December 19 to December 26

December 19
Music
Itzhak Perlman
Born in Israel and trained at Juilliard, Itzhak Perlman is undeniably today’s foremost virtuoso of the violin and enjoys a superstar status rarely afforded to classical musicians. His disarming humanity and his charm, his extraordinary artistry and his irrepressible joy in making music also have made him one of the world’s most beloved artists. Perlman is a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in recognition of his contribution to the cultural and educational life of the nation. He has also received the National Medal of Arts, along with 15 Grammy Awards and four Emmy Awards. A born educator, he runs his own summer Perlman Music program and also holds a teaching chair in his alma mater, the Juilliard School. Perlman has conducted the Berlin Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and many other of the world’s great orchestras. As a soloist, he collaborated with John Williams and Steven Spielberg in the Oscar-winning picture Schindler’s List. Perlman brings his beloved fiddle for one night only in this anticipated return to the Arsht Center with Rohan De Silva on piano. Program includes Beethoven  Sonata No. 3 in E-Flat Major for Violin & Piano, Op. 12 No. 3, Strauss  Sonata in E-Flat Major for Violin & Piano, Op. 18, Tartini  Sonata in G Minor for Violin & Continuo Devil’s Trill (arr. Fritz Kreisler) plus more works to be announced from the stage. 8pm. $50 – $150. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

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

December 19
Art
Art Britannia
ArtCenter South Florida is hosting a Curator Walk-Through of Art Britannia that opened during Art Basel. Art Britannia is an exhibition produced by ArtCenter’s resident artist Karelle Levy and curated by Ben Austin. Art Britannia celebrates British Art’s craft, technical skill, mark making and gestures. An art with an alternative aesthetic, where the process is critical to the practice, be it through the act of painting or through considered constructions. Bold and elemental abstractions, richly saturated landscapes, nude figure painting, romantic visions, unsettling video work and a mechanical construct. 7pm. Art Britannia, 3940 North Miami Ave; Miami. For info: artbritannia.com

December 19
Music
Nguzunguzu
Pérez Art Museum Miami kicks off Third Thursdays Music Series with Los Angeles-Based duo Nguzunguzu (pronounced en-goo-zoo-en-goo-zoo). Every third Thursday of the month, PAMM will bring together an eclectic range of internationally-acclaimed DJs and musicians for an outdoor concert on the terrace by the bay. The evening series kicks off with a focus on experimental sounds and diverse cross-genre dance music. Energetic polyrhythms, eerie melodies, and dramatic soundscapes create a new emotive electronic club realm that is sad, sexy, and scary. Raised on 90s R&B/Hip-Hop radio and underground club music, the Los Angeles based duo, Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda  dig deep to complement the explicitly experimental modern sounds of international club music with some of the freshest urban pop happening now. Nguzunguzu, which takes its name from a traditional Solomon Island figurehead, offers a unique blend of R&B, rap, club, house, kuduro, and grime. Drink specials and light bites by Verde restaurant and bar. 6pm – 9pm. Free. Pérez Art Museum, 1103 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: pamm.org

December 19
Lecture
Hilario Candela
Don’t miss a guided tour of Concrete Paradise: Miami Marine Stadium by curator Rosa Lowinger followed by a 7pm live interview with the Stadium’s architect Hilario Candela. Enjoy admission to Concrete Paradise: Miami Marine Stadium and its complement exhibit Hilario Candela: The Culture of Architecture curated by Peter Menendez as well as a cash bar to benefit the Coral Gables Museum. 6pm. Free. Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: 305-603-8067

December 20
Film
Prancer
Bandshell Movie Night in the North Shore. Showing tonight is Prancer, so go out and enjoy a movie under the stars at the new North Shore Park Bandshell. 7pm. North Shore Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: miamibeachparks.com

December 20
Film
The Broken Circle Breakdown
Playing this week at the cinematheque is The Broken Circle Breakdown. Elise (Veerle Baetens) and Didier (Johan Heldenbergh) fall in love at first sight. She has her own tattoo shop and he plays the banjo in a bluegrass band. They bond over their shared enthusiasm for American music and culture, and dive headfirst into a sweeping romance that plays out on and off stage – but when an unexpected tragedy hits their new family, everything they know and love is tested. An intensely moving portrait of a relationship from beginning to end, propelled by a soundtrack of foot-stomping bluegrass, The Broken Circle Breakdown. is a romantic melodrama of the highest order. (In Flemish with Engish subtitles). 7pm. $10. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

December 20
Theatre
The Book of Mormon
Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century.” Entertainment Weekly says it’s “the funniest musical of all time.” From South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, it’s The Book of Mormon, winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical. Jon Stewart of The Daily Show calls it “a crowning achievement. So good it makes me angry.” 8pm. $79.50 – $154.50. Broward Center, 201 SW 5th Ave; Fort Lauderdale. For info: 954-522-5334 or browardcenter.org

December 20
Film
As I Lay Dying
Based on the acclaimed American novel by William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying follows a family through their turmoil-filled journey in rural Mississippi to bring their mother to her grave-site. To depict the 15 individual family voices in the book, and angles at which they view and describe their versions of the story, Franco utilizes split screens and other various visual techniques. To many, this complex classic novel is unfilmable, but to Franco, it is another way to tackle a creative challenge. 9pm. $10. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

December 20
Festival
Big Night in Little Haiti
Headlining Big Night in Little Haiti tonight is Wanito, a young Haitian-American singer-songwriter whose songs have quickly become popular singalongs.  His music draws from Haiti’s rich twoubadou tradition – perfect to showcase his beautiful voice and guitar skills.  His music is a mix of reggae, roots, dancehall and konpa with powerful lyrics that address issues of Haitian daily life.  The popular choruses of his songs are sung by all – in schools, living rooms, tap tap busses and concert halls.  Just 25 years old, Wanito is already receiving international acclaim as a new generation talent. Don’t miss the opening set by the Children’s Choir of Notre Dame d’Haiti Catholic Church and Deblozay. Between bands, enjoy DJ Mack of Mizikpam.com The night will featuring delicious kreyol cuisine from Leela’s Lakay, ice cold Prestige Beer at the bar, and more. In the gallery, Global Caribbean V, an Art Basel-sanctioned exhibition presented by the Haitian Cultural Alliance. MLK Mural presents a film in the theater after the show at 10pm: The Art of Life.  This directorial debut by famed mural artist Kyle Holbrook is an unique organic look at the role of art in providing a pathway for kids growing up in the ‘hood.  Following the screening, Wolffgang will perform original tracks from the film’s soundtrack. The hands-on art activities for kids are sponsored by Positive Impact Foundation/Kose Famn and Bass Museum of Art. 6pm – 10pm. Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 Ne 59th Ter; Miami. For info: littlehaiticulturalcenter.com

December 20
Film
The Summer Side
Don’t miss this sneak preview of The Summer Side (Del Otro Lado Del Verano) tonight with the director and star, Antonia San Juan attending.  Best known for her star turning role in Pedro Almodovar’s All About My Mother, San Juan makes her directorial debut in this charming film about dysfunctional families. This eccentric and lively gem from the Canary Islands centers on the trials and tribulations of a wonderfully dysfunctional family. Following the death of their patriarch, they navigate the choppy waters of family feuds, love, betrayal, friendship and burgeoning sexuality. The Summer Side is a superbly-balanced fusion of comedy, absurdity, melodrama, and tenderness. Followed by a wine reception. 8pm. O Cinema Miami Shores, 9806 NE 2nd Ave; Miami Shores. For info: o-cinema.org

December 20
Dance
Ayikodans
Following 3 sold-out seasons at the Arsht Center, Ayikodans, Haiti’s premier dance troupe, returns to Miami to thrill audiences with a world premiere, Tribulations, and an expanded version of Danse de l’arraignée (Dance of the Spider) – all performed by the company’s incredibly fierce dancers and accompanied by an ensemble of drummers and vocalists. Created by Artistic Director and Choreographer Jeanguy Saintus, a 2008 Prince Claus Award recipient, Tribulations is a dance in three movements, depicting the familiar temptations that often lead to tribulations – the things that can either bring us happiness or pain. $35. 7:30pm. Carnival Studio Theater, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

December 20
Music
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
The world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and its esteemed Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis will perform a glorious program of holiday big band favorites, with special guest vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant – the sensational 23-year-old Miami native who won the 2010 Thelonious Monk Competition. Salvant’s ability to refract the styles of such iconic performers as Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Valaida Snow with 21st century freshness, expressivity, and soulfulness gives new meaning to Marsalis’ mantra all jazz is modern. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is known for its stylistic authenticity and its stellar performances of choice instrumental arrangements from the books of such key swing era units as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey. The remarkably versatile orchestra, comprising 15 of today’s finest jazz soloists and ensemble players, was formed as Lincoln Center’s resident orchestra in 1988. Featured in all aspects of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s programming, the orchestra performs and leads educational events in New York, across the U.S. and around the world; in concert halls; dance venues; jazz clubs; public parks; and with symphony orchestras, ballet troupes and local students. Under the direction of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer/trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, the orchestra spends over a third of the year on tour, and can also be heard through its weekly national radio programs, global television broadcasts and numerous recordings. 8pm. $75 – $120. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

cyrus-miley-51f2614dd1181December 20
Music
Y100 Jingle Ball
Don’t miss the music event of the year, the Y100 Jingle Ball. An unforgettable Christmas spectacular that features the biggest names in pop, rock, R&B and hip-hop. This year’s line-up includes Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Jason Derulo, Flo Rida, Austin Mahone, Fall Out Boy, Avril Lavigne, Armin Van Buuren, Enrique Iglesias and Fifth Harmony. The Jingle Ball gives back to the community to celebrate the holiday season.  This year’s official charity  is the Ryan Seacrest Foundation – $1. of each ticket sold will be donated to the non-profit organization, which is dedicated to inspiring today’s youth through entertainment and education focused initiatives. $60.25 – $270.25. 7:30pm. BB&T Center,  1 Panther Pkwy; Sunrise. For info: y100jingleball.com

December 20
Film
Elf
Winter Movie Nights at Fairchild kick off tonight. Enjoy fun, holiday-themed movies for the whole family under the winter night sky at Fairchild! For extra fun, take a tram tour or flashlight walking tour and enjoy scrumptious refreshments. Tonights movie is Elf. Directed by Jon Favreau. With Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Zooey Deschanel. After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity. $15. 7pm. Garden House Lawn, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road Coral Gables. For info: 305.667.1651.

December 20
Music
Bells in Boyland
Hilarity ensues this winter season as the Gay Men’s Chorus present their holiday concert Bells in Boyland, with some special guests and an amazing handbell choir. 8pm. Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach. For info: miamigaychorus.org

December 21
Shop
Farmers’ Market
Stock up your kitchen at the brand new Fairchild Farmers’ Market every Saturday (excluding festival weekends)! 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. Free. 9am – 2pm. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd; Coral Gables. For info: 305.667.1651.

December 21
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 21
Art
Noir
Because sometimes we choose to believe things are only indistinguishable shades of gray, when in reality, life is more black and white than it seems. Works by artists Joaquin Gonzalez, Loereto Carmona Manuet, Virginia Guilisasti, Peyo Vazquez and  David Rivera will be on display. 8pm. Free. Marcano/Maldonado, 4229 SW 75th Ave Suite-E, Miami. For info: mmartproject@gmail.com

December 21
Art
Piotr Uklanski: ESL
For ESL, Piotr Uklanski has created a striking and monumental fiber art sculpture, on view for the very first time at the Bass Museum of Art. Untitled (Story of the Eye) takes the form of an enormous abstracted eyeball that is fashioned from layers of dyed rope, fiber, macramé and embroidery.  This significant new work synthesizes Uklanski’s ongoing interest in craft and aesthetic practices from the fringes of Modernism, while also suggesting Feminist forms and the seminal role of visual pleasure. Emerging in the mid-nineteen-nineties, Piotr Uklanski has created an expansive and provocative body of work that defies categorization. He has engaged with nearly all forms of visual media including installation, large-scale paper reliefs, tie-dye paintings, fiber art, resin paintings, photography, performance and a feature-length film, Summer Love. Bass Museum, 2100 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: bassmuseum.org or 305.673.7530.

December 21
Music
Sights & Sounds of the Season
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 2013 calendar year. 7:30pm. New World Center, 500 17th St; Miami Beach. For info: newworldcenter.com

December 21
Film
Italian Movie Night
Head to the Coral Gables Museum courtyard for outdoor Italian film screenings as they continue to celebrate 2013 as the Year of Italian Culture. All films are in Italian with English subtitles. Showing tonight is I Vicere (The Viceroys). In the mid 1800′s, in the last years of the Bourbon reign in Sicily, and on the eve of Italian reunification, the funeral of Princess Teresa brings together the members of the Uzeda family, descendents of the Viceroys of Spain. Through the eyes of a boy, Consalvo, the last heir to the Uzeda dynasty, the mysteries, intrigues and complex personalities of the other family members, all prey to grand obsessions and passions, are brought to light. Constantly at each other’s throats, the Uzeda fight over the inheritance of the Princess who has just passed away, each searching to satisfy his or her contrasting desires. Little Consalvo grows up in a family always at war, ruled over by a domineering father whom the boy desperately seeks to break away from. But to survive, he winds up paying a very high price: he becomes just like the other Uzeda. Bring your loved ones, lawn chairs and snacks. Rental chairs, drinks, pizza and popcorn will also be available to benefit the Coral Gables Museum. Presented by Cinema Italy and Coral Gables Museum in collaboration with Dante Alighieri and the Italian Consulate of Miami. 8pm. Free. Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: 305-603-8067.

December 22
Film
Clambake
The Friends of Miami Marine Stadium will mark the iconic structure’s 50th Birthday with a party tonight in the courtyard of the Coral Gables Museum.  Screening is the Elvis Presley classic Clambake, actually filmed at the Marine Stadium. Our Miami spin on the New England tradition includes the movie, a plate of delicious paella and cash bar drinks. 6:30pm. $5. Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: 305-603-8067.

December 22
Theatre
9 To 5-The Musical
This new comedy 9 To 5 – The Musical, is based on the hit movie and features Dolly Parton’s original hit title song along with her new Tony Award and Grammy-nominated score. Three women — an overworked office manager, a jilted wife, and an objectified secretary — conspire to depose their smarmy boss and begin making woman-friendly changes in the workplace. Based on the 1980 hit movie. 2pm. $38. Stage Door Theatre, 8036 W. Sample Rd;  Coral Springs. stagedoortheatre.com

December 22
Music
Chamber Music
An afternoon of classical music with the New World Symphony and mezzo-soprano Amanda Crider. This chamber concert honoring what would have been English composer Benjamin Britten’s 100th birthday. Crider sings Britten’s Phaedra, a tragic piece derived from a translation of the Greek myth, and a quintet of Fellows will also perform his Sinfonietta and Mendelssohn’s Piano Sextet. 2pm. New World Center, 500 17th St; Miami Beach. For info: newworldcenter.com

December 24
Social
The Matzoball
Upholding to its tradition, the acclaimed MatzoBall is back with its unrivaled in-person networking and matchmaking affairs. The Society of Young Jewish Professionals and JDate are set to host the 27th annual MatzoBall on tonight. A holiday in its own right, the MatzoBall promises to deliver a night of high-energy networking and matchmaking for singles ages 21-49. Join thousands of revelers to mix and mingle in true holiday spirit. The DJ will spin a mix of the best ’80s and ’90s with today’s hits. $50. 9pm. LIV at The Fontainebleau- 4441 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: matzoball.org

December 25
Kids
Family Day Program
Which of your life experiences can make for an engaging graphic novel? What if your individual Super Hero was You? Imagine if You could change the course of events! Graphic artist and educator Jeffrey Marcus will assist participants of all ages in channeling their imaginations into graphic form. Tours of our Museum’s three exhibits provide inspiration. Bring the whole family for this fun-filled day. Reservations are suggested. 2pm – 4pm. Free with Museum admission. JMOF-FIU, 301 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305-672-5044.

December 25
Family
Holidays
Merry Christmas! Presents and family today, all day.

December 26
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

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