The 30th Anniversary of Christo’s Surrounded (Pink) Islands and Inspiration for Art Basel’s Gator in the Bay: In 1983 international artist Christo along with the help of over 400 volunteers “surrounded” 13 islands off the coast of Miami and made Miami smile again especially on the heels of the 1980 riots. He also inspired many artists like Photographer Lloyd Goradesky and Historian Cesar Becerra who will discuss Christo’s legacy and give a behind the scenes discussion of their upcoming 230 foot Art Basel Week moving installation “Gator in the Bay”. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com
MBC Great Directors Series: Buster Keaton in ONE WEEK and THE ELECTRIC HOUSE. 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; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com
The Amazing Spiderman
Free outdoor movies every Weekend night are in full swing in North Beach. This week’s flick is The Amazing Spiderman, directed by Marc Webb. With Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Irrfan Khan. Peter Parker finds a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was young. His path puts him on a collision course with Dr. Curt Connors, his father’s former partner. Bring a blanket or beach chair and picnic. No glass please. 7pm. Free. North Shore Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: miamibeachparks.com
Rennie Harris Puremovement
Internationally acclaimed dance company, Rennie Harris Puremovement celebrates its 20th anniversary with pure, contagious stage magic presented by Miami Dade College’s MDC Live Arts. This troupe of self-taught street dancers turned professional performers is the international ambassador of hip-hop dance, delivering the true essence and spirit of hip-hop as a vital part of the fabric of American society and culture. Using music and story sources from around the globe, Harris revolutionizes contemporary dance by fusing unlikely influences into a powerful theatrical experience. 8pm. Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd; For info: colonytheatremiamibeach.com
Side by Side by Sondheim
Side by Side by Sondheim is a musical revue featuring the songs of Broadway and film composer Stephen Sondheim. Its title is derived from the song “Side by Side by Side” from Company. The sophistication, wit, insight, heart and genius of Broadway’s most innovative and influential artist is at the center of this tribute to composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim. This dazzling array of some of Sondheim’s best-known songs features numbers from landmark shows that revolutionized the musical theatre with their masterful craft and astounding creativity. $38. 8pm. Miami Beach Stage Door Theatre, 500 71st St; For info:305.397.8977 or miamibeachstage.org
This classic ballet is a perfect holiday spectacle for children and adults alike. Don’t miss a little girl’s dreamlike journey to the magical Land of the Sweets, the Sugarplum Fairy, dazzling costumed characters, and of course, Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score. Based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffman, The Nutcracker is a timeless production that will entertain and delight the entire family. 8pm. $35-$25. SMDAC, 10950 SW 211 St; Cutler Bay. For info: 786-573-5316
Bayfront Architecture & Archaeology
Walk along the confluence of the Miami River and Biscayne Bay while learning about Miami’s history, from the Tequesta people to early pioneers and modern times. View art and architecture along the way to the Miami Circle® archaeological site. Advance reservations and payment required. $30. 10am – 1pm. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St”; Miami. For info: 305-375-1621 or historymiami.org.
After her sold-out Knight Concert Hall performance last fall, Broadway powerhouse Idina Menzel, the Tony Award-winning star of the international blockbuster Wicked, returns for one night only to the Adrienne Arsht Center with a brand new show! Amazing audiences with her captivating performances, Menzel has a diverse career on the stage, in film, in music and on TV, where she’s won millions of fans on “Glee,” FOX’s smash hit television series. Garnering huge critical acclaim, Menzel reached superstardom on Broadway as Elphaba, the misunderstood green girl, in Wicked and in her Tony-nominated role as Maureen in the revolutionary Rent. 8pm. $39 – $125. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org
November 30 & December 1
Rocker Eddie Vedder will embark on a U.S. solo tour through December. Special guest Glen Hansard (The Swell Season, The Frames) will again join Vedder on the road. Eddie Vedder’s solo album, Ukulele Songs, was released on May 31, 2011 through Pearl Jam’s Monkeywrench Records. Recently nominated for the Best Folk Album GRAMMY Award, Ukulele Songs is a collection of original songs and covers performed by Vedder on ukulele. Also released on May 31st was Water on the Road, a live-concert DVD directed by Brendan Canty of Fugazi and Christoph Green featuring performances from Vedder’s August 16th and 17th 2008 solo tour engagements at Washington, D.C.’s Warner Theatre. Born in Evanston, Illinois, Vedder grew up mostly in Southern California. In his twenties, he played in several San Diego bands, including Indian Summer and Bad Radio. His friendship with former Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Jack Irons led to his recruitment in the band that would become Pearl Jam. 7:30pm. $79.50. Broward Center, 201 Southwest 5th Ave; Fort Lauderdale. For info: livenation.com
Matheson Hammock to Market Eco-Bike
Join eco-historian Frank Schena on a relaxing bike tour from Matheson Hammock along the Red Road bike path to Pinecrest Market, where famous strawberry shakes and other goodies are available for purchase. Hear the history of the hammock and examine flora and fauna along the way. Advance reservations and payment required. $30. 9am – 11am. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-375-1621 or historymiami.org.
Sounds of the Times
In his much-anticipated return to NWS, conductor John Adams conducts the orchestra in a program which includes his new work titled Absolute Jest. The formidable St. Lawrence String Quartet performs with the orchestra as Adams weaves scherzos from late Beethoven string quartets in this piece which was inspired by MTT. Program includes Adams: Slonimsky’s Earbox, Carter: Variations for Orchestra and Adams: Absolute Jest. 7:30pm. $25. New World Symphony, 500 17th St; Miami Beach. For info: nws.edu
Miami Underwater Festival
Miami Science Museum is collaborating with Festival Mondiale de l’Image Sous-Marines (World Festival of Underwater Images) from France to present its 2nd Annual Miami Underwater Festival. Highlighting a selection of prize-winning films from the 39th Festival Mondiale de l’Image Sous-Marines, the festival will showcase renowned artistic, photographic and cinematographic productions related to the underwater world. Films will be shown in French, English and/or Spanish. Activities throughout the festival will include a special airing of a film by Ted Caplow (Fish Navy Films) on Saturday, Dec. 1 in the afternoon, special airings of WPBT’s Changing Seas episodes, special guest speakers, live fish, marine-themed kid-friendly activities, and much more. Don’t miss today’s French breakfast along with French films as part of French Week in collaboration with the French Consulate. The breakfast and screenings are included with admission. 10am – 6pm. $14.95. Miami Science Museum, 3280 South Miami Ave; Miami. For info: MiamiSci.org
United in Anger: A History of ACT UP
The first feature-length documentary about ACT UP (the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), documents the story of a small group of people who initiated the events that forced the U.S. government and mainstream media to deal with the AIDS crisis. Dr. Michael Kolber, Director, Comprehensive AIDS Program University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine will attend and update audience on current local initiatives. Free. 2pm – 4pm. MAM, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. , For info: 305-375-3000 or miamiartmuseum.org.
Considered “one of the funniest stand up comics” by her peers, Wanda Sykes ranks among Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Funniest People in America. Her smart-witted stand up has helped her career blossom in many different directions. She has appeared in the feature films “Evan Almighty, Monster-In-Law, My Super Ex-Girlfriend and the animated features “Over The Hedge” and “The Barnyard. Sykes will make her only South Florida appearance tonight for this one-night only engagement during World AID Days weekend as a benefit for Broward House, Broward County’s oldest and largest HIV/AIDS community service organization. 8pm. $45. – $115. Broward Center, 201 SW 5th Ave; Ft Lauderdale. For info: livenation.com
270 years since its premiere, Handel’s Messiah remains a popular music tradition for the holidays. FAU students and alumni perform in this annual presentation, accompanied by orchestra. 7pm. $10. FAU-University Theatre, 777 Glades Rd; Boca Raton. For info: fau.edu
Little Havana Cuban Cuisine and Culture Walk
Join guide Pepe Menendez on this delightful personalized tour and sample pastelitos, cafe cubano, and fruit. Learn the secrets of the ceiba tree, visit a botanica, see cigars hand-rolled, and explore Domino Park, and neighborhood social clubs. Optional lunch afterward at Cuban restaurant. Advance reservations and payment required. $30. 10am – 12pm. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-375-1621 or historymiami.org.
Small Stuff 6
A salon style “cash and carry” exhibition featuring affordably priced smaller artwork by local, national and international artists. Featuring Artwork by: Amanda Valdes; Andres Romero; Aurian Redson; Betsy Bauer; Brandy Rumiez; Britni Brault; Cari Corene; Cassie Hart Kelly; Chris Hamer aka Urdn Pop; Crowded Teeth; Danielle “Knee” Estefan; Danny Brito; David Carbonell; dinara mirtalipova; drewpixel; Erika Taguchi; greenbeanbaby; Greg Kletsel; Helena Garcia; Ian Abando; Isaac Bidwell; James Hance; Jamie Ryscik; Johannah O’Donnell; John Kissee; Katie Hazzard; Lindsay Watson; Lisa Penney; Marina Collings; Natali Martinez; Pam Wishbow; Ryan Fowler; Ryan Hungerford; Sara Leigh; Scott Tolleson; Sickfeet aka Jyll Ethier-Mullen; Snaggs; Tripper Dungan & more. Through January 12, 2013. Tate’s Comics, 4566 N. University Dr;
Lauderhill. For info: 954-748-0181 or bearandbird.com
December 4 – 9
Explosive, provocative, sophisticated, sexy, utterly unique Stomp appeals to audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered an armful of awards and rave reviews, and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. 8pm. Ziff Ballet Opera Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org
In The Beginning, There Was A Flower That Grew In A Garden On The Edge Of Reality And The Beginning Of Fantasy. Orchid is a dream world of song, dance, glamour, burlesque, aerial acrobatics and variety arts set inside a seductively surreal pleasure garden installed at the gateway of Miami’s Design District. The show tells the story of Orchid, the creation of a reclusive and melancholic Master Gardener, as she searches for happiness through a seductively surreal garden. Along the way she discovers strange and wonderful creatures such as Poison Ivy, Honeysuckle Rose, Lily and the Bee Keeper, who are intoxicated by her beauty, mystery and sensuality. Part Moulin Rouge and part Cabaret, this spectacularly lush live entertainment experience will indulge your senses, alter your reality, and take you to unexpected places. 8pm. $49 – $119. The Pleasure Garden, 299 NE 38 St; Miami. For info: orchidtheshow.com or 888.589.8934
Jazz at Wolfson
A frequent accompanist for the Jazz at Wolfson Presents series, Jim Gasior is a jazz educator based in South Florida who performs regularly with Ed Calle, Wendy Pedersen, Fernando Ulibarri and Aaron Lebos. Having taught at the New World School of the Arts (NWSA) for more than 10 years, Gasior is an inspiration to his students and the ensembles that have excelled under his direction. NWSA’s Jazz Ensemble has repeatedly been honored as a finalist band at the Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington competition in New York. Free. Noon. MDC Wolfson Campus Auditorium, 300 NE Second Ave; Miami. For info: 305-237-3930.
Downtown Cuban Guayabera Adventure
Join guide Pepe Menendez on a Cuban adventure in downtown Miami. Visit the Ramon Puig House of Guayaberas, Le Epoca Department Store, and see and hear the stories of the Freedom Tower. Follow with a delicious optional Cuban Lunch at Roho. Advance reservations and payment required. $25. 11am – 1pm. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-375-1621 or historymiami.org.
Party on the Plaza
MAM presents “Party on the Plaza,” the Museum’s largest event of the year. Celebrating the opening of New Work Miami 2013 exhibition, showcasing newly-commissioned works by Miami’s vibrant artistic community. Hosted by MAM Director Thom Collins with special musical performances and cocktails on the Museum’s outdoor plaza. 6pm – 11pm. MAM, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. , For info: 305-375-3000 or miamiartmuseum.org.