January 24 to January 31

January 24
Lecture
Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba
NPR correspondent Tom Gjelten will give a talk based on his book, Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba that fuses the story of the Bacardi family and their famous rum business with Cuba’s tumultuous experience over the last 150 years to produce a deeply entertaining historical narrative. The company Facundo Bacardi launched in Cuba in 1862 brought worldwide fame to the island, and in the decades that followed his Bacardi descendants participated in every aspect of Cuban life. With his intimate account of their struggles and adventures across five generations, Gjelten brings to life the larger story of Cuba’s fight for freedom, its tortured relationship with America, the rise of Fidel Castro, and the violent division of the Cuban nation. This event is presented in collaboration with Books & Books and in conjunction with the exhibition, Bacardi: Architecture, Art & Identity, curated by professor and author Allan Shulman and sponsored by Bacardi that is currently on view at the Coral Gables Museum through February 17. 7pm. Books & Books, 285 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: coralgablesmuseum.org

January 24
Social
Splendor in the Garden
Co-sponsored by Neiman Marcus Coral Gables, this event will feature Senior Vice President and Fashion Director Ken Downing who will present the “Best of Spring 2013″ fashion show.  The 2013 Fairchild Philanthropy Honorees will also be announced. All proceeds will benefit Fairchild. Co-chaired by Swanee DiMare and Frances Sevilla-Sacasa. 11am. $250. Fairchild Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd;  Coral Gables. For info: fairchildgarden.org or 305.667.1651.

January 24
Books
Barbara Vinick
Recollections of the first bat mitzvah at the only synagogue in Indonesia, a poignant bat mitzvah memory of World War II Italy, and an American bat mitzvah shared with girls in a Ukrainian orphanage–these are a few of the resonant testimonies about the transition from Jewish girl to Jewish woman collected in Today I Am a Woman: Stories of Bat Mitzvah Around the World by Barbara Vinick. Introduced by brief biographical notes and descriptions of Jewish communities around the world, these stories reveal how Judaism defines this important rite of passage in a girl’s life in widely disparate settings. The contributions are from bat mitzvah girls of the past and present, their parents, communities, and religious leaders. Including evocative family photos–some recent, some from decades past–this rich compilation is an ideal gift for bat mitzvah celebrants, their families, and friends. Vinick will sign copies of her book tonight. 8pm. Books & Books, 285 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: coralgablesmuseum.org

January 24
Comedy
Ron White
With his trademark glass of scotch in one hand and a cigar in the other, comedian Ron Tater Salad White returns to the Broward Center, delivering sardonic, personal observations on life as he sees it, in his all new performance, Ron White – A Little Unprofessional. Over the past five years Ron has been one of the 3 top-grossing comedians on tour in the U.S. His TV specials They Call Me ‘Tater Salad and You Can’t Fix Stupid are two of the top-rated one-hour specials in Comedy Central history. He has achieved two Grammy nominations, a Gold Record, a book that made the New York Times Best Seller List, and CD and DVD sales of over 10 million units. White has even ventured into acting, appearing in the films Sex and the City 2 and Horrible Bosses. 7pm. $35. – $55. VIP: $184. Broward Center, 201 SW 5th Ave; Fort Lauderdale. For info: browardcenter.org

January 25
Music
Bell Plays Beethoven
One of today’s great artists  Superstar violinist Joshua Bell has enchanted audiences worldwide with his breathtaking virtuosity and beautiful tone. Bell performs one of the greatest concertos ever written, Beethoven’s timeless Violin Concerto. Conductor Franz Welser-Möst leads the The Cleveland Orchestra in Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony – a triumphant musical assertion of the individual against the state, written after the death of the composer’s nemesis, Joseph Stalin. 8pm. $167 – $37. New World Symphony; 500 17th Street; Miami Beach. For info: nws.edu

January 25
Festival
International Chocolate Festival
Fairchild’s 7th Annual International Chocolate Festival begins today. Three decadent days of chocolate with Cooking Demonstrations, lectures, Plant Sales, a Chocolate Spa and Chocolate Beer Tasting. Learn how to pair your chocolate with these brews. Gold Coast Brewing will be bringing us bringing us Brooklyn Brown Ale, Abita Turbodog, Schnebly Gator Tail Ale and Abita Purple Haze.  The Whole Foods Market will be bringing us Fort Collins Chocolate Stout, Rouge Chocolate Stout and Young’s Double Chocolate Stout. $25. 9:30am -  4:30pm. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd;  Coral Gables. For info: fairchildgarden.org or 305.667.1651.

January 25
Film
Snow White and The Huntsman
Bandshell Movie Night: Enjoy a movie under the stars. This week is In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen. Director: Rupert Sanders. Starring: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron. 7pm. Free. North Shore Park Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: For info: miamibeachparks.com

January 25
Music
Rene Marie
Award-winning singer, René Marie, whose style incorporates elements of jazz, soul, blues and gospel comes to the Black Box Thetare with Experiment in Truth her Cabaret Series. . She is a fierce independent songstress who started her career in her 40s. Don’t miss this beautiful voice, with an inspirational message, especially for women. 8:30pm. SMDCAC, 10950 SW 211 St; Cutler Bay. For info: 786-573-5300 or smdcac.org

January 25
Theatre
Adventures in Solo Storytelling
The inagural season of First Person Singular: Adventures in Solo Storytelling with three amazing evenings of entertainment featuring Four-time Grammy Award winner David Holt, St. Lawrence River rat and award winning storyteller Regi Carpenter and Broadway star Avery Sommers. Poignant. Powerful. Whimsical. Funny. The age-old art form of storytelling, updated for adults only. 7pm. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St; Aventura. For info: aventuracenter.org

January 25
Kids
Math Midway
A new traveling exhibit, Math Midway: A Carnival of Mathematics, opens today at the Museum of Discovery and Science. Children and adults alike can discover surprising aspects of math with this hands-on tour of mathematical concepts in this colorful, carnival-style exhibit which is sponsored locally by the Leo Goodwin Foundation. Visitors can experience fun and challenging activities such as riding a square-wheeled tricycle around a sunflower track, creating one-of-a-kind drawings using the Mysterious Harmonograph, composing a tune with the Organ Function Grinder, or attempting to solve one of the tricky math puzzles. Math Midway’s more than 20 interactive exhibits allow visitors to explore the world of pattern, shape and numbers. The exhibit’s goal is to change public perceptions of math and improve the way we educate our youth by demonstrating that math can be interactive, fun and exciting.
The Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St; Fort Lauderdale. For info: 954.467.6637 or mods.org

January 25
Social
The Ladies of Manure
The Fertile Earth Foundation, a local environmental non-profit organization, will officially launch its newest fundraising initiative: The Ladies of Manure 2013 calendar, tonight in the art gallery at Cafeina. The $25 calendar – available as of recently online – is comprised of colorful shots like the ones below and are aimed at getting readers  to re-think waste. Guests will have an opportunity to purchase calendars during the launch party, and the Fertile Earth Foundation will also stage a silent auction showcasing large canvas-sized prints of images from the calendar. Happy hour specials also available and include $2 sliders, $3 brews. 6pm – 8pm. Cafeina Wynwood Lounge, 297 NW 23rd St; Miami. For info: ladiesofManure@taraink.com

January 25
Music
Flagler St. Jazz & Blues Block Party
We are closing down tonight for a jazz and blues filled street party. Music, drinks, food and street vendors will take over Miami Avenue just south of Flagler Street. 5pm – 9pm. Free. Avenue D, 8 South Miami Ave; Miami. For info: downtownmiami.net

January 25
Theatre
Monty Python’s Spamalot
The funniest show on earth is back to taunt Fort Lauderdale for a second time. 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. SPAMALOT tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. But before they can find their grail, they’re taking a little side-trip to the fair city of Fort Lauderdale. 8pm. $39.00 – $109. Broward Center, 201 SW 5th Ave; Fort Lauderdale. For info: browardcenter.org

January 25
Film
The Double Steps
The best way to escape from your pursuers without leaving any traces behind you is to walk backwards over your own footprints. This is what French artist and author François Augiéras believed as he painted every inch of the walls of a military bunker in the desert and let it sink into the sand so that no-one would find it till the 21st Century. But who is Augiéras? One of the most interesting auteurs working in Spain today, Catalan filmmaker Isaki Lacuesta, and one of Spain’s foremost living artists, Miquel Barceló, guide us through the Mali desert in search of a fresco painted by Augiéras in this gorgeous film that won the Golden Shell at the San Sebastian International Film Festival. 7pm. & 9pm. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

January 26
Music
The Magic Flute
Florida Grand Opera performs Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) tonight, Mozart’s operatic masterpiece, reveals some of opera’s most beloved characters as they play out the timeless drama of good versus evil: the vengeful Queen of the Night, her conflicted daughter Pamina, the charming bird catcher Papageno, and the handsome prince Tamino. It is the enlightened Sarastro, though, who thwarts the Queen of the Night’s attack and breaks her power forever. This fairy tale work was written to provide popular, even slapstick entertainment for a rustic theater on the outskirts of Vienna, but its harmonic structure and beautiful music have made it a key monument of Western classical music. Ever since its 1791 premiere it continues to be one of the world’s most frequently performed operas. Starring Andrew Bidlack, Jonathan G. Michie, Jeanette Vecchione and Jordan Bisch. Conductor Andrew Bisantz and Director Jeffrey Marc Buchman. 7pm. $254 – $25. Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

January 26
Music
Sweet Honey In The Rock
The internationally-renowned, all-female Grammy-Award winning a cappella singing group Sweet Honey In The Rock. Rooted in a deeply held commitment to create music out of the rich textures of African American legacy and traditions, Sweet Honey In The Rock possesses a stunning vocal prowess that captures the complex sounds of Blues, spirituals, traditional gospel hymns, rap, reggae, African chants, Hip Hop, ancient lullabies, and jazz. The performance includes an ASL interpreter. This performance is made possible with the cooperation of Dress for Success. A pre-show reception benefits The Professional Women’s Group (PWG), an international networking association for Dress for Success clients who have recently entered the workforce, some for the first time.  The PWG was created to promote employment retention and career advancement by providing valuable skill-building information while creating a safe environment in which members can network with other professionals.  It is the first and only employment retention model that moves low-income women towards self-sufficiency by addressing their social and economic needs in relation to work, home and community. 8pm. $35 – $10. VIP: $65. SMDCAC, 10950 SW 211 St; Cutler Bay. For info: 786-573-5300 or smdcac.org

January 26
Social
Tour of Kitchens Fundraiser
The 4th annual Coral Gables Community Foundation self-guided Tour of Kitchens offers something for everyone. The tour will showcase some of Coral Gables’ most spectacular designer kitchens, local area restaurants, and sought-after chefs. To tempt your taste buds, each kitchen will offer a cooking demonstration or tasting by a favorite local restaurant chef. Each of the homes will feature unique and stunning designer table settings that are sure to inspire! Also included are special features along the way such as napkin folding origami, foodie merchandise, home goods from local purveyors, and a presentation on Kitchen Design by nationally recognized Kitchen Designer, Julia Johnston.The tour will conclude with Desserts & Book Signings at Books & Books  with celebrity chefs and cookbook authors signing books. Beautiful homes, fabulous kitchens, tasty samplings of food and adult beverages, local celebrity chefs, designer table settings, recipes and much, much more! Join us for one of the most highly anticipated fund raisers of the year. $50. 1pm – 2pm. Books & Books, 285 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: 305-446-9670 or gablesfoundation.org.

January 26
Film
Miami Jewish Film Festival
The song is instantly recognizable. Hava Nagila (The Movie) opens the Miami Jewish Film Festival at the Colony Theater on Saturday, January 26, and epitomizes the universal appeal of the movies screened during the ten-day event. The film is a joyful romp through the history, mystery and meaning of a ubiquitous party song that has its roots in the shtetls of Eastern Europe, and has found a cultural re-boot with performances by Harry Belefonte, Connie Francis, Glen Campbell, Elvis and even The Muppets. Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Rd; & Regal Cinema South Beach 18, 1120 Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach. For info: 1-888-585-FILM or miamijewishfilmfestival.com

January 26
Style
Fashionista’s Flea
Join the movement and New York and Miami’s only Parisian style fashion flea market where fashionista’s and style mavens come together to turn their closet castaways into cold hard cash and shop each other closets. Hunting is free and the early bird gets the worm with many fashion faithfuls lining up outside the door before the sale opens to get the best picks. Want to sell your stash? We make it easy for women living in apartments to have their own tag sale and clean their closets. All you need to do is reserve a table, send some photos of your items, price your items and order a Paypal or Square credit card swiper. We promote the event for you, bring you buyers, get you a space to sell your stash. When you reserve, you are sent a FAQ’s information sheet and a copy of the flyer so you can promote the sale to your own network. On the day of the event you show up with your items in hand and priced to sell. You set up your table and turn your unwanted items into cold hard cash. No more dealing with all the hassle and uncertainty of sites like Ebay. Here you get to see and meet your buyer face to face. 9am – 12pm. Whitelaw Hotel, 808 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: fashionistasflea.com

January 26
Music
Claire Daly and Ras David Williams
Jamaican painter Ras David Williams will showcase a brilliant collection of iconic and contemporary images at the next WDNA Fine Arts Concert. This exhibition, Faces of Africa captures significant figures, past and present. From reggae superstar Bob Marley to Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I, to lions of the animal kingdom, Williams’ depiction breathes new life and meaning in a captivating manner. The evening also includes a live concert by jazz baritone saxophonist Clare Daly. She’s a 6-time winner of the Downbeat Critic’s Poll and the jazz journalist association’s “Baritone Sax Player of the Year.” Her CD “Swing Low” is featured in Bill Clinton’s presidential library. With five critically acclaimed albums to her credit, she’ll be performing selections from her latest, “Baritone Monk. 7:30pm. $50. WDNA Jazz Gallery, 2921 Coral Way; Miami. For info: 305-662-8889.

January 26
Social
Celebrity Bowling Challenge
Jon Jay, St. Louis Cardinals outfielder and Miami native, will host his 2nd Annual Celebrity Bowling Challenge tonight. Proceeds will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade. Along with other Major League Baseball stars, star athletes and celebrities, Jay will bowl with attendees during the fun-filled fundraising event. The evening will include red carpet arrivals, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, exciting bowling matches and more. Celebs attending include David Freese, Yonder Alonso, Blake Tekotte, Daniel Descalso, Tyler Greene, John Mayberry Jr., Cesar Carrillo, Jimmy Graham and actor Bryan Greenberg. 6pm – 9pm. $100. Lucky Strike Lanes, 1691 Michigan Ave; Miami Beach.

January 26
Tour
Garden Tours
Have you ever wanted to know more about the Garden’s role in the history of Miami Beach, or what the heck that tree with the spines is out by the gate entrance? Guided tours are back! We have knowledgeable docents ready to show you just how much is really packed into our 2.6 acres, every Saturday at 2 p.m. Tours generally last 30 minutes. $5. 2pm. Miami beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr; Miami Beach. For info: mbgarden.org.

January 26
Kids
Weebles
Take a trip across the United Sates in Miami Children’s Museum’s new educational Weebles Coast to Coast exhibit opening today. In the exhibit, created by Milwaukee’s Betty Brinn Children’s Museum in collaboration with Hasbro, Inc., visitors will travel to each of the 50 states to explore U.S. geography, history and culture. Exhibit activities feature favorite American travel, sports and leisure pastimes, music from across the nation, and fun and important information about well-known people, places and historical events. Children will power a riverboat down the Mississippi, hit a home run at Fenway Park, build the Saint Louis Gateway Arch, ride a mule into the Grand Canyon, snorkel in Hawaii, explore the Florida Everglades and much more. Designed for children ages 4 -10. $16. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway; Miami. For info: miamichildrensmuseum.org.

January 26
Music
Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra
An innovative program of musical genres selected by our audiences through surveys and Facebook suggestions during the past year. Selections range from Mozart, Vivaldi, Gershwin and tangos to original works performed by string quartets and rhythm sections with Spoken Word artists. Pre-concert lecture begins at 6:30pm. Free Music for Munchkins concert at 11am. Concert is 30 minutes long and includes a snack after the event. 7:30am. $10 – $40. Rose and Alfred Miniaci Theater, 3100 Ray Ferraro Jr Blvd; Fort Lauderdale. For info: arsflores.com

January 26
Lecture
1863: The Civil War and the Fight for Freedom
Join members of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation for a one-day special event: 1863: The Civil War and the Fight for Freedom, a 150th Anniversary Conference. Keynote address: “Concepts of Freedom and War: Abraham Lincoln and ‘Stonewall’ Jackson” presented by noted Civil War scholar James I. Robertson, Jr., who served for more than four decades as professor of history at Virginia Tech. Q&A:  moderated by Antonio Mora, anchor for CBS4 and ALBF board member. Panel Discussion: “ The Emancipation Proclamation at 150: The Story of Freedom in the Steven Spielberg Era” moderated by Harold Holzer, author of 43 books. Panelists include: Michael Bernath, Professor of History, University of Miami; Orville Vernon Burton, professor of history at Clemson University; Thomas Campbell, Chicago attorney;  Edna Greene Medford, Professor of History and chair of the Department of History at Howard University; Frank J. Williams, retired chief justice of Rhode Island. Reception to follow after panel discussion. Music by Matthew Sabatella and the Rambling String Band. Free. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: historymiami.org

January 26
Lecture
Growing Roses in South Florida
Roger Stone was so popular last year, we had to bring him back. Stone of Stone’s Rose Gardening in Davie will explain the basics of maintaining rose plants for our particular climate (it is possible!) He will talk about proper species selection, environmental requirements, pruning techniques, tips on pests and disease, and tricks for obtaining the perfect blooms. The lecture will end with a Q&A and a raffle on sample rose plants to take home. 10am – Noon. Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr; Miami Beach. For info: mbgarden.org

January 26
Tour
Gay and Lesbian Walking Tour
The Miami Design Preservation League has joined forces with the Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau to bring you this ninety-minute guided walking tour on the fourth Saturday of each month. Tour departs from MDPL’s Art Deco Welcome Center. Reservations not required. $20. 5pm. Art Deco Welcome Center, 1001 Ocean Dr; Miami Beach. For info: 305.672.2014 or mdpl.org

January 26
Music
Viennese Artistry
Musicians from the esteemed Vienna Philharmonic are the featured soloists in concertos by Second Viennese School composers Berg and Schoenberg. Michael Tilson Thomas brings freshness and exuberance to the stage when he conducts the orchestra in Schumann’s “Spring” Symphony. Program: Schoenberg: Theme and Variations, Berg: Violin Concerto, Fitzenhagen: Concert Waltzes for Four Cellos and Schumann: Symphony No. 1, Spring. Rainer Honeck on violin, Tamás Varga on cello. 7:30pm. New World Center, 500 17th St; Miami Beach. For info: newworldcenter.com

January 26
Tour
Street Art of Little Haiti
Join artist Serge Toussaint for a special tour of Little Haiti. Visit his murals and sign art, and learn about the rich cultural tradition of this neighborhood. Don’t miss this unique opportunity. This program is presented by the HistoryMiami South Florida Folklife Center as part of the Heritage Spotlight series, an artist-in-residence program that features local traditional artists and cultural expressions. Free. 1pm. Little Haiti Cultural Center Courtyard, 212 NE 59 Terr; Miami. For info: 305-375-4590 or historymiami.org.

January 27
Music
The Saint Martha
This years Yamaha Concert Series will showcase Soprano Helen Donath and Pianist/Composer Klaus Donath in a Unique Concert Program. Legendary Opera Soprano Helen Donath, accompanied by her husband Klaus Donath, in her only Florida appearance this year, presents a unique made-for-St-Martha musical tour of Helen’s childhood in Texas, her magical life with Klaus, and her international career singing opera and lieder and all that is classically beautiful. 3pm. $10 – $20. St. Martha in the Shores, 9301 Biscayne Blvd; Miami Shores. For info: saintmartha.tix.com or 305-751-0005.

January 27
Kids
Freckleface Strawberry
Freckleface Strawberry is just like every other girl, except she has bright red hair and something worse, Freckles. Based on the beloved bestselling book by celebrated actress Julianne Moore, this wonderful musical adaptation takes you inside the book’s pages with Freckleface and friends as they learn to love the skin they’re in. Freckleface Strawberry will do anything to get rid of her freckles–from scrubbing them with soap, to caking on makeup or wearing a ski mask to school. Will her schoolmates realize it’s her under the mask? Will Freckleface be brave enough to finally face her complexion in the mirror? With the help of her loveable friends, Freckleface learns that everyone is different – and that’s what makes everyone special. Fun music, awesome dancing and a freckleface full of laughs make this fun for all ages freckles or not. Free themed pre-show art activities by Young At Art Children’s Museum and face painting 1 hour prior to the show. Plus, complimentary post-show snacks for the entire family from Whole Foods. 11am & 1pm. $3 – $15. Rose and Alfred Miniaci Theater, 3100 Ray Ferraro Jr Blvd; Fort Lauderdale. For info:

January 27
Music
Great Opera Moments
An original staged production inspired in the classical tradition and incorporating elements from other performing, media, and visual arts. Anthological scenes from well-known operas will make up the program: the Quintet from The Magic Flute, a hilarious duet from Le Nozze di Figaro, The Third Act Trio and Scene from La Favorita, the entire Third Act from La Bohème, and The Mad Scene from Lucia di Lammermoor, with the special participation of Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida. Featuring both seasoned and emerging talents, this varied program can be enjoyed by opera lovers and the general public. 3pm. $15 – $30. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St; Aventura. For info:theoperaatelier.com

January 27
Tour
Fort Lauderdale Intracoastal New River Boat Tour
Enjoy a beautiful relaxing boat tour of the New River and the Intracoastal Waterway with Dr. Paul George. See Stranahan House, Waterfront mansions, Colee Hammock, the site of Travis McGee’s Busted Flush, Little Florida, Tarpon Bend and the site of the original Fort Lauderdale as he recounts local history. Advance reservations and payment required. 9am – 11am. $54. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-375-1621 or historymiami.org

January 27
Music
Miami Symphony Orchestra in Collins Park
Miami Symphony Orchestra and Bass Museum of Art present a concert on the lawn in Collins Park. Bring a blanket, picnic and the whole family to enjoy an al fresco performance of “Ocean Drive in Vienna” by the Miami Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Eduardo Marturet. Concert immediately follows IDEA@thebass Family Day activities. 4pm. Free. For info: bassmuseun,org

January 28
Books
Dick Wolf
Law & Order Series Producer: Dick Wolf makes his literary debut with The Intercept, a tense, driving thriller, an extraordinary tale filled with the ingenious twists and high-wire suspense we have come to expect from this master storyteller. Days before the July Fourth holiday and the dedication of One World Trade Center at Ground Zero, an incident aboard a commercial jet reminds everyone that vigilance is not a task to be taken lightly. But for NYPD detective Jeremy Fisk, it may also be a signal that there is much more to this case than the easy answer of this being just the work of another lone terrorist. Fisk–assigned to the department’s Intelligence Division, a well-funded antiterror unit modeled on the CIA–suspects that the event might also be a warning sign that another, potentially more extraordinary scheme has been set in motion. When a passenger from the same plane, a Saudi Arabian national, disappears into the crowds of Manhattan, it’s up to Fisk and his partner Krina Gersten to find him before the celebrations begin. Fisk and Gersten quickly realize that their opponents are smarter and more agile than any they have ever faced. Extremely clever and seemingly invisible, they are able to exploit any security weakness and anticipate Fisk’s every move…and time is running out. Books & Books, 285 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: coralgablesmuseum.org

January 28
Music
Musicians’ Forum
Curated and produced by the NWS Fellows, Musicians’ Forum programs come alive through musical spontaneity and unique artistic partnerships. Distinctive visuals, lighting, and narration from the stage will make for an unforgettable performance. Free. 7pm. New World Center, 500 17th St; Miami Beach. For info: newworldcenter.com

January 28
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. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-375-1621 or historymiami.org.

January 29
Music
When Should We Remember the Holocaust
FIU Associate Professor of Religious Studies Oren Stier will present an annual lecture about the Holocaust, followed by a performance of music from the Jewish diaspora in its many forms by the Amernet String Quartet, artists in residence in FIU’s School of Music. New York Times called the Quartet’s performance “immensely satisfying” and it has received international recognition as an exceptional string quartet. FIU Annual Holocaust Studies Lecture, sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program. Cost: Museum Members & FIU Faculty/Students free; Non-Members $6. 7pm.  Jewish Museum of Florida, 301 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: jewishmuseum.com

January 30
Dance
Miami City Ballet’s Rehearsal Performances
Come watch the dancers rehearse during the season every last Wednesday of the month. Reservations required. Free for Miami Beach residents. Miami City Ballet, 2200 Liberty Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305-929-7010 or miamicityballet.org

January 30
Books
Amy Wilentz
Author Amy Wilentz will be discussing and signing her newest book Farewell, Fred Voodoo tonight at books and Books. Like Joan Didion’s Salvador and Rory Stewart’s The Places in Between, Farewell, Fred Voodoo vividly portrays the people of a stark place. Simply put, this is a brilliant writer’s account of a long, painful, ecstatic–and unreciprocated–affair with Haiti, a country that has long fascinated the world. Her book is about magical transformations. It is filled with raucous characters: human-rights reporters gone awry, movie stars turned into aid workers, musicians running for president, doctors turned into diplomats, a former U.S. president working as a house builder, street boys morphing into rock stars, and voodoo priests running elections. Wilentz looks back and forward at the country: at its slave plantations, its unthinkable revolutionary history, its kick-up-the-dirt guerrilla movements, its troubled relationship to the U.S., the totalitarian dynasty that ruled for decades, as well as its creative culture, and its ancient African traditions and attitudes. With Farewell Fred Voodoo, Wilentz pursues the heart and soul of this beautiful and confounding place. 8pm. Books & Books, 285 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

January 30
Film
Cinema Green
With wonderful heart and an impressive sense of scale, Tiffany Shlain’s vibrant and insightful documentary, Connected, explores the visible and invisible connections linking major issues of our time-the environment, consumption, population growth, technology, human rights, the global economy-while searching for her place in the world during a transformative time in her life. Employing a splendidly imaginative combination of animation and archival footage, plus several surprises, Shlain constructs a chronological tour of Western modernization through the work of her late father, Leonard Shlain, a surgeon and best-selling author of Art and Physics and The Alphabet Versus the Goddess. With humor and irony, the Shlain family life merges with philosophy to create both a personal portrait and a proposal for ways we can move forward as a civilization. Connected illuminates the beauty and tragedy of human endeavor while boldly championing the importance of personal connectedness for understanding and coping with today’s global conditions. 7pm & 9pm. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

January 30
Art
New Art for the New Year
Coral Gables art galleries have defined Latin-American, European and Contemporary art in South Florida for more than 30 years. In fact, the Gables art scene is home to the original Gallery Night. But this fantastic new collaboration between Coral Gables Galleries, The Coral Gables Museum, and the City of Coral Gables brings everything together at the Coral Gables Museum. New Art for the New Year, Curated by Denise Gerson, former associate director of the Lowe Art Museum will feature a variety of select Latin American, Cuban, European and American paintings, mixed-media and sculptural works from the following galleries: ArtSight Gallery, ArtSpace Virginia Miller, The Americas Collection, Ca’ D’Oro Gallery, Casa Turquesa, Cernuda Fine Art Gallery, Collage Gallery – Fundacion Artistas Unidos, H. Benitez Fine Art Gallery, Jorge M. Sori Fine Art, JSK Architectural Group, Klara Chavarria Contemporary Art. 7pm. Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave;  Coral Gables. For info: 305-460-5313 or coralgablesmuseum.org

January 30
Theatre
The Love of Three Oranges
Miami Theater Center brings back The Love of Three Oranges a kids favorite. Prince Tartaglia has been sick for ten years. He has tried every treatment imaginable, but nothing makes him feel better. Finally, a pair of strange doctors reveals a possible cure: laughter. The king hires a famous comedian named Truffaldino to perform at the palace, but as soon as the prince laughs, an evil witch curses him, making him wander the world feverishly searching for three mysterious oranges. A good wizard helps Tartaglia overcome several obstacles on his way to finding the oranges, and the prince returns home with much more than fruit. Through March 10. $20. Miami Theater Center, 9806 NE 2nd Ave; Miami Shores. For info: 305-751-9550

January 30
Music
In  Celebration of Afro-Cuban Culture
The University of Miami Frost Concert Jazz Band will perform with Special Guest Saxophonist Felipe Lamoglia in Celebration of Afro-Cuban Culture. Conductor is Dante Luciani. Lamoglia, a Saxophonist from Cuba, a Grammy Award winning artist.  He has performed with musical giants such as Arturo Sandoval, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Celia Cruz, Giovanni Hidalgo, Raul De Souza, Bocat, Conrad Herwick, Ignacio Berroa, Dafnis Prieto, Eldar Djangirov and many others. The University of Miami Frost Concert Jazz Band is widely considered one of the top big bands in the country.  It has won multiple awards through the years and has been featured along with artists like Pat Metheny, Claire Fischer, Jim McNeely, Marie Schneider and countless others. 8pm. $15. Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Rd; Coral Gables. For info: 305-284-2400 or music.miami.edu

January 30
Social
Winter Party Festival Kickoff Fashion Show
Prepare for the hottest winter in the world at this WPF kick-off event at the Garden. This is one event you can’t miss, especially if you’re craving an open bar with Grey Goose cocktails, catering by Chili’s Bar and Grill, and the sexiest models the Beach has to offer. The night gets even hotter as the runway opens up with beats by DJ Miik and swimwear fashions from Creative Male and Macy’s.  The evening will conclude with a raffle featuring amazing prizes such as Elizabeth Arden gift sets and Kiehl’s products.
$25 -  $45. 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr; Miami Beach. For info: mbgarden.org

January 30
Film
Cabaret
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 Cabaret. Directed by Bob Fosse. With Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem, Joel Grey. A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them. Starring Liza Minnelli, Michael York and Helmut Griem. 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

January 31
Performance
College Night
A lively, interactive evening of exhibition-inspired student performances including dance, dramatic reading and more. New Work Miami 2013 artists will lead art-making projects. DJ Woozles. Refreshments. Free. 6:30pm – 8pm. For info: Miami Art Museum, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305.375.4073 or education@miamiartmuseum.org.

January 31
Food
Taste of the Garden
This outdoor dining soiree showcases plates from more than 20 of South Florida’s premiere chefs, restaurants, and spirit vendors. Limited to 350 guests, this exclusive foodie party raises funds for the Garden and the Miami Beach Garden Club. Enjoy fine wine, live music, fabulous auction items, and a tropical dining experience you won’t forget. 6:30pm – 9:30pm. $90. Miami Beach Botanical Garden
2000 Convention Center Dr; Miami Beach. For info: mbgarden.org

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