The iconic Puerto Rican actress/singer Rita Moreno will be honored with the "La Musa Legacy Award" by the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame during the 3rd Annual induction Gala "La Musa Awards". Rita Moreno is one of the most legendary Latina superstars in the entertainment business as well as one of the most influential personalities during the last seven decades. Moreno belongs to an elite group of only eight living artists who have won the EGOT, the most important arts and entertainment awards: an Oscar (1962), 2 Emmy's (1977 and 1978), a Tony (1975), and a Grammy Award (1972). And at 83 years young, Rita Moreno is one of the busiest stars in the entertainment industry. Also this year LSHOF will induct 6 of the world's most influential Hispanic songwriters and composers of all time: Hector Ochoa Cárdenas (Colombia); Emilio Estefan (Cuba); Myriam Hernandez (Chile); Gustavo Santaolalla (Argentina); Alvaro Torres (El Salvador); and Diego Torres (Argentina). Gala VIP reception, dinner and show tickets can be purchased online. Click here for general admission tickets.
The Fillmore Miami Beach Jackie Gleason Theatre 1700 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach www.LatinSongHall.com (Gala Tickets)
A NIGHT IN OLD SHANGAI
Friday, October 16 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Join friends and supporters of the Coral Gables Community Foundation to celebrate A Night in Old Shanghai, the Foundation's 2015 Gala. Co-chaired by Sissy DeMaria and Mary Young, this annual gala raises funds for the Foundation's programs that enhance the lives of people who live, work, learn and play in the “The City Beautiful.” Transport yourself to Old Shanghai with dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions plus a Chinese lion dance and drum performances. The evening also honors a group of outstanding community leaders: Jeff & Yolanda Berkowitz; Ed & Carol Williamson; Adam & Chanin Carlin; Tom Murphy, Jr. & The Murphy Family; Hank Langston; and Joe Rose. Individual tickets are $500, and tables of ten are available at $5,000. Sponsorships and program ads are also available!
Coral Gables Country Club 997 North Greenway Drive, Miami 305-446-9670 www.GablesFoundation.org
FESTIVAL MIAMI OPENING NIGHT
Friday, October 16 at 8 p.m.
Now in its 32nd season, Festival Miami, presented by UHealth - University of Miami Health System - and the UM Frost School of Music, will offer an extraordinary line-up of classical, jazz, Latin and pop artists in more than 20 concerts from October 16 to November 7. The Frost Symphony Orchestra presents legendary, Billboard chart-topping pianist Simone Dinnerstein in the Florida premiere of Philip Lasser's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra – The Circle and the Child. Praised as “deeply musical” and “a gifted and thoughtful player,” Dinnerstein takes the stage on Festival Miami's opening night on October 16. The works of Lasser, Hovahaness and Hanson - three visionary American composers - will be conducted by Thomas Sleeper. Tickets are $35, $45 and $55 and can be purchased online.
UM Gusman Concert Hall 1314 Miller Drive, Coral Gables 305-284-4940 www.FestivalMiami.com
20TH ANNIVERSARY GALA
Saturday, October 17 at 7 p.m.
Chapman Partnership will pay tribute to Alvah Chapman's vision and will celebrate 20 years of empowering the homeless at its 20th Anniversary Gala. Miami's most generous corporations, leading philanthropists and business and community leaders will celebrate Chapman Partnership's two decades of service to the least fortunate in our community. This service includes more than 100,000 homeless admissions of men, women and children and a 64% success rate of transitioning the homeless to self-sufficiency. Alvah Chapman’s legacy lives on through the Alvah H. Chapman, Jr. Humanitarian Award, given to an individual or organization that has been instrumental in helping the homeless in our community. This year the honor will be awarded to Mrs. Betty Chapman for her commitment and passion to help the homeless regain their dignity. The Gala Chairs are Nancy & Jon Batchelor and Trish & Dan Bell. Enjoy a cocktail reception at 7 p.m., followed by dinner and dancing at 8 with special live entertainment.
It’s not so scary, but all your little ghosts and goblins are guaranteed to have a boo-tiful time at Miami Children’s Museum’sNot So Scary Family Halloween Bash! A Halloween favorite offers your whole family a ghostly time as costumed trick-or-treaters make their candy collecting-way around the Museum’s 14 galleries. Enjoy Miami’s best family-friendly haunted house, create crazed crafts and become part of the Museum's fun and colorful costume parade. Families are bound to have a bewitching time while creating miniature pumpkins, getting their face painted, dancing the Monster Mash and making take-home crafts. Lunch will be provided by Whole Foods Market South Beach and Downtown Miami and guests will enjoy a silent auction filled with one of a kind experiences, family activities and culinary delights. Individual tickets are $30 for members and $40 for non-members when purchased before October 1. After October 1, individual tickets become $40 for members and $50 for non-members. A Family Package for $200 is also available that includes 6 tickets. The event is co-chaired by Alexis & Scott Wagner and Kelly & Chris Melchiondo.
Miami Children's Museum 980 MacArthur Causeway, Watson Island, Miami 305-373-5437, Ext. 142
DIAMOND JUBILEE CLASSIC
Wednesday, October 21 at 11 a.m.
Miami Jewish Health Systems'75th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee Classic is a unique day when friends and supporters come together to celebrate and participate in their favorite pastime. It's a day for you - whether you enjoy golf, being pampered at the spa and just socializing as you help enrich the lives of the elderly in South Florida. The fee for golfers is $500 p/p and includes brunch, cocktails and the awards dinner. To enjoy full use of the spa plus one treatment, brunch, cocktails and dinner, the cost is $500. And for attending the cocktail reception and awards dinner, the cost is $150. Sponsorships are also available, ranging from $500 to $25,000. Call Jenny Ray for tickets and information.
Turnberry Isle Miami 19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura 305-762-1382 (Jenny Ray) JRay@MJHHA.org
Thursday - Sunday, October 22 - 25
Taking place over four days, the Miami International Film Festival’s fall event, GEMS, will premiere 13 highly touted films from Cannes, Berlin and Sundance Film Festivals; Oscar hopefuls; and international box office sensations from the US, Spain, Chile, Italy, France, Colombia and many others. MDC’s Tower Theater Miami will serve as the exclusive venue for all screenings and seminars. GEMS will open with Brooklyn, a film adapted by Nick Hornby (An Education) from the Colm Toibin bestselling novel starring Oscar nominee for Atonement, Saoirse Ronan. The Festival will close with Warner Bros’ highly-anticipated The 33 starring Antonio Banderas, Juliette Binoche, and Rodrigo Santoro. Tickets go on sale to the general public on October 1.
Celebrate the multicultural vibrancy of Miami at Festival Miami with Cuban-born piano master Gonzalo Rubalcaba, who has been heralded by The New York Times as "...a pianist of almost supernatural abilities." He joins fellow Frost School faculty artists, including percussion virtuoso Svet Stoyanov and trumpeter/bandleader John Daversa, with the Frost Concert Jazz Band in a thrilling jazz program that will enthrall you! Now in its 32nd season, Festival Miami presented by UHealth - University of Miami Health System and the UM Frost School of Music offers an extraordinary lineup of classical, jazz, Latin and pop artists in more than 20 concerts from October 16 to November 7. Click for information and to buy tickets.
UM Gusman Concert Hall 1314 Miller Drive, Coral Gables 305-284-4940 www.FestivalMiami.com
8TH ANNUAL INNER CIRCLE OF TWELVE LUNCHEON AND FASHION SHOW
Friday, October 23 at 11 a.m.
Friends and supporters of the American Cancer Society will gather to honor local philanthropists for their commitment to our community at the Eighth Annual Inner Circle of Twelve Luncheon and Fashion Show. Twelve outstanding women, soon to be announced, will be honored at the luncheon for their leadership, volunteerism, community involvement and dedication to the American Cancer Society’s mission. Also at the luncheon the American Cancer Society will also present the prestigious Inner Circle of Twelve Legacy Award to founding Event Chairs Dorothy St. Jean and James “Jim” Murphy (pictured). Tickets for the luncheon $200 per person.
Voices For Children Foundation will host its 21st Annual “Be A Voice Awards Luncheon,” presented by Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson P.A., The luncheon brings together more than 500 guests with the goal of raising funds to benefit Miami-Dade County’s foster children. Emceed by Local 10 News Anchor Laurie Jennings, the luncheon will especially recognize those individuals, corporations and organizations that have been a voice for the children in our community time and again over the course of Voices for Children Foundation's 31 years. Individual tickets are $150 per person, and tables of ten are $1,500.
Jungle Island 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Watson Island, Miami 786-469-3856 (Carolina Alfonso) CAlfonso@BeAVoice.org
NOCHE TROPICAL PRESENTS TROPICANA 2020
Saturday, October 24, from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba will host the 9th Annual Noche Tropical Presents Tropicana 2020 with Willy Chirino headlining the gala event. Gala Chair Tony Costa and host committee have promised a spectacular evening. Guests will enjoy the night's festivities, which include a Bacardi open bar, live music and performances and an after-party with DJ to dance until the wee hours. Suggested attire: Tropicana Club chic! Tickets are $300 per person or $3,000 for a table of ten, and proceeds will benefit the Ladies in White and the Independent Cuban Civil Society.
Miami attorney Ron Lowy will receive the Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club’s 2015 Michael Shores Citizen of the Year Award at the Club's annual fundraiser. Lowy has been involved in a wide variiety of community service organizations and currently serves as Chairman of the Board for Plaza Health Network, the largest non-profit nursing home group in South Florida. The 36th Biscayne Bay Gala will begin at 7:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by dinner. Tickets are $150 per person, and $1,500 for tables of ten.
Dr. Ed Calle is known for his extraordinary ability to play bebop, Latin and contemporary jazz and pop. This master of the sax can be heard on literally thousands of recordings both as a sideman and soloist. He appears on Grammy Award-winning albums by Frank Sinatra, Vicky Carr, Arturo Sandoval and Jon Secada, as well as on numerous television and motion picture soundtracks. Celebrate his latest album launch with his big band for the opening of Pinecrest Gardens' South Motors Jazz Series. Calle present Mamblue: The 305 All-Star Big Band. Tickets are $25 and $30.
Pinecrest Gardens' Banyan Bowl 11000 Red Road, Village of Pinecrest 1-877-496-8499 Tickets & Subscriptions 305-669-6990 Pre-Concert Dining Reservations www.
20TH ANNIVERSARY - CHANGING LIVES OVER LUNCH
Thursday, October 29, at 11:30 a.m.
Join South Florida’s business, civic, educational and philanthropic leaders, along with Take Stock in Children mentors and students, for the 20th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon - Changing Lives Over Lunch. The luncheon and recognition event will celebrate 20 years of scholarships, mentors and hope. This year's co-chairs are Maria Alonso, Maria Johnston and Heidi Battier, and honorees are Madeline Pumariega, Outgoing President and CEO of TSIC, appointed as Florida College System Chancellor; Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools; and Rick Beasley, Executive Director of CareerSource South Florida. Tickets are $250 p/p or $2,500 for a table of ten. Take Stock in Children provides caring volunteer mentors, college readiness skills and a Florida Prepaid Scholarship for every student. The result is a 96% high school graduation rate and a college enrollment rate of 87%.
Dance, drink and be spooked at the Gilded-Age Estate of James Deering! For the 29th year in a row, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens will host its Halloween Sundowner. Joy Taylor, co-host of "The Ticket," will emcee and host the Sundowner's annual Outrageous Costume Contest, crowning Best Male, Best Female and Best Group Costumes. The Halloween extravaganza will feature entertainment with bayfront music from Miami's own Spam Allstars, along with DJ A-Train spinning your favorites. There will be five open bars provided by Bacardi, and, upon arrival, guests will be served Bacardi's specialty drink, "The Dirty Deering." More food and spirits provided by Premiere Beverage, Bogle Vineyards, Michael David Winery, Wynwood Brewing and Biscayne Bay Brewing Company, Whole Foods, the Crepe Maker, Catering by Loveables and others. General Admission tickets start at $140 for members and $165 for non-members, and a limited number of $250 VIP tickets available for inner-courtyard access with private bar, specialty drink and catered food. You must be 21 and over to attend the event. Event will be held rain or shine, and tickets are non-refundable. Free parking is available across the street at the Frost Museum of Science.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens 3251 South Miami Avenue, Miami www.VizcayaHalloween.org (Tickets and info)
SAVOR THE SEASON
Saturday, November 14 at 6 p.m.
Savor the Season will return this holiday season as Brickell’s premier holiday celebration, showcasing South Florida’s hottest restaurants and entertainment at Brickell World Plaza. Enjoy an evening of food, wine and live music and the highly-anticipated lighting of 600 Brickell’s signature 40-foot Holiday Wreath and Plaza. Savor signature dishes from a variety of local restaurants as you kick-off the holiday season in style. Savor the Season is much more than a holiday party - it's a way to give back to charity. Event proceeds benefit three local charities: the Humane Society of Greater Miami, Feeding South Florida and University of Miami Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD). Ticket prices begin at $100, with pre-sale tickets currently available for $75 using code Savor2015. In past years the event has raised more than $150,000 in funds for local non-profits.
Brickell World Plaza 600 Brickell Avenue, Miami 305-384-7199 www.SavortheSeasonMiami.com