September 5 to September 12

September 6
Theatre
Hermanos Vazquez Circus
Under the Circo Hermanos Vazquez Big Top at The Adrienne Arsht Center! Founded in 1969 by Rafael and Jose Vazquez, the Hermanos Vazquez Circus is already in its third and fourth generation of performers and features an incredible line up of dancers, clowns, daredevils, acrobats, trapeze artists, animal acts and more. This limited-engagement spectacular will delight and thrill audiences of all ages.  Through September 15. 10am – 8pm. The Big Top at the Arsht Center, 1200 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. (South of the Ziff Ballet Opera House). For info: arshtcenter.com

September 6
Festival
Boca Brazilian Beat
Deemed South Florida’s official Brazilian Independence Day Celebration by the Consulate General of Brazil in Miami, Boca Brazilian Beat opens tonight with live music from Forró in the Dark and Eta Carinae. Street entertainment includes a Zumba showcase, Capoeira dancers, carnival dancers and drummers, and tons of Brazilian food vendors. Forró in the Dark is led by Mauro Refosco, who also performs with David Byrne and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guilherme Monteiro and Jorge Continentino.  Together they have performed in major festivals around the world including Bonnaroo, and the prestigious Monterey and Montreal Jazz Festivals. Eta Carinae brings together the traditional rhythms baião and maracatu and mixes them with modern pop and electronic sounds. They has toured extensively around the world and has played at several major European festivals. 6pm – 11pm. Sanborn Square, 72 N Federal Highway; Boca Raton. For info:

September 6
Sport
Over the Edge
To raise money and awareness for Miami Children’s Initiative, a nonprofit improving Liberty City by investing in every child, hundreds of South Floridians will go Over the Edge and rappel 19 stories down the JW Marriott Marquis Miami. Participants will include community, civic and business leaders, elected officials, celebrities, philanthropists, and members of the general public. Plus, a lucky couple from the accompanying Wed Over the Edge contest will exchange vows before rappelling. Free. 12pm. JW Marriott Marquis, 255 Biscayne Blvd Way; Miami. For info: 305-421-8600 or otemiami.com

September 6
Art
Hank Klein: Recent Works
Using an original photo as the base, I layer my prints with technology, color and light to manipulate the image into a new reality. My work explores the concept of altered images – what happens when an everyday object is re-imagined. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

September 6
Art
Paul Donald
Canada-based and Australia-born artist Paul Donald will be MBUS’s fall artist-in-residence. Donald’s installation on exhibit in the MBUS Gallery aims to explore the roles of artist and audience, both of which often remain invisible within the gallery/art conceit. In this exhibition, Donald will build a raised walkway in the gallery, like those seen traversing swamps in Florida. For each day the artist works, a monitor will be positioned near the entrance of the gallery playing an edited videotape of that day. Eventually, the accumulation of monitors will block physical entrance into the gallery and will allow only a mediated view of Donald’s work to be seen and experienced. Organized by Alpesh Kantilal Patel. 9am to 5pm. Miami Beach Urban Studios, 420 Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach. For info: 305-348 – 2897.

September 6
Music
Zedd
Moment of Clarity Tour. A musical prodigy from the start, Zedd is a Electric Dance Music powerhouse beyond the EDM realm. His originality and momentum will unquestionably propel him into the ranks of superstars. He signed to Interscope records and released  his debut LP Clarity in October 2012. The album’s first single, “Spectrum,” featuring Matthew Koma, garnered massive global attention, climbing into the Top 10 of iTunes dance charts and holding the number one spot on Beatport Worldwide for almost three weeks. Zedd has also racked up several massive original production credits including Eva Simons’ “I Don’t Like You” and Justin Bieber’s “Beauty And A Beat.” A Rolling Stone “Artist to Watch, he has appeared at major festivals, including Ultra, Electric Daisy Carnival, Nocturnal, Coachella, Lollapalooza, Hard Summer in Los Angeles, and Electric Zoo in New York. Zedd was also the only opening act for the Asian leg of Lady Gaga’s world stadium-tour “The Born This Was Ball”. 9pm. $25. Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305.673.7300 or livenation.com.

September 6
Books
If You Were Only White
If You Were Only White explores the legacy of one of the most exceptional athletes ever—an entertainer, a daring showman and crowd-pleaser, a wizard with a baseball whose artistry and antics on the mound brought fans out in the thousands to ballparks across the country. Leroy Satchel Paige was arguably one of the world’s greatest pitchers and a premier star of Negro Leagues Baseball. But in this biography author Donald Spivey reveals Paige to have been much more than just a blazing fastball pitcher. Spivey follows Paige from his birth in Alabama in 1906 to his death in Kansas City in 1982, detailing the challenges Paige faced battling the color line in America and recounting his tests and triumphs in baseball. He also opens up Paige’s private life during and after his playing days, introducing readers to the man who extended his social, cultural, and political reach beyond the limitations associated with his humble background and upbringing. Author Spivey is Professor of History at the University of Miami and the author or editor of five books, including Fire from the Soul: A History of the African-American Struggle.  He will discuss and sign his book tonight. 8pm. Free. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

September 6
Lecture
Plant ID Workshop
Is there a plant in your garden but you just don’t know what it is? Then, bring it to Fairchild’s Herbarium and let our Scientists uncover its origin! Bring a cutting from your plant to Fairchild’s Herbarium team on the first Friday of every month at 1:00 p.m. and participate in our Plant Identification Workshop. Space is limited to the first twelve people that reserve online. No photographs, real specimens only. The Plant ID Workshop is held at Fairchild’s Center for Tropical Plant Conservation in the front seminar room, 1pm.  Fairchild Garden, 11935 Old Cutler Rd; Coral Gables. For info:

September 6
Art
The Glass House: A Chapel in a Cathedral of Nature
Organized by the Coral Gables Museum along with curatorial advisor Hilary Lewis, biographer of architect Philip Johnson, this exhibit will feature a dozen, large-scale color photographs by renowned architectural photographer Robin Hill of Philip Johnson’s Glass House campus, a model of the Glass House by artist Rirkrit Tiravanija courtesy of DACRA, and documentary videos, construction plans and a campus map courtesy of the Philip Johnson Glass House, National Trust for Historic Preservation, New Canaan, Connecticut. Lewis will provide the historical context for the beautiful images that Hill has taken over several years. In Gallery 109 and the Anthony R. Abraham Family Gallery. 6pm – 9pm. $7. Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: coralgablesmuseum.org

September 6
Art
Artistic License: A MDCPS Art Teacher Exhibit
This unique exhibition presented by Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ Visual Art Department, “Artistic License, will showcase master artists from Miami and abroad, along with visual art instructors that studied under them. This juried exhibition will provide a rare glimpse into not only the artists’ works in a variety of media, but how they inspire art educators to reconnect with their inner artist after serving as educators in the arts for many years. Since 2010, the Visual and Performing Arts Department of Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ Division of Academic Support has been conducting summer mini-workshops with concentrated studio studies. The result of this collaborative studio environment is a distinct array of works in a variety of media in 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional form. The show will include works by master artists Ray Azcuy, Pablo Cano, Alejandro Mendoza, Lucinda Linderman , as well as the art educators under their tutelage for the summer. Live Jazz by the David Leon Trio. $7. 6pm – 9pm. Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables. coralgablesmuseum.org

September 7
Books
Miami Visually Speaking
Miami – Visually Speaking by Kiko Ricote is a lavish coffee table book contains over 200 pages of full-color photographs that convey the visual richness of Miami, and its tropical urban surroundings. Text is nonexistent in this wittily-organized collection of photographs: from breathtaking landscapes, fascinating aerial views, urban details, miles of beaches and colorful skies the city is famous for, this artful book perfectly captures the true experience of this tropical paradise. He is the author of the bestseller coffee table book, Key Biscayne – Island Paradise. Born in Caracas, Venezuela to Spanish parents, Kiko Ricote has always loved adventure. At 17, he and a friend traveled through Latin America in a VW van with two surfboards and a guitar. After a year, he returned to Venezuela and landed work as a model, eventually making it to Europe. He found work in Milan’s fashion world, then in Zurich he picked up a camera for the first time. When a Swiss agency hired him to photograph emerging models, his second career was born. For 20 years, he worked as both model and photographer, spending time in Amsterdam, Zurich, Munich, Sydney, Los Angeles, and Mexico City. He will discuss and sign his book tonight. 6pm. Free. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

September 7
Art
Agustina Woodgate
Agustina Woodgate aims to create art that fosters exchanges between people rather than encounters between a viewer and object. She makes objects, site-specific and context-based installations, performance, and collaborative event-based projects that focus on the interplay between human beings and their surrounding environment at both macro and micro levels. This site-specific street installation is inspired by the ancient popular street game, except this one is hundreds of numbers long. The expanded game reminds us of our innocence while exhausting as our urban surroundings. Hopscotch exists for the streets, transforming monotonous sidewalks into daily playgrounds. The original hopscotch courts were over 100 feet long. Roman foot soldiers ran the course in full armor and field packs, and it was thought that Hopscotch would improve their foot work. Roman children imitated the soldiers by drawing their own boards, and creating a scoring system, and Hopscotch spread through Europe, Asia, and quickly across the globe. Woodgate graduated from the National University of Visual Arts, Argentina, in 2004 and has exhibited extensively in U.S and abroad. She has initiated collaborative projects and has been awarded artists residencies both nationally and internationally. Bass Museum, 2121 Park Ave; Miami Beach. For info: bassmuseum.org

September 7
Green
Veggie Gardening 101
Start off the growing season right by attending our opening seminar of the season. This free lecture is perfect for the gardener who just moved to the SoFla area, or is just starting to try and live a little more sustainably. The good people from the Miami Dade Extension Service will cover the basics of what you need to know to have a thriving edible garden in South Florida, including planting and harvesting times, environmental requirements, and recommended plant lists for this area. Meet in the Butterfly Room. Miami Beach Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr; Miami Beach. For info: mbgarden.com

September 7
Music
Acoustica 21: Voice in the cello featuring Jason Calloway, cello
The first concert of the fall 2013 will feature the cellist Jason Calloway in a program of works that explore cello’s relationships, both literal and figurative, with the human voice. In works by Artur Avanesov, Luciano Berio, Anne Hege, Adriana Holszky, Fabien Lévy, and Peter Sculthorpe, the cello evokes the bel canto singing tradition, spoken word, and the requiem mass while also being partnered by the player’s own singing, whistling, and more. $7. 8pm -  9pm. Harold Golen Gallery, 2294 NW Second Ave; Miami. For info: 434-284-2985

September 8
Theatre
Wild Encounter
Wild Encounter is an upclose, uncaged, unbelievable interaction with the worlds rarest big cats & their human companions. This show features many rare and unique varieties of big cats, including four fantastic colors of tigers. Throughout the year, a rotating cast of big cats make appearances in the Jungle Theater from tigers to Black Panthers, Lynx to Spotted Leopards, Cougars to Ligers. And of course, there is always an assortment of cuddly cubs who are sure to bring a smile to your face. Other animals join the cast of Tale of the Tiger including Orangutans, Chimpanzees, Binturongs, Gibbons, Capuchins, Lemurs and more. 12:45pm. Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail Miami. For info: 305-400-7000 or jungleisland.com.

September 8
Theatre
Gruesome Playground Injuries
Another outdoor production brought to you by the Ground Up & Rising crew, this play is about two eight-year-old’s lives which collide in the nurse’s office: Doug rode his bike off the roof and Kayleen can’t stop throwing up. As they mature from accident-prone kids to self-destructive adults, their broken hearts and broken bones draw them ever closer. These two rebels may only be fit for one another, but how far can one person go to heal another’s wounds? Outdoors behind the Banyan Room. Free. 5pm & 7pm. Miami Beach Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr; Miami Beach. For info: mbgarden.com

September 8
Music
John Mayer
Guitarist and singer-songwriter John Mayer first entered the scene in 1999 with his debut album, “Inside Wants Out.” John has defied description with a style that borrows from acoustic roots and delivers a full load of blues and jazz to create a style uniquely his own. With strong collaborations with artists as diverse as B.B. King and Alicia Keys, John has always kept fans guessing as to what will come next from him. With the release of his latest album, “Continuum” in 2006, his live work with his John Mayer Trio, and his many romantic couplings (Jessica Simpson, Cameron Diaz, Minka Kelly and Katy Perry), he’s quite a busy man. He even launched his owned themed luxury cruise in early 2008. Mayer is a huge talent and an artist known for generating the unexpected. He regularly clowns around with paparazzi and the media and is known as a practical joker with a great sense of humor. He comes to South Florida for his Born & Raised Tour 2013. Opening is Phillip Phillips. $30 – $69. Cruzan Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way; West Palm Beach. For info: livenation.com

September 8
Social
Final Select-Your-Seat Event
Mimosas, Croissants and Try Before You Buy  at this Final Select-Your-Seat Event at the Garden. This year the jazz nights come alive with a seven concert series made possible by South Motors showcasing a broad spectrum of jazz genres, from Big Band to Brazilian Samba, from Swing to Steel Drums. Head to the garden today for refreshments and the last chance to sit in a seat of your choice and decide if this is the one you want to keep all season long before purchasing your subscription. By purchasing a full season subscription, enjoy a more than a 25% discount off single ticket pricing. Hot nights, cool jazz…great times. 11:30am – 2pm. Pinecrest Gardens,  11000 Red Rd; Coral Gables. For info: pinecrestgardens.org

September 8
Reading
FIU Fall Alumni Reading
Hear the latest from six alumni from Florida International University — Barbara Anderson, Joseph Clifford, Melanie Neale, Sarah Pearsall, Parker Phillips, and a reading from the work of our alum Elaine Winer (who recently passed away) by another alum, Leonard Nash. 4pm. Free. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

September 8
Music
The Early Romantics  
The FIU Chamber Players highlight its outstanding faculty performers in an evening of virtuosic works by the early romantic composers. Renowned FIU violinist Robert Davidovici will join Maestro Grzegorz Nowak and the FIU Symphony Orchestra for an outstanding program including Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major, Mendelssohn’ s Violin Concerto in E minor, and Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri Overture. 4pm. $10. The Patricia & Philip Frost Art Museum-FIU, 10975 SW 17th St; Miami, For info: 305-348-0496 or music.fiu.edu.

September 9
Books
Randy Wayne White
Hannah Smith returns in the stunning new adventure in the New York Times–bestselling series from the author of the Doc Ford novels. A twenty-year-old unsolved murder from Florida’s pothauling days gets Hannah Smith’s attention, but so does a more immediate problem. A private museum devoted solely to the state’s earliest settlers and pioneers has been announced, and many of Hannah’s friends and neighbors in Sulfur Wells are being pressured to make contributions. The problem is, the whole thing is a scam, and when Hannah sets out to uncover whoever’s behind it, she discovers that things are even worse than she thought. The museum scam is a front for a real estate power play, her entire village is in danger of being wiped out—and the forces behind it have no intention of letting anything, or anyone, stand in their way. White is the author of twenty Doc Ford novels, most recently Night Moves; the Hannah Smith novel Gone; and four collections of nonfiction. He will discuss and sign his book tonight. 6:30pm. Free. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

September 9
Books
The Iron Bridge
Anton Piatigorsky delivers an inspired inquiry into the early lives of the 20th century’s most notorious tyrants. In The Iron Bridge, he pushes at the boundaries of the unexpected as he breathes fictionalized life into the adolescents who would grow up to become the most brutal dictators the world has ever known. We discover a teenaged Mao Tse-Tung refusing an arranged marriage; Idi Amin cooking for the British Army; Stalin living in a seminary; and a melodramatic young Adolf Hitler dreaming of vast architectural achievements. Pol Pot and Rafael Trujillo are also subjects of separate stories. Piatigorsky explores moments that are nothing more than vague incidents in the biographies of these men, expanding mere footnotes into entire realities. The Iron Bridge, completely imagined yet captivatingly real, captures those crucial instants in time that may well have helped to deliver some of the most infamous leaders in history. Piatigorsky is a native of Washington, DC and now lives in Toronto. He has twice won the Dora Mavor Moore Award. Eternal Hydra, commissioned by the Stratford Festival, was called “one of the best Canadian plays of the past decade” by NOW magazine. The chamber opera, Airline Icarus, for which he wrote the libretto, won the Italian Primo Fedora Award in 2011. His most recent play, Breath In Between, debuted in August, 2012. He will discuss and sign his book tonight. 8pm. Free. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

September 10
Books
The Woman Who Lost Her Soul
Renowned through four award-winning books for his gritty and revelatory visions of the Caribbean, Bob Shacochis returns to occupied Haiti in The Woman Who Lost Her Soul before sweeping across time and continents to unravel tangled knots of romance, espionage, and vengeance. In riveting prose, Shacochis builds a complex and disturbing story about the coming of age of America in a pre-9/11 world. When humanitarian lawyer Tom Harrington travels to Haiti to investigate the murder of a beautiful and seductive photojournalist, he is confronted with a dangerous landscape riddled with poverty, corruption, and voodoo. It’s the late 1990s, a time of brutal guerrilla warfare and civilian kidnappings, and everyone has secrets. The journalist, whom he knew years before as Jackie Scott, had a bigger investment in Haiti than it seemed, and to make sense of her death, Tom must plunge back into a thorny past and his complicated ties to both Jackie and Eville Burnette, a member of Special Forces who has been assigned to protect her. Shacochis’s first collection of stories, asy in the Islands, won the National Book Award for First Fiction, and his second collection, The Next New World, was awarded the Prix de Rome from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is also the author of the novel Swimming in the Volcano, a finalist for the National Book Award, and The Immaculate Invasion, a work of literary reportage that was a finalist for The New Yorker Book Award for Best Nonfiction of the Year. Shacochis is a contributing editor at Outside, a former columnist for Gentleman’s Quarterly, and has served as a contributing editor for Harper’s and GQ. His op-eds on the US military, Haiti, and Florida politics have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. He will discuss and sign his book tonight. 8pm. Free. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

September 10
Festival
I’m Not Gonna Move to L.A
5 Directors duke it out for the Best Audience Award in this South Florida, short film Japanese Game style show down. This is a screening, an indie filmmaker meet up and the best place to bring your date. With directors Herb Abrahams, Shira Abergel, Miguel Miller, Anike Niemeyer, John Rasmussen and Jhonny Obando. Special musical guest Babyhairs and Comedy Troupe Improv Rising. Indie concession prices. Indie Filmmaker meetup. Film Trivia. Fun. 7pm. $10. O Cinema Wynwood, 90 NW 29th St; Miami. For info: 305-571-9970. o-cinema.org

September 10
Music
The Early Romantics
The FIU Chamber Players, directed by renowned FIU violinist Robert Davidovici, present an evening of works by the early romantic composers including Mendelssohn, Beethoven, and Rossini. Soloist Robert Davidovici will be joined by the FIU Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Grzegorz Nowak, for this rare treat in the city of Miami Beach. Program includes Beethoven- Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61, Mendelssohn-Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 and Rossini- L’Italiana in Algeri Overture. $20. 7:30pm. Jewish Museum of Florida,  301 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305-672-5044 or jmof.fiu.edu

September 11
Lecture
Dan Pallotta
Dan Pallotta, bestselling author, humanitarian activist and a leading expert on innovation in the nonprofit sector, shares his visionary perspective on transforming the way society views charity, giving and changing the world. Pallotta’s message of “freeing charity to use the tools of capitalism” will resonate with the corporate community to encourage nonprofits to use innovation and creativity to reach their potential and enhance their effectiveness to impact change. With over 2 million views on TED talk, Pallotta is a powerful, passionate and thought-provoking speaker. Pallotta is best known for creating the multi-day charitable event industry and a new generation of citizen philanthropists with the AIDS Rides and Breast Cancer 3-Day events, which raised $582 million in nine years. 4pm. $20. Broward Center, 201 SW 5th Ave; Fort Lauderdale. For info: 954-522-5334

September 11
Lecture
Locust Talks: Fairfax Dorn
Locust Talks lecture series hosts visiting curators from innovative institutions across the country and internationally for public lectures at the gallery space followed by individual studio visits with local artists, fostering a rigorous critical dialogue about art in the community. 7pm -  9pm. Free. Locust Projects, 3852 North Miami Ave; Miami. For info: 305-576-8570 or Locustprojects.org

September 11
Film
The Harder They Come
Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff stars as Ivan Martin, an aspiring young singer who leaves his rural village for the capital city of Kingston, Jamaica hoping to make a name for himself. Robbed of his money and possessions his first day in town, he finds work with a self-righteous, bullying preacher and an unscrupulous music mogul who exploits naïve hopefuls. In desperation the simple country boy turns outlaw, at war with both the police and his rivals in the ganja trade. Ivan’s dream of stardom soon becomes a reality as he rises to the top of the pop charts and the most-wanted lists. Premiering one year after the release of Shaft and one year before Bob Marley and the Wailers ‘Catch a Fire dropped, Perry Henzell‘s The Harder They Come combined blaxploitation fantasies with developing-world realities and in the process, brought reggae music to the world. The first feature-length film from Jamaica-which at the time of it’s original release had been an independent country for only 10 years after three centuries of British rule, The Harder They Come is the definitive postcolonial cult-movie musical. This gritty, groundbreaking film brought reggae music to the international stage, made Jimmy Cliff a star worldwide, and demonstrated that music and art can change the world. 7:30pm. $10.50. O Cinema Miami Shores, 9806 NE 2nd Ave; Miami Shores, For info: 786-565-FILM.

September 11
Books
The Bee Gees: The Biography
The first narrative biography of the Bee Gees, the phenomenally popular vocal group that has sold more than 200 million records, has been written by music and film critic, David Meyer. The Bee Gees is the epic family saga of brothers Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb, and it’s riddled with astonishing highs—especially as they became the definitive band of the disco era, fueled by Saturday Night Fever and crashing lows, including the tragic drug-fueled downfall of youngest brother, Andy. In recent years, a whole new generation of fans has rediscovered the undeniable grooves and harmonies that made the Bee Gees and songs like Stayin’ Alive, How Deep is Your Love, To Love Somebody, and I Started a Joke timeless. Meyer is the author of the acclaimed, definitive biography of country rocker Gram Parsons, 20,000 Roads. He has written on film and music for Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, Wired and The Rocket. Meyer teaches in cinema studies at the New School and is the film editor for the arts monthly Brooklyn Rail. He lives in New York City and Ketchum, Idaho. He will discuss and sign his book tonight. 8pm. Free. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

September 12
Books
Giada de Laurentiis
When Zia Donatella comes to live with the Bertolizzi family, little do Alfie and his older sister Emilia know what’s in store for them. Zia Dontella is determined to show the kids how a home-cooked meal is better than even the best take-out pizza or burrito. And when Zia’s plan actually transports Alfie and Emilia to famous food cities around the world, they learn first-hand how food can not only take you places but can also bring you back home. Alfie and Emilia find themselves transported to Naples, where they meet Marco, a young Italian boy on a very important mission to shop for the essential ingredients for his family’s entry in the city’s annual pizzafest contest. In their whirlwind search for the perfect items, Alfie and Emilia not only get a taste of Italy, but also find themselves refereeing a family feud between Marco’s family and his uncle’s family. Next, Alfie and Emilia are transported to Paris, where a case of mistaken identity finds them caught up in the behind the scenes drama at a traditional French cooking school. As they explore the beautiful city of light and try to figure out how to get back home, they meet an incredible cast of French characters, as well as sample some of the best pastries and real hot chocolate that Paris has to offer. De Laurentiis will sign and personalize her two children’s books and in addition, will sign as many of her cookbooks as have been purchased at Books & Books, Bal Harbour Shops that day. De Laurentiis will not be able to sign anything other than books, so please leave memorabilia at home. Laurentiis was born in Rome and grew up in a big Italian family. They spent lots of time together in the kitchen, which is where Giada discovered her love of cooking! Later, she would hone her skills at Le Cordon Bleu, a very cool cooking school in Paris. Many puff pastries and a graduation later, she began working in a fab restaurant called Spago in Los Angeles. Shortly after, she founded her very own catering company. She is now the Emmy Award-winning star of Food Network’s Everyday Italian, Giada’s Weekend Getaways, Giada in Paradise, and Giada at Home, as well as the author of six cookbooks. She lives with her husband Todd and daughter Jade in a cozy house by the beach in Los Angeles. De Laurentiis loves the colors pesto-green and eggplant-purple,and Nutella pancakes are her favorite treat to share with Jade. 6pm. Bal Harbor Shops, 9700 Collins Ave; Bal Harbour. For info: booksandbooks.com

September 12
Music
Joe Satriani
Unstoppable Momentum Tour with the Steve Morse Band. Joe Satriani has been an unstoppable force on the music scene for over 27 years. Now, the guitar great is announcing a new U.S. tour, supporting his latest album Unstoppable Momentum. Joining Satriani on the road are veteran band mate Mike Keneally on keyboards, along with a new rhythm-section, featuring bassist Bryan Beller and drummer Marco Minnemann. 8pm. $52.50 – $325. Parker Playhouse, 707 Northeast 8th St; Fort Lauderdale, For info: 954-462-0222.

September 12
Books
Adam Grant — Give and Take
For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But today, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. It turns out that at work, most people operate as either takers, matchers, or givers. Whereas takers strive to get as much as possible from others and matchers aim to trade evenly, givers are the rare breed of people who contribute to others without expecting anything in return. Using his own pioneering research as Wharton’s youngest tenured professor, Adam Grant shows that these styles have a surprising impact on success. Although some givers get exploited and burn out, the rest achieve extraordinary results across a wide range of industries. Combining cutting-edge evidence with captivating stories, this landmark book shows how one of America’s best networkers developed his connections, why the creative genius behind one of the most popular shows in television history toiled for years in anonymity, how a basketball executive responsible for multiple draft busts transformed his franchise into a winner, and how we could have anticipated Enron’s demise four years before the company collapsed-without ever looking at a single number. Grant is the youngest tenured professor and single highest-rated teacher at The Wharton School. An award-winning researcher and teacher, his consulting and speaking clients include Google, the NFL, IBM, Citigroup, Merck, the World Economic Forum, the United Nations, and the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force. He has been honored as one of BusinessWeek’s favorite professors and one of the world’s top 40 business professors under 40. He is a former record-setting advertising director, junior Olympic springboard diver, and professional magician. He will discuss and sign his book tonight. 6:30pm. Free. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

September 12
Lecture
Matt Colishaw in Context
British artist, Matt Colishaw who has a solos exhibit at the Bass Museum will lecture at art club for adults today. Contemporary art lecture: Matt Colishaw in Context. Join the discussions about art and life. $8. 1pm. For info: 305-673-7530 or bassmuseum.org

September 12
Music
Pet Shop Boys
Postmodern ironists cloaked behind a veil of buoyantly melodic and lushly romantic synth pop confections, Pet Shop Boys established themselves among the most commercially and critically successful groups of their era with cheeky, smart, and utterly danceable music. Always remaining one step ahead of their contemporaries, the British duo navigated the constantly shifting landscape of modern dance-pop with rare grace and intelligence, moving easily from disco to house to techno with their own distinctive image remaining completely intact. Satiric and irreverent — yet somehow strangely affecting — they also transcended the seeming disposability of their craft, offering wry and thoughtful cultural commentary communicated by the Morse code of au courant synth washes and drum-machine rhythms. For the South Florida leg of their Electric tour, tonight, Jacques lu Cont will support the duo onstage . lu Cont is the solo project of mastermind DJ, producer, and remixer Stuart Price, who also produced Pet Shop Boys’ most recent critically acclaimed release, Electric. 8pm – 10am. $49.50 – $59.50. Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305.673.7300 or livenation.com.

September 12
Music
A Gust of Winds
Welcome the new New World Symphony Fellows to the stage in this first pre-season concert of the 2013-14 season! The program features a range of works?all for woodwinds?from Beethoven’s classic Octet to Gary Kulesha’s edgy The Devil’s Dictionary, a set of bagatelles the composer described as “a droll, acerbic compilation of humorous definitions. Program: Beethoven: Octet for Winds, Kulesha: The Devil’s Dictionary and Raff: Sinfonietta for Ten Instruments. Free. 7:30pm. NWS, 500 17th St; Miami Beach. For info: nws.edu

September 12
Film
God Save my Shoes
The first annual Miami Fashion Film Festival comes to Miami and O Cinema. Adding to Miami’s art and cultural offerings, the 1st Annual Miami Fashion Film Festival (MIAfff), starts today and will showcase and celebrate films and filmmakers that creatively examine the art, culture, and business of fashion, both locally and internationally. Offering a close and colorful look at the creative and fast-paced world of the fashion industry, screenings include documentaries, narratives, fashion film shorts, fashion in film classics, and style-filled movies that inspire our love of fashion. Through screenings and added programming, MIAfff will engage the community in conversation to explore the opportunities and challenges, within fashion, that youth, women, and industry professionals face. The festival opens with the flick God Save my Shoes. The first documentary film to explore the intimate relationship between women and shoes, questioning why shoes are the most addictive item in a woman’s closet and how shoes have become a totem object. 9pm, $10.50. O Cinema Wynwood, 90 NW 29th St; Miami. For info: 305-571-9970

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