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Friday, November 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Recover from your caloric overload on Thanksgiving with a taste of culture and exploration on Black Friday at the Frost Museum of Science. Spend time with friends and family at the Museum instead of at the mall! Buy-One-Get-One Free Admission by mentioning the “Black Friday Deal” at the box office. During your visit, enjoy the Museum's historic planetarium, Sea Lab, the Wildlife Center and the Museum's current exhibitions. Admission is $14.95 for adults, $10.95 for seniors and children 3 - 12 and free for members and children under 3. Parking is free.

Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science
3280 South Miami Avenue, Miami
Through December 21

GableStage will open Bad Jews , an award-winning play by Joshua Harmon, named "The best comedy of the Season! Crackles with energy!" by the New York Times. The grandchildren of a recently deceased Holocaust survivor fight over his religious heirlooms, bickering over who deserves them more and exposing long-simmering family feuds. There's nothing like a death in the family to bring out the worst in people, and this unhappy truth is displayed with delectably savage humor. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 and 7 p.m. No performance on Thanksgiving, but a 2 p.m. performance has been added on Saturday, November 29. Tickets range from $42.50 to $55, and student tickets are available on Thursday and Sunday evenings.

The Biltmore Hotel
1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables
305-445-1119 Box Office
www.GableStage.org (Tickets)
The White Party

Now through December 21

Kick off the holiday season with Actors’ Playhouse's production of A Christmas Carol, the Musical. This timeless tale of yuletide spirit is written especially for family audiences, promising to warm hearts as it reveals the true meaning of the holidays. To encourage the "Spirit of Giving" during the run of the show, Actors’ Playhouse will give every child who donates a new, unwrapped toy at any performance before December 6, one free Flexible-Anytime ticket good for any show in the Musical Theatre for Young Audiences 2014-2015 Season. Performances are Saturdays at 2 p.m. with special holiday performances on December 20 at 7 p.m. and December 21 at 5 p.m. Tickets are $23.

Actors' Playhouse
280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables
305-444-9293 (Tickets)
Saturday, November 29 from 6 to 10 p.m.

The annual tree lighting ceremony is just one of the many festivities planned for the Main Street Festival of Lights, now celebrating its 30th year. A family tradition among residents of Miami Lakes and neighboring towns, the Festival will take place in Downtown Miami Lakes. It is hosted by Y-100 and will feature the "Lighting of Main Street," meet and greet with Santa, live DJ and performances by students from local schools, along with games and prizes.

Main Street
6709 Main Street, Miami Lakes

Endangered Exhibition - Art4Apes

The "Endangered Exhibition - Art4Apes," an exciting three-day event hosted by the Center for Great Apes is in its third year and focuses on interpretations of the word "endangered" in fine art, photography, wearable art and jewelry. It features leading contemporary artists from around the world, including the winners of this year's "Endangered Art and Photography Contest." Plus, you will see works by Florida-based artists Norman Gitzen, Anthony Burks, Sr., Rolando Chang Barrero and Alison Armstrong, along with a new piece of art created by Bubbles, the chimpanzee formerly owned by Michael Jackson.
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Endangered Exhibition - Art4Apes

Sunday, November 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Follow a naturalist guide from Biscayne Nature Center into the waters of Biscayne Bay and see what you will find! Net in hand and a sense of adventure at the ready, you'll scoop up crabs, shrimp, fishes, seahorses, seastars and lots more! Learn about why seagrass beds are so important to our ecology and how you can help protect the oceans. Plus you'll get an up-close look at some interesting marine life creatures. Be sure to bring a hat, sunscreen, water shoes or old sneakers, towel, water bottle. Reserve your spot for this Seagrass Adventure by phone or email. Admission is $14 per person.

Biscayne Nature Center
6767 Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne
305-361 6767 x 119 (Reservations)
Sunday, November 30 at 7:30 p.m.

A Dance Celebration will have you waltzing, twirling and marching into the holiday season, South Florida style - in a tropical paradise! The Alhambra Orchestra, with conductor Timothy Shade, will present a lively pop concert featuring Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, Strauss’ Radetzky March, Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 5, Vaughn-Williams’ Fantasia on Greensleeves, Shostakovich’s Ballet Suite No. 1, along with medleys of favorite holiday tunes, and, of course, Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride. Bring the whole family to enjoy this delightful program performed by Miami’s community orchestra, now celebrating its 25th season of making great music accessible to all. Tickets are available at the door - $10 for adults and $5 for children - or purchase them earlier in the day at the Pinecrest Farmer's Market. Parking is free. Reservations are not required except for large groups.

Banyan Bowl at Pinecrest Gardens
11000 Red Road, Pinecrest

Ron Levitt Reviews Bad Jews

As much as I was personally turned off by the title, I finally had to admit that Bad Jews by Joshua Harmon -- currently at GableStage has got to be the most thought-provoking, darkest comedies to open in South Florida in many years.

That’s because of the playwright’s keen use of words and tenacity of wit, the intense baton-wielding of director Joseph Adler, and one of the best quartets of acting to tackle a combo of reality, truth and poignancy seldom seen on a local stage.
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Ron Levitt Reviews <i>Bad Jews</i>

Monday & Tuesday, December 1 & 2

To mark World AIDS Day on December 1, the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade will honor those lost to HIV and AIDS with a special installation of its award-winning Faces of HIV Art Exhibit. It depicts the lives of Florida residents living with HIV and AIDS through larger-than-life portraits, accompanied by thought-provoking video stories and powerful intimate journals. History Miami will host the free exhibit from November 29 through January 4 at its Community Gallery at 101 West Flagler Street. To welcome the exhibit to Miami, the Faces of HIV Mobile Art Exhibit, at two locations, will give visitors an up-close and personal glimpse into the lives of those living with HIV in hopes of promoting awareness and understanding about the disease.

St. Thomas University (Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
16401 N.W. 37th Avenue, Miami Gardens
FIU South Campus (Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
11200 S.W. 8th Street, Miami
December 2 - 14

The New York Times calls The Book of Mormon “the best musical of this century.” The Washington Post says, “It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.” And Entertainment Weekly says, “Grade A: the funniest musical of all time.” Jon Stewart of The Daily Show calls it “a crowning achievement. So good it makes me angry.” The nine-time Tony Award® winning Best Musical is from the creators of South Park. Contains explicit language. Performances at the Arsht Center are Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 and 7 p.m. Tickets range from $39 to $109.

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
Ziff Ballet Opera House
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami
www.arshtcenter.org (Tickets)
Wednesday, December 3 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Florida Heart Research Institute and Vintro Hotel will jointly host a Preview of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, an exhibition by artist Anthony Liggins. Enjoy acoustic performance by Billboard breakout artist Tatiana K and musical orchestration by DJ Jared Coetzee. Wine provided courtesy of Vie Vite. Valet parking is available.

Vintro Hotel and Kitchen Rooftop
2216 Park Avenue, Miami Beach
305-535-3681 (RSVP)
Info@AnthonyLiggins.com (RSVP)
December 3 - 28

See the South Florida premiere of Miracle on South Division Street, a new comedy by Tom Dudzick at Actors' Playhouse. It's about family, faith and adjusting to life's unexpected surprises. Meet the Nowaks of Buffalo, NY, who have always known they were special. Ever since the night Clara’s father, an immigrant from war-torn Poland, had a miraculous vision in his barbershop. Keeping the faith nearly 65 years later in their gritty, deteriorating neighborhood are Clara and her grown children: Jimmy, a garbage collector, Bev, a ketchup bottler, and Ruth, who would be a struggling actress if she could only get a part. Now Ruth has stopped going to mass, Jimmy is dating a Jewish girl, and a deathbed confession causes the family legend to unravel with heartfelt and hilarious results. Preview performances are Wednesday and Thursday, December 3 and 4, at 8 p.m., and opening night is Friday, December 5, at 8 p.m. Through the run, performance are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 and Sundays at 3 p.m. with a special weekday matinee on Wednesday, December 10 at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $35 to $53 with a 10% senior discount offered on day of performance and $15 student rush tickets available 15 minutes prior to curtain with I.D.

Actors' Playhouse
280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables
www.ActorsPlayhouse.org (Tickets)
Thursday, December 4 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Join the Beacon Council and the Arts & Business Council of Miami to meet and mingle with the creatives at an Access Breakfast. Keynote speaker will be Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts, who will address how the arts are the private sector's secret weapon in creating a competitive advantage and how the arts can impact your bottom line. Cost to attend is $20 for members $20 and $30 for non-members.

The Beacon Council
80 S.W. 8th Street, #2400, Downtown Miami
www.BeaconCouncil.com/events (RSVP)
Thursday - Saturday, December 4 - 6 from 2 to 9 p.m.

Play an important part in conservation and support the Center for Great Apes' Endangered Exhibition. In its third year, this three-day event will raise awareness of endangered species and the environment and raise funds for the welfare of orangutans and chimpanzees. The exhibition will focus on interpretations of “endangered” in fine art, photography, wearable art and jewelry. It features work by leading contemporary artists from around the world, including the winners of the Endangered Art and Photography Contest 2014. Also featured are several Florida-based artists, and you will see a new piece of art by Bubbles, the chimpanzee once owned by Michael Jackson. There will be a cocktail reception with guest artists each evening from 7 to 9 p.m. Each night is themed: Hat Night on Thursday showcasing hats and handbags; Performance Art on Friday, showcasing an extraordinary living artwork on a human canvas, accompanied by tribal drumming; and a Fashion Show of dresses, jewelry and wearable art on Saturday. Wear something orange around your face and hair and be part of an exciting new photomosaic being created comprised of 5,000 head shots merged into a dramatic portrait of an orangutan. Enjoy a cocktail and tour Miami's only legal rum distillery while you view amazing art. Music will be provided by DJ Blondie, and Mari Monge, Spanish TV announcer and spokesperson for the Miami Heat will serve as emcee. A portion of all art sales go to the Center for Great Apes, a non-profit, top-rated sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees.

Miami Club Rum Gallery
2320 N. Miami Avenue, Wynwood Art District
Thursday & Saturday, December 4 & 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Florida Grand Opera will open its season with Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini; Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica. A Japanese geisha catches the fancy of a caddish American naval officer. She crosses cultural boundaries to become his bride and grapples with a serious dilemma while faithfully awaiting his long delayed return. Puccini's tale of tradition, romance, sacrifice and yearning is one of the world's most beloved operas. Tickets begin at $21.

Broward Center for the Performing Arts
201 S.W. 5th Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale
800-741-1010 (Tickets)
Friday, December 5 from 1 to 5 p.m.

Miami, where multi-cultural history and the future clash on a daily basis, is a kaleidoscope of raw emotions and harsh realities - urban tension mixed with beauty, compassion and optimism. Artist Sheila Elias captures this in her 2004-14 photography series, Sonic Silence, which is now exhibited at such an iconic time for environmental issues. Sheila's vision in her art is inspired by her environment, thus manifesting itself harmoniously into the third dimension. Sheila's ‘iPad’ series also captures this idea. She finds it appropriate to collect it into her Art Basel installation, "Sonic Silence II," which focuses on nature, destruction and civilization. Where climate change is affecting us all on a global scale, Sheila captures the realism of it, uniquely making history artistically. Zurich curator Roberta Gonella's advice to “the lover of art is to see this work for it is an important show, not only historically but for the sheer force of an artist at her best. Sheila is the only artist today who is taking on what is really happening.” Pictured: “Harbour Smoke BR,” 2004. 84” x 53”. Ultraviolet Cured Durst Print on Canvas.

Sheila Elias Studio
1510 N.E. 130th Street, North Miami
Friday & Saturday, December 5 & 6

New World School of the Arts will present The Adding Machine by Elmer Rice, a dark comic, expressionistic play that takes you through the life, execution and rebirth of Mr. Zero. After 35 years at the same company, the life of Mr. Zero, a low-level accountant, is forever altered when he discovers he’s being replaced by a mechanical adding machine. Performances are Friday at 4:30 and Saturday at 2 p.m. Free and open to the public.

New World School of the Arts
25 N.E. 2nd Street, Room 5903, 8th Floor, Downtown Miami
Friday, December 5 at 7 p.m.

Celebrate the holiday season with the FIU Concert Choir and FIU Symphony Orchestra’s annual performance of Handel’s glorious masterpiece Messiah, presented by FIU School of Music and directed by Mark Aliapolious. As a soloist, Mark Aliapolious has sung under the batons of leading international conductors Leonard Slatkin, Seiji Ozawa, Kurt Mazur, Eric Leinsdorf, Lucas Foss, Sarah Caldwell, Jonathan McPhee, Jaime Laredo and Robert Shaw. Tickets range from $5 to $15, and free parking is available.

Wertheim Performing Arts Center
10910 S.W. 17 Street, Miami
Friday, December 5 beginning at 7 p.m.

Fabulous First Friday at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science. Enjoy this family-friendly evening of laser lights, stars and more! Take in a free Planetarium Star Show at 7 p.m. and check out the rooftop observatory viewing from 8:30 to 10 p.m. (weather permitting). There are hands-on activities and demonstrations for kids, aged 3 and older, in the Space Gallery from 8 to 9 p.m., and the Museum’s famous Laser Shows in the Planetarium from 8 p.m. to midnight. Pop (family laser show) at 8; Best of the Beatles at 9 p.m.; Best of Pink Floyd at 10 p.m.; Best of Led Zeppelin at 11 p.m.; Bob Marley at midnight. Admission to each laser show is $4 for kids and $8 for adults. Planetarium Star Show and other activities are free.

Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science
3280 South Miami Avenue, Miami
Saturday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m.

As contemporary artists from around the world converge for Art Basel Miami Beach, legendary composer and modern icon John Adams will return to the New World Center for a special evening of artistry. John Adams conducts the New World Symphony in John Adams and the American Sound with Timothy McAllister, saxophone. The program includes Adams' own Saxophone Concerto; Copland: El salón México; Norman: Try; and Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements. Tickets range from $15 to $70.

New World Center
500 17th Street, Miami Beach
305-673-3330 Box Office
www.NWS.edu (Tickets)

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