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Coral Gables Woman's Club Casino Night Fundraiser - March 7, 2015, - benefits the May Van Sickle Children's Dental Clinic


March rolls in with fine weather and another First Friday evening of special events.

This First Friday Gallery Night will also be your last time to enjoy Giralda Under The Stars this season -- featuring fabulous alfresco dining on Restaurant Row -- so make plans to enjoy an evening of fine Great Gables cuisine under the stars with friends and family in our pedestrian-friendly city.

The Miami Film Festival hits town this week with features at Gables Art Cinema and Cosford at the University of Miami.

Artful madness ensues on Miracle Mile as the annual Carnaval On The Mile takes over the street Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 10pm.

Blues Fest starts late in the week with an incredible line-up of great talent coming to the plaza in front of Fritz and Franz Bierhaus.

To top it all off, the St. Patrick's Day festivities start next Thursday at JohnMartin's Irish Pub and Restaurant on Miracle Mile, continuing all the way through St. Patrick's Day on Tuesday, March 17, while the Emerald Society has their big St. Patrick's Festival planned for Saturday March 14.

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The Miami Film Festival Comes to The Coral Gables Cinema
Coral Gables will become a hub for the latest in foreign films as the Coral Gables Art Cinema once again is a host for the Miami International Film Festival. From Friday, March 6 to Thursday, March 12, starting in the early afternoon and running until late at night, audiences will be treated to an eclectic mix of documentaries and narratives from around the world. 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.

Carnaval On The Mile Weekend
Miracle Mile will be packed with art and music enthusiasts from 10am to 10pm with the annual Carnaval On The Mile events on Saturday and Sunday, featuring 120 artists, sculptures, paintings, photography, crafts and jewelry, with three concert stages and over 30 musical groups and performers from all over the US featuring Latin Funk, Rock, Folk and more. link for more info

Friday, March 6
First Friday

Hampton Court's 500th Anniversary
Lee Prosser is the Historic Buildings Curator with the Historic Royal Palaces. The museum invites you to enjoy his lecture on Hampton Court Palace, one of Great Britain's most famous royal residences, at noon, to be followed by Q&A, light lunch and drinks. Tickets are $25. To RSVP, send email to:

Clintons to Moderate Global Initiative Panel
Former President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will moderate a discussion with high-profile panelists on the Clinton Global Initiative at 6:30pm at the University of Miami BankUnited Center, 1245 Dauer Drive. Themes include education, environment and climate change. For more information call 305-460-5600.

Final Giralda Under The Stars this season
Experience the final Giralda Under the Stars this season, the unique dining opportunity that turns Coral Gables' Restaurant Row on the 100 block of Giralda Avenue into a bustling alfresco dining and live entertainment venue from 7pm to midnight every first Friday of the month from November to March. Round out the night with a tour of the City's art galleries and restaurants. A dedicated Gallery Night trolley loops between participating venues.

Gallery Night Kids' Club
This Gallery Night, kids can enjoy a tour of our new exhibit, ARTcycle 2015: Cyclists Matter, and a bicycle name tag and design activity. Afterwards, they will dance to music by The Brass King. Parents enjoy a night out, while kids (ages 5-12) enjoy a party at the Museum. Offered in conjunction with Coral Gables Gallery Night and Giralda Under the Stars, this is your date night solution. Registration required with $30 fee. Call 305-603-8067 or email

Virginia Miller presents Leon Berkowitz: Cascades of Light
Art lovers are invited to enjoy a reception for Cascades of Light, Paintings from 1965-1986 Part II from 6 to 10pm at ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries. As works from this historic exhibition of paintings by the late Leon Berkowitz are sold, new canvases from the artist's estate are being featured. This second phase notably includes five of the "Seven Lights" series, mystical nine-foot-tall paintings last exhibited in the prestigious Corcoran Gallery of Art Washington, D.C. According to the New Art Examiner, Berkowitz was the primary impetus behind the founding and development of the internationally renowned art movement known as the Washington Color School. Greater Miami's longest-established contemporary fine art gallery, ArtSpace Virginia Miller Galleries over the past 40 years has introduced such historically significant artists as Berkowitz, Richard Pousette-Dart, Alice Neel, and Ramon Oviedo to this region. ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries is located at 169 Madeira. Call 305-444-4493.

The Hidden Faces of Venice photo exhibit at Aragon 101
Societá Dante Alighieri invites the public to attend a special photography exhibition: The Hidden Faces of Venice by Nelson Alvarez at Aragon 101 from 6 to 8pm. Call 305-443-7335.

Bike Night at the Gables Museum
It's Bike Night at the Museum from 6 to 10pm. Enjoy the new bike-friendly exhibits "Art Cycle 2015" and "The Underline" as you enjoy a cash bar, raffles, live DJ and more. Call 305-603-8067. Link for more info

Cernuda Arte Gallery presents Two Centuries of Art
Enjoy the opening reception of a new exhibit at Cernuda Arte Gallery from 7 to 10pm entitled Two Centuries of Art: 20th and 21st, featuring works by: Mendive, Fabelo, Pedro Pablo, Sosabravo, Tomás Sánchez,Flora Fong, Bedia, Larraz, Florido, Dayron González,Besmar, Giosvany Echevarría, Irina Elén, Vicente Hernández, Estopiñán, Gina Pellón, Cundo, Agustín Fernández, Carreño, Mijares, Tomás Oliva, Mariano, Cárdenas, Portocarrero, Milián, Lam, Cabrera Moreno,Víctor Manuel,Amelia, Abela, Acosta León,Carlos Enríquez, Rodríguez Morey, Sánchez Araujo, and Romañach. Cernuda Arte Gallery is located at 3155 Ponce. Call 305-461-1050.

The Ultimate Rhythm at Benitez Art Gallery
This Friday, you are invited to the unveiling of Ritmo, the latest piece by Humberto Benitez, a piece conceived from the idea of perfect moments of timing and a precision of passion, this piece gets all the steps right and all of the notes of expression clear. Humberto Benitez is once again the poster artist for this year's Carnaval on the Mile festival. Enjoy the reception from 6:30pm to 10pm. Benitez Art Gallery is located at 305 Alcazar Ave, Suite 4. Call 786-877-1045.

Beefcake: 100% Raw, All Natural
It's a fun and humorous treasure trove of extremely rare, all-American beefcake pinups. From the author of Bunny Yeager's Darkroom and Bettie Page comes Beefcake, a Herculean collection of male nudes culled from vintage magazines of men for men. A lighthearted celebration of the male physique at its best, this entertaining volume features sporty and wholesome specimens championing the ideal male figure. Beefcake is a fun and witty tribute to male physique photography at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408.

Saturday, March 7

Coral Gables Farmers Market
Celebrate the City Beautiful's agricultural roots every Saturday from 8am to 2pm until 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.

Saturday Downtown Walking Tours
Stroll through Coral Gables' bustling business district to discover local history and architectural heritage. Starting at 11am, visit the 1920s Mediterranean style hotels, the first car dealership and an outdoor theater. Did you know that pink electric trolley cars ran throughout the city from 1926 to 1935? The 90 minute walking tour starts at the Museum at 11am and ends at Seasons 52 on Miracle Mile, where participants may enjoy a special lunch menu with complimentary signature flatbread. The cost is $10 of $5 for Museum members. The Coral Gables Museum is located at 285 Aragon. Call 305-603-8067.

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.

Trapped in Two Worlds: My Darkest Dreams
Why we dream at night is still one of the greatest unanswered questions that scientists wrestle with. Although there are many theories as to why we dream, there are still no findings that give us a cohesive explanation. Even so, people all over the world continue to try to understand why they dream and to learn new insights from their nighttime reveries. Maria Palomino has always had strange dreams since she was a little girl. Dreams about being somewhere else, fighting or getting chased by monsters or people, or being in a situation where she has to escape. She found her dreams to be adventures because every time she went to sleep, she felt like she was wandering around the world, going back to her past, or into another dimension. Every time she opens doors in her dreams, she finds herself somewhere different or speaking another language. Although the journeys she takes are sometimes a little peculiar, she wants to share these experiences with her readers because she believes that many of us may have similar imaginings. Are you ready to step into Maria's lucid dream world? Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 5pm. Call 305-442-4408.

Orson Welles's The Stranger at Cosford Cinema
The Norton Herrick Center for Motion Picture Studies and Nuray Pictures are proud to present a new 2k restoration of Orson Welles's The Stranger to commemorate the maverick's centennial birthday on Saturday, March 7 at 7pm. The Stranger is an intriguing noir-thriller with stunning images in which An investigator from the War Crimes Commission (Edward G. Robinson) travels to Connecticut to find an infamous Nazi, who may be hiding out in a small town in the guise of a distinguished professor (Orson Welles). Also co-starring Loretta Young. New York Times bestselling author and film historian Scott Eyman will introduce the film. Eyman, 2014 winner of the National Board of Review William K. Everson Film History Award, has written eleven books, including biographies on John Ford, Ernst Lubitsch, Cecil B. DeMille, and Louis B. Mayer. He most recently authored John Wayne: The Life and Legend. This is a 2015 Miami International Film Festival event. Cosford Cinema is located on the second floor of the Memorial Classroom building on UM campus. Cash only. Call 305-284-4861.

Dave Barry - Live Right and Find Happiness
In brilliant, brand-new, never-before-published pieces, Dave passes on home truths to his new grandson and to his daughter Sophie, exploring the hometown of his youth, where the grown-ups were supposed to be uptight fifties conformists, but seemed to have a lot of un-Mad Men-like fun, unlike Dave's own Baby Boomer generation, which was supposed to be wild and crazy, but somehow turned into neurotic hover-parents. By the end, if you do not feel wiser, richer in knowledge, more attuned to the universe... we wouldn't be at all surprised. But you'll have had a lot to laugh about. Meet the author at Temple Judea at 7:30pm. Call 305-442-4408.

Sunday, March 8

Florida Grand Opera: Meet Susan Series
Join Florida Grand Opera's General Director Susan T. Danis and in-house opera expert Justin Moss at Books & Books for an insightful, behind the scenes look at Florida Grand Opera with an opportunity to ask questions and hear some delightful singing from the performers in the Florida Grand Opera Young Artist Program. Each musical selection with have a brief overview of the opera scene from which it is performed. The event begins at 3pm. Seating is limited, so reservations are required. Call 800-741-1010.

Barnacle Under Moonlight Concert
Bring a picnic, blanket and lawn chairs to The Barnacle for an evening of folk music under the moonlight with Dana and Susan Robinson. Bill and Kate Isles are an acoustic singer/songwriter duo based in Duluth, Minnesota. Using a wide variety of musical styles, their performances carry audiences through a broad landscape of comedy. Consummate performers, they are known for their catchy melodies and memorable songs. They tour nationally, presenting their profound songs for audiences large and small, from house concerts to festival stages and everything in between. $10 is Future Members. $8 Members. $3 Ages 6-9. Under 6 free. Flashlights are recommended. No pets, please. The Barnacle is located at 3485 Main Highway. Call 305-442-6866.

Tropical Chihuly Nights At Fairchild Garden
On Thursdays and Sundays from 6 to 9pm, see all of Dale Chihuly's exquisite glass forms under the stars at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Stroll through the Garden to see this most extraordinary exhibition, dine at The Glasshouse Cafe, or stretch out on a blanket and watch the moon rise over the lush 83-acre tropical oasis. The Chihuly Day/Night Combo tickets include full access to the Garden and exhibitions from 7:30am to 9pm. The cost is $50 for adults, $35 seniors and $22 for children 6 to 17. Day or night tickets are $25 for adult Fairchild members and $12 for member children ages 6 to 17; non-members $35 for adults, $25 seniors and $16 for children. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Call 305-667-1651.

Mary Doria Russell - Epitaph
The bestselling, award-winning author of The Sparrow, Mary Doria Russell returns with Epitaph. An American Iliad, this richly detailed and meticulously researched historical novel continues the story she began in Doc, following Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday to Tombstone, Arizona, and to the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. At its heart is the woman behind the myth: Josephine Sarah Marcus, who loved Wyatt Earp for forty-nine years and who carefully chipped away at the truth until she had crafted the heroic legend that would become the epitaph her husband deserved. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 6pm. Call 305-442-4408.

Chamber Orchestra Concert - Springtime Serenade
The Alhambra Orchestra, under the leadership of Zoe Zeniodi, will present Springtime Serenade, a free Chamber Orchestra Concert honoring Women's Day, starting at 7:30pm. In keeping with the theme of the concert, the program will feature pianist Zoe Zeniodi performing "Pheadra" by Miami's own Thomas Sleeper; soprano Kimberly Soby singing Vivaldi's "Vengo a Voi," and violinist Liubov Ohrimenko performing Bach's "E minor Violin Concerto" with the string ensemble. This program will also include string pieces by Grainger and Mascagni, and a lively wind ensemble arrangement of Mozart's Don Giovanni. Enjoy free admission and free parking at the Coral Gables Congregational Church, 3010 Desoto. Call 305-668-9260.

Monday, March 9

Baby Back Ribs at the Ale House
Get a 1.25 pound rack of Baby Back Ribs at Miller's Ale House at 101 Miracle Mile every Monday for only $10.99, served with cole slaw and fries. Miller's Ale House restaurant stives to provide top-quality food at a great value in a casual neighborhood tavern atmosphere, featuring a generous selection of fine beer on tap.

Sebastian Rusk - Social Media Sucks!
This book is not just a complete overview of how to do social marketing, but how to swing for the fences and do it right. Social Media Sucks! (if you don't know what you're doing) by Sebastian Rusk is a must-read for those that depend on social media for their business -- and who doesn't? Not only can Sebastian rock a bow tie, but he rocks the digital world with a hefty dose of reality. Social Media Sucks! is filled with real life and practical experience. Sebastian demonstrates the power of in-person, and shows you how to do it for yourself. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408.

Miami Jazz Coop Rent Party
Come out and enjoy local Jazz at Open Stage Club, 2325 Galiano starting at 8pm to benefit the Miami Jazz Cooperative non-profit organization. The MJC is committed to supporting the appreciation of jazz in the South Florida community through education and outreach. Admission is $10. MJC Members and students with ID are admitted free. Call 305-356-7676.

Tuesday, March 10

Two For One Schnitzel Night at the Bierhaus
Enjoy two Wiener (pork) or Chicken Schnitzel with potato salad at Fritz and Franz Bierhaus, 60 Merrick Way every Tuesday evening. In-house orders only. The Bierhaus is well known in Coral Gables for casual, authentic Bavarian cuisine, live music and a great selection of international beers, with a full bar. Call 305-774-1883.

Brian Freeman - Season of Fear
International Thriller Writers award-winner and bestselling author Brian Freeman has established himself as a master of psychological thrillers. In his latest, A Season of Fear, Freeman returns to the sun-drenched beaches of Naples, Florida and the idiosyncratic world of Detective Cab Bolton. Attractive and popular politician Diane Fairmont is running for the Florida governorship, but a chill is cast over the campaign when she receives an anonymous note announcing the return of the assassin who killed her husband ten years earlier. Because of complicated ties between Fairmont and his mother, movie actress Tarla Bolton, Detective Bolton is assigned to the case. As Bolton struggles to penetrate the veil of secrecy surrounding the Fairmont campaign, he begins to realize that the death threat is not the only danger faced by the campaign staff. A desperate race against the clock ensues as Bolton tries to unlock the secrets of a poisonous conspiracy before nature provides the perfect cover for a long-dormant killer to strike again. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408.

Wednesday, March 11

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.

Curtis Institute Chamber Orchestra
The extraordinary artistry of the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music will be showcased by the 2015 tour of its 40-member Curtis Chamber Orchestra, with students performing alongside celebrated Curtis alumni and faculty, starting at 8pm at UM Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Drive. The seven-leg national tour will feature three prominent alumni of the Curtis Institute. Renowned conductor Robert Spano will lead the world premiere of a viola concerto by Jennifer Higdon, Milton L. Rock, Chair in Composition, performed by violist Roberto Díaz, the school's president. The program also will include three songs composed by Mr. Spano, performed by student soprano, Rachel Sterrenberg, as well as Prokofiev's "Classical" Symphony" and Mozart's "Jupiter" Symphony." Presented by Friends of Chamber Music Miami, tickets are $40.

Thursday, March 12

BluesFest Returns to Coral Gables
The 17th Annual Coral Gables Bluesfest promises a Blues Marathon on the Bierhaus Plaza for four days, from Thursday to Sunday with free admission. Enjoy live music, beer and Harald's international food extravaganza at the Bierhaus Plaza at 60 Merrick Way. The blues music roster includes more than 14 local and national bands. There is a flat $5 charge for self-parking at City parking garage #6 next to the plaza. For hotel reservations, contact Hyatt Regency Coral Gables at the Alhambra, the official Bluesfest Hotel. For more information contact Harald Neuweg, Fritz & Franz Bierhaus by phone 305-774-1883 or by email: The web site is:

St. Patrick's Week festivities at JohnMartin's
The original St. Patrick's Celebration at JohnMartin's is back again for its' 24th year. The iconic Coral Gables pub and restaurant, will be hosting a variety of themed activities in honor of everyone's favorite holiday. JohnMartin's Irish Pub & Restaurant is taking the Irish festivities one step further by extending the celebration with events starting on March 12th through the 17th. Thursday starts with Irish Trivia Night: It's drink and think night. Answer questions based on Irish facts: celebrities, music, history and more. JohnMartin's is located at 253 Miracle Mile. Call 305-445-3777.

Tropical Chihuly Nights At Fairchild Garden
On Thursdays and Sundays from 6 to 9pm, see all of Dale Chihuly's exquisite glass forms under the stars at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Stroll through the Garden to see this most extraordinary exhibition, dine at The Glasshouse Cafe, or stretch out on a blanket and watch the moon rise over the lush 83-acre tropical oasis. The Chihuly Day/Night Combo tickets include full access to the Garden and exhibitions from 7:30am to 9pm. The cost is $50 for adults, $35 seniors and $22 for children 6 to 17. Day or night tickets are $25 for adult Fairchild members and $12 for member children ages 6 to 17; non-members $35 for adults, $25 seniors and $16 for children. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Call 305-667-1651.

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