December 5 to December 12

December 5
Style
The Art Of the Fashion Show
As part of The Art of Fashion Show 2013 program, Artsy Productions USA proudly presents “The Iconic Archives,” a costume exhibition that explores fashion as art and celebrates the interconnected roles of fashion visionaries as artists. The exhibition’s layout is creatively comprised of thematic installments that highlight the timelessness of creations designed by some of the most influential, internationally-renowned fashion houses such as Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Christian Dior and Pucci. One installment takes a private peek into the personal wardrobe collections of icons such as Celia Cruz, Elizabeth Taylor, Greta Garbo, Maria Felix, Sara Montiel and Libertad Lamarque among others. Curator Luis Valenzuela masterfully creates a visual experience with gowns, accessories and costumes that bring to life the distinctive style of some of the greatest legends of Tinsel Town. A portion of the proceeds from tonights V.I.P. Opening Reception will benefit the Celia Cruz Foundation as a tribute to the 10th Anniversary of her passing and her incredible legacy. 4pm – 6pm. $125. The costume exhibition opens Dec 2 to Dec 7. 11am – 6pm. Peacock Foundation Studio, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

December 5
Film
Bettie Page Reveals All
Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Mark Mori’s Bettie Page Reveals All is an intimate look at one of the world’s most recognized sex symbols, told in her own words for the first time. In Mori’s alluring documentary, the real Bettie Page emerges from the veil of myth and rumor via audio interviews taped a decade prior to her death in 2008. With earthy, razor sharp wit, Bettie tells her life story — from humble beginnings as one of six children in an impoverished southern family, to high school salutatorian, to scandalous 50s pin-up model, to shocking retirement in 1957 at the peak of her modeling career. Sharing rare details about her short-lived first marriage and many torrid affairs, this keen insider’s glimpse follows Bettie through decades of broken marriages, born-again Christianity, and bouts of mental illness, before her ultimate return to the public eye in the early 90’s, unaware of her cult status. Ranked by Forbes in 2012 as one of the top ten posthumous celebrity earners, Bettie and her enduring legacy continue to flourish. The first and only feature film made with the star’s cooperation, Bettie Page Reveals All unfolds as a docu-comedy romp through a tapestry of 1950s pop culture treasures. With her razor sharp wit and Tennessee twang, Bettie shares details of her hidden past for the first time ever, chronicling her phenomenal journey from poverty- stricken, Depression-era roots to becoming America’s most successful pin-up. Never before have we seen her so exposed. 7pm & 9pm. O Cinema Wynwood, 90 NW 29th St; Miami and O Cinema Miami Shores, 9806 NE 2nd Ave;    Miami Shores. For info: 305-571-9970 or o-cinema.org.

December 5
Music
Chris Cornell
A rock icon and innovator who resists genre labels, Cornell was the chief architect of the ‘90s grunge movement as singer/songwriter for Soundgarden. Considered one of the best voices in music history, he has successfully maintained his own unique identity over more than two decades as a multi-Grammy award-winning musician, Golden Globe nominee and universally acclaimed singer, songwriter and lyricist. Don’t miss this rare chance to catch his new solo acoustic show at the Knight Concert Hall. Chris Cornell’s on the road again with acoustic arrangements of tracks from Soundgarden’s 2012 critically acclaimed King Animal, plus many faves from his incredible career. American/Sri Lankan folk artist, Bhi Bhiman, will be the opening act. $46 – $66. 8pm. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

December 5
Social
Los Jaichackers: Night Shade/Solanaceae
Pérez Art Museum Miami celebrates its first Miami Art Week in its new, state-of-the-art facility with a special opening celebration featuring a major performance by multimedia art collaborative Los Jaichackers.  For this one-night-only performance titled Night Shade/Solanaceae, Los Jaichackers will transform the museum into a site of cultural collisions through musical performances, video and sculpture. This event is members only, To participate, join PAMM now. 7pm – 11pm. Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: pamm.org

December 5
Lecture
Art Basel Salon: Tracey Emin
acclaimed British Artist Tracey Emin in conversation with Sir Norman Rosenthal. Emin has a neon exhibit, Angel Without You showing at MOCA during Art Basel. Open to the public. Seating limited. Miami Beach Convention Center, Hall C. 1901 Convention Center Dr; Miami Beach. For info: mocanomi.org or 305-893-6211.

December 5
Social
Baker’s Breakfast @ BAC
Before you hit the fairs, come break bread with us at the Bakehouse Art Complex.  At the Baker’s Breakfast, resident artists get inspired by the old bakery where their studios are housed today and create a international breakfast experience and share with visitors their baked goods. Attendees will have access to exhibitions and studios. Free. 9am – noon. Bakehouse Art Complex, 561 NW 32nd St; Miami. For info: 305.576.2828 or bacfl.?org

December 6
Kids
Seussical
“Oh, the thinks you can think” when Dr. Seuss’s best-loved stories collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper! 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 6
Dance
The Nutcracker
Enjoy a little girl’s dreamlike journey to the magical Land of the Sweets with the Sugarplum Fairy, dazzling costume characters, and Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score. The cast features star professional ballet dancers and students from Miami Youth Ballet. 8pm. $26 – $36. SMDCAC, 10950 SW 211 St; Cutler Bay. For info: smdcac.org

December 6
Film
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
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. On the Garden House Lawn. $15. 5pm. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd; Coral Gables.  For info: 305.667.1651 or fairchildgarden.org.

December 6
Art
Hilario F. Candela: the Culture of Architecture
This exhibition showcases the career of Miami architect Hilario F. Candela, FAIA, by highlighting a number of projects characteristic of his firm’s work from the sixties through the nineties, most in the South Florida area. The featured projects hold strong iconic presences in our communities, having been active public/private buildings, seen, admired and used by many. Designed as complement to the current exhibit Concrete Paradise: the Miami Marine Stadium, the subject of which Candela is also the architect, the exhibition samples architectural vocabulary and concepts that established a new understanding in our community of “the modern structure.” These landmark buildings were pioneering responses to our climate, materials and methods of construction, and changing cultural backdrop. Curated by Peter Menendez. Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: coralgablesmuseum.org

December 6
Music
Yanni
Legendary composer and performer Yanni brings his World Tour to Miami for two nights only! Known throughout the world as one of this century’s most original and successful composers and musicians, Yanni continues to blend jazz, classical, soft rock, and world music to create universally beloved instrumental works. Don’t miss Yanni’s global tour seen by over 5 million people around the world! 8pm. $49.50 – $125. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

December 6
Food
Norman Van Aken
No Experience Necessary is Chef Norman Van Aken’s joyride of a memoir. In it he spans twenty-plus years and nearly as many jobs including the fateful job advertisement in the local paper for a short-order cook with no experience necessary. Long considered a culinary renegade and a pioneering chef, Van Aken is an American original who chopped and charred, sweated and seared his way to cooking stardom with no formal training, but with extra helpings of energy, creativity, and faith. In the irreverent tradition of Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential, and populated by a rogues gallery of colorful characters including movie stars, legendary musicians, and culinary giants Julia Child, Emeril Lagasse, and Charlie Trotter, No Experience Necessary offers a uniquely personal, highly-entertaining under-the-tablecloth view of the high-stakes world of American cuisine told with wit, insight, and great affection by a natural storyteller. Don’t miss the launch party tonight with Van Aken and featuring guest chefs Alan Susser (Café at Books & Books), Phil Bryant (Swine Southern Table), Jamie DeRosa (Tongue & Cheek) and Cesar Zapataof (The Federal Miami) who will each prepare a recipe from the book and share food samples. Food, drinks, music in the Books & Books Courtyard, followed by a talk by Van Aken about his 20 years experience in the food industry.  His  talk will include surprise guest speakers and an homage to Charlie Trotter. With book signing to follow. Free. 7pm. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

December 6
Dance
Jonah Bokaer and Daniel Arsham
A groundbreaking choreographer and acclaimed visual artist join forces for an Arsht Center world premiere during Art Basel 2013! Jonah Bokaer, “contemporary dance’s renaissance man” (The New York Times), and Miami native Daniel Arsham bring to Miami a thrilling new multidisciplinary piece. Occupant focuses on movement in relationship to built spaces, objects, lighting, and other media, creating illusions in stage space. 6pm. $35. Carnival Studio Theater, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

December 6
Art
Elyse Littenberg
Coral Gables Gallery Night takes place tonight with artist Elyse Littenberg – The Living Series:  The Long and Winding Road from the Exterior to the Interior from the 1980s to 2013. Littenberg works in mixed media, attaching painted paper fragments to the surface of her monotypes.  She finds fast-drying water-based paint to be perfect for her process. Since the early 1980s, Littenberg has produced abstract mixed-media aerial landscapes. In addition to affixing painted paper fragments to her monotypes, she also sometimes starts with a painting and then prints and collages over it. Living Series: the Field is an aerial landscape with dual perspective: The viewer looks down on the earth from above but also looks across it toward the horizon where earth and sky meet.  It’s part of her ongoing series on landscapes, a series inspired by the beauty of the land and its vastness, particularly as viewed from the air. 7pm. Free. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

December 6
Books
The Art Issue: Surface Magazine & Do It
Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Do It began in Paris in 1993 as a conversation between the artists Christian Boltanski and Bertrand Lavier and Obrist himself, who was experimenting with how exhibition formats could be rendered more flexible and open-ended. The discussion led to the question of whether a show could take “scores” or written instructions by artists as a point of departure, which could be interpreted anew each time they were enacted. To test the idea, Obrist invited 13 artists to send instructions, which were then translated into nine different languages and circulated internationally as a book. Within two years, Do It exhibitions were being created all over the world by realizing the artists’ instructions. With every version of the exhibition new instructions were added, so that today more than 300 artists have contributed to the project. Constantly evolving and morphing into different versions of itself, Do It has grown to encompass “Do It (Museum),” “Do It (Home),” “Do It (TV),” “Do It (Seminar)” as well as some “Anti-Do Its”, a “Philosophy Do It” and, most recently, a “UNESCO Children’s Do It.” Nearly 20 years after the initial conversation took place, Do It has been featured in at least 50 different locations worldwide. To mark the twentieth anniversary of this landmark project, this new publication presents the history of this ambitious enterprise and gives new impetus to its future. It includes an archive of artists’ instructions, essays contextualizing Do It, documentation from the history of the exhibition and instructions by 200 artists from all over the world selected by Obrist, among them Carl Andre, Jimmie Durham, Dan Graham, Yoko Ono, Christian Marclay and Rosemarie Trockel, including 60 new instructions from Matias Faldbakken, Theaster Gates, Sarah Lucas, David Lynch, Rivane Neuenschwander and Ai Weiwei, among many others. 4pm. Books and Books, 927 Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach. For info: booksandbooks.com

December 6
Theatre
My Name is Asher Lev
This huge hit, still running Off-Broadway, tells the powerful story of a young student in post-WWII Brooklyn who is torn between his Hasidic upbringing and the desperate need to fulfill his artistic promise against the will of family, community and tradition. A stirring adaptation of a modern classic, it presents a heartbreaking and triumphant vision of what it means to be an artist. 8pm. GableStage, 1200 Anastasia Ave; Coral Gables. For info: gablestage.org or 305-445-1119.

December 7
Pageant
Miss Brasil USA
Over the past 21 years, the Miss Brasil USA pageant has became the biggest social event for the Brazilian community in the United States. In addition to celebrating the beauty of young candidates, this event its a genuine tribute to Brazil and all Brazilian immigrants. In this amazing event 35 girls will compete for the title of Miss Brazil USA and the coveted crown. The event is produced by Miss Brasil USA; Caca Santos, President, Daniele Quigley, Vice President and Caio Castro, Artistic Director. 8:30pm. $20 – $50. Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St; Fort Lauderdale. For info: missbrasilusa.com.

December 7
Books
Fire Island Pines: Polaroids 1975-1983
Growing up in the 1950s, Tom Bianchi would head into downtown Chicago and pick up 25-cent “physique” magazines at newsstands. In one such magazine, he found a photograph of bodybuilder Glenn Bishop on Fire Island. In 1970, fresh out of law school, Bianchi began traveling to New York, and was invited to spend a weekend at Fire Island Pines, where he encountered a community of gay men. Using an SX-70 Polaroid camera, Bianchi documented his friends’ lives in the Pines, amassing an image archive of people, parties and private moments. These images, published here for the first time, and accompanied by Bianchi’s moving memoir of the era, record the birth and development of a new culture. Soaked in sun, sex, camaraderie and reverie, “Fire Island Pines “conjures a magical bygone era. Bianchi was a corporate attorney, eventually working with Columbia Pictures in New York, painting and drawing on weekends. His artwork came to the attention of Betty Parsons and Carol Dreyfuss and they gave him his first one-man painting show in 1980. In 1984, he was given his first solo museum exhibition at the Spoleto Festival. After Bianchi’s partner died of AIDS in 1988, he turned his focus to photography, producing “Out of the Studio,” a candid portrayal of gay intimacy. Its success led to producing numerous monographs, including “On the Couch,” “Deep Sex” and “In Defense of Beauty.” Bianchi will discuss and sign his book today. 5pm. Books and Books, 927 Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach. For info: booksandbooks.com

December 7
Music
Starship
Starship was a band created by the settlement of a lawsuit. Notwithstanding this curious beginning, the group went on to a series of hits in the mid-’80s, including the chart-toppers “We Built This City,” “Sara,” and “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” in a polished, mainstream pop/rock style before splitting up in the early ’90s. 8:30pm. Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach. For info: colonytheatremiamibeach.com

December 7
Comedy
The Pretty Rock Christmas Spectacular
Comedian Yamil Piedra presents The Pretty Rock Project, an interactive multimedia comedy show that combines stand up, sketch comedy, short videos, audience interaction, social media integration, & more. Using a number of original characters, Piedra shatters the fourth wall & selects audience members to come up on stage & interact with him. Whether it’s auditioning for a telenovela alongside his international Latin star character “Sebastian Garcia” or being mystified by his lackluster illusionist “Lance Thunderstorm,” hilarity is guaranteed to ensue. Using Twitter in a bit called “Up Close with Yamil Piedra,” Piedra selects a lucky (or unlucky) audience member to interview using questions tweeted to him by the audience. Top this all off with hysterical short videos that he uses in between bits and The Pretty Rock Project is unlike any comedy show around.
9pm. $15. Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: fillmoremb.com or 305.673.7300.

December 7
Festival
Bollywood in Wynwood
With Bollywood dancers, bellydance performances, henna art, facial threading, a free saree workshop, and Indian drum and Tabla performances. 3pm. Free. Rupees Sarees, 415 NW 27th St; Miami. For info: rupeesinc.com or 305-576-4368.

December 7
Tour
Old Crandon Park Zoo Eco-Walk
Explore Crandon Park Gardens with eco-historian Frank Schena. See the old animal cages and peacocks, ibises, herons, swans and crocodiles. This area once grew wild after the zoo moved away, but has since been beautifully renovated. 9am – 11am. $30. Crandon Park Gardens, 6747 Crandon Park Blvd; Key Biscayne. For info: historymiami.org

December 7
Festival
Homestead Rock’n Rib Fest
Ribs, Rock and Rub. What else d’ya need to know? 11am – 9pm. Harris Field Pavillion, 1034 NE 8th St; Homestead. For info: 305-224-4570

December 7
Books
The Sartolialist
Scott Schuman just wanted to take photographs of people that he met on the streets of New York who he felt looked great. His now-famous and much-loved blog, thesartorialist.com, is his showcase for the wonderful and varied sartorial tastes of real people across the globe. This book is a beautiful anthology of his favorite images, accompanied by his insightful commentary. It includes photographs of well-known fashion figures alongside people encountered on the street whose personal style and taste demand a closer look. From the streets of New York to the parks of Florence, from Stockholm to Paris, from London to Moscow and Milan, these are the men and women who have inspired him and the many diverse and fashionable readers of his blog. After fifteen years in the fashion business, Schuman felt a growing disconnect between what he saw on the runways and in magazines, and what real people were wearing. The Sartorialist was his attempt to redress the balance. Since its beginning, the blog has become hugely admired and influential in the fashion industry and beyond. Thesartorialist.com is consistently named one of the top blogs in the world. A self-taught photographer, Schuman shoots for publications including French Vogue, American GQ, Fantastic Man and Elle, and a growing list of advertising clients. He has also shown his work at the New York photo gallery The Danziger Projects and appeared in the GAP Style Icon campaign in the fall of 2008. He has been named the number one fashion photography trend byAmerican Photo magazine, as well as one of Time magazine’s top 100 design influencers. Schuman will discuss and sign his book today. 11am. The Ice Palace, 1400 North Miami Ave; Miami. For info: booksandbooks.com

December 7
Theatre
The Red Thread
Red Thread, which was developed from ancient Chinese folktales and rewoven for a contemporary audience by Stephanie Ansin and Fernando Calzadilla, highlights a young woman’s heroic efforts to rescue her father’s miraculous masterpiece. Her ensuing adventures challenge her mind, body, and spirit, and ultimately bring her true love, inner strength, and a glorious reunion. The Red Thread is geared for children aged eight and older. 7pm. Miami Theater Center, 9806 NE 2nd Ave; Miami Shores. For info: mtcmiami.org or 305-751-9550

December 8
Music
Gospel Sundays: James Fortune and FIYA
Inspiring gospel artist James Fortune is considered a voice for the new generation.  Winner of three Stellar Awards and a recipient of two Grammy Award nominations for his album Identity, James Fortune and his band F.I.Y.A (Free In Yahweh’s Abundance) bring their soul-stirring songs of encouragement, healing and hope to the hearts of everyone. Fortune believes that to preach redemption in the 21st century, a production needs to be made of it; and with his spoken, sung, shouted encouragement, hip-hop arrangements and urban beats he will do just that. James Fortune’s hits such as, “Hold On”, “I Believe”, and “I Trust You” demonstrate his urban gospel hip-hop soul music done up in show biz style that further connects him to a wide audience. Fortune is also a 6 time ASCAP award winning songwriter, President & CEO of FIYAWORLD Music! 4pm. Free. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

December 8
Poetry
Poetry of the Keys: Deborah Linker & Leonel Valle
Keys Latitude consists of a group of poems written in English and Spanish about life in the Florida Keys. It deals with nature, love, and sports fishing. The goal of this book is to provide a poetic view of the life of those of us who live in the Florida Keys. This book also serves as a source of inspiration and a treasure chest of memories for those who have visited here and may have had similar experiences, and for others so that they may enjoy, if only vicariously, the unique beauty of our flora and fauna that delight us here in the Keys. Living on the Edge is a collection of passionate poems reflects a journey of love, loss, and recovery inspired by nature and history of the Florida Keys. Linker’s emotional work gives a voice to those who have experienced living on the edge of life, love, loneliness and the sea. Linker & Valle will discuss and sign their book today. 4pm. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

December 8
Music
Holiday Music at Fairchild
Come celebrate our 20th year of Holiday Music in the Garden as heart-warming seasonal music combines with the gorgeous backdrop of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Enjoy a delicious champagne dinner under the stars, and after dinner, guests will be treated to a wonderful holiday program of seasonal music. There will also be a divine dessert following the concert. 6pm – 10pm. $250. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd; Coral Gables.  For info: 305.667.1651 or fairchildgarden.org.

December 8
Tour
Coconut Grove Comedy History Walk
Laugh along with college professor-by-day and comedian-by-night Freddy Stebbins as he tells the history of “Cocoanut Grove.” Walk through the beautiful tree-lined streets of one of Miami’s historic neighborhoods and learn about their zany history. 10am – 12pm. Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American Dr; Coconut Grove. For info: historymiami.org

December 8
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 8
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. Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile; Coral Gables. For info: actorsplayhouse.org or 305-444-9293

December 8
Lecture
The Distracted Exhibition
On Enchantment and Composting Archival Shreds. This lecture by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev explores the question of the art exhibition as an embodied and “dis-tracted” archive(dis / trahere = to pull or to draw in another direction), and it focuses on  how objects function in relation to the experience of witnessing – the artist’s witnessing of the world, the viewer’s witnessing of the artwork, and even the art object’s witnessing of the spectacle within which it is caught and entrapped. dOCUMENTA (13) was both an art exhibition, a process and a state of mind. In it, the notion of archive was viewed with suspicion and pulled towards forms of symbiotic decomposition and recomposition – a cultural quasi-compost. With examples of artworks and projects created for dOUCUMENTA (13), including Mario Garcia Torres, Rossella Biscotti, Claire Pentecost, Michael Rakowitz, And And And, Adrian Villar-Rojas and Dihn Q Lee. Christov-Bakargiev was the Artistic Director of dOCUMENTA (13) and is guest professor in art theory and practices at Northwestern University, Evanston and  Goethe University, Frankfurt. Free. 11:30am. Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: pamm.org or 786-345-5643.

December 9
Music
Brazilian Voices
From Brazil to the World will immerse you in the beauty of the Brazilian culture through a combination of informative presentations and live performances, including the amazing martial art form Capoeira. Twenty beautiful voices, along with live instrumental accompaniment and dancers will perform the best of Brazilian music. The show will include a visual presentation on the culture and history of Brazil and a lesson which teaches the students to sing a traditional Brazilian song. Grades: 3 – 8. 10am. $7. Broward Center, 201 SW 5th Ave; Fort Lauderdale. For info: browardcenter.org

December 9
Art
Hugo França
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden will show the work of Hugo França as the featured designer for the 2013-2014 season of Design at Fairchild, part of the annual Art at Fairchild exhibitions held in the Garden since 2005. Based in Brazil, França uses all natural materials to create functional and sustainable design pieces like chaises and benches. Each piece uses reclaimed wood from felled, burned or dead trees found in Brazil. By working them into functional and intricate designs, França gives new life to trees that are sometimes hundreds of years old. Sixteen of França’s pieces will be exhibited throughout Fairchild’s 85 acres of tropical plants. França lived with the indigenous people of a jungle in Bahia, a state in northeastern Brazil, where he learned unique woodworking techniques. Instead of masking it, he accentuates the natural quality of his materials. The pieces are organic and show a true appreciation and understanding of nature. Viewers can experience all the details of the wood used, from the texture to the color to the shape. Given its harmony with the environment, França’s work will fit seamlessly into the natural landscape of Fairchild. Both the artist and the Garden are committed to fostering sustainability and promoting conservational awareness. Curated by Cristina Grajales of the Cristina Grajales Gallery in New York. Fairchild, 10901 Old Cutler Rd; Coral Gables. For info: 305-667-1651 or fairchildgarden.org.

December 9
Music
Jimmy Eat World
Invented, the sixth full-length album by Jimmy Eat World, contains the signature big hooks and sing-along melodies for which the band has become famous. Fans of the band’s older hits like “The Middle,” “Sweetness,” and “Pain” will find lots to grab onto and those same fans will be happy to learn that Mark Trombino, who served as a producer on the band’s first three albums Static Prevails, Clarity and Bleed American, is again at the helm for Invented. While the music is “classic Jimmy Eat World,” the lyrics come from a completely different place than ever before. Jim Adkins, the band’s primary lyricist, credits this new lyrical direction to an exercise he created for himself as the band was putting the finishing touches on their previous album, Chase This Light. At the time, Adkinshad recently discovered two books — Cindy Sherman’s “Completely Untitled Film Still” series and Hannah Starkey’s “Photographs 1997-2007” and became taken with the creation of his own back stories for each photo. The reconnection with producer Mark Trombino occurred in San Diego during the band’s sold-out national tour commemorating the 10-year anniversary for the album Clarity. Jimmy Eat World got their start in 1994 and has gained a reputation for being a band of great perseverance and hard work. Since the 1999 release of their breakthrough debut album Clarity, they’ve sold millions of records, have had numerous top ten singles at Modern Rock Radio, appeared on Saturday Night Live and have toured with Foo Fighters, Green Day and Weezer. Jimmy Eat World will be on the road for the next year plus in support of Invented. 7:30pm. $28.50. Culture Room, 3045 N Federal Hwy; Fort Lauderdale. For info: livenation.com

December 9
Tour
Police Horses and Lummus Park
Visit the police horses at their home in Lummus Park, the city’s oldest park, with guide Sylvia Gurinsky. 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. Advanced reservations and payment required. 10am – 12pm. $30. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: historymiami.org

wwryDecember 10
Theatre
We Will Rock You
From London’s West End, the worldwide smash hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton comes to Miami for a limited engagement! We Will Rock You features the greatest hits of the legendary British rock group Queen. Now in its 11th year in London and seen by a staggering 15 million people worldwide, this hilarious, multi-award-winning and record-breaking phenomenon boasts a fantastic score of killer Queen tunes that you just can’t resist singing along to, such as “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “We Are the Champions,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and, of course, “We Will Rock You.” It’s the world champion of musicals and the show that rocks harder than any other, so don’t miss the party. 8pm. $26 – $96. Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

December 10
Film
Shun Li and the Poet
Stunning performances, beautiful cinematography and a touching script highlight the story of Shun Li, who works in a textile factory near Rome, slowly paying off the broker that brought her from China to Italy, while saving money so she can bring her young son to join her. She is suddenly transferred to work as a bartender at a pub in a small town along the Venetian Lagoon. She meets Bepi, a handsome old Slav immigrant and a tender, delicate friendship grows between the two. But this alliance between two cultures that are more alike than we think is all at once threatened. Italian and Mandarin with English subtitles. Hosted by Shelly Isaacs who will introduce the film and lead a post-screening discussion. 7pm. $10. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St; Aventura. For info: aventuracenter.org

December 11
Music
Tierney Sutton and Shelly Berg Trio
Backed by the Shelly Berg Trio, Sutton will perform From “Johnny to Joni – Tierney Sutton sings Mercer to Mitchell.” An acclaimed jazz vocalist, Tierney Sutton is a three-time Grammy nominee and winner of Jazzweek’s “Vocalist of the Year” and the LA Jazz Society’s Vocalist Award. The New York Times raves that Sutton’s “a singer’s singer.” Pianist, composer, arranger and educator, Shelly Berg is Dean of the UM Frost School of Music and is a Grammy nominated artist. Hailed as “one of the finest pianists around in the early 21st century” by the All Music Guide, Berg is an accomplished pianist in both classical and jazz styles. He is a recording artist for Concord Music Group, a Steinway piano artist and is currently arranging and co-producing a new CD with Gloria Estefan on the Sony International label. 7:45. $40. Broward Center, 201 SW 5th Ave; Fort Lauderdale. For info: goldcoastjazz.org.

December 11
Books
The Hooker’s Daughter
In 1950s Jewish Boston, author Dale Stanten’s mother established a home-based business as a prostitute to remedy her husband’s inability to provide for his family. At age six, the author was answering the front door for johns. Neighbor children were forbidden to play with her and even the Girl Scouts asked her to leave. What a terrible irony, in a family with so many strange and twisted realities, her gay sister, “coming out” at age 16, was the only thing her parents focused on as contemptible. The Hooker’s Daughter is a story of survival, driven by a strong will and an ability to extract positive qualities from a dysfunctional life, punctuated by immoral and illegal behaviors. The author was able to reconcile the reality of her environment with what she wished it to be. The resulting tenacity enabled Dale to cope with her terminally ill husband and widowhood at age 37. Her unconditional love for her mother challenges the reader to examine beyond that which is socially acceptable and identify that which is universal. A life-long learner, Stanton studies Kabbalah and Torah and shares her personal journey to encourage others to rise above their circumstances, no matter how difficult, using their inner strength to determine the course of their own lives. Stanton will discuss and sign her book tonight. 8pm. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

December 11
Music
Jazz Lounge: NWSA Jazz Combo
Head to the Gusman for an evening of great jazz and drinks tonight. Performing will be the New World School of Arts Jazz Combo. 6pm – 9pm. Free. Gusman Center, 174 E. Flagler St; Miami. For info:  305-374-2444 or gusmancenter.org

December 11
Books
Green Book Club
The Green Book Club meets the second Wednesday of the month to discuss the previous month’s read. Come join the group for a conversation about The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food by Janisse Ray, winner of The American Horticultural Society Book Award. The New York Times has proclaimed Ray as The Rachel Carson of the South, and in this book she brings us inspiring stories of ordinary gardeners whose aim is to save time-honored, open pollinated varieties of seeds. Of the thousands of seed varieties available at the turn of the 20th century, 94% have been lost. She recounts the stories, heritage and history that pass between these people as seeds are passed from hand to hand. 11am – 1pm. Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive; Miami Beach. For info: miamibeachbotanicalgarden

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