Free, cheap fairs and events to know

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - Showtime - Broward - - ART - By Phillip Valys

Art Basel week has ar­rived, and here’s the best way to cel­e­brate: by not drain­ing your bank ac­count.

Free (and low-cost) events are in abun­dance dur­ing Art Basel week, with pop-up con­tem­po­rary-art fairs tak­ing root this week in Wyn­wood, Mid­town, down­town Mi­ami, Lit­tle Haiti and beyond.

Here are a hand­ful of Mi­ami Art Week events to keep you en­ter­tained on a bud­get.

Art Africa Mi­ami Arts Fair

Noon-8 p.m. Dec. 5-8 and noon-5 p.m. Dec. 9 at 919-920 NWSe­cond Ave; $20 for sin­gle-day-pass, $50 for fes­ti­val pass via; ArtAfricaMi­ami-

The thought­ful cu­ra­tors be­hind Art Africa, started eight years ago by ar­chi­tect Neil Hall, have an eye for cham­pi­oning vi­tal African-Amer­i­can art in a vi­tal set­ting: the his­toric Over­town neigh­bor­hood, long ago a stomp­ing ground for ma­jor black artists, in­clud­ing Lena Horne and Clarence Reid, Sam Cooke and James Brown. This year’s theme is “Black Art Mat­ters: It's Not A Choice,” fea­tur­ing works by 20 artists. The fair will host art talks, lec­tures, film screen­ings and the Black Party ($20) on Dec. 5.

Basel House Mu­ral Fes­ti­val

3 p.m.-2 a.m. Fri­day, Dec. 7, 1 p.m.-2 a.m. Satur­day, Dec. 8, and 1-9 p.m. Sun­day, Dec. 9 at RC Cola Plant, 550 NW 24th St., Mi­ami; free, and RSVP via for a free drink ticket;

A 40,000-square-foot mu­ral fes­ti­val re­turns this week with no short­age of spec­ta­cle, with live street paint­ing from 10 mu­ral­ists on Dec. 8, a 35-foot vert ramp for skate­board­ers, 20 food ven­dors, beer gar­den and a mas­sive 3D paint­ing from artist Ja­son Tet­lak, whose work must be viewed with de­coder glasses that you can pick up at the fes­ti­val.

“Amer­ica’s Play­ground” at Faena Fes­ti­val

Noon-8 p.m. Dec. 4-9 at var­i­ous venues in­clud­ing Faena Ho­tel Mi­ami Beach, 3201 Collins Ave.; free via Eventbrite- .com; Fae­naFes­ti­

The ef­fort­lessly posh and strik­ing Faena Ho­tel caters to the rich and taste­ful most of the year, but for Art Basel week, the fo­cus will shift on the poor and dis­en­fran­chised. Dur­ing the in­au­gu­ral Faena Fes­ti­val, a free se­ries of ex­hi­bi­tions and per­for­mances themed around the con­cept of Amer­ica as “a myth and a nar­ra­tive.” Artist Der­rick Adams will de­but “This is Not Amer­ica,” a school play­ground sculp­ture on the sands of Mi­ami Beach be­hind the ho­tel. The project was in­spired by a photo he spot­ted in the Black Ar­chives at the Lyric The­ater in Mi­ami’s Over­town neigh­bor­hood. The bleak, circa-1950s im­age showed AfricanAmer­i­can chil­dren and adults on a play­ground un­der­neath a high­way over­pass. In

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