Saturday, September 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
See the Arsht Center, take advantage of the first opportunity to buy tickets for your favorite shows and meet leaders of Miami arts organizations, local artists and dignitaries. The Arsht Center will roll out the red carpet for the general public with a day of fun activities, workshops and a chance to win more than $2,000 worth of prizes. Highlights include "A Community Conversation" from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the Carnival Studio Theater where you can take part in a discussion about Culture in Miami in the Next 10 Years with artistic visionaries; Box Office Opens from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; food tastings by BRAVA! and the Cafe at Books & Books from 10 to 4; Arsht Walking Tours at noon and 2:30 in the Ziff Ballet Opera House; and Made in Miami Movies, from 3:45 to 6:30 in the Carnival Studio Theater. Arts Launch 2015 is free and for the whole family!
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami 305-949-6722 www.ArshtCenter.org
TSUNAMI BY NILO CRUZ & MICHIKO KITAYAMA
September 12 - October 3
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, in conjunction with the University of Miami and Arca Images, will present the world premiere of Tsunami, a poignant docudrama based on transformative stories of Japan. This new play introduces us to the resilient people behind the front-page horrors of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami disaster that occurred in 2011. The actors from different cultures and ethnic backgrounds find a common theatrical language to retell the unsettling, absurd, tragic, exhilarating and mystical stories gathered from interviews conducted by Michiko Kitayama and Nilo Cruz in Japan. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of show.
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center 10950 S.W. 211th Street, Cutler Bay 786-573-5300 www.SMDCAC.org
5TH ANNUAL WOMEN OF COLOR EMPOWERMENT CONFERENCE
Saturday, September 19
Paulette Brown, the first African-American woman to serve as president of the 400,000 member American Bar Association, will be the morning keynote speaker for the 5th Annual Women of Color Empowerment Conference. Her address is entitled “Owning Your Worth,” and she will be joined by more than 20 other accomplished presenters from the corporate, health, technology, wealth-building and public policy sectors. This year the WOCEC will expand its offerings to include an inaugural Jazz Benefit Concert and the 2nd annual Spirit of Sisterhood Breakfast, closing the leadership conference weekend on an inspirational note. Tickets for all events are available online.
Bahia Mar Resort & Spa 801 Seabreeze Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale 954-768--9770 (Kathy Eggleston) www.SouthFloridaWomenofColor.com (Tickets & Information)
4TH ANNUAL FASHION GIVES BACK
Thursday, September 24 at 6 p.m.
Enjoy the much-anticipated runway fashion show at Fashion Gives Back and preview as the season's must-have trends as shown by Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour. Sit back and relax while savoring delectable delights and cocktails sponsored by Tito’s Vodka. Co-hosted by Ocean Drive, the event is the brainchild of Ricky Patel and Wesley Farrell as a way to raise funds and awareness for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital (formerly known as Miami Children’s Hospital). Each year a special patient is honored and walks the runway with the models to remind everyone of how they are helping the children. Tickets range from $35 to $65.
The Moore Building 4040 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Miami Design District www.MCHF.org/MCYAEvents/Miami
75TH ANNIVERSARY BIRTHDAY BASH
Saturday, October 3 from 7 p.m. to midnight
Guests at Barry University's 75th Anniversary Birthday Bash will take a step back in time when Soho Studios in the vibrant Wynwood Art District is transformed into Club Barry, an exquisite supper club evoking the days of Barry University's founding in 1940. Alumnus Dr. Shaquille O’Neal will host a delightful evening as guests enjoy cocktails, dinner and dancing, and a performance by Grammy Award-winner Wyclef Jean. The festivities will include Grammy Award-winner Betty Wright's production that takes you musically from 1940 to today. Individual tickets are $500 per person, and VIP tables for ten are $10,000.
Soho Studios 2136 N.W. 1st Avenue, Wynwood Art District 305-899-1156 (Margaret Hubbard) www.Barry.edu/75
12TH ANNUAL "IMAGINE" CHARITY GALA
Saturday, October 3 at 7 p.m.
His House Children’s Home's 12th Annual "Imagine" Charity Gala is an inspirational evening that betters the lives of children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected. Hosting the evening will be Telefutura's Felipe Viel, co-host of "Escándalo TV" and "Feim Fix" on the YouTube channel Nuevon. He will be joined by more than 500 His House Children's Home supporters, along with elected state and county officials. Special festivities will include a cocktail reception, fine dining, a silent auction and live performances. Proceeds from the gala will support a range of services for the children served by His House. For information about tickets, sponsorships and auction items, visit the website or contact Iris Marrero. Pictured: Jay & Jessica Leyva.
In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County and Arsht Families, a volunteer committee of parents committed to supporting children's access to the performing arts, will host the 2nd BiAnnual Imagination Ball. This one-of-a-kind children's gala and fundraiser will feature a circus-themed afternoon of activities, dancing, child-friendly meals (complete with wild dessert displays), and a live performance by America's Got Talent finalist and teen magician Collins Key. Chairs are Arsht Families members Rebecca Whited and family and Katharine Rubino and family. A number of sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available for the ball ranging from $5,000 to $50,000. All proceeds will enhance and expand the Arsht Center's Arts Education and Community Engagement programs. Pictured: Katharine Rubino and Rebecca Whited.
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts Ziff Ballet Opera House, Lynn Wolfson Stage 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami 786-468-2020 (Information) Advancement@ArshtCenter.org
2015 DIAMOND BALL: DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER
Saturday, October 10 at 7:30 p.m.
2015 Diamond Ball: Diamonds are Forever is Miami Children’s Health Foundation’s annual signature gala and South Florida’s grandest charity event, paying tribute to the Hospital’s grateful patients, world-class physicians and generous philanthropists. The spectacular themed black-tie affair features entertainment, a sensational silent auction and much more. This year’s event chairs will be Eilah and Ben Beavers. The Diamond Ball ranks among the top fundraisers in Florida (BizBash) and is recognized by society’s elite as the launch of the South Florida gala season. The event attracts an esteemed group of business, community and philanthropic notables with strong international connections and the common bond of making a difference in the lives of children. To purchase tickets please visit https://www.mchf.org/diamondball/rsvp or call Monica Diaz.