To Do: April 18 to April 25

April 18
Music
Bartok on the Beach
The Amernet String Quartet presents an evening of the music of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  Program includes Béla Bartók, String Quartet No. 1, Op.7, Sz. 40, BB 52 and String Quartet No. 4, Sz. 91, BB 95. Free. CARTA Miami Beach Urban Studios, 420 Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach. For info: livethearts.com or 305-348-0496.

April 18
Art
mujer_cita_MIA
Part of FUNDarte’s Miami On Stage 2013 music series is artist Dinorah de Jesus Rodriguez’s mujer_cita_MIA, a wildly psychedelic video project that addresses social issues relating to women, will be screened outdoors on the façade of the Black.Box Theater, in the lobby of the theater and inside the Ladies’ Room during each concert. Free. Black.Box Theater at Miami Dade County Auditorium, 2901 W. Flagler St; Miami. For info: fundarte.us or 305-316-6165.

April 18
Books
Feeding the Hungry Ghost
Award-winning food writer and syndicated columnist Ellen Kanner as she reads and signs from her book, Feeding the Hungry Ghost: Life, Faith and What to Eat for Dinner. Enjoy of her recipes during the signing. $20. For info: 305-375-4093 or historymiami.org.

April 18
Lecture
What Do Women Want?
Maureen McHugh argues for a woman-centered perspective on women’s sexual desires and problems. This presentation will critique the medicalization of women’s sexual dysfunction and introduce a New View of women’s sexual problems. In recent years, pharmaceutical companies have focused on women’s sexuality and provoked a competitive commercial hunt for the female Viagra. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Disorders (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association medical classification system for sexual dysfunction also distorts sexual problems by over-attributing them to physiological functions for both women and men. But women’s sexual problems differ from men’s in basic ways which are not being examined or addressed. A pill, patch or surgery cannot adequately address the sexual problems commonly experienced by women in the U.S. McHugh has published extensively in the areas of gender differences, feminist methods, and violence against women. She is an advocate for the inclusion of diversity and gender in graduate education, and is currently the Chair of the APA Task Force on Inclusion of Gender and Sexuality in graduate training. 3:30pm to 5:30pm. CBC, Special Events Center, 11200 SW 8 St; Miami. For info: For info: fiu.edu or 305-348-4232

April 19
Music
Esperanza Spalding
With an inimitable style and spirited presence that is deeply rooted in jazz, Esperanza Spalding has made an impressive mark in the music world since her solo debut. This Grammy-winning jazz bassist and singer celebrates a funky new album sure to captivate South Florida audiences. Spalding is celebrated for her ability to unify the sounds of jazz, neo-soul and world music, creating a fusion that is unparalleled. The talented bassist, vocalist and composer will perform the brilliant compositions of her new release, Radio Music Society.  Radio Music Society is a companion release, rather than a sequel, to Spalding’s previous internationally acclaimed Chamber Music Society, which culminated in her becoming the first jazz musician to win the Best New Artist Grammy Award in 2011.  Radio Music Society is Spalding’s most diverse, ambitious and masterful recital yet. Each of the 12 songs is accompanied by conceptual music videos, which further express her inspiration and story behind each track.  8:30pm. $35 – $90. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

April 19
Theatre
Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody
A guilty pleasure of readers worldwide, the racy novel Fifty Shades of Grey has out-sold even Harry Potter. Now, the super-popular story, which centers on the relationship between a naïve college graduate and a billionaire with a strange sexual appetite, has inspired the laugh-filled musical spoof Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody, a live-action interpretation of hot-selling soft-core novel. Spank! thrills viewers with the brawn of a Chippendales dance routine, musical spoofs that rival Second City, and the nonstop hilarity of a whoopee cushion stuck on repeat. The play captures all the escapist fun and absurdity of the novel, packing each performance with scenes that are both naughty and hilarious. 8pm. $36.50 & $46.50. Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St; Fort Lauderdale. For info: browardcenter.org.

April 19
Music
Alfredo Chacón
Experience the unique, extraordinary sound of Latin Jazz master Alfredo Chacón on Vibraphone and Percussion.  Chacón’s mysterious, sensual music is imbued with influences from Latin America, Brazil, Europe and particularly Scandinavia, while rooted in the African-based rhythms of his native Cuba, creating an unforgettable, heart-stopping concert that will leave you breathless and renewed.  Trained classically in Cuba and aged like fine wine in Europe, he will perform work from his latest independent project, Magic Place, transporting us to a hauntingly beautiful place of timeless romance and utterly unforgettable magic. Part of FUNDarte’s Miami On Stage 2013 series. After Concert Party at PAX. 8:30pm. $20. Black.Box Theater at Miami Dade County Auditorium, 2901 W. Flagler St; Miami. For info: fundarte.us or 305-316-6165.

April 19
Books
Payback: The Case for Revenge
Are vengeance and justice really so very different? No, answers legal scholar and novelist Thane Rosenbaum in Payback: The Case for Revenge?revenge is, in fact, indistinguishable from justice. Revenge, Rosenbaum argues, is not the problem. The problem is the inadequacy of lawful outlets through which to express it. He mounts a case for legal systems to punish the guilty commensurate with their crimes as part of a societal moral duty to satisfy the needs of victims to feel avenged. Payback is a provocative and eye-opening cultural tour of revenge and its rewards. It liberates revenge from its social stigma and proves that vengeance is indeed ours, a perfectly human and acceptable response to moral injury. Rosenbaum deftly persuades us to reconsider a misunderstood subject and, along the way, reinvigorates the debate on the shape of justice in the modern world.
8pm. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

April 19
Lecture
WillWorkFor
Explore the changing landscape of work and the growing trend toward do-it-yourself, chase-your-own-dream, and change-the-world workers. Two organizations promoting innovation through design thinking and new technology–IDEO and the Collaborative Fund present their recently launched joint project WillWorkFor. Peter Antonelli, senior communication designer and project leader at IDEO, talks about their company’s approach to design thinking through case studies, prototypes, and partnerships. Karyn Campbell, investor at Collaborative Fund, shares their approach to funding of new companies and partnerships. $10. 7pm. The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305.531.1001 or wolfsonian.org. For more information, contact carl@thewolf.fiu.edu or 305.535.2644.

April 19
Film
The Goonies
Bandshell Movie Night in the North Shore shows The Goonies. A group of kids embark on a wild adventure after finding a pirate treasure map. Director: Richard Donner. Starring: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen. Hang out and enjoy a movie under the stars. 7pm. Free. North Shore Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: miamibeachparks.com

April 20
Dance
India Jazz Suites
India Jazz Suites (also called Fastest Feet in Rhythm), featuring Pandit Chitresh Das and is an explosive collaboration between one of India’s foremost Kathak masters and one of the world’s fastest, Emmy-award winning tap dancers. The result is high entertainment which crosses all boundaries of age, race and culture ? a blast of incredible speed and power, grace and beauty, epic storytelling and the pure joy of dance. After premiering in San Francisco in 2005, India Jazz Suites has received extensive critical acclaim and has toured around the U.S. and India. It was chosen as the #1 Dance Performance of 2005 by the San Francisco Chronicle and won the prestigious Isadora Duncan Dance Award (Izzie) for Best Ensemble Performance of the year. 8pm. $15-$10. 10950 SW 211 St; Cutler Bay. For info: 786-573-5300 or smdcac.org

April 20
Opera
La traviata
She was one of the most desirable women in Paris but was labeled by society as la traviata, a woman who has gone astray. When she at last meets a young man with whom she truly falls in love, his father demands a supreme sacrifice from her to save the family’s reputation. Her broken heart and the disease that ravages her body bring her to an early and tragic death. Verdi’s Violetta Valéry is one of opera’s most sublimely drawn characters, and La traviata has continued to captivate audiences for more than 150 years. Verdi’s glorious music and Violetta’s moving demise make La traviata one of FGO’s grand opera’s most compelling experiences. 7pm. $25 – $254. Ziff Ballet Opera House, For info: arshtcenter.org

April 20
Dance
New Work
Ride the cutting edge of contemporary music, video art, dance and spoken word, as MTT leads an evening exclusively dedicated to new work and dynamic young talent. On the heels of his critically acclaimed works for New York City Ballet, choreographer Justin Peck creates a world premiere pas de deux featuring Miami City Ballet set to Britten’s String Quartet No. 1. The performance concludes with the world premiere of Zosha Di Castri’s Lineage, a new work for orchestra co-commissioned by NWS, the San Francisco Symphony and Boosey & Hawkes. 7:30pm. $45. New World Center, For info: nws.edu

April 20
Lecture
Comic Artist Dennis Calero
Dennis Calero, an award-winning writer and comic artist, talks about the creative and business aspects of Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse Comics. He will also cover various digital techniques currently in use in modern illustration. Calero, originally from Miami Beach, has worked on entertainment projects for CBS Films and Weed Road Pictures. He also adapted The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury as a graphic novel and is currently working on Little Green God of Anger with famed horror writer Stephen King. $10. 1pm – 4pm. Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: thewolf.fiu.edu or 305.535.2644.

April 20
Music
Music of the Middle East
Don’t miss this rare musical treat! Musician Joe Zeytoonian and special guest artists, including vocalist Elizabeth Ayoub, Syrian qanun player Elias Kilzi and percussionist Myriam Eli, will showcase classical Egyptian music and Lebanese singing. 1pm. Free. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: historymiami.org

April 20
Festival
Food and Garden Festival
Come see what’s cooking at Fairchild during their annual celebration of local foods and the gorgeous gardens they grow in, then take home spectacular plants from the 34th Annual Spring Plant Sale. Gather new tips and recipes from our popular culinary and gardening demos taught by top chefs and gardeners. Shop the Farmers’ Market where local vendors showcase the best fruits, vegetables and herbs available, as well as honey, jams and fresh baked goods and spices. Celebrate the season with crisp and refreshing spring brews and summer ales in the Beer Tasting Garden. Discover Fairchild’s Edible Garden, lush and delicious with herbs, vegetables, fruits and ornamentals that can be grown in a home garden. Hear Random Acts of Gardening, ‘pop-up’ lectures in the plant sales area covering South Florida gardening, edible landscaping and more. Enjoy special hands-on and culinary kids’ activities in the KidWay. Shop the 34th Annual Spring Plant Sale with thousands of plants from Fairchild’s nursery and local plant vendors. 9:30am – 4:30pm. $25. 10901 Old Cutler Road Coral Gables. For info: fairchildgarden.org

April 20
Music
Symphonic Blues
The Miami Symphony Orchestra presents Symphonic Blues tonight with Corky Siegel on harmonica and piano along with pianist Monique Duphil are featured in this jazz-and-blues-inspired program. Conductor Eduardo Marturet. Program includes Gershwin: Cuban Overture, Ravel: Concerto in G for Piano and Orchestra. Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carla Maria von Weber and William Russo: Street Music, A Blues Concerto, Op. 65. With 80 professional musicians selected from the finest artists from around the world, MISO, represents the exceptional talent and diversity that mirrors this city’s own international and multicultural richness. 8pm. $34 – $154. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

April 20
Green
Mother Earth Day
This celebration brings Mother Earth into the spotlight with an environmental art reception by Art at St. Johns and an electroacoustic performance by mother/daughter duo La Berge Dramm. The Garden will host children’s recycling and art activities, as well as earth-friendly vendors and natural food choices. Free. 11am. Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr;  Miami Beach. For info:  mbgarden.org

April 20
Music
Mr. Haka
Get ready for Mr. Haka, explosive underground rapero extraordinaire and local force-to-be-reckoned-with on the Latin HipHop scene, performing from his latest release Autorretrato. This artist’s versatility and lyrical wizardry seamlessly merge raw HipHop and Urban Fusion while occasionally letting his Latin roots hijack the musical sensibility of the project, culminating in a riveting rhythmic explosion of socially-motivating music that energizes audiences across all genres of contemporary urban fusion. Part of FUNDarte’s Miami On Stage 2013 series. After Concert Party at PAX. 8:30pm. $20. Black.Box Theater at Miami Dade County Auditorium, 2901 W. Flagler St; Miami. For info: fundarte.us or 305-316-6165.

April 20
Lecture
Robert Wittman
Dubbed The most famous art detective in the world by the Times of London, Robert Wittman founded the FBI’s National Art Crime Team and served for 20 years as the FBI’s investigative expert in this field. He is responsible for recovering more than $300 million in stolen art and cultural property around the world. He authored the New York Times 2008 Best Seller Priceless-How I Went Underground to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures. The Frost Art Museum, For info: thefrost.fiu.edu or 305-348-2890

April 21
Music
Gospel Sundays with Donald Lawrence
The creatively righteous mind of Grammy Award-winning producer, composer and recording artist Donald Lawrence has set the standard for excellence in the gospel music field over the last two decades with signature #1 radio smashes such as Back II Eden, Encourage Yourself” and The Blessing of Abraham. Lawrence blends the classicism of traditional gospel music and retro soul grooves with uplifting messages of self-affirmation and daily How-To-Faith lessons. He has collaborated with artists as diverse as Mary J. Blige, jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis and the legendary Clark Sisters. Free. 4pm. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

April 20
Green
Flagler Monument Island Shoreline Cleanup
While Baynanza 2013 consists of about 40 great events throughout March and April, the event that has become nearly synonymous with this celebration is the Biscayne Bay Cleanup Day, where thousands of registered volunteers clean up and more than two dozen locations along the Bay. Help ECOMB, the City of Miami Beach and Miami-Dade County cleanup the shoreline of Flagler Monument Island and Maurice Gibbs Park. Water, some snacks, garbage bags and gloves for the cleanup will be provided. Volunteers should wear a hat, sneakers or aqua-shoes, bring sunscreen and a refillable water bottle. 9am – 12 Noon. Maurice Gibbs Park, Purdy Ave & 17th St; Miami Beach. For info: ecomb.org

April 20
Music
Rihanna
Rihanna is playing South Florida tonight. She’s supporting her seventh album, Unapologetic, which features the hits Diamonds and Stay. Rapper A$AP Rocky is the opening act. 7:30pm. BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy; Sunrise. For info: livenation.com

April 20
Tour
Little Havana Architecture
Dr. Paul George entertains on this classic tour through one of Miami’s oldest neighborhoods. Explore bungalow architecture. see the Tower Theater and marvel at the hand rollers at a cigar factory. Visit the Domino Park, Cuban Memorial Boulevard, and see the home of Miami’s first mayor. Advance reservations and payment required. 10am – 12pm. $30. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: For info: 305-375-1621 or historymiami.org.

April 20
Music
Yana Eminova
Join SoBe Arts for an evening of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff performed by Yana Eminova and Milana Strezeva on piano. $20. 7:30pm. SoBe Institute of the Arts, 2100 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305.674.9220 or sobearts.org

April 20
Music
Rebirth of Jazz Tango
A one night performance of the rebirth of Jazz Tango with Pablo Aslan. When the great Argentinean tango master Astor Piazzolla died in 1992, there were few musicians keeping his music alive. But in time to celebrate Piazzolla’s 90th birthday Argentine-born, Brooklyn-based bassist, bandleader, and producer Pablo Aslan has brought a focus on tango’s relationship to jazz, and on Piazzolla’s central role in its development. Piazzolla in Brooklyn, the latest recording by Aslan, was inspired by Take Me Dancing, a 1959 jazz tango recording by Piazzolla. Newly recorded in Buenos Aires with a group of musically bilingual Argentine players, Piazzolla in Brooklyn updates Takes Me Dancing into state-of-the-art jazz tango. 8pm. The Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach. For info: 305.674.1040 or mdclivearts.org

April 20
Social
A Climate of Change Gala
Rub elbows with festival’s special guests at tonight’s Climate of Change Ggala and meet other film enthusiasts all the while enjoying delicious chow and delightful spirits on the beautiful beach of Virginia Key Beach Park. The gala kicks off a weekend long event to raise funds for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center. Dance on the historic dance floor and watch some of the films under the moonlight. There will also be a Silent Auction with items for everyone. 7pm. $150. (includes entrance to film festival).  Virginia Key Beach Park, 4020 Virginia Beach Dr; Key Biscayne. For info: BiscayneNatureCenter.org or 305 361-6767.

April 21
Music
Stokeswood
Atlanta-based  rock band Stokeswood performs live today. The band has infectious energy with an irresistible dance vibe. Expect unpredictable live performances and a fierce electronic edge. Free. 3pm. Lummus Park, Ocean Drive between 10th + 11th St; Miami Beach. For info: mbculture.com

April 21
Comedy
Lewis Black
Don’t miss funny man Lewis Black when he performs The Rant is Due tonight at the South Beach Comedy Fest. Black is an American comedian, author, playwright, social critic and actor. He is known for his comedy style, which often includes simulating a mental breakdown, or an increasingly angry rant, ridiculing history, politics, religion, trends and cultural phenomena. He hosted the Comedy Central series Lewis Black’s Root of All Evil , and makes regular appearances on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart  delivering his Back in Black  commentary segment. 8pm. Coral Springs City Centre Theatre, 2855 Coral Springs Dr; Coral Springs. For info: 954-344-5990 or

April 21
Festival
Wild and Scenic Film Fest
Featuring films, art and workshops on climate change highlighting the change makers who are helping rethink how we inhabit our planet. Those same change makers are always thinking about our planet, and so can all of us. Now the largest film festival on tour of its kind, the Wild and Scenic Film Fest’s films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling with the theme of A Climate of Change. The  Festival informs, inspires and ignites solutions, and creates positive probabilities to restore the earth and human communities. Now known as the next Sundance the Wild and Scenic experience proves the power of film and passion. $50. 10am – 8pm.  Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center, 6767 Crandon Park, Key Biscayne. For info: BiscayneNatureCenter.org or 305 361-6767.

April 21
Music
Miami International Piano Festival
The final of Four Classical Sundays at Five in The Aventura Cultural Series presents a duo performance featuring violist Michael Klotz and pianist Kemal Gekic, performing works by Bach, Bloch, Prokofieff, & Rachmaninoff. Gekic has won accolades in Europe, America and Japan for insightful, original and sometimes iconoclastic views of the music of Handel, Mozart, Chopin, Scriabin and Liszt.  While Violist Klotz is associated with the New York String Orchestra Seminar at Carnegie Hall. He made his solo debut with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of seventeen. 5pm. $30. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, For info:  miamipianofest.com

April 21
Social
Get Crackin’
Feeding South Florida is joining forces with Joe’s Stone Crab for the Get Crackin’ brunch today. The unique event will support the mission of Feeding South Florida, while honoring some of its most vehement supporters.  The event kicks off with a reception and then brunch which will feature scrumptious stone crab claws, salmon, steak, chicken and Mimosa, champagne, and red and white wines. $150. 11am – 2pm. Joe’s Stone Crab, 11 Washington Ave; Miami Beach.  For info: 954-518-1843 or feedingsouthflorida.org.

April 22
Books
The Big, Bad Book of Beasts
For hundreds of years, the most popular books in the Western world next to the Bible were bestiaries, fanciful encyclopedias collecting all of human knowledge and mythology about the animal kingdom. Now, in The Big, Bad Book of Beasts, award-winning author Michael Largo has updated the medieval bestsellers for the twenty-first century, illuminating little-known facts, astonishing secrets, and bizarre superstitions about the beasts that inhabit our world?and haunt our imaginations. You’ll learn about the biggest bug ever, the smallest animal in the world, and the real creatures that inspired the fabled unicorns. You’ll discover how birds learned to fly, why cats rub against your legs, and a thousand other facts that will make you look at nature in a wonderfully new way. 6:30pm. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

April 22
Tour
Hungry for History: Olympia Theater
Go backstage with guide Pepe Menendez and explore the interior of the Gusman Olympia Theater on Flagler Street. View its star-studded sky, Romeo and Juliet balcony, and gorgeous art deco interior. Hear history of this theatre, where everyone from Elvis to Pavarotti has performed. Advance reservations and payment required. 11am – 1pm. $25. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: For info: 305-375-1621 or historymiami.org.

April 23
Film
Room 237
In 1980 Stanley Kubrick released his masterpiece of modern horror, The Shining. Over 30 years later we’re still struggling to understand its hidden meanings. Room 237 is a subjective documentary feature which explores numerous theories about Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining and its hidden meanings.  This guided tour through the most compelling attempts to decode this endlessly fascinating film will draw the audience into a new maze, one with endless detours and dead ends, many ways in, but no way out. Discover why many have been trapped in the Overlook for 30 years. 7Pm & 9pm. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave;  Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

April 23
Music
Something Old, Something New
The Frost Chamber Singers, Cantilena, and Maelstrom conclude the season with a diverse program, spanning multiple time periods and genres. Free. 7:30pm. St. Philip’s Episcopal Church 1142 Andalusia Ave; Coral Gables. For info:

April 23
Books
Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain
Ryan Blair has no formal business education. His middle-class childhood ended abruptly when his abusive father succumbed to drug addiction and abandoned the family. Blair and his mother moved to a rough neighborhood, and soon he was in and out of juvenile detention, joining a gang just to survive. Then his mother fell in love with a successful entrepreneur who took Ryan under his wing. With his mentor’s guidance, Blair started his first company, 24/7 Tech, at age twenty-one. He has since created and sold several companies for hundreds of millions of dollars. In Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain, Ryan provides an inspirational guide full of powerful stories and lessons and a road map for entrepreneurial success. 12pm.  Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables For info: booksandbooks.com

April 23
Books
World Book Night
World Book Night at Books & Books: During this nationwide endeavor to encourage reading and book giving, every year, 30 books are chosen by an independent panel of librarians and booksellers. The authors of the books waive their royalties and the publishers agree to pay the costs of producing the specially-printed World Book Night U.S. Editions. Bookstores and libraries all over the country sign up to be community host locations for the volunteer book givers. After the book titles are announced, members of the public apply to personally hand out 20 copies of a particular title in their community. Givers pick up their books in the week before World Book Night. They give their books to those who don’t regularly read and/or people who don’t normally have access to printed books, for reasons of means or access. Tonight, those 30 books with a Spanish tradition are honored, a la Miami, in a celebration of the closing of World Book Night. Anyone who buys a copy of one of the 30 WBN titles at Books & Books in Coral Gables will receive a rose with their book. 7pm. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables For info: booksandbooks.com

April 23
Music
Brian Howe
As one of rock’s legendary voices, Brian Howe exploded onto the scene when he partnered up as lead vocalist with multi-platinum artist Ted Nugent for the 1983 album, Penetrator. As the front man of Nugent’s live show, the album’s tour took Howe around the globe – his first opportunity to share his killer rock vocals internationally, and it wouldn’t be long before the world would take notice of his ascension to super-stardom with his next venture – Bad Company.  Subsequently, he created, wrote, recorded and toured with Bad Company for the next ten years, headlining every major venue around the globe. In addition to Bad Company’s highly acclaimed, (and long–awaited) 1993 live CD What You Hear Is What You Get – The Best of Bad Company – Live, Howe wrote and sold 19 million additional albums highlighted by such radio and MTV music video hits as Holy Water, If You Needed Somebody, No Smoke Without A Fire and How About That. Today, he and the band continue to perform around the globe and are currently working on a brand new studio CD. 8pm. Free. Mardi Gras Casino, 831 North Federal Highway; Hollywood.For info: 954-924-3200 or mardigrascasinofl.com.

April 24
Art
Spanish Colonial Art: The Beauty of Two Traditions
The art of Spain reached the Americas on board the ships of the explorers, on the banners of the conquistadors, in illustrated Bibles, and in the form of small devotional images and portraits. Colonial Art of the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries represents a synthesis of imagery from Spain with that of the Americas, especially in areas with rich indigenous traditions and popular art forms, and embodies the blending of native traditions with those of Europe. Curated by Carol Damian. 6pm. Free.  Preview reception tonight. The evening will include music, light refreshments and guided tours. 6pm – 9pm. The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, FIU, 10975 S.W. 17th St; Miami. For info: thefrost.fiu.edu

April 24
Lecture
Moonlight Tour and Butterfly Lecture
Experience Fairchild under the stars with the Moonlight Tour featuring enriching lectures, moonlight tram tours of the Garden, the works of artist John Chamberlain, as well as the Sitting Naturally and Chapungu exhibitions, viewed under the moonlit sky. Hot chocolate and cookies, yoga classes by Rina Yoga and star-gazing with the Southern Cross Astronomical Society. Live music by guitarist Rob Friedman. 6:30pm – 9pm. Tonight’s lecture is A Brief History of Butterfly Exhibits and Their Role in Conservation by Martin Feather, Butterfly Exhibit Manager.  6:30pm – 9pm. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 11935 Old Cutler Rd; Miami. For info: fairchildgarden.org or 305-667-1651

April 24
Film
Titanic
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 Titanic. Directed by James Cameron. With Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates. A seventeen-year-old aristocrat, expecting to be married to a rich claimant by her mother, falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic. 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

April 24
Festival
Food Truck & Music Festival
Miami Beach’s North Shore Park Bandshell & Ocean Terrace will dress in the typical, characteristic Latin flavor of the North Beach area to welcome the Miami Beach Food Truck and Music Fest  tonight. The food and music fest will feature the popular mobile food trucks, entertainment and participation by area restaurants. Free. 5pm. North Shore Park Band Shell, 7275 Collins Ave; For info: mbculture.com

April 24
Lecture
Pub. Cos. & Pros
This is the second of a series of SeminArt presentations designed to offer musicians the professional support to develop a successful business. Pub. Cos. & Pros will focus on publishing deals, royalty splits, Pros and licensing. Free. 7pm. Sweat Records, 5505 NE 2nd Ave; Miami. For info: cannonballmiami.org or 786-347-2360.

April
Poetry
O, Miami Poetry Performance
Poets Craig Dworkin and Steven Zultanski perform their experimental works tonight at the Wolf. Dworkin, poet, critic, editor, and professor at the University of Utah, focuses on the artistic avant-garde, combining radically innovative subjects with such traditional critical methodologies as archival research, textual studies, and philology. He is the author of multiple books of poetry and criticism, including No Medium, Motes, and The Perverse Library. New York-based poet Zultanski is the author of Agony, Cop Kisser and Pad, and the co-curator of the Segue Reading Series and an occasional editor. Following the event, there will be a book signing of current titles. Co-presented by O, Miami. $15. 7pm – 9pm. Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: For info: thewolf.fiu.edu or 305.535.2644.

April 25
Film
Le Grand Amour
Despite having a loving and patient wife at home, a good-natured suit-and-tie man, played by writer-director Pierre Etaix, finds himself hopelessly attracted to his gorgeous new secretary in Le Grand Amour, a gently satirical tale of temptation. From this simple, standard premise, Etaix weaves a constantly surprising web of complexly conceived jokes. Le Grand Amour is a cutting, nearly Buñuelian takedown of the bourgeoisie that somehow doesn’t have a mean bone in its body. $10. 7pm. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave;  Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

April 25
Books
Hand-Drying in America
From Ben Katchor, one of the most original and imaginative American cartoonists at work today, comes Hand-Drying in America, a collection of graphic narratives on the subjects of urban planning, product design, and architecture?a surrealist handbook for the rebuilding of society in the twenty-first century. With cutting wit Katchor reveals a world similar to our own?lives are defined by possessions, consumerism is a kind of spirituality?but also slightly, fabulously askew. Frequently and brilliantly bizarre, and always mesmerizing, Hand-Drying in America ensures that you will never look at a building, a bar of soap, or an ATM the same way. 6pm. Museum of Art, 1 East Las Olas Blvd; Fort Lauderdale. For info: booksandbooks.com

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