August 28 to September 5

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, benefiting 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

August 29
Dance
International Ballet Festival of Miami
The 18th edition of the International Ballet Festival of Miami (IBFM) opens tonight with the works of over 200 artists from more than 20 ballet companies representing countries from Europe, Asia, Latin America and North America. The festival incorporates film, art, literature and live performances to provide an event that serves the diverse audience of Miami-Dade County. The festival will take place at six different venues across Miami-Dade. Tonight kicks off with Program 1, the  International Young Medalists Performance. The festival has invited national and international young ballet artists that are gold medal winners of the Youth America Grand Prix for a special performance. 11am & 8pm. Lehman Theater, 11380 NW 27 Ave; Miami. For info: 786-467-7111 or

August 30
Music
Markus Gottschlich
Austrian-born pianist and composer Markus Gottschlich belongs to the young lions of the Florida jazz scene. Like his own life story, Gottschlichs’ music reflects a unique blend of old world and new world. In his captivating live performances, his lyricism and technique contribute to his highly-individual sound. His debut solo album in 2008, When the Day is Done, received tremendous critical acclaim. For his sophomore album, Of Places Between, released in the summer of 2013, Gottschlich teamed up with Grammy Award-winning musicians Federico Britos and Jose Javier Freire. The global flavor with which his music is infused reveals an artistic journey that stretches far beyond his Austrian roots. Born and raised in Vienna, Austria, Gottschlich grew up in what was once Beethoven’s apartment. After receiving a classical piano education from an early age on, he started exploring Jazz and moved to the US where he attended Admiral Farragut Academy, Concordia College – NY, and graduated from Western Connecticut State University. He currently serves as the Artistic Director of the Miami Jazz Fest. He keeps a busy schedule performing and conducting clinics in the US and Europe, while working on new compositions and commissioned works. $10. 8pm. Avenue D, 8 South Miami Ave; Miami. For info: 305-371-4823  or avenuedjazz.com

August 30
Festival
Siempre Flamenco
The 8th Annual Festival of Flamenco Song in Miami. Conceived and created by Paco and Celia Fonta, this energetic and passionate production focuses on the art of flamenco singing. The soulful, gripping sounds of cante flamenco – traditional flamenco song – are believed to have evolved from the cries and sufferings of a persecuted people when, after the Spanish Inquisition, the Moors, Gypsies and Jews were banned from Spain. This festival, a celebration of cante, brings South Florida audiences a unique opportunity to enjoy an art form that is seldom heard outside of Spain. This year’s festival features acclaimed Spanish singers and past favorites La Macarena de Jerez, Israel Paz and Javier Heredia, as well as authentic flamenco dance performed by Siempre Flamenco Company. This year’s program will be complemented with a strong offering of dance. $38. Carnival Studio Theater, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org.

August 30
Music
Max Farber Quintet
Jazz at MOCA AP Beach Series kicks off tonight with the Max Farber Quintet. Farber is a veteran pianist on the Miami music scene. He is a graduate of Dillard School for the Arts and New World School of the Arts. He began working as a pianist in Miami almost 20 years ago. Max also lived in New York for 8 years where he also worked with many great musicians. Some of the most notable performances were at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts with Dillard,The Museum Of Contemporary Art with Pablo Cano as musical director, The Colony Theatre on Miami Beach with Stop, Look, Listen and many others. You can catch Max playing with everything from salsa bands, to rock bands, to jazz groups. Most recently Max visited New York where he played at the famous Blue Note Jazz Club. Rain or shine. 8pm. Free. MOCA, 770 NE 125th St; North Miami. For info: 305-893-6211 or mocanomi.org

August 30
Festival
Viernes Cultural
Celebrate Viernes Cultural/Cultural Friday, Little Havana’s popular art and culture festival. This great event is for the whole family. Enjoy music and discover works by local artists and artisans in and around our iconic Domino Plaza on SW 8th Street and SW 15th Avenue, and behold contemporary and historic artworks at our many fine art galleries along Calle Ocho. Finish off your fabulous Friday night by savoring a delicious dinner at one of our various restaurants, boasting cuisine from all over the world. Come dance, eat, shop and enjoy a delightful evening in Little Havana. 7pm – 11pm. Domino Plaza, at SW 15th Ave & 8th St; Miami. For info: viernesculturales.org

August 30
Art
F@B fridays@thebass
Tonight tc: temporary contemporary artist Brookhart Jonquil with artists Yara and Chat Travieso present an installation and a live musical performance. Courtesy of the artist, YoungArts and Emerson Dorsch Gallery. 7pm. $10. Bass Museum, 2121 Park Ave; Miami Beach. For info:

August 30
Music
Bruno Mars
Peter Gene Hernandez, known by his stage name Bruno Mars, was raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, by a family of musicians, Mars began making music at a young age and performed in various musical venues in his hometown throughout his childhood. He graduated from high school and moved to Los Angeles, to pursue a musical career. His debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, was released October 5, 2010. The lead single, Just the Way You Are, was released on July 19, 2010,[45] and has reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 as well as several other charts worldwide. Mars opened for Maroon 5 on the fall leg of the Hands All Over Tour and co-headlined with McCoy on a European tour.  His music has been noted for displaying a wide variety of styles, musical genres and influences, including pop, rock, reggae, R&B, soul, and hip hop. He cites doo-wop as a major influence on his music, referring to the genre as “just straightforward love songs – so charming and simple and romantic. In addition, Mars states that growing up in Hawaii influenced his music, giving the songs a reggae sound. Lyrically, many of Mars’ songs have been described as feel-good, carefree, and optimistic, however, darker subjects are addressed in songs such as Grenade, Liquor Store Blues, and Talking to the Moon, which detail failed relationships and self-destructive behavior. The Moonshine Jungle Tour comes to Miami tonight. Opening Fitz & The Tantrums. 8pm. $37 – $122. AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: aaarena.com

August 30
Dance
Dark Side of the Crown
Bellydance Evolution is a world-class dance show, featuring top artists in the field of Middle Eastern dance & music. Each artist brings their own unique style to the show, making this an extraordinary collection of diverse styles of dance & music. Created in August 2009 by World Renowned Choreographer Jillina, BDE has performed to sold out crowds in Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC, Seoul Korea, Bali Indonesia, Hanover and Berlin Germany, Budapest Hungary, Casablanca & Rabat Morocco, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Venezuela, Argentina, Mexico, Milan, Turino, Rome, Bari Italy, Prague Czech Republic, Maribor Slovenia, Vienna, Dornbirn Austria, Greece & Japan. Tonight they will perform Dark Side of the Crown. 9pm, $61.50. Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach. For info: bellydanceevolution.com

August 30
Film
Bronson
The notorious life of the U.K.’s most violent prisoner serves as the subject of director Nicolas Winding Refn’s brutal biopic. Born Michael Peterson but later renamed by his fight promoter, Charles Bronson’s sole ambition in life was to become famous. Surmising that the fastest means of accomplishing his goal with such limited opportunities was to cultivate a stylized persona as a hardened criminal, the ambitious do-badder embraced a desperate existence of extreme savagery. But who is the real man behind the warped persona? Seeing as how 28 of Bronson’s 34 years behind bars were spent in solitary confinement, that’s a difficult question to answer. The terror of the legend comes to vivid life, however, as director Refn explores the twisted alternate reality created by Bronson, and highlights precisely how the controversial criminal staged himself within that anarchistic world. Directed By: Nicolas Winding Refn. 11pm. $9.pm. O Cinema Wynwood, 90 NW 29th St; Miami. For info: 305-571-9970.

August 30
Books
Howard Camner
Poems from the Mud Room is Howard Camner’s 17th poetry book. He is also the author of the autobiography Turbulence at 67 Inches. His works have been placed in prominent literary collections worldwide, including historical archives in the United States and royal libraries in the United Kingdom. He was nominated for Poet Laureate of Florida in 1980 and has the distinction of having been the youngest poet nominated for a state laureateship. During his years in New York, Camner was the featured performer with the West End Poetry Troupe headquartered at the famed West End Jazz Club. Concurrently he was a founding member of the Literary Outlaws. Camner often performed in clown make-up backed by members of Duke Ellington’s Orchestra known as “Ellingtonia”. Camner’s stage persona became as well-known as his poetry, described in Broadway Magazine as “a bittersweet Chaplinesque street character with a lot on his mind. Camner will read some of his poetry tonight 8pm. Free. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

August 31
Dance
Anvita
Rhythms School of Dance in collaboration with Nrutyanjali School of Dance, Vanee School of Dance, Nritya Surabhi School of Dance, Narthana Dance Academy and Navarasa Dance Academy presents: Anvita (An adaptation of Sleeping Beauty in Indian Classical Dances). Demystifying Indian Classical Dances, The ageless Classic Western fairy tale comes to life through innovative original choreography, colorful costumes and unique music! A mesmerizing performance by renowned Indian classical dance teachers along with their senior students. 6pm. $20 – $40. Miniaci Performing Arts Center, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr Blvd; Fort Lauderdale. For info: miniacipac.com or 954-262-5480.

August 31
Music
Celebrate Verdi
A great Celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the great Italian Opera Composer Giuseppe Verdi from the amazing Miami Lyric Opera. They will sing the most loved Arias, Duets, Quartets as well as some traditional Verdi’s Choruses. Selected highlights from the most lovely Verdi repertoire that includes Rigoletto, Otello, Masked Ball, Don Carlo, La Traviata and other will be performed by a distinguished group of singers who have been associated with past MLO’s production as well as new talents who join us in the festivity. At the end of the Concert the public attending is encourage to join the Chorus in the famous Va Pensiero from the opera Nabucco. $30 & $35. 8pm. Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach. For info: 305.674.1040 or miamilyricopera.org

August 31
Style
Education for the Everglades
Five Lacoste South Florida boutiques will be celebrating the back-to-school season with Education for the Everglades a bash to benefit wildlife preservation. Explore the Everglades in-store with baby crocodile demonstrations from Native Village from 1pm. The event is kid-friendly; enjoy sweet treats and beverages from Vita Coco. 10% of the day’s sales will benefit wildlife preservation through the Everglades Foundation.  12pm – 4pm. Lacoste, 1026 Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach. For info:

August 31
Art
Paula Richards
The Miami Beach Botanical Garden presents an exhibition of 25 original paintings by Paula Richards. If you like stylized art by Picasso, Miro, O’Keeffe or Matisse, then this is a show you’ll definitely want to check out. Stylized art is a recognizable representation of reality, such as the art of some contemporary artists and art of ancient cultures like hieroglyphs and the Lascaux cave paintings. Two of Richards’s Egyptian themed paintings were taken aboard Air Force One by President Nixon and installed in the American Embassy in Cairo. Over 5,000 of Richards’s paintings have been sold worldwide. Richards majored in Fine Art and Design art at the Philadelphia Museum College of Art and also studied sculpture at the Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia. Her latest works are natural flora botanical abstracts: “From your garden or bouquet to my easel!” Bring your favorite flowers, petals and leaves to the show. Order your custom-designed unique original painting in any size. Your painting will be comprised of your actual flora and acrylic paint. Visit with Paula at the Garden. She will be painting at her easel daily from 10 to 5 for the duration of the show. The reception on August 31 is free and open to the public. Opening Reception tonight 3pm – 5pm. Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr, Miami Beach. For info: mbgarden.org or 305-673-7256

August 31
Books
Lolis Eric Elie
Inspired by David Simon’s award-winning HBO series Treme, this celebration of the culinary spirit of post-Katrina New Orleans features recipes and tributes from the characters, real and fictional, who highlight the Crescent City’s rich foodways. From chef Janette Desautel’s own Crawfish Ravioli and LaDonna Batiste-Williams’s Smothered Turnip Soup to the city’s finest Sazerac, New Orleans’ cuisine is a mélange of influences from Creole to Vietnamese, at once new and old, genteel and down-home, and, in the words of Toni Bernette, “seasoned with delicious nostalgia.” As visually rich as the series itself, the book includes 100 heritage and contemporary recipes from the city’s heralded restaurants such as Upperline, Bayona, Restaurant August, and Herbsaint, plus original recipes from renowned chefs Eric Ripert, David Chang, and other Treme guest stars. For the 6 million who come to New Orleans each year for its food and music, this is the ultimate homage to the traditions that make it one of the world’s greatest cities. Elie is a New Orleans native, the story editor for the HBO series Treme, co-producer of the documentary Faubourg Treme, and author of Smokestack Lightning. Elie will discuss the recipes and the book tonight 7pm. Free. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

August 31
Music
Wang Chung
Wang Chung are an English New Wave musical group formed in 1980. The name Wang Chung means “yellow bell” in Mandarin and is the first note in the Chinese classical music scale. The group found their greatest success in the United States, with five Top 40 hits in the US, all charting between 1983 and 1987, including “Dance Hall Days” (No. 16 In the summer of 1984), “Everybody Have Fun Tonight” (No. 2 in 1986) and “Let’s Go!” (No. 9 in 1987). They hit Miami for one night to perform live in support of their new album Taser Up. Free. 8:30pm. Magic City Casino, 450 NW 37th Ave; Miami. For info: 305-649-3000 or magiccitycasino.com

September 1
Music
Robin Thicke & Pharrell
Spend this Labor Day lounging at the famous Fontainebleau Miami Beach while Pharrell and Robin Thicke take the stage as part of the hotel’s BleauLive performance series tonight. This exclusive weekend will include a private concert, poolside party and private lounges. Three-time Grammy winner Pharrell Williams has collaborated with the likes of Lupe Fiasco, Mac Miller, Miley Cyrus and most recently joining forces with R&B singer-songwriter, Robin Thicke to produce the chart topping “Blurred Lines.” Catch the duo perform this summer hit and other favorites. 11:59pm. $360 – $1,100. Fontainebleau,  4441 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: fontainebleau.com

September 1
Social
The Mid-Town, Get-Down
A new daytime weekly for the Miami locals. Enjoy Locals Only specials & vibe to DJs spinning live with BBQ ino the backyard cookout days. There will have something for everyone – good food, music for all tastes and a laid back atmosphere that’s gonna be a perfect hang out on Sunday afternoons. Music by: DJ Self Born & DJ Heron, featuring guest DJs every week. 2pm -7pm. The Stage Miami, 170 NE 38th St; Miami. For info: thestagemiami.com

September 3
Lecture
Bryan Granger & Sinsia Kukec
Locust Roundtables: Bryan Granger & Sinsia Kukec, As It Pleases: A Century Of Chance and Indeterminacy In Art. Since Marcel Duchamp’s 3 Standard Stoppages, 1913-1914, chance and indeterminacy have played key roles in the development of the avant-garde of the early 20th century, as well as the postwar neo-avantgarde. Today, artists continue to use chance not only as an (anti-)aesthetic strategy, but also as social and political critique. This roundtable will provide a brief historical framework of the use of chance in art followed with a discussion of its relevance in contemporary practice. 7pm – 8:30pm. Free. Locust Projects,  3852 North Miami Ave; Miami. For info: locustprojects.org

September 3
Food
Dishcrawl
Dishcrawl, a national start-up founded on the premise that communities can be brought together through good food and good company, is exploring Miami Beach with a taco-themed event. Food lovers are taken on a gourmet Dishcrawl to four distinctive restaurants in one night similar to a pub crawl—but more delicious! Dishcrawl’s mission is to give folks a reason to go out and socially engage with each other while helping local restaurants gain exposure. Participating restaurants are kept secret until two days before the event, at which time the first location is revealed to ticket holders. 8pm. $25. For info: dishcrawl.com/miami

September 3
Film
The Brother from Another Planet
Miami Jazz Society will host their weekly Tuesday film series with a double feature on slate. Tonight’s first flick is The Brother from Another Planet.  A mute alien with the appearance of a Black human is chased by outer-space bounty hunters through the streets of Harlem. Directed by John Sayles. Starring Joe Morton. The second film is Powder. A young bald albino boy with unique powers shakes up the rural community he lives in.  Come early for the Reception/Cash bar and snacks. 5pm & 6:15pm & 8:10pm. Free. Avenue D, 8 South Miami Ave; Miami. For info: 305-684-4564 or miamijazzsociety.com

September 4
Music
Diana Ross
Ross first rose to fame as a founding member and lead singer of the Motown group The Supremes during the 1960s. After leaving the group in 1970, Ross began a solo career that has included successful ventures into film and Broadway. She received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her role as Billie Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues (1972), for which she won a Golden Globe award for most promising female newcomer. She has won seven American Music Awards, and won a Special Tony Award for her one-woman show, An Evening with Diana Ross, in 1977. In 2010, Ross embarked on her first headlining tour in three years titled the More Today Than Yesterday: The Greatest Hits Tour. She dedicated the entire concert tour to her late friend, Michael Jackson, who died in June 2009. Ross has garnered critical success as well as commercial success from the now two-year tour. Ross will be in South Florida tonight to perform Live. 7pm. $50 -  $105. Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood. For info: 954.797.5531 or hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com

September 4
Books
Sara Farizan
In this stunning debut, a young Iranian American writer pulls back the curtain on one of the most hidden corners of a much-talked-about culture. Seventeen-year-old Sahar has been in love with her best friend, Nasrin, since they were six. They’ve shared stolen kisses and romantic promises. But Iran is a dangerous place for two girls in love—Sahar and Nasrin could be beaten, imprisoned, even executed if their relationship came to light. So they carry on in secret—until Nasrin’s parents announce that they’ve arranged for her marriage. Nasrin tries to persuade Sahar that they can go on as they have been, only now with new comforts provided by the decent, well-to-do doctor Nasrin will marry. But Sahar dreams of loving Nasrin exclusively—and openly. Then Sahar discovers what seems like the perfect solution. In Iran, homosexuality may be a crime, but to be a man trapped in a woman’s body is seen as nature’s mistake, and sex reassignment is legal and accessible. As a man, Sahar could be the one to marry Nasrin. Sahar will never be able to love the one she wants, in the body she wants to be loved in, without risking her life. Is saving her love worth sacrificing her true self? Farizan will read from and sign her book tonight. 7pm. Free. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

September 5
Workshop
Cook Like a Wok Star
First Thursday Workshops at the Garden kicks off with Cook Like a Wok Star, in the Banyan Room. A cooking presentation and tasting led by Eleanor Hoh. This is a great opportunity to “sample” what the Garden has in store for upcoming workshops, which all have an edible theme! Attendees will learn how to make two fresh and healthy recipes that they can experiment with in their own kitchen. We will also get to sample the dishes and learn the secrets to cooking like a Wok Star! Click here for the full lineup of workshops. Wok Star Eleanor Hoh in the Miami Beach Botanical Garden for a simple-to-follow roadmap technique to wok cooking using fresh ingredients and only four seasonings, no recipes or measuring required. In this workshop, you’ll explore new ingredients and learn Asian cutting techniques. There’ll be handouts listing important brands, Asian markets, and a handy stir-fry crib sheet so you can experiment at home later. Eleanor will show how easy it is to wok up one-dish meals in 30 minutes and with very little clean up.
Participants will get to work with two dishes: Simple Stir Fry Shrimp with asparagus, carrots and cashew nuts, and Tilapia with zucchini, red bell pepper and squash in spicy brown bean sauce. Eleanor will illustrate her roadmap approach to cooking, paired with Vouvray Wine and Fiji Water. There will be door prizes from premium sponsors. Advance registration required. 6pm – 8pm. Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr; Miami Beach. For info:

September 5
Books
Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra
Gabriela Martinez has a problem to solve: she suspects her mentor and friend wants her as his mistress, her husband is increasingly neglecting her, and her latest illustration has been ruined.  But while going to her favorite thinking spot in La Marbriére, the mountain overlooking her home in the Côte d’Azur, Gabriela makes a wrong turn and finds herself lost.  There, in a clearing cocooned in emerald forest and towering cliffs, she finds a beautiful coin, half-buried in dirt. Little does Gabriela realize the danger of that discovery, nor does she suspect the devastating consequences placing the coin on her favorite bracelet will have on her life until it is too late. Richard Harrison, an American intelligence officer, is unwillingly assigned to protect Gabriela after the resurfacing of the coin.  Together with Maurice Nôret, Harrison’s counterpart in French intelligence, Richard attempts to bring to light the madman’s identity.  But as the psychological games to terrorize Gabriela into silence grow more lethal, Richard’s budding love for this beautiful, talented woman becomes a dangerous handicap to them both. Set in the exotic French Riviera, The Coin is a story of unfounded hatred, love, betrayal, and duty—of terrible and painful choices that, nonetheless, bring about personal triumph. Alonso-Sierra comes from two very prominent Cuban families, both in the ballet and jurisprudent world. After leaving her homeland, she lived in many places around the world, among them Mexico, Puerto Rico, France, and several cities in the United States. This long-time Florida resident, will read from and sign her book tonight. 8pm. Free. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

September 4
Social
Wine Down Wednesdays
Mix. Mingle. Sip. Unwind at downtown Miami’s only cultural hotspot!  Don’t sit in rush hour traffic when you can be making new friends, enjoying unlimited treats and refreshments.  Enjoy free access to our exhibition galleries, relax with live local music, and experience cultural performances. Tonight Miami street artist Trek6 who will paint a Bob Marley-inspired mural. 5pm – 7pm. $10. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-375-1618 or historymiami.org.

September 5
Lecture
Global Art Markets and Fairs
At the Bass Museum’s Art Club for Adults elect an Art history lecture: global art markets and fairs. The mission of this program is to stimulate creativity and provide an opportunity for discussions about art and life. 1:30pm – 3pm. $8. For info: 305-673-7530 or bassmuseum.org

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