December 20 – December 27

December 20
Theatre
Orchid
Last few days to catch the fabulous revue, orchid. In The Beginning, There Was A Flower That Grew In A Garden On The Edge Of Reality And The Beginning Of Fantasy. Orchid is a dream world of song, dance, glamour, burlesque, aerial acrobatics and variety arts set inside a seductively surreal pleasure garden installed at the gateway of Miami’s Design District. The show tells the story of Orchid, the creation of a reclusive and melancholic Master Gardener, as she searches for happiness through a seductively surreal garden. Along the way she discovers strange and wonderful creatures such as Poison Ivy, Honeysuckle Rose, Lily and the Bee Keeper, who are intoxicated by her beauty, mystery and sensuality. Part Moulin Rouge and part Cabaret, this spectacularly lush live entertainment experience will indulge your senses, alter your reality, and take you to unexpected places. 8pm. $49 – $119. The Pleasure Garden, 299 NE 38 St; Miami. For info: orchidtheshow.com or 888.589.8934

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: mcb.org

December 20
Art
Smoke Signals: Istwa, Paisajes and Allegories
The new exhibit Smoke Signals: istwa, paisajes and allegories, curated by ArtCenter alumnus William Cordova, will challenge what may be familiar perceptions of our surroundings through unconventional materials. Many of the materials these artists incorporate into their work are often sourced from traditional building materials, found objects and textiles. The exhibition proposes alternative methods of reconsidering our own presence and values.  The artists exhibiting include Onyedika Chuke, Yanira Collado, Lourdes Correa-Carlo, Rashawn Griffin, Leslie Hewitt, Glexis Novoa, Howardena Pindell, Jerome Reyes, Carlos Sandoval de Leon, Onajide Shabaka, Noelle Theard, Robert Thiele, Anna Tsouhlarakis and Mary Valverde6-10pm. Through February 17. The Richard Shack Gallery, 800 Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach. For info: artcentersf.org

December 20
Film
Ai Weiwie: Never Sorry
Named by ArtReview as the most powerful artist in the world, Ai Weiwei is China’s most celebrated contemporary artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. In April 2011, when Ai disappeared into police custody for three months, he quickly became China’s most famous missing person. His frequent witty use of his blog and twitter, he is able to organize, inform, and inspire his followers, becoming an underground hero to millions of Chinese citizens. Reception with Dim Sum and refreshments served. 6:30pm. Screening 7:30pm. De La Cruz Collection, 23 NE 41 St; Miami. For info: DeLaCruzCollection.com

December 21
Theatre
Side by Side by Sondheim
The musical revue, Side by Side by Sondheim features the songs of Broadway and film composer Stephen Sondheim. Its title is derived from the song “Side by Side by Side” from Company. The sophistication, wit, insight, heart and genius of Broadway’s most innovative and influential artist is at the center of this tribute to composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim. This dazzling array of some of Sondheim’s best-known songs features numbers from landmark shows that revolutionized the musical theatre with their masterful craft and astounding creativity. $38. 8pm. Miami Beach Stage Door Theatre, 500 71st St; Miami Beach. For info: 305.397.8977 or miamibeachstage.org

December 21
Film
In Another Country
Legendary French actress Isabelle Huppert stars in the first English-language film from South Korean master Hong Sang-soo. In a triptych of overlapping stories, three different French women (a filmmaker, an adulterer and a divorce – Huppert, Huppert and… Huppert) visit a small Korean resort town and encounter a flirtatious director, a lovestruck lifeguard and far too much soju. Hong’s latest tale(s) of love, lust and misunderstanding, In Another Country is an effortless, laugh-out-loud comedy that plays like a lost French New Wave classic. 7pm. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

December 21
Film
The Central Park Five
In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers were arrested and charged with brutally attacking and raping a white female jogger in Central Park. News media swarmed the case, calling them a “wolfpack.” The five would spend years in prison for a crime they didn’t commit before the truth about what really happened became clear. With The Central Park Five, this story of injustice finally gets the attention it deserves. Based on Sarah Burns’ riveting book and co-directed by her husband David McMahon and father, the acclaimed doc filmmaker Ken Burns, this incendiary film tells the riveting tale of innocent young men scapegoated for a heinous crime, and serves as a mirror for our times. 8pm. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

December 21
Music
Jersey Boys
Jersey Boys tells the story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30. Winner of the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album and most recently, the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical, the show features Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famers The Four Seasons’ hit songs Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Rag Doll, Oh What a Night and Can’t Take My Eyes Off You. $40 – $80. 8pm. Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd; West Palm Beach. For info: kravis.org

December 21
Comedy
The End of the World
The proper way to spend your last night on Earth watching comedy. Last show of the year and the Last Day on Earth. A match made in Mayan heaven. Featuring Comics from NYC, LA, and Miami. Reservations required. $35 Show + Open Bar or $20 Entrance Only. Quality Inn, 14501 S. Dixie Hwy; Miami. For info: comedyinn.com

December 21
Film
Gremlins
Bandshell Movie Night in the North Shore shows Gremlins tonight. A boy inadvertantly breaks 3 important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town. Directed by Joe Dante. Starring Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates. Come out and enjoy a movie under the stars at the North Shore Park Bandshell. 7pm. Free. North Shore Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: miamibeachparks.com

December 22
Dance
Holiday Ballet Gala
Ballet Etudes of South Florida and Balleteatro Nacional de Puerto Rico are coming together for one magical and memorable Holiday Ballet Gala tonight. The Gala will feature works from each company’s repertoire and conclude with The Nutcracker Suite featuring dancers from both companies. It is a treat for the whole family. $61.50 – $40. 8:30pm. Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach. For info: balletetudesfla.com

December 22
Tour
Beach Botanical Garden
Have you ever wanted to know more about the Garden’s role in the history of Miami Beach, or what the heck that tree with the spines is out by the gate entrance? Guided tours are back! We have knowledgeable docents ready to show you just how much is really packed into our 2.6 acres, Tours generally last 30 minutes. $5. 2pm. Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr; Miami Beach. For info: mbgarden.org

December 22
Art
The Gift of the Present Moment
The contemporary world bombards individuals with information. Born from a student/teacher relationship and turned into collaboration by artists Lazaro Amaral  and Chloe Firetto-Toomey, The Gift of the Present Moment, uses text and visual representations to convey a poem as conceptual art.  The Gift of the Present Moment mimics the madness of the world, creating a sort of ‘Turrets Art” that demands you to inhale, slow down, listen close and appreciate the art as though you were the eye within the storm. Sales from The Gift of the Present Moment will benefit ArtCenter’s Print Lab. Through January 27.  ArtCenter South Florida Studios:  924 Vitrine, 924 Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach. For info: artcentersf.org

December 22
Film
The Red Balloon & The Plastic Bag
A film by Albert Lamorisse, The Red Balloon remains one of the most beloved children’s films of all time. In this deceptively simple, nearly wordless tale, a young boy discovers a stray balloon, which seems to have a mind of its own, on the streets of Paris. The two become inseparable, yet the world’s harsh realities finally interfere.  The Plastic Bag, A film by Ramin Bahrani traces the epic, existential journey of a plastic bag searching for its lost maker, the woman who took it home from the store and eventually discarded it. Along the way, it encounters strange creatures, experiences love in the sky, grieves the loss of its beloved maker, and tries to grasp its purpose in the world. 5:45pm. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

December 23
Miami Dade College recently hosted a reception to officially open Toledo/Toledo: Full Circle, an exhibition of designer Isabel Toledo’s pieces and her husband Ruben Toledo’s paintings and drawings. The exhibition, free and open to the public, will run through February 2, 2013 at the college’s Museum of Art + Design, located in the Freedom Tower.

December 23
Kids
Polar Express Story Time
Come listen to the timeless story of a young boy on his adventure to meet Santa! We will be reading the story every hour on the hour. After the story, we will be making our own snow and jingle bell necklaces. We will even have hot chocolate and cupcakes to enjoy. Noon – 3pm. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway; Miami. For info: 305-373-5437 or miamichildrensmuseum.org.

December 24
Social
The MatzoBall
Upholding its tradition, the acclaimed MatzoBall is back with its unrivaled in-person networking and matchmaking affairs. The Society of Young Jewish Professionals and JDate host the 26th Annual MatzoBall tonight. A holiday in its own right, MatzoBall promises to deliver a night of high-energy, networking and matchmaking for singles ages 21-49 in New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Delray Beach and Ft. Lauderdale.  Miami Beach’s LIV invites revelers to join thousands to mix and mingle in true holiday spirit. The DJ will spin a mix of the best ’80s and ’90s with today’s hits. $40. 8pm. LIV, 4441 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: matzoball.org

December 24
Kids
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Come get into the holiday spirit by watching this special performance by the MCM players. We will be acting out Dr. Seuss’ beloved Christmas story. Come join Cindy Lou Who, the Grinch, and Max in this unforgettable adventure! 2pm. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway; Miami. For info: 305-373-5437 or miamichildrensmuseum.org.

December 25
Kids
Game On
Come and play your favorite games: mah jongg, scrabble, checkers, boggle, plus create your own game to take home. $15. 2pm. Jewish Museum of Florida, 301 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: jewishmuseum.com

December 26
Film
Funny Girl
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 Funny Girl. The life of comedienne Fannie Brice, from her early days in the Jewish slums of the Lower East Side, to the height of her career with the Ziegfeld Follies, including her marriage to and eventual divorce from her first husband, Nick Arnstein. Directed by William Wyler. Starring Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif.   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 27
Poetry
2012 Wordspeak
Spoken Word: Come enjoy readings and performances by Tigertail Productions’ award-winning 2012 WordSpeak teen team, which represents the leading edge of spoken word. Poems spit by WordSpeak team members will rivet you to your seat. 8pm. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

December 27
Social
Surfilicious Food Truck Party
Enjoy South Florida’s favorite Food Trucks as they roll into downtown Surfside. Come and enjoy the food truck experience while visiting the fab restaurants and shops. Expected Trucks include: Purple People Eatery, Southern Veggie Express, Boba Station, Daddys Grill, Catered Bliss, Waffleosophy, Jefe’s Original, Ms Cheezious, Fireman Derek, Clara Belles and Coffee Brake. Sponsored by the Town of Surfside Tourist Board. 94th St at Harding Ave; Surfside. For info: 305-864-0722 or visitsurfsidefl.com

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