March 7 to March 14

March 7
Poetry
Slam and Open Mic
Words are powerful tools for self-expression and for changing the world. WordSpeak, an ongoing spoken word program for South Florida teens, includes workshops, slams and performances in a Miami residency by Dasha Kelly. Milwaukee-based Kelly, a poet, novelist, essayist and educator, artist and entrepreneur, comes to Miami to launch the eighth year of Tigertail’s WordSpeak. 6pm. Free. Miami Beach Botanical Gardens, 2000 Convention Center Dr; Miami Beach. For info: 305.324.4337 or tigertail.org

March 8
Opera
Selections from La traviata
To celebrate a new exhibit, Italy in Motion at the The Coral Gables Museum, the Florida Grand Opera will perform Selections from La traviata tonight. Expect opera under the stars, Italian wine, and a special preview of our new exhibit, Italy in Motion. Florida Grand Opera’s Young Artist Studio has gained worldwide recognition as one of the leading operatic training programs in the United States. A group of these talented artists will perform selections from Giuseppe Verdi’s La traviata and other Italian works as part of an hour long recital led by Roberto Berrocal, Principal Coach of the Young Artist Program. Wine and food courtesy of Puntino Restaurants. Reception: 6:30pm. Concert: 7:30pm. $30. Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: coralgablesmuseum.org or 305-603-8067.

March 8
Lecture
Work by Jody Turner
What is the future of work? What required skill sets are emerging? Will the future office be in-hand, down the street in a shared collaboration space, or in multi-conglomerate mega office spaces? Will work be entrepreneurial, intrapreneurial, cross-generational, or take a form we are yet to invent? We have moved from the industrial society of recent past to a crafted social culture of today, which is redefining our marketplace and the future of labor. In this period of Digital Crafting, we are relearning how to live, how to make, and how to value things, experiences, and contributions. Addressing just such questions is international social researcher Jody Turner’s job. Turner’s insight strategies focus on leveraging between the micro human element and the broader macro influencer. $10. 7pm. The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: wolfsonian.org

March 8
Dance
Miami City Ballet Program III
Miami City Ballet, Florida’s internationally acclaimed company, will present the repertory premiere of choreographer Alexei Ratmansky’s Symphonic Dances, a work commissioned by Miami City Ballet. Symphonic Dances is the closing ballet for Miami City Ballet’s Program III: The Masters – which also features two masterworks by George Balanchine: the dramatic La Valse and the thrilling Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux — plus his enchanting The Steadfast Tin Soldier. Ratmansky, the Artist-in-Residence at American Ballet Theatre, was recently hailed by The New Yorker as “the man who is remaking ballet.” Commissioned by Miami City Ballet, Symphonic Dances had its world premiere as a Miami City Ballet one-night only gala event last year. The music Ratmansky chose to work with is Sergei Rachmaninoff’s final important work, his large-scale Symphonic Dances of 1941 – a work whose turbulent energy and deep emotion perfectly complement the dance qualities for which the company is famous. In George Balanchine’s  La Valse, the stage is a dark and mysterious ballroom in which thirty-four dancers waltz in flowing romantic tutus to the gripping music of Maurice Ravel. Meanwhile, in Balanchine’s The Steadfast Tin Soldier, set to the music of George Bizet, a tin soldier courts a lovely paper doll, gives her his heart, and then stands helplessly by as a draft of wind carries her into the fireplace. Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux, set to the “lost music” from Swan Lake, Act III, features eight and a half minutes of Balanchine’s signature traits: his surprises, his complexities, his challenging quirks and combinations. 8pm. $175 – $20. Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: miamicityballet.org

March 8
Music
Percussion Consort: Native Beats
Michael Linville, conductor. In a program of Australian and North American composers, the talented NWS Percussion Fellows take to the stage in a program that incorporates native instruments and sounds. Also featured is the world premiere of a work by Zosha Di Castri, the chosen composer for the inaugural New Voices collaborative composer project. 7:30pm. New World Center, 500 17 St; Miami Beach. For info: nws.edu

March 8
Film
War Horse
Bandshell Movie Night in the North Shore shows War Horse. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert’s hopeful journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages on. Starring: Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson and David Thewlis. Hang out and enjoy a movie under the stars. 7pm. Free. North Shore Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: miamibeachparks.com

March 8
Theatre
World’s Greatest Variety Show
Come see some of the finest entertainers from around the globe from Fusion Talent Group.  World champion magicians, jugglers, and even one of the original phantoms from the smash hit “Phantom of the Opera”. Free seating available on a standby arrival. 1pm. Free. Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach. For info: colonytheatremiamibeach.org

March 9
Opera
Carmen
The story is set in Seville, Spain, around 1830, and concerns the eponymous Carmen, a beautiful Gipsy with a fiery temper. Free with her love, she woos the corporal Don José, an inexperienced soldier. Their relationship leads to his rejection of his former love, mutiny against his superior, and joining a gang of smugglers. His jealousy when she turns from him to the bullfighter Escamillo leads him to murder Carmen. 8pm. Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach. For info: miamilyricopera.org

March 9
Art
Florida Nocturne
American artist John Dowd unveils Florida Nocturne tonight at an artist reception at the Williams McCall Gallery South of Fifth. John Dowd’s “Florida Nocturne” is an exquisite series of 10 dreamlike oil-on-linen paintings of Miami’s ubiquitous one-story mid-twentieth century homes. Draped in Miami’s evocative, signature moonlight, these paintings take viewers on a voyeuristic journey to an imaged life behind the walls.  Dowd’s work is a synthesis of his interest in light, place, and mood. Dowd received a degree in architecture at Notre Dame and further advanced his studies in Rome.  His work has been exhibited throughout the country with numerous works held in private, corporate and museum collections. He was awarded the Altman Prize “Grand Prize for Landscape“ from the National Academy of Design. Dowd currently resides in Provincetown and New York City. Through March 29th. 6pm. Williams McCall Gallery, 110 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: williamsmccallgallery.com or 786.359.4321

March 9
Music
Kodo
Following its sold-out performance in the Knight Concert Hall three years ago, Kodo returns with a show that goes beyond a concert to a spectacle of sound, color, dance and martial arts movement. The explosive power of these 24 masters of the ancient tradition of taiko drumming is heart-pounding, bone-shaking and a not-to-be-missed experience. Kodo has performed more than 3,400 concerts on five continents and their music continues to produce startling new sounds and unforgettable performances. 8:30pm. $30 – $75. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.com

March 9
Books
Cal Ripkin Jr.
Cal Ripken, Jr. was a shortstop and third baseman for the Baltimore Orioles for his entire career (1981-2001), a rare occurrence in Major League Baseball today. Nicknamed “The Iron Man” for his relentless work ethic and reliability on the field, Ripken is most remembered for playing a record 2,632 straight games over 17 seasons, shattering the record previously held by Lou Gehrig at 2,131. He was a 19-time All Star and is considered to be one of the best shortstops professional baseball has ever seen. In 2007 he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, after earning the third highest voting percentage in Hall of Fame history. Wild Pitch (Hyperion, $16.99) is the third action-packed book in Cal Ripken Jr.’s “All-Star Series” and it will have readers on the edge of their seats as they root for Robbie’s comeback. Signing Guidelines: In order for Cal to meet as many fans as possible, this event will be a straight signing. Cal will take time to speak with each person individually tableside. Cal will sign only books at this event, not memorabilia. He will take individual posed pictures with fans. Only books from the “All-Star Series” will be signed at this event. Only books purchased at Books & Books will be eligible for signing. 4pm. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

March 9
Tour
Secrets of Spring Garden Walk
Stroll with historian Dr. Paul George through the shady streets of one of Miami’s most delightful hidden neighborhoods on the bank of the Miami River. See the exterior of the house dubbed the Hindu Temple, and learn of its unique history in early films. Examine early Miami architecture, including the exterior of the home of Gardner Mulloy, tennis champion. Advance reservations and payment required. 10am – 1pm. $30. HistoryMiami, 101 W Flagler Ave; Miami. For info: 305-375-1621 or historymiami.org.

March 9
Music
Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band
Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri, known for his charismatic power and bold innovative drive, has a musical career that spans over 50 years as a bandleader of Salsa and Latin Jazz orchestras. With a discography that includes 36 titles, Palmieri has been awarded Nine Grammy Awards. He has been called, “The Sun of Latin Music” The mark he’s carved on the history of Latin music goes unquestioned. Part icon and part perfectionist, elder statesman Palmieri is, without a doubt, the consummate musician. 8pm. $35-$15. SMDCAC, 10950 SW 211 St; Cutler Bay. For info: smdcac.org or 786-573-5300.

March 9
Kids
Wonderland
Don’t miss Family Fest featuring Miami City Ballet’s Ballet for Young People. This year, MCB’s international dance stars perform George Balanchine’s delightful The Steadfast Tin Soldier and Sir Frederick Ashton’s enchanting Les Patineurs (The Skating Party). Based loosely on Hans Christian Andersen’s tale, The Steadfast Tin Soldier recounts a sweet love story between a tin soldier and a pretty paper doll. The stage then is transformed into an intimate skating pond surrounded by a winter wonderland in Les Patineurs… there is even snow! Audiences of all ages will leave with a smile on their face after experiencing the joy of these charming works. Lots of activities for the kids including “Rad is Smad” Arts, Ballet Puppets & Snow Globes, Wonderland Facepainting and Ballet For kids Workshops by Thomas Armour Youth Ballet. Free. 2pm. Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

March 9
Books
Rita Moreno
Rita Moreno, the extraordinarily talented star of stage and screen, is a force of nature.  One of the few artists to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony, Moreno has been breaking down barriers and blazing trails for more than 50 years.  From her Oscar-winning turn as Anita in West Side Story to her challenging role as a prostitute in Carnal Knowledge, from her stint on the children’s television classic “Electric Company” to her late-career triumph in HBO’s controversial series “Oz,” Moreno has proven to be a true Hollywood survivor. In Rita Moreno : A Memoir, Moreno shares her remarkable story for the first time. She will read from and autograph copies of her book tonight. Only those books purchased at Books & Books will be eligible for signing. 2pm. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

March 9
Music
Ivette Cepeda
Internationally acclaimed Cuban songstress Ivette Cepeda, direct from Havana, Cuba, will be performing for the first time on U.S. soil on Saturday March 9th, at 8PM at Miami Dade County Auditorium, 2901 Flagler Street, in Miami. The evocative, provocative, and unforgettable Ivette Cepeda will be the opening act for the 2013 edition of Global Cuba Fest, a month-long festival of performances that celebrates the contemporary music and artists of Cuba and the Cuban Diaspora. Opening the Festival and appearing for the first time in the U.S. will be Cuba’s highly celebrated, internationally renowned, and incomparable female vocalist, Ivette Cepeda. This artist is currently making her mark on the world music scene by bringing together a blend of Cuban and international musical genres that she interprets with her own unique, contemporary flavor. $55 – $25. 8pm. Miami-Dade County Auditorium, 2901 W. Flagler St; Miami. For info: fundarte.us

March 9
Performance
Youth Symphony
The Greater Miami Youth Symphony Chamber Ensembles and the Thomas Armour Youth Ballet will perform at the Coral Gables Museum, today to provide the community with an opportunity to learn about classical music while also giving back to the City of Coral Gables for their support.  Students from TAYB will dance while the GMYS Concert Chamber Group performs an arrangement of Antonio Vivaldi’s, The Four Seasons. TAYB teachers have choreographed the work and taught the students the steps.  Children and adults of all ages are welcome to participate in this unique opportunity to interact with our young musicians and dancers to learn about the music they are performing. 3pm. Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: coralgablesmuseum.org

March 10
Music
Fink and Kauffman
Acclaimed Mezzo-Soprano Veronica Fink-Menvielle and prestigious pianist, Mary A. Kauffman will perform in an afternoon Salon at St. Johns. Enjoy the poetry of Emily Dickinson, Anne Hunter and other women set to music from Eastern Europe and South America by Haydn, Piazzolla, Duparc, Guastavino and others. 2pm. Arts at St. Johns, 4760 Pinetree Dr; Miami Beach. For info: artsatstjohns.com

March 10
Dance
Evening at the Band Shell
An evening of Dance under the stars at the North Shore Band Shell featuring students from the Academy of Arts and Minds as part of Dance NOW!’s educational outreach. Free. 7pm. North Shore Park Band Shell, 7275 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: dancenowmiami.org

March 10
Tour
Julia Tuttle: Mother of Miami Walk
Celebrate women’s history on a downtown walk with Dr. Paul George. Explore the site where Julia Tuttle, the remarkable woman often called the Mother of Miami, grew orange trees on the north bank of the Miami River.  Stand on the edge of the river and learn how the location has changed from prehistoric times until today. See the site of Brickell’s trading post, run by William and Mary Brickell, and imagine the lives of early women pioneers. Finish at the Miami City cemetery and the final resting place of Julia Tuttle. Utilizes Metromover to cross the city. Advance reservations and payment required. 10am – 1pm. $30. HistoryMiami, 101 W Flagler Ave; Miami. For info: 305-375-1621 or historymiami.org.

March 10
Music
It’s A Family Affair!
This show is a 21st century musical wonderland and one of South Florida’s premier events for families. Conducting Fellow Joshua Gersen will lead the audience on a musical journey exploring John Williams’ celebrated film scores from Star Wars, ET and more. After the concert, adults and kids will explore the New World Center, enjoying more than 16 different hands-on musical activities and surprise performances. NWS Community Outreach programs provide the gift of classical music to more than 12,000 students in Miami-Dade County and abroad each year. Proceeds from ticket sales, patronage and a silent auction help underwrite these programs. 2pm. New World Center, 500 17th St; Miami Beach. For info: nws.edu

March 10
Lecture
DiggingMiami                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Author Robert S. Carr has written a moving narrative of the archaeology of greater Miami. Carr, Executive Director of the Archaeological and Historical Conservancy, Inc., will lecture about mining Miami’s ancient past, followed by a book signing. Free with $8. museum admission. HistoryMiami, 101 W Flagler Ave; Miami. For info: 305-375-1621 or historymiami.org.

March 11
Music
Vote for the Music
This unique Musicians’ Forum, conceived of and developed by Fellows, will consist of seven short works. Only the first and last works on the program are fixed, though, so audience members will have the opportunity to vote on which of the middle five works they want to hear next, arranging them as they choose. Additionally, audience members will be able to change the color of the lights inside the concert hall, varying the ambience as the mood of each work moves them, and can also vote on their favorite work throughout the evening. Voting will be enabled via a mobile-based app, which patrons can access via text-messaging. Free, ticket required. 7pm. New World Center, 500 17 St; Miami Beach. For info: nws.edu

March 12
Music
Inside the Music
Don’t miss Inside the Music: An Exploration of Amplified Music at the Miami Beach SoundScape during an outdoor Wallcast Concert in the park. Musical selections will range from Haydn to Jimi Hendrix and culminate in the world premiere of a work by Brooklyn-based composer Mitchell McCarthy, written specifically for the sound system in the Miami Beach SoundScape and featuring a live string quartet whose sounds are amplified and manipulated in real-time. Bring chairs, blankets and picnic supplies for this hour-long concert that will explore the incredible capabilities of the 186 state of the art outdoor symphony speakers. Free. 7pm. New World Center, 500 17 St; Miami Beach. For info: nws.edu

March 12
Kids
MAM Family Festival
This special “Second Saturdays are Free for Families” event, held each spring, fills the  Miami-Dade Cultural Plaza with a variety of games, entertainment and art activities. Children and their families are invited to spend the afternoon and take part in engaging experiences, including exhibition tours and art activities. Collage with guest artist Moira Holohan, Inclusive drawing, printing and painting with “Zot Artz”, music and more. Free. 1 – 4pm. MAM, miamiartmuseum.org

March 12
Music
Tenacious D
This should be an interesting musical experience when Tenacious D brings it Old School Acoustic Style to the beach. Tenacious D is an American comedy rock band that was formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1991. Composed of lead vocalist and guitarist Jack Black and lead guitarist and vocalist Kyle Gass, the band has released three albums – Tenacious D (2001), The Pick of Destiny (2006), and Rize of the Fenix (2012). 8:30pm. Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: livenation.com

March 12
Books
The Ultimate Ponzi Scheme
In late 2009, the South Florida community learned of the scandal that became the largest Ponzi scheme in Florida history. In this breathtakingly ambitious scam, one of Fort Lauderdale’s top philanthropists, attorney Scott Rothstein, stole $1.4 billion from investors and charitable organizations to finance his opulent lifestyle. In this story of greed, betrayal, corruption, sex, and murder, no one is innocent. Through exacting research, author Chuck Malkus has uncovered the truths behind the ultimate Ponzi scheme that deceived hundreds. From Rothstein’s humble beginnings to his sudden rise to become one of the most powerful men in Florida, the details of his deception are chronicled in The Ultimate Ponzi Scheme (Pelican Publishing, $26). 6pm. Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, 1 East Las Olas Blvd; Fort Lauderdale. For info: booksandbooks.com

March 12
Classes
Social Media Marketing in Miami
Improve your web presence with this excellent social media class from Manny Sarmiento a Social Media Marketing Specialist who has conducted over 300 seminars in Social Media Marketing, Web 2.0, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Press Release and Relationship marketing. This seminar will help with understanding Social Book Marking (SB), Blogs, Microblogs and how to effectively use Google, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Linkedin, YouTube, blogs, PR releases and other social media tools to build a powerful online brand. This is a practical course with real, working Social Media Strategies. 8:30 – 4:30pm. $97. Doral Chamber of Commerce, 8181 NW 36th St; Doral. For info: doralchamber.com or 305-450-4344

March 12
Dance
Superintendents Dance Showcase
This is an annual event involving dance programs from K-12 students throughout Miami-Dade County. Students are exposed to the wonderful opportunity to showcase their talents in a professional environment. The original choreographic works include all genres of dance, including ballet, contemporary, jazz, and ethnic dances to name a few.  The event proves to be an awe-inspiring revelation of the talent Miami-Dade County dancers possess. Sponsored by the Dade Association of Dance Educators.  7pm. $8. SMDCAC, 10950 SW 211 St; Cutler Bay. For info: smdcac.org or 786-573-5300.

March 12
Books
A Walk in the Woods
Be a part of the Green Book Club. Meet new people, become a better reader/writer, and experience books in a whole new way. This group reads and discusses environmentally-themed books chosen and read during the month preceding each meeting. This month’s  read is A Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson (1911). Newcomers welcome. MB Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr; Miami Beach. For info: mbgarden.org

March 13
Books
Joan Mellen
Cuban History: The Great Game in Cuba uses the backdrop of the Cuban Revolution to examine the CIA’s inner workings during the fifties and sixties. Detailing the agency’s lies and deceits, Joan Mellen paints a vivid behind-the-scenes picture of the CIA in Cuba after the Castro revolution: what it wanted and the lengths it was willing to go to paralyze the opposition to Fidel Castro. The plot thickens as an array of Cubans share never-before-revealed information regarding the agency’s activities in Cuba and its attempts to unseat Castro and install a CIA-friendly figurehead in his place. The mysterious disappearance of Camilo Cienfuegos, a major figure in Castro’s government, is told here for the first time. The agency’s shady dealings with a major U.S. publication are uncovered. A testament to the sheer volume of previously classified and untold information, The Great Game in Cuba is a story the world needs to hear. Mellen will be at books and books to read from and sign copies of her book. 8pm. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

March 13
Music
Matchbox Twenty
Multi-platinum rockers Matchbox Twenty bring their North American Tour to Hard Rock Live tonight. The 2013 tour celebrates Matchbox Twenty’s blockbuster album, North, which exploded onto the #1 position on the SoundScan/Billboard 200 after its first week in release earlier this year.  Fueled by critical acclaim – as well as the hit singles, She’s So Mean and Overjoyed – the album’s unprecedented success marked the band’s first-ever chart-topper and #1 debut. The album sees the band driving their pop-rock sound further forward, magnifying the indelible melodies, crafty lyricism, and glorious hooks that have defined their multi-platinum body of work. Rob Thomas, Paul Doucette, Kyle Cook and Brian Yale – has sold more than 30 million records, worldwide, and has earned countless accolades, including five Grammy nominations, four American Music Award nods, the 2004 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Musical Group. Matchbox Twenty will also be teaming up with Tickets-for-Charity. Every ticket purchased through TicketsforCharity.com creates a donation to charities supported by Matchbox Twenty, as well as causes fans themselves can choose to benefit.  8pm. $54 – $154. Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood. For info: 954.797.5531

March 13
Film
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
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 Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. An ancient Ring thought lost for centuries has been found, and through a strange twist in fate has been given to a small Hobbit named Frodo. When Gandalf discovers the Ring is in fact the One Ring of the Dark Lord Sauron, Frodo must make an epic quest to the Cracks of Doom in order to destroy it! However he does not go alone. He is joined by Gandalf, Legolas the elf, Gimli the Dwarf, Aragorn, Boromir and his three Hobbit friends Merry, Pippin and Samwise. Through mountains, snow, darkness, forests, rivers and plains, facing evil and danger at every corner the Fellowship of the Ring must go. Their quest to destroy the One Ring is the only hope for the end of the Dark Lords reign. Directed by Peter Jackson. Starring Orlando Bloom, Alan Howard.  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

March 13
Books
Jessica Alba
Catch actress Jessica Alba in conversation with Jackie Nespral tonight in the Gables. In 2012, with serial entrepreneur Brian Lee and environmental advocate Christopher Gavigan, Alba launched The Honest Company, a brand where parents can find reliable information and products that are safe, stylish, and affordable.  The Honest Life recounts Alba’s personal journey of discovery and reveals her tips for making healthy living fun, real, and stylish, while offering a candid look inside her home and daily life. She shares strategies for maintaining a clean diet (with favorite family-friendly recipes) and embraces nontoxic choices at home and provides eco-friendly decor tips to fit any budget. Her solutions are easy, chic, and down-to-earth: they’re honest. And discovering everyday ways to live naturally and authentically—true to you—could be honestly life-changing. Tonight, Jessica will be in conversation with Emmy Award-winning journalist Jackie Nespral of NBC 6. 7:30pm. Coral Gables Congregational Church, 3010 De Soto Blvd; Miami. For info: mycgcc.org

March 13
Social
Yappy Hour
Zenosai in the Essex House will host a yappy hour benefitting PetNet, the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s young professional group, and Young Professionals at the Lighthouse for the Blind tonight. PetNet is a diverse membership group of young professionals united by a love for animals who “party with a purpose” to create awareness about responsible pet ownership and raise funds for homeless pets at the Humane Society of Greater Miami. PetNet meets each month at different Miami hot spots for yappy hours, mixers and themed get-togethers. Door donation includes Two complimentary cocktails and passed appetizers. This is a “People Only” event. 7pm – 10pm. $20. Zenosai, 1001 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: humanesociety.org or 305.749.1814.

March 13
Social
Tango Music Umplugged
A sizzling evening of interactive music and dancing with Tango Music Unplugged, a Friends Chamber Salon from Friends of New World Symphony. Chamber music, because of its intimate nature, has historically been described as “the music of friends.” The evening will be reminiscent of an authentic Argentine Jazz Club where NWS Fellows will perform selections from Astor Piazolla’s classics, amongst other timeless pieces. Monica Llobet, a world renowned professional Argentine Tango dancer, will lead dance lessons showcasing the beauty of this art form. Special guests also include Florida Grand Opera Soprano, Catalina Cuervo, who will perform select pieces with the NWS Fellows. Cocktails from Grey Goose and light fare served by Kork Restaurant. 9-11:30pm.  $20. Avenue D Jazz and Blues Lounge, 8 South Miami Ave; Miami. For info: 305-673-3331 or nws.edu

March 13
Theatre
Wiesenthal: The Conscience of the Holocaust
Tom Dugan’s award-winning one-man play Wiesenthal: The Conscience of the Holocaust has been hailed by audiences and critics alike as “masterful” (Backstage), “authoritative and engaging” (LA Times), and “eloquent” (LA Weekly). With warmth, wit and surprising humor, Wiesenthal recounts the remarkable story of how, after cheating death at the hands of Hitler’s dreaded S.S, Simon Wiesenthal dedicated his life to tracking down and bringing to justice the greatest mass murderers in human history. Set on the day of his retirement, the famed “Nazi Hunter” Simon Wiesenthal welcomes one final group of students to his Jewish Documentation Center in Vienna, Austria where, while packing up his files, he recounts how he solved his most sensational cases. Packed with the punch of gripping spy thriller, Dugan brings this powerful tale to life in performance that “creates pure theatrical magic” (Stage and Cinema ). Winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and three L.A. Ovation Award Nominations, Wiesenthal (written by and starring Tom Dugan, directed by Jenny Sullivan) chronicles the life of the “Jewish James Bond” who became internationally famous his relentless pursuit of such notorious villains as Adolf Eichmann, Franz Stangl, Dr. Josef Mengele and the SS officer who imprisoned Anne Frank. Don’t miss the exciting South Florida premiere as Wiesenthal transports us into the heart of the Nazi atrocities and one man’s relentless quest to right humanity’s wrongs. $36. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St; Aventura. For info:

March 13
Art
Frames of Reference
Miami Art Museum shows for the first time a selection of works from the Jorge M. Perez art collection, gifted to the Museum last December.  Frames of Reference explores 45 works of Latin American art in the collection through an art historical lens, emphasizing the tremendous creative and conceptual contributions of artists such as José Bedia, Beatriz González, Wifredo Lam, Roberto Matta Echaurren, Diego Rivera, and Joaquín Torres-Garcia, among others. The exhibition provides a sampling of the breadth of the Pérez collection, while focusing in particular on some of the most important Latin American works entering the Museum’s permanent collection. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated book, featuring full-page color images of each work featured in the exhibition alongside comprehensive descriptions. The book will also include a conversation between Ostrander and Pérez and an essay by scholar Elizabeth Cerejido. Perez and MAM Chief Curator Tobias Ostrander will discuss the development of the collection at 7pm. Space is limited. First come, first seated. Opening Reception 6pm – 9pm. Miami Art Museum, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-375-3000 or

March 14
Film
The Seventh Continent
This acute chronicle of a family degenerating into self-destruction is the first of a feature-film trilogy (concluding with Benny’s Video and 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance) that centers on the intersections between media, alienation and violence. Directed by auteur Michael Haneke and described by him as a reflection on “the progressive emotional glaciation of Austria,” The Seventh Continent focuses on George (Dieter Berner), a middling engineer, and his sardonic wife Anna (Birgit Doll). Unable to empathize with their daughter’s compulsion for lying and uninterested in each other’s emotional well-being, the couple turns their pedestrian way of life into a vortex of subjective malaise. Based on a true story, The Seventh Continent is a meticulous dive into the postmodern disregard of affect -and a stark look at lives severed from feelings. 8:30pm. $10. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

March 14
Books
Victoria Saker Woeste
Research professor at the American Bar Foundation Victoria Saker Woeste will Discuss and sign her new book Henry Ford’s War on Jews and the Legal Battle against Hate Speech tonight. Henry Ford is remembered in American lore as the ultimate entrepreneur–the man who invented assembly-line manufacturing and made automobiles affordable. Largely forgotten is his side career as a publisher of anti-semitic propaganda. Henry Ford’s War on Jews and the Legal Battle Against Hate Speech examines a watershed event in the life of auto giant Henry Ford – the 1927 federal libel lawsuit against him and his anti-Semitic newspaper the Dearborn Independent –from the perspective of the people who sought to stop him. Tonight’s multi-media presentation features rare images of the events and players in Sapiro v. Ford. Using never-before-discovered evidence from archives and private family collections, Woeste reveals the depth of Ford’s involvement in every aspect of this case and explains why Jewish civil rights lawyers and religious leaders were deeply divided over how to handle him. Presented in collaboration with The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, The Greater Miami Jewish Federation and Temple Judea. 7:30pm. Temple Judea, 5500 Granada Blvd; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

March 14
Dance
Flamenco Festival Miami 2013
The Flamenco Festival Miami returns for a sixth glorious season of world-class flamenco dance and music with Spain’s massively popular Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía, coming to Miami for the first time direct from Spain. This renowned company includes 18 dancers, singers and musicians, directed by the award-wining Flamenco star, Ruben Olmo. The company presents the Miami premiere of a new evening-length work Metáfora, a dazzling kaleidoscope of castanets, fans, traditional flamenco “bata de cola” dresses, effervescent heel-and-toe step combinations, demanding technique and jaw-dropping athleticism.  8pm. $90 – $25. Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

March 14
Music
Beethoven Nine
The Cleveland Orchestra will be playing the music of Beethoven tonight at the Arsht Center with Principal Guest Conductor, Giancarlo Guerrero.  The Master Chorale of South Florida, the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay,  soprano Nicole Cabell, mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong, tenor Garrett Sorenson and bass Raymond Aceto will be performing  Lieberson, Neruda Songs and Beethoven, Symphony No. 9. The Cleveland orchestra is one of the most sought-after performing ensembles in the world. In concerts at its winter home in Severance Hall and at each summer’s Blossom Festival, in residencies from Miami to Vienna, and on tour around the world, the Orchestra sets the highest standards for artistic excellence and creative programming and has performed in Miami annually since 2007. $172 – $52. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

March 14
Style
Nancy Gonzalez
Don’t miss the trunk show of luxury handbag designer Nancy Gonzalez today at Saks. She will be onsite as she debuts her Spring 2013 collection. 3pm – 5pm. Saks Fifth Avenue, 9700 Collins Ave; Bal Harbour.

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