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Labor Day weekend is here. Since 1887 -- for the last 128 years -- the first Monday in September heralds the turning point in our long summer season of vacations and warm weather adventures. It's an extended weekend of relaxation to honor the struggles of the noble American labor movement as we gather to celebrate family and friendship. Traditionally, it was always the last weekend before school started, but that's changed in the past few decades.

As you make plans to spend quality time with family and friends, we hope the following list of Great Gables Events offers you some interesting and rewarding opportunities to make the most of these coming days.

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Harald Neuweg Wins The Perfect Pour
Our favorite Austrian chef and restauranteur Harald Neuweg, owner of Fritz & Franz Bierhaus, beat out 67 contestants at the preliminaries and two other finalist to win the Warsteiner "PerfectPourOff" last Saturday night at the CitizenM Hotel in New York's Time Square. After three decades of serving the finest beer and food to customers in the Gables, Harald has been recognized for his true talent in life. Stop by the Bierhaus at 60 Merrick Way and let Harald show you how it's done. Congratulations Harald.

Saturday and Sunday Brunch at Swine
Your friends at Swine Southern Table and Bar at 2415 Ponce are serving up a "foot-stompin', soul-healin' brunch" menu on the weekends from 10am to 4pm featuring a plethora of down home delicacies. Start with a Warm Sticky Icky Bun made with maple-bourbon toffee syrup, pecan butter and candied smoked bacon topped with sweet potato pie ice cream before graduating to the Farm Eggs and Maple Sausage Sandwich, Shrimp & Grits, Country Fried Bacon & Waffle, or a Buttermilk Biscuit Bacon Benedict... you get the idea. Call 786-360-6433.

California Wine Month at California Pizza Kitchen
The new wine menu for September is debuting at California Pizza Kitchen, 300 Miracle Mile, featuring a new selection of California wines, carefully selected from vineyards along the coast of California as well as favorites from around the world. After three decades, CPK is world-renowned for their unique California twist on global flavors, presented in a delightful, family-friendly atmosphere. The hand-tossed artisan pizzas, along with classic pastas and unique salads use fresh, seasonally inspired ingredients. Enjoy hand-shaken cocktails, premium wines and craft beers at CPK, 300 Miracle Mile. Call 305-774-9940.

Prime Rib Special at Fleming's
Celebrate Labor Day Weekend by sharing an evening of fine dining with your family and friends at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse, 2525 Ponce. From September 4 to 7 enjoy their three-course Prime Rib dinner for just $34.95. For an evening that's even more noteworthy, add a glass of Nickel & Nickel's Quicksilver Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley from their Reserve Pour Series for just $25 per glass.

Vixi Gelato: Two For One Sunday and Monday
Stop into 374 Miracle Mile to meet Andrea Bandiera and the folks at Vixi Gelateria, featuring authentic Italian gelato and sorbets made fresh daily on the premises. This place is beautiful. On Sunday and Monday this weekend, enjoy a two-for-one special offer -- buy one and get one free. Also try the passion fruit smoothie, the milkshakes and the chocolate breads. Call 786-475-5753.

Ball & Chain Music Festival Weekend
The historic and legendary Ball & Chain club, known for its world famous live music and late night jam sessions back in the 30s and 40s, will present its first ever three-day music festival in honor of the venue's 80th Anniversary. The historic hotspot opened its doors in 1935 with live jazz -- where black, white and Latin musicians could openly collaborate in an otherwise racially divided community -- before closing in the 50s. Locals celebrated the re-opening just last year of this esteemed musical venue. Live performances this weekend will start on Friday and Saturday nights at 10pm and Sunday from noon to 3am. Specialty cocktails will be added to the menu and available for purchase during the festival. Guests will be eligible for exclusive giveaways and raffles. Free and open to the public. The Ball & Chain is located across from the Tower Theater at 1513 SW 8th Street. Call 305-643-7820.

New Ticketing System at Gables Cinema
Gables Cinema will switch to a brand new system for selling tickets and passes to all of their programming and events, aiming to provide a much better experience for members and patrons. You can log in online with your member ID and print your own tickets, receive discount offers and purchase gift certificates. Your new barcoded membership card makes it easy to get a discount at the box office ticket window. For more information, call 786-472-2249 or email to:

Save The Date - October 15
Book Launch: George Merrick, Son Of The South Wind
Author and historian Arva Moore Parks launches her highly anticipated book, George Merrick, Son of the South Wind: Visionary Creator of Coral Gables with a special reception and book signing on Thursday, October 15 at 6:30pm at the museum. After decades of painstaking research and traveling to collect documents, photos and memorabilia pertaining to the Merrick family, the results are finally in print. Here is the definitive story of George Merrick. It's a must-read for serious students of South Florida History and those that admire his venerable legacy: the City Beautiful. Parks is the former chief curator, interim director, and chair of the Coral Gables Museum. She is the author of numerous books on Florida history, including The Forgotten Frontier: Florida through the Lens of Ralph Middleton Munroe and Miami, the Magic City. The Coral Gables Museum is located at 285 Aragon. Call 305-603-8067.

Friday, September 4
First Friday Gallery Night

Best of Enemies at Gables Cinema
In the summer of 1968 television news changed forever. Dead last in the ratings, ABC hired two towering public intellectuals to debate each other during the Democratic and Republican national conventions. William F. Buckley Jr. was a leading light of the new conservative movement. A Democrat and cousin to Jackie Onassis, Gore Vidal was a leftist novelist and polemicist. Armed with deep-seated distrust and enmity, Vidal and Buckley believed each other's political ideologies were dangerous for America. Like rounds in a heavyweight battle, they pummeled out policy and personal insult -- their explosive exchanges devolving into vitriolic name-calling. Live and unscripted, they kept viewers riveted. Ratings for ABC News skyrocketed. And a new era of public discourse was born. Directed with consummate skill by filmmakers Robert Gordon and Sundance Film Festival alum Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet From Stardom), Best of Enemies unleashes a highbrow blood sport that marked the dawn of pundit television as we know it today. The movie begins at 5 and 8pm. Coral Gables Art Cinema is located at 260 Aragon. Call 786-385-9689 or visit the web site for a complete list of showtimes.

Gallery Night Live at the Museum
Enjoy free admission, a cash bar, and live music as the Gables Museum hosts the public premiere of The Ceramic League of Miami's 65th Anniversary Exhibit from 6 to 10pm. Founded in 1950, The Ceramic League of Miami is a non-profit organization dedicated to continuing education of the public and membership in the art of ceramics, craftsmanship and the promotion of career development for its professional members. Members were asked to consider the role of ceramics in architecture. This juried show features over 30 original works. Gallery Night Live is sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables. The Coral Gables Museum is located at 285 Aragon. Call 305-603-8067.

Humberto Benitez Where It Begins: Witness the Beauty of the Mind
The H. Benitez Fine Art Gallery at 305 Salazar invites you to their Gallery Night Reception from 6:30 to 10pm to witness "Where It Begins," an artwork inspired by the many sides of the wonders of knowledge. It was created by Humberto for those who keenly feel the allure of exploring the labyrinth of their mind. But it also represents the hard work and toil required to get to where we are today. The piece carries a powerful message about the personal investment within our own lives, and how reliant our futures are upon the Love and Thirst for Knowledge. Where It Begins is available as a Limited Edition Reproduction and makes a beautiful gift for the returning student, scholar, or those who understand the Love. Call 786-877-1045.

Cernuda Arte Exhibit Reception
Our friends at Cenude Arte Gallery, 3155 Ponce, are presenting two unique exhibits. Eduardo Abela, a one-person show features artworks from the Estate of Hosanna Abela and other collections. Another exhibit offers a selection of Modern Cuba Masters championed by Dr. Guy Pérez-Cisneros, including works by Víctor Manuel García, Wifredo Lam, Amelia Peláez, René Portocarrero, Cundo Bermúdez, Mario Carreño, Fidelio Ponce de León, Carlos Enríquez, Mariano Rodríguez, Luis Martínez Pedro, Roberto Diago, Teodoro Ramos Blanco, Rafael Moreno, Arístides Fernández and others. The reception is from 7 to 10pm. Call 305-461-1050.

Italian Baroque Comes To Miami
Enjoy an exhibit honoring and celebrating the architecture of Michelangelo and Borromini at a reception starting at 7pm at the Società Dante Alighieri, 300 Aragon Avenue. From his own day till the end of the nineteenth century, Francesco Borromini was vilified as the greatest anarchist of architecture, the man who overthrew all the laws of the Ancients and replaced them with disorder, and who corrupted the taste of many architects in Italy and Central Europe for generations. Now students of architecture are more inclined to agree with the few almost fanatical admirers who supported him during his lifetime, and he is generally acknowledged as one of the great geniuses -- perhaps the greatest -- of Baroque Architecture. Admission is free. Call 305-529-6633.

Opening Reception for Guatemala: La Calle Donde Tu Vives
Enjoy a special reception from 7 to 9pm introducing the solo exhibit of street photography (The Street Where You Live) by artist Victor Aparicio, documenting his country of origin. Photographs taken between 2012 to 2015 of landscapes and people celebrates his culture and all things beautiful in Guatemala. Through his lens, he documents life. This exhibit at the museum is part of the events in commemoration of Guatemala Independence month. In addition to the exhibit, Victor Aparicio published a series of postcards that will be available at all commemorative events. This special exhibition is supported in part by the Guatemalan Consulate in Miami, The Guatemalan Trade Office, Image Pro International, The Photographic Movement Expo Foto Miami, Botran Rum and Famosa Beer. The Coral Gables Museum is located at 285 Aragon. Call 305-603-8067.

Friday Night Karaoke at JohnMartin's
Those brave enough to step on stage will let their inner superstar shine at JohnMartin's each Friday night at 10pm. Enjoy a night of fun while everyone sings along to their favorite Karaoke tunes. John Martin's Irish Pub & Restaurant is located at 253 Miracle Mile. Call 305-445-3777.

Saturday, September 5

Downtown Walking Tour
Stroll through Coral Gables' bustling business district to discover local history and architectural heritage. 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? This 90 minute tour starts at the Museum and ends at Seasons 52 on Miracle Mile, where participants may enjoy a special lunch menu with complimentary signature flatbread. The Coral Gables Museum is located at 285 Aragon. Call 305-603-8067.

The Lady Eve at Gables Cinema
A mismatched couple meet on board an ocean liner. Jean (Barbara Stanwyck) is a beautiful con artist and Charles (Henry Fonda) is her victim, the heir of an ale fortune. When she's exposed as a crook and dumped by Charles, Jean decides to exact her revenge: "I need him like the axe needs the turkey." In the end, will Charles and Jean find love and live happily ever after? Preston Sturges' classic screwball comedy was selected by The New York Times as the best film of its year and last decade became one of Time's All-Time 100. "If I were asked to name the single scene in all of romantic comedy that was sexiest and funniest at the same time," wrote Roger Ebert, "I would advise ... watching as Stanwyck toys with Fonda's hair in an unbroken shot that lasts three minutes and 51 seconds." The movie plays at 1pm. Coral Gables Art Cinema is located at 260 Aragon. Call 786-385-9689 or visit the web site for showtimes.

Pizza Making Lessons at Pummarola
Meet up every Saturday from 4 to 6pm at Pummarola, 141 Aragon for fun and delicious pizza-making classes. Under the guidance of their professional Pizzaiolo, you'll earn to make your own pizza dough at the restaurant, as well as some to take home. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy a glass of wine, beer or a soft drink while you work. Space is limited to eight people. Qui Se Mangia Bene. Visit Pummarola's Facebook for more information.

Late Night: Hedwig And The Angry Inch at Gables Cinema
Director/Writer John Cameron Mitchell's musical-comedy drama Hedwig and the Angry Inch follows Hedwig (John Cameron Mitchell), a transexual punk-rocker from East Berlin (before the fall of the wall) who falls in love with Luther (Maurice Dean Wint), an American soldier. Once the couple marry in the US, Hedwig life changes as she continues her career and an unexpected love life. Mitchell gracefully explores Hedwig's personal life surrounded by gender identity, relationships, philosophy, and her hometown. Rene Rodriguez of the Miami Herald notes, "Hedwig makes for an unforgettable heroine, the perfect center to this wonderfully odd, vivid and dynamic movie." The film plays at 11:30pm. Coral Gables Art Cinema is located at 260 Aragon. Call 786-385-9689 or visit the web site for showtimes.

Sunday, September 6

Kitchen Collaboration Brunch at The Local
This Sunday, make plans to have brunch at The Local Craft Food & Drink, 150 Giralda Avenue at noon. Chef Phil Bryant of The Local and Chef Eileen Andrade of Finka Table & Tap will alternate preparing and presenting food courses. Each course will be paired with a craft cocktail prepared by each Chef's respective bartenders. The brunch will feature five food courses and five cocktail pairings, plus a welcome cocktail. You must purchase your tickets in advance online.

The Barnacle - Books, Birds and Boats
The Barnacle Historic State Park celebrates literacy with Barnacle, Books, Birds & Boats from noon to 3pm. Enjoy educational activities, games and prizes, and storybook reading, or bring a blanket and your own book to read in the shade. Picnics and well-behaved pets on hand-held leashes not exceeding six feet in length are welcome. No alcohol, please. Admission: $2. Under 6 free. Fee waived for anyone who brings a library card, a library book, or a new or gently used book to donate. The Barnacle is located at 3485 Main Highway. Call 305-442-6866.

Sullivan's Travels at Gables Cinema
Why must comedies take a back seat to dramas? Hollywood's successful comedy director John L. Sullivan (Joel McCrea) ponders this question and decides it's time to suffer and prove himself as a major dramatic artist. Veronica Lake (in her first major role) is the ingenue who loves Sullivan for who he is and not for who he thinks he should be. As Sullivan painfully learns in his travels, there's nothing like laughter to soothe the troubled soul. Equal parts social drama and rollicking comedy, Preston Sturges' Sullivan's Travels is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Upon release, The New York Times called it "the most brilliant picture yet this year." Today, Richard Linklater (Boyhood) and the Coen Brothers will vouch for its vision. Sullivan's Travels is required viewing for anyone remotely concerned about the relevance of film in everyday life. The film plays at 6pm. Coral Gables Art Cinema is located at 260 Aragon. Call 786-385-9689 or visit the web site for showtimes.

The Barnacle - Up Past Bedtime Movie: Mary Poppins
Bring the whole family for an Up Past Bedtime outdoor movie presentation of Walt Disney's Mary Poppins -- the story of an English family brought together by a magical nanny who is practically perfect in every way. Park on the street or in one of the nearby lots and walk in. Lawn chairs and picnics are welcome. Flashlights are recommended and modest pajamas encouraged. The movie begins at at 8pm. Admission: $5 ages 6 and up. $3 ages 2-5. Under 2 free. No pets, please. The Barnacle is located at 3485 Main Highway. Call 305-442-6866.

Open Mic Night every Sunday at JohnMartin's
Starting at 8pm, enjoy some amazing tunes from very talented solo singers and local bands. Open Mic Night allows local Miami and Broward County bands to perform all night long. The bands begin playing at 8pm and continue till close. John Martin's Irish Pub & Restaurant is located at 253 Miracle Mile. Call 305-445-3777.

Monday, September 7

The Palm Beach Story at Gables Cinema
Claudette Colbert, married to an ambitious but penniless architectural engineer (Joel McCrea), takes off for Florida and winds up being wooed by a gentle, puny millionaire named Hackensacker (Rudy Vallee in his best performance). When McCrea shows up she persuades him to pose as her brother. Also on hand are such indelible Preston Sturges creations as the Weenie King (Robert Dudley), the madly destructive Ale & Quail Club, Hackensacker's acerbic sister (Mary Astor), and her European boyfriend of obscure national origins (Sig Arno). The Hackensacker character may be the closest thing to self-parody in the Sturges canon, but it's informed with such wry wisdom and humor that it transcends its personal nature (as well as its reference to such tycoons as the Rockefellers). This brilliant, simultaneously tender and scalding screwball comedy is one of the real gems in Sturges's hyper-productive period at Paramount. The film plays at 1pm. Coral Gables Art Cinema is located at 260 Aragon. Call 786-385-9689 or visit the web site for showtimes.

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

Tuesday, September 8

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

Wednesday, September 9

JohnMartin's Girly Night every Wednesday
Summer nights at JohnMartin's features Girly Night from 7 to 10pm, catering to the ladies who will be lavished with champagne glassed servings of very special flavored (and priced) drinks. Ladies can also enjoy modeling of the latest fashions by Miracle Mile boutiques. John Martin's Irish Pub & Restaurant is located at 253 Miracle Mile. Call 305-445-3777.

Karl Gunther - Reformation Unbound
Fundamentally revising our understanding of the nature and intellectual contours of early English Protestantism, Karl Gunther argues that sixteenth-century English evangelicals were calling for reforms and envisioning godly life in ways that were far more radical than have hitherto been appreciated. Typically such ideas have been seen as later historical developments, associated especially with radical puritanism, but Gunther's work draws attention to their development in the earliest decades of the English Reformation. Along the way, the book offers new interpretations of central episodes in this period of England's history, such as the 'Troubles at Frankfurt' under Mary and the Elizabethan vestments controversy. By shedding new light on early English Protestantism, the book ultimately casts the later development of puritanism in a new light, enabling us to re-situate it in a history of radical Protestant thought that reaches back to the beginnings of the English Reformation itself. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408.

Thursday, September 10

Photo Exhibit: American Women Rebuilding France 1917-1924
The Coral Gables Museum is pleased to present an exceptional exhibition of period photographs that chronicle the work of Anne Morgan's American Committee for Devastated France. The traveling exhibit "American Women Rebuilding France 1917-1924" will open Thursday, September 10 and run through November 28. The photographs, donated by American activist Anne Morgan, are from the collections of the Franco-American Museum, Château de Blérancourt in Picardy, France. Since 2010, Morgan's high-quality vintage photos have visited New York, Denver, Chicago and Indianapolis. The traveling exhibit coincides with the 101st anniversary of World War I. The Coral Gables Museum is located at 285 Aragon. Call 305-603-8067.

Meet Dr. Julio Frenk, UM President
Coral Gables residents are invited to a Town Hall Meeting with University of Miami's new President, Dr. Julio Frenk. The event will be held on Thursday, September 10 at 6pm at the BankUnited Center, 1245 Dauer Dr. A limited number of tickets are available to Coral Gables residents on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets will be distributed at the War Memorial Youth Center, 405 University Drive, beginning Saturday, August 29 at 8am. As part of the Development Agreement between the City of Coral Gables and the University of Miami, Coral Gables residents are invited to this event. Residents must show proof of residential address. Tickets are limited to two per household. Doors the day of the event will open at 5pm. For more information, call 305-460-5601.

Trivia Night At JohnMartin's every Thursday
Calling all brainiacs and trivia experts. Answer questions based on fun facts about celebrities, music, history and more, starting at 7pm at JohnMartin's every Thursday evening. The winner of the first round will win a $25 gift card to John Martin's and the winner of the final round could win a $50 gift card. Each customer must have an open tab of $15 to participate in the final round. John Martin's Irish Pub & Restaurant is located at 253 Miracle Mile. Call 305-445-3777.

The Miami Jazz Cooperative Special Event Thursdays
Join a group of amazing musicians -- World 5 members have been awarded numerous Grammy awards and nominations -- coming together to debut their new CD at the Open Stage Club at 8pm. "America: World Music 5" features Jose Negroni, Federico Britos, Ed Calle, Nomar Negroni and Josh Allen. The Open Stage Club is located at 2325 Galiano. Call 305-356-7676.

C.M Clark - Dragonfly
An adventurous poet is C.M. Clark who, with the advent of her third book of poetry, entitled Dragonfly, just published by Solution Hole Press, continues her poetic exploits with vigor and with courage. She is truly, of all of us, the Keeper of Words, as one used to say Keeper of the Keys, who opens the doors for us and eases us into a world of her own making, where the dimension of time has been deconstructed and all three temporal elements, past, present and future, function simultaneously. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408.

Karaoke night at Red Koi
Come and sing your heart out at Red Koi's Klub Karaoke every Thursday night at in the upstairs lounge from 10pm to 2am. No talent required. Enjoy the best drink specials on Miracle Mile. Red Koi, located at 317 Miracle Mile, marries the exciting flavors of authentic Thai cuisine and exotic sushi creations all within a laid-back, yet sophisticated atmosphere. Call 305-446-2690.

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