May 1 to May 8

May 1
Music
The Mavericks
Defined as the “most interesting band in the world,” this Grammy Award-winning group that hails from Miami brings its unique blend of post-modern country, pop, rock, Latin and lounge music to the Parker Playhouse. The Mavericks’ garage band ferocity, their intense live performances and deep love of both romance and pure country are led by Cuban-American Raul Malo, whose rich supple voice is often compared to that of Roy Orbison. After an eight year hiatus, this dynamic band returned to perform at sold-out venues across the country. With its infectious energy and eclectic sound, The Mavericks perform new songs and classic hits including “Crying Shame,” “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down” and “Dance the Night Away.” With multiple Vocal Group of the Year accolades, Country Music Awards for Country Vocal Group of the Year and a Grammy Award, this band has amassed a hit catalog that spans more than 20 years. 8pm.  $34.50 – $54.50. Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St;  Fort Lauderdale. For info: parkerplayhouse.com

May 1
Dance
An Informal Evening of Dance
With this informal format that Momentum has chosen, it allows the choreographers and dancers to speak about their works, inspirations, and processes and audience members can ask questions and engage in dialogue with the artists. The program includes three premieres: Gymnopedie #1, a playfully romantic duet by Artistic Director Delma Iles; Process of Elimination, an aggressive and energetic contest between two women by Artistic Director Delma Iles; and The Back View, a delicately quirky new work that is Dancer Rebecca Pelham’s first choreography for Momentum. $10. 7pm. Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach. For info: 305-674-3040 or momentum

May 1
Art
Momentum
Don’t miss the  Grand Opening Reception for artist Maggie Génova-Cordoví at the new location of Oxenberg Art in Wynwood tonight. See the new gallery space featuring Cuban-born artist Génova-Cordoví: inaugural gallery solo show. Cuban-born artist Génova-Cordoví lives in the U.S. She favors the use of the lone female figure as the subject of her work using layers and washes of Cuban coffee, acrylics and ink to reveal the depth that is hidden at first glance. The work of the old masters often serves as inspiration for her paintings, which she feels helps to convey the fragility of time and fleeting quality of life. Complimentary light fare and refreshments will be served. 7pm. Oxenberg Art, 153 NW 24th St; Miami. For info: oxenbergart.com or 305-854-7104.

May 1
Lecture
Boy With Toy Hand Grenade
A Curator’s Conversation on the Masterpiece of Month, Curator Tim Wride discusses Diane Arbus’ the Boy with toy hand grenade in Central Park, N.Y.C., 1962. Meet in Meyer Gallery for this talk then enjoy other Art After Dark programs. 6:30pm & 7:15pm. Norton Museum, 1451 S Olive Ave; West Palm Beach. For info: norton.org

May 1
Music
Shleu Shleu Miami All Stars
In honor of Haitian Heritage Month and a season at PAMM dedicated to Caribbean art, PAMM and the Rhythm Foundation present Shleu Shleu Miami All Stars, one of the longest running musical groups in the history of Haitian Kompa music. Visitors are invited to dance to Shleu Shleu Miami All Stars on the outdoor terrace, enjoy cocktails from PAMM’s waterfront bars, and enjoy Caribbean art exhibitions including Caribbean: Crossroads of the World and Edouard Duval-Carrié: Imagined Landscapes. As one of the longest running musical groups in the history of kompa, Shleu Shleu Miami All Stars defines “kompa direk,” Haiti’s beloved dance music. Old-school but still fresh, they have remained popular and productive over the past 50 years. Their music, akin to merengue or classic Cuban son, has fueled parties and balls across the French Caribbean since the group was formed in 1965 by Smith Jean Baptiste and Jacques Vabre in Port-au-Prince’s Bas-Peu-Choses neighborhood.  Their debut performance rocked the elegant crowd at Hotel Villa Creole, and the band soon became the in-demand ensemble for Haiti’s society events, carnival parties, and dance nights at top clubs. Shleu Shleu Miami All Stars arose when the main branch of the band relocated to the US in the 1970′s. They continue to perform, record, and tour worldwide.The event also kicks off the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Miami Museum Month. Free. 6pm – 9pm. PAMM, 1103 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: pamm.org

May 2
Film
The Way He Looks
The Way He Looks is based on the award winning short I Don’t Want To Go Back Alone Leonardo is a blind teenager dealing with an overprotective mother while trying to live a more independent life. To the disappointment of his best friend, Giovana, he plans to go on an exchange program abroad. When Gabriel, a cute new student in town, arrives at their classroom, new feelings blossom in Leonardo making him question his plans. This sweet, charming, engaging coming-of-age story is truly a gem for audience members of all ages. Shown as part of the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. 8pm. Colony Theatre, For info: 305-751-6305 or mglff.com

May 2
Books
Monumental Dreams: The Life and Sculpture of Ann Norton
In Monumental Dreams, author Caroline Seebohm tells the riveting story of how Ann Norton (1905-1982)–a child of the South who had eschewed her Alabama roots to become a sculptor in New York City–joined this new guard. She studied with John Hovannes and Jose de Creeft and was studio assistant to Alexander Archipenko. Her work was well received, and by age 35, she had already participated in group shows at MOMA and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Despite her burgeoning career, Norton found New York a difficult place to live. In search of paying work, she moved to Florida, where she became a teacher at the Norton Gallery and School of Art, founded by retired Acme Steel president Ralph Hubbard Norton. The two built a relationship based on love as well as common aesthetic values, and after his death, she built her finest and lasting work. Today, her monolithic sculptures–in the spirit of Stonehenge, Henry Moore, and Buddhist temple art–can be admired in the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens in West Palm Beach. Seebohmwill sign and discuss her book tonight. 8pm. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

May 2
Kids
Jungle Book
Miami Childrens Theater proudly presents Jungle Book Kids…the perfect show for young children with a running time of 45 minutes and no intermission. Jungle Book Kids is one of six Disney Classics rewritten by the creative team at Disney for younger audiences in mind – all the classic Jungle Book songs are there and the story line moves quickly. We are proud to announce that the Saturday, May 3rd matinee performance of Jungle Book Kids will be a sensory-friendly production. Sensory-friendly shows feature reduced sound levels, quiet rooms, noise-cancelling head phones and aides who can assist your family with seating. Performance times are Friday at 7pm. $10. Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Rd; Pinecrest. For info: 305.669.6990 or pinecrest-fl.gov

May 2
Music
Carlos Santana
Delivered with a level of passion and soul equal to the legendary sonic charge of his guitar, the sound of Carlos Santana is one of the world’s best-known musical signatures. For more than four decades—from Santana’s earliest days as a groundbreaking Afro-Latin-blues-rock fusion outfit in San Francisco—Carlos has been the visionary force behind artistry that transcends musical genres and generational, cultural and geographical boundaries. Corazon is Santana’s first Latin music album of his iconic career and features collaborations with ChocQuibTown, Lila Downs, Gloria Estefan, Fabulosos Cadillacs, Juanes, Ziggy Marley, Miguel, Niña Pastori, Diego Torres, Samuel Rosa of Skank, Cindy Blackman Santana, Romeo Santos, Soledad, Wayne Shorter, and more. Santana performs at Hard Rock Live tonight. 8pm. $69 – $139. Hard Rock, 1 Seminole Way; Hollywood. For info: seminolehardrockhollywood.com

May 2
Film
The Hunger Games
Bandshell Movie Night in the North Shore shows The Hunger Games. Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place in the Hunger Games, a televised fight to the death in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to compete. Director: Gary Ross and starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. 7pm. Hang out and enjoy a movie under the stars. 7pm. Free. North Shore Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: miamibeachparks.com

May 2
Music
Skrillex
Sonny Moore found club and mainstream stardom beginning in 2008, when he swapped his gig as post-hardcore frontman for From First to Last and created the electronic dance music persona known by millions of fans around the world, Skrillex. He plays Miami tonight. 11pm. Mansion, 1235 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mansionmiami.com

May 2
Art
First Friday @ MDC MOAD
Every first Friday of the month MDC MOAD participates in Downtown Art Walk. See the exhibitions currently on view as well as special one-night only events. First Fridays offer a great opportunity to enjoy the museum in a different setting with a variety of events scheduled from opening receptions, art talks, screenings, and even musical entertainment. Fun for all ages, the museum is open until 8pm. Free. Museum of Art + Design, 600 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: mdcmoad.org

May 2
Film
Dune – 30th Anniversary Screening
David Lynch’s 1984 film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s beloved series of science-fiction novels has a special place in Lynch’s oeuvre. Despite bombing at the box office and receiving scathing criticism on its release, Dune remains one of the most formative and visually exciting sci-fi films of the 1980s, displaying Lynch’s vast, vivid imagination and directorial prowess. More recently, critics have begun to reassess the film, recognizing the difficult context of its production and the struggles of the audience to connect with the massive and complex Dune universe. The story takes place in the year 10,191. The universe is governed through a system of feudal rule, presided over by Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV.  In the kingdom are two rival houses — the House of Atreides and the House of Harkonnen. Each house is trying to gain dominion over the universe, but that dominion can only be gained by the house that controls the Spice, a special substance that permits the folding of time. The Spice is only available on the desert world of Arrakis or Dune. Shaddam, tired of the feuding between the two houses, permits the Atreides to take over the Spice production on Dune, while secretly working with the Harkonnens to launch a sneak attack on the Atreides and destroy them. The leader of the Atreides is Duke Leto who rules with the help of his concubine Jessica and son Paul. 11pm. $11. O Cinema Wynwood, 90 NW 29th St; Miami. For info: 305-571-9970 or ocinema.org

May 3
Theatre
Everybody Drinks The Same Water
Everybody Drinks The Same Water begins as a Christian King has just taken control of the city of Cordoba, Spain, ending more than 500 years of Islamic rule. Moments after entering the castle, the new ruler drinks a glass of water and becomes violently ill. His family accuses the Muslim community of attempting to assassinate him, but the picture gets murkier with reports of Jews, Muslims, and other Christians getting sick. Evidently, the entire public water supply has been poisoned. Fear, anger, and suspicion infect the town. Frustrated by their elders’ inability to see beyond the finger pointing, three teenagers of different faiths decide to work together to unravel the mystery. Add to the mix inter-religious flirtations with potentially fatal consequences, and you get an engaging look at the past that teaches powerful lessons about the present. By Stephanie Ansin & Fernando Calzadilla, Choreography by Octavio Campos. Original Music & Sound Design by Luciano Stazzone and Set, Costume & Lighting Design by Fernando Calzadilla. Runs through June 1. $25. 7pm. MTC, 9806 NE 2nd Ave; Miami Shores. For info: mtcmiami.org

May 3
Opera
Thaïs
Which proves to be the stronger urge, the desire for redemption and forgiveness for sins, or the lustful passions hidden deep inside? In ancient Egypt, a beautiful and seductive courtesan named Thaïs has captivated the city of Alexandria with her charm. At the same time, the monk Athanael decides Thaïs needs to reform and turn to a life of religious devotion and piety. However, the monk becomes obsessed with the eroticism of this courtesan. Will the courtesan find religion and salvation, or will the monk give in to his lustful urges and compromise his own virtue for this fallen woman? The opera includes the moving aria Dis-moi que je suis belle (Tell me that I am beautiful) and one of the most beautiful orchestral pieces in all classical music, the intermezzo for solo violin and orchestra in Act II, known as the Meditation. 7pm. $25 – $229. Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

May 3
Dance
Ekphrasis Project
This critically acclaimed performance returns to the Bass Museum of Art for the fifth year, and expands to include Art Center/ South Florida’s unique architecture and artist studio environ to feature new works by Dance NOW!’s Artistic Directors Salterini and Baumgarten directly inspired by the current art on display and the unique architectural elements of the facilities. 9pm. Free. Art/Center South Florida, 800 Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach. For info: 305-674-8278 or dancenowmiami.org

May 3
Art
2J (Justin Beal and Jesse Willenbring): Exhaustion
Exhaustion is the debut exhibition by 2J, a new collaborative venture between sculptor Justin Beal and painter Jesse Willenbring. Building on Beal’s background as an architect and Willenbring’s background as a graphic designer, 2J is a hybridized approach to object-making based on refined geometries and extreme surface treatments. Images culled from both artists’ archives of source material are printed and painted directly on glass with varying degrees of transparency and arranged in space like so many layers of a photoshop files rendered at an architectural scale. Treating images with a sculptural sensibility, 2J produces furniture, objects and installations that collapse the boundary between surface and support and undermine the conventional binaries of repression and expression that so often divide the realms of design and art. Conversation with the artists & Opening Reception tonight. 7pm. Locust Projects, 3852 North Miami Ave; Miami. For info: 305.576.8570 or locustprojects.org

May 3
Tour
Behind the Neon: Historic South Beach Walk
Take a walk with a HistoryMiami guide through one of our city’s most exciting and attractive neighborhoods, historic South Beach! You will hear stories of how this area, once strictly farmland, was transformed by the land boom of the 1920’s and again by the hurricane of 1926. Learn how the architectural revolution of the 1930’s defined this neighborhood as a lively vacation destination, only to be turned into a retirement community in the 1950-60’s, and back into the major entertainment destination we see today.  Tour commences at the iconic Clevelander Hotel, and features a stop at Gianni Versace’s infamous doorstep. Walk-ups welcome. $30. 11am – 1pm. Lummus Park, 14th St  and Ocean Dr; Miami Beach. For info: Historymiami.org

May 3
Music
Blue Stage Concert Series: Acoustica 21: Eclectic Music Miami
A tantalizing collection of solo and chamber music pieces of eclectic styles from the masters of the 20th century and three Miami-based living composers (including three world premieres) are programmed on this concert. The music works by Juan Calderon, Jorge Gomez Abrante, Juraj Kojs, Olivier Messiaen, Armando Rodríguez Ruidíaz, and Iannis Xennakis will resonate throughout the inspiring Bakehouse Art Complex. We are welcoming the all-star Miami-based performers that include Jorge Gomez Abrante, (classical guitar), Eric Gottlieb (piano and toy piano), Jose Lopez (piano), Laura Wilcox (viola), Catherine Weinfield (oboe), and Michael Zell (percussion). Come and hear what has been boiling in the Miami performance scene and enjoy meeting both the performers and composers in person. 2pm – 4pm. $10. Bakehouse, 561 NW 32nd St; Miami. For info: bacfl.org

May 3
Kids
Creative Arts for Kids
Creative Arts for Kids this week will create work in the style of artist Wangechi Mutu. Kids ages 6-12 are invited to tour MOCA exhibitions and learn about the elements of art by painting, drawing and sculpting in the style of renowned contemporary and modern artists. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to stay and create with their children. Space is limited for this popular program and advance reservations are highly recommended. 2pm – 4pm. $18. MOCA, 770 NE 125th St; North Miami. For info: mocanomi.org or 305-893-6211.

May 3
Social
The Miami Naked Painting Party
The famed Naked Painting Party originally from NYC is making it’s way around the globe and stopping in Miami. Hundreds of attendees get together to collectively body paint each other in the buff in one of the biggest most collaborative art and nightlife events around. The Naked Painting Parties have been featured in every major trade from Time out NY to New York Times and will be hitting up London, Mexico, Berlin, Croatia and more cities. Join us April 26th at LMNT gallery for the first ever Miami edition. Complimentary Cocktails. 9pm – 4am. $30. LMNT Gallery, 59 NW 36th St; Miami. For info: lmntartsmiami.com

May 3
Music
Zucchero In Concert
Zucchero (“Sugar” in Italian) is Italy’s most beloved rock star and one of the top Italian artists worldwide to perform at Olympia Theater tonight.  Zucchero has collaborated with the royalty of international rock, blues, R&B, jazz and classical music –As a singer-songwriter, guitarist and keyboardist. With a new album and direction, paying tribute to the musical sounds of Cuba with Tex-Mex guitars.  Recorded with some of Cuba’s top musicians, Zucchero explores the native sounds of Havana on La Sesión Cubana.  Self-produced by Zucchero and longtime collaborator Grammy-winner Don Was (Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, The Rolling Stones) and with his deep-rooted appreciation for all musical genres, Zucchero successfully married the rhythms of Cuban and American music including salsa, soul, blues and rock to create a thrilling cornucopia of sound. 8pm. Gusman, 174 East Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-372-0925.

May 3
Music
Knowing Home: The Places that Belong to Us
Florida’s Singing Sons Boychoir presents Knowing Home: The Places that Belong to Us, a concert of beautiful and exciting music about the place we live. With music across time and styles, Singing Sons offers three views of Home. We start with music from the many cultures that make South Florida home including an Indian raga and a Dominican pambiche. Then, we sing a set of songs about each room of the house: the kitchen, the living room, the yard, and some that will truly surprise you! Finally, we sing a moving set of music about leaving and returning home. This concert of popular, world, and classical melodies offer a thrilling evening for everyone. Popular music from Bastille as well as Crosby, Stills and Nash share the stage with new music by the hottest new classical writers. In the end, all of our Singing Sons choirs join with our alumni and our family members to sing together Dvorak’s beautiful Largo melody, Going Home. 7:30pm. $30 – $38. Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St; Fort Lauderdale. For info: parkerplayhouse.com

May 3
Dance
Spring Ballet Gala
Experience Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida’s stunning season finale with its Spring Ballet Gala, comprised of a magnificent repertoire of classic ballet excerpts that will take your breath away. Under the direction of Ballet Master Vladimir the Spring Ballet Gala includes famous classical pas de deux and variations and neo-classical pieces by Vladimir Issaev, as well as pieces from guest choreographers. 7pm. $25. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St; Aventura. For info: artsballettheatre.org

May 4
Sport
Wings for Life World Run
The ‘Wings for Life World Run’ today in Sunrise. The event is part of a simultaneous global run, taking place in 30 countries across six continents, all in support of bringing awareness to spinal cord injuries and to fund research for finding a cure. Sunrise will be one of three cities in the United States hosting the run, along with Denver, CO and Santa Clarita, CA. Unlike other races, this global event has no fixed distance or finish line and every runner around the world, from part-time joggers to top professional runners, will start at the exact same time. The race in Sunrise begins at 6am and will wind through Sunrise and Weston before running along the Florida Everglades. With no set distance or finish line, participants in the Run will be pursued by a moving finish line known as the ‘catcher car.’ Thirty minutes following the start of the race, all catcher cars worldwide will begin advancing through the racecourse at the same pace. A participant’s race ends once the catcher car overtakes the participant. Results will be based on distance rather than time. The male and female runners in each race who cover the most distance before being overtaken by the catcher car will be crowned as local champions of the Wings for Life World Run. The final male and female runners across all runs will be the global champions. This will be the inaugural race, with plans to host future Runs around the world. Among those taking part in stateside runs will be ski racing champion Lindsey Vonn, windsurfing icon Robby Naish, ex-Formula One driver David Coulthard, world class ultrarunner Karl Meltzer, and many other sporting heroes who have each volunteered as event ambassadors. It is estimated that 3,000,000 people worldwide are living with a spinal cord injury. Every year, 130,000 more sustain a spinal cord injury, followed by paralysis – the main cause being traffic accidents. The advances in research are largely based on private initiatives. As a non-profit organization based in Austria, the Wings for Life Foundation relies on support and donations to help fund this research. Wings for Life is set up to ensure that a guaranteed 100% of all donations it receives are used exclusively for promising research projects. 6am. BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy; Sunrise. For info: wingsforlifeworldrun.com

May 4
Music
Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience
Son of legendary Led Zepplin drummer pays tribute to his father with his show Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience. It is an intimate journey that celebrates the life of the legendary Led Zepplin drummer John Bonham. The show includes personal anecdotes narrated by Jason, that weave through over 2 hours of Zeppelin tunes with a backdrop of classic photos and video. 7pm. $29 – $49. Hard Rock, 1 Seminole Way; Hollywood. For info: seminolehardrockhollywood.com

May 4
Dance
Ritmo y Pasion
Ballet Flamenco La Rosa opens the world premiere performance of Ritmo y Pasion tonight.  Performing this pure Flamenco work are artists from the U.S, Latin America and Spain guided by the choreography of Artistic Director Ilisa Rosal. Ritmo y Pasion electrifies the audience with pure Flamenco music and dance, in a range of rhythms and styles. The production takes you through dramatic, soulful, joyous, sensual and passionate moods with powerful vocals and electrifying footwork — interwoven with the grace and beauty so loved by Flamenco audiences worldwide. Rosal’s production of Ritmo y Pasion presents the spellbinding and earthy power of Flamenco dance at its best. With its spectacular footwork, precise athleticism and vibrant energy, Flamenco is at once sensual and spiritual, raw and refined, and filled with both restrained passion and electrifying release.  Ritmo y Pasion incorporates live music, created and arranged by guitarist “El Sivi” along with singer “Almudena” from Spain, in collaboration with Ballet Flamenco La Rosa dancers and choreographers. Choreography will include collaboration with legendary flamenco soloist and choreographer, Manolete, Artistic Director of La Chumbera, International Flamenco School in Granada, Spain. 3pm. $25. Performing Arts Network, 13124 West Dixie Hwy, North Miami. For info: balletflamencolarosa.com

May 4
Tour
Little Havana Cuban Cuisine & Culture Walk
Join a HistoryMiami guide on this fascinating tour of the world’s largest and best known Cuban neighborhood outside of Cuba. Learn how this neighborhood came to be known as “Little Havana” and how it has since developed into a center of social, cultural, and political activity in Miami. Now home to numerous small businesses and restaurants, Little Havana is a veritable party for the senses where tour goers will sample cafe cubano and tropical fruit as they learn the secrets of the Ceiba tree. Visitors will have the opportunity to see cigars hand-rolled, visit a botanica, and explore Domino Park all while experiencing the sights and sounds of one of Miami’s most vibrant neighborhoods. Walk-ups welcome. Meet in Little Havana. $30. 10am – 12pm. Los Pinarenos Fruteria, 1334 SW 8 St; Miami. For info: historymiami.org

May 4
Festival
Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Fest
The Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival – one of the first MAJOR LGBT film festivals to occur in the calendar year, setting the tone for the entire LGBT film festival season – is committed to its mission: to enrich, entertain and educate the public; and to encourage a sense of community through international and culturally diverse film, video and other media that offer historical and contemporary perspectives on the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience. The festival opens with 3 films: To Be Takei at 5:45pm; Heterosexual Jill at 7:45pm; and Magnificent Presence (Magnifica Presenza) at 9:45pm. O Cinema Miami Shores 9806 NE 2nd Ave; Miami Shores. For info: 786-565-FILM or mglff.com

May 4
Kids
Youth Arts Day & Music Fest
Enjoy youth artwork along with musical, theatrical, and dance performances from students and organizations today at the Deering Estate at Cutler Youth Arts Day. The Youth Arts Day Exhibit will be on display inside the Richmond Cottage and Stone House through May 16th. Artwork includes ceramics, painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, and written works. Activities include: Historic House Tours, Natural Areas Tour, On-Stage youth performances including classical and contemporary dance, music, theater, spoken word, and chorale works. Colors of the Wind – Make new artwork at our outdoor children’s art studio, equipped with easels and paint supplies. Dance on the Fly with Miss Vilma of Ballet in the Park and Youth Choreographers from Mays Conservatory of the Arts. Dreams of Planting-Eco Art with Artist-in-Residence Nancy Martini. Celebrate Mother Nature  and engage in interactive learning with specimens, magnifying glasses, and creatures. Cardboard Boat Race and Regatta by Palmer Trinity. 10am – 4pm. $12. Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72nd Ave; Miami. For info: deeringestate.com

May 4
Music
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga, will kick off her new tour artRave: The ARTPOP Ball tonight in South Florida. After having sold nearly four million tickets during her first three tours, Lady Gaga hits the road in support of her new album ARTPOP. Her newest album follows The Fame, The Fame Monster and Born This Way. Lady Gaga has won five Grammy Awards and 13 MTV Video Music Awards while selling over 24 million albums and 125 million singles with songs such as Poker Face, Bad Romance, Born This Way and The Edge Of Glory. $35 – $200. 7:30pm. BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy; Sunrise. For info: thebbtcenter.com

May 4
Workshop
Rose and the Rime Acting Workshop
Actors from The House Theatre of Chicago will lead a 90-minute acting workshop using ensemble activities, theater games and imaginative roll-playing to engage young people interested in the magic of the theater. 1pm. $20. Peacock Foundation Studio, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: Arshtcenter.org

May 4
Festival
Nicaraguan Caribbean Coast Tourism and Culture Festival
Celebrate Nicaraguan culture with the community at large, with free dance and music performances introducing Nicaraguan culture to Miami, as well as crafts and food for sale, representing our coastal peoples including Creoles, Garifuna, Meztizo, Miskito, Mayangna, and Ramas. The Nicaraguan Ambassador to the United States, Mr. Francisco Obadiah Campbell Hooker will be conducting our opening ceremony. A live village exhibit will take event-goers back in time to the old Caribbean Coast, and a multimedia area will exhibit photos, videos, art and music from artists in the same region. An art tent will provide children with activities and face painting. The entire festival will be transmitted live via the web (Livestream). The festivities will end with a grand carnival parade around the garden in which everyone can participate. Free. 11am – 3pm. Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr; Miami Beach. For info: mbgarden.org

May 4
Music
Triple Russians
The Miami Symphony Orchestra welcomes back pianist Konstantin Soukhovetski for a momentous evening of Russian music, featuring the deep, heartfelt passion of Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto. Embracing the tradition of the grand Romantic piano concerto, the themes from this virtuosic work have captured the hearts of music-lovers with their mysterious depth and sensitivity. Dance music from the opera Prince Igor, as well as Tchaikovsky’s renowned and majestic Symphony No. 5 brings MISO’s historic 25th Anniversary Season to a close. Eduardo Marturet, conductor. 8pm. $34 – $119. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

May 4
Music
Season Finale Concert
The Greater Miami Youth Symphony presents an exciting afternoon of classical, jazz, and popular selections celebrating their 2013-14 season. The  3pm show features Young Mozarts, Young Sousas, Concert/Jazz Band, and Concert Orchestra with concerto competition winner Valentina Salazar. The  6pm show will feature the Beach Mozarts, String Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra with concerto competition winner Edward Luengo. 3pm & 6pm. $13 – $23. South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211 St; Cutler Bay. For info: 786-573-5300 or smdcac.org.

May 4
Festival
Córdoba Miami: A Medieval Street Fair
As part of the Opening Weekend festivities of Everybody Drinks the Same Water, Miami Theater Center will host a family-friendly, four-block-long street fair in Miami Shores, creating a dynamic community celebration. Inspired by medieval Córdoba, the street fair will feature jugglers, flamenco and belly dancers, stilt performers, a contortionist, artists, live drummers and musicians, craftspeople, food trucks, face painting, and a parade that will showcase the cast of Everybody Drinks the Same Water. 12pm – 6pm. Free. MTC, 9806 NE 2nd Ave; Miami Shores. For info: mtcmiami.org

May 5
Art
The Way of the Rain Paintings by Sibylle Redford
This exhibition of “rain paintings”, which include water colors, 14 foot silks, as well as videos, were created in collaboration between the artists and the rain, as an expression of concern for the well-being of the earth. These paintings inspired the multidisciplinary performance The Way of the Rain Miami, a collaborative art performance piece held on the YoungArts Campus. The performance, a mystical journey of music, dance, words, color and film, was designed by an all-star creative team that included Desmond Richardson, Will Calhoun, Chuck Palmer, Dave Eggar, Steve Cohen, Ron Saint Germain, and featured a special performance by Robert Redford. National YoungArts Foundation, 2100 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: youngarts.org

May 5
Art
Works by Karla Caprali
Check out the gallery at Pinecrest Gardens featuring an exhibition of Whimsical Art Works by Karla Caprali. Hailing from Brazil, Karla’s work reflects an aesthetic style without a set pattern, always coming from her imagination while bringing a contemporary imagery that can be playful and innovative, especially in the use of materials. Since her arrival in Miami 12 years ago, she has created a body of work that explores format and concept with materials that are intricate and intriguing. This includes works of cut paper and wire installations that are weightless, sculpture in both two and three dimensions and more. Don’t miss this whimsical and delicate exhibit that will remind you of pieces of the most intricate French lace. 9am – 6pm. Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Rd; Pinecrest. For info: 305.669.6990 or pinecrest-fl.gov

May 6
Lecture
The Drunken Botanist
Spend the day with Amy Stewart, author of four New York Times bestsellers, including Flower Confidential and The Drunken Botanist, and winner of the American Horticultural Society’s Book Award. Stewart’s characteristically spirited lecture on the business of flowers will answer what has been gained and lost in the quest for the perfect flower. Does it matter if roses have lost their scent? How do we respond to a lily that has been bred for the convenience of the grower, not the desires of the customer? After lunch, discover your drunken botanist with a master class on making infused vodkas and homemade liqueurs. Learn what herbs and fruit work best in infusions and how to blend to get the best results. $150. 11am – 5pm. Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr; Miami Beach. For info: mbgarden.org

May 6
Books
Cuba Then: Rare and Classic Images
Cuba before Castro was defined by boundless tourism and vibrant nightlife. From the streets of Havana to the back roads of rural towns, Cuban life was a heady mix of music, dancing, sports, gambling, politics, and struggle. Cuba Then celebrates the intensely colorful culture photography collecter Ramiro A. Fernández remembers from his youth. From the earliest daguerreotypes to glamorous shots of movie stars, a century of the country’s history is represented by a rich spectrum of personalities: race-car driving aristocrats, sultry showgirls, gangsters, everyday folk, and revolutionaries who would soon transform the nation, including Fidel Castro and Che Guevera. An introduction by Fernández shares his early memories of Cuba and details how his love of collecting vintage Cuban photographs began. Through a foreword and poems, Richard Blanco, the Cuban-American poet chosen to speak at President Obama’s second inauguration, meditates on the romantic legacy of old Cuba. A dynamic collage of images, experiences, and memories, Cuba Then presents the glamour and the grit of the island’s tumultuous history, through a collection that passionately preserves traces of a lost homeland. This event will be presented in collaboration with the University of Miami’s Cuban Heritage Collection and the group will host a reception for its AMIGOS members prior to the talk from 7-8pm, catered by Café at Books & Books. 8pm. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

May 7
Lecture
Medieval Spain in Today’s World
During the Opening Week of Everybody Drinks the Same Water, MTC will host an engaging panel discussion that will highlight a period of time in the 13th century when Córdoba, Spain represented the apex of intellectual, spiritual, and religious development and exchange among Christians, Jews, and Muslims. The dynamic and challenging dialogue between the panelists and audience is designed to inspire the South Florida community and help connect the medieval world to contemporary society. For the panel, MTC has assembled a unique gathering of global academic, cultural, and spiritual leaders who will take a look back at medieval Córdoba and explore important questions about living in today’s complex, and often contentious, multi-religious society. The Panel Moderator is George “Trae” Williamson, Ph.D. The Panelists are Maribel Fierro, Julia R. Lieberman, Ph.D., Isabel Palacios and Abdul Hamid Samra, Ph.D. 8pm. MTC, 9806 NE 2nd Ave; Miami Shores. For info: mtcmiami.org

May 7
Art
Philippe Dodard: Tradition
FrostArt Wednesday After Hours celebrates Haitian Heritage Month with an exhibition of works by Haitian artist Philippe Dodard, beginning with an opening reception tonight with the artist. Dodard’s work is unique and powerful, expressive and bold, and his use of ink, paint and metal is celebrated throughout Haiti’s artistic community. While his Haitian influences are clearly evident, Dodard has stretched tradition and, in doing so, created a fresh Haitian sophistication that is uniquely his own, the very definition of independence. Tonight’s opening will include music, light refreshments and guided tours. The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, FIU, 10975 S.W. 17th St; Miami. For info: thefrost.fiu.edu

May 7
Film
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
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 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem. Director: Francis Lawrence and Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. 8pm. Free. Exostage at Miami Beach SoundScape, 500 17 St; Miami Beach. For info: mbculture.com

May 7
Workshop
Erin Elder
Fancy yourself as an amateur archeologist, arm-chair urban explorer, or seasoned storyteller of local lore? If so, don’t miss curator, writer, and educator Erin Elder in a collaborative workshop mapping the hidden, secret, abandoned, or forgotten places of Miami. Work with Elder in identifying, categorizing, and (de)mythologizing the overlooked and unknown spaces that help define the city. Workshop findings will inform a series of events or “collaborations with place” Elder will produce during her one-month residency at Cannonball. Elder is the Visual Arts Director of the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she cultivates interests in experimental collaboration, sense of place, and expanded notions of culture. Her independent research has focused on counter-cultural education and art practices, with particular interest in those activities happening in the 1960s American Southwest. Her writing has been published by University of Minnesota Press and University of Houston Press, as well as various print and online magazines. She has produced projects with a variety of institutions including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Wu?rttembergischer Kunstverein, Creative Time, the Center for Land Use Interpretation, International Symposium on Electronic Arts, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver. Since 2009, she has cooperatively run PLAND, an off-the-grid residency program near Tres Piedras, NM. Elder holds dual self-designed BAs from Prescott College, and an MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts. 7pm. Free. Cannonball, 1035 North Miami Ave; Miami. For info: cannonballmiami.org or 786.347.2360.

May 7
Theatre
Becoming Dr. Ruth
Direct from its critically acclaimed New York run and kicking off its tour Lauderdale, Becoming Dr. Ruth comes to the Parker Playhouse. Starring TV star Debra Jo Rupp as Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the play tells the story of Karola Ruth Siegel — from surviving the Holocaust to joining the Israeli Haganah as a sniper, to receiving her doctorate and becoming a household name as America’s favorite sex therapist. It recounts her life with warmth, wisdom and irrepressible joy. Stay after the performance for Talkbacks with Debra Jo Rupp and America’s favorite sex therapist, Dr Ruth in person. $28 – $66.50. Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St;  Fort Lauderdale. For info: parkerplayhouse.com

May 8
Film
A Cat in Paris
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 A cat in Paris.In Paris, a cat who lives a secret life as a cat burglar’s aide must come to the rescue of Zoe, the little girl he lives with, after she falls into a gangster’s clutches. Directors: Jean-Loup Felicioli, Alain Gagnol and Starring  Dominique Blanc, Bernadette Lafont and Bruno Salomone. 8pm. Free. Exostage at Miami Beach SoundScape, 500 17 St; Miami Beach. For info: mbculture.com

May 8
Theatre
Magic & Splendor from the Silk Road
Inspired by the beauty of China’s Silk Road, China’s world-renowned Northwest Normal University Performing Art Troupe will perform its colorful and highly-energetic variety show, “Magic & Splendor from the Silk Road,” at MDC today.  Through dance, singing, instrumental music, drama and martial arts, the 25-member troupe will showcase the multi-cultural and multi-lingual traditions of China’s majestic Northwest region. 11am – 12:15pm. MDC, 300 NE Second Ave; Miami. For info: mdc.org

May 8
Lecture
Archaeological Society of Southern Florida
In partnership with the Archaeological Society of Southern Florida, a non-profit, volunteer organization which acts as a support mechanism for the office of the Miami-Dade County Archaeologist, the Deering Estate at Cutler presents a monthly lecture highlighting unique and interesting connections to our past. This serves as a focal point for local archaeology enthusiasts and professionals in the field, and helps to promote knowledge and appreciation of native archaeological and historical sites in the South Florida area. 7pm. Free. Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72nd Ave; Miami. For info: deeringestate.com

May 8
Music
Jose Luis Rodriguez
FUNDarte presents the world premiere of Resonancias, a new work by flamenco guitarist and composer Jose Luis Rodriguez at the Dade County Auditorium tonight.  In this new work, Flamenco is not just a traditional art, but rather a rich language that is filled with nuances and is used to create music without surnames.  Rodriguez brings his compositional style and the use of electronic manipulations to create a space where tradition and experimentation delve into the innermost crevices of memory. Rodríguez is among the most important guitarists of his generation.  Considered the continuation of the school of Mario Escudero, his music is characterized by his capacity of interpretation and composition, which supports itself with impeccable technique. The strength of his right hand in particular is noteworthy making it sound like there is more than one guitar when he plays. Rodriguez is best known for a style that is intimate and expands beyond the limits of flamenco. Resonancias is an interdisciplinary and multicultural work. A collaboration that includes images and staging Alexey Taran and Carla Forte, choreography by Niurca Marquez,Alex Jordan on second guitar and live electronic soundscapes created by Gustavo Matamoros.raditional Flamenco elements, making the work more accessible and relevant to a contemporary audience. $25 – $50. 8:30pm. Miami Dade County Auditorium On.Stage Black Box Theater, 2901 W Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-547-5414 or fundarte.us

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