Screening Series at the Wolfsonian-FIU
The Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archive presents the progression of Miami Beach from its historical beginnings to its evolution into a contemporary, cosmopolitan city through its extensive collection of past and recent images. The series consists of home movies, tourism films, television newsfilm and video and other modern productions. This visual mosaic of images will provide the opportunity to see Miami Beach as never before. Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday (2/26); 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 6, 13 and 20; noon-1:30 p.m. March 21; 6-7:30 p.m. March 25. All screenings are free. Details: (305) 375-1505.
The Alliance for Democracy invites the public to participate in its ongoing lecture series on achieving representative democracy in Cuba. Ernesto F. Betancourt, Founding Director of Radio Marti; Carlos Saladrigas, Chairman and CEO of Premier American Bank; and Enrique Patterson, teacher and pundit, will argue the merits of democracy in Cuba, discuss the obstacles standing in the way of the transition to democracy and possible governmental models that may be implemented in Cuba. 6:15-9 p.m. tonight (2/26) at Casa Bacardi/Olga-Carlos Saladrigas Hall, Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, University of Miami, 1531 Brescia Avenue, Coral Gables. Details: Miriam Balsinde (305) 546-8958.
MIAMI DADE COLLEGE
The Florida Center for the Literary Arts presents author Margot Livesey who will share her expertise in "How to Tell a True Story." 7 p.m. Thursday (2/26) at the Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Ave., Bldg. 2, Rm. 2106. Ms. Livesey has been awarded grants from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation. Free public lecture. Details: (305) 237-3940.
Terry Gross, host of NPR's "Fresh Air," shares in-depth insights on the movers and shakers of American culture and politics. Hailed as one of the world's best interviewers, Ms. Gross brings intimate conversations with leading figures in politics, music, sports, writing and the arts to more than 4 million listeners on more than 414 National Public Radio stations across the country. "Fresh Air," which debuted in 1975, has gained numerous awards and recognition, including the prestigious Peabody Award and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Award for Best Live Radio Program. Ms. Gross' work was cited for its "probing questions, revelatory interviews and unusual insights." 8 p.m. Friday (2/27) at Green Library, GL 100, FIU-University Park, 11200 SW Eighth St., Miami. Details: (305) 348-3689.
The New World School of Arts is holding its fourth annual "Puttin' on the Ritz" event to benefit the Jazz Ensemble. It will be a night to remember with live big-band music, dining and dancing, 7-11 p.m. Friday (2/27) at Signature Gardens, 12725 122nd Ave. $50 per person. Details: (305) 237-3341.
52nd ANNUAL HUMANITARIAN GALA
Miami City Manager Joe Arriola, Norman Braman, Carole Shields, Miami Mayor Manny Diaz and Florida Marlins manager Jack McKeon will be honored by the National Conference for Community and Justice for their volunteerism and philanthropic endeavors. All of the gala proceeds will be used to continue and enhance the conference's multicultural and community building efforts in Miami-Dade County. 6:30 p.m. Saturday (2/28). New Radisson Hotel Miami, 1601 Biscayne Blvd. Details: (305) 755-6096
Revisit the decadent romance of the 1920s, when revelers in need of refreshment caroused at naughty speakeasies and wild flappers bobbed their hair. Ring the bell at the Historic Alfred I. Dupont Building and tell the doorman, "Mickey sent me." This celebration of a unique period in US history is to benefit The Wolfsonian-FIU. Gala begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (2/28) and the after-party follows at 10 p.m. Black tie or '20s attire. Prohibition gala $300 per person. After-party $75 per person. 169 E. Flagler St. Details: Naomi Honig (305) 535-2631 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
AMERICAN BABY FAIRE EXPOSITION
More than 100 exhibitors of juvenile products will showcase the newest items and latest developments in child care and provide parenting information and services. Continuous children's live entertainment throughout the event. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at Miami Beach Convention Center-Hall D, 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. Tickets are $8 for adults with free admission for children under 12 and grandparents. Details: (877) 959-2229 or www.americanbabyfaire.com.
GREATER MIAMI MARDI GRAS
Second Annual Mardi Gras festival in Miami featuring musical entertainment, variety of multi-ethnic foods, arts and crafts, and an endless parade of costumes. 12 noon-12 a.m. Sunday (2/29) along Biscayne Blvd. from SE 1st St. to SE 5th St., Downtown Miami. Admission is free. Details: (305) 358-7550.
Professor Yaffa Eliach, founder of the Center for Holocaust Studies, Documentation and Research In the US, will speak during the George Feldenkreis Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture at 8 p.m. March 1. The lecture is titled "The World We Lost - Jewish Europe Before the Shoah." The Miller Center, 105 Merrick Building, 5202 University Drive, Coral Gables. The lecture is free and open to the public. Details: (305) 284-6882 or email@example.com.
HERE AND NOW: 2004
The Miami Light Project has created this program to support the professional development of Miami-based artists. "Here and Now" commissions and presents an artistic spirit indigenous to the Miami area that allows artists to define Miami as a major cultural center of international importance. Each year, six to 10 performance and media artists are selected to participate in the program. Performances: 8 p.m. March 4-5 and 12-13 and 2 p.m. March 6. Film screenings: 8 p.m. March 6 and 11. Tickets are $20. Details: (305) 576-4350.
CENTER FOR EMERGING ART
"An Evening of Music and Poetry" presented by musical and literary artists from Miami-Dade County and Budapest, Hungary. 8 p.m. March 4 at the Miami City Ballet, 2200 Liberty Ave., Miami Beach. 2 p.m. March 6 at the Victor L. Clarke Recital Hall, University of Miami, 550 N. San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables. Details: Ava Rado (305) 538-2803 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CEREBRAL PALSY BENEFIT
"Hurry Date" event allows single men and women to mingle while raising money to benefit the United Cerebral Palsy organization of South Florida. 7 p.m. March 9 at The Palms Hotel, 3025 Collins Av., Miami Beach. Tickets are $30 per person. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Details: (305) 325-9093 or www.secure.hurrydate.com.
REGATTA 2004 DINNER PARTY
Fundraising dinner and giveaways to benefit HospiceCare of Southeast Florida will be sponsored by Legal Sea Foods. It is the mission of HospiceCare to provide quality hospice services and education to patients with life limiting illnesses, their families and the community regardless of ability to pay. 7 p.m. March 10 at Legal Sea Foods, 2602 Sawgrass Mills Circle, Sunrise. Cost is $30 per person with all proceeds to benefit HospiceCare. RSVP required. Details: Suzy Batzer (954) 467-7423 Ext. 1012.