’t pretend to support local arts and culture if you don’t attend the eighth edition of this completely homegrown, bizarro film festival. Real-deal tickets are still available for $25. But if you want to take your chances, you can wait in a standby free-admission line from which they’ll let people in after all paying customers have entered. The festival sold out last time though, so the chances of getting in for free are slim. Buy a ticket! It also gets you free entry into the afterparty at Grand Central, where Jacuzzi Boys, This Heart Electric, and other “special guests” are set to play.
8 p.m. at the Arsht Center’s Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Call 305-949-6722, or visit borscht8tickets.com
Antiheroes Projects Presents Mahagonny @ Hialeah High Auditorium
Here’s something a little above our usual $10ish range in these recommendations, but it’s another local cultural collective doing something totally out there — Bertolt Brecht in Hialeah! Based on the 1930s satirical opera Rise and Fall of the City of Mahaggony, the show centers around the fictional city Mahagonny, but this staging by director/producer José Manuel Domínguezdirector/producer José Manuel Domínguez has adapted it for Miami audiences. Brecht would probably approve.
8:30 p.m. at Hialeah High School Auditorium, 251 E. 47th St., Hialeah. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Call 786-975-4891, or visit facebook.com/antiheroesproject