401 Biscayne Blvd., R-200, Miami
The 1st Annual Miami Hard Rock Cafe Music & Art Festival will feature 12 hours of music on five stages as well as comedians, short films, art vendors. Stages will include performances by band in a variety of genres including rock, blues, hip-hop and metal. There will be a DJ stage and a late-night competition (starts at 12:30 a.m.) in which guitar gods will each have one minute to show off their skills before the crowd and judges who will pick the winner. The winner gets a Hard Rock Cafe autographed guitar, a one-year supply of Magnetapicks and a guitar setup by Anonymous Guitars, Hard Rock Cafe and Qool Show Goodies. Guitarists can register on the event page, and note that they plan to show up day of festival. The show will also include art by Elijah Sharrieff and Tiffany Preston, live painting by Bruno Natalio Vago and glass art and jewelry by Megan Lipsky. The all-ages 12-hour event will begin at 2 p.m. Aug. 18.
1310 Middle St., Fort Lauderdale, 305-975-6262, Sailboatbendartists.com
Self, an exhibition by artists Michael Williams and Natalie Baldeon, will include works that explore "self-identity, discovery, indulgence and personal realization." Williams, a painter who received his BFA from University of Central Florida, will present a series of large works that depict intimate moments between himself and his mirror. Each work is hung directly across from an identical work that mirrors the image
Baldeon, who recently received her MFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 2012, will exhibit photographs and painted images of herself as "both seductive and repulsive, glamorous and grotesque, aggressive and vulnerable" to depict the nature of boundaries while questioning the threshold of acceptability. Her intention is "to expose the complexities of contemporary gendered embodiment, particularly the correlation between body and image" in works that present the body in acts of consumption, from "the literal consumption of food to the suggestive psychological or sexual consumption."
The exhibition opens 7-10 p.m. Aug. 18 and runs through Sept. 1.
Mano Fine Art Project Space
4225 S.W. 75th Ave., Miami, 305-467-6819, Manofineart.com
Made in the U.S.A is, an exhibition that explores "shifting boundaries between the origins of creativity and American ingenuity." The show features 15 artists who use paintings, sculptures, video installations and more. to explore what it means to be “made” in the U.S.A., Exhibiting artists, all of whom are local or have ties to South Florida, include Juan Carlos Arana, Blanca Caraballo, Dennis Escobar, Juan Erman Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero, Nuurs Ortiz, Ernesto Kunde, Sandra Garcia, MANO, Jorge Mejias, Hanz Ramirez, Manuel Revuelta, Miguel Rodez, Patricia Figueroa Sowers and Derek Wilson.
The exhibition, which will also feature Rex-Goliath Wines, DJ, Joseph Anthony, resident DJ of Club 50 at the Viceroy Hotel, will open 7-10 p.m. Aug. 18 during Bird Road Art Walk.
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