No matter how much Miamians may brag about the city's pictureperfect weather, alluring beaches and the bump-and-grinding nightlife, there is also a quieter side to Miami. For starters, we have a thriving cultural scene, thanks in large part to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and the Pérez Art Museum Miami. In March, the cultural landscape will change once again, as the highly-anticipated Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science debuts in Museum Park. If you are looking for a few low-key experiences while in town, go museum-hopping in May. During the month, quite a few museums offer discounted admission, as part of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Miami Museum Month promotion.
And then there’s the fi lm scene. After the resounding success of this year’s Miami Film Festival in March, it got me thinking how the venues have all changed in the past decade. I remember when there was only one or two indie movie theaters playing foreign fi lms. Then, the Coral Gables Art Cinema opened in 2010 and the following year, O Cinema launched in Wynwood. The indie fi lm scene started to boom. Now, O Cinema has two more locations—Miami Beach and Miami Shores—and was place to see the best picture Oscar winning fi lm, "Moonlight."
If you are visiting in June and the occasional rain shower pops up, I encourage you to explore the fi lm scene. And if you prefer cult and pop movie classics (think "Rocky Horror Picture Show" or "Scarface"), the Secret Celluloid Society screens them at O Cinema. Until then, "hasta la vista, baby!"