October 17 to October 24

October 17
Art
Your Fortunate Eyes: Photographs by Rudi Weissenstein
exhibit will be a fascinating photographic record of early years in Israel by celebrated photographer Rudi Weissenstein. The world-renowned Pri-Or Photo House, located in Tel Aviv, is one of Israel’s most enormous private archives of historical photographs. The winner of numerous awards, Pri-Or preserves and curates over a million negatives, all taken by photographer Rudi Weissenstein. Weissenstein immigrated to Palestine from Czechoslovakia in 1936. He traveled through the country during the early years of statehood, documenting the fifth wave of immigration, new settlements, civil unrest, parades and processions, and urban life. His photographic record of the political, social, ideological, and artistic essence of the period truly captures the development of the state. Weissenstein was invited to be the official photographer to document the Declaration of the State of Israel in 1948. Mary Alper JCC, 11155 SW 112th Ave; Miami. For info:

October 17
Film
Miami & the Beaches Environmental Film Fest
Marking a landmark step for local environmental awareness, the 3rd Annual Miami and the Beaches Environmental Film Festival (MBEFF), a five-day event, will once again bring the most cutting edge environmental films to a wide audience at various signature venues in Miami Beach. This premier event has become a forum for the exchange of innovative ideas amongst directors, producers, scientists, NGOs, policy makers, businesses, government, and the local community. This exchange of ideas is imperative, as our planet continues to face many ecological and public health threats that need long-term solutions. This years fest will engage, motivate, and educate attendees about global environmental issues. More than ever, this year the MBEFF emphasizes the future of our children and of our planet is in our hands. What sort of world do we want our children to inherit? Thus, the slogan: WE DO IT FOR OUR CHILDREN! WE DO IT FOR OUR PLANET! Tonight catch two flicks Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch at 7pm and  Elemental at 9pm. MB Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

October 17
Music
Austin Mahone
Teen pop singer Austin Mahone made his name by having his videos of his performances go viral on the internet, now he’s ready to take on mainstream audiences. After being signed to Universal Records, Austin went to work recording his first single “11:11,” which peaked on the Billboard Heatseekers charts at #19. His second single “Say Somethin” managed to capture his essence and managed to get on the pop charts and introduce him toa whole new audience. He was chosen as one of the opening acts of Taylor Swift’s Red Tour and Bridgit Mendler’s Summer Tour with selected dates. His next song is “What About Love.” He plays Miami tonight with Becky G, Midnight Red and W3 The Future. 7:30pm. Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: livenation.com

October 17
Theatre
The Vampire Circus: Tale of Graveyard Clown
Lock your doors, secure your homes, beginning tonight, The Vampire Circus will release an army of vampires into Miami and transform into a haven for the beautiful and seductive creatures of the night. At The Vampire Circus, spectators will witness a world filled with super natural Circus performers, terror and suspense, enchanted magic and comedy that will leave them dying for more and an exotic ambiance of panic and fear that would make Tim Burton proud. The Vampire Circus is a phenomenal night of live entertainment, based on the multidisciplinary skills of 30 world-class artists showcasing theater, dance and gymnastics. All of which push the physical boundaries of human performances and leave the audiences amazed and astounded. The cast is an eclectic mix of professional entertainers featuring the cream of the crop that includes the most renowned clown in the world, Slava the Clown, magicians trained from the original folklore, world champion acrobats and gymnasts recruited from the top acrobatic clubs across the globe who have achieved Guinness Book of Records fame. 8:30pm. Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach. For info: colonytheatremiamibeach.com

October 18
Dance
Polyphonia
Miami City Ballet’s season opener features the company premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s breakthrough contemporary work, Polyphonia, along with two entrancing Balanchine ballets – Serenade, his first masterpiece created in America, and Ballo della Regina, hailed by The New York Times as a “bounding test of technique and endurance.” Ballo della Regina (Balanchine/Verdi), Polyphonia (Wheeldon/Ligeti) and Serenade (Balanchine/Tchaikovsky). Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info:

October 18
Theatre
Improvised Shakespeare — “Shake It Up!”
Based on one audience suggestion (a title for a play that has yet to be written) The Improvised Shakespeare Co. has created a fully improvised play in Elizabethan style. Each of the players has brushed up on his “thee’s” and “thou’s” to bring you a show filled with off-the-cuff comedy using the language and themes of William Shakespeare. Any performance could be filled with power struggles, star-crossed lovers, sprites, kings, queens, princesses, sword-play, rhyming couplets, asides, insults, persons in disguise and all that we’ve come to expect from the pen of the Great Bard. The performance could reveal a tragedy, comedy or history. Nothing is planned out, rehearsed, or written. The goal of the Shake It Up! Performance is to make Shakespeare feel exciting, accessible, and relevant to the young reader. Utilizing improvisation and comedy, the Improvised Shakespeare Company has developed a unique and interactive approach to deepening students’ understanding of Shakespeare’s texts. Each play is completely improvised, so each play is entirely new! 10am. $7. Broward Center, Broward Center, 201 SW 5th Ave; Fort Lauderdale. For info: browardcenter.org

October 18
Books
Make It Fabulous: The architecture and Designs of William T. Georgis
The Wolfsonian-FIU and Michele Oka Doner invite you to join New York-based architect and interior designer William T. Georgis-whose work ELLE DECOR describes as “uptown but impertinent”-for a book signing in The Wolfsonian café. This first monograph on Georgis’s work, released by The Monacelli Press, presents sixteen houses and apartments in New York City, Long Island, Florida, Montana, and California. All the residences are designed around art collections and often include specially commissioned works. Free. 7pm. The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305.531.1001 or wolfsonian.org

October 18
Books
The Winelands & Soul of Chile
The Winelands & Soul of Chile showcases Chile’s picturesque wine country and its excellent new world wines, while promoting tourism as well as it’s wine industry. In order to present this fascinating pictorial to readers and wine enthusiasts alike, the author traveled throughout Chile with a team of well seasoned professionals; mainly through its vast wine region, but also including some of the most visited tourist destinations in northern, central and southern Chile, all of which capture its diversity and abundance. From the country’s north with it’s extreme aridness, to its south, immersed in an untamed Patagonian wilderness, the team interacted with the people of the land; people who, sometimes not even having been portrayed in this book, led them on their path, enriching the experience, giving the book its soul. Author Liliana Hirmas has had a distinguished career of over 15 years in Marketing, Public Relations, Event Planning, Sales, Media Placement, and Strategic Planning. She will discuss and sign her book tonight. 8pm. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

October 18
Comedy
Tim Lee Scientist Turned Comedian
A cerebral blend of stand-up comedy with science. Tim Lee is a comedian with a Ph.D. who’s become an internet sensation with more than 4 million views of his YouTube videos. “You know how Larry the Cable Guy’s act pretty much consists of him yelling “Git ‘er done!” every five minutes or so? Scientist-turned-comic Tim Lee’s material is the diametric opposite. Lee, who got his PhD before realizing where his true talents lay, blends science talk (complete with PowerPoint presentations) with comedy. The hilarious result is like what would happen if you crossed your high-school chem teacher with George Carlin. 8pm – 10pm. $25. PAX, 337 S.W. 8th St; Miami. For info: paxmiami.com

October 18
Film
Dracula
In the month of October, BiZz-R-O Cinema presents Universal Pictures’ CLASSIC MONSTER MOVIES, continuing with DRACULA: “I am….Drac-u-la. I bid you velcome.” Thus does Bela Lugosi declare his presence in the 1931 screen version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Director Tod Browning invests most of his mood and atmosphere in the first two reels, which were based on the original Stoker novel; the rest of the film is a more stagebound translation of the popular stage play by John Balderston and Hamilton Deane. Even so, the electric tension between the elegant Dracula and the vampire hunter Professor Van Helsing (Edward Van Sloan) works as well on the screen as it did on the stage. And it’s hard to forget such moments as the lustful gleam in the eyes of Mina Harker (Helen Chandler) as she succumbs to the will of Dracula, or the omnipresent insane giggle of the fly-eating Renfield (Dwight Frye). Despite the static nature of the final scenes, Dracula is a classic among horror films, with Bela Lugosi giving the performance of a lifetime as the erudite Count. 11pm. $9. O Cinema Wynwood, 90 NW 29 St; Miami. For info: 305-571-9970 or ocinema.org

October 18
Lecture
Curator Culture
Curator Culture marks the launch of a new programming series developed by the Bass Museum of Art aimed at holding salon-style discussions with practicing curators from Miami and abroad. The first of these events will consist of a conversation between several curators from Miami’s major art institutions, many of whom are relatively new to Miami. The discussion will be moderated by Silvia Karman Cubina, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Bass Museum of Art, and the conversation will elaborate on the curators’ current interests, their roles within their institutions, and how their practice is affected by being in Miami. Participants include: Jose Diaz, Bass Museum of Art; Bryan Granger, Bass Museum of Art; Elizabeth Shannon, Bass Museum of Art; Tobias Ostrander, Perez Art Museum Miami; Diana Nawi, Perez Art Museum Miami; Rene Morales, Perez Art Museum Miami; Alex Gartenfeld, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; Matthew Abess, Wolfsonian-FIU; Christian Larsen, Wolfsonian-FIU; Silvia Barisione, Wolfsonian-FIU; Chana Budgazad-Sheldon, Locust Projects; Claire Breukel, Independent Curator; Susan Caraballo, ArtCenter/South Florida. $10. 7pm – 8pm. Bass Museum, 2100 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305.673.7530 or bassmuseum.org

October 18
Festival
T-Vice
T-Vice was formed by Roberto and Reynaldo Martino, sons of the legendary guitarist Robert Martino.  As young teens in the early 1990s, the brothers formed a band to play at school and parties. They received their name in homage to their father’s group Top Vice.   The band is known for catchy lyrics and the modern party vibe they bring to classic konpa rhythms.  T-Vice reinvented itself as a 7-member group in 2005, participating annually in carnival, touring the Caribbean and the world’s great festivals and venues, becoming one of the most popular groups in Haitian music today. They will play tonight at Big Night in Little Haiti along with locally-based Haitian konpa artist Hector Lominy and his band. Between sets, enjoy Haitian poet Anderson Dovilas and FLO, an artist from Guadeloupe. Keeping the party going, it’s DJ Mack of Mizikpam.com. The night will feature delicious kreyol cuisine from Leela’s Lakay, ice cold Prestige Beer at the bar, and more – and we are celebrating Creole Spice this month, so bring your appetite.  As a special feature, Creole Spice presents Chef Magalie [Martinique]. The hands-on art activities for kids are sponsored by Positive Impact Foundation / Kose Famn and Bass Museum of Art. After show party at 7th Circuit Studios, with Moksha Roots Allstars. Free. 6pm – 10pm. Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th Terr; Miami. For info: rhythmfoundation.com

October 18
Music
Sybarite5 Cabaret Series
From Mozart to Radiohead, Sybarite5’s eclectic repertoire and dynamic performance style is turning heads throughout the music world: “[Sybarite5] excelled at the exquisite… [playing] with relish, a sense of comfort, and a frisson of missionary zeal” (The Washington Post). The Quintet’s debut EP disc Disturb the Silence, featuring music by Radiohead and Piazzolla, plus two original works written for Sybarite5, were released in spring 2011 and quickly reached the top ten on Billboard’s Classical Crossover chart. 8:30pm. $30. SMDCAC, 10950 SW 211 St; Cutler Bay. For info: 786-573-5300 or smdcac.org

October 18
Books
High Moon Over the Amazon
Before primatologist Patricia Chapple Wright became the world’s foremost expert on lemurs, she was enchanted by another primate—Aotus, the owl monkey, or “monkey of the night.” But along her journey to discover the behavior of these unique nocturnal creatures, Wright finds more than she expected about family, human nature, and herself.  It all starts in a New York City pet shop when Wright and her husband buy an owl monkey whose lively and rambunctious ways soon lead the young couple to South America to acquire him a mate. But while Wright’s monkey family is growing, her own begins to fall apart when her husband leaves her and her daughter. Undeterred by her lack of academic experience, Wright sets out as a single mother to study primate behavior in the wild, including a year at a research station in the remote jungles of Peru. There she encounters jaguars, poisonous snakes, army ants, and massive floods that threaten her and her daughter’s lives, as well as moments of great clarity and beauty. From New York City in the 1960s to the depths of the Amazon in the 1970s and 80s, this story of one woman’s transformation from Brooklyn housewife to an accomplished scientist will captivate fans of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas. High Moon Over the Amazon is a thrilling memoir of adventure, inspiration, and of falling in love with a species not so unlike our own. Dr. Patricia Chapple Wright is best known for her 26-year study of social family interactions of wild lemurs in Madagascar’s Ranomafama National Park, which she helped establish in 1991. She will discuss and sign her book tonight. 8pm. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

October 19
Music
The Bechtler Ensemble
This is the world of poetry and music where poet Larry Sorkin, cellist Tanja Bechtler and her husband, the guitarist Bob Teixeira intertwine a range of poems: contemporary, mystical, and personal with original pieces with folk, classical and improvisational selections. Sorkin, Bechtler and Teixeira have been collaborating with an innovative approach to creating a dialogue between poetry and music. They’ve tackled themes like the ineffable, spirit and breath, love and loss derived from Larry’s studies in Jungian and Depth Psychology. You can find some of Larry’s published work on in the collections …and Love… and the soon to be released What Matters by Jacar Press and Men of Their Word. He was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She will discuss and sign her book today. 4pm. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

October 19
Dance
Pentimento and Firebird
Under the artistic direction of Vladimir Issaev, the Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida opens its vibrant and exhilarating 16th season with Pentimento and Firebird. Pentimento, created by choreographer Vicente Nebrada, includes excerpts from Johann Sebastian Bach’s Four Suites for Orchestra. The ballet is a bold, abstract work that is based on the art form of painting called pentimento. The artist changes his or her mind about the composition of his painting during the process of painting it and then changes it. This ballet applies the same approach to dance: the concept for the dances and costumes change throughout the performance. Using masks, flowing fabric and creative lighting to create a mystical effect, the piece develops through layers of movement, color and light with original costuming by Cristina Gianinni. Back by popular demand, the Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida presents Firebird, Stravinsky’s brilliant score that tells the tale of a magical firebird who helps a heroic prince rescue a beautiful princess. With exuberant dancing, magical special effects, fantastic costumes designed by Jorge Gallardo, new sets by Jim Hammond, and gorgeous backdrops by designer Elena Bond, this magnificent production will enthrall and enchant audiences. $25. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, artsballettheatre.org

October 19
Music
Elizabeth Caballero
The delightful lyric soprano Elizabeth Caballero, described by The New York Times as “a thrilling balance of pearly tone, exacting technique and brazen physicality,” presents an enchanting recital of operatic favorites with acclaimed mezzo-soprano Robynne Redmon and bass-baritone Kevin Short, accompanied by pianist Elaine Rinaldi. Scheduled repertoire includes arias, duets and trios from operas by Mozart, Puccini, Verdi and more. Caballero will be honored at the concert with the Frost School of Music Distinguished Alumna Award. 8pm. UM Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Dr; Coral Gables. For info: 305.284.4940 or festivalmiami.com.

October 19
Theatre
Viva Broadway!
District Stage Company (DSC) creates an evening of musical theater that celebrates Latinos on Broadway. Local Miami up-and-coming young talents are invited to perform alongside both Broadway’s hottest Latin stars and Miami natives that made their success beyond the pink flamingos. DSC brings innovation by re-imagining Broadway tunes with a Spanish flavor. The show features special guest artist Jon Secada, Grammy Award winner and Broadway star! Post Show Cocktail With The Cast $100 (price included ticket to the show and the after party) $35–$55. 8pm. SMDCAC, 10950 SW 211 St; Cutler Bay. For info: 786-573-5300 or smdcac.org

October 19
Music
Basslights
Bassnectar is one of the longest standing and most respected artists in American electronic dance music, commonly referred to simply as the EDM scene. The brainchild of Lorin Ashton, a San Francisco-based DJ, producer and artist. He is the original long hair behind the tables, having been in the game well before most of his contemporaries and amassing an epic fan base and having sold over 220k tickets to his solo shows alone in 2012. His art brazenly oversteps the bounds of contemporary EDM, pulling from a dynamic array of source material and attracting lovers of all genres, from dubstep to metal, punk rock, hip hop, and all forms of EDM (drum & bass, trip hop, etc) and beyond. His art is more than just an auditory experience; it serves to evoke all human senses with live shows that feature unparalleled light shows and awe-inspiring visual queues. Bassnectar intends to not only foster its own community of loyal Bass Heads, but also contribute to the global community at large through charity and social change by giving one dollar from every ticket sold to a non-profit, as part of his “Dollar Per Bass Head” Program. Pretty Lights  will open. 6pm. $54.25 – $60.60. Klipsch Amphitheater at Bayfront Park, 301 N Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: livenation.com

October 19
Social
Smash & Grab Member and Ticket Holder Preview
Preview the work of over 125 artists contributing to this year’s raffle. During the event, enjoy a wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres. Participating artists include: Farley Aguilar, TJ Ahearn, Trevor Amery, Zack Balber, Chris Barr, Justin Beal, Loriel Beltran, Hannes Bend, Colby Bird, Pip Brant, Jenny Brillhart, Joana Bruessow, Nicole Burko, Felecia Chizuko Carlisle, Domingo Castillo, Elisabeth Condon, Alejandro Contreras, COOPER, Coral Morphologic, Veroniqué Côté, Lucybelle Crater, Franky Cruz, P. Scott Cunningham, Sean Dack, Monica de Miguel, Gabriel Delponte, Ivan Toth Depeña, Cara Despain, Marcolina Dipierro, Danilo Dueñas, Sebastian Duncan-Portuondo, Rick Falcon, Carol Adrianza Ferdinand, Lino Fernandez, Charley Friedman, Reinier Gamboa, Brian Gefen, Lynne Golob Gelfman, Michael Gellatly, Jamie Gili, Nick Gilmore, Adrienne Rose Gionta, Dana Lauren Goldstein, Sayre Gomez, Roberto Gomez, Francie Bishop Good, Tracey Goodman, Isabel Gouveia, Felice Grodin, Alan Gutierrez, Peter Hammar, Jason Hedges, Richard Hoglund, Moira Holohan, Alexandra Hopf, Elizabeth Huey, Jiae Hwang, JPW3, Regina Jestrow, Robert Sparrow Jones, Sinisa Kukec, Johnny Laderer, Don Lambert, Juan Ledesma, JC Lenochan, Nick Lobo, Francesco Locastro, Justin Long, Marie Lorenz, Israel Lund, Abby Manock, Rhonda Mitrani, Hugo Montoya, Emmett Moore, Michael Namkung, Eddie Negron Pizzarro, Andrea Nhuch, Jessy Nite, Kubiat Nnamdie, Lori Nozick, Temisan Okpaku, Gustavo Oviedo, Lara Stein Pardo, Asher Penn, Raul Perdomo, Joseriberto Perez, Christina Pettersson, David Pierce, Luis Pinto, Kathie Poses, Manny Prieres, Christina Quinlan, Olivia Ramos, Alice Raymond, Carlos Rigau, Ryan Roa, David Rohn, Rosemarie Romero, Santaigo Rubino, Carolyn Salas, Michael Scoggins, Magnus Sigurdarson, Diego Singh, Sleeper, Magnus Sodamin, Karen Starosta-Gilinski, David Tamargo, Ana Tiscornia, Mette Tommerup, Yara Travieso, TYPOE, Juana Valdes, Odalis Valdivieso, Marcos Valella, Reed van Brunschot, Leandro Vasquez, Siebren Versteeg, Gretchen Wagoner, Sarah Weber, Jill Weisberg, Hannah Whitaker, Sam Winston, Elizabeth Withstandley, Amy Wong, Antonia Wright, James Yorke. 6:30pm – 9pm. Locust Projects, 3852 North Miami Ave; Miami. For info: 305-576-8570.

October 19
Comedy
Los Reyes Del Humor Latino-Robertico
Robertico is the most renowned current Cuban comedian today. Direct from Cuba, Robertico is a popular touring comedy artist. His new tour “Si se acaba el mundo que me agarre en Las Vegas” includes one of the best performances of his career. 7pm. & 9:30pm. Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach. For info: livenation.com

October 19
Books
Those Glamorous Gabors
Those Glamorous Gabors is the most comprehensive overview of the three Gabor sisters, their background, their never-before-publicized scandals, and their romantic and/or mercenary interactions with other A-list celebrities. Zsa Zsa, Eva, and Magda Gabor transferred their glittery dreams and gold-digging ambitions from the twilight of the Austro-Hungarian Empire to Hollywood. There, more effectively than any army, these Bombshells from Budapest broke hearts, amassed fortunes, lovers, and A-list husbands, and amused millions of voyeurs through the medium of television, movies, and the social registers. This book by America’s most knowledgeable celebrity-watcher demonstrates that wit, charm, ruthlessness, and beauty can indeed go a long way toward the realization of the American Dream. She will discuss and sign her book tonight. 7pm. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

October 20
Music
The Renaissance
Beginning before dawn and continuing deep into the night, the Sistine Choir filled Michelangelo’s storied chapel with undulating chant and pristine hymns by Europe’s master composers. To this very day, the Sistine Chapel continues to evoke emotions of awe-inspiring transcendence. From the Easter exaltations of Palestrina to the pure lines of Lassus, the singers of Seraphic Fire give breath to music from the heart of the Vatican. The Renaissance: Music of the Sistine Chapel. 4pm. All Souls Episcopal Church, 4025 Pine Tree Dr; Miami Beach. For info: seraphicfire.org

October 20
Film
CBGB
CBGB follows the story of Hilly Kristal’s New York club from its conceit as a venue for Country, Bluegrass and Blues (CBGB) to what it ultimately became: the birthplace of underground rock ‘n roll & punk. When Kristal had difficulty booking country bands in his club on the Bowery he opened his doors to other kinds of rock music. Kristal had one demand of the acts he booked; they could only play original music. No top 40?s, no covers. It was the credo he lived by, support the artist at whatever the cost. Hilly Kristal ironically became known as the godfather of punk giving a chance to such bands as The Talking Heads, Patti Smith, The Ramones, Blondie, The Dead Boys, Bad Brains, Green Day, Soul Asylum, The Police, Bruce Springsteen, Everclear, George Thorogood, The Velvet Underground, Sonic Youth, The Black Crowes, The Flaming Lips, The Goo Goo Dolls, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The B-52s, The Runaways, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Tool and The Wallflowers are just some of the thousands of bands that played the club over the years. 9pm. $10.50. O Cinema Wynwood, 90 NW 29th St; Miami. For info: 305-571-9970.

October 20
Music
The Miami Symphony Orchestra
The Grand Opening Season of The Miami Symphony Orchestra opens tonight  as they Celebrate 25 years with The Miami Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Eduardo Marturet as they welcome back popular Spanish classical guitarist Ángel Romero, along with the virtuosic pianist Andreas Boyde to commemorate their 2013-2014 Anniversary Season. Program: Marturet Homage to Waldo (World Premiere), Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73 “Emperor, Rodrigo “Concierto de Aranjuez” for Guitar and Orchestra and Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.com

October 21
Books
Bok Tower Gardens: America’s Taj Mahal
Bok Tower Gardens: America’s Taj Mahal is the first book on Bok Tower Gardens, the exceptional National Historic Landmark in central Florida designed by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. and Milton B. Medary. Built in 1929 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1993, Bok Tower Gardens is not only an architectural and landscape masterpiece, it is also the embodiment of a fascinating moment in American history. Publisher, philanthropist, and naturalist Edward Bok commissioned two esteemed designers, landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. and architect Milton B. Medary, to create a sanctuary that would preserve the natural beauty of the state. Located on 600 acres, the historic garden is centered on the beautiful Pinewood Estate and the 205-foot-high marble and coquina Singing Tower, which houses one of the world’s finest carillons. One of the great achievements of America’s golden age of architecture, Bok Tower Gardens is a complete work of art that is also an extraordinary public monument. Author Kenneth Treister is an architect and artist. He has written five books, including Havana Forever. Author David Price, president of the Bok Tower Gardens Foundation, was for twenty years director of horticulture at the site. They will discuss and sign their book tonight. 6:30pm. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

October 21
Books
The Family: Three Journeys into the Heart of the Twentieth Century
In The Family, David Laskin, author of the bestselling The Children’s Blizzard, delivers an epic work of history in the riveting story of one ordinary, extraordinary Jewish family. With cinematic power and beauty, David Laskin limns his own ancestry to tell the spellbinding tale of the three drastically different paths that his family members took across the span of 150 years. In the latter half of the nineteenth century Laskin’s great-great-grandfather, a Torah scribe named Shimon Dov HaKohen, raised six children with his wife, Beyle, in a yeshiva town at the western fringe of the Russian empire. The pious couple expected their sons and daughters to carry the family tradition into future generations. But the social and political upheavals of the twentieth century decreed otherwise. The HaKohen family split off into three branches. One branch immigrated to America and founded the fabulously successful Maidenform Bra Company; one branch went to Palestine as pioneers and participated in the contentious birth of the state of Israel; and the third branch remained in Europe and suffered the Holocaust. In tracing the roots of his own family, Laskin captures the epic sweep of twentieth-century history. A modern-day scribe, Laskin honors the traditions, the lives, and the choices of his ancestors: revolutionaries and entrepreneurs, scholars and farmers, tycoons and truth drivers. The Family is an eloquent masterwork of true grandeur—a deeply personal, dramatic, and universal account of a people caught in a cataclysmic time in world history. David Laskin is the author of The Children’s Blizzard, which won the Washington State Book Award and Midwest Booksellers’ Choice Award for non-fiction. He will discuss and sign his  book tonight. 6:30pm. Books & Books, 9700 Collins Ave; Bal Harbour. For info: booksandbooks.com

October 22
Art
Pop World Project
The Evolution…Head to Wynwood for the opening of Pop World Project, the unveiling of Claude Charlier’s anticipated new collection of works. Charlier is a French artist from Nancy, France. His life has been dedicated to art, especially photography and painting, with painting becoming his main passion in the last few years. He has traveled extensively and has maintained bases in both Tokyo and the USA, but inspired by Miami’s cultural diversity and art scene , he now resides in Miami. Have a Glass of wine surrounded by these fabulous creations. 6pm – 8pm. Free. Markowicz Fine Art, 114 NE 40th St; Miami. For info: markowiczfineart.com or 786.362.5546.

October 22
Music
Kurt Weill: An Exile on Broadway
The FIU Opera Workshop will offer an evening of songs and scenes from opera and musical theatre works by Kurt Weill, tracing his exile from Nazi Germany, to London, then Paris, and finally to New York. Along the way, he composed some of the most compelling musical theatre works of the early 20th century. Selections will be performed in English, German, and French, and directed by Prof. Robert B. Dundas. 7:30pm – 9pm. $20. Jewish Museum of Florida, 301 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305-672-5044 or jmof.fiu.edu.

October 22
Food
Kick Off Stone Crab Season
Kickoff stone crab season with the HistoryMiami Flagler Street Society!  Enjoy stone crabs, hors d’oeuvres and wine as you network with young professionals! 6:30pm. $55. Joe’s Stone Crab, 11 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: historymiami.org or 305-375-5356

October 22
Art
A Masterpiece Rediscovered: Claude-Joseph Vernet’s “The Fishermen”
The exhibition will focus on the recent gift of The Fishermen (1746), a spectacularly beautiful painting of an idyllic Roman campagna scene by Claude-Joseph Vernet (1714-1789), the leading 18th-century French painter in Rome.  One of eight canvases specially commissioned in 1746 by the Marquis Pierre Charles de Villette, it is one of only two known to have survived to modern times. Key explanatory texts and detailed images will allow visitors to follow its progress from authentication through conservation.  A discussion of Vernet, Roman 18th-century painting, and the phenomenon called “The Grand Tour” will give visitors the opportunity to place The Fishermen in the broader context of European landscape painting. Artworks from the same period by French, Italian, and Flemish artists such as Giovanni Paolo Panini, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Bartolomeo Cavaceppi, Jan Frans van Bloeman and Jean-Baptiste Lallemand will put The Fisherman in context. Norton Museum, 1451 S Olive Ave; West Palm Beach. For info: norton.org

October 22
Books
Mud Season
In self-deprecating and hilarious fashion, Mud Season chronicles Stimson’s transition from city life to rickety Vermont farmhouse. When she decides she wants to own and operate the old-fashioned village store in idyllic Dorset, pop. 2,036, one of the oldest continually operating country stores in the country, she learns the hard way that “improvements” are not always welcomed warmly by folks who like things just fine the way they’d always been. She dreams of patrons streaming in for fresh-made sandwiches and an old-timey candy counter, but she learns they’re boycotting the store. Why? “The bread,” they tell her, “you moved the bread from where it used to be.” Can the citified newcomer turn the tide of mistrust before she ruins the business altogether? Follow the author to her wit’s end and back, through her full immersion into rural life–swapping high heels for muck boots; raising chickens and sheep; fighting off skunks, foxes, and bears; and making a few friends and allies in a tiny town steeped in history, local tradition, and that dyed-in-the-wool Vermont character. Ellen Stimson is a book junkie with an affection for food, politics, and country life. She is raising kids & animals and writing about the whole catastrophe from an old farmhouse in Vermont. She will discuss and sign her book tonight. 8pm. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

October 22
Music
Sphinx Virtuosi
The Sphinx Virtuosi is a chamber orchestra dedicated to diversity in the performing arts, programming well-known repertoire together with works by African-American and Latino composers. During this year’s annual performance at the New World Center, the Sphinx Virtuosi performs a program of works by Britten, Bach and Vivaldi, featuring 14-year-old violin soloist Adé Williams. This performance will not include New World Symphony Fellows. 7:30pm. Free. New World Center, 500 17 St; Miami Beach. For info: 305.673.3331 or nws.edu

October 23
Social
Young Collectors Council Artist Dinner
Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) invites the Young Collectors Council to join Museum curators and artists, whose work the group has collected, to an intimate dinner at Porcão, Farm to Grill. $50. 7pm – 10pm. Porcão, Farm to Grill, 901 South Miami Ave; Miami. For info: pamm.org or 786-345-5629

October 23
Music
A Day To Remember
Hailing from Ocala, Florida, A Day To Remember is one of the hardest working bands in the business. They have sold nearly 900,000 albums since forming in 2003. While topping the Billboard charts, they have also sold out entire continental tours all over the world. The band’s latest album What Separates Me From You, on Victory Records debuted at # 11 on the Billboard Top 200 selling over 58,000 copies first week and the first single off the album, the guitar-charged anthem “All I Want” was one of 2011’s most played songs at alternative radio. The album also debuted as the # 1 Rock Album in the UK. The band featuring vocalist Jeremy McKinnon, guitarists Neil Westfall and Kevin Skaff, bassist Joshua Woodard and drummer Alex Shelnutt not only sold out nearly every date on their headline tour supporting the new album, they did it all around the world – UK, Europe, Australia, Southeast Asia, South America and more. The hit South Florida for their House Party Tour. Opening bands are Pierce the Veil and All Time Low. 6:45pm. $35. Sunset Cove Amphitheater, Boca Raton. For info: livenation.com

October 23
Art
Picasso’s Guernica through Sight and Sound
A program focused on critically-acclaimed composer Fredrick Kaufman’s Guernica Piano Concerto, which has been described as “…an anti-war piece that both depicts the horrors of war and cries out for peace with haunting melodies and intoxicating rhythms.” Kaufman will lead a discussion of the work, along with Frost Art Museum Director Carol Damian, and renowned pianist Kemal Gekic who will play portions of the concerto. 6pm. The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, 10975 S.W. 17th St; Miami. For info: 305.348.2890.

October 23
Lecture
The Fort Lauderdale Speaker Series
The inaugural season of the Fort Lauderdale Speaker Series presented by Broward College at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. This series features seven highly distinguished speakers who will share with us their exciting experiences, insights, points of view and behind the scenes stories on some of the most current topics of the day. Each lecture will be followed by a spirited Q&A session with questions submitted by you, the audience members. Tonights speaker is Steve Forbes. Forbes is a former Republican Presidential Candidate, as well as Chairman & Editor-In-Chief of Forbes Media. At Forbes, he oversees dozens of national and international publications, successfully launched Forbes.com and other sites in the digital/new media arena. Forbes magazine has more than 900,000 readers domestically, and over 4,000,000 internationally. 8pm. Broward Center, 201 SW 5th Ave; Fort Lauderdale. For info: browardcenter.org

October 23
Books
Cody Simpson
Cody Simpson: Welcome to Paradise: My Journey is the first official all-access look into the life of singing sensation Cody Simpson. Follow Cody as he goes from singing cover songs in his bedroom to opening sold-out concerts for Justin Bieber. With never-before-seen photos, behind-the-scenes interviews, and exclusive information, this book is perfect for pop music fans and for Cody’s Angels. Simpson began to record in his bedroom during the summer of 2009, performing covers of popular artists and two original songs, “One” and “Perfect.” He put the tracks up on YouTube and was subsequently discovered by Shawn Campbell, a Grammy-nominated record producer who has worked with Jay-Z and other artists. This is his first book. You must purchase a copy of Cody Simpson: Welcome to Paradise: My Journey to enter the event. 7pm. Free. MDC, 300 NE 2 Ave; Miami. For info: booksandbooks.com

October 24
Film
The Last Metro (Le dernier métro)
Miami Jewish Film Festival flick, The Last Metro (Le dernier métro) plays tonight at the cinematheque. With Gérard Depardieu, Catherine Deneuve, Jean Poiret, Andréa Ferréol. Gérard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve star as members of a French theater company living under the German occupation during World War II in François Truffaut’s gripping, humanist character study. Against all odds–a Jewish theater manager in hiding; a leading man who’s in the Resistance; increasingly restrictive Nazi oversight–the troupe believes the show must go on. Equal parts romance, historical tragedy, and even comedy, The Last Metro is Truffaut’s ultimate tribute to art overcoming adversity. 6:30pm. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

October 24
Film
Ectotherms
Ectotherms is a no-budget hybrid film featuring a non-professional cast and using their real lives and the places they inhabit to shape the scriptless story, traversing Miami’s island influences, brash punk scene, wild Everglades swamps, and the urban spaces in between. This experiment gives an impression of Miami as it is lived, not imagined: a sultry city where family heritage, urban plight, and the unique landscape intersect to create a youth culture like no other in the world. 9:30pm. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

October 24
Music
Eros Ramazzotti
Italian musician and singer-songwriter Eros Ramazzotti plays Miami tonight. Since 1984, he has released 11 studio albums, one EP, three compilation albums, three live albums, and 37 singles. Ramazzotti has sold over 55 million records in his 25-year career. His repertory includes duets with artists such as Cher, Tina Turner, Andrea Bocelli, Patsy Kensit, Anastacia, Joe Cocker, Ricardo Arjona, Luciano Pavarotti, Laura Pausini, and Ricky Martin. Ramazzotti is popular in Italy and most European countries, and throughout the Spanish-speaking world, as he has released most of his albums in both Italian and Spanish. Ramazzotti first gained international success in 1993, with the release of Tutte storie, which amassed six million album sales and occupied the top five in every country where he had previously released albums. His audience appeal comes from several factors, including his unique voice, which can be described as somewhat nasal but nevertheless forceful and resonant, and his energetic delivery of catchy, melodic tunes which are often passionate mid-tempo autobiographical ballads, with instrumentation that is rich in soft-rock influence.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see him live in concert! 8pm. American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: aaarena.com

October 24
Discussion
The Future of the Marine Stadium
Find out what the future holds for the Miami Marine Stadium and the impact on Miami’s culture and economy. This panel features Fritz Hager, Executive Director, Antique Boat Museum of Clayton, NY; Tom Mooney, City Planner Miami Beach and Triathlete; Bruce Orosz, President and CEO ACT Productions; City of Miami representative TBD; and Jorge Hernandez, National Historic Trust representative. Moderated by Don Worth, Co-Founder Friends of Miami Marine Stadium. 7pm. Free. Coral Gables Museum,

October 24
Music
The Reflektors
The indie favorites continue their pre-release campaign with a pair of secret shows. In the lead-up to new album Reflektor, Arcade Fire have pasted mysterious posters around Brooklyn and performed secret shows on Montreal dance-floors. Now, it appears that the band will play a show as alter egos The Reflektors during Big Night in Little Haiti. Formal attire or costume mandatory! Due out on October 29, the James Murphy-assisted Reflektor is a double album; So don’t miss this special concert. 8pm – 11:30pm. Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami. For info: rhythmfoundation.com

October 24
Talk
Practicing Political Art
Elin O’Hara Slavick, an artist, curator, and critic, discusses the connections between art and social activism in conversation with Michele Oka Doner. Slavick is a professor of visual art, theory and practice at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; her recent work has explored the impact of war. Oka Doner is an internationally acclaimed artist and a native Miamian. The event honors the memory of Zena Posever (1911-2012), a Miami-based artist and activist. The event is made possible with support from the Zena Posever Memorial Fund. 7pm. The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305.531.1001 or wolfsonian.org

October 24
Music
Picadillo
Picadillo, a musical group from Spain, presents its debut album, Las cosas de la vida. Picadillo was formed in August, 2012, in Lavapies, Madrid, when producer Hector Aguero along with two vocalists, Rey Rodriguez and Sol Ruiz joined and began a musical experiment that launched the project. Later joined with trumpeter, percussionist, Jochi, which added the key element to the classic sound of the band. When these musicians of cuban origin came together they created a musical “Picadillo”, (originally a creole recipe), revisiting vintage cuban rhythms like the danzon, boogaloo, cha cha cha and combining with New Orleans trad Jazz, second line, soul and country. They naturally create the link from Cuba to New Orleans. With energetic live performances, they capture audiences with their son electrico. Las cosas de la vida, was recorded at DoReMix studios in Madrid and mixed and mastered by Luis Duran at PM Records en Cuba, in Nov 2012. It was independently released and completed thanks to crowd funding. 9pm. $10 – $15. PAX, 337 S.W. 8th St; Miami. For info: paxmiami.com

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