November 22 to November 29

November 23-25.
Kids
Babies, Blooms, Butterflies, and Turkey’s  
The Museum of Discovery and Science will celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with Babies, Blooms, Butterflies, and Turkeys! Learn about beautiful flowers that make the air smell sweet, discover which arthropods help to pollinate crops and flowers, and even get the opportunity to release a butterfly! Enjoy the petting zoo and see a real live turkey plus release beautiful butterflies. 2:30pm. Amazing Butterflies Owner, Jose Muniz, will be making daily presentation about the life cycle and anatomy of these magical Butterflies. Butterflies are one of the very few creatures on our planet whose stages of development are so unique that each stage doesn’t resemble what it was or what it will become. Strikingly beautiful, butterflies have a mysterious way of capturing our hearts and imaginations. Learn fun and interesting facts and some fiction about butterflies. Other fun events include a Baby Farm Animals Petting Zoo, a Thanksgiving Laboratory, Create beautiful leaf rubbing art and a toad aAbode, create a place for a froggy friend, Learn the reason for the season and See how busy bees make honey. 10am to 5pm. $15.  The Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St; Fort Lauderdale. For info: 954.467.6637 or mods.org

November 23-25
Festival
Magic on the Bay
Don’t miss a Holiday Festival, Magic on the Bay. This art, music, sport and water festival will host a series of fab and fun holiday events. The fun kicks off with Lobster Feast Under the Stars, a casual, but fun outdoor dinner party. Performing live will be world-renowned artists Carlos Oliva y los Sobrinos del Juez. Don’t miss Rowing Races, Dragon boat Races and Fishing Tournament at the Miami Rowing & Watersports Center and“Noche Tropical”, a concert by Willy Chirino on Saturday.  Sunday’s events include Kayak / Stand up Surf Ski Races and the “Smokin on the Bay” Pig Roast Competition. Free. 12am – 11pm.  Virginia Key Beach Park, 4020 Virginia Beach Dr; Key Biscayne.  For info: 305.960.4600 or magiconthebayfestival.com

November 23
Film
Tales of the Night
Cool new animated flick will show at O Cinema tonight. Tales of the Night is renowned animation auteur Michel Ocelot (Kirikou and the Sorceress, Azur & Asmar)’s newest film. A hit at the Berlin Film Festival, the film extends the earlier shadow puppet style of Ocelot’s Princes and Princesses, with black silhouetted characters set off against exquisitely detailed Day-Glo backgrounds bursting with color and kaleidoscopic patterns creating a diorama like effect. The film weaves together six exotic fables each unfolding in a unique locale, from Tibet, to medieval Europe, an Aztec kingdom, the African plains, and even the Land of the Dead. In Ocelot’s storytelling, history blends with fairytale as viewers are whisked off to enchanted lands full of dragons, werewolves, captive princesses, sorcerers, and enormous talking bees – and each fable ends with its own ironic twist. 7pm. $10.50. O Cinema, 9806 NE 2nd Ave; Miami Shores. For info: 305-571-9970.

November 24
Tour
Fisher Island and South Beach Boat
Join Dr. Paul George on an island tour of the waterways of Biscayne Bay, and enjoy a glimpse of Flagler Memorial Island, star-studded Star Island’s waterfront mansions and Palm Island, where “Scarface” Al Capone spent his final years. Watch the giant gantry cranes at PortMiami and end with a close-up view of fabulous Fisher Island. Advance reservations and payment required. $44. 9am – 11am. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: historymiami.org

November 24
Food
Hedy Goldsmith
Come meet Hedy Goldsmith, Executive Pastry Chef of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, who will be signing copies of her first cookbook BAKING OUT LOUD: Fun Desserts with Bold Flavors. From cookies and bars to pies, cakes, tarts, custards, and all sorts of ice creams, pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith’s debut cookbook shares the whimsical bold dessert recipes that boast her signature in-your-face flavors and riffs on childhood sweets that will inspire home bakers. 11am – 1pm. Epicure Sunny Isles, 17190 Collins Ave; Sunny Isles. For info: epicuremarket.com

November 24
Music
The Wild Youth of Cuban Piano
Cuban Pianists Aldo López-Gavilán & Harold López-Nussa will play an exceptional duet that will embrace themes from traditional Cuban sounds to Afro-Cuban Jazz.  Virtuosity, innovation, and originality are how audiences and critics describe the two young uber-talents that are taking the classical and jazz music worlds by storm.  Both accomplished and award winning soloists in their own right, these two Cuban maverick pianists will be playing one rare engagement together tonight. Come hear, understand and savor the live sounds of these unique pianists from the Island.  $30. 8pm. Black.Box Theater at Miami-Dade County Auditorium, 2901 W. Flagler St; Miami. For info: fundarte.us or 305.316.6165.
This program is presented in support of the mission of the new No Borders Performance Series.

November 24
Museum
Hurricanes
With the increase in number and strength of hurricanes over recent years, it’s important to know how to deal with these natural phenomena. To learn what it takes to predict, prepare for and protect against a hurricane, Miami Science Museum, debuts the “Hurricanes” exhibit tonight. Partake in the many exciting activities at the exhibit, including: Climbing inside a full-scale P-3 hurricane hunter aircraft and experience what it’s like for pilots to fly through a swirling storm, designing, building and testing a model house against hurricane-force winds and testing skills against an impending disaster with the exhibit’s Hurricane Preparedness game. Don’t miss the 20-foot-long display case featuring artifacts from Hurricane Andrew, which made landfall in South Florida in 1992. 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. $14.95. Miami Science Museum, 3280 South Miami Ave; Miami. miamisci.org or 305-646-4200.

November 24
Music
Gonzalo Rubalcaba Trio
The conservatory-trained master pianist has integrated huge swaths of the European classical and jazz traditions, while maintaining deep ties to the rhythmic currents of his Cuban homeland. Initially coming to international prominence under the aegis of bassist Charlie Haden, with whom he recorded extensively, Gonzalo Rubalcaba has now earned 15 Grammy nominations, winning two Grammys and two Latin Grammys. At first, Rubalcaba distinguished himself primarily with his virtuoso technique and rhythmic prowess. With maturity, he has become a more introspective composer and improviser, while continuing to dazzle audiences as he explores the rich history of Cuban music. 8pm. $40 – $150. Miniaci Performing Arts Center, 3100 Ray Ferraro Jr Blvd; Fort Lauderdale. For info: southfloridajazz.org

November 24
Social
The White Party
RESET is the main theme of this year’s White Party – the premier event in Miami. Join thousands dressed in a sea of white as they dance until dawn. The White Party is known for pushing the limits of entertainment, décor, and production and this year is no is no different. Experience live shows from Crystal Waters, Hunter Valentine and Power Infiniti and renowned DJs including Danny Verde, Paulo, Herbie James and Scotty Thomson will keep the crowds going. The White Party Fantasy Fashion Show will showcase twelve fashion-design students from Miami International University of Art & Design. In White Party tradition all white outfits are expected from attendees and the more extreme and outrageous the better. 10pm – 5am. $40 – $170. SOHO Studios, 2136 NW 1 Ave; Miami. For info: whiteparty.org.

November 25
Music
Vicki Richards & 4th Chakra
This concert has influences from North Indian Ragas & Talas, Classical Western themes, a little rock fusion, ethereal sounds and some Americana in an eclectic blend. Each musician is a leader, composer, and improviser in his/her own right. 4th Chakra embraces new technologies to achieve the best of both acoustic and electronic enhancements for their musical journeys. Featuring: Vicki Richards, acoustic & electric violin; Jeff Deen,  tabla, percussion, halo; and Mitch Kopp, guitars. $15 – $20. 2pm. Arts at St Johns, 4760 Pine Tree Dr; Miami Beach. For info: 786.309.1275 or artsatstjohns.com

November 25
Music
Christmas Oratorio
Donald Oglesby with the University of Miami Collegium Musicum and the Bach Society Chamber Orchestra perform Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Cantatas I, II, III. Tony Boutté, tenor as the Evangelist; Alissa Roca, soprano; Katherine Wiggins, mezzo-soprano; Jeffery Williams, baritone; Carl DuPont, bass-baritone. 4pm. First United Methodist Church of Coral Gables, 536 Coral Way; Coral Gables. For info: miamibachsociety.org

November 26
Music
2 Chainz
Tauheed Epps better known by his stage name 2 Chainz, is an American rapper from College Park, Georgia. He was first known for being one-half of southern hip hop duo, Playaz Circle. He is currently signed to Def Jam Records, an imprint of Universal Music. 8:30pm. Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: livenation.com

November 26
Film
Miami Short Film Festival
The 11th Annual Miami short Film Festival will run from November 24th-December 1st, 2012. The festival will screen 75+ films under 20 minutes, selected from over 700 international submissions, including categories such as Local, Experimental, Music Videos, Documentary, and Narrative. Screenings will also be held at The Miami Beach Cinematheque, with local bar, Chalk, hosting the official South Beach after parties.  Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: MiamiShortFilmFestival.com

November 27
Theatre
Divorce Party The Musical
Whether you’re newly divorced, on the verge, happily remarried, or you know someone who is, you will love Divorce Party, the refreshing new musical that celebrates starting over, getting stronger and finding humor even in one of life’s worst events. Still reeling from her divorce, Linda is rescued by her three friends who have come to turn her despair into a weekend of hilarity. Using popular songs with clever new lyrics, the ladies sing and dance their way through the wildest divorce party ever. From the producer who brought you the off-Broadway hit Menopause the Musical, it’s the ultimate girls’ night out, coupled with a healthy dose of comic mayhem and a touch of “naughty.” Stay for the Post-Performance Talk Back with co-creator and author of Divorce Party The Musical, Dr. Amy Botwinick, to hear how her personal experience was the inspiration of the show and how the show was brought to life. 8pm. Through December 9. $31.50 & $39. Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St; Fort Lauderdale. For info: DivorcePartyTheMusical.com.

November 27
Lecture
Floral Design Class
Spend the day learning from accredited floral designers, who combine lectures, demos, and critiqued hands-on workshops to develop an understanding of the art of flower arranging. This class is the first unit of a six-part floral design study hosted by the Miami Beach Garden Club. Today’s class covers: Care, cutting and grooming of plant materials, Mechanics for different containers, Elements of design, Types of containers, Basic forms of plant materials and an overview of symmetrical, asymmetrical and diagonal designs. The Florida Federation of Garden Clubs will award a certificate to those who complete all six courses. Lunch included. 9:30am – 2pm. $28 or $150 for all six. Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive Miami Beach. For info: mbgarden.com or 305-532-9987.

November 27th
Social
Big Foot Sculpture Reception
This traveling statue has been so popular, he’s decided to stay for good at the Garden! We will be hosting a reception for Big Foot, our gentle giant who sits effortlessly on top of the water in the Great Pond. French-Israeli sculptor Idan Zareski will be present to talk about his inspiration for the piece and his technique as an artist. 5pm -  8:30pm. Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive Miami Beach. For info: mbgarden.org or 305-532-9987.

November 27
Kids
Bass Babies
This is a program for the museum’s youngest visitors and those who care for them. Bass Babies is a weekly class where toddlers and their caretakers work closely with their children to discover creative and fun ways to interact with art through song, gallery activities, and art making. Session 3: Fun With Art, psychedelic sensory bottles. 10–11:30am. 2-4 yr olds. $20 per class. $100 cost per session. For info: 305.673.7530 or bassmuseum.org

November 27 to December 22
Theatre
Three Sisters
A startling family drama commissioned by the Moscow Art Theatre in 1899 launches the new Miami Theater Center tonight. Experience an intimate new version of this influential Russian masterpiece directed by Stephanie Ansin. performance will present innovative theater, dance and music for adult audiences. Three Sisters has been reinterpreted by Stephanie Ansin & Fernando Calzadilla for a contemporary audience. The audience will be seated on stage with the actors, on a moveable seating platform that rotates twice during the show. Translated by Tatsiana Yarashevich, Choreography by Octavio Campos, Original Music and Sound Design by Luciano Stazzone, and Set, Costume & Lighting Design by Fernando Calzadilla. 10am. $35. Miami Theater Center, 9806 NE 2nd Ave; Miami Shores. For info: 305-751-9550 or mtcmiami.org.

November 27 to December 1
Music
Human Nature
Australia’s leading pop vocal group, Human Nature  will play the Hard Rock tonight. Having released nine albums, five of which went to #1 in their native continent, selling millions of records world-wide and garnering 23 platinum awards. The group has opened for Celine Dion and Michael Jackson in Europe and Australia. Their chart-topping Motown tribute, Reach Out, went five-times-platinum, attracting the attention of famed songwriter Smokey Robinson, who recorded “Get Ready” with them and presented them in an exclusive booking at Las Vegas’ Imperial Palace, where they have played five and six nights a week to sold-out crowds for the past two and a half years. $34 – $54. 8pm. Hard Rock Live, 5747 Seminole Way;  Hollywood. For info: hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com

November 27
Books
Norman Van Aken
Legendary Chef Norman Van Aken is known internationally as “the founding father of New World Cuisine,” a celebration of Latin, Caribbean, Asian, African and American flavors. He is also known for introducing the concept of “fusion” to the culinary world in a symposium on American cooking in Santa Fe in 1988. He is the only Floridian inducted into the prestigious James Beard list of “Who’s Who in American Food and Beverage.” He is the Chef and Director of Restaurants at The Miami Culinary Institute as well as the Chef-Owner of “Norman’s at the Ritz-Carlton, Grande Lake, Orlando”. The New York Times deemed his fine dining restaurant, Norman’s, “the Best Restaurant in Florida and Norman Van Aken its best Chef.” My Key West Kitchen (Kyle Cathie, $29.95) is his love letter to Key West, where he first found the passion to cook, and where the unique cultural makeup of the island influenced his cuisine today—from the “little joints” of the island to the locals’ home cooking—as well as recipes from Norman’s past and present. The colorful stories behind the recipes make My Key West Kitchen essential reading both in and out of the kitchen. He will discuss and sign his book today at Books and Books. 2pm. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

November 28
Music
Idina Menzel
Tony Award winner Idina Menzel has a diverse career on the stage, in films and television, and in music. She is a powerhouse of talent, who constantly amazes audiences with her strong, emotional performances. Menzel appears in the latest season of the television hit Glee, and is currently on a sold-out tour, performing with leading orchestras around the country. A skillful songwriter, Idina writes and performs her own music. She released the Glen Ballard-produced album for her record label, Warner Bros. Records, and played to sold out houses around the United States. Menzel performed her show in New York as part of the Mastercard Soundstage series, which aired on PBS. PBS also aired the concert version of Chess: The Musical, recorded at the Royal Albert Hall where she shared the stage with Josh Groban. $25. 8pm. Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd; West Palm Beach. For info: kravis.org

November 28
Books
Greg Gutfeld
From Greg Gutfeld, the irreverent star of Fox News’s Red Eye and The Five, comes  hilarious observations on the manufactured outrage of an oversensitive, wussified culture. Gutfeld hates artificial tolerance. At the root of every single major political conflict is the annoying coddling Americans must endure of these harebrained liberal hypocrisies. In fact, most of the time liberals uses the mantle of tolerance as a guise for their pathetic intolerance. And what we really need is smart intolerance, or as Gutfeld reminds us, what we used to call common sense. The Joy of Hate (Crown, $26) tackles this conundrum head on–replacing the idiocy of open-mindness with a shrewd judgmentalism that rejects stupid ideas, notions, and people. With countless examples grabbed from the headlines, Gutfeld provides readers with the enormous tally of what pisses us all off.  Funny and sarcastic to the point of being mean (but in a nice way), The Joy of Hate points out the true jerks in this society and tells them all off. 12pm. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

November 28
Food
The Wholesome Grocer Farm Pickup
The garden is a pick-up point for members of The Wholesome Grocer: a free-to-join program sourcing fresh, local and organic produce to city-dwellers. You can also special order grass-fed beef, free-range chicken and eggs, and assorted seasonal foods from Florida growers. Support your local community and sign up for your share today. Noon to 5pm.  For info: onceuponacarrot.org

November 28
Film
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
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 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. When Dr. Henry Jones Sr. suddenly goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, eminent archaeologist Indiana Jones must follow in his father’s footsteps and stop the Nazis. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Starring Harrison Ford, Sean Connery.  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
Enjoy free movies every Wednesday night! This week: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) Directed by Steven Spielberg. The SoundScape Cinema Series is presented generously by the Marilyn and Edward Gadinsky Charitable Foundation and held at the new Miami Beach SoundScape ExoStage, corner of 17 Street and Washington Avenue. Bring your blanket or beach chair and picnic! No glass please.

November 29
Film
One Week
Buster Keaton’s first short in a starring and directorial role, One Week has become a classic of his ingenious talents. Taking place over a period of one week, he and his new bride take on the task of assembling a fabulous wedding gift: one of the “manufactured homes” that were all the rage at the time. Complicated as that may seem, there is the additional problem of sabotage by another suitor who also wanted the bride’s hand in marriage, and lost her to Buster.  And The Electric House, In another case of hilarious sabotaged chaos, Buster is a botany student but upon graduation is accidentally given the wrong degree: Electrical Engineering. This leads naturally to a job, where Buster is hired to re-wire a house, and imaginatively designs a master plan. But the student who had earned that degree has different plans, and Buster’s brilliant mess is adjusted a bit, to say the least. $10. 7pm. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; For info: mbcinema.com

November 29
Tour
Hungry for History
Visit the historic 1918 Alamo Museum with guide Sylvia Gurinsky. Housed in a beautiful Mediterranean Revival building by August Geiger, the Alamo was Miami’s first hospital. Hear the story of Dr. James Jackson, the pioneer doctor who moved to Miami in 1896. Then visit the Alamo farmer’s market. Advance reservations and payment required. $25. 11am – 1pm. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: historymiami.org

November 29
Art
Untitled ([construction of good)]
The Wolfsonian-FIU presents a new site-specific exhibit, Untitled ([construction of good)] by artist Bhakti Baxter in The Wolfsonian Bridge Tender House beginning tonight. The installation will take place in the steel structure created in the Art Deco style outside of the museum entrance. The focus of the exhibit will be on the construction of good for mankind, focusing on how the meanings of things are perpetually shaped by their human and historical contexts. The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305.531.1001 or wolfsonian.org

November 29
Theatre
The Nutcracker
Set in the present day, The House’s fantastical expansion of this holiday classic is not a ballet, but rather a play—unstintingly affirmative and emotional—about one loving family’s recovery from a terrible and surprising loss. Based on the original E.T.A. Hoffmann story, the play centers on young Clara’s journey to save Christmas and bring her broken family back together—making this production a splendidly empowering Christmas story and a wholly different take on the classic tale! This contemporary holiday theater piece weaves together riveting dialogue, astonishing puppetry, original songs and spellbinding spectacle to tell a heartwarming, darkly moving story of magic and hope. $45. 7:30pm. Carnival Studio Theater, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.com

November 29
Social
Festival of the Trees
South Florida’s architecture and design community demonstrates its support for quality interior architecture education through their annual participation in the Festival of the Trees event and auction. This holiday extravaganza has raised over $100,000 in funds that benefit Florida International University’s Interior Architecture Department and its talented students. Each year, Festival of the Trees Sponsors underwrite designers who design and build their unique holiday creations and donate them to the event. The ‘trees’ are then displayed and auctioned at the gala opening held at Coral Gables Museum. The lucky winning bidders take these extraordinary creations and use them for holiday decorations in either their homes or offices. 6:30pm – 9:30pm. $70. Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: 305-348-6914 or festivalofthetrees.net

November 29
Green
Amazon Gold!
The folks at ECOMB are hosting a cool green flick tonight. The fun begins with the first film, Amazon Gold! Narrated by Academy Award winners Sissy Spacek and Herbie  Hancock, Amazon Gold is the disturbing account of a clandestine journey into the Amazon rainforest. Ron Haviv and Donovan Webster, two war journalists led by a Peruvian biologist uncover the savage unraveling of pristine rainforest. They bear witness to the apocalyptic destruction in the pursuit of illegally mined gold with consequences on a global scale. Directed By: Reuben Aaronson.  Stay for Amazonia, a 5 minute animated short about a little treefrog named Bounce who is bullied by all sorts of prey until a blue-bellied treetoad named Biggy shows him the ways of the perilous jungle until the little treefrog begins to regain his mojo. Fun and hilarious and  set to Beethoven’s Symphony No.8. Directed By: Sam Chen. 7pm. $10. Miami Design Preservation League Auditorium, 1001 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach. For info: ecomb.org or 305-672-2014.

November 29
Book
Jewish Book Month
Ben G. Frank, travel writer, journalist and author of The Scattered Tribe. Traveling the Diaspora from Cuba to India to Tahiti and Beyond will read from and discuss his book tonight. The Scattered Tribe is an odyssey, a road map of travel to discover exotic Jewish communities around the globe.  Learn and engage in a lively discussion about modern Jewish life among many nations including Tahiti, Vietnam, Burma, Morocco, Algeria and Cuba. 7:30pm. The new Galbut Family Miami Beach JCC, 4221 Pine Tree Dr; Miami Beach. For info: 305-534-3206 or mbjcc.org

November 29
Music
The Journey
An Omeriah Malcolm Music Foundation Second Annual Benefit Concert
Thursday, November 29, 8pm.
James Malcolm, the youngest of the Bob Marley cousins has created an event that depicts his family’s journey from the Africa in the 1500s to the present though orchestral music, dance and song. The Journey and Celebration of the world-renown Marley family will feature Pianist James Malcolm, Stephen Marley featuring Orchestra Miami, Gospel Choirs and a Troupe of Dancers from Senegal. VIP tickets are $100 which include a pre-concert reception with the artists and preferred seating. All other tickets are $60.00. Proceeds will provide music education and equipment for underprivileged children in Ethiopia, Jamaica and South Florida. Call 305-669-6990 for ticketing information.

November 29
Music
Ira Sullivan
has played with such seminal figures as Charley Parker,Lester Young, Wardell Gray and Roy Elridge garnering   a reputation as a fearsome bebop artist and  master of both trumpet and saxophone.  After playing briefly with Art Blakey in the 50’s he moved to South Florida in the early 60’s . In the Miami area he contacted younger players notably Jaco Pastorius and Pat Metheny and broadening his own musical roots to include jazz rock and the music of Coltrane and later playing with trumpet legend Red Rodney in New York .He has been an  icon of jazz in the South Florida community for over 50 years now .Don’t miss Ira playing with the multiple award winning University of Miami Frost Concert Jazz Band – nationally recognized as among the top Big Bands in the nation. Thursday  8pm –University of Miami Gusman Concert Hall 1314 Miller Rd. Coral Gables .For reservations www.miami.edu/frost or call 305-284-2400

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