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Tuesday, December 23, will be SocialMiami's final 2014 newsletter, combining Events of the Week and Art About Town.

Newsletters WILL resume in 2015 with new publication days! Effective Friday, January 2, Events of the Week will be distributed - each week on Fridays! This means weekend fundraising and gala events will automatically be publicized for two weeks running!

As of Tuesday, January 6, Art About Town will begin its new schedule with the weekly distribution date of Tuesdays!

Deadlines are Friday at 5 for Art About Town and Tuesday at 5 for Events of the Week.

Happy Holidays from all of us at SocialMiami.com!

Thursdays and Sundays from 6 to 9 p.m.

See all of Dale Chihuly's exquisite glass forms under the stars at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, now open on Thursday and Sunday nights (except for December 25 and festival weekends)! 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 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. - $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
10901 Old Cutler Road, Miami

Voices For Children Pre-Gala Kickoff

Harry Winston, Inc., the international fine jeweler and watchmaker, celebrated its continuing partnership with Voices For Children Foundation, with an intimate cocktail reception held at its Bal Harbour salon on Thursday night. The brand used the occasion to announce its presenting sponsorship of Voices For Children’s 2015 “Be A Voice, Feel the Passion” gala, and to welcome elite supporters and new advocates in advance of the not-for-profit’s pinnacle event, which will take place on January 17

Pictured: Leyla Portela and Nata Rikami
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Voices For Children Pre-Gala Kickoff

December 18 - 24

Like a Broadway spectacular, Miami City Ballet's production of the famed George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™ has it all - a cast of more than 100, glorious sets and costumes, magical special effects, beautiful music and exceptional dancing by international stars. It's the holiday show to see! Tickets range from $25 to $139. Performances are Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m., Tuesday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday at 1 p.m.

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
Ziff Ballet Opera House
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami
305-929-7010 Box Office
Friday, December 19 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Enjoy a mix of music, open studios, children's activities, food and drinks, arts and crafts and lots more at Big Night in Little Haiti with free concerts presented by Rhythm Foundation and the Little Haiti Cultural Complex. This month's Haitian group Gabel began with a bang in 2006, named "New Band of the Year" by Kompa Magazine. They have lived up to the promise – their fourth studio album was released earlier this year; they have 12 music videos, have played at two karnavals and are touring throughout the Caribbean, Europe and the US. Opening set by Hector Lominy and band. Admission is free and open to the public.

Little Haiti Cultural Complex
212 N.E. 59th Terrace, Miami
Friday, December 19 at 6:30 p.m.

Take time out from the holiday rush to enjoy an open air Holiday Concert on the Museum Plaza featuring musicians and singers from around the globe who will get you into the holiday spirit. This concert, presented by Florida Memorial University, Coral Gables Opera and the Coral Gables Music Club, is to benefit the Coral Gables Museum’s goal to provide free transportation and tours to 25,000 Miami-Dade County school students during this school year. The beautifully decorated Museum Plaza is the perfect setting to enjoy a wonderful concert. Food and drinks will also be available for sale. The concert is free, but donations will be appreciated.

Coral Gables Museum
285 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables
Friday, December 19 from 7 to 11 p.m.

National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) will present the second edition of Outside the Box, a series that of free performances by YoungArts alumni. This free multi-sensory extravaganza on the YoungArts Campus is presented in partnership with the Borscht Film Festival, which was founded by YoungArts alumni Lucas Leyva (pictured - 2005 Winner in Cinematic Arts) and Andrew Hevia (2003 Winner in Cinematic Arts). A highlight of the event will be a special YoungArts Alumni Showcase, featuring short films created by several YoungArts alumni, screened in an outdoor cinema. Enjoy tasty treats from favorite neighborhood food and beverage locales, including the Lone Wolf Food Truck and Pabst Blue Ribbon. Event is free and open to the public (rain or shine).

YoungArts Plaza
National YoungArts Foundation
2100 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami
OTB@YoungArts.org (RSVP)
Friday, December 19 at 7:30 p.m.

The New World Symphony will present Sights and Sounds of the Season, a festive program, conducted by Christian Reif, to celebrate the holiday season. Enjoy selections from a variety of cultural heritages certain to delight audiences of all ages! Program includes Tchaikovsky: Selections from The Nutcracker; Ellington: Selections from The Nutcracker Suite; Friedman and Wendel: A Chanukah Overture; Traditional: Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming; Feliciano arr; Ganacore: Feliz Navidad; and Berlin: White Christmas. Tickets are $40.

New World Center
500 17th Street, Miami Beach
www.NWS.edu (Tickets)
Saturday & Sunday, December 20 & 21

Join Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida for a spectacular journey to the Land of the Sweets as the company presents The Nutcracker. It's a holiday tradition that tells the tale of a young girl on Christmas Eve and her adventures when her most cherished Christmas present, a nutcracker, comes to life. Together they battle the Mouse King, meet the Queen of Snow and travel to the Land of Sweets, where they encounter the Sugarplum Fairy. Choreographed by Arts Ballet Theatre's Artistic Director Vladimir Issaev and performed by company members, this production of The Nutcracker preserves the Russian tradition with glorious music by Tchaikovsky and spectacular special effects. Performances are Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $40.

Parker Playhouse
707 N.E. 8th Street, Fort Lauderdale
www.ArtsBalletTheatre.org (Tickets & Information)
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. 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 Box Office
Through Sunday, December 21

The Borscht Film Festival, named "the most eclectic and electric film festival in South Florida" by The Miami Herald, will premiere a 2015 Sundance selection, "El Sol Como u Gran Animal Oscuro," at the Arsht Center on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Borscht commissions, produces and showcases films by emerging artists, many of which have screened at international film festivals. The event-packed festival will include twenty short films by regional artists and local filmmakers Bernardo Britto, Julian Yuri Rodriguez, Monica Peña, Kayla Delacerda, Brian Deutzman, The Meza Brothers and Bleeding Palm; music video director and Miami Heat filmmaker Gil Green; street artist AholSniffsGlue; puppeteer/comedian Pep Bilette, as well as national filmmakers Ray Tintori, Terrance Nance, Jacolby Satterwhite, and including an appearance by Miami rapper Trina. In addition there will be filmmaking screenings from the Downtown Filmmakers Collective, workshops, panels, a Downtown Miami film bike crawl, the launch of site specific Borscht Nites screening events, parties and the premiere of Scarface Redux, a crowd sourced remake of the iconic Brian dePalma classic at Mansion Nightclub on Sunday. Check it out!

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami
Shirley's Cinema at Gramps
176 N.W. 24th Street, Wynwood Art District
www.Broscht9.com (Tickets)
December 22 - January 2

The Frost Science Museum's Winter Camp will take campers on a virtual trip around the world to investigate different habitats. Youngsters, pre-K through 5th grade, will learn how plants, animals and climate team up to make unique environments. Classes run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and before and after care are available. Costs are $45 for Museum members and $55 for non-members, per child per day, or $170 and $210 for a full week's camp. No classes on December 25 or January 1.

Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science
3280 S. Miami Avenue, Miami
305-646-4222 (Information)
www.MiamiSci.org (Online registration forms)
Monday, December 22 at 7 p.m.

The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU will present the premiere of Body and Soul: The State of the Jewish Nation by award winning director Gloria Greenfield. The film features Professor Alan Dershowitz, Professor Ruth Wisse, and WSJ's Bret Stephens, among others. Enjoy a meet and greet reception with the director prior to the screening. Cost to attend is $10 for JMOF-FIU and ZOA members; $18 non-members; free for FIU faculty, staff and students with valid ID. RSVP as space is limited.

Jewish Museum of Florida - FIU
301 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach
786-972-3175 (RSVP)
info@jewishmusem.com (RSVP)

The deadline for submitting event information for Events of the Week is 5 p.m. Friday.

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