The University of Miami's Center for Hemispheric Policy holds a panel discussion on "The Future of State Oil Companies." Panelists include Alberto Cisneros-Lavaller, president and CEO of Global Business Consultants in Venezuela; Paul Isbell, director of the energy and climate change program at the Elcano Royal Institute for International and Strategic Studies in Spain and Georges D. Landau, president of Prismax Consultoria in Brazil and editor of "Brazil Focus." 8-8:15 a.m. registration and continental breakfast. 8:15-10 a.m. presentations and discussion. Hyatt Regency Coral Gables, 50 Alhambra Plaza, Venetian Room, Coral Gables. Free for academics and students. $30 others. Details: (305) 284-3707 or email@example.com or www.miami.edu/chp.
REFUGE IN THE CATSKILLS
The Jewish Museum of Florida presents "Last Days of the Four Seasons: A Photo-documentary by Rick Nahmias." The collection of large-format photographs tells the story of a group of Eastern European Holocaust survivors who bought 44 acres in New York's Catskill Mountains, creating The Four Seasons Lodge. Ends Jan. 2. Jewish Museum of Florida, 301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. $6-$12. Free Saturdays. Details: (305) 672-5044 or www.jewishmuseum.com.
BE A VOICE
Voices For Children Foundation hosts its 16th Annual Be A Voice Awards Luncheon honoring individuals for their contributions to curbing area child abuse and neglect. 11:30 a.m. Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Treetop Ballroom, Watson Island. $125 Details: (305)324-5678 or www.beavoice.org.
Florida International University students and associate professor of architecture Marilys Nepomechie discuss their submission to the US Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon — a fully solar tropical house. Part of the museum's monthly Dyno'Nite event, which includes two-for-one beer and wine 6-9 p.m. Talk at 7 p.m. The Wolfsonian-Florida International University, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Free. Details: (305) 535-2649 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.wolfsonian.org.
Take a haunted history tour through the Miami City Cemetery with HistoryMiami's Dr. Paul George. 8-10 p.m. Miami City Cemetery, 1800 NE Second Ave., Miami. $25 members. $30 others. Details: (305) 375-1621 or email@example.com or www.hmsf.org.
The Angels Reach Foundation holds a benefit concert featuring classical, jazz, flamenco and contemporary performances. Also features a costume contest and art auction. Benefits children with Autism. 7-10 p.m. Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. $10-$15. Details: (305) 828-5276 or www.angelsreach.org.
Baptist Health presents a free program on "Memory Loss: Is It Normal Aging or Alzheimer's" led by neuropsychogist Rafael Rivas-Vasquez. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Ludovici Park, 17641 Old Cutler Road, second floor, Edward and Arlene Feller Community Room, Palmetto Bay. RSVP required. Details: (786) 596-3812.
On the first Wednesday of every month, HistoryMiami hosts Wine Down Wednesday, a happy hour with live music. 5 p.m. HistoryMiami, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. Members free. Others $5. Details: (305) 375-1614 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.hmsf.org.
Legal Services of Greater Miami partners with Florida International University's School of Music and College of Law for the "Performing with Passion" gala. Features guest speaker Judge Rosemary Barkett and a performance by Nestor Torres and his Charanga-Danzon Ensemble. Proceeds benefit scholarship and fellowship programs. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Florida International University's Biscayne Bay Campus, 3000 NE 151st St., Kovens Conference Center, North Miami Beach. $175. Details: www.lsgmi.org.
COCKTAILS FOR THE CURE
The Voices Against Brain Cancer Foundation celebrates the launch of its Miami chapter with a cocktail party. 7 p.m. De Rodriguez Cuba at The Hotel Astor, 956 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Free. Details: (305) 534-0081 ext. 14 or email@example.com.