November 28 to December 5

November 29
Kids
Kid KJ & The Lil’ Mighty Monsters
The Museum of Discovery and Science welcomes the youngest monster truck drivers in the world today. Meet Kid KJ & The Lil’ Mighty Monsters for a monster truck pit party and learn about the science involved in keeping these little drivers safe and their mini-monster trucks strong. During this fun filled event take a ride in a real monster truck, watch Kid KJ demonstrate monster truck tricks, and get an up close look at the monster trucks in Kid KJ‚ & The Mighty Monsters collection. If you love monster trucks, don’t miss meeting this exceptional young team. 12pm – 5pm. $14. The Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St; Fort Lauderdale. For info: 954.467.6637 or mods.org

November 29
Music
Iggy Azalea
Iggy Azalea, is an Australian recording artist and model from Mullumbimby, New South Wales. She relocated to the United States at the age of 16, first staying in Miami, Florida and then other parts of the South, including Houston, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia. She first gained recognition after the respective music videos for her controversial songs “Pussy” and “Two Times,” went viral on YouTube. On 27 September 2011, Azalea released her first full-length project, a mixtape entitled Ignorant Art, saying she made it “with the intent to make people question and redefine old ideals”. Azalea’s debut studio album The New Classic, is set to be released in 2014. Initially set to be released with Grand Hustle and Interscope Records, after label conflicts, in 2013 Azalea finally secured a deal with Mercury Records and later Island Def Jam, to release her debut album. The album was preceded by the lead single and Azalea’s commercial debut single “Work”, which successfully charted on several international music charts and peaked at No. 17 on the UK Singles Chart. The other two singles that supported the album were “Bounce”, and “Change Your Life”, the latter of which features a guest appearance from T.I. Azalea will play LIV tonight. 11pm. $40 – $75.  LIV, 4441 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: livnightclub.com or 305-674-4680.

November 29
Kids
City Trekker One-Day Camp
No school, no problem! Come to CGM for a full-day of fun on your next teacher work day or holiday. Explore CGM’s newest exhibits. Enjoy arts and crafts, gallery hunts and outdoor play! For kids ages 5-10. Includes a pizza lunch and snack. Registration Required. 9am – 5pm. $45. Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables. For info: coralgablesmuseum.org or 305-603-8067.

November 29
Film
I Am Divine
I Am Divine is a definitive biographical portrait of Harris Glenn Milstead, a.k.a. Divine, and honors him in just the way he always craved — as a serious artist and immortal star. Divine’s entire story is told, from his early days as a misfit youth in Baltimore through his rise to infamy as a cult superstar. Like the characters he portrayed in numerous films, Divine was the ultimate outsider. He transformed himself from a bullied schoolyard fat kid to a larger-than-life personality and underdog royalty as his alter-ego Divine. Divine stood up for millions of gay men and women, female impersonators, punk rockers, the ample figured, and countless other socially ostracized people. With a completely committed in-your-face style, he blurred the line between performer and personality and revolutionized pop culture. This film is a story about a man who fought against what society considers conventionally beautiful. It’s about addiction. It’s about fame. It’s about the quest for the spotlight and artistic respect. Divine’s complete commitment to being and expressing himself perhaps did more to promote notions of freedom and acceptance than he knew. He certainly paved the way for legions of misfits to come. As outrageous and fun as its subject, I Am Divine combines movie clips, rare home movies and photos, television appearances and live performance footage with brand new interviews with John Waters, Ricki Lake, Mink Stole, Tab Hunter, Holly Woodlawn, Michael Musto, Bruce Vilanch, mother Frances Milstead (who provided her final interview just months before she passed away), and many more of Divine’s family, friends, colleagues, and devotees. 10pm. $10.50. O Cinema, 90 NW 29th St; Wynwood. For info: o-cinema.org or 305-571-9970.

November 29
Music
Jazz At MOCA
The Aaron Lebos Reality is a powerful, all original music group from Miami, they will be playing tonight at MOCA. The music encompasses styles of Jazz, Funk, Rock, R’n’B, Latin and World Music. The musicians in the group have been friends and played together for years in various groups but joined together in early 2012 for a new project with a new sound and magic happened instantly. The music is written by Aaron Lebos and arranged by all the members in the group, who on their own are some of the most in demand musicians in South Florida and beyond. Rain or shine. 8pm. Free. MOCA, 770 NE 125th St; North Miami. For info: 305-893-6211.

November 29
Music
Kanye West
Grammy Award winner and 52-time Grammy nominee Kanye West returns to Miami with The Yeezus Tour tonight. West is a musician, producer, artist, author and designer. He has sold over 30 million albums and over 78 million digital tracks worldwide. Over the course of his career, he has had six consecutive #1 albums and seven #1 singles, along with scores of radio hits and millions of concert tickets sold worldwide. West has garnered 52 Grammy nominations and has won 21 Grammys, along with numerous other awards and accolades. He is among the most acclaimed artists of the past decade. West now readies his powerful, innovative live performance for his first major solo tour in 5 years. Special guest Kendrick Lamar. $39.50 – $150. American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: aaarena.com

November 29
Books
Raul Rubio
Associate Professor Raúl Rubio’s book La Habana: cartografías culturales examines the worldwide fascination with Cuba and things Cuban during the last century, particularly envisioning how the city of Havana, is more than a scenic backdrop, having become the nation’s most visible protagonist and its foremost player, perhaps second only to Fidel Castro. Rubio’s book offers a cutting-edge approach to the intersections between Cuban politics, ideology, national identity, and artistic production, both on and off the island. Organized through studies on a wide-range of artistic mediums, including literature, film, photography, and material products that are manufactured not only in Cuba but also globally, Rubio’s book offers an alternative take on the complex state of contemporary Cuban national identity. Born in Miami to Cuban parents in the 1970s, and trained as a Hispanist and cultural studies scholar, Rubio has already authored numerous articles and book chapters on the topic of Cuban material culture, or “things Cuban.”  This book features some of Rubio’s previously published scholarship as well as new work on the Cuban exile writer Daína Chaviano, filmmaker Fernando Pérez and activist blogger Yoani Sánchez. Rubio employs the perspective that, given Havana’s isolated reality, it is the city’s image, a simulated cartography, what has become highly desired and perpetually reproduced by media and cultural sources.  Havana, in that light, is therefore mostly accessible to the world through artificial means, mechanically reproduced as nuanced copies of the real city. Rubio is Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literature at John Jay College.  A Hispanist and cultural studies scholar, his research is grounded in the emerging interdisciplinary field of material culture, which examines a wide-range of artifacts, from cultural commodities to the museum archive. He will be discussing his book tonight. 6:30pm. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

November 30
Art
Experiments in Geometry
Experiments in Geometry features the work of two ArtCenter resident artists, Xabier Basterra and Laz Ojalde and four alumni Rosemarie Chiarlone, Peter Hammar, Regina Jestrow and Alex Trimino. The work of these six artists explores the notions of space, shape and time. Viewers are invited to enter the 924 building by walking through Xabier Basterra’s visually engaging installation, experiencing it at close range and, in doing so, blurring the boundaries between object and subject. Basterra’s installation guides visitors to the second floor’s exhibition space, Project 924. There, Hammar and Trimino comment on life in a subtle and somewhat comical way. The impossible is made possible in a suspended act of time and motion.  Chiarlone also makes the impossible, possible by presenting dancing poems in her video works. In the main exhibition space, Jestrow and Ojalde present individual works that experiment with geometry, in both space and form. Jestrow translates the movement of color and design, combining ideas from the traditional art of quilting and contemporary art into her own geometric, organic, three-dimensional work. Ojalde combines function and innovation in the everyday object bringing together elements of industrial design and contemporary art. Opening Reception December 4 6-10pm. Project 924, 924 Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach. For info:

November 30
Film
Geography Club
Geography Club (based on the award-winning novel by Brent Hartinger) is a comedy about high school teenagers who are discovering their sexual identities by creating a “Geography Club” which is actually a cover for an LGBT support group. 16-year-old Russell is going on dates with girls while nurturing a secret relationship with star quarterback Kevin, who will do anything to prevent his teammates from finding out. Min and Terese tell everyone that they’re just best friends. And then there’s Ike, who can’t figure out who he is or who he wants to be. Finding the truth too hard to hide, they decide to form a Geography Club, thinking nobody else would want to join. However, their secrets may soon be discovered and they could have to face the choice of revealing who they really are. This film explores the teen’s hopes, values and dreams while on this journey of going public and offering the whole school support. 2pm & 6pm. O Cinema Miami Shores, 9806 NE 2nd Ave; Miami Shores. For info: 786-565-FILM

November 30
Comedy
Do You Speak Mexican?
Do You Speak Mexican? written and performed by Elena Maria Garcia, is one woman’s humorous account of growing up as a first generation Cuban-American. “Growing up is hard to do”, but growing up in an overprotective Cuban household in South Florida during the 70′s was even harder! Young Elena finds herself a part-time foreigner and a freak with homemade clothes and very bright headgear in the strange land of flying toads north of Miami. The journey to young adulthood is remarkably funny and often bittersweet as Garcia describes being torn between the “old fashioned” Cuban mores of her family and the desire to be a “real” American. She must grow up with the normal teenage anxiety while feeling like a foreigner in her own country. This hilarious, crazy station wagon ride of a story will take you through the growing pains of a young woman’s discoveries about herself, her family, her friends, and her country. And none of it was on a banana boat! $15. 8pm. Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave; 305-673-7300 or fillmoremb.com

November 30
Tour
Gay and Lesbian Walking
The Miami Design Preservation League has joined forces with the Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau to bring you this ninety-minute guided walking tour on the fourth Saturday of each month. Tour departs from MDPL’s Art Deco Welcome Center. $20. 5pm. Art Deco Welcome Center, 1001 Ocean Dr; Miami Beach. For info: 305.672.2014  or mdpl.org

November 30
Books
Sleigh Rides, Jingle Bells and Silent Nights
Resting just beneath the surface of familiar melodies and words, jolly Santas, winter wonderlands, and roasting chestnuts both mask and represent an intricate cultural landscape crowded with the meanings of a modern American Christmas. Songs that most readily evoke those meanings, desires, and anxieties have become classics, painting a portrait of the American psyche past and present. Viewing American holiday values through the filter of familiar Christmas songs, Ronald Lankford examines popular culture, consumerism, and the dynamics of the traditional American family. He surveys more than seventy-five years of songs and reveals that the “modern American Christmas” has carried a complex and sometimes contradictory set of meanings. Interpreting tunes against the backdrop of the eras in which they were first released, he identifies the repeated themes of nostalgia, commerce, holiday blues, carnival, and travesty that underscore so much beloved music. This first full-length analysis of the lyrics, images, and commercial forces inextricably linked to Yuletide music hits the heart of what many Americans think Christmas is, or should be. Lankford is a freelance writer on music and popular culture who is the author of Women Singer-Songwriters in Rock: A Populist Rebellion in the 1990s and Folk Music USA: The Changing Voice of Protest. He will be discussing his book today. 2pm. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

November 30
Music
Bonnie Raitt
More than just a best-selling artist, respected guitarist, expressive singer, and accomplished songwriter, Bonnie Raitt has become an institution in American music. Born to a musical family, the nine-time Grammy winner, who Rolling Stone named one of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time,” is the daughter of celebrated Broadway singer John Raitt (Carousel, Oklahoma!, The Pajama Game) and accomplished pianist/singer Marge Goddard. She was raised in Los Angeles in a climate of respect for the arts, Quaker traditions, and a commitment to social activism. A Stella guitar given to her as a Christmas present launched Bonnie on her creative journey at the age of eight. While growing up, though passionate about music from the start, she never considered that it would play a greater role than as one of her many growing interests. Raitt started anew with the release of her nineteenth album, Slipstream. The album marked her return to studio recording after seven years and the launch of her label, Redwing Records. A huge success, Slipstream sold over a quarter-million copies in 2012, making it one of the top selling independent albums, and earned Raitt her 10th Grammy Award (Best Americana Album). Raitt sold out over half of her 80-date North American concert tour, and made several national TV appearances (Ellen, Leno, Letterman, GMA, Fallon and more), performed at the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors and received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance from the Americana Music Association. Slipstream delivers some of the most surprising and rewarding music of Raitt’s remarkable career,  thanks in part to some experimental sessions with celebrated producer Joe Henry. Raitt plays Hard Rock Live tonight. Opening is Paul Brady. 8pm. $59.50 – $89.50. Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way; Hollywood. For info: fillmoremb.com

December 1
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. 9am – 11am. $30. HistoryMiami, 101 W Flagler St, Miami. For info: 305-375-1621 or historymiami.org.

December 1
Style
The Art Of the Fashion Show
As part of The Art of Fashion Show 2013 program, Artsy Productions USA proudly presents “The Iconic Archives,” a costume exhibition that explores fashion as art and celebrates the interconnected roles of fashion visionaries as artists. The exhibition’s layout is creatively comprised of thematic installments that highlight the timelessness of creations designed by some of the most influential, internationally-renowned fashion houses such as Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Christian Dior and Pucci. One installment takes a private peek into the personal wardrobe collections of icons such as Celia Cruz, Elizabeth Taylor, Greta Garbo, Maria Felix, Sara Montiel and Libertad Lamarque among others. Curator Luis Valenzuela masterfully creates a visual experience with gowns, accessories and costumes that bring to life the distinctive style of some of the greatest legends of Tinsel Town. A portion of the proceeds from tonights V.I.P. Opening Reception will benefit the Celia Cruz Foundation as a tribute to the 10th Anniversary of her passing and her incredible legacy. 4pm – 6pm. $125. The costume exhibition opens Dec 2 to Dec 7. 11am – 6pm. Peacock Foundation Studio, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

December 1
Lecture
The Art Of Looting
What happens to art after a regime is ousted? How do the owners go about recovering their losses? What is the role of museums and art collectors in the battle? Discover the often controversial answers to these questions at a special panel discussion with experts in the field: Ulf Bischhof, Bischof & Paetow; Henry Hacker, Attorney & Poster Collector; Tania C. Mastrapa, Mastrapa Consultants & The Institute of World Politics; Christopher A. Marinello, Executive Director, Art Loss Register. This program is in conjunction with the museum’s U.S. premiere exhibit of Posters from the Hans Sachs Collection.These posters were seized by Nazis 75 years ago. After years of battles with German courts, the posters were finally returned to the Sachs family. A selection is now on display through December 15, 2013, courtesy of Peter Sachs and Family in honor of the Legacy of Dr. Hans Sachs and Guernsey’s, New York. 11:30am. $25 – $50. Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, 301 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305-672-5044 or jewishmuseum.com

December 1
Music
Buika
Winner of Latin Grammys for Best Album and Best Production (Niña de Fuego, 2008) and Best Traditional Tropical Album (El Ultimo Trago, 2010), Buika returns to the Arsht Center on the heels of her latest album release, La Noche Más Larga (The Longest Night). Hailed as a star in contemporary flamenco, Buika is blessed with a remarkable voice; raw and smoky but with a tenderness that hits right at the heart. As described by The New York Times, “She has a husky, layered and imperious voice, something like Nina Simone’s but more flexible and virtuosic.” Buika has been noted for breaking down the walls that surround flamenco by collaborating with musicians and singers across all genres, including Pat Metheny, Anoushka Shankar, Chick Corea, Niño Josele, Maritza, Bebo and Chucho Valdes, Charles Aznavour, Luz Casal, Seal, Armando Manzanero and Nelly Furtado. Don’t miss this one-night-only performance by the singer NPR named one of the 50 best vocalists of all time! $45 – $65. 8pm. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

December 1
Art
Art Britannia  – The Best of New British
Art Britannia explores contemporary practice from UK with an emphasis on painting and craft. The exhibition features a mini show within a show, taken directly from The Lion and Lamb Gallery Summer Saloon exhibition. The Lion and Lamb is an artists run space, located in the back of an East End pub. Art Britannia featured artists include: Charlie Billingham, James Capper, Gordon Cheung, Freya Douglas-Morris, Brad Grievson, Sam Jury, Hannah Knox, Mary Ramsden, John Robertson, Guy Rusha, Dolly Thompsett, Rebecca Ackroyd, Eleanor Moreton, Henny Acloque and Grant Foster. Lion and Lamb artists include: Phillip Allen, Kiera Bennett, Simon Bill, Katrina Blannin, Juan Bolivar, Claudia B??se, John Bunker, Jane Bustin, Stephen Chambers, John Chilver, Peter Ashton Jones, Dan Coombs, Ashley Davies, Mick Finch, Hayley Field, Benjamin Deakin, Kirsten Glass, Andrew Graves, Hans Hancock, Dan Hays, Mark Jones, David Leeson, Caroline List, Declan McMullan, Patrick Morrisey, Alex Gene Morrison, Joe Packer, Andy Parkinson, Dan Perfect, Daniel Pettitt, Clare Price, Fiona Rae, Andrew Seto, Francesca Simon, Lucy Stein, Michael Stubbs, Emma Talbot, Dolly Thompsett, Jacqueline Utley, Covadonga Valdes, Caroline, Walker, Mark Wright, Freyja Wright, Michelle Ussher, Darren Murray. Curated by Ben Austin (London) and produced by Karelle Levy (Miami). This is an exhibition that proudly celebrates craft, technical skill, mark making and gestures.  An art with an alternative aesthetic, where the process is critical to the practice, be it through the act of painting or through considered constructions. The group is a healthy mix of slightly older, more established artists together with the next generation of recent graduates who are already appearing in important collections and shows. Exhibition runs until 21st December. 4pm – 8pm. Madonna Building, 3940 N. Miami Ave; Miami. For info: artbritannia.com

December 2
Tour
Old Movie Theaters Walk
Take a leisurely walk with guide Sylvia Gurinsky to some historic theater buildings in the downtown Miami area, including the site of the Capitol Theater, the Paramount, the Miami, and the Olympia. 1pm – 3pm. $30. HistoryMiami, 101 W Flagler St, Miami. For info: 305-375-1621 or historymiami.org.

December 2
Music
Music for Chanukah
The FIU Concert Choir & FIU Women’s Chorus present an evening of music for Chanukah Celebrating the Festival of Lights with S. Mark Aliapoulios, director, that will delight the whole family. $20. 7:30pm – 9pm. Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, 301 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305-672-5044 or jewishmuseum.com

December 2
Lecture
Coco Fusco
A talk by Coco Fusco – Groundbreaking Cuban-American interdisciplinary artist, scholar, and critic Coco Fusco will discuss her recent work, including her 2012 media installation And the Sea Will Talk to You, as well as current trends in contemporary performance art. Fusco is the 2013 Visiting Master Artist in the Department of Art and Art History at Florida International University. She was honored with a 2013 Absolut Art Award for her writing and is the recipient of a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2013 Fulbright Fellowship, and a 2012 US Artists Fellowship. 7pm – 8:30pm. Free. Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: wolfsonian.org or 305-531-1001.

December 2
Books
A Thousand Hills to Heaven
One couple’s inspiring memoir of healing a Rwandan village, raising a family near the old killing fields, and building a restaurant named Heaven. Newlyweds Josh and Alissa were at a party and received a challenge that shook them to the core: do you think you can really make a difference? Especially in a place like Rwanda, where the scars of genocide linger and poverty is rampant? While Josh worked hard bringing food and health care to the country’s rural villages, Alissa was determined to put their foodie expertise to work. The couple opened Heaven, a gourmet restaurant overlooking Kigali, which became an instant success. Remarkably, they found that between helping youth marry their own local ingredients with gourmet recipes (and mix up “the best guacamole in Africa”) and teaching them how to help themselves, they created much-needed jobs while showing that genocide’s survivors really could work together. While first a memoir of love, adventure, and family, A Thousand Hills to Heaven also provides a remarkable view of how, through health, jobs, and economic growth, our foreign aid programs can be quickly remodeled and work to end poverty worldwide. Author Josh Ruxin is on faculty at Columbia University, directs Health Builders, and contributes to the New York Times and Forbes. He and his wife, Alissa, live in Rwanda with their three children. He will be discussing his book tonight. 8pm. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

December 3
Books
Bernice Berger Miller — Liver Transplant: My Story
A person without a functioning liver will die. Until a mere 30 years ago, there was no solution for millions suffering from many forms of liver disease, one of which is Hepatitis C, The Silent Killer. The Solution? Transplantation. Liver Transplant: Her Story describes Miller’s experience from the first moment of realization that her liver was diseased through to the pre-transplant, actual transplant, and post-transplant periods. It makes clear what the body is going through and what it will go through. All medical descriptions are defined in layman’s terms and made completely understandable. It answers many questions such as, “What does the liver do?” This book is written for all those patients who are transplant candidates. It attempts to allay the anxiety they may have as they approach unknown territory. It makes the unknown known, thereby removing the mystery of the impending experience. It also speaks loudly of the inherent value of believing that all will be well. It assures the patient that the miracle of transplantation transforms what had been a death sentence into a gift of life. And here she is, writing all about it. Miller is a published author and a teacher. Miller is a recipient of a liver via transplantation. As such, she has the personal experience of the transplant process. Written for transplant candidates and their family and friends, this book attempts to de-mystify the experience by describing in layman’s terms what to expect. She will be discussing her book tonight. 6:30pm. Books and Books, 9700 Collins Ave; Bal Harbour. For info: booksandbooks.com

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Art
Eye To Eye
In the Main gallery, photographer Kristian Schuller will exhibit her photography in Eye To Eye. Schuller elaborates elegantly staged scenes creating fantastical, hyper-romantic garments resulting in dream-like images. Schuller’s design education under fashion icon Vivienne Westward is evident in his imagery. The New York based artist has garnered international acclaim resulting in ongoing exposure in a series of major publications. Eye To Eye is Schuller’s first show in Miami. In the Vault Room is an exhibition by photographer Cheyco Leidmann. Leidmann established a new cutting edge style of visual expressionism during the 1980′s. His intensely colored and stylized images helped define a graphic aesthetic which sparked the imagination of many. Leidmann’s publication Foxy Lady was chosen by Vogue as one of the nine cult classic books of the last five decades. Opening Reception tonight 7pm – 10pm. CUI Gallery, 117 NE 1st Ave; Miami. For info: 305-849-4898 or cuigallery.com

December 3
Art
Phyllida Barlow: Hoard
Phyllida Barlow is the third artist selected for a Recognition of Art by Women (RAW) exhibition and is the first sculptor to be included. Barlow’s sculptural practice centers on her attention to, and experimentation with, materials that are easily overlooked and most often found in the urban environment in which she lives. Cardboard, fabric, plywood, polystyrene, wire netting, scrim, and cement are among favored elements she manipulates to create sculptures that defy simple description; but, are memorable for their presence. Barlow describes her work as “anti-monumental,” and defines the term as “seeing the monument as a kind of absurdity – because so often we don’t know what the monument is. We’ve lived through a decade where we’ve seen it literally topple in front of our eyes.”  Several new sculptures and others seen only in Europe comprise this exhibition. Barlow speaks with Cheryl Brutvan, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Curator of Contemporary Art, about her sculpture and life as an artist.  Barlow speaks with Cheryl Brutvan, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Curator of Contemporary Art, about her sculpture and life as an artist. today. 2pm. Free. Norton Museum, 1451 S Olive Ave; West Palm Beach. For info: norton.org

December 3
Art
Tracey Emin: Angel Without You
The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami will kick off Art Basel Miami Beach 2013 with the opening of Tracey Emin: Angel Without You, the first American museum exhibition dedicated to the acclaimed British artist Tracey Emin. This is the first-ever exhibition to focus predominantly on Emin’s use of neon, an important material in the artist’s practice, beginning with her iconic The Tracey Emin Museum (1995), which will open the show. The exhibition will explore how Emin’s neons played an essential role in the development of her work, marking a shift from her early diaristic and confessional style to a more cryptic, multifaceted form of expression. Her show will open tonight with a VIP MOCA + Vanity Fair International Party tonight. 7am – 9pm. MOCA, 770 NE 125th St; North Miami. For info: mocanomi.org or 305-893-6211.

December 3
Books
Victoria Wilson in conversation with Foster Hirsch
Frank Capra called her “The greatest emotional actress the screen has yet known.” She was one of its most natural, timeless, and underrated stars. Now, Victoria Wilson gives us the first full-scale life of Barbara Stanwyck, whose astonishing career in movies (eighty-eight in all) spanned four decades beginning with the coming of sound, and lasted in television from its infancy in the 1950s through the 1980s—a book that delves deeply into her rich, complex life and explores her extraordinary range of motion pictures, many of them iconic. Here is her work, her world, her Hollywood. We see the quintessential Brooklyn girl whose family was in fact of old New England stock, her years in New York as a dancer and Broadway star, her fraught mar riage to Frank Fay, Broadway genius, who influenced a generation of actors and comedians (among them, Jack Benny and Stanwyck herself ), the adoption of a son, embattled from the outset; her partnership with the “unfunny” Marx brother, Zeppo, crucial in shaping the direction of her work, and who, together with his wife, formed a trio that created one of the finest horse-breeding farms in the west; her fairy-tale romance and marriage to the younger Robert Taylor, America’s most sought-after— and beautiful—male star. Wilson is a vice president and senior editor at Alfred Knopf. She was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the US Commission on Civil Rights and has served on the boards of PEN American Center, the National Board Review of Motion Pictures, the Writing Program of the New School of Social Research, and Poets & Writers. Author Victoria Wilson will be in conversation with Foster Hirsch about A Life of Barbara Stanwyck tonight. 8pm. Books and Books, 9700 Collins Ave; Bal Harbour. For info: booksandbooks.com

December 4
Art
Jedd Novatt
In the new Sculpture Garden at the new PAMM, to celebrate the opening, is an exhibition of sculptor, Jedd Novatt. By the early 1970s, works of minimalism had come to dominate the landscape of public sculpture in the United States. Characterized by reductive, geometric forms fabricated in raw industrial materials like Corten steel and aluminum, its ideal products represent an exploration of the essential nature of sculptural practice and experience, engaging viewers in a carefully organized phenomenology of volume, weight, mass and theatricalized viewing space. For the last decade, Paris-based American artist Jedd Novatt has been employing and manipulating key minimalist visual and material tropes—the cube, unyielding medium, towering scale—in order to evolve the now long-stalled project beyond its traditional static and reflexive nature. Chaos Bizkaia and Chaos SAS—twisting, slipping, seemingly unstable stacks of monumental open rectangles—activate the lush tropical landscape of PAMM’s new sculpture garden with implied motion. As if arrested in a process of being formed from the primordial state of disorder to which the series title alludes, in a perpetual state of becoming, they inspire awe and impart grand emotions unfamiliar in the history of minimalism. Novatt has been represented in recent solo and group exhibitions at such venues as Sotheby’s Beyond Limits at Chatsworth, the Lever House, Butler Institute of American Art, Savannah College of Art and Design, and La Musee d’Art et d’Industrie. Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: pamm.org

December 4
Social
Wine Down Wednesdays
Don’t sit in rush hour traffic when you can be making new friends, enjoying unlimited treats and refreshments. Enjoy free access to the exhibition galleries, relax with live local music, and experience cultural performances! Tonight don’t miss The Messengers: A Spoken Word Experience Poetry event featuring several poets performing Bob Marley-inspired works. 5pm – 7pm. $10. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. 305-375-1618 or historymiami.org.

December 4
Art
Project Gallery: Bouchra Khalili
In the Project Gallery at the new PAMM, to celebrate the opening, is an exhibition from artist Bouchra Khalili who, in her work, investigates the experiences of identity, immigration, and transience. Working primarily in film and video, she reflects the nomadic and often transnational state of existence that defines life for many people throughout the world. Khalili uses a mode of poetic documentation to illuminate the lived realities of an increasingly mobilized world. Her newest work, commissioned by Pérez Art Museum Miami, is the third and final chapter of The Speeches Series. A video trilogy (2012-2013). Each of these incisive, unadorned works focuses on the act of speaking, featuring five individuals who give powerful, subjective accounts of their personal experiences amid larger political and economic spheres. Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: pamm.org

December 4
Art
Amelia Peláez: The Craft of Modernity
Pérez Art Museum Miami will present a focused selection of works by Amelia Peláez del Casal one of the most important Cuban painters of the modernist era. Alongside artists Carlos Enríquez, Wifredo Lam, Victor Manuel and Fidelio Ponce de León, Peláez personifies the primera vanguardia—the first wave of Cuban artists who traveled to Europe before World War II, where they were exposed to Cubism, Surrealism and other contemporaneous styles. When these artists subsequently returned to the island nation, they introduced the artistic innovations they had adopted abroad and transformed them by incorporating aspects of their native cultural and national identities. Peláez is best known for brightly colored, quasi-abstract compositions that feature decorative objects and ornamental architectural motifs, evoking the traditional domestic interiors of Havana. This exhibition will take a socio-historical approach, examining Peláez’s work in the context of the changing material culture and urban landscape of Havana during the first half of the 20th century. Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: pamm.org

December 4
Art
Ai Weiwei: According to What?
Ai Weiwei: According to What? is the first major international survey of this vital artist’s multifaceted artistic oeuvre. This exhibition reveals Ai’s practice as emerging from an ever-questioning dialogue with the social, political and cultural positions of his native China and the world at large. Ai (b. 1957) works in a range of media, including architecture and design, and this exhibition will feature work of the last 20 years, including photography and the large-scale sculptures for which the artist is best known. These sculptures, often made from modified found objects, suggest the irreverent nature of Ai’s project and reconfigure materials in new and evocative ways. With a broad formal range, Ai has continuously challenged possible meanings and modes of art making, most recently employing the Internet and its global reach as a platform for activism and expression. His provocative and beautiful works of art and architecture are an exploration of the transformative potential of contemporary art, which he said is “not a form but a philosophy of society.” Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: pamm.org

December 4
Music
Alabama Shakes
The story of the Alabama Shakes begins in a high school psychology class in Athens, Alabama. Brittany Howard, who had started playing guitar a few years earlier, approached Zac Cockrell and asked if he wanted to try making music together. They started to meet up after school and write songs sitting on Howard’s floor. Steve Johnson worked at the only music store in town, and Howard knew he played the drums. She invited him to a party where, she says, “he met everybody from our side of the tracks.” The three young musicians began working together, further expanding their style and approach. The trio soon went into a studio in Decatur to record some of the songs they were working up, and this proto-demo found its way into the hands of Heath Fogg, with whom Howard had been familiar because he had been the lead guitarist in what she describes as “the best band in our high school.” Fogg, who by now had graduated from college, asked them to open a show for his band, which they agreed to do—on the condition that he play with them. The response was immediate: “That first show was really explosive,” says Howard.” They eventually found their way to a Nashville studio in early 2011, where the songs they cut included “You Ain’t Alone” and “I Found You.” When they appeared at a Nashville record store, people started to take notice of the group’s relentless, hard-charging live attack, and Howard’s magnetic stage presence. One especially ardent fan raved about the band to his friends, which included Justin Gage, the founder of the Aquarium Drunkard blog. Gage wrote to Howard, asking if he could post one of the Shakes’ songs. She sent back the yearning, intense “You Ain’t Alone,” which he put up in late July, calling it “a slice of the real.” And, literally overnight, all hell broke loose. 8pm. $36.50 – $45. Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305-673-7300 or fillmoremb.com

December 4
Art
Piotr Ukla?ski: ESL
Appropriating the acronym for English as a Second Language, Piotr Ukla?ski’s upcoming exhibition at the Bass Museum of Art will be titled ESL. As Ukla?ski embraces this acronym as a descriptive signifier of his own status as an immigrant not fully integrated into American society, this title also points to his unconventional conceptual and aesthetic art practice, an oeuvre that suggests irreverence towards mainstream art. His exhibition will showcase a precise but eclectic selection of works from his wide-ranging practice, which includes sculpture, painting, photography, performance, and film.  Combined with selections from the collection of the Bass Museum of Art, Ukla?ski’s works will address issues related to his ESL status—whether through their outsider relationship to American pop culture, their aspirations over the fabled American Dream, or through Americanized references to Polish history and art. As an immigrant living and working in the birthplace of Abstract Expressionism, Ukla?ski states, “Neither English nor abstraction is my mother tongue. These paintings ‘speak’ an aesthetic ESL.” Organized by Silvia Karman Cubina, Executive Director and Chief Curator, with assistance from Bryan Granger, Knight Curatorial Fellow. Opening reception tonight. 8pm. Bass Museum, 2100 Collins Ave;  Miami Beach. For info: bassmuseum.org

December 5
Music
Chris Cornell
A rock icon and innovator who resists genre labels, Cornell was the chief architect of the ‘90s grunge movement as singer/songwriter for Soundgarden. Considered one of the best voices in music history, he has successfully maintained his own unique identity over more than two decades as a multi-Grammy award-winning musician, Golden Globe nominee and universally acclaimed singer, songwriter and lyricist. Don’t miss this rare chance to catch his new solo acoustic show at the Knight Concert Hall. Chris Cornell’s on the road again with acoustic arrangements of tracks from Soundgarden’s 2012 critically acclaimed King Animal, plus many faves from his incredible career. American/Sri Lankan folk artist, Bhi Bhiman, will be the opening act. $46 – $66. 8pm. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

December 5
Art
Nicholas Hlobo: Intethe (Sketch for an Opera)
South African artist Nicholas Hlobo exhibits in Miami for the first time. His exhibit Intethe (Sketch for an Opera) is artistic performance art with Papaloko and ray Mistik. Reception and performance  tonight in conjunction with Art Basel. 7pm – 10pm. Locust Projects, 3852 N. Miami Ave; Miami. For info: 305-576-8570.

December 5
Social
Los Jaichackers: Night Shade/Solanaceae
Pérez Art Museum Miami celebrates its first Miami Art Week in its new, state-of-the-art facility with a special opening celebration featuring a major performance by multimedia art collaborative Los Jaichackers.  For this one-night-only performance titled Night Shade/Solanaceae, Los Jaichackers will transform the museum into a site of cultural collisions through musical performances, video and sculpture. This event is members only, To participate, join PAMM now. 7pm – 11pm. Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: pamm.org

December 5
Lecture
Art Basel Salon: Tracey Emin
acclaimed British Artist Tracey Emin in conversation with Sir Norman Rosenthal. Emin has a neon exhibit, Angel Without You showing at MOCA during Art Basel. Open to the public. Seating limited. Miami Beach Convention Center, Hall C. 1901 Convention Center Dr; Miami Beach. For info: mocanomi.org or 305-893-6211.

December 5
Social
Baker’s Breakfast @ BAC
Before you hit the fairs, come break bread with us at the Bakehouse Art Complex.  At the Baker’s Breakfast, resident artists get inspired by the old bakery where their studios are housed today and create a international breakfast experience and share with visitors their baked goods. Attendees will have access to exhibitions and studios. Free. 9am – noon. Bakehouse Art Complex, 561 NW 32nd St; Miami. For info: 305.576.2828 or bacfl.?org

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