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Jun 06th
October 2010 PDF Print E-mail

Before All the Interesting Wrinkles Are Smoothed Out

Commercial photographer Simon Hare turned his lens on the people who live and work in Buena Vista, and the result is the exhibit Buena Vista: East of 95, showing through October 29. Cal_1He said he wanted to reveal one of Miami’s most diverse and historically rich areas at a moment of change. Hare describes his project as “a portrait, taken one person at a time, of a spicy, bubbling, human cauldron before it becomes a bland suburban soup.” Yes, please. At the quirky location of the ACND Gallery of Art on the grounds of Archbishop Curley Notre Dame High School, 4949 NE 2nd Ave.; 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; 305-751-8367.

Looks Like the Beatles, Sounds Like the Beatles, but Wait…

It was way more than 20 years ago today that the band began to play, but Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles wants to bring the Beatle-past into a multi-media present. This won’t just be four blokes standing on stage shaking their heads. No, this show incorporates a backdrop of video clips from the 1960s -- including vintage TV commercials -- live camera zoom-ins, lots of lights, and walls of sounds. Oh, and chronologically the timeless tunes of John, Paul, George, and Ringo. From Friday, October 8 through Sunday, October 12, 8:00 p.m. at the Arsht Center’s Ziff Ballet Opera House. Tickets from $25 to $69. Go to or call 305-949-6722.

Bebop at the Beach

Cal_3If you’re looking for soaring solos and intricate improvisations, drop by the Third Annual Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Fest. On Friday, October 15, pianist Tony Sona brings his trio to the Acqualina Resort & Spa, 17875 Collins Ave. from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m.; cost $25. On Saturday, October 16, a number of well-known performers, including sax masters Ed Calle and Jesse Jones, Jr., take the stage for the jazz fest at Samson Oceanfront Park (rain or shine), 17425 Collins Ave. from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.; cost $15. And to cap it off, the jazz brunch on Sunday, October 17 features Troy Roberts on sax at the Newport Beachside Resort, 16701 Collins Ave. from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; cost $22.95. For details go to or call 305-792-1952.

Our Ballet’s Big Birthday

Cal_5Founded a quarter of a century ago by Edward Villella, the Miami City Ballet is today considered one of the best in the land. To celebrate its 25th anniversary year, the ballet will put on quite a show. On three evenings, from Friday, October 15 through Sunday, October 17, the company performs Fanfare, with choreography by Jerome Robbins and music by Benjamin Britten; Bugaku, choreographed by George Balanchine; and Theme and Variations with Balanchine’s choreography to the music of Tchaikovsky. At the Arsht Center, 8:00 p.m. For tickets and price ranges go to, or call 305-949-6722.

A Lot of Little Havana

Great cities are made up of great neighborhoods, and Little Havana is one of the best. But do you really know that much about our historic Cuban heartland? Stroll along with the Little Havana Cuban Cuisine & Culture Walking Tour from HistoryMiami’s guide Pepe Menendez and discover more. Literally taste the neighborhood by stopping at cafecito windows, see it through a botanica, and feel it through the Bay of Pigs Museum. The tour runs from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 16, leaving from the Torch Monument, 1305 SW 8th St. Members $20, nonmembers $25; 305-375-1621 or

It’s All Gospel and It’s All Free

At the Arsht Center, Free Gospel Sundays will kick off this month with Shirley Caesar and the Miami Mass Choir, along with the 93rd Street Baptist Community Church Choir. To hear live music of this caliber -- Caesar has won multiple Grammys and has released more than 30 albums, while the choirs are some of the best anywhere -- for free is itself a godsend, gospel or not. The inspiration starts at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 17 at the Knight Concert Hall;

How to Make Your Home a Little More Green

Our tip of the peninsula may be tropical, but it’s far from green. So Miami-Dade County is putting your tax dollars to work by hosting workshops chock full of information and incentives to help you cut waste and save money. The Home Energy Savings Workshop comes our way on Wednesday, October 20. The first 50 to sign up will get a free energy tool kit; the rest will get free fluorescent light bulbs -- and facts on energy-bill reduction, rebates, and general eco-friendly lifestyles. At Legion Park, 6447 NE 7th Ave., from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Register by calling 3-1-1 or visiting

Some Scary Enchanted Evening

Up for some haunted trails and some creepy family fun? Not in a house, but in 22 acres of park? Then Halloween at North Miami’s Enchanted Forest Park is the place for you. Skip the Justin Bieber costumes for the kids and get creative! There will be a Fun Zone and games and activities, and maybe even a few ghouls lurking along the park’s spooky trails. From 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. on Friday, October 29 at 1725 NW 135th St.;

Sounds of Brazil in the Aria

Cal_2Brazilian superstar Djavan has just released his Aria, which can be the culminating melodic segment of an opera or in this case, the name of his latest album. While Djavan has created classics during his tenure at the top, here he interprets the songs of other greats such as Gilberto Gil and Chico Buarque. His arias will fill the air in concert on Friday, October 29 at 8:00 p.m. at the Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave.; tickets from $33.50; 1-800-745-3000.


Piano Legend Meets MTT and NWS

Cal_4The New World Symphony may be preparing for its new Frank Gehry-designed home, but in truth it doesn’t matter where we hear Miami’s most exciting orchestra, especially when it is joined by one of the world’s most exciting pianists, Emanuel Ax. Born in Ukraine to Holocaust survivors, Ax has created unique interpretations of classic and contemporary composers, while playing regularly with such greats as Yo-Yo Ma and Isaac Stern. On Saturday, October 30 and Sunday, October 31, Ax, together with Michael Tilson Thomas, will work his magic on Brahms in the Knight Concert Hall at the Arsht Center. For ticket information and prices go to or call 305-949-6722.


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