March 28 to April 4

March 28
Kids
Creating Portraits with Inez Hollander
Miami Mosaic exhibit artist Inez Hollander will present her technique and motivation for her work in a personalized exploration of this exhibit for children ages 7-14. Art concepts such as profile, portrait, line, contrast and value will be introduced in the demonstration and exhibit tour. Following the tour, Hollander will lead a workshop for children to create their own works to take home, using a scratch art technique to mimic the Miami Neon Portraits in the exhibit. Recommended for ages 7-14 (Grades 3-8). Parents welcome to participate. $5. 10am. Jewish Museum of Florida – FIU, 301 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305-672-5044 or  jmof.fiu.edu

March 28
Books
Jon Meacham
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and contributing editor at TIME, Jon Meacham is one of America’s most prominent public intellectuals. Known as a skilled raconteur and an accomplished historian with a depth of knowledge about politics, religion, and current affairs, he understands and analyzes how issues and events impact modern life. Meacham’s latest presidential biography, Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, is a New York Times bestseller. Fortune magazine hailed it as masterful and intimate, and Walter Isaacson called it A true triumph. A fascinating look at how Jefferson wielded his driving desire for power and control. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power has appeared on The New York Times Notable Books for 2012 and was named one of the best books of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews. Books & Books partners with Broward Community College for the first time to present Meacham and provide books. A book signing will follow his talk. $5. 7pm. Bailey Concert Hall, 3501 Southwest Davie Rd; Fort Lauderdale. For info: 954-201-6884.

March 28
Kids
Volts and Jolts
Take the kids to the Museum of Science in Ft Lauderdale to play with cool Science stuff. They can get hands deep into Volts & Jolts Lab Experiments which include such cool things like Solar Oven S’mores, Robot Roundup, Static Attack, Laser Challenge and Mad Scientist Electricity. $15. 10am. The Museum of Discovery and Science,  401 SW Second St;  Fort Lauderdale. For info: mods.org

March 28
Music
FIU Alumni Composers Concert
Tonight’s New Music Miami Festival concert features the music of four alumni composers being presented by members of the NODUS Ensemble. Composers include: Juraj Kojs, Carlos Rafael Rivera, Jorge Grossmann, and Erik DeLuca. Each composer will give a brief presentation about themselves and their work before the performance. NODUS Initiated by FIU faculty composer Orlando Jacinto García is the professional contemporary chamber music ensemble in residence at FIU. Specializing in the cutting edge Art music of our time, the makeup of the ensemble varies for each concert depending on the works being presented. The ensemble’s repertoire includes recent music by composers from around the world, works written specifically for the ensemble, and works with electronics and/or video. 7:30pm. Free.  Miami Beach Urban Studios, 420 Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach. For info:  305-348-0496 or livethearts.com

March 29
Art
Drawn from the Everglades
Now celebrating its 15th year of exhibiting experimental contemporary art, Locust Projects is currently exhibiting a site-specific installation by the New York-based collaborative duo Wade Kavanaugh & Stephen B. Nguyen. Known for undulating installations of twisted and gnarled paper that engulf spaces and surround the viewer, they will create an immersive three-dimensional drawing based on their impressions of the Everglades, where they were artists in residence in February with the AIRIE program. Their practice focuses on the collaborative process itself, resulting in abstractions of the entangled mangrove roots, waving sawgrass, and muscular storm clouds of the Everglades waterscape. Locust Projects, 3852 North Miami Ave; Miami. For info: 305.576.8570 or locustprojects.org

March 29
Music
Maroon 5
Summer marked the debut of Maroon 5′s highly anticipated fourth studio album, Overexposed. The release is a rich, pop-infused collection that quickly reinforced the group’s status as a powerhouse in popular music. Overexposed features a series of chart-topping singles including: Payphone, which immediately shot straight to #1 on both the Top 40 and Hot AC charts, and One More Night, which has been at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for five straight weeks. Capturing their first of three Grammy Awards as Best New Artist of 2005 and going on to sell more than 17 million albums worldwide, Maroon 5′s releases have gone gold and platinum in over 35 countries. In addition to his work with Maroon 5, Adam Levine has returned for a third season as a coach on the #1 NBC hit series The Voice. Levine also recently made his small screen acting debut on the hit FX Drama American Horror Story, and has landed a lead role in the major motion picture film, Can A Song Save Your Life. 8pm. $25.75 – $75.75. BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy, Sunrise. For info: livenation.com

March 29
Easter
BunnyPalooza 2013
Easter Weekend in Miami gets underway with BunnyPalooza 2013 at Miami Seaquarium, which hops onto the scene today with the largest Easter parade in the event’s nearly 15 year history.  Enjoy continuous Easter Egg Hunts throughout the day, and five acres of adrenaline pumping fun with bounce houses, ‘Giant Fun Slide,’ Rock Climbing Wall, plus many prizes and surprises. The Parade is daily at 12:30pm. complete with floats, bands, strolling performers, costumed characters and the Easter Bunny.  Bunny hoppers should be on the lookout for a Golden Egg, which will be hidden in one goodie bag at BunnyPalooza egg hunts.  The Golden Egg will give one lucky child and up to three other family members or friends, lifetime admission to Miami Seaquarium. A discount offering an $8 off admission to BunnyPalooza is available with a receipt or coupon from Publix Supermarket. $39.95. Miami Seaquarium, 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami. For info: miamiseaquarium.com.

March 29
Theatre
8
Come see Florida Atlantic University’s Chapter of Alpha Psi Omega’s production of 8 by Dustin Lance Black. The cast will include undergraduate students, FAU Alumni and Special Actor’s Equity guest artists Susan Reese Cato and Kathryn Lee Johnston. Uncover the truth about marriage for gay and lesbian Americans. 8 —a new play by Academy-award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk, J. Edgar)—demystifies the debate around marriage equality by chronicling the landmark trial of Perry v. Schwarzenegger (now Hollingsworth v. Perry). Learn about the historical context of marriage from expert testimony. See the human cost of discrimination. Uncover the arguments used to justify bans on marriage for gay and lesbian couples. Using the actual court transcripts from the landmark federal trial of California’s Prop. 8 and first-hand interviews, 8  shows both sides of the debate in a moving 90-minute play. Alpha Psi Omega will be working with Lambda United Organization on campus as well as many resource centers in Palm Beach County. Following the performance, stick around for a Q&A with marriage equality advocates to learn more about the fight for equality in Florida. All proceeds go back to Broadway Impact. 7pm. $10. FAU-University Theatre, 777 Glades Rd; Boca Raton. For info: fau.edu/theatre

March 29
Music
Eric Clapton
Legendary Guitarist and Vocalist Eric Clapton kicked off his 50th Anniversary Tour March 14. The show features favorites as well as songs from his just released album, Old Sock, deep cuts and plenty of blues. The 22 song set list includes Hello Old Friend, Got To Get Better, Goodnight Irene, Black Cat Bone, Stones In My Passway, and Love In Vain. My Father’s Eyes, Tears In Heaven and Sunshine Of Your Love are welcomed back.  Included are older gems like I Shot The Sheriff, Layla, Crossroads and others. 8pm. $105 – $305. Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood. For info: 954.797.5531 or hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com

March 29
Music
Soul Understated
Jazz at MOCA will feature Soul Understated tonight, outside and under the stars in the MOCA Plaza. After many years of performing with various other artists, in 2008, St. Louis native Jeremy Bean Clemons and North Carolinas finest, Mavis Swan Poole, created Soul Understated. Since 2008, they have appeared at venues across the US, toured Russia, Ukraine, and collaborated with artists like Nicholas Payton, Marc Cary, Dj mikeflo, and Brian Jackson. Jazz at MOCA is South Florida’s longest running free outdoor jazz concert series the last friday of every month in the MOCA Plaza. 8pm. Free. Joan Lehman Building, 770 NE 125th St; North Miami. For info: 305-893-6211.

March 29
Dance
Songs of Spring
Songs of Spring, the latest (and 13th) collaboration between Dance NOW! Directors Diego Salterini and Hannah Baumgarten was conceived to commemorate the week shared by both Passover and Easter this year. Both holidays celebrate life’s renewal, the rejoicing of youth, the delight of the flora bursting from its hibernation and the cyclical, playful nature of the season itself. The South Beach Chamber Ensemble will accompany Dance NOW! with Mozart’s Iconic Eine kleine Nachtmusik, a work created as a party dance and one which embodies spring completely in its subtlety and its boldness. The World Premiere will erupt with all things Spring, overflowing in quirky, lively movements, in costumes from Heather Lane/Shades of Earth and a floral microcosmos set from the fervid imagination of Architect Elizabeth Camargo. $35. 8pm. The Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach. For info: dancenowmiami.org

March 29
Film
The Bourne Identity
Bandshell Movie Night in the North Shore shows The Bourne Identity. Directed by Doug Liman. With Franka Potente, Matt Damon, Chris Cooper, Clive Owen. A man is picked up by a fishing boat, bullet-riddled and without memory, then races to elude assassins and recover from amnesia.  Hang out and enjoy a movie under the stars. 7pm. Free. North Shore Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: miamibeachparks.com

March 29
Film
Caesar Must Die
A performance of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar has just ended at the theater in Rome’s Rebibbia Prison. The lights dim on the actors and they become prisoners once again as they are accompanied back to their cells. The warden and a theater director speak to the inmates about a new project, the staging of Julius Caesar in the prison. The path is long and full of anxiety, hope and play. These are the feelings accompanying the inmates at night in their prison cells after each day of rehearsal. Their angry confrontations put the show in danger. On the anticipated but feared day of opening night, the audience is numerous and diversified: inmates, actors, students, directors. $10. 7pm. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

March 30
Tour
Stiltsville, Key Biscayne & More
Enjoy this beautiful boat trip with historian Dr. Paul George to one of Miami’s hidden gems, Stiltsville, a remnant community of seven houses perched on stilts in the middle of the turquoise waters of Biscayne Bay. See the dazzling white Cape Florida Lighthouse, learn about the history of Key Biscayne and hear stories of Bikini Club parties and nefarious mobsters. Advance reservations and payment required. 9am – 11:30am. $54. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-375-1621 or historymiami.org.

March 30
Tour
Gay and Lesbian Walking Tour
The Miami Design Preservation League has joined forces with the Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau to bring you this ninety-minute guided walking tour on the fourth Saturday of each month. Tour departs from MDPL’s Art Deco Welcome Center, 1001 Ocean Drive at 10th Street. Reservations are not required. Tickets are $20. 5pm. Art Deco Welcome Center, 1001 Ocean Dr; Miami Beach. For info: 305.672.2014 or mdpl.org

March 30
Green
Spring Break Goes Green
Commissioner Michael Góngora will host a South Beach Clean Up today on the beach. Gongora is the founder of Miami Beach’s first Green Sustainability Committee.  Other organizations involved include Boucher Brothers,  ECOMB, Lee and Marie’s, Leo Club, Miami Beach Explorers, Soil Club, The Opium Group, and SofiK9.  3:30pm – 6pm.  ECOMB’s Eco Cabana, 7th St; Miami Beach. For info: 305-673-7103 or miamibeachfl.gov

March 30
Festival
Renaissance Fest
A fairy tale’s spell is set to embark upon Miami when the Florida Renaissance Festival opens tonight. Experience the Days of Yore, indulge in entertainment fun from the renaissance period, satisfy their medieval palate with authentic food fare and drinks followed by rides, and games of skill and chance. Enjoy jousting tournaments by The Freelancers; sword fights by Buckle and Swash; a high energy comedy stunt show Kamikaze Fireflies; magical illusions by Issac Fawlkes; Masala Gypsy Dancers; musical duo sensation Iron Hill Vagabonds; memorizing glassblowing demonstrations by Historical Glassworks, Royal Quest (interactive mystery and treasure hunt) and much more. $20. 10am – 7pm. Cauley Square Historic Village, 22400 Old Dixie Hwy, Miami. For info: ren- fest.com

March 30
Music
Reflections on Narcissus
Matthias Pintscher’s extraordinary talents are on display as both conductor and composer as he teams up with dynamic young cellist Joshua Roman for this second contemporary music concert of the season. Program includes Rihm: Will Sound, Henze: Symphony No. 8 and Pintscher: Reflections on Narcissus. 7:30pm. $15. New World Center, 500 17th St, Miami Beach. For info: nws.edu

March 31
Easter
Brunch Buffet
Come and celebrate Easter and enjoy the springtime magic of Fairchild. Made-to-order omelets, fresh baked croissants and fully stocked savory and sweets stations are all on the menu for this year’s Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet hosted by the award-winning Creative Tastes Catering and Events Production Company. 10:30am to 2:30pm. Fairchild, 10901 Old Cutler Rd; Coral Gables. For info: 305.667.1651 or fairchildgarden.org

March 31
Festival
Japanese Spring Fest
This free family event celebrates the culture that inspired our Japanese Garden. Come taste traditional Japanese cuisine, learn calligraphy, Origami, make kites and fans, and release your own “koi” fish into the pond! We are currently awaiting confirmation of a bonsai display and demo, courtesy of Glenn Hilton, former president of the Bonsai Society of Miami. Free. 10am. Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr; Miami Beach. For info: mbgarden.org

April 1
Poetry
Poetry Picnic
Join O, Miami as we kick of National Poetry month at Miami-Dade culinary institution El Palacio de los Jugos. Free food and tote bag to anyone who submits a poem to our That’s So Miami contest. 3 – 5pm. El Palacio de Los Jugos, 5721 W Flagler St; Miami. For info: omiami.org

April 1
Books
Jill Martin
Packed with entertaining anecdotes and sprinkled with clever illustrations, Weekend Makeover offers a collection of life-altering makeovers for body, mind, and spirit that can be accomplished in 48 hours. Jill Martin and Dana Ravich argue that me time is essential to living a more balanced, stress-free life, and show readers how to do this without feeling guilty. They tackle not only the nitty gritty details (like how to stock one’s pantry with nutritious essentials), but also guide readers into the right mindset to make the changes stick so that all it takes is one weekend to make, execute, and apply a foolproof plan to get life on track by Monday morning. Author meet and greet tonight 6pm. Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave; Bal Harbour. For info: booksandbooks.com

April 1
Books
Juanes
In the book Chasing the Sun (Celebra, $28.95), international music icon and humanitarian Juanes shares the incredible story of his life and how music and faith guided his path. This signing is special and exclusive to Books & Books and is scheduled as a book launch. Receive a copy of the book before anyone else, and join in the excitement of having it signed by Juanes in person. Purchase a copy of the book at Books & Books, available in English or Spanish, in order to enter the signing line. 6pm. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

April 2
Music
Diana Krall
Jazz pianist and vocalist Diana Krall’s extraordinary new album ‘Glad Rag Doll’ (October 2012, Verve Records) is an exhilarating and adventurous exploration of new sounds, new instrumentation and new musicians. It stars a singer and piano player, filled with mischief, humor and a renewed sense of tenderness and intimacy. Since her Grammy–winning tenth studio album Quiet Nights (Verve, 2009) was released, Krall has toured extensively on four different continents. Her South Florida appearance celebrating the Glad Rag Doll album will highlight Krall’s unique talents with music that reveals itself at a point in time where all music; swinging, rocking and taboo, collide with songs of longing, solace and regret. New and old fans alike will be captivated in this incredible evening of music by one of the worlds’ most beloved jazz artists. 8pm. $55- $125. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

April 2
Books
Benjamin Patton
The grandson of the legendary World War II general George S. Patton Jr., documentary filmmaker Benjamin Patton explores his family history and shares the inspirational wit and wisdom that his grandfather bestowed upon his only son and namesake. Growing Up Patton: Reflections on Heroes, History and Family Wisdom co-written with Jennifer Scruby (a former editor at Elle and Vogue) features some of the pivotal figures in Benjamin’s father’s life, including Creighton Abrams, the WWII hero who became his greatest mentor; Charley Watkins, a daredevil helicopter pilot in Vietnam; Manfred Rommel, the son of German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel; Joanne Patton, the author’s mother and a resourceful fighter in her own right; and Benjamin’s mentally challenged brother, George. 8pm. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

April 2
Theatre
Priscilla Queen of the Desert
The spectacular show Priscilla Queen of the Desert, tells the uplifting story of a trio of friends on a road trip of a lifetime, who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship in the middle of the Australian outback and end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed. An international hit with more than 500 dazzling, 2011 Tony Award-winning costumes, Priscilla features a hit parade of dance-floor favorites including It’s Raining Men, Finally and I Will Survive. 8pm. Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

April 3
Social
History Trivia Night
Can you sing the lyrics to Shake, Shake, Shake? Do you know the year Miami was incorporated, or the name of the mother of Miami? Then gather a team of friends or come on your own to compete on a team for prizes. Join Dr. Paul George for a fun night of pop culture and historical trivia in conjunction with Wine Down Wednesday. Advance registration and payment required. Includes food and drink. Register a team: $20. Individual: $15. 6:30pm – 8:30pm. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-375-1621 or historymiami.org.

April 3
Books
John Mackey
co-founder and co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, John Mackey will discuss and sign his new book  Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business tonight in the Gables. Mackey has led the natural and organic grocer as it has grown from a single store in Austin, Texas, founded in 1978, to an $11 billion Fortune 300 company, and a top U.S. supermarket with more than 340 stores and 70,000 Team Members worldwide. While devoting his career to helping shoppers satisfy their lifestyle needs with high quality natural and organic foods, Mackey has also focused on building a more conscious way of doing business. For 15 consecutive years, Fortune magazine has included Whole Foods Market on its 100 Best Companies to Work For list. Mackey has been the visionary for many successful programs at the core of the market. He founded Whole Planet Foundation, Local Producer Loan Program, Global Animal Partnership and the Health Starts Here initiative. He cut his pay to $1 in 2006 and continues to work for Whole Foods Market out of a passion to see the business realize its potential for deeper purpose, for the joy of leading a great company, and to answer the call to service he feels in his heart. 7:30pm. Free. Coral Gables Congregational Church, 3010 De Soto Blvd; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

April 3
Music
New Music Miami Festival
New Video and Electronic Music with the FIU New Music Ensemble and FLEA Ensemble with with video art projected on the Frost Art Museum wall. New Video and Music with Electronics Program Camera Oscura for percussion and electronics, Chester Udell FIU New Music Ensemble, FIU Laptop Ensemble FLEA (FIU Laptop & Electro-Acoustic) Ensemble is FIU’s newest musical group. The group performs exciting new work and reinterprets classics of the avant-garde by combining hi-fi and lo-fi technologies. Each piece offers new ways of (re)interpreting technology with or without the aid of acoustic instruments or objects. The group’s repetoire has included pieces by Kristine H. Burns, Alvin Lucier, David Dunn, Doug Van Nort, Paula Matthusen, Orlando Garica, Pauline Oliveros, Jacob David Sudol, Gustavo Matamoros, Juraj Kojs, Eliot Sharp, Erik DeLuca, and Samuel Pluta. Frost Art Museum, 10975 SW 17th St; Miami. For info: 305-348-0496 or livethearts.com.

April 3
Film
Quantum of Solace
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 Quantum of Solace Directed by Marc Forster. Starring Mathieu Amalric, Daniel Craig. James Bond descends into mystery as he tries to stop a mysterious organization from eliminating a country’s most valuable resource. All the while, he still tries to seek revenge over the death of his love.   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

April 4
Dance
Ballet Etoile
The House of Bernarda Alba from Ballet Etoile. This contemporary ballet drama is adapted from Federico Garcia Lorca’s last play, La Casa de Bernarda Alba. A story about a domineering matriarch, Bernarda Alba and her daughters. The tension, beauty, discipline, jealousy and tyranny, all within one household, will trigger every emotion. This performance shows how realism can be elevated to a different level, dance. An extraordinary evening of poetry in movement. 8pm. $29. – $33. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center,

April 4
Poetry
Open Mic Reading #1
Are you a poet? Would you like to read at O, Miami 2013? Come to our first open mic reading, hosted by the festival hotel, The Betsy-South Beach. First-come, first-serve. 4 – 7pm. BBar at The Betsy-South Beach, 1440 Ocean Dr; Miami Beach. For info: omiami.org

April 4
Art
Christoph Morlinghaus: Places Where I Did Time
The first Miami solo exhibition of the work of photographer Christoph Morlinghaus will feature a selection of his recent work. Curated by Stephan Goettlicher, Christoph Morlinghaus: Places Where I Did Time is on view opens tonight in downtown Miami. Morlinghaus is known for his exploration of the use of space and of meaning in architecture and landscape. Among his best-known works are his explorations of iconic modernist architecture and mid-century ecclesiastical architecture. His images, the result of what he calls straight photography, are produced using an 8×10 camera, color negative film, natural light, long exposure times, and no computer enhancement. The exhibit is organized in sections: the first floor showcases large-scale optical C-prints of churches from his series Form/Faith. A separate small space on that floor, originally a vault, displays images of an abandoned building that belonged to IG Farben, the German chemical conglomerate involved in war crimes during World War II. Displayed on the exhibition’s second floor are seventeen archival pigment prints that explore a range of landscapes from manmade to natural. Additionally, there is a grouping of small scans of Polaroids shot in Bogota in 2010 and 2011 as part of Impossible, an initiative that keeps analog instant photography alive by manufacturing new and innovative types of film. Morlinghaus used the legendary Polaroid Land SX-70 camera for these images; some of his originals were acquired by WestLicht Museum of Photography (Vienna), which also acquired the International Polaroid Collection in 2011. Through Thursday, April 18, 2013. Opening Reception tonight with the artist 6:30pm – 10pm. Miami’s Security Building, 117 NE 1 Ave; Miami. For info: stephan-goettlicher.com

April 4
Food
The Garden Market
The Garden Market is a weekly farmers market that will take place rain or shine. Vendors from The Market Company will be selling homemade pastas and pastries, farm-fresh fruits and veggies, hot gyros, sandwiches, and more! The Market is not just for shopping, there will be weekly 45 minute, yoga classes at 12:30pm.  Weekly gardening workshops will also be on the agenda, at 11am & again at 4pm. Today’s workshop is on starting plants by seeds. Learn when it’s a good idea, and when it’s not. Don’t miss the plant sale and an orchid exchange: Trade in your current orchid for a $5 coupon off a new one in bloom. 11am – noon.  $10. Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr; Miami Beach. For info: mbgarden.org

April 4
Tour
Art Deco Office Lobbies
Join guide Michael Pearlman on a walking tour of Miami’s beautiful historic office lobbies, including the 1927 Chicago-style Ingraham Building, and the 1939 Moderne Alfred duPont Building with its brass flamingo elevator doors and other Art Deco embellishments. Advance reservations and payment required. 11am – 1pm. $25. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-375-1621 or historymiami.org.

 

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