David Plumb and Pablo Cano perform a marionette show to poetry in "Poetry on Strings." 7 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
SAVING THE CITY
The Playground Theatre hosts a production of the Sumerian legend "Inanna and the Huluppu Tree." The 4,000-year-old story tells of celebrating the victory of the young goddess, Inanna, who restores harmony to an ancient city ravaged by endless storms and angry gods. Ends Dec. 20. Playground Theatre, 9806 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores. $15. Details: www.theplaygroundtheatre.com.
Based on Ludwig Bemelmans' popular book series, "Madeline's Christmas" begins like an ordinary day for the 12 girls in the old house in Paris. Yet soon after, Madeline is the only one of the little girls in Ms. Clavel's care who hasn't come down with the flu on Christmas day. With everyone but Madeline sick in bed, can she save their holiday cheer? 2 p.m. Actors' Playhouse at Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. Ends Dec. 26. Details: (305) 444-9293 or www.actorsplayhouse.org.
The Miami Children's Theater presents the "Annie" musical, the story of a young orphan who escapes Ms. Hannigan's miserable orphanage for the home of billionaire Oliver Warbucks. Classic songs from the Broadway hit include "Tomorrow" and "Hard Knock Life." 8 p.m. The Miami Children's Theater at the Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center, 11155 SW 112th Ave., Miami. $14. Ends Dec. 13. Details: (305) 274-3595 or www.miamichildrenstheater.com.
WATCH HIS NOSE
The Miami Childrens Theater presents a musical adaptation of the classic tale "Pinocchio," about the wooden puppet who lives in Old Italy and yearns to become a real boy. 8 p.m. Additional showings on Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 13 at 3 p.m. Coral Gables Youth Center Theater, 405 University Drive, Coral Gables. $14 for adults. $12 for children. $18-$20 at the door. Details: (305) 274-3595 or www.miamichildrenstheater.com.
AN X-MAS TRADITION
Part of a Books & Books annual tradition, semi-retired Ransom Everglades teacher Dan Leslie Bowden, 80, will read Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory." Mr. Bowden has been reading the Alabama author's work in his Georgia accent at the bookstore since 1990 and began reading it to his students in the 1950s. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.