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December 2018

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CasaCor Miami, the highly curated architecture, design, and landscaping showcase, returns to the U.S. for only its second year, and only in Miami. For two weeks, through Sunday, December 16, a mix of emerging and renowned designers and design teams, many from South America, will take over 20 rooms (that’s 25,000 square feet of living space) high above Brickell City Centre (700 Brickell Ave.) for a striking range of ambient design, style, and décor. Open hours are plentiful but vary, so be sure to check the online schedule. Tickets: $25-$32.


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For 30 years the residents of Enchanted Place have decorated their North Miami cul-de-sac with lights, inflatables, and all manner of holiday charm and sparkle. It’s their gift to the rest of us. The collective display lights up Saturday, December 1, through January 6, from 6:00-11:00 nightly. (For donations, be you so inclined, the effort’s charitable partner is AT&T Pioneers.) Enchanted Place is located along NE 137th Terrace, a block north of NE 135th Street at NE 16th Avenue, behind the Enchanted Forest/Elaine Gordon Park. Free. On Facebook: Enchanted Place of North Miami.


Flying Orchids, Talking Trees at Fairchild

Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden inaugurates its NightGarden, a special kind of high-tech holiday enchantment for all ages, open daily through Wednesday, January 9. The glittery NightGarden features talking trees, flying orchids, illuminated mazes, holographic butterflies, dandelion fields, and more special optical effects throughout the 83-acre gardens. There’ll be food and drink offerings from Miami eateries, too. Open Sundays through Thursdays, 6:00-10:00 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays, 6:00-11:00 p.m. Check online for holiday hours and a few blackout dates. Tickets: $20/$15 members and member children under 10; $28/$20 nonmembers and their children under 10.

Have Yourself a Very Merry Wallcast

As the New World Symphony performs its program Sounds of the Seasons indoors, the concert is projected live as a Wallcast on the NWS’s huge outdoor projection wall Saturday, December 15, at 7:30 p.m. The program includes a new arrangement of Carol of the Bells; José Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad”; the NWS’s 2015 commission by Sam Hyken, “Chanukah 5776”; Leroy Anderson’s classic “Sleigh Ride” and “A Christmas Festival”; selections from The Nutcracker; and the Farandole Suite No. 2 of Bizet’s L’Arlésienne, whose opening recalls the carol “March of the Kings.” Free. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic to SoundScape Park (400 17th St.) in Miami Beach.

The Girl Who Dreamed!

Ballet superstar Diana Vishneva (of Russia’s Mariinsky Ballet and a principal as well of the ABT) knows Sleeping Beauty -- Tchaikovsky’s, that is. Now she and Marcelo Gomes, whose career as a principal with the ABT ended last year, do star turns in the world première of Sleeping Beauty Dreams. This performance brings a new dimension to the classic fairy tale, exploring the princess’s spell-cast dream world through modern dance, electronic dance music, film, digital optics, and real-time avatar-mapping (motion mapping) technology that works in response to dancers’ movements. No two performances will be alike. The work, with choreography by Edward Clug, debuts Friday and Saturday, December 7 and 8, 8:00 p.m. at the Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center (1300 Biscayne Blvd.) Tickets $80-$200 through


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The Rhythm Foundation and Emerson Dorsch Gallery present a Vanguard Concert Series performance of the South Korean band sensation SsingSsing, which NPR “discovered” at globalFEST 2017 and booked into one of its “Small Desk Concerts” (a great preview video, btw). Appearing Friday, December 7, at 8:00 p.m., the band melds contemporary music with Korean shamanic/folk vocalizations into what’s been called a kind of Korean shamanic rock. What’s more, behind the group’s glammed up cross-dressing is a very Korean reason: like traditional shamans, they’re channeling both the male and female spirits. However it’s explained, it’s the intriguing sound of the moment and the band members are lovely to watch. Free with RSVP. Emerson Dorsch Gallery (5900 NW 2nd Ave.)


Buskerfest Returns to the Metromover Inner Loop

We fill our coin jars each year for the buskers at this street performance festival. Buskerfest 2018 is set for Friday, December 14, 4:00 -7:00 p.m., downtown, with artists, musicians, and other acts working through 45-minute sets at Metromover Inner Loop stops, at a Comedy Corner, and at satellite locations not announced by press time. At 7:00 p.m., the Buskextravaganza moves over to Bayfront Park (301 Biscayne Blvd.), and a wrap-up show is scheduled at Tina Hills Pavilion there with performances by LIVE! Modern School of Music and SunGhosts. Everything’s free and caters to all audiences. Buskerfest “passports” offer downtown discounts, and get them stamped for a raffle entry.


A Walk in Wynwood

HistoryMiami presents “Wynwood: A History of Street Art”, a 90-minute walking tour Sunday, December 16, led by Thom Wheeler Castillo. Setting off at 11:30 a.m. from Panther Coffee Wynwood (2390 NW 2nd Ave.) in the heart of Wynwood, you’ll hear about the transformation of the warehouse neighborhood into an outdoor art gallery; about graffiti through the ages; and about the residents, developers, galleries, museums, and art complexes in the neighborhood. Tickets: members $20; non-members $30; kids 12 under $10.


Let’s Hear It for the King Mango Strutters

Between the headlines, “fake news,” and other low-hanging fruit, we can’t wait to see what costumes the “Nuts in the Grove” come up with for 2018’s King Mango Strut, the community parade whose the only admission price is a good sense of humor. Set for Sunday, December 30, the theme, as usual, is news from the outgoing year. Yet despite the potential, this is a family-friendly event, with kids’ events, too. It starts at 2:00 p.m., followed by an “after-strut party” and dancing. The parade route heads from Commodore Plaza, up Main Highway to Cocowalk, down Grand Avenue, and then back to Commodore Plaza.


New Year’s Eve Bayfront Bash

It’s Miami’s annual answer to Times Square, our crowds without overcoats on New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31, and South Florida’s largest outdoor dance party, at Bayfront Park (301 Biscayne Blvd.). More than a 150,000 people are expected for music in the amphitheater, fireworks over the bay, and Miami’s own “Big Orange” on the side of the Intercontinental for the countdown to midnight. Festivities begin at 8:00 p.m. and end at 12:30 a.m. For ease, take the Metrorail and Metromover Inner Loop; no bottles, cans, coolers, or personal fireworks. Free. Happy New Year!




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