February 27 to March 6

February 27
Poetry
SpeakOut! LBGTQ Teen Poetry Slam
Regie Cabico and Dasha Kelly return to Miami for SpeakOut residencies. SpeakOut, an LGBTQ teen spoken word project, includes workshops in public high schools, slams and performances, and artist residences. Cabico is a nationally recognized Asian-American gay poet, writer and playwright from Washington DC. Kelly is a nationally-respected poet, novelist, artist and social entrepreneur.  Both will lead a teen poetry slam tonight. All SpeakOut events are open to gay-friendly persons. Free. 6pm – 9pm. Miami Beah Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr; Miami Beach. For info: mbgarden.org

February 28
Film
Ai Weiwei: Fairytale
Ai Weiwei’s documentary, Fairytale, will be screened tonight with a special guided exhibition tours of Ai Weiwei: According to What? Fairytale, a documentary film by Weiwei, chronicles the making of a work by the same name. In 2007, Weiwei invited 1,001 Chinese citizens of varying ages and backgrounds to travel to Kassel, Germany, for one week each, all expenses paid. The extraordinary event of such a large group of citizens traveling outside of China, many for the first time, enabled Weiwei and the participants to discuss questions concerning identity, memory, love, dreams and the possibility of cultural dialogue. This 152-minute film describes the many challenges facing the artist and his volunteers in coordinating the work. 6pm – 8pm. Free with museum admission. PAMM, 1103 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: pamm.org

February 28
Dance
RHAW
Experience Hip-Hop dance theater set to the sounds of Queen, Nirvana, Chicago and more. Award-winning choreographer Rennie Harris presents Love American Style, a new hip-hop musical to be performed by RHAW (Rennie Harris Awe-Inspiring Works). Inspired by the music of the legendary classic rock music from the 70′s and 80′s, Love American Style uses dance and dialogue to vividly tell the story of a teenage boy as he searches for love, identity and purpose. Conceived in 2007, founder Harris originally founded his dance company as a youth organization driven by community outreach, lectures, classes as well as mentorship. Harris’ inspiration grew from the overwhelming interest from teens and young adults to join. As a training company, RHAW teaches some of its newest and brightest street dancers campbell locking, popping, & boogaloo, b-boy/girl, house and hip-hop dance. 7:30pm. $35. Carnival Studio Theater, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.com

February 28
Film
Rudy
Bandshell Movie Night in the North Shore shows Rudy. Rudy has always been told that he was too small to play college football. But he is determined to overcome the odds and fulfill his dream of playing for Notre Dame. Director: David Anspaugh. Starring: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau and Ned Beatty. 7pm. Hang out and enjoy a movie under the stars. 7pm. Free. North Shore Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: miamibeachparks.com

February 28
Theatre
Into The Woods
A Tony Award winning musical, Into The Woods, is a twist on the classic fairy tales of Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapulzel, and Cinderella which often don’t necessarily end with a happily ever after. Book by James Lapine. Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. 7:30pm. $20. Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach. For info: mdc.edu or 305-237-3541

February 28
Theatre
Honk! Jr.
A contemporary retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling – became a London stand-out, winning the 2000 Olivier Award for Best New Musical. With a score by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, HONK! JR. is the story of Ugly, an awkward duck whose gawky looks instantly incite prejudice from his family and neighbors. Separated from the farm and pursued by a hungry cat, Ugly must find his way home. 7:30pm. $10 – $25. Performing at Area Stage Company, 1560 S. Dixie Highway; Coral Gables. For info: areastagecompany.com

February 28
Theatre
Signals
Miami Theater Center presents the third installment of MTC’s 2013-14 SandBox Series, which offers performing artists a six-week residency in which to develop, rehearse, and perform a new work. Tonight’s event kicks off the work of Miami-based Slovakian composer, performer, and multimedia artist Juraj Kojs.  Signals is an interactive, electroacoustic sound installation and multimedia performance. For this new work, Kojs utilizes various non-verbal sonic signals (rooster calls, beeps, alarms, sirens, ringtones, video game sounds, and computer earcons) to invite the audience to navigate through a forest of various sonic and tactile experiences. Joining Kojs for this interdisciplinary work will be his frequent collaborator, dancer-choreographer Carlota Pradera. $20. 8pm. SandBox at Miami Theater Center, 9806 N.E. 2nd Ave; Miami Shores. For info: 305-751-9550 or mtcmiami.org

February 28
Lecture
Miami Architecture and Typography
What is the Miami aesthetic? How do architecture and design define Miami? Tonight’s event opens with a Panel Discussion, CLOG: MIAMI. CLOG is an independent publication that explores a single subject particularly relevant to current architecture. Moderated by Jean-Francois LeJeune, Professor, U of M, School of Architecture. Panelists include Ray Fort, Designer, Arquitectonica; Nick Gelpi, Founder and Design Principle, Gelpi Projects/Paleo Studio and  Assistant Professor, FIU, College of Architecture; Andrew Kenney, photographer; Jacob Brillhart, Assistant Professor, U of M, School of Architecture and Principle, Brillhart Architecture; and Melissa Brillhart, Principle, Brillhart Architecture. At 7:30pm a lecture How Culture Affects Typography. Designer, blogger and typophile Nikki Villagomez explores Miami typograhy and the impact of culture on the design process. Using a compliation of publicity-submitted images, Villagomez compares Miami’s typographies to those used in other cities, revealing the impact space and place have on typographical choices. Free. 6pm – 9pm. Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: wolf.org

February 28
Music
Jazz @ MOCA: Brasoul
BraSouL is a collaboration between two multifaceted musicians in Miami, Paloma Dueñas and Indio Jackson. A collaboration project for the love of brazilian music. The two will perform songs from Djavan, Gilberto Gil, Seu Jorge to Bob Marley and Michael Jackson mixed with capoeira chants and sounds of a Berimbau. 8pm. Free. MOCA, 770 NE 125th St; North Miami. For info: mocanomi.org

February 28
Comedy
Big & Tall
Fill up on a bellyful of laughs with a Big & Tall order of fun as multi-Emmy Award-winner Bruce Vilanch teams up with Off-Broadway queen Judy Gold for a sidesplitting evening of comedy. One of the most sought-after joke smiths in the entertainment industry and Oscar writer for hosts Billy Crystal, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin and many others, Vilanch joins Emmy Award-winner Gold, best known for her two, one-woman hit shows, four comedy specials and regular appearances on The View, truTV, Comedy Central and Sirius XM’s OutQ, for a double dose of pure funny. Recommended for mature audiences. 8pm. $31.50 – $76.50. Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St; Fort Lauderdale. For info: parkerplayhouse.com

February 29
Music
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1887 and is the fourth-oldest orchestra in the United States, with a proud tradition of trailblazing performances, visionary maestros and collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists. The Program tonight is: Copland Three Latin American Sketches, Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini and Brahms Symphony No. 4. Music Director Leonard Slatkin and Olga Kern on piano. Slatkin’s, musicianship and his passion for educating young people has brought the Detroit Symphony Orchestra into a new era of revitalized performances and community engagement. Kern, the striking young Russian Gold Medal winner of the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, performance of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 made her the first woman to achieve this distinction in over 30 years. 8pm. $75 – $130. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.com

February 29
Art
swing/SPACE/miami: (in)tangibility
(in)tangibility from New York-based artist Lauren Pascarella is the third in a series of five exhibitions presented by the MDC Museum of Art + Design and its alumni exhibition series, swing/SPACE/miami. In (in)tangibility, Pascarellat’ s objective is to present, through photography, every object within the
gallery including the environment itself as surface. The exhibition includes a site specific multi-media installation flares, a collaborative project with fellow Brooklyn-based artist and NWSA alumnus Giselle Zatonyl. Pascarella’s work has been exhibited in group shows in including States of Flux in 2010 at Aperture in New York City. MDC Museum of Art + Design, 600 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: mdcmoad.org

March 1
Music
The Broadway Tenors
Three leading men. Three unbelievable voices. Three Broadway Tenors. Musical theater’s best leading men transport you from the Golden Age and back again in a thrilling and moving evening of Broadway’s most beloved hits. Featuring a dazzling repertoire of over 30 Broadway favorites including Something’s Coming – West Side Story, Mack the Knife – Three Penny Opera, Some Enchanted Evening – South Pacific, Music of the Night – Phantom Of The Opera, and many more. Plus show-stopping medleys written expressly for The Broadway Tenors recreating the roles they’ve played on Broadway and on stages all over the world. $40 – $45. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St, Aventura. For info: aventuracenter.org

March 1
Dance
Spirit of Uganda
Experience the music and the culture of Uganda with the cast of Spirit of Uganda. The vibrant cast of 22 dancers and musicians, ages 8-18, share cultural traditions from East Africa and introduces some of the dynamic music and dance forms that are being created now. Ambassadors of Uganda’s 2.7 million orphans, these children personally reflect the resilience and promise of Africa’s next generation. 11am. Free. SMDCAC,  10950 SW 211 St; Cutler Bay. For info: smdcac.org

March 1
Lecture
For People Who Live in Bodies
If you’ve ever felt judged or made snap judgments based on appearance, if your children or students ever tease or are teased, if you judge your own appearance harshly, come to Race Cultural Program: For People Who Live in Bodies (of every color… ) and discover an engaging way to transform your views of yourself and everyone else. Presented by Anya Cordell, recipient of The Spirit of Anne Frank Award, author of Race: An Open & Shut Case, that flips preconceptions about race and appearance-ism, upside-down. $14.95. 10:30am. Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, 3280 South Miami Ave; Miami. For info: MiamiSci.org or 305-646-4200.

March 1
Kids
Discovering Design: When Books Become Art
Join The Wolfsonian-FIU for a free family day to explore the splendor of books. At Discovering Design: When Books Become Art, kids and adults will consider the multiple forms that a book can take, from traditional leather bound books to those printed on metal, and what happens when books become art. Enjoy tours, a film screening–The Secret of Kells, a hands-on art activity-Making: The Altered Book with Miami artist Mary Larsen, and a new family gallery guide focusing on design materials. 12pm. The Wolfsonian-Florida International University, 1001 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: thewolf.fiu.edu or 305-535-2622.

March 1
Theatre
Frida Unmasked
Commissioned new work by by award-winning theater artist Deborah L. Sherman about artist Frida Kahlo and her relationship with chronic pain as the harbinger of art, beauty and life. Sherman, a Colombian Jew, bravely and candidly explores Kahlo’s many identities: Jewish, bisexuality and complicated bond with Diego Rivera. 8pm. $18 – $25. The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, 404 NW 26th St; Miami. For info: 305-542-7732.

March 1
Film
Yael Bartana: Inferno
Shot and edited with stylistic references to Hollywood action epics, Yael Bartana’s film Inferno (2013) addresses the building of a grandiose replica of Solomon’s Temple by a Neo-Pentecostal Church in São Paulo. Following a screening of the short film in the auditorium, Bartana will be in conversation with Associate Curator Diana Nawi. Free with museum admission. 2pm. PAMM, 1103 Biscayne Blvd Miami. For info: pamm.org

sadlerswellsflamencofestivalMarch 1
Dance
Eva Yerbabuena
One of the world’s greatest flamenco dancers Eva Yerbabuena and her company Eva Yerbabuena Ballet Flamenco artfully unite the grand spectacle of flamenco tradition with Eva’s fresh choreography, taking the art form in new directions. Famed for her breathtaking solos, theatrical flair, and spellbinding footwork, the sensational Spanish dancer-choreographer returns to the Adrienne Arsht Center after more than 7 years with a bold, thrillingly up-to-date performance. Yerbabuena will deliver an unforgettable tour-de-force, enrapturing audiences with her new work, Lluvia, which has been heralded as one of her greatest pieces. 8pm. $25 – $115. Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.com

March 1
tour
Stiltsville, Key Biscayne & More
Enjoy a relaxing boat ride to one of Miami’s hidden gems. HistoryMiami resident historian Dr. Paul George takes you to Stiltsville, a remnant community of seven houses perched on stilts in the middle of the turquoise waters of Biscayne Bay.  See the Cape Florida Lighthouse, learn about the history of Key Biscayne, and hear stories of nefarious mobsters. This tour is a must see for any visitor or resident of Miami! Advanced reservations and payment required. $54. 9am – 11:30am. Bayside Marketplace, 401 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami. For info: 305-375-1621 or historymiami.org.

March 1
Music
Jennifer Nettles
Leaving the security of a successful group is tricky enough when releasing a solo album. Lay those new songs bare onstage with a new group of musicians playing them and the vulnerability quotient is exponentially magnified. Jennifer Nettles’ task during her new tour – was to make the songs on her gratifying solo debut, That Girl, as attractive to her longtime fans as the vast catalog of Sugarland hits that made her famous. And no doubt, Nettles is a star. She’s got the casual-country-but-coolly-stylish look, the booming voice with a piercing twang and the I see you, girlfriend! type of personality that immediately connects her with fans. Nettles kept the focus on her voice and the soul-pop songs on That Girl, kicking off the 90-minute concert with the appealingly languid title track. Opening is Brandy Clark. 8pm. $59 – $79. Hard Rock, 1 Seminole Way; Hollywood. For info: hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com

March 1
Comedy
Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi Goldberg, an undisputed queen of comedy and entertainment, will make her anticipated return to the Arsht Center with a new, wickedly funny stand-up show poised to deliver an unforgettable evening bursting with hilarity. As one of very few extraordinary artists honored with Oscar, Tony, Grammy, Golden Globe, and Emmy Awards, Goldberg’s comic wit surpasses even her stunning list of accolades. Her wise and witty repartee is a daily treat on ABC’s The View, and her many stints as host of the Academy Awards are the stuff of comic legend. Goldberg’s talent as an actress spans the breadth of Broadway hits, including A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Xanadu; television roles on Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Cleaner and Hollywood Squares; and unforgettable film performances in the comedies Sister Act and Soapdish, and stirring dramas The Color Purple and Ghost. 8pm. $50 – $95. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.com

March 1
Shop
Plant Show and Sale
Bromeliads are extremely tropical and add easy color to any yard. The Bromeliad Society of South Florida Annual Show and Sale will be a perfect opportunity to add bromeliads to your garden. Many of Florida’s finest bromeliad nurseries and best individual growers will be offering bromeliads for sale. $25. 9:30am – 4:30pm.  Fairchild Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd; Coral Gables. For info: fairchildgarden.org

March 1
Music
Best of the Big Easy
The Best of the Big Easy comes to Hollywood tonight with fabulous music from New Orleans-based jazz pianist Jon Cleary, Cajun band BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet and Miami Heat’s own Heat Street Band. Delicious cajun food from Rosey Baby, including a live crayfish boil will be part of the fun. For the past 37 years, Grammy award winners BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet has been making some of the most potent and popular Cajun music on the planet. Born out of the rich Acadian ancestry of its members, and created and driven by bandleader Doucet’s spellbinding fiddle playing and soulful vocals, BeauSoleil is notorious for bringing even the most staid audience to its feet. Their distinctive sound derives from the distilled spirits of New Orleans jazz, blues rock, folk, swamp pop, Zydeco, country and bluegrass.  Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jon Cleary has been a fixture of New Orleans’ musical culture for over twenty years. He has collaborated and performed with Johnny Adams, Earl King, Snooks Eaglin, Taj Mahal, John Scofield, and Bonnie Raitt. The Heat Street Band, which ranges from 15 to 25 members, is a funky dancing musical machine with a full horn section and mighty drumline. 7pm – 11pm. Free. Hollywood ArtsPark, 1 Young Circle, Hollywood. For info: rhythmfoundation.com

March 1
Lecture
Museum Forum: Civil Rights in Miami
Take part in a fascinating panel discussion with pioneers from this important period. Panelists include: H.T. Smith, Civil Rights attorney, professor and founding Director of the Trial Advocacy Program at FIU College of Law; Enid Pinkney, founder of the African American Committee of Dade Heritage Trust and Historic Hampton House Community Trust; Garth Reeves, Civil Rights activist and publisher emeritus of The Miami Times; and Thelma Gibson, Civil Rights advocate and founder of the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Dade County. Moderator: Bea Hines, columnist, Miami Herald. 2pm – 3pm. South Dade Regional Library, 10750 SW 211 St; Cutler Bay. For info: mdpls.org or historymiami.org

March 1
Comedy
Stephanie Miller’s Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour
Stephanie Miller’s Sexy Liberal Comedy tour returns to Fort Lauderdale! Brand new comedy for a brand new election cycle! The tour is part of a tradition of progressive political comedy that includes the San Francisco Mime Troupe, along with the Latino sketch-comedy company Culture Clash, which has turned to more serious dramatic works after starting out in Bay Area comedy clubs. 8pm. $42.74 – $151.50. Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St; Fort Lauderdale. For info: parkerplayhouse.com

March 2
books
Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns
Don’t miss the reception, talk & book signing for a new book, Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns which features the beautiful streets in Coral Gables, South Miami and Miami Beach. To celebrate the book, the City of Coral Gables and Books & Books are hosting a reception and book signing with local co-author Victor Dover and other contributors at the Coral Gables Museum. Coral Gables’ Director of Planning & Zoning, Ramon Trias, will make introductory remarks. 3pm. The Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: coralgablesmuseum.org

March 2
Books
Confessions of Secret Latina
Whatever your ethnic background or personal opinion of Fidel Castro, you will find something new and revealing in this book, Confessions of Secret Latina.  It offers a frank firsthand account of one woman’s journey, not only through Cuba, but through a life filled with unique challenges and tragedies.  When Castro first rose to power, author Barbara Joe, like so many Americans, was entranced by the romantic vision of a scrubby revolutionary defeating the hated dictator Fulgencio Batista. But her years of direct experience with Cubans and within Cuba itself gradually eroded that vision. In Confessions, readers will meet real people, both dissidents and ordinary Cubans, as well as other Latin Americans encountered during the author’s 75 adventurous years. She was privileged to have had a front-row seat at pivotal events enabling her to meet important regional players while serving as an election observer in Chile, Nicaragua, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. Joe will read from and sign her book today. 4pm. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

March 2
Music
Doubled Brahms
A master of counterpoint and development, this program pairs together Brahms’ pastoral Second Symphony with his famed Double Concerto, showcasing Concertmaster Daniel Andai alongside Brian Manker, Solo Cellist of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.com

March 2
Sport
The Harlem Globetrotters
The world famous Harlem Globetrotters come to Miami tonight. With a roster showcasing stars such as Special K Daley, Big Easy Lofton, Flight Time Lang, Hi-Lite Bruton and Dizzy Grant – plus female stars TNT Maddox, T-Time Brawner and Sweet J Ekworomadu – the Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind family show features mesmerizing ball handling, an assortment of trick shots, high-flying dunks and precise timing – all with an array of comedy guaranteed to entertain the young and the young at heart.  After virtually every game, Globetrotter stars remain on the court for autographs and photographs with fans. 4pm. $25 – $176. American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: aaarena.com

March 3
Books
Making a Life in Multi-Ethnic Miami
With more than a million immigrants from Latin America and the Caribbean, Miami, boasts the highest proportion of foreign-born residents of any US city. Charting the rise of Miami as a global city, Elizabeth Aranda, Sallie Hughes, and Elena Sabogal provide a panoramic study of the changing dynamics of the immigration experience. The authors move easily between an analysis of global currents and personal narratives, examining the many factors that shape the decision to emigrate and the challenges faced in making a new home. Offering a wealth of new insights, their work demonstrates why Miami is such an exceptional laboratory for studying the social forces and local effects of globalization on the ground. Aranda is associate professor of sociology at the University of South Florida. Hughes is associate professor of journalism and Latin American studies at the University of Miami. Sabogal is associate professor of women’s and gender studies at William Paterson University of New Jersey. The authors will read from and sign their book tonight. 6:30pm. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

March 3
Kids
Dr.Seuss’ 110th Birthday
Miami Children’s Museum celebrates  literacy and Dr. Seuss’ 110th birthday with celebrity readers, Seuss filled activities, performances, appearances by Dr. Seuss characters, birthday cake and more! 10am – 6pm. Free. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway; Miami. For info: 305-373-5437 or miamichildrensmuseum.org

March 4
Theatre
War Horse
War Horse is a remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship. England, 1914. As World War I begins, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped from England to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home. This powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and songs, is a show of phenomenal inventiveness that is currently playing to packed houses in London, New York and Toronto. At its heart are astonishing life-sized puppets created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company that bring to life breathing, galloping, charging horses strong enough for men to ride. 8pm. $26 – $96. Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.com

March 4
Books
The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet
Since his documentary, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, was released in 2010 and became a worldwide sensation, Joe Cross has become a tireless advocate for the power of juicing. The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet brings us of the plan that allowed him to overcome obesity, poor health, and bad habits, and presents success stories from others whose lives he’s touched. Cross–who managed to lose one hundred pounds and discontinue all his medication by following his own plan–walks you through his life before juicing, sharing his self-defeating attitude toward food and fitness, and brings you along on his journey from obesity and disease to fitness, a clean bill of health, and the clarity of physical wellness. In addition to sharing his inspirational story, The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet gives readers all the tools they need to embark on their own journey to health and wellness, including inspiration and encouragement, recipes, and diet plans. Cross will read from and sign his book tonight. 6:30pm. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

March 5
Music
Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake performs tonight in Miami. One of this generation’s most-celebrated entertainers, Timberlake, expands The 20/20 Experience World Tour to promote his double platinum album, The 20/20 Experience. The album has been critically well received and is the year’s best selling with over two million sold to date. The album marks Timberlake with the biggest male debut in five years as well as the biggest digital debut in U.S. history by a male artist. Last year, he hosted Saturday Night Live for the fifth time to much critical acclaim. He followed that performance up with a Late Night residency and, just last week, offered fans History of Rap 5 with the new host of the Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon. 8pm. $52.50 – $178. AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: aaarena.com

March 5
Lecture
Pulitzer Panel: The Story Behind the Photo
In the words of the photographers who captured these dramatic images, hear the stories behind the photographs that have won America’s most distinguished award for journalism, the Pulitzer Prize. Photographers scheduled to be in attendance include Patrick Farrell (Haitian hurricane); Alan Diaz (Elian Gonzalez raid); Michel duCille (volcano in Colombia, crack cocaine in Miami); Nikki Kahn (Haitian earthquake) and John Kaplan (America’s 21-year-olds). The panel will be moderated by Eric Newton, senior adviser to the president at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and former managing editor of the Oakland Tribune, which won the Pulitzer prize for photography for coverage of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. 4pm – 6pm. Florida International University, 10975 S.W. 17th St; Miami. For info: thefrost.fiu.edu

March 5
Film
Pacific Rim
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 Pacific Rim. As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse. Director: Guillermo del Toro and Starring: Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi. 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

March 5
Books
Maybe God Was Busy
Maybe God Was Busy retraces one woman’s journey growing up behind the tourist veil of Jamaica, one of the most beloved islands in the world. It is a raw, unaltered look at an idyllic childhood interrupted by chronic sexual abuse. From molestation, to incest, to sex with the church brother, to sex with the voodoo practitioner charged with saving a dying brother, to a pregnancy and abortion—sans anesthesia—at age 15, everything is revealed. Maybe God Was Busy is truly raw and authentic—a memoir saturated with abuse, survival, forgiveness, triumph and redemption—and yes laughter. Writer, editor, event producer, social entrepreneur and activist, author Jane Mansfield was named one of South Florida’s 25 Most Influential & Prominent Black Women of 2009 (Success South Florida Magazine), and was also featured in South Florida CEO Magazine. She is a highly esteemed, creative, innovative, independent thinker who has spent the last 15 years as a seasoned public- and private-sector professional. She is a native of Jamaica who has lived in New York, Australia and Austria before calling Miami home. Mansfield will read from and sign her book tonight. 6:30pm. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

March 5
Theatre
Spamalot
Winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical, Monty Python’s Spamalot, the musical comedy sensation lovingly ripped off from the film classic Monty Python and The Holy Grail, now returns to spread laughter and cheer throughout the Kingdom of South Florida. Telling the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and featuring a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people, Monty Python’s Spamalot raises silliness to an art form and has been hailed as a no-holds-barred smash hit. Through March 30. 8pm. $42. Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. actorsplayhouse.org

March 6
Film
Lawrence of Arabia
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 Lawrence of Arabia. Directed by David Lean. With Peter O’Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn. A flamboyant and controversial British military figure and his conflicted loyalties during his World War I service in the Middle East.  8pm. Free. Exostage at Miami Beach SoundScape, 500 17 St; Miami Beach. For info: mbculture.com

March 6
Dance
Estrella Morente
As a singer of amazing power and rhythmic control, Estrella Morente is one of the foremost flamenco vocalists in the world. The daughter of singer Enrique Morente and dancer Aurora Carbonell, Morente began performing at age 7 and, as a young adult, gained a loyal following as the velvety singing voice behind Penelope Cruz’s lauded performance in Pedro Almodovar´s film Volver. Her work has been showered with praise by critics–including a Latin Grammy nomination– since the release of her debut album in 2001 and her newest album Autoretrato is already receiving raves. 8pm. $35 – $100. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.com

March 6
Lecture
Geoff Dyer
Geoff Dyer will outline ideas behind and inspiration for The Ongoing Moment, particularly his idiosyncratic categories for organizing photographic images. Tracing some examples of particular tropes, hats for example, Dyer will ask what larger lessons can be learned from indexing photographs in a way that veers from traditional art historical chronologies and taxonomies. What is the further potential  of this method? Does it reveal something about the way photographers work, about a collective optical unconscious? The Ongoing Moment is a masterful meditation on photographs, but what makes it particularly valuable is the way it shows how Dyer has mastered the art of the essay, understood as a piece of discursive, personal writing, in which great, often melancholy themes are raised with lightness and very dry humor. 7pm – 9pm. Free. PAMM, 1103 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: pamm.org

March 6
Books
Voices from the Internet Underground
An incisive look at the next major battlegrounds between the Internet and state control. In Now I Know Who My Comrades Are, Emily Parker, a former State Department policy advisor and former writer at The Wall Street Journal, provides on-the-ground accounts of how the Internet is transforming lives in China, Cuba and Russia. In China, university students use the Internet to save the life of an attempted murder victim. In Cuba, authorities try to silence an online critic by sowing seeds of distrust in her marriage. And in Russia, a lone blogger rises to become the most prominent opposition figure since the fall of the Soviet Union. Authoritarian governments try to isolate individuals from one another, but in the age of Twitter and Facebook, this is impossible. Or as one blogger put it: “Now I know who my comrades are.” Social media helps people overcome feelings of powerlessness, leading to the rise of a new kind of citizen. Author Emily Parker details how prominent dissidents and ordinary citizens use the Internet to expose injustices and challenge authority. Now I Know Who My Comrades Are is a testament to the power of community in the face of repression. Parker is the digital diplomacy advisor and a senior fellow at the New America Foundation. Previously, she was a member of Secretary Clinton’s Policy Planning staff at the State Department, where she covered twenty-first-century statecraft, innovation, and technology. Parker will read from and sign her book tonight. 8pm. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

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