Although Florida is most definitely one of our favorite national punchlines, when it comes to intentional comedy, the 2015 Miami Improv Festival is where you’ll find bona fide belly laughs and not the canned, studio audience kind circa Diff’rent Strokes. Playing throughout the weekend at the Just The Funny Theater & Training Center, 3110 Coral Way, the ‘fest features some of the best in improv, including headliners hailing from the legendary LA-based comic company, The Groundlings. In addition to shows, there will also be workshops for those who think they belong on Comedy Central especially during the forthcoming Justin Bieber roast, ahem. Tickets range from $35 to $145.
And while your kids may be their own mini versions of Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, consider taking them to the Arsht Center‘s Family Fest, Seeds of the African Diaspora at 1:30pm Saturday, January 24, where a free, yes free, show will take the entire family on a journey through various cultures–African, Caribbean, and even these here United States–via a cast consisting of performance group Delou Africa. Yes, it’s a small world after all, but this story is told through big beats, drumming and dancing. Tickets are free but passes are required. Go to arshtcenter.org to get ’em.
Drink it Up
From African drumming and dancing to a more Miami style of dance, the National Water Dance is heading south to the North Beach Bandshell at 5pm Saturday where they will dance their way through water and sand to convey an important message that has nothing to do with your attempt to YouTube your way to stardom with a very bad Beyonce impression of Drunk in Love last weekend on the beach. The National Water Dance troupe’s message is more about saving our water than splashing around in it. Admission is free. For more info go to nationalwaterdance.org.
From water to tea–as in the campy kind set to a disco beat with a side of last night’s gossip, last but not the least bit least is a Sunday afternoon Tea Dance at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., where the tea may be of the Long Island kind and the music pure, unadulterated disco and Chicago house, harkening back to the decadent garage days of the late, great Frankie Knuckles and the original, Rubellian-Schragerian era of Studio 54. There, you’ll do the Bus Stop to the tunes of DJs Hottpants, Nelly G, Terrance Tabeau and more at what is being billed as Gramps’ Double Stubble Sunday T-Dance. Stubble isn’t required, but a bit of rhythm or at least an appreciation for classic dance music sort of is.