To Do: May 16 to May 23

May 16
Tour
Hungry for History: Secrets of Downtown
Join guide Michael Pearlman on a walking tour of Miami’s best-kept secrets. Find out the fate of the Coppertone Girl; discover a little-known pocket park and a hidden courtyard; surprising artwork; secret passageways; little-known art deco buildings, and location of the long-lost Ye We Tappie Tavern. Advance reservations and payment required. 11am – 1pm. $25. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-375-1621 or historymiami.org.

May 16
Lecture
Underground Cartoonist Mike Diana
In 1994 Mike Diana became the first artist ever to receive a criminal conviction for obscenity for artwork in the United States. This is the first time in 15 years Diana will return to Florida. He will deliver an illustrated talk reflecting on his experiences both prior, during and after the conviction. Followed by Miami-based quartet Baby B Strings, who will debut their original arrangement of one of Modest Mussorgsky’s most famous works, Pictures at an Exhibition. 6:30pm – 8:30pm. MAM, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-375-3000

May 16
Social
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Head to set for a fab and fun fashion party from Miami’s own knitwear diva, Karel Levy and her cool fashion by KRELwear. Born in Paris, and raised in Miami, Karelle Levy is as much an artist as she is a designer. As a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, she acquired a BFA in Textile Design. Karelle moved back to Miami and worked as a costume designer for dance and theater productions, and even performed herself. Still drawn to creating fabrics, Karelle began knitting again, and created costumes for her own experimental movement performances. These daring and creatively progressive performances cultivated into the first fashion forward pieces of a ready-to-wear line. Karelle’s fusion of art and fashion has led to the most original and refreshing fashion performance shows that KRELwear is known for. 11pm. Music by Konflikt and Ess + Emm. Set, 320 Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach. For info: krelwear.com

May 17
Art
Justin H. Long: Mantucket
Emerson Dorsch Gallery will be opening Mantucket by Miami artist Justin H. Long in the Project Room. On view will be a new series of work constructed from stretched Brooks Brothers shirts and a new video that satirically analyzes the artist’s relationship to yacht culture. For Mantucket, Long will present small-scaled intimate offerings in the form of stretched Brooks Brothers shirts that result as minimal altered ready-mades that highlight the brand’s rich tradition and cultural iconography. The pieces have a moiré quality, embellished with the artist’s hand stitched monogram, reappropriating the aesthetic as his own. In addition, Long will project Bouge Cruise, a new video piece that adds further narrative to the project by investigating and embracing a bourgeoisie tradition specific to yacht culture. In the main gallery Object implied, a group exhibition will also be shown. Opening reception tonight. 6pm – 9pm. Emerson Dorsch, 151 NW 24 St; Miami. For info: 305-576-1278 or emersondorsch.com

May 17
Books
Jackson Galaxy
Cat behaviorist and star of Animal Planet’s hit television show My Cat from Hell, Jackson Galaxy, a.k.a. “Cat Daddy,” isn’t what you might expect for a cat expert. Yet Galaxy’s ability to connect with even the most troubled felines—not to mention the stressed-out humans living in their wake—is awe-inspiring. In this book, he tells the poignant story of his thirteen-year relationship with a petite gray-and-white short-haired cat named Benny, and gives singular advice for living with, caring for, and loving the feline in your home. An inspiring account of two broken beings who fixed each other, Cat Daddy is laced throughout with Galaxy’s amazing “Cat Mojo” advice for understanding what cats need most from us humans in order to live happier, healthier lives. 7pm. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

May 17
Music
Bryan Adams
Rocker  Bryan Adams returns to South Florida with his highly successful solo – acoustic style, to set the stage with a special, intimate concert tonight. The Show will provide a rare opportunity for fans to see Adams as they’ve not seen him before: Solo – Acoustic and Intimate. Adams has sold over 65 million records, toured six continents and achieved #1 status in over 40 countries around the world. With hits like “Cuts Like A Knife”, “Summer of 69″, “Kids Wanna Rock:, “Can’t Stop This Thing We’ve Started” “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You”, “Open Road” and most recently “Thought I’s Seen Everything”, Adams’ status as one of the great songwriters of our time has been solidified. 8pm. $43 – $80. The Olympia Theater at Gusman Center, 174 East Flagler St; Miami. For info: livenation.com

May 17
Dance
Miami City Ballet School Student Performances
Advanced students perform challenging and exciting works, including Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, excerpts from Petipa’s Paquita, and original works choreographed by MCB School Faculty. Proceeds from the Student Workshop support all aspects of the students’ training, including a scholarship program ensuring that all children who are accepted to the School. $25. Miami City Ballet Studios, 2200 Liberty Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305.929.7010 or miamicityballet.org

May 17
Theater
Gordon Gumshoe, Fairytale Detective
Throughout Fairytale Forest, vital pieces of treasured tales have gone missing. Unless they turn up soon, the stories will be lost forever! Join in the fun as Gordon Gumshoe navigates the caper of a lifetime – complete with twists, crazy characters, hi-jinks, and a surprise ending. Gordon depends upon his audience of Junior Detectives to point out clues, deliver messages, and maybe even save the day. Free. 3:30pm. Flamingo Park, 999 11 St; Miami Beach. For info: ftfshows.com

May 17
Film
Blow Up
Join us for the screening of the Italian classic and award winning film Blow Up and celebrate the Year of Italian Culture (2013) in the United States. FIU Professor Barbara Weitz, director Film Studies Certificate Program, will lead a presentation and discussion. The first English-language film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni in 1966, Blow Up is about a photographer, played by David Hemmings, who believes he may have witnessed a murder and unwittingly taken photographs of the killing. After studying and then blowing up his negatives, he uncovers more and more details about the murder. The plot was inspired by Julio Cortázar’s short story “Las babas del diablo” or “The Devil’s Drool” (1959) and by the life of swinging London photographer David Bailey. Jazz pianist Herbie Hancock provided the score for the film. Co-presented with The Consulate General of Italy-Miami. Free. 7pm. Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305.535.2644 or wolfsonian.org

May 17
Music
Raphael
Miguel Rafael Martos Sánchez, born May 5, 1943 in Linares, Spain, often simply referred to as Raphael, is a worldwide acclaimed Spanish singer and television, film and theatre actor. A pioneer of modern Spanish music, he is considered a major influence in having opened the door and paving the way to the flood of Spanish singers that follow. His wide-range voice, added to his quality as showman, has entertained and engaged people worldwide for more than five decades. 8:15pm. $43.50 – $73.50. Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Ave; For info: livenation.com

May 17
Film
The Smurfs
Bandshell Movie Night in the North Shore shows The Smurfs. When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world into New York City. Directed by Raja Gosnell and starring Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris, Jonathan Winters. Hang out and enjoy a movie under the stars. 7pm. Free. North Shore Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: miamibeachparks.com

May 17
Music
Scandinavia Explored
Scandinavia Explored will feature guest soprano Anna Hersey, a recent Fullbright fellow, singing songs by Grieg, Frumerie, Nystroem, Alfvén, Peterson-Berger and Rangström. The South Beach Chamber Ensemble resident violinist Luis Fernandez will arrange the songs for soprano and string quartet. The program will include the Grieg String Quartet in G minor, Op. 27 and the Kokkonen String Quartet #3. Performing along with Hersey will be Luis Fernandez, violin, Tony Seepersad, violin, Rafael Ramirez, viola, and Michael Andrews, cello. 7:30pm. $31. South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211 St; Cutler Bay. For info: smdcac.org

May 18
Books
Along the Miami River
Join HistoryMiami resident historian and acclaimed author, Dr. Paul George as he reads from his new book, Along the Miami River. Dr. George will speak about his research and sign copies of his book. 2pm – 4pm. $8. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: historymiami.org.

May 18
Music
Accordion Invasion
A band of accordion players will invade the streets of Miami Beach processing from The Betsy on Ocean Drive to Art Center/South Florida on Lincoln Road where they will present a program of music in a variety of genres (especially featuring Klezmer) that showcase the instrument at the Art Center’s Project 924.  Featured accordionists for the event include local Klezmer favorite Shlomo Geva and renowned “Latin Diva of the Accordion,” Maricarmen Vazquez. 6:30pm. The Betsy Hotel, 1440 Ocean Dr; Miami Beach. For info: nextat19th.org

May 18
Social
Barks & Bubbles Doggie Wash
The Humane Society of Greater Miami invites families along to bring their furry friends to dabble in a Barks & Bubbles Doggie Wash today. Your doggie can enjoy an outdoor bath, (rub a dub-dub, give your dog a scrub), along with free nail polish, Paw-casso Paw prints (think finger painting for dogs using their paws), pet boutique specials, music, games, and refreshments. “Paw-some”! Adoptable cats and dogs who are looking for a forever home will be available for adoption at discounted rates. Soffer Fine Adoption Center, 16101 W. Dixie Highway; North Miami Beach.  11am – 2pm. $5. For info: 305-749-1825 or humanesocietymiami.org

May 18
Film
Simon Killer
The follow-up to Antonio Campos’ critically acclaimed Afterschool, Simon Killer is an erotic and and psychological portrait of Simon, a well-educated, handsome and seemingly sympathetic college graduate with just a hint of something off putting enough to ignite a sense of concern. Recently heartbroken, Simon travels to Paris to clear his head. After several days of wandering aimlessly, Simon finds himself drawn into a sex parlor and has a sexual encounter with an exotic prostitute, Victoria. The chemistry builds between the two until they find themselves in a serious relationship, one that leads to blackmail, betrayal and the ultimate revelation of Simon’s true nature. 4:45pm. & 9pm. $10. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

May 18
Music
Haitian Compas Festival
The 15th Annual Haitian Compas Festival celebrates Haiti’s Flag Day today at Bayfront Park. For the fifteenth consecutive year, the Haitian Compas Festival is bringing Compas bands together from all over the world including New York, Boston, Paris, Canada, and Haiti. Featuring CaRiMi, Djakout, Kreyol La, Nu Look, Gabel, Brother’s Posse, Zenglen, Tropicana, Klass, Suav Mizik and DISIP. Solo acts will include JPerry and Belo. The legendary Emeline Michel will also grace the stage in what is sure to be an incredible performance. In addition, the show will highlight some of the industry’s top DJs: DJ Stakz, DJ Untouchable, DJ Tony Mixx, and DJ 5etwal. Hosted by comedian Kako and 99 Jamz’s DJ Griot. $35-$100. Bayfront Park, 301 North Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: 786-251-7392 or compasfestival.net.

May 18
Theatre
Cock
A provocatively titled play about an unlikely love triangle that was a huge hit in London and New York. When a gay man takes a break from his boyfriend the last thing he expects is to suddenly meet the woman of his dreams. Filled with guilt and indecision, he decides there’s only one way to straighten this out. A playful, candid look at one man’s sexuality and the difficulties that arise when you realize you have a choice. 8pm. $42.50. GableStage, 1200 Anastasia Ave; Coral Gables. For info: gablestage.org

May 18
Music
Luminosa Project
Music from all corners of the world steeped in the veins of jazz, folk, experimental music, poetry and sociopolitical commentary. The subversive classically trained duo of Bolivian soprano Gian-Carla Tisera and Burmese-American pianist A.J. Khaw will perform at the Betsy Hotel. 7pm. The Betsy Hotel, 1440 Ocean Dr; Miami Beach. For info: artsatstjohns.com

May 18
Kids
Fairchild’s Butterfly Migration Parade
Spread your wings and join us for Fairchild’s first-ever Butterfly Migration Parade starring you! Join  a delightful caravan of whimsical, wonderful floats, bands and much more. Be sure to dress up and bring your butterfly wings to celebrate our fluttering friends. Then, once the parade reaches Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, stay for a full day of butterfly-themed family fun. 8:30am – 4:30pm. From Matheson Hammock Park entrance, 9610 Old Cutler Rd to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd; Coral Gables. For info: fairchildgarden.org

May 18
Tour
Old Crandon Park Zoo Eco-Walk
Join eco-historian Frank Schena and explore Crandon Park, on Key Biscayne. See the old animal cages and other remnants of the zoo. This area grew wild after the zoo moved away, but has since been beautifully renovated. See peacocks, geese, ibises, turkeys, herons, swans and crocodiles. Advance reservations and payment required. $30. 9am – 11am. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-375-1621 or historymiami.org.

May 18
Books
Wendy Williams
Over the radio and now on her popular TV talk show, Wendy Williams has always been approached for her blunt, in-your-face words of advice. How’s she doin’? “Ask Wendy” has become more than just a fan-favorite TV segment; it’s her calling card. Wendy has helped her viewers cope with everything from backstabbing girlfriends and deadbeat boyfriends to crazy mothers-in-law and jealous coworkers. Fans trust Wendy, even when her advice is tough to hear. She’s earned her reputation as “the friend in your head.” On TV Wendy only has a few minutes to respond to each audience member, but in Ask Wendy she goes deeper, answering questions sourced from viewers across the country. No question is off-limits and no situation is too outrageous for her to take on. Wendy shoots straight from those womanly hips of hers to help you manage all the crazy that comes into your life— keepin’ it real by drawing on the personal experiences that have shaped her unique perspective. Wendy reveals never-before shared intimate secrets about struggling with weight, navigating rough times in her marriage, and learning to accept herself. Along with the usual girlfriend, boyfriend, and family drama, Wendy straight-talks on topics like style, body image, and office etiquette, and of course she tackles your wildest sex questions. If you’ve dealt with it, Wendy has a solution for it. Filled with fun personality quizzes, Wendy’s laugh-out-loud anecdotes, and tons of spot-on advice, Ask Wendy will help readers to end the drama in their lives. 7pm. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

May 19
Tour
Lincoln Road Walk
Stroll the historic pedestrian walkway originally created by Carl Fisher in 1912 with historian Dr. Paul George. Wander the streets, a former mangrove forest, transformed into a pedestrian mall by Morris Lapidus in the 1960s. Lincoln Road has sidewalk cafes, shops, gardens and fountains, as well as great examples of MiMo (Miami Modern) and Art Deco architecture, including the Lincoln Theater. Advance reservations and payment required. $30. 9am – 12pm. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-375-1621 or historymiami.org.

May 19
Arts
The Enigma of Creativity
An Evening of Music and Art will take to the stage tonight as The Miami International Piano Festival  Discovery Series concludes. Featuring Misha Dacic & Misha DacicVladimir Markovic in an interactive evening of music and live painting. This performance will echo the grand traditions of the Romantic Period where pianists were inspired by the painting of great masters – except that tonight the music will inspire the art. A pianist of extraordinary power, Misha Dacic will inspire renowned muralist, Vladimir Markovic to produce a painting – live on stage – during Dacic’s performance of the mystical music of Scriabin and Mompou’s elusive music of evaporation. This performance echoes the grand traditions of the Romantic Period where pianists were inspired by the painting of great masters – except that this evening, the music of great masters will inspire the art. A pianist of extraordinary power, Dacic, will inspire muralist, Markovic to produce a painting – live on stage, as Dacic performs the mystical music of Scriabin and Mompou’s most beautiful, elusive, simple and mystical music of Evaporation. To round out the Festival experience, Frank Cooper, Musicology Research Professor at University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, has been named “Lecturer in Residence” and will be on hand to provide a dynamic intellectual perspective on the artists’ choice of repertoire. $15-$50. 7:45pm. Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach. For info: 305.674.1040 or miamipianofest.com

May 20
Art
Fryd on Fire
The tropical mystique animates the fertile imagination of Carol Fryd, whose captivating artworks of Miami and its cultural intersections meld the human figure with fabulous flora and fruit. Her varied techniques combine digital art, collage, drawings, photography, objects and paint to produce ground breaking work, ranging from realism to abstract expressionism to portraiture. But it is the combination of bright, fiery colors that dominant the works in this show. The excitement and hot juicy hues of Fryd’s works are matched only by the intensity and heat of the Miami sun. $18. Jewish Museum, 301 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305-672-5044

May 20
Books
Ruth Behar
Traveling Heavy is a deeply moving, unconventional memoir by the master storyteller and cultural anthropologist Ruth Behar. Through evocative stories, she portrays her life as an immigrant child and later, as an adult woman who loves to travel but is terrified of boarding a plane. With an open heart, she writes about her Yiddish-Sephardic-Cuban-American family, as well as the strangers who show her kindness as she makes her way through the world. Compassionate, curious, and unafraid to reveal her failings, Behar embraces the unexpected insights and adventures of travel, whether those be learning that she longed to become a mother after being accused of giving the evil eye to a baby in rural Mexico, or going on a zany pilgrimage to the Behar World Summit in the Spanish town of Bejar. Behar calls herself an anthropologist who specializes in homesickness. Repeatedly returning to her homeland of Cuba, unwilling to utter her last goodbye, she is obsessed by the question of why we leave home to find home. For those of us who travel heavy with our own baggage, Behar is an indispensable guide, full of grace and hope, in the perpetual search for connection that defines our humanity. 8pm. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

May 21
Books
Emma Brockes
Emma Brockes who will be discussing and signing her new book She Left Me the Gun: My Mother’s Life Before Me today at Books and Books. “One day I will tell you the story of my life,” promises Emma Brockes’s mother, “and you will be amazed.” Brockes grew up hearing only pieces of her mother’s past—stories of a rustic childhood in South Africa, glimpses of a bohemian youth in London—and yet knew that crucial facts were still in the dark. A mystery to her friends and family, Paula was clearly a strong, self-invented woman; glamorous, no-nonsense, and frequently out of place in their quaint English village. Looking to unearth the truth after Paula’s death, Brockes begins a dangerous journey into the land—and the life—her mother fled from years before. Brockes soon learns that Paula’s father was a drunk megalomaniac who terrorized Paula and her seven half-siblings for years. After finally mustering the courage to take her father to court, Paula is horrified to see the malevolent man vindicated of all charges. As Brockes discovers, this crushing defeat left Paula with a choice: take her own life, or promise herself never to be intimidated or unhappy again. Ultimately she chooses life and happiness by booking one-way passage to London—but not before shooting her father five times, and failing to kill him. Smuggling the fateful gun through English customs would be Paula’s first triumph in her new life. A beguiling and unforgettable journey across generations and continents, She Left Me the Gun chronicles Brockes’s efforts to walk the knife-edge between understanding her mother’s unspeakable traumas and embracing the happiness she chose for her daughter. Brockes writes for The Guardian’s Weekend magazine and has contributed to The New York Times, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Elle. She is the winner of two British Press Awards—Young Journalist of the Year and Feature Writer of the Year—and while at Oxford won the Philip Geddes Memorial Prize for Journalism. Her book What Would Barbra Do? How Musicals Saved My Life was serialized on the BBC. She lives in New York. Free. 8pm. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

May 22
Film
Bend it Like Beckham
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 Bend it Like Beckham. The daughter of orthodox Sikh rebels against her parents’ traditionalism by running off to Germany with a football team. Directed by Gurinder Chadha. Starring Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers. 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

May 22
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 on Wednesday nights this fall. The food and music fest will feature the popular mobile food trucks, free entertainment and participation by area restaurants. Free. 5pm. North Shore Park Band Shell, 7275 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbculture.com

May 23
Books
David Ebenbach
David Ebenbach’s guide to the creative process, The Artist’s Torah, is an uplifting and down-to-earth guide to the creative process, wide open to longtime artists and first-time dabblers, to people of every religious background—or none—and to every creative medium. In this book, you’ll find a year-long cycle of weekly meditations on a life lived artistically, grounded in ancient Jewish wisdom and the wisdom of artists, composers, writers, and choreographers from the past and present. The Artist’s Torah teaches us that creativity is a natural and important part of the human spirit, a bright spark that, week after week, this book will brighten. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

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