The Spring season bings Palm Sunday and Passover this Sunday, just a week before Easter weekend.
Prepare for the upcoming Coral Gables General Biennial Election for Mayor and Commission seats in Group II and III on Tuesday, April 13. https://www.coralgables.com/2021-election-home
Make plans to enjoy the great outdoors in our little city. Walk down Miracle Mile, visit the parks. Stay safe, and enjoy the best of Coral Gables in the coming days.
Robert and Robin Burr
René Portocarrero (1912-1985) A Focus Exhibition
Cernuda Arte presents a retrospective of twenty-four works across five decades of creation by Cuban Vanguardia artist René Portocarrero. The presentation features a breadth of artwork including renditions on paper and canvas from the 1940s to the 1980s. Among the works displayed are his signature ornamented women, Havana landscapes and still lifes. On view now at the gallery -- or view photos of the exhibit and information on the works on the gallery website. https://secure.cernudaarte.com/exhibitions/rene-portocarrero-a-focus-exhibition/
please enjoy this image that reminds us of the beauty and serenity of our majestic city
Kiteboard Fliers at Matheson Hammock
Coral Gables scenic photo illustrations © Robin and Robert Burr.
Fiola Miami by Fabio Trabocchi
A Food & Wine Magazine Best New Chef and recipient of the esteemed James Beard Award, Michelin-starred Fabio Trabocchi sets a high standard for presentation, authenticity and hospitality at Fiola Miami, as well as his restaurants in Washington DC, Northern Virginia, and Venice, Italy.
The prix fixe lunch is billed as "wellness, balance and a little indulgence," featuring stracciatella toast, heirloom tomato gazpacho, Sardinian Cavatelli and Roman Shell Pasta Cacio E Pepe.
Brunch at Fiola Miami is popular on Sundays from noon to 2:30pm with a set price of $45. Among our readers' favorites are smoked salmon toast, bison tartare, cobia ceviche, roasted brussel sprouts, Roman Shell Carbonara, a luscious Crab Benedict and the classic steak and egg.
The raw bar selection is delightful, with oysters, wild hamachi, ceviche, hiramasa yellowtail and Siberian Caviar.
Among the most popular offerings are the Fiola Meatballs, porchini mushroom soup, Iberian ham with melon, the seared Hudson Valley foie gras, Tagliatelle Pomodoro, charred octopus, lobster ravioli, and tagliatelle ribbon pasta with black truffles.
Of course, what would fine Italian dining be without a splendid tiramisu to finish?
Fiola Miami offers a special menu for Easter brunch and dinner.
Fiola Miami -- located at 1500 San Ignacio Ave -- is open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 10pm. On Saturday, 5:30 to 10pm. Sunday, noon to 8pm. Call 305-912-2639. https://www.fiolamiami.com
The Return of JohnMartin's Irish Pub?
The Miami Herald reports that Breakwater Hospitality Group (Black Market Miami) owner Erick Passo wil re-open JohnMartin's Irish Pub on Miracle Mile in the Fall season. The location will be updated with a new look and feel, created by Big Time Design Studio. When John Clarke and Martin Lynch opened the doors in 1989, Coral Gables city ordinances forbade anyone from standing or sitting at the bar — you had to be seated and drinks brought to your tables. Over time, these draconian restrictions were lifted thanks to John and Martin's efforts — and a dose of common sense. We'll be looking forward to the day when this iconic space is once again hosting friends who want to meet up on Miracle Mile and share good times.
Miami-Dade 2021 Solar Co-op
Take control of your energy production -- with solar on the rooftop and money in your pocket. This award-winning non-profit organization makes all the difference. Solar United Neighbors offers co-operative free services to homeowners with expert advice. Co-op members work as a team to get the best equipment for the lowest prices from top-rated vendors, with support throughout every step of the process. There is no obligation and no cost for Solar United Neighbors services. Share the news with friends and family and start making a difference in your life, and in your community, with your own resilient, reliable, clean energy. https://coops.solarunitedneighbors.org/coops/miami-dade-2021-solar-co-op/
A Distinct Honor
Take Your Seat at Gables Cinema
The team at Gables Cinema is presenting a unique opportunity to support the theater programs -- and to memorialize and honor a loved one or friend -- by inscribing a name on a seat. Businesses also can dedicate a seat with a respectful plaque marker. A tax-deductible contribution of $1,000 puts the inscription of your choice on a name plate in the Cinema's auditorium. You can Take Your Seat via PayPal with monthly installments; simply select "Make This A Monthly Donation" and the amount you'd like to pay monthly until the full donation amount is paid. https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=BTSQZCLMN2R7Y
The Courier at Gables Cinema
The true story of an unassuming British businessman, The Courier --Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch) -- is recruited into one of the greatest international conflicts in history. At the behest of the UK’s MI-6 and a CIA operative (Rachel Brosnahan), he forms a covert, dangerous partnership with Soviet officer Oleg Penkovsky (Merhab Ninidze) in an effort to provide crucial intelligence needed to prevent a nuclear confrontation and defuse the Cuban Missile Crisis. Official Selection of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Coral Gables Art Cinema is located at 260 Aragon. Call 786-385-9689 or visit the web site for details. https://www.gablescinema.com/events/the-courier/
Last Chance - Final Weekend
Coral Gables Farmers' Market
On Saturday the community Farmers Market presents fresh produce, prepared foods, baked goods, flowers and workshops for all ages from 8am to 2pm at City Hall. Be safe. Wear a mask. https://www.coralgables.com/farmers-market-at-merrick-park
Free Orchids For Residents
Fairchild Gardens Million Orchid Project
The City of Coral Gables has been working with Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden on the Million Orchid Project, with plans to reintroduce a select group of natives orchids back into the trees of Coral Gables. Since 2016, more than 47,000 orchids have been planted throughout the City. The program has been extended with the goal of planting 250,000 orchids within the next 10 years. To encourage resident participation, Fairchild is distributing orchids free of charge during the weekly Farmers Market. https://fairchildgarden.org/science-and-education/science/million-orchid-project/
Friday, March 26 at 7:30pm
Piazzolla at 100 with Maria Schneider
Frost School’s HMI Celebrates Piazzolla at 100 with Maria Schneider to celebrate Astor Piazzolla's unique contributions -- along with works of Golijov, a world premiere by Stephen Guerra, and 3 world-premiere arrangements by Frost Music' talented HMI Composition Fellows. YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hf-FYxsahK8
Friday, March 26 at 8pm
BarkYard Theater at the Barnacle - Up
Bring the family out for a showing the Disney Pixar animated film "Up" on the lawn of The Barnacle Historic State Park. $25 admission, and each person may bring a maximum of two dogs with them. All proceeds will go to rebuilding the coral rock wall that was damaged by Hurricane Irma. Seats are limited for this event. Contact Flavia Berti at firstname.lastname@example.org; or call 305-794-3733. Order tickets online.
Saturday at 9pm; Monday at 2pm
Donnie Darko at Gables Cinema
Late one night, Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal) is led out of his home by Frank, a monstrous six-foot rabbit that only he can see. Frank informs his fellow classmates that the world will end in 28 days. The following morning, Donnie discovers a jet engine has crash-landed on the floor of his bedroom. From there, things only get stranger. Richard Kelly’s directorial debut is a daring, original vision, packed with jarring ideas and intelligence. Its mind-bending time travel plot is layered with themes of existentialism and spirituality, staples of Kelly’s work. The baby-faced Gyllenhaal broke through in his role as a troubled and mentally deranged individual, which has become a staple of his acting repertoire as seen in films such as Enemy and Nightcrawler. https://www.gablescinema.com/events/donnie-darko/
Sunday, March 28 at 3pm
Orchestra Miami - The Purple Palace
What happens when Princess Purple banishes all the other colors from the Land of Chromatica? Will diversity and tolerance triumph? Find out in The Purple Palace, a musical tale composed by Bruce Adolphe with the story written by Louise Gikow. The 14-piece orchestra will be led by Orchestra Miami Artistic Director Elaine Rinaldi and performed with a special guest narrator Neil Nelson. Perfect for children ages 3 and up. Also on the program is A Treeful of Monkeys by Daniel Dorff. This delightful story is based on a traditional African Folk Tale about a hat seller who takes a nap under a tree, and wakes to find that the monkeys have taken all his hats and are wearing them up in the trees. Watch the performance live in-person at Pinecrest Gardens, or catch the livestream broadcast at home. Pinecrest Gardens’ Banyan Bowl is located at 11000 SW 57 Avenue. Tickets are $15 for Adults, $12 for Seniors, $5 for children, and a Family Pack (2 Adults & 2 Children) are available for $36. Livestream tickets are available for just $10 per household. Call 305-274-2103. Get in-person tickets or livestream tickets.
March 29 to April 2
Actors' Playhouse Spring Break Camp for kids
Spring Break Mini-Camp offers students five days of concentrated study of theatre, including warm-up and audition techniques, theatre games, improvisation, music and dance. In addition, students will have an opportunity to perform at the end of the week for family and friends. https://www.actorsplayhouse.org/theatre-classes/
Streaming April 2 to 6
The Belle of Amherst - Emily Dickinson
Palm Beach Dramaworks Producing Artistic Director William Hayes and Actors’ Playhouse Artistic Director David Arisco are pleased to announce a virtual coproduction of The Belle of Amherst, William Luce’s one-woman play based on the life of poet Emily Dickinson from 1830 to 1886, and set in her Amherst, Massachusetts home. The 1976 play makes use of her work, diaries, and letters to recollect her encounters with the significant people in her life -- family, close friends, and acquaintances. It balances the agony of her seclusion with the brief bright moments when she was able to experience some joy. Margery Lowe portrays the enigmatic poet and Hayes directs. Tickets are $30 and all proceeds will benefit PBD and Actors' Playhouse, supplying much-needed revenue at a time when the theatres are earning no income. Once a ticket is purchased, the play can be viewed at the ticket holder’s convenience any time from April 2nd through April 6th. https://www.palmbeachdramaworks.org/program/artaffair
Friday to Sunday - April 2 to 4
Celebrate Easter At Morton's
Bring the family to Morton's The Steakhouse for Easter Weekend, featuring the famous slow-roasted prime rib dinner. Experience the signature "Chicago Cut" with house made au jus and fresh whipped horseradish cream for $49. Ask about the Easter-To-Go package for home. https://www.mortons.com/featuring/easter-menu
Saturday, April 11 at 4pm
Miami Premiere of Lost and Found Dance Performance
Karen Peterson and Dancers, Florida's leading physically integrated company, returns to onstage performance with the Miami premiere of their full-length program Lost And Found at Pinecrest Gardens. The group, which includes professional dancers with and without disabilities, will address this past pandemic year in a series of duets that push the envelope on what dance can be and how we face a global crisis. The afternoon features all seven company members, with choreography by Artistic Director Karen Peterson in collaboration with the dancers. $20 general admission, or $10 for those under 18. Pinecrest Gardens is located at 11000 SW 57th Ave. Call 305-298-5879. Order tickets online from EventBrite.
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