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Greetings,

Chocolate Lovers Unite at Fairchild Gardens this weekend for an indulgent, informative, provocative and entertaining fete dedicated to the many iterations of the dried and fully fermented fatty seed of Theobroma cacao.

There is much to celebrate and many ways to do it in Coral Gables in the coming days. Festival Miami swings into action with a plethora of musical delights reflecting every hue of the euphonic rainbow.

Catch the live theatre performances from London, projected in high resolution at Gables Cinema, as legendary actors Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart dazzle in Harold Pinter's "No Man's Land." GableStage brings pulitzer prize-winning "Between Riverside and Crazy" to Gables audiences, while Jack and the Beanstalk lights up the stage at Miracle Theatre for the kids.

We hope you'll enjoy perusing this delightful list of Great Gables Events, and set aside some quality time to spend with family and friends in our little city.

Robert and Robin Burr


Annual International Chocolate Festival at Fairchild Garden
Enjoy fine chocolate samples from artisan chocolatiers, lectures on chocolate making and demonstrations from Miami's master chefs and chocolatiers at Fairchild Garden this weekend from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Take the ChocoWalk to learn about the life cycle of a cacao plant, with stops in the Rainforest and more. Find out everything you ever needed to know about chocolate from the experts. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Call 305-667-1651. http://www.fairchildgarden.org

20th Century Women at Gables Cinema
Mike Mills' texturally and behaviorally rich new comedy seems to keep redefining itself as it goes along, creating a moving group portrait of particular people in a particular place (Santa Barbara) at a particular moment in the 20th century (1979), one lovingly attended detail at a time. The great Annette Bening, in one of her very best performances, is Dorothea, a single mother raising her teenage son, Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann), in a sprawling bohemian house, which is shared by an itinerant carpenter (Billy Crudup) and a punk artist with a Bowie haircut (Greta Gerwig) and frequented by Jamie's rebellious friend Julie (Elle Fanning). 20th Century Women is the kind of wonder that only comes along once in a blue moon. It's a portrait of director Mills' mother and serves as unofficial companion to his multiple award-winning Beginners, which dealt with the late coming-out of Mills' father. It's a work of passionate artistry filled with the kinds of people you know very well or ones you would like to know. Warm and achingly funny, by the time it reaches its conclusion, you'll want to hug the person who made it. Coral Gables Art Cinema is located at 260 Aragon. Call 786-385-9689 or visit the web site for details. http://www.gablescinema.org

Rob's Redland Riot Road Rallye
Our friends in Coral Gables are invited to take a leisurely drive into the countryside for the annual Redland Riot Road Rallye -- a fruity, tropical history hunt for treasure through Miami's Bountiful Countryside. Starting at Cauley Square Saturday at 10am (US1 at SW 224 Street) the adventure begins with a map and some cryptic questions to answer. Along the way, participants will discover answers to the questions while collecting exotic delicacies, tropical fruits and vegetables, fresh baked goods, orchids, wines, fruity milkshakes, jellies, jams, preserves, and much more. The grand prize is worth less than one million dollars. It's a riot! http://www.redlandriot.com/Rallye.html

Irish Dance Lessons at JohnMartins
Every Saturday the Niall O'Leary School of Irish Dance hosts Irish Dance lessons for kids at 2pm and for adults at 3pm. Guests who come to participate in the event will receive a 10% discount on their dining bill. For registration and more information contact Jesse Gilday directly by phone: 978-473-2842 or email: IrishDanceJesse@gmail.com http://www.nialloleary.com

Weekend Brunch at Tarpon Bend
From 11:30am to 3pm on the weekends, enjoy a delightful brunch menu at Tarpon Bend, with remarkable offers on Champagne, Rosé and bottomless Mimosas. Specialties include The Chef's Omelette, The English Breakfast, Crab Cake Benny, Pamlette pancake, Nutty French Toast, Blackened Shrimp and Grits or Braised Beef with Truffled Eggs. Tarpon Bend Bar and Grill is located at 65 Miracle Mile. Call 305-444-3210. http://www.tarponbendrawbarandgrill.com/

Now Playing at the Landmark At Merrick Park
The Landmark at Merrick Park is a seven screen movie theater located on the third floor of the Village of Merrick Park. A sophisticated bar and lounge area makes it an all-encompassing destination for food, drink and entertainment. Currently playing: The Founder, Hidden Figures, Julieta, Live By Night, Patriot's Day, Fences, Manchester By The Sea, Rogue One, Passengers. Call 786-574-4116. https://www.landmarktheatres.com/miami/the-landmark-at-merrick-park


Friday, January 20

Annual International Chocolate Festival at Fairchild Garden
Enjoy fine chocolate samples from artisan chocolatiers, lectures on chocolate making and demonstrations from Miami's master chefs and chocolatiers at Fairchild Garden from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Take the ChocoWalk to learn about the life cycle of a cacao plant, with stops in the Rainforest and more. Find out everything you ever needed to know about chocolate from the experts. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Call 305-667-1651. http://www.fairchildgarden.org

National Theatre Live: No Man's Land
Following their hit run on Broadway, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart return to the West End stage in Harold Pinter's No Man's Land. One summer's evening, two aging writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst's stately house nearby. As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men. Also starring Owen Teale and Damien Molony, don't miss this glorious revival of Pinter's comic classic. The noon broadcast will be followed by an exclusive Q&A with the cast and director Sean Mathias. Coral Gables Art Cinema is located at 260 Aragon. Call 786-385-9689 or visit the web site for details. http://www.gablescinema.org

Moonlight at Cosford Cinema
A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. At once a vital portrait of contemporary African American life and an intensely personal and poetic meditation on identity, family, friendship, and love, Moonlight is a groundbreaking piece of cinema that reverberates with deep compassion and universal truths. Anchored by extraordinary performances from a tremendous ensemble cast, Jenkins's staggering, singular vision is profoundly moving in its portrayal of the moments, people, and unknowable forces that shape our lives and make us who we are. Nominated for 6 Golden Globe Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Score. The film begins at 6:30pm. Cosford Cinema is located on the second floor of the Memorial Classroom building on UM campus. Cash only. Call 305-284-4861. http://www.cosfordcinema.com

Free Music Fridays: A Special Happy Hour Series
Presented by Coral Gables Museum and the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, "Free Music Fridays" brings you the city's best up-and-coming musical guests along with Happy Hour cocktails and South Florida's gorgeous winter weather. At 7pm, enjoy singer-songwriter Justina Shandler, whose honest, vivd and quirky musical stylings have been described as "the music baby of Regina Spektor and Billy Joel." Meet up on the Museum Loggia every Friday throughout Winter 2017 for a free night of music and fun. The Coral Gables Museum is located at 285 Aragon. Call 305-603-8067. http://www.coralgablesmuseum.org

15th Anniversary: The Best Of Seraphic Fire
Seraphic Fire celebrates a decade and a half of music with the Renaissance soundscape of Victoria -- featured in the ensemble's acclaimed Gregorian Chant album, the Romantic melodies of Brahms, and the bold new harmonies of Herbert Howells. Headlining this not-to-be-missed concert are world premieres by Florida's own Shawn Crouch and Alvaro Bermudez, starting at 7:30pm at First United Methodist Church, 536 Miracle Mile. Call 305-285-9060. http://www.seraphicfire.org/

Unique Bordeaux Wine Event at Biltmore
Enjoy a unique Bordeaux tasting event featuring more than 70 of Bordeaux's finest wines, including the unveiling of the 2014 vintage. Wines will be poured by Chateau owners, winemakers, and wine experts. Receive complimentary guidance and education from Total Wine & More Concierge services and experts readily available to help guests purchase the 2014 (limited quantities available) vintage. Gourmet hors d'oeuvres will be served during the event. Valet parking included in ticket purchase. Tickets are $150. Call 305-445-8066. Link to Tickets.

Festival Miami: Tiempo Libre - Seductive Cuban Fusion
Three-time Grammy-nominated Tiempo Libre is one of the hottest Latin and Afro-Caribbean bands today, presenting Multicultural Sensory Experience. This exciting concert blends the musical history of its members' lives while growing up in Havana -- 15 years of formal classical music study while surrounded by indigenous Cuban music, American pop, and R&B. They will perform music from two of their most popular albums: Bach in Havana and their newest effort Panamericano, which reflects the musical lives they now lead in Miami. A night of irresistible Cuban rhythms. The event takes place at UM Maurice Gusman Concert Hall at 8pm. Call 305-284-4940. http://www.festivalmiami.com

Ashley M. Jones - Magic City Gospel
Gospel is a love song to Birmingham, the Magic City of the South. In traditional forms and free verse poems, 2015 Rona Jaffe Writer's Award-winner Ashley M. Jones takes readers on a historical, geographical, cultural, and personal journey through her life and the life of her home state. From De Soto's "discovery" of Alabama to George Wallace's infamous stance in the schoolhouse door, to the murders of black men like Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner in modern America,Magic City Gospel weaves its story through time, weaving Jones' personal history with the troubled, triumphant, and complicated history of Birmingham, and of Alabama at large. In Magic City Gospel's pages, you'll find that "gold is laced in Alabama's teeth," but you will also see the dark underbelly of a state and a city with a storied past, and a woman whose history is inextricably linked to that past. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

Noche de Coplas at Bellmont Restaurant
Brought directly from Spain, "Noche de Coplas" is a unique live performance where Ingrid Reino, Spaniard singer, and May Barreto, Cuban master guitarist, perform the best of Spanish ballads "Copla" and "Rumba Flamenca." Enjoy two 45 minute shows every Friday night starting at 9pm and 10pm. There is no cover charge. The minimum dinner check is $35 per guest. Exclusions may apply. RSVP to 786-502-4684. http://www.bellmontrestaurant.com/reservations.html

Karaoke at JohnMartin's On The Mile
Every Friday evening at 10pm, sing your heart out at JohnMartin's Irish Pub and Restaurant's Karaoke Night. Enjoy drink specials as well as some of the best pub food in South Florida at this award-winning authentic Irish pub. JohnMartin's Irish Pub and Restaurant is located at 253 Miracle Mile. Call 305-445-3777. http://www.JohnMartins.com


Saturday, January 21

Coral Gables Farmers Market on Saturdays
Enjoy a delightful stroll around Merrick Park at City Hall (405 Biltmore Way) and discover the abundance and variety of fresh local produce, prepared foods, baked goods and more. You'll find flowering plants, garden workshops and cooking demos, plus free Tai Chi classes and plenty of fun activities for the kids from 8am to 2pm Saturday. Free parking for bikes. The market continues on Saturdays through March 25. Call 305-460-5600. http://www.coralgables.com/index.aspx?page=1183

Annual International Chocolate Festival at Fairchild Garden
Enjoy fine chocolate samples from artisan chocolatiers, lectures on chocolate making and demonstrations from Miami's master chefs and chocolatiers at Fairchild Garden from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Take the ChocoWalk to learn about the life cycle of a cacao plant, with stops in the Rainforest and more. Find out everything you ever needed to know about chocolate from the experts. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Call 305-667-1651. http://www.fairchildgarden.org

Saturday Morning Downtown Walking Tour
Stroll through the bustling business district of Coral Gables starting at 11am. This thriving area began in the 1920s. Did you know the Colonnade Hotel was once the Coral Gables Sales Center? Or that electric trolleys once connected downtown Coral Gables to downtown Miami? Visit historic Mediterranean Revival buildings, including a former Ford dealership, outdoor theater, and riding club. Newer additions to the cityscape help tell the complete downtown story. This 90 minute program is generously supported by the Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables. $5 for Museum members, $10 for general public. Free for Bank of America-Merrill Lynch cardholders on the first full weekend of each month. The Coral Gables Museum is located at 285 Aragon. Call 305-603-8067. http://www.coralgablesmuseum.orgs

Rob's Redland Riot Road Rallye
Our friends in Coral Gables are invited to take a leisurely drive into the countryside for the annual Redland Riot Road Rallye -- a fruity, tropical history hunt for treasure through Miami's Bountiful Countryside. Starting at Cauley Square at 10am (US1 at SW 224 Street) the adventure begins with a map and some cryptic questions to answer. Along the way, participants will discover answers to the questions while collecting exotic delicacies, tropical fruits and vegetables, fresh baked goods, orchids, wines, fruity milkshakes, jellies, jams, preserves, and much more. The grand prize is worth less than one million dollars. It's a riot! http://www.redlandriot.com/Rallye.html

Kids: Jack and the Beanstalk at Miracle Theatre
Based on the fairy tale by Joseph Jacobs, this wacky adventure takes the climb with Jack as he goes up the magical beanstalk into the world of a Giant Inventor, a tap dancing Golden Goose, and a Golden Harp that can really "get down"! This fanciful musical is full of surprises that are sure to entertain. Go along with Jack on his magical journey as he attempts to avoid temptation, escape the giant, and learns some important life lessons along the way. The Miracle Theatre is located at 280 Miracle Mile. Showtimes are Saturday at 2pm through March 31. Call 305-444-9293. http://www.actorsplayhouse.org

Pasta Making Classes at Aragon 101
Roll up your sleeves at 3pm and get ready for a true Italian feast. Chef Pablo is rolling out a fresh pasta. Learn the steps of dough preparation, creating a variety of shapes and fillings and preparing amazing sauces. Like all great Italian cooking, these these recipes are based on sourcing fresh high quality ingredients and mastering some simple techniques. The menu includes Wild Fluke Crudo with Calabrian Chilies; Handmade Pappardelle with Red Ossabaw Pork Ragout and Rainbow Chard; Winter Raviolini with Butternut Squash, Straciatella, and Cured Egg Yolk; Affogato with Fernet Gelato and Candied Feulletine. The cost is $85. Call 305-443-7335. https://www.aragon101.com/collections/cooking-classes

Kristy Kryszczak - Unexpected Love
As a young woman living in the wondrous city of New York, Inez Champlain has always aspired to be like Carrie from Sex and the City, sans the tulle skirts and poor financial decisions, of course. Inez has it all: great friends, her dream job as a notable beauty writer, a studio loft on the Upper East Side, and no messy romantic drama to get in the way. But life takes a surprising turn when Inez catches the eye of the charming and handsome Jason Parkson, who fearlessly introduces himself the moment he sees her. Romance is the last thing on Inez's mind, but there is something about Jason she can't resist, and before long she's hooked—that is, until she's introduced to his brother, Jimmy, and the two share an instant connection she can't quite understand. Inez tries to resist Jimmy, but there's no denying the feelings growing between them. Her mind and heart are at odds -- will she stay with the man she thinks she loves, or surrender to a more precarious yet alluring fate? When Inez is pulled away from New York, the balance of her life shifts yet again. Soon she is caught in a web of confusion and heartache while trying to do the right thing. Could the love Inez never set out to find cost her everything she cares about? Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 5pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

Saturday Wine Tastings at Uvaggio Wine Bar
Always wanted to ask questions without feeling embarrassed or belittled? Want to experience wines outside of your comfort zone without dropping cash on full bottles? Most every Saturday Uvaggio offers our special wine tasting from 5 to 6pm, bringing a different topic and focus to the table each weekend. Tasting subjects could include global wines of a specific grape varietal, exploring wines of a particular region or having some fun with topics like "great picnic wines" or "Mother's Day Wines" which were all made by female wine makers. Whatever the theme, you'll taste six wines, usually three whites and 3 reds, in a fun and interactive learning atmosphere. Uvaggio Wine Bar is located at 70 Miracle Mile. Call 305-448-2400. http://uvaggiowine.com/wine-tastings/

Elle at Cosford Cinema
Michèle seems indestructible. Head of a leading video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Michèle's life forever. When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game -- a game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control. Nominated for Best Actress -- Isabelle Huppert -- at this year's Golden Globes. The movie begins at 4:30pm. Cosford Cinema is located on the second floor of the Memorial Classroom building on UM campus. Cash only. Call 305-284-4861. http://www.cosfordcinema.com

Estrellas Cubanas Fundraiser for the Museum
Join the Museum Board of Directors and Honorary Chair Ramón Cernuda to honor architect Hilario F. Candela, FAIA and art historian Juan A. Martínez, Ph.D.at the exhibit premiere of "Cuban Art in the 20th Century: Cultural Identity and the International Avant Garde" at the Coral Gables Museum. VIPs at 7pm, general admission at 8pm. The Coral Gables Museum is located at 285 Aragon. Call 305-603-8067. http://www.coralgablesmuseum.org

Píter Ortega - The Millennials Generation
"The Millennials Generation" is the third publication by curator and art critic Píter Ortega, an anthology of the younger generation of artists in today's Cuban cultural scene. Herein you will find a wide range of artistic manifestations, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, installation, video art, and performance. There are 40 emerging artists from the year 2001 presented in the book to justify a turning point or changing epochal sensibility, which allows the author to speak of a new generation with a novel aesthetic within the contemporary Cuban art scene. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 7pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

Festival Miami: Dj Mark Farina - Mushroom Jazz 8 Tour
Fusing Acid Jazz, Deep House, and Urban Beats, voted one of the world's top DJs by URB, Musik, and BPM magazines, Mark Farina thrills crowds globally, entertaining over one million fans per year. As one of the most ubiquitous DJs in electronic dance music, Farina is known for his distinctive style of mixing jazz, downtempo, and house music as well as being the creator of Mushroom Jazz: West Coast jazzy, organic productions with East Coast hip-hop, urban beats. Featuring an opening performance by Frost contemporary media students. Sponsored in part by Lyft. The event takes place at UM Maurice Gusman Concert Hall at 8pm. Call 305-284-4940. http://www.festivalmiami.com

Between Riverside And Crazy at GableStage
Ex-cop Walter Washington is dealing with the recent death of his wife, eviction and city hall -- while clinging to the large rent-controlled apartment he shares with his ex-con son and ragtag surrogate family. Walter has been pursuing a discrimination suit against the Police Department, because he was accidentally shot by another police officer. He needs to shake the past -- but isn't ready to move on. The play won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Performances at Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, plus Sunday at 2 and 7pm, through February 19. GableStage is located at the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave. Call 305-445-1119. http://www.gablestage.org

After Hours: Young Frankenstein
Of all the collaborations between Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder, the most memorable is Young Frankenstein, a parody of classic horror films but in particular the adaptation of Mary Shelley's seminal novel. It tells the story of Dr. Frankenstein's grandson, Frederick, a professor ashamed of his heritage who wants nothing to do with mad science experiments. But after inheriting his family's Transylvanian estate and reading his grandfather's private journals, young Frederick gets his own hint of madness. Co-written by Wilder, the screenplay was his first written work and garnered a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay in 1974. The film starts at 11:45pm. Coral Gables Art Cinema is located at 260 Aragon. Call 786-385-9689 or visit the web site for details. http://www.gablescinema.com/programs/after-hours/


Sunday, January 22

Annual International Chocolate Festival at Fairchild Garden
Enjoy fine chocolate samples from artisan chocolatiers, lectures on chocolate making and demonstrations from Miami's master chefs and chocolatiers at Fairchild Garden from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Take the ChocoWalk to learn about the life cycle of a cacao plant, with stops in the Rainforest and more. Find out everything you ever needed to know about chocolate from the experts. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Call 305-667-1651. http://www.fairchildgarden.org

Sunday Brunch at JohnMartin's
Bring the friends and family to Johnmartin's On The Mile for Sunday Brunch from 11am to 3pm for a delightful dining experience. Enjoy the Smoked Salmon, French Toast Croissant, Omlettes, Steak and Eggs, Heather Honey and Whisky Apple Stuffed Pancakes. Choose from an array of international breakfasts including American, Irish, English, Scottish, Spanish and French, plus a special kid's menu. JohnMartin's Irish Pub and Restaurant is located at 253 Miracle Mile. Call 305-445-3777. http://www.JohnMartins.com

Curator's Tour of Cuban Art in the 20th Century
Enjoy the the public opening day of this highly-anticipated exhibit with a special curator's tour, starting at 1pm. The exhibit, which was initially presented by Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee in February 2016, showcases an historical progression of paintings, sculpture and mixed media from the Colonial, Republican and Post-Revolutionary periods of Cuban Art up to the present day. Nearly one hundred works from private collections in Florida have been organized and assembled to bring together some of the most recognizable names in Cuban art, including Carlos Alfonzo, Carlos Enríquez, Wifredo Lam, Manuel Mendive, José Mijares, Amelia Palaez, René Portocarrero, Leopoldo Romañach, and Tomás Sánchez. The exhibit is curated by Segundo Fernández, attorney, art collector and doctoral candidate in art history. Catalogues will be available for sale in the Museum Gift Shop. The Coral Gables Museum is located at 285 Aragon. Call 305-603-8067. http://www.coralgablesmuseum.org

Historic Biltmore Hotel Walking Tour
Meet in the hotel's main lobby of the Biltmore Hotel Sundays at 1200 Anastasia at 1:30pm to join a Dade Heritage Trust guide for a free hour long walking tour of the famed National Landmark Biltmore Hotel. Your guide will the history, architecture and culture of this beautifully restored 1926 building -- the most striking structure in the City Beautiful. Call 305-445-8066. http://www.biltmorehotel.com/

The Art of Story Family Day
Local Cuban author Pablo Cartaya will present his book, Tina Cocolina Queen of the Cupcakes from noon to 3pm at Lowe Art Museum. Families can also create their own clay cupcakes and explore the art on view at the Lowe. $12.50 per child; free for accompanying caregivers, Lowe members, and UM Faculty/Staff. Receive $2 off admission to Family Day. Bring a new or gently used children's book for Read to Learn Books for Free, a literacy initiative of Miami Book Fair, in partnership with The Children's Trust, and get $2 off. Books should be for children ages infant to 8 years old. The Lowe Art Museum is located at 1301 Stanford Drive on the University of Miami Campus. Call 305-284-3535. http://www.lowemuseum.org/

Yoga for Parkinson's Classes
Participate in Yoga classes meant to help Parkinson's patients on Sundays from 4 to 5pm. These complimentary programs are designed for those living with early onset Parkinson's and their care partners. Have fun and increase your muscle strength, power, balance and flexibility while working to reduce rigidity and bradykinesia. Green Monkey is located at 1430 S. Dixie Highway, Suite 116. Call 786-953-7709.http://www.greenmonkey.com/coralgables/

Paint Gables Landmark: Alhambra Water Tower
At this museum event from 3 to 5pm, master artists will show you how to paint an iconic Gables scene step by step as you follow along on your own canvas. All the art materials, supplies, instruction and wine are provided to get the creative juices flowing, and you get to take home your very own masterpiece. Seating is limited, and registration is required. Presented by Bottle & Bottega and the Coral Gables Museum, at 285 Aragon. Call 305-603-8067. http://www.coralgablesmuseum.org

Chopin Competition winner returns
The Chopin for All Free Concert Series will present Eric Lu, the laureate of the 2015 both National and International Chopin Competitions, returning this time to play solo and duo with the outstanding young violinist Ariel Horowitz. Program includes the music by Chopin, Prokofiev, Brahms and Wieniawski. Eighteen-year-old Eric Lu is rapidly building an international reputation as a young pianist with enormous promise, and a distinctive musical voice. Eric is the 1st prize winners of the IX Moscow International Chopin Competition for Young Pianists, and the 2015 National Chopin Competition in Miami, USA where he also received the prize for the best performance of a concerto. In October 2015, Eric had a distinguished participation at the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Competition in Warsaw, winning the 4th prize at the age of 17, becoming one of the youngest laureates in the history of the competition. This free Chopin For All concert takes place at 3pm at Granada Presbyterian Church, 950 University Drive. Call 305-868-0624. http://www.chopin.org/

Festival Miami: The Pop Ups Live - Rock And Roll Children's Concert
Fresh from headlining the kids' stages at Austin City Limits and Lollapalooza, plus two Grammy nominations, The Pop Ups present The Pop Ups Live, a rock and roll puppet musical featuring fun songs from their critically acclaimed Great Pretenders Club album and their Amazon Video Special, such as "A Fire-Stomping Rhino," "Dancing Robots," "Huge Balloons," and "Costume Party!" Plus food trucks and Sebastian the Ibis. The event takes place at UM Maurice Gusman Concert Hall at 3pm. Call 305-284-4940. http://www.festivalmiami.com

Acoustic Open Mic Night at JohnMartin's
Fans of acoustic music gather at JohnMartin's on Sunday nights to enjoy the best local talent on the open mic stage, starting at 8pm. A fun, lively and comfortable venue for performing musicians, singers and songwriters in a live "unplugged" format and for fans of acoustic music of all stripes. Hosted by David Cohen and Bill Brock. JohnMartin's Irish Pub and Restaurant is located at 253 Miracle Mile. Call 305-445-3777. http://www.JohnMartins.com


Monday, January 23

One-Day Camp: Marine Life
No school, no problem. Kids, ages 5 to 12 are invited to attend the museum's City Trekker One-Day Camp from 9am to 5pm. Spend a day discovering underwater ecosystems. Campers explore South Florida's marine life, create their own aquarium, and learn how they can help protect the immensely diverse flora and fauna found in the ocean. Campers will enjoy arts and crafts, gallery hunts, outdoor play and other exciting activities while learning about the environment and expanding upon their knowledge about the marine life that surrounds them. Parents, no need to pack a lunch. CGM provides campers with a pizza lunch and snack. Museum Family Member $40/day; Non-Members $45/day. Extended AM and PM is available for an additional cost. Registration Required. http://coralgablesmuseum.org/

Happy Hour at Miller's Ale House
Enjoy craft beers, handcrafted cocktails and $5 appetizers from 4 to 7pm at Miller's Ale House at 101 Miracle Mile. Meet up with friends to enjoy good times on the Mile, with indoor and outdoor seating, a great menu and plenty of big screens to watch your favorite sporting events. Call 305-444-3600. http://www.millersalehouse.com/location/coral-gables-ale-house

Schnitzel Fiesta at the Bierhaus
Enjoy the famous Wienerschnitzel (pork) or Jaegrschnitzel (chicken) with roasted potatoes or potato salad -- two for the price of one -- at Fritz and Franz Bierhaus, 60 Merrick Way every Monday evening. In-house orders only. The Bierhaus is well known in Coral Gables for casual, authentic Bavarian cuisine, live music and a great selection of international beers, with a full bar. Call 305-774-1883. http://www.bierhaus.cc

Jazz It Up Mondays at Open Stage
The MJC Monday Night Rent Party starting at 8pm is South Florida's highest caliber weekly jazz event, with great musicians every week, a great piano, a great sound system, and a great audience which is there for the music. Your $10 donation at the door support this fine community arts program. Admission is free for MJC members and students with ID. http://www.miamijazz.org/


Tuesday, January 24

Whole Body Vibration: The Future of Good Health
In Whole Body Vibration, natural-health practitioner Becky Chambers gives us a comprehensive guide to WBV, including the effect of vibration on muscles, the myriad benefits of WBV, and a guide to WBV machines. WBV boosts energy, mood, sleep, and libido, all while increasing muscle strength, bone density, balance, and flexibility. It helps you lose weight and offers dramatic physical therapy for many joint and mobility issues. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 10am. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

Half-Off Happy Hour at JohnMartin's
Enjoy 1/2 off all spirits including premium and top shelf brands, house wines by the glass, and draft beers at John Martins Monday through Friday from 4 to 7pm. Groups of ten or more guests receive an extra hour of discounted drinks. Known for their excellent pub fare and welcome environment, JohnMartin's Irish Pub and Restaurant on Miracle Mile is an institution in Coral Gables. Call 305-445-3777. http://www.JohnMartins.com

Jazz In The Gables
The ever-popular "Jazz in the Gables" series presents its 7th season at McBride Plaza, 150 Miracle Mile from 6 to 7:30pm. Jazz In The Gables is a free community event every Tuesday through March 28 featuring the best local musical talent from South Florida. http://www.jazzinthegables.org/

Schnitzel Fiesta at the Bierhaus
Enjoy the famous Wienerschnitzel (pork) or Jaegrschnitzel (chicken) with roasted potatoes or potato salad -- two for the price of one -- at Fritz and Franz Bierhaus, 60 Merrick Way every Tuesday evening. In-house orders only. The Bierhaus is well known in Coral Gables for casual, authentic Bavarian cuisine, live music and a great selection of international beers, with a full bar. Call 305-774-1883. http://www.bierhaus.cc

Festival Miami: Frost Flute Ensemble - Festival Premieres
Prepare to be amazed when flutists from the Frost Flute Ensemble showcase rich sonority and amazing dexterity through a range of new works composed especially for the ensemble by compelling composers from the Frost faculty. Enjoy Shelly Berg's The Wind, Dorothy Hindman's Mechanisms, Lansing McLoskey's ...que la tierra se partio por su sonido, and Thomas Sleeper's Concerto for Flute and Flute Orchestra. You will also hear the world premiere of Trudy Kane's transcription of the Overture to The Bartered Bride by Bedrich Smetana for flute ensemble, plus a few special surprises. The event takes place at UM Maurice Gusman Concert Hall at 8pm. Call 305-284-4940. http://www.festivalmiami.com

Alma de Tango at the Biltmore
Enjoy authentic Argentine Tango and Milonga classes at the Biltmore Hotel with IDO World Tango Champion Monica Llobet. It's dance instruction, it's a social club, it's a performance venue, all in one. If you love Tango and Milonga, this is the place. Advanced at 8pm, beginners' class at 9pm and Milonga at 10pm. The price is $20. Call 305-431-7727. https://www.facebook.com/almadetango/


Wednesday, January 25

Hard Hat Happy Hours in the Gables
Every Wednesday stop into your favorite watering hole for discounts and drink specials during Hard Hat Happy Hour. Participating venues include Bangkok Bangkok, Bellmont Spanish Restaurant, Benihana, BrickTop's, California Pizza Kitchen, Cibo Wine Bar, Delicatessen Patagonia, Divino Ceviche, Fritz & Franz Bierhaus, Open Stage Club, Seasons 52, Talavera, The Local and Vixi Gelateria. Read all about it on the Shop Coral Gables web page. http://www.shopcoralgables.com/blog/2017/01/19/hard-hat-happy-hours/

Kids: Kate O'Hearn - The Runaway
In the world of Asgard, living among Odin, Thor, and Loki are the Valkyries of legend. Norse goddesses, reapers of souls from human battlefields -- they have the power to cause death with just one touch. Freya is a Valkyrie -- but she has not followed in the footsteps of the legends before her. She has been to the World of Man to befriend humans -- and not to reap their souls. Now she must return to the human realm on a new quest to track down the runaway Valkyrie of legend. There she will discover a dark secret that leads her to the Land of the Frost Giants where she must take on new enemies. But this time she has friends to rely on, and lots more to gain. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 7pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

Wellness Wednesdays on the Mile
Grab your yoga mat and water bottle. The City of Coral Gables is happy to present Wellness Wednesdays in the Gables, a weekly fitness series offering free Yoga, Boot Camp and Zumba classes every Wednesday starting at 6pm, hosted in partnership with Green Monkey. The classes take place at the open-air plaza at 150 Miracle Mile, courtesy of the McBride Family. Reservations are not required and classes will be held on a weather-permitting basis. Call Green Monkey at 786-953-7709. http://www.CoralGables.com/wellnesswednesdays

Backgammon at the Biltmore
One of the oldest board games known, Backgammon is a two player game where playing pieces are moved according to the roll of dice, and a player wins by removing all of his pieces from the board before their opponent. Enjoy the local Backgammon tournaments plus live play, hosted by Leo Bueno. The Miami Backgammon Club meets each Wednesday at the Biltmore Hotel's The 19th Hole Bar & Grill at 6:30pm. It's free to join and play; $10 optional tournament entry fee. Leo will pick up the $10 tournament entry fee for the first kid (18 and under) that comes out to play. 305-669-5260. http://miamibackgammon.com/

Moonlight Yoga and Meditation
Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables is partnering with acclaimed yogi, Julianne Aerhee, and Coral Gables' cultured tea house, JoJo Tea, to host the sixth installment of the popular Moonlight Yoga Meditation class at 7pm at 180 Aragon. Call 305-441-2600. http://www.hotelcolonnade.com/

Festival Miami: Jazz Goes To The Opera - Alicia Hall Moran
Mezzo-soprano Alicia Hall Moran, who starred in The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess on Broadway, and pianist Shelly Berg present a hybrid evening of stellar opera and jazz, first curated by Opera Southwest. Known for pushing the boundaries of performance with passionate flair, Moran and Berg explore the points of intersection and lyricism of grand opera and jazz. Iconic composers from both great art forms get their due, from the improvisatory nature of arias by Gioachino Rossini to the drama in such jazz standards as Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life." Gorgeous moments from Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin will resonate in new ways alongside works from Clifford Brown and Stevie Wonder. The event takes place at UM Maurice Gusman Concert Hall at 8pm. Call 305-284-4940. http://www.festivalmiami.com

Game Night At JohnMartin's
Wednesday is Game Night at JohnMartin's. Gamers gotta game. Challenge your firneds. Play all your favorite games at JohnMartins. While the restaurant naturally includes some typical Irish dishes, their selection of entrees is extensive, ranging from typical American to Continental. This iconic Gables venue has long been a favorite place for friends to meet, featuring a 20 foot mahogany bar, with large scale furniture and fixtures throughout their restaurant imported from a church in Ireland. Call 305-445-3777. http://www.johnmartins.com


Thursday, January 26

Mojito Madness Thursdays At Tarpon Bend
Stop into Tarpon Bend Thursday for $3.50 Mojitos all day, including Watermelon, Blackberry, Grapefruit, Pineapple and Cantaloupe. In addition, the happy hour runs from 3 to 10pm with 2 for 1 drinks. Tarpon Bend offers an award-winning menu of fresh seafood appetizers and entrees, daily meal specials, with a fine selection of beer and drinks in a lively, casual atmosphere directly on Miracle Mile. Call 305-444-3210. http://www.tarponbend.com

Thursday Nights and Moonlight Tour at Fairchild
Make Fairchild your destination on select Thursday Nights from January through March, 2017 from 6 to 9pm. Each evening is designed to help you relax and enjoy the beauty of Fairchild after-hours in all its splendor. From narrated tram tours that focus on the wonder of our night-blooming plants to lectures by renowned invited guests, to the works of world-famous artist Clyde Butcher to happy hour, sunset yoga and more. There's something for everyone, so make Fairchild your have-to fun on Thursday Nights. It's the perfect for date night, fun with family and friends and with your kids. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Call 305-667-1651. http://www.fairchildgarden.org

Great Gatsby Costume Party at Fred Astaire
Don't miss the fun and excitement of the Great Gatsby Costume Party at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, 45 Alhambra Plaza from 7:30 to 9pm. $25, or free for students and first-time guests. Prize for best costume, plus special performances, Mini-Charleston lesson. The Fred Astaire name is synonymous with dancing, elegance and style. For over 60 years, Fred Astaire Dance Studios has taught individuals how to express their own Ballroom, Latin and Social Dance style through professional instruction. Call 305-443-0085. https://www.fredastaire.com/coral-gables/

Festival Miami: Dizzy Gillespie Tribute - Frost Concert Jazz Band
Enjoy an upbeat celebration honoring the centennial of the late great jazz icon John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie, featuring some of the most illustrious stars of jazz—trumpeter Jon Faddis, saxophonist Jimmy Heath, and drummer Ignacio Berroa, all associated with Gillespie throughout their illustrious careers. The concert begins with a small ensemble set featuring Faddis, Heath, and Berroa, plus faculty pianists Martin Bejerano and Gonzalo Rubalcaba. Then trumpeter John Daversa and the award-winning Frost Concert Jazz Band join the guest artists in the second half to perform dazzling big band works associated with Dizzy Gillespie, beloved the world over. The event takes place at UM Maurice Gusman Concert Hall at 8pm. Call 305-284-4940. http://www.festivalmiami.com

David Oshinsky - Bellevue
From a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian comes a riveting history of New York's iconic public hospital that charts the turbulent rise of American medicine. Bellevue Hospital, on New York City's East Side, occupies a colorful and horrifying place in the public imagination: a den of mangled crime victims, vicious psychopaths, assorted derelicts, lunatics, and exotic-disease sufferers. In its two and a half centuries of service, there was hardly an epidemic or social catastrophe -- or groundbreaking scientific advance -- that did not touch Bellevue. As medical technology advanced, "voluntary" hospitals began to seek out patients willing to pay for their care. For charity cases, it was left to Bellevue to fill the void. The latter decades of the twentieth century brought rampant crime, drug addiction, and homelessness to the nation's struggling cities—problems that called a public hospital's very survival into question. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

Trivia Night at JohnMartin's
Drink and Think. It's Trivia Night at JohnMartin's, starting at 8pm. Gather your team of brainiacs to show them how it's done. Known for their excellent pub fare and welcome environment, JohnMartin's Irish Pub and Restaurant on Miracle Mile is an institution in Coral Gables. Call 305-445-3777. http://www.JohnMartins.com


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