Miami Events of the Week - Art About Town

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6th Annual Wine Women & Shoes

Friday, March 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

One of Miami’s most notable fashion events, Wine, Women & Shoes, will celebrate its sixth year at a new venue, Soho Studios. Slip on your stilettos and join community-minded women for shopping and fun in support of world-class care at Nicklaus Children's Hospital. This event features “Shoe Guys,” wine tastings, a silent auction, fashion marketplace and a fashion show. Created for women who enjoy fine wine, great style, and supporting a noble cause, Wine Women & Shoes is a highly successful national fundraising event platform offering unique opportunities to reach an audience of philanthropic and fashion-savvy women. Co-Chairs Criselda Breene, Susanne Birbragher and Yona Puri.

Soho Studios
2136 N.W. 1st Avenue, Wynwood Art District
786-624-2983 (Danielle Reales)


TEDx Coconut Grove: Escape

Friday, March 17 from 2 to 7:30 p.m.

TEDxCoconutGrove will present Escape, featuring 10 talented speakers including host of FYI’s Tiny House Nation Zack Giffin, best-selling author Sarah Knight, Dr. Amishi Jha, professor at University of Miami focusing on mindfulness-based training, and Director of Education at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens Amy Padolf. Talks will explore the theme through a variety of interpretations including finance, time management, music, meditation, science and more. Tickets are $50 for adults and $10 for students.

The Lewis Family Auditorium
Ransom Everglades School
3575 Main Highway, Coconut Grove


Koresh Dance Company

Friday & Saturday, March 17 & 18 at 7:30 p.m.

The Arsht Center will present the Koresh Dance Company, which juxtaposes Middle Eastern music with classical favorites, sharing both the grounded, driving, earthy rhythms of the old world with the ethereal, heavenly, sounds of the new world. "Classic Koresh" features a selection of favorites drawn from the company’s quarter century of innovative work. These repertoire classics include interpretations of classical compositions by Bach, Beethoven, and Ravel, from the rolling strains of “Moonlight Sonata” to the trumpeting processions of “Bolero.” Tickets are $50.

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
Carnival Studio Theater
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami


Branford Marsalis Quartet

Friday, March 17 at 8 p.m.

Don't miss Living Legends: Branford Marsalis Quartet with Special Guest Kurt Elling as part of the Arsht Center's Jazz Series. Branford Marsalis has refined and expanded his talents and his horizons as a musician, composer, bandleader, and educator. The 3-time Grammy Award-winning Branford Marsalis Quartet is recognized as the standard to which other ensembles of its kind must be measured. The Quartet will be joined by guest vocalist and Grammy Award-winner Kurt Elling in a singular collaboration of musical forces. Tickets range from $45 to $125.

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
Knight Concert Hall
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami


Learn How To Invest Your Money!

Saturday, March 18 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Former Wall Streeter turned Leadership Coach Rajan Chopra is back for the second installment of Money Matters, a financial literacy workshop produced in conjunction with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami. This time the focus is on Smart Investing. Chopra will share his knowledge of smart investing during this fun and interactive lecture. Admission is free.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami
550 N.W. 42nd Avenue, Miami
305-644-0066 (RSVP)


Before Night Falls

March 18 - 25

Based on the famous memoir of Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas, Jorge Martín’s Before Night Falls will be presented by Florida Grand Opera. It follows Arenas’ life from childhood poverty in the Cuban countryside to his emigration to the U.S. in the 1980 Mariel boatlift, and his last decade in New York City. Disillusioned by the Cuban Revolution and persecuted as a dissident writer and homosexual, the opera follows Arenas' trials and tribulations as a political prisoner forced to smuggle his manuscripts abroad for publication. In 2000, Before Night Falls was made into an award-winning feature film directed by Julian Schnabel and starring Javier Bardem and Johnny Depp. Sung in English and Spanish with projected titles in both languages, performances are Saturday, March 18, at 7 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, March 25, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $16 to $229.

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
Ziff Ballet Opera House
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami
1-800-741-1010 FGO Box Office


Momix: Opus Cactus

Saturday & Sunday, March 18 & 19

Following its 2013 hit Botanica, MOMIX will return to the South Dade-County Cultural Arts Center with their latest production MOMIX Opus Cactus, bringing the landscape of the American Southwest to life with illusionistic style, dynamic images of slithering lizards and fire dancers, conjuring up a world of surrealistic images, using props, shadow humor and the human body. Performances are Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3. Tickets range from $20 to $45.

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center
10950 S.W. 211 Street, Cutler Bay


Outside the Box: Daniel Bernard Roumain

Saturday, March 18 from 7 to 10 p.m.

The National YoungArts Foundation's Outside the Box performances feature YoungArts alumni appearing on the YoungArts Plaza. Composer, performer, violinist, and band-leader Daniel Bernard Roumain will entertain with his unique, energetic and experiential sound. Admission is free.

National YoungArts Foundation
2100 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami


Artic Nights Gala

Saturday, March 18 from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Miami Bridge will host its Arctic Nights Gala presented by Ryder Systems, Inc. to benefit their youth and family services in Miami-Dade County. The annual celebration offers an exciting evening of entertainment and philanthropy and raises thousands of dollars that directly assist Miami Bridge’s 24-hour emergency shelter locations for children and teens, ages 10 to 17, as well as their free family counseling services. Annually, Miami Bridge shelters more than 600 children and teens, providing over 10,000 care days for those individuals along with counseling. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Tickets are $175 per person.

The Sacred Space Miami
105 N.E. 24th Street, Miami


The Solis Bravo Band

Saturday, March 18 at 8 p.m.

Solis Bravo is a unique fusion of Straight Ahead Jazz, Latin Jazz, Swing, Big Band, Bossa Nova and Rhythm & Blues created by songwriter/guitarist Carlos Solis. Joining Carlos is bassist and Grammy nominee Jerry Bravo along with two-time Grammy Award winner, drummer/percussionist Richard Bravo. This group of ten talented award-winning musicians will take guests on a memorable musical Journey. Tickets are $35, available at the gate.

Pinecrest Gardens
11000 Red Road, Pinecrest


Super Sunday & Good Deeds Day

Sunday, March 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Greater Miami Jewish Federation's annual phonathon, Super Sunday is also a day to do good deeds for others. Help raise money for Jews in Miami, Israel and worldwide and volunteer for hands-on projects for the whole family - kids, tweens, teens and adults.

Stanley C. Myers Building
4200 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami


DJ Spooky's Rebirth of a Nation

Sunday, March 19 at 7 p.m.

Arguably no one is more responsible for propagating and embodying the idea of the deejay as “artist” than Paul Miller as DJ Spooky. Rebirth of a Nation is DJ Spooky’s creation that produces not only new thoughts but new ways of thinking. This film project is based on a remix of D.W. Griffith’s infamous and racist 1915 film The Birth of a Nation, based on a novel and theater play by Thomas Dixon titled The Clansmen. DJ Spooky applies DJ techniques to cinema in a way that parallels, deconstructs and remixes the original film, thus challenging our legacy of revisionist history. Tickets for the screening at the Arsht Center are $25.

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
Peacock Foundation Studio
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami


Design Thinking Miami Workshop

Monday, March 20 from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

The Miami Foundation's Public Space Challenge is back for 2017, investing $305,000 in your ideas to improve Greater Miami's parks, plazas and local gathering places. Join The Miami Foundation and Design Thinking Miami for a workshop on how to use the human-centered design process to approach public space projects. Submissions close April 6.

CIC Miami
1951 N.W 7th Avenue, Miami 


Taste Of Tennis

Monday, March 20 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Taste of Tennis, sponsored by Citi, is widely regarded as the world’s premier food and tennis experience. A “must” for all local foodies and tennis fans, the action-packed evening will feature signature cuisine prepared by top chefs paired with some of the world’s best tennis players. Enjoy up close and personal interaction with your favorite athletes and chefs and an array of amazing cocktails, music and interactive sponsor experiences. Tickets are $200.

W Miami
485 Brickell Avenue, Downtown Miami


Pan Am Orchid Society Orchid Auction and Sale

Tuesday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m.

See an array of beautiful and exotic orchids at the Pan Am Orchid Society Orchid Auction and Sale at Pinecrest Gardens. Founded in 1954 by a small group of Pan American World Airways employees, the Pan American Orchid Society shares its knowledge and love of orchids with all who visit. Previews start at 6:30 p.m. and the auction at 7 p.m. Free admission, free refreshments and free door prize raffles.

Pinecrest Gardens
11000 Red Road, Pinecrest


The Legend of the Pink Elephant

March 23 – April 2

Miami Theater Center will perform The Legend of the Pink Elephant by Luckner Bruno, Jr. Uplifting music, stilt break-dancing, extreme acrobatics, giant puppetry, and aerial artistry combine to tell the big tale of a little elephant who was born different. Fun for the whole family, this magical, multi-generational theatrical performance confronts the contemporary scourge of bullying, and shares a wonderful message about self-confidence and courage. Showtimes are Thursdays at 10:30 a.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $15 for students, seniors and children under 12.

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


6th Annual Snail of Approval Tasting Party

Friday, March 24 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Join host Helene Henderson, Chef/Owner of Malibu Farm and author of Malibu Farm Cookbook: Recipes from the California Coast at Slow Food Miami’s Snail of Approval Tasting Party. This year, the tasting party will unite dozens of the city’s top chefs and local growers and producers for a night of tasting and honoring Miami’s food scene. Enjoy music by Michael Casola from JetSet Sounds. General admission tickets will be $100 p/p at the door, and $750 sponsor tickets that include a garden box for a school, early entry at 6:30 p.m. and a signed copy of Helene Henderson's cookbook. All proceeds benefit Slow Food Miami's Edible Garden Program. Valet parking will be available for $20.

Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort
4525 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach


Unbound Opening Reception

Friday, March 24 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Unbound, New World School of the Arts' 2017 BFA final visual arts showcase is a group exhibition highlighting a variety of works from 23 visual artists of divergent disciplines, professionally curated by NWSA dean of the visual arts program, Maggy Cuesta and gallerist Fredric Snitzer. A culmination of four years of intensive study, Unbound is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of a bold and dynamic group of emerging artists from whose objective for this exhibition is to explore and exploit hybridity in various ways. The Opening Reception will be held on Friday, March 24; from 7 pm. to 10 p.m. On view March 24 – April 8; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. by appointment. Admission is free.

1018 North Miami Avenue, Miami


Pines of Rome

Friday & Saturday, March 24 & 25 at 8 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra Miami will perform Respighi’s incredibly illustrative masterpiece, Pines of Rome. Experience a musical depiction of the beauty of the Roman landscape - and one of music’s most exciting conclusions. Plus, enjoy two hidden gems from the operatic genius of Verdi as well as the joyful melodies of Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony." Conducted by Franz Welser-Möst, Tickets range from $39 to $183.

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
Knight Concert Hall
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami


100th Anniversary Gala

Saturday, March 25 at 6 p.m.

Rotary Club of Miami, one of South Florida’s oldest and most respected community service organizations, will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a gala event chaired by Susan and Robin Shelley and club president Oliver A. Ruiz and his wife, Lissette. The evening will commemorate the Rotary Club of Miami's 100 years of service with an extravagant party overlooking views of Downtowm Miami that the club's members helped create over the decades. During the cocktail reception and dinner guests will enjoy special entertainment and historical displays of early South Florida, spotlighting the many organizations Rotary Club of Miami founded and supported through the years. Emceeing the evening will be Eliott Rodriguez of CBS 4, who will introduce a who’s who of community leaders and VIPs to honor the 100 years of service. Music for dancing throughout the evening will be provided by the Chase Band. Individual tickets and sponsorship information are available online or by calling the Rotary office. Proceeds will benefit The Rotary Club of Miami, Florida Foundation, which funds the community service and international humanitarian service projects of the Rotary Club of Miami.

The Rusty Pelican
3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne


An Evening of Possibilities Gala and Silent Auction

Saturday, March 25 from 6:30 p.m. to midnight

Our Pride Academy will host An Evening of Possibilities Gala and Silent Auction, with more than 350 guests from the community to attend. David Lawrence (pictured) will be honored with the Alesia Cruchley Mogul Community Advocate Award. This event, the 6th annual gala, will feature a silent auction, open bar, dinner and dancing. Tickets are $175 per person with tables of ten available for $1750. Sponsorship opportunities are also available ranging from $2,500 to $10,000, offering benefits to corporations, organizations and individuals on several levels. All of the proceeds from the event will benefit individuals with developmental disabilities.

JW Marriott Miami
1109 Brickell Avenue, Downtown Miami
305-271-2678 or


Centennial Ball Celebrating 100 Years of Service

Saturday, March 25 from 7 p.m. to midnight

Marking 100 years of service to the South Florida community, the American Red Cross Greater Miami & The Keys will celebrate at the 35th Annual American Red Cross Ball. Chaired by Mary “Mimi” Bradley Shafey (pictured), the ball will emphasize the life-saving work of the Red Cross. Swanee and Paul DiMare, will be presented with the American Red Cross Centennial Humanitarian Award for their outstanding support of the American Red Cross. Ball Committee members include: Maria Beguiristain, Trish Bell, Stacy Briggle, Paula Brockway, Betty Brody, Terry Buoniconti, Debbie Campbell, Brenda Nestor Castellano, Pamela W. Cole, Leatrice Damus, Norma Echarte, Linda Levy Goldberg, Mary Frances Irvin, Jean B. Jenkins, Elizabeth Johnson, Marile Lopez, Betty Lopez-Castro, Ginger Mead, Rita Michel, Maria Cristina Miranda, Jenny Parker, Jeanie Pfleger, Barbara Reese, Frances Sevilla-Sacasa, Kristine Wenzel, Rita Wilder and Michele Wiseheart. Tickets are $700 per person, and sponsorship opportunities are available.

Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne
455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne (Sponsorship Information)


BAM! Beer and Music Backyard Festival

Saturday, March 25 at 8 p.m.

Be the first to experience BAM!, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center's Beer and Music Festival, featuring the sounds of the funky METERS, an American funk band from New Orleans, and the world-famous The Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Sample craft beers and visit the gourmet food trucks while listening to the music under the evening stars on the beautiful Concert Lawn. The festivities will include some of the finest beer and spirits from local breweries and an array of food trucks, including Xochimex Cantina Grill, DKeisha’s Mobile Eatery, Shotgun Joe’s Churrascaria, Vibe 305, and Main Stop Grill. Limited VIP packages are available with preferred seating, a souvenir cup, unlimited beer tastings at the VIP Bar and free food samplings. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $65 for VIP - available online. So bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a great evening of entertainment brought to you by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs.

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center
10950 S.W. 211th Street, Cutler Bay