December 13 to December 20

December 13
Books
Manuel Diaz
Six-year-old Manuel Diaz and his mother first arrived at Miami’s airport in 1961 with little more than a dime for a phone call to their relatives living in the Little Havana neighborhood. Forty years after his flight from Castro’s Cuba, attorney Manny Diaz became mayor of the City of Miami. When Diaz took office in 2001, the city was paralyzed by a notoriously corrupt police department, unresponsive government, a dying business district, and heated ethnic and racial divisions. Miami Transformed: Rebuilding America One Neighborhood, One City at a Time chronicles Diaz’s life and his two terms as mayor, years which led to Miami’s transformation into a vibrant, progressive, and economically resurgent world-class metropolis. Diaz will read from and sign his book tonight. 8pm. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

December 13
Film
Natural History
Part of the Borscht Film Festival, this film was created by Miami’s Coral Morphologic Studios who produce films that blend science and art. They grow phosphorescent corals in their laboratory and film them using high-powered magnification and specialized photography and video equipment. 8pm. Exostage @ Miami Beach SoundScape, 500 17 St; Miami Beach. For info: mbculture.com

December 13
Books
In the Spirit of Palm Beach
Established as a luxury vacation destination for the rich and famous in the early 1900s, Palm Beach is synonymous with old-world glamour and new world sophistication. In this exquisite volume, longtime visitor Pamela Fiori shares with readers the heritage of this tropical paradise. From its world-renowned resorts, dreamy estates, and flashy cars to its endless shopping opportunities and impeccable golf courses, In the Spirit of Palm Beach presents a full spectrum of everything the island can offer. An insider’s guide featuring Fiori’s selection of hotels, restaurants, bars, and shops completes the book. Fiori will read from and sign her book tonight. 6:30 pm. Books and Books, 9700 Collins Ave; Bal Harbour  For info: booksandbooks.com

December 13
Tour
Hungry for History: Olympia Theater
Go backstage with guide Pepe Menendez and explore the interior of the Gusman Olympia Theater on Flagler Street. View its star-studded sky, Romeo and Juliet balcony, and gorgeous art deco interior. Hear history of this theatre, where everyone from Elvis to Pavarotti has performed. Advance reservations and payment required. $25. 1pm. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-375-1621 or historymiami.org.

December 13
Social
Vodka Latke 2012
Time again for the fresh and fun Vodka Latke 2012. If you missed last year’s bash, then now’s the times to make it up. Vodka and latkes abound in true Chanukah spirit. Put together by The Tribe to benefit Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation. Open Bar, Specialty Cocktails, Latkes, Raffles and a Live DJ. Sounds by Triarchy & Stacie Todd. Limited VIP Cabanas & Bottle Service Available 8pm-11pm. $30. Eden Roc Hotel, 4525 Collins Ave; Miami Beach.

December 13
Film
College
Buster Keaton goes back to school and stages a hilarious send-up of university life in College. Keaton stars as Ronald, an idealistic freshman who attends Clayton College in pursuit of higher learning, but finds himself instead embroiled in a war of athletics as he fights for the heart of his beloved coed, Mary (Anne Cornwall). More than he had in any other feature, Keaton stretched the boundaries of solo physical comedy. In a series of unforgettable vignettes, stone-faced Ronald tries his hand as a baseball player, soda jerk, waiter, coxswain, and track star, perfomring each task with a steady determination but with consistently disastrous results. These scenes are epecially amazing because in demonstrating Ronald’s athletic inadequacies, Keaton reveals a surprising degree of physical prowess and finesse, particularly during the film’s exhilarating climax. 8pm. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info:
mbcinema.com

December 14
Film
Beasts of the Southern Wild
In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions. 7pm. $10. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

December 14
Film
The Hunger Games
Bandshell Movie Night in the North Shore shows The Hunger Games. Come out and enjoy a movie under the stars at our new North Shore Park Bandshell. Movie and start times are subject to change. 7pm. Free. North Shore Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: miamibeachparks.com

December 14
Theatre
Imaginarium
Imaginarium Life” is the second phrase (of a four-phase project) that involves a dance-theater-multimedia performance based on the screenplay “Imagimundo,” written by Carla Forte, and original music composed by Venezuelan musician, Frank Woo. It is the story of Rueben, a visual artist who lives in his mind to avoid reality, to avoid the pain and pitfalls of his torn and tormented life, which seems to be a common theme among the living. Eschewing material and emotional attachments, Ruben constructs a mirage for negotiating life. He attempts to disconnect from the things he perceives are holding him back, pulling him under, filling his jacket with pockets full of stones, and retreats into the imaginary world where he lives (imaginarily) safe and sound from the free-floating chaos of living and loving in the real world. In Ruben’s head, this is where happiness lives — at least that is what he imagines. Ana, Ruben’s wife, accepts Ruben’s detachment from reality, but this presents the couple with Herculean challenges. Ruben begins to confuse the real Ana with the imagined Ana. Through December 22. 8pm. $20. Miami Theater Center,  9806 NE 2nd Ave; Miami Shores. For info: 305-751-9550 or mtcmiami.org

December 14
Film
Tarnation
Jonathan Caouette’s spellbinding debut film Tarnation re-imagines the whole idea of what a documentary can be. Having filmed his life since he was eleven years old, Caouette has woven together a psychedelic whirlwind of snapshots, super-8 home movies, answering machine messages, video diaries, early short films, snippets of ’80s pop culture and dramatic re-enactments to create an epic portrait of an American family torn apart by dysfunction and reunited through the power of love. arnation begins in 2003 as Caouette learns of his mother’s lithium overdose back in his native Texas. Faced with the haunting remnants of his past, including a family history of mental illness, abuse and neglect, Caouette returns home to aid in his mother’s recovery. During this time, he rekindles a touching relationship with his mother, another victim of a tumultuous childhood and discovers that family ties are never truly unbound. 9:30pm. $10. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

December 14
Music
Matt & Kim
Matt & Kim are an indie dance duo and couple residing in Brooklyn, New York City, New York. The group was formed in 2005 and is composed of Matt Johnson on vocals and keyboards and Kim Schifino on drums. They are known for their do-it-yourself attitude toward their music. 8pm. Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: livenation.com

December 14
Music
Super Sax
This evening features a program dedicated to the irresistible funky grooves of the jazz-funk genre, and places the spotlight on the super sax! Headlining the concert is legendary saxophone master and consummate showman Maceo Parker and the Grammy nominated genre-crossing saxophonist Candy Dulfer. The James Brown Sound owes much ‘credit’ to Sax Legend Parker. His solo work can be heard on the timeless funk classics: I Feel Good, Sex Machine, Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag and many more. He is internationally recognized as one of the early pioneers of the modern funk and hip-hop we know today.
Defining her own brand of jazz is the Grammy nominated genre-crossing saxophonist Candy Dulfer, whose solo debut album Saxuality sold more than a million copies worldwide. She was brought into the limelight by Prince, who introduced her to the world at the age of 19 via his video for “Partyman. 8pm. $25 – $130. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

December 14
Dance
The Nutcracker
Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida presents the return of the classic ballet “The Nutcracker” choreographed and directed by renowned Ballet Master Vladimir Issaev. The stage will be filled with snowflakes, sugarplum fairies, beautiful angels and magical characters, bringing back the charm of the Holidays. With a cast of 104 on stage, this spectacular production features the professional dancers of Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida performing the principal roles, while local character artists and children and students of the prestigious Vladimir Issaev School of Classical Ballet complete the cast. The engaging choreography- from the fun of the party scene- to the harrowing battle scene- to the enchanting kingdom of the sweets- is guaranteed to entertain any age. This traditional ballet is performed every year by Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida to Tchaikovsky’s popular score based on the tale of Ernest Hoffman. Not only is it the most popular ballet enjoyed by all audiences around the world during this time of the year but it also serves as an introduction to ballet for the very young audiences. Issaev’s choreography preserves the Russian tradition, and serves as an alternative to those who already have seen Balanchine’s version. $35. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, For info: artsballettheatre.org.

December 15
Books
Focus On Haiti
Women Writers of Haitian Descent are featured in the book, So Spoke the Earth, a multilingual anthology of literature about Haiti that explores its past, present and future as experienced by its diverse inhabitants—both native and non-native—over the past four decades. Featuring the accounts of both Haitian and non-Haitian writers and their attempts to grapple with the impact left on them by their personal experiences with the island-nation, the anthology presents each work in its original language: English, French and Haitian-Creole. Through various narratives and poems, the literary legacy and unique history of the island are highlighted in content and style. Meet author M. J. Fievre as she discusses and signs her book. Free. 7pm. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave;
Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

December 15
Film
Borscht 8
The flagship event of the 2012 Borscht Film Festival, where the freshest films telling Miami stories will debut is Borscht 8 fest. Borscht commissioned some of the best local and regional filmmakers to make short films about the city. Their films will screen alongside other shorts from the Miami community, in a night celebrating stories only a city as strange and beautiful as Miami could inspire. Last year, Miami audiences got a sneak peek at films that went on to play at over 40 International film festivals and became viral hits online. This year, the Borscht crew expanded the list of commissioned filmmakers and flew in groundbreaking artists from as far away as London and South Africa to make independent short films about Miami. For info:

December 15
Dance
The Nutcracker
Artistic Dance Theater presents The Nutcracker. A traditional and timeless work. Everyone should experience the magic of this holiday production. Once a year, these dancers from ages six to adult, come together to show us the spirit of this magical season.  Directed and staged by Elizabeth Acuna-Nuevo and Lissette Salgado-Lucas. SMDCAC, Main Stage 10950 SW 211 St; Cutler Bay. 2pm & 8pm. $25 – $40. For info:  SMDCAC.org

Decmber 15
music
Parisian Tapestries
More from the 5th Anniversary Season of NWS is Parisian Tapestries. Based on the six medieval tapestries in Paris, Kaija Saariaho’s Clarinet Concerto depicts each of the five senses and the enigmatic “sixth sense.” Finnish clarinetist Kari Kriikku debuts the U.S. premiere of this work that will display the unique flexibility of the New World Center’s performance hall. Conductor Susanna Mälkki also leads the Fellows in Hector Berlioz’ powerful and popular story of unrequited love, his Symphonie fantastique. Saariaho: Clarinet Concerto (U.S. premiere). Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique. Susanna Mälkki, conductor and Kari Kriikku on clarinet. 7:30pm. New World Center, 500 17 St; For info: themiso.org

December 15
Tour
Miami River Boat
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, and – hopefully – manatees, while the history of Miami comes alive. Advance reservations and payment required. $54. 9am – 11am. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler; Miami. For info: 305-375-1621 or email: citytours@historymiami.org.

December 15
Holidays
Snow Fest
Santa, Mrs. Claus, the Reindeers, & Frosty the Snowman are reuniting and going back on tour, playing on a rooftop near you. The tour will be stopping in North Miami Beach today, as the City of North Miami Beach’s Leisure Services Department hosts its annual Holiday Snow Fest. Enjoy a 30 ton mountain of snow, rock climbing wall, giant slide, bounce houses, carnival games and arts and crafts. Visit Candy Cane Lane, the Village of Lights, and listen to the sounds of great holiday music by a DJ who will entertain the crowd throughout the evening with interactive activities, raffles, and prizes. Don’t miss the Magical Mailbox so those who have been nice can write a letter filled with a list of wishes to Dear Ole St. Nick. Rumor has it that the Grinch may be making a surprise appearance. When he arrives with his Grab Bag full of holiday goodies, there will be pranks and prizes, laughter and surprises throughout the evening. Food & refreshments will be on sale throughout the evening. $5. 5pm – 11pm. at the Gwen Margolis Amphitheater, 16501 N.E. 16th Ave; North Miami Beach. For info: 305-948-2957

December 15
Music
Justin Roberts
Grammy Award nominee and six time Parents’ Choice Gold Award winner, Justin Roberts debuts on the Arsht Center stage. Get ready to sing and dance, as this acclaimed kindie rock musician transports kids and adults to magical moments of childhood through his clever lyrics and catchy music. Thomson Plaza for the Arts 11:30am – 1pm. Free. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

December 15
Film
Walk Away Renee
Walk Away Renee is the follow-up to Jonathan Caouette’s festival hit Tarnation, which won the National Society of Film Critics Best Documentary and topped many top 10 lists in 2003. In the conclusion to the original film which covered an earlier part of his life, Caouette embarks on a road trip to move his mentally ill mother Renee across the country. As they encounter roadblocks in the present, we begin to flash back to moments from the past, giving us insight into this anything-but-ordinary mother/son relationship. Through musical montage, psychedelic sequences and real and imagined circumstance, Walk Away Renee raises questions about love, sacrifice, and the reality in which we live. 9pm. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; For info: mbcinema.com

December 15
Music
Silent Night: Candlelight Christmas
South Florida’s beloved Grammy-nominated Christmas tradition returns with Silent Night. Seraphic Fire’s most popular concert of the year has delighted tens of thousands of concert goers over the past decade with a heartwarming candlelit setting of beautiful Gregorian chant, timeless carols, and glorious motets. 8pm. Miami Beach Community Church, 1620 Drexel Ave; For info: seraphicfire.com

December 15
Exhibit
Teen Miami Memoirs
As part of the Teen Miami project, twenty teenagers conducted video histories with over forty Miami residents who were teenagers from the 1940s to the 1990s. View selected clips from these video histories and listen to participants talk about growing up in South Florida, including the fashion, music and events that shaped their adolescent lives. Come re-live your teen years in Miami. $8. 2pm. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: HistoryMiami.org

December 16
Tour
Coconut Grove Eco-Bike
Check out the old Pan Am seaplane terminal, then ride through the shaded byways of this leafy waterfront neighborhood of Miami and learn about its flora and fauna from eco-historian Frank Schena. Discover a burial at the library; Ralph Munroe’s pioneer home with natural air conditioning; and infamous doings at the Mutiny. Advance reservations and payment required. $30. 10am – 12pm. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: HistoryMiami.org

December 16
Music
A Christmas Celebration
Come and enjoy the Miami Mass Choir as they perform festive holiday favorites. Under the direction of Pastor Marc Cooper, the Miami Mass Choir made its debut in October 2010 as the resident choir for the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Free Gospel Sundays. Not affiliated with any particular church or denomination, this multicultural and diverse choir is comprised of 60 of Miami’s best gospel voices, selected through an open audition process and representing South Florida from Lauderhill to Florida City. S.I.G.N. (Singing In God’s Name), local winners of the Arsht Center’s inaugural “New Gospel Talent Search,” will prepare your hearts before the Miami Mass Choir takes the stage. This concert will be sure to warm your soul and make your heart sing this holiday season. 4pm. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

December 16
Music
Holiday Festival Concerts
The Greater Miami Youth Symphony, founded in 1958, will showcase six performing ensembles over two concerts on December 16. Join us for an exciting performance of holiday, classical, and jazz selections guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit. 3pm – Young Mozarts, Young Sousas, Concert/Jazz Band, Concert Orchestra. 6pm – String Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra. $11-$21. For info:

December 16
Music
Chanukah Klezmer Concert
Join the Jewish Museum of Florida for its annual Chanukah Klezmer Concert with clarinetist Paul Green and the Klezmer East band. This year’s concert will also feature Maria Rivas, Latin Jazz and World Music musician and performer. Together with Klezmer East, they will fuse Klezmer, Jewish music, Jazz and Latin Jazz to create a new and unique concert experience. 2pm. Jewish Museum of Florida, 301 Washington Ave; For info: jewishmuseum.com

December 16
Music
Golden Sounds from Hollywood
Eduardo Marturet, conductor. A fourth season of great film scores by Hollywood’s most famous composers!  Music from ET, Superman, Star Wars, Schindler’s List, Apocalypse Now, and many more great movies. 8pm. New World Center, 500 17 St; For info: themiso.org

December 17
Tour
Hungry for History: Lummus Park
With guide Sylvia Gurinsky, visit the police horses at their home in Lummus Park, the city’s oldest park. Hear about the city’s mounted patrol and its role in public safety and community service. Finish with a look at Fort Dallas and a former slave quarters. Advance reservations and payment required. $25. 11am – 1pm. For info: 305-375-1621 or email: citytours@historymiami.org.

December 18
Art
The Endless Renaissance
The Bass Museum of Art presents six international contemporary artists: Eija-Liisa Ahtila (Finland), Barry X Ball (USA), Walead Beshty (UK), Hans-Peter Feldmann (Germany), Ged Quinn (UK) and Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook (Thailand). In 2009, The Bass Museum of Art embarked on an ongoing exploration of the notion that all art was once contemporary and inversely, that all contemporary works of art are part of a continuum of art history.  Six Solo Artist Projects: Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Barry X Ball, Walead Beshty, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Ged Quinn and Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook. Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Ave; For info: 305.673.7530 or bassmuseum.org

December 18
Lecture
Bouchra Khalili
MAM presents an artist talk with internationally-acclaimed artist Bouchra Khalili. Born in Casablanca, Khalili’s videos and installations investigate nomadism and the borders of land and sea. Khalili is one of four international artists chosen to create new projects for the opening of the Pérez Art Museum Miami in December 2013. Each artist will visit Miami several times throughout the year to share their process with the community. 6:30pm – 7:30pm. 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-375-4073

December 18
Theatre
Sister Act
Sister Act is Broadway’s feel-amazing musical comedy smash and audiences are jumping to their feet in total agreement. Featuring original music by 8-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors), Sister Act  tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look – a convent! Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is reason to rejoice.
$39.50 – $79.50. Broward Center, For info:

December 18
Music
Sights & Sounds of the Season
The City of Miami Beach and the New World Symphony will host a festive program celebrating the holiday season in Miami Beach, offering both residents and tourists an opportunity to gather and share the music with friends, families and fellow audience members. This event will also feature the final Wallcast concert of the year. The program includes Prokofiev: Troika from Lieutenant Kijé, Tchaikovsy: Suite from The Nutcracker, Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves, Tyzik: Chanukah Suite, Silvestri: Suite from The Polar Express, Anderson: A Christmas Festival, Adam: “O Holy Night and Anderson: Sleigh Ride. 7:30pm. For info: New World Center, 500 17 St; For info: themiso.org

December 18
Lecture
Peace Corps Family and Friends
Every year during the holiday season, Peace Corps coordinates a panel discussion with family members of currently serving and returned Peace Corps volunteers. Family members reminisce about visits at Peace Corps sites, share concerns they may have had about volunteer service, give advice for staying in contact, and provide insight to how volunteers have evolved as a result of their service. South Florida regional recruiter, Steve Hunsicker, will be on hand to provide additional resources, help answer questions, and to moderate the panel discussion.  We invite all family and friends of currently serving and returned Peace Corps Volunteers to attend this event to share personal testimonies and to mingle Peace Corps supporters during this annual event. 6pm. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

December 19
Film
Edward Scissorhands
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 Edward Scissorhands. An uncommonly gentle young man, who happens to have scissors for hands, falls in love with a beautiful teenage girl. Directed by Tim Burton. With Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall. 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
Food
Food Truck & Music Festival
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, entertainment and participation by area restaurants. 5pm. Free. North Shore Park Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave; For info: mbculture.com

December 20
Dance
The Nutcracker
Like a Broadway spectacular, Miami City Ballet’s production of the famed George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker has it all,  a cast of more than 100, glorious sets and costumes, magical special effects, beautiful music, and exceptional dancing by international stars. It’s the holiday show to see. 7:30pm. Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info:

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