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Greetings,

The dog days of summer are upon us, but there’s plenty of fine events in store in the coming days. With Miami Spice fixed price menus, its a good time to visit your favorite restaurants and experience some new venues as well.

It’s also your last weekend to Find Mona Lisa at the Miracle Theatre. Cinema buffs will enjoy “From The Land Of The Moon” at Cosford Cinema and “Amnesia” at Gables Cinema, not to mention the Late Night Movie: Vampire Hunter D. If you still have not experienced Dunkirk in 70mm, don’t wait… it won’t last forever.

Saturday is Family Day on Aragon with special events at the book store, the museum and the cinema, starting at 10am. See the calendar listings for details.

Don’t forget that Restaurant Row (Giralda between Ponce and Galiano) is new closed to cars, offering pedestrians free rein to stroll and enjoy this delightful outdoor space.

Robert and Robin Burr


Miami Spice specials at Gables Restaurants
It’s that time of year. Gables restaurants are rolling out their Miami Spice fixed price menus. Lunches (and brunches) are $23, while dinners are set at $39 through September. There is no membership or sign-up required to enjoy Miami Spice. Simply visit the individual webpage of the restaurant you want to visit and make sure to check the days of the week that the restaurant offers Miami Spice lunch/brunch or dinner. Reservations are strongly recommended. http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/special-offers/monthly-deals/miami-spice-month/miami-spice-month-search-results/?loc=CORALGAB&progcode=Spice

Amnesia at Gables Cinema
CinemaWhen Jo comes to Ibiza to be a DJ at the club Amnesia, he befriends Martha (Marthe Keller in a career-capping performance) a solitary woman who’s trying to forget her past. As their friendship deepens into intimacy, Martha puts everything she has lived by into question. Director Barbet Schroeder is an indispensable figure in world cinema, as producer of films as varied as Eric Rohmer’s Six Moral Tales and Nestor Almendros’ Conducta Impropia; and as director of Oscar-nominated films such as Barfly and Reversal of Fortune. His new opus is a meditation on Germany’s responsibility for its past. How does one protest one of the most unspeakably terrible events in human history, especially when one’s compatriots were active participants in the atrocity? The building blocks of Jo’s electronic music are like the shards of the life Martha has discarded. Amnesia is a haunting masterwork where willful loss of memory is a symptom of denial. Coral Gables Art Cinema is located at 260 Aragon. Call 786-385-9689 or visit the web site for details. http://www.gablescinema.org

Breakfast at Books & Books
Books & BooksCafé at Books & Books in Coral Gables is serving breakfast every day from 9 to 11am. The delicious menu is “eye-opening” and just what you need to start the day off right. Avocado toast, Smoked Salmon, Spinach Quesadilla, Organic Oatmeal and Banana Bread. All made fresh daily, using locally-sourced and seasonal ingredients. Get going with the nutrients you need to keep you sharp and healthy all day at Books & Books, 265 Aragon. Call 305-442-4408. http://www.booksandbooks.com

The Epic Dunkirk continues in 70mm
CinemaThe nerve-racking war thriller Dunkirk is the movie Christopher Nolan’s entire career has been building up to, in ways that even he may not have realized. He’s taken the British Expeditionary Force’s 1940 evacuation from France, early in World War II — a moment of heroism-in-defeat that has become an integral part of Britain’s vision of itself — and turned it into a nesting doll of increasingly breathless ticking-clock narratives. Coral Gables Art Cinema is located at 260 Aragon. Call 786-385-9689 or visit the web site for details. http://www.gablescinema.org

Informed Consent at GableStage
theaterMorality and bioethics collide on stage. With genomic breakthroughs happening at breakneck speed, we can learn more about what our futures may hold than ever before. But how much should we know? And who gets to decide? An electrifying new play by Deborah Zoe Laufer, one of the most exciting voices in American theater, Informed Consent is a powerful drama about one woman’s quest to answer the mysteries of science and her own life. Inspired by a landmark court case between one of the country’s largest universities and a Native American tribe based in the Grand Canyon, Informed Consent takes us into the personal and national debate about science v. belief, and whether our genetics defines our fate. The play begins this weekend and continues through August 27. GableStage is located at the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave. Call 305-445-1119. http://www.gablestage.org

Final Curtain: 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

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: An Inconvenient Sequel, Detroit, Dunkirk, The Dark Tower, Atomic Blonde, Spiderman, Despicable Me 3, Beatriz At Dinner, Wonder Woman. Call 786-574-4116. https://www.landmarktheatres.com/miami/the-landmark-at-merrick-park

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