POLITICS OF THE AESTHETIC
Amy Horowitz, scholar in residence and lecturer for the Mershon Center for international security studies and international studies at Ohio State University gives lecture "Mediterranean Israeli Music and the Politics of the Aesthetic." 5-6:30 p.m. Miller Center Auditorium, 5205 University Drive, 105 Merrick Building, Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 284-6882 or email@example.com.
Baptist Children's Hospital hosts community parenting program Raising Boys, featuring child psychologist Gary Lancelotta discussing how images of manhood in the media affect children, cultural factors encouraging violence and stereotypes of masculinity. Event not intended for children. 7-9 p.m. Baptist Children's Hospital, 8900 N Kendall Drive, Kendall. $5 in advance. Details: (786) 596-3812 or www.baptisthealth.net.
EYE ON VENEZUELA
The Center for Hemispheric Policy hosts "Venezuela in Transition?" covering topics such as "The Political Impact of President Chavez's Health;" "Venezuela's Economic Outlook in the Context of the Global Economic Slowdown" and "The Future of Venezuela's Relations with Cuba, its Hemispheric Neighbors and the United States." 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Reception to follow after program. Hyatt Regency Coral Gables, 50 Alhambra Plaza, Hall of Ambassadors, Coral Gables. $100. Registration suggested. Details: (305) 284-2211 or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or www.miami.edu/index.php/chp.
LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT
The Seminar Group hosts a two-day labor and employment law conference providing information on the changing labor and employment landscape, how to avoid potential legal pitfalls and how to best guide an organization and clients with effective labor and employment practices. 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Sept. 22. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sept. 23. Hilton Miami Downtown, 1601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. $320-$720. Details: (800) 574-4852 or http://www.theseminargroup.net/seminar.lasso?seminar=11.EMPFL.
LINCOLN AND SLAVERY
The University of Miami Department of History's speaker series begins with historian and DeWitt Clinton professor of history at Columbia University Eric Foner. Mr. Foner lectures on his recently published "The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery," winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for History, the Bancroft Prize and the Lincoln Prize. The 2011-2012 series will also feature Gail Lenhoff, professor of Russian literature at the University of California-Los Angeles; Barbara Weinstein, professor of history at New York University; and David Nirenberg, professor of medieval history and social thought at the University of Chicago. 4:30 p.m. University of Miami, 5250 University Drive, Storer Auditorium, Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 284-3660 or www.as.miami.edu/history/news.
The Collection and Ferrari North America celebrate the "Ferrari Challenge Series," offering Ferrari owners the opportunity to race against other Ferrari owners in a highly competitive series throughout the US and Canada. The public can enjoy the races, walk around the paddock areas and enjoy the overall Ferrari-festival type of atmosphere. Ends. Sept. 25. Homestead-Miami Speedway, One Speedway Blvd., Homestead. $10 spectator tickets. $110 VIP tickets. Details: (866) 409-7223 or www.thecollection.com.
WINE FAIR ANNIVERSARY
The Miami International Wine Fair hosts a one-night only event offering wine and food tastings, dinner, cigars, live performances, a silent auction and the latest in culinary accessories. Moore Building, 4040 NE Second Ave., Miami. $175 per person. Details: 1.866.877.9463 or www.miamiwinefair.com.
WALK FOR A CAUSE
The annual Miami Walk for Lupus Now celebrates the first new treatment option for lupus patients in 52 years, Benlysta, which was approved this year. The walk offers the opportunity to raise awareness and funds for a cure while enjoying the venue, including an interactive walk alongside wildlife and the bay views. 7 a.m. registration. 8 a.m. walk. Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Watson Island. Details: www.walkforlupusnowflorida.com.
Solé On The Ocean hosts a summer send-off with a sunset luau, pig roast, Mai Tais, hula girls, fire dancers, paddle boarding, live music, limbo contest and fashion show. 5-9 p.m. Solé On The Ocean, 17315 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach. $25 per person. Details: (786) 923-9300 or www.soleontheocean.com.
Jungle Island hosts a "Bridal and Quince Expo," featuring South Florida wedding and quince vendors showcasing photography, music selections, lighting and fashion for parties. A "man's cave" will feature activities for men. Noon-5 p.m. Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Treetop ballroom, Watson Island. $10. Details: (305) 400-7000 or www.jungleisland.com/bridalexpo.
WINE AND ART
Friends of the Orphans national non-profit hosts a wine and art pre-gala social reception with Mexican actress Blanca Soto for complimentary wine provided by Agostón and an eclectic array of art displays for sale by artists Ramon Unzueta, Martha Gismail, Ana Carolina Moreno and Billy Monsalve Duffo. "All the World to One Child" Gala is Oct. 21. 7-9 p.m. Peacock Garden Café, 2889 McFarlane Road, Coconut Grove. Details: (305) 663-6211 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.friendsoftheorphans/2011SE.
Celebrate Halloween with House of Horror, a two-acre haunted house and park attraction offering amusement rides, carnival food, interactive games and more. The concert stage features local artists and DJs. 6 p.m.-midnight. Ends. Oct. 31. Miami International Mall,1455 NW 107th Ave., east parking lot, Doral. $15 children 9 and under. $23 others. Details: (305) 593-1775 or www.simon.com or www.houseofhorrorpark.com.