March 6 to March 13

england-flag-flag-180560183 copyMarch 6
Festival
Brit Week
BritWeek Miami, the annual celebration of British culture and industry excellence in South Florida, kicks-off its series of events today throughout Miami and Miami Beach. Developed to highlight the achievements and impact of British business in Florida, BritWeek Miami opens with the GREAT Business Innovation Awards Gala tonight 6:30pm. at The Viceroy Hotel in downtown Miami. In addition to the four signature business events being held, BritWeek Miami also has a Bucks Fizz Reception at Britto Central on Lincoln Rd; Friday, March 7th, 11am-1pm.; Miami Beach Polo Afternoon Tea at The Lord Balfour Hotel, Saturday, March 8th, 3–5:30pm; BritWeek Sunday in Coral Gables, Sunday, March 9th; MIFF screening of Dom Hemingway at Coral Gables Art Cinema and British Theater at Actors Playhouse production of Monty Python’s SPAMALOT. For info: britweek.org

March 6
Theatre
Appalachian Squall
The Eighth annual Miami Made Festival, featuring a weeklong showcase of new works-in-progress created and performed by a roster of Miami-based artists across multiple disciplines, opens with Appalachian Squall. Produced, created and directed by Shira Abergnal, Appalachian Squall is a prohibition-era cautionary tale about love, pain, and alcoholism. Utilizing old archival & new film footage projections, original music, live performance, and the heartbeat of Appalachian culture – (live) traditional mountain music, this piece creates a black and white theatre/silent film experience you will never forget. “Appalachian Squall” is inspired by the grit of mountain life, the strength of mountain folk, and the stories and ballads of mountain music, whose sometimes festive, sometimes harrowing melodies and themes capture the romance and anguish of love and alcoholism. Featuring- Shira Abergel & Jameson Hammond. 7:30pm. Free. Carnival Studio Theater, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

March 6
film
Cinema Judaica: The War Years, 1939 – 1949
This unprecedented exhibition of iconic Hollywood film posters from 1939-1949 illustrates how the motion picture industry countered America’s isolationism, advocated going to war against the Nazis, influenced post-war perceptions of the Jewish people and the founding of the State of Israel, and shaped the face of contemporary Jewish life. The exhibition begins with the Hollywood studios’ compliance with the Nazis’ control of the motion picture industry in Germany, the ban on Jews from employment within it, and their restrictions on the American distribution of films shown in German and throughout Europe. Only one studio, Warner Brothers, refused to comply with any of Goebbel’s demands and withdrew from the German market. Following the war, there were “Exodus” films addressing the attempt by European war refugees to build their lives and cultures after the Holocaust. Included are posters from classic films such as: Gentleman’s Agreement, Confessions of a Nazi Spy, and The Great Dictator. Through August 24. Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, 301 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305.672.5044 or jmof.fiu.edu

March 6
Tour
Wynwood Graffiti Tour with Brandon Opalka
Take a tour of the magnificent and world-renowned artistic graffiti that has taken over every surface in Wynwood. Local graffiti artist Brandon Opalka will lead the tour of the neighborhood’s murals. Opalka has been contributing to the graffiti scene in Wynwood since the early 1990′s and his vibrant, wall sized works have brought him local and international attention. 4pm – 7:30pm. $10. MOCA, 770 NE 125th St; North Miami. For info: mocanomi.org

March 7
Film
Lawrence of Arabia
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 Lawrence of Arabia. Directed by David Lean. With Peter O’Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn. A flamboyant and controversial British military figure and his conflicted loyalties during his World War I service in the Middle East.  8pm. Free. Exostage at Miami Beach SoundScape, 500 17 St; Miami Beach. For info: mbculture.com

March 7
Film
Beetle Juice
Bandshell Movie Night in the North Shore shows Beetle Juice. A couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a “bio-exorcist” in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house. Director: Tim Burton. Starring: Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis and Michael Keaton. 7pm. Hang out and enjoy a movie under the stars. 7pm. Free. North Shore Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: miamibeachparks.com

March 7
Music
The London Souls – Kid Rock Cruise Afterparty
The London Souls’ celebrated sound and spirit draws significant influence from the driving force of British rock pioneers Cream and Led Zeppelin, to billowing and bouncing funk and soul, to the layered harmonies and memorable hooks of The Beatles and The Hollies, to the contemporary psychedelia of My Morning Jacket among many more. $10. 10pm. Will Call Miami, 700 NE Second Ave; Miami. For info:  305-577-5900

March 7
Film
MIFF
The Miami International Film Festivalkicks off its 31st edition of the annual 10-day event, tonight. Premiering at this year’s Festival will be 93 feature films and 28 short films from 38 countries, participating in competition and non-competition categories. The Festival will open with the North American premiere of Elsa & Fred directed by Michael Radford. Radford previously attended MIFF in 2008. Oscar winners Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer play the titular characters originated by China Zorrilla and Manuel Alexandre in this remake of the beloved 2008 release of the Argentine/Spanish film of the same name.  Also in the cast are Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden; as well as George Segal, Chris Noth, James Brolin, Wendell Pierce, Jaime Camil and Osvaldo Rios. A Patron 3-D Gala Party at the Historic Alfred I. Dupont Building will unfold after the Opening Night screening of Elsa & Fred. Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, 174 E Flagler St; Miami. For info: miamifilmfestival.com

March 7
Film
MIFF: THE CHICAGO PROJECT X Fashion Outlets of Chicago
Miami International Film Festival premieres 11 short films documenting a project by a group of nationally and internationally renowned artists commissioned by The Arts Initiative and curated by Miami-based Primary Projects. The films are produced by Grela Orihuela and directed by Bill Bilowit of Miami’s Wet Heat Project. The Chicago Project X Fashion Outlets of Chicago chronicles the development of the largest new public art exhibition in America. Launched by The Arts Initiative in 2013 and curated by Primary Projects, The Chicago Project brings the work of an array of nationally and internationally renowned artists to the world’s newest luxury outlet shopping destination, the 500,000 square foot Fashion Outlets of Chicago in Rosemont, Illinois next to O’Hare International Airport. This series of shorts captures the all the energy, industry and joy of creating and installing 20 large-scale pieces of art in a commercial environment. Each of the 11 films individually document work created for The Arts Initiative project by artists Daniel Arsham, Bhakti Baxter, Jim Drain, Friendswithyou, Cody Hudson, Alvaro Ilizarbe, Andrew Nigon, Kenton Parker, Bert Rodriguez, Jen Stark and Austyn Weiner. The 11 documentary shorts are programmed to individually precede the documentary feature films competing in MIFF’s Knight Documentary Competition program.

March 7
Music
Chita: A Legendary Celebration
Come celebrate the one and only Chita Rivera in a unique solo concert event celebrating the Broadway legend’s 80th Birthday! The two-time Tony Award winner will recreate signature moments from her legendary career including numbers from West Side Story; Sweet Charity; Chicago; Kiss of the Spider Woman; Bye, Bye, Birdie and The Rink. In addition to a special tribute to her dear friends John Kander & Fred Ebb, the timeless music of Leonard Bernstein, Charles Strouse, Jerry Herman and Stephen Sondheim will also be featured, with live accompaniment. 8pm. $49.50. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th Street Aventura. For info: aventuracenter.org

March 7
Books
India’s Elephants
Annette Bonnier is a documentary photographer who traveled throughout India over a 3 year period photographing the lives of domesticated and wild elephants. She has focused on a society, which revels in the joyous magnificence and spiritual presence as well as the hardships of an amazing animal. She has captured the world surrounding their lives delicately interwoven in Indian Society. This collection of photographs is a cultural documentation of this complex and majestic animal, with its intelligence, intricate social hierarchy, and highly evolved communication skills, and is caught in a changing world between the past and the future. The images guide us through villages, temples, logging camps and circuses where elephants labor, delight and inspire worshipers and tourists to the final image of the Lord Ganesh, a spiritual culmination of a cycle between man and beast. Bonnier will sign and discuss her book tonight. 6:30pm. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

March 7
Music
Zoso The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience
Zoso The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience formed in 1995 to perform the most accurate and captivating Led Zeppelin live show since the real thing. Each band member’s mastery of authentic vintage instruments coupled with spot-on vocals, guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards, their compelling stage persona and distinct Led Zeppelin sound, with astounding visual imagery recreates the music, magic, and mystery of a Zeppelin concert. Whether you never saw Zeppelin live, or are looking to relive the Hammer of the Gods phenomenon, check out what the the most exacting of the Zeppelin tribute bands in existence. 8pm. $38.69 – $81.09. Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St, Fort Lauderdale. For info: 954-462-0222

March 7
Dance
Open Barre: Chutes and Ladders
26-year old Justin Peck is a Soloist and choreographer with New York City Ballet, and is already hailed as a leading voice in 21st-century choreography. Tonight’s performance will feature Peck’s Chutes and Ladders – the first work he created for Miami City Ballet – and performance excerpts of his other notable works. Learn about the artistic process behind constructing a modern ballet. Enjoy complimentary wine and soft drinks 30 minutes prior to curtain, and get up close and personal with Justin and the dancers in the 200-seat intimate studio theater. $35. 7pm. Miami City Ballet, 2100 Liberty Ave; Miami Beach. For info: miamicityballet.org

March 7
Film
The Birdcage
Head to Pinecrest Gardens this Weekend for Outrageous Comedy during Cult Film Friday. Tonight’s flick is The Birdcage. Armand Goldman owns a popular “drag” nightclub in South Miami Beach. His long-time partner Albert headlines the club’s show. “Their” son Val (actually Armand’s son by a heterosexual fling, twenty years before) comes home to announce his engagement to Barbara Keely, daughter of Kevin Keely, US Senator, and vice president of the Committee for Moral Order. The Senator and family descend upon South Beach to meet Val and his father and “mother…” and what ensues is comic chaos. In celebration of “Pride” come experience this “classic” comedy adaption of the famous French Musical, La Cage Aux Folles. Come early and take a stroll through the gardens. Simple refreshments available. $5. 8pm. Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 S Red Rd; Miami. For info: pinecrest-fl.gov/gardens

March 7
Theatre
Crimes of the Heart
At the core of the tragic comedy are the three MaGrath sisters, Meg, Babe, and Lenny, who reunite at Old Granddaddy’s home in Hazlehurst, Mississippi after Babe shoots her abusive husband. Winner of the Tony Award, the Drama Circle Award, and the Pulitzer Prize, Crimes of the Heart is considered one of the finest plays in the American Theatre. Through March 30. 8pm. Miami Beach Stage Door Theatre, 500 71st St; Miami Beach. For info: 305.397.8977 or miamibeachstage.org

March 7
Festival
12th Annual International Orchid Festival
Choose from over 10,000 orchid plants from vendors from around the world. Explore the wonder of orchids during the garden workshops and walking tours. Marvel at rare orchid species in the American Orchid Society juried show, presented by the Orchid Society of Coral Gables. Enjoy wonderful food and live entertainment. Or Kids at the Kidway. Did you know vanilla comes from the vanilla orchid that is found in tropical rainforests? head to the Kidway to discover what other tasty treats and products come from the rainforest. We will have educational displays, arts & crafts, face painting and more. 9:30am -  4:30pm. Fairchild Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd; Coral Gables. For info: fairchildgarden.org

March 7
Film
The Great Beauty
Journalist Jep Gambardella (the dazzling Toni Servillo, Il divo and Gomorrah) has been a permanent fixture in Rome’s literary and social circles since the legendary success of his one and only novel. Armed with a roguish charm, he has seduced his way through the city’s lavish night life for decades, but when his 65th birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. (In Italian with English subtitles). $10. 9:10pm. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

March 7
Art
Marking the Millennium: 21st Century Miami Architecture
In Miami, the turn of the millennium was marked by a construction boom like none before. The skyline filled with tower cranes, their gawky angular forms spelling out a message that was at once promising and disturbing – growth and change, whether for the better or the worse. Building by building, a new Miami was emerging. We have witnessed a rebirth of sorts with new civic, cultural, educational and commercial buildings that would define public life for this century and beyond with architecture that was both imported and home-grown. Cities are defined by architecture, and Miami is no exception. This original exhibition features architectural photography, plans, models and videos representing a selection of post-2000 Greater Miami buildings. Curated by architecture critic and author Beth Dunlop. Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: coralgablesmuseum.org

March 7
Theatre
I Know What I Am and I Am Not What You Call Me
The Eighth annual Miami Made Festival will host an Original Play Reading of  I Know What I Am and I Am Not What You Call Me tonight. This is a powerful story of hope, redemption and restoration written by Miami native son, Jonathan Spikes and Shanteria Griglen. This play addresses the difficult subject of childhood sexual abuse and the resulting confusion it caused in an African American household. An awe inspiring drama about relinquishing the shame of being abused and accepting oneself even if society is reluctant to do so. The result is an arresting portrait of hope and the true meaning of being a survivor and McBlessed child of God. Playwright: Jonathan Spikes, Lyrics: Maribeth Graham and Music: Dana P. Rowe.  7:30pm. Free. Carnival Studio Theater, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

March 8
Lecture
War Horse Pre-Show Lecture & Demonstration
Open to all War Horse ticket holders is a lecture and demonstration on the inner workings of War Horse. Moderated by the cast and crew of the Tony-winning play, War Horse ticket holder will learn about the novel adaptation, and the masters of puppetry who created the life-sized puppets. 11:30am. $20. Peacock Foundation Studio, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

March 8
Dance
Erika Moon’s Burlesque Magnifique
Step into a world of spectacular glamour and tease as you venture through the eras of seduction with Burlesque Magnifique, a new concept that fuses the art of the tease with entertainment. A truly spectacular Burlesque  revue to a Live jazz Band. A 90min. journey into the art of seduction as each performer draws you into their sizzling world. Each month a new local and international cast leads a mesmerizing journey through the ages, highlighting burlesque as it was in its heyday. 9pm. $62.25. Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: fillmoremb.com

March 8
Kids
Family Fun Day: Bahamian Culture
Enjoy free things to do, learn, and experience with the whole family at the museum! Celebrate Bahamian traditions and participate in an interactive junkanoo performance, try Bahamian foods, play with musical instruments, and enjoy craft activities. Free. 1pm – 4pm. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: historymiami.org

March 8
Dance
The Diaspora Womens Dance Festival
The Festival is a womanist exploration and meditation of movement and expression that narrates a distinct female experience across cultures. The aim of the festival is to provide collaboration and engagement between dancers, students and audiences to interrogate questions of power and agency, gendered spaces and the common movement language found across cultures. A weekend of dance workshops that integrates spirituality, empowerment and global connections from Turkey, China, Egypt and the Americas takes place at Belly2Abs dance studio in Miami and taught by visiting artist Kaeshi Chai. The culminating performance produced by the Art’s at St. Johns, highlights the interdisciplinary and cross cultural work of international artists Kaeshi Chai and Tiffany Madera and speaks to the organizations’ mission to present artists whose work is focused on social justice and equality. Featured dancers include Kaeshi Chai guest artists Hanan, Michelle Grant Murray and Olujimi Dance company, Valerick, Francesca Sahar, and Alicia BellyCraft, Emergence and others. $30. Arts at St Johns, 4760 Pinetree Dr; Miami Beach. For info: artsatstjohns.com

March 8
Kids
Ai Weiwei Animals
Discover Ai Weiwei’s majestic Chinese Zodiac Heads on the west terrace as you approach the PAMM’s entrance. Can you identify each creature? Join PAMM’s teaching artists on the south terrace to create zodiac sundials (based on an historic palace garden sundial with zodiac animals that inspired Ai Weiwei) and animal puppets. 1pm – 4pm. PAMM, 1103 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: pamm.org

March 8
Music
Will Calhoun Ensemble
Before winning two Grammys as a member of the groundbreaking rock group Living Colour, Will Calhoun was an accomplished jazz drummer, having graduated with honors from Berklee School of Music. After an immersion in African rhythms and electronica, Will returns to his jazz roots with his core trio that features the virtuosic bassist Charnett Moffett and rising keyboard star, Marc Cary, augmented by jazz luminaries alto saxophonist Marcus Strickland and trumpeter Brian Lynch. The results are thrilling as a recent stint at the Blue Note in New York established. 8pm. $40. Miniaci Performing Arts Center, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd; Ft. Lauderdale. For info: southfloridajazz.org

March 8
Music
Tomatito Sextet
Sextet is one of the foremost flamenco guitarists today and a four-time Grammy Award winner. His charismatic personality and an unrelenting commitment to the proliferation of flamenco music have brought Sextet worldwide recognition, including collaborations with the great cantaores (Enrique Morente, La Susi, Vicente Soto and José Menese) as well as global stars, such as Elton John, Frank Sinatra, and Chick Corea. He has written film and theatre scores and appeared in the movie Devil’s Advocate with Al Pacino. His return engagement to the Arsht Center will surely be a feast for the ears. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

March 8
Dance
Sleeping Beauty
Ballet Etudes celebrates the start of their 40th Anniversary Season Presenting the classics with the renowned favorite Sleeping Beauty. Guest Artists Laura Valentin and Jose Rodriguez Principal Dancers from Balleteatro Nacional de Puerto Rico will perform the leading roles. A special appearance by Prima Ballerina Dagmar Moradillos in the role of Carabosse the evil fairy; along with soloist and corps de ballet will grace the stage at the Colony Theatre. The production will have over 50 dancers on stage, lavish  costumes and beautiful scenery to depict this beloved fairy tale with Tchaikovsky’s spectacular music. 8pm. Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach. For info: colonytheatremiamibeach.com

March 8
Music
Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
alli & The Four Seasons perform at Hard Rock Live tonight. Valli, who came to fame in 1962 as the lead singer of the Four Seasons, is hotter than ever in the 21st century. Thanks to the volcanic success of the Tony-winning musical Jersey Boys, which chronicles the life and times of Frankie and his legendary group, such classic songs as Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like a Man, Rag Doll, and Can’t Take My Eyes Off You are all the rage all over again. 8pm. $39 – $69. Hard Rock,  Seminole Way; Hollywood. For info: hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com

March 8
Books
You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty
A brilliantly funny exploration of the twin mysteries of parenthood and families from the Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times–bestselling author of Insane City. In uproarious, brand-new pieces, Barry tackles everything from family trips, bat mitzvah parties and dating (he’s serious about that title: “When my daughter can legally commence dating—February 24, 2040—I intend to monitor her closely, even if I am deceased”) to funeral instructions (“I would like my eulogy to be given by William Shatner”), the differences between male and female friendships, the deeper meaning of Fifty Shades of Grey, and a father’s ultimate sacrifice: accompanying his daughter to a Justin Bieber concert (“It turns out that the noise teenaged girls make to express happiness is the same noise they would make if their feet were being gnawed off by badgers”). 8pm. Barry will sign and discuss his book tonight. Coral Gables Congregational Church, 3010 De Soto Blvd; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

March 8
Music
Beethoven on the Beach
Orchestra Miami brings Beethoven to the Beach today. Perfect weather to gaze at the ocean while jamming to classical. Bleacher seating available, or bring your own lawn chair. Concessions available or bring a picnic. Free. 8pm. North Shore Park Band Shell, 7250 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: orchestramiami.org

March 8
Theatre
Better Than Damn Good
The Eighth annual Miami Made Festival will host an Original Play Reading of  Better Than Damn Good  tonight. From the creators of the West End hit, Witches of Eastwick, and the award-winning Zoetic Stage comes a new musical about the path to happiness. Today is the first day of the rest of Leigh Russo’s life! Today her divorce is final. All that her best friend, Aaron, has to do is help Leigh find her confidence to pick up her life and move on- and put everything together for a big divorce party.  Aaron has friends to help him make this day truly special for leigh but can they meet his high expectations and will Leigh accidentally find her own path to happiness? Better than Damn Good is a musical comedy that is contemporary in its foresight and old fashioned in its heart.  The musical is examination of relationships—of all kinds. Playwright Stuart Melzer, Lyrics Maribeth Graham and Music Dana P. Rowe. 7:30pm. Free. Carnival Studio Theater, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

March 8
Dance
Doctor Ouch!
Doctor Ouch! returns to the stage to entertain audiences of all ages. The perfect introduction to the ballet, this production tells the tale of a doctor who travels to faraway Africa to help his animal friends, where he experiences unbelievable adventures. The story is based on a book by the most-loved children’s poet in Russia, Kornei Chukovsky. Outstanding professional dancers from Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida perform the principal roles accompanied by a group of young and talented dancers. $25. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St; Aventura. For info: artsballettheatre.org

March 8
Music
Jon Batiste And Stay Human
The talk of the modern jazz world, with his unique voice, virtuosic piano chops and dapper sense of style, Jon Batiste transcends music genres and has ignited the music scene. Raised among the sounds and rhythms of New Orleans, Batiste comes from a renowned lineage of performers. He is founder and leader of the Stay Human Band, a modern jazz ensemble noted for their world-class music, high energy and uplifting spirit. 8pm. $25 – $46. SMDCAC, 10950 SW 211 St; Cutler Bay. For info: smdcac.org or 786-573-5300

March 9
Music
Max Raabe & Palast Orchestra
With faultlessly fitting tuxedos, hair slicked back, and a cheeky look, Max Raabe and his orchestra  perform the best of ’20s and early ’30s dance, film and cabaret music—Cuban rumbas, cheerful foxtrots, elegant tangos—with amusing and somewhat ironic nostalgia. In the sold-out concert halls of New York, Shanghai, Paris, Berlin and Moscow, in Tokyo, Los Angeles, and Vienna, audiences celebrate Raabe and the orchestra  with standing ovations. Raabe is also an example of that most unexpected quality – German humor.  He assures us that: “All Germans are well aware that we have an international reputation for discipline, organization and efficiency – but no sense of humor.”  Raabe is an exception to the rule. From the mesmerizing melodies to the hysterical comedy, Raabe andhis orchestra offer nothing less than an unparalleled experience. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

March 9
Tour
Jewish History Coach
Join HistoryMiami guide Sylvia Gurinsky and trace the history of Greater Miami’s Jewish community. Visit the historic Congregations of Beth David and Temple Emmanu- El, and tour Miami Beach’s emotional Holocaust Memorial, designed by Kenneth Treister. Tour commences at HistoryMiami where you can enjoy a complementary visit with the purchase of this tour. Advanced reservations and payment required. $45. 10am – 12pm. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: historymiami.org

March 9
Kids
Tales and Tails
Symphony of the Americas will take you on an orchestral exploration of the animal kingdom through a variety of musical repertoire, each focusing on a different animal–from elephants and lions to bumble bees and birds. This concert will feature works from Ravel’s “Conversations of Beauty and the Beast,” “The Elephant” from Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saëns and “On the Trail” from the Grand Canyon Suite by Grofé. Don’t miss your chance to be part of a musical investigation of animal communication. Arrive early to the I. Lorraine Thomas Lobby in the Amaturo Theater for a very special Instrument Petting Zoo sponsored by All County Music. Students will be introduced to various orchestra instruments and invited to touch, hold, and play them under a few certified instructor’s supervision. Don’t worry these instruments might bark but they won’t bite. 11am & 1pm. $15 – $25. Broward Center, 201 SW 5th Ave; Fort Lauderdale. For info: browardcenter.org

March 9
Tour
Street Art by Bike
PAMM Contemporaries Art Crawl tonight is Street Art by Bike. Take a guided bike tour of the latest murals in the Wynwood arts district with artist Danny Fila. Post-ride reception to follow. 3pm – 6pm. Wynwood Arts District. For info: pamm.org

March 9
Social
7th Annual Les Dames d’Escoffier Tropical Brunch in the Garden
Les Dames d’Escoffier Miami is an organization of women leaders in food, wine, hospitality and farming that draws on membership’s resources and skills to improve education, nutrition and quality of life in South Florida. Dine in a casual and tropical setting at the annual brunch hosted in the Garden. Sample and enjoy culinary creations from celebrity chefs, restaurants, and exquisite gourmet shops. Watch cooking demos from Les Dames, and taste the student’s stations creations from Mast Academy, Miami Culinary Institute and other local standouts. Fabulous Food, Delicious Drinks, Tropical Setting, Casual Attire and Live Music. 11am – 2pm. $55. Miami Beach Botanical Gardens, 2000 Convention Center Dr; Miami Beach. For info: mbgarden.org

March 9
Theatre
Two-Merz
The Eighth annual Miami Made Festival will host an Original Play Reading of  Two-Merz tonight. A dark comedy about brothers with cancer from the guys that brought you “Brothers Beckett” and “Small Membership. After the recent death of their father to cancer, the Merz brothers think it’s a good idea to get checked out, just in case.  They soon learn that both of them have terminal cancer. “Two-Merz” is about how their family and loved ones deal with this incredibly bizarre and tragic news. Playwright: Mark Dellaventura, Gabe Hammad and David Michael Sirois. Lyrics by Maribeth Graham and Music by Dana P. Rowe. 4pm. Free. Carnival Studio Theater, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

March 9
Dance
Hit Parade 2014
Cathy Dooley presents The Original Florida Follies in the all-new Broadway-style stage extravaganza “Hit Parade 2014.” Don’t miss this show-stopping performance for people of all ages! Comprised of former New York and Las Vegas dancers and other show business professionals age 60 to 90-plus years young, The Original Florida Follies performs for its 14th year in this high energy musical review. As a charitable organization, The Original Florida Follies financially assists South Florida children in-need through the proceeds from the shows. All the performers volunteer their time and talent to generously support this noble cause. 1:45pm. $29.50. Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St, Fort Lauderdale. For info: 954-462-0222 or parkerplayhouse.com

March 11
Film
Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story
Karim and Hebba are a young, happily married couple in Egypt. Karim is just about to be appointed as editor-in-chief of the top governmental newspaper. Hebba is the hostess of highly rated TV program focused on female victims. Karim is told that he will only be appointed if his wife avoids political topics. Persuading her to do programs on ordinary people instead, her non-political stories will have an impact no one suspected. Hosted by Shelly Isaacs who will introduce the film and lead a post-screening discussion. 7pm. 10. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St; Aventura. For info: aventuracenter.org

March 11
Theatre
Dead Man Walking
To help increase human rights awareness, the Miami Dade College (MDC) North Campus Pen Players will present the long-awaited play Dead Man Walking. The work is based on the New York Times bestselling book Dead Man Walking, by humanitarian and anti-death penalty activist Sister Helen Prejean. For more than two decades, Sister Prejean has devoted her life to educating individuals about the death penalty and mentoring inmates on death row.  Her book, Dead Man Walking, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and earned number one ranking on the New York Times best-seller list for 31 consecutive weeks and was adapted into an opera, play and a major Oscar-winning motion picture starring award-winning actors Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. Prejean’s humanitarian work inspired her second book, The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions, as well as River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey. Similarly, the Human Rights Committee at MDC North Campus promotes co-curricular programming in a diversity of areas related to social justice and human rights in an effort to increase awareness on the importance of equality and inclusion of all persons. The Campus has hosted Sister Prejean on several occasions, including a lecture and literary development workshop held in November. 11am. Free. Lehman Theatre, For info: mdc.edu.

March 11
Workshop
Partnerships That Work
All across the country, today’s most innovative businesses are using the arts to help them meet some of their most difficult and vital objectives. In a recent survey conducted by Americans for the Arts, corporate giving increased 18 percent in 2013. Why do companies partner with the arts?  To build market share, enhance their brand, provide networking opportunities with potential customers and clients, to engage their employees and to strengthen the quality of life in their community. Join us to hear from a panel developed by the Arts & Business Council to discover how successful arts-partnerships are the new win-win for businesses today. Moderator Noelle A. Galperin is a Senior Strategy & Marketing Consultant with twenty years of operational marketing and general management experience. She has a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Wellesley College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Noelle began her career with the Colgate-Palmolive Company, in international brand management in New York, Manila and Mexico City. Post-MBA, as the Principal of Galperin Associates, she has worked closely with the CEOs and founders of early-stage companies in a number of operational roles to formulate strategic plans, catalyze business development and create breakthrough marketing communication programs. Noelle has worked closely with the Arts & Business Council and currently serves on our Board of Trustees and the Miami Arts Marketing Project steering committee. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

March 11
Music
Classical Passion
Dominican-born Aisha Syed became the first Latina to have been admitted at the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin School. She now enjoys an ever-maturing career performing throughout the world. Recently awarded the 2013 Soberano Award as International Classical Artist of the Year as well as the 2009 Casandra Award and Latin Pride National Award. Syed performs on a 1690 Stradivarius violin and an Antonius Pelizon violin provided by Florian Leonhard Fine Violins. She will be performing the stunning violin concerto by L. V. Beethoven. 8:15pm. $50 – $75. Broward Center, 201 SW 5th Ave; Fort Lauderdale. For info: browardcenter.org

March 11
Performance
The Peking Acrobats
This troupe of China’s most gifted tumblers, contortionists, jugglers, cyclists and gymnasts perform amazing feats of daring with masterful skill and grace. Entertaining to sold-out audiences around the world, The Peking Acrobats expertly perform trick-cycling, precision tumbling, somersaulting and gymnastics and execute unbelievable maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs. Don’t miss what the Seattle Times calls “amazing and stunning and breathtaking and WOW!” Fun for the whole family. 11am $7. Broward Center, 201 SW 5th Ave; Fort Lauderdale. For info: browardcenter.org

March 12
Music
Fire and Embers
Fiery Prince Edward Island fiddler Richard Wood has lit up a lot of stages from Carnegie Hall with the Chieftains, to David Letterman with Shania Twain; from North America to Europe, Japan and Australia. Over the years, Wood has graced the stage for Royalty – the Queen of England, the Emperor of Japan, and Canada’s Governors General. Most recently, he performed for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their Canadian visit to his home Province. Gordon Belsher brings a glowing warmth to the stage with a gentle charm that has become his trademark. His solo CD’s have been nominated for Canada’s East Coast Music Awards. As accompanist and featured vocalist with Wood, Belsher has toured extensively across Canada, the U.S., the U.K., Europe, Australia, and performed as part of the cultural delegation for Team Canada in Tokyo, Japan in 1999. Over the last few years, the two have been performing and touring as a duo. Enthusiastic audiences have been taken on a roller coaster ride of exhilarating, even exhausting, jigs and reels, strathspeys and hornpipes, along with beautiful airs composed by Richard himself. This is complimented by Belsher’s engaging songs, some humorous and some poignant, warming things up for the next fiddle blaze. 8pm. $25. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St; Aventura. For info: aventuracenter.org

March 12
Lecture
Vinyl as a Medium
Composer John Van Der Slice–former professor of composition at the University of Miami–will explore the audible nature of vinyl as a medium in a listening club session selected from LPs in his gigantic record collection of contemporary music. 7pm – 9pm. Audiotheque @ ArtCenter, 924 Lincoln Rd ; Studio 201, Miami Beach. For info: artcentersf.org

March 12
Books
Body Toxic: An Environmental Memoir
The Green Book Club meets the second Wednesday of the month to discuss the previous month’s read. Come join the group for a conversation about Body Toxic: An Environmental Memoir by Susanne Antonetta. This book was reviewed with enthusiasm by Michael Pollan (The Botany of Desire, The Omnivore’s Dillema) in The New York Times. It is about an immigrant family that settles in the New Jersey Boglands to discover their new environment is riddled with radiaiton and toxic waste. The Green Book Club always welcomes new members and encourages meeting participation even if you have not read the whole book. 11am – 1pm. Miami Beach Botanical Gardens, 2000 Convention Center Dr; Miami Beach. For info: mbgarden.org

March 12
Tour
MOCA + Miami Marine Stadium
MOCA Leadership Circle members are invited to tour one of  Miami’s most important architectural and cultural landmarks with Rosa Lowinger, art and architectural conservator and curator of “Concrete in Paradise: Miami Marine Stadium.” Lowinger  will discuss the significance of this icon of Modernist  architecture and review the efforts to preserve it. 5:30pm – 7:30pm. $15. Miami Marine Stadium, 3501 Rickenbacker Causeway; Key Biscayne. For info: mocanomi.org

March 12
Lecture
Michael Beschloss
Newsweek has called Michael Beschloss “the Nation’s leading Presidential historian”. He is a #1 best–selling author of nine books, and can be regularly seen on NBC where he serves as the network’s official Presidential Historian. He can also be seen regularly on the PBS NewsHour. His current project is a history of American Presidents in wartime. 8pm. Broward Center, 201 SW 5th Ave; Fort Lauderdale. For info: browardcenter.org

March 12
Art
Vanitas: Fashion and Art
Vanitas: Fashion and Art examines the theme of vanitas as expressed in avant garde ready-to-wear and haute couture as well as in contemporary paintings, sculptures, industrial design and new media.  As a meditation on the ephemerality of earthly pleasures and worldly accomplishments, vanitas artworks incorporate allusive imagery to suggest life’s transience and more explicit representations of momento mori.  Fashion, with its accelerated cycle of obsolescence, explicit manifestation of status and material success, and potential for a narcissistic self-regard, is therefore an especially apt medium for vanitas. The exhibition will include works by contemporary designers and artists. The installation will also highlight rare examples of the Bass Museum’s remarkable collection of historic frames by incorporating them spatially in the installation to create a dynamic and interactive engagement of artworks and viewer. Guest Curator of the exhibition: Harold Koda, Curator-in-Charge of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Opening exhibit tonight during a night at the museum annual fundraiser. 8pm – 11pm. Bass Museum, 2100 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: bassmuseum.org

March 12
Film
Gypsy
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 Gypsy. With Rosalind Russell, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden, Paul Wallace. Based on the Broadway hit about the life and times of burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee and her aggressive stage mother, Mama Rose.  8pm. Free. Exostage at Miami Beach SoundScape, 500 17 St; Miami Beach. For info: mbculture.com

March 12
Film
Midnight Cowboy
John Schlesinger’s look at the streets of New York and the relationship between two small-time hustlers played by Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman has become one of the defining symbols of the difficult side of urban life in America. A daring…shocking…provocative” landmark for its frank depiction of the grittiness and unfulfilled dreams of big city life, Midnight Cowboy was the first “X” rated film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Director. 7pm. $10. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

March 12
Film
O Brother Where Art Thou
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 O Brother Where Art Thou. In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them. Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen. Starring George Clooney, John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson.  8pm. Free. Exostage at Miami Beach SoundScape, 500 17 St; Miami Beach. For info: mbculture.com

March 13
Books
Finding Florida: The True History of the Sunshine State
Over its long history, Florida has been many things: a native realm protected by geography; a wilderness that ruined Spanish conquistadors; a place to start over; “god’s waiting room.” With a native population as high as 900,000 (who all died), it became a pestilential backwater with a few thousand inhabitants, but today is our fourth most populous state, with nineteen million. The site of vicious racial violence, including massacres, slavery, and the roll-back of Reconstruction, Florida is now one of our most diverse states, a dynamic multicultural place with an essential role in 21st century America. However, the remarkable story of Florida has been distorted and whitewashed. In Finding Florida: The True History of the Sunshine State, journalist T.D. Allman reclaims this remarkable history from the mythologizers, apologists, and boosters. Allman traces the discovery, exploration, and settlement of Florida, its transformation from a swamp to a paradise. Palm Beach, Key West, Miami, Tampa, and Orlando boomed, fortunes were won and lost, land was stolen and flipped, and millions arrived. Allman will sign and discuss his book tonight. 6:30pm. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

March 13
Books
The Scarlet Sisters: Sex, Suffrage, and Scandal in the Gilded Age
A fresh look at the life and times of Victoria Woodhull and Tennie Claflin, two sisters whose radical views on sex, love, politics, and business threatened the white male power structure of the nineteenth century and shocked the world. The scandalous sisters in American history-were unequaled for their vastly avant-garde crusade for women’s fiscal, political, and sexual independence. They escaped a tawdry childhood to become rich and famous, achieving a stunning list of firsts. In 1870 they became the first women to open a brokerage firm, not to be repeated for nearly a century. Amid high gossip that he was Tennie’s lover, the richest man in America, fabled tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt, bankrolled the sisters. As beautiful as they were audacious, the sisters drew a crowd of more than two thousand Wall Street bankers on opening day. Vividly telling their story, MacPherson brings these inspiring and outrageous sisters brilliantly to life. She deconstructs and lays bare the manners and mores of Victorian America, remarkably illuminating the struggle for equality that women are still fighting today. MacPherson will sign and discuss her book tonight. 8pm. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

March 13
Music
Patti LuPone with Seth Rudetsky
Don’t miss the legendary Patti Lupone, two-time Tony Award-winning star of Evita and Gypsy, with Sirius XM Radio’s Seth Rudetsky as they engage in a riveting evening of conversation and song. LuPone’s many memorable Broadway performances include Eva Peron in Evita, Mama Rose in Gypsy, Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes and Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd. Author of the New York Times bestseller, Patti LuPone A Memoir, LuPone’s most recent Broadway appearances include David Mamet’s The Anarchist and the new musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, for which she was nominated for Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. After LuPone’s triumphant return to London’s West End last June, The Telegraph raved “Anybody who has ever enjoyed a musical on the stage should see this show, a miraculous close-up encounter with Patti LuPone. It is a fair bet that they will have the time of their life! 8pm. $51.50 – $126.50. Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St, Fort Lauderdale. For info: 954-462-0222 or parkerplayhouse.com

March 13
Lecture
Imagined Landscapes
For the opening of his solo exhibition, Imagined Landscapes, Miami-based, Haitian-born artist Edouard Duval-Carrié discusses his new work with PAMM Chief Curator Tobias Ostrander. 7pm – 9pm. PAMM, 1103 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: info@pamm.org

March 13
Lecture
Herbs and Medicinal Plants with David McLean
Join one of the Miami Beach Botanical Garden’s most popular speakers for an intro to herbs and medicinal plants that you can grow in South Florida. David McLean has spoken previously at the Garden on topics such as balcony and container gardening, and is known for his wit and extensive practical knowledge of plants that everyone can relate to. In this discussion, He will share a list of 20 “A to Z” plants with healing properties, from medicine cabinet staples such as aloe for sunburns, to fun and flirty aphrodisiacs such as saw palmetto for increased sex drive. Participants will get a chance during the lecture to purchase all of the plants so you can go home ready to immediately plant your own medicinal garden. Each participant will also receive one aloe plant grown at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, and one tilo plant grown by McLean. Tilo plants (Justicia pectoralis) is used to reduce fevers, and also makes an excellent shade groundcover. McLean is a naturalist who graduated from the University of Miami with a major in Zoology and a minor in Botany. He has operated plant nurseries, landscape companies, and worked at Broward College for 40 years. He also designed and planted the Nova Southeastern University medicinal garden. $8. 6pm – 8pm. Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr; Miami Beach. For info: mbgaden.org

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