Greetings,

A tip of the hat to our friends from France this Bastille Day weekend. Let them eat cake while they sing and dance. Vive la révolution. Let the waiters race around with trays full of fine wine in comical fashion. Tchin-Tchin. À votre santé!

We find a surprising assortment of fine opportunities in the coming days; not exactly the mid-summer doldrums. Have a look at this week’s list and click on the calendar anytime to stay abreast of the embarrassment of riches we call Great Gables Events.

Robert and Robin Burr


Finding Mona Lisa at the Miracle Theatre
theaterIn his newest play, Carbonell Award-winning playwright Michael McKeever explores the history of the world’s most famous painting, including Leonardo da Vinci’s meeting of Senora del Giocondo (Mona Lisa) and his masterful creation of her indelible countenance. This historical, funny and intriguing new piece presents highlights throughout the painting’s infamous past, including her vandalism, her theft, her journey to America (at the request of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy) and the various places she spent her storied lifespan, including hanging in Napoleon’s bedroom, before her final resting place at the Louvre. The play continues through August 13. The Miracle Theatre is located at 280 Miracle Mile. Showtimes are Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm, plus Sunday at 3pm. Call 305-444-9293. http://www.actorsplayhouse.org

Giralda Al Fresco on Saturdays
Giralda Al FrescoGather your fellow foodies and make your way to the new Giralda Plaza on Saturdays from 8am to midnight, when the entire block is restricted to pedestrian traffic. Giralda restaurants are setting up their outdoor tables on the open plaza on Coral Gables’ famous Restaurant Row for delightful Al Fresco dining. Enjoy outdoor café seating for brunch, lunch and dinner with live music from noon to midnight. Discounted and validated parking is available in nearby City parking garages and centralized valet parking.

Nicole Kidman in The Beguiled at Gables Cinema
CinemaAn injured Union soldier (Colin Farrell) arrives at an all-female Southern boarding school during the Civil War, whose owner and headmistress is Martha Farnsworth (Nicole Kidman). Soon, sexual tensions lead to dangerous rivalries as the women tend to his wounds and offer him shelter and companionship. By the time director Sofia Coppola unveils her haunting final shot and lets it linger for a minute, her wildly thrilling new movie has made one thing very clear: Even the most prim and possessed of women have always had needs, but men ought to be careful who they mess with. Kidman won a Special Prize at last month’s Cannes Film Festival, where Coppola became the second woman ever to win the Best Director award. The Beguiled is one of the first must-sees of the summer. Tickets are $15 general admission and $12 for cinema members. Coral Gables Art Cinema is located at 260 Aragon. Call 786-385-9689 or visit the web site for details. http://www.gablescinema.org

Teen Baking Classes at Aragon 101
Cooking ClassFor teens who love to bake, check out these week-long summer baking courses at Aragon 101 for teenagers interested in acquiring some serious baking techniques. Chef Alexandra Golovac brings her passion for food and culinary exploration through teaching and sharing food. She earned her culinary degree and Masters in Gastronomy and Food Studies from Boston University, as well as a certification as a Fitness Nutritionist. Each day, students explore a variety of flavors and pastry arts methods needed to conquer the kitchen. This class requires no prior pastry experience. The course runs four hours each day for five consecutive days. Classes are only available as a five-day series, no single-day enrollments. Dates are the week of July 24 to July 28 and the week of July 31 to August 4. The cost is $400. Aragon is a home décor boutique and cooking school that believes entertaining is an art, simplicity is a luxury, and taste matters — located at 101 Aragon Ave. Call 305-443-7335. https://aragon101.com/pages/summer-camp

Now Playing at the Landmark Movie Theatre
CinemaThe Landmark at Merrick Park is a seven screen movie theater located on the third floor of the Village of Merrick Park. A sophisticated bar and lounge area makes it an all-encompassing destination for food, drink and entertainment. Currently playing: War For The Planet of The Apes, Spiderman, Baby Driver, Despicable Me 3, The House, Beatriz At Dinner, Wonder Woman, Paris Can Wait. Call 786-574-4116. https://www.landmarktheatres.com/miami/the-landmark-at-merrick-park

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