September 19 – September 26

September 19
Books
Samuel G. Freedman
In September 1967, after three years of landmark civil rights laws and three months of devastating urban riots, the football season began at Louisiana’s Grambling College and Florida A&M. The teams were led by two extraordinary coaches, Eddie Robinson and Jake Gaither, and they featured the best quarterbacks ever at each school, James Harris and Ken Riley. Breaking the Line brings to life the historic saga of the battle for the 1967 black college championship, culminating in a riveting, excruciatingly close contest. Samuel G. Freedman traces the rise of these four leaders and their teammates as they storm through the season. Together they helped compel the segre gated colleges of the South to integrate their teams and redefined who could play quarterback in the NFL, who could be a head coach, and who could run a franchise as general manager. In Breaking the Line, Freedman brilliantly tells this suspenseful story of character and talent as he takes us from locker room to state capitol, from embattled campus to packed stadium. He captures a pivotal time in American sport and society, filling a missing and crucial chapter in the movement for civil rights. He is the author of six books, four of which have been New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Freedman will read from and sign his book tonight. 8pm. Free. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

September 19
Social
Fly To The Moon Full Moon Party
Don’t miss tonight’s Fly To The Moon Full Moon Party with Cannonball. Special performances & installations with visuals By Cannonball Alumni the TM Sisters, Deaf Poets Live and music by DJ Bhaktimar and Ess & Emm.  Complimentary cocktails 9pm – 10pm. $30. Delano Beach Club, 1685 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305-924-4071 or cannonballmiami.org

September 20
Art
F@B fridays@thebass
Artist Eve Sussman will discuss her current exhibition at the Bass Museum of Art, Eve Sussman | Rufus Corporation. She will speak about her works in the show, including Rape of the Sabine Women and 89 Seconds at Alcazar. 7pm. $10. Bass Museum, 2100 Collins Ave  Miami Beach. For info: bassmuseum.org.

September 20
Festival
Activate: MDCulture
Miami Dade College Cultural Affairs launches MDCulture and leaps into a new era of thought-provoking cultural programs. Activate: MDCulture is a one night event featuring Brazilian jazz pianist, Andre Mehmari, swing/SPACE/Miami, art exhibition presented by MOAD, Screening of two award-winning short films Shift and Catharsis from the MIFF 2012 program, Theatre Show Cyrano at the
Prometeo Theatre and the unveiling of the 2013 Miami Book Fair International poster. Free. 5pm – 9pm. Freedom Tower, 600 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: 305-237-3940 or mdc.edu.

September 20
Music
FIU Jazz Guitar Ensemble
Don’t miss this evening of jazz featuring the unique and varied sounds of the electric guitar. Under the direction of Tom Lippincott, the FIU School of Music Jazz Guitar Ensemble performs standard and contemporary jazz repertoire as well as original compositions. Co-presented by FIU College of Architecture and the Arts, School of Music. Free. 7pm. Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: wolf.com

September 20
Film
September Storm
Wine by the Bay will feature the East Coast premiere of Daniel Addelson’s short film documentary September Storm during Wine and Art Night. Following the screening
participate in Wine Blending Class that examines what varietals bring to a blend. Striving to perfect their winemaking skills, participants will first taste a few varietals, and then use pipettes and the samples provided to create their own blend. Also sample Storm (the wine) produced by South African born, vintner Ernst Storm(protagonist in Addelson’s film. September Storm was shot on the hillsides of the Santa Ynez Valley, experience the quiet solitude of life as a farmer, an artist, and a vintner. Featuring vast landscapes and melancholic soundscapes, this glimpse into the life of winemaker Ernst Storm digs beyond the winemaking process to an exploration of universal artistic passion. 7pm. $30. Wine by the Bay, 888 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: winebtb.com

September 20
Film
La Camioneta
Every day dozens of decommissioned school buses leave the United States on a southward migration that carries them to Guatemala, where they are repaired, repainted, and resurrected as the brightly-colored camionetas that bring the vast majority of Guatemalans to work each day. Since 2006, nearly 1,000 camioneta drivers and fare-collectors have been murdered for either refusing or being unable to pay the extortion money demanded by local Guatemalan gangs. La Camioneta follows one such bus on its transformative journey: a journey between North and South, between life and death, and through an unfolding collection of moments, people, and places that serve to quietly remind us of the interconnected worlds in which we live. 7pm. $10. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

September 20
Lecture
PAMM Architecture
In conjunction with DWNTWN Art Days, Pérez Art Museum Miami Director Thomas Collins and former Director Terence Riley will discuss the unique aspects of the new museum’s architecture. Scheduled to open in downtown Miami’s Museum Park this December, the new PAMM was designed by internationally-acclaimed architects Herzog & de Meuron in response to Miami’s unique environment, and as a model for progressive, and sustainable, museum design. Seating is limited (first come, first seated). 6pm. Free. Ziff Ballet Opera House, Peacock Foundation Studio, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: pamm.org or 786-345-5643.

September 20
Books
Help for the Haunted
Tonight Journalist and author John Searles is in conversation with the critically acclaimed author of sixteen books, Chris Bohjalian at Books & Books. The two will discuss Searles’ latest book Help for the Haunted. The book begins with a call one snowy February night. Lying in her bed, young Sylvie Mason overhears her parents on the phone across the hall. This is not the first late-night call they have received, since her mother and father have an uncommon occupation: helping “haunted souls” find peace. And yet something in Sylvie senses that this call is different from the others, especially when they are lured to the old church on the outskirts of town. Once there, her parents disappear, one after the other, behind the church’s red door, leaving Sylvie alone in the car. Not long after, she drifts off to sleep, only to wake to the sound of gunfire. As the story weaves back and forth through the years leading up to that night and the months following, the ever-inquisitive Sylvie searches for answers and uncovers secrets that have haunted her family for years. 8pm. Free. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

September 20
Social
Miami Book Fair International poster unveiling
This year’s official Miami Book Fair International posters will be unveiled tonight as part of the launch of MDC’s culture campaign, ACTIVATE: MDCulture, and the city’s DWNTWN Arts Days. As this year’s Book Fair celebrates the arts and literature of Spain, the artist of the official poster is one of Spain’s most important illustrators and comics artists and winner of the 2007 Premio Nacional de Comic, Francisco Capdevila, better known as Max. The Book Fair’s Generation Genius Days poster was designed by popular comics and graphic novels creator Paul Pope. 5pm. Freedom Tower, Mural Room, 600 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: miamibookfair.com or 305-237-3528.

September 21
Art
A Three-Sided View
Syncretism and Hybridization in the music of Latin America (16th – 20th centuries). This exhibit A Three-Sided View or A Tres Bandas, is an exciting presentation of visual images and sound focused on the Indigenous, Hispanic and African cultural roots of American music. The journey through Latin American music implies getting acquainted with Native American rhythms, African and European influences and sounds like salsa, cumbia and merengue. Audiovisual material and instruments of Native American, Hispanic and African cultures and the way their different traditions mix. The presentations emphasize the cultural roots of American music. There will be various activities related with the exhibition on different days throughout the two months, including film screenings, music conferences, dances and concerts. All of these rhythms will be present at the exhibition, A Three-Sided View. 3pm – 7pm. Free. CCEMiami, 1490 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: 305.448.9677

September 21
Sport
Water-Balloon Kickball
Join in to a friendly game of water-balloon kickball today. Everyone is invited to play! 2pm – 5pm. Free. CIFO Space, 1018 North Miami Ave; Miami.  For info: ccemiami.org

September 21
Art
‘O, Write My Name’ American Portraits – Harlem Heroes
Harlem Renaissance novelist, music critic and photographer Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964) photographed 50 highly acclaimed African American artists, writers and musicians during 1930-1960. This exhibition features part of Van Vechten’s portrait series. North Dade Regional Library, 2455 NW 183rd St; Opa Loca. For info: 305.375.5572

September 21
Music
American Terrains
Conductor Alasdair Neale leads the entire New World Symphony in a pre-season concert of favorites?from Copland’s beautifully scenic Appalachian Spring to Rachmaninoff’s energetic yet nostalgic Symphonic Dances. Free. 7:30pm. Program: Puts: Two Mountain Scenes; Copland: Suite from Appalachian Spring (orchestra version) and Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances. New World Symphony, 500 17th St; Miami Beach. For info: nws.edu

September 21
Festival
Chinese Moon Fest
The Norton Museum of Art hosts its Eighth Annual Chinese Moon Festival Celebration with a variety of programs and activities that introduce the art and culture of China and engages visitors of all ages.  The afternoon will be filled with art projects, tours of the Museum, a concert by the Ann Yao Trio, and a return visit by Dan Parker, Certified LEGO Professional. One of China’s most important holidays, the Moon Festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, brings family and friends together to admire the bright mid-autumn harvest moon and eat traditional festive moon cakes.  Steeped in tradition and legend, this centuries-old harvest celebration has become an annual all-ages event at the Norton, in recognition of the Museum’s remarkable collection of Chinese art. Noon – 5pm. $12.  Norton Museum, 1451 S Olive Ave; West Palm Beach. For info: norton.org

September 21
Shop
Aroids
The International Aroid Society will showcase some of the world’s most beautiful plants. There is no easier way to add a touch of the tropics to your yard than by mixing the striking look of aroids with stately palms. The leaves of many aroids are so stunning that they are frequently used in artwork throughout the world. Discover the beauty and great variety of aroids available for our gardens. No garden is complete without the look that aroids achieve. $25. 9:30am -  4:30pm. Fairchild Gardens, 11935 Old Cutler Rd;  Miami. For info: fairchildgarden.org

September 21
Music
Il Volo
Il Volo, a trio of Italian teenage tenors, exploded onto the US music scene and in to the hearts of their devoted fans following a show stopping appearance on American Idol. Their self-titled debut album, which arrived at No. 6 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts and has remained a Top Ten CD on Billboard’s Classical Crossover Chart since March 2012, includes a mix of reimagined classics and original material. Il Volo recently received two Latin Grammy nominations for Best New Artist and Best Pop Album by a Duo or Group. See them live tonight. 8pm. $59.50 – $89.50. American Airlines Arena;  601 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: 786-777-1000 or aaarena.com

September 21
Opera
Cavalleria Rusticana & Suor Angelica
Miami Lyric Opera presents a double bill of love and miracles in two operas rarely performed in South Florida with Cavalleria Rusticana and Suor Angelica. The first piece is Cavalleria Rusticana with music by Pietro Mascagni and Libretto by Giovanni Torgioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci. The second piece is Suor Angelica with music by Giacomo Puccini and Libretto by Giovacchino Forzano. 8pm. $25 – $45. Gusman, 174 East Flagler St; Miami. For info: miamilyricopera.org

September 21
Books
CeeLo Green
He inspires awe with his colorful costumes and helps ordinary people find a Voice. With vocals so effective (in fact, they’re almost otherworldly), he turned a four-letter word into a global phenomenon. Without a doubt, CeeLo Green is a superhero of soul-and every superhero has an origin story. This story begins in The Dirty South, where South Atlanta’s native son transformed himself into the Abominable Showman. Along the way, innocence was lost; farther down the path, his parents passed on. Yet he still found family at the Dungeon with the likes of Goodie Mob, Outkast, L.A. Reid, and Lauryn Hill. Then one day he teamed up with Danger Mouse and everything went Crazy. Everybody’s Brother is the untold story of Green’s rise from the streets of Atlanta to the top of the charts-a story so cool, so complex that his brother-from-another-mother, Big Gipp, couldn’t help but chime in. Now Green gives his fans what they’ve been waiting for: an all-access pass into his perfectly imperfect piece of mind. Green will sign books today. Green is a Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, actor, entrepreneur, pop culture and fashion icon, and coach on NBC’s hit singing competition, The Voice. His single F*ck You (aka Forget You) was an international sensation. He is a solo artist as well as a member of hip-hop group Goodie Mob and former frontman of soul duo Gnarls Barkley. 2pm. Free. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

September 22
Comedy
Lisa Lampanelli
Comedian Lisa Lampanelli performs tonight at the Hardrock. Lisa Lampanelli is known as Comedy’s Lovable Queen of Mean. This equal opportunity offender is a regular on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Howard Stern’s Sirius satellite radio shows, and she has appeared
on Late Show with David Letterman, Chelsea Lately, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Dr. Oz Show and Good Morning America. She was also a member of the cast of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice,  Season 5. 7pm. $49 – $69. Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way; Hollywood. For info: 954-797-5531

September 22
Music
Fantasma
Experience the world premiere of Fantasma, a dynamic performance art event filled with immense puppetry and spooky tunes. Lincoln Road will be transformed into a haunting place where mystical creatures abound through the audience, presenting a simple journey. In collaboration with Jim Hammond, Puppet Designer & Managing Director/CEO of Puppet Network, we envision a multi-dimensional musical-visual experience for modern families. 6pm. 1100 Block Outdoor Stage, Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach. For info: sobechamberensemble.org

September 22
Books
A Memorial Poetry Reading
This reading is a memorial to recently departed poets, Judith Berke, Fred Witkoff, and Henry Logan. Friends and family are invited to read their favorite poems written by these three beloved poets. Refreshments to follow. 4pm. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

September 22
Music
Dearmas Sisters: The Six Concertos of Padre Antonio Soler
The Six Concertos of Padre Antonio Soler will be performed by the Dearmas Sisters from Uruguay. From the Miami Bach Society. Program includes the I Andante II Minuet Concerto  No 2, I Andante II Allegro III Minuet Concerto  No 3,  I Andantino II Minuet II Concerto  No 4,  I Andante non Largo II Minuet Concerto  No 5,  I Cantabile II Minuet Concerto  No 6, I Allegro II Minuet. 4pm. $30 – $40. Trinity Cathedral, 464 NE 16 St; Miami. For info: miamibachsociety.org

September 24
Books
Nelson DeMille
From the locked archives of the Vatican to the overgrown jungles of Ethiopia, an unlikely trio begins a deadly search for the Holy Grail. Two journalists and a beautiful photographer are traveling together in a broken down Jeep while covering the 1975 Ethiopian civil war. Both men fall in love with the woman and that complicates things. When the trio winds up lost in the jungle, in the no man’s land between the fighting factions, they take cover and dig in for the night. In their hiding place, they encounter a dying man who tells them an amazing and quite unbelievable story. But for some reason-one that they grapple with for the rest of their journey-that night they believe. The dying man is a priest who has been imprisoned for 40 years because-as he tells it-he found the Holy Grail. This night he has escaped from the prison because it was bombed during the day’s fire fight. Unfortunately, the priest was hit, too, so his freedom only lasts for one short night. But it’s long enough for Father Armando to describe for our journalists the location of Christ’s cup from The Last Supper-and it’s long enough to make them believe his story….Thus begins their Quest-a deadly adventure that pits them against the Vatican, murderous tribesmen, shadowy assassins, fanatical Coptic monks and, ultimately, against the powers of the Grail itself. DeMille is the author of fifteen acclaimed novels, including the #1New York Times bestsellers Night Fall, Plum Island, and The Gate House and New York Times betsellers Wild Fire, The Gold Coast, and The General’s Daughter. 8pm. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

September 24
Film
Cinema Green
Taking Root tells the dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights, and defend democracy-a movement for which this charismatic woman became an iconic inspiration. Taking Root is the most comprehensive, in-depth film about Wangari Maathai available. It was made in close collaboration with her during the last decade of her life. 8pm. $10. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

September 25
Theatre
Disney on Ice: Princesses and Heroes
Enter a world of wonder where heroes and hearts prevail. Join Ariel as she yearns to explore the world above the waves and Prince Eric breaks Ursula’s slithering spell to reclaim his one true love. See Prince Philip defeat the evil Maleficent as she transforms herself into a fire-breathing dragon in a race against time to rescue Sleeping Beauty’s Aurora. Be there to discover a whole new world with Jasmine and Aladdin. And, watch in awe as the dreams of Cinderella, Belle, Snow White, Rapunzel and Tiana all come true. High flying jumps, daring acrobatics, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends are just a wish away! See Disney On Ice presents Princesses & Heroes where believing is just the beginning! $12 – $52. 7pm. American Airlines Arena;  601 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: 786-777-1000 or aaarena.com

September 26
Books
Rushdie Converses with Kaplan
On February 14, 1989, Valentine’s Day, Salman Rushdie was telephoned by a BBC journalist and told that he had been sentenced to death by the Ayatollah Khomeini. For the first time he heard the word fatwa. His crime? To have written a novel called The Satanic Verses, which was accused of being against Islam, the Prophet and the Quran. So begins the extraordinary story of how a writer was forced underground, moving from house to house, with the constant presence of an armed police protection team. He was asked to choose an alias that the police could call him by. He thought of writers he loved and combinations of their names; then it came to him: Conrad and Chekhov—Joseph Anton. How do a writer and his family live with the threat of murder for more than nine years? How does he go on working? How does he fall in and out of love? How does despair shape his thoughts and actions, how and why does he stumble, how does he learn to fight back? In this remarkable memoir Rushdie tells that story for the first time; the story of one of the crucial battles, in our time, for freedom of speech. Mitchell Kaplan founded Books & Books in 1982.  He is also a co-founder of Miami Book Fair International and serves as the Chairperson of its Board of Directors, and serves on the steering committee of the Florida Center for the Literary Arts, Miami-Dade College’s literary center.  In 2011, Kaplan received the National Book Foundation’s prestigious “Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community”. Kaplan will converse with Rushdie tonight about Rushdie’s memoir. $10. 7:30pm. Chapman Conference Center, 245 NE 4 St; Miami. For info: booksandbooks.com.

September 26
Film
Good Ol’ Freda
Behind a great band, there was a great woman…Freda Kelly was just a shy Liverpudlian teenager when she was asked to work for a local band hoping to make it big. Though she had no concept of how far they would go, Freda had faith in The Beatles from the beginning, and The Beatles had faith in her. The Beatles were together for 10 years, but Freda worked for them for 11. Many people came in and out of the band’s circle as they grew to international stardom, but Freda remained a staple because of her unfaltering loyalty and dedication. As the Beatles’ devoted secretary and friend, Freda was there as history unfolded; she was witness to the evolution – advances and setbacks, breakthroughs and challenges – of the greatest band in history. In Good Ol’ Freda, Freda tells her stories for the first time in 50 years. One of few documentaries with the support of the living Beatles and featuring original Beatles music, the film offers an insider perspective on the beloved band that changed the world of music. Directed By: Ryan White. $10.50. O Cinema Miami Shores, 9806 NE 2nd Ave; Miami Shores. For info: 786-565-FILM

September 26
Art
Love of Technology
MOCA presents Love of Technology, a group exhibition of artists from around the world who question the relationship between humans and technology, and explore the impact of continued interaction between users and operating systems. The artists in this exhibition take apart popular technologies and reassemble them in ways that challenge our perceptions and critique established ideologies. The artists included in Love of Technology challenge the logic of computer operating systems and question the impact of continued interaction between humans and technology. Drawing upon the traditions of minimalism and conceptual art, the artists examine ways in which consumers approach objects, and the interdependence that develops between humans and the machines they use. Works in the exhibition include: A video installation by Ian Cheng, powered by code that is constantly being rewritten, commissioned by MOCA and in conjunction with the Lyons Biennial; A collaboration between Ben Schumacher and the Miami and New York-based architect John Keenen, who are opening a temporary architectural firm in MOCA’s lobby; Multiple works by Josh Smith, who is noted for his machine-like repetition of motifs in his abstract paintings; A new installation by Anicka Yi made of tempura-fried flowers, in which the artist explores how visual and sensual material come together with language; Andrea Zittel’ s Aggregated Stacks, part of her experimental living practice; as well as her room-size wool panels, which result from the artist’s careful negotiation of invented rules; Three large-scale paintings by Miami-based Jason Galbut, an artist who dynamically reinterprets collage and narrative. The other artists featured in Love of Technology are: Luis Fernando Benedit, Lena Henke, Morag Keil, Oliver Laric, Jack Strange, and duo Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff. Through November 3. Opening Reception tonight 7pm – 9pm. MOCA, 770 NE 125th St; North Miami. For info: mocanomi.org or 305-893-6211.

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