The Coconut Grove Gallery hosts an opening reception featuring Beth Ravitz's mixed-media artworks at the Invented Worlds exhibit. Today (10/5). 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach. Free.
Details: (305) 673-7256.
Falling Up is an integrated dance with six short-story performances. Friday and Saturday. 8:30 p.m. at Florida International University, University Park Campus, Black Box Theater, 11200 SW Eighth St., Tamiami. $15.
Details: (305) 807-7304.
Miami Beach Cinematheque features Italian horror films for October. The first screening, of "Black Sabbath," will be shown Friday. 8:30 p.m. at 512 Espanola Way, Miami Beach. In Italian with English subtitles.
Details: (305) 67-FILMS or www.mbcinema.com.
Grand Opening for Carnival
The Carnival Center for the Performing Arts will open its doors for the public today. The four-day festivities begin Thursday with an opening ceremony and dedication, a VIP reception and a concert featuring Gloria Estefan. A three-hour bell ringing at the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 1545 N. Bayshore Dr., Miami, will also mark the celebration.
Details: (305) 949-6722 or www.carnivalcenter.org.
Hispanic Heritage Month
Miami Dade College celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month through October with art exhibits, film screenings, lectures, dancing, and more. Various times and locations.
Details: (305) 237-3710.
Pulitzer Prize play
Florida International University presents "Anna In The Tropics." Begins Thursday 10/5-Oct. 15. Various times at University Park Campus, Wertheim Performing Arts Center, 11200 SW Eighth St., Tamiami. $8-$10.
Details: (305) 348-3358.
White Orchard Theater presents "Magdalene's Dreams." 8 p.m. at Coconut Grove Arts and Minds Center, 3138 Commodore Plaza, Coconut Grove. Through Oct. 28. $15-$25.
Details: (305) 331-1233.