Calendar Of Events Events
Written by Miami Today on December 24, 2009
No plans Christmas Day? Help The Jewish Volunteer Center, joined by Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, beautify the city by painting over walls marked with graffiti. Check-in at 9:15 a.m. Greater Miami Jewish Federation, 4200 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Details: (305) 576-4000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lynn Lichtman, education director of Shalom Bayit Jewish Domestic Abuse Program, speaks following Friday night Shabbat services. 8:15 p.m. Temple Beth Tov-Ahavat Shalom, 6438 SW 8th St., West Miami. Details: (305) 261-9821.
Ring in the New Year laughing at a special New Year’s Eve performance by comedian Bert Kreischer, who has performed standup on NBC’s "Last Comic Standing" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live." The 90-minute comedy show will be followed by a New Year’s Eve countdown, dancing to music spun by DJ Kid Polo, a champagne toast at midnight and a chef’s hors d’oeuvres sampler including Asian glazed shrimp, puff pastry with a four-cheese filling, chargrilled beef tenderloin and more. 10 p.m. Improv Comedy Club, 3390 Mary St., suite 182, Coconut Grove. $57.50. Details: (305) 441-8200 or www.miamiimprov.com.
The Catalina Hotel and Beach Club hosts a New Year’s Eve blowout, featuring live music and entertainment, dining and open bars. One all-access pass allows entry to the Spam Allstars’ performance at Maxine Restaurant, hip hop music at Kung Fu Kitchen & Sushi and ’80s tunes in the red bar. Dining options include a dinner buffet, an open bar and a vodka ice luge. Countdown to 2010 with champagne while watching a projection of the Times Square ball drop. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. The Catalina Hotel & Beach Club, 1732 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. $95. Details: (305) 674-1160 or www.catalinahotel.com.
The Setai Hotel & Resort presents a special New Year’s Eve six-course tasting menu with wine pairings set to tunes played by the Friends of the New World Symphony and later vocals by jazz singer Rebekah Diaz and sounds by trumpet soloist Sam Hyken and DJ Danny Carreras. Finally, jazz artist Carmen Lundy leads the countdown to midnight and sings several selections. 8 p.m.-2:30 a.m. The Setai Hotel & Resort, 2001 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. $450. Details: (305) 520-6400 or email@example.com or www.setai.com.
The Mandarin Oriental offers a seven-course New Year’s Eve dinner planned by Chef Clay Conley at its signature dining venue Azul overlooking Biscayne Bay, topped off by a champagne toast at midnight. 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Among items on the menu: Kumamoto oysters and Israeli golden Osetra Caviar, veal ravioli, grilled porcini salad and caramel ganache. 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Mandarin Oriental, 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami. $300. Details: (305) 913-8358 or www.mandarinoriental.com.
POP THE CORK
The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables hosts New Year’s Eve with an open bar, five-course dinner, complimentary hand-rolled cigars, and music by Tony Wilson and the James Brown Tribute Band. 8:30 p.m. Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave. $250. Details: (305) 913-3246 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.biltmorehotel.com.
Spend New Year’s Eve outdoors by watching a free fireworks display at the strike of twelve, hosted by the City of Miami Beach. 12 a.m. Ocean Drive and 8th St., Miami Beach. Details: (305) 673-7400 or www.miamibeachfl.gov.
DINNER OF THE ARTS
GableStage puts on a special performance of political drama "Farragut North," followed by a champagne supper, dancing and countdown to midnight at the Biltmore. 8:30 p.m. GableStage at the Biltmore, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. $200. Details: (305) 445-1119 or www.gablestage.org.