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Great things to do in Miami in August

Summer is winding down, but that’s just the beginning of great things to do in Miami! From movies for the kids to fine arts, opera and ballet, Miami has something for everyone. August and September also feature Miami Spice, offering the best of local restaurants with spectacular deals. Check out the list below and heat up the last days of summer in Miami!

Concerts, Film and Theatre

ACTORS’ PLAYHOUSE: RATED P FOR PARENTHOOD
July 10 through Aug. 11. A new musical revue chronicling the 21st century joys and frustrations of raising children, from bleary-eyed late night feedings and private school kindergarten interviews, to nail-biting driving lessons and prom night. Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134, 305-444-9293

SUMMER CABARET CONCERT SERIES: ARIEL POCOCK Deering Estate's Cabaret Concert Series - photo courtesy Deering Estate
Aug. 31. The Deering Estate’s Cabaret Concert Series features eclectic and world music artists in the intimate setting of the historic Stone House Ballroom. All concerts begin at 8 pm; the main gate opens at 7 pm. It is recommended to arrive early for preferred seating. Guests are welcome to bring refreshments and snacks to enjoy during the show. Tickets are $20 per concert. Limited seating is available. Advance tickets are recommended. Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Miami, FL 33157 305-235-1668, ext. 233

XVIII INTERNATIONAL BALLET FESTIVAL OF MIAMI
Aug. 30 – Sept. 8. The Festival, the only one of its kind in Florida, is responsible for bringing to Miami-Dade County the works of over 200 artists from more than 20 ballet companies representing countries from Europe, Asia, Latin America and North America. The festival incorporates film, art, literature and live performances to provide an event that serves the diverse audience of Miami-Dade County. The festival will take place at six different venues across Miami-Dade County including Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, Lehman Theater at Miami Dade College North Campus and Colony Theater. Various locations throughout Miami-Dade County. 305-549-7711

MIAMI LYRIC OPERA: CELEBRATE VERDI
Aug 31 2013, 8 p.m., A great Celebration of The 200th Anniversary of the great Italian Opera Composer Giuseppe Verdi with the most loved Arias, Duets, Quartets and some traditional Verdi’s Choruses. Selected highlights from the most loved Verdi repertoire that includes Rigoletto, Otello, Masked Ball, Don Carlo, La Traviata and others will be performed by a distinguished group of singers who have have been associated with past MLO’s production as well as new talents. Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139, 305 854-1643 x1000

THE COCONUT GROVE HISTORIC BLACK HERITAGE MUSIC SERIES PRESENTS

A LABOR OF LOVE CONCERT
Aug. 31, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.. Wholesome, family friendly rhythm & blues and soul music featuring Soul Man Bobby Stringer, with The Special Touch Band; along with The Ladies of Soul performing a Motown Review, and Mr. Jazz Pizzazz – Mel Dancy performing on the baby grand piano. Supported by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. Greater St. Paul AME Church, 3680 Thomas Ave., Coconut Grove, FL 33133

STEALING KLIMT
Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m. Miami Jewish Film Festival and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU (JMOF-FIU) co-present the exclusive Florida Premiere of STEALING KLIMT. The critically acclaimed film tells the dramatic story of the decades long struggle by Maria Altmann, a Viennese Jew, to recover five Gustav Klimt original paintings stolen from her family by the Nazis in 1938. 7:30 p.m. Jewish Museum of Florida, 301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139, 305-672-5044

CGCC SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: JOHN PIZZARELLI
Aug. 22, 8 p.m. World-renowned jazz guitarist and singer, John Pizzarelli, closes the 2013 Summer Concert Series with flair! Using performers like Nat “King” Cole, Frank Sinatra and Joao Gilberto and the songs of composers from Richard Rodgers, George Gershwin to James Taylor, Antonio

Carlos Jobim and Lennon & McCartney as touchstones, John has established himself as one of the prime interpreters of the Great American Songbook and beyond, bringing to his work the cool jazz flavor of his brilliant guitar playing and singing. Joined by his brother, bass player Martin Pizzarelli, this will be an evening you’ll not want to end! Coral Gables Congregational Church, 3010 DeSoto Blvd., Coral Gables, FL 33134, 305-448-7421, ext. 153

BRAZILIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF MIAMI
Aug. 17-24. The 17th Brazilian Film Festival of Miami will take place from August 17 – 24, 2013. Opening at the North Beach Bandshell with a free outdoor movie night, Competitive Screenings at Colony, Tribute Screenings at Miami Beach Cinematheque, Marketplace at Shore Club, Closing Award Ceremony and after parties in the trendiest local venues. Various theaters throughout Miami Beach, Miami Beach, FL 33139, 305-600-3347

15TH ANNUAL IFE-ILE AFRO CUBAN DANCE FESTIVAL
August 17. The IFÉ-ILÉ Afro-Cuban Dance Festival features a series of dance and music workshops taught by both local and out-of-town master artists, bilingual discussions and dialogues on Cuban arts and culture, dance parties and a dance gala performance featuring workshop participants and teachers.
Florida International University, 11200 SW 8th St., Miami, FL 33199, 305-476-0832

OPTIC NERVE XV FILM FESTIVAL
August 16. MOCA’s annual film festival featuring short films by emerging artists and filmmakers. Films by selected finalists will be screened at 7 and 9 p.m. One of the films will be purchased for the museum’s permanent collection. Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami, FL 33161, 305-893-6211

MAD CAT THEATRE: BLOW ME
August 15 – Sept. 1. Blow Me is an unbridled take on the life of fashion icon, Isabella Blow. Blow, previously a fashion editor at Tatler and Vogue, left an indelible mark on the fashion world, having discovered numerous supermodels and designers such as Philip Treacy and Alexander McQueen.

Suffering from bi-polar disorder, Isabella attempted suicide 7 times before finally succeeding. Blow Me follows Isabella down the rabbit hole as her life comes to an end, which is only just the beginning of the ride. Isabella retells her own story as only she could remember it, through spectacle.
SandBox at Miami Theatre Center, 9806 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores, FL 33138, 305-751-9550

Gallery Walks/Art Events and Exhibitions

MAT COLLISHAWMat COLLISHAW The Venal Muse. Evergreen. 2012 resin, enamel paint, wood and glass vitrine overall installed dimensions: 64 x 20 1/2 x 20 1/2 inches  (162.6 x 52.1 x 52.1 cm) Photo: Jean Vong Courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York
August 10 – Oct. 13. The Bass Museum of Art is proud to present a solo exhibition by London-based artist Mat Collishaw. An artist whose wide-ranging practice includes sculpture, photography, and new media, Collishaw explores dark and subversive subject matter, often dealing with issues that are morally and politically charged. Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139, 305-673-7530

GABLES GALLERY NIGHT
Sept. 6. Monthly open house on the first Friday of each month showcases local galleries. Enjoy outstanding exhibitions, free refreshments and complimentary continuous shuttle buses between galleries. Downtown Coral Gables, Coral Gables, FL 33134
305-444-4493

VIERNES CULTURALES/CULTURAL FRIDAYS GALLERY WALK
August 30, 6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.. Viernes Culturales/Cultural Fridays, an arts and culture street festival and gallery stroll in Little Havana, features a free walking tour with historian Dr. Paul George. Also enjoy fine art galleries, local restaurants and live music in Domino Plaza Along SS 8th Street from 14th to 17th Aves., Miami, FL 33135, 305-643-5500

BAT MITZVAH COMES OF AGE
Through Sept. 15. This exhibition shows how the bat mitzvah coming-of-age ritual evolved from a radical innovation, into a nearly-universal American tradition, offering a unique lens into the dynamism of Jewish life. At the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, 301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-672-5044.

FRYD ON FIRE BY CAROL FRYD
Through Oct. 20. Miami’s tropical mystique animates the fertile imagination of artist Carol Fryd, whose captivating artworks meld the human figure with fabulous flora and fruit. In her Fryd On Fire exhibit, the artist’s varied techniques produce groundbreaking work, ranging from realism to abstract expressionism to portraiture. Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, 301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139, 305-672-5044.

REMBRANDT EROTIC SECRETS
Through Dec. 31. Curators and collectors have known for centuries about the 20 erotic etchings created in Rembrandt’s lifetime. For the first time, all 20 have been gathered for a public exhibition. Experience an exemplary showing of his masterful technique, seen through biblical subjects, Greek mythological studies and everyday life subjects. Note: Ages 18 and older welcome. World Erotic Art Museum, 1205 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-532-9336.

Culinary Events

MIAMI SPICE
Through Sept. 30. Miami Spice allows residents and visitors alike to enjoy the best of Miami dining, with special fixed priced menus for lunch and dinner. The Miami Spice website allows users to find participating restaurants by location and cuisine, peruse the menu offerings and even make reservations. Enjoy!

SATURDAY NIGHTS AT THE WINERY SATURDAY NIGHTS AT THE WINERY - courtesy GMCVB
August 10, 17, 24, 31; Sept. 7. Schnebly Redland’s Winery features a lively Saturday happy hour with live entertainment, tropical wine tasting set amid a beautiful tropical environment with fish ponds and a waterfall. 6 to 11 p.m. Schnebly Redland’s Winery, 30205 SW 217th Ave., Homestead, FL 33030
305-242-1224

Family Exhibitions and Events

SKY RIDERS AT MIAMI SEAQUARIUM
Through Aug. 16 As part of the Splashtacular Summer of Thrills and Chills at Miami Seaquarium, guests will enjoy the new show Sky Riders, featuring daring motorcycle and acrobatic stunts! See riders perform death-defying stunts in the Motorcycle Globe of Death, a 14-foot diameter

steel mesh cage where two motorcycles crisscross and loop around each other at high speeds, and the heart-stopping feats in the motorcycle high wire act 40-feet off the ground. Several Sky Riders shows take place throughout the day; please call for additional details. At Miami Seaquarium, 4400 Rickenbacker Cswy., Key Biscayne, 305-361-5705.

DINO ISLAND Downtown-Miami-Miami Childrens Museum - photo by GMCVB
Through Jan. 5, 2014. Journey back 230 million years into the Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods, when giant dinosaurs roamed the earth! Visitors of all ages will enjoy the 2,500 sq. ft. of custom displays featuring lifelike, robotic dinosaurs, including a tyrannosaurus rex, triceratops and a suspended pteradon. Make sure to stay clear of Dino Island’s volcano that erupts periodically with sound, lights and smoke! Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy., Miami, 305-373-5437.

MOVIES ON THE PLAZA: SKYFALL
August 16, 8 p.m. Movies on the Plaza presents Skyfall, the twenty-third James Bond film. Movies on the Plaza is a free, family-friendly event sponsored by Brickell World Plaza each month. (Rain make-up date: Friday, August 23, 2013) Brickell World Plaza, 600 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL 33131
305-358-9807

SEAL SWIM AT MIAMI SEAQUARIUM
Through Dec. 31. The Seal Swim program at Miami Seaquarium is a unique, deep and shallow water animal interaction with harbor seals. After a brief educational and safety talk, participants will join the seals in the water! During the interaction, guests will swim freely alongside the seals, receive hugs and kisses from them, and take part in a fun training session! Reservations recommended. Note: Ages 5 and older welcome. At Miami Seaquarium, 4400 Rickenbacker Cswy., Key Biscayne, 305-365-2501.

CRITTER TALES AT JUNGLE ISLAND
Through Dec. 31 Interact with some of the Jungle’s most interesting reptiles in this unique animal encounter! Get a behind-the-scenes look at the critters that take up residence in the Serpentarium including different types of snakes, lizards and frogs. As part of the experience, guests can also feed an alligator in its enclosure! Critter Tales is $99.95 for adults, and $91.95 for ages 3-10, and includes park admission. At 1111 Parrot Jungle Tr., Miami, 305-400-7275.

OLD TIME DANCE
Aug. 25, 6 p.m.- 10 p.m. Kick up your heels to traditional American music while learning traditional American folk dance steps. All levels are welcome; instruction is provided. Admission: $10 ages 10 and up; under 10 free. No pets please. Gates open at 6 p.m., live music and dancing from 6:30 to 10 p.m., The Barnacle Historic State Park, 3485 Main Highway, Miami, FL 33133, 305-442-6866

UP PAST BEDTIME MOVIE: AN AMERICAN TAIL
Sept. 1, 7p.m. Bring the whole family to The Barnacle for an Up Past Bedtime outdoor movie presentation of An American Tail, the story of a young Russian mouse searching for his family and trying to survive in a new country. The gate opens at 7 p.m.; movie begins at 8. Last entry is at 8:15 p.m. Tickets are $5 for ages 6 and up, $3 for ages 2 to 5, and free for kids under 2. Chairs, blankets and coolers are welcome. Flashlights are recommended and modest pajamas encouraged. No pets, please. The Barnacle Historic State Park, 3485 Main Highway, Miami, FL 33133, 305-442-6866