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Greetings,

Perhaps the biggest weekends of the year are on the horizon, so get ready for a fully modulated cultural calendar.

There's something here for everyone if you have the time to relax and scroll through the copious listings of fine opportunities on this week's Great Gables Events list. Enjoy!

Robert and Robin Burr


$70 Dinner and Theatre Package
Enjoy a delectable dinner at Ortanique on the Mile and a performance of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Carousel at Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre for only $70. Available for Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday performances only. Call the Box Office for reservation: 305-444-9293. http://www.actorsplayhouse.org/ortanique_menu2017.htm

The Salesman at Gables Cinema
Their Tehran apartment block on the brink of collapse, a couple is obliged to move into a shabby nearby flat. Soon an unfriendly visitor comes calling and there is an eruption of violence. Before we can get our bearings, this work of slow-burning suspense has us unnerved and unable to look away. With his nomination for The Salesman, Farhadi is poised to win a second Oscar in the same category. At Cannes, The Salesman received prizes for Best Actor and Best Screenplay, and it is not for nothing that the film received these honors. Farhadi's special gift for drawing incrementally shaded performances from his actors is a key element of his directorial signature. Much of his singular talent can be found in the structuring of his scripts, which draw us in, turn the screws, and leave us breathless. Coral Gables Art Cinema is located at 260 Aragon. Call 786-385-9689 or visit the web site for details. http://www.gablescinema.org

Now Playing at the Landmark Movie Theatre
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 Great Wall, Oscar-Nominated Shorts: Animation, Oscar-Nominated Short: Live Action, Julieta, Fifty Shades Darker, Hidden Figures, The Founder, Gold, Patriot's Day. Call 786-574-4116. https://www.landmarktheatres.com/miami/the-landmark-at-merrick-park


Friday, February 17

Free Music Fridays at the Museum
Enjoy live musical performances, good weather and $5 cocktails to benefit CGM every Friday from 5pm-7pm throughout the 2017 Winter season. Presented in partnership by Coral Gables Museum and UM Frost School of Music. The Coral Gables Museum is located at 285 Aragon. Call 305-603-8067. http://www.coralgablesmuseum.org

Seraphic Fire: Johann Sebastian Bach's Six Motets
In the history of choral music, no collection more perfectly captures the brilliance of the human voice than Johann Sebastian Bach's Six Motets. From the joy of Singet Dem Herrn, the sustained passion of Komm, Jesu, Komm, and the symphonic scope of Jesu, Meine Freude, Bach's masterful works are the perfect showcase for Seraphic Fire's vocal virtuosity. The performance begins at 7:30pm at First United Methodist Church, 536 Coral Way. Call 305-285-9060. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/seraphic-fire-j-s-bach-the-six-motets-coral-gables-02172017-tickets-24328407923

Kids: My Son Pinocchio JR.
The wonderful story of the wooden puppet that turns into a "real boy" is presented live at the Area Stage Company theatre starting at 7:30pm. This new and enchanting musical, which retells the classic Disney story of Pinocchio from Geppetto's perspective, features the beloved classic songs, "When You Wish upon a Star" and "I've Got No Strings," alongside a host of new songs by Oscar winner and Grammy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz. When the Blue Fairy grants Geppetto's wish to bring his beloved puppet to life, the new father quickly learns that being a parent is full of challenges. The Blue Fairy is convinced that she granted Geppetto's wish perfectly, but the toy maker is less than thrilled with his new son Pinocchio. He struggles to make his son "the perfect boy," only to lose him to a gang of Roustabouts. It is only when faced with the thought of never seeing Pinocchio again that Geppetto truly learns the joys of being a father and loving his child unconditionally. The Area Stage Company is located at 1560 South Dixie Highway. Call 305-666-2078. https://www.areastagecompany.com/

The Familiar, Volume Four - Mark Z. Danielewski
When a viral video puts twelve-year-old Xanther under a spotlight of scrutiny at school, her little white cat -- still slumbering, still unnamed -- offers the only escape, though it comes at a price. Not even Xanther's parents can deny the strange currents now shuddering around their eldest, touching off inexplicable happenings. Entities troubling the dreams of the twins seem to have singled out Freya. Despite invitations to a gala at The Met, Anwar fears the solution to their financial difficulties might expose more than just his family to dangerous consequences. Something greater is at hand, something terrible is at stake. And all the while, faces unfamiliar to the Ibrahims draw closer and closer: Jingjing, in Singapore, clutching charms, boards a plane for Los Angeles; Cas and Bobby, with visions of Xanther in Mefisto's Orb, must elude attacks from the sky. Strangers collide. Will those intersections lead to alliances or war? And does the dance at the center of Volume 4 augur the liberation of our better angels or the release of a creature set to feast on the wings of hope? Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

Oscar Shorts: Live Action At Cosford Cinema
Cosford Cinema presents five Oscar-nominated short films. La Femme Et Le Tgb, 30 minutes, from Switzerland. Sing, 25 minutes from Hungary. Timecode, 15 minutes, from Spain. Ennemis Interieurs, 27 minutes from France. Silent Nights, 30 minutes from Denmark. The films begin at 8:30pm. Cosford Cinema is located on the second floor of the Memorial Classroom building on UM campus. Cash only. Call 305-284-4861. Link for more info.

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, February 18

Great Backyard Birdcount at Ludlam Trail
Join Tropical Audubon's Brian Rapoza and Friends of Ludlam Trail's Diana Jaramillo as they count birds along the Ludlam Trail for the Great Backyard Bird Count from 7:30 to 10:30am. The Ludlam Trail is a FECI property in south Miami-Dade that not currently open to the public. This will be a great opportunity to learn about the diversity of birds that can be found along this urban corridor. All bird count data collected will be entered into eBird's database. A limited number of binoculars will be available for participants who need to borrow a pair. Space is limited and RSVP is required. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/great-backyard-bird-count-walk-the-ludlam-trail-tickets-30315783324

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

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

Bird Day at Tropical Audubon Society
Featuring interactive games and prizes, and led by a host of bird experts, this free Bird Day festival from noon to 4pm is an enriching experience for young children seeking an outdoor adventure, as well as being a perfect venue for school ecology clubs and scout troops. Participants can learn how to identify birds by their silhouettes, craft a Wildlife T-shirt ($5), take part in Owl Pellet dissection, craft Piping Plover "chicks," and experience a microscopic view of the colorful world of feathers. Additionally: Native plants are available for purchase. Nature lovers can explore the trails that thread the restored Tropical Hardwood Hammock and Pine Rockland habitats. History buffs can tour the 1932 Doc Thomas House at 5530 Sunset Drive, which serves as TAS headquarters and was recently designated a "Florida Heritage Site." On-site parking available via 55th Avenue gate. Call 305-666-2842. http://tropicalaudubon.org/

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

Always A Bridesmaid (For Hire)
In the tradition of Sloane Crosley, Mindy Kaling, and Katie Heaney, a hilarious and insightful memoir about one New York City Millennial's journey to find herself, her dream career, and true love, all while juggling a truly unique job as the world's only professional bridesmaid. Fresh, funny, and surprisingly sweet, Always a Bridesmaid (For Hire) is an entertaining reminder that even if you don't have everything together, you can still be a total boss—or, at the very least, a BFF to another girl in need. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 3pm. 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/

A World Erased - Noah Lederman
Noah Lederman, the grandson of Holocaust survivors, had always wanted to hear his grandparents' stories of survival. But they refused to share their traumatic memories of surviving the concentration camps and Warsaw Ghetto Uprising As a youth, Lederman couldn't find a way into the stories. In his talk, Noah Lederman will discuss how traveling to the sites of persecution and visiting his grandparents' hometown helped him to glimpse the past and gain access to the stories before it was too late. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 7pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.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

Rogers and Hammerstein's Carousel at Miracle Theatre
With stunning choreography and breathtaking music, "Carousel" was Rodgers and Hammerstein's personal favorite of all their musicals. From the magical evocation of the carousel in the overture to the majestic and moving strains of the immortal song "You'll Never Walk Alone," this giant of the musical stage remains timeless and star bright. The poignant and heartbreaking story of the faithful Julie and her brutish husband Billy is one of the most powerful books in musical theatre history and perfectly matches its extraordinary score with the memorable songs "If I Loved You," "June is Bustin' Out All Over," and Billy Bigelow's famous "Soliloquy." Carousel plys through February 26. The Miracle Theatre is located at 280 Miracle Mile. Showtimes are Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm, plus Sunday at 3pm. Call 305-444-9293. http://www.actorsplayhouse.org

Have-Nots Comedy Presents John Vargas
Already a stand-up veteran in his early 20s, John Vargas has worked with some of the biggest names in comedy such as Pablo Francisco, Daniel Tosh, David Alan Grier, and Jimmy Fallon. He was a Finalist for the Las Vegas Lucky 21 Competition in 2007 and has been a Regional Finalist for the South Beach Comedy Festival two years running. The quick witted Vargas is a critic of his own generation and is a favorite on numerous college campuses throughout Florida. His warped views on society -- from drug use to Facebook -- leave audiences of all shapes and sizes in hysterics. The show begins at 8pm. $15 to $40. The Open Stage Club is located at 2325 Galiano. Call 305-441-7902. http://www.openstageclub.com

LateNight: Life of Brian
Sharing a birthday with a celebrity is always fun but when that person is the son of God and you were born right next door, well, that's a recipe for disaster. Brian Cohen is born in Bethlehem in the stable next door to Jesus, which confuses the three wise men who come to praise the future King of the Jews. This mistake follows young Brian throughout his life, where he often finds himself in the shadow of the Messiah. Through a series of absurd circumstances, Brian becomes the unwitting leader of a revolt against Roman imperial rule. Monty Python's Life of Brian was a cutting-edge box office hit that got a rise out of several religious groups for its "blasphemous" satire. A number of UK town councils banned the film, with some lasting well into the 21st century. But that didn't prevent Life of Brian from becoming one of the Python's signature films and a contender for one of the greatest comedies of all time. As they say, always look on the bright side of life! This screening is presented in partnership with BritWeek "A Great British Weekend," which runs from February 16 through February 18, and March 9-12. There will be a Meet and Greet at Books & Books with Kim Howard Johnson starting at 9:30pm, followed by his in-cinema pre screening talk at the Gables Cinema. The film begins 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.org


Sunday, February 19

Bike Tour: Art Successes – Coral Gables' Public Art Path
Take a ride through the history and variety of public artworks nestled within the City Beautiful's commercial and residential districts from 10am to noon. Notice what makes each piece exceptional and learn about their contributions to Coral Gables' love of the arts. This tour will be led by guest expert Catherine Cathers, Arts & Culture Specialist for the City's Historical Resources and Cultural Arts Department. Gables Bike Tours are presented by Coral Gables Museum and Bike Walk Coral Gables. Bike rentals and helmets (required for children under 16) are available at No Boundaries (305-444-3206), conveniently located across the street from the Museum at 220 Aragon Avenue. Approximately 2 hrs. $10; $5 for Museum members and children under 12. The Coral Gables Museum is located at 285 Aragon. Call 305-603-8067. http://www.coralgablesmuseum.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

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/

Chef Allen's Farm-to-Table Brunch
Fresh from the Farmer's Market and local farmers, Chef Allen's Farm-to-Table brunch is coming to Books & Books. Teaming up with Teena's Pride of the Redland region, Chef Allen is whipping up a sensational menu featuring locally-sourced, seasonally delicious fare. Service of the five course meal begins at noon. The cost is $25 per person, plus $14 for unlimited Florida citrus mimosas. RSVP 305-448-9599 to reserve your spot at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at noon. http://www.booksandbooks.com

Sunday Sounds at Fairchild Garden
Enjoy live music performed by student ensembles from the Frost School of Music in the Greenhouse Cafe starting at 1pm. Music range from classic to contemporary to jazz favorites. Concerts are free with Garden admissions. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Call 305-667-1651. http://www.fairchildgarden.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/

Miracle Theatre Dinner Special with Ortanique
Make plans to experience the classical musical Carousel at the Miracle Theatre, along with a fine dinner at Ortanique for the combined price of $70. The matinee performance begins at 3pm. Afterwards, only steps away, choose an appetizer, choose an entree and enjoy a fine meal at one of Coral Gables best and most unique restaurants. Call the theatre to reserve this special offer at 305-444-9293. http://actorsplayhouse.org/

Chopin for All presents pianist Krzysztof Ksiaze
This Free Concert Series will present pianist Krzysztof Ksiazek, the 2015 winner of the National Chopin Competition of Poland in a solo recital, performing the music of Debussy, Schumann and Chopin at Granada Presbyterian Church, 950 University Drive at 3pm. An awardee of numerous international competitions, pianist Krzysztof Książek enjoys busy career in Poland and abroad. He began learning the piano at the age of nine and since 2005, he has studied with Prof. Stefan Wojtas, at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. He has won prizes in Polish and international competitions, including the Ludwik Stefański and Halina Czerny-Stefańska (Płock, 2008), the Concurs International de Piano Ricard Viñes (Spain, 2009), the Lviv International Chopin Piano Competition (Ukraine, 2010), the 'Città di Avezzano' Concorso Internazionale Pianistico (Italy, 2011) and the Polish National Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition (Warsaw, 2011 & 2015). http://www.chopin.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/

Lincoln In The Bardo - George Saunders
February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. "My poor boy, he was too good for this earth," the president says at the time. "God has called him home." Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns, alone, to the crypt several times to hold his boy's body. Lincoln in the Bardo is an astonishing feat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Formally daring, generous in spirit, deeply concerned with matters of the heart, it is a testament to fiction's ability to speak honestly and powerfully to the things that really matter to us. Saunders has invented a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices to ask a timeless, profound question: How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end? Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 4pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

Oscar Shorts: Documentary At Cosford Cinema
The Cosford is proud to present Oscar Shorts: Documentary. The films include Extremis, 24 minutes from USA. 4.1 Miles, 22 minutes from USA/Greece. Joe's Violin, 24 minutes from USA. The White Helmets, 41 minutes from USA. Watani: My Homeland, minutes from Canada. The Documentary short films begin at 8:30pm. Cosford Cinema is located on the second floor of the Memorial Classroom building on UM campus. Cash only. Call 305-284-4861.Link for more info.

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, February 20

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

Oscar Shorts: Animated At Cosford Cinema
The Cosford is proud to present Oscar Shorts: Animated including all 5 Oscar nominated short films in animation. The program features wildly different forms of animation and includes supplemental films. The program is acceptable for children with the exception of Pear Cider And Cigarettes, which will be the final film and follows a discretion warning for parents. Blind Vayasha, 8 minutes from Canada. Borrowed Time, 7 minutes from USA. Pearl, 6 minutes from USA. Piper, 6 minutes from USA. Pear Cider And Cigarettes, 35 minutes from Canada. The animated films begin 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. Link for more info.

The Local Presents a Tiki Dinner
Join The Local gastropub for an unforgettable Tiki inspired 4-course dinner from 7 to 9pm prepared by Chef Phil Bryant -- with a cocktail pairing by David Perez featuring Appleton Estate Rums. Tiki culture is a 20th-century motif presented in Polynesian-style restaurants and clubs worldwide, a lifestyle theme that embodies love of nature, fun, exotic cocktails and good food, surrounded by friends and family. The cost is $85. Space is limited. The Local is located at 150 Giralda. Call 305-648-5687. https://thelocal150.com/

A Woman Looking At Men Look At Women
A brilliant collection of essays from the prizewinning novelist, feminist, and scholar Siri Hustvedt, internationally acclaimed author of The Blazing World and What I Loved. In a trilogy of works brought together in a single volume, Siri Hustvedt demonstrates the striking range and depth of her knowledge in both the humanities and sciences. Armed with passionate curiosity, a sense of humor, and insights from many disciplines, she repeatedly upends received ideas and cultural truisms. "A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women" (which provided the title of this book) examines particular artworks but also human perception itself, including the biases that influence how we judge art, literature, and the world. Picasso, de Kooning, Louise Bourgeois, Anselm Kiefer, Susan Sontag, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Karl Ove Knausgaard all come under Hustvedt's intense scrutiny. "The Delusions of Certainty" exposes how the age-old, unresolved mind-body problem has shaped and often distorted and confused contemporary thought in neuroscience, psychiatry, genetics, artificial intelligence, and evolutionary psychology. "What Are We? Lectures on the Human Condition" includes a powerful reading of Kierkegaard, a trenchant analysis of suicide, and penetrating reflections on the mysteries of hysteria, synesthesia, memory and space, and the philosophical dilemmas of fiction. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

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, February 21

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

2017 It's So Miami Wedding Showcase
With more than 60 wedding relevant vendors, the 2017 It's So Miami Wedding Showcase offers every couple the perfect opportunity to plan the perfect wedding or event, from 5:30 to 8:30pm at the Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables, 180 Aragon. Taste sweet and savory samples from top caterers, find out about Miami's unique wedding venues, get tips and ideas from wedding and event planners, plus learn about new bridal make up and dress trends. All registered guests will have the chance to enter to win tons of fabulous prizes, including hotel stays, a honeymoon cruise for two and round-trip airline tickets on AeroMexico. Complimentary glass of champagne included with $10 advance admission ($20 at the door). Call 305-539-3069. http://www.MiamiRomanceMonth.com/register

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

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/

Ars Longa at The Curtiss Mansion: Havana Sunset
Enjoy a reception honoring ARS LONGA's first concert in South Florida. Enjoy Musical "Meet & Greet" with Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres at 6pm at The Curtiss Mansion, 500 Deer Run, Miami Springs, FL 33166. The Miami Bach Society's Tropical Baroque Festival brings world-class music to the South Florida audience in the late winter season. Call 305-669-1376. http://www.tropicalbaroquemusicfestival.org/


Wednesday, February 22

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/

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/

Hotel Colonnade presents: Fancy Footwork
Partnering with Fred Astaire's Dance Studio to host Fancy Footwork, Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables presents a complimentary interactive salsa class held in the hotel's rotunda for a beautiful setting from 7 to 9pm. Upon arrival, guests will be welcomed with one complimentary drink to set the mood and get those feet moving. Founded by dance legend Fred Astaire in 1947, Fred Astaire's Dance Studio incorporates his vision for traditional, interrelated dance curriculum in their classes. This two-hour session will focus on the fundamentals of classic style of salsa dancing from beginners to advanced. Space is limited and based upon availability. The address is 180 Aragon. Valet and street parking are available. Please RSVP to: rsvp@workshopcollective.com

Health Disparities, Diversity, Inclusion - Patti Rose
Despite the many Public Health successes over the last century, health disparity continues to exist in in American society. This introductory text addresses this topic head on, exploring steps that must be taken to prepare for the rapidly changing demographics in American society, including immigration reform (emerging majorities), and evidenced based information substantiating the fact that diversity matters in terms of the provision of health care. Diversity is examined in terms of patient satisfaction and quality outcomes with an emphasis on racial, ethnic, gender, and linguistic diversity. The book highlights steps that key stakeholders, including federal, state, and private health care and public health entities, should take to ensure that representatives from emerging majority groups are involved with and serve as leaders in terms of the provision of health care at every level. The discussion of diversity is contrasted with the concept of cultural competency and how both go hand in hand in terms of the ultimate goal of closing the health status gap in the United States. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.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, February 23

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

Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity
The Lowe Art Museum unveils Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity, a compelling exhibition that seeks to distinguish the historical and contemporary expressions of the Black Dandy phenomenon in popular culture. Opening with a public reception (7-9pm) and gallery talk by curator Shantrelle P. Lewis (7:30 pm), this comprehensive exhibition highlights young men in city-landscapes who defy stereotypical and monolithic understandings of Black masculinity by remixing Victorian-era fashion with traditional African sartorial sensibilities. Using their self-fashioned bodies as sites of resistance, contemporary Black Dandies are complicating modern narratives of what it means to be Black, masculine, and fashionable today. The show will run through May 21, 2017. The Lowe Art Museum is located at 1301 Stanford Drive on the University of Miami Campus. Call 305-284-3535. http://www.lowemuseum.org/

Hotel Colonnade presents: Moonlight Yoga and Meditation
Partnering with acclaimed yogi, Joanne Barrett, and Coral Gables' cultured tea house, JoJo Tea, Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables is will host the seventh installment of the popular Moonlight Yoga Meditation class. The installment takes place at 7pm at Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables' rooftop pool. The address is 180 Aragon. Space is limited. RSVP at rsvp@workshopcollective.com

Spring Awakening at the Jerry Herman Ring Theater
An angsty, rock musical adaptation of the seminal play about the trials of tribulations of growing up, Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with a poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable. The landmark musical, winner of eight Tony Awards and recently revived on Broadway, is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality, and rock & roll. The play begins at 8pm. Price: $10-$25. Jerry Herman Ring Theatre is located at 1312 Miller Dr. Call 305-284-3355. http://www.as.miami.edu/ringtheatre/

The Orphan's Tale - Pam Jenoff
Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier and being forced to give up her baby. She lives above a small rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep. When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the child that was taken from her. And in a moment that will change the course of her life, she snatches one of the babies and flees into the snowy night. Noa finds refuge with a German circus, but she must learn the flying trapeze act so she can blend in undetected, spurning the resentment of the lead aerialist, Astrid. At first rivals, Noa and Astrid soon forge a powerful bond. But as the facade that protects them proves increasingly tenuous, Noa and Astrid must decide whether their friendship is enough to save one another -- or if the secrets that burn between them will destroy everything. 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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