HISTORY IS MADE
StoryCorps Historias, a project aiming to record the experiences of Latin Americans throughout country, makes a stop in Miami. Two mobile booths outfitted with professional recording equipment will be on site to record 40-minute interviews. Each participant will receive a copy of their interview, and with permission, their interview will be archived and preserved at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, for future generations to hear. Participants should bring a friend, family member or other acquaintance to conduct the interview with. Ends Jan. 30. Mobile booths at Miami Dade College's Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave., Miami. Free. Details: (800) 850-4406 or www.storycorps.org.
OY VEY DAY
Celebrate a treasured part of Jewish culture with Yiddish-themed events like live music by Israel Ghelman, a cantor and Hebrew teacher from Venezuela, and a talk by writer and Yiddish translator Curt Leviant on the future of the Yiddish language. Traditional refreshments will be served. 10 a.m.-noon. Miami Jewish Health Systems campus, 5200 NE Second Ave., Hazel Cypen Tower Synagogue, Miami. Details: (305) 514-8503.
After five years, the Florida Renaissance Festival returns to Miami in celebration of Juan Ponce de Leon's 1513 discovery of Key Biscayne. The 16th century production is to feature more than 100 costumed performers on 12 stages with entertainment throughout the day. During family-themed weekends, guests will enjoy jousting tournaments three times a day, hearty food, human-powered rides and games for children. 10 a.m.-sunset. Weekends through Jan. 24. Virginia Key Beach Park, 4020 Virginia Key Drive, Virginia Key. Children under five free. $7, children 6-11. $20, adults. Details: (954) 776-1642 or www.ren-fest.com.
YoungArts holds its annual An Affair of the Arts Performance and Gala. Honorees include the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and its President and CEO Alberto IbargŁen for support of the arts. Includes performances by YoungArts alumni. 6:30 p.m. Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, 174 E Flagler St., Miami. Details: (305) 377-1140 ext. 302 or www.youngarts.org.
BIG BANG AND BEYOND
Learn about astronomy topics like the Big Bang Theory, radiation afterglow and supernovas at a talk by University of Miami research astronomer Kevin Huffenberger. He is a member of the ESA/NASA Planck Project currently mapping the sky. In addition, there will be a raffle and refreshments. 8 p.m. Florida International University, park in the garage at SW 10th Ave. and SW Eighth St., CP-145 in the physics building, Sweetwater. Details: (305) 661-1375 or www.scas.org.
Commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. and the tenets of social justice and brotherhood he preached at a parade and other festivities in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Northwest 54th Street between Seventh and 19th avenues, Miami. Details: (305) 835-2464 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
<6p>Sixty four-legged artists and 40 two-legged performers gallop and dance through "Cavalia," a show created by Cirque du Soleil co-Founder Normand Latourelle. The show, performed in a special tent downtown, features choreographed and free-running horses performing unbelievable acrobatics, original live music and stunning special and lighting effects in a dreamlike setting. 8 p.m. Additional performances through the end of the month. Bicentennial Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. $34-$180. Details: (305) 949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org.
Miami Beach Botanical Garden presents a lecture called "Age with Grace and Empowerment," part of a series of five workshops on herb culture. Topics to be discussed include natural healing remedies for health problems associated with aging. 6:30-8 p.m. Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. $25. Details: (305) 673-7256 ext. 201 or www.mbgarden.org.
ITEXPO East brings together leading members of the technology industries for three days to exchange and discuss the latest ideas and trends in the marketplace. In addition to countless workshops, the conference will host executives from Skype, Google and Verizon. Miami Beach Convention Center, 1900 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. Details: www.tmcnet.com.
FULL OF LAUGHS
The fifth annual three-day South Beach Comedy Festival brings to town comedians like Gabriel Iglesias, Brian Regan and Mike Birbiglia, among others. Ends Jan. 23. Various locations in Miami Beach. $25-$50. Details: (877) 598-8698 or www.southbeachcomedyfestival.com.