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History by Moonlight

Why not start 2018 resolving to learn more about the place you call home? HistoryMiami Museum makes the lesson fun on its Moon Over Miami cruise with historian (and BT contributor) Paul George on Saturday, January 6, at 6:00 p.m. You’ll hear about early Tequesta settlements, the city’s 19th-century developers, and little-known backwater stories as you wind upstream along the Miami River’s 5.5 navigable miles and back downtown. Meet at Island Queen Cruises, Bayside Marketplace, 401 Biscayne Blvd. Members $50; non-members $60; children 12 and under $25. Information and registration:


You’ll Say You Saw Them When....

National YoungArts Week celebrates the finalists chosen to compete in the National YoungArts Foundation’s annual competition. During “finals week,” Monday through Friday, January 8-12, they’ll enjoy mentoring and classes. Each night culminates with performances and exhibits for the public (and judges) that include music, theater, dance, song, literary readings, films, and visual arts. Events take place at the New World Center (500 17th St.) in Miami Beach, the Jewel Box and Gallery at the YoungArts Campus (2100 Biscayne Blvd.), and at PAMM (1103 Biscayne Blvd.). Stay tuned for the winners next month. For lineup and ticket information:


Transcription for Psychedelic Piano

The Miami International Piano Festival continues Sunday, January 14, at 5:00 p.m., with Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, transcribed for piano by Franz Liszt. Pianist Kemal Gekić performs the symphony, for which Berlioz himself wrote (autobiographical) program notes: “A young musician of morbid sensitivity and ardent imagination poisons himself with opium in a moment of despair caused by frustrated love.” The opium doesn’t kill him, but the score does take the listener along some bizarre hallucinations. “Berlioz tells it like it is,” said Leonard Bernstein of this work. “You take a trip, you wind up screaming at your own funeral.” Yet it’s one of the great romantic masterpieces. A multimedia presentation accompanies this can’t-miss performance. Tickets $35, Aventura Art & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St.,


Family Fest Opens New Season

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, January 9, when first-access passes become available for the opening event of the Arsht Center’s tenth annual Family Fest season: Story Pirates on Saturday, January 20, at 1:30 p.m. This group offers musical comedy based on stories written by children ages 5-12. The shows have been called a “mix between School House Rock and Monty Python,” and our show features two new stories written by South Florida youngsters. Knight Concert Hall (1300 Biscayne Blvd.). For first-access: 305-949-6722;; or the box office window.


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Ocean Drive between 5th and 13th streets is closed to traffic from Friday through Sunday, January 12-14, when the Miami Design Preservation League puts on its annual Art Deco Weekend. Like Miami Beach itself, the festival can go from classic to kitsch in the twinkling of an eye. Events on tap: walking tours; an antique/art promenade; theater; jazz, Afro-Cuban, cabaret, blues, and swing artists, with room for dancing; a Deco Kids Club and Deco Dog show; a classic car show; retro fashion; a lecture series; and related activities at the Art Deco Museum, PAMM, and Wolfsonian-FIU Museum.


Jewish Film Fest Turns 21

This year’s Miami Jewish Film Festival: 62 films, 20 countries, 50 filmmakers and special guests on hand. Premières: 3 world, 2 North American, 3 Florida. Films directed by women: 12. An “Israel at 70” program, with special guests, award-winning films, celebrated directors. Dates: Thursday, January 11, through Thursday, January 25, and don’t tell us there’s no screening near you: Aventura Center (3385 NE 188th St., 305-466-8002); Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center (20400 NE 30th Ave., 305-937-1880); Coral Gables Art Cinema (260 Aragon Ave., 786-385-9689); Miami Beach JCC (4221 Pine Tree Dr., 305-284-4861); Miami Beach Cinematheque (1130 Washington Ave., 305-284-4861); O Cinema Miami Shores (9806 NE 2nd Ave., 786-565-3456); Regal Cinemas South Beach (1120 Lincoln Rd., 305-674-6766); Temple Beth Am (5950 SW 88th St., 305-667-6667); and Temple Beth Sholom (4144 Chase Ave., Miami Beach, 305-538-7231). Tickets: $13. Festival passes: $275.


Chocoholics, This Is For You

We Americans reportedly eat over 11 pounds of chocolate per person per year, somehow fitting as we head toward Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s 12th annual Chocolate Festival. From Friday, January 19, through Sunday, January 21, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the fest features a decadence of chocolate, chocolatiers and chocolate vendors, chocolate-infused foods and drinks, a ChocoWalk, ChocoKids, even a ChocoSpa. You’ll also find classes, demos, and special lectures. The garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Rd. Tickets: members free, adults $25, seniors $18, children (6-17) $12, children 5 and under free.


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The annual Axis of Love three-concert series returns to the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave.) on Saturday, January 27, at 8:00 p.m. with music from Iranian-born Sahba Motallebi, a virtuoso of the tar and its linguistic younger cousin, the sitar. In this concert, she’s joined by another Iranian, Naghmeh Farahmand, on traditional percussion instruments like the tonbak and daf, prominent in Sufi and Kurdish rhythms. Tickets: $20 advance, $25 day of concert, $50 for the series pass. or


Hungry, and Hungry for Change

Miami Light Project Presents performance artist Dan Froot and Company, performing his work Pang!, which uses the stylings of live radio shows, e.g., multiple mikes, sound effects props, and live piano and sax, to tell the stories of three families living with hunger. Pang! is presented Friday and Saturday, January 26 and 27, at 8:00 p.m. at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26th St.) in Wynwood. Froot is the recipient of numerous fellowships, commissions, and awards; previous works include Live Sax Acts, Seventeen Kilos of Garlic, Shlammer, and Who’s Hungry? Tickets $15-$25. 305-576-4350.


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The Umalali Women’s Project of the Garifuna Collective revolves around a group of female vocalists from Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras, accompanied by musicians playing traditional hand drums, turtle shells, guitars, and bass. Their music, evocative at times of Cesária Évora’s, has been called “the perfect demonstration” of universal music. In 2001, UNESCO declared Garifuna music, language, and dance “a masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity.” They’re in Miami for just two performances, Saturday, January 27, at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 28, at 3:00 p.m., courtesy of FUNDarte at On.Stage Black Box at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium (2901 W. Flagler St.) Tickets: $30 adults; $25 seniors and students (limited): and at the box office, M-F 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Info: 305-547-5414; 786-348-0789.


Compiled by BT contributor Dinah McNichols. Please send information and images to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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