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Greetings,

It's cool weather this weekend, and we're pleased to enjoy the refreshing spring breezes before warm weather sets in this summer.

Friday is National Paella Day. Bulla Gastrobar is celebrating with four new paella menu items featuring duck confit, lobster, lamb, and prawn. La Taberna Giralda offers paella for two for $30, plus a complimentary wine tasting at 8pm.

Don't be fooled next Wednesday as April debuts. Traditionally, we won't experience significant showers until the third week of May.

Robert and Robin Burr


First Date at Miracle Theatre
Enjoy this hysterical and hopeful new Broadway musical about the chances we take to find love with Actors' Playhouse production of First Date at the Miracle Theatre. When blind date newbie Aaron is set up with serial-dater Casey, a casual drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious high stakes dinner. As the date unfolds in real time, the couple finds that they are not alone. In a delightful and unexpected twist, Casey and Aaron's inner critics take on a life of their own when other restaurant patrons transform into their best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines. Can this couple turn what could be a dating disaster into something special before the check arrives? The play continues through April 22. Tickets range from $35 to $52. 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

Smash Hit "Wild Tales" Held Over at Gables Cinema
Revenge can be sweet. According to Argentina's all-time box-office champ, Wild Tales (Relatos Salvajes), it can also be lots of nasty fun. The film's overwhelming success can be attributed to its surefire bait for entertainment gluttons: You can have your cake and eat it too. In this instance, you can get mad and get even. Call it characters on the "verge of a nervous breakdown." Almodóvar, Wild Tales' producer, certainly won't mind. Like O. Henry on a mean streak, director Damián Szifron's six-course feast consists of impeccably crafted independent short stories that collectively plunder the ineffable depths of comeuppance with ravenous glee. The thirty-something chef enters the international scene in style, assembling a 24-carat cast headed by the great Ricardo Darín for a deliciously dubious celebration. 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, March 27

China and Latin America: The Changing Relationship
The University of Miami's Center For Hemispheric Policy presents China and Latin America: The Changing Relationship. Panelists include R. Evan Ellis, Research Professor of Latin American Studies at U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute in Carlisle, Pennsylvania; Bret Rosen, Managing Director of Research at Jamestown Latin America in Los Angeles; and Derek Scissors, Resident Scholar at American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, D.C. The event takes place at the Conrad Miami Vila Real at 1395 Brickell Avenue at 8am. Contact Michael Graybeal at 305-284-9918. http://www.miami.edu/chp

Tennessee Williams and The Women of the Fog
James Grissom presents an extraordinary book; one that almost magically makes clear how Tennessee Williams wrote -- revealing the heart and soul of artistic inspiration and the unwitting collaboration between playwright and actress, playwright and director. At a moment in the life of Tennessee Williams when he felt he had been relegated to a "lower artery of the theatrical heart," when critics were proclaiming that his work had been overrated, he summoned to New Orleans a hopeful twenty-year-old writer, James Grissom, who had written an unsolicited letter to the great playwright asking for advice. After a long, intense conversation, Williams sent Grissom on a journey on the playwright's behalf to find out if he, Tennessee Williams, or his work, had mattered to those who had so deeply mattered to him, those who had led him to what he called the blank page, "the pale judgment." Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 6:30pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry
Psychiatry has come a long way since the days of chaining "lunatics" in cold cells and parading them as freakish marvels before a gaping public. But, as Jeffrey Lieberman, MD, reveals in his extraordinary and eye-opening book, the path to legitimacy for "the black sheep of medicine" has been anything but smooth. In Shrinks, Dr. Lieberman traces the field from its birth as a mystic pseudo-science through its adolescence as a cult of "shrinks" to its late blooming maturity -- beginning after World War II -- as a science-driven profession that saves lives. With fascinating case studies and portraits of the luminaries of the field -- from Sigmund Freud to Eric Kandel -- Shrinks is a gripping and illuminating read, and an urgent call-to-arms to dispel the stigma of mental illnesses by treating them as diseases rather than unfortunate states of mind. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com


Saturday, March 28

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

Last Farmers Market of the Season
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. http://www.coralgables.com/index.aspx?page=654

Palm Society Spring Show and Sale
The South Florida Palm Society presents their annual Spring Show and Sale at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, Address: 10901 Old Cutler Road from 9:30am to 4:30. Hundreds of species of highly-decorative palms and cycads will be offered. In addition, each visitor will receive a free palm seedling while quantities last. And there will also be an information table where you can receive advice about growing and maintaining your new plants. While at the Garden, don't miss the chance to look at the Chihuly Glass exhibit and to tour the Wings of the Tropics Butterfly House. Admission to the Garden is free to Fairchild members, or $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up and $12 for children 6-17. Call 305-873-4105. http://www.southfloridapalmsociety.org/

The Business Of Filmmaking by Verena Faden
As founder and CEO of the successful Faden To Black Pictures, Verena Faden constantly confronts the creative and financial challenges of being a professional artist. In this Film Education Initiative inaugural workshop event, Faden will discuss in an open forum the ways creatives can work to attract clients and increase freelancing opportunities by offering creative services that aim to provoke, inspire, challenge and artistically satisfy creatives and paying clients alike. The Miami Film Development Project is a project of the Coral Gables Cinemateque that facilitates and creates film production, education and outreach and is dedicated to the construction of a new, internationally acclaimed tradition of independent cinema production in South Florida. Founded in 2015 by the Coral Gables Cinemateque, MFDP works hand in hand with many private and non-profit organizations dedicated to the causes of supporting, engaging and inspiring South Florida storytellers, filmmakers, multi-media artists and technicians. The workshop takes place at Gables Cinema from 11am to 1pm. Tickets are $15 per person and available for purchase on the Miami Film Development Project website: http://www.filmprojectmiami.com

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. http://www.coralgablesmuseum.org

30th Anniversary: Kiss of the Spider Woman
Two radically different men are thrown together in a Latin American prison cell. One is Valentín (Raul Julia), a journalist being tortured for his political beliefs. The other is Molina (William Hurt), a window-dresser who fills their lonely nights by spinning romantic fantasies drawn from memories of old movies. As their animosity gradually turns to respect, the two prisoners become entangled in an ever-tightening web of betrayal and self-sacrifice. The first indie film to be nominated in the top four Oscar categories (Hurt won Best Actor) was produced by David Weisman (Ciao! Manhattan), directed by Hector Babenco (Pixote) and adapted by Leonard Schrader (Blue Collar) from the celebrated novel by Manuel Puig (Betrayed by Rita Hayworth). Lovingly restored in its 30th anniversary, Kiss of the Spider Woman is a testament to film and fantasy's power as escape from misery. A video-link Q&A session with producer David Weisman follows the 1pm screening. 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

Conservation Concert Double Date at TAS
Three Sheets to the Wind are joined by Allen, Bello & Company at the Tropical Audobon Society for a unique Conservation Concert double-date from 7 to 10pm. The night air will come alive with a tapestry of music as critically acclaimed Three Sheets to the Wind and Allen, Bello & Company perform back-to-back sets. Three Sheets plays a lively mix of traditional and contemporary world music -- from Americana roots to Blues to Rock & Reggae, spiked with captivating originals. The dynamic duo of Phil Allen & Diane Bello mellows the mood with Folk Rock favorites and originals with prominent vocals. Gates open at 7pm, music starts at 7:30. Admission is $10 donation, children are free. The Tropical Audubon Society meets at the historic Doc Thomas House at 5530 Sunset Drive. Call 305-666-2842. http://tropicalaudubon.org/

First Date at Miracle Theatre
Enjoy this hysterical and hopeful new Broadway musical about the chances we take to find love with Actors' Playhouse production of First Date at the Miracle Theatre. When blind date newbie Aaron is set up with serial-dater Casey, a casual drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious high stakes dinner. As the date unfolds in real time, the couple finds that they are not alone. In a delightful and unexpected twist, Casey and Aaron's inner critics take on a life of their own when other restaurant patrons transform into their best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines. Can this couple turn what could be a dating disaster into something special before the check arrives? The play continues through April 22. Tickets range from $35 to $52. 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

New Jerusalem at GableStage
GableStage presents New Jerusalem, The Interrogation of Baruch De Spinoza at Talmud Torah Congregation, Amsterdam July 27, 1656. As the Inquisition bears down on them, a small Jewish community flees Portugal to find a tenuous peace in seemingly liberal Amsterdam. But Spinoza, a favorite son of the community and the rabbi's heir apparent, is a revolutionary thinker. When the boldness of his ideas strains the bounds of Amsterdam's professed tolerance, it leads to a dangerous confrontation between powerful political forces and his own beloved community. Based on true events in the life of one of the greatest philosophers in history, David Ives' engaging drama challenges traditional political and religious thinking with conviction, passion, and wit. Ives opens the temple doors and lets us listen to a dispute whose philosophical and political echoes still reverberate today. GableStage is located at the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave. Call 305-445-1119. http://www.gablestage.org

Late Night: Jodorowsky's Midnight Classic El Topo
"Too much perfection is a mistake." The Secret Celluloid Society presents the bizarre, ultra-violent, allegorical Western El Topo, coming to the Gables Cinema on Saturday, March 28 at 11:30pm as part of the weekend After Hours series. El Topo is set in two halves that have widely been compared to the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. In the first half, Jodorowsky plays a violent, black-clad gunfighter who, accompanied by his naked son, sets off on a murderous mission to challenge four Zen masters of gunfighting, and learns from each of them a Great Lesson before they die. In the second half, Jodorowsky sets out to find personal redemption, secluding himself in a subterranean community to learn the ways of peace, but unfortunately death is never far away. First released as an underground film, it was thanks to John Lennon that the film was acquired by Allen Klein of ABKCO, who bought the rights to El Topo and then financed Alejandro Jodorowsky's next film The Holy Mountain. 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, March 29

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

Gables Waterway Canoe Tour
Enjoy a day out on the Coral Gables Waterway, a man-made system of canals that added 40 miles of waterfront to the City from Biscayne Bay through the residential section to the grand golf course at the Biltmore Hotel. This is a leisure canoeing experience led by Eco-Adventure 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 to start with a guided tour of the exhibit Creating the Dream: George E. Merrick and His Vision for Coral Gables. After the exhibit, participants board a bus to the Waterway and into canoes for a 2 hour paddling adventure. Tickets are $40 per person. Rain or shine. Advance registration required. Call 305-603-8067. http://coralgablesmuseum.org/upcoming.php

Palm Society Spring Show and Sale
The South Florida Palm Society presents their annual Spring Show and Sale at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, Address: 10901 Old Cutler Road from 9:30am to 4:30. Hundreds of species of highly-decorative palms and cycads will be offered. In addition, each visitor will receive a free palm seedling while quantities last. And there will also be an information table where you can receive advice about growing and maintaining your new plants. While at the Garden, don't miss the chance to look at the Chihuly Glass exhibit and to tour the Wings of the Tropics Butterfly House. Admission to the Garden is free to Fairchild members, or $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up and $12 for children 6-17. Call 305-873-4105. http://www.southfloridapalmsociety.org/

30th Anniversary: Kiss of the Spider Woman
Two radically different men are thrown together in a Latin American prison cell. One is Valentín (Raul Julia), a journalist being tortured for his political beliefs. The other is Molina (William Hurt), a window-dresser who fills their lonely nights by spinning romantic fantasies drawn from memories of old movies. As their animosity gradually turns to respect, the two prisoners become entangled in an ever-tightening web of betrayal and self-sacrifice. The first indie film to be nominated in the top four Oscar categories (Hurt won Best Actor) was produced by David Weisman (Ciao! Manhattan), directed by Hector Babenco (Pixote) and adapted by Leonard Schrader (Blue Collar) from the celebrated novel by Manuel Puig (Betrayed by Rita Hayworth). Lovingly restored in its 30th anniversary, Kiss of the Spider Woman is a testament to film and fantasy's power as escape from misery. A video-link Q&A session with producer David Weisman follows the 1pm screening. 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

You Are Not Alone: Coping with Mental Illness Addiction & Recovery
A panel discussion with the psychiatrist, the therapist, the patient and the family. You Are Not Alone: Coping with Mental Illness; Addiction and Recovery. Moderated by Joan E. Childs, author of Why Did She Jump? Join the discussion at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 4pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

Jazz in the Gables Sunday Concert
Back by popular demand, Jazz in the Gables offers free concerts on the Coral Gables Museum plaza located on Salzedo Street two blocks north of Miracle Mile. The concerts showcase a different talented jazz performer or ensemble each Sunday afternoon at 4pm. Catering by Lovables will offer box lunches for sale on-site during each performance. Jazz in the Gables is a collaboration between the City of Coral Gables, the Coral Gables Museum, the Business Improvement District, the Chamber of Commerce and the Miami Jazz Coop. http://www.jazzinthegables.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 Commodore's Birthday Party at the Barnacle
Commemorate the life of one of Coconut Grove's most charming and influential pioneers with a birthday celebration. Join members of The Barnacle Society as they honor Commodore Ralph Middleton Munroe's 164th birthday with a buffet supper by David and Doug's Catering, birthday cake, live music by Cuban Pete & the Hialeah Hooligans, and a silent auction on the scenic bayfront grounds of The Barnacle, Munroe's historic home. Period costumes 1851-1933 are welcome. For an additional $25, guests can enjoy a Twilight Tour of The Barnacle, Silent Auction Preview, and Complimentary Champagne on the front porch from 5:30 to 7pm. The Barnacle is located at 3485 Main Highway. Call 305-442-6866. http://www.thebarnacle.org


Monday, March 30

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/

Charles Cobb Jr. - This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed
In This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed, civil rights scholar Charles E. Cobb Jr. describes the vital role that armed self-defense played in the survival and liberation of black communities in America during the Southern Freedom Movement of the 1960s. In the Deep South, blacks often safeguarded themselves and their loved ones from white supremacist violence by bearing -- and, when necessary, using -- firearms. In much the same way, Cobb shows, nonviolent civil rights workers received critical support from black gun owners in the regions where they worked. Whether patrolling their neighborhoods, garrisoning their homes, or firing back at attackers, these courageous men and women and the weapons they carried were crucial to the movement's success. Giving voice to the World War II veterans, rural activists, volunteer security guards, and self-defense groups who took up arms to defend their lives and liberties, This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed lays bare the paradoxical relationship between the nonviolent civil rights struggle and the Second Amendment. Drawing on his firsthand experiences in the civil rights movement and interviews with fellow participants, Cobb provides a controversial examination of the crucial place of firearms in the fight for American freedom. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

Late Night Happy Hour at the Ale House
On Sunday through Thursday evenings from 1pm to close, enjoy great deals at Miller's Ale House at 101 Miracle Mile. $2 well drinks, $3 call drinks, $4 premium driks, $5 appetizers, $6 pitchers of beer and $7 pitchers of Sangria and Margaritas. Call 305-444-3600. http://www.millersalehouse.com


Tuesday, March 31

A Historic Walk Along The White Way Lights
Join the Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables on a historic walk along the "White Way Lights" corridor. The design of this unique street lamp bases represent the Four Seasons/Ages theme and depict labor, architecture, horticulture, and art. The same theme is reflected in the City Hall dome murals and the relief sculptures on the DeSoto Fountain. Members and friends will meet at the Coral Gables Library at 2pm to take a stroll along Riviera Drive and explore the historic "White Way" corridor. At 3pm, the group returns to the Library for a a meet and greet with a special presentation with Coral Gables City Manager Cathy Swanson-Rivenbark. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to info@historiccoralgables.org web: http://www.historiccoralgables.org/

Nelson Mandela and the Making of Modern South Africa
Drawing on his Moments with Mandela, Dr. Wilmot James will tell the story of Nelson Mandela's efforts at building a nation, at the Third FLoor Conference Room of the Otto G. Richter Library on UM campus at 4:30pm. Mandela started with a divided past, with a goal of improving the lives of the least well-off, efforts that resonate with the philosophy of John Rawls that the distribution of goods and services must always benefit the least advantaged the most. Twenty years after the birth of democracy, some aspects of Mandela's legacy are enduring and others not. Dr. James will present an analysis of why the modern history of South Africa turned out the way it did. Dr. James is South Africa's Shadow Minister for Health and is the Federal Chairperson of the Democratic Alliance Party. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is an Honorary Professor of Sociology at the University of Pretoria and in the Division of Human Genetics at the University of Cape Town. Please RSVP.

Chamber of Commerce Election Candidate Forum
The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce will host its biennial Candidate Forum at the University of Miami's Fieldhouse at 6pm in anticipation of the upcoming April 14 election. All ten candidates are confirmed to participate in the interactive and informative forum, beginning with Group V candidates, followed by Group IV and then Group I, the Mayoral Race. This complimentary event allows residents and business leaders in Coral Gables to hear from each of the candidates for public office and to ask questions pertaining to current issues in our community. Questions may be submitted in advance of the program to events@coralgableschamber.org or at the Forum, itself. Link for more info.

Ronald Fenster - D.A.S.P.O.
Based on the exploits of 1st Lt. Ron Fenster, D.A.S.P.O is a breakthrough novel that recounts the misadventures of an unhinged troop of US Army photographers and filmmakers during the height of the Vietnam War. In Saigon, Department of the Army Special Photographic Office troops lived off-base in a downtown villa complete with servants, air conditioning, and a rooftop patio for their pot-laden parties. Second, they generally wore civilian clothes and traveled on diplomatic passports that allowed them complete access to anywhere they wanted to go. Third, their film assignments often required them to go outside the military Table of Organization -- way outside -- to finagle the materials and transport they needed to "get the shot." None of them were career soldiers. They were frustrated Fellinis, each one with warped visions of someday walking the red carpet and expressing their heartfelt gratitude to the Academy. From the story of the Girl with One Green Leg to the baby-selling Mamasan to the exposure of the corrupt, drug-dealing Colonel Xoan, each chapter of D.A.S.P.O offers the reader stories that are both hilarious and heartbreaking. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com


Wednesday, April 1

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

Mark Bailey - Of All the Gin Joints
Humphrey Bogart got himself arrested for protecting his drinking buddies, who happened to be a pair of stuffed pandas. Ava Gardner would water-ski to the set of Night of the Iguana holding a towline in one hand and a cocktail in the other. Barely legal Natalie Wood would let Dennis Hopper seduce her if he provided a bathtub full of champagne. Bing Crosby's ill-mannered antics earned him the nickname "Binge Crosby." And sweet Mary Pickford stashed liquor in hydrogen peroxide bottles during Prohibition. From the frontier days of silent film up to the wild auteur period of the 1970s, Mark Bailey has pillaged the vaults of Hollywood history and lore to dig up the true -- and often surprising -- stories of seventy of our most beloved actors, directors, and screenwriters at their most soused. Bite-size biographies are followed by ribald anecdotes and memorable quotes. If a star had a favorite cocktail, the recipe is included. Films with the most outrageous booze-soaked stories, like Apocalypse Now, From Here to Eternity, and The Misfits, are featured, along with the legendary watering holes of the day (and the recipes for their signature drinks). Edward Hemingway's portraits complete this spirited look at America's most iconic silver-screen legends. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 6:30pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

Erik Larson - Dead Wake at Congregational Church
On May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were surprisingly at ease, even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone. For months, German U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the Lusitania was one of the era's great transatlantic Greyhounds -- the fastest liner then in service -- and her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack. Germany, however, was determined to change the rules of the game, and Walther Schwieger, the captain of Unterseeboot-20, was happy to oblige. Meanwhile, an ultra-secret British intelligence unit tracked Schwieger's U-boat, but told no one. As U-20 and the Lusitania made their way toward Liverpool, an array of forces both grand and achingly small -- hubris, a chance fog, a closely guarded secret, and more -- all converged to produce one of the great disasters of history. It is a story that many of us think we know but don't, and Erik Larson tells it thrillingly, switching between hunter and hunted while painting a larger portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era. Gripping and important, Dead Wake captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history. Meet the author at the Congragational Church, 3010 De Soto Blvd at 7:30pm. Call 305-442-4408. Link to RSVP


Thursday, April 2

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

Leica Lounge with Al Diaz
The Coral Gables Leica Store presents a photo enthusiast's gathering with renowned Miami Herald photojournalist Al Diaz at 7pm. His award-winning work over the past 20 years has included ritzy photographs of the Miami Heat and Britney Spears, field work in Cuba, Panama, Haiti and much more. Enjoy light bites and refreshments from Brooklyn Brewery. The Leica Store Miami is located at 372 Miracle Mile. Call 305-921-4433. http://leicastoremiami.com/

Anthony Garcia and Mike Lydon - Tactical Urbanism
In the twenty-first century, cities worldwide must respond to a growing and diverse population, ever-shifting economic conditions, new technologies, and a changing climate. Short-term, community-based projects -- from pop-up parks to open streets initiatives -- have become a powerful and adaptable new tool of urban activists, planners, and policy-makers seeking to drive lasting improvements in their cities and beyond. These quick, often low-cost, and creative projects are the essence of the Tactical Urbanism movement. A detailed set of case studies, from guerilla way-finding signs in Raleigh, to pavement transformed into parks in San Francisco, to a street art campaign leading to a new streetcar line in El Paso, demonstrate the breadth and scalability of tactical urbanism interventions. Finally, the book provides a detailed toolkit for conceiving, planning, and carrying out projects, including how to adapt them based on local needs and challenges. Tactical Urbanism will inspire and empower a new generation of engaged citizens, urban designers, land use planners, architects, and policymakers to become key actors in the transformation of their communities. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com


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