May 22 to May 29

May 22
Art
Shahzia Sikander
Shahzia Sikander’s work combines traditional Indo-Persian imagery and techniques, especially those of miniature painting, with the language of contemporary art. Her multi-faceted practice offers captivating, visceral compositions that reflect on her own cultural background. Raised in Pakistan and currently working in the United States, Sikander’s drawings, paintings, videos, and large-scale wall installations came to prominence in the mid-1990s within the context of identity politics, and serve as an ironic comment on Western preconceptions of her cultural origins. She often explores Hindu and Muslim allegories, generating an alternative visual experience through layers of contrasting motifs. Pérez Art Museum Miami will present The Last Post (2010), a video animation with sound that addresses the complex relationship between East and West. Without a linear narrative style, the video focuses on the image of an 18th-century colonial merchant from the infamous East India Company, whose figure crashes into Indo-Persian imagery and the cadence of experimental music. Tonight marks the first screening and performance of The Last Post in Florida. The video will be followed by a Q&A tonight. Free with museum admission. 6:30pm to 8pm. PAMM, 1103 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: pamm.org

May 22
Theatre
The Great God Pan
Amy Herzog’s The Great God Pan makes its regional premiere at the Arsht Center after its recent critically acclaimed world premiere at Playwrights Horizons theater in New York City. Jamie’s life in Brooklyn seems just fine: a beautiful girlfriend, a budding journalism career and parents who live just far enough away. But when a possible childhood trauma comes to light, lives are thrown into a tailspin. Unsettling and deeply compassionate, The Great God Pan tells the intimate tale of what is lost and won when a hidden truth is revealed to the world. Written by Amy Herzog and Directed by Stuart Meltzer. 7:30pm. $45. Carnival Studio Theater, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcnter.org

May 22
Art
TarotMau @ Cocktail Collection
The Cocktail Collection at Tobacco Road will hold a solo exhibition of TarotMau by Miami artist Estudiomau. Swing by tonight for the opening reception with the artist. The occult has long inspired painters, from Lucian Freud’s early portraits of Jonathan Lipnicki as The Littlest Vampire to Bob Ross using skull fragments instead of a palette knife. For his latest series of canvases, Estudiomau has turned to tarot cards as both muse and subject. His 22 oversize card paintings in acrylic will be on display. His cards measure two feet by three feet and will allow viewers to gravitate toward the cards that contain special meaning for them. Estudiomau will switch up the installation over the weeks of his show to not influence readings. 7pm. Tobacco Road, 626 S. Miami Ave; Miami. For info: 305-379-2545

May 22
Art
William Cordova
Opening Reception tonight for artist William Cordova. Ceiba: reconsidering ephemeral spaces is a project that focuses on temporality and the ability to capture past and present moments that at times may not seem to be but are indeed related to the collective human experience. With this project Cordova threads, constructs and overlaps multiple narratives fused together to propose alternative perspectives with the goal of gaining a new one that can allow for a reconsideration of the known physical and psychological terrain. Cordova was born in Lima, Peru, and earned his Master of Fine Arts from Yale University in 2004. Free. 6pm. – 8pm. MDC Museum of Art + Design, Freedom Tower at MDC, 600 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: 305.237.7700 or museum@mdc.edu

May 23
Theatre
Gidion’s Knot
New Theatre presents Gidion’s Knot written by Johnna Adams. During a planned – yet unexpected – and contentious parent-teacher conference, an emotionally fraught 5th grade teacher and a grieving mother discuss the tragic circumstances that led to the student’s/son’s (Gidion’s) suspension from school. Gidion’s Knot is a heart-wrenching collision examining freedom of expression, the failure of the school system, bullying, and the emotional impact of feelings of personal culpability. Written by Princess Grace Award winner, Johnna Adams. 8:30pm. $31.  Miami Beach. For info:

May 23
Music
Immortal World
Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour by Cirque du Soleil will perform in Sunrise tonight. Since its world premiere in Montreal in October 2011, this electrifying production has thrilled audiences across North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and the Middle East. Created by Cirque du Soleil and directed by Jamie King, The Immortal World Tour is a departure from the company’s previous touring shows. Featuring 49 international dancers, musicians, and acrobats, it is presented in a rock concert format that combines the excitement and innovation of Michael Jackson’s music and choreography with Cirque du Soleil’s unparalleled creativity. The underpinnings of The Immortal  World Tour are Michael Jackson’s powerful, inspirational music and lyrics—the driving force behind the show—brought to life with extraordinary power and breathless intensity. Through unforgettable performances, the show underscores Michael’s global messages of love, peace and unity, and the band includes some of the same artists who previously worked side by side with Michael. Aimed at lifelong fans as well as those experiencing Michael’s creative genius for the first time, the show captures the essence, soul and inspiration of the King of Pop, celebrating a legacy that continues to transcend generations. 8pm. $50 – $147.50.  BB&T, 1 Panther Pkwy; Sunrise. For info: livenation.com

May 23
Film
Young & Beautiful
Acclaimed director François Ozon (Swimming Pool, 8 Women) helms this erotic tale of sexual awakening. After losing her virginity, 17-year-old budding beauty Isabelle (Marine Vacth) takes up a secret life as a call girl, meeting her older gentlemen clients for erotic hotel room trysts. Throughout, she remains curiously aloof, showing little interest in the encounters themselves or the money she makes, while Ozon slyly refrains from offering easy answers. As the enigmatic Isabelle, Marine Vacth is magnetic, delivering a star-making breakout performance in this sleek and sexy coming-of-age drama. $10. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; For info: mbcinema.com

May 23
Music
Kingdom
Music at MOCA is a series of performances produced in collaboration leading cultural organizations and emerging contemporary musicians. In recent years, MOCA has presented performances by Gang Gang Dance, Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Jacuzzi Boys, the Cleveland Orchestra Chamber Players, the New World Symphony and Florida Grand Opera’s Young Artists. Tonight, Music at MOCA hosts Kingdom. Los Angeles-based DJ and label head Kingdom aka Ezra Rubin has built considerable influence with both his own discography and the output from his groundbreaking label, Fade to Mind. 10pm. MOCA, 770 NE 125th St; North Miami. For info: 305-893-6211 or mocanomi.org

May 23
Conversation
The art of gentle provocation
Unscripted Bal Harbour Art Chat: “Let’s give them something to talk about: The art of gentle provocation.” Rubell Family Collection founders Don and Mera Rubell will have a conversation with renowned artist Hank Willis Thomas about his provocative practice that has, for over a decade, explored the presentation of the African American black identity in the media through series such as Branded, Strange Fruit and Fair Warning. Free. 6:30pm. St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort & Residences, 9703 Collins Ave; Bal Harbour. For info: balharbourflorida.com/unscriptedartprojects

May 23
Shop
Plant Show and Sale
The Cactus and Succulent Society Show and Sale will bring together experts and enthusiasts alike to display, discuss and sell the most drought tolerant plants of all.  What better time than now to invest in cacti and succulents as water conservation becomes a global issue? Join Fairchild for this special show and sale and get started on your own arid garden today. $25. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd; Coral Gables. For info: 305.667.1651

May 23
Film
Fed Up
Fed Up blows the lid off everything we thought we knew about food and weight loss, revealing a 30-year campaign by the food industry, aided by the U.S. government, to mislead and confuse the American public, resulting in one of the largest health epidemics in history. Thirty years ago the U.S. Government issued its first ever dietary guidelines and with it one of the greatest health epidemics of our time ensued. In her documentary feature debut, executive producer and narrator Katie Couric joins Laurie David, Regina Scully and Stephanie Soechtig to explore why, despite media attention and government policies to combat childhood obesity, generations of kids will now live shorter lives than their parents. Following a group of children for more than two years, director Stephanie Soechtig achieves a profound intimacy with them as they document their uphill battles to follow the conventional wisdom, ‘diet and exercise’, in order to live healthier, fuller lives. They are undertaking a mission impossible. In riveting interviews with the country’s leading experts, Fed Up lays bare a decades-long misinformation campaign orchestrated by Big Food and aided and abetted by the U.S. Government. 7pm. $11. O Cinema Miami Shores @ MTC, 9806 NE 2nd Ave; Miami Shores. For info: 786-565-FILM.

May 23
Art
Wonders Never Cease: The 100th Anniversary of the Panama Canal
The 1914 completion of the Panama Canal inaugurated a new era of global trade and travel. For centuries the narrow Isthmus of Panama commanded the attention of monarchs and explorers seeking a less precarious means of circumnavigating the globe. Digging through the natural land mass to create a man-made canal would allow ships to bypass the dangerous coastal ridges, drowning currents, and powerful storms that confronted sailors on the existing route around Cape Horn. The monolithic feat of realizing the Canal was the culmination of thirty-three years of effort by two industrial superpowers (France and the United States) as well as the deaths of many indigenous and imported laborers. Immediately recognized as an engineering marvel for its complicated system of hydraulic gates, lakes, and locks, the project emerged from a climate of technological excitement that thoroughly transformed the modern industrial landscape. Nearly one-hundred years and thousands of vessels later, the Canal is currently undergoing renovations that will allow it to meet the demands of contemporary maritime conditions, including gargantuan ships and increased traffic. Drawing on its holdings of rare books and archival collections, The Wolfsonian–FIU library commemorates the industrial achievements and the individual lives that set the stage for this present-day pursuit. Third Floor, Rare Book and Special Collections Library Vestibule, The Wolfsonian–FIU, 1001 Washington Ave;  Miami Beach. For info: wolfsonian.org

May 24
Social
Candyland World Tour- Risque
Candyland  World Tour Returns to Spazio Nightclub. Candyland performers and dancers will take over the night dazzling everyone with their unique show with Allan Ramirez on dicks and vocalist Vanesa Klein. $30 – $40. 11pm. Spazio Nightclub, 1421 South Miami Ave; Miami. For info: spazionightclub.com or 305-577-9809.

May 24
Dance
Rumplestiltskin
Miami Beach Children’s Series, Part IV – Momentum premieres its latest children’s ballet. The Miller claims that his daughter can spin straw into gold! When the King requires her to do so, a funny little man helps her. But there is a price to pay! Colorful costumes and dancing that spins straw to gold bring this classic folk tale to life. Free. 2pm. Miami Beach Regional Library, 227 22 St; Miami Beach. For info: momentumdance.com

May 24
Festival
Pinned Miami
Three-day festival for all ages that celebrates pin-up, rockabilly, burlesque, and tattoo culture. Features pinup models and photographers, workshops, vendors, panels, musical performances and a classic car show. Pinned! Miami: South Florida’s Pin Up Model, Photography, Culture, Art, Fashion, Tattoo, Rockabilly and Burlesque Festival is 3 days dedicated to the culture of Pin Up, featuring models, bands, photographers, artists, workshops, panels, burlesque, classic cars, exhibitors, vendors, films, tattoo artists and more! Get ready for the sexiest show on Earth. $25 – $199. 2pm. The Miami Airport Convention Center, 711 NW 72nd Ave;  Miami. For info: 954.399.1330 or pinupfestival.com

May 24
kids
Legends of Oz Express
Join Dorothy and friends for a fun family day filled with arts & crafts, games, character meet & greets and story time during the Legends of Oz Express event at Jungle Island today. Kids will enjoy a variety of wizard-like activities by simply following the yellow brick road. Highlights include a Lion’s Mane Stage with singing and improv games based on the new film and its characters; a Scarecrow’s Workshop to learn how to engineer a candy catapult and build Tugg the Tugboat; a Tin Man’s Friendship Club featuring custom friendship buttons to take home; book readings with Dorothy; ipad stations with Oz Virtual World games; pictures with Dorothy, Toto and Wiser the Owl at the Emerald City; plus previews of the upcoming movie “Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return!” Bring new children’s books in support of a local charity. 10am – 3pm. Free with museum admission. Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail; Miami. For info: jungleisland.com

May 24
Music
Candye Kane
Candye Kane is a blues diva who inspires others with her original songs of overcoming adversity, hope and empowerment. She tours 250 days a year.  Kane has been called a survivor, a superhero and the toughest girl alive. Apt descriptions of the jump blues singer, songwriter and mother of two from East Los Angeles. Nominated for five National Blues Foundation Awards Kane has performed worldwide for presidents and movie stars. A colorful mixture of the traditional and the eclectic, Kane cut her musical teeth in the early 80’s onstage with Hollywood musicians and friends, Social Distortion, Dwight Yoakum, Dave Alvin, The Blasters, X, Fear and Los Lobos, to name just a few. 9:30pm. Tobacco Road, 626 S Miami Ave; Miami. For info: 305-374-1198.

May 24
Books
Thirty Girls
Author Susan Minot will be in Miami and will make a stop at Books & Books to read from her novel, Thirty Girls. Her long-awaited novel Thirty Girls is a literary tour de force set in war-torn Africa. Esther is a Ugandan teenager abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army and forced to witness and commit unspeakable atrocities, who is struggling to survive, to escape, and to find a way to live with what she has seen and done. Jane is an American journalist who has traveled to Africa, hoping to give a voice to children like Esther and to find her center after a series of failed relationships. In unflinching prose, Susan Minot interweaves their stories, giving us razor-sharp portraits of two extraordinary young women confronting displacement, heartbreak, and the struggle to wrest meaning from events that test them both in unimaginable ways. With mesmerizing emotional intensity and stunning evocations of Africa’s beauty and its horror, Minot gives us her most brilliant and ambitious novel yet. She is an award-winning novelist, short-story writer, poet, and screenwriter. Her first novel, Monkeys, was published in a dozen countries and won the Prix Femina Étranger in France. Her novel Evening was a worldwide best seller and became a major motion picture. 7pm. Free. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

May 24
Social
Port of Miami Tunnel Opening
Our Neighbor, the Port of Miami Tunnel , is finally complete! Try to construct your own tunnels, and learn about this project from one of the designers who helped create the giant floodgates. 1pm -  3pm. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway; Miami. For info: miamichildrensmuseum.com or 305-373-5437.

May 24
Kids
Makers Square Faire    
During this three-day special event, visitors will have the unique chance to view Makers Square’s creative production made from 3D fabrication, carpentry, textiles, and various other productions. Check out Makers Square creations using 3D fabrication, carpentry, metalwork, aquaponics, textiles and more. Then try making your own crazy craft out of K’NEX. Do you like to make things? Become a part of this new and exciting movement and put your imagination to the test with a variety of interactive activities that the whole family can build together. Noon to 4pm. Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St; Fort Lauderdale. For info:  mods.org

May 25
Dance
Israeli Dance Festival
Festival Yachad will feature more than 500 dancers on stage with local groups and invited companies from Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Panama and Israel, performing to Israeli folk dance music, with colorful costumes, amazing scenery and spectacular lighting effects. This year Festival Yachad reaches 18 years and the Gala Performance theme is “Chai”, which in Hebrew means life and is represented by the number 18. Each dance is choreographed to portray a different moment and milestone in our Jewish lives. 7pm. $10 – $50. Broward Center, 201 SW 5th Ave; Fort Lauderdale. For info: browardcenter.org

May 25
Social
La Onda Latina
La Onda is a weekly open-mic event that takes place every Sunday at The Embassy in the Design District. Open Mic Hour is from 8pm. followed by feature performances from the best local singers, songwriters, and bands.  The Embassy has drink specials and great food from chef Alan Hughes. Enjoy an evening of live music and relaxing atmosphere. No Cover. 6pm -12pm. The Embassy, 4600 NE 2nd Ave; Miami. For info: miamidesigndistrict.net

May 26
Tour
Free Museum Tours in Honor of Memorial Day
In honor of Memorial Day, Pérez Art Museum Miami will offer a free exhibition tour of Americana at 11:30am and Caribbean: Crossroads of the World at 3pm. The tours are led by trained museum guides and last 45 minutes. Arrive by Metromover and receive free museum admission. 10am -  6pm. PAMM, 1103 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: pamm.org or 305-375-3000.

May 27
Theatre
Evita
Eva Perón used her beauty and charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as first lady. Adored by her people as a champion for the poor, she became one of the most powerful women in the world — while her greed, outsized ambition and fragile health made her one of the most tragic. Evita tells Eva’s passionate and unforgettable true story, and features some of theater’s most beautiful songs, including “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “Another Suitcase in Another Hall” and “High Flying, Adored.” 8pm. $26 – $96. Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

May 28
Film
Sexploration
The 13th Miami short Film Festival presents Sexploration at its Monthly Screening tonight.   Screening are 5 Short Films from france, Czech Republic and the USA. They include Hymen, American Girl, Mamanek, Piss and Exouse Me. Complementary Stella Artois. Cocktail Reception 7:30pm. $15. Paragon Cinemas 13, 3015 Grand Ave; Coconut Grove. For info: miamishortfilmfestival.com

May 28
Books
Cuba in Splinters
This event is in collaboration with the Cuban Research Institute at FIU. Think Cuba, you’re likely to think bearded revolutionaries in fatigues. Salsa. Sugar cane. Rock ‘n’ roll, zombies, drugs – anomie and angst – do not generally figure in our mental images of a country that’s assumed an outsized place in the American imagination. But fresh from the tropics, in Cuba in Splinters – a sparkling package of stories we’re assured are fictional – that’s exactly what you’ll find. Eleven writers largely unknown outside Cuba depict a world that veers from a hyperreal Havana in decay, against a backdrop of oblivious drug-toting German tourists, to a fantasy land – or is it? – where vigilant Cubans bar the door to zombies masquerading as health inspectors. Sex and knife-fights, stutterers and addicts, losers and lost literary classics: welcome to a raw and genuine island universe closed to casual visitors. Author Pardo Lazo, webmaster of the blogs Lunes de post-Revolución and the photoblog Boring Home Utopics, at one point worked as a molecular biologist in the Cuban Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology. A resident of Havana, he is now living temporarily in the US, where he gives university lectures about social activism and Cuban civic society using new media. He will read from his book tonight. 6:30pm. Free. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

May 28
Film
World War Z
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 World War Z. United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself. Director: Marc Forster and Starring: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos and Daniella Kertesz. 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

May 28
Festival
Food Truck & Music Fest
Miami Beach’s North Shore Park Bandshell & Ocean Terrace will celebrate the characteristic Latin flavor of the North Beach area welcoming the Miami Beach Food Truck and Music Fest. 5pm. Free. North Shore Park Band Shell, 7275 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbculture.com

May 28
Lecture
Speaking Sustainably
South Florida is host to some of the richest natural resources in the world. The balance of human and natural systems in our growing urban community is central to political, cultural, and academic dialogues regarding the environment. Hosted by FIU’s School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS) and the Deering Estate at Cutler, “Speaking Sustainably” is a lecture series offered free to the public to engage the community with critical environmental issues of the twenty-first century and to inspire action. Lectures are held in the Visitor Center Auditorium and are free and open to the public. Striking a Balance: The Future of Coral Reef Ecosystems. Presenter: Dr. Deron Burkepile, Assistant Professor, FIU Department of Biological Sciences. Deron Burkepile’s research focuses on how widespread changes in human systems endanger the integrity of ecosystems world-wide, particularly coral reefs. Dr. Burkepile will discuss the current status of coral reefs as well as how alterations in human communities and activities trigger a ripple effect which has the potential to alter the productivity and balance of these marine ecosystems. Free. 7pm – 9pm. Deering Estate, 6701 SW 72nd Ave; Miami. For info: deeringestate.org or 305-235-1668.

May 28
Festival
Shakespeare and Snacks: Summer Film Fest
Although Miami Dade College won’t be blowing out 450 candles to celebrate William Shakespeare’s birthday, it is hosting a Shakespearean summer film fest to highlight the revered writer’s life and ongoing influence. Shakespeare and Snacks: Summer Film Festival will run every Wednesday through July 16. MDC will be screening the movie adaptations of some of the Bard’s greatest plays, supplemented with A Shot of Shakespeare – short clips featuring historic videos reflecting the influence of Shakespeare’s life, works, and times on South Florida. Selected from the millions of feet of film and thousands of hours of video tape, A Shot of Shakespeare will showcase only-in-Miami stories ranging from all-star productions of classic plays to auditions by dogs ready to roll over and play Shakespeare. Today’s screening is Coriolanus. Noon. Free. Room R8401, MDC’s Wolfson Campus, 300 NE  2nd Ave; Miami. For info: mdc.edu.

May 29
Books
100 Things To Do In Miami Before You Die
Get ready to take in the rich flavor and diversity of Miami, one of the most vibrant cities in the country and a place with something for everyone! Whether you’re planning to explore our shores, indulge in our international cuisine, or check out the swampy river that is the Everglades, 100 Things to Do in Miami Before You Die gives you the inside track to the best spots, from popular to obscure, in the metro area. Discover festivals that garner international attention, ideal places to sip and socialize, historic sites, and international shopping destinations—not to mention places where you can throw down a game of dominos while sipping a café. Written by two Miamians for locals and visitors alike, this guide will help you make the most of a family vacation, romantic getaway, or escapade with friends. So strap on your salsa shoes and experience the magic that Miami has to offer!Authors Maruchi Mendez and Roxanne Vargas are from Miami. Mendez is a freelance writer and the author of Finding Home: A Memoir of a Mother’s Undying Love and an Untold Secret along with the Spanish translation, Buscando Mi Estrella. Vargas is the host of NBC 6’s lifestyle and entertainment show “6 in the Mix” and reports local and entertainment stories daily on the NBC 6 news. They will read from their book tonight. 6:30pm. Free. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

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