MEXICAN FOOD FESTIVAL
Culinary festival Flavors of the Mexican Caribbean Food returns as chefs prepare traditional and contemporary dishes celebrating the rich taste of exotic Mexican foods. Culinary demonstrations will feature food dishes unique to the region of Quintana Roo, which includes Cancun, Riviera Maya, Isla Mujeres and Cozumel. 5-7 p.m. through Sunday at JW Marriott Miami, 1109 Brickell Ave. Details: Leon Bedolla, (786) 621-2909.
The New Wave Magic Show starring Kevin and Caruso will be performed in South Florida. The production will feature magic, Vegas-style costumes, illusions, enchanting scenes, showgirls, comedy and exotic animals. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays through October at Ramada Marco Polo Resort, 19201 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach. $14-$20. Details: 1-800-600-6244 or www.kevinandcaruso.com.
'THE WISDOM OF FORGIVENESS'
Victor Chan will discuss his book "The Wisdom of Forgiveness: Intimate Conversations and Journeys" and his 30-year friendship with the Dalai Lama. The story captures the experience of Mr. Chan's kidnapping in Kabul and his first encounters with the Dalai Lama while he was living in exile. Mr. Chan was the first person of Chinese descent to enter the Dalai Lama's inner circle since the Chinese took over Tibet in 1959. 7 p.m. at Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
JAMAICAN JERK FESTIVAL
The third annual Jamaican Jerk Festival will feature food and dancing with traditional Jamaican flavor. The barbeque will feature an assortment of Jamaican jerk meats, folk singers, dancers and reggae, calypso and mento music. C.B. Smith Park, 900 N Flamingo Rd., Pembroke Pines. All ages. Details: (305) 891-1242 or www.jamaicans.com.
The Dalai Lama will speak on achieving world peace through inner peace and teach a series of Buddhist spiritual practices. Through Sept. 22 at the University of Miami Convocation Center, 1245 Dauer Drive, Coral Gables. $16-$96. Details: www.ticketmaster.com.
MUSIC IN THE WHITE HOUSE
The University of Miami will sponsor a lecture exploring the musical interests of US presidents and their families to coincide with the first presidential debate Sept. 30. Elise Kirk, a member of the board of directors of the White House Historical Association and author of "Music at the White House," will speak. 3-5 p.m. at the University of Miami Center for Recording and Performance, Victor E. Clarke Recital Hall, 5501 San Amaro Dr., Coral Gables. Details: Annette Herrera, email@example.com.
Miamintelligence presents artist Susan Watson, a drawing instructor at Florida International University, who will teach painting. She will instruct on how painters such as Van Gogh and Picasso executed their works including, materials, composition and techniques. 10 a.m.-noon at 2000 S Dixie Hwy., Coconut Grove. Miamintelligence members $100; others $125. Details: (305) 860-2499 or www.miamintelligence.com.
DESIGN AND WINE
Downtown Hollywood will have wine sampling from around the world throughout the historic downtown as locals and visitors stroll the designated shops and galleries. 6-9 p.m. at Now Art CafÈ and Blue Martini Bar, 1820 S Young Circle, Hollywood. $12. Details: (954) 321-3016 ext. 19.
BILTMORE HISTORIC TOURS
The Dade Heritage Trust offers three free one-hour tours of the Biltmore Hotel detailing the hotel's history and architectural highlights. If it's vacant, the Al Capone Suite on the 13th floor could be shown. 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Sundays. Details: Ruth Jacobs, (305) 667-5222 or www.biltmorehotel.com.