February 13 to February 20

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February 14
Music
Darlene Love
Experience true “Love” this Valentine’s Day with a special performance by Darlene Love, the roof-raising voice behind the 1960s hits “He’s a Rebel” and the holiday classic “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).” As part of Phil Spector’s wall of sound hit factory, Love provided back-up vocals for numerous timeless singles including “Johnny Angel,” “You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling” and “Baby, I Need Your Loving.” It’s no wonder The New York Times raves: “Darlene Love’s thunderbolt voice is as embedded in the history of rock and roll as Eric Clapton’s guitar or Bob Dylan’s lyrics.” A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Darlene Love is “one of the greatest singers of all time,” according to Rolling Stone magazine. 8pm. $37.50 – $47.50. Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St; Fort Lauderdale. For info: parkerplayhouse.com

February 14
Performance
Juraj Kojs
Signals from Composer Juraj Kojs opens tonight in the second installation of MTC’s Sandbox Series. Rooster calls, sirens, ringtones, video games sounds and computer earcons ring in an interactive multimedia performance including a set of original signal languages which enables the audience to navigate through a forest of sonic and tactile experiences. 8pm. $15 – $20. Miami Theater Center, 9806 NE 2nd Ave; Miami Shores. For info: mtcmiami.org or 305-751-9550.

February 14
Comedy
Lewis Black: The Rant Is Due
You’ve seen him on countless late night talk shows and all over Comedy Central touting four Comedy Central Presents standup specials, regular appearances on The Daily Show, his own Comedy Central show called Lewis Black’s Root of All Evil, and two HBO specials. Lewis Black’s intelligent brand of political humor and social commentary, blended with his neurotic delivery, make for a hilarious romp through American culture. 8pm. $39.50 – $75. Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: fillmoremb.com

February 14
Social
A Wild Affair at Jungle Island
Skip the busy restaurant lines and enjoy a romantic evening under the stars. Celebrate Valentine’s Day at South Florida’s most romantic event, featuring live music, romantic movies, fine wine & light bites. Admission includes a complimentary bottle of wine, selection of fine cheeses & a sample of delectable desserts. A picnic style set-up completes the fun-filled evening. Guests can also add to the experience with VIP seating & order from a prix fixe menu. $100. 7:30pm -  11:00pm. Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail; Miami.  For info: 305-400-7000 or jungleisland.com

February 14
Music
Valentine’s Day Concert
Enjoy a romantic chamber music concert by Alhambra Orchestra members, a bottle of wine and box of chocolates to share with your sweetheart, and a guided tour of temporary exhibit Vivo Soñando /Born to Dream. This will be a night to remember. $35. 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: 305.603.8067 or coralgablesmuseum.org

February 14
Dance
Viva Paris International
Burlesque Show by Erika Moon. Immerse yourself into an exotic world that entertains the senses through dance, elegance and beauty with a sizzling flare of Burlesque. This dynamite 80min. show featuring a talented local and international team of 20 Artist/Production crew presents a colorful variety of acts that will dazzle and seduce the audience. A true cabaret production directly from France! Experience a variety of International Performances, here in Miami. $35 – $395. 9pm. Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd;
Miami Beach. erikamoon.com or 786-252-2345

February 14
Music
Valentine’s Concert
Delight in a romantic evening of jazz under the stars with Grammy winning pianist, Shelly Berg, and Grammy winning vocalist Patti Austin. Bring a blanket and picnic or reserve a table for dinner and champagne and enjoy wonderful music and the ambiance of the Garden after dark. Rain or shine. You can also reserve a table for $175. $75. 7pm. Fairchild, 10901 Old Cutler Rd; Miami. For info: fairchildgarden.org or 305.667.1651.

February 14
Opera
Andrea Bocelli
World-renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli will give a special Valentine’s Day performance tonight featuring soaring arias and famed loved songs from his new album Passione. This album is a stunning collection of Mediterranean love songs featuring duets with global pop stars Jennifer Lopez, Nelly Furtado and the late Edith Piaf. Passione includes several beloved classics such as Love Me Tender, Girl From Ipanema, and Sarà Settembre. Jennifer Lopez is featured on the soft and sensual track Quizás Quizás Quizás and Nelly Furtado joins Bocelli on Corcovado. The album also features a duet with the late French chanteuse Edith Piaf on the song La Vie En Rose. Gloria Estefan will join Bocelli onstage tonight. $380 – $80. 8pm. BB&T Center,  2555 NW 136 Ave; Ft Lauderdale. For info: thebbtcenter.com

February 14
Film
Girl On A Bicycle
Take your sweetie to the movies this Valentines Day for a screening of Girl On A Bicycle at O CInema. Paolo, an Italian who drives a tour bus in Paris, explaining to his passengers that Paris is a second-rate Rome, has just proposed to the love of his life, Greta, the very German stewardess with whom he is living, when an attractive young French woman, Cécile pulls up beside his bus on her bicycle – again and again. Aware that Paolo is unable to get the vision of this lovely woman from his mind, his friend, the witty womanizing Brit, Derek advises him to meet the distracting beauty, since no woman can live up to the fantasy he has of her. In his bumbling attempt to meet Cécile, Paolo finds himself with a French “wife”, two Australian children who call him “Papa”, and the aforementioned German stewardess with wedding plans and a growing suspicion that Paolo’s sudden absences from early morning to late night indicate the traditional Italian tendency to have something going on the side. As Paolo’s life spins out of control, Greta, on the advice of her colleague, the airline pilot François, decides to follow Paolo and find out what exactly he’s up to. 9pm. O Cinema Miami Shores, 9806 NE 2nd Ave; Miami Shores. For info: 786-565-FILM

February 14
Dance
Program III: Triple Threat
A love story, a Broadway classic and ballet… Miami City Ballet does it again as it presents “Triple Threat,” the third program of its 2013-2014 season. In this program, Miami City Ballet doubles up on the premieres and adds two works to the company’s repertoire–George Balanchine’s boldly modern Episodes, and the brilliantly theatrical West Side Story Suite. Miami City Ballet’s own Sharks and Jets rumble, fall in love, dance and sing in Jerome Robbins’ own ballet based on his Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. A tour-de-force performed worldwide, Balanchine’s thrilling Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux completes this momentous program. Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

February 14
Peformance
Ana Mendez
In response to artist Tracey Emin’s exhibition Angel Without You, currently on exhibition at MOCA, Miami based performance artist Ana Mendez will debut her new work Date Night. Galleries open. 8pm. $10. MOCA,  770 NE 125th St; North Miami. For info: mocanomi.org

February 14
Books
I Always Loved You
Bring your valentine to Books & Books in Coral Gables for an evening of literature, music, food and drinks set in the world of Belle Époque Paris and featuring two celebrated artists of the Impressionist movement.
Travel to Paris, 1926. An aging Mary Cassatt, eyesight failing, sifts through the clutter of her art studio searching for a bundle of lost letters. The sight of them—bound in silk ribbon, fading and difficult to make out—instantly brings her back in time to her fateful introduction to Edgar Degas and to the love and heartbreak that followed. In her new novel, I Always Loved You, Robin Oliveira, tells of their tumultuous and passionate love affair. As artistic collaborators, friends, antagonists, and, presumably, lovers, Mary and Edgar forge an impassioned relationship that deeply impacts the nature of their art and defines both of their lives. Oliviera’s story brilliantly captures the golden age of Impressionism and is peopled with prominent figures of the movement like Edouard Manet, Berthe Morisot, Claude Monet, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Join us for the reading at 8pm and enjoy a light supper before or after the event. The Café at Books & Books by Chef Allen in Coral Gables will be open6-11pm, with a special menu inspired by our guest author, Robin Oliviera, and her new novel, I Always Loved You. Live music in the courtyard will feature the David Leon Group, performing songs of love in both English and French. What could be more romantic than an evening at your favorite bookshop featuring music, a meal to share and a reading to transport you to another time? Sneak a kiss among the bookshelves. We won’t tell. $25. 8pm. 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: 305-448-9599 or booksandbooks.com

February 15
Music
The Girl from Ipanema: 50 Years of Bossa Nova
Beatriz Malnic, a highly respected interpreter of Bossa Nova and Samba, will present the history of Bossa Nova in the US. The words “Bossa Nova” (“New Trend”) are synonymous with Brazilian jazz. More specifically, they immediately trigger memories of Bossa Nova’s greatest American hit, “The Girl From Ipanema.” A lyrical fusion of Samba and Jazz, Bossa Nova acquired a large following in the 1960s initially among young musicians and students. Since its birth, it has remained a vital part of the standard jazz repertoire. In this performance Beatriz will be accompanied by talented local musicians, including Jorge Sosa on piano, Ivo de Carvalho on guitar, and others. The acclaimed vocal group Brazilian Voices will make a special appearance. Various Brazilian songs familiar to American audiences like “One Note Samba”, “Desafinado”, “Aquarela do Brasil”, “Bachianas Brasileiras” and other hits will be part of this performance. 8pm $34.50 – $39.50. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St; Aventura. For info: aventuracenter.org

February 15
TV
Wicked Tuna
Meet the Wicked Tuna Crew at the premiere of the new season of this reality show.  Wicked Tuna follows a group of salty fishermen from the nation’s oldest seaport, Gloucester, Mass., as they make their living the way it’s been done for centuries — rod and reel fishing, one catch at a time — all in pursuit of the bluefin tuna.  One “monstah” bluefin can be worth more than $20,000 and with that kind of money on the line, every captain is fighting to be the best in the fleet. Captains in attendance at today’s premiere include: Captain Dave Marciana – Hard Merchandise, Captain Dave Carraro – FV-Tuna.com, Captain Paul Hebert – Wicked Pissah, Captain Tyler McLaughlin – Pin Wheel, Captain TJ Ott – Hot Tuna, Captain Bill Monte – Bounty Hunter and Captain Bill “Hollywood” Muniz – Lilly. On last season’s show, a young captain from New Hampshire pulled an upset victory over the veteran fishermen.  Now, the stakes are higher than ever with two new captains joining the competition and after a shaky start to the fishing season, everyone is feeling the pressure.  Tensions rise and egos collide as Gloucester’s top fishermen battle the bluefins — and each other.  Some captains are out to make a name for themselves, some are seeking revenge and others are struggling to make ends meet.  But when the season ends and the totals are counted, which captain will come out on top?  1pm–4pm. Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach. For info: colonytheatre.org

February 15
Gallery
Joan Cobb Marsh
Joan Cobb Marsh, widely admired painter’s painter, introduces a new collection of oil paintings inspired by her travels to Miami, New York, Cape Cod, and Mexico at the Williams McCall Gallery South of Fifth. The exhibit Kickss off with an artist reception tonight. Cobb Marsh is a known and globally collected artist who specializes in oil paintings. Marsh perfected her sensitivity to color as a young student of Henry Henche who was a protégé of Charles Hawthorne, the great American painter and founder of the renowned Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Through March 6th. 6pm. Williams McCall Gallery, 110 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 786-359-4321 or williamsmccallgallery.com

February 15
Theatre
The Love Rule
Ruthie is a young widow who moves back to her hometown to start over after tragedy and betrayal turn her life upside down. She uncovers more turmoil and confusion as family secrets, hurts, and fears threaten to destroy the people and relationships she values most. The Love Rule,” is a humorous and uplifting Gospel Stage Play about one family’s realization that the answers they need are further away than their schemes and connections can take them. You’ll laugh, be inspired, and reflect on the one relationship of life that makes all the others meaningful. 7pm. $20 – $42. Broward Center, 201 SW 5th Ave; Fort Lauderdale. For info: browardcenter.org

February 15
Tour
Little Havana Cuban Cuisine and Culture Walk
Join HistoryMiami on this delightful tour of Little Havana! Sample cafe cubano and fruit as you learn the secrets of the Ceiba tree.  Visit a botanica, see cigars hand-rolled, and explore Domino Park all while experiencing the sights and sounds of one of Miami’s most vibrant neighborhoods. Optional lunch afterwards at Cuban restaurant. Walk-ups welcome. Tour meets at Los Pinarenos Fruteria. $30. 10am – 12pm. Los Pinarenos Fruteria, 1334 SW 8 St; Miami. For info: historymiami.org or 305-375-1621.

February 15
Music
New Music, Old Sources
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; Synergy Vocals. Composed in the late ’60s for orchestra and eight amplified voices, Luciano Berio’s Sinfonia comes to life with help from the British singing collective Synergy Vocals. The piece quotes a number of recognizable classical works-from Stravinsky, Ravel and Debussy-as well as literary pieces by Beckett and Joyce, thereby creating a modern collage of familiar texts. 7:30pm. New World Center, 500 17 St; Miami Beach. For info: nws.edu

February 15
Music
Party 80 – The Stars of the French 80′s Pop
Party 80 invites you to take a trip through time, during which you will sing along French Rock bands and singers who marked the French Top 50 during the 80s: Patrick Hernandez “Born to be alive”, Jean-Luc Lahaye, Jean-Pierre Mader, Emile et images, Cookie Dingler and Début de Soirée. 8pm. Fillmore  at Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: livenation.org

February 15
Dance
Peter and the Wolf and Insects!
Momentum Dance Company delights young audiences with a perennial children’s favorite! This classic folk tale with music by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev is the most popular children’s work the company has ever offered! Kids join clever Peter and his friends the Bird and the Duck as they work together to outwit and capture the fierce Wolf. Other characters include grumpy Grandfather and the ridiculous Hunters. Each character is represented by a different instrument of the orchestra and a unique way of moving. Comedy, drama, suspense and excitement make this work a must-see experience. Insects is a new work for kids that looks at all sorts of creepy, crawly creatures through poetry and movement. Meet the Dung Beetle, the Praying Mantis, the Millipede and more as they go through their kooky paces set to poems about each critter! Free. 11am. Miami Beach Regional Library, 222 Liberty Ave;  Miami Beach. For info: momentumdance.com

February 15
Music
Blondie
For the last forty years, Blondie has become and still remains a global phenomenon and true innovators; a punk band from New York City whose influence both shaped and continues to inform the worlds of music, fashion and art.  Debbie Harry and Chris Stein have kept their ears to the ground, creating trends, never following them. They helped push punk onto the dance floor at the dawn of the new wave era and introduced a wider audience to hip-hop sounds, all the while building a catalog of enduring pop hits along the way which include ‘Atomic’, ‘Heart of Glass’, ‘Rapture’ and ‘Call Me’. Blondie’s impact and influence are undeniable and Debbie Harry’s persona and the band’s boundary-pushing pop, have shaped the look and sound of many chart-topping artists who followed in the last three decades.  Their instincts, attitude and style are just as sharp today and to celebrate their 40th Anniversary, Blondie continue to move forward, with a new two-disc package of music. Blondie 4(0) Ever, which includes a greatest hits album and a brand new album, ‘Ghosts of Download’, set for release in May 2014. They play the Bleau Live concert series tonight on the Beach. $175 – $799. 8pm. Fontainebleau Hilton, 4441 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: fontainebleau.com or 305-538-2000.

February 15
Festival
Coconut Grove Arts Fest
380 internationally recognized artists rom 39 states and Canada, will display their pieces for this year’s 51st annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival. Twenty artists are from the Miami area. Expect to see 2D Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Digital Art, Printmaking & Drawing, Watercolor, Claywork, Glass, Fiber, Jewelry & Metalwork, 3D Mixed Media, Sculpture and Wood. Special to this year’s Arts Festival is a “New & Emerging Artist” category, designed to allow first-time artists, between the ages of 18 and 29, an opportunity to experience an outdoor, fine arts festival at a minimal cost. Only five young and talented artists were invited to participate in this exclusive category. $15. 10am – 6pm. 2700 South Bayshore Dr; Coconut Grove. For info: cgaf.com.

February 15
Books
How Jews Got Our Last Names
Ever wonder where your last name came from? Why are there so many Jewish Schwartzes, Weisses and Kleins? Take the ultimate “Jewish Genealogy” journey through history with author Connie G. Krupin to learn the origins of our Ashkenazi and Sephardic surnames. Discover what names mean, what they tell us about our great grandparents and what they reveal about ourselves. Her interest in names grew from the passion that inspired this book.  With a belief that every Jewish child deserves to know who they are and that every Jewish parent deserves the tools to teach came the desire to educate Jews as to their  unique history and legacy.  Krupin is an artist, author and illustrator of A Time To Be Born: A Jewish Baby Journal, the first baby record and Jewish parent guidebook for all Jewish families, regardless of Jewish background. Krupin will discuss her book tonight. 8pm. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

February 15
Performance
YoungArts Miami
Some of the nation’s best young artists in the performing arts will take the stage during YoungArts Miami, an intensive week for winners of the National YoungArts Foundation. During this week, approximately 100 YoungArts Winners in the visual, literary and performing arts will take part in master classes with renowned artists in their fields, which in the past have included Plácido Domingo, Rosie Perez, James Rosenquist, Debbie Allen and Shelly Berg, to name a few. The multi-disciplinary performances, directed by Joe Salvatore and Sharon Counts, will feature dancers, actors, singers, and musicians, most of which are from South Florida. $10. 8pm. Gusman Center, 174 E. Flagler St; Miami. For info: youngarts.org

February 16
Music
Dottie Peoples
As a star in the gospel music industry for more than 30 years, DOTTIE PEOPLES is on a level all her own!  In celebration of Black History Month, audiences will get to experience the vibrant energy and gospel sounds of the “Song Bird of the South” as she performs with Miami Mass Choir. Peoples is considered a staple in the gospel world and the music world as a whole with top hits such as “I Got This,” “On Time God,” and “It’s Not Goodbye.”  She makes it impossible to resist her voice and continues to encourage and inspire her fans with the Lord’s uplifting message. 7pm. $35 – $95. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

February 16
Tour
South Beach Art Deco Walk
Meet guide Paula Fletcher for a walk of South Beach’s Art Deco District. This tour features a stop at Gianni Versace’s infamous doorstep, Art Deco architecture, and entertaining stories about this historic district, and the characters that played a starring role. Walk-ups welcome. Tour meets at The Clevelander Bar. $30. 10am – 12pm. The Clevelander Bar, 1020 Ocean Dr; Miami Beach. For info: historymiami.org

February 16
Music
The Harvey Nevins Yiddish Swing Orchestra
Hear your Yiddish favorites in a finger-snapping, toe-tapping afternoon of Horahs and Klezmer arranged in a swingin’ way! South Florida’s finest group of exceptionally talented, world renowned musicians and female vocalist bring you melodies from traditional eastside New York, Second Avenue and European revivals. An afternoon you will never forget! 2pm. $30. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St; Aventura. 305-466-8002 or aventuracenter.org

February 16
Music
Liza Minnelli – Simply Liza
Liza Minnelli, winner of four Tony Awards, an Oscar, a special “Legends” Grammy, two Golden Globe Awards and an Emmy, is one of the entertainment world’s consummate performers. In film, on stage and in television, she has won critical acclaim, a multitude of fans, and recognition from her peers in show business, giving new dimension and credibility to the word “superstar.” Today, when her busy schedule allows, she works with students at The Actor’s Studio teaching master classes in acting and singing. Her well-known generosity of spirit, enthusiasm and commitment to her craft are unequaled in the entertainment industry, where she continues to perform to an ever-growing legion of admirers throughout the world. 7pm. $50. – $135. Broward Center, 201 SW 5th Ave; Fort Lauderdale. For info: browardcenter.org

February 16
Sport
Kite Day
Colorful kites of all shapes and sizes will fill the skies over Haulover Park today for the 21st annual Kite Day. This year’s event spotlights Boca kite-master Randy Lowe with his new 30-foot flying dragon kite designed by famed German kite-maker Rolf Zimmermann. Catch the display of colossal kites, including a 150-foot rainbow, a 100-foot squid, a 30-foot scuba man, a 30-foot Nemo fish and Kites of the Caribbean —representing the styles and traditions of Caribbean kite flyers from such countries as Cuba, Haiti and Trinidad. Expect kite competitions and kite-building classes for all ages, as well as music, food and refreshments. Kite competitions will include prizes for the best homemade kites, highest flying kites, prettiest kites, and kites with the longest tails. Those who may just want to sit and watch the festivities may bring a blanket. Shoes with socks are recommended for running around on the grassy field. Parking $6. Free. 12pm – 5pm. Haulover Beach Park, 10800 Collins Ave; Sunny Isles Beach. For info: 305-893-0906 or skywardkites.com.

February 16
Music
Ray Chen & Julio Elizalde
Performing at Sunday Afternoons of Music are musicians Ray Chen and Julio Elizalde. Winner of the Queen Elisabeth Competition and the Yehudi Menuhin Competition, Chen is among the most compelling young violinists today. His recent performances have enraptured both the audiences and the critics. Chen performed before a worldwide audience at the Nobel Prize Ceremony in Stockholm and recently made his highly acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut in February 2013. Pianist Elizalde is gaining widespread recognition for his musical depth and creative insight. He has given performances at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall. He made his New York City concerto debut performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K. 503 with the Juilliard Orchestra. 4pm. $35. Gusman Hall, 1314 Miller Dr; Coral Gables. For info: sundaymusicals.org or 305-279-3007.

February 18
Comedy
Inside Amy Schumer’s Back Door Tour
Amy Schumer is  is the creator, star and writer of “Inside Amy Schumer,” her Comedy Central television show which premiered in 2013. She is coming off her one-hour stand-up special, “Mostly Sex Stuff,” which became Comedy Central’s second-highest rated special this year. She was one of the featured comedians on Comedy Central’s “Roast of Roseanne,” following her breakout performance on the 2011 “Roast of Charlie Sheen.” Amy was most recently on “Louie” and in Season 2 of HBO’s “Girls.” She had a recurring role on Season 3 of Adult Swim’s “Delocated” and guest starred in the latest season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” In 2011 she filmed the feature “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” starring Steve Carrell and Kiera Knightley and “Price Check,” an independent feature opposite Parker Posey which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Her album Cutting placed in the top 5 of the Billboard Charts and has been included on multiple Best Comedy Albums of the Year awards’ lists. 8pm. $37.50 – $45. Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

February 18
Lecture
Leaning In: Spiritual Growth and Women’s Leadership
Dr. Erica Brown, Scholar-in-Residence for the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, directs the Jewish Leadership Institute. Dr. Brown is a faculty member of the Wexner Foundation, a Jerusalem Fellow, Avi Chai Foundation Fellow and 2009 recipient of the Covenant Award for her work in education. She lectures and writes widely on subjects of Jewish interest and leadership, including regular columns for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency and the New York Jewish Week and blogs for Psychology Today. Free. 7pm – 9pm. Jewish Museum of Florida, 301 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info:

February 18
Books
Charlie Crist – The Party’s Over
Charlie Crist, the former Republican governor of Florida, spent years in the party’s inner circle. In this no-holds-barred memoir, he shows why he switched sides and became a Democrat. After serving as a Republican governor—one who was on the short list for the vice presidency in 2008—Charlie Crist made headlines when he decided to run for the U.S. Senate as an Independent. He was on the front page again when he endorsed President Obama in 2012 and spoke at the Democratic National Convention—and yet again when he officially joined the Democratic Party later that year. In The Party’s Over, he’ll make even more news when he reveals: The inside story of his 2010 Senate primary campaign against Marco Rubio, where he learned exactly how vicious the Republican leadership can be. His journey from inner circle to persona non grata, thanks to his literal embrace of President Obama. His very frank opinions on Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, and other top-tier Republicans. Why he believes that Democrats have the right vision for Florida and the nation. What he’s learned as a member of both parties and why he remains convinced that the two-party system can still work—with the right leadership. Rather than just rehashing his career, in this book Crist offers a focused indictment of the failings of the Republican Party, naming names and identifying where things went wrong. The Party’s Over is as far from “politics as usual” as you can get. Crist is the former Republican governor of Florida and will sign his book tonight. You must purchase a copy of The Party’s Over to enter the signing line. 7pm. Books & Books, 927 Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach. for info: booksandbooks.com

February 18
Music
St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Founded in 1882, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic holds pride of place as Russia’s oldest and most admired orchestra, famed for its warm and burnished tone and rhythmic precision. That warmth and precision comes to the fore in a ravishing exploration of Excerpts from Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh by Rimsky-Korsakov, and al Niente, a recent work by the acclaimed Georgian composer Giya Kancheli. The Philharmonic is joined by pianist Denis Kozhukhin whose fame is already considerable thanks to a string of medals at international competitions. His greatest appeal was summed by Le Soir in Paris: “There is a joy in his playing that drives him right to the very essence of . . . a score.” Still under 30 years of age, he is at that magical level where technical problems are moot, where his playing breathes with the music and his youthful energy illuminates even so well known as score as Tchaikovsky’s breathtaking Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 23. Arrive early to hear a pre-show talk and wine tasting with Arts Ambassador Lyn Farmer who will  explore a sense of place, the role nationalism plays in the music on this program, illustrated by a wine tasting that compares the same grape grown in two different locations. 8pm. $30 – $120. Broward Center, 201 SW 5th Ave; Fort Lauderdale. For info: browardcenter.org

February 18
Music
Inside the Music
Presented by the Fellows, Inside the Music is an intimate and interactive view into the world of classical music and symphonic musicians. These hour-long discussions explore an array of topics. A Q&A provides audience members the opportunity to take part in a post-presentation discussion. 7pm. New World Center, 500 17 St; Miami Beach. For info: nws.edu

February 19
Arts
Impromptu
impromptu: is a bridge between the traditions of visual and musical art. One Wednesday evening each month. New World Symphony fellows and friends perform in the ArtCenter’s Richard Shack Gallery. Free. 7pm – 9pm. ArtCenter/South Florida, 800 Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach. For info: artcentersf.org

February 19
Film
Much Ado About Nothing
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 Much Ado About Nothing. Directed by Joss Whedon. With Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese. A modern retelling of Shakespeare’s classic comedy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a way with words. 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

February 19
Books
Pati’s Mexican Table
The host of a highly popular PBS series, Pati’s Mexican Table, and a self-described “overloaded soccer mom with three kids and a powerful blender,” Pati Jinich has a mission. She’s out to prove that Mexican home cooking is quicker and far easier than most Americans think. Many are homey specialties that Pati learned from her mother and grandmother, some are creative spins on classics, while others are not well known outside of Mexico. Dishes like Chicken à la Trash (it’s delicious!), a one-pot meal that Pati gleaned from a Mexican restaurant cook; Mexican Meatballs with Mint and Chipotle; Sweet and Salty Salmon; and Mexican-Style Pasta can revitalize your daily repertoire. You’ll find plenty of vegetarian fare, from Classic Avocado Soup, to Divorced Eggs (with red and green salsa), to Oaxaca-Style Mushroom and Cheese Quesadillas. She also shares exciting dishes for the holidays and other special occasions, including Mexican Thanksgiving Turkey with Chorizo, Pecan, Apple, and Corn Bread Stuffing; Spiral-Cut Beef Tenderloin; and Red Pozole (“a Mexican party in a bowl”), which she served on her wedding day. Desserts like Triple Orange Mexican Wedding Cookies, and Scribble Cookies (sandwich cookies filled with chocolate), and little Apricot-Lime Glazed Mini Pound Cakes that are sophisticated yet simple to make. Jinich will discuss her book tonight. 6:30pm. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

February 19
Music
Trisha Yearwood
Don’t miss your chance to spend an evening with country music superstar Trisha Yearwood. Capping off a hit list of nine #1 songs and twenty top-ten hits, vocal powerhouse Yearwood brings down the house performing her perennial favorites including, “She’s in Love With the Boy,” “Wrong Side of Memphis” “XXX’s and OOO’s (An American Girl),” “Walkaway Joe” and “How Do I Live.” Slant magazine raves, “Yearwood has been one of, if not the, best singers in any popular genre, with a combination of technical power and range, an intuitive, thoughtful command of phrasing, and a real sense of presence.” As one of the highest-selling female artists in country music history, Yearwood has earned three Grammy Awards, three Country Music Association Awards and two Academy of Country Music Awards (she’s also a two-time New York Times bestselling cookbook author and Food Network star). Trisha Yearwood can do it all. 8pm. $42 – $200. Broward Center, 201 SW 5th Ave; Fort Lauderdale. For info: browardcenter.org

February 19
Books
How to Use a Meat Cleaver
Food this good should be illegal. Mob Wives,” VH1′s wildly successful hit show, follows the lives of six women affiliated with the mob. Now, show creator and Executive Producer Jennifer Graziano, star Renee Graziano, and their restaurateur sister, Lana Graziano, reveal their best-kept secrets yet. The Grazianos invite you into their world but this time through the kitchen door, with this full color cookbook featuring 100 of their favorite and most-coveted family recipes. From Lana’s famous meatballs to Sunday Gravy to Lobster Arriagiatta, the secret recipes are on the table. Plus, the book is spiced throughout with personal never-before-told stories that will let you get to know the most famous real mob family a little better. Experience their lives from inside their kitchen where food and family are never far apart. Funny, outrageous, sentimental, and always authentic, the Grazianos leave you with the skills to talk the talk, cook pasta like there’s no tomorrow, stir up a mean marinara—and use that meat cleaver to back it up. Meet the Grazianos tonight when they discuss and sign their book. 7pm. Books and Books, 927 Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach. For info: booksandbooks.com

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Dance
Alvin Ailey
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, beloved as one of the world’s most popular dance companies, returns to the Adrienne Arsht Center as part of a 24-city United States tour. In his third season as Artistic Director, Miami’s own Robert Battle continues to expand the Company’s diverse repertory with premieres from a wide range of important choreographers that give Ailey’s extraordinary dancers new ways to inspire audiences, including celebrated dance storyteller Ronald K. Brown’s uplifting Four Corners, multi award-winning British choreographer Wayne McGregor’s Chroma, and modern dance innovator Bill T. Jones’ joyful tour-de-force D-Man in the Waters. Alvin Ailey’s Revelations, an American masterpiece acclaimed as a must-see for everyone, will be the stirring finale for all five performances. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater inspires all in a universal celebration of the human spirit using the African-American cultural experience and the American modern dance tradition. $35 – $120. 8pm. Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

February 20
Music
Ham: Slices of a Life
Sam Harris’ diverse career has run the gamut from singer and songwriter to actor on Broadway, film and television to writer, director and producer. In this intimate evening, part of The Broadway Concert Series, Sam will entertain the audient with selections from his new book: “Ham: Slices of a Life,” which releases January 2014. Called “New Yorker-worthy,” by The New York Times, Harris’ 16 humorous stories and messages discuss friendship, celebrity, growing up and getting sober. After winning Star Search in its premiere season, Harris and his powerhouse pop, gospel and theater-influenced vocals have never looked back. He is a multi-platinum recording artists with 9 studio CDs to his credit. On Broadway, Sam received a Drama Desk nomination for his role in the Tommy Tune-directed revival of Grease. He’s also appearing on Broadway in Mel Brooks’ The Producers, in the national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and in the musicals: Jesus Christ Superstar, Cabaret, Hair and Pippin. Currently, He is preparing for the long-awaited production of The Broadway Man, in which he stars as the darkly complex and charismatic Al Jolson. 8pm. $39.50. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St; Aventura. 305-466-8002 or aventuracenter.org

February 20
Music
Megan Hilty with Seth Rudetsky
Breakout star Megan Hilty recently starred as the seasoned triple-threat Ivy Lynn in NBC’s musical drama Smash. She now appears on NBC’s new comedy Sean Saves the World as Sean Hayes’ loyal friend Liz. Ms. Hilty made her Broadway debut as Glinda in Wicked and received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Doralee Rhodes in Broadway’s 9 to 5: The Musical, for which she was honored with nominations from the Drama Desk Awards and the Outer Critics Circle Awards. Don’t miss the fun as she shoots the breeze, dishes the dirt and raise the roof performing a host of classic Broadway songs with Sirius XM Radio Star and pianist Seth Rudetsky. 8pm. $51.50 – $126.50. Parker Playhouse, Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St; Fort Lauderdale. For info: parkerplayhouse.com

February 20
Music
Total Freedom
Every third Thursday evening, PAMM brings together an eclectic range of internationally-acclaimed DJs and musicians for an outdoor music series on the terrace by the bay. This month, PAMM Presents Los Angeles-based producer and artist Total Freedom. As an artist, DJ, and conceptual party-maker, Total Freedom (aka Ashland Mines) has been integral to some of the most exciting things to come out of LA’s underground art and music scene over the past few years. Hailed for a seamless ability to unite a huge spectrum of contrasting sounds, his repertoire spans minimalized R&B refixes and Middle Eastern pop samples, to obscure narrative soundbites and elements of trap, UK grime, and Kuduro. He draws listeners into a whirlwind of ever-evolving texture and sensation. Unafraid to assault crowds with jarring shifts in mood and tempo, in his hands, R&B-concrète collides with rap, grime and ballroom house, while sung vocals abruptly dissolve into swamps of syrupy, dragged-out noise swells. As akin to real-time sonic collage as typical dance music DJing, Mines’ free-associative approach places recogniseable hip hop and R&B glimpses within abrasive, rhythmically distorting sonic space, making the familiar thrillingly unfamiliar. 6pm – 9pm. PAMM, 1103 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: pamm.org or 305 375 3000

February 20
Books
The Invention of Wings
From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women. Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love. This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will leave no reader unmoved. Kidd will discuss her book tonight. 7pm. Temple Beth Am, 5950 SW 88th St; Miami. For info: booksandbooks.com

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