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Late January brings lovely weather and gentle breezes, perfect for a stroll around Coral Gables in the coming days. Festivities abound, with so many wonderful opportunities in the city.

Peruse the following list of Great Gables Events as you make plans for quality time with friends and family.

Robert and Robin Burr


International Chocolate Festival at Fairchild
The 9th Annual International Chocolate Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden begins Friday, with a weekend of delicious activities featuring sampling, cooking demos, educational talks, and kids' events -- from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Visitors can meet Fairchild's curators of tropical fruit, who have traveled the world researching how Theobroma cacao is harvested and prepared across cultures. Artisan chocolatiers will dish out samples of their best chocolates available for purchase. Get inspired by chocolate poetry recited by students from W.R. Thomas Middle School before the cooking demos from celebrated chefs showing recipes for the most delicious chocolate dishes right on time for Valentine's Day. For guests over 21, the Beer Sampling Garden is the place to discover the unique brews that pair well with chocolate. Admission to the festival is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up, $12 for children 6-17, and free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under. Eco-discounts and military discounts are available. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Call 305-667-1651. http://www.fairchildgarden.org

Two Days, One Night at Gables Art Cinema
Masters of realism, brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne are back at the helm with Two Days, One Night, Belgium's official entry to the 2015 Oscars. Following a bout with depression, Sandra is about to return to work when she learns of a global predicament firsthand: her job will be a thing of the past, as the factory where she's employed downsizes. Because of a friend's insistence, she's given a temporary reprieve. The film's title pertains to the time afforded Sandra to convince her coworkers to forego an annual bonus so she can remain on the payroll. The Dardennes have fashioned a film about solidarity and personal growth infused with the suspense of a ticking-clock thriller and the payoff promise of a Hollywood feel good movie. Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard (Edith Piaf in La vie en rose) is unforgettable as Sandra, a performance hailed as one of the year's best by Time Magazine and the New York Film Critics Circle. Coral Gables Art Cinema is located at 260 Aragon, directly across from Books & Books. Call 786-385-9689 or visit the web site for showtimes. http://www.gablescinema.org

1st Annual Coral Gables Festival of the Arts
The inaugural Coral Gables Festival of the Arts is making its way to Giralda Avenue (from LeJeune to Ponce) on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm. A culmination of visual and performance art, the event will also feature a fine wine and spirits area as well as plenty of culinary options to satisfy your cravings. http://www.coralgablesartfestival.com/

Choir Boy at GableStage
Here is the 4th production in this continuing relationship with Miami's brilliant young award-winning playwright, Tarell Alvin McCraney. When a young man is named leader of the celebrated gospel choir at the Charles R. Drew Prep School for African-American Boys, the sweet harmonies of classical spirituals contrast with the bristling tensions that arise. A music-filled story of masculinity, tradition, coming of age and speaking your truth. History and secret histories, the things that free us and the things that tie us to the past are all examined in this exhilarating, multi-layered new play from Tarell Alvin McCraney. The play continues through February 22. GableStage is located at the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave. Call 305-445-1119. http://www.gablestage.org

Gusto Fino Italian Deli Cafe opens new location
Now located at 271 Alhambra Circle, Gusto Fino Italian Deli Cafe announces the re-opening at their new location. For the past decade, Tony Vecchio and his crew have been providing top-notch authentic Italian specialties for lunch in the Gables. Now, in their new improved location on Alhambra Circle just west of Ponce, they're kicking it up a notch with an updated menu, grab-and-go self-service items, corporate catering and much more. They're offering a drawing on the web site for an Italian Lunch for ten persons at your office. Call 305-444-0504. http://gustofinodeli.com/

Chihuly Glass Art In The Garden
Glass artist Dale Chihuly presents his most comprehensive garden exhibition to date at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden during Art Basel in a new in-depth exhibit on view through May 31. The integration of these fantastical artworks into the natural beauty of Fairchild Gardens in amazing, fascinating and spectacular. Don't miss a chance to see them in all their glory in the late afternoon and the twilight hours. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Call 305-667-1651. http://www.fairchildgarden.org


Friday, January 23

International Chocolate Festival at Fairchild
The 9th Annual International Chocolate Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden begins Friday, with a weekend of delicious activities featuring sampling, cooking demos, educational talks, and kids' events -- from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Admission to the festival is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up, $12 for children 6-17, and free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under. Eco-discounts and military discounts are available. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Call 305-667-1651. http://www.fairchildgarden.org

Ted Henken - Entrepreneurial Cuba
During the presidency of Raúl Castro, Cuba has dramatically reformed its policies toward small private enterprises. Archibald Ritter and Ted Henken consider why and to what effect. After reviewing the evolution of policy since 1959, the authors contrast the approaches of Fidel and Raúl Castro and explore in depth the responses of Cuban entrepreneurs to the new environment. Their work, rich in ethnographic research and extensive interviews, provides a revealing analysis of Cuba's fledgling private sector. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 6:30pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

Marcus Jovaisa - Unseen Cuba
The bestselling author of Unseen Lithuania and other aerial photography guides covering Belize, Cancún and the Yucatán, Lithuanian aerial photographer and publisher Marius Jovaisa invites you on an unprecedented photographic journey that captures the breathtaking vistas of Cuba as never seen before. As the first artist to receive permission from the Cuban Government to fly over the country and photograph it, he brings you extraordinary panoramas taken from an ultralight aircraft. Jovaisa canvasses the island, from the fertile valleys of Pinar del Río in the west to the historic city of Baracoa in the east, where Columbus landed. Explore ancient villages, idyllic beaches, cities frozen in time and picturesque La Habana. Celebrate the tropical exuberance, bucolic chard and natural grandeur that characterize the largest island of the Caribbean's Greater Antilles. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com


Saturday, January 24

Coral Gables Farmers Market
Celebrate the City Beautiful's agricultural roots every Saturday from 8am to 2pm between January 18 and March 29 at the Coral Gables Farmers Market. Celebrating its 24th year, the popular market held in front of City Hall, 405 Biltmore Way, offers farm-fresh produce, baked goods, juices, honey, herbs, jams and jellies, gourmet specialty foods, and a variety of plants for the home or garden. Market-goers also can enjoy live music, take a relaxing Tai Chi class or pick up useful tips at the free gardening workshops and cooking demonstrations, while children can partake in fun activities for all ages. http://www.coralgables.com/index.aspx?page=654

International Chocolate Festival at Fairchild
The 9th Annual International Chocolate Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden begins Friday, with a weekend of delicious activities featuring sampling, cooking demos, educational talks, and kids' events -- from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Admission to the festival is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up, $12 for children 6-17, and free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under. Eco-discounts and military discounts are available. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Call 305-667-1651. http://www.fairchildgarden.org

50th anniversary screening of Doctor Zhivago
Restored to its original splendor, Doctor Zhivago can now be fully appreciated as David Lean's last great film; an awe-inspiring epic of the Russian revolution as reflected in the lives of those who adapted or were crushed. It's a film of daunting real-life grandeur unlikely to be equaled in the pared-down era of computer animatronics. Omar Sharif (in his second starring role for Lean) is the titular medic caught in the throes of war and social upheaval. He is flanked by an all-star cast featuring, in alphabetical order, Geraldine Chaplin, Julie Christie, Tom Courtenay, Alec Guinness, Ralph Richardson and Rod Steiger. Doctor Zhivago went on to win 5 Oscars. Adjusting for inflation, it is the eighth highest-grossing film of all time and will reach Broadway - as a musical - in the spring. The film plays Sunday at 1pm. Coral Gables Art Cinema is located at 260 Aragon, directly across from Books & Books. Call 786-385-9689 or visit the web site for showtimes. http://www.gablescinema.org

Kids: Alice in Wonderland at Actors' Playhouse
Bring the kids for this Young Audiences show about Alice, the Queen of Hearts and everyone's favorite Cheshire Cat. Audiences will take a wild, thrilling ride into a world of imagination and wonder in Paul Boyd's musical version of the classic Lewis Carroll books. Curious Alice, the heroine of our story, tumbles down a magic rabbit hole and into an enchanted world full of whimsical and wacky characters including the always late White Rabbit, the absent minded Mad Hatter, the mysterious Cheshire Cat, the hilarious duo of Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum, and of course the menacing Queen of Hearts. Follow Alice through this mysterious land as she tries to make her way back home. The Miracle Theatre is located at 280 Miracle Mile. Showtimes are Saturdays at 2pm through March 19. Call 305-444-9293. http://www.actorsplayhouse.org

Antonio Simon Jr. - The Gullwing Odyssey
Marco's life as a messenger isn't great, but the work is easy and he gets retirement pay in thirty years. Little does he know his life teeters on the cusp of change. When an unusual assignment sends him overseas, he finds himself stranded in foreign lands. With no way home and no hope of making his delivery, he sees sour prospects for attaining his modest retirement dreams, much less getting out of the whole mess alive. Even that wouldn't be so bad if he weren't constantly outrunning pirates, embroiled in international intrigue, and attacked by a hummingbird with an appetite for human brains -- that's just the start of his misadventures. But lurking in the wings is a much greater threat than getting sacked from his job. The fate of an entire civilization may well rest upon his scrawny shoulders. In spite of himself and quite by accident, Marco may yet become the hero he strives not to be. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 7pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

Badass - Lip Service: True Stories, The Double Album
Lip Service is a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation award-winning organization and a Miami institution. Lip Service is a night of true stories out loud, but we are more than a show. Lip Service is an experience of community connecting like nothing else in South Florida. Lip Service features eight true stories, but as the title suggests, Badass is a double album, so you get two shows in one book, featuring 16 stories in all. Storytellers include: Aaron Curtis, M.J. Fievre, Christina Freedman, Sarah Klein, Brenda Mezick, and Esther Martinez, with host and editor Andrea Askowitz. Enjoy the readings at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 7pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

Epic Theatre: Ragtime at the Miracle Theatre
This sweeping musical portrait of early 20th century America tells the powerful tale of a white, upper-middle class family, an African American couple, and an Eastern European immigrant escaping to America with his daughter, as they all confront the timeless contradictions of wealth, poverty, freedom, prejudice, hope, and despair in pursuit of the American Dream. Unfolding through the fiery rhythms of Harlem and Tin Pan Alley, and the vibrant klezmer of the Lower East Side, this vivid and unforgettable Tony-winning score bursts onto the stage "on the wheels of a dream" in what will be the largest and most epic production ever staged at Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, through February 22. 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

Jurassic Park in 3D at Gables Cinema
The Secret Celluloid Society presents a free screening of the Steven Spielberg classic Jurassic Park in 3D on Saturday, January 24 at 11:30pm as part the After Hours series. A watershed moment in cinema special effects, Jurassic Park packed in audiences in 1993 and is still Spielberg's most successful picture. The Academy Award-winning film tells the story of a paleontologist who is taken to a theme park island where an eccentric billionaire has created the attraction of real life dinosaurs. When the dinosaurs escape, the doctors on the island, the billionaire, and his grandchildren must try to evade raptors, a giant t-rex, and menacing pterodactyls to escape to safety. Coral Gables Art Cinema is located at 260 Aragon, directly across from Books & Books. Call 786-385-9689 or visit the web site for showtimes. http://www.eventbrite.com/o/secret-celluloid-society-7836698561


Sunday, January 25

International Chocolate Festival at Fairchild
The 9th Annual International Chocolate Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden begins Friday, with a weekend of delicious activities featuring sampling, cooking demos, educational talks, and kids' events -- from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Admission to the festival is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up, $12 for children 6-17, and free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under. Eco-discounts and military discounts are available. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Call 305-667-1651. http://www.fairchildgarden.org

40th anniversary screening of Nashville
Robert Altman's restored masterpiece is a backstage musical drama centered around a political campaign in the music capital of America on the eve of the Bicentennial. It's a snapshot of the country in the wake of the Vietnam War and Watergate, prescient of the perils of a celebrity-obsessed society. In an ensemble cast of two dozen featured characters (including Ned Beatty, Karen Black, Ronee Blakley, Keith Carradine, Geraldine Chaplin, Shelley Duvall, Allen Garfield, Henry Gibson, Scott Glenn, Jeff Goldblum, Barbara Harris, Michael Murphy, Lily Tomlin, Gwen Welles, Keenan Wynn), everyone's a standout and some were encouraged to write and perform songs, most notably Carradine, whose "I'm Easy" went on to win the Golden Globe and Oscar. The film plays Sunday at 1pm. Coral Gables Art Cinema is located at 260 Aragon, directly across from Books & Books. Call 786-385-9689 or visit the web site for showtimes. http://www.gablescinema.org

Joan Childs - Panel Discussion with Dr. Abbey Strauss
A panel discussion with the psychiatrist, the therapist, the patient and the family member. Coping with Mental Illness: Depression & Anxiety. The event takes place at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 4pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

The Barnacle Old Time Dance
Bring the whole family to The Barnacle at 3485 Main Highway for a good old fashioned contradance. Kick up your heels to a live caller and traditional American Music by beautiful Biscayne Bay. The gate opens at 6pm. For beginners, an Introduction to the Dance starts at 6:30pm. The Old Time Dance begins at 7pm and ends at 10pm. Admission is $10, kids 9 and under are free. The Barnacle is located at 3485 Main Highway. Call 305-442-6866. http://www.thebarnacle.org


Monday, January 26

Les Standiford - Last Train to Paradise
Share in the timeless story of Henry Flagler and his Last Train to Paradise. Join a community of readers as we explore a literary journey of our collective past. Purchase Last Train to Paradise @ Books & Books, then read it along with your friends, co-workers, family and neighbors. Then, join us on Monday, January 26th to discuss it with author and local literary legend Les Standiford at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 6pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com


Tuesday, January 27

Alma de Tango at Biltmore Hotel
Enjoy the elegance of Argentine Tango to South Florida. Every Tuesday night in the intimate atmosphere of a Buenos Aires Milonga transported to the Danielson Gallery inside the Historic Biltmore Hotel. Learn the tango with 2001 IDO World Argentine Tango Champion, Monica Llobet. Her weekly group classes are designed for all levels. From beginning basic steps and technique, to advance musicality and philosophy. As the evening continues; dance the night away with the DJ's signature selection ranging from classic music by top Tango orchestras to Nuevo Tango by innovative new groups. Continuing with the theme of the night, the hotel will have a special selection of Argentine wines. Don't miss the opportunity to win from signature weekly raffle, grand door prizes. Call 305-431-7727. http://www.facebook.com/almdetango


Wednesday, January 28

Jazz in the Gables every Wednesday at noon
On the Coral Gables Museum plaza on Salzedo, Jazz in the Gables offers a musical respite for lunch goers in the Gables. Each Wednesday, take a break from work and stop by the Museum plaza for free lunchtime jazz concerts, featuring some delightful offerings from Catering By Lovables and dessert options by Häagen-Dazs available for purchase. Jazz in the Gables is made possible thanks to the support of the City of Coral Gables, Miami Jazz Coop, Coral Gables Museum, Business Improvement District, Chamber of Commerce and corporate sponsors Coral Gables Hospital and Zyscovich Architects. Call 305-460- 5311. http://jazzinthegables.org

James Grippando - Cane and Abe
A spellbinding novel of suspense from New York Times bestselling author James Grippando, in which Miami's top prosecutor becomes a prime suspect in his wife's disappearance, which may have a chilling connection to the woman he can't forget. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com


Thursday, January 29

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

Joshua Davis - Spare Parts
Four undocumented Mexican American students, two great teachers, one robot-building contest, and a major motion picture. In 2004, four Latino teenagers arrived at the Marine Advanced Technology Education Robotics Competition at the University of California, Santa Barbara. They were born in Mexico but raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where they attended an underfunded public high school. No one had ever suggested to Oscar, Cristian, Luis, or Lorenzo that they might amount to much -- but two inspiring science teachers had convinced these impoverished, undocumented kids from the desert who had never even seen the ocean that they should try to build an underwater robot. Joshua Davis's Spare Parts is a story about overcoming insurmountable odds and four young men who proved they were among the most patriotic and talented Americans in this country -- even as the country tried to kick them out. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com


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