December 12 to December 19

December 12
Theatre
Urban Apparel
A theatrical experience, Urban Apparel offers an inside look into a single style that people may or may not eventually outgrow and the occasional hijinks that carry on within a tight circle of friends and obligatory enemies. The energy of a Project [theatre] show is one of controlled danger, there’s a synergy of the unknown that makes the most uniting and engaging theater that is quickly developing its own fan base and following. Described by the Florida Theater On Stage as being “worthy of your next status update”, the Project [theatre] is sure to entertain audiences with Urban Apparel! $30. 9pm. Project Theatre, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

December 12
Lecture
Liliam Dominguez discusses Mirror Stage
Don’t miss an artist lecture by artist Liliam Dominguez, who discusses Mirror Stage. Mirror Stage is the second in a series of five exhibitions presented by the MDC Museum of Art + Design and its alumni exhibition series, swing/SPACE/miami. Dominguez is currently pursuing a doctorate in education curriculum and Instruction from Barry University. She has been in numerous group exhibitions in Miami since 2002, and her work is in the permanent collections of the Bass Museum of Art and many local collectors. Dominguez currently lives and works in Miami. 6pm. Free. Museum of Art + Design, Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College, 600 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: 305.237.7700

December 13
Dance
The Nutcracker
Beginning with a Gala Event tonight, the company of the Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida will once again journey to the Land of the Sweets, as they perform the traditional annual audience favorite, The Nutcracker. This holiday ‘chestnut’ depicts the tale of a young girl, Clara, on Christmas Eve and the adventure she undertakes when her most cherished Christmas present, a nutcracker, comes to life. Together they battle the Mouse King, travel to the Land of Sweets, enjoy festivities with delicious international treats, and finally travel home. Company members of Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida are proud to give life to the roles of the Sugarplum Fairy and her cavalier, the Nutcracker Prince, the Marzipan dance, the Snow Queen and all of the other wonderful characters that light up the eyes of all ages of audiences during the holiday season. 7:30pm. $43.50 – $100. Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: fillmoremb.com

December 13
Tour
Secrets of Downtown Miami Walk
Guide Michael Pearlman takes you on a leisurely stroll through downtown Miami. He points out the little-known places and memorable sights. Tour ends with optional lunch at Soya e Pomodoro Italian Restaurant. Advanced reservations and payment required. $30. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-375-1621 or historymiami.org.

December 13
Kids
Seussical
Oh, the thinks you can think! When Dr. Seuss’s best-loved stories collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper of epic proportions. The Cat in the Hat is the host and emcee (and all-around mischief-maker) in this romp through the Seuss classics. Sweet-natured Horton the Elephant, imaginative Who Jojo, insecure Miss Gertrude McFuzz and amazingly lazy Maysie La Bird find themselves intertwined in an incredible crazy-quilt adventure, in which the power of imagination and the most miraculous think ever save the day! Pre K – 2. $7. 10am & 11:30am. Broward Center, 201 SW 5th Ave; Fort Lauderdale. For info: browardcenter.org

December 13
Music
Happy 200th Birthday Joe Green
Internationally acclaimed soprano, Yana Eminova returns to SoBe Arts to celebrate the 200th birthday of Giuseppe Verdi with an exquisite evening of his amazing music and that of Giacomo Puccini. Eminova will be joined by tenor Casey Finnigan (Florida Grand Opera) and pianist Alexandra Naumenko (Metropolitan Opera and Florida Grand Opera). 8pm. SoBe Institute of the Arts, 2100 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: sobearts.org

December 13
Festival
The Found Footage Fest
The Found Footage Festival is a one-of-a-kind event showcasing videos found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters throughout North America. Curators Pickett and Prueher host each screening in person and provide their unique observations and commentary on these found video obscurities. From the curiously-produced industrial training video to the forsaken home movie donated to Goodwill, the Found Footage Festival resurrects these forgotten treasures and serves them up in a lively celebration of all things found. Among the new clips featured in the 2013 program are: A video featuring a woman whose enthusiasm for craft sponging borders on psychotic; A new collection of exercise tapes, including one called The Sexy Treadmill Workout; Never-before-seen clips from the Kenny K-Strass Strasser yo-yo pranks that the FFF hosts pulled on news stations in the Midwest last year; An opening act of found classroom films from the ‘60s and ‘70s, curated especially for the show by renowned collector Skip Elsheimer of A.V. Geeks and Highlights from a 1996 video about how to care for your ferret. 9pm. $12. O Cinema Wynwood, 90 NW 29th St; Miami. For info: 305-571-9970 or foundfootagefest.com

December 13
Theatre
50 Shades! The Musical
A resounding hit in Chicago and New York, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 50 Shades! The Musical opens with a ladies book club deciding to read Fifty Shades of Grey. Through their interpretation of the novel, the audience is led on an uproarious roller coaster ride of this unlikely bestseller. The show is full of dance numbers and original songs delivered by an outrageous cast with a live, on-stage band. 7:30pm. $39 – $59. Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St; Fort Lauderdale. For info: parkerplayhouse.com

December 13
Film
Best Of Venice Film Festival
Employing elaborate camera movements, a dense soundscape, intricate production design and spectacular locations, Faust conjures up a unique and phantasmagoric vision of the Faustian legend. Faust, played by Johannes Zeiler, is a man in search of the ideals of the Enlightenment but he becomes obsessed with the lovely Magarethe (Isolda Dychauk) and eventually sells his soul to the Devil (Anton Adasinsky) also known as the Moneylender, so that he may possess her. Comic, painterly and stunningly beautiful scenes abound as the Devil takes Faust on a strange, unforgettable journey that ends in Hell itself. The story of Faust is one of the most popular in western literature – there is the opera, play, movies and countless other adaptations. Faust concludes Sokurov’s ambitious Men of Power tetralogy, which includes films on Adolph Hitler, Vladimir Lenin and Emperor Hirohito. Russian President, Vladimir Putin, helped provide government funding for the film, and German actress Hannah Schygulla makes a cameo appearance as the Moneylender’s Wife. Sokurov’s Faust also features the exquisite cinematography of Bruno Delbonnel, cinematographer for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, Amélie, and the upcoming Coen Brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis. 6:45pm. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

December 13
Kids
The Nutcracker
Enjoy the charm of the holidays with the Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida’s sparkling production of the classic ballet The Nutcracker. Performed to Tchaikovsky’s memorable score and based on the popular story by Ernest Hoffman, The Nutcracker is the ideal introduction to the magnificent world of ballet and perfect holiday entertainment year after year. Grades: 4 – 12. 10:30am. $10. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 Ne 188th St;   Aventura. For info: 305-466-8002 or aventuracenter.org

December 14
Film
The Trials Of Muhammad Ali
No conventional sports documentary, The Trials Of Muhammad Ali investigates its extraordinary and often complex subject’s life outside the boxing ring. From joining the controversial Nation of Islam and changing his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali, to his refusal to serve in the Vietnam War in the name of protesting racial inequality, to his global humanitarian work, Muhammad Ali remains an inspiring and controversial figure. Outspoken and passionate in his beliefs, Ali found himself in the center of America’s controversies over race, religion, and war. The Trials Of Muhammad Ali examines how one of the most celebrated sports champions of the 20th century risked his fame and fortune to follow his faith and conscience. Stay for a  Q&A with Khalilah Ali. 7pm. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

December 14
Tour
Wynwood Art District Food
The Wynwood Food Tour is the newest Miami food tour offered by Miami Culinary Tours. The neighborhood of Wynwood is now the mecca for art, music and food. The neighborhood is divided into 3 sub-districts; fashion, food and art. Discover all of this along with the savory spots that feed these districts. Stroll through Wynwood and discover massive and enchanting murals, learn about the artists, and taste the area’s unique diversity in food. On this 2.5 hour tour we’ll be stopping at 5-6 tasting locations which may include: Wynwood Kitchen and Bar,  The Butcher Shop: Beer & Garden Grill, Jimmy’z Kitchen, Pride and Joy, Fireman Derek’s World Famous Pies.  Try what the Travel Channel featured as some of the Best Street Food In Miami Discover Wynwood’s hundreds of street art and graffiti murals around the district while sampling some of the best food Miami has to offer. $69. Meeting Location: NW 2nd Ave in Wynwood. For info: 786-942-8856.

December 14
Music
The Fresh Beat Band
The Fresh Beat Band is a children’s TV show with original pop songs produced for Nick Jr. The Fresh Beats are Shout, Twist, Marina, and Kiki, described as four best friends in a band who go to music school together and love to sing and dance. 12pm & 4pm. Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: livenation.com

December 14
Music
Tristan and Isolde: An Orchestral Passion
The tragic story of Tristian und Isolde has become one of the most important operas of the 19th century. Wagner melds dissonance and unusual tonality to tell the twisted love-triangle tale of the nobleman Tristan, Irish princess Isolde and King Marke of Cornwall to whom Isolde is betrothed. This particular variation by the Dutch percussionist, composer and arranger Henk de Vlieger links a number of the most important orchestral sections from Wagner’s five-hour operatic masterpiece. 7:30pm. Free. New World Center, 500 17 St; Miami Beach. For info: 305.673.3331 or nws.edu

December 14
Music
Nicole Henry – A Joyful Sound
Fresh off a sold-out summer tour and recently nominated for a 2013 Centric Soul Train Award, Nicole Henry is firmly regarded as one of the most acclaimed vocalists in jazz. Her sultry voice has earned her three international top-10 albums and she has enchanted audiences around the globe. A Joyful Sound will feature Henry’s interpretations of classic songs for the holiday season. A portion of the proceeds from the concert will benefit the Miami Children’s Initiative. 8pm. Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach. For info: nicolehenry.com

December 14
Music
Michael McDonald
Just in time for the holidays! Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Michael McDonald, whose pop music career spans more than four decades, will make his Arsht Center debut with his spectacular This Christmas, An Evening of Holiday & Hits national tour. With a distinctive and soulful baritone voice known around the world, McDonald reached superstardom in the ‘70s as a leading band member of Steely Dan and, later, The Doobie Brothers. His successful career includes collaborations with some of the world’s most prominent artists, from Van Halen to Patti LaBelle and, to this day, he remains a dynamic force in popular music. McDonald will deliver an unforgettable concert filled with festive holiday songs from Through the Winters: A Christmas Album, his hit singles I Keep Forgettin’ and Yah Moh B There, and Doobie Brothers classics such as Takin’ It to the Streets, It Keeps You Runnin’ and What a Fool Believes. 8pm. $39.50 – 79.50. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

December 14
Tour
South Beach Art Deco Walk
Meet guide Paula Fletcher for a walk of South Beach’s Art Deco District. Tour features a stop at Gianni Versace’s infamous doorstep, Art Deco architecture, and entertaining stories about this historic district and the characters that played a starring role. Advanced reservations and payment required. $30. 9am – 11am. Clevelander South Beach, 1020 Ocean Dr; Miami Beach. For info: 305-375-1621 or historymiami.org.

December 14
Festival
Healthy Living
Enjoy various fun-filled activities that reflect Bob Marley’s commitment to healthy lifestyle choices. Take part in a soccer skills class led by Rohan Marley, son of Bob Marley (an avid soccer player). Learn about preparing nutritious dishes through a kid-friendly cooking demonstration and dance along with ReggaeFit. 1pm – 4pm. Free. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-375-1621 or historymiami.org.

December 14
Music
Gloria Gaynor
Transport yourself back to Fontainebleau’s golden age tonight with the BleauLive Concert Series. Gloria Gaynor & The Spinners are bringing the soul back to Miami for an exclusive holiday celebration inclusive of festive cocktail hour and dinner buffet. The Queen of disco will perform her timeless chart-topping classic I Will Survive alongside the greatest soul group of the early 70s, The Spinners, best known for their R&B hits I’ll Be Around and Could It Be I’m Falling in Love. $225. Fontainebleau, 4441 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: fontainebleau.com or 305-538-2000.

December 14
Social
South Beach Charity Santa Crawl
Don’t miss this fun, frantic fundraiser. Drink your way through 5 South Beach bars while raising fundage for charity. 2:30pm – 4:30pm Clevelander, 4:30pm – 6pm Zen Sai, 6pm – 7:30pm Playwright Irish Pub & Restaurant, 7:30pm – 9pm Ocean’s Ten and 9pm – 10:30pm Mango’s Tropical Cafe. $40 in costume with unwrapped toy.  $60 no costume. Donations collected will be used to adopt families through Neighbors 4 Neighbors and Toys for Tots. All participants receive 1 free drink and 1 raffle ticket at each bar on the crawl. Costume Contest with prizes for best dressed guy and girl. Get your sexy Santa costumes ready. Meet at The Clevelander, 1020 Ocean Dr; Miami Beach. For info: facebook.com/SouthBeachCharitySantaCrawl

December 14
Kids
Family Day
This month’s Family Day at the Coral Gables Museum is all about Christmas with the very special Holiday Artisan Market in the Museum Loggia. Check out locally made crafts, specialty foods and other great artisan products that will make great gifts. Experience a winter wonderland in the Museum Courtyard from 2pm-4pm. Enjoy holiday décor, snow and a special visit from Santa. Decorate your own holiday picture frame and enjoy a 3pm holiday musical performance. Families can also enjoy delicious Italian gelato from Peterbrooke Chocolatier. Learn how to build a gingerbread house at the 6th annual GingerBuild Workshop from 3pm – 4:30pm. Bring the whole family to learn how to bake, build and decorate your very own gingerbread house! All materials are provided, so you can build your own miniature gingerbread house to take home with you. Just bring your creativity and imagination! Space is limited. 11am – 5pm. $10.  Coral Gables Museum, For info: 305-603-8067.

December 14
Music
Beres Hammond
One of the most under-appreciated reggae artists of his time, Beres Hammond was something of a throwback during his ’90s heyday: a soulful crooner indebted to classic rocksteady and American R&B, one who preferred live instrumentation and wrote much of his own material. Hammond specialized in romantic lovers rock, but he also found time to delve into light dancehall, conscious roots reggae, hip-hop fusion, and straight-up contemporary R&B. Hammond grew up listening to his father’s collection of American R&B (Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, etc.) and jazz, and also fell in love with native Jamaican music during the ska and rocksteady eras; his primary influence was Alton Ellis, and he also listened to the likes of Peter Tosh, the Heptones, and Ken Boothe. Hammond performs at Hard Rock Live tonight. 8pm. 7pm. $39 – 79. Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way; Hollywood. For info: 954.797.5531

December 14
Shop
Fairchild Farmers’ Market
Stock up your kitchen at the brand new Fairchild Farmers’ Market every Saturday. Local vendors will be selling fresh produce, honey, artisan products, handmade soaps, herb and vegetable plants, baked goods, and much more! Located in Fairchild’s lowlands parking. 9am – 2pm. Free. Fairchild Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd; Coral Gables. For info: fairchildgarden.org or 305-667-1651.

December 14
Comedy
Dave Chappelle
Dave Chappelle began making appearances in films such as Robin Hood: Men In Tights and Half Baked in the mid-1990s. In 2003, Chappelle landed his own show on Comedy Central, Chappelle’s Show. He received two Emmy Award nominations for the wildly popular and controversial show, which frequently addressed race relations. In 2006, he abruptly quit the show and moved to a farm in Ohio where he went into hiding until January 2013, to the surprise of many, he made a surprise appearance at the New York City comedy club The Comedy Cellar. Following the unexpected appearance, Chappelle made a more formal approach to his return to stand-up, performing several scheduled stand-up gigs throughout the South, including Atlanta, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. He will perform live tonight in Miami. 9:30pm. $55. Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: livenation.com

December 14
Books
Masterpieces of Haitian Art
From painting and sculptures to papier-mache and gorgeously embellished Vodou flags, Candice Russell’s book is a celebration of the best examples in each medium produced in Haiti in the last seven decades. The misunderstood religion of Vodou informs much of the art. Learn about the diverse history of Haitian artistic schools, including the depiction of ordinary life in the Cap-Haitien style, and the mysterious and haunting images that make Saint Soleil so appealing. This mixture of work by masters like Hector Hyppolite and younger, emerging artists, demonstrates the importance of the bond between past, present, and future generations. Irreplaceable artworks, as well as hundreds of thousands of lives, were destroyed in the 2010 earthquake. In this historically important book, see how this resilient nation rebuilds itself while thoughtfully preserving its heritage and culture through art. Journalist Russell, who lives in Plantation, first visited Haiti in 1985. She became a collector and curator of Haitian art. Part of her Vodou flag collection toured the U.S. and Canada in an exhibition called Sequined Surfaces. She will read from and sign her book tonight. 7pm. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

December 14
Kids
Second Saturdays
PAMM kicks off the museum’s fun and friendly family monthly program, Second Saturday, featuring a day of art-making, family-friendly gallery tours, performances and more. This month, celebrate Miami’s new cultural port, by building personalized model boats inspired by PAMM’s bay-front location and artist Hew Locke’s installation of suspended sea vessels, which hang from the ceiling at the museum’s entrance. Get pumped up with First Beat, a special drum performance taking place throughout the museum. Each hour, on the hour, 12 female drummers (from Miami and New York City) will fill PAMM with beats. Create and craft a percussion instrument and join in the fun. 1pm to 4pm. Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: pamm.org or 786-345-5641.

December 14
Dance
The Chocolate Nutcracker
This holiday adaption of The Chocolate Nutcracker is based on the traditional Nutcracker by George Balanchine. This Nutcracker gives a Black perspective to the age-old tale that has been a holiday tradition for many years. Ashanti Cultural Arts will present it’s version through performances of African dancers & drummers, Indian, Chinese, classical, carnival and modern dancers. The Kwanzaa story will be presented with a musical score that ranges from classical to jazz. 7pm. $15. Broward Center, 201 SW 5th Ave; Fort Lauderdale. For info: ashanticulturalarts.com

December 15
Theatre
Two One-Acts, Music of Broken Water and Requiem
The folks at Storycrafter Studio will open Two One-Act plays tonight, Music of Broken Water and Requiem. Music of Broken Waters is a Noh – Fusion play with a Japanese No play structure, the Story of Scylla from a Greek myth, a martial dance, and elements of occidental theater. It is a poetic dance that tells the story of how a daughter betrayed her father and country for love. Requiem is a dark psycho-drama about murder, redemption, and repentance. When an amnesia client enters a counselor’s office she opens a Pandora box with totally unexpected consequences. 3pm. $25 – $35. Storycrafter Studio, 7329 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 866-811-4111.

December 15
Music
Holiday Festival Concert
The Greater Miami Youth Symphony will present an exciting and festive Holiday performance today.  Audience members can look forward to exciting performances by the GMYS Young Sousas Band, Concert and Jazz Band, Young Mozarts Orchestra, String Orchestra, and Concert Orchestra.  Selections will include jazz, classical, and holiday favorites including works by Bartok, Benny Goodman’s Sing Sing Sing, Christmas Pops Sing-a-long, Rock Around the Clock, A Jazzy Merry Christmas, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. GMYS chamber ensembles will also perform holiday favorites in the lobby during intermission. 4pm. $21 – $16. SMDCAC, For info: smdcac.org

December 15
Tour
Jewish Food Walk
In conjunction with its Growers, Grocers & Gefilte Fish exhibit, Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU is proud to host a Walking Food Tour! Learn the history of the SoFi neighborhood and the staple Jewish-owned restaurants in the area past and present, including tastings from places such as My Ceviche, Aroma Espresso Bar, Pita Loca, and of course key lime pie from Joe’s Stone Crab. You’ll also hear about historic Jewish businesses and restaurants, including the Nemo Hotel, Goldstein & Gilbert’s, Famous and Friedman’s. This Walking Food Tour will be an exciting adventure for locals and visitors alike – and your taste buds will thank you! Advance reservations are required. 20 people max per tour. Tours rain or shine. The Jewish Food Walking Tour will last approximately 2-3 hours. Tour distance is approximately 2 miles. All ages and fitness levels are welcome. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. 11am. 2pm. $46. Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, 301 Washington Ave; Miami Beach.  For info: thejewishmuseum.org

December 15
Music
Toto La Momposina
Toto La Momposina is considered a national treasure of her native country. Backed by musicians who fabricate the traditional instruments they play, her performance displays total mastery of Colombian folk music in its many styles. Her work is recognized internationally; in 1982 she performed at Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Nobel Prize winning ceremony in Stockholm.  Since 1968 she has devoted her time to passing on her knowledge of Colombian traditions and researching folk music. From a highly percussive foundation, la Momposina’s repertoire also incorporates traditional dances, including the beloved cumbia, which embraces ritualistic elements from the effervescent cultural melting pot of Colombian society. Opening Afro Kumbe. 6:30pm. Imperio Juvenil Dance Company. 7: 30pm. Toto La Momposina, 8pm.  6pm – 10pm. Free. Hollywood ArtsPark, 1 Young Circle; Hollywood. For info: rhythmfoundation.com

December 15
Theatre
Making God Laugh
Sean Grennan’s new comedy follows one typical American family over the course of thirty years worth of Holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and Easter, as we learn that despite what we all may have in mind for our lives, we often arrive at very unexpected destinations. As Woody Allen once said, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans”. Making God Laugh is that rare play that manages to be absolutely genuine, deeply moving and unbelievably funny all at the same time. Through Dec 29. 8pm. Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, For info: 305-444-9293 or actorsplayhouse.org.

December 15
Music
Golden Sounds from Hollywood
The Miami Symphony Orchestra will present music from some of Hollywood’s most prolific composers, accompanied by visual images from the film, sure to add elements of emotion and excitement to your concert-viewing experience. As a 5-year-old boy growing up without a TV in Caracas in the 1950′s, Eduardo Marturet watched cartoons on film through a home projector as they played out in silence. New World Center, 500 17 St; Miami Beach. For info: 305.673.3331 or nws.edu

December 15
Tour
Wynwood History Graffiti Walk
Explore Wynwood and Design District with historian Dr. Paul George. Hear the history of graffiti from the advent of written language to the Roman Empire to today. Tour stops include the Wynwood Tracks, Warehouse Penits and the Wynwood Walls. $30. 10am – 12pm. Met at the Shops at Midtown Miami, 3401 N. Miami Ave; Miami. For info: 305-375-1621 or historymiami.org.

December 16
Music
Musicians’ Forum
Programmed and curated by the Fellows, Musicians’ Forums come alive through spontaneity and unique artistic partnerships. Come hear the Fellows perform their favorite and personally selected works of music. 7pm. New World Center, 500 17 St; Miami Beach. For info: 305.673.3331 or nws.edu

December 17
Music
Trace Adkins
Trace Adkins’ trademark baritone has powered countless hits to the top of the charts and turned albums into Platinum plaques, selling over 10 million albums, cumulatively. The Grammy-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry is a television personality, actor, author, spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Program, the American Red Cross and has performed seven USO Tours. In his 2007 autobiography, A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck, the 6’6″ oil-rigger recounted his rise to fame, brushes with death and battles with personal demons. Adkins’ 11th studio album, Love Will… is all about the world’s greatest emotion and features collaborations with two-time Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter, Colbie Caillat, the esteemed Harlem Gospel Choir and Rock/Country veterans, Exile. He is known as a man of deep integrity with a deeply irreverent sense of humor. Trace Adkins, The Christmas Show opens tonight  at Hard Rock Live. 7:30pm. $61.50 – $81.50. Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way; Hollywood.  For info: 954.797.5531

December 17
Music
An Exploration of Amplified Music
Inside the Music (Outside): An Exploration of Amplified Music will take place outside in Miami Beach Soundscape. Bring chairs, blankets and picnic supplies for this hour-long concert exploring the incredible capabilities of the state-of-the-art outdoor sound system. The evening will culminate in the world premiere of Making Ends, a work by Brooklyn-based composer Mitchell McCarthy and inspired by the sounds of the New York subway system, written specifically for this concert. Features a live string quartet whose sounds are amplified and manipulated in real-time. 7pm. New World Center, 500 17 St; Miami Beach. For info: 305.673.3331 or nws.edu

December 18
Film
Scrooge and Marly
Join the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival for a holiday party with appetizers and an open bar followed by an outdoor screening of holiday film Scrooge and Marly. This movie is a modern day gay variation on Charles Dicken’s classic story of the holidays, A Christmas Carol. On Christmas Eve, Ben Scrooge, a gay man who hates the holidays, is given the chance to begin again when he is visited by three gay spirits who help him make the journey back to love. Recounted from a gay sensibility with heart, comedy and music, the magic of Dickens’ timeless tale comes alive from a fresh perspective that will appeal to audiences of all persuasions. $12. 7pm – 10pm. Miami Beach Botanical Gardens 2000 Convention Center Dr; Miami Beach. For info: mbgarden.org

December 18
Music
The Miami Big Sound Orchestra Latin Jazz Big Band
The Miami Big Sound Orchestra is downtown Miami’s resident Latin Jazz big band since 2006, a project formed as a collaboration of musicians from Miami’s jazz and Latin music communities. The band combines 21st-century big band jazz with Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music, funk, and soul. Hailing from all over the western hemisphere, the members of the MBSO are all veteran Miami musicians who have performed and toured with artists such as Celia Cruz, Gloria Estefan, Issac Delgado, Jon Secada, Chayanne, Rey Ruiz, Tito Nieves, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Chaka Khan, and the Funk Brothers, to name a few. The band’s repertoire, inspired by the music of Issac Delgado, Ray Barretto, Machito, Willy Rosario, Paquito D’Rivera, Irakere, and Tito Puente, includes original compositions by Rafael “Cali” Valencia (legendary Miami bassist/composer), Chino Nunez (Grammy-Award winning producer), and Jaui Schneider (former pianist/composer for Ray Barretto), as well as classics from legends such as the great Mario Bauza. They play PAX tonight. 8pm. $5. PAX, 337 S.W. 8th St; Miami. For info: paxmiami.com

December 18
Film
Xanadu
Free outdoor movies every Wednesday night are in full swing with The SoundScape Cinema Series at the Miami Beach SoundScape ExoStage. This week’s flick is Xanadu. Directed by Robert Greenwald and starring  Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly and Michael Beck. Xanadu is the camp story of a girl who makes dreams come true.  Bring a blanket or beach chair and picnic. No glass please. 8pm. Free. Exostage at Miami Beach SoundScape, 500 17 St; Miami Beach. For info: mbculture.com

December 19
Art
The Polaroid Years: Instant Photography
This survey exhibition brings together ground breaking Polaroid pictures by forty artists spanning the period from the initial release of the SX-70 camera in 1972 until the present. The exhibition centers on experimentation and examines how the invention of instant photography—in particular Polaroid, a brand known for its innovation and responsiveness to artistic endeavors—has influenced and inspired amateurs and professionals for nearly forty years. By juxtaposing early experimental work with more recent forays into the possibilities of the medium, the exhibition tells a more complete story of instant photography than has yet been chronicled. The photographs included represent a wide range of approaches and sensibilities and upend established parameters of photography in various ways. Artists represented include such pioneers of instant photography as Ansel Adams, Ellen Carey, Chuck Close, Walker Evans, David Hockney, Robert Mapplethorpe, Joyce Neimanas, Andy Warhol, and William Wegman as well as a new generation of artists including Anne Collier, Bryan Graf, and Grant Worth. Norton Museum,  1451 S. Olive Ave; West Palm Beach. For info: norton.org

December 19
Books
Lee Miller in Fashion
Fashion model, surrealist artist, muse, photographer, war correspondent—Lee Miller defies categorization. She was a woman who refused to be penned in, a free spirit constantly on the move from New York to London to Paris, from husbands to lovers and back, from photojournalistic objectivism to surrealism. Midcareer, she made the unprecedented transition from one side of the lens to the other, from a Condé Nast model in Jazz Age New York to fashion photographer, creating stunning images that imbued fashion with her signature wit and whimsy. Miller became a celebrated Surrealist under the tutelage of her lover, Man Ray, and then joined the war effort during World War II, documenting everything from the liberation of concentration camps to the daily life of Nazi-occupied Paris. Miller was recognized as one of the most distinguished living photographers during her hey-day as a fashion photographer, but an astonishing number of these images have remained unpublished. Lee Miller in Fashion is the first book to examine how her career as a model and fashion photographer illuminates her life story and connects to international fashion history from the late 1920s until the early 1950s. The world of fashion emerges as the backbone of Miller’s creative development, as well as an integral lens through which to understand the effects of war on the lives of women in the 1940s and 1950s. Miller witnessed incredible acts of resistance born out through fashion—and her photographic record of women’s indomitable spirit even in times of war has remained an invaluable resource in fashion and global history.

December 19
Dance
Miami City Ballet: The Nutcracker
Nothing brings in the holidays better than Miami City Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. This holiday classic is a delightful treat for the entire family. The Broadway-like, large-scale production features beautiful sets, lavish costumes, dazzling special effects, including a live-blizzard, and Tchaikovsky’s glorious music. The grand cast of more than 100 includes talented children from South Florida performing alongside MCB’s international ballet stars. 7:30pm. $25 – $79. Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

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