January 30 to February 6

January 31
Music
The Rite of Spring
The Cleveland Orchestra will play tonight to celebrate the seasons with Stravinsky’s famous The Rite of Spring. Also on the program is Don Juan and Songs from Strauss and Symphonic Fragments from Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien from Debussy. Almost no musical work has had such a powerful influence or evoked as much controversy as Igor Stravinsky’s ballet score The Rite of Spring. The work’s premiere in Paris was scandalous. In addition to the outrageous costumes, unusual choreography and bizarre story of pagan sacrifice, Stravinsky’s startling score caused audience riots in the streets.  The music is now admired for its brilliance and innovation. Simon Keenlyside is one of the world’s most sought after and charismatic singers, noted for his versatility and highly charged performances onstage. Franz Welser-Möst, conductor.  Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

January 31
Comedy
Jerry Seinfeld
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld heads to Hard Rock Live tonight. First gaining national attention for his wildly popular stand-up routine, he gained international fame with the launch of the critically acclaimed sitcom Seinfeld, in which he played a caricature of himself. Seinfeld has been hailed for his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere. He now sets his sights on performing both nationally and internationally in 2014. 8pm. $79 – $169. Hard Rock, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood. For info: 954.797.5531 or hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com

January 31
Sports
WWE Live
WWE Live brings all your favorite superstars from both RAW and SmackDown. The Championship Main Event is John Cena vs. Randy Orton. Big Show vs. Kane. Also, see your favorite superstars including: The Rhodes Brothers, The Real Americans, Dolph Ziggler, Alberto Del Rio, Ryback, Sin Cara, Tons of Funk, R-Truth, Santino Marella, The Divas, and many more! 7:30pm. AAArena, 601 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: aaarena.com

January 31
Books
Fire Island Modernist
As the 1960s became The Sixties, architect Horace Gifford executed a remarkable series of beach houses that transformed the terrain and culture of New York’s Fire Island. Growing up on the beaches of Florida, Gifford forged a deep connection with coastal landscapes. Pairing this sensitivity with jazzy improvisations on modernist themes, he perfected a sustainable modernism in cedar and glass that was as attuned to natural landscapes as to our animal natures. Gifford’s serene 1960s pavilions provided refuge from a hostile world, while his exuberant post-Stonewall, pre-AIDS masterpieces orchestrated bacchanals of liberation. Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift once spurned Hollywood limos for the rustic charm of Fire Island’s boardwalks. Truman Capote wrote “Breakfast at Tiffany’s “here. Diane von Furstenburg showed off her latest wrap dresses to an audience that included Halston, Giorgio Sant’ Angelo, Calvin Klein and Geoffrey Beene. Today, such a roster evokes the aloof, gated compounds of the Hamptons or Malibu. But these celebrities lived in modestly scaled homes alongside middle-class vacationers, all with equal access to Fire Island’s natural beauty. Blending cultural and architectural history, Fire Island Modernist ponders a fascinating era through an overlooked architect whose life, work and colorful milieu trace the operatic arc of a lost generation, and still resonate with artistic and historical import. Authors Alastair Gordon & Christopher Rawlins will be on hand to discuss their book tonight. 8pm. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

January 31
Theatre
Julie Johnson
From Wendy Hammond comes a Kutumba Theatre Project dramedy, Julie Johnson. Julie is an undereducated woman living with her husband and children in Hoboken, NJ, when she decide she “don’t wanna be stupid no more.” After she kicks out her abusive husband (we never see this character) and goes back to school, she uncovers untapped talents and discovers an unexplored interest in her best friend, Claire. Julie Johnson is an inspiring story of love and courage told with lots of heart and humor. 8pm. Galleria Studio Theatre (in the Galleria Mall), 2542B E Sunrise Blvd; Fort Lauderdale. For info: flct.org

January 31
Music
Jazz @ MOCA
The South Florida Jazz Orchestra is a modern Big Band comprised of many of the best jazz and studio musicians in the greater Miami area. Over the last five years, the South Florida Jazz Orchestra has presented many world-renowned artists in concert, including Tom Scott, Eddie Daniels, Jamie Davis, Mark O’Connor and Ken Pepslowski; the band’s mission is to continue to produce and promote great artists and modern jazz throughout South Florida. Rain or shine. 8pm. Free. MOCA, 770 NE 125th St, Miami. For info: 305-893-6211 or mocanomi.org

January 31
Tour
Bayfront Fountain to Miami River Walk
Talk a walk with a HistoryMiami guide along the art and architecture lined confluence of the Miami River and Biscayne Bay. Learn more about Miami’s history from ancient to modern times. Tour meets at Intercontinental Miami, see address above. $30. 10am – 12pm. Intercontinental Miami, 100 Chopin Plz; Miami. For info: 305-375-1621 or historymiami.org.

January 31
Film
The Smurfs 2
Bandshell Movie Night in the North Shore shows The Smurfs 2. Directed by Raja Gosnell. With Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Katy Perry, Hank Azaria. The Smurfs team up with their human friends to rescue Smurfette, who has been kidnapped by Gargamel since she knows a secret spell that can turn the evil sorcerer’s newest creation – creatures called the Naughties – into real Smurfs. 7pm. Hang out and enjoy a movie under the stars. 7pm. Free. North Shore Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: miamibeachparks.com

January 31
Film
I Vicere (The Viceroys)
Catch a screening of I Vicere (The Viceroys) at the Wolf tonight. The handsomely-mounted historical drama from Roberto Faenza is based on the controversial, long-censored novel by Federico De Roberto. Set in the mid-1800s, in the last years of the House of Bourbon reign in Sicily, on the eve of Italian reunification, the funeral of Princess Teresa brings together the members of the Uzeda family, descendants of the Viceroys of Spain. Through the eyes of young Consalvo, the last heir to the Uzeda dynasty, the mysteries, intrigues, and complex personalities of the other family members are brought to light as they fight over the Princess’s inheritance. Consalvo’s family is always at war and ruled by a domineering father whom the boy desperately seeks to break away from. To survive, Consalvo winds up paying a very high price: he becomes just like the others. Free. 7pm. Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach. For info: wolfsonian.org

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Dance
Shen Yun 2014
Shen Yun Performing Arts returns to Broward Center with an unparalleled blend of energy, grace and originality with all-new performances. The New York-based Shen Yun is the first company to present classical Chinese dance on a global scale and has taken the world by storm, performing in over 100 cities. In a collection of vignettes, audiences journey from ancient legends to contemporary tales of courage, from the highest heavens to the dusty plateaus of the Middle Kingdom. Shen Yun is traditional Chinese culture as it was meant to be experienced. Dozens of dancers in dazzling costumes move in seamless, flowing patterns. China’s ethnic and folk dance styles fill the stage with color and energy. A full, live orchestra blends East and West like no other. Thunderous battle drums, masterful vocalists, and spectacular backdrops transport you to another world. $60 – $200. The Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave; Fort Lauderdale. For info: browardcenter.org

January 31
Tour
Junkanoo Street Parade
Start the weekend early! Join Bahamas Junkanoo Revue for a lunchtime junkanoo performance. Meet at HistoryMiami before parading through the nearby streets of downtown Miami. Free. 12pm. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: historymiami.org

February 1
Shop
Appraisal Day
Have a treasure or family heirloom to be appraised? The Original Miami Beach Antique Show, in partnership with Skinner Auctioneers & Appraisers, presents Appraisal Day. Bring one item to be appraised by one of Skinner’s experienced appraisers. Each appraiser will provide an unbiased, expert opinion of the collectible or antique including a verbal estimated range of its fair market value. Attendees are encouraged tosign up for an appointment at MiamiBeachAntiqueShow.com.Walk ups are also welcome, but an appointment guarantees the item will be seen by an appraiser. This must-attend event showcases 1,000 established dealers from across the globe, featuring Renaissance toArt Deco era collections such as fine art, American and European silver, antique jewelry, 17th-19th century furniture,and more.  12pm – 6pm. Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr; Miami Beach. For info: MiamiBeachAntiqueShow.com

February 1
Dance
Karen Peterson and Dancers
Karen Peterson and Dancers will host a beautiful evening of live music and dance tonight. The group will showcase new excerpts from Grit, Dance (4)8 with music from Temporal Anomaly featuring Vicki Richards (violin) and Robert Thomas Jr. (percussion and beats) and the popular duet Heaven danced by the Revolutions Dance Company from Tampa. 7pm. $15. Pinecrest Gardens,  11000 Red Rd; Pinecrest. For info: karenpetersondancers.org

February 1
Books
Isabel Allende in Conversation with Anjanette Delgado
Phenom writer Isabel Allende will be in Conversation with journalist Anjanette Delgado tonight at MDC. The two will discuss Allende’s books including her most recent release Ripper. Allende whose books, including Maya’s Notebook, Island Beneath the Sea, and Zorro, have sold more than 57 million copies around the world—demonstrates her remarkable literary versatility with Ripper, an atmospheric, fast-paced mystery involving a brilliant teenage sleuth who must unmask a serial killer in San Francisco. The Jackson women, Indiana and Amanda, have always had each other. Yet, while their bond is strong, mother and daughter are as different as night and day. Indiana, a beautiful holistic healer, is a free-spirited bohemian. Long divorced from Amanda’s father, she’s reluctant to settle down with either of the men who want her—Alan, the wealthy scion of one of San Francisco’s elite families, and Ryan, an enigmatic, scarred former Navy SEAL. When a string of strange murders occurs across the city, Amanda plunges into her own investigation, discovering, before the police do, that the deaths may be connected. But the case becomes all too personal when Indiana suddenly vanishes. Could her mother’s disappearance be linked to the serial killer? Now, with her mother’s life on the line, the young detective must solve the most complex mystery she’s ever faced before it’s too late. Free with book purchase. 7pm. Miami Dade College, 245 NE 4 St; Miami. For info:

February 1
Social
Mystery Dates
Since arriving on the scene in 2007, Mystery Dates has enjoyed a reputation as Miami’s hottest fundraising event of the season for young patrons of the arts. Hosted by the Shakers, MOCA’s membership group for patrons between the ages of 21 and 45, Mystery Dates kicks off with a cocktail party featuring live music and cutting-edge contemporary art at MOCA, where guests discover the “mystery” location of their dinner. Mystery Dates sends over 450 MOCA patrons to stunning residences throughout Miami, from Aventura to Coral Gables and South Beach to the Design District. Hosts throw open their doors for Mystery Dates dinner guests in celebration of Miami’s diverse and thriving cultural scene. Attendees intimately experience how art lovers in South Florida find unique ways to incorporate culture into their lives, during a lovely evening filled with glamour, artwork and philanthropy. 6pm. $200. MOCA, 770 NE 125th St, Miami. For info: 305-893-6211 or mocanomi.org

February 1
Lecture
Leonor Antunes
Leanor Antunes will open a project gallery installation at PAMM in June 2014. While visiting to research the context for this new site-specific piece, she will deliver a talk to introduce her work. Often researching important architectural histories, Antunes, now based in Berlin, has created work informed by her studies of sites in Brazil, Italy, and her native Portugal. Antunes creates elegant minimal installations often using craft techniques that correspond to measurements, material, site and memory. Free. 1pm – 2pm. PAMM, 1103 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: pamm.org

February 1
Kids
Storyland
Today the Miami Children’s Museum celebrates its newest traveling exhibit, Storyland! Storyland is a literacy adventure through Childhood books that bring children and adults into the world of seven beloved picture books. Enjoy activities that help set the foundation for literacy. Then, see the stories come alive with theatrical performances by the MCM Players and a live orchestra and narration of “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” by Executive Producer Jeffrey Eckstein. 10am – 6pm. $16. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway; Miami. For info: 305-373-5437

February 1
Social
Miami Beer Festival
The 2nd annual Miami Beer Festival brings together dozens of craft and international breweries like Shock Top, Magners, Crispin and Sierra Nevada, as well as Southern Florida’s best local breweries like Wynwood Brewing, MIA Brew, Opus Ales  and Due South Brewing to name a few. . The event will take place on the football field, and will feature food trucks, lawn games, and some delicious beers. $40. $50 VIP.  Sun Life Stadium, 2269 NW 199th St; Miami Gardens. For info: miamibeerfestival.com

February 1
Arts
Romantic Endings – a Film/Dance and Food Experience
Romantic Endings, imagined and produced by Pioneer Winter and Indie Film Club Miami, pairs ten memorable romantic death scenes with an inspired food experience, as well as a contemporary dance performance. The food experience is curated by Chef Tanner Gill. The Live Performance choreographer/dancer is Marissa Alma Nick. Gill is a Texas native, living and working in the Miami culinary world. He studied classical technique cooking at Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute. His culinary background is mostly in cuisine from the American south, which comes from being in his mother’s and grandmother’s kitchens growing up in Texas. Alma Nick is a freelance dancer/choreographer. A graduate of New World School of the Arts with a BFA in Dance Performance from the USF. She was awarded the Victoria-Seldan Award for her artistic contribution and danced for Michael Foley, Ronald K. Brown, Lynn Wimmer,and Gretchen Warren. 7:00pm. Miami Light Project
404 NW 26th St; Miami. For info: 305-576-4350.

February 1
Social
Gala in the Garden
An enchanting evening awaits guests of the annual Gala in the Garden fundraiser at Fairchild. This year’s black-tie event is co-chaired by Swanee DiMare and Frances Sevilla-Sacasa and honors Fairchild’s 75th anniversary of opening to the public. Enjoy a cocktail reception, bid on luxury items at the Silent Auction, dine on an exquisite feast by Le Basque Catering, and dance by the moonlight surrounded by the lakeside marquee’s breathtaking décor. With all proceeds supporting programs in conservation science, education and horticulture, the fundraiser will keep Fairchild moving forward while staying true to the original vision of the founders – to provide a beautiful tropical garden for all to enjoy. $600. 6:30pm. Fairchild Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road Coral Gables. For info: fairchildgarden.org or call 305-667-1651.

February 1
Theatre
The Wet Spots
This duo presents a Cabaret Series – vaudevillian, oversexed, and weirdly Canadian: Think sex club by way of Monty Python. Using a lively blend of original songs, audience interaction, spankings and sing-alongs, The Wet Spots draw their fans into a world where the libido is celebrated and satirized. 7:30pm & 9:30pm. $30. SMDCAC, 10950 SW 211 St; Cutler Bay. For info: 786-573-5300 or smdcac.org

February 1
Music
Double Speak and Hidden Meanings
The South Florida Symphony Orchestra presents “Double Speak & Hidden Meanings,” a program featuring the eminent American pianist, Christopher Taylor, who will perform Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto, No.3. Completed in 1921, this concerto is one of his most popular works. Maestra Sebrina María Alfonso will conduct Liszt’s Hamlet: Symphonic Poem No.10 and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10. Premiered in 1953 after Stalin’s death, this Symphony was Shostakovich’s first mayor work after his 1948 denunciation. With “Hamlet,” Liszt sought to recreate the one movement works by inventing the symphonic poem, a piece of music inspired by literary and other nonmusical sources. Now celebrating its sixteenth season, the orchestra is unwavering in its mission to enrich the quality of life in the communities it serves through a commitment to the highest quality of musical performance and education. 8pm. $35 – $55. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, For info: southfloridasymphony.org

February 1
Theatre
The Kinsey Sicks 2014
Broward Center repeat offenders and America’s favorite dragapella beautyshop quartet, The Kinsey Sicks, is celebrating its 20th anniversary year with a new musical comedy taking up the cultural bludgeon of reality TV. In this brilliant reality TV mash-up, we find Rachel, Winnie, Trixie and Trampolina in the jungle, trying their best to score at challenges that involve singing, dancing, dating, dieting and, of course, large insects. Will they win? Will they stay together? Will they withstand the pressure? Will they sing on key for once? As contestants in Season III of “America’s Got Talent” the girls bring their firsthand knowledge of the reality show experience to bear, poking fun at the onstage unreality and backstage surreality of the genre in “America’s Next Top Bachelor Housewife Celebrity Hoarder Makeover Star Gone Wild.” And, of course, it is all done in glorious 4-part harmony! 6pm & 9pm. $37.50. The Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave; Fort Lauderdale. For info: browardcenter.org

February 2
Lecture
Turkey’s Globally Important Biodiversity in Crisis
Join award winning researcher and conservation ecologist Dr. Cagan H. Sekercioglu for his lecture “Turkey’s Globally Important Biodiversity in Crisis.”  Sekercioglu has combined rigorous ornithology, conservation ecology and tropical biology research worldwide with community based conservation projects in his native Turkey.  Sekercioglu succeeded in getting eastern Turkey’s first Ramsar wetland declared, created Turkey’s first bird-nesting island and led the creation of Turkey’s first wildlife corridor. Sekercioglu achievements in ecological research and community based conservation have been commended by Turkey’s president Abdullah Gul, various ministers of state, the Whitley Foundation and princess Anne in the United Kingdom.  His awards include: National Geographic Emerging Explorer (2011), Turkey’s Scientist of the Year (2010), and Whitley Prize in Conservation Biology, Gold Award (2008). 7pm. Garden House, Fairchild Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road Coral Gables. For info: fairchildgarden.org or call 305-667-1651.

February 2
Art
To Jane, Love Andy: Warhol’s First Superstar
As Andy Warhol’s first and most glamorous superstar, as well as a lifelong intimate, Jane Holzer holds a singular role in the understanding of Warhol as a prescient artist, media star, and focus of the 1960s cult of personality. An independent woman, Holzer survived Warhol’s Factory as his circle spiraled into a dangerous zone, culminating in the 1968 shooting of the artist. Yet, she and Warhol became confidants, developing a deep friendship until his tragic death in 1987. This exhibition explores the rise of “Baby Jane” as an internationally known model and reveals the evolution of his first superstar and their enduring friendship.  Fashions from Holzer’s career as a model, photographs by David Bailey, Nat Finkelstein, Billy Name, and Irving Penn, among others, as well as Warhol’s painting, sculpture, prints, and films featuring “Baby Jane” comprise the exhibition, along with rarely seen material from Warhol’s Time Capsules celebrating the intersection of their lives. Through May 25. Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S Olive Ave; West Palm Beach. For info: norton.org

February 2
Lecture
Warhol and Film
A panel discussion presented in conjunction with the exhibition To Jane, Love Andy: Warhol’s First Superstar, featuring: Stuart Comer, Chief Curator of the Dept. of Media and Performance Art, The Museum of Modern Art Claire K. Henry, Senior Curatorial Assistant, The Andy Warhol Film Project, Whitney Museum of American Art, Geralyn Huxley, Curator of Film and Video, The Andy Warhol Museum and special guest Jane Holzer. 3pm. Free. 1451 S Olive Ave; West Palm Beach. For info: norton.org

February 2
Tour
Jewish Food Walking Tour
In conjunction with its Growers, Grocers & Gefilte Fish exhibit, Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU is proud to host a Walking Food Tour! Learn the history of the SoFi neighborhood and the staple Jewish-owned restaurants in the area past and present, including tastings from places such as My Ceviche, Aroma Espresso Bar, Pita Loca, and of course key lime pie from Joe’s Stone Crab Restaurant. You’ll also hear about historic Jewish businesses and restaurants, including the Nemo Hotel, Goldstein & Gilbert’s, Famous and Friedman’s. This Walking Food Tour will be an exciting adventure for locals and visitors alike – and your taste buds will thank you! Advance reservations are required. 20 people max per tour. No refunds. Tours rain or shine. 2-3 hours. 2 miles. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. 11am – 2pm. $46. JMOF-FIU, 301 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305-672-5044 or jmof.fiu.edu

February 2
Food
Sephardic Kosher Cooking
Sephardic Kosher Cooking with Chef, Filmmaker and Food Blogger, Rabbi Avi Levy Join Emmy-Award Winning Filmmaker turned Rabbi and Kosher Chef, Avi Levy for a lesson in Sephardic Cooking. Inspired by his family roots in Turkey, Avi will share recipes for some of his signature dishes, which often combine Spanish and tropical influences with American and Israeli traditions. 2pm – 4pm. $15. JMOF-FIU, 301 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305-672-5044 or jmof.fiu.edu

February 2
Social
Gone to the Dogs
Enjoy Fairchild garden with your pooch. Bring your  furry four legged friends and take advantage of this great opportunity to enjoy the garden’s lush surroundings and big open spaces. Just a few hound rules: No dogs on the planting beds. Current on all vaccinations. Dogs must be leashed at all times and under the control of their handlers. Clean-up after your pooch with “doggie bags” and dispose of them in the designated receptacles. Aggressive dogs are not permitted. $25. 9:30am -  4:30pm. Fairchild Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road Coral Gables. For info: fairchildgarden.org or call 305-667-1651.

February 4
Theatre
Pippin
Currently enjoying an extremely successful revival on Broadway, Pippin uses the premise of a mysterious performance troupe, led by a Leading Player, to tell the story of a young prince and his search for meaning and significance. According to musical theatre scholar Scott Miller in his 1996 book, From Assassins to West Side Story, “Pippin is a largely under-appreciated musical with a great deal more substance to it than many people realize…”  Boca Raton Theatre Guild, 201 Plaza Real; Boca Raton. For info: brtg.org or 561-271-8421

February 4
Theatre
Once
Called Unusually fun and heartfelt musical theater by The New Yorker, Once, Broadway’s 2012 Tony Award-winning Best Musical based on the Academy Award-winning film, tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, heightened by the raw emotion of the songs they create together. Brought to the stage by an award-winning team of visionary artists and featuring an ensemble cast of gifted actor/musicians, Once is a musical celebration of life and love: thrilling in its originality, daring in its honesty…and unforgettable in every way. Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

February 4
Books
Carl Hiaasen
If you think the wildest, wackiest stories that Carl Hiaasen can tell have all made it into his hilarious, bestselling novels, think again. Dance of the Reptiles collects the best of Hiaasen’s Miami Herald columns, which lay bare the stories–large and small–that demonstrate anew that truth is far stranger than fiction. Hiaasen offers his commentary—indignant, disbelieving, sometimes righteously angry, and frequently hilarious—on burning issues like animal welfare, polluted rivers, and the broken criminal justice system as well as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Bernie Madoff’s trial, and the shenanigans of the recent presidential elections. Whether or not you have read Carl Hiaasen before, you are in for a wild ride. He has been writing about Florida since his father gave him a typewriter at age six. Now Hiaasen writes a column for the Miami Herald and is the author of many bestselling novels, including Star Island and Bad Monkey. Hoot, Hiaasen’s first novel for young readers, was the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Newbery Honor. Author Hiaasen will be on hand to discuss his book tonight. 7:30 pm. Coral Gables Congregational Church, 3010 De Soto Blvd; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

February 5
Books
I Like Girls: Honor The New Guy Code
Athletes are giving praise and standing behind Ché Scott, a young author who’s published a new book titled I Like Girls: Honor: The New Guy Code. The book is designed to change the way this generation of boys are taught view girls. Scott, who serves as one of the Chaplain’s for the Miami Heat, challenges young men with the following, “What is it about girls, that causes us to get so excited? Isn’t it crazy how they make us feel? At times it’s hard to deny their beauty, so why do we? What if instead, we learned to appreciate that unique beauty that they all possess? So, the real question is how should we treat them? I Like Girls will encourage you to pursue them, not just chase after them. Expect to be challenged, as we learn to consider them in the same way that you would want your friends to consider your sisters and future daughters. Scott believes that honor should be at the core of all of our relationships, especially when it comes to the women in our lives. The book is a quick read filled with pop-culture references, making it easy for parents and their children to discuss the book, together. Scott will be on hand to discuss his book tonight. 6:30pm. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

February 5
Film
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 
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 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Directed by Peter Jackson. With Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom. While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron’s new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard. 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 5
Music
Soweto Gospel Choir
Experience a powerful tribute to Nelson Mandela, as part of a spirited performance by international sensation, Soweto Gospel Choir! This event will kickoff Black History Month at the Arsht with a rousing celebration showcasing the 24-member choir’s signature mix of African gospel, reggae, and original arrangements of American pop music. Based in South Africa and led by director Beverly Bryer, Soweto Gospel Choir was the first South African group to perform at the Academy Awards (2009) and has performed all over the world, sharing the stage with global powerhouses including Bono, Aretha Franklin, Robert Plant, Peter Gabriel, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Queen and many more. They have earned two Grammy Awards and served as ambassadors for Nelson Mandela’s 46664 AIDS awareness campaign. Winner of two Grammys, one Emmy, three SAMAS and one Oscar nomination, Soweto Gospel Choir is one of South Africa’s most amazing performing groups. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

February 5
Poetry
Regie Cabico
Regie Cabico returns to Miami for a SpeakOut week residency! SpeakOut, a LGBTQ teen spoken word project, includes workshops in public high schools, slams and performances, and artist residencies. Cabico is a nationally recognized Asian-American gay poet, writer and playwright from Washington, DC. Cabico will perform at The Betsy tonight and lead SpeakOut a teen slam at Miami Beach Botanical Garden. Free. 6:30pm – 8:30pm. The Betsy Hotel, 1440 Ocean Dr; Miami Beach. For info: thebetsyhotel.com or 305-531-6100.

February 5
Lecture
Museum Forum: Civil Rights in Miami
The Museum Forum is presented in partnership with the Miami-Dade Public Library System with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners.  Take part in a fascinating panel discussion with pioneers from this important period. Panelists: 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; Thelma Gibson, Civil Rights advocate and founder of the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Dade County. Moderator: Bea Hines, columnist, Miami Herald. 6pm – 7pm. Free. North Dade Regional Library, 2455 NW 183 St; Miami Gardens. For info: 305-375-1614 or historymiami.org

February 5
Books
A Wicked War
Often forgotten and overlooked, the U.S.-Mexican War featured false starts, atrocities, and daring back-channel negotiations as it divided the nation, paved the way for the Civil War a generation later, and launched the career of Abraham Lincoln. Amy S. Greenberg’s skilled storytelling and rigorous scholarship bring this American war for empire to life with memorable characters, plotlines, and legacies. A Wicked War is the definitive history of the 1846 conflict paints an intimate portrait of the major players and their world. It is a story of Indian fights, Manifest Destiny, secret military maneuvers, gunshot wounds, and political spin. Along the way it captures a young Lincoln mismatching his clothes, the lasting influence of the Founding Fathers, the birth of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and America’s first national antiwar movement. Greenberg is a leading scholar of Manifest Destiny and has held fellowships from the Huntington Library, the New-York Historical Society, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the American Philosophical Society. Greenberg will be on hand to discuss her book tonight. 8pm. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

February 5
Music
Queens of the Stone Age
Dynamic and electrifying, Queens of the Stone Age combines metal, blues, thrash, punk and psychedelia into a sound that is at once classic and unique. The band’s Austin City Limits debut includes songs from their …Like Clockwork release, plus hits from throughout their career. Working with a loose confederation of likeminded friends and guests, Queens have release a steady stream of LPs since, including the bestselling Rated R and Songs For the Deaf. The band’s hits like “Feel Good Hit of the Summer,” “The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret” and the Grammy-nominated “No One Knows,” as well as their energetic live shows, have made them international stars. 8:30pm. $39.50 – $55. Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305-673-7300. For info: fillmoremb.com

February 6
Comedy
The Second City: Happily Ever Laughter
America’s famed comedy troupe, The Second City, is bringing big laughs to Aventura with its hilarious revue Happily Ever Laughter featuring some of the best sketches, songs and improvisation from The Second City’s fifty three year history. From the company that launched the careers of Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, Amy Poehler and current Saturday Night Live star Jason Sudeikis, among many others, comes the next generation of the comedy world’s best and brightest presenting an evening of hilarious sketch comedy and Second City’s trademark improvisation. Laugh out loud at the spontaneous, topical, insightful, satirical sketches from the first name in comedy troupes – The Second City. 8pm. $44. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St; Aventura. For info: aventuracenter.org

February 6
Books
The Love Playbook: Rules for Love, Sex, and Happiness
The Love Playbook is the everywoman guide to finding love, building healthy relationships, and staying true to yourself along the way. Star of VH1’s La La’s Full Court Life, actress, entrepreneur, and wife of New York Knick’s star Carmelo Anthony – La La Anthony found love and success on her own terms. But before Anthony was a strong woman balancing a growing career, a high-profile marriage, and motherhood, she suffered through bad dates, tumultuous relationships, and backstabbing friends. She learned the hard way how to rise above it all to live the life she loves. And now, for the first time, she channels her most rewarding and challenging lessons into a personal playbook, providing empowering, go-to advice for healthy relationships and a happy life. In The Love Playbook, Anthony provides play-by-play plans—from teaching your man the right way to treat a woman to dealing with a fickle friend, and, of course, how to snag a baller. With personal secrets and empowering advice, you will learn how to take control of your relationships, rise above adversity, and live your life by your rules. Anthony will be on hand to discuss her book tonight. 7pm. Books and Books, 927 Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach. For info: booksandbooks.com

February 6
Books
Devils Among Angels
Through short stories and poetry in both fiction and nonfiction, Samuel Marder paints a vivid picture of his family’s life and his childhood, forever shattered by the Holocaust. Their lives in pre-war Romania took a tragic turn when they were deported to a concentration camp in Transnistria for three-and-a-half years. After liberation, through difficult and dangerous journeys, they found refuge in a Displaced Persons Camp in Germany. His gripping stories move from survival and perseverance in the face of brutality and tragedy to hope and renewal when they finally get to the United States. Marder will be on hand to discuss his book tonight. 8pm. Books and Books, 9700 Collins Ave; Bal Harbour. For info: booksandbooks.com

February 6
Music
Cortadito
Cortadito: An evening of Cuban Music celebrating Amelia Peláez: The Craft of Modernity. PAMM hosts Cortadito, a traditional Cuban Son ensemble that performs music from the 1920-50s. Influenced by the sounds of Son Montuno, Boleros and other early Cuban musical styles, this dynamic group brings you back to a time when Trio Matamoros and Ignacio Piniero ruled the airwaves.  Free. 7pm – 9pm. PAMM, 1103 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: pamm.org

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