EVENING OF DA VINCI
Scholar and actor Robert Dawson will become Leonardo Da Vinci as he recounts the life of the scientifically, mathematically and artistically enlightened thinker and inventor who gave generations the benefits of his knowledge. Mr. Dawson has portrayed Da Vinci at the Italian Renaissance Festival as well as other historical figures like Auguste Rodin, Moses and Isaac Newton. Audience interaction and discussion is encouraged. Wine and cheese will be served. 7-10 p.m. today (7/22) at MiamIntelligence, 2000 S Dixie Hwy., Coconut Grove. $10. RSVP recommended. Details: (305) 860-2499 or www.miamintelligence.com.
THE MIKVAH PROJECT
The Jewish Museum of Florida presents the exhibit The Mikvah Project and the History of Mikvah in Florida, featuring a compilation of anonymous portraits and collected interviews from women in America that document the practice of the ancient Jewish ritual bath and the spiritual use of water in the world's cultures. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays except Jewish holidays through Sunday at 301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. $4-$10, children under 6 free. Details: (305) 672-5044 or www.jewishmuseum.com.
The Museum of Contemporary Art will present the Sixth Optic Nerve film and video showcase of works by South Florida filmmakers that are brief explorations of sight and sound. Featured films include an animated musical interpretation of the Enron scandal; a lawnmower ballet that examines the complex relationships between man, nature and surburbia; and a documentary that explores the underground culture of drag queens through the eyes of a female impersonator. 8 p.m. at 770 NE 125 St., North Miami. Members and North Miami residents free; others $3-$5. RSVP recommended. Details: (305) 893-6211 or www.mocanomi.org.
The Miami Museum of Science presents the exhibition If These Walls Could Talk, created by the Science Museum of Minnesota, featuring interactive displays of buildings and building-science applications from around the world that tell the story of their creation. Through Sept. 6 at 3280 S Miami Ave., Miami. $6-$10. Details: (305) 646-4200 or www.miamisci.org.
The Historical Museum of Southern Florida presents the Changing Styles/Changing Dials exhibit, an examination of the impact of television on home design and daily lives of South Floridians. Vintage objects unique to the era, television programming from the 1950s and 1960s and other popular-culture objects and ideas that changed the American home are showcased. Through Sept. 24 at 101 W Flagler St., Miami. Details: (305) 372-1492.
The Institute of Maya Studies, a non-profit organization that seeks to educate the public about the pre-Columbian cultures of the Americas, is holding a series of programs that teach participants about the ancient Maya from their scientific achievements to their historic cities. 8 p.m. Wednesdays through October at the Miami Museum of Science, 3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami. $6. Details: (305) 235-1192 or www.mayastudies.org.
MIAMI MUSEUM OF SCIENCE
The first Friday of each month, a night of music, laser-light dynamics, star shows, planetarium shows, workshops and observatory viewing in a fun, educational evening created for the family. 7-10:30 p.m. at 3280 S Miami Ave., Miami. $6-$10. Details: (305) 646-4420 or www.miamisci.org.
THE FLORIDA HOME
The Historical Museum of Southern Florida presents Modern Living: 1945-1965, showcasing domestic architecture in Florida in the Post-World War II period. The exhibit explores home design developments, changes in architectural styles and the effects of a subtropical environment as well as popular culture on construction of Florida homes. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays- Saturdays; noon-5 p.m. Sundays at 101 W. Flagler St., Miami. $2-$5. Details: (305) 375-1492.