Vizcaya Museum and Gardens presents a short film, "Still Life," by photographer Anna Gaskell. The film, which opens today (3/15), features still-life images of Ms. Gaskell's experiences at Vizcaya. Various times at 3251 S. Miami Ave., Miami. $9-$12.
Details: (305) 250-9133 or www.vizcayamuseum.org.
The University of Miami School of Architecture hosts a reception for the Lamp Designs art exhibition by Alejandro Fernandez-Veraud. The designer-artist is expected to attend. Monday. 7-9 p.m. at Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center Gallery, 1215 Dickinson Dr., Coral Gables. Free. The exhibition will run through April 20.
Details: (305) 284-5002
The University of Miami's Lowe Art Museum hosts Spring Into Art, a benefit that features an art showcase, food and a silent auction. Works are donated by artists, and proceeds benefit the Christine Federighi Art Education Fund and Francien and Lee Ruwitch Educational Endowment. Wednesday. 7 p.m. at 1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables. $150.
Details: (305) 284-6756 or www.lowemuseum.org.
Frances Mayers, author of "Under the Tuscan Sun," will discuss her new novel, "A Year in the World: Journeys of a Passionate Traveler." Wednesday. 8 p.m. at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free.
Details: (305) 442-4408.
Miami Beach Cinematheque features a variety of award-winning short films and animation from around the world in Oscar Shorts Weekend. Friday-Saturday. Various times at 512 Española Way, Miami Beach.
Details: (305) 673-4567 or www.mbcinema.com.
Miami Beach Botanical Garden features tours of private gardens in Miami Beach. Saturday. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Meet at 2000 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach. A reception will be held 3-5 p.m. at 2000 Convention Center Dr. $20-$25.
Details: (305) 673-7256, Ext. 206, or www.mbgarden.org.
New World School of the Arts presents Rising Stars, a fundraising event featuring a gala reception, a student performance and an art exhibition. Friday. Various venues. $20-$250.
Details: (305) 237-3135, (305) 237-3852 or www.mdc.edu/nwsa.
Dinosours and other prehistoric creatures get a makeover in the Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries exhibition. Created by the staffs of the Field Museum in Chicago and the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the installation looks at how prehistoric creatures are meshed with modern animals from art and animation. The exhibition runs March 30-Sept. 3. The Field Museum-Chicago, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago. $7-$12.
Details: (312) 665-7100 or fieldmuseum.org.