The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force hosts the 11th annual Miami Recognition Dinner. The event will honor US Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz for her national leadership role, columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. for his humanitarian efforts, and Jerry Chasen for his community service. The event also includes a reception and silent auction. Nov. 3.
7 p.m. at InterContinental Hotel Miami, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami. $190-$20,000. Details: (305) 573-4000 or www.thetaskforce.org.
Baptist Hospital hosts White Diamonds Ball to raise money for its new Emergency Center. Nov. 3. 6:30 p.m. at Radisson Hotel Miami, 1601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. $450-$10,000. Details: (786) 596-8954.
Carnival Center for the Performing Arts presents Russian Patriarchate Choir of Moscow. Nov. 8. 8 p.m. at Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. $15-$50. Details: (305) 949-6722 or www.carnivalcenter.org.
American Nicaraguan Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps the underprivileged in Nicaragua, hosts Essence of Nicaragua Gala. Proceeds benefit American Nicaraguan Foundation. Dec. 1. 7 p.m. at InterContinental Hotel, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami. $350. Details: (305) 374-3391 or www.aidnicaragua.org.
Miami Symphony Orchestra presents Gershwin Spectacular. Dec. 7. 8 p.m. at Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables. Also Dec. 9. 8 p.m. at Lincoln Theatre, 541 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. $15-$60. Details: (305) 275-5666 or www.miamisymphony.org.
Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce presents the second annual Holiday Gala.
The event honors the accomplishments of black professionals and businesses in South Florida and includes a cocktail reception, dinner and award ceremony. Dec. 7. 6 p.m. at Sheraton Miami Mart Hotel, 711 NW 72nd Ave., Miami. $100-$1,250. Details: (305) 751-8648.