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Greetings,

The luck of the Irish be with you on this weekend of celebration in Coral Gables. The coming days bring a robust collection of fine cultural events to our little city.

Enjoy what might be the last of the cool weather for a while as you stroll around the downtown to enjoy live theatre, movies, author events, fine dining, wine tastings, live music, art -- and all the delights that Coral Gables offers. As always, make plans to spend time with family and friends with a little help from this list of Great Gables Events.

Robert and Robin Burr


My Life as a Zucchini at Gables Cinema
After his mother's sudden death, Zucchini is befriended by a police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home, filled with other orphans his age. At first he struggles to find his place in this at times strange and hostile environment. But with Raymond's help and his newfound friends, Zucchini eventually learns to trust and love, as he searches for a new family of his own. From its debut in Directors' Fortnight at Cannes to winning audience awards at festivals around the world, this accomplished debut feature from director Claude Barras, based on a script from acclaimed writer/director Céline Sciamma (Girlhood, Tomboy), has now been nominated for both an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature. Coral Gables Art Cinema is located at 260 Aragon. Call 786-385-9689 or visit the web site for details. http://www.gablescinema.org

Burbowl Juicy Smashed Burgers opens on the Mile
With a mission to raise awareness of world hunger, a new burger joint is open in Coral Gables inside Delicatessen Patagonia at 244 Miracle Mile. Using 100% natural Angus beef, Burbowl offers free toppings with their burgers, including bacon and mushrooms. In addition to the big burgers, you can order a burger bowl (includes fries) or a grilled chicken salad, chicken sandwich, crispy chicken, a hot dog, onion rings, cheeses fries or a kids meal. The concept started in 2015 at Downtown Miami. Call 954-483-6315. http://bur-bowl.com/

Now Playing at the Landmark Movie Theatre
The Landmark at Merrick Park is a seven screen movie theater located on the third floor of the Village of Merrick Park. A sophisticated bar and lounge area makes it an all-encompassing destination for food, drink and entertainment. Currently playing: Beauty and the Beast, KongL Skull Island, Logan, Fifty Shades Darker, A United Kingdom, Hidden Figures. Call 786-574-4116. https://www.landmarktheatres.com/miami/the-landmark-at-merrick-park


Friday, March 17
St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day at Johnmartin's
There is no better place to "shake your shamrock" on St. Patrick's Day than JohnMartin's Irish Pub & Restaurant at 253 Miracle Mile. The iconic Coral Gables favorite will be hosting its 27th annual Celtic celebration from noon to 2am with all-day entertainment and fun. Live music by Paddy Kelleghan and J Don will get the party started, and Da Infamous DJ Q will keep it going until closing. Authentic Irish fare like bangers and mash, shepherd's pie, and corned beef sandwiches will be served. Guests will feel like they're celebrating on the Emerald Isle itself at JohnMartin's –- where everyone is a little bit Irish. Call 305-445-3777. http://www.johnmartins.com/

Saint Joan at Gables Cinema
Bernard Shaw's classic play follows the life and trial of a young country girl who declares a bloody mission to drive the English from France. As one of the first Protestants and nationalists, she threatens the very fabric of the feudal society and the Catholic Church across Europe. Josie Rourke (Coriolanus, Les Liaisons Dangereuses) directs Gemma Arterton (Gemma Bovery, Nell Gwynn, Made in Dagenham) as Joan of Arc in this electrifying production. The play starts at noon. National Theatre Live is a groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre live from the London stage to cinemas around the world including the Coral Gables Art Cinema. Tickets to these special NTL screenings are $20 and under ($16 for Cinema members). Coral Gables Art Cinema is located at 260 Aragon. Call 786-385-9689 or visit the web site for details. http://www.gablescinema.org

Saint Patrick's Day at the Museum
Enjoy a very special Free Music Friday: Saint Patrick's Day edition from 5 to 7pm featuring free live performance by Charter Flight of upbeat, traditional Irish tunes, and cash bar featuring ice cold Fat Tire and other tasty beer products provided by our friends and sponsors at New Belgium Brewing Company. The Coral Gables Museum is located at 285 Aragon. Call 305-603-8067. http://www.coralgablesmuseum.org

Weekend Cekebration at Fritz & Franz Bierhaus
Visit the Bierhaus at 60 Merrick Way for a weekend-long party on the plaza featuring live music, beer and Irish food festival March 16-18. Self-parking next door at City parking garage #6 at 51 Aragon. Call 305-774-1883. http://www.bierhaus.cc/

The Bar Celebrates St. Patrick's Day Extravaganza
Head to The Bar at 172 Giralda for a St. Patrick's Day celebration like no other with food and drink specials, green beer and a guaranteed great time. Call 305-442-2730. http://www.gablesthebar.com/

Jazz Apéritif at the Congregational Church
The Community Arts Program presents an enticing musical elixir to begin the weekend, Jazz Apéritif! continues with a twist of green, starting at 6pm with a glass of St. Paddy's gargle. At 7pm, the concert begins in the historic Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ Sanctuary, when The French Horn Collective brings an exciting program titled, Around the World in Jazz. The French Horn Collective is an energetic and progressive band that performs an eclectic variety of jazz, swing, and original music. Led by Parisian multi-instrumentalist, composer, singer and songwriter Vincent Raffard, the diverse group consists of highly-talented musicians from a myriad of musical backgrounds and instruments. No Tickets or Reservations Needed. Free-Will Donations Accepted. Sponsored in part by WDNA FM radio. Call 305-448-7421 ext. 120. https://communityartsprogram.org/

Bum Luck - Paul Levine
Second-string linebacker turned trial lawyer Jake Lassiter squares off against his toughest, most unpredictable adversary yet: himself. The downward spiral begins when Jake's client, Miami Dolphins' running back Thunder Thurston, is cleared of murdering his wife. Jake didn't expect to win, didn't want to win, since he is sure his client is guilty. When Thurston walks free, Lassiter vows to seek his own kind of justice. Street justice. Vigilante justice. Law partners Steve Solomon and Victoria Lord can't believe their friend has become so deeply, inexplicably obsessed with killing Thurston. Convinced Jake's unhinged behavior is due to concussive brain injuries suffered during his pro football career, they beg him to seek treatment. But as Lassiter's raging fixation on vengeance grows, Solomon and Lord wonder if they're too late to help. Is it game over for Jake's career...and his life? Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

Live - Compositum Musicae Novae at the Museum
Start your St.Patricks weekend off right and attend Live, an event presented by Compositum Musicae Novae from 7:30 to 9:30pm at the museum. Live will be a free night of music, art, dance, and drinks featuring a wide variety of chamber ensembles performing new music by composers Saad Haddad, Charles Mason, Federico Bonacossa, David Leon, and Andrew Sigler. Featured performers for the night will include choreographer and dancer Brigette Cormier, violinist Evgeniya Antonyan, pianist Masami Miyazaki, clarinetist Leslie Miller, trombonist Evan Ringel, bassist Lowell Ringel, Saxaphonist David Leon, bassist Bob Brubaker, and drummer Kyle Swan. CMN will of course also have its famous art gallery and poetry recitations with Dana de Greff and Jan Becker. Seating is limited. Reserve your free tickets at http://www.cmnarts.org

Kids: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Brilliantly directed by Darcy Hernandez Gil, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee features Miami Children's Theater's best and brightest stars. Spelling Bee is one of the funniest musicals ever written, with loads of audience interaction and incredibly hilarious characters. Six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by three equally quirky grown-ups, plus real audience members are invited on stage to compete in the spelling bee alongside the six young characters. The play begins at 7pm and runs through April 1st at the Coral Gables Youth Center, 405 University Drive. http://miamichildrenstheater.biz/index.php/show-tickets/


Saturday, March 18

Coral Gables Farmers Market on Saturdays
Enjoy a delightful stroll around Merrick Park at City Hall (405 Biltmore Way) and discover the abundance and variety of fresh local produce, prepared foods, baked goods and more. You'll find flowering plants, garden workshops and cooking demos, plus free Tai Chi classes and plenty of fun activities for the kids from 8am to 2pm Saturday. Free parking for bikes. The market continues on Saturdays through March 25. Call 305-460-5600. http://www.coralgables.com/index.aspx?page=1183

Girl Scout Program - Investigation
Enjoy a Downtown Walking Tour from 10am to noon with an urban archaeology spin for Girl Scouts in fourth and fifth grades. Can you guess what the museum building was originally? There are many buildings in Coral Gables from the 1920s that are perfect for this theme. For example, did you know that the Coral Gables Museum used to be the Old Police and Fire Station? And the Bank of America building used to be an outdoor movie theater called Dream Theater? This fun tour encourages observation skills, while teaching local history and architecture. Registration: $10 per person. Scouts must be accompanied by an adult. RSVP to 305-603-8067 or send email to: education@coralgablesmuseum.org The Coral Gables Museum is located at 285 Aragon. Call 305-603-8067. http://www.coralgablesmuseum.org

Saturday Morning Downtown Walking Tour
Stroll through the bustling business district of Coral Gables starting at 11am. This thriving area began in the 1920s. Did you know the Colonnade Hotel was once the Coral Gables Sales Center? Or that electric trolleys once connected downtown Coral Gables to downtown Miami? Visit historic Mediterranean Revival buildings, including a former Ford dealership, outdoor theater, and riding club. Newer additions to the cityscape help tell the complete downtown story. This 90 minute program is generously supported by the Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables. $5 for Museum members, $10 for general public. Free for Bank of America-Merrill Lynch cardholders on the first full weekend of each month. The Coral Gables Museum is located at 285 Aragon. Call 305-603-8067. http://www.coralgablesmuseum.orgs

Jack and the Beanstalk
"All Kids Included" Sensory-Friendly Performance at 11am. Based on the fairy tale by Joseph Jacobs, this wacky adventure takes the climb with Jack as he goes up the magical beanstalk into the world of a Giant Inventor, a tap dancing Golden Goose, and a Golden Harp that can really get down. This fanciful musical is full of surprises that are sure to entertain. Go along with Jack on his magical journey as he attempts to avoid temptation, escape the giant, and learns some important life lessons along the way. The Miracle Theatre is located at 280 Miracle Mile. Call 305-444-9293. http://www.actorsplayhouse.org

Saint Joan at Gables Cinema
Bernard Shaw's classic play follows the life and trial of a young country girl who declares a bloody mission to drive the English from France. As one of the first Protestants and nationalists, she threatens the very fabric of the feudal society and the Catholic Church across Europe. Josie Rourke (Coriolanus, Les Liaisons Dangereuses) directs Gemma Arterton (Gemma Bovery, Nell Gwynn, Made in Dagenham) as Joan of Arc in this electrifying production. The play starts at noon. National Theatre Live is a groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre live from the London stage to cinemas around the world including the Coral Gables Art Cinema. Tickets to these special NTL screenings are $20 and under ($16 for Cinema members). Coral Gables Art Cinema is located at 260 Aragon. Call 786-385-9689 or visit the web site for details. http://www.gablescinema.org

Kids: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Brilliantly directed by Darcy Hernandez Gil, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee features Miami Children's Theater's best and brightest stars. Spelling Bee is one of the funniest musicals ever written, with loads of audience interaction and incredibly hilarious characters. Six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by three equally quirky grown-ups, plus real audience members are invited on stage to compete in the spelling bee alongside the six young characters. The play begins at 7pm and runs through April 1st at the Coral Gables Youth Center, 405 University Drive. http://miamichildrenstheater.biz/index.php/show-tickets/

Saturday Wine Tastings at Uvaggio Wine Bar
Always wanted to ask questions without feeling embarrassed or belittled? Want to experience wines outside of your comfort zone without dropping cash on full bottles? Most every Saturday Uvaggio offers our special wine tasting from 5 to 6pm, bringing a different topic and focus to the table each weekend. Tasting subjects could include global wines of a specific grape varietal, exploring wines of a particular region or having some fun with topics like "great picnic wines" or "Mother's Day Wines" which were all made by female wine makers. Whatever the theme, you'll taste six wines, usually three whites and 3 reds, in a fun and interactive learning atmosphere. Uvaggio Wine Bar is located at 70 Miracle Mile. Call 305-448-2400. http://uvaggiowine.com/wine-tastings/

Have-Nots Comedy Presents JB Ball
The Have-Nots produce epic stand-up comedy events and our fans are at the heart of everything we do. A Tampa based comedian, JB Ball supplies an analytical eye into the ridiculousness that is "Us." Ball is always weaving together his established favorites, newer material and maybe some funny stuff that popped into his head on the way over or right there. JB Ball's mic skills have landed him appearances on MTV, CBS, Comcast, SIRIUS/XM Satellite Radio, and the 2013 film The Investigator. Ball was the winner of the 2014 Trial By Laughter Comedy Fest and recently won the title of Florida's Funniest Comic. His observations are the kind that make you laugh right before engaging you in a deeper debate. Tickets are $15-$40. The Open Stage Club is located at 2325 Galiano. Call 305-441-7902. http://www.openstageclub.com/

Late Night: Repulsion at Gables Cinema
Roman Polanski followed up his international breakthrough Knife in the Water with this controversial, chilling tale of psychosis. Catherine Deneuve is Carol, a fragile, frigid young beauty cracking up in her London flat when left alone by her vacationing sister. She is soon haunted by specters real and imagined, and her insanity grows to a violent, hysterical pitch. Thanks to its disturbing detail and Polanski's adeptness at turning claustrophobic space into an emotional minefield, Repulsion is a surreal, mind-bending odyssey into personal horror, and it remains one of cinema's most shocking psychological thrillers. This marks Polanski's first English-language feature. This screening starts at 11:45pm and is presented in partnership with Miami Classic Movie Club. Coral Gables Art Cinema is located at 260 Aragon. Call 786-385-9689 or visit the web site for details. http://www.gablescinema.org


Sunday, March 19

Gables Bike Tour: Plan Z
Meet architect Bernard Zyscovich, and learn about Plan Z, his proposal to convert Rickenbacker Causeway into Rickenbacker Park, starting at 10am at the Coral Gables Museum. Then ride to Alice Wainwright Park to view the causeway and experience its stunning views. By reprogramming, re-imagining and expanding the capabilities of an existing structure and system in the city, Plan Z seeks out the untapped potential in existing urban landscapes. Because of the length of this ride, it is not recommended for children under 10 years old. Gables Bike Tours are presented by Coral Gables Museum and Bike Walk Coral Gables. Bike rentals and helmets (required for children under 16) are available at No Boundaries (305-444-3206), conveniently located across the street from the Museum at 220 Aragon Avenue. The ride is approximately 2 hours. $10; $5 for Museum members and children under 12. The Coral Gables Museum is located at 285 Aragon. Call 305-603-8067. http://www.coralgablesmuseum.org

Under Pressure: Cooking Sous Vide 101
Let's take the mystery out of sous vide with Chef Aaron Drelinger. Learn the cooking technique that's taking over the culinary world, starting at 11am. First developed in France, sous vide cooking is long respected by chefs for its high level of control. This class promises to take your culinary skills to the next level. Menu includes Hen Eggs with Truffle Parmesan Polenta; 12 Hour Sous Vide Duck Leg with Mache Salad and Dijon Vinaigrette, Salmon with Ancient Grain Pilaf; Black Pepper London Broil with Aged Blue Cheese. The cost is $85. Aragon is a home décor boutique and cooking school that believes entertaining is an art, simplicity is a luxury, and taste matters -- located at 101 Aragon. Call 305-443-7335. https://www.aragon101.com/

Chef Allen's Farm-to-Table Brunch
Fresh from the Farmer's Market and our local farmers, Chef Allen has whipped up a sensational menu featuring locally-sourced, seasonally delicious fare, teaming up with Mr. Green Dean's Vegetable Farm. Meet the farmers and prepare yourself for a five course brunch to remember, starting at noon. $25 per person, plus $14 for unlimited Florida citrus mimosas. RSVP to 305-448-9599. Books & Books is located at 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

Sunday Brunch at JohnMartin's
Bring the friends and family to Johnmartin's On The Mile for Sunday Brunch from 11am to 3pm for a delightful dining experience. Enjoy the Smoked Salmon, French Toast Croissant, Omlettes, Steak and Eggs, Heather Honey and Whisky Apple Stuffed Pancakes. Choose from an array of international breakfasts including American, Irish, English, Scottish, Spanish and French, plus a special kid's menu. JohnMartin's Irish Pub and Restaurant is located at 253 Miracle Mile. Call 305-445-3777. http://www.JohnMartins.com

Weekend Brunch at Tarpon Bend
From 11:30am to 3pm on the weekends, enjoy a delightful brunch menu at Tarpon Bend, with remarkable offers on Champagne, Rosé and bottomless Mimosas. Specialties include The Chef's Omelette, The English Breakfast, Crab Cake Benny, Pamlette pancake, Nutty French Toast, Blackened Shrimp and Grits or Braised Beef with Truffled Eggs. Tarpon Bend Bar and Grill is located at 65 Miracle Mile. Call 305-444-3210. http://www.tarponbendrawbarandgrill.com/

Shop & Share Event at Lilly Pulitzer
Attend a special benefit for Junior League of Miami from noon to 6pm at 358 San Lorenzo. Who doesn't love sips, sweets, and shopping at iconic Lilly Pulitzer at the Shops at Merrick Park? Preview this season's newest arrivals while supporting the Junior League of Miami. And, the only thing better than scoring a classic Floridian Lilly print is knowing that 10% of all proceeds will benefit the Junior League of Miami's "Women Who Make a Difference" signature luncheon, taking place on April 28th. Call 305-441-9837. http://www.jlmiami.org/

Girl Scout Program - Creative Play
On this lively and entertaining exhibit tour, fourth and fifth grade students will participate in an interactive skit, read George Merrick's poems, and use their powers of persuasion while pretending to be realtors. Creating the Dream is an exhibition about Coral Gables' founder and developer, George Merrick. From 11am to noon, students will learn how George Merrick, his family and other visionaries created one of Miami-Dade County's finest planned communities. Students will explore local history, pioneer life, 1920s Boom Period, architecture, urban planning and development. Registration: $10 per person. Scouts must be accompanied by an adult. RSVP to 305-603-8067. Send email to: education@coralgablesmuseum.org. The Coral Gables Museum is located at 285 Aragon. Call 305-603-8067. http://www.coralgablesmuseum.org

Saint Joan at Gables Cinema
Bernard Shaw's classic play follows the life and trial of a young country girl who declares a bloody mission to drive the English from France. As one of the first Protestants and nationalists, she threatens the very fabric of the feudal society and the Catholic Church across Europe. Josie Rourke (Coriolanus, Les Liaisons Dangereuses) directs Gemma Arterton (Gemma Bovery, Nell Gwynn, Made in Dagenham) as Joan of Arc in this electrifying production. The play starts at noon. National Theatre Live is a groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre live from the London stage to cinemas around the world including the Coral Gables Art Cinema. Tickets to these special NTL screenings are $20 and under ($16 for Cinema members). Coral Gables Art Cinema is located at 260 Aragon. Call 786-385-9689 or visit the web site for details. http://www.gablescinema.org

Sunday Sounds at Fairchild Garden
Enjoy live music performed by student ensembles from the Frost School of Music in the Greenhouse Cafe starting at 1pm. Music range from classic to contemporary to jazz favorites. Concerts are free with Garden admissions. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Call 305-667-1651. http://www.fairchildgarden.org

Historic Biltmore Hotel Walking Tour
Meet in the hotel's main lobby of the Biltmore Hotel Sundays at 1200 Anastasia at 1:30pm to join a Dade Heritage Trust guide for a free hour long walking tour of the famed National Landmark Biltmore Hotel. Your guide will the history, architecture and culture of this beautifully restored 1926 building -- the most striking structure in the City Beautiful. Call 305-445-8066. http://www.biltmorehotel.com/

Doug Mack - The Not-Quite States of America
An eye-opening journey to the most overlooked parts of America. Everyone knows that America is 50 states and some other stuff. Scattered shards in the Pacific and the Caribbean, the not-quite states -- American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands -- and their 4 million people are often forgotten, even by most Americans. But they're filled with American flags, U.S. post offices, and Little League baseball games. How did these territories come to be part of the United States? What are they like? And why aren't they states? When Doug Mack realized just how little he knew about the territories, he set off on a globe-hopping quest covering more than 30,000 miles to see them all. In the U.S. Virgin Islands, Mack examines the Founding Fathers' arguments over expansion. He explores Polynesia's outsize influence on American culture, from tiki bars to tattoos, in American Samoa. He tours Guam with members of a military veterans' motorcycle club, who offer personal stories about the territory's role in World War II and its present-day importance for the American military. In the Northern Mariana Islands, he learns about star-guided seafaring from one of the ancient tradition's last practitioners. And everywhere he goes in Puerto Rico, he listens in on the lively debate over political status -- independence, statehood, or the status quo. The Not-Quite States of America is an entertaining account of the territories' place in the USA, and it raises fascinating questions about the nature of empire. As Mack shows, the territories aren't mere footnotes to American history; they are a crucial part of the story. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 2pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

Yoga for Parkinson's Classes
Participate in Yoga classes meant to help Parkinson's patients on Sundays from 4 to 5pm. These complimentary programs are designed for those living with early onset Parkinson's and their care partners. Have fun and increase your muscle strength, power, balance and flexibility while working to reduce rigidity and bradykinesia. Green Monkey is located at 1430 S. Dixie Highway, Suite 116. Call 786-953-7709.http://www.greenmonkey.com/coralgables/

Wolves at Cosford Cinema
Anthony (Taylor John Smith) is a standout player on his Manhattan high school's basketball team with seemingly everything going for him: a killer three-point shot, a loving girlfriend (Zazie Beetz), and a chance at a scholarship to Cornell. But Anthony's dreams of playing college ball are jeopardized by his volatile father (Michael Shannon), a hard-drinking writer whose compulsive gambling threatens to derail the lives of both his wife (Carla Gugino) and son. Though it goes against his nature, Anthony must summon the strength to step out from his father's shadow and reclaim his future. Boasting an explosive performance by Michael Shannon, Wolves pulses with the energy of New York City and "the most compelling basketball scenes since Hoop Dreams" (Indiewire). The movie starts at 6:30pm. Cosford Cinema is located on the second floor of the Memorial Classroom building on UM campus. Cash only. Call 305-284-4861. http://www.cosfordcinema.com

Acoustic Open Mic Night at JohnMartin's
Fans of acoustic music gather at JohnMartin's on Sunday nights to enjoy the best local talent on the open mic stage, starting at 8pm. A fun, lively and comfortable venue for performing musicians, singers and songwriters in a live "unplugged" format and for fans of acoustic music of all stripes. Hosted by David Cohen and Bill Brock. JohnMartin's Irish Pub and Restaurant is located at 253 Miracle Mile. Call 305-445-3777. http://www.JohnMartins.com


Monday, March 20

Happy Hour at Miller's Ale House
Enjoy craft beers, handcrafted cocktails and $5 appetizers from 4 to 7pm at Miller's Ale House at 101 Miracle Mile. Meet up with friends to enjoy good times on the Mile, with indoor and outdoor seating, a great menu and plenty of big screens to watch your favorite sporting events. Call 305-444-3600. http://www.millersalehouse.com/location/coral-gables-ale-house

Schnitzel Fiesta at the Bierhaus
Enjoy the famous Wienerschnitzel (pork) or Jaegrschnitzel (chicken) with roasted potatoes or potato salad -- two for the price of one -- at Fritz and Franz Bierhaus, 60 Merrick Way every Monday evening. In-house orders only. The Bierhaus is well known in Coral Gables for casual, authentic Bavarian cuisine, live music and a great selection of international beers, with a full bar. Call 305-774-1883. http://www.bierhaus.cc

Jazz It Up Mondays at Open Stage
The MJC Monday Night Rent Party starting at 8pm is South Florida's highest caliber weekly jazz event, with great musicians every week, a great piano, a great sound system, and a great audience which is there for the music. Your $10 donation at the door support this fine community arts program. Admission is free for MJC members and students with ID. http://www.miamijazz.org/


Tuesday, March 21

Half-Off Happy Hour at JohnMartin's
Enjoy 1/2 off all spirits including premium and top shelf brands, house wines by the glass, and draft beers at John Martins Monday through Friday from 4 to 7pm. Groups of ten or more guests receive an extra hour of discounted drinks. Known for their excellent pub fare and welcome environment, JohnMartin's Irish Pub and Restaurant on Miracle Mile is an institution in Coral Gables. Call 305-445-3777. http://www.JohnMartins.com

Coral Gables Food Tour
Treat your taste buds to some of the best flavors in the City Beautiful at the upcoming Coral Gables Food Tour. Coral Gables Love has partnered up with PokeBao, Talavera and The Local to bring you an evening of flavor on Giralda's Restaurant Row starting at 6pm. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coral-gables-love-food-tour-tickets-32485056679

Jazz In The Gables
The ever-popular "Jazz in the Gables" series presents its 7th season at McBride Plaza, 150 Miracle Mile from 6 to 7:30pm. Jazz In The Gables is a free community event every Tuesday through March 28 featuring the best local musical talent from South Florida. http://www.jazzinthegables.org/

Schnitzel Fiesta at the Bierhaus
Enjoy the famous Wienerschnitzel (pork) or Jaegrschnitzel (chicken) with roasted potatoes or potato salad -- two for the price of one -- at Fritz and Franz Bierhaus, 60 Merrick Way every Tuesday evening. In-house orders only. The Bierhaus is well known in Coral Gables for casual, authentic Bavarian cuisine, live music and a great selection of international beers, with a full bar. Call 305-774-1883. http://www.bierhaus.cc

Election Debate at the Congregational Church
Attend the candidates debate at the Coral Gables Congregational Church
3010 De Soto Boulevard. Doors open at 6:30pm. Debate begins at 7:30pm. Commission Candidates in Group V include Marlin Ebbert, Randy Hoff, Michael Mena and Serafin Sousa, Jr. These candidates are competing for the two-year short seat vacated by Jeannette Slesnick, who quit the commission to run for mayor. The public is invited. Parking is free.

Two for the Road at Gables Cinema
One of the great films by Stanley Donen (Singin' in the Rain, Charade) after the studio era had come to a close, Two for the Road was a break-off with the old system, one which allowed Donen to further stretch his art, aided by screenwriter Frederic Raphael (Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut), in this tale of a couple voluntarily stretching themselves through the long period of their relationship. Portrayed in fragments that span the couple's time together in marriage, Two for the Road runs the course of a relationship (between Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney) that finds a circumstantial come-together escalate into newlywed-status and, through a series of travails, into the serious situation of bearing a daughter. The disturbance of marriage, and/or life, is chronicled from here on. It is just because Donen and his associates are seasoned craftsmen that they never stoop to the obvious. They make Two for the Road two things: a Hollywood-style romance between beautiful people, and an honest story about recognizable human beings. Donen, the last surviving notable director of Hollywood's Golden Age, turns 93 on April 13 and his one-of-a-kind love story/road movie celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The movie begins at 7pm. Coral Gables Art Cinema is located at 260 Aragon. Call 786-385-9689 or visit the web site for details. http://www.gablescinema.org

Donna Schaper - I Heart Francis
Everyone is paying attention to Pope Francis, and that includes the most unlikely of admirers: a female Baptist pastor. Veteran minister and social justice advocate Donna Schaper has become a fan of the pope, covering him for Religion Dispatches, traveling to see him speak, and taking up many of his issues. Schaper says that Francis is a pope for all of us, and she has written him a series of letters -- love letters, of a sort. She agrees with him on the environment, climate change, love of animals, and concern for the poor. But she has a lovers' quarrel with him on the issues of women's ordination and GLBT rights. Schaper's letters to Pope Francis are intimate and ornery, affirming and challenging. She has high hopes that he can heal the church and the globe, and she prods him to be even more inclusive than he already is. In the end, in spite of their disagreements, Pastor Donna loves Pope Francis, and she calls us all to join him in loving the world. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

Alma de Tango at the Biltmore
Enjoy authentic Argentine Tango and Milonga classes at the Biltmore Hotel with IDO World Tango Champion Monica Llobet. It's dance instruction, it's a social club, it's a performance venue, all in one. If you love Tango and Milonga, this is the place. Advanced at 8pm, beginners' class at 9pm and Milonga at 10pm. The price is $20. Call 305-431-7727. https://www.facebook.com/almadetango/


Wednesday, March 22

Tarpon Bend $5 Burgers and Margaritas
The Tarpon Burger with fries is just $5 on Wednedays, as well as tasty margarita cocktails for the same price all day at Tarpon Bend, 65 Miracle Mile. One of Coral Gables' most popular meeting places, Tarpon Bend features fresh raw bar specialties, seafood, steaks and fresh garden salads, with lunch specials, a great beer and wine menu, plus a full cocktail bar. Call 305-444-3210. http://www.tarponbendrawbarandgrill.com/

Hard Hat Happy Hours in the Gables
Every Wednesday stop into your favorite watering hole for discounts and drink specials during Hard Hat Happy Hour. Participating venues include Bangkok Bangkok, Bellmont Spanish Restaurant, Benihana, BrickTop's, California Pizza Kitchen, Cibo Wine Bar, Delicatessen Patagonia, Divino Ceviche, Fritz & Franz Bierhaus, Open Stage Club, Seasons 52, Talavera, The Local and Vixi Gelateria. Read all about it on the Shop Coral Gables web page. http://www.shopcoralgables.com/blog/2017/01/19/hard-hat-happy-hours/

Wellness Wednesdays on the Mile
Grab your yoga mat and water bottle. The City of Coral Gables is happy to present Wellness Wednesdays in the Gables, a weekly fitness series offering free Yoga, Boot Camp and Zumba classes every Wednesday starting at 6pm, hosted in partnership with Green Monkey. The classes take place at the open-air plaza at 150 Miracle Mile, courtesy of the McBride Family. Reservations are not required and classes will be held on a weather-permitting basis. Call Green Monkey at 786-953-7709. http://www.CoralGables.com/wellnesswednesdays

Backgammon at the Biltmore
One of the oldest board games known, Backgammon is a two player game where playing pieces are moved according to the roll of dice, and a player wins by removing all of his pieces from the board before their opponent. Enjoy the local Backgammon tournaments plus live play, hosted by Leo Bueno. The Miami Backgammon Club meets each Wednesday at the Biltmore Hotel's The 19th Hole Bar & Grill at 6:30pm. It's free to join and play; $10 optional tournament entry fee. Leo will pick up the $10 tournament entry fee for the first kid (18 and under) that comes out to play. 305-669-5260. http://miamibackgammon.com/

The Enlightenment On Trial - Bianca Premo
This is a history of the Enlightenment--the rights-oriented, formalist, secularizing, freedom-inspired eighteenth-century movement that defined modern Western law. But rather than members of a cosmopolitan Republic of Letters, its principal protagonists are non-literate, poor, and enslaved litigants who sued their superiors in the royal courts of Spain's American colonies. Despite growing evidence of the Hispanic world's contributions to Enlightenment science, the writing of history, and statecraft, the region is conventionally believed to have taken an alternate route to modernity. This book grapples with the contradiction between this legacy and eighteenth-century Spanish Americans' active production of concepts fundamental to modern law. The Enlightenment on Trial offers readers new insight into how Spanish imperial subjects created legal documents, fresh interpretations of the intellectual transformations and legal reform policies of the period, and comparative analysis of the volume of civil suits from six regions in Mexico, Peru and Spain. Ordinary litigants in the colonies--far more often than peninsular Spaniards--sued superiors at an accelerating pace in the second half of the eighteenth century. Three types of cases increased even faster than a stunning general rise of civil suits in the colonies: those that slaves, native peasants and women initiated against masters, native leaders and husbands. As they entered court, these litigants advanced a new law-centered culture distinct from the casuistic, justice-oriented legal culture of the early modern period. And they did so at precisely the same time that a few bright minds of Europe enshrined new ideas in print. The conclusion considers why, if this is so, the Spanish empire has remained marginal to the story of the advent of the modern West. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 6:30pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

Game Night At JohnMartin's
Wednesday is Game Night at JohnMartin's. Gamers gotta game. Challenge your firneds. Play all your favorite games at JohnMartins. While the restaurant naturally includes some typical Irish dishes, their selection of entrees is extensive, ranging from typical American to Continental. This iconic Gables venue has long been a favorite place for friends to meet, featuring a 20 foot mahogany bar, with large scale furniture and fixtures throughout their restaurant imported from a church in Ireland. Call 305-445-3777. http://www.johnmartins.com

Opening Night: All The Way at Miracle Theatre
One man. One year. One chance to change America. 1964 was a pivotal year in American history and Lyndon Baines Johnson sat at the center of it all. A master politician with towering ambition and ruthless tactics, the conflicted Texan will do whatever it takes to get the Civil Rights bill passed and secure his re-election. Meanwhile, in faraway Vietnam, a troublesome conflict looms. The winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Play, this gripping drama captures the critical moment that marked the end of an era and the shift to the political climate of today. Go all the way with LBJ, Martin Luther King, Jr., J. Edgar Hoover, Hubert Humphrey and more in this action-packed, electrifying portrayal of one of the most tumultuous times in our country's history. The play continues through April 9. The Miracle Theatre is located at 280 Miracle Mile. Showtimes are Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm, plus Sunday at 3pm. Call 305-444-9293. http://www.actorsplayhouse.org

Nickolas Butler - Hearts of Men
An epic novel of intertwining friendships and families set in the Northwoods of Wisconsin at a beloved Boy Scout summer camp -- from the bestselling author of Shotgun Lovesongs. Camp Chippewa, 1962. Nelson Doughty, age thirteen, social outcast and overachiever, is the Bugler, sounding the reveille proudly each morning. Yet this particular summer marks the beginning of an uncertain and tenuous friendship with a popular boy named Jonathan. Over the years, Nelson, irrevocably scarred from the Vietnam War, becomes Scoutmaster of Camp Chippewa, while Jonathan marries, divorces, and turns his father's business into a highly profitable company. And when something unthinkable happens at a camp get-together with Nelson as Scoutmaster and Jonathan's teenage grandson and daughter-in-law as campers, the aftermath demonstrates the depths -- —and the limits -- of Nelson's selflessness and bravery. The Hearts of Men is a sweeping, panoramic novel about the slippery definitions of good and evil, family and fidelity, the challenges and rewards of lifelong friendships, the bounds of morality—and redemption. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com


Thursday, March 23

Mojito Madness Thursdays At Tarpon Bend
Stop into Tarpon Bend Thursday for $3.50 Mojitos all day, including Watermelon, Blackberry, Grapefruit, Pineapple and Cantaloupe. In addition, the happy hour runs from 3 to 10pm with 2 for 1 drinks. Tarpon Bend offers an award-winning menu of fresh seafood appetizers and entrees, daily meal specials, with a fine selection of beer and drinks in a lively, casual atmosphere directly on Miracle Mile. Call 305-444-3210. http://www.tarponbend.com

Thursday Nights and Moonlight Tour at Fairchild
Make Fairchild your destination on select Thursday Nights from January through March, 2017 from 6 to 9pm. Each evening is designed to help you relax and enjoy the beauty of Fairchild after-hours in all its splendor. From narrated tram tours that focus on the wonder of our night-blooming plants to lectures by renowned invited guests, to the works of world-famous artist Clyde Butcher to happy hour, sunset yoga and more. There's something for everyone, so make Fairchild your have-to fun on Thursday Nights. It's the perfect for date night, fun with family and friends and with your kids. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Call 305-667-1651. http://www.fairchildgarden.org

Easter Favorites
Easter is a wonderful time to get together with family and friends. At 7pm, Chef Rafaella Rafaella will take the stress out of entertaining with this elegant but simple Spring menu and present the techniques to create a delicious rack of lamb -- a staple on your annual Easter table -- among other Easter favorites. Menu: Ratatouille, Rack of Lamb, Roasted Potatoes, Gluten Free Chocolate Cake. The cost is $85. Aragon is a home décor boutique and cooking school that believes entertaining is an art, simplicity is a luxury, and taste matters -- located at 101 Aragon. Call 305-443-7335. https://www.aragon101.com/

Queen Tribute Sensation
Hailed as "the best tribute of all times," by Rolling Stone Magazine, God Save the Queen will perform at 7:30pm at the Watsco Center, 1245 Dauer Drive. God Save The Queen brings to life a mythical Queen tribute show like you've never seen before, presenting all of Queen's greatest hits from 1973 to 1995 in one show, "Don't Stop Me Now." The band takes their name from the United Kingdom's national anthem which was played on tape at the end of every Queen show while the band took their bows. For more than eighteen years, God Save The Queen has been noted for their faithful imitation of Queen in fashion and sound. They have performed in 30 countries and seen by more than 800,000 people using the precise set list, clothing, and stage antics that Queen was known for. Vocalist Pablo Padin re-enacts Freddy Mercury so realistically that along with Francisco Calgaro (guitar), Matias Albornoz (drums) and Ezequiel Tibaldo (bass) you almost feel like you are actually witnessing a legendary Queen show. Tickets for the Miami show range from $25 to $60. The special $60 per person VIP ticket will include special access into the VIP suite with complimentary refreshments and snacks. Call 305-284-8244. http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0D005238FA56C291

Trisha & Gerald Posner - The Pharmacist of Auschwitz
The Pharmacist of Auschwitz is the little known story of Victor Capesius, a Bayer pharmaceutical salesman from Romania who, at the age of 35, joined the Nazi SS in 1943 and quickly became the chief pharmacist at the largest death camp, Auschwitz. Based in part on previously classified documents, Patricia Posner exposes Capesius's reign of terror at the camp, his escape from justice, fueled in part by his theft of gold ripped from the mouths of corpses, and how a handful of courageous survivors and a single brave prosecutor finally brought him to trial for murder twenty years after the end of the war. The Pharmacist of Auschwitz is much more, though, than a personal account of Capesius. It provides a spellbinding glimpse inside the devil's pact made between the Nazis and Germany's largest conglomerate, I.G. Farben, and its Bayer pharmaceutical subsidiary. The story is one of murder and greed with its roots in the dark heart of the Holocaust. It is told through Nazi henchmen and industrialists turned war criminals, intelligence agents and zealous prosecutors, and intrepid concentration camp survivors and Nazi hunters. Set against a backdrop ranging from Hitler's war to conquer Europe to the Final Solution to postwar Germany's tormented efforts to confront its dark past, Posner shows the appalling depths to which ordinary men descend when they are unrestrained by conscience or any sense of morality. The Pharmacist of Auschwitz is a moving saga that lingers long after the final page. Meet the author at Books & Books, 265 Aragon at 8pm. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

Trivia Night at JohnMartin's
Drink and Think. It's Trivia Night at JohnMartin's, starting at 8pm. Gather your team of brainiacs to show them how it's done. Known for their excellent pub fare and welcome environment, JohnMartin's Irish Pub and Restaurant on Miracle Mile is an institution in Coral Gables. Call 305-445-3777. http://www.JohnMartins.com


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