September 26 to October 3, 2013

September 26
Social
Art After Dark:
Do something different and head up to the Norton Museum’s Art After Dark evening. The theme is Teacher Appreciation Night with The Samantha Russell Band and Psychedelic Mist perform live.  The Museum Collection, Portaits and the Artists as Mentors exhibits can be toured. An evening highlight will be a fun LEGO demonstration by The TAZ BOT Renegades. Stay for dinner at Fratelli Lyon who will serve an à la carte dinner menu. 5pm – 9pm. Free. Norton Museum, 1451 S. Olive Ave; West Palm Beach. For info: 561-832-5196 or Norton.org

September 26
Comedy
3rd Annual Comedy Challenge
Hundreds of comics auditioned again this year for a chance to be crowned the 2013 Mardi Gras Comedy Challenge Champion. The winner will open for Comedy Legend Craig Shoemaker on Saturday, November 16th and take home $5,000 cash! Tonight and every Thursday and Friday for a few weeks, watch awesome comedians trot out their funniest schtick in the Showcase Rounds. Forty were chosen from last week’s open auditions. $10 – $20. 8pm. Mardi Gras Casino, 831 North Federal Highway; Ft Lauderdale. For info: mardigrascasinofl.com or 954-924-3200.

September 27
Film
Cutie and The Boxer
This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband’s assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own. Over the course of their marriage, the roles have shifted. Now 80, Ushio struggles to establish his artistic legacy, while Noriko is at last being recognized for her own art —a series of drawings entitled “Cutie,” depicting her challenging past with Ushio. Spanning four decades, the film is a moving portrait of a couple wrestling with the eternal themes of sacrifice, disappointment and aging, against a background of lives dedicated to art. 7pm & 9pm. $10.50. O Cinema Wynwood, 90 NW 29th St; Miami. For info: 305-571-9970.

September 27
Theatre
Cardenio
Cardenio is an overstuffed lasagna of a play that combines layers of mismatched lovers, sexual intrigue, Italian songs, and a long-lost Shakespearean drama into a contemporary high-spirited, gawky romantic comedy. Join our characters as they fall in and out of love while dancing, singing, and celebrating over the largest Italian feast ever presented on a South Florida stage. Written by Stephen Greenblatt and Charles Mee. Directed by Michael Yawney. 8pm. $15. FIU Theatre, 10910 SW 17th St; Miami. For info: 305-348-2895 or theatre.fiu.edu

September 27
Books
United We Spy
From author Ally Carter comes a new book United We Spy. Cammie Morgan has lost her father and her memory, but in the heart-pounding conclusion to the best-selling Gallagher Girls series, she finds her greatest mission yet. Cammie and her friends finally know why the terrorist organization called the Circle of Cavan has been hunting her. Now the spy girls and Zach must track down the Circle’s elite members to stop them before they implement a master plan that will change Cammie-and her country-forever. Carter is the New York Times best-selling author of the five previous books in the Gallagher Girls series: I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You; Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy; Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover; Only the Good Spy Young; and Out of Sight, Out of Time. She will read from and sign her book tonight. 7pm. Books & Books, 9700 Collins Ave; Bal Harbour. For info: booksandbooks.com

September 27
Performance
One Night Stand: Let’s Sang Karaoke in Collaboration with Dylan Romer
One Night Stand: Let’s Sang Karaoke in Collaboration with Dylan Romer opens tonight at Locust Projects. Complimentary cocktails, artist-run karaoke and one night only projection installation by Dylan Romer. 7pm – 10pm. $10. Locust Projects, 3852 North Miami Ave: Miami. For info: 305-576-8570 or locustprojects.com.

September 27
Music
Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck with Al Jardine & David Marks
Two of the music industry’s most celebrated entertainers will bring an evening of historic musical collaboration with Wilson’s former band mates Al Jardine & David Marks joining Wilson and Beck.  Wilson is one of popular music’s most deeply revered figures, the creative force behind some of the most cherished recordings in rock history. He was barely out of his teens when he co-created some of the most beloved records ever – nine consecutive gold albums that featured such classics as Surfer Girl, In My Room, I Get Around, Don’t Worry Baby, Fun, Fun, Fun, Help Me, Rhonda and California Girls, just to name a few. Known as one of the most influential lead guitarists in rock, Beck was ranked among the top 5 guitarists in Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. He has earned wide critical praise and received the Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance six times and Best Pop Instrumental Performance once. 7:30pm. $49 – $84. Hard Rock, 1 Seminole Way; Hollywood.  For info: hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com

September 27
Lecture
Consuming Passion: Four Perspectives on Food in Our Lives
A roundtable discussion about food, Consuming Passion: Four Perspectives on Food in Our Lives. Featuring: Gail Hollander, Associate Professor of Global Studies, FIU, a specialist on Food System Theory; Keith Kalmonowicz, Pop-Up Chef; April Merleaux, Assistant Professor of History, FIU, a specialist on the US Food Industry and Muriel Olivares, Local Farmer. 8pm. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

September 27
Film
Our Children
In the French flick Our Children, Murielle and Mounir love each other passionately. Ever since he was a boy, the young man has been living with Doctor Pinget who provides him with a comfortable life. When they decide to marry and have children, the couple’s dependence on the doctor becomes excessive. Murielle finds herself caught up in an unhealthy emotional climate that insidiously leads the family towards a tragic outcome. (In French with English subtitles). 7pm. $10. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

September 27
Film
L’Estate di Martino
The Italian Film Festival Screening of L’Estate di Martino or Martino’s Summer runs tonight. L’Estate di Martino is a modern day fairy tale that softens the shades and darkness surrounding the mysteries tied to tragic events that happened in the summer of 1980: the Ustica tragedy on June 27th, and the bomb attack at the station of Bologna on August 2nd. These episodes form the backdrop for a love story between Martino and the beautiful Silvia and speak of a friendly relationship with Captain Clark – a soldier stationed in an American base in the Mediterranean.
7pm. Free. The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305.531.1001 or wolfsonian.org

September 27
Music
Pablo Gil
Jazz @ MOCA will present Pablo Gil live tonight. Gil is a saxophonist, flutist, educator, composer, producer and arranger. He has performed all over the world, but started his musical career in Merida, Venezuela. In the late 80′s he moved to Caracas and in 1991 he was granted a
scholarship to continue his musical studies in Paris. In ’98 he moved to the United States where continued his studies receiving a Master of arts in Jazz Performance from City College of the City University of New York. Gil is currently a Fellow in the Frost School of music in the University of Miami. He has ample experience teaching private lessons in saxophone, piano and jazz improvisation. Rain or shine. 8pm. Free. MOCA, 770 NE 125th St; North Miami. For info: mocanomi.org

September 27
Film
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
Brought to life with exquisite detail and rich cinematography by Bradford Young (winner of the US Dramatic Cinematography Award at Sundance), the gritty landscape of 1970s Texas Hill Country is the backdrop for this mood-drenched collision of love and crime. After his pregnant wife (Rooney Mara) makes one false move during a bloody shootout, a bank robber (Casey Affleck) faces a 25-year sentence that destroys his dreams of a family life. Shot through with the yearning and melancholy of a folk ballad, David Lowery’s directorial breakthrough-one of the most acclaimed films at Sundance and a special Critics’ Week selection at Cannes-extends the Bonnie and Clyde tradition with its breathtaking meditation on the fragility and transience of love. 9:10pm. $10. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

September 28
Social
Von Gutenberg Fetish Fashion Ball
Into alternative fashion? Then do not miss the Von Gutenberg Fetish Fashion Ball which will host a fashion show extravaganza with the latest high-end latex fetish fashion from two of the world’s top latex designers, Inner Sanctum from Germany & Dawnamatrix Designs from Boston. the show will include designs that have been displayed in museums and gallery spaces around Boston, including the State House of Representatives, Harvard University, the Boston Children’s Museum, and the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation. Fetish superstars Bibiana Atada and Jewell Marceau will also be on hand. Dress to be part of the scene in your best Latex, Rubber, Cyber, Drag, Leather, Vinyl, Any Uniform (theatrical) or Body Paint. All Types Of Fetish Wear will get you through the door. Music from DJ Danny Bled, DJ Essential6, DJ Draculas Daughter, and DJ Maverick. $30. 10pm – 5am. Mekka, 950 Ne 2nd Ave; Miami. For info: 305-371-3773 or vongutenbergfetishball .com

September 28
Film
Tea
This screening is a special one from Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) and the Cinematheque with an introduction to the film by the Artist/Director Mario Garcia Torres. This public program marks the first visit for Garcia Torres to Miami while working on a new project for PAMM. Tea is a film essay documenting artist Garcia Torres’s journey to One Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, a hotel opened in 1971 by Italian conceptual artist Alighiero Boetti. The hotel closed due to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. He considers his relationship to Boetti’s work and life through a subjective blurring of time and geography. What does it mean to return to a place while visiting it for the first time? Might a guest become a host due to a years-late arrival? How far, really, is Afghanistan from Mexico? He considers these questions in his poetic inquiry into the nature of storytelling, the presumed truth of history, and the appeal of the unreachable gesture. Garcia Torres was born Mexico. He has had solo exhibitions at the Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid, the Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco, and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. He has participated in the Bienal de São Paulo, the Taipei Biennial, and the 52nd Venice Biennale. 3pm. $10. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: pamm.org or 786-345-5643.

September 28
Lecture
Art Talk: Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff, Untitled, 2013
Berlin-based duo Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff work in photography, sculpture, writing and performance. Much of their work elaborates on social spaces of their creation: their famous Times Bar in Berlin, which attracted international artists; and more recently an untitled theater space in the same city. As part of “Love of Technology” Henkel and Pitegoff exhibit new semi-abstract photographs of the entrepreneurial tech spaces that have recently emerged in Berlin. As such, they consider the recent conflation of creativity, technology and economic advancement in the city and beyond. 2pm. Free with museum admission. MOCA, 770 NE 125th St; North Miami. For info: mocanomi.org

September 28
Film
Sundance Shorts
A roller coaster mix of drama and comedy, the Sundance Film Festival Short Films program is a 93-minute collection of eight short films from the 2013 edition of the Festival. Vibrant storytelling highlights the group, including fiction, documentary and animation, with five award-winners. With no rules, the short film serves as a proving ground for young filmmakers to make their mark and for established filmmakers to take risks in story and style. 5pm. $10. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

September 28
Books
How Can You Represent Those People?
How Can You Represent Those People? is the first-ever collection of essays offering a response to the ‘Cocktail Party Question’ asked of every criminal lawyer: how do you represent guilty criminals? Contributors are a diverse group of prominent lawyers and rising stars, each offering a different—and often very personal— perspective on the Question. Many share stories—comic and tragic, stirring and heartbreaking—about how it feels to defend people accused of crimes ranging from the ‘ordinary’ to the horrific. This fascinating collection is a must-read for anyone interested in crime, punishment, race, poverty, and the motivations of criminal lawyers. The two authors discuss and sign their book tonight. 7pm. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

September 28
Music
Blues Traveler
Blues Traveler is on tour to promote their new album, Suzie Cracks The Whip, tat came out June 26. Blues Traveler was formed in Princeton, New Jersey in ’87. The band’s music covers a variety of genres, including blues-rock, psychedelic rock, folk rock, soul, and Southern rock.
Currently, the group comprises of singer and harmonica player John Popper, guitarist Chan Kinchla, drummer Brendan Hill, bassist Tad Kinchla and keyboardist Ben Wilson. 8pm. Magic City Casino, 450 NW 37th Ave; Miami. For info: 305-649-3000

September 28
Tour
Brickell to Tobacco Road Walk
Have some historic fun with guide Michael Pearlman on a walking adventure in Miami’s Brickell district. Learn who is buried in the Brickell Mausoleum and other well-kept secrets. End the tour by quenching your thirst at Tobacco Road, Miami’s oldest bar. Advanced reservations and payment required. $30. 7pm – 9pm. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-375-1492 or historymiami.org

September 28
Social
An Evening in the Garden: Citizens for a Better South Florida Annual Gala
Don’t miss the  annual gala for Citizens for a Better South Florida. Citizens is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to protecting the unique South Florida ecosystems. Every year they promote projects that help increase the area’s tree canopy, eradicate invasive plants, and educate the public on green living. Tickets to An Evening in the Garden include an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, access to the silent auction items and packages from local businesses, as well as live music from local musician Bob Bonnen. 6pm – 8pm. $60. MB Cinematheque, 2000 Convention Center Dr; Miami Beach. For info: mbgarden.org

September 28
Music
The Weeknd
Allegedly shrouded in mystery despite a social media presence on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook,  and YouTube, alternative R&B act the Weeknd — a solo outlet for vocalist Abel Tesfaye — surfaced in March 2011 with House of Balloons. A nine-track, 50-minute mixtape made available for free download on the Weeknd website, House of Balloons was based in morose ballads filled with drug references and sexual longing. The mixtape, made by Tesfaye in collaboration with producers Doc McKinney and Illangelo, among others, garnered widespread coverage — most of which was gushingly positive — within days of its release. A second mixtape, Thursday, preceded several appearances on Drake’s album Take Care. Echoes of Silence, the third Weeknd mixtape, followed just before the end of the year. After Tesfaye signed with Universal Republic, the three Weeknd mixtapes were remastered and bundled with three new songs for Trilogy. The set debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 chart. The following April, Tesfaye won Juno Awards in the categories of Breakthrough Artist of the Year and R&B/Soul Recording of the Year. Trilogy was certified platinum by the RIAA the next month. Kiss Land, much darker in tone than its title implied. $37 – $47. 8:30pm. James L. Knight Center, 400 SE 2nd Ave; Miami. For info: livenation.com

September 28
Comedy
Gad Elmaleh
Gad Elmaleh is a Morocan and French stand-up comedian and actor. His latest show is called Papa est en haut (Dad is upstairs). He has starred in several feature films, including Coco, Hors de prix, La Doublure and Midnight in Paris. 8pm. Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: fillmoremb.com

September 28
Club
Calvin Harris
Favoring a naughty schoolboy look that makes him seem even younger than his already tender years (22 when his first major-label album was released), Scottish artist, producer, and remixer Calvin Harris has a similarly youthful and forward-looking approach to his music. Skipping the usual apprenticeship in the clubs or on indie labels, Harris went from posting his own D.I.Y. electroclash music online through MySpace and similar sites to signing with the multinational giant EMI almost in a single step. Harris will be playing tonight on Miami Beach. Opening act: Mednas. $125. 11pm. LIV Nightclub, Fontainebleau Hotel, 4441 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305.674.4680 or LIVnightclub.com

September 29
Music
Concert for Kids
Joshua Gersen, conductor. PROJECT Trio, instrumental ensemble. In the season’s first Concerts for Kids, Conducting Fellow Joshua Gersen leads the orchestra in brief works selected with children in mind. This popular series features lively performances and interactive commentary from the stage. Come early to meet the Fellows and try out the instruments at the Instrument Petting Zoo. 11:30am & 2:30pm. New World Center, 500 17 St; Miami Beach. For info: nws.edu

September 29
Dance
Great Pas de Deux Series VII
This one day only Gala Performance of The South Florida Ballet Theater’s The Great Pas de Deux Series VII & Cinderella Act II (The Ball), include’s professional dancers brought in from across the nation whom have toured both nationally and internationally. Executive Artistic Director, Lynda DeChane, returns to bring some of classical ballets most famous Pas de Deux in ballet history. La Corsaire, and the amazing mystical ballet Scheherazade performed to the musical score of Rimsky Korsakov amd choreographed by Michale Fokine, will grace the stages of South Florida’s Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Danced by some of the most celebrated performers of our time. Christine Hodges and Shannon Smith,former principal dancers with Ballet Florida, Ballet Gamonet, Boca Ballet and presently the South Florida Ballet Theater, will perform along with other international guest artists. Apprenticing students will join the professional cast in Cinderella Act II. Broward Center for the Performing Arts is located in the heart of the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District. 6pm. $15 – $50. Broward Center, 201 SW 5th Ave; Fort Lauderdale. For info: browardcenter.org

September 30
Books
Nicholas Sparks in conversation with Jackie Nespral
Author Nicholas Sparks will discuss his new book with NBC Miami News Anchor, Jackie Nespral tonight at MDCC.  In the tradition of his beloved first novel, The Notebook, #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with the remarkable story of two couples whose parallel love stories intersect in profound and surprising ways. With over 85 million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. His novels include eleven #1 New York Times bestsellers, and all his books, including Three Weeks with My Brother, the memoir he wrote with his brother, Micah, have been New York Times and international bestsellers, and were translated into more than fifty languages. Eight of Nicholas Sparks’s novels — Safe Haven, The Lucky One,The Last Song, Dear John, Nights in Rodanthe, The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, and Message in a Bottle — were also adapted into major motion pictures. Emmy Award-winning journalist Jackie Nespral currently anchors NBC Miami News. Join the line following the evening’s presentation for a special meet & greet with the author. 7:30pm. Miami Dade College, 300 NE 2nd Ave; Miami. For info: booksandbooks.com

October 1
Music
Gloria Estefan
Gloria Estefan is the reigning queen of Latin pop. The Cuban born singer-songwriter first made a name for herself in the 1980s with the Miami Sound Machine, and in 1989 she reached new heights as a solo artist. Now, 27 albums later, she has become the most successful Latin-crossover performer ever, with sales topping $100 million. She will play the Gusman tonight to promote her new album, The Standards which dropped last week. $60 – $80. Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Dr; Coral Gables. For info: music.miami.edu or 305-284-2241.

October 2
Social
Wine Down Wednesdays
Mix. Mingle. Sip. Unwind. Head to downtown Miami’s only cultural hotspot.  Don’t sit in rush hour traffic when you can be making new friends, enjoying unlimited treats and refreshments.  The exhibition galleries will be open, relax with live local music, and experience cultural performances. Tonight Tony G performs Reggae en Español (Spanish-language reggae music). 5pm – 7pm. $10. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; downtown Miami. For info: 305-375-1618 or historymiami.org.

October 2
Film
The Great Gatsby
Free outdoor movies every Wednesday night are in full swing with The SoundScape Cinema Series at the Miami Beach SoundScape ExoStage. This week’s flick is The Great Gatsby. The Great Gatsby follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan. It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super-rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles. Bring a blanket or beach chair and picnic. No glass please. 8pm. Free. Exostage at Miami Beach SoundScape, 500 17 St; Miami Beach. For info: mbculture.com

October 3
Music
Patrizio Buanne
Don’t miss the artist Michael Bublé has called his competition. Enthralling listeners with his smooth, graceful and defining voice, international singing sensation and Italian heartthrob–Patrizio Buanne–returns to the Broward Center with his signature renditions of traditional Italian songs and spirited interpretations of American pop standards. Known as the world’s most exciting baritone crooner, Patrizio conveys true emotion with his stunning vocalizations–from Mambo Italiano and Americano to great American classics such as Fly Me to the Moon, Crazy and Have You Ever Loved a Woman. Inspired by singing luminaries Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, this young Italian will capture your heart with his magnificent singing and polished showmanship. 8pm. $39 – $59. Broward Center, 201 SW 5th Ave;  Fort Lauderdale. For info: browardcenter.org

October 3
Discussion
Philip Johnson’s Glass House
Local experts discuss the relevance of Philip Johnson and his Glass House to art and architecture today. Featuring Robin Hill, Hilary Lewis, Terence Riley and Dr. Alpesh Kantilal Patel. Moderated by architecture critic Beth Dunlop. Free. 7pm.  Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: coralgablesmuseum.org

October 3
Film
Zaytoun
Miami Jewish Film Festival screens the South Florida Premiere of the award-winning film Zaytoun. Starring Academy Award-nominated actor Stephen Dorff, Zaytoun is a compelling and ultimately touching story of crossing borders in many different senses in order to reach a place of peace within. Set in Beirut in 1982, Zaytoun follows an Israeli fighter pilot, Yoni (Stephen Dorff), and a 12-year-old Palestinian boy, Fahed, who abruptly meet when the young boy shoots down Yoni’s plane. Fahed lives in a refugee ghetto in Beirut and makes the perilous decision to free Yoni. In return, Yoni must take him to Israel. An unlikely alliance forms as, initially distrustful, Yoni and Fahed make their way across war-torn Lebanon on a journey to a place they both call home. Part unlikely buddy movie, part wartime thriller, this latest offering from director Eran Riklis. $12. 7:30pm. O Cinema Miami Shores, 9806 NE 2nd Ave; Miami Shores. For info: 786-565-FILM or miamijewishfilmfestival.org

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