November 14 to November 21

November 14
Social
Japanese Cultural Presentation
Miami Beach is celebrating 55 years of friendship with our Japanese sister city, Fujisawa. Enjoy a free tea ceremony, flower arranging presentation, and traditional dance performance. 4pm – 6pm. Free. Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr; Miami Beach. For info: miamibeachfl.gov

November 14
Books
Eternity Is Overrated, the Uses of Time in Architecture
Architecture critic, writer, and curator, Rowan Moore addresses how buildings are not fixed objects but exist in time, connecting the thoughts and actions of the people who make them to those of the people who inhabit them. All architects, said Philip Johnson, want to be immortal. Look through standard architectural histories, and you’ll see pyramids, temples, tombs and churches -buildings dedicated to eternity. Yet architecture is always in a state of change. It weathers, ages, decays, and is renewed. It is adapted and extended; how it is perceived is altered, such that the monstrosities of one generation become the cherished heritage of the next. Rowan Moore describes works that are smart in their use of time, from the High Line in New York to the work of the great Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi. We talk of “buildings”, he says, because they are part of a continuous process – we don’t call them “builts”. Rowan Moore is architecture critic for the Observer (London), and author of Why We Build: Power and Desire in Architecture. 7pm. Free. The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305.531.1001 or wolfsonian.org

November 14
Art
Pop Aesthetics
The work of artists Mauro Perucchetti and Lluis Barba unite Pop aesthetics with social comment, fused together with elegance and an ironic wit. Perucchetti’s meticulously crafted resin sculptures are political, cartoon like and steeped in the language of consumerism. With bold, synthetic colors and pristine, shiny surfaces, Perucchetti’s Jelly Babies appeal to the eyes and to the sense of touch. Barba’s photographic series Travelers in Time appropriates master artworks as a comment on contemporary society. Modern characters such as Tom Cruise or Madonna are inserted into the medieval worlds of Hieronymus Bosch or Pieter Brueghel as they establish a dialogue between the viewer and subject. Both artists will be on exhibit at the Baker Spoder Gallery starting today, through January 4. Baker Spoder Gallery, 608 Banyan Trail; Boca Raton.  For info: 561.241.3050 or BakerSponderGallery.com

November 15
Festival
Fall Orchid Fest
Head to Fairchild Garden for a brand new event, the Fall Orchid Festival. Find everything you need to experience this floral favorite during Fall: Thousands of incredible orchids for sale to help make your holiday gifts and home decor “tropics-style. Enjoy the “Orchids of the World” exhibit and juried show presented by the American Orchid Society and the Orchid Society of Coral Gables. Sit back, relax and enjoy delicious fare and live music. Orchid Workshops and talks are presented by the  American Orchid Society. Participate in the Orchid Walks through the Tropics. Learn about the Million Orchid Project in the Science Village and Tropical Laboratories. Experience the magic of butterflies and orchids in the Wings of the Tropics exhibit. Plus much more fun for the whole family. 9:30am -  4:30pm. $25. Fairchild Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd; Coral Gables. For info: 305.667.1651 or fairchild.org

November 15
Social
Batuke Samba Funk
At the Jorge Ben Jor Official After Party Batuke Samba Funk will be performing. They are a high energy Brazilian band mixing funk rhythms fro the ‘70s with Afro-Samba, Soul, Jazz, R&B, and Batucada. Members include founder and leader Diogo Oliveira on bass, Mari Macedo, vocals, Cezar Santana, guitar, Carlomagno Araya, drums, Luciano Stazzone, percussion, Mauricio Quiros, keys, Brian Wolfe, sax, and Cisco Dimas, trumpet. Batuke is the act of drumming on any surface, or with any object, that makes a sound. Recycled cans, plastic buckets and pieces of scrap metal have all been transformed into percussive instruments that enhance the musical atmosphere of this group established by Diogo Oliveira in 2008. Batuke Samba Funk is a unique collective of musicians from Brazil and Miami that performs the classic samba-soul sound that emerged in Rio de Janeiro in the late 1960’s and thrived in the 1970’s with artists like Jorge Ben, Tim Maia Jair Oliveira, Cassiano, Trio Mocoto, and many more. The genre combines the percussive grooves of Brazilian samba with the funk rhythms of American legends like James Brown and Earth, Wind & Fire. The Jorge Ben classics “Mas Que Nada” and “Pais Tropical” became worldwide anthems associated with Brazil and are true examples of the samba-soul (also known as samba-rock) style. Batuke Samba Funk was founded in 2008 by bassist extraordinaire Diogo Oliveira and features a revolving cast of the very finest musicians. On stage the groups can vary from the core 4 members all the way to 10 musicians playing guitars, bass, drums, vocals and percussion, yes plenty of Afro-Brazilian percussion. In fact, the band often erupts into a samba jam session during their shows using traditional Brazilian drums as will as recycled objects like cans, buckets and scrap metal to create a joyous carnaval atmosphere. The band, which also features Cezar Santana on guitar, Brian Wolfe on sax, and Mari Macedo on vocals, performs many covers during their concerts, but are now also writing and recording original songs to be released on their debut album later this year. 10pm. $10. PAX, 337 S.W. 8th St; Miami. For info: paxmiami.com

November 15
Lecture
Knight Masterworks Pre-Concert Talk
Become a classical music “insider.” Join us for an exciting behind-the-scenes look into the music and artists of the Ziff Classical Music series. The evening’s talk will be led by Florida Grand Opera’s Justin Moss who will present an intriguing conversation on soprano, Deborah Voigt. Presented by Steinway and Sons Miami. 7pm. Peacock Foundation Education Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

November 15
Tour
Secrets of Downtown Miami Walk
Guide Michael Pearlman takes you on a leisurely stroll through downtown Miami. He points out the little-known places and memorable sights. Tour ends with optional lunch at Soya e Pomodoro Italian Restaurant. Advanced reservations and payment required. $30. 10am – 12pm. HistoryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-375-1621 or historymiami.org.

November 15
Books
Santiago the Dreamer in Land Among the Stars
When you reach for the moon sometimes you land among the stars. From international superstar Ricky Martin, comes a timeless story of a boy who follows his heart and a father who believes in his son’s boundless potential. Santiago’s biggest dream is to perform on stage.  But when he doesn’t get the lead role in the school play, he can’t help but doubt himself. Encouraged by his father’s inspiring words, Santiago rebuilds his confidence and finds that with passion and dedication, you can achieve amazing things beyond your wildest imagination.  To get the book signed a book must be purchased at Books & Books beforehand or tonight at the event. Martin will sign his book today. 6pm. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

November 15
Dance
A Night at the Ballet, Premiere Season Opening Night
A “one night only” Gala to open the premiere season of the Florida Grand Ballet Theater, showcasing beloved classical repertoire and fresh contemporary choreography. 8pm. $20 – $30. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, For info:

November 15
Film
Female Trouble
Part of the month long retrospective of the worlds most beloved b-movie queen, the incomparable Divine, comes Female Trouble. A riotously funny bad-taste epic from director John Waters, Baltimore’s “Prince of Puke,” this sick classic tells the depraved life story of obese criminal Dawn Davenport (Divine), from her bad-girl youth as a go-go dancer on Baltimore’s infamous Block to her death in the electric chair. Mink Stole is terrific as Dawn’s bratty daughter Taffy, conceived following a romp on a junkyard mattress with a fat derelict in soiled underpants (also played by Divine). Mary Vivian Pearce and David Lochary co-star as crazed owners of a beauty-parlor who are convinced that “crime equals beauty,” and they take Dawn under their wings, forcing her to mainline liquid eyeliner to enhance her appeal. Edith Massey steals the film as Dawn’s obsessive neighbor, Ida, who wants her nephew to be gay (because heterosexuals lead “sick and boring lives”) and throws acid in Dawn’s face when she marries him. A hilariously appalling film, Female Trouble is just as disgusting and far funnier than Waters’ previous Pink Flamingos, if not as notorious. In anticipation of the release of the stellar new documentary film I Am Divine, opening at O Cinema on Nov 29th, they are celebrating highlights from Divine’s successful cinematic collaboration with John Waters each Friday and Saturday night at 11pm throughout the month of November. O Cinema Wynwood, 90 NW 29th St;  Miami. For info: o-cinema.org

November 15
Opera
Deborah Voigt
Beloved dramatic soprano Deborah Voigt is one of the world’s most versatile singers and endearing musical personalities. Thanks to the singular power and beauty of her voice, and her captivating stage presence, she is internationally revered for performances in the operas of Wagner, Strauss, Verdi, and more, besides serving as an active recitalist and exponent of Broadway standards and popular songs. She boasts an extensive discography and regularly appears—as both performer and host—in the Metropolitan Opera’s “The Met: Live in HD” series, which is transmitted live to movie theaters worldwide. Brian Zeger on piano. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

November 15
Music
Black Creek Nights
Hosted by Mr. Pauer and featuring Lanzallamas and Bachaco. Live music, local bands, re-mixes and performance artists invade the outside plaza and black box of the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. Mr. Pauer is a Latin Grammy Nominated producer and re-mixer. With a long career as a DJ and producer he is one of the pioneers in the new sounds of Latin electronica! Lanzallamas is pure fire. Their music is high energy, charged with Afro-Latino rhythms like salsa and cumbia that make everyone want to get up and dance. Bachacho is an international Afro-Caribbean Roots Rock band. Their music successfully blends feel-good and conscious lyrics through the mix of Reggae, Dancehall and Ska with Rock, Hip-Hop and Colombian cumbia. 8pm. $10. South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St; Miami. For info: smdcac.org

November 15
Books
Alan Dershowitz in conversation
Prominent legal mind and the #1 bestselling author of Chutzpah and The Best Defense, Alan Dershowitz, recounts his legal autobiography, describing how he came to the law, as well as the cases that have changed American jurisprudence over the past 50 years, most of which he has personally been involved in. He will be in conversation with Patricia D. White. 6pm. BankUnited Center, 1245 Dauer Dr; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

November 15
Music
Jorge Ben Jor
Jorge Ben Jor (born March 22, 1945 in Rio de Janeiro) is a Brazilian popular musician. His characteristic style fuses samba, funk, rock and bossa nova with lyrics that blend humor and satire with often esoteric subject matter (frequently, football). While he is probably best known as the composer of the bossa nova classic “Mas Que Nada,” his song “Taj Mahal” is recognizable (and was legally recognized in a plagiarism lawsuit) as the source of the melody in Rod Stewart’s hit “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” 8pm. Fillmore at Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: livenation.com

November 15
Film
Les Salauds (Bastards)
Acclaimed director Claire Denis’s latest and darkest film is jagged, daringly fragmented, and a genuinely contemporary film noir. Inspired by recent French sex ring scandals involving men of wealth and power, Vincent Lindon (Denis’s Friday Night) stars as Marco, a sea captain gone AWOL to avenge his brother-in-law’s suicide and to rescue his estranged sister and his teenaged niece (Lola Créton, Goodbye First Love); Chiara Mastroianni (A Christmas Tale) is Lindon’s married lover, who has sold her soul in exchange for the security of her young son; and the remarkable Michel Subor is her husband – a sleazy financier who is the very embodiment of an evil beyond comprehension. Denis takes the viewer into the very heart of darkness in her most unsettling film yet, an unforgettable and thrilling commentary on late capitalism. 7pm. $10. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; For info: mbcinema.com

November 16
Book Fair
The Book Thief
Based on the international best-selling novel by Markus Zusak. The book tells the inspiring story of a spirited and courageous young girl named Liesel, who transforms the lives of everyone around her when she is sent to live with a foster family in WWII Germany.  A Q&A with author Markus Zusak and actress Sophie Nelisse, who plays Liesel will follow. Free. 4pm. Regal South Beach 18, 1100 Lincoln Rd; For info: miamibookfair.com

November 16
Film
Nenette et Boni
A broken dysfunctional family gets the Denis treatment in the sumptuous, textural Nenette et Boni, the first collaboration of Denis, Godard, and Tindersticks. Two teenage siblings (Colin and Houri) have lived apart for years, and are awkwardly reunited when life’s responsibilities begin to surface. Influenced by the throwaway scene style of filmmaking of the French New Wave, Denis uniquely captures the urgency and embattled nature of these teenager’s lives. 7pm. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; For info: mbcinema.com

November 16
Music
Miami Beach Jazz Festival
Miami Jazz Fest proudly presents the first annual Miami Beach Jazz Festival. This spectacular event features some of the most talented true jazz musicians- locally as well as from all over the globe. 6pm. Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info:

November 16
Music
Percussion Consort
Michael Linville, conductor, Laquita Mitchell, soprano. The spotlight shifts to the Percussion Fellows in this rhythmic celebration of all things that can be crashed, hit and shaken to make sound. In the season’s first performance by the Percussion Consort, the Fellows join percussionists from the University of Miami Frost School of Music to perform Ginastera’s epic Cantata and Varèse’s sonic masterpiece, Ionisation. Shaun Naidoo’s Sentient Weather, composed in 2008 for the Consort, features a new video by Clyde Scott. 7:30pm. New World Center, 500 17 St; For info: 305.673.3331 or nws.edu

November 16
Kids
A Family-Friendly Fun Day with FGO
A Family-Friendly, Fun with Florida Grand Opera! Learn to play a tune or two in the Instrument Petting Zoo! Visit the Wig, Mask and Prop Shops to build your own opera-production pieces! Enjoy an opera called The Telephone, a 20-minute, English-language comic opera by composer Gian Carlo Menotti. This is fun for all ages. Bring the entire family! 10am – 1:30pm. Free. South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St; Miami. For info: smdcac.org

November 16
Film
Italian Movie Night
Head to the Coral Gables Museum courtyard for outdoor Italian film screenings as the museums continue to celebrate 2013 as the Year of Italian Culture in the U.S.. All films are in Italian with English subtitles. Bring your loved ones, lawn chairs and snacks. Rental chairs, drinks, pizza and popcorn will also be available to benefit the Museum. Presented by Cinema Italy and Coral Gables Museum in collaboration with Dante Alighieri and the Italian Consulate of Miami. Free. 8pm. Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: coralgablesmuseum.org

November 16
Tour
Gay and Lesbian Miami History Coach Tour
Join guide Rick Ferrer on this one-of-a-kind fact-based tour of Greater Miami. Stops at 21st Street Beach, Anita Bryant’s house, and the Edgewater neighborhood. Also see former infamous night clubs and the sites of significant political activism. Advanced reservations and payment required. 10am – 12pm. $45. HistoryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-375-1621 or historymiami.org.

November 16
Music
Alejandro Fernandez
Latin Grammy winning and multi-platinum selling Mexican superstar Alejandro Fernandez will take his all new Alejandro Fernandez – “Confidencias Tour 2013” to miami tonight. Don’t miss this opportunity to see his world-class production and experience his powerful & compelling vocals live in concert! 8pm. $70 – $170. For info: aaarena.com

November 16
Opera
Mourning Becomes Electra
Based on the play cycle by Eugene O’Neill, this mythic tale is set in Massachusetts shortly after the Civil War. Beneath the veneer of the prim and proper Mannon family are seething passions of bitterness, infidelity, incest, and even murder. The magnificently powerful music, written by Fort Lauderdale resident Marvin David Levy, is completely original. Conductor Leonard Bernstein called Marvin David Levy’s opera “a tremendous achievement, a remarkable work!” Come see why this opera received a 25-minute standing ovation on opening night at the Metropolitan Opera in 1967.
$25 – $133. Ziff Ballet opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

November 16
Lecture
Green Critics’ Lecture Series: Waters (Homage to the Waters)
Renowned worldwide for these processions, Mendive will include actors, dancers and musicians to reflect on the importance of water in every society, including his Yoruban culture, where it goes to the essence of mankind, feelings and personal stories. The art exhibition, Things that Cannot be Seen Any Other Way: The Art of Manuel Mendive, features more than 50 paintings, 4 sculptures, a tapestry and a mask installation. This exhibition is a project originally conceived by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs in association with the California African American Museum, the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University, and Fundación Amistad. Organized by Fundación Amistad. 4pm. Frost Art Museum, 10975 S.W. 17th St; Miami. For info: fiu.edu

November 16
Lecture
Remembering Bob Marley
Don’t miss this chance to learn more about Bob Marley, the man, the artist, the icon. Moderated by Pat McKay, Program Director for The Joint on Sirius XM, this panel discussion will feature speakers who were close to Marley. Panelists will include: Neville Garrick, Marley’s album cover artist; James Malcolm, pianist, composer, and Marley’s cousin; and, Lee Jaffe, harmonica player and personal friend. Free. 2pm. HistoryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-375-1621 or historymiami.org.

November 16
Kids
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Cale’s strikingly bold images spring to life in the stage production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which tells the tale of the hungry caterpillar’s progress through an amazing variety of food towards his eventual metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly. High up in a beautiful blue sky, a Little Cloud changes into various shapes of things he has seen. An adventurous trip to the zoo changing into different animals teaches The Mixed-Up Chameleon the importance of being true to oneself. These whimsical tales are “a quiet delight… brought to memorable life,” says the Los Angeles Times, as they impart valuable lessons while entertaining young audiences. Enjoy the full Family Fun experience! Each Family Fun show includes free pre-show art activities and face painting. Plus, complimentary post-show snacks for the entire family from Whole Foods. Children will enjoy free pre-show art activities provided by Young At Art Museum. After the show, the entire family can enjoy a complimentary snack provided by Whole Foods Market. 11am & 1pm. $15. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St; Aventura. For info: aventuracenter.org or 305-466-8002

November 16
Social
Art Fair Survival Party
PAMM Contemporaries get ready for Miami Art Week at the annual Art Fair Survival Party, where they receive Art Fair Survival Kits with event invitations, fabulous swag and VIP passes to the can’t-miss art fairs! This year’s event hosts are Evan Agatston, Tara Sokolow Benmeleh, Brian Ehrlich, Daniela Frewa, Alexandra Gonzalez, Valentina Gutchess, Marcella & Daniel Novela, Cristina Scarano, Bryan Sharkey, Aileen Quintana and Liza Walton. Exclusively for active PAMM Contemporaries members. To join the PAMM Contemporaries, email contempos@pamm.org. 7pm – 10pm. Dolce Italian at the Gale South Beach on the rooftop, 1690 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305-375-1709 or pamm.org

November 16
Comedy
Eric DaSilva
Headlining the Have Nots Comedy Fest tonight, with Not a beautiful Mind, a Live recording comedian Eric DaSilva is the byproduct of a nun in training and a martial arts master. Raised in a Brazilian immigrant house hold, his distinctive sense of humor from a concoction of Brazilian perspectives and American sensibilities started taking shape. After moving to Miami, DaSilva  quickly became a hit with audiences and became a regular of the South Florida comedy scene. He won both the North Vs. South Florida Comedy competition and Florida’s Funniest. Also performing is Oni Perez. Hosted by Alexander Rey. 8pm. $15. Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: fillmoremb.com

November 16
Books
Andrew Kaufman
Photographer Andrew Kaufman is an artist that doesn’t fit the mould of many of his contemporaries. He produces a tremendous amount of personal work, in every photographic format imaginable, and is really someone impossible to categorize. One day he might be shooting 6×7 for an ad client and the next 4×5 for a personal project. He has worked for magazines, agencies, art directors, ad clients and collectors and has somehow managed to avoid the mass homogenisation of imagery that now seems to be prevalent in those fields. His book I’m in Miami Bitch! is a compilation of street art done during Art Basel by graffiti artists from all over the world. He will discuss and sign his new book, tonight at Book and Books. 7pm. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

November 16
Comedy
Craig Ferguson
Craig Ferguson is a Scottish-born American television host, stand-up comedian, writer, actor, director, author, producer and voice artist. He is the host of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, an Emmy Award-nominated, Peabody Award-winning late-night talk show that airs on CBS. In addition to hosting his own show and performing stand-up comedy, Ferguson has written two books: Between the Bridge and the River, a novel, and American on Purpose, a memoir. He became a citizen of the United States in 2008. For several years he performed as a stand-up comedian under the stage name Bing Hitler. Before his career as a late-night television host, Ferguson was best known in the United States for his role as the office boss, Nigel Wick, on The Drew Carey Show. He also wrote and starred in three films, directing one of them.He hits South Florida for the Hot and Grumpy Tour. 8pm. $34 – $54. Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way; Hollywood. For info: hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com

November 16
Dance
Dance Under the Stars
Dance Now Miami presents a sneak peek of “Water’s Edge: the Long Walk”, and works from the Dance NOW! critically acclaimed repertory plus a special performance from the Students of the Academy of Arts and Minds Dance Department at Dance Under the Stars: An Evening of Dance at the North Beach Band Shell. Free. 7pm. North Beach Band Shell, 7300 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305.975.8489 or dancenowmiami.org

November 16
Art
Between Walls
Juan López’ work explores the aesthetic possibilities of the urban environment, playing with the spaces, mixing video projections and installations, designing complex iconic buildings and changing the perception of the architecture. In Between Walls, he introduces the pedestrian mall into the gallery in one piece while exposing the exhibition and its visitors through another. By extending drawing onto the gallery’s architecture, López manipulates the interior of the space. These interventions that modify the established could be considered a form of poetic resistance. Opening Reception tonight. 6pm. ArtCenter/South Florida, 800 Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach. For info: acsf.org

November 17
Kids
The Art of Latkes
Join us for a special Family Day with popular PJ Library titles in conjunction with our Growers, Grocers & Gefilte Fish exhibit, plus hands-on art activities for families and children. 2pm. Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, 301 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305.672.5044 or jmof.fiu.edu

November 17
Music
Miami International Piano Festival – Misha Dacic
The Miami International Piano Festival has selected a very special performer to open the 2013-14 Season. Serbian pianist, Misha Dacic first appeared on the Festival’s radar 10 years ago and has been a key fixture ever since. What makes this particular artist so unique that audiences beg to see him again and again? First, he is the kind of virtuoso that exhibits stunning technique and fearlessly embraces each composer’s idiom with passion and immense conviction. His communicative skills and interpretive abilities are able to reach through the score and capture the essence of each piece as only the composer himself might have, and then perform in such a compelling manner, that he captures the heart and mind of his listeners. And he has done this for the last 10 years not only in Miami, but in great concert halls all over the world with programs that are varied, insightful and pure listening joy. The Festival is delighted to bring Misha Dacic once again to our stage and honored to share his trajectory to stardom with his fans in South Florida. On this special occasion, Misha will shed new light on music by Bach (Partita No. 2), Busoni-Mozart’s Magic Flute Transcription, Villalobos, Liszt, and Albeniz. 5pm. $30. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St; Aventura. For info: For info: miamipianofest.com

November 17
Film
Beau Travail (Good Work)
Claire Denis’ atmospheric and vibrant version of Melville’s Billy Budd, Sailor, with the story transferred to northern Africa. (She was raised in French colonial Africa). Ex-Foreign Legion officer Galoup (Denis Lavant, Holy Motors) recalls his life as leader of the troops in the Gulf of Djibouti, but jealousy entangles the arrival of new recruit Sentain (Denis regular Grégoire Colin)… (In French with English sutitles). 7pm. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

November 17
Tour
Little Havana Cuban Cuisine and Culture Walk
Join guide Pepe Menendez on this delightful tour of Little Havana. Sample cafe cubano and fruit as you learn the secrets of the ceiba tree, visit a botanica, see cigars hand-rolled, and explore Domino Park. Optional lunch afterward at Cuban restaurant. Advanced reservations and payment required. $30. 9am  – 11pm. HistoryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-375-1621 or historymiami.org.

November 17
Book Fair
Inaugural Author: Dan Brown
With the publication of his groundbreaking novels The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, and Angels & Demons, Dan Brown became an international sensation, fusing symbols, art, and history into bestselling thrillers. In fact, The Da Vinci Code, which spent 144 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, remains the number-one adult hardcover of all time. In his latest, Inferno (Doubleday; $29.99), Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon realizes that he is in possession of a series of disturbing codes created by a brilliant scientist – a genius whose obsession with the end of the world is matched only by his passion for Dante’s epic poem, The Inferno. Spend an evening with the writer dubbed by the The Wall Street Journal as “The master of the intellectual cliffhanger. 7:30pm. $15. Gusman, 174 East Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-372 0925 or miamibookfair.com

November 17
Tour
Bike the Basin
In celebration of our featured exhibit, Concrete Paradise: The Miami Marine Stadium, this tour will take place on Virginia Key. This tour will address the stadium’s architecture, past and future! Nearby mountain biking trails offer a full day of fun. Bring refreshments and spend the day! (approx. 1.5 hr) Most bike tours are recommended for riders ages 10+ and riders that can maintain a speed of 10 mph. Please ensure that your bicycle is in good operating condition, and bring plenty of fluids. Meet at the stadium at 11am. $10. Miami Marine Stadium, 3501 Rickenbacker Causway; Key Biscayne. For info: 305.603.8067.

November 17
Workshop
Afro-Peruvian Dance
Learn from an expert. Perú Expresión’s lead dancer Maribel Egoavil will teach Afro-Peruvian dance styles. No prior experience is necessary. Space is limited. Perú Expresión is presented by the South Florida Folklife Center as part of the Heritage Spotlight series, an artist-in-residence program featuring local traditional artists. $20. 2pm – 3pm. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-375-4590 or historymiami.org.

November 17
Music
Chopin Salon Concert
Direct from Poland, Aleksandra Kuls, violin and Marcin Koziak, piano perform an intimate recital featuring Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” Sonata as well as works by Chopin and other Polish composers. Concert includes a wine reception. $45 – $55. 4pm. La Gorce Country Club, 5685 Alton Rd; Miami Beach. For info: 305.868.0324 or chopin.org

November 17
Music
Nikki Kidd
Arts at St. Johns begins a new series this November entitled Horizons; a Fall-Winter soap-box series featuring local Miami artists and performers, their work, and how their work is fueling and inspiring community and social awareness. Bringing back one of Miami Beaches hidden and most treasured locations, Horizons will be located right on the beautiful and still waters of Surprise Lake.  On the rear patio of St. Johns, Jazz vocal sensation, Nikki Kidd will open our series with Top 40 Jazz, R&B, and classics. With admission, audience will receive a complimentary glass of wine to celebrate the new series! Attendees are encouraged to enjoy a relaxing evening and are welcome to bring food and beverages of their choice. $20. 7pm. Arts at St. Johns, 4760 Pine Tree Dr; Miami Beach. For info:
786.309.1275 or artsatstjohns.com

November 18
Tour
Olympia Theater Walk
Go backstage with our guide and explore the interior of the Gusman Olympia Theater on Flagler Street. View its star-studded sky, Romeo and Juliet balcony, and gorgeous Art Deco interior. Hear the history of this theater, where everyone from Elvis Presley to Pavarotti has performed. Advanced reservations and payment required. $30. 10am – 12pm. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-375-4590 or historymiami.org.

November 19
Music
A Soul Unfettered
The South Florida Symphony Orchestra presents “A Soul Unfettered” under the music direction of Maestra Sebrina María Alfonso. The program includes Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro for Strings, Barber’s Cello Concerto, Opus 22, and Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 “The Great.” Clancy Newman, winner of the prestigious Walter W. Naumburg Competition, is the featured soloist. 7:30pm. $35. – $55. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center,  3385 NE 188th St; Aventura. For info: southfloridasymphony.org or call us at 954-522-8445.

November 19
Discussion
Alejandro Landes
Alejandro Landes’ first film is a documentary called Cocalero which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2007.  He later went on to make his second feature, a hybrid of genres, creating a fictional piece based on true events using non-actors.  His third film, currently in script format, is fiction.  Please join us when we discuss with Alejandro the documentary and narrative genres and his experiences with both, even together, sometimes creating imagined realities. Porfirio is a film about the remarkable real-life Porfirio Ramirez, a small-town Colombian bar owner who dabbled in connections with FARC in the ’90s but now lives as a paraplegic after being shot in the spinal cord during a police raid, and plays himself in Alejandro Landes’s unique fusion of bio-pic and cinema verite. 6pm. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

November 20
Film
Vendredi Soir (Friday Night)
Claire Denis’ visually stunning and sensual film explores a chance encounter between two strangers (Valerie Lemercier and Vincent Lindon) who meet in the middle of a transit strike and wind up changing their lives forever. 7pm. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

November 20
Film
Hello Dolly
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 Hello Dolly. A matchmaker named Dolly Levi takes a trip to Yonkers, New York to see the “well-known unmarried half-a-millionaire,” Horace Vandergelder. While there, she convinces him, his two stock clerks and his niece and her beau to go to New York City. In New York, she fixes Vandergelder’s clerks up with the woman Vandergelder had been courting, and her shop assistant (Dolly has designs of her own on Mr. Vandergelder, you see). Directed by Gene Kelly; starring Barbra Streisand and Walter Matthau. 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

November 20
Theatre
The Red Thread
Back by popular demand, the critically acclaimed The Red Thread, returns tonight to thrill adults as well as the kiddo’s. This visually stunning and highly entertaining production inspired by ancient Chinese folktales was written by MTC’s Artistic Director Stephanie Ansin and Resident Artist Fernando Calzadilla.  A mystical adventure, The Red Thread takes audiences on a roller coaster ride through a young woman’s heroic quest to rescue her father’s miraculous unfinished masterpiece. Her ensuing adventures challenge her mind, body, and spirit while the red thread pulls all the characters toward their inevitable destination. This riveting tale of inner strength, true love, and glorious reunion guarantees to keep audiences on the edge of their seats. New to the cast are Joshua Jean-Baptiste, Natalia Coego, Shannon Ouellette, Alexander Zenoz. They join returning cast members Diana Garle, Nikki Lowe, and Jeremiah Musgrove and original cast members Troy Davidson and Marjorie O’Neill-Butler. Choreography by Resident Artist Octavio Campos; original music and sound design by Luciano Stazzone; set, costume, and lighting design by Calzadilla, and direction by Ansin. 7pm. $25. MTC MainStage, 9806 NE 2nd Ave; Miami Shores. For info: 305.751.9550 or mtcmiami.org.

November 20
Discussion
Miami Graffiti Panel
A discussion about the evolution and significance of Miami graffiti covering decades and styles from the Miami Marine Stadium to Wynwood, featuring graffiti artists Hox and Abstrk and graffiti tour operator Martha Greenlee. Moderated by Rosa Lowinger. 7pm. Free. Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: coralgablesmuseum.org

November 20
Lecture
The African Roots of Cuban Culture: Artistic and Religious Expressions
This symposium at the Frost Art Museum will delve into the mysterious and fascinating history of the influence of African culture and religions on the Cuban people and their institutions over the past several hundred years, right up to present day. Dr. Jorge Duany, Director of the FIU Cuban Research Institute will make opening remarks, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Frost Art Museum Director Carol Damian, and including Dr. Andrea Queeley, Professor in FIU’s African & African Diaspora Studies program; Dr. Bárbaro Martínez-Ruiz, Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University; and Dr. Henry Drewal, Professor of Art History and Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. There will be a reception and a tour of the Mendive exhibition at the Frost following the panel discussion. Free. 4pm -  7pm. Frost Art Museum, 10975 S.W. 17th St; Miami. For info: fiu.edu

November 21
Music
Buddy Guy & Jonny Lang
Chicago blues king, six-time Grammy Award winner, and Kennedy Center Honoree Buddy Guy plus the original Grammy Award-winning blues prodigy Jonny Lang will play thrilling back to back sets at a one-night-only Arsht Center event. After more than 60 years in the industry, Guy has earned his title as a blues legend. His influence on such notable musicians as Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, and Stevie Ray Vaughn is remarkable. Clapton described Guy as, “the best guitarist alive.” Guy’s nine albums and countless world-wide performances prove nothing less. From the moment Jonny Lang picked up his guitar at the age of 12, he’s been a star. Since his beginning as the headliner of Kid Jonny Lang & The Big Bang, Lang has toured with The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, B.B. King, Blues Traveler, Sting, Jeff Beck, and, of course, Buddy Guy. In the words of Buddy Guy, “If you don’t think you have the blues, just keep living.” This duo will bring the soul and energy of the electrifying blues sound to Miami like never before. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

November 21
Social
Mystery Dates Kick-Off
Join the MOCA Shaker’s as they Kick-Off  Mystery Dates with a stylish cocktail party to launch ticket sales for MOCA’s annual fundraiser supporting exhibitions of emerging artists! MOCA’s Mystery Dates Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2014. Featuring DJ’s Ess & Emm. Radio Bar, Miami Beach – 814 1st St; Miami Beach. For info: mocanomi.org

November 21
Green
Surviving Progress
Technological advancement, economic development, population increase – are they signs of a thriving society? Or too much of a good thing? Featuring powerful arguments from such visionaries as Jane Goodall, Margaret Atwood, and Stephen Hawking, this enlightening and visually spectacular film explores the concept of progress in our modern world, guiding us through the major “progress traps” facing our civilization in the arenas of technology, economics, consumption, and the environment. 7pm. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

November 21
Film
Trouble Every Day
The plane glides through the night. Flying from the United States to Paris. Shane is drinking with his young bride, June. When she falls asleep by his side, he gives himself over to the scorching pain of the nightmare he dreads. In Paris, Leo is no longer waiting for Shane. He is no longer waiting for anyone. He has been struck off from the hospitals laboratories where he worked as a researcher. He is guarding his wife Coré’s shelter, protecting her excursions, her hunting ground – her kisses… -Cannes Film Festival program. Trouble Every Day is a portrait of how far some people’s desires go. 9pm. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

November 21
Film
Le Joli Mai
In this non-traditional documentary about Paris, instead of covering the usual sights and sounds of the city, writer/director Chris Marker takes his film crew to the street and interviews people on the spot and in their homes. Comments range from the French-Algerian conflict and the stock market to everyday problems of housing, homelessness, working conditions and moral and religious observations. Although the classic art and culture that made Paris famous worldwide is discussed, the primaryfocus is on how Parisians look at themselves and their everyday lives. Directed By: Chris Marker. 7:30pm. O Cinema Miami Shores, 9806 NE 2nd Ave; Miami Shores. For info: 786-565-FILM

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