Maya Lin will discuss her architectural designs of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, and the Civil Rights Memorial in Alabama. Friday. 8 p.m. at Florida International University, University Park Campus, Green Library, 11200 SW Eighth St., Tamiami. Free.
Details: (305) 348-2890 or frostartmuseum.org.
Author S. V. Dáte will discuss "Jeb: America's Next Bush: His Florida Years and What They Mean for the Nation." Today (2/15). 8 p.m. at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408. Feb. 21. 8 p.m. at Books & Books, Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour.
Details: (305) 864-4241.
African American senator
Author and former Massachusetts senator Edward William Brooke III will discuss how he became the first African American to be elected to the US Senate. Brooke will discuss his new book, "Bridging the Divide: My Life." Feb. 21. 8 p.m. at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables.
Details: (305) 442-4408.
Miami Beach Cinematheque's Politics on Film series features "Iraq in Fragments," a three-part documentary. Saturday. 8:30 p.m. at 512 Española Way, Miami Beach. $6-$10.
Details: (305) 673-4567.
The New World School of the Arts Jazz Ensemble will host its annual Puttin' On The Ritz benefit concert, dinner and dance. Proceeds will go toward travel and musical instruments for the band and other expenses beyond the school's budget. Friday. 7 p.m. at Hilton Miami Airport Hotel, 5101 Blue Lagoon Dr., RSVP required. $60.
Details: (305) 237-7759 or www.mdc.edu/nwsa.
The University of Miami screens "Bent" in conjunction with its new exhibition, Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945. Saturday. 8:30 p.m. at Whitten Learning Center, 5150 Brunson Dr., Coral Gables. The film will be followed by a reception. The exhibition runs through April 4 at the Otto G. Richter Library. RSVP required.
Details: (305) 284-4026 or www.library.miami.edu.
Stories from South Africa
Miami Dade College presents "The Farber Foundry Amajuba," a play adapted from real-life stories in apartheid South Africa. Through Feb. 17. 8 p.m. at The Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. $5-$26.
Details: (305) 237-3010.
Hundreds of yachts of all shapes and sizes will be featured at the 19th annual Yacht and Brokerage Show. Thursday through Monday. On Collins Ave. between 41st and 51st streets, Miami Beach. Free.
Details: (954) 764-6011.
Shakespeare in DC
Explore William Shakespeare through June in Washington DC. The festival features dozens of plays and productions such as "King Lear," "Macbeth" and "The Tempest." The event also features festivals, concerts, tours and exhibitions.
The Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave., hosts a free event featuring Shakepeare-inspired lithographs, engravings, theater posters and tobacco labels. The library also screens classic films from Laurence Olivier's "Hamlet" to "Shakespearean Spinach," a Popeye cartoon remake of "Romeo and Juliet."