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Greetings,

By the light of a balsamic moon, we're still enjoying cool evenings in the Gables this week. Of course, if you ask us, 78 degrees is cool. At 72, we're looking for a sweater.

Coincidentally, a nice variety of cool events are on tap in the coming days... a little something for everyone in our little city.

It's time to get ready for summer fun, vacations, boating, scuba diving and all your favorite water sports. The following week brings the big Memorial Day weekend, May 22-25. Make plans now to spend some quality time with friends and family by checking out the following list of Great Gables Events.

Robert and Robin Burr


Miracle Theatre presents The Book Club Play
Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre is excited to present The Book Club Play, a hilarious new comedy by Karen Zacarías about books and the people who love them. When the members of a devoted book club become the subjects of a documentary filmmaker, their intimate discussions of life and literature take on new meaning with the camera rolling. Add in the unexpected arrival of a provocative new member and the sudden inclusion of some questionable titles, and long-standing group dynamics take a hilarious turn. The play continues through June 7. 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

Early Bird Tickets for 8th Annual Coral Gables Restaurant Week
Mark your calendars, because Downtown Coral Gables will celebrate its 8th annual Coral Gables Restaurant Week for 21 days from June 8 to June 28, with participating restaurants offering special three-course, prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus at discounted pricing. Celebrations kick off on Thursday, June 4, when foodies from all over will come together for Taste of the Gables, the Restaurant Week launch party. From 6:30 to 8:30pm at the Westin Colonnade, 180 Aragon Avenue, attendees will taste samples from Restaurant Week participants cast their vote and select the winner for Best Taste of the Gables. Link to Tickets.

The Pleasures of Wine in the Summertime
Wine professor Patrick Alexander continues his series of six week courses "Summer Wine Appreciation Class" promising a refreshing and enlightening program of 12 lectures, 24 wines to taste and a four course wine and food pairing dinner. The program begins on Monday, June 1 at 6pm. Contact Irving Fields at Books & Books at 305-448-9599 or email: irving@booksandbooks.com

American Craft Beer Week at Books & Books
It's American Craft Beer Week‬ and your favorite book store cafe is celebrating all week long with different craft brews each day at just $5 in the courtyard. Try new hoppy brews like Dogfish, Stone IPA, Lagunitas and more as you dine on the Cafe's signature dishes at Books & Books, 265 Aragon. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

Far From the Madding Crowd at Gables Cinema
Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), a resilient young woman who inherits property in Victorian England's West Country, is courted by three suitors (Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge). Alas, the one who loves her best is not the one she loves. And, as Scarlett O'Hara would discover many years later, the heart is indeed a lonely hunter. Far From the Madding Crowd was Thomas Hardy's fourth novel and his first major literary success. Symmetrically, the new film by director Thomas Vinterberg (The Celebration) is the classic's fourth film adaptation and his most accomplished English-language film to date. Filmed by cinematographer Charlotte Bruus Christensen in the same rolling Dorset hills that inspired Hardy over 140 years ago, this Madding Crowd captures the beauty of the rugged landscape in vivid widescreen compositions bathed primarily in natural light. As the coveted heroine, Carey Mulligan raises the bar early for actress honors come award season. David Nicholls' screenplay hews closely to the beloved novel's spirit and all's-well-that-ends-well finale. Tickets for regular screenings are $11.50 and under and can be purchased in advance on the website. 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

Crema Gourmet Espresso Bar opens at 169 Miracle Mile
A coffee shop, a bakery and a salad bar, the new Crema Gourmet Espresso Bar is open seven days a week. They pledge to provide customers with fresh ingredients and a gourmet style. The extensive menu has everything from smoothies, salads, and fresh juice to pastries, crepes, and pancakes. Promising the finest coffee around, Crema Gourmet is the ideal place to start off your morning and is great for that late afternoon pick-me-up. https://www.facebook.com/CremaGourmetEspressoBar/

City Trekker Summer Camp registration
Get the kids ready for a full day educational program with professional staff serving children ages 5-12 this summer at the Coral Gables Museum. Camps hours are Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm. Activities Include: Field Trips, Special Guest Speakers, Art Activities Indoor Mini Golf, Pizza Parties, Exhibits and Friday Finales. Member and Sibling Discounts are available. Call 305-603-8067 for pricing or email education@coralgablesmuseum.org

Brahms And Faure at the Museum
The South Beach Chamber Ensemble will perform Brahms and Fauré at the Museum starting at 8pm on Thursday, May 14 with a program featuring Brahms Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 60 (1875) and Fauré Piano Quintet #2 in G minor, Op.45 (1886). The ensemble is comprised of Tony Seepersad, violin; Rafael Ramirez, viola; Michael Andrews, cello; and Michael Linville, piano. General admission tickets are $25 and students and seniors are $15. Purchase online or at the door. The Coral Gables Museum is located at 285 Aragon. Call 305-603-8067. http://www.coralgablesmuseum.org


Friday, May 15

Kids: Battle of the Books Finals
Battle of the Books is a reading competition that the Education Transformation Office (ETO), a region in Miami Dade County School, has held over the past five years. The program relies on donations in order to purchase novels for low income schools to create book clubs. Students then keep the books in order to build a personal library of exceptional literature. Schools choose six member teams to battle their knowledge of the novels chosen each year against other schools. Good sportsmanship, along with a love of literature, is cultivated through this unique opportunity. This year's Battle of the Books Finalists program include Broadmoor Elementary, Lenora B Smith Elementary, Linda Lentin K-8 Center, Mandarin Lakes K-8 Center and Nathan B Young Elementary. The event takes place at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 10:30am. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

5 Flights Up at Cosford Cinema
Forty years ago, artist Alex Carver (Morgan Freeman) bought a run-down apartment in a sketchy part of Brooklyn with his wife, schoolteacher Ruth (Diane Keaton). Today, their neighborhood is now very hip and their apartment worth a small fortune. The now-retired Ruth and Alex haven't changed -- they are still as much in love as ever. But they have let Ruth's niece Lily (Cynthia Nixon), a real estate agent, list their property to see what the market might bear. Ruth convinces Alex to go apartment hunting in Manhattan, where they miraculously come across an ideal place they might actually be able to afford. As the world around them seems to mirror their own chaos and confusion, Ruth and Alex realize the same bond of love that has kept them together all these years will allow them to see their way through this crazy weekend as well. The movie starts at 8pm. 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

Jo Ivester - The Outskirts of Hope
In 1967, when Jo Ivester was ten years old, her father transplanted his young family from a suburb of Boston to a small town in the heart of the Mississippi cotton fields, where he became the medical director of a clinic that served the poor population for miles around. But ultimately it was not Ivester's father but her mother -- a stay-at-home mother of four who became a high school English teacher when the family moved to the South -- who made the most enduring mark on the town. In The Outskirts of Hope, Ivester uses journals left by her mother, as well as writings of her own, to paint a vivid, moving, and inspiring portrait of her family's experiences living and working in an all-black town during the height of the civil rights movement. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com


Saturday, May 16

Saturday Downtown Walking Tours
Stroll through Coral Gables' bustling business district to discover local history and architectural heritage. Starting at 11am, 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. http://www.coralgablesmuseum.org

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
"How does the brain react to trauma?" The Gables Cinema continues its second year of the Science on Screen series with this question discussed at a special event at 1pm, a screening of Julian Schnabel's beautiful and powerful film The Diving Bell and the Butterfly that chronicles the real life story of Elle Magazine editor Jean-Dominique Bauby as he struggles to write his memoir with just the blink of an eye. The screening features an interactive presentation to introduce the film from Dr. Lucina Uddin, Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Miami. Dr. Uddin will bridge the gap between science and art exploring the phenomenon of Locked-In-Syndrome, the advances in technology in the field, and the mystery of the human brain. The Science on Screen program bridges the gap between art and science with carefully curated scientist and film pairings that bring the best and brightest in South Florida together. Coral Gables Art Cinema is located at 260 Aragon. Call 786-385-9689 or visit the web site for showtimes. http://www.gablescinema.org

Kids: Charlotte's Web at Miracle Theatre
This exciting, musical version of Charlotte's Web brings a new dimension to E.B. White's beloved classic. Join Wilbur, Charlotte and Templeton the Rat as they sing great songs including: "Eating," Wilbur the pig's humorous yet poignant song about growing up; "Who Says We Can't Be Friends," an enchanting duet between Wilbur and his new-found companion Charlotte; "Welcome to the Zuckerman Barn," featuring all the story's unforgettable animals in a hand-clapping, toe-tapping hoe-down. This joyous musical offers everyone the chance to experience the true meaning of friendship. Performances are at 2pm through May 22. The Miracle Theatre is located at 280 Miracle Mile. Call 305-444-9293. http://www.actorsplayhouse.org

Mainly Mozart: A Song For The Earth
Enjoy a tribute to the renowned Miami artist Sebastian Spreng's works inspired by the timeless essence of Mahler's music as the Mainly Mozart Festival continues. Performances at 5 and 7pm at the Kelly Roy Gallery in Wynwood. The Mainly Mozart Festival was founded by George Volsky and Frank Cooper in 1993 as a direct influence of the impact of the Salzburg Music Festival in Austria. Performances are produced by The Miami Chamber Music Society. Call 786-556-1715. http://www.mainlymozart.com

Miracle Theatre presents The Book Club Play
Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre is excited to present The Book Club Play, a hilarious new comedy by Karen Zacarías about books and the people who love them. When the members of a devoted book club become the subjects of a documentary filmmaker, their intimate discussions of life and literature take on new meaning with the camera rolling. Add in the unexpected arrival of a provocative new member and the sudden inclusion of some questionable titles, and long-standing group dynamics take a hilarious turn. The play continues through June 7. 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

Late Night Movie: Caddyshack
The Secret Celluloid Society presents Harold Ramis' infamous slapstick classic Caddyshack in 35mm. Though unabashedly crude, Ramis' pleasantly loose-limbed comedy is chock-full of unforgettable characters and endlessly quotable dialog. Caddyshack revolves around a young man Danny Noonan (Michael O'Keefe), a caddy at the upscale Bushwood Country Club where all the members are wealthy and eccentric, and all the staff are poor and slightly less eccentric. Rarely does a comedy have so many actors who fit their characters so perfectly from Chevy Chase, who embodies the slightly skewed and off-center Ty Webb, to Rodney Dangerfield, the obnoxious, fun-loving and high-rolling land developer Al Czervik. But the real heart of Caddyshack is Bill Murray, the assistant greenkeeper Carl Spackler, whose relentless pursuit of a rambunctious gopher becomes one of the more memorable subplots throughout the film and proves that this classic 80s comedy can still stand on its own after all these years. Tickets to this screening are $5 general admission with a free popcorn and can be purchased in advance. Coral Gables Art Cinema is located at 260 Aragon. Call 786-385-9689 or visit the web site for showtimes. http://www.gablescinema.org


Sunday, May 17

Mainly Mozart: Virtuosic Voyage
Praised for his "electric performances" by The Gramophone, First-Prize winner of the Cleveland and Maria Canals international piano competitions, and a prize-winner of the Queen Elizabeth Piano Competition, Stanislav Khristenko has performed on four continents to great critical acclaim. He makes his Miami debut in an imaginative program of works by Mozart, Schubert, Liszt, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky at 4pm at the Biltmore Hotel Country Club Ballroom. Call 786-556-1715. http://www.mainlymozart.com

Bridal Show at The Cocoplum Woman's Club
Enjoy an afternoon of blissful wedding planning at the Cocoplum Woman's Club at 1375 Sunset Drive from 4 to 7pm, featuring wedding professionals interested in making your dreams a reality at this beautiful, historic Coral Gables landmark. This show is being geared to the bride, groom and all who have a say in their day. Discover fashion ideas, delicious food, cake tastings, fabulous tablescapes, and great vignettes throughout the show. Arrive and walk through displays in the registration area and continue on for food and beverages and live music in the courtyard before entering the ball room to visit with South Florida's finest wedding professionals -- all assembled to help make wedding dreams a reality. When you pre-register online, buy one ticket and get a second ticket free. Call 239-810-7501. http://www.celebratebrides.com

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. http://www.fairchildgarden.org


Monday, May 18

Teens: Tavi Gevinson - Rookie Yearbook Three
Rookiemag.com is a website created by and for young women to make the best of the beauty, pain and awkwardness of being a teenager. When it becomes tough to appreciate such things, we have good plain fun and visual pleasure. When you're sick of having to be happy all the time, we have lots of rants, too. Every school year, we compile the best from the site into a print yearbook. Behold: our Junior year! In Rookie Yearbook Three, we explore cures for love, girl-on-girl crime, open relationships, standing for something, embracing our inner posers, and so much more. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 7pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

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. http://www.miamijazz.org/


Tuesday, May 19

4th Annual Membership Meeting at the Museum
Celebrate all CGM has accomplished in four short years with your fellow supporters. Award winning exhibits, creative children's camps, popular community programs and unique and relevant educational opportunities have made the Coral Gables Museum the cultural hub of the City Beautiful. The Board of Trustees cordially invites all members to celebrate our many accomplishments and learn about the exciting season ahead. Special Guest Speaker: Cathy Swanson-Rivenbark, City Manager of Coral Gables. The event begins at 6pm in the Community Meeting Room at 285 Aragon Avenue. Call 305-603-8067 or email: ingrid@coralgablesmuseum.org

Jorge Posada - The Journey Home
The legendary New York Yankee catcher tells the incredible story of his personal journey, offering an unexpected, behind-the-plate view of his career, his past, and the father-son bond that fueled his love of the game. In this long-awaited memoir, Jorge Posada details his journey to home plate, sharing a remarkable, generational account of his journey from the ball fields of Puerto Rico to the House that Ruth built. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 7pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

Larry Berglas - Civil Law in America
Inspired by modern art in Amsterdam, blues in Kansas City and the way light is painted on canvas, Civil Law in America: A Minimalist Law Book is a little book with a big arts law view, a one-cup-of-coffee read, a sketch of the legal landscape. Less than 60 brief pages in length, Civil Law in America: A Minimalist Law Book is not a typical law book. A creative, concise and simple expression of the law, Civil Law in America: A Minimalist Law Book offers access to legal issues for those who might not otherwise pick up a law book. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com


Wednesday, May 20

5 Flights Up at Cosford Cinema
Forty years ago, artist Alex Carver (Morgan Freeman) bought a run-down apartment in a sketchy part of Brooklyn with his wife, schoolteacher Ruth (Diane Keaton). Today, their neighborhood is now very hip and their apartment worth a small fortune. The now-retired Ruth and Alex haven't changed -- they are still as much in love as ever. But they have let Ruth's niece Lily (Cynthia Nixon), a real estate agent, list their property to see what the market might bear. Ruth convinces Alex to go apartment hunting in Manhattan, where they miraculously come across an ideal place they might actually be able to afford. As the world around them seems to mirror their own chaos and confusion, Ruth and Alex realize the same bond of love that has kept them together all these years will allow them to see their way through this crazy weekend as well. The movie 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

Marlon James - A Brief History of Seven Killings
In A Brief History of Seven Killings, Marlon James combines brilliant storytelling with his unrivaled skills of characterization and meticulous eye for detail to forge an enthralling novel of dazzling ambition and scope. On December 3, 1976, just before the Jamaican general election and two days before Bob Marley was to play the Smile Jamaica Concert to ease political tensions in Kingston, seven gunmen stormed the singer's house, machine guns blazing. Gripping and inventive, shocking and irresistible, A Brief History of Seven Killings is a mesmerizing modern classic of power, mystery, and insight. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com


Thursday, May 21

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. http://www.fairchildgarden.org

Charles E. Neu - Colonel House
A man who lived his life mostly in the shadows, Edward M. House is little known or remembered today; yet he was one of the most influential figures of the Wilson presidency. Wilson's chief political advisor, House played a key role in international diplomacy, and had a significant hand in crafting the Fourteen Points at the Paris Peace Conference. Though the intimate friendship between the president and his advisor ultimately unraveled in the wake of these negotiations, House's role in the Wilson administration had a lasting impact on 20th century international politics. As an organizer, tactician, and confidant, House helped to make possible Wilson's achievements, and this impressive biography restores the enigmatic counselor to his place at the center of that presidency. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 6:30pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

Eleni N. Gage - The Ladies of Managua
Lushly evocative of Nicaragua, its tumultuous history, and vibrant present, Eleni N. Gage's The Ladies of Managua brings you into the lives of three strong and magnetic women, as they uncover the ramifications of the choices they made in their pasts and begin to understand the ways in which love can shape their futures. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greetings,

Mothers' Day celebrations highlight the coming week with many fine offerings in our little town for singles, couples, families and friendly gatherings.

If you're so inclined, take a few moments from your busy schedule to peruse the following list of Great Gables Events.

Robert and Robin Burr


Mothers' Day in Coral Gables
It's a wonderful opportunity to honor our mothers with special favors on this Mothers' Day weekend. Shops and restaurants in Coral Gables are offering delightful opportunities to celebrate. Our friends at Shop Coral Gables have organized a fine list of featured offerings from Avant Garde Salon & Spa, Bloom, Daisy Tarsi, Edda's Cake Designs, The Gift Shop by Books & Books at the Coral Gables Museum, Jae's Jewelers, I. Designs Opticals, Iron Tribe Fitness, Italian Eyewear, Macanoco & Co, Maru and Friends, Peace Love World, Pilates Strong Studio, Retro City Collectibles, Angelique Euro Cafe, Bellmont Spanish Restaurant, Bread & Butter, Bulla Gastrobar, BurgerFi, Christy's Restaurant, Cibo Wine Bar, Divino Ceviche, The Hyatt Regency, Ikura Sushi Lounge, Red Koi Thai & Sushi Lounge, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, SushiSamba and Swine Southern Table & Bar. Click to link.

Far From the Madding Crowd at Gables Cinema
Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), a resilient young woman who inherits property in Victorian England's West Country, is courted by three suitors (Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge). Alas, the one who loves her best is not the one she loves. And, as Scarlett O'Hara would discover many years later, the heart is indeed a lonely hunter. Far From the Madding Crowd was Thomas Hardy's fourth novel and his first major literary success. Symmetrically, the new film by director Thomas Vinterberg (The Celebration) is the classic's fourth film adaptation and his most accomplished English-language film to date. Filmed by cinematographer Charlotte Bruus Christensen in the same rolling Dorset hills that inspired Hardy over 140 years ago, this Madding Crowd captures the beauty of the rugged landscape in vivid widescreen compositions bathed primarily in natural light. As the coveted heroine, Carey Mulligan raises the bar early for actress honors come award season. David Nicholls' screenplay hews closely to the beloved novel's spirit and all's-well-that-ends-well finale. Tickets for regular screenings are $11.50 and under and can be purchased in advance on the website. 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


Friday, May 8

National Public Gardens Day at Fairchild
Fairchild is offering reduced admission in honor of National Public Gardens Day on May 8. Created by the American Public Gardens Association, National Public Gardens Day is a countrywide celebration that invites communities to explore the beauty of their local green spaces while raising awareness of the important role public gardens play in promoting conservation, education, and environmental preservation. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden will mark this special day on Friday, May 8 from 7:30am to 4:30pm with reduced admission: $20 for adults, $13 for seniors 65 and up, and $7 for kids 6-17. Fairchild invites everyone to enjoy the 83 acres of lush landscaping, including the Wings of the Tropics butterfly exhibit, Rainforest, Succulent Garden, Palmetum, Edible Garden, and much more. Lunch is available in the Glasshouse Café and Lakeside Café. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Call 305-667-1651. http://www.fairchildgarden.org

Kristen Wiig: Welcome To Me at Cosford Cinema
In Welcome To Me, Alice Klieg (Kristen Wiig) suffers from borderline personality disorder, and though she manages it -- and the accompanying medications and therapeutic care -- fairly well, past tumult has left a broken marriage and strained familial relationships in its wake. One can't help but get the sense that Alice is straining to embrace bigger things, and when her numbers come up in the state lottery, suddenly she gets focused...on eighty million dollars' worth of possibilities. In quick succession, Alice buys a stretch of hours at a local television company, eschews her medication and therapy, moves into a casino, and creates her own talk show about herself. On its surface, Welcome To Me is a parable about how wish fulfillment doesn't always lead to happiness, but screenwriter Eliot Laurence has also layered in perceptive observations about the hollowness of fame and our current culture of confession. Despite Alice's outer volatility, Wiig centres her with a delicate inner stillness, keeping the viewer engaged with her every move. Buying a lottery ticket will never seem simple again. Cosford Cinema is located on the second floor of the Memorial Classroom building on UM campus. The film begins at 8:30pm. Cash only. Call 305-284-4861. http://www.cosfordcinema.com


Saturday, May 9

Saturday Downtown Walking Tours
Stroll through Coral Gables' bustling business district to discover local history and architectural heritage. Starting at 11am, 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. http://www.coralgablesmuseum.org

Family Day Bike Sale at the Coral Gables Museum
Donate your used bikes to the Coral Gables Museum for their Family Day Bike Sale from 2 to 5pm. In celebration of National Bike Month and the Museum's national designation as a Bike Friendly Business, the Museum wants to help bikeless people find the joy of riding a bike. Also, on Family Day guests will explore the "ARTcycle: Cyclists Matter" and "Underline: Make it Yours" exhibits. From 2 to 4pm, kids and adults can learn some tricks on the turntable with DJ Fielo from Scratch DJ Academy. At 3pm, enjoy a fun, interactive family concert by Miami Youth for Chamber Music. Enjoy free admission to all exhibits, art activities, gallery scavenger hunts and live performances every second Saturday of the month at the Museum. The Coral Gables Museum is located at 285 Aragon. Call 305-603-8067. http://www.coralgablesmuseum.org

Kids: How To Train Your Dragon 2
It's been five years since heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless successfully united dragons and Vikings on the island of Berk. While Astrid, Snotlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races, the now inseparable pair journey through the skies. The exciting, emotionally resonant, and beautifully animated adventure How To Train Your Dragon 2 plays in 3D at the Gables Cinema on Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10 at 11am as part of the series of family and youth films, Family Day on Aragon. Don't miss the thrilling second chapter of the epic How To Train Your Dragon trilogy as the duo Hiccup and Toothless protect the peace and save the future of both men and dragons. Winner of the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature this year, How To Train Your Dragon 2 is appropriate for ages 6 and up. Family Day on Aragon is in partnership with Books & Books and the Coral Gables Museum. Tickets to these special 11am screenings are $5 general admission with a free popcorn and soda. 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

Neal Dorst - Hurricane Pioneer
In 1951, Robert H. Simpson lifted off in a specially-equipped plane, flying directly into the path of a storm that would send most people running for cover. For more than four hours he observed Typhoon Marge from its eerily calm eye, later describing it in The Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society as "a coliseum of clouds whose walls on one side rose vertically and on the other were banked like the galleries in a great opera house." For Simpson this was just one of his many pioneering explorations of hurricanes and extreme storms. Over his decades-long career his research led to great leaps in our understanding of tropical meteorology and our approach to hurricane safety. He was the first director of the National Hurricane Research Project and the second director of the National Hurricane Center, though he may be best known as co-creator of the widely used Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, familiar to anyone who has heard a reporter use the words "category five." Simpson's memoirs take readers from his experience with the Corpus Christi hurricane of 1919 to his travels to study weather across the globe. Along the way he crosses paths with other weather greats, including his trailblazing wife, meteorologist Joanne Simpson. Hurricane Pioneer is a riveting first-hand account at a revolutionary time in meteorology. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 5pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

Cecilia Rodriguez Milanes - Oye What I'm Gonna Tell You
When is your culture bad for you? That is the question that weaves its way through Oye What I'm Gonna Tell You, a startling collection chronicling the lives of Cuban Americans from WWII-era Havana to contemporary times in "el norte." Whether they inhabit blue collar neighborhoods in the Northeast, the increasingly Latino-populated South, or Florida, the characters that populate this book -- many of whom are the children and grandchildren of exiles, who have been raised in traditional Cuban homes but whose only homeland has been the United States -- must decide what to take and what to leave from their upbringing. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 7pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

Fantastic Planet at Gables Cinema
Enjoy a Surreal Psychedelic Experience at the late night cinema as The Secret Celluloid Society presents the wildly imaginative restored sci-fi film Fantastic Planet (La Planète Sauvage). Forty-two years later, Rene Laloux's animated film Fantastic Planet remains an eerie and surreal psychedelic experience unlike any other, following the relationship between the small human-like Oms and their much larger blue-skinned oppressors, the Draags, who rule the planet of Ygam. While the Draags have long kept Oms as illiterate pets, this hierarchy shifts after an Om boy becomes educated, thanks to a young female Draag. This leads to an Om rebellion, which weakens the Draag control over their race. Will the Oms and the Draags find a way to coexist? Or will they destroy each other? The film begins at 11:30pm. Tickets to this screening are $5 general admission with a free popcorn. http://www.gablescinema.org


Sunday, May 10 Mothers' Day

Mothers' Day at The Country Club
Celebrate Mother's Day at the Coral Gables Country Club, 997 North Greenway Drive, with Mother's Day Brunch at 11am and 1pm seatings. Highlights include Lobster Crusted Sea Bass, Ricotta Stuffed Ravioli Cabanara, Pollo Mattone with Mascarpone Polenta and Peppered Beef Tenderloin with Horseradish Cream, plus all your breakfast favorites. Choose from Artium room, Poolside or Foyer seating. The cost is $50 per person, $25 for children. http://www.coralgablescountryclub.com

Kids: How To Train Your Dragon 2
It's been five years since heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless successfully united dragons and Vikings on the island of Berk. While Astrid, Snotlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races, the now inseparable pair journey through the skies. The exciting, emotionally resonant, and beautifully animated adventure How To Train Your Dragon 2 plays in 3D at the Gables Cinema on Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10 at 11am as part of the series of family and youth films, Family Day on Aragon. Don't miss the thrilling second chapter of the epic How To Train Your Dragon trilogy as the duo Hiccup and Toothless protect the peace and save the future of both men and dragons. Winner of the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature this year, How To Train Your Dragon 2 is appropriate for ages 6 and up. Family Day on Aragon is in partnership with Books & Books and the Coral Gables Museum. Tickets to these special 11am screenings are $5 general admission with a free popcorn and soda. 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

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. http://www.fairchildgarden.org

Mainly Mozart: The Slavic Soul
Three superb artists present a program that cleverly juxtaposes works of Mozart with a selection of works by three Slavic composers. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Trio in G major, K 564; Josef Suk: Ballade and Serenade, op.3; Mozart-Liszt-Busoni-Gekic: Fantasy on two themes from the opera Marriage of Figaro; Antonin Dvorak: Four romantic pieces, op.75; Anton Arensky: Piano Trio in d minor, op.32 The concert takes place at the Biltmore Hotel's Danielson gallery at 4pm, feauring Robert Davidovici on violin, Iris Van Eck on cello and Kemal Gekic on piano. Call 786-556-1715. http://www.mainlymozart.com

Barnacle Under Moonlight Concert
Celebrate Mother's Day during The Barnacle's last Moonlight Concert of the season. Bring a picnic, blanket and lawn chairs for an evening of great music under the moonlight with Van Gogh Listens. Founded in 1992, the band performs a fusion of jazz, rock, and funk originals. Gates open 5:30, music begins at 6:30pm. Admission: $10 Future Members. $8 Members. $3 Ages 6-9. Under 6 free. Blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics are welcome during this event. Flashlights recommended. No pets, please. The Barnacle is located at 3485 Main Highway. Call 305-442-6866. http://www.thebarnacle.org

Alhambra Orchestra Free concert on Mothers' Day
The Alhambra Orchestra concludes its 25th anniversary season with a concert spanning the European continent and ending in America, traversing four centuries along the way. Tchaikovsky's Second Symphony, built on Russian folk themes, is the featured major work. Flute soloist Carol Naveira-Nicholson, a longtime member of the Miami Symphony and Alhambra Orchestra, performs Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor. The wind section is featured in English composer Gustav Holst's Suite No. 1, and the program also includes an original piece by local clarinetist and composer Javier Albornoz, a Master's Degree student at the University of Miami. Bring Mom, and the rest of your family, to enjoy this program at 7:30pm. Free admission and free parking at Ransom-Everglades School, 3575 Main Highway. Call 305-668-9260. Email: info@alhambramusic.org


Monday, May 11

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. http://www.miamijazz.org/

Richard Flanagan - The Narrow Road to the Deep North
August, 1943: Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. His life, in a brutal Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma Death Railway, is a daily struggle to save the men under his command. Until he receives a letter that will change him forever. A savagely beautiful novel about the many forms of good and evil, of truth and transcendence, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

Kristen Wiig: Welcome To Me at Cosford Cinema
In Welcome To Me, Alice Klieg (Kristen Wiig) suffers from borderline personality disorder, and though she manages it -- and the accompanying medications and therapeutic care -- fairly well, past tumult has left a broken marriage and strained familial relationships in its wake. One can't help but get the sense that Alice is straining to embrace bigger things, and when her numbers come up in the state lottery, suddenly she gets focused...on eighty million dollars' worth of possibilities. In quick succession, Alice buys a stretch of hours at a local television company, eschews her medication and therapy, moves into a casino, and creates her own talk show about herself. On its surface, Welcome To Me is a parable about how wish fulfillment doesn't always lead to happiness, but screenwriter Eliot Laurence has also layered in perceptive observations about the hollowness of fame and our current culture of confession. Despite Alice's outer volatility, Wiig centres her with a delicate inner stillness, keeping the viewer engaged with her every move. Buying a lottery ticket will never seem simple again. Cosford Cinema is located on the second floor of the Memorial Classroom building on UM campus. The film begins at 8:30pm. Cash only. Call 305-284-4861. http://www.cosfordcinema.com

 


Tuesday, May 12

Marc Di Maggio - The Unseen Colors of the 40s
How to find out the real colors of a black and white picture taken in the 1940s? How to discover colors in stories and moments we never seen or lived before? The italian writer Marc Jean Di Maggio talks about the vicissitudes of a small village during the second world war, the love towards the sea, their boats, and the beautiful Eneride, a novel that in poetic depth is underlined not only by the style but also by the message inherent in the book, that the discovery of the colors never before seen of the 40s, and how he was able to translate those colors into feelings and describe them in this story of the Shipwright and the Sailor. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com


Wednesday, May 13

Frank Mora - Neighborly Adversaries
The history of U.S.–Latin American relations has been characterized by a complex fusion of tensions, collaboration, misperceptions and intervention. Offering a balanced and interdisciplinary interpretation, this comprehensive reader traces the often-troubled relationship from the beginnings of the nineteenth century to the presidency of Barack Obama. Completely revised and updated, this third edition includes original essays on critically important issues such as immigration, the environment, and the Obama administration's policy toward the region. Sixteen years after the first edition was published, the editors are more optimistic as the hemisphere unites around trade, culture, tourism and an evolving mutual appreciation. Methodologically interdisciplinary, yet comparative and historical in organization and structure, this text will benefit all readers interested in the rich historical, social, and political "American" relationship. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

Gene Baur - Living the Farm Sanctuary Life
The cofounder and president of Farm Sanctuary, the nation's leading farm animal protection organization, Gene Baur knows that the key to happiness lies in aligning your beliefs with your actions. In this definitive vegan and animal-friendly lifestyle guide, he and Gene Stone, author of Forks Over Knives, explore the deeply transformative experience of visiting the sanctuary and its profound effects on people's lives. The book covers the basic tenets of Farm Sanctuary life -- such as eating in harmony with your values, connecting with nature wherever you are, and reducing stress -- and offers readers simple ways to incorporate these principles into their lives. Living the Farm Sanctuary Life also teaches readers how to cook and eat the Farm Sanctuary way, with 100 extraordinarily delicious recipes selected by some of the organization's greatest fans -- chefs and celebrities such as Chef AJ, Chloe Coscarelli, Emily Deschanel, and Moby. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com


Thursday, May 14

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. http://www.fairchildgarden.org

Lisa Leone in conversation with Esther Park- Here I Am
The Bronx-Paris-Los Angeles-early 1990s-Hip hop. This culture of music, dance, art and fashion is forever in its nascent and most authentic in Here I Am, the first monograph of Lisa Leone's photographs. From Nas in the first studio recordings for what would become Illmatic to Snoop on the set of his first video, from ingénue Debi Mazar hanging on the stoops of the West Village to Grandmaster Flash at a RockSteady reunion, Leone's photographs open portals to the sounds, places and, most important, the people who forged and continue to influence the energy that is hip hop. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 6:30pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

Kristen Wiig: Welcome To Me at Cosford Cinema
In Welcome To Me, Alice Klieg (Kristen Wiig) suffers from borderline personality disorder, and though she manages it -- and the accompanying medications and therapeutic care -- fairly well, past tumult has left a broken marriage and strained familial relationships in its wake. One can't help but get the sense that Alice is straining to embrace bigger things, and when her numbers come up in the state lottery, suddenly she gets focused...on eighty million dollars' worth of possibilities. In quick succession, Alice buys a stretch of hours at a local television company, eschews her medication and therapy, moves into a casino, and creates her own talk show about herself. On its surface, Welcome To Me is a parable about how wish fulfillment doesn't always lead to happiness, but screenwriter Eliot Laurence has also layered in perceptive observations about the hollowness of fame and our current culture of confession. Despite Alice's outer volatility, Wiig centres her with a delicate inner stillness, keeping the viewer engaged with her every move. Buying a lottery ticket will never seem simple again. Cosford Cinema is located on the second floor of the Memorial Classroom building on UM campus. The film begins at 8:30pm. Cash only. Call 305-284-4861. http://www.cosfordcinema.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greetings,

The last week of April has already brought showers, signaling an early rainy season, cooling off some of the high temperatures we're seeing before summer's official start.

Evenings are delightful and there's plenty of wondeful opportunities to make plans with friends and family to enjoy some Great Gables Events.

Robert and Robin Burr


Mainly Mozart Festival Opening Concert
Presented by the Miami Chamber Music Society, the Mainly Mozart Festival opens this Saturday, April 25 at 6pm at the Gusman Hall (UM) with a special recognition event that will honor Doreen Marx and Byron Krulewitch for their remarkable contribution to the arts in South Florida. Musicians from Carnegie Hall's (NYC) affiliate chamber music ensemble DECODA will be joined by the festival artistic director, award-winning pianist Marina Radiushina and guest violist Richard O'Neill, a two-time Grammy nominee and an Emmy and Avery Fisher Award recipient presenting works by Mozart, Strauss, Schumann and Brahms. Tickets: General $20, Student (available at the door) $10. Additional performances in this esteemed series are presented through June 21. Call 786-556-1715 http://www.mainlymozart.com

Monicelli's Forgotten Film The Passionate Thief
Tortorella (Anna Magnani), a Cinecittà extra making the rounds in Rome on New Year's Eve, runs into Infortunio (Totò), an old music-hall crony working as a sentry for Lello (Ben Gazzara), a handsome pickpocket looking to score on the Big Night. Three generations of outcasts on the lam as the clock ticks down to 1960. Director Mario Monicelli's forgotten masterpiece, lovingly restored, plays like the flip side of Fellini's La Dolce Vita, released earlier that year. Gazzara, fresh from his success in Anatomy of a Murder, makes an impression as an ambitious petty thief preying on the fervor of high mass. Tickets to these screenings -- Friday, April 24 at 2 and 6:45pm; Saturday, April 25 - Thursday, April 30 at 4 and 8:45pm-- are $11.50 and under and can be purchased in advance online. 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

Divino Ceviche Chef's Special Menu
Enjoy Tuna Tataki covered in quinoa with Maracuya (passion fruit) sauce over pasta as Divino Ceviche is launching it's new Chef's Special Menu offered until the end of the month, serving all day at 160 Giralda. Divino Ceviche offers fine Peruvian Fusion, combining traditional and modern elements while respecting the fresh products and the ancestral techniques. Call 786-360-3775. http://www.divinoceviche.com


Friday, April 24

Krizia G. Coleman - The Elephant in the Room
This book has helpful tips for new parents, health tips and issues we deal with during pregnancy and parenting. The psychological aspect of what is OK to feel or what not to feel during pregnancy and parenthood, what to expect, and what to deal with during this first crucial year of parenthood are discussed in regards to the entire family. The Elephant in the Room also covers very important tips for new dads to understand what exactly 'Mom' is going through as well as helpful guidelines to have a functional household once your baby arrives. What do you really need for your new baby? Planning for the hospital. How much could your new baby actually cost? Find it here along with pertinent information on vaccines and alternative medicines available. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 6:30pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

Dr. Alejandro Portes - Immigrant America
This revised, updated, and expanded fourth edition of Immigrant America: A Portrait provides readers with a comprehensive and current overview of immigration to the United States in a single volume. Updated with the latest available data, Immigrant America explores the economic, political, spatial, and linguistic aspects of immigration; the role of religion in the acculturation and social integration of foreign minorities; and the adaptation process for the second generation. This revised edition includes new chapters on theories of migration and on the history of U.S.-bound migration from the late nineteenth century to the present, offering an updated and expanded concluding chapter on immigration and public policy. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com


Saturday, April 25

Early-Bird Walks at Fairchild Garden
Enjoy a seasonal Early-Bird Walk in the garden on Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 to 9:30am, through April 26. The cost is included with admission. Please remember to wear comfortable shoes for this 45-minute bird appreciation walk, and bring your binoculars and/or camera. If you don't have binoculars, you can borrow them from the information desk at the Shehan Visitor Center upon arrival. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Call 305-667-1651. http://www.fairchildgarden.org

Chasing the Light Photo Workshops at the Museum
Introducing Chasing the Light photo workshops, seminars and portfolio reviews presented by Photo Workshops Miami and hosted by Coral Gables Museum from 8am to 8:30pm. They've assembled a team of instructors who have a combined 245 years of professional photography experience. In an intimate setting they'll bring you hands-on instruction with photo workshops, seminars, location lighting and portfolio reviews. For one full day you'll share the fun, creativity and photography with some of the best in the business. You'll close out the evening at Leica Store Miami with a toast to a memorable experience. For registration information, please visit: www.photoworkshopsmiami.com. Students receive 20% off. Call 305-796-4377 to register with student discount. Readers receive 10% off. Click on "Enter Promotional Code" just above the Order Now button on the Buy Tickets page. Enter code: GGE10 and click "Apply." You'll see the discount amount appear. The Coral Gables Museum is located at 285 Aragon.

Saturday Downtown Walking Tours
Stroll through Coral Gables' bustling business district to discover local history and architectural heritage. Starting at 11am, 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. http://www.coralgablesmuseum.org

Tea with Mr. Shakespeare at the Barnacle
Presented by Shakespeare Miami, you're invited to come in costume or try on one of their period costumes. Meet fairies in the Fairy Garden. Enjoy scenes and sonnets from Shakespeare. See actors perform a staged reading of "Much Ado about Nothing" at 2pm. And participate in arts and crafts, Renaissance dancing, rat pucking, sword fighting and more. Picnics and well-behaved pets on hand-held leashes no longer than six feet are welcome. The festivities from noon to 3pm are included with the regular park admission of $2. Children under age 6 are free. Tea, juice, cookies, and birthday cake will be available for $2 per person. The Barnacle is located at 3485 Main Highway. Call 305-442-6866. http://www.thebarnacle.org

Restored Ballet Masterpiece The Red Shoes
The Saturday and Sunday 1pm matinee at Gables Cinema is The Red Shoes. "Why do you want to dance? Why do you want to live?" The film that answers those burning questions was written, produced and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger and inspired by a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. Ballerina Vicky Page (Moira Shearer, a rival of Margot Fonteyn's at the Sadler's Wells Ballet) has to make the impossible choice between devoting her life to dance or to love. As Powell wrote in his autobiography, A Life in Movies: "We had all been told for ten years to go out and die for freedom and democracy, for this and for that, and now that the war was over, The Red Shoes told us to go and die for art." Nominated for five Academy Awards, The Red Shoes is one of the highest-grossing films of all time and also one of the most visually ravishing. Jack Cardiff's glorious three-strip technicolor cinematography was lovingly restored by Martin Scorsese, one of the landmark film's many admirers. 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

Day of the Book and The Rose
Part of the Catalan culture is the celebration of the Day of the Book and The Rose on April 23 On that festive day books and roses are bought, offered, given and exchanged. Books & Books and the Casal Català de Miami-Florida (The Catalan House of Miami-Florida) is bringing the Day of the Book and The Rose to Miami on Saturday, April 25. Key books in English about Catalan culture, history and politics will be on sale along with book exchange and a Sant Jordi workshop for kids at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 5pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

Mainly Mozart Festival Opening Concert
Presented by the Miami Chamber Music Society, the Mainly Mozart Festival opens at 6pm at the Gusman Hall (UM) with a special recognition event that will honor Doreen Marx and Byron Krulewitch for their remarkable contribution to the arts in South Florida. Musicians from Carnegie Hall's (NYC) affiliate chamber music ensemble DECODA will be joined by the festival artistic director, award-winning pianist Marina Radiushina and guest violist Richard O'Neill, a two-time Grammy nominee and an Emmy and Avery Fisher Award recipient presenting works by Mozart, Strauss, Schumann and Brahms. Tickets: General $20, Student (available at the door) $10. Additional performances in this esteemed series are presented through June 21. Call 786-556-1715. http://www.mainlymozart.com

Birdstock Caps 2015 ConCon Season!
A cadre of topflight South Florida bands, including Axe & the Oak, GoldDust Lounge, Raffa Joand Southbound Suspects, will headline Birdstock on Saturday, April 25th at the Tropical Audubon Society. Also on the Birdstock playbill, Jefe's Tacos & Burgers Food Truck will dish an authentic, Baja-inspired menu; a donation Bird Bar courtesy of Republic National Distributing Co. will provide liquid refreshment. Picnic tables are available on a first-come basis. Nearby community partners also offer take-out: George's, Sports Grill, Whisk Gourmet & Whole Foods Coral Gables. $10 donation, children free. Gates open at 7pm, music starts at 7:30pm. Proceeds benefit capital improvements to the grounds and historic buildings. The Tropical Audubon Society meets at the historic Doc Thomas House at 5530 Sunset Drive. Call 305-666-2842. http://tropicalaudubon.org/

Venoria Todman - Who Cheats More Than a Politician?
Couples tell all about the good, bad and the estranged. This book is filled with intrigue, passion, emotion, pain, suffering, fantasy, laughter, happiness, joy and sorrow. These are all wrapped up in simplicity, for you the readers to enjoy. You will be at the edge of your seats as you experience the above. Venoria Todman invites you to share this amazing journey with her as she examines the lives of seven married couples and one fantasy couple. In addition, she will share her own personal story of her marriage. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 7pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

Ridley Scott's Neo-Noir Classic Blade Runner
The Secret Celluloid Society presents Ridley Scott's quintessential neo-noir cult classic Blade Runner as part of the After Hours series at the Gables Cinema at 11:30pm. 2019 Los Angeles is a pan-cultural dystopia of corporate advertising, pollution, flying automobiles and replicants, human-like androids with short life spans built by the Tyrell Corporation. Engulfed in this cyberpunk vision of the future is Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a retired cop who specializes in terminating these androids. Deckard is forced back into action when four rogue replicants escape from an off-world colony to Earth. Initially a box office bust, Blade Runner's unique postmodern production design became hugely influential within the sci-fi genre, gaining a significant cult following for years to come. To this day, the film is considered legendary within the medium. Tickets are $5 general admission with a free popcorn and can be purchased in advance. 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


Sunday, April 26

Early-Bird Walks at Fairchild Garden
Enjoy a seasonal Early-Bird Walk in the garden on Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 to 9:30am, through April 26. The cost is included with admission. Please remember to wear comfortable shoes for this 45-minute bird appreciation walk, and bring your binoculars and/or camera. If you don't have binoculars, you can borrow them from the information desk at the Shehan Visitor Center upon arrival. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Call 305-667-1651. http://www.fairchildgarden.org

Waterway Canoe Tour
Enjoy a day out on the Coral Gables Waterway, a man-made system of canals that added 40 miles of waterfront to the City from Biscayne Bay through the residential section to the grand golf course at the Biltmore Hotel. This is a leisure canoeing experience led by EcoAdventure and Coral Gables Museum staff that encompasses both nature and history in a delightful blend of unique natural vistas and historic landmarks. A surprising amount of wildlife can be seen in the water and on the shore. Registrants will meet at the Coral Gables Museum at 9am and start with a guided tour of the exhibit Creating the Dream: George E. Merrick and His Vision for Coral Gables. After the exhibit, board a bus to the Waterway and onto your canoe for a 2 hour paddling adventure. $40 per person. Rain or shine. Advance registration required. Please review Canoe Tour Rules and Restrictions online. Call 305-603-8067. Coral Gables Museum is located at 285 Aragon. Call 305-603-8067. http://www.coralgablesmuseum.org

Restored Ballet Masterpiece The Red Shoes
The Saturday and Sunday 1pm matinee at Gables Cinema is The Red Shoes. "Why do you want to dance? Why do you want to live?" The film that answers those burning questions was written, produced and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger and inspired by a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. Ballerina Vicky Page (Moira Shearer, a rival of Margot Fonteyn's at the Sadler's Wells Ballet) has to make the impossible choice between devoting her life to dance or to love. As Powell wrote in his autobiography, A Life in Movies: "We had all been told for ten years to go out and die for freedom and democracy, for this and for that, and now that the war was over, The Red Shoes told us to go and die for art." Nominated for five Academy Awards, The Red Shoes is one of the highest-grossing films of all time and also one of the most visually ravishing. Jack Cardiff's glorious three-strip technicolor cinematography was lovingly restored by Martin Scorsese, one of the landmark film's many admirers. 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

Jazz Era returns to the Historic Biltmore
The Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables presents a special program of Jazz history appreciation at the Biltmore Hotel, starting at 4pm, presented in association with Orchestra Miami. Celebrate the City of Coral Gables' 90th anniversary with a beautiful orchestral concert at the Biltmore Hotel, a national historic landmark. The upcoming orchestra concert will consist of jazz-influenced masterpieces, such as Copland's gorgeous Concerto for Clarinet (with Richard Hancock, soloist), A Jazz Symphony by George Antheil (originally composed in 1927), the Jazz Suite N.1 by Shostokovich and much more. Reserve your premium seats for the Orchestra Miami concert, a private tasting during intermission of the Facundo Rum collection of grand reserve rums donated by Bacardi USA, and an exclusive post-concert reception with the principal artists on the Granada Ballroom Terrace. Limited VIP tickets are available for $125/150. All proceeds from the VIP tickets to benefit HPACG and Orchestra Miami. Advance sales only. For additional information call 954-701-5263 or email: email info@historiccoralgables.org

Camino 101
Join American Pilgrims on the Camino for a presentation and Q&A on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, followed by a screening of the short documentary Camino the Journey to Santiago at Books & Books. The presentation will cover the historical and cultural background of the Camino and the practicalities of walking the route. This is a great comprehensive presentation for anyone who is planning to embark on the Camino for the first time. Veterans are also welcome to come share their perspective. Please RSVP to southflorida@americanpilgrims.org

Annual TAS WingDing and Silent Auction -- 100th Year Edition
Join your friends at the Tropical Audubon Society as they celebrate 100 years of Audubon Chapters in Miami-Dade County. From 4 to 8pm, they've hatched a delightful afternoon of great food, Bird Bar libations, live music and inspiring conservation content. Maggie Hurchalla, former Martin County Commissioner and Everglades Coalition Hall-of-Fame inductee, will be the keynote speaker. Community Environmental Rock Stars recognized this year include Dan Beard Government Award: Commissioner Rebeca Sosa; Polly Redford Citizen Award: Steve Leidner; Board Appreciation Award: Rick Cohen; and Executive Director Volunteer Award: John Boyd. The Tropical Audubon Society meets at the historic Doc Thomas House at 5530 Sunset Drive. Call 305-666-2842. http://tropicalaudubon.org/

Living Artist Concert Series at Deering
The Deering Estate will present this month's Living Artist Concert Series featuring the Deering Estate Chamber Ensemble with guest violinist, Charles Castleman, starting at 5pm. Enjoy an intimate evening of Viennese treats by Franz Schubert, including the ever popular and irresistible "Trout" quintet. These evenings of classical chamber music are performed in the historic Stone House Ballroom where the superb natural acoustics provide the perfect setting. A Meet the Artist reception begins at 5pm followed by the concert at 5:30. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for students. The Deering Estate at Cutler is located at 16701 S.W. 72nd Avenue. Call 305-235-1668 x233. http://www.deeringestate.org

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. http://www.fairchildgarden.org

The Barnacle Old Time Dance
Bring the whole family to The Barnacle 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 6 pm. For beginners, an Introduction to the Dance starts at 6:30. The Old Time Dance begins at 7 and ends at 10pm. 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


Monday, April 27

Harold Reitman, M.D. - Aspertools
If you ask Dr. Harold Reitman, labels are a lousy way to describe a unique human being, whether it's Asperger's, high functioning autism, ADHD, dyslexia, Tourette's or even the so-called neuro-typical brain itself. One size does not fit all. Everyone's brain is different. Helping others 'get it' when it comes to dealing with those with so-called learning disabilities is why Reitman has written this book. It is the first book to offer simple tools, action plans and resources to help understand and deal with anyone whose brain is a bit different. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 6:30pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

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. http://www.miamijazz.org/

Neal Shusterman - Challenger Deep
A captivating novel about mental illness that lingers long beyond the last page, Challenger Deep is a heartfelt tour de force by New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman. Caden Bosch is on a ship that's headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench. Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior. Caden Bosch is designated the ship's artist in residence to document the journey with images. Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head. Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny. Challenger Deep is a deeply powerful and personal novel from one of today's most admired writers for teens. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com


Tuesday, April 28

Tenth Annual Latin America Conference
The University of Miami's Center For Hemispheric Policy presents their Tenth Annual Latin America Conference. Topics include: The Changing Political Landscape in Latin America; Dialogue on Economic Challenges Facing the Region; U.S. Policy Shift with Cuba; Panama Summit of the Americas Resolutions; Trade Outlook for the Americas. The event takes place at the Conrad Miami, 1395 Brickell Avenue at 8am. Contact Michael Graybeal at 305-284-9918. http://www.miami.edu/chp

Kathryn A. DePalo - The Failure of Term Limits in Florida
In 1992, Florida voters approved an amendment to the state's Constitution creating eight-year term limits for legislators -- making Florida the second-largest state to implement such a law. Eight years later, sixty-eight term-limited senators and representatives were forced to retire, and the state saw the highest number of freshman legislators since the first legislative session in 1845. Proponents view term limits as part of a battle against the rising political class and argue that limits will foster a more honest and creative body with ideal citizen legislators. However,this comprehensive twenty-year study suggests limits created a more powerful governor, legislative staffers, and lobbyists. Because incumbency is now certain, leadership races -- especially for Speaker -- are sometimes completed before members have even cast a single vote. Furthermore, legislators rarely leave public office; they simply return to local offices where they continue to exert influence. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 6:30pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com


Wednesday, April 29

Miami Dance Festival 2015 at the library
The Miami Dance Festival 2015, presented by Momentum Dance Company, will present a panel of Artists in Collaboration and brief performances at 6pm. Participating artists are Delma Iles, Rob "Wild Boar" Moore, Ilisa Rosal and Marilyn Skow. Admission is free. The event takes place at the Coral Gables Public Library, 3443 Segovia. Call 305-858-7002. http://www.MomentumDance.com

Raising Kids with Special Needs: An Evening with Anne Ford
Blending memoir with self-help, this is the remarkably honest and inspiring story about raising a child with learning disabilities. When Anne Ford learned that her daughter Allegra's differences were the result of severe learning disabilities, she faced a challenge that neither money nor position could ease. Desperate for answers, she sought out doctors, schools, and tutors for help. As she journeyed from denial to acceptance, Anne faced rejection, intolerance, disinterest, and puzzlement from friends, family, and professionals, eventually finding her way to the schools, people, and situations that enabled her to raise her family with hope and promise. Anne became an activist on behalf of children and families faced with LD, and in time, she saw her child grow into a vibrant, loving, independent adult with a passion for ice skating and a commitment to help other children with disabilities. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 6:30pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com


Thursday, April 30

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. http://www.fairchildgarden.org

David Brooks - The Road to Character
Eye-opening and deeply personal, The Road to Character proves that it is how we want to be remembered -- and not what we put on our resumes -- that truly matters. This is David Brooks' most powerful and revolutionary book yet. The event takes place at the MDC Chapman Conference Center at 6:30pm. Call 305-442-4408. RSVP

VIP Night at La Dorada restaurant
Meet and greet international artist Nicolas Vangi and enjoy his exhibition "The Light of Your Mirror" at La Dorada restaurant, 177 Giralda in the second floor private dining room from 6:30 to 8:30pm. La Dorada Coral Gables is a traditional Spanish food establishment, specializing in seafood, and Spanish Mediterranean food with fresh products arriving by air directly from the Mediterranean Sea, the North Atlantic Sea and the Cantabrian Sea daily. Call 305-446-2002. http://ladoradarestaurant.com

Brazilian Jazz Pianist Andre Mehmari In Concert
In this solo piano performance, Andre Mehmari's instinct for composition will be evident not only in the works he has written and arranged, but also in interpretation. This skill is at the forefront of his new solo recording, Ouro Sobre Azul, devoted to the piano music of Ernesto Nazareth. Drawing on these works and his deep well of solo repertoire, this performance will assuredly be a scintillating evening of music. Joining Mehmari will be two special guests known for their knowledge of Brazilian music: singers Wendy Pedersen and Rose Max. This event, starting at 8pm at the museum, is supported by the Miami Symphony. Tickets are $15. Call 305-603-8067. RSVP

Iza Emmett & Jennifer Bird - American Art Deco Furniture
American Art Deco Furniture is a Limited Edition book that covers the development of an American "style" of furniture that breaks from European tradition. It took 31 years to research and write and draws on 38 years of experience in buying, selling and collecting by Ric Emmett, one of the most knowledgeable and respected dealers in Art Deco since 1979. The book is organized around the various designers of the late 1920s and 1930s. It features some of the American companies and manufacturers that took a risk during the Great Depression introducing a new style, such as Herman Miller who produced Gilbert Rohde's very modern line of furniture. At 569 pages the American Art Deco Furniture book contains over 200 previously unpublished photographs of amazing furniture, over 200 pages of documentary period copies of advertisements, press releases and patents. The book also has a section on the tags and markings on furniture of the period as well as a useful bibliography. It is published in a Limited Edition of 1000 copies, each copy is numbered. There will be no second printing. Meet the authors at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

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