July 18 to July 25

July 18
Books
Blue Plate Special
That the greatly admired novelist Kate Christensen has turned to the memoir form after six novels makes this book an event. Readers of memoirs of high literary quality, particularly those with food themes—most conspicuously Ruth Reichl’s Comfort Me with Apples and Gabrielle Hamilton’s Blood, Bones, and Butter—as well as admirers of M. F. K. Fisher and Laurie Colwin will be a large and eager audience. Blue Plate Special derives from Christensen’s popular foodcentric blog where she shares scenes from an unusual upbringing and an unusually happy present-day life, providing an audience for this book that is already primed. That it is written by Kate Christensen means it will be a delicious reading experience in every sense—a compulsively readable account of a knockabout life, full of sorrows and pleasures, many of the latter of the sensual, appetitive variety. Christensen is the author of six previous novels, most recently The Astral. She has published reviews and essays in numerous publications, most recently the New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, O, Elle, and Gilt Taste. She writes an occasional drinks column for The Wall Street Journal called With a Twist. Christensen will read from and sign her book tonight. 8pm. Free. Books &  Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

July 18
Music
Maria Gadu
Maria Gadú, is a Brazilian singer, songwriter and guitarist who at the age of thirteen began to give concerts in the bars of Sao Paulo, playing music by Adoniran Barbosa, Marisa Monte and Chico Buarque. In 2008 she moved to Rio de Janeiro and began playing in bars, where she attracted the attention of famous musicians Caetano Veloso, Milton Nascimento and João Donato among others. Gadu gained renown playing “Ne me quitte pas” by Jacques Brel for Jayme Monjardim, who was in preproduction of the television series Maysa – Quando Fala o Coração (Maysa, when the heart communicates). Gadú’s version was soon included in the soundtrack of the series that premiered in 2009. Gadú also had a small acting part in the series. Gadú also released her first album with Rio Slap in 2009. She currently sings Blue Velvet with Tony Bennett on his cd Viva Duets. 9pm. $69 – $89. Fillmore at Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: livenation.com

July 18
Art
Flashback: Miami 1980s
Flashback: Miami 1980s is a multi-medium art project/exhibition conceived by freelance photographer, Alexia Fodere in collaboration with The Miami Herald veteran photographers, Donna Natale Planas and Charles Trainor, Jr. Inspired by Fodere’s interest in the lifestyle and culture of Miami in the 1980’s, FLASHBACK pairs still photographs inset into period specific television sets. The repositioned images and subsequent context of time past captures the violence, excitement and essence of the 1980s in the Magic City. MDC Museum of Art + Design, 300 N.E. 2nd Ave; Miami. For info: mdcmoad.org

July 18
Music
Ciara
Don’t miss the Album Release party for Grammy Award R&B star Ciara and her new album Ciara.  She is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, actress and model who was born in Austin, Texas. she traveled around the world during her childhood, eventually moving to Atlanta, Georgia where she initially joing girl group Hearsay. However the group disbanded after having differences, it was at this time Ciara was noticed for her song-writing In 2002 Ciara met music producer Jazze Pha. With his help, she signed a record deal with LaFace Records. Since making her musical debut in 2004, Ciara has attained eight Billboard Hot 100 top-ten singles, including a number one. She has also earned numerous awards and accolades, including three BET Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, three MOBO Awards, and one Grammy Award. Ciara has sold over seven million albums worldwide, and more than 4.3 million albums and 6.9 million digital singles in the United States alone. Story Nightclub, 136 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: storymiami.com

July 18
Social
Miami Swim Week Kick-off
Head to Florida Cookery for the WHERE South Florida July Issue Release Party & Miami Swim Week Kick-off. Hosted by Brazilian boxing champion Michael Oliveira, guests will enjoy comp Reyka Vodka cocktails, Florida Cookery passed bites and live music by Set Nightclub’s resident DJ Marcello. The celebration will also feature a fashion show by Amour Luxury Swimwear. 7pm – 9pm. The James Royal Palm, 1545 Collins Ave; South Beach. For info: wheremagazine.com.

July 18
Film
Yael Bartana
Among the most celebrated artists of her generation, Yael Bartana lives between Tel Aviv and Berlin.  Her critically acclaimed, and Europe will be stunned is a trilogy of short films with which she represented Poland at the 54th Venice Biennale. The three films are Mary Koszmary (Nightmares) 2007, Mur I wieza (Wall and Tower) 2009, and Zamach (Assassination) 2011. The trilogy revolves around the activities of the Jewish Renaissance Movement in Poland, a political group that calls for the return of 3,300,000 Jews to Poland, the land of their forefathers. Traversing a landscape scarred by the histories of competing nationalisms and militarisms, the films overflow with the narratives of the Israeli settlement movement, Zionist dreams, anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, and the Palestinian right of return. PAMM Associate Curator Diana Nawi will introduce the trilogy. This screening is part of a series of public programs that contextualizes the work of artists who have been commissioned to create new projects that will debut with the opening of Pérez Art Museum Miami in December. For her project at PAMM, commissioned in conjunction with the Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon, Israel, Bartana is researching and producing a work in São Paulo focused on the rise of Pentecostalism in Brazil. $10. MDC’s Tower Theater, 1508 S.W. Eighth St; Miami. For info: towertheatermiami.com

July 18
Style
Funkshion
Fashion Week Miami Beach is on now on Miami Beach. Debuted in 2003, Funkshion has brought Miami to the forefront of the S. FL Fashion World, working with designers from Miami, Latin America, New York City, Milan and Paris.  Funkshion offers an opportunity for designer collections to come to life, merging the worlds of fashion and music. See fabulous shows like the Cosmopolitan Summer Splash, Sonia Vera Swimwear, Chloe and the Wildfox Fashion Show. Two locations that will host this years shows and events: SLS Hotel South Beach and Soho Beach House. Free to first 100 people to rsvp – per show. SLS Hotel South Beach, 1701 Collins Ave; Miami Beach & Soho Beach House, 4385 Collins Ave, Miami Beach.For info: fashionweekmiami.com

July 19
Music
Jazz Encounters 
Lose yourself in the music of Dolph Castellano, jazz piano player from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He, along with twin brother Tony Castellano, got his start playing with the biggest names in the business. Dolph was originally trained as a classical pianist. However, he soon began to tune his ear to the piano rhythms and syncopations of jazz. Playing in big bands with musicians such as Charlie Spivak and Milwaukee-born Woody Herman, Castellano developed his own flavor. Buddy Morrow, Sam Donahue, Sy Zentner, Ray Anthony, and Ralph Marterie were also big names that focused attention on his melodic piano sounds. Nicole Yarling leads the session, plus young musicians are invited to play along some of the best musicians around, in an informal setting and with the common purpose of establishing a relationship around music and its history. Be good at your instrument and be ready to play. $15.  8pm. WDNA JAZZ GALLERY, 2921 Coral Way; Miami.  For more information, call (305) 662-8889. For info: wdna.org

July 19
Books
BeBe Day By Day
In Bringing Up BeBe, journalist and mother Pamela Druckerman investigated a society of good sleepers, gourmet eaters, and mostly calm parents. She set out to learn how the French achieve all this, while telling the story of her own young family in Paris. BeBe Day By Day distills the lessons of Bringing Up BeBe into an easy-to-read guide for parents and caregivers. How do you teach your child patience? How do you get him to like broccoli? How do you encourage your baby to sleep through the night? How can you have a child and still have a life? Alongside these time-tested lessons of French parenting are favorite recipes straight from the menus of the Parisian crèche and winsome drawings by acclaimed French illustrator Margaux Motin. Witty, pithy and brimming with common sense, BÉBÉ DAY BY DAY offers a mix of practical tips and guiding principles, to help parents find their own way. Druckerman is a former staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal, where she covered foreign affairs. She has also written for The New York Times and The Washington Post, and appeared on the Today Show and NPR’s Morning Edition, among many other outlets. She is the author of the international bestseller, Bringing up Bébé, and Lust in Translation, which was translated into eight languages.  Druckerman will read from and sign her book tonight. 6:30pm. Free. Books &  Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

July 19
Social
F@B fridays@thebass
Tonight features a film plus live music featuring tc: temporary contemporary artist Kevin Arrow’s short film Gianni Versace and a live performance by Holly Hunt, a two piece instrumental band from South Florida. Members of Holly Hunt include drummer Beatriz Monteavaro and guitarist Gavin Perry. $10. 7pm. Bass Museum, 2100 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: bassmuseum.org

July 19
Film
Unfinished Song
A film by Paul Andrew Williams, starring Terence Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave and Gemma Arterton. Unfinished Song is the funny and uplifting story of Arthur, a curmudgeon old soul perfectly content with sticking to his dull daily routine until his beloved wife introduces him to a spirited local singing group led by the youthful and charming Elizabeth. At odds with his son James, it is left to the charismatic choir director to try and persuade Arthur that he can learn to embrace life. This unexpected friendship and his discovery of music revitalize Arthur’s passion for new adventures and shows us all life should be celebrated at any age. $10. Tower Theater, 1508 S.W. 8th St; Miami. For info: 305-643-8706 or towertheatermiami.com

July 19
Food
The Sizzling History of Miami Cuisine
The culinary history of Miami is a reflection of its culture–spicy, vibrant and diverse. And though delectable seafood has always been a staple in South Florida, influences from Latin and Caribbean nations brought zest to the city’s world-renowned cuisine. Even the orange, the state’s most popular fruit, migrated from another country. Join local food author Mandy Baca as she recounts the delicious history of Miami’s delicacies from the Tequesta Indians to the present-day local food revolution. Baca will read from and sign her book tonight. 8pm. Free. Books &  Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

July 19
Film
V/H/S 2
Searching for a missing student, two private investigators break into his house and find collection of VHS tapes. Inside the darkened house looms a column of TVs littered with VHS tapes, a pagan shrine to forgotten analog gods. The screens crackle and pop endlessly with monochrome vistas of static-white noise permeating the brain and fogging concentration. But you must fight the urge to relax: this is no mere movie night. Those obsolete spools contain more than just magnetic tape. They are imprinted with the very soul of evil. Viewing the horrific contents of each cassette, they realize there may be dark motives behind the student’s disappearance. V/H/S 2, is an all-new anthology of dread, madness, and gore. This follow-up ventures even further down the demented path blazed by its predecessor, discovering new and terrifying territory in the genre. This is modern horror at its most inventive, shrewdly subverting our expectations about viral videos in ways that are just as satisfying as they are sadistic. The result is the rarest of all tapes-a second generation with no loss of quality.
11pm. $9. O Cinema Wynwood, 90 NW 29th St; Miami. For info: 305-571-9970.

July 19
Workshop
The Moments of Joy
Can You Answer “yes” to any of these questions? Are you concerned about the well-being of an adult family member? Do you help with grocery shopping, housekeeping, rides, bathing, dressing or supervision? Are you concerned about someone who isn’t taking care of him or herself? Are you using your own sick leave or vacation time to help or care for someone? If so, you are a family caregiver. You are doing a tough, yet rewarding job. Let us help you and the person you care about. The Moments of Joy workshop aims to offer specialized support for anyone caring for someone aged 55+, as well as for those who would simply like to learn ways to stay healthy throughout life. Although we cannot control if a day will be exactly as we hoped for ourselves and for those we love, we will teach techniques for creating perfectly wonderful moments that bring smiles, and joyous memories, experiences, and health. Free. 4pm – 6pm. Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: wolfsonian.org

July 19
Art
Invisible Presence
Invisible Presence: Recent works by Yovani Bauta, inaugurating the Museum’s summer season on exhibit at  MDC Museum of Art + Design. Invisible Presence is Bauta’s first solo exhibition. A Cuban born, American Painter, Bauta’s artwork has manifested in many forms including traditional painting, drawing and sculpture; as well as installation, performance and interactive art. Spanning a career of over 25 years, Invisible Presence is an exhibition of recent works, including a new interactive installation, Head in the Bathroom, which explores levels of privacy and false senses of security. Free. MDC Museum of Art + Design, 300 N.E. 2nd Ave; Miami. For info: mdcmoad.org

July 19
Film
Only God Forgives
Julian, an American fugitive from justice, runs a boxing club in Bangkok as a front for his drug business. His mother, the head of a vast criminal organization, arrives from the US to collect the body of her favorite son, Billy. Julian’s brother has just been killed after having savagely murdered a young prostitute. Crazy with rage and thirsty for vengeance she demands the heads of the murderers from Julian. But first, Julian must confront Chang, a mysterious retired policeman-and figurehead of a divine justice-who has resolved to scourge the corrupt underworld of brothels and fight clubs. 7pm & 9pm. 9pm. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

July 19
Books
The Sizzling History of Miami Cuisine
The culinary history of Miami is a reflection of its culture–spicy, vibrant and diverse. And though delectable seafood has always been a staple in South Florida, influences from Latin and Caribbean nations brought zest to the city’s world-renowned cuisine. Even the orange, the state’s most popular fruit, migrated from another country. Join local food author Mandy Baca as she recounts the delicious history of Miami’s delicacies from the Tequesta Indians to the present-day local food revolution. Baca will read from and sign her book tonight. 8pm. Free. Books &  Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

July 20
Film
Compulsion
Compulsion centers on two women, each grappling with obsessions that have begun to overtake their lives. Heather Graham portrays Amy, a vivacious, calculating chef whose need to be desired is so far-reaching that she becomes a star in her own imaginary cooking show. Moss is Saffron, a reclusive but alluring ex-child star, whose ever-intensifying relationship with Amy builds to a surprising climax. 4pm. $10. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

July 20
Books
Clairvoyant…My Definition, My Story
Defined as “all seeing”, the gift of Clairvoyance is a gift from GOD. In Clairvoyant…My Definition, My Story, Marcus Howell drives the reader through a journey of self-discovery without preaching or judging. This book will explain a lot of the terminology behind the many different gifts that people in the world are blessed with, along with sharing his path of self-discovery. The book also identifies for the reader the early signs to look for when growing up with possible gifts of the world we know as Clairvoyance. Howell was born in Detroit Michigan and grew up with certain gifts that are beyond the ordinary. His book Clairvoyant… My Definition, My Story tells the story of his life and developing all his gifts. He has a history of experiences and pain that he draws from which have served as the impetus of his gift as a Clairvoyant. As a young African American male who experienced early symptoms of his gift, Marcus shied away from embracing it, as he just didn’t know what to think of it. Sometimes you get the idea that he may have thought he was he crazy? Then he also draws you into his world in thinking what would his family say? This book is a great read and indeed a page-turner from beginning to end. Open your heart and mind and see what many people have discovered as a “good read”. Howell will read from and sign his book tonight. 4pm. Free. Books &  Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

July 20
Festival
Thunder Moon Psychic Faire
In celebration of July’s Full Moon, also known as the Thunder Moon, Celestial Treasures will hold the first annual Thunder Moon Psychic Faire. During the Faire experience a variety of spiritual services, including psychic readings, dream interpretations, and spiritual reiki healings. Truly You will provide skin care demonstrations. The Full Moon ceremony will commence at 9pm. During the ceremony, participants can align their vibrations for success and healing by drawing upon the powerful energy of the Thunder Moon. Celestial Treasures believes the Full Moon is a time filled with power and energy, which can be directed to benefit our lives. The Thunder Moon occurs during the late summer and can be associated with the cleansing storms that mark this time of year. 1pm – 10pm. Celestial Treasures, 3444 Main Highway; Miami. For info: 305-461-2341 or
celestial-treasures.com

July 20
Sports
Youth Fitness Clinic
Little Lighthouse Foundation will host the 2nd annual Youth Fitness Clinic at Ansin Sports Complex hosted by Rosenhaus Sports. 250 kids will participate in outdoor activities with twelve drill stations highlighting simple athletic movements. Each station will be equipped with volunteers, featuring cones, tackle dummies, ladders, passing, and more. Past NFL participants include Plaxico Burress, Jared Odrick, James Pruitt, and Robert Bailey. The Youth Clinic is free of charge and beverages and a commemorative t-shirt will be provided to all participants. 9am – 12pm. Ansin Sports Complex, 10801 Jeep Trail; Miramar. For info: 305.417.8553 or thelittlelighthouse.org

July 20
Lecture
Carla Fache
Artist Carla Fache will lecture tonight in Hollywood around her current exhibition, Beyond the Invisible. The exhibit and talk of her new works, investigates the transformative effects of color, expanded balance expectations of the painted medium, and the artist’s unique process. Fache’s intention to interpretate the spaces between the material and the emptiness; making visible the unconsciousness of physics through exploring the subconscious links that connects balance, brings to life her new series of work which unveils hidden dimensions through her paintings. She is currently based at the Fountainhead Studios in Miami, where she has been focusing on her practice. Fache‘s command of color, raw geometrics and texture, along with her continuous exploration of the essential, are part of the most recognizable drivers of her works. Through August 2. Reception 6pm – 9pm. Free. Young Circle Gallery, 1 Hollywood Blvd; Hollywood. For info: 954.921.3500 or carlafache.com

July 20
Style
Sand.Play.Fashion
Nikki Beach will be hosting SPF, Sand.Play.Fashion, a 2-day series of events during the much anticipated Mercedes Benz Swim Week.  A weekend of beachfront swim shows and pop up boutiques centered around health, beauty and charity awareness for the March of Dimes. Enjoy Nikki Beach style live entertainment and music from special guest Miss Tara. Enjoy a global dining experience, live entertainment, and fashion shows by Montce, Capristan, and Kristina Ashley. 7pm – 10pm. Nikki Beach, One Ocean Dr; Miami Beach. For info: nikkibeachmiami.com

July 20
Lecture
Writing an Effective Artist Statement
This hands-on workshop led by ArtCenter’s Artistic Director, Susan Caraballo, will give info on how to write an effective and persuasive artist statement. The workshop will walk through the different uses of an artist statement, developing “elevator pitch,” and even prepare for an interview. By participating you will gain business skills and advance your career while maintaining your creativity intact. It will also provide the opportunity to network with other artists and experts in the field. 1pm – 6pm. $40. ArtCenter/ South Florida, 924 Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach. For info: artcentersf.org

July 20
Green
Indian Creek Cleanup
Join ECOMB for the Third Annual Indian Creek Cleanup, the last cleanup event of the summer. Help ECOMB, the City of Miami Beach, South Beach Kayak, SkyBanditz and many ECOMB volunteers clean up the shoreline of Indian Creek between 23rd and 30th Streets on Miami Beach. Water, some snacks, garbage bags, gloves for the cleanup – and lots of fun will be provided on site. Volunteers should wear a hat, sneakers or aqua-shoes and bring sunscreen and a refillable water bottle. 8:30am – 11:30am. ecomb.org

July 21
Sport
Bike Tour: 45 Holes – Bike and Golf!
Visit the three Coral Gables Golf Courses – Riviera, Granada and Biltmore Country Club! We will bike, learn the history of each course, and putt for a chance to win a prize. This tour is inspired by our “Mini-Golf” exhibit currently on view. Play in the gallery. Admission included with tour.  Join us for fun, educational bicycle tours through The City Beautiful every 3rd Sunday of every month. Each tour offers a different theme and route! Gables Bike Tours are presented by Coral Gables Museum and Bike Walk Coral Gables. Gables Bike Tours are powered by Voss Water. Bike rentals and helmets are available at No Boundaries, conveniently located across the street from the Museum. This five-mile ride is leisurely with frequent stops. Gables Bike Tours are powered by Voss Water and copresented by Coral Gables Museum and Bike Walk Coral Gables. Bike rentals available at No Boundaries, conveniently located across the street from the Museum. 11am. $10. Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: 305.603.8067.

July 21
Music
Marilyn Manson
Popular Shock Rocker South Florida’s own Marilyn Manson plays Miami Beach tonight with Picture Me Broken opening the show. Love him or hate him, the self-proclaimed “Antichrist Superstar” – Marilyn Manson — was indisputably among the most notorious and controversial entertainers ever.  Starting out as Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids, they had become one of the most popular acts in the South Florida area.  Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor came calling, offering both a contract with his Nothing Records label as well as the chance to open for NIN; Manson accepted both offers, and the group’s debut LP, Portrait of an American Family, appeared during the summer of 1994. The group’s notoriety began to soar and during an appearance in Salt Lake City, Manson ripped apart a copy of the Book of Mormon while on-stage. Celebrated by supporters as a crusader for free speech Manson was the latest in a long line of shock rockers, rising to the top of the charts on a platform of sex, drugs, and Satanism. His brand of metal struck a major chord with the youth market, and he became a mainstream anti-hero. Such attention pushed many of his songs — including “The Dope Show,” “The Beautiful People,” and a cover of the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” — into the upper reaches of the modern rock charts. Manson, is also an actor, painter, multimedia artist and former music journalist. His stage name was formed by juxtaposing the names of two American cultural icons, namely actress Marilyn Monroe and multiple murder conspiracy convict Charles Manson.  8pm. $45.50 – $65. Fillmore at Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: fillmoremb.com

July 22
Books
The English Girl
Madeline Hart is a rising star in Britain’s governing party: beautiful, intelligent, driven by an impoverished childhood to succeed. But she is also a woman with a dark secret: she is the lover of Prime Minister Jonathan Lancaster. Somehow, her kidnappers have learned of the affair, and they intend to make the British leader pay dearly for his sins. Fearful of a scandal that will destroy his career, Lancaster decides to handle the matter privately rather than involve the British police. It is a risky gambit, not only for the prime minister but also for the operative who will conduct the search. You have seven days, or the girl dies. Enter Gabriel Allon–master assassin, art restorer and spy–who is no stranger to dangerous assignments or political intrigue. With the clock ticking, Gabriel embarks on a desperate attempt to bring Madeline home safely. His mission takes him from the criminal underworld of Marseilles to an isolated valley in the mountains of Provence to the stately if faded corridors of power in London–and, finally, to a pulse-pounding climax in Moscow, a city of violence and spies where there is a long list of men who wish Gabriel dead. From the novel’s opening pages until the shocking ending when the true motives behind Madeline’s disappearance are revealed, The English Girl will hold readers spellbound. It is a timely reminder that, in today’s world, money often matters more than ideology. And it proves once again why Daniel Silva has been called his generation’s finest writer of suspense and foreign intrigue. Temple Judea, 5500 Granada Blvd; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

July 24
Lecture
Women in Music & Media
A brief presentation and Q&A with Mindy Seegal Abovitz, the publisher of the world’s only magazine about female drummers, Tom Tom Magazine. Tom Tom Magazine is quarterly full color print magazine based out of Brooklyn, NY and distributed globally. It has been in print since 2009 and is going strong. Tom Tom has a website, social media, events and an ever growing community of readers and fans who all feel that recognition for female drummers is long overdue. Mindy will be discussing the climate of print media and women’s representation in it. Liz Tracy (Music Editor at New Times) will be facilitating the talk and asking Mindy questions. Liz Tracy is the music editor for New Times Broward Palm Beach. She manages both the music blog and music print section for the paper. 8pm. Free. Books &  Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

July 24
Art
A Poetic Reality
The Miami Dade College (MDC) Museum of Art + Design will present A Poetic Reality: Magical Realism of the CINTAS Fellows Collection. Stewards of the collection since 2011, the Museum is located within the College’s historic Freedom Tower. A Poetic Reality opens Friday, June 7  with a public reception at 6 p.m. The exhibition will remain on display through Sept. 21. Noon to 5pm. Free. Freedom Tower, 600 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info:

July 25
Books
Room at the Top
A single gay man is on a relentless search for true love. There are several close encounters of the wrong kind, princes charming turning into frogs, impossible dreams and untenable hopes, all narrated in rich dreamy prose. Room at the Top is a superb collection of short stories in English by Cuban writer Manuel A. Lopez. Lopez (Manny) was born in Moron, Cuba in 1969. He came to the USA in 1980 via the Mariel boatlift with his parents and siblings, and raised between Florida and California. He is a bilingual poet, writer and cultural promoter. His poetry in Spanish has been published in various magazines, such as: Arique, Baquiana, Contratiempo, La Peregrina Magazine, LaFanzine, Linden Lane and Ventana Abierta. 8pm. Books &  Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

July 25
Film
The Big Heat
Fritz Lang: From Austria to America The Big Heat
The stylistic trademarks and themes of Lang’s early expressionistic films such as M led the way for American Film Noir, and this is one of the most beloved of the post-war period. Based on a Saturday Evening Post serial by William P. McGivern, Glenn Ford plays the determined cop who investigates a colleague’s suicide and discovers rampant corruption within the ranks, and spirals into a classic noir web of violence and destruction. Within the shadowy world that Lang specialized in, this is one of the genre’s most entertaining, exciting, and provocatively violent for its time, with brilliant participation from Gloria Grahame and a young Lee Marvin. You will never look at hot coffee the same again! 7pm. $10. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

July 25
Food
SuViche
SuViche will partner with local craft beer brewery, Gravity Brewlab for a ceviche and beer pairing event tonight.   The two companies have collaborated to pair their original creations, which includes three classic ceviches, and one new “special” ceviche. Four custom beers from Gravity, have been specifically created to compliment each different ceviche. Aliosha Stern, owner of SuViche, and his team as well as Diego Ganoza, founder of Gravity Brewlab, will host the event, which will begin with an explanation of how they arrived at their pairing decisions and why the ceviche and beer compliment each other, based on factors such as flavors, aromas, and ingredients. The tasting will start, table service style, and SuViche’s wait staff bringing each pairing to the table in four separate rounds. $35. 6:30pm – 8:30pm. 1119 16th St;  Miami Beach. For info: suviche.com

July 25
Music
Brubeck Brothers Quartet  
Chris and Dan Brubeck had the unique privilege of growing up listening to, studying with, and eventually playing alongside one of the great jazz legends of our time, their father, Dave Brubeck.  Add to this heritage the fact that the musical tastes of Chris and Dan were forged in the stylistically innovative 60’s, and you have an eclectic combination of musical elements to draw upon. With Dan at the drums and Chris on electric bass and bass trombone, an exciting evening goes over the top with the addition of guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb.  This promises to be a dynamic and compelling 2013 Summer Concert Series event, with a loving tribute to dad, Dave Brubeck. $35 – $170. 8pm. Coral Gables Congregational United Church, 3010 De Soto Blvd; Coral Gables.  For info: CommunityArtsProgram.org

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