December 6 to December 13

December 6
Tour
Downtown Cuban Guayabera Adventure
Join guide Pepe Menendez on a Cuban adventure in downtown Miami. Visit the Ramon Puig House of Guayaberas, Le Epoca Department Store, and see and hear the stories of the Freedom Tower. Follow with a delicious optional Cuban Lunch at Roho. Advance reservations and payment required. $25. 11am – 1pm. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-375-1621 or historymiami.org.

December 6
Art
Esther Shalev-Gerz: Describing Labor
Not what do you see, but do you see – this question is at the core of Describing Labor, an exhibition by contemporary artist Esther Shalev-Gerz for The Wolfsonian-FIU. During her 2011 residency Shalev-Gerz mined The Wolfsonian’s extensive collection of historical materials depicting work and working figures. Once the heroic image of class-consciousness and national character – pictured widely in the period of the Great Depression, the Soviet Revolution, and the two World Wars – the worker since has disappeared from the contemporary visual landscape. Through video, audio, photography, and text, Shalev-Gerz’s installation gives voice to these otherwise silent figures so that we might achieve a new awareness of the human endeavor that gives shape to our daily realities. As the Wolfsonian collection offers a picture of labor in its heroic, historical moment, Describing Labor re-articulates that picture for our time. Through March 3. The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305.531.1001 or wolfsonian.org

December 6
Film
Kurt
The world premier of a short film by artist Adarsha Benjamin called Kurt takes place tonight. Kurt is an abstract portrayal of the personality and many masks of the myth that surrounded the late Kurt Cobain featuring various actors and their take on this cultural icon. Choreographer and L.A. dance provocateur Ryan Heffington stages a 15 min. “over-sensory live version” inspired by the famous Nirvana music video, “Smells like Teen Spirit” to original music by Guy Blakeslee, front man of the LA indie-band, The Entrance. Then a performance by Thurston Moore from the legendary band Sonic Youth whose music was a huge influence on Kurt Cobain and Nirvana. $25 – $50. Gusman, 174 East Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-372 -0925 or gusman.org.

December 6
Social
Party on the Plaza
MAM presents “Party on the Plaza,” the Museum’s largest event of the year. Celebrating the opening of New Work Miami 2013 exhibition, showcasing newly-commissioned works by Miami’s vibrant artistic community. Hosted by MAM Director Thom Collins with special musical performances and cocktails on the Museum’s outdoor plaza. 6pm – 11pm. MAM, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-375-3000 or miamiartmuseum.org.

December 7
Tour
Bayfront Architecture & Archaeology
Walk along the confluence of the Miami River and Biscayne Bay while learning about Miami’s history, from the Tequesta people to early pioneers and modern times. View art and architecture along the way to the Miami Circle archaeological site. Advance reservations and payment required. $30. 10am – 12pm. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-375-1621 or historymiami.org.

December 7
Music
My American Idols with Kimberley Locke
Kimberley Locke rose to fame as a finalist on Season 2 of American Idol and followed that up with a string of Hits on the Pop and Dance singles charts. Now she is exploring the Great American Songbook and singing the music of her Idols. From timeless chanteuses (Etta James, Judy Garland and Dinah Washington) to contemporary divas (Whitney Houston, Regina Belle and Gladys Knight), Ms. Locke takes us on a musical journey through the voices that made her love music. Also, renowned Cabaret Pianist and Musical Director, Rick Leonard. 8pm. $34.50. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St; Aventura. For info: aventuracenter.org or 305-466-8002

December 7
Kids
Fabulous First Friday Evening
A fun-filled evening of laser lights, stars, and more at the Miami Science Musuem. Don’t miss the Planetarium Star Show and rooftop observatory viewing. Later in the evening, check out Miami Science Museum’s famous Laser Shows in the Planetarium. Check out the Activity Room for kids – a fun alternative for the little ones! Swing by the Space Gallery for a few hands-on activities and demonstrations. 7pm. $4. child, $8. adult. Miami Science Museum, 3280 South Miami Ave; Miami. For info: 305-646-4234

December 7
Music
Middle Eastern Music & Jazz concert
A concert of Middle Eastern Music & Jazz. Enjoy the artistry of Ud, Percussion, Voice, Saxophone and Dance. Featuring: Nestor Zurita, Saxophone, Myriam Eli, Dance & Percussion, Joe Zeytoonian, Ud and Voice, Roshana Nofret, Dancers: Reza Filsofi Santur, Setar, Daf, Tombak. 8pm. Arts at St Johns, 4760 Pine Tree Dr; Miami Beach. For info: 786.309.1275 or artsatstjohns.com

December 7
Film
Holy Motors
From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the life of Monsieur Oscar, a shadowy character who journeys from one life to the next. He is, in turn, captain of industry, assassin, beggar, monster, family man. He seems to be playing roles, plunging headlong into each part – but where are the cameras? Monsieur Oscar is alone, accompanied only by Céline, the slender blonde woman behind the wheel of the vast engine that transports him through and around Paris. He’s like a conscientious assassin moving from hit to hit. In pursuit of the beautiful gesture, the mysterious driving force, the women and the ghosts of past lives. But where is his true home, his family, his rest? 7pm. &  9:15pm. $10. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

December 7
Music
Chromatics (Italians Do It Better)
Don’t miss the exclusive Art Basel week Miami debut performance of the Chromatics presented by Sweat Records and M.O.  Their music incorporates elements of Italo disco, lo-fi rock, and noir pop, using a palette of analog synths, hypnotizing female vocals, and rhythmic patterns.  Featured prominently in the hit film Drive and their most recent album Kill For Love was awarded “Best New Music” by Pitchfork.  Opening up are Prince Rama (Paw Tracks), a two-piece psychedelic art-rock band originally from Florida and now based in Brooklyn. $20. 8pm. Olympia Theater, Gusman, 174 East Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-372 -0925 or gusman.org.

December 8
Film
Un Ballo in Maschera
Don’t miss a screening of The Metropolitan Opera HD Live Series: Un Ballo in Maschera. Directd by: Carlo Battistoni. Starring Salvatore Licitra, Bruno Caproni and Maria Guleghina. is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi with text by Antonio Somma. The libretto is loosely based on an 1833 play, Gustave III, by French playwright Eugène Scribe who wrote about the historical assassination of King Gustav III of Sweden. The subject was well known and had been used by other composers, including Daniel Auber, for his 1833 opera, Gustave III, ou Le bal masqué and later by Saverio Mercadante for his Il reggente in 1843. 12:55pm. Regal South Beach, 1120 Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach. For info: metopera.org/HD

December 7
Music
Nicolas Jaar
Electronic music prodigy Nicolas Jaar will perform a sensational live concert tonight at the Mondrian as part MOCA’s Art’s comprehensive Art Basel Miami Beach  programming. The world-class show, Jaar’s first ever in Miami, will feature his most recent work using a new band format consisting of an array of keyboards, synthesizers and his own singing on a vintage microphone.  One of the most important and in-demand musicians in the electronic music world today, Jaar refers to his ruminative and emotional musical style as ‘blue-wave’,  drawing his inspiration from fellow-Chilean Ricardo Villalobos and minimal techno. Most of his groundbreaking compositions reside at 100 BPM or lower, which is lower than the techno/house standards of 120-130 BPM. Jaar released his debut album, Space Is Only Noise in January 2011 to critical acclaim. It was included in “Best New Music” from Pitchfork and  ranked #1 album of the year by Resident Advisor, Mixmag, and Crack Mag magazines. His single  “Don’t Break My Love” also received Best New Music by Pitchfork in late 2011. $25. VIP $40. Mondrian, 1100 West Ave, Miami Beach. For info: mocanomi.org.

December 8
Dance
The Nutcracker
On Christmas Eve, a little girl named Marie falls asleep after a party at her home and dreams herself (or does she?) into a fantastic world where toys become larger than life. Her beloved Nutcracker comes to life and defends her from the Mouse King, then is turned into a Prince after Marie saves his life. The beloved ballet “The Nutcracker” opens tonight in a dazzling production by Florida Classical Ballet. Directors Magaly Suarez and Ibis Montoto stage an athletic and joyous production of this holiday classic featuring performances by Adiarys Almeida and Joseph Gatti of the Boston Ballet. 8pm. $35 – $60. Olympia Theater, Gusman, 174 East Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-372 -0925 or gusman.org.

December 8
Kids
Family Fun Day: Art HistoryMiami
Miami is abuzz with art, artists, and art aficionados. Come add your own artistic stamp to a public mural as HistoryMiami brings back the popular Zot Artz For All activity. We will also be highlighting significant art pieces and paintings in our collection on a special Art History tour through our galleries. Join the fun the second Saturday of each month from 12 to 5 p.m. for FREE things to do, learn and experience with the whole family. 12pm – 5pm. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-375-1621 or historymiami.org.

December 8
Books
Jane Seymour
Actress will sign her new book today at Books and Books. Seymour is a multiple Emmy and Golden Globe winner and recipient of the Officer of the British Empire, which was bestowed on her by Queen Elizabeth II. Jane has proven her talents in virtually all arenas, from the Broadway stage to motion pictures to television. Her love of art and color has led to her great success as a painter and fashion and jewelry designer. Open Hearts Family is an inspirational collection of poems, essays, and quotes that celebrate both the families we were born to and the families that we make for ourselves among friends and all who touch our lives. Signing guidelines: Today’s event is an autographing only. Seymour will personalize books and take photos with her fans (not posed) and will sign memorabilia for those people who buy a copy of the book. Only those books purchased at Books & Books will be eligible for signing. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

December 8
Tour
Overtown Trolley
Tour Downtown’s oldest black neighborhood with Guide Michael Pearlman. See Dorsey House, Dr. William Chapman House, Booker T. Washington Sr. High School, People’s BBQ, Jackson’s Soul Food, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Lyric Theater, and the Black Police Precinct Museum. Limit: 10. Advance reservations and payment required. $30. 12pm – 2pm. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-375-1621 or historymiami.org.

December 8
Film
Rising Tide – A Story of Miami Artists
Miami is in the middle of a cultural explosion. Filmed during the lead up to Art Basel Miami Beach in 2011, Rising Tide is a story about the visual artists who live and work in this emerging art city. Featuring Jen Stark, the TM Sisters, Venessa Monokian, Funner Projects, Brookhart Jonquil and gallery owner Brook Dorsch, this documentary takes you inside the working worlds of these unique creative talents and serves as the perfect introduction to the history and trajectory of Miami’s creative development. 5pm. $10. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

December 8
Opera
Mahagonny
Mahagonny is a contemporary performance which includes physical theater and dance among its distinctive elements. It is based on the libretto originally written in 1930 for opera by the German playwright and poet Berthold Brecht, The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. The play takes place  in a fictitious city founded in an unknown place in Florida, with many local parallels. The story is centered around the foundation of this city, and a love story between Jenny Gil, a prostitute, and Jim Mahoney, a musician. It is also about dreams of generations of immigrants, corruption, hurricanes and the economic crisis. Mahagonny is presented by Antiheroes Project, under the direction of José Manuel Domínguez with the support of the Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs Department, in collaboration with FundArte and the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. 8:30pm. $25. South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211 St; Cutler Bay. For info:  786-573-5316 or smdcac.org

December 9
Film
The Girl Behind the White Picket Fence
An artist’s world of movie stills, ‘The Girl Behind the White Picket Fence’ is a succession of Polaroid film stills. One after another, this film takes this to the limit and still delivers. Sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly, flowing with the rhythm of the music or in the energy the film portrays. The gaps keep the viewer paying close attention but this is no Instagram lark, this is real analog Polaroid film, a complete window into an artist’s mind as she sees the world. Sunny, hot, in love, open spaces evoking freedom but also banishment. This film started out with a vision of grand collectiveness with all participants coming from Schneider’s time in Hollywood ranging from directors to actors, producers to agents and writers to weirdos. The center of this story is the ‘Lonely Hearts Radio Station’ DJ, who talks to the searching broken hearted in the southern Californian desert. A sad young girl calls in to better understand what is going on which results in an unexpected chain of events. 5pm. $10. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

December 8
Music
Percussion Consort: Sonic Youth
Students and faculty from the University of Miami’s Percussion Department share the stage with the NWS Fellows in Charles Wuorinen’s immense Percussion Symphony. Lou Harrison’s cacophonous Organ Concerto features soloist Paul Jacobs in a spectacular array of sound. Be sure to make this concert a part of your Art Basel weekend festivities. Michael Linville, conductor. Paul Jacobs, organ. Harrison: Organ Concerto with Percussion Orchestra; Wuorinen: Percussion Symphony. $10. 7:30 pm. New World Center, 500 17 St; Miami Beach. For info: 305.673.3331 or nws.edu

December 8
Theatre
Madeline’s Christmas
Based on the cherished book by Ludwig Bemelmans, this engaging musical adaptation has Madeline’s Christmas day beginning like any other. But, it quickly transforms into an exciting adventure after Miss Clavel and all the school girls get the flu! Everyone, that is, except for the ever-resilient Madeline! Saddened that they may not be able to go home for Christmas, the girls and Miss Clavel take to their beds. But, on Christmas Eve, a knock at the door brings Madeline face to face with an extraordinary Rug Merchant and his magical rugs. With them, Madeline is able to bring all the girls back to health and let them fly home to be with their families for the holiday. Thanks to Madeline, the holiday is saved and the new year is off to a great start. Includes free pre-show art activities and themed airbrush “tattoos” by Young At Art Children’s Museum. Plus, complimentary post-show snacks for the entire family from Whole Foods. 11am & 1pm. $3 – $15. Broward Center, 201 Southwest 5th Ave; Fort Lauderdale. For info: browardcenter.org

December 9
Music
Holiday Concert
A festive Holiday Concert featuring Brass Miami with Brian Neal and the St. John’s Choir. 2pm. Arts at St Johns, 4760 Pine Tree Dr; Miami Beach. For info: 786.309.1275 or artsatstjohns.com

December 9
Tour
El Portal Eco-Walk
Join eco-historian Frank Schena in this charming community nationally recognized as a bird sanctuary, and see parrots, orioles and birds of prey in the tree-lined neighborhood, as well as a Tequesta Indian mound. Advance reservations and payment required. $30. 10am – 12pm. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-375-1621 or historymiami.org.

December 9
Music
Aerosmith & Cheap Trick
America’s greatest rock band delivers absolutely killer sets on their triumphant Global Warming Tour.  They ain’t done yet.  More prisoners will be taken when Steven Tyler (vocals), Joe Perry (guitar), Brad Whitford (guitar), Tom Hamilton (bass) and Joey Kramer (drums) take on the second leg of The Global Warming Tour.  The guys are fully armed with career-defining hits and blazing songs from their new album Music From Another Dimension  out now on Columbia Records. They’re the only band of their stature with all-original members and who are playing better than ever before. Support act is Cheap Trick.  15th studio album and their first studio album of all-new material in 11 years. There has been a witch’s brew boiling for 10 years, and they’re about to blow the cover off. The album was recorded in Los Angeles and at the band’s studio in Massachusetts; The album abounds with one highlight after another, including “Out Go The Lights,” “Oh Yeah,” “Luv XXX,” “We All Fall Down,” “Street Jesus” and “Can’t Stop Loving You,” on which Tyler duets with Carrie Underwood.  The album also includes “Freedom Fighter” which features Johnny Depp on backing vocals. The album’s first two singles have been released simultaneously to radio and are now lighting up the airwaves: “What Could Have Been Love” is now impacting at Hot AC and “Lover A Lot” at Rock, Active Rock, and Classic Rock. $53 – $73. 7:30pm. BB&T Center, 1 Panther Parkway; Sunrise. For info: livenation.com

December 9
Music
The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses
Featuring dynamic and compelling video accompanied by a live symphony orchestra and chorus, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses brings the world’s most popular video game series to life. Enjoy original music spanning 25 years of adventure from the celebrated Zelda franchise, uniting music and visuals in a way never before realized. The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses is the first ever video game-themed concert to feature a complete four-movement symphony, showcasing the work of Nintendo composer and sound director, Koji Kondo. Witness 25 years of video game history unfolding complete with a gorgeous and cinematic video presentation, synced with the game’s sensational, thematic and action-packed music played live by a full symphony orchestra in the acoustically superb Knight Concert Hall. 8pm. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

December 9
Dance
The Nutcracker
Arts Ballet Theatre will celebrate its 15th anniversary with the Nutcracker Gala. A seasonal favorite and best seller of the company, Arts Ballet’s production includes – in additional to 20 professional corps of ballet dancers – important public personalities of the community to complete the cast of the Party Scene, attracting new ballet fans as well as increasing the number of younger and new audiences. Perhaps the best known Russian ballet, Arts Ballet’s version of The Nutcracker is an alternative to those audiences who have enjoyed Balanchine’s version. Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: artsballettheatre.org

December 9
Music
Miami International Piano Festival
The first of Four Classical Sundays at Five in The Aventura Cultural Series with  piano virtuoso Jorge Luis Prats of Cuba. The program ‘A Voyage from Vienna to Cuba’ will include works by Johann Strauss-Andre Schulz Evler: On the Blue Danube, Busoni- Sarasate: Carmen and Cuban favorites by Cervantes and Lecuona. A consummate performer, Prats’ concert tours have taken him throughout Europe, North, South and Central America, China, Japan and Korea. He has performed as a soloist with the Royal Philharmonic in London, the BBC Orchestra, EOS Orchestra of New York and the Dallas Symphony. His extensive repertoire includes most major works for piano and orchestra and his diverse recital repertoire features works such as Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier, Suites and Partitas, all the Mozart Sonatas and many Beethoven Sonatas; nearly the entirety of Chopin’s works and all of Franz Liszt’s Sonatas and Etudes as well as The Hungarian Rhapsodies. 5pm. $30. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St; Aventura. For info: miamipianofest.com

December 9
Music
Silent Night
Seraphic Fire’s Candlelight Christmas Concert, Silent Night opens tonight. This is a spectacular holiday program by South Florida’s acclaimed “All Star” ensemble of professional choral singers. Entering its second decade, Seraphic Fire has become one of South Florida’s most important performing arts organizations and has a national reputation for choral music excellence. Led by Founder and Artistic Director Patrick Dupré Quigley, Seraphic Fire brings the best ensemble singers from around the country to South Florida to perform repertoire ranging from Gregorian chant to newly commissioned works. This past year, the ensemble’s recordings Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem and A Seraphic Fire Christmas were nominated for two 2012 GRAMMY awards. Seraphic Fire was the only choir in North or South America to be nominated, and the only classical ensemble in the world to be nominated for two separate projects. $30-$15. 7pm. SMDCAC, 10950 SW 211 St; Cutler Bay. For info: smdcac.org or 786-573-5300.

December 10
Tour
Hungry for History: Downtown Deco
Enjoy this leisurely walk with guides Michael Pearlman and Sylvia Gurinsky. See beautiful examples of Art deco architecture and embellishments, including the Shoreland Arcade, the duPont Building, the Ingraham Building and other less known locations. Advance reservations and payment required. $25. 11am – 1pm. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-375-1621 or historymiami.org.

December 11
Music
Inside the Music
An intimate and interactive view into the world of classical music and symphonic musicians, the NWS Fellows host a series of hour long, mini-seminars that explore an array of topics of their choosing such as orchestral music history, professional instrumental auditions and classical music appreciation. Audience members are encouraged to participate by asking questions and taking part in post-performance discussions. Free, ticket required. 7pm. New World Center, 500 17 St; Miami Beach. For info: 305.673.3331 or nws.edu

December 11
Books
Green Book Club
Meet new people, become a better reader/writer, and experience books in a whole new way. This group reads and discusses environmentally-themed books chosen and read during the month preceding each meeting. Meetings are the second Tuesday of every month. Newcomers are always welcome. This month’s pick is Cultivating Delight, A Natural History of my Garden. By Diane Ackerman (Harper and Collins, 2002). Noon to 2pm. Miami Beach Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr; Miami Beach. For info: mbgarden.org

December 11
Music
Chamber Jazz
From Tigertail comes Chamber Jazz with Dutch Trumpeter Eric Vloeimans and German pianist, Florian Weber tonight. Regarded as one of Europe’s finest performers, Vloeimans’ trumpet playing captures the full range of the instrument, from brassy high notes to a reedy lower register, while his original compositions create an evocative, harmonic language of their own. Vloeimans and Weber appeared in 2009 at John Zorn’s New York City venue The Stone. Their acclaimed 2011 concert at Amsterdam’s magnificent venue, the Concertgebouw, led to their CD, “Live at the Concertgebouw. 8pm. $25. Coral Gables Congregational Church, 3010 De Soto Blvd; Coral Gables. For info: tigertail.org.

December 11
Film
Poetry
In this winner of the Best Screenplay at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, and acclaimed as one of the finest films of the year, this finely tuned drama concerns an aging woman who, after a brief doctor visit, decides that her time has come to realize one of her childhood dreams. Faced with the discovery of a heinous family crime and learning she is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, she finds strength and purpose when she enrolls in a poetry class. Korean with English subtitles. Not Rated. 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: miamipianofest.com

December 11
Social
Chanukah luncheon
JAFCO’s 3rd Annual Chanukah Miracles Luncheon for the children of JAFCO takes place today. The goal of this luncheon is to ensure that the children of JAFCO will be able to celebrate Chanukah and have all of their holiday wishes fulfilled. The event will host 400 guests and will be held at the JAFCO’s mission is to care for abused, neglected, and special needs children in the Jewish community, and to work in partnership with families and the entire child welfare community. JAFCO provides children with shelter, kosher food, clothing, education, medical and dental care, therapy, recreational activities, birthday and Jewish holiday celebrations and anything else necessary to help these children heal from the trauma of their abuse. $72.  12pm. Westin Diplomat Golf Resort & Spa,  501 Diplomat Parkway, Hallandale.  For info: 954-749-7230 or .jafco.org.

December 12
Film
Amadeus
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 Amadeus. WThe incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told in flashback by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri – now confined to an insane asylum. Director: Milos Forman. Starring F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce and Elizabeth Berridge.  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 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. Fioriwill read from and sign her book tonight. 6:30 pm. Books and Books, 9700 Collins Ave; Bal Harbour  For info: booksandbooks.com

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. $10. 8pm. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.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.

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