Best Shows To See This Fall On A Budget In South Florida

August 5, 2013 8:00 AM

Paul Mooney at Miami Improv (Source:

Whether it’s watching a ballerina leap through the air, a symphony growing and swelling like the tide or a comedian with a well-timed punch line, there’s nothing like the performing arts. With so much to do in the magic city and beyond, you may think you need a magic wallet to continue the fun. Fear not, though, here are some events coming to South Florida this fall to keep you and your wallet smiling.

DWNTWN Concert Series Featuring Conjunto Progresso and Palo!
Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center
174 E. Flagler St.
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 579-6675

Date: Aug. 9, 2013

Finishing its last concert of the summer series, the Heineken Downtown Miami DWNTWN Concert Series promotes community interaction by offering free shows featuring local and international artists in wonderfully scenic locations such as Bayfront Park and the Olympia Theater. The August 9 show will feature Conjunto Progresso performing modern takes on Cuban Son style and Palo!, local “Afro-cuban funk” players who will you keep you on your feet.

WALLCAST Concerts and SoundScape Cinema Series
New World Center
500 17th St.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 673-3330

Dates: Various dates beginning in Oct., 2013

In addition to being an architecturally breathtaking building designed by Frank Gehry, the New World Center on Miami Beach also features an over-7000-square-foot projection wall, which is used primarily to broadcast the New World Symphony performance happening inside of the center. Families are encouraged to bring blankets and picnic baskets to bask in the masterworks of Beethoven, Bach and beyond. If you’re more of a film buff, the SoundScape Cinema Series also projects classic and modern movies on alternate dates. Both events are free to the public.

Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center
10910 S.W. 17th St.
Miami, FL 33199
(305) 348-2895

Dates: Sept. 27 through Oct. 6, 2013

Student performances at the collegiate level are a great way to affordably experience the arts. Not only does the great South Florida weather attract major artists to come down and share their talents, but it also gives residents a first-hand opportunity to support the next generation of artists and performers. “Cardenio” kicks off the fall semester of FIU Theatre, a play revolving around an Italian wedding of Shakespearean proportions. Expect “mismatched lovers, sexual intrigue, sudden reversals [and] traveling actors,” also known as any night on South Beach. Tickets are $15 with reduced prices for students and alumni.

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Icona Pop
Grand Central
697 N. Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33136
(305) 377-2277

Date: Aug. 17, 2013

Whether you’ve been hitting the clubs, hosting your 12-year-old niece’s sleepover or watching the NBA Finals montages, you’ve heard Icona Pop. Its infectious, electro-raucous tribute to indifference, “I love It”, has been a pop hit of the summer for the Swedish duo. There’s no better way to celebrate the end of summer than with jumping up and down to glittering synthesizers and throbbing bass beats. Tickets are available online for $20.

Paul Mooney
Miami Improv
3390 Mary St., Suite 182
Miami, FL 33133
(305) 441-8200

Date: Aug. 8-11, 2013

A living comedy legend, Paul Mooney has, in addition to his own hilarious stand-up, written for Richard Pryor, “In Living Color” and “Chappelle’s Show.” You may remember his character “Homey the Clown” (acted by Damon Waynes) or the classic one-liner spoken as his character “Negrodomos” from “Chapelle’s Show.” When asked, “Why do white people love Wayne Brady?” he answers, “Because Wayne Brady makes Bryant Gumbel look like Malcolm X.” Paul Mooney’s skeptical take on recent controversial news events is the best blend of classic comic timing and delivery while effortlessly skewering poignant topics like race and religion. At $20 a ticket, this bargain is no joke.

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Alicia Bustamante is a freelance writer covering all things Miami. Her work can be found on

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