This Weekend’s Miami Essentials: Dwntwn Art, Haitian Jazz

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With so much going on in Miami these days, the only thing you’re missing on weekends is sleep because you’re so busy being ubiquitous. Also missing: some vowels in the third annual Dwntwn (not pronounced doon-toon) Art Days, but despite those absences, there’s nothing AWOL from this three-day homage to all things cultural, taking place from Friday, September 19 to Sunday, September 21 all around the doontoon–er, downtown area. Among the activities: art tours, panel discussions, performances, films, and even family-friendly diversions to keep the wee ones from going batty. Take a gander around a gallery, meet some artists, and snoop into some studios. To make sure you don’t miss out on anything, download the festival’s app.

Haitian Celebration

You’re going to continue infusing yourself with as much culture as you can handle, of course, and your next stop is the Port-au-Prince Jazz Fest, taking place at the Little Haiti Cultural Center . It kicks off at 6pm Friday, September 19, with a cocktail party that’s “free” with donations. There, you’ll get to check out two exhibits, including The An’n Ale, paying tribute to the queen of modern Haitian raisin music, actress, singer, author, and composer Toto Bissainthe. On Saturday there’s a workshop on Creole Jazz from 10am to noon that may or may not turn you into a viable contestant on the next run of America’s Got Talent. Later that night at 6pm, there’s a concert featuring the United International Jazz Band, starring Grammy-winning saxophonist Felipe Lamoglia, among others. Try dropping that name at your next cocktail party and see how impressed everyone is.

Chow Down

If all this ingestion of culture is making you hungry, the United Way of Miami-Dade Young Leaders Build Your Own Brunch from 11am to 2pm on Saturday, September 20 is like Habitat for Humanity for your stomach. Make a three-course brunch with top chefs including Sugarcane’s Timon Balloo, St. Regis Bal Harbour’s Antonio Bachour, and Makoto’s Makoto Okuwa. You’ll even have help from Johnson & Wales culinary students. This is not Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen. To make it even more heavenly, Tito’s vodka and Wynwood Brewing Company will provide spirits and brews, respectively. Best of all, the $100 tickets benefit the United Way of Miami-Dade, so you can feel good about your gluttony.

Raise a Stein

Last but never least is Sam Adams Castle & Beer Hall at SoHo Studios, where, on Friday and Saturday, even though it’s still September outside, it’s entirely Oktoberfest inside, with all sorts of sudsy, hoppy happenings. Lederhosen are not required, but those who are hosen’ may do something other than garner laughs–they could win a prize.

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