Twisted fairy tales
Multimedia art based on fairy tales with unexpected endings will be featured at Centro Cultural Español. The cultural center will host an opening reception for artists Rubén Torres Llorca and Liliam Domínguez. Friday. 7 p.m. at 800 Douglas Rd., Suite 170, Coral Gables. Free. The exhibition will continue until Aug. 10.
Details: (305) 448-9677 or www.ccemiami.org.
Lowe Art Museum presents an origami puppet show. Sunday. 2-3 p.m. at Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, 1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables. For children ages 4-12. Free members and University of Miami students; $3 others.
Details: (305) 284-3535 or www.lowemuseum.org.
The Museum of Contemporary Art hosts the Optic Nerve Film Festival. The festival will feature a variety of short films and videos by local artists. Thursday (7/26). 7 p.m. at Joan Lehman Building, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami. RSVP required. Free for members, North Miami employees and children younger than 12; $3-$5 others.
Details: (305) 893-6211.
New Orleans tragedy
Miami Beach Cinematheque screens Spike Lee's "When The Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts," about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Thursday (7/26). 8:30 p.m. at Miami Beach Cinematheque, 512 Española Way, Miami Beach. $6-$10.
Details: (305) 673-4567.
Museum of Contemporary Art presents a concert by violinist Nicole Yarling. Friday. 8 p.m. at 770 NE 125th St., North Miami. Free.
Details: (305) 893-6211, Ext. 27 or www.mocanomi.org.
Learn about South Florida butterflies and how to protect them at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's Butterfly Days. Saturday and Sunday. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd. Coral Gables. Free members and children younger than five; $10-$20 others.
Details: (305) 667-1651 or www.fairchildgarden.org.
Free Sunday at Vizcaya
Vizcaya opens its doors for free with various activities from art-making to entertainment. Sunday. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, 3251 S. Miami Ave., Miami.
Details: (305) 250-9133 or www.vizcayamuseum.org.
A discussion by Spanish writer and director Fernando Arrabal will be held Saturday, 6 p.m. at Miami Dade College, North Campus, Joan Lehman Theatre, Room 5120, 11380 NW 27th Ave., Miami. In Spanish only. $5.
The University of Miami presents the play "Reconstructing Mama," including a reception with cast members. Today (7/26). 8 p.m. at Hecht Studio Theater, Second Floor, 1231 Dickinson Dr., Coral Gables. $30. The play continues through July 29.
Details: (305) 342-9616.