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Restaurant Week continues all month with numerous special events, so take some time to make plans to enjoy the fixed-price offerings for lunch and dinner. We're blessed with many fine author appearances, talented concert performers and fun activities in the coming days. Enjoy your Great Gables Events.

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Miyazaki -- Ghibli's Master Of Japanese Animation
With Hayao Miyazaki's retirement and the imminent closing of the fabled Ghibli Studios he lifted the glorious era of feature-length hand-drawn animation to untold heights. It's time to celebrate Miyazaki. Unlike his peers, his art was not only directed at "children of all ages." Like the great ones, he inspired the young. But he also thrilled younger (and older) adults with classics like Princess Mononoke and Nausicaä. Uncharacteristically, the Motion Picture Academy wasted no time in awarding the master a Lifetime Achievement Oscar almost as soon as his retirement was announced. CGAC is grateful to Frank Gladstone, president of ASIFA-Hollywood (The International Animated Film Society) for specially recording introductions to all nine films in the celebration. Coral Gables Art Cinema is located at 260 Aragon. Call 786-385-9689 or visit the web site for showtimes.

8th Annual Coral Gables Restaurant Week
Downtown Coral Gables celebrates its 8th annual Coral Gables Restaurant Week through June 28, with participating restaurants offering special three-course, prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus at discounted pricing. Watch these event listings for special culinary events as well. Participating venues include Anacapri on Ponce, Angelique Euro Cafe, Bellmont Spanish Restaurant, Bread & Butter, The Café at Books and Books, Bricktop's, Bulla Gastrobar, Caffe Abbracci, Caffe Vialetto, Castelluccio Ristorante, Christy's Restaurant, Cibo Wine Bar, California Pizza Kitchen, Divino Ceviche, Flemings Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Fratellino Ristorante, Fritz & Franz Bierhaus, Ikura Sushi Lounge, JohnMartin's Irish Pub & Restaurant, La Dorada, La Taberna Giralda, Le Provencal Restaurant, Maroosh, Miss Saigon Bistro, Morton's The Steak House, OBBA Sushi, Open Stage Club, Ortanique on the Mile, Pardo's Peruvian Cuisine, Randazzo's Little Italy, Red Koi Thai & Sushi Lounge, Ruth's Chris Steak House, Seasons 52, Spritz of Coral Gables, Sushi Maki, SUSHISAMBA, Swine Southern Table & Bar, Talavera Cocina Mexicana, Tarpon Bend, The Local Craft Food & Drink, Threefold Cafe, Uvaggio Restaurant & Wine Bar, and Vicolo Italian Kitchen.

Casa Valentina at GableStage
In 1962 most men went to the Catskills to escape the summer heat, but others went to an inconspicuous bungalow colony that catered to a very special clientèle: heterosexual men whose favorite pastime was dressing and acting as women. Based on actual events, this moving, insightful and delightfully entertaining new work offers a glimpse into the lives of a group of unforgettable characters as they search for acceptance and happiness in their very own Garden of Eden. Directed by Joseph Adler and featuring Irene Adjan, Cliff Burgess, Ryan Didato Howard Elfman, Peter Galman, Patti Gardner, Wayne LeGette, Kevin Reilley, Roland Rusinek. Performances continue through June 28 at GableStage are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2 and 7pm. Tickets range from $42 to $55. GableStage is located at the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave. Call 305-445-1119.

Friday, June 19

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.

T.L Leon - The Rainbows Inside Me
Rainbows Inside of Me is a combination of a memoir, testimonies and poems that express the experiences of love gone wrong, then right, then wrong again, the heartaches of life, the trials and tribulations of trying to make things right and learning that after every storm there is a rainbow. Here is a Latina's dream of sharing her life's experiences to help others know how to overcome and feel empowered in doing so. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408.

Saturday, June 20

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.

Kids: Alexandra Bardot - Tell Me About Haiti
Tell Me About Haiti takes the reader on a voyage from the indigenous people to modern times. Compiled by Alexandra Bardot, the book tells the story of the island in a passionate, straight forward and objective manner. You can "see" the history of the island come alive through the paintings and portraits done by classically trained artist Bardot. This book depicts the history of the Island of Haiti from the time of the Queen and Kings of the Tainos at the discovery of the island, to the prestigious Kingdom of Henry Christophe in the northern part of the island. There are also previously unpublished accounts written by Toussaint Louverture about the battle for independence. Well researched, wonderfully written, and beautifully illustrated. A must read for educators, travelers, history buffs and school students. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 11am. Call 305-442-4408.

90 Cent Admission Day at the Coral Gables Museum
In honor of the City of Coral Gables' 90th Anniversary Celebration, the Coral Gables Museum is offering 90¢ admission for the whole day on Saturday, June 20th, from 11am to 5pm. If you want to play mini-golf on the 9-hole indoor course, it's just $4.10 for a round -- so you get admission AND golf for $5 per person. Happy 90th Anniversary Coral Gables. The Coral Gables Museum is located at 285 Aragon. Call 305-603-8067.

Brad Meltzer - The President's Shadow
To most, it looks like Beecher White has an ordinary job. A young staffer with the National Archives in Washington, D.C., he's responsible for safekeeping the government's most important documents...and, sometimes, its most closely held secrets. But there are a powerful few who know his other role. Beecher is a member of the Culper Ring, a 200-year-old secret society founded by George Washington and charged with protecting the Presidency. Now the current occupant of the White House needs the Culper Ring's help. The alarming discovery of the buried arm has the President's team in a rightful panic. Who buried the arm? How did they get past White House security? And most important: What's the message hidden in the arm's closed fist? Indeed, the puzzle inside has a clear intended recipient, and it isn't the President. It's Beecher, himself. Beecher's investigation will take him back to one of our country's greatest secrets and point him toward the long, carefully hidden truth about the most shocking history of all: family history. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 7pm. Call 305-442-4408.

Saturday Late Night Happy Hour at JohnMartin's
Late Night Happy Hour is perfect for all those Miracle Mile party goers that want to keep the party alive. Live music will start at 9pm. The Late Night Happy Hour from 10pm to midnight features summer drink specials. John Martin's Irish Pub & Restaurant is located at 253 Miracle Mile. Call 305-445-3777.

Late Show: Who Framed Roger Rabbit
The Secret Celluloid Society presents Robert Zemeckis' zany comedy flick Who Framed Roger Rabbit on 35mm at the Gables Cinema on 11:30pm as part of the midnight After Hours series. Who Framed Roger Rabbit successfully combines real actors and cartoons to create a world where the audience's imagination can soar. A cartoon rabbit (voiced by Charles Fleischer) seeks help from a detective (Eddie Valiant) to prove his innocence in an accused murder. The success of the film reminded the audience of the Golden Age of American animation and sparked modern animation. Tickets 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.

Sunday, June 21
Fathers' Day

Gables Bike Tour: Cool Canopies
Enjoy a leisurely ride down some the Gables' shadiest streets, starting at 10am. On this bike tour, guided by local expert Kiki Mutis, you will learn about the lush treescape that makes Coral Gables the "City Beautiful," just in time for the Royal Poincianas in full bloom. Enjoy bike tours every 3rd Sunday, offering a different theme and route, presented by Coral Gables Museum and Bike Walk Coral Gables, powered by Voss Water and Pardo's Chicken. Bike rentals and helmets (required for children under 16) are available at No Boundaries (305-444-3206), conveniently located across the street from the Museum. Coast is $10; or $5 for Museum members and children under 12. Space is limited. Please RSVP to 305-603-8067.The Coral Gables Museum is located at 285 Aragon.

For Dads: Cars & Cigars Picnic Grill at The Barnacle
Celebrate Father's Day with Cars & Cigars at The Barnacle Historic State. Bring your own picnic or purchase grilled hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, and more at the park. Watch the kids craft a gift for Dad. Vote for your favorite classic car, and enjoy a hand-rolled cigar while listening to live music by Grant Livingston from 11am to 3pm. Admission is 2 bucks, kids six and under are free. The Barnacle is located at 3485 Main Highway. Call 305-442-6866.

Chopin for All - last free concert of the season
The Chopin for All Free Concert Series concludes on high note with Rachel Naomi Kudo, three-time laureate of the National Chopin Piano Competition. This 28-year old pianist has been hailed for her "stunning virtuosity" and "miracle of flawless technique and expressive versatility." This free live concert takes place at the Granada Presbyterian Church in Coral Gables, 950 University Drive at 3pm. Call 305-868-0624.

Mainly Mozart: Dante's Divine Comedy
Enjoy an original and innovative production of Franz Liszt's Dante Symphony, inspired by Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy, one of the greatest works of world literature. A ground-breaking intersection of music literature, dance and film, this dazzling multi-disciplinary performance will take the audiences on an epic journey through the infinite torment of Hell, up the arduous slops of Purgatory, and onto the glorious reals of Paradise. Experience this daring and inspiring production at the acoustically superb Knight Concert Hall of the Adrienne Arsht Center. This performance will feature the Festival's artistic director Marina Radiushina and Grace Fong -- multiple competition winners -- on pianos, alongside soprano Maria Aleida, narrator Frank Cooper, Miami City Ballet dancers and the Miami Children's Chorus, with original choreography by Adriana Pierce. The concert takes place at Arsht Center at 4pm. Call 305-949-6722. Link to Tickets.

Fathers' Day at Morton's The Steakhouse
Treat pops to a three course meal with choice of salad, choice of entree and choice of dessert for only $59 per person at Morton's The Steakhouse at 2333 Ponce, on the corner of Miracle Mile. Call 305-442-1662 to reserve your table.

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, June 22

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, June 23

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.

The Lost Art of the Aperitif with Chat Chow at Uvaggio
Step away from the hustle and bustle of the modern world to revive the tradition of palette opening drinks with Uvaggio Wine Bar's Lost Art of the Apéritif, from 7 to 9pm. Settle in for a few moments of joyous relaxation amongst fellow wine enthusiasts, family, and friends from ChatChow TV during Coral Gables Restaurant Week as the town's favorite wine bar reintroduces classic and modern takes on the aperitif. Uvaggio Wine Bar is at 70 Miracle Mile. Tickets for the event are $30 and are available online. Space is limited.

JohnMartin's Paint Night every Tuesday
Calling out the inner artist in each customer, Paint Night is a chance to get crafty and creative while indulging in John Martin's tasty food and sipping on refreshing drinks, starting at 7pm. Each painter will be provided with their own easel and paint brushes and led by an experienced instructor. Cost $45. John Martin's Irish Pub & Restaurant is located at 253 Miracle Mile. Call 305-445-3777.

New Acropolis Workshop: World Philosophies
The first part of this series of workshops is dedicated to 12 fascinating world philosophies that have much to say about the science of the soul, mysteries of the world and of the Universe, how to put our many gifts into play and the latent powers that every person has inside. There is a 10 minute tea/coffee/snack break and the last portion of the class after this includes meditation, the power of imagination, creativity, the power of positive thinking, as well as video clips, perceiving Wisdom in nature, wisdom in action, and more. Course topics include:; Karma and Dharma; The Seven Dimensions of the Human Being; Hindu and Tibetan Philosophy; Practical Wisdom from the Bhagavad Gita; Ancient Egypt; Tibetan Voice of the Silence; Life and Teachings of Buddha; Plato's Republic; Plato's Myth of the Cave; Wisdom of Socrates; Marcus Aurelius' Meditations; Epictetus' Discourses and much more. Cost is $50 per month or $25 per month for full time students with ID. New Acropolis is located at 3837 SW 8th Street. Call 305-461-5758.

Levita Jones - By Rochelle's Bedside
She instantly realized something was wrong as she cried out to her husband as she drifted away into another existence. She drifted into another world, a world of deep sleep. Who is Rochelle? She is a beautiful young woman whom I only know by her spirit, as she has been in a coma for ten years. Rochelle went to the hospital to deliver her third child when something went terribly wrong. Her heart stopped, and she had to be resuscitated, which left her in a comatose state. Because of that, her life will never be the same. Rochelle is a daughter, a sister, a wife, and a mother. I wish I had had the opportunity of knowing her before this happened. Everyone speaks highly of her. However, throughout this book, you will also find that other related occasions are cited, because spending time with Rochelle reminded me of how God works in all of our lives in different ways. This is my story: a call to serve my God in an unusual way. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408.

Wednesday, June 24

Ale House: Maine Lobster Wednesday
Every Wednesday evening, enjoy a 1.25 pound Maine Lobster for $14.95, served with cole slaw and a baked potato at Miller's Ale House at 101 Miracle Mile. Miller's has a large selection of craft beers and ales on tap, a full menu of seafood and popular dishes served in a casual atmosphere. Call 305-444-3600.

Click: What Millions Of People Are Doing Online And Why It Matters
What time of year do teenage girls search for prom dresses online? How does the quick adoption of technology affect business success (and how is that related to corn farmers in Iowa)? How do time and money affect the gender of visitors to online dating sites? And how is the Internet itself affecting the way we experience the world? In Click, Bill Tancer takes us behind the scenes into the massive database of online intelligence to reveal the naked truth about how we use the Web, navigate to sites, and search for information -- and what all of that says about who we are. As online directories replace the yellow pages, search engines replace traditional research, and news sites replace newsprint, we are in an age in which we've come to rely tremendously on the Internet -- leaving behind a trail of information about ourselves as a culture and the direction in which we are headed. With surprising and practical insight, Tancer demonstrates how the Internet is changing the way we absorb information and how understanding that change can be used to our advantage in business and in life. Click analyzes the new generation of consumerism in a way no other book has before, showing how we use the Internet, and how those trends provide a wealth of market research nearly as vast as the Internet itself. Understanding how we change is integral to our success. After all, we are what we click. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 6pm. Call 305-442-4408.

Martini Dinner at Cibo Wine Bar
Cibo Wine Bar has partnered with Martini, the official wine of Coral Gables Restaurant Week, to bring you a carefully crafted Martini Dinner, hosted by Jimmy Cefalo starting at 7pm. The menu features House Cured Atlantic Salmon paired with Martini Rose, Griglia Pasta paired with Martini Asti, Tonno alla Griglia paired with Prosecco Martini and a selection of Chef's Desserts, paired with Moscato. The cost is $65 per person. Please contact Cibo Wine Bar to RSVP in advance. Call 305-442-4925.

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.

Thursday, June 25

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.

Junot Diaz at Coral Gables Congregational Church
Author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot will be reading along with other VONA faculty, including Elmaz Abinader, Stacyann Chin, Kim Euell, Ruth Forman, Marjorie Liu and David Mura at Coral Gables Congregational Church at 7pm. VONA/Voices, the only multi-genre workshop for writers of color in the nation founded in 1999 by Elmaz Abinader, Junot Díaz, Victor Díaz and Diem Jones at the University of San Francisco, is moving to UM. Up til now, VONA has made its home at the University of California at Berkeley.

Robert Macala - The Immigrant Expert
Your French aunt dodging German Stuka bombs, an older brother having visions of the Angel of Death, the Ku Klux Klan burning crosses in front of Grandfather's house, your father, a mob member attacking innocent Jews, and your own experience with another mob, the American Mafia. Family stories are rich and varied and become family legacies, noble treasures that honor family name and history. But what of stories that do not honor or salute family heritage? What of these stories that tell it like it was, unpolished and rough? Stories that honestly tell the truth. Experiencing two World Wars, one Cold War, an immigrant Odyssey, learning and becoming proud American citizens, the actors and characters survived to tell their stories in warm kitchens where they gathered each Christmas. This collection of warm kitchen stories relates their stories, connecting the rich and often bloody history of "Old Country" Eastern Europe with the new World of 20th and 21st Century America. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408.

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