January 3 to January 10

January 4
Music
Flamenco: Spanish Heritage
Virtuoso Cuban musician Pedro Alfonso, presents Cabaret Around The World with a musical journey around the world like never before. Alfonso and his extraordinary group of musicians create a variety of styles and rhythms taking the audience on an unforgettable journey with soundtracks of blues, tango, son Cubano, alpes traditional music, Latin bits and much more. Tonights performance features Flamenco: Spanish Heritage. $30. 8:30pm. Black Box Theatre, 10950 SW 211 St; Cutler Bay. For info: 786-573-5300

January 4    
Film
Music and Lyrics
Chick Flick Nights returns tonight with an evening of lounge music, movies and refreshments.  Garden Cinema will present a monthly film featuring favorites like “Music and Lyrics”, “Made of Honor” and many more.  Take a stroll through the Gardens or enjoy the Gallery prior to the movie…or just enjoy a glass of wine. Washed up singer is given a couple days to compose a chart-topping hit for an aspiring teen sensation. Though he’s never written a decent lyric in his life, he sparks with an offbeat younger woman with a flair for words. Director: Marc Lawrence. Starring: Hugh Grant, Drew Barrymore and Scott Porter. Music Lounge: 6pm. Film: 8pm. $5. Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Rd; Pinecrest. For info: 305.669.6990

January 4
Music
Music from the Sotto Amore Duo
The Sotto Amore Duo will perform at the Glasshouse Cafe today. The Duo is comprised of Stepan Rudenko, piano, and Sheena Gutierrez, violin, two virtuosos from San Francisco, CA and Miami, FL respectively. They met in Boston while completing their studies at New England Conservatory and Boston Conservatory. Since then, the two have dreamed of inspiring people with their love and passion for music. 12pm. Glasshouse Cafe, 10901 Old Cutler Rd; Miami. For info: 305-667-1651 or fairchildgarden.org

January 4
Film
Chasing Ice
This documentary by Jeff Orlowski will make its Miami Theatrical Premiere tonight. In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arcticon, a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk. Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland , the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arcticto capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet. 8:45pm & 11pm. $10. Miami Beach Cinematheque at Historic City Hall, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

January 4
Social
Beats After Sunset
This month’s Beats nextgen, the Young Professional’s Group for Chapman Partnership. Exhibitions on view the endless renaissance: six solo artist projects, tc: temporary contemporary and the egyptian gallery. Beats by DJ: kace 101. Mixologist and complimentary specialty cocktails.   $10. 8pm  -11pm. Stay for the beats after party at chalk ping pong & billards lounge: beats guests get one free drink at chalk and free ping pong from 11pm – 12am. Bass Museum, 2100 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305.673.7530 or bassmuseum.org

January 4
Film
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel
Called the “High Priestess of Fashion,” Diana Vreeland (1903–1998) was an American original whose impact on fashion and style was legendary. Beginning in 1936, when she became a fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar, Vreeland established herself as a controversial visionary with an astonishing ability to invent and discover fashion ideas, designers, personalities, and photographers. She was a memorable writer with a vivid personality and a talent for coining aphorisms. Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel is more than just an intimate portrait of the legendary fashion icon. It captures Vreeland’s life visually through a multitude of media including film, photography, animation, graphics, text, sound, and music. Vreeland’s own voice and persona — strong, eloquent and often very exaggerated — guides us through her life, adventures, accomplishments, and passions. Directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland. $10. 7pm & 8:30pm. Miami Beach Cinematheque at Historic City Hall, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

January 5
Music
Jubilant Beethoven
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra music director Robert Spano returns to NWS with a flourish in Beethoven’s exuberant yet poignant Seventh Symphony. Power and virtuosity collide when Yefim Bronfman takes on Bartók’s demanding Second Piano Concerto. 8pm. Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini, Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 2, Beethoven: Symphony No. 7. NWS, 500 17th St; Miami Beach. For info: 305-673-3330

January 5
Theatre
Romeo and Juliet
The State Ballet Theatre of Russia presents Romeo and Juliet a Ballet in Two Acts. Choreographed and produced by Michael Lavrovsky; principal dancer and choreographer of 25 years for the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia. Romeo and Juliet is the ultimate Shakespearen tragic love story of the young lovers and the conflict between the Montague and Capulet families in the City of Verona. 7:30pm. $31.50 – $61.50. Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St; Fort Lauderdale. For info: hegmusic.com.

January 5
Dance
Carnival of Animals
The Children’s Library Series Program begins with the production of Carnival of Animals at the Alvin Sherman Public Library. Momentum’s Dancers bring Camille Saint-Saens dazzling and clever score to life, creating movement vignettes for each of Saint-Saens animals: the prancing Lion, the lugubrious Tortoise, a pair of whimsical Elephants, a school of fish in an Aquarium, the shy Cuckoo, gliding and graceful (until they get on land) Swans, and a Grand Finale. Each segment features fabulous costumes by Marilyn Skow, unique dance movement, and lots of fun.  Alvin Sherman Public Library at NOVA University, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd;  Fort Lauderdale. For info: 954-262-5470 or momentumdance.com

January 5
Lecture
The Art of Making a Guayabera
Ever wonder how a guayabera is made? This presentation led by Michael Knoll, curator of The Guayabera: A Shirt’s Story exhibition, features guest artisan Mariano Arce of Marce Shirtmaker who will demonstrate the intricate process of crafting the shirt. Don’t miss this opportunity to see a master at work. 1pm. Free. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: historymiami.org

January 5
Kids
Yoshino Nara
Kids ages 6-12 tour MOCA exhibitions and learn about the elements of art by painting, drawing and sculpting in the style of renowned artists. Today is Sculpture like Yoshito Nara. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to stay and create with their children. 2pm – 4pm. $18. MOCA, 770 NE 125th St; North Miami. For info: 305-893-6211 or mocanomi.org

January 6
Social
Our Kids, Our Music
Penn Dutch Food Center has teamed up with the Autism Society of Broward to host a fundraiser to generate much needed funding for the Autism Society of Broward.  Raffles, silent auctions, musical performances and plenty of fun await at the Our Kids, Our Music event today. expect a talent expo by children diagnosed with autism as well as music performed by local musicians and other talented performers. Raffle and items up for auction include items and certificates donated from Brahmin leather goods, Shula Steakhouse, and Bonaventure Resort and Spa Hotel, among many others. 2pm -  5pm. Free. Penn Dutch Food Center, 3950 North 28th Terr; Hollywood.  For info: asabroward.org.

January 6
Music
Yefim Bronfman
Pianist Yefim Bronfman is one of the most sought-after artists of our day, dazzling audiences the world over with his commanding technique and gargantuan sound. In this solo recital, Bronfman’s power is on full display as he tackles major works by Brahms and Prokofiev. Bartók: Contrasts for Clarinet, Violin and Piano, Brahms: Piano Sonata No. 3 and Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 8. 2pm. NWS, 500 17th St; Miami Beach. For info: 305-673-3330.

January 6
Tour
New Year’s Beautiful Downtown Walk
Celebrate the New Year with Dr. Paul George on a unique tour throughout downtown Miami. Stand at the confluence of the Miami River and Biscayne Bay. Hear tales from Miami’s early history to modern times. Advance reservations and payment required. $30. 12pm – 2pm. For info: 305-375-1621 or historymiami.org.

January 7
Food
Wine Appreciation
The Books & Books Wine Appreciation course, is a six week (12 Hour) program designed for students who wish, by increasing their knowledge and appreciation of wine, to also increase their enjoyment of it. Four individual wines will be tasted during each evening session for a total of 24 different wines by the end of the program. By the conclusion of this program, students  will know how to read a label and they will understand the difference between various wine producing regions and different varieties of grape. Students will know how to serve and share wines with their friends and, best of all; they will have learned how to appreciate and enjoy this most civilized of pleasures. The final class is followed by a dinner specially prepared by Chef Allen to pair with the 4 wines which the students voted to be their favorites during the course of the program. Instructor Patrick Alexander. Each 2-hour class is held on Monday evenings after work between 6pm – 7:45pm. $299. Books and Books, 65 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info:  booksandbooks.com

January 7
Music
Itzhak Perlman
The world falls in love with music when Itzhak Perlman takes up his violin. A superstar by any standard and a rarity in the classical field, Perlman has taken hold of the public imagination as few violin virtuosos ever have, bringing joy to millions with his playing. Beloved for his charm, humanity and flawless technique, Perlman never fails to bring audiences to their feet. His adventurous repertory encompasses everything from the major classical works for the violin to some of the most challenging and exciting music of today. A master of baroque, classical, romantic and modern music, he also has lavished his intensely joyful string sounds on everything from the brave old world of klezmer to the limitless frontiers of jazz and beyond, with mastery that moves classical music lovers and new audiences alike. Pre-Show Talk & Tasting with music historian and food and wine journalist Lyn Farmer one hour prior to the performance in the New River Room for a free pre-concert talk as well as a delightful wine tasting. Perlman on violin and Rohan De Silva on piano. Program includes Schubert, Rondo Brilliant in B minor, D. 895; Fauré, Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in A Major, Op. 13;  Allegro molto Andante; Allegro vivo; Allegro quasi presto; Prokofiev Sonata for violin and Piano No. 2 in D Major, Op. 94; Moderato; Scherzo: Presto Andante and Allegro con brio. 7:30pm. $35 – $95. Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave; Fort Lauderdale. For info: browardcenter.org

January 8
Books
Dr. Arthur Fournier
Part elegy, part musings on the great mysteries of life, Vodou Saints: Lessons on Life, Death and Resurrection is at the same time an inspirational story of lessons learned from Haitians in the over three decades that Dr. Arthur Fournier has worked with them, both in Miami and in Haiti. These lessons span the early days of the AIDS epidemic in Miami, the political turmoil of the Aristide years, the earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010 and most recently the outbreak of cholera. Through all these experiences Haitians have taught Dr. Fournier a worldview quite different from his own. Fournier uses this adopted worldview not only to deal with tragedy in his own life, but to make sense out of the seeming contradictions between science, philosophy and theology concerning the interface between Man and the unknown. Consistently thought provoking and inspiring – at times humbling and even disturbing – this story is more than a chronicle of the disasters that have befallen this poor and poorly understood country or the resilience of its people. It’s also a story of Fournier’s own journey towards redemption and healing. A quest to be not only a better doctor, but also a better person – a Vodou Saint. 8pm. Books and Books, 65 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info:  booksandbooks.com

January 9
Art
An Art Show
View Fairchild Challenge elementary students’ artwork from around South Florida created using the theme Plants in Peril. 3pm – 5pm. Fairchild Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd; Miami. For info: 305-667-1651 or fairchildgarden.org

January 9
Music
Foreigner
The band Foreigner will bring its electrifying mix of blustery blues and impeccably crafted pop-rock favorites to Hard Rock Live tonight. With sales exceeding 70 million, recent sold-our world tours and a catalog of multi-platinum gems including “Cold As Ice,” “Juke Box Hero,” “I Want To Know What Love Is” and critically acclaimed wonders of 2009’s Can’t Slow Down, Foreigner is a band continually forging new musical peaks. At Foreigner’s core is founder Mick Jones, the visionary maestro whose stylistic songwriting, indelible guitar hooks and multi-layered talents continue to escalate the band’s influence more than 30 years into the game. In addition to Jones, Foreigner’s dynamic lineup includes lead vocalist Kelly Hansen, bass guitarist Jeff Pilson, multi-instrumentalist Tom Gimbel, keyboardist Michael Bluestein and drummer Mark Schulman. The past two years have been an almost constant run of sold-out shows across Europe and the United States culminating with the release of a live album recorded in Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium that spent 13 weeks in the Billboard Top 200. Foreigner’s latest album, 2011’s Feels Like The First Time, is a three disc set of new digital studio recordings of their greatest hits, a DVD of their nationally broadcast PBS TV special, and Acoustique, a CD featuring a fresh unplugged studio approach to some of their most memorable music. $44 – $74. 8pm. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way; Hollywood. For info: hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com

January 10
Dance
Edith Piaf
Ballet Etoile performs Edith Piaf – a tragically romantic biography of famed 1940′s singer told through contemporary dance, live singing and dramatic theatre. Edith Piaf is a unique show that satisfies audience members both visually and emotionally. This ballet drama shows several episodes from the life of the famous French chansonniere and attempts to bring the phenomenon of Piaf closer to the audience: her life on the streets of Paris; first professional success; her misfortune in love and her fall from grace; alcohol and drug problems and her return to the stage. The well-known chansons are sung in the original French by special guest Melissa Bibliowicz. 8pm. $29. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center,  3385 NE 188th St; Aventura. For info: 305-466-8002 or aventuracenter.org

January 8
Art
Pastels & Petals
Join nationally recognized, award-winning pastel artist, Jacqueline Roch, for this dynamic class. The course will focus on fundamental pastel techniques, developing good compositions, concentrating on contrast, color, and proportion. Enjoy demonstrations as well as individual easel-side comments and critiques. Classes will be conducted both en-plein-aire and indoors. 9:30am – 12:30pm. For info: miamibeachgarden.com

January 8
Lecture
Quickbooks for Business
The Doral Chamber of Commerce is holding a series of classes on Quickbooks with instructor Frank Gaitan. Take advantage of this practical, simple to understand Quickbooks Seminar for business. Learn how to start a company to how to get reports for financial statements and much more in just one day. They give  one seminar in English and other in Spanish each month. 8:30am – 5:30pm. $127. Doral Chamber of Commerce, 3900 NW 79 Ave; Doral. For info: doralchamber.com or 305-450-4344.

January 9
Film
Love Free or Die
Winner of the Special Jury Prize for a documentary at the Sundance Film Festival 2012, Love Free or Die follows the life of Gene Robinson, the first openly gay person to become a bishop in a major Christian denomination.  The film chronicles Bishop Robinson in his quest for equality within the religious community he serves while, perhaps unintentionally, inspiring the change of perceptions around the world.  Robinson, who was consecrated in 2003 wearing a bullet-proof vest for his protection, struggles with a major conflict between his love for God and his love for his partner Mark. Directed by Macky Alston. 9pm & 10:30pm. $10. Miami Beach Cinematheque at Historic City Hall, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

January 10
Theatre
All New People
From Zach Braff, the writer, director and lead of the hit film Garden State and star of the long-running TV comedy “Scrubs,” All New People is a fresh look at unexpected and accidental friendships that arise in life’s most trying moments. Charlie is having a tough time with life and, on his 35th birthday, decides to call it quits. Ruining his plans is a parade of hilariously odd but engaging characters who are somehow sent to save his life. 7:30pm. The Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

January 10  
Art
Recent Work
David Castillo Gallery is showing Recent Work, a solo exhibition by Rafael Ferrer. Ferrer’s long and prolific career has garnered recognition from arenas as diffused as Surrealism, process art and New Image painting. Astute at locating and engaging the dynamic fountainhead of artistic practice relevant to time and place, in one installation, Ferrer nurtures a powerful tributary of faces rendered on paper bags in crayon, pencil, paint and collage: an extant, sui generis body of work that the artist has cultivated since 1972. The temptation to localize Ferrer’s artworks within schools of thought has created interstitial spaces through which these paper bag pieces freely flow. Lushly evolved since their germinal exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (1972), Ferrer’s new installation consists of dozens of paper bag works. Ferrer was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and lives and works in Greenport, New York. In 2013, the artist’s work will be included in Re-making When Attitudes Become Form, curated by Germano Celant for the Fondazione Prada, at Ca’ Corner della Regina, Venice, Italy from May – November, 2013. The 1969 exhibition was originally curated by Harald Szeemann at the Kunsthalle Bern. Among his museum exhibitions and book releases in 2012 is Rafael Ferrer, a monograph on the artist by Deborah Cullen.  Through February 23. Opening reception tonight. 6 – 9pm.  David Castillo Gallery, 2234 NW 2nd Ave; Miami. For info: davidcastillogallery.com or 305-573-8110.

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