Things To Do This Weekend (Besides Shop)

Nov 23, 2012

You can catch some music and movies this weekend-- instead of shopping.
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Everyone knows that the some of the busiest shopping days of year are in full force. Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, so much of South Florida will spend their next few days buying things.

For those who would prefer doing something other than shopping, fear not! 

Here are some things you can do this weekend:

The Miami Beach Cinematheque is playing The Flat, a documentary about director Arnon Goldfinger’s task of clearing out his grandmother's Tel Aviv apartment, which she bought with her husband after they fled Nazi Germany in the 1930s. The Cinematheque, at 1130 Washington Ave.,  is also showing ​Academy Award-winning writer-director Andrea Arnold's adaptation of Wuthering Heights.

The Florida Grand Opera is presenting La Bohème at the Adrienne Arsht Center in downtown Miami  Saturday at 8 p.m.

And O Cinema in Miami's Wynwood neighborhood (90 NW 29 St.) has an array of independent films, including Miami Connection​, which actually doesn't have much to do with Miami.  

Here is O Cinema's description:

Directed by 9th degree black belt philosopher/author/inspirational speaker Grandmaster Y.K. Kim, the film tells the story of fearless synth rock band Dragon Sound as they embark on a roundhouse wreck-wave of crime-crushing justice in the streets of Orlando. Now in HD from elements sourced by the America Genre Film Archive (AGFA), Miami Connection will return to the big screen and O Cinema is hosting the exclusive South Florida engagement!

Books and Books at 265 Aragon Ave. in Coral Gables  is also hosting live music tonight (Friday) in its courtyard, featuring Steve Kornicks and Mariana Martin. Bring a jacket. It's not a particularly balmy night. But the cafe makes a mean hot chai. 

Starting this Saturday, for $12 you can check out the Miami Short Film Festival, which runs through Dec. 1 at the Paragon Grove 13 in Coconut Grove. According to the Miami New Times, the festival features "more than 80 films from nearly 40 countries, all of them under 20 minutes long."

It's a little chilly for ocean swimming, but you can still take advantage of the beautiful weather by taking your dogs to one of the county's dog parks. You can also visit some National Parks, such as Everglades, Biscayne or the remote Dry Tortugas, accessible from Key West.

There are a ton of state parks in South Florida, too. You can choose any of the dozens of parks to run, bike or play in this weekend.

Tobacco Road is also hosting some live music on Friday night, as a refuge for all the beleaguered shoppers. You'll find Miami's oldest bar at 626 S. Miami Ave.

And you can use some culinary creativity on the left-over turkey. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, "Americans will toss a whopping $282 million of uneaten turkey into the trash this Thanksgiving." They offer some creative ways to not waste your food.