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August is around the corner, and that means the annual Miami Spice promotion is back to entice us to visit our favorite restaurants and explore new venues of interest. The $23 lunches and $39 dinner menus will be featured at more than 30 fine restaurants in Coral Gables.

Cinema Fanatics: Check out the Summer Membership Special offer at Gables Cinema. Purchase or renew a Gables Cinema membership before August 8th and receive one extra month free as a gift for true cinema fans. Call 786-472-2249.

Enjoy your quality time with family and friends here in the greatest little town we know by perusing the following list of Great Gables Events.

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Café Society at Gables Cinema
Set in the 1930s, Woody Allen's bittersweet romance Café Society follows Bronx-born Bobby Dorfman (Jesse Eisenberg) as he flees his father's Bronx jewelry store for Hollywood, where he works for his high-powered agent uncle (Steve Carell) and falls for Phil's charming assistant Vonnie (Kristen Stewart). When Vonnie's boyfriend breaks up with her, Bobby seizes the opportunity to romance her, and she ultimately returns his affections. When he asks her to marry him and move to New York, she is tempted, but things do not go as planned. Santo Loquasto's production design takes you back to the town's high-glamour days, while the cinematography -- Vittorio Storaro's first work in the U.S. and on a mainstream feature in more than a decade -- bathes everything in exquisite amber light. Poignant, and often hilarious, Café Society is a film with a novel's sweep. Woody Allen conjures up a 1930s world that has passed to tell a deeply romantic tale of dreams that never die. Coral Gables Art Cinema is located at 260 Aragon. Call 786-385-9689 or visit the web site for details

Fairchild Gardens Arts Center presents Second Nature
Miami-based artist Mira Lehr is featured in a new exhibition at Fairchild Gardens Arts Center. Mira uses unconventional materials like ignited fuses, Japanese paper, and dyes to convey the fragility and ephemeral qualities of nature. She depicts large blooms and roots in a burst of color. The exhibition will be on view from July 22 to October 3. After viewing the works, visitors are encouraged to explore Fairchild and contemplate their own relationship to nature. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Call 305-667-1651.

Bellmont wins City Beautiful Award
At 339 Miracle Mile, the Bellmont Spanish Restaurant is a reflection of the passion and dedication of owners Sergio Catalina Bellmónt of Madrid and Claudia Romero of Lima. The authentic specialties of Madrid, such as the whole suckling pig roasted in a traditional wood fired oven -- plus a wide selection of wines with more than 100 different bottles to choose from Europe, North America and Latin America -- set this venue apart from others on the Mile. The atmosphere is complimented with fine decor and ambience. Recently, Bellmont earned the 2016 City Beautiful Award for outstanding Interior Restaurant Dining Room. Congratulations to the entire team at Bellmont Spanish Restaurant for this notable achievement. Call 786-502-4684.

Seven Dials Gastropub debuts new Summer Menu
With the start of the summer season comes a new summer menu at The Seven Dials that reflects South Florida's summer climate and growing season. In addition to the menu changes, The Seven Dials is launching a series of nightly specials throughout the summer. Burger Mondays: A new, special burger every Monday night for just $10. Mussels + Chips Tuesdays: Classic mussels in a different sauce every Tuesday, served with house-made fries Wine. Wednesdays: No corkage on Wednesdays. Curry Thursdays: A classic Anglo-Indian curry every Thursday. Happy Hour is available Monday-Friday between 5 and 7pm with $2 off every beer and $5 house wine, plus discounted cheese and charcuterie boards. Call 786-542-1603.

Friday, July 29

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.

Craig Pittman - Oh Florida!
Oh, Florida! That name. That combination of sounds. Three simple syllables, and yet packing so many mixed messages. To some people, it's a paradise. To others, it's a punchline. As Craig Pittman's Oh, Florida! shows, it's both of these -- and, more importantly, it's a Petri dish, producing trends that end up influencing the rest of the country. Without Florida there would be no NASCAR, no Bettie Page pinups, no Glenn Beck radio rants, no USA Today, no "Stand Your Ground," ... you get the idea. To outsiders, Florida seems baffling. It's a state where the voters went for Barack Obama twice, yet elected a Tea Party candidate as governor. But there is far more to Florida than its sideshow freakiness. Oh, Florida! explains how Florida secretly, subtly influences all the other states in the Union, both for good and for ill. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408.

The Kind Words at Cosford Cinema
This quirky and wry comedy follows three Jewish Israeli siblings -- Dorona and brothers Netanel and Shai -- who, in the wake of their mother's death, learn the man who raised them is not their biological dad. The revelation sends them on a road trip from Israel across France to discover the truth about their real father. The sixth feature from writer-director Shemi Zarhin explores an unraveling family secret and the bittersweet journey of self-discovery that follows. Selected by the 2016 Miami Jewish Film Festival. The film begins at 9pm.Cosford Cinema is located on the second floor of the Memorial Classroom building on UM campus. Cash only. Call 305-284-4861.

Saturday, July 30

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

Creative iPhoneography at Fairchild Garden
In this class you will explore various ways to capture and process images with your iPhone, and you'll learn to create stunning results using a variety of apps. You will also learn how to save your images on your camera phone in the highest resolution possible; a skill that will enable you to develop quality prints outside of this class. Students will spend time capturing images in the Garden (weather permitting) and processing those images in the classroom as they learn how to use various applications. Students are required to have an iPhone 5/5s or later as well as an active iTunes account. Time: 10am to 1pm. Cost: Member, $65; Non-member, $85. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Call 305-667-1651. Link for more info.

Pippi Longstocking at the Miracle Theatre
The adventures of a spunky nine-year-old girl who is left to her own devices when her mother goes to heaven and her father gets lost at sea. Pippi's view of life is as fun as her bright-red flyaway braids. Along with her friends Tommy and Annika, a horse on the porch and a monkey named Mr. Nilsson, Pippi goes on unstoppable expeditions through the neighborhood. A fierce individualist who cannot be held back, Pippi makes the best of every situation, including teaching the burglars in her house a lesson in manners. At first glance this fun-loving and outrageous young girl seems to not fit in anywhere, but once someone meets her, they can't seem to live without her. Written by Thomas W. Olson with music by Roberta Carlson. The Miracle Theatre is located at 280 Miracle Mile. Showtimes are Saturday evenings at 2pm. Call 305-444-9293.

Buyer & Cellar At Miracle Theatre
Winner of the 2013 Drama Desk Award, this fantastically funny one-man tour-de-force was the most talked about new comedy of last year's Off-Broadway Season. Buyer & Cellar is an outrageous new comedy about the oddest of odd jobs: an underemployed Los Angeles actor goes to work in Barbra Streisand's Malibu basement. What follows is a riotously funny new play that gets every comedic element right, ultimately questioning the price of fame. One actor will amaze audiences playing a handful of roles including himself, his boyfriend Barry, Streisand's House Manager, James Brolin and ultimately Barbra herself. The play continues through August 7 at 280 Miracle Mile. Showtimes are Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm, plus Sunday at 3pm. Call 305-444-9293.

Stalking the Bogeyman at GableStage
A powerful thriller based on a true story that aired on NPR's This American Life, it follows renowned journalist David Holthouse's secret pursuit of justice for a horrific crime hidden for 25 years. When he was seven David was abused by a 17-year-old acquaintance. Twenty five years later, David can no longer remain silent, when he learns that the man who destroyed his childhood has moved into his new neighborhood. The play explores the dangers of vengeance, the power of forgiveness, the strength of family -- and the bogeymen that lurks inside us all. The play continues through August 28. GableStage is located at the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave. Call 305-445-1119.

Midnight Release: Harry Potter & The Cursed Child
Pre-Order your copy of the new book at Books & Books for a ticket to this exclusive and specially-tailored party featuring games, trivia, live music, readings, fortune telling, a costume contest, food, drinks & plenty of magic. Your purchase of the new book entitles you to two party tickets starting at 10:30pm at Books & Books, 265 Aragon. The Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One & Two book will be released at midnight. Call 305-442-4408.

Late Night: Pan's Labyrinth at Gables Cinema
From deep within the mind of noted Mexican auteur Guillermo del Toro came this mythology-laden dark fantasy set in the early half of Franco's regime. Ten-year-old Ofelia travels with her pregnant mother to northern Spain where she meets her new stepfather, the vicious Captain Vidal, tasked with hunting down republican rebels. Exploring the woods around her, Ofelia discovers an ancient labyrinth with a faun that assigns her three tasks to restore her memories and immortality as the princess of the underworld, Moanna. Featuring an imaginative set of creatures, most famously the Pale Man with eyes embedded in his hands, and cleverly juxtaposing children's fantasy with horror elements, it is no wonder that Pan's Labyrinth won the Oscars for Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, and Best Makeup. Those honors are an ironic distinction, as del Toro himself admits the movie that could never be made in Hollywood. Ten years later, Pan's Labyrinth stands as the director's best work and one of the finest fantasy films to date. The movie begins at 11:30pm. After Hours tickets are $7 and include a free popcorn and 2-for-1 beer and wine. Coral Gables Art Cinema is located at 260 Aragon. Call 786-385-9689 or visit the web site for details.

Sunday, July 31

Gables Waterway Canoe Tour
Enjoy a day out on the Coral Gables Waterway, a man-made system of canals that added 40 miles of waterfront to the City from Biscayne Bay through the residential section to the grand golf course at the Biltmore Hotel. This is a leisurely canoe experience led by EcoAdventure and Coral Gables Museum staff that encompasses both nature and history in a delightful blend of unique natural vistas and historic landmarks. A surprising amount of wildlife can be seen in the water and on the shore. Registrants will meet at the Coral Gables Museum at 9:30am to start with a self-guided audio tour of the exhibit Creating the Dream: George E. Merrick and His Vision for Coral Gables. Then, board a bus to the Waterway and onto your canoe for a 2 hour paddling adventure! Guests may also catch a 1pm guided exhibit tour after the canoe tour. Fees are included. The cost is $40 per person. Rain or shine. Advance registration required. Call 305-603-8067. The Coral Gables Museum is located at 285 Aragon. Call 305-603-8067.

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.

The Innocents at Cosford Cinema
Warsaw, December 1945: the second World War is finally over and French Red Cross doctor Mathilde (Lou de Laage) is treating the last of the French survivors of the German camps. When a panicked Benedictine nun appears at the clinic begging Mathilde to follow her back to the convent, what she finds there is shocking: a holy sister about to give birth and several more in advanced stages of pregnancy. A non-believer, Mathilde enters the sisters' fiercely private world, dictated by the rituals of their order and the strict Rev. Mother (Agata Kulesza, IDA). Fearing the shame of exposure, the hostility of the occupying Soviet troops and local Polish communists and while facing an unprecedented crisis of faith, the nuns increasingly turn to Mathilde as their beliefs and traditions clash with harsh realities. Selected by the Sundance Film Festival. The film begins at 6:15pm. Cosford Cinema is located on the second floor of the Memorial Classroom building on UM campus. Cash only. Call 305-284-4861.

Monday, August 1

Mad Men Mondays at Christy's Bar
For those that enjoy the classic cocktails like the Manhattan and the Old Fashioned -- made famous again by the Mad Men TV series -- visit the Bar at Christy's Restaurant, 3101 Ponce every Monday from 5 to 10pm to enjoy these iconic cocktails. Call 305-446-1400.

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.

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.

Tuesday, August 2

Two For One Schnitzel Night at the Bierhaus
Enjoy two Wiener (pork) or Chicken Schnitzel with potato salad 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.

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.

Lou Aguilar - Jake for Mayor
A washed-up political campaign manager stranded in a small town tries to relaunch his career by running a popular homeless dog for mayor, even knowing that the town will be a media laughingstock. Inspired by the true story of Erie, Colorado, where a dog ran for mayor and got votes. Ken Miller is having a bad run of luck. After torpedoing his career as a campaign manager, he drives through tiny Erie, Colorado, when a homeless beagle named Jake causes a series of mishaps that lands him in jail. Ken is granted bail on two conditions: that he not leave town before his trial in three weeks and -- much to his chagrin -- that he not let Jake out of his sight until then. Stuck in Erie as it prepares for a mayoral election, he's drawn into the local politics by a waitress who vehemently opposes incumbent Charles Dunbar, the only candidate on the ticket. Unable to resist political adventure, Ken gets a brainstorm. If he can exploit the dog's popularity among the townspeople and get them to elect Jake as a protest candidate, the publicity will put him back on top. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408.

Wednesday, August 3

Pokémon Pub Crawl in Coral Gables
All you Pokémon craft beer fanatics, listen up. Gather at Books & Books at 6:30pm at 265 Aragon for a crazy fun adventure. You'll also visit The Coral Gables Museum, Sushi Maki, Fritz and Franz Bierhaus and JohnMartins Irish Pub om Miracle Mile along the way. Lures will be placed at or near these PokéStops. Special prices on drinks will be in place. Call 305-442-4408.

Thursday, August 4

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.

Summer Concert: Peter & Will Anderson Jazz Trio
Peter and Will Anderson are one of the most extraordinary sibling saxophone/clarinet teams performing music today. They're known for their exciting arrangements of American jazz classics and fresh original music. Their 2012 release for Smalls Records, Correspondence, was listed in Vanity Fair magazine as among "Four New Releases to Make You Love Jazz." Joined with guitarist Alex Wintz, this will be one delicious evening of music from the American Songbook and other delectable classics and originals. Cost is $30-50 in advance. The Community Arts Program in Coral Gables is presented by Coral Gables United Church of Christ at 3010 De Soto Blvd. Call 305-448-7421 x153.

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