June 5 to June 12

June 5
Music
Lauderhill Steel Ensemble
In honor of Caribbean-American Heritage Month and a season at Pérez Art Museum Miami dedicated to Caribbean art, PAMM teams up with host Neki Mohan of Channel 10 News, Caribbean-American Heritage Florida, and The Rhythm Foundation. Celebrate Caribbean culture with PAMM’s Caribbean: Crossroads of the World exhibition and dance under the stars to a live performance by Lauderhill Steel Ensemble, who will present a preview of their upcoming Colors of the Caribbean Festival performance. Lauderhill Steel Ensemble originated in 2003 in collaboration with the City of Lauderhill’s department of Parks and Recreation. Its mission is to cultivate cultural awareness in the community by providing musical training on Steel Pans, as a means of fostering the preservation and advancement of Caribbean culture in the community. Free. 6pm – 9pm. PAMM, 1103 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: pamm.org

June 5
Music
Boston
Boston kicks off their highly anticipated summer tour following the successful release of their latest album, Life, Love & Hope. The tour will kick off tonight at the Seminole Hard Rock Live. Always a huge crowd pleaser with their high-energy stage show, out-of-this-world sound, and remarkable musicianship and singing, Boston will feature the personnel and music from their highly acclaimed 2012 tour with some exciting additions. The band prides itself on performing a totally live show without the use of prerecorded music or technical enhancements, delivering the exceptional sound that is faithful to their studio recordings. More than a decade in the making, Life, Love & Hope features 11 tracks embodying the classic and beloved Boston sound, as well as the latest in the evolution of Tom Scholz’ musical artistry. 8pm. $50 – $65. Boston performs at Hard Rock Live tonight. Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood. For info: seminolehardrockhollywood.com

June 5
Music
Young Musicians Concert
The Young Musicians Concert will gather the most talented young music students in Piano, Violin, Voice, Guitar, Guitar Ensemble, and Choir.
This elite ensemble of young talented musicians will interpret the most delightful pieces of the Classical and Popular repertoire in this concert featuring the students of Vladimir Issaev Music School and Leo Quintero Music; Special Guests: Vocal Ensemble Amazonia Encore. This concert is an initiative of the Maestro Aldemaro Romero Foundation, giving young musicians the opportunity to perform in public. 7:30pm. $15. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St, Aventura. For info: aventuracenter.org

June 5
Art
12 Stadiums?12 Cities: Brazil 2014 World Soccer Destination
This summer, in celebration of the World Cup in Brazil, the Coral Gables Museum, in conjunction with the Centro Cultural Brasil-USA, is presenting an original exhibition: 12 Stadiums?12 Cities: Brazil 2014 World Soccer Destination. The exhibition details the twelve cities and stadiums that will host the games and represent Brazil in the eyes of the world during the World Cup. 12 Stadiums?12 Cities: Brazil 2014 World Soccer Destination is divided into three sections: Cities, Stadiums and Urban Soccer Culture. The cities will be represented by extraordinary photos by native artistic photographers who will share their unique view of their communities. The stunning new stadiums will be showcased with photos and architectural drawings and models. The exhibition will also include video, interactive kiosks and objects that depict the soccer club fans’ culture, showing how soccer permeates the urban life in all the cities. Curated by Adriana Sabino. VIP Reception tonight. 6pm – 9pm. $25. Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: 305-603-8067 or coralgablesmuseum.org

June 5
Books
Waiting at Joe’s
Joe’s Stone Crab opened in Miami Beach in 1913 as a modest restaurant situated behind the apartment of owners Joe and Jennie Weiss. Miami Beach, not yet a city, could be accessed only by ferry. Stone crabs weren’t even on the menu. A lot has changed in the past century: Joe’s Stone Crab boasts locations in Chicago and Las Vegas, and people travel across the globe to dine on its signature stone crabs, a delicacy often mimicked but never matched by countless other restaurants. Throughout its history, Joe’s has never accepted reservations. The anticipation and camaraderie in waiting two to three hours for a table has become as much a part of the dining experience as the exquisite food. Along the way, Joe’s has gained a reputation for excellent service provided by its extremely dedicated, talented, and loyal wait staff. A chance to serve at Joe’s is one of the most sought-after jobs in the restaurant business. Staff members are paid extremely fair wages, compensated with retirement packages, and receive generous time off. It’s not unusual to encounter a waiter who has been at Joe’s for fifteen or twenty years. Some have stayed on for upward of thirty, forty, and even fifty. Bonds between coworkers are strong, and some are so proud of their home-away-from-home that some waiters even request to be buried in the front courtyard at Joe’s for all of eternity. By giving voice to these unsung individuals, Deeny Kaplan Lorber reveals the inner workings of Joe’s in this collection of fascinating, intimate vignettes. Go behind the scenes of a thriving business that treats both staff and customers like family. For one hundred years, Miami natives and tourists alike have waited and dined alongside celebrities including Frank Sinatra, Muhammad Ali, Dan Marino, and Jennifer Lopez. There’s no other place in the world quite like Joe’s Stone Crab; this is the story of the waiters, not the wait. Author Deeny Kaplan Lorber is a founding partner and executive vice president of the Emmy award–winning Systems and its language services division, The Kitchen, a leading television and motion picture dubbing studio based in Miami and Los Angeles. She will discuss his book tonight. 7pm. Books & Books, 927 Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach. For info: booksandbooks.com

June 5
Tour
Behind the Neon: Historic South Beach Walk
Take a walk with HistoryMiami through one of our city’s most exciting and attractive neighborhoods, historic South Beach! You will hear stories of how this area, once strictly farmland, was transformed by the land boom of the 1920’s and again by the hurricane of 1926. Learn how the architectural revolution of the 1930’s defined this neighborhood as a lively vacation destination, only to be turned into a retirement community in the 1950-60’s, and back into the major entertainment destination we see today. Tour features a stop at the iconic Clevelander Hotel and Gianni Versace’s infamous doorstep. Walk-ups welcome. $30. 10am – 12pm. Lummus Park, 14th Street and Ocean Dr; Miami Beach. For info: 305-375-1621 or historymiami.org

June 6
Dance
Ballet Hispanico
Featuring a world premiere by Miami dance star Rosie Herrera and works by Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, Ballet Hispanico explores the contemporary Latin soul through pieces that fuse ethnic dance with classical and contemporary techniques. Since its inception in 1970, Ballet Hispanico’s contemporary repertory has reflected the ever-changing diversity of Latino cultures, showcased masterfully by 12 of the most technically accomplished and musical dancers you’ll find in the contemporary sphere. The Company’s first visit to Miami under the artistic leadership of Eduardo Vilaro will feature a world premiere from Miami-based choreographer Rosie Herrera and live music by the Grammy-winning Paquito D’Rivera Ensemble. Other program highlights include Sombrerísimo, Belgo-Colombian Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s athletic tour de force for six male dancers; Sortijas, a darkly lush duet from Cayetano Soto, one of the most dynamic and groundbreaking Spanish choreographers of his generation; and Danzón, a joyous work by Cuban-American Vilaro that plays on the fusion of jazz improvisation and Cuban rhythms. 8pm. $30 – $90. Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

June 6
Film
The Dance of Reality
Produced and directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky, it is his first film in 23 years. The legendary filmmaker was born in 1929 in Tocopilla, a coastal town on the edge of the Chilean desert, where this film was shot. It was there that Jodorowsky underwent an unhappy and alienated childhood as part of an uprooted family. Blending his personal history with metaphor, mythology and poetry, The Dance of Reality reflects Alejandro Jodorowsky’s philosophy that reality is not objective but rather a “dance” created by our own imaginations. (In Spanish with English subtitles). $8. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

June 6
Books
The History of Mr. Polly by H.G.Wells
Known today chiefly as a writer of science fiction, H.G. Wells also wrote genre stories about life in Edwardian England. The History of Mr. Polly depicts an ordinary man in all his ordinariness: his unhappy marriage, unsuccessful business, and life of quiet desperation. Unusual, and unexpected, is Mr. Polly’s solution to the situation. A comic, ultimately optimistic novel with serious themes,  It contains outstanding descriptions of  daily English life in the early 20th century. The Wolfsonian Book Club explores literary works whose subjects are relevant to current exhibitions and collection themes. Free. Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: thewolf.fiu.edu.

June 6
Comedy
Freddy Stebbins
In his dynamic one man show “Miami, Don’t Feed the Natives” Miami’s uber-talented comedian/actor Freddy Stebbins, brings seven of his best native personas to life onstage. Sharing their lives, eccentricities, problems, laughs, music and uniquely Miami opinions, Stebbins gives us a comical glimpse at the new type of Natives that call Miami home in the 21st century. From an overenthusiastic divorced Latina diva in Hialeah, to a 93 yr old retired Jewish Stand up-comic, a gregarious yet overbearing anti-Castro Middle aged Cuban Exile, a sexually repressed Anti-immigrant cracker “preacher”, a young pirate radio DJ from Trinidad in Overtown, or perhaps a seance with legendary Puerto Rican astrologer “Walter Mercato” – Freddy Stebbins brings these and other uniquely “305″ personalities to life. Coupled with interviews and videos featuring the truly bizarre yet funny oddities of this “jungle” he calls Miami. 9:30pm. $10. Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: fillmoremb.com

June 6
Theatre
Pippi Longstocking’s Pirate Adventure
Maria Verdeja School of the Arts grace the stage of The Olympia Theater with a jaw dropping performance starting tonight. This exciting performance of Pippi Longstocking finds herself with an old treasure map and begins an unforgettable adventure setting sail. Her journey takes her to a mysterious island with a jungle filled with Mayan Temples. Pippi is captured and taken to be sacrificed at the Volcano, but rescued just in time by the brave Captain John! Continuing her search, Pippi dives into the beautiful cove retrieving gold coins, precious stones and all its lost treasures. After her grand adventure, Pippi reaches home and presents all her beautiful findings to her Queen. 8pm. $28 – $58. Gusman Center, 174 E. Flagler St; Miami. For info: gusmancenter.org

June 6
Film
Burt’s Buzz
Burt’s Buzz is a humorous, authentic and compelling journey into the remarkable double life of Burt Shavitz— a reclusive beekeeper who reluctantly became one of the world’s most recognizable brand identities. Filmmaker Jody Shapiro follows Burt from the pot-bellied stove of his rustic rural lifestyle to another world on the other side of the world, in Taiwan where the septuagenarian is greeted by hoards of his adoring fans. Moving from his privileged childhood on Long Island to his early career as a photo-journalist in counter-culture Greenwich Village, Burt left his past behind to pursue an almost monastic existence as a beekeeper in upstate Maine. Between these extremes is the story of a man who chose his own path and accidentally spawned a billion dollar natural product line. Guided by those who know — or at least think they know — Burt best, Burt’s Buzz is a fascinating portrait of a singular personality who refuses to conform. 9pm. O Cinema Miami Shores @ MTC, 9806 NE 2nd Ave; Miami Shores. For info: 786-565-FILM.

June 6
Tour
Weathering the Storm: Stiltsville, Key Biscayne, and Cape Florida Lighthouse
Delight in this relaxing boat ride to one of Miami’s most hidden gems! Our resident historian, Dr. Paul George, takes you to Stiltsville where you will learn how this once vivacious community was transformed into the seven houses that remain amidst the turquoise waters of Biscayne Bay. Known in the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s as a playground for wealthy and well-connected Miamians, Stiltsville was once home to the now infamous Crawfish Eddies and Bikini Club. Cruise past the Cape Florida Lighthouse, while listening to the history of Stiltsville, Key Biscayne and the city of Miami. This tour is a must see for any resident or visitor. $54. 9am – 11:30am. Bayside Marketplace, 401 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: historymiami.org or  305-375-1621

June 6
Art
Cubans: The Forgotten Faces by Yamila Lomba
Coral Gables Gallery Night Opening Cubans: The Forgotten Faces by Yamila Lomba. Cubans: The Forgotten Faces is her latest project and part of a series that assemble a brief but significant portrayal focused on portraits which capture the attitudes of different generations of Cubans on the island. She tries to show them doing something – or nothing at all – in the streets, parks and other places in and around downtown or the colonial areas of Havana. These images also touch the religious theme as part of the Cubans daily life. Cubans dream and hope for something different. This exhibition is about remembering our roots and keeping ties with those brothers and sisters that are not so far away from. 7pm – 10pm. Coral Gables Museum, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: coralgablesmuseum.org

June 7
Art
The Art of Nathan Sawaya featuring In Pieces
Internationally renowned artist Nathan Sawaya returns this summer with all new sculptures and mixed-media works that continue to change the way we look at LEGO bricks. This exhibition builds upon Sawaya’s previous body of work with ground-breaking LEGO sculptures that are integrated into large-scale photographs by award-winning Australian photographer Dean West. This is the first exhibition in Florida of Sawaya’s collaboration with West, In Pieces. In 2013, Sawaya’s incredible creations were seen by tens of thousands of people in Singapore, Shanghai, Tel Aviv, Brussels, and at Discovery Times Square in New York City. Sawaya will give an artist talk to open the exhibition today. He will be available for the rest of the day to autograph books and answer questions. A room adjacent to the exhibition allows visitors to explore and make their own LEGO creations. Through Aug. 17. $10. 11am – 5pm. Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, 1650 Harrison St; Hollywood. For info: 954-921-3274 or artandculturecenter.org

June 7
Tour
Wynwood Walk: A History of Street Art
Come with us to explore one of Miami’s trendiest and most dynamic neighborhoods, the Wynwood Art District. Learn the story of how this textile warehouse and immigrant neighborhood, formerly known as “Little San Juan,” is quickly becoming the world’s largest outdoor art gallery. Stroll past huge murals and various street art displays as you listen to the history of graffiti from the advent of written language to today. Hear stories of the artists, residents and developers who made Wynwood home to over seventy galleries, five museums, and seven art complexes. Tour stops include the Wynwood tracks, Warehouse, Penits and the Wynwood Walls. Walk-ups welcome. $30. 11am – 1pm. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-375-1621 or historymiami.org

June 7
Kids
Free Family Day: Discovering Design
What exciting design adventures will your family find at The Wolfsonian-FIU’s Free Family Day? Find out at the next Discovering Design on Saturday, June 7th, where kids (and their adults) will explore furniture design, watch a film about a man who loves his house and furniture a little too much, and work with local artist Emmett Moore to design a model chair of their very own. Workshop Artist: Emmett Moore is a Miami-based sculptor and designer with a BFA in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence.  His work has been exhibited institutionally at the RISD Museum, The Frost Art Museum, The Miami Art Museum and, most recently, The Bass Museum of Art.  Gallery exhibitions and projects include Gallery Diet, where he is represented, Architecture at Large, Primary Projects, Locust Projects, OHWOW, and The Standard Miami.  Emmett’s interest fluctuates between function and form; most recently he has focused on site- specific private commissions and on working with artists to explore conditions of display. 11:30am – 4:30pm. Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: wolfsonian.org

June 7
Social
Art On Deck
Don’t miss Art On Deck, the Art Auction to benefit Cuba Skate, an organization hoping to build Havana’s only skate park. Over 40 local artists will be represented in the show. Expect live music, Food Trucks and cocktails. 7pm – 12am. Wynn 317, 167 NW 25th St; Miami. For info: 305.761.1116 or wyn317.com

June 7
Film
Jodorowsky’s Dune
This fascinating documentary explores the genesis of one of cinema’s greatest epics that never was: cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky’s (EL TOPO) adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic Dune, whose cast would have included such icons as Salvador Dali, Orson Welles and Mick Jagger. In 1975, following the runaway success of his art-house freak-outs El Topo and Holy Mountain, Alejandro Jodorowsky secured the rights to Frank Herbert’s Dune – and began work on what was gearing up to be a cinematic game-changer, a sci-fi epic unlike anything the world had ever seen. Director Frank Pavich tackles one of cinema’s most enthralling “what could have been” stories, weaving interviews with the charismatic Jodorowsky, his collaborators, and supporters, together with animation to bring Moebius’ storyboards to life. $8. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

June 7
Music
South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble
The South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble will perform works from your favorite composers. Special guest performers and visual presentations will make this a dynamic show you won’t want to miss. 7pm. $25. Broward Center, 201 SW 5th Ave; Fort Lauderdale. For info: browardcenter.org

June 7
Art
Rod Faulds: Recent Photo-Based Works
Rod Faulds employs digital photography to create semi-abstract works that occupies a space between photography and painting. His work presents and blends photographic images into repeated patterns of light and color. Geometric, near-minimal abstraction matters more to Faulds than photography as a means of depiction or deception. Exploiting the camera’s ability to record images repeatedly, Faulds captures numerous images without composing. He later selects and edits, adhering to self-imposed structures to retain random qualities. Faulds is a museum professional and educator. As an undergraduate, he studied photography and printmaking. He holds an MA in Exhibition Design and a Certificate in Museum Studies from California State University, Fullerton, and is the Director of the University Galleries at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. Through August 17. Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, 1650 Harrison St; Hollywood. For info: 954-921-3274 or artandculturecenter.org

June 8
Music
Caribbean Jazz Matazz
With an impressive lineup of top-notch performers, Caribbean Jazz Matazz delivers a mesmerizing fusion of jazz, reggae and calypso music for an unforgettable evening of island sound. Featuring Myrna Hague, one of Jamaica’s top female jazz performers. Also apprearing Richie Stephens backed by Eugene Grey & his band. Special guest appearance by Trinidad’s Charmaine Forde and George Tandy. 7pm. $40 – $60. Broward Center, 201 SW 5th Ave; Fort Lauderdale. For info: browardcenter.org

June 8
Music
Weezer
Don’t miss this rare appearance by rockers Weezer. To date, Weezer has released nine full-length albums, six EPs, and a DVD. Their debut album Weezer (aka “The Blue Album”), produced by Ric Ocasek, has been certified triple platinum in the United States, and remains the band’s all-time best seller. With help from Spike Jonze-directed videos, the singles “Undone-The Sweater Song” and “Buddy Holly” became hits in the fall of 1994. Weezer’s much-anticipated second LP Pinkerton was released in 1996. The band’s talent and style had matured considerably. Pinkerton eventually went gold. 2001’s Weezer (aka “The Green Album”) debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 and has since sold more than one million copies in the United States. Songs like “Hash Pipe” and “Island in the Sun” became radio and MTV staples.
The band followed that success with Maladroit, which was released in 2002, reached #3 on the Billboard 200, and was certified gold. The band returned to the studio again to work with Rick Rubin on their fifth full-length album. Make Believe appeared in May 2005 and eventually went platinum in multiple countries. The Top 10 single “Beverly Hills” earned the band their first Grammy nomination for Best Rock Song. 2008’s Weezer featured the single “Pork and Beans” topped the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks charts; its music video won a Grammy for Best Short Form Music Video. With Jeff The Brotherhood. 7pm. $39 – $59. Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way; Hollywood. For info: 954-797-5531 or seminolehardrockhollywood.com

June 8
Food
Simply Smoothies
Join Linda Gassenheimer for a smoothie demonstration and tasting as she presents her latest books Simply Smoothies: Fresh and Fast Diabetes-Friendly Snacks and Complete Meals and Fast and Flavorful: Great Diabetes Meals from Market to Table. Free with Museum admission. 2pm – 4pm. Jewish Museum of Florida, 301 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305-672-5044

June 9
Art
Quintessential Quintet
For this show we have brought together five artists with diverse styles that we thought would be a fine assortment! We hope that you agree. Featuring artwork by: Danielle Estefan, Erika Taguchi-Newton, Cary Polkovitz, Jeremy Eaton and Michael Fleming. Through June 21. Inside/upstairs at TATE’S Comics, 4566 North University Dr; Lauderhill. For info: 954-748-0181 or bearandbird.com

June 9
Art
Sweet Summer Contemporary Art Exhibition
Art Center Miami shows a unique group of Contemporary artists in an exhibition at the gallery space Art Center Wynwood. This collective show combines mixed media, paintings and photography. The 1600 square feet gallery will offer a special gallery night cocktail on Saturday June 14th to open the show. The talented contemporary artists exhibiting in the show will be: Alejandro Plaza, Billy Monsalve Duffo, Dalia Ferreira, Piedad Tarazona. Opening reception tonight 7pm – 10pm. Free. Through July 30. Art Center Miami, 149 NW 36 St, Miami. For info: 786.406.9915 or artcenterwynwood.com

June 10
Books
In the Shadow of Saint Death
With the war between the Mexican state and the drug traffickers operating within its borders having claimed over 70,000 lives since 2006, noted journalist and author Michael Deibert zeroes in on the story of the Gulf Cartel drug trafficking organization, their deadly war with their former allies Los Zetas, the cartels’ connections in Mexican politics and what its trajectory means for Mexico’s–and America’s–future. Punctuated by the disappearance of busloads of full of people from Mexican highways, heavy-weapon firefights in once-picturesque colonial towns and the discovery of mass graves, nowhere has the violence of Mexico’s drug war been more intense than directly across the border from East Texas, the scene of a scorched-earth war between two of Mexico’s largest drug trafficking organizations: The Gulf Cartel, a criminal body with roots stretching back to Prohibition, and Los Zetas, a group famous for their savagery and largely made up of deserters form Mexico’s armed forces. From the valleys and sierras of rural Tamaulipas and Nuevo León to the economic hub of Monterrey, the violence rivals anything seen in the more well-known narco war in Ciudad Juárez, 830 miles to the west. Combining dozens of interviews that the author has conducted over the last five years in Mexico and other countries in the region along with a vast reserve of secondary source material, In the Shadow of Saint Death gives U.S. readers the story of the war being waged along our border in the voices of the cartel hitmen, law enforcement officials, politicians, truckers, shopkeepers, teachers and children living inside of it year-round. Through their stories, the book will pose provocative questions about the direction and consequence of U.S. drug policy and the militarized approach to combating the narcotics trade on both sides of the border. Michael Deibert is the author of Democratic Republic of Congo: Between Hope and Despair. His first book, Notes from the Last Testament: The Struggle for Haiti, has since become required reading for diplomats and others seeking to understand that country’s complex 1994-2004 era. He will discuss his book tonight. 8pm. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

June 10
Film
Attila Marcel
Following four Oscar nominations for his wildly inventive animated films (The Triplets of Belleville and The Illusionist), French writer-director Sylvain Chomet transitions to his first live-action feature, effortlessly retaining the same visual wit and flourish of his animated masterpieces. In Attila Marcel, a silent young piano virtuoso’s eco-hippie neighbor Madame Proust serves up a special concoction that helps bring back repressed childhood memories, beautifully evoking films and songs from the past.
French with English Subtitles. $12. Free. Gusman Center, 174 E. Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-374-2444 or gusmancenter.org

June 11
Lecture
An Evening of Spirit with James Van Praagh
The awe-inspiring James Van Praagh bridges the gap between two planes of existence, that of the living and that of the dead by providing evidential proof of life after death via detailed messages. Van Praagh’s popularity began in the early ’90s, on the NBC morning talk show “The Other Side.” He went on to author # 1 NY Times Best- selling books such as Ghosts Among Us, Talking to Heaven, Reaching to Heaven and Healing Grief. For five seasons, Van Praagh was the co-executive producer of CBS’s #1 drama “Ghost Whisper” starring Jennifer Love Hewitt. Van Praagh’s message of hope has touched a great many people due to his television appearances on such shows as Oprah, Larry King Live, 20/20, 48 Hours, Chelsea Lately and A&E Biography. You will be amazed when you see James select people for the audience to participate in the calling of spirits. 8pm. $49.29 – $81.09. Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St; Fort Lauderdale. For info: 954-462-0222 or parkerplayhouse.com

June 11
Music
Federico Britos Ensemble
Head to the Gusman tonight for an evening of great jazz and drinks in the Olympia Lobby Lounge. The Federico Britos Ensemble will be performing. Britos career as a violinist began over half a century ago and has taken him all around world from Europe to the Americas. He is regarded as a titan of the violin and has the Grammy awards to prove it, four in total. Federico has performed with many of the jazz legends including, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, Dizzy Gillespie, and many others. Also with some of Latin America’s greatest, such as, Joao Gilberto, Bola de Nieves, Luis Miguel, and more. The Federico Britos Ensemble moves between classical jazz and bossa nova with ease. They promise a night of fun and spontaneity. 6:30pm – 9pm. Free. Gusman Center, 174 E. Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-374-2444 or gusmancenter.org

June 12
Books
Fringe Florida
Florida has a titillating underbelly that few tourists ever see. Beyond the theme parks and the beaches lies a periphery most residents know about but—out of decorum or discomfort prefer not to discuss. In Fringe Florida, Lynn Waddell explores the exotic, sensational, and sometimes illicit worlds of the oddest state in the nation. Waddell takes the reader on a colorful journey to meet the most unconventional of Floridians in unbelievable and spectacular places. At Fetish Con, she befriends furries and pony girls. She travels to Cassadaga, the oldest active Spiritualist community in the South, where trained mediums converse with the dead, and to the Holy Land Experience theme park in Orlando, where one can eat a hot dog while watching a reenactment of the Crucifixion. She interviews the founder of the Leather & Lace Motorcycle Club, a Daytona Beach-area grandmother who hosts the club’s annual gathering, welcoming scores of lady bikers to camp out on the lawn of her subdivision home. At an Animal Amnesty Day outside Busch Gardens, Waddell meets exotic reptile owners who give up their beloved-but no-longer-manageable pets and others who vie to take home the cast-offs. If you’ve ever wanted to parade around on a pimped-out swamp buggy amidst a couple thousand beer-swigging mud boggers or fall asleep with a python hissing in your ear, been tempted to bring a Capuchin monkey in a stroller to a Little League game, or contemplated sitting on the beach waiting to be picked up by a UFO but couldn’t quite bring yourself to such extremes, Fringe Florida is for you. Waddell is a Florida-based author and award-winning journalist. Her first book, “Florida Florida,” explores unique lifestyles of the Sunshine State and was awarded “Best Journey into Florida’s Underbelly” by Creative Loafing in Tampa. She will discuss his book tonight. 6pm. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

June 12
Books
Marc Levy in conversation with Patrick Alexander
On the morning of July 9th 2012, New York Times investigative reporter Andrew Stilman is jogging along the Hudson River when he feels a sudden, sharp pain in his lower back. He collapses in a pool of blood. When he regains consciousness, it’s May 7th 2012—exactly two months earlier. From that moment on, Andrew has sixty days to uncover his murderer. Sixty days to find out who wants him dead and why. From New York City to Buenos Aires, Andrew embarks on a gripping race against time. By turns funny and heartrending, this page-turner builds up to a mind-blowing denouement. If Only It Were True is Levy’s first novel, it was an instant #1 bestseller. Levy is the most read French author in the world. Patrick Alexander is an English born writer who raised his children in France, Italy, Switzerland, Ireland and California before settling in Coral Gables. His lifelong love of French literature resulted in his second book, Marcel Proust’s Search for Lost Time.  His first novel, The Nigerian Letter was released in March 2011. He is  currently working on the Books & Books Guide to Wine Appreciation based on the wildly popular and successful 6-week program that he has been teaching here at Books & Books for the past several years. The two will talk  tonight. 8pm. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

June 12
Theatre
Summer Shorts 2014
Fifty thousand theatre-lovers know that summer kicks off with the hilarious and provocative Summer Shorts Festival, co-presented with the Adrienne Arsht Center. Summer Shorts is America’s Short Play Festival, with an incredible line-up of scripts penned by the country’s best writers including City Theatre National Short Play Competition winners. Summer Shorts is the most fun 90 minutes you’ll have all summer. Through July 6. Co-presented with City Theatre and the Adrienne Arsht Center. 8pm. $40. Carnival Studio Theatre, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

June 12
Lecture
Image of the Ecological Indian
In partnership with the Archaeological Society of Southern Florida, the Deering Estate at Cutler presents a lecture on An Investigation into the Image of the Ecological Indian in the Woodland Period at Crystal River or – Oyster Exploitation? Presented by Alexander Delgado. The Crystal River overlooks one of the most impressive archaeological sites in the south, the Crystal River Archaeological State Park. This presentation will focus on the field work done at Crystal River and the analysis of the material remains which were found at the site. More specifically, our speaker, Alex Delgado, seeks to address the issue of over-exploitation of resources at the site. In this case, more than 600 oyster shells were meticulously analyzed in order to gain insights into the subsistence patterns of the original inhabitants of the area. The presentation will also seek to address the pervasive image of the, “Ecological Indian.” Were Native Americans mindful of ecology? Delgado is a graduate student studying archaeology at the University of South Florida. He has completed his field work at the Crystal River mound site in Central Florida. His research interests include North American Prehistory, subsistence patterns, early village and state formation, resource exploitation, and experimental archaeology. 7pm – 8:30pm. Free. Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72 Ave; Miami. For Info: deeringestate.org

June 12
Lecture
Yemenwed: Fire + Ice
Members of the art collective Yemenwed will discuss each of their roles within the group, as well as the role of “space” in their past projects; that which is imagined, virtual, sonic, and also physical. Yemenwed is an art collective founded in 2006 in New York City. They create collaborative works, which synthesize the artistic focus of its varying members in the fields of architecture, painting, sculpture, animation, performance, and music. The group maintains an active interest in the vocabulary of mainstream popular culture and its conventions, as well as entertainment value and notions of beauty. Each piece invariably reflects the different personal aesthetic and conceptual interests of the individual artists forming the work. Yemenwed has released several publications and has participated in exhibitions and performances at Palais de Tokyo, Tate Modern, MOMA P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art TBA:10, Performa 09, Fake Estate Gallery, 179 Canal, Hessel Museum of Art, Asia Song Society, and Jack Hanley Gallery, among other venues. Yemenwed are PAMM Researchers-in-Residence. This is the second of three visits, culminating in a final commissioned project in November 2014. 7pm – 8:30pm. Free with museum admission. PAMM, 1103 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For Info: pamm.org

June 12
Music
Counting Crows
Counting Crows hit South Florida tonight as part of their major worldwide tour this summer with new music. The tour will feature songs from the band’s upcoming album, their first new material in seven years, scheduled to be released in Fall 2014, along with the band’s extensive catalogue of hit songs. Known as one of the most dynamic live bands performing today, the band consists of Adam Duritz, David Bryson, Charlie Gillingham, Dan Vickrey, David Immerglück, Jim Bogios and Millard Powers. Opening is Toad The Wet Sprocket, who are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their first LP Bread & Circus along with the release of their most recent LP New Constellation. 7:30pm. $39 – $59. Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way; Hollywood. For info: 954-797-5531 or seminolehardrockhollywood.com

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