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Opening Reception for Emmett Moore, Human Factory

Tuesday, April 26 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Bass Museum of Art's bassX gallery will host the Opening Reception for Human Factory by Miami-based sculptor and designer Emmett Moore. The artist creates inventive pieces that combine objects to test the limits of their form and function. Using standard calculations from the source book as referents for the scale and dimensions of this new body of work, Moore creates a trio of sculptures that challenge and call attention to the human body’s relation to designed forms. The exhibition will be on display from through May 29, at the Miami Beach Regional Library, directly across from the museum.

Miami Beach Regional Library
227 22nd Street, Miami Beach


8 Decades of Fredrick Kaufman: 80th Birthday Concert Celebration!

Tuesday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m.

The Florida International University School of Music will celebrate 8 Decades of Fredrick Kaufman, honoring the 80th birthday of founding director, musician, composer and educator Fredrick Kaufman with performances by guest artists and FIU faculty in honor of his music achievements. Nine performances of his most powerfully written compositions - including Kaminarimon, selections from Stars and Distances and The Urban Quartet - will be accompanied by interesting narratives of their creation, along with visual effects supporting eight decades of Kaufman's work. General admission tickets are $13 online and $15 at the door; FIU faculty and staff $10; and students $5.

Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center at FIU
10910 S.W. 17th Street, Miami
305-348-0496 (Box Office)


SOCIAL Manny: Episode 191

SOCIAL Manny: Episode 191
In this week's edition of SOCIAL Manny we visit Jewish Health System's Monte Carlo Gala at the Biltmore Hotel, Brett Graff at her Not Buying It book signing at Books & Books at the Arsht Center, the eMerge Americas conference at the Miami Beach Convention Center, the America's Best Breakfast brunch at Magic City Casino, and more...

Pictured: Actress Sarah Rafferty and Robin Agronin at Jewish Health System's Monte Carlo Gala at the Biltmore Hotel

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An Evening of Poetry Readings: Frank Bidart and Peg Boyers

Wednesday, April 27 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and O, Miami will host An Evening of Poetry Readings in the Gardens headlined by National Book Critics Circle Award-winning poet (and mentor to James Franco), Frank Bidart, who will read from his well-known works, including Metaphysical Dog. He will be joined by poet Peg Boyers, adjunct professor at Columbia University and executive editor of Salmagundi, reading from To Forget Venice. Write your own poems in response to poet Nick Vagnoni's prompts that will be located throughout Vizcaya's Gardens during the month of April in celebration of National Poetry Month. As part of the "Vizcaya as Text" academic project, the program will also feature informal readings from FIU Honors College students. Beverages are sponsored by Perrier and Biscayne Bay Brewery, and food will be available for purchase in the Vizcaya Café and Shop. Tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for Vizcaya members, plus fees.

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
3251 South Miami Avenue, Miami


ArtLab@The Lowe: Blasted Allegories - Photography as Experience

Thursday, April 28

The seventh edition of the University of Miami's student-curated exhibition will feature Blasted Allegories - Photography as Experience with works from the Lowe's collection. The exhibition considers the way photography resists decisive conclusions. Serendipitous details, unexpected gestures and strange parallels occur across the photographs featured. Spanning the history of the medium, works by Garry Winogrand, Gregory Crewdson, Walker Evans, Eadweard Muybridge, Nan Goldin, Weegee and others come together as suggestive examples of how photography shapes human experience. Exhibition runs at the Lowe Art Museum through April 27, 2017.

Lowe Art Museum at UM
1301 Stanford Drive Coral Gables


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Rolling Stones in Havana

Thursday, April 28 from 7 to 10 p.m.

The multimedia music show of the Rolling Stones Concert in Havana, Cuba will showcase images by Al Diaz
. In 2014, Diaz was presented the Humanitarian Award by the National Press Photographers Association for his efforts in the CPR rescue of baby Sebastian de la Cruz on a busy expressway in Miami in a photo titled "Breath of Life." A staff photographer for the Miami Herald since 1983, Diaz has shared numerous awards with his colleagues as a member of the news team that won the Pulitzer Prize Public Service Gold Medal for the newspaper's coverage of Hurricane Andrew and a team member that won the McClatchy President's Award for Journalism Excellence for coverage of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Enjoy gourmet appetizers and drinks included in the $25 cover charge.

Trust & Co Miami Bar & Restaurant
2 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables


Jazz at MOCA: Maria Rivas

Friday, April 29 at 8 p.m.

The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (MOCA) will present singer Maria Rivas as its featured artist for the monthly Jazz at MOCA series. Rivas is known as one of the most versatile voices in Latin America and now North America. She skillfully combines Latin Jazz rhythms with music from around the world and performs a blend of traditional standards along with her own compositions in English, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. Rivas, who is Venezuelan, has recorded ten albums as a soloist and also has performed live in her native country and all over Latin America, Europe and the United States. Free and open to the public.

Museum of Contemporary Art
770 N.E. 125th Street, North Miami


Them Beaux

April 29 - May 13

Them Beaux is set in the Deep South, a place where issues of race, sexual identity and gender equality all come to the fore when two con men mix a little too much pleasure with business. High jinks and hilarity unfold both on stage and on film in this provocative, antebellum interpretation of a 17th century tale of love and deception. An experimental element of the production, Them Beaux will blur the lines between film and live theater through multimedia scenes that weave the two together, adding a modern touch to a classic tale. Written and directed by Joshua Jean-Baptiste, Lab 9’s production is a new adaptation of the 17th century farce, The Beaux’ Stratagem, written by Thornton Wilder and Ken Ludwig and set in Staffordshire, England. Tickets are $25.

Event Dates
Friday, April 29, 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 30, 8 p.m.
Friday, May 6, 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 7, 8 p.m.
Thursday, May 12, 8 p.m.
Friday, May 13, 8 p.m.

Miami Theater Center, SandBox Theater
9806 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores


Fast Forward and Barron Sherer

Friday, April 29 at 8:30 p.m.

Composer/percussionist Fast Forward will perform with time-based media artist Barron Sherer in Covalent Bond, a Tigertail-commissioned, interdisciplinary collaboration involving music and film. Arrive early to hear a discussion between climate scientist Dr. Paquita Zuidema and visual artist John Bailly, to be held prior to the concert. This event concludes Tigertail's Water Festival, a month filled with dance, music, film and more. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $50 for VIP (priority entrance and seating), and $20 for students, seniors and artists. .

Miami-Dade County Auditorium On.Stage Black Box
2901 W. Flagler Street, Miami


Atlantis Miami at Family Day

Saturday, April 30 from noon to 5 p.m.

Join the Bakehouse Art Complex for a family-friendly day of art, technology and science to celebrate the kick-off of its 18-month odyssey to the Knight Arts Challenge-winning Atlantis Miami Art Hack. Atlantis Miami will feature artists and exhibitors explaining, exploring and looking for possible solutions to the problem of sea level rise in Miami through kid friendly activities involving art, science and tech. The BAC will also open an Atlantis Miami exhibition featuring works from Xavier Cortada’s "Clima" and the interactive Submerged installation from Home Eleven, mimicking the feeling of a future underwater world. Admission is free for Bakehouse Family Members and $5 for all non-members.

Bakehouse Art Complex
561 N.W. 32nd Street, Wynwood Art District


The Hammer Trinity

Through May 8 - Saturdays & Sundays from 1 to 10 p.m.

The Hammer Trinity is designed as a binge-watching experience. Told in three parts, The Hammer Trinity tells the story of young Casper Kent, who discovers he is the rightful heir to the Crown, recovers the lost Hammer, and defends it against pirates and the Crownless faction. It is done in seven acts, with six and half hours of play, and two and half hours of breaks (including a dinner break). Breaks every 65 minutes. Performed in Arsht Center's Carnival Studio Theater, tickets are $150.

Arsht Center's Carnival Studio Theater
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami


2nd Annual Holocaust Remembrance Reading

Monday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m.

GableStage, in partnership with National Jewish Theater Foundation/Holocaust Theater International Initiative, will host a reading from The Last of the Just, a novel by Andre Schwarz-Bart, as part of the Miller Center’s 2nd Annual Holocaust Remembrance Reading. Originally published in French in 1959, Schwarz-Bart's first book won the Prix de Goncourt, France's highest literary prize. The author was the son of a Polish Jewish family murdered by the Nazis. The story follows the "Just Men" of the Levy family over eight centuries. Free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Reception on the Scharlin Patio at 7 p.m.

Miller Center Auditorium at UM
5202 University Drive, Merrick 119, Coral Gables