August 22 to August 29

August 22
Theatre
Summer Shorts
Miami’s City Theatre, now in its 18th year of their renowned Summer Shorts Festival, will spread its wings in a new collaboration with Island City Stage to bring an evening of hilarious and provocative short plays. Take 6 actors, 7 playwrights, 4 directors and let them loose with 8 short, provocative, funny and thoroughly entertaining plays that are tailored to explore the values, issues and humor that are relevant to the LGBT and Progressive communities. And just to keep the actors on their toes, we’ll let the audience decide what play comes next in the evening. It is perfect summer fun that features brand new never performed plays from local playwrights up close and in your face in South Florida’s hottest intimate theatrical space. Critics will rave “You’ll laugh; you’ll cry; it’s better than Cats.” Well, it’s a lot Funnier! Limited Seating! Don’t be left out! $30. 8pm. Island City Stage, 1140 N Flagler, Ft. Lauderdale. For info: islandcitystage.org

August 23
Tour
Bayfront Architecture & Archaeology Tour
Walk with guide Sylvia Gurinsky along the confluence of the Miami River and Biscayne Bay while learning about Miami’s history, from the Tequesta people to early pioneers and modern times. View art and architecture along the way to the Miami Circle archaeological site. Advance reservations and payment required. $30. 10am – 12am. HistoryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St; Miami. For info: historymiami.com or 305-375-1621.

August 23
Social
Wine & Design
No experience required!! Paint step-by-step alongside Master Artist Phil Fung, learn painting techniques, and have a great time while sipping some vino. This week explore depth and color temperature.  This will also be a great time to mix some lovely grays and browns.  The Royal Poinciana tree will be the subject of the week. Be amazed at how easy it is to make a masterpiece! Admission includes all art supplies. Bring a friend, loved one, or just come and mingle. Singles, Couples, and Groups welcome. Private classes available. Max 25 students. Just bring along your beverage of choice and be ready for a great time. (BYOB). $35. 7:30pm – 9:30pm. Phil Fung Studios,11423 S. Dixie Hwy; Miami. For info: philfung.com

August 23
Film
Film with a Bite
Don’t miss this fun portable dining experience and film screening prepared by The Naked Bite at the Wolf. The film, Food Design reveals how form, color, smell, consistency, the sounds made during eating, manufacturing techniques, history, and stories all influence food design. $30. 7pm. The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305.535.2644 or wolfsonian.org

August 23
Film
Prince Avalanche
Driven by striking performances from Rudd and Hirsch, Prince Avalanche is an offbeat comedy about two men painting traffic lines on a desolate country highway that’s been ravaged by wildfire. Against this dramatic setting, beautifully shot by frequent Green collaborator Tim Orr, the men bicker and joke with each other, eventually developing an unlikely friendship. Funny, meditative and at times surreal, Prince Avalanche features a moving score by Explosions in the Sky and David Wingo, and was loosely adapted from an Icelandic film called Either Way. 7pm & 9pm. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

August 23
Music
Marc Anthony
Marc Anthony, is an American actor, record producer and singer-songwriter. Anthony is the top selling tropical salsa artist of all time. The two-time Grammy and three-time Latin Grammy–winner has sold more than 12 million albums worldwide. He is best known for his Latin salsa numbers and ballads. Driven in part by the crossover success of his smash single I Need to Know (Dimelo), Marc Anthony, his English language debut album, helped usher in 1999′s Latin pop explosion, and went on to achieve triple platinum status in the U.S. And, in 2005 Marc Anthony went home double fisted with a Grammy for Best Latin Pop Album of the Year for ’Amar Sin Mentiras” and another Grammy for Best Tropical Album of the Year for Valio la Pena. He has won a total of 18 ’Premio lo Nuestro Awards throughout his career, the most won by any artist. His influence was significantly recognized when he was included in the Top 10 List of influential New Yorkers compiled by New York Magazine. He will performing in Miami for two nights, starting tonight. 8pm. $59 – $179. American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: aaarena.com

August 23
Lecture
Art Talk
Hammer Museum Curator, Aram Moshayedi will lecture tonight at MOCA as part of the Optic Nerve Video Festival.  Moshayedi served as associate curator of the Gallery at The Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater and is also the former curator at LA><ART, a nonprofit contemporary art space in Los Angeles. He has written extensively on art and film/video in numerous publications including Artforum, Art in America, Frieze, X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly and Bidoun for which he is also a contributing editor. Space is extremely limited. 7pm. $5. MOCA, 770 NE 125th St; North Miami. For info: 305 893 6211 or mocanomi.org

August 23
Festival
Optic Nerve Video Fest
Optic Nerve 15, the festival of short videos by artists starts tonight and will play continuously throughout the weekend. This open international call initiated by MOCA allowed artists worldwide to submit recent work for consideration. Finalists are: Uri Aran:  Untitled (I Love You), Amy Bessone: (Sunny Side Up), Tony Cokes: RRK (Reading Rosalind Krauss), Gusztáv Hámos and Katja Pratschke: Anselma, Samantha Harmon: Patricia Harmon, John Harmon, Cindy Hinant: Selfish, Juwon Lee: Hidden Stories of Super Mario Bros (part 3/6), Jillian Mayer: How to Hide From Cameras, Mores McWreath: Sharing Lazy Gains, Takeshi Murata: Shiboogi, Jon Rafman: In The Realms of Gold, Rachel Rose: Sitting Feeding Sleeping, Mark Aerial Waller: TIME TOGETHER – Gravitational Equilibrium, Yunyi Yi: Maya (not that). Audiences will be invited to vote for their favorite entry. 9pm. $5. MOCA, 770 NE 125th St; North Miami. For info: 305 893 6211 or mocanomi.org

August 24
Music
Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts
Coming to South Florida tonight to celebrate the Purple at the Core tour featuring hits from the classic albums Core and Purple is Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts. Weiland has been the sexy, charismatic lead singer for two successful mainstream rock bands – Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver. A frontman in the mold of David Bowie or the Doors’ Jim Morrison, Weiland projects a slithering, almost androgynous magnetism that suggests decadence and danger. Though not respected for his artistry to the same degree as peers Eddie Vedder and Chris Cornellare, he has enjoyed a high-profile career between his two bands and his occasional solo work. 7pm. Revolution Live, 100 SW 3rd Ave; Ft Lauderdale. For info: jointherevolution.net

August 24
Tour
Miami River Boat
On the anniversary of Hurricane Andrew, enjoy an entertaining ride on the Miami River with Dr. Paul George as he points out drawbridges, hidden neighborhoods, tugboats and the Miami Circle® archaeological site. See the river’s little-known parks while the history of Miami comes alive. Advance reservations and payment required. $54. 9am – 11am. HistoryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St; Miami. For info: historymiami.com or 305-375-1621.

August 24
Festival
Fishoutawata Music Festival
The inaugural “Fishoutawata Music Festival”, is a celebration that brings together a selection of artists, creative minds and ands that would otherwise never play the same venue, on the same ticket. All will be converging at this one-of-a-kind gathering of local musical vibes, cross-over jam sessions, local vendors, live/interactive painting and an electronics recycling drive. Bands performing include The Cornerstoners, Pages & The Out of Hand Band, Urban Rebel, Ephniko y la Pachanga Son Squad, YDiz, Skinny Hendrix, Nag Champyons Present Psychedelic Jazz Practice, LMS, Dinosaurs ‘N Disasters, Alpha Q, Nokturno & Kr!zm, Cariñito and Miami Swamp. Visual artists include Kazilla, Bruno Natalio VAGO, Registered Artist and Eric Estrada. Hosted by Rio Chavarro as Charlie Chaplin and the Time Zoo Keeper of the Telekinetic Family. Don’t miss the Art scavenger hunt. Film Screening by Miami Film Life Center, 3:30pm. Operation Helping Hands will be at the door to collect any food or clothes for the homeless. $10. 7:30pm. Tobacco Road, 626 S. Miami Ave, Miami. For info: tobacco-road.com

August 25
Music
Backstreet Boys
For their In A World Like This Tour, the Backstreet Boys hit Palm Beach for a live one-night-only performance. The Backstreet Boys  are an American vocal harmony group, formed in Orlando in 1993. The group consists of A. J. McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, and Brian Littrell. They rose to fame with their debut international album, Backstreet Boys in 1996. In the following year, they released their second international album Backstreet’s Back and their U.S. debut album which continued the group’s success worldwide. They rose to superstardom with their third studio album Millennium and its follow-up album, Black & Blue. The Backstreet Boys have sold over 130 million records worldwide, making them the best-selling boy band in history, and one of the world’s best-selling music artists. They are the first group since Sade to have their first nine albums reach the top 10 on the Billboard 200. They also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 22, 2013. 7pm. Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach. For info: cruzan.amphitheatre-fl.com

August 25
Kids
IDEA@thebass Family Day
These creative afternoons are full of exciting activities for the whole family: art projects, scavenger hunts, preschool art station and free prizes! Today’s art activity is creating wire sculptures. Musical performer FLO from the Haitian Heritage Museum will present interactive performances of hip-hop, poetry and percussion beats for everyone to enjoy throughout the day. 2pm. Free. Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305.673.7530 or bassmuseum.org

August 25
Comedy
Cristela Alonzo
Cristela Alonzo is a stand-up comedian originally from the border town of San Juan in south Texas. She has appeared on Conan, Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Gabriel Iglesias’ Stand-Up Revolution, Showtime’s Legally Brown, Last Comic Standing and Live at Gotham. 2013 has proven to be her busiest year to date with her named “One of The 50 Comedians You Should and WILL Know” by New York Magazine’s Vulture.com, being invited to perform at the Bonnaroo Music Festival and the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal.  Cristela also taped The Half Hour, her first half hour special in Boston this past February that premiered on Comedy Central in June. Aside from stand-up, Alonzo has written for Comedy Central, MSNBC.COM, won awards (including Best Film at the Boston Comedy Festival) for a musical she wrote (“TGIF: The Musical”) and had one of her sketches named Latina.com’s “Five Funniest Sketches Of The Decade.” Alonzo made her acting debut co-starring on FX’s Sons of Anarchy and recently signed a development deal with 20th Century Fox to create a sitcom based around her life that is now being developed at ABC. 8:30pm. Miami Improv, 3390 Mary St; Miami. For info: miamiimprov.com or 305-441-8200.

August 25
Music
Louie Rockaz ((Rub -A- Dub)) Earthstrong Celebration
Hosted by Lance-O of Kulcha Shok Music is a night of live, sweet reggae music featuring Inna Sense and Jahfe plus other great bands including Poison Dart w/Kirky C, Waggy T, Jah Cuban, Prodigy, Cancer Hi-Power, Money D, Slater Slaughter, Earthquake Intl, and Kulcha Shok. The main band, Innasense, is an established American Based reggae band with heavy Jamaican roots featuring the Buju Banton soundalike Prince Patrick and the sweet vocals of singer/songwriter for the band Jimmi Dread. The band had one of the longest residencies on the beach and now makes their new home at Jazid on Sundays. They tour the US and have 4 albums out. They are lively, energetic and very professional so come see Innasense every other Sunday at Jazid; it only makes sense, lots of sense. Upstairs DJ Firewood, ODM, Mello-D, DJ Rezon & Ras Adrian all apart of the Kulcha SHok Krew. $15. 11pm. Jazid, 1342 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: jazid.net

August 25
Sport
Putting Lesson with Professional Golfer Tracy Kerdyk
Come to the Museum to receive a private lesson from professional golfer Tracy Kerdyk and play 9 holes of mini golf in the museum’s summer exhibit. Kerdyk will be present at Hole #3 for 2 hours providing one-on-one instruction to museum visitors. So whether you are a beginner, youth or experienced golfer that just wants some tips from a pro, she can help you fine-tune your putting skills! A Coral Gables native, Kerdyk played on the LPGA Tour from 1989 to 1999 and won the 1995 LPGA JAL Big Apple Classic in New York City. She played college golf at the U of M where she won a record 11 times in her four years. Later she was inducted into their Sports Hall of Fame. Her career wins also include the 1987 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links and the Canadian Women’s Amateur, the 1983 International Junior Orange Bowl Championship and PGA Junior Championship. $10. 2pm – 4pm. Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: coralgablesmuseum.org

August 26
Music
Jazz Jam
Don’t miss the Serious Multi Jazz Jam Session with Grammy Award winning trumpeter Brian Lynch and his Afro-Caribbean Jazz Artist Ensemble at PAX. The Frost School of Music professor performs original compositions and new arrangements of modern jazz repertory in the exciting and propulsive idiom known as Latin Jazz. Lynch directs his hand picked ensemble of talented young musicians and performs with them as his own group. His most recent CD releases as a leader include the Downbeat 5 star rated Unsung Heroes project (Hollistic MusicWorks), ConClave Vol. 2 with his Spheres Of Influence group (CrissCross), the Grammy© Award winning Simpático featuring Eddie Palmieri (ArtistShare), and Bolero Nights For Billie Holiday. Practitioners of all genres from traditional to contemporary, from straight ahead to Afro-Cuban and world music, will be encouraged to participate and cross pollinate, young students and established artists alike. Standards will be kept high and protocol will be firmly in place to encourage the best musical result for players and listeners in the unique and informal atmosphere of PAX. 8pm. $5. PAX Miami, 337 Southwest 8th St; Miami.  For info: 305-640-5847 or  paxmiami.com

August 26
Film
Movie Night Mondays
Tonight catch a screening of Grease and Saturday Night Fever at Movie Night Mondays. Plenty of popcorn, plus frozen bananas! As always the lovely Jenny G. will be leading the karaoke inside starting at 11pm. Chicken dancing is encouraged. 10pm. Free.  Blackbird Ordinary, 729 SW First Ave; Miami. For info: blackbirdordinary.com

August 27
Lecture
Locust Roundtables: P. Scott Cunningham
Translating poetry requires making a myriad of choices, none of which could be described as literally rewriting a text from one language into another. A better metaphor is perhaps the remix in music, in which a song is manipulated by a second artist. To illustrate this theory, examples of choices in translating the work of Peruvian poet César Vallejo will be presented and opened up for debate. 7pm – 8:30pm. Free. Locust Projects 3852 North Miami Avenue, Miami locustprojects.org

August 27
Film
Greta Garbo Double Feature
Miami Jazz Society will host their weekly Tuesday film series with a Greta Garbo Double Feature on slate. Tonight’s first flick is Queen Christina, Queen Christina of Sweden is a popular monarch who is loyal to her country. However, when she falls in love with a Spanish envoy, she must choose between the throne and the man she loves. Directed by Rouben Mamoulian and starring: Greta Garbo, John Gilbert and Ian Keith. The second film is Anna Karenina, where the married Anna Karenina falls in love with Count Vronsky despite her husband’s refusal to grant a divorce, and both must contend with the social repercussions. Directed by Clarence Brown and starring: Greta Garbo, Fredric March and Freddie Bartholomew.  Come early for the Reception/Cash bar and snacks. 5pm & 6:15pm & 8pm. Free. Miami Tower, 100 SE 2nd St; Miami. For info: 305-684-4564 or miamijazzsociety.com

August 27
Books
Edwidge Danticat — Claire of the Sea Light
From the bestselling author of Brother, I’m Dying and The Dew Breaker: a stunning new work of fiction that brings us deep into the intertwined lives of a small seaside town where a little girl, the daughter of a fisherman, has gone missing. Claire Limyè Lanmè—Claire of the Sea Light—is an enchanting child born into love and tragedy in Ville Rose, Haiti. Claire’s mother died in childbirth, and on each of her birthdays Claire is taken by her father, Nozias, to visit her mother’s grave. Nozias wonders if he should give away his young daughter to a local shopkeeper, who lost a child of her own, so that Claire can have a better life. But on the night of Claire’s seventh birthday, when at last he makes the wrenching decision to do so, she disappears. As Nozias and others look for her, painful secrets, haunting memories, and startling truths are unearthed among the community of men and women whose individual stories connect to Claire, to her parents, and to the town itself. Told with piercing lyricism and the economy of a fable, Claire of the Sea Light is a tightly woven, breathtaking tapestry that explores what it means to be a parent, child, neighbor, lover, and friend, while revealing the mysterious bonds we share with the natural world and with one another. Embracing the magic and heartbreak of ordinary life, it is Danticat’s most spellbinding, astonishing book yet. Danticat is the author of numerous books, including Brother, I’m Dying, a National Book Critics Circle Award and National Book Award finalist; Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah Book Club selection; Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist; The Farming of Bones, an American Book Award winner; and The Dew Breaker, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and winner of the inaugural Story Prize. The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, she has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and elsewhere. She lives in Miami. 8pm. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

August 28
Festival
Food Truck & Music
Miami Beach’s North Shore Park Bandshell & Ocean Terrace will dress in the typical, characteristic Latin flavor of the North Beach area to welcome the Miami Beach Food Truck and Music Fest on Wednesday nights this fall. The food and music fest will feature the popular mobile food trucks, free entertainment and participation by area restaurants. 5pm. Free. North Shore Park Band Shell, 7275 Collins Ave; For info: mbculture.com

August 28
Film
King: A Filmed Record… From Montgomery to Memphis
This is a special screening event commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the I Have a Dream speech from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. tonight at O Cinema. The film King: A Filmed Record… From Montgomery to Memphis is the landmark documentary that chronicles the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., from the beginnings of the Civil Rights movement in Montgomery, Alabama, and culminating with his assassination in Memphis in 1968. Originally screened in theaters for only a single night in 1970, King: A Filmed Record combines dramatic readings by Harry Belafonte, James Earl Jones and Paul Newman, among others, with newsreel and archival footage to create a powerful and comprehensive record of Dr. King’s legacy and the American Civil Rights movement. King: A Filmed Record is an indispensable primary resource of a pivotal moment in American and world history. Directed by Sidney Lumet. 7pm. O Cinema Wynwood, 90 NW 29th St; Miami. For info: 305-571-9970 or o-cinema.org

August 28
Lecture
Museum Forum: Bay of Pigs Invasion
HistoryMiami in partnership with the Miami-Dade Public Library System present Museum Forum: Bay of Pigs Invasion. Hear witness accounts and take part in a fascinating discussion with experts from this historic event. Panelists include Humberto J. Cortina who is the President & Founder of HJC Consultants, former Florida State Representative and radio talk show host for WAQI Radio Mambi, Univision Radio. Cortina was born in Havana, Cuba, and fled to the U.S. in 1960. He is a veteran of the Bay of Pigs invasion. Captain Amado Cantillo is the President of the Cuban Pilots Association and active member of Brigade 2506, Capt. Cantillo was one of the first men to land on Giron Beach. He has conducted more than 30 clandestine missions to Cuba as part of the commando group, Brigade 2506. Enrique Encinosa was born in Havana, Cuba, and arrived in Miami as a Cuban refugee in 1961. He is an author, former journalist and on-air personality for 25 years with Univision Radio, the U.S. Information Agency and local radio stations in South Florida. 11pm – 1pm. Free. Coral Gables Library, 3443 Segovia St; Miami. For info:  305-375-4093 or HistoryMiami.com

August 29
Music
Toni Braxton
Toni Michelle Braxton is an American R&B singer-songwriter, pianist, musician, record producer, actress, television personality, and philanthropist. Braxton has won 6 Grammy Awards, 7 American Music Awards, and 9 Billboard Music Awards. Throughout the years, she has sold over 66 million records worldwide. She will play Miami tonight for one-night only. 8pm.  $42 – $152. James L. Knight Center, 400 SE Second Ave; Miami.  For info: jlkc.com

August 29
Social
De-Frost After Hours, benefitting Save Our Sculptures
A fun party of  De-Frost After Hours is a cocktail party to raise funds to support the sculptures on campus that are in need of restoration and repair. Drinks and refreshments will be served courtesy of Whole Foods Pinecrest. All proceeds raised will go directly into benefiting F.I.U.’s sculpture park. $5. 5pm – 8pm. The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, 10975 S.W. 17th St; Miami. For info: thefrost.fiu.edu

August 29
Art
Belle Captive
Emerson Dorsch opens two solo exhibits tonight, Belle Captive and Lookout Parade, from artists Victoria Fu and Matt Rich. Fu, who works in video, film, and photography and Rich, who creates meticulous constructions of paint and paper, are united in their use of layering techniques. From there, the motivations in these methods of collage divert dramatically: where Rich’s constructed paintings serve as an expressive, yet meditative exercise on the potential of his medium, Fu’s videos and photographs serve as an outward examination of our roles as spectators in the digital age. In Belle Captive, Fu’s moving image installations appropriate stock media and narrative cinema to engage in a dialogue on recent paradigm shifts in film and video viewership. Rich’s meticulous, painted paper constructions in Lookout Parade present themselves as paintings. Yet the material dynamics, process, and compositional effects employed in the works are inseparable. Opening reception tonight 6pm – 9pm. Dorsch Gallery, 151 NW 24th St; Miami. For info: 305-576-1278 or dorschgallery.com

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