ART VS. NATURE
UM's Stanford Distinguished Professors Lecture Series presents "Art versus Nature: A Renaissance Competition in the Key of Gender" by Mary D. Garrard, professor of art history at American University. Taking her examples from the works of major artists such as Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Titian, Garrard attempts to show that the elevation of male-dominated visual arts and the idea of art and culture as masculine spheres depended upon the representation of nature as a female to be overcome. 7 p.m. CAS Gallery, Wesley Foundation, 1210 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables. Free. RSVP required. Details: www.as.miami.edursvp-garrard.
Saint Sophia's 35th annual Greek Festival features popular Greek delicacies and pastries including baklava and honey-dipped loukoumades. Greek dancers celebrate their heritage with shows throughout the weekend that feature popular traditional folk dances.
Booths will offer arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry, religious art and devotional items and books. Guided tours of the Byzantine cathedral will be offered each day, and there will be a children's area with rides, games and other activities. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Feb. 22-23 Noon-9 p.m. Feb. 24. The Saint Sophia Cathedral, SW Third Ave. and 24th Road, Coral Gables. Free for children 12 and under. $5 others. Details: www.stsophiamiami.org.
HISTORY IN MIAMI
HistoryMiami hosts panel "Historically Black High Schools of Miami," featuring students from these high schools discussing segregation and how integration impacted their live and their schools. 2 p.m. HistoryMiami, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. Free. Details: (305) 375-1492 or www.historymiami.org.
New World Symphony celebrates its 25th anniversary with a special tribute to its founder, artistic director and 10-time Grammy Award winner, Michael Tilson Thomas. The evening features a multimedia concert with excerpts from "West Side Story" performed by New World Symphony fellows under the baton of Mr. Thomas and in collaboration with Broadway performers and internationally acclaimed artists. Followed by dinner, cocktails and dancing. 7:30 p.m. concert. 8:30 p.m. dinner. 10 p.m. "Big Band Swing" late night entertainment and dancing featuring Michael Andrew and the Atomic Big Band. New World Center, 500 17th St., Miami Beach. $2,500 individual ticket. Details: (305) 428-6734 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.nws.edu/gala.
The Adrienne Arsht Center and the Riviera South Beach hotel present the fifth annual Miami Dade Festival, featuring a weeklong showcase of new works-in-progress created and performed by a roster of Miami-based artists across multiple disciplines, all of whom have previously collaborated with the Arsht Center. Includes staged play readings and a dance showcase on-site in the Carnival Studio Theater, as well as pop-up performances at the soon-to-be-opened hotel, Riviera South Beach. Through March 3. Performances at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Ziff Ballet Opera House, Miami and Riviera South Beach hotel, 2000 Liberty Ave., Miami Beach. Free. Details: (305) 949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org.