To Do: July 25 to August 1

July 25:
Books;
Room at the Top.
A single gay man is on a relentless search for true love. There are several close encounters of the wrong kind, princes charming turning into frogs, impossible dreams and untenable hopes, all narrated in rich dreamy prose. Room at the Top is a superb collection of short stories in English by Cuban writer Manuel A. Lopez. Lopez (Manny) was born in Moron, Cuba in 1969. He came to the USA in 1980 via the Mariel boatlift with his parents and siblings, and raised between Florida and California. He is a bilingual poet, writer and cultural promoter. His poetry in Spanish has been published in various magazines, such as: Arique, Baquiana, Contratiempo, La Peregrina Magazine, LaFanzine, Linden Lane and Ventana Abierta. 8pm. Books &  Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

July 25
Film
The Big Heat
The stylistic trademarks and themes of Fritz Lang’s early expressionistic films such as M led the way for American Film Noir, and this is one of the most beloved of the post-war period. Based on a Saturday Evening Post serial by William P. McGivern, Glenn Ford plays the determined cop who investigates a colleague’s suicide and discovers rampant corruption within the ranks, and spirals into a classic noir web of violence and destruction. Within the shadowy world that Lang specialized in, this is one of the genre’s most entertaining, exciting, and provocatively violent for its time, with brilliant participation from Gloria Grahame and a young Lee Marvin. You will never look at hot coffee the same again! 7pm. $10. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

July 25
Food
SuViche
SuViche will partner with local craft beer brewery, Gravity Brewlab for a ceviche and beer pairing event.   The two have collaborated to pair their original creations, which include three classic ceviches, and a new special ceviche. Four custom beers have been specifically created to compliment each different ceviche. Aliosha Stern and Diego Ganoza will host the event, which will begin with an explanation of how they arrived at their pairing decisions. The tasting will start, table service style, and SuViche’s wait staff bringing each pairing to the table in four separate rounds. $35. 6:30pm – 8:30pm. 1119 16th St;  Miami Beach. For info: suviche.com

July 25
Music
Brubeck Brothers Quartet  
Chris and Dan Brubeck had the unique privilege of growing up listening to, studying with, and eventually playing alongside one of the great jazz legends of our time, their father, Dave Brubeck.  Add to this heritage the fact that the musical tastes of Chris and Dan were forged in the stylistically innovative 60’s, and you have an eclectic combination of musical elements to draw upon. With Dan at the drums and Chris on electric bass and bass trombone, an exciting evening goes over the top with the addition of guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb.  This promises to be a dynamic and compelling 2013 Summer Concert Series event, with a loving tribute to dad, Dave Brubeck. $35 – $170. 8pm. Coral Gables Congregational United Church, 3010 De Soto Blvd; Coral Gables.  For info: CommunityArtsProgram.org

July 25
Social
Locust Projects Cocktails
An evening of discussions and cocktails with the Miami Emerging Museum Professionals group at the Locust Projects exhibition space in the Miami Design District. Project Room Exhibition is Quick Millennia by Nick Gilmore. 2013 LAB MFA Artist. Locust Projects, 3852 North Miami Ave; Miami. For info: 305.576.8570 or locustprojects.org

July 25
Social
Ruby Rendezvous
Enjoy a Fun night at the beautiful Miami Beach Botanical Garden at the Ruby Rendezvous where proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Local businesses will share great food, great drinks, wearable art, body adornments, amazing raffles, giveways and much more and all with a Ruby theme! This wonderful night of mystery and magic, is still evolving, so a few local businesses that will be there include: Synergy Yoga studio, Kathleen Wright Jewelry and Henna Tattoos, Edible Arrangements, Blocks Pizza, Miami Culinary Tours, Healing with Angels, Flowers by Flower Box Flowers, Gr8 Taste water and more to come! $20. Miami Beach Botanical Garden,  2000 Convention Center Dr; Miami Beach.

July 26
Music
Hot Nights Cool Jazz
The Chuck Bergeron Quartet play Hot Nights Cool Jazz at the Bass. A master bass player and educator, Chuck Bergeron performs original compositions in a quartet format. He has a longstanding career as both a performer (Arturo Sandoval, Rick Margitza, Joe Willisams, Stan Getz) and an educator (University of Miami, Florida International University). This is a rare chance to catch this fantastic musician in an intimate South Florida setting. 7pm. Bass Museum, 2100 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: bassmuseum.org

July 26
Art
Viernes Culturales
Head to Cultural Fridays/Viernes Culturales at Domino Park. A monthly arts & culture street festival and gallery stroll in Little Havana’s cultural district. Take the free walking tour of Little Havana with legendary local historian Dr. Paul George, artist fair with local painters, sculptors and artisans along Calle Ocho (SW 8th Street) between 12th and 17th Avenues, and a variety of galleries and local-owned restaurants. Takes place the last Friday of the month. Free. Domino Park, 804 SW 15th Ave; Miami. For info: 305-643-5500 or culturalfridays.org.

July 26
Music
Filarmonica Joven de Colombia Concert
The first Latin American Philharmonic performing at the NWC. Colombia’s most talented young musicians from across the country, led by conductor Alejandro Posada, and featuring piano soloist Eduardo Rojas, will surprise you. 8pm. New World Center, 500 17 St; Miami Beach. For info: nws.edu

July 26
Kids
Hopscotch: Coding for Kids
Jocelyn Leavitt and Samantha John present Hopscotch, their new iPad programming language for kids. With Hopscotch, users drag and drop blocks of code to build routines for fun characters. Aimed primarily at kids age 8 and up, Hopscotch eliminates the frustration common with the syntax of typed code. The idea for Hopscotch came out of their frustration at the lack of female engineers and founders in the tech industry. While it’s not exclusively for girls, they built a toy they would have wanted themselves as kids. $10. 7pm – 9pm. Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info:

July 26
Film
The Hunt
The Hunt is a disturbing depiction of how a lie becomes the truth when gossip, doubt and malice are allowed to flourish and ignite a witch-hunt that soon threatens to destroy an innocent man’s life. Mads Mikkelsen won the Best Actor Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for his penetrating portrayal of Lucas, a former school teacher who has been forced to start over having overcome a tough divorce and the loss of his job. Just as things are starting to go his way, his life is shattered when an untruthful remark throws his small community into a collective state of hysteria. As the lie spreads, Lucas is forced to fight a lonely fight for his life and dignity. (In Danish with English subtitles). 5:50 pm. & 8pm. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

July 27
Film
Maniac
Just when the streets seemed safe, a serial killer with a fetish for scalps is back and on the hunt. Frank (Elijah Wood) is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna (Nora Arnezeder) appears asking for his help with her new exhibition. As their friendship develops and Frank’s obsession escalates, it becomes clear that she has unleashed a long-repressed compulsion to stalk and kill. A 21st century Jack the Ripper set in present day LA, Franck Khalfoun’sManiac is a re-boot of the William Lustig cult film considered by many to be the most suspensseful slasher movie ever made – an intimate, visually daring, psychologically complex and projoundly horrific trip into the downward spiralling nightmare of a killer and his victims. 11pm. O Cinema Wynwood, 90 NW 29 St; Miami. For info: 305-571-9970.

July 27
Tour
Eco Kayak & Snorkeling
ECOMB and Royal Palm Tours of Miami share a deep appreciation of the unique natural environment that graces Southern Florida, so the two have partnered to conduct a series of tours highlighting the ecological treasures of Miami Beach. Other MDC sites to be added at a later date. Led by naturalist, Frank Schena, each excursion gives a different insight into local ecosystems, human impacts, and ongoing restoration efforts happening in Miami Beach. Kayaks provided by South Beach Kayak. The Inaugural tour is today with a Guided Kayak & Snorkeling Eco Tour to the Flagler Monument Island.  Bring Snorkeling gear, water bottle, light snack, hat, sun block and aqua shoes. 9am – 11am. $45 (includes Kayak). Maurice Gibb Park, corner of Dade Blvd. and Purdy Ave; Miami Beach. For info: ecomb.org or 305-346-3356.

July 27
Theatre
For the Love of Money
The much anticipated stage play “For The Love of Money” opens tonight. Writer/Director Christopher McAnuff brings to life yet another story that challenges the heart and mind and makes us reflect on what is really important. A dynamic cast tells the story of a young doctor who is one of the few woman working for a major hospital. Her boyfriend, a humble man of simple means who adores her, tries to “keep up,” by resorting to questionable acts to win her over. Does love conquer all? You decide! 3pm & 7pm. $10.50 – $25. Miniaci Performing Arts Center, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr Blvd; Fort Lauderdale. For info: browardcenter.org

July 27
Theatre
Julio Sabala
Sabala showcases his amazing impersonating talents by introducing the most popular Latin singers of our time performing parodies of timeless hits recorded by superstars themselves. 8pm. Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: ticketmaster.com

July 27
Books
The Sexy Body Diet
Jennifer Nicole Lee’s Sexy Body Diet is the modern-day multitasking woman’s guide to health, beauty, fashion, fitness, glamor and how to really feel sexy and confident no matter what shape or size you are! JNL wants women to reconnect with their fearless alter ego and really channel their positive energy that lies dormant within them-when they’re in the bedroom, in the boardroom, or even if they’re in their own homes taking care of their kids. JNL is on a mission to help awaken the female goddess inside of them, and have all women look and feel their best by utilizing her own personal sexy secret rituals to help them be more confident! Lee will read from and sign her book tonight. 7pm. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: Booksandbooks.com

July 27
Film
Love & A Movie & A Vegan Brunch
Fifty years ago, Albert Einstein predicted “If bees were to disappear from the globe, mankind would only have four years left to live.” Oscar-nominated director Markus Imhoof tackles the vexing issue of why bees, worldwide, are facing extinction in his movie More Than Honey. With the tenacity of a man out to solve a world-class mystery, he investigates this global phenomenon, from California to Switzerland, China and Australia. Exquisite macro-photography of the bees in flight and in their hives reveals a fascinating, complex world in crisis. This is a strange and strangely moving film that raises questions of species survival in cosmic as well as apiary terms. While watching, munch on our Bee-Friendly Brunch which includes Fruit Salad with FL Avocado, Broccoli Mushroom Quiche with Truffle Oil, Veggie-Bean-Sage Patties, Pancakes with Mango-Chipotle Syrup and Coffee Cake with Toasted Nuts. 11:30am. O Cinema Wynwood, 90 NW 29 St; Miami. For info: 305-571-9970

July 27
Lecture
Museum Forum: Bay of Pigs Invasion
HistoryMiami in partnership with the Miami-Dade Public Library System present Museum Forum: Bay of Pigs Invasion. Hear witness accounts and take part in a fascinating discussion with experts from this historic event. Panelists include Humberto J. Cortina who is the President & Founder of HJC Consultants, former Florida State Representative and radio talk show host for WAQI Radio Mambi, Univision Radio. Cortina was born in Havana, Cuba, and fled to the U.S. in 1960. He is a veteran of the Bay of Pigs invasion. Captain Amado Cantillo is the President of the Cuban Pilots Association and active member of Brigade 2506, Capt. Cantillo was one of the first men to land on Giron Beach. He has conducted more than 30 clandestine missions to Cuba as part of the commando group, Brigade 2506. Enrique Encinosa was born in Havana, Cuba, and arrived in Miami as a Cuban refugee in 1961. He is an author, former journalist and on-air personality for 25 years with Univision Radio, the U.S. Information Agency and local radio stations in South Florida. 11pm – 1pm. Free. Coral Gables Library, 3443 Segovia St; Miami. For info:  305-375-4093 or HistoryMiami.com

July 26
Tour
Gay and Lesbian Walking
The Miami Design Preservation League has joined forces with the Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau to bring you this ninety-minute guided walking tour on the fourth Saturday of each month. Tour departs from MDPL’s Art Deco Welcome Center. Reservations are not required. $20. 5pm. Art Deco Welcome Center, 1001 Ocean Dr; Miami Beach. For info: 305.672.2014 or mdpl.org

July 28
Kids
IDEA@thebass Family Day
These creative afternoons are full of exciting activities for the whole family: art projects, scavenger hunts, preschool art station and free prizes! This month: Design Your Own Magical Island. Free. 2pm. Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305.673.7530 or bassmuseum.org

July 28
Social
Happy Birthday Miami!
Head to Downtown Miami’s Art & Entertainment District for the unveiling of Flora, The Gatherer of Dreams by the late Master Cundo Bermúdez  in honor of Miami’s 117 birthday. the piece which will be a part of Downtown Miami’s landscape moving forward. This priceless gift was made possible by generosity of The Cundo Bermudez Gallery and the desire of Cundo Bermudez to gift “Flora” to the City he loved. LA Sweets Miami will be making a 115 Guava Cupcake Masterpiece. 8:30pm – 9:30pm. 1075 Biscayne Blvd; Miami.

July 30
Books
The 10 Things Every Woman Should Keep in her Purse
10 Things Every Woman Should Keep in Her Purse is a quick, potent read. A financial guide for the modern woman looking to arm herself with wealth wisdom’s to navigate to Purse Empowerment. Shani, shares The 10 things she keeps in her purse. She opens up about purchasing her first investment property, dealing with tenants, avoiding the hardship of foreclosure, preparing for retirement, managing a layoff, and her own credit wars. She confronts her Penny Pinching syndrome, and shares pearls passed down from her favorite Pursepreneurs. Her purse story clears the way for the readers’ financial success by unveiling her financial flaws and wins, and breaking down financial language faster than you can say Mono Blahnik. Clearly, this is a call to women to reject the ideals being pressed upon them through “unreal” reality TV. The focus in this Financial Purse is more about what’s in the purse, rather than the label on it. Shani  will read from and sign her book tonight. 8pm. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: Booksandbooks.com

July 31
Books
Latin D’lite
From Ingrid Hoffmann, international food and television personality, restaurateur, and host of the Cooking Channel’s Simply Delicioso and Univision’s Delicioso, comes a fully illustrated, easy-to-follow cookbook that offers a healthy spin on modern Latin cuisine. Latin D’lite features more than 150 classic Latin recipes, all with Ingrid’s signature touches. At the end of each chapter, there is one indulgent recipe to allow the occasional splurge while maintaining these healthy changes. Delicious dishes such as Latin-style Fried Chicken or Ingrid’s take on a decadent lobster sandwich should be enjoyed every once in a while! A serious food lover who also understands the importance of balancing a healthful lifestyle, Ingrid offers a fresh, energetic take on Latin foods—from breakfast to appetizers and snacks, to soups and salads, to entrées, cocktails, and desserts. Hoffman will read from and sign her book tonight. 7pm. Soho Beach House, 4385 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: booksandbooks.com

July 31
Theatre
Slava’s Snow Show
It’s Snowtime in Miami! Following sold-out engagements in Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Barcelona, Madrid, London, New York and a record-breaking run at the Ziff Ballet Opera House five years ago, the internationally acclaimed Slava’s Snowshow returns to Miami tonight. A cross between Cirque du Soleil and Blue Man Group, this entertainment phenomenon takes audiences on an alluring 90-minute journey that is “pure magic…an evening of enchantment and fun. The breathtaking show created by Slava, the original Cirque du Soleil’s clown genius, is an awesome theatrical experience and a profoundly moving spectacle full of vibrant wondrous images, delightful comedy, enchanting music and snow — lots and lots of snow. Through August 25. Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

July 31
Books
Waldo Party
Where’s Waldo? In Coral Gables, of course. The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting twenty-five different local businesses throughout our community this July. Those who spot him can win prizes, including stickers, book coupons and more. Waldo figures will be popping up in public areas of local establishments. Support local businesses and the Shop Local movement with this great summer activity! To participate can Pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Coral Gables!” passport with the names of all the participating stores, then get their passport stamped or signed for each Waldo they spot. The first 100 Waldo seekers to get their passports marked at 10 or more sites can bring their passports back to Books & Books to collect prizes; anyone who finds all 25 Waldos will be entered into a grand prize drawing on July 31. 6pm. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: Booksandbooks.com

August 1
Art
Little Boxes: Images of Vernacular Architecture from the Museum Collection
Organized by the 2013 summer interns, Little Boxes: Vernacular Architecture from the Collection explores the ways in which people, environment, and necessity shape the spaces in which we live. Little Boxes: Vernacular Architecture from the Collection explores the ways in which people, environment, and necessity shape the spaces in which we live. Ranging from photographs to oil paintings to a miniature doll house, this exhibition presents a series of dwellings that only humans could have created. Little Boxes highlights both interior and exterior spaces, old and new. Featured artists include Ansel Adams, Norman Rockwell,  and Yinka Shonibare. From densely populated suburban landscapes to scenes of rural isolation, the show captures the extremes of vernacular architecture. Special opening celebration tonight. 5pm. Art After Dark at the Norton Museum, 1451 S. Olive Ave; West Palm Beach. For info: norton.org

August 1
Film
Before Midnight
We catch up with Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) nine years on in Greece. Almost two decades have passed since their first meeting on that train bound for Vienna, Jesse and Celine first met in their twenties in Before Sunrise (1995), reunited in their thirties in Before Sunset (2004), and now, in Before Midnight, they face the past, present and future; family, romance, and love. Before the clock strikes midnight, their story again unfolds. Nine years after the conclusion of Before Sunset, Jesse and Celine live in Paris as a couple, parents to twin girls conceived when they got together. Jesse is also struggling to maintain his relationship with his teenage son, Hank, who lives in Chicago with Jesse’s (now) ex-wife and who, after spending the summer with Jesse and Celine on a Greek island, is being dropped off at the airport to fly home. Jesse has continued to find success as a novelist, while Celine is at a career crossroads, considering a job in government. Directed By Richard Linklater. a$10.50. O Cinema Miami Shores, 9806 NE 2nd Ave; Miami Shores. For info: 786-565-FILM.

August 1
Music
Metric
Bud Light 50-50-1 presents 50 bands in 50 states all on one day! This will kick off Bud Light’s  campaign: “Bud Light Music First.”  And for Florida it’s Metric at the Fillmore tonight. Metric is a band with an eclectic, adventurous outlook, whose music encompasses elements of synth pop, new wave, dance-rock, and electronica. Metric consists of vocalist Emily Haines (who also plays the synthesizer and guitar), guitarist James Shaw (who also plays the synthesizer and theremin), bassist Josh Winstead and drummer Joules Scott-Key.  Their first full-length album, Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?, earned a Juno Award nomination for Best Alternative Album. Their next effort, Live It Out, was nominated for the Polaris Music Prize for the Canadian Album of The Year and once again the Juno Award nomination for Best Alternative Album.  Fantasies, the first album released internationally on their own label, became the group’s most successful effort to date, selling over a million singles and 500,000 albums worldwide, going platinum in Canada, and spawning a Top 20 single on the American rock charts and all without the benefit of a label.   Fantasies earned Metric “Album of the Year” and “Band of the Year” at the Canadian Juno Awards, and the band finished with their music featured in two major Hollywood films including Scott Pilgrim vs The World and the Twilight Saga: Eclipse. The Twilight soundtrack was nominated for a Grammy Award. Their fifth full-length studio album Synthetica. released last year, was sonically futuristic yet organic.  The album sounds like the culmination of all the music the band has made in their 10 years together. $30. 8:30pm. Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave;  Miami Beach. For info: LiveNation.com

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