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Coral Gables Children's Dental Clinic at the Coral Gables Womans Club

Greetings,

As we ease into the Autumn season, our cultural calendar begins to evolve, with more delightful evening and outdoor activities. Enjoy a cooking class, a night of dancing and dining, a theater performance, a good movie, a visit to a park or garden, or a book signing event. We're awash with great events and good excuses to spend some quality time with family and friends.

Robert and Robin Burr


Cinema Venezuela at Gables Cinema
Welcome a film festival that brings together the most successful films of recent history in Venezuelan cinema from Friday, September 23 through Thursday, September 29 at the Coral Gables Art Cinema. Films are presented in Spanish with English subtitles. Tickets can only be purchased in advance online at http://www.ticketmundo.com

Banned Books Week at Books & Books
This event is presented in collaboration with the American Booksellers for Free Expression and seven fellow independently-owned bookstores across the nation to celebrate diversity and freedom of expression. We come together to read from those books someone has tried to tell us that we can't: A Night of Silenced Voices, featuring special guests Chantel Acevedo, reading from Alison Bechdel's Fun Home; Edwidge Danticat, reading from Toni Morrison's Beloved; Patricia Engel, reading from Maya Angelou's I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings; M. Evelina Galang, reading from Sherman Alexie's Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian. Followed by an Open Mic opportunity for anyone who would like to read from a banned or challenged book. Take a stand for literature and diversity at Books & Books, 265 Aragon. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com


Friday, September 23

Cuisine of Hyderabad, India – The City of Pearls
Enjoy a cooking class at Fairchild Garden. This cuisine is the native cookery style of the Hyderabadi Muslims. Known as the Deccani cuisine, it is rich in flavors and prepared especially for weddings, parties and festivals. Hyderabad, with a 400 year old culinary history, uses ingredients like coconut, peanuts, tamarind and sesame seeds in preparing its mouthwatering dishes. In this class we will make chicken biryani -- a layered rice and chicken dish with bhagare baingan; baby eggplants stuffed with peanuts, sesame seed and grated coconut and Shahi Tukra, a dessert made with toasted bread and condensed milk. The event runs from 9:30am to 1:30pom. Member fee is $50; non-member, $65. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Call 305-667-1651. http://www.fairchildgarden.org

The Vessel at Cosford Cinema
Shot in Puerto Rico, this enigmatic drama from writer-director Julio Quintana and executive producer Terrence Malick takes place in a fishing village scarred by tragedy. Ten years after a tidal wave that killed dozens of elementary school students, young Leo (Lucas Quintana) nearly drowns. The local priest (Martin Sheen) sees his recovery as a sign from God, but when Leo begins to build a strange structure out of the old school's remains, the town is torn over its meaning. The film stars Martin Sheen and was produced by master filmmaker Terrence Malick. Actor Lucas Quintana will be at a screening of the film to answer questions on Sunday, September 18 at 4PM. The film will be presented in Spanish with English Subtitles. The film starts at 7pm. 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

Circle Mirror Transformation
Area Stage Company opens its 2016/17 Season with the regional premiere of Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker, which runs through October 2nd. Carbonell Award winning director John Rodaz directs this "absorbing, unblinking and sharply funny" (The New York Times) play that won the 2010 Obie Award for Best New American Play. The play begins at 8pm. Area Stage Company is located at 1560 S Dixie Hwy. Call 305-666-2078. http://www.areastagecompany.com

Sandra M. Castillo - Eating Moors and Christians
Eating Moors and Christians depicts a conflicted history and utilizes the Cuban Revolution as a springboard from which to discuss what is at the center of exile literature -– liminality. It explores universal issues as it aims to enlarge the scope of diaspora literature and transcend boundaries of ethnicity, expanding the conversation about the work of Cuban-American writers. Eating Moors and Christians is a delicious concoction of imagery and history. These are luminous poems and they will see you home through some dark and bitter nights. Castillo has crafted a startling collection of poems of her life in post-revolutionary Cuba, of exile in Miami, and her journey back, each time unearthing powerful new memories and voices that become part of this great ajiaco of magic, glorious food, and unforgettable people. With Cuba back in the news, these poems are timelier than ever and they resonate with the impending unification of the island and the exiled mainland of Miami. 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 8pm. 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

Goat at Cosford Cinema
Reeling from a terrifying assault over the summer, 19-year-old Brad Land (Ben Schnetzer) starts college determined to get his life back to normal. His brother, Brett (Nick Jonas), is already established on campus and with a fraternity that allures Brad with its promise of protection, popularity, and life-long friendships. Brad is desperate to belong but as he sets out to join the fraternity his brother exhibits reservations, a sentiment that threatens to divide them. As the pledging ritual moves into hell week, a rite that promises to usher these unproven boys into manhood, the stakes violently increase with a series of torturous and humiliating events. What occurs in the name of 'brotherhood' tests both boys and their relationship in brutal ways. Directed by Andrew Neel (King Kelly, Darkon ), co-written by Neel, David Gordon Green and Mike Roberts, based on the acclaimed memoir by Brad Land, Goat provides a searing portrayal of masculinity, violence and brotherhood. The film is produced by Killer Films' Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa with Rabbit Bandini's James Franco and Vince Jolivette. The film starts at 8:45pm. 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

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, September 24

National Public Lands Day at the Barnacle
Take a day to enjoy the great outdoors and give back to the community at The Barnacle. Join Park Rangers from 9am to noon for a morning of coastal cleanup, landscape beautification, and exotic plant removal in celebration of the 23rd annual National Public Lands Day. The park will provide free same-day park admission, lunch, and a tour of the house museum for pre-registered volunteers. The Barnacle is located at 3485 Main Highway. Register by Friday, September 23 by calling 305-442-6866 or email: Jessica.Cabral@dep.state.fl.us

Coral Gables Children's Dental Clinic Open House
The Coral Gables Woman's Club invites friends and neighbors to attend a special event highlighting their ongoing project to provide free dental care for school aged children whose families cannot afford dental care. The Coral Gables Children's Dental Clinic, located at the historic Coral Gables Woman's Club, has been providing these services since 1939. Families are welcome to apply for free dental care. The public is welcome to tour the clinic and learn about the program. Refreshments and snacks will be served from 10am to 1pm. Call 305-448-6536. http://www.gfwccoralgableswomansclub.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

Kids: Gomo for President Launch Party- Ric Emmett
Ric Emmett started writing "Gomo For President" in 2011 with a pad of paper, a pencil and a head full of imagination. Inspired by his very large collection of rubber ducks and his so-very-loved grandchildren, Ric created the story of Gomo the duck. However, Ric was writing his other book "American Art Deco Furniture" and he did not have time to see Gomo be put together. Luckily, his wife Iza found all his notes and his instructions as to which ducks had to be featured for which text, and with help from her friend Amanda, tried to bring it to life as Ric would have wished it to be. Gomo is an underdog story about a community coming together to make a change. Gomo teaches kids that every vote counts and even the smallest duck can make a big difference. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 1pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years
From June of 1962 to the time the band quit touring in August of 1966, the Beatles performed 815 times in 15 different countries and 90 cities around the world. From Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard, The Beatles: Eight Days A Week tells the story of these exceptional touring years -- from the perspectives of the band, its orbit, the fans, and their world -- drawing from more than 100 hours of rare and unseen footage collected from news outlets and national archives, as well as the Beatles' private collection. In addition to new interviews with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr as well as a host of names with direct experience of the times -- Whoopi Goldberg, Elvis Costello, Larry Kane, Dr. Kitty Oliver among others, the film also includes 12 full and partial performances from the concerts in 4K picture restoration and digitally remastered 5.1 surround sound. The band you know. The story you don't. A 30-minute concert of the Beatles' performance from Shea Stadium 1965 is an in-theater exclusive bonus. The film plays at 1:30pm. Tickets for regular screenings are $11.75 and under ($8 for members). Coral Gables Art Cinema is located at 260 Aragon. Call 786-385-9689 or visit the web site for details. http://www.gablescinema.org

The 22 Day Revolution Cookbook
From the author of the massive bestseller The 22-Day Revolution comes a plant-based companion cookbook full of the tools you need to live a healthier, happier life, with more than 150 all-new, mouth-watering recipes and customizable meal plans to create your own 22-Day Revolution program. Since health expert and exercise physiologist Marco Borges first introduced his groundbreaking plant-based program in The 22-Day Revolution, the revolution has become a movement, motivating thousands of readers and followers worldwide to take control of their health, lose weight, and create better habits in just 22 days. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 2pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

Mike Creeden - All Your Lies Came True
Failed rocker Declan "Deck" St. James lives in L.A., eking out an existence writing click-bait for scandal sheets. When his old friend Art Schulman -- sobriety coach to the stars -- shows up and invites Deck to Joshua Tree to check out a hot new band, the drunk and drug-addled Deck passes on what he thinks is a thinly-veiled intervention. Two days later, Art is found dead of a mysterious overdose. With the help of his ex-bandmate and former best friend Stevie, Deck launches an investigation and quickly learns nothing is what it seems, from the hot new band nobody has heard to the strange cult outside Joshua Tree. Deck and Stevie are forced to put their differences aside in order to put the band back together for one last show. It could be the biggest gig of their lives...or the last time they are seen alive. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 7pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

Circle Mirror Transformation
Area Stage Company opens its 2016/17 Season with the regional premiere of Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker, which runs through October 2nd. Carbonell Award winning director John Rodaz directs this "absorbing, unblinking and sharply funny" (The New York Times) play that won the 2010 Obie Award for Best New American Play. The play begins at 8pm. Area Stage Company is located at 1560 S Dixie Hwy. Call 305-666-2078. http://www.areastagecompany.com

Late Night: Time Bandits at Gables Cinema
From the childhood dreams of Monty Python alum Terry Gilliam comes Time Bandits, a 1981 fantasy film. Young Kevin's fascination with history takes a first-hand approach when he embarks on a time traveling adventure with six dwarves who've stolen a map that charts time portals throughout the universe. The group travel across history and meet figures such as Napoleon Bonaparte, Robin Hood, and even the legendary king Agamemnon. Time Bandits features a slew of cameo appearances, including Sean Connery, John Cleese, Shelley Duvall, Ian Holm and more. The film's closing song, "Dream Away," was written and performed by former Beatle George Harrison, who also served as an executive producer. It is a cinematic roller coaster that brought back the wonder and imagination of children to the screen, touching even the parents who may have lost their own magic. Gilliam helps bring it back in his usual imaginative ways as well as by shooting the film form a low angle representing the point-of-a-view of a young boy. We'll be handing out limited edition 14"x18" posters of the Time Portal Map used in the film, designed by Terry Gilliam. This giveaway is exclusively provided thanks to Art House Theater Day courtesy of Janus Films. Tickets to After Hours screenings are $7 general admission 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. http://www.gablescinema.org


Sunday, September 25

Beauty Educational Congress at BankUnited Center
America's first Beauty Educational Congress will not only gather an impressive roster of speakers, but will also present the newest products coming from this segment's top brands. All seminars are presented in Spanish. Many of the best professionals in Latin America share their knowledge. From students to recognized professionals, every assistant will get to know the most advanced technologies applied in the field, test them and acquire the newest products available at unique prices not available in the regular market. The event runs from 9am to 6pm at the BankUnited Center, 1245 Dauer Drive on the University of Miami campus. Call 786-618-2232. http://www.beautyeducationalcongress.com/

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 leisurely canoeing experience, led by EcoAdventure and Coral Gables Museum staff, encompasses both nature and history in a delightful blend of unique natural vistas and historic landmarks, not to mention the surprising amount of wildlife than can be seen in the water and on the shore. Registrants will meet at the Coral Gables Museum and will start with a guided tour of the exhibit "Creating the Dream: George E. Merrick and His Vision for Coral Gables," an exhibit on the Florida Land Boom, urban planning and development. After the exhibit, board a bus to the Waterway and onto your canoe for a two hour paddling adventure. $40 per person. Rain or shine. Advance registration required. Call 305-603-8067. http://coralgablesmuseum.org/portfolio-item/waterway-canoe-tours/

The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years
From June of 1962 to the time the band quit touring in August of 1966, the Beatles performed 815 times in 15 different countries and 90 cities around the world. From Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard, The Beatles: Eight Days A Week tells the story of these exceptional touring years -- from the perspectives of the band, its orbit, the fans, and their world -- drawing from more than 100 hours of rare and unseen footage collected from news outlets and national archives, as well as the Beatles' private collection. In addition to new interviews with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr as well as a host of names with direct experience of the times -- Whoopi Goldberg, Elvis Costello, Larry Kane, Dr. Kitty Oliver among others, the film also includes 12 full and partial performances from the concerts in 4K picture restoration and digitally remastered 5.1 surround sound. The band you know. The story you don't. A 30-minute concert of the Beatles' performance from Shea Stadium 1965 is an in-theater exclusive bonus. The film plays at 1:30pm. Tickets for regular screenings are $11.75 and under ($8 for members). Coral Gables Art Cinema is located at 260 Aragon. Call 786-385-9689 or visit the web site for details. http://www.gablescinema.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/

Jane Alison - Nine Island
Nine Island is an intimate autobiographical novel, told by J, a woman who lives in a glass tower on one of Miami Beach's lush Venetian Islands. After decades of disaster with men, she is trying to decide whether to withdraw forever from romantic love. Having just returned to Miami from a monthlong reunion with an old flame, "Sir Gold," and a visit to her fragile mother, J begins translating Ovid's magical stories about the transformations caused by Eros. "A woman who wants, a man who wants nothing. These two have stalked the world for thousands of years," she thinks. When not ruminating over her sexual past and current fantasies, in the company of only her aging cat, J observes the comic, sometimes steamy goings-on among her faded-glamour condo neighbors. One of them, a caring nurse, befriends her, eventually offering the opinion that "if you retire from love . . . then you retire from life." Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 4pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

The Barnacle Old Time Dance - Party Like it's 1899
Swing your partner, do-si-do, promenade and contra dance with a caller and live acoustic band at the Barnacle from 6 to 10pm. These fun and friendly outdoor dances are held in a covered pavilion and are open to everyone. Picnics are welcome. No pets, please. Admission: $10. Kids 9 and under free. The Barnacle is located at 3485 Main Highway. Call 305-442-6866. http://www.thebarnacle.org

Tango Glitz & Glamour at the Biltmore
Alma de Tango cordially invites you to celebrate seven years at the Biltmore Hotel with a Night of Glitz & Glamour at their annual formal black tie gala, where ladies come dressed in all things glamorous and gentlemen in formal tuxedo. The grand extravaganza will be held in the elegant Alhambra Ballroom of the Biltmore Hotel. The evening begins at 7pm with Tango classes for all levels before the 8pm start of the Night of Glitz and Glamour. As the evening continues, dance the night away with live music by internationally renowned pianist Anibal Berraute and his orchestra. The cost is $25 per person. Call 305-431-7727. https://www.facebook.com/almadetango


Monday, September 26

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

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. http://www.christysrestaurant.com/pianobar

Georgia Tasker: Orchids in History and South Florida
Enjoy a lecture by Georgia Tasker at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden for the Tropical Fern & Exotic Plant Society meeting at 7:30pm entitled Orchids in History and South Florida. Georgia Tasker was the garden writer for The Miami Herald for over 30 years and has written four books on gardening. She is a long time member of the South Florida Orchid Society. She is a photographer, amateur birder, butterfly gardener and passionate traveler, having been to the Arctic and the Antarctic, Madagascar, Africa, Borneo, Papua New Guinea, Australia, China, Japan, all of Europe, Central America and much of South America. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Call 305-667-1651. http://www.fairchildgarden.org

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/

Wenonah Hauter - Frackopoly
Over the past decade a new and controversial energy extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has rocketed to the forefront of U.S. energy production. With fracking, millions of gallons of water, dangerous chemicals, and sand are injected under high pressure deep into the earth, fracturing hard rock to release oil and gas. Wenonah Hauter, one of the nation's leading public interest advocates, argues that the rush to fracking is dangerous to the environment and treacherous to human health. Frackopoly describes how the fracking industry began; the technologies that make it possible; and the destruction and poisoning of clean water sources and the release of harmful radiation from deep inside shale deposits, creating what the author calls "sacrifice zones" across the American landscape. The book also examines the powerful interests that have supported fracking, including leading environmental groups, and offers a thorough debunking of its supposed economic benefits. With a wealth of new data, Frackopoly is essential and riveting reading for anyone interested in protecting the environment and ensuring a healthy and sustainable future for all Americans. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com


Tuesday, September 27

Banned Books Week begins at Books & Books
This event is presented in collaboration with the American Booksellers for Free Expression and seven fellow independently-owned bookstores across the nation to celebrate diversity and freedom of expression. We come together to read from those books someone has tried to tell us that we can't: A Night of Silenced Voices, featuring special guests Chantel Acevedo, reading from Alison Bechdel's Fun Home; Edwidge Danticat, reading from Toni Morrison's Beloved; Patricia Engel, reading from Maya Angelou's I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings; M. Evelina Galang, reading from Sherman Alexie's Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian. Followed by an Open Mic opportunity for anyone who would like to read from a banned or challenged book. Take a stand for literature and diversity at Books & Books, 265 Aragon. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com


Wednesday, September 28

Botanical Art for Everyone at Fairchild
Instructor Donna Torres leads a class for the beginner and advanced students focusing on the representation of tropical plants in watercolor and graphite. Students draw and paint using fresh plant material collected at Fairchild (provided). Drawing from traditional botanical illustration techniques and contemporary interpretations of flora, this class encourages expressive freedom while still honoring the beauty inherent in its plant subjects. Basic instruction in watercolor will be given as well as advanced. Enjoy lively discussions and exchange of ideas on materials, techniques and composition from 1pm to 3:30pm. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Call 305-667-1651. http://www.fairchildgarden.org

Grand Opening of Fred Astaire Dance Studio
Now located at 45 Alhambra Plaza, The Fred Astaire Dance Studio invites the public to their grand opening event, from 6:30 to 8:30pm with music, dancing, sweets, light bites and libations. Enjoy special performances by National Finalist and World Master Champions Vera and Vladimir Kosarev. Arrive early at 5:30pm for a free group dancing class. Call 305-443-0085. Please RSVP to gpineras@creativasgroup.com https://www.fredastaire.com/coral-gables/

Carl Hiaasen - Razor Girl
When Lane Coolman's car is bashed from behind on the road to the Florida Keys, what appears to be an innocent accident is anything but. Behind the wheel of the offending car is Merry Mansfield -- the eponymous Razor Girl. But, of course, the scam is only the very beginning of a situation that's going to spiral crazily out of control while gathering in some of the wildest characters Hiaasen has ever set loose on the page. There's the owner of Sedimental Journey -- the company that steals sand from one beach to restore erosion on another...Dominick "Big Noogie" Aeola, the NYC mafia capo with a taste for the pinkest of sands...Nance Buck, native Wisconsinite who's nonetheless the star of the red neck reality TV show, "Bayou Brethren"...a psycho who goes by the name of Blister and who's more Nance Buck than Buck could ever be...the multimillionaire product liability lawyer who's getting dangerously -- and deformingly—hooked on the very product he's litigating against...and Andrew Yancy—formerly Detective Yancy, busted to Key West roach patrol after he beat up his then-lover's husband with a Dustbuster -- —who's convinced that if he can just solve one more murder on his own, he'll get his detective badge back. That the Razor Girl may be the key to his success in this deeply ill-considered endeavor will be as surprising to him as anything else he encounters along the way -- —Including the nine-pound Gambian pouched rats getting very used to the good life in the Keys. Enjoy the reading at the Coral Gables Congregational Church, 3010 De Soto Boulevard at 7:30pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

Chan Rhetoric of Uncertainty in the Blue Cliff Record
This book by Steven Heine provides an in-depth textual and literary analysis of the Blue Cliff Record (Chinese Biyanlu, Japanese Hekiganroku), a seminal Chan/Zen Buddhist collection of commentaries on one hundred gongan/koan cases, considered in light of historical, cultural, and intellectual trends from the Song dynasty (960-1279). Compiled by the disciples of Yuanwu Keqin in 1128, the Blue Cliff Record is considered a classic of East Asian literature for its creative integration of prose and verse as well as hybrid or capping-phrase interpretations of perplexing cases. In this book, Steven Heine examines the diverse ideological connections and disconnections behind subsequent commentaries and translations of the Blue Cliff Record, thereby shedding light on the broad range of gongan literature produced in the eleventh to thirteenth centuries and beyond. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com


Thursday, September 29

Bird Festival Weekend at Fairchild
Whether you are an experienced birder or just want to get in on the action as a beginner, the 7th Annual Bird Festival at Fairchild is for you. The Bird Festival features two days of off-site tours of South Florida bird habitats led by Tropical Audubon Society experts. The Bird Festival then continues at Fairchild with activities for birders of all ages, including presentations by bird experts, bird walks and an amateur bird photo contest and exhibit. You will be able to purchase bird-attracting plants and birding merchandise and enjoy educational activities for the entire family. Learn to identify birds, about birding hotspots, and the rich avifauna found in the Garden. Vendors and expert advice will be on hand to help you become an expert birder as well as to help you make your own yard into a bird and wildlife paradise. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Call 305-667-1651. http://www.fairchildgarden.org

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

22nd Annual Oktoberfest in Coral Gables
In the spirit of the original Bavarian cultural experience begun 216 years ago in Munich, Germany -- which is today considered the world's biggest folk festival -- chef and owner of Fritz and Franz Bierhaus, Harald Neuweg, offers his own original take on the classic Oktoberfest celebration. "It's a fun, cultural event for young and old as well as a food and music festival with a German vibe," said Upper Austrian native and French trained Austrian Chef Neuweg. Mayor Jim Cason will kick off the 11 day event with the opening keg tapping ceremony on September 29 at 6pm. Live music entertainers flying in from Europe include Die Edelsteiner of Austria; the Trio will perform Thursdays to Sundays with multiple instruments including the traditional accordion. Vocalist Die Freche Vroni of Germany will serve as Master of Ceremonies and party host. Music-entertainers not only sing, jodel, polka, but also have fun with the audience. Call 305-774-1883. http://www.bierhaus.cc/oktoberfest-index.php

Of Thee I Sing at Ring Theatre
This Pulitzer Prize-winning political satire is as relevant today as ever in this enthralling election season. Join fictional candidate John P. Wintergreen on the campaign trail in this engaging musical as he runs for president, promising to marry the winner of a beauty pageant if he wins the election. Ultimately, love gets in the political way of a campaign for presidency; will it be true love or the oval office? Of Thee I Sing features a score by George Gershwin, lyrics by Ira Gershwin. The original Broadway production, directed by Kaufman, opened in 1931 and ran for 441 performances, gaining critical and box office success. The plays is performed at 2pm and 8pm. The Jerry Herman Ring Theatre is located at 1312 Miller Drive on the University of Miami Campus. Call 305-284-3355. http://www.as.miami.edu/ringtheatre/

Conchita Sarnoff - TrafficKing
TrafficKing yanks back the curtain on an underworld where children pay the ultimate price as victims. The story explores the darkest recesses of the corridors of power, from Harvard to the White House. Conchita Sarnoff, an investigative journalist, who despite bribes to stay silent, risked her life to expose the brutal reality of human trafficking and the Jeffrey E. Epstein case. Epstein, at the center of the saga, is a pedophile billionaire and Wall Street hedge fund manager and registered level-3 sex offender. It is a child sex trafficking story of epic proportions and the longest running human trafficking case in U.S. legal history; more poignant than the Lewinsky Scandal, Watergate Scandal and Profumo Affair combined. His team of attorneys included: Alan Dershowitz, Kenneth Starr, Roy Black and Gerald Lefcourt. HRH Prince Andrew, former President Bill Clinton, Alan Dershowitz and others were implicated in the case. A decade after Epstein's arrest, Virginia Roberts Giuffre vs. Ghislaine Maxwell is pending, along with two more related cases. It's a tug of war between lust and power and decency and human rights. The revelations in this book could have serious implications in the upcoming 2016 Presidential elections. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 6:30pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

Donald Sultan: The Disaster Paintings at Lowe Art Museum
The Lowe Art Museum unveils a powerful and timely exhibition that highlights impermanence and the fragility of life through The Disaster Paintings, on view through December 23. A critically important series in the oeuvre of American painter, sculptor, and printmaker Donald Sultan, The Disaster Paintings were created between 1983 and 1990. Painted on a monumental scale (the majority of the pieces in this series measure 8' x 8'), these ten signature works feature imposing, man-made structures whose industrial qualities are reinforced by their media and supports: latex and tar on linoleum tiles. The resulting images evoke a sense of robustness and strength, which is undercut by the catastrophes they depict. Sultan's commanding images of fire, accidents, and other disasters -- both natural and man-made -- dare viewers to forget that calamities and adversity are woven into the very fabric of our existence and that permanence is just an illusion. Donald Sultan: The Disaster Paintings opens with a reception at the Lowe on September 29 from 7 to 9pm. Sultan will give an Artist's Talk at 7:30pm. The Lowe Art Museum is located at 1301 Stanford Drive on the University of Miami Campus. Call 305-284-3535. http://www.lowemuseum.org/

Jeffrey Yoskowitz & Liz Alpern - The Gefilte Manifesto
The founders of the world-famous Gefilteria revitalize beloved old-world foods with ingenious new approaches in their debut cookbook. Liz Alpern and Jeffrey Yoskowitz are on a mission to reclaim and revolutionize Ashkenazi cuisine. Combining the inventive spirit of a new generation and respect for their culinary tradition, they present more than a hundred recipes pulled deep from the kitchens of Eastern Europe and the diaspora community of North America. Their recipes highlight the best of Ashkenazi home and storefront cuisine, tapping into the enduring Jewish values of resourcefulness and seasonality. Meet the authors at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

Circle Mirror Transformation
Area Stage Company opens its 2016/17 Season with the regional premiere of Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker, which runs through October 2nd. Carbonell Award winning director John Rodaz directs this "absorbing, unblinking and sharply funny" (The New York Times) play that won the 2010 Obie Award for Best New American Play. The play begins at 8pm. Area Stage Company is located at 1560 S Dixie Hwy. Call 305-666-2078. http://www.areastagecompany.com


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