August 8 to August 15

August 8
Film
Bag It
Is your life too plastic? Join Unity’s Green Team as they bring you the first of the Green Summer Cinema Series movies. Bag It follows “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he navigates our plastic world. Jeb is not a radical environmentalist, but an average American who decides to take a closer look at our cultural love affair with plastics. First 200 people will receive a free gift. 7pm. $10. Unity on the Bay, 411 NE 21st St; Miami. For info: unityonthebay.org

August 9
Art
Liliana Botero
Opening reception for a solo exhibition, Suggestion of Forms in Synsthesis, the work of local artist Liliana Botero. 6pm – 9pm. Free. Downtown Miami Residents & Visitors Center, 900 S. Miami Ave; Miami. For info: downtownmiami.com

August 9
Film
Museum Hours
Vienna, winter. Johann, a guard at the grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum encounters Anne, a foreign visitor called to Austria because of a medical emergency. Never having been to Austria and with little money, she wanders the city in limbo, taking the museum as her refuge. Johann, initially wary, offers help, and they’re drawn into each other’s worlds. Their meetings spark an unexpected series of explorations – of their own lives and the life of the city, and of the way artworks can reflect and shape daily experience. While the “conversations” embodied in the museum’s collection revolve around nothing less than the matters that most concern us all: death, sex, history, theology, materialism, and so on; it’s through the regular lives of the guard and displaced visitor that these heady subjects are brought entirely down to earth and made manifest. 6:30pm. $10. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

August 9
Books
Rita Moreno
Actress Rita Moreno will be in Miami to discuss, read from and sign her new book, Memorias. 8pm. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

August 9
Film
20 Feet From Stardom
Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In his compelling new film 20 Feet From Stardom, award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others. These gifted artists span a range of styles, genres and eras of popular music, but each has a uniquely fascinating and personal story to share of life spent in the shadows of superstardom. Along with rare archival footage and a peerless soundtrack, 20 Feet From Stardom boasts intimate interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Sting to name just a few. However, these world-famous figures take a backseat to the diverse array of backup singers whose lives and stories take center stage in the film. 7pm. $10.50. O Cinema Miami Shores, 9806 NE 2nd Ave; Miami Shores. For info: 786-565-FILM

August 9
Social
Library Salon & Cocktail Series: Women in Motion
Wolfsonian chief librarian, Dr. Frank Luca, and rare book cataloguer, Dr. Nicolae Harsanyi, host an evening of entertainment and enlightenment in conjunction with the exhibition Women in Motion. This is a special opportunity to view a selection of rare books and ephemera reflecting the changing view of women in sports and the depiction of the female form in the first half of the Twentieth Century. The conversation continues over cocktails from the collection period. Space is limited; advance reservation required. 7pm. Free. The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305.531.1001 or wolfsonian.org

August 9
Music
Hot Nights Cool Jazz
South Florida saxophonists Gary Keller, Gary Lindsay, Ed Calle, and Mike Brignola have created a contemporary sound unique among saxophone quartets. Led by the award winning writing of Lindsay and Calle, the group explores the realms of Jazz, Pop, Latin, R&B, and chamber music, performing both originals and their own arrangements of songs from a diverse array of musical legends. 7pm – 9pm. Bass Museum, 2100 collins avenue, miami beach, florida 33139   For info: 305.673.7530

August 9
Theater
Beauty and the Beast
Miami Children’s Theatre Camp has had a GREAT first summer on Miami Beach at the Colony Theater.  Our inaugural camp at the Colony has been met with rave reviews from the campers and their families. This group of young actors has been working hard for the past four weeks on this show and they can’t wait to show off. $15. 7pm. Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach. For info: 305.274.3595 or miamichildrenstheatre.com

August 9
Music
Black Violin
Wil B and Kev Marcus are classically trained viola and violin players who first met playing in the high school orchestra in Fort Lauderdale. After graduating college, they joined up as hip-hop studio rats in the South Florida, working with several different acts before returning to their roots by fusing the two genres in a groundbreaking collaboration that has seen them play their music for everybody from the troops in Iraq to both the official President’s Inaugural Ball and the Kids Inaugural in Washington, DC, where Barack Obama himself gave each a hearty hand-shake and man hug. The pair also headlined 40 shows in two stints at the New Victory Theater on Broadway, including 16 sold-out shows over two weeks last November. Along the way, they’ve wowed audiences at the legendary Harlem Apollo Theatre, accompanied Alicia Keys’ performance of Karma at the 2004 Billboard Awards, and appeared with Gym Class Heroes and Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump playing the hit song, Stereo Hearts, for VH1′s Unplugged. The band’s most recent album, Classically Trained, is the follow-up to their 2007 self-titled debut on their own Di-Versatile Music Group label, which is as good an introduction to their groundbreaking blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and even bluegrass music. Live, they are often accompanied by their crack band, featuring ace turntable whiz DJTK (Dwayne Dayal), drummer Beatdown (Jermaine McQueen) and cellist Joe Cello (Joseph Valbrun). Opening act is Ciel Rouge. 10pm. $10. The Stage, 170 NE 38th St; Miami. For info: 305-576-9577

August 9
Art
Can we please Change Gears? An Artist Cry for Transition
Don’t miss this new Group Exhibit Curated by Tesoro Carolina opening tonight at the cool artist’s space Viophilia. The two night only group show “Can We Please Change Gears? – An Artist Cry for Transition features works by 40 local artists, who aim to make an impact on the local and international art conversation. Each artist differs in practice, however, all are up and coming Miami-based artists and present a glimpse into the future of the Miami art scene. Artists include  Atomik, Kazilla, Jeff Dekal, Kat King, Ivette Cabrera, Natalia Molina, Chris Valdes, Deming King Harriman and Buddha Funk. They will present a variety of work focusing on future, a new discourse on Miami and artistic transition. The works collectively explore the trajectory of Miami’s art scene while each piece individually represents a very personal examination of future perspectives and career visions by each artist. Focused around a theme of innovation first time curator Tesoro Carolina promises an exciting exhibition inspired by the participating young and driven artists as well as by the community-centric concept of multi-artist studio Viophilia. The exhibit features painting, installation, illustration, video, collage, graffiti and performances by Xela Zaid, Kendall Morgan and newSense from ArtOfficial. Opening Reception 7pm – 10pm. Viophilia, 164 NW 20th St; Miami. For info:viophilia.com.

August 9
Music
DWNTWN Concert Series
Ever since its inception, the traditional Cuban Son ensemble Conjunto Progreso has taken audiences back in time to the nostalgic era of early Cuban popular music. PALO! has become a favorite among South Florida’s live music devotees. The group plays a style of extremely danceable music they call “Afro-Cuban Funk”. Their appeal lies in their unmatched musical energy, catchy original songs, and amazing display of impromptu virtuosity. A mix of Latin and Urban sounds gives PALO! their unique, infectious style. 5pm – 9pm. Free. Olympia Theater at Gusman, 174 East Flagler St; Miami. For info: dwntwnconcerts.com

August 10
Art
Mat Collishaw
The Bass Museum of Art is proud to present a solo exhibition by London-based artist Mat Collishaw. An artist whose wide-ranging practice includes sculpture, photography, and new media, Collishaw explores dark and subversive subject matter, often dealing with issues that are morally and politically charged. In his photographic series Last Meal on Death Row, Texas, Collishaw utilizes the style Baroque still life painting to portray the final meals requested by inmates on death row. In a fitting juxtaposition, the emotional and psychological gravity of each last meal portrayal resonates with the tradition of still life painting, a genre rife with overtones of mortality, isolation, and decadence. In addition to this series, Collishaw will present two works from his Venal Muse series, which consist of ornate floral sculptures in sturdy vitrines. Collishaw’s floral sculptures reveal human scars and lesions, and like Baudelaire’s verses, the works synthesize beauty and decay, elegance and degradation. Similarly, Collishaw’s Gomoria consists of a traditional gothic altarpiece inlaid with video screens that show floral imagery that blurs the line between the beautiful and the grotesque. Exhibition continues through October 13. Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305.673.7530 or bassmuseum.org

August 10
Tour
Miami Beach Boardwalk Eco-Walk
Take a cool morning stroll through Lummus Park in South Beach with eco-historian Frank Schena on the new beachwalk and old wooden boardwalk. Hear the history of the areas’s Native Americans, pioneers, developers and environmentalists. Advance reservations and payment required. $30. 9am – 11am. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-375-1621 or historymiami.org.

August 10
Art
ARTrageous Summer Soiree
View the museum’s private art collection and enjoy wine and light bites. 6:30pm. $20. Haitian Heritage Museum, 4141 NE Second Ave; Miami. For info:  305-371-5988

August 10
Art
Artist Conversation & Closing Reception: LAB MFA Artist Nick Gilmore & Dr. Alpesh Kantilal Patel
Don’t miss the closing reception of the LAB program and Artist Conversation with LAB MFA artist Nick Gilmore and Dr. Alpesh Kantilal Patel, Florida International University Director of MFA Program in Visual Arts and Assistant Professor in Contemporary Art and Theory on his exhibition “Quick Millennia” in the Project Room. 7pm Conversation with Nick Gilmore & Dr. Alpesh K. Patel. 8-10pm Closing Reception for the LAB Program. 7pm – 10pm. Locust Projects, 3852 North Miami Ave; Miami. For info: 305-5768570 or locustprojects.com

August 10
Film
Lovelace
The story of Linda Lovelace, who is used and abused by the porn industry at the behest of her coercive husband, before taking control of her life. In 1972-before the internet, before the porn explosion-Deep Throat was a phenomenon: the first scripted pornographic theatrical feature film, featuring a story, some jokes, and an unknown and unlikely star, Linda Lovelace. Escaping a strict religious family, Linda discovered freedom and the highlife when she fell for and married charismatic hustler Chuck Traynor. As Linda Lovelace she became an international sensation-less centerfold fantasy than a charming girl-next-door with an impressive capacity for fellatio. Fully inhabiting her new identity, Linda became an enthusiastic spokesperson for sexual freedom and uninhibited hedonism. Six years later she presented another, utterly contradictory, narrative to the world-and herself as the survivor of a far darker story. Directed by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman. 5pm, 7pm, 9pm & 11pm. O Cinema Wynwood, 90 NW 29th St; Miami. For info: 305-571-9970.

August 10
Art
Summer Sensations
Adamar Fine Arts is a 25 year old gallery in the Miami Design District that represents  contemporary paintings, sculpture, works on paper and installations by prominent national and international artists. The Adamar team is back from Art Hamptons with a summer sensations show for Miami featuring Andy Warhol, Alex Katz, Donald Sultan, Robert Rauschenberg, Keith Haring, Rene Rietmeyer, Zammy Migdal, Djawid Borower, Tolla, Brad Howe, Niso, Gretchen Minnhaar, Luis Efe Velez. Adamar Fine Arts, 4141 NE 2nd Ave; Miami. For info: adamargallery.com

August 10
Benefit
Where Every Child Is A Star
Don’t miss the opportunity to help Where Every Child is a Star open a performing arts conservatory in South Miami-Dade County.  The proceeds from this amazing show will go towards allowing this non-profit organization to continue serving the community by offering arts programs to more kids. Following the show will be a reception honoring John Rose, the Founder & CEO of Where Every Child is a Star. Rose has been teaching music in Miami-Dade County for 40 years and has given many, many children the opportunity to develop their music abilities and leadership skills. Celebrate Mr. Rose’s accomplishments and love for the arts. 4pm. $36 – $26 + $5 for VIP Reception following the performance. SMDCAC, 10950 SW 211 St; Cutler Bay. For info: smdcac.org or 786-573-5300.

August 10
Art
Art and Design Night
The Design District is home to over 130 art galleries, showrooms, creative services, architecture firms, stores, antiques dealers, eateries and bars. Every 2nd Saturday of each month a community wide Art & Design Night is held. For this popular event, Art Galleries and Design Showrooms open their doors to the public for music and refreshments. 7pm. – 10pm. Free. Design District, 3841 NE 2 Ave; Miami. For info: miamidesigndistrict.net

August 10
Books
Eric Telchin
A gift that opens your eyes, your heart, and your world. In 2009, Eric Telchin noticed a heart in a pool of melted ice cream, and hearts have followed him ever since. He launched boyseeshearts.com as a forum to share his “found” hearts, and an Internet phenomenon was born. This enticing book pairs Eric’s photography with short, poignant text to create the ultimate gift for anyone looking to lend, mend, or charm a heart. The simple message of being open to seeing hearts and finding love is one that will resonate with readers of all ages. Anyone can see hearts; it’s just a matter of remembering to look for them. Before launching BoySeesHearts.com, Telchin worked as a broadcast designer for ABC News in Washington, D.C., and as a senior designer at the Washington Post Newsweek Interactive. Eric now sees hearts in West Palm Beach. 10am. Free. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

August 10
Kids
Family Day on Aragon
Hot summers need cool indoor activities, and we’ve got ‘em. Create a self-portrait to become a part of our “Faces of Coral Gables” exhibit! Vote for your favorite photograph in our Capture Coral Gables 2013 exhibit to help us determine our prize winners! Participate in a gallery hunt and learn local history in our Golf in the Gables exhibit. Play a round of putt putt in our Mini Golf exhibit. Cool off with some gelato by Peterbrooke Chocolatier. 2pm – 5pm. Free. For info: coralgablesmuseum.org

August 10
Art
The Space Between
N’Namdi Contemporary opens an exhibition of recents works by Neha Vedpathak. The exhibition “The Space Between”, is the artist’s first solo in Miami. Vedpathak is a visual artist from India. The exhibition will feature large-scale “soil mounts” installation and “plucked” paper works. The artist puts forth a series of observations and questions about longing, gender, density and sparsity, space and time, birth and death and the life between. Her materials mainly consists of soil, hand-made paper and turmeric. The process is repetitive and sedulous thus, carries an essence of ritual. Vedpathak’s forms are subtle and minimal and viewers are encouraged to invest time. Once one is acclimated, all the hand gestures, subtle variations in color, texture and light are revealed. Curator Susan Aurinko. 6pm – 10pm. N’Namdi Contemporary Miami, 177 NW 23rd St; Miami. For info: 786-332-4736 or nnamdicontemporary.com

August 12
Music
Songwriters Showcase
Enjoy Songwriter’s Showcase every 2nd Monday of the month in the intimate setting of the Abdo New River Room at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Songwriter’s Showcase founder Chrystal Hartigan brings local, national and international singer/songwriters together in South Florida to perform songs from the past, the present, as well as the possible hits of tomorrow. There’s also an open mic session for those who want to try out their musical chops in front of an audience. Harken back to the days of 1960’s Greenwich Village coffeehouses and bring your friends to Songwriter’s Showcase. 7:20pm Open Mic. 9pm. Featured songwriters In the Round style. Cash bar available. 7:30pm – 9pm. $10. Broward Center, 201 SW 5th Ave; Fort Lauderdale. For info: chrystalhartiganpresents.com

August 13
Film
A Better Life
Miami Jazz Society will host their weekly Tuesday film series. Tonight’s first flick is A Better Life, A gardener in East L.A. struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while trying to give his son the opportunities he never had. 6:15pm &  7:55pm. The second film is Incendies, where Twins journey to the Middle East to discover their family history, and fulfill their mother’s last wishes. 8pm & 10:20pm. Come early for the Reception/Cash bar and snacks from 5pm – 6pm. Miami Tower, 100 SE 2nd St; Miami. For info: 305-684-4564 or miamijazzsociety.com

August 13
Books
Bethenny Frankel  
Breakfast with Bethenny will be a fun and creative morning filled with Skinnygirl Solutions for balancing health, home & career. Includes continental breakfast, moderated Q&A with Bethenny, and an autographed copy of her new book: Skinnygirl Solutions: Your Straight-Up Guide to Home, Health, Family, Career, Style and Sex. Skinnygirl Solutions is your guide to having it all without getting overwhelmed. Frankel’s no nonsense advice extends beyond the first adult steps and well into real relationships, established careers, and mommyhood. In the book, she offers hard-won advice on how to maintain a wellbalanced life. She updates her advice on how to be Naturally Thin with an all new Quick-Start Plan and tips for getting kids (and the whole family) to eat better without complaints! The Skinnygirl Solutions for Daily Life section reveals Frankel’s keys to managing a hectic schedule, keeping a beautiful home, and finding time for love, family, and yourself. Lastly, in Skinnygirl on the Job, Frankel addresses such issues as launching a career that fits with all the other important components of your life, knowing if you’re ready to have your own business, the pros and cons of working from home, the 101 on finance, and what to do when things go wrong. Frankel is the New York Times bestselling author of A Place of Yes, Naturally Thin, and The Skinnygirl Dish. She is most recently the star of a new talk show, Bethenny, on Fox and the creator of the Skinnygirl brand, which extends to cocktails, beauty, fitness, and health. 8:15am – 10am. $35. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

August 13
Music
Atlanta Rhythm Section
Mardi Gras Casino takes music lovers back to the classic rock days with the rockin’ sounds of Atlanta Rhythm Section performing live followed by spectacular fireworks. With 15 albums of outstanding songwriting and performances, The Atlanta Rhythm Section represents all the good things the phrase “classic rock” implies. For more than 30 years, members of The Atlanta Rhythm Section have entertained audiences all over the world with their hits. The band put out 15 albums and was paired with contemporaries Lynyrd Skynyrd as the successors to the Allman Brothers – carrying the mantle of “Southern Rock” in the late 70s. But performing songs that were more musically diverse and having hits that had a softer, pop flavor, they had a sound all their own. Influenced by music coming out of England and sharing the musical styling’s of groups likes The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac, the members of ARS were accomplished musicians who constantly tried to evolve – think Steely Dan or Little Feat. With multiple gold and platinum albums to their credit, the band had 2 top 10 singles, So Into You, Imaginary Lover, as well as Top 40 hits including Doraville, I’m Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight, Do It Or Die and Spooky. 8pm. Mardi Gras Casino, 831 North Federal Hwy; Hallandale Beach. For info: mardigrascasinofl.com

August 13
Lecture
Locust Roundtables: Nathaniel Sandler
Starting in the 16th and 17th centuries, when books were in their nascency, many institutions chained them together due to their value. Seeing a book in chains in the 21st century feels strangely wrong, yet hundreds of years ago it was a viable security system. The Internet at Chained Library will be a presentation and discussion about the future of the book and how access and information travels on the internet and the many inherent limitations. Special attention will also be paid to that which remains hidden in libraries and archives. 7pm – 8:30pm. Free. Locust Projects, 3852 North Miami Ave; Miami. For info: 305-5768570 or locustprojects.com

August 14
Music
Miami Tower Jazz Series
This season’s series kicks off with a Jazz Concert from musician Jesse Jones Jr. With thirty years of experience, both at home and on the road, Jesse Jones, Jr. has earned the nickname “Jazzy J.R.” from his legions of fans. In Florida, “Jess Jazz” means brilliant, top-quality ensemble work from Jesse’s quartet or quintet. The arrangements are intricate—an indication of the many years these musicians have been together as a unit. They know each other well, and it shows. A phenomenal reed player, Jesse’s technique is superb on the alto, soprano and baritone saxophones, as well as the flute. His original riffs combine the hard-bop influence of Cannonball Adderley, the funk of Hank Crawford, and the sweetness of Paul Desmond. Add to that some of the most unusual “scat” singing—either “straight” or through his horns—and the jazz audiences go wild. Jesse’s ability to captivate listeners with the classics, and adapt them to his own swinging interpretations, is legendary. Reception with snacks & beverages. 6pm – 10pm. Free. Miami Tower, 100 Southeast 2nd St; Miami. MiamiJazzSociety.com

August 15
Film
The Bling Ring
From Oscar-winning writer and director Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation), The Bling Ring tells the story of a group of teenagers who burglarize celebrities’ homes in Los Angeles. Tracking their targets’ whereabouts online, they break in and steal their designer clothes and possessions. Through the Bling Ring members’ eyes, we see temptations that almost any teenager would feel-what starts out as teenage fun spins out of control and leaves us with a sobering view of today’s culture of celebrity and luxury brand obsession. Inspired by actual events, and based on the Vanity Fair article “The Suspects Wore Louboutins” by Nancy Jo Sales, the film features, among others, real-life Bling Ring victim, Paris Hilton. Thursday, August 15, 7pm & 9pm. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

August 15
Music
OneRepublic
American pop rock band, OneRepublic will play Miami tonight for one night only as part of a new tour to promote Native there new Album. A new single, “Counting Stars was released on June 14. OneRepublic made radio history when with its first single, “Apologize”, received the largest amount of airplay with 10,331 plays in one week, the record only being broken by Leona Lewis’s “Bleeding Love”, a song Tedder co-wrote. The remix version, featured on Timbaland’s album Shock Value was a smash hit internationally, reaching number one in sixteen countries and gaining 10 million downloads, subsequently earning them a Grammy Award nomination. The band also achieved national success with its second single, “Stop and Stare”. Dreaming Out Loud was certified platinum in the United States. Opening Serena Ryder & Mayer Hawthorne. 7:30pm. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way; Hollywood. For info: seminolehardrockhollywood.com

August 15
Theatre
Blow Me
Blow Me is an unbridled take on the life of fashion icon, Isabella Blow.  Blow, previously fashion editor at Tatler and Vogue, left an indelible mark on the fashion world, having discovered numerous supermodels and designers such as Philip Treacy and Alexander McQueen.  Suffering from Bi-Polar disorder, Isabella attempted suicide 7 times before finally succeeding.  In Blow Me, we follow Isabella down the rabbit hole as her life comes to an end, which is only just the beginning of the ride. Isabella retells her own story as only she could remember it, through spectacle. Written by Jessica Farr and Directed by Paul Tei. Through September 1. 8pm. $30. SandBox at Miami Theatre Center, 9816 NE 2nd Ave; Miami Shores. For info: madcattheatre.org

August 15
Dance
IFE-ILE Afro Cuban Dance Fest
Miami Dade College will once again host the opening of the Annual IFE-ILE Afro Cuban Dance Festival tonight. The festival kicks off with a panel titled “Traditions and Contemporaneity, Cross-cultural Constructs and Mass Communication Relations,” a video clip screening of Animales de la Música Cubana (Animals of Cuban Music) by Jen Paz about the controversy of reggaeton on the island, followed by a live music performance. Panelists will include Dr. Celeste Fraser-Delgado from Barry University, Dr. Jorge Morejon from the University of the West Indies in Trinidad-Tobago, Dr. Nzinga Metzger, and Neri Torres, MFA, IFE-ILE founder and professor at the University of the West Indies in Barbados. Free. 7pm – 9pm. MDC Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave; Miami. For info: ife-ile.org or  305-796-1125.

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