Monday, December 6 is the Last Day of Chanukah. Many families light candles, eat sizzling potato pancakes and give gifts.
Tuesday, December 7 is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day a day to display the American Flag at half mast. On Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, the American Army and Navy base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was attacked by the Imperial Japanese Navy.
Wednesday, December 15 is Bill Of Rights Day. The Bill of Rights was ratified on December 15, 1791. Understanding the Bill of Rights is an important part of the naturalization test and something every American should know and understand.
Friday, December 17 is Wright Brothers Day, commemorating their seminal first flight event on December 17, 1903 and subsequent achievements in the launch of modern aviation. It's also Pan American Aviation Day, focusing on developing more rapid communications and a cultural development between the countries in the western hemisphere.
Tuesday, December 21 is the Winter Solstice, the moment the Sun is directly above the Tropic of Capricorn in the Southern Hemisphere. This is the southernmost latitude it reaches during the year.
As always, make plans to enjoy the great outdoors in our little city. Walk down Miracle Mile, experience the live theatre and the best movies, browse the book stores, look into the art galleries and meet up with friends at the restaurants. Visit the parks and public spaces to appreciate the bounties of nature.
Enjoy the best of Coral Gables in the coming days.
Robert and Robin Burr
please enjoy this image that reminds us of the beauty and serenity of our majestic city
a bird's eye view of DeSoto Fountain circle
Coral Gables scenic photo illustrations © Robin and Robert Burr.
Now Through January 2
Experience NightGarden at Fairchild
NightGarden 2021 returns to Fairchild Garden until January 2. Walk through Miami’s most gorgeous Garden at night and find it brought to life with stunning illumination, spectacular special effects, and unbelievable surprises for the whole family. Suspend reality for a few hours and enjoy enchanted activities, such as talking to the wise tree, interacting with our light and sound experiences, and the FairyScope augmented reality app. Plus, dine with some of Miami’s most popular food trucks featuring first-rate food and drink options. https://www.thenightgarden.com
Now Through December 12
GabeStage - Arthur Miller's The Price
The legacy theatre program at GableStage begins their new season with a classic American drama -- Arthur Miller's The Price, a two-act play exploring family dynamics, the price of furniture, and the price of one's own decisions. After the Great Depression, Victor Franz gave up going to college to support his father. His brother did not. After 30 years, they return to sell their parents’ estate. GableStage is located at the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave. Wednesdays at 2 and 7pm. Thursdays and Fridays at 7pm. Saturdays at 2 and 8pm. Sundays at 2pm. Call 305-445-1119. http://www.gablestage.org
Now Through December 12
Middletown at Miracle Theatre
Actors’ Playhouse, together with GFour Productions presents Middletown from November 17 to December 12, 2021 at the Miracle Theatre featuing a star-studded lineup of great talent. An exhilarating and universal depiction of love and friendship, Middletown follows the story of two couples who endure the roller coaster of life together, including the highs, the lows, and everything in between. Staged without a set or props, the stars read directly from scripts, as if reading from the book of their own lives -- and ours. Tickets start at $55 and may be purchased at the theatre or in advance online. Call 305-444-9293 x1. https://www.actorsplayhouse.org
Benedict Cumberbatch - The Power of the Dog
In 1920s Montana, charismatic rancher Phil Burbank (Benedict Cumberbatch) inspires fear and awe in those around him. When his brother (Jesse Plemons) brings home a new wife (Kirsten Dunst) and her son (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Phil torments them until he finds himself exposed to the possibility of love. Jane Campion, the second woman to ever receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Director, returns to the silver screen after twelve years with this fascinating exploration of masculinity set against a Western backdrop. As Campion toys with cinematic myths and the male gaze, she is aided by four stellar performances, stunning widescreen cinematography by Ari Wenger, and a haunting score by Johnny Greenwood. Winner, Silver Lion for Best Direction at the 2021 Venice Film Festival and Official Selection of the Toronto, New York, Telluride, and San Sebastián Film Festivals. https://www.gablescinema.com/events/the-power-of-the-dog/
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Parish Fair Returns This Weekend
Bring the family to St. Theresa Catholic School on Friday from 6 to 11pm, Saturday from 3 to 11pm and Sunday from noon to 8pm for this free event for everyone in the community to enjoy games, rides, raffles, dunk tank, story time, and great food in a family friendly atmosphere. The school is located at 2701 Indian Mound Trail. https://stscg.org/fair/
Downtown Coral Gables Holiday Market
Shop for seasonal gifts in downtown Coral Gables. Enjoy traditional treats, DIY Holiday crafts, take pictures with Santa during the Holiday Market weekends in the City Beautiful. Find local vendors and artisans, Story Time with Mrs. Claus, Make-A-Gift Station, real snow, a light show and an information station. December 3–4, 10–11, 17–18 between 5 and 9pm. Get details online.
New Release - Seraphic Fire
Alma Redemptoris Mater
Enjoy the latest short video release from Seraphic Fire choral ensemble -- Cecilia MacDowall’s Alma Redemptoris Mater is a brilliant marriage of old and new. MacDowall (b. 1951) takes Hermannus Contractus’s 11th-century Advent compline hymn and gives it a neo-Medieval treatment. Counterpoint and organum commingle resulting in a motet that is reverent to past traditions while still sounding fresh and contemporary. https://vimeo.com/574644252
Now Through April 30
Julio Larraz: The Kingdom We Carry Inside
Stop into the Coral Gables Museum to experience the exhibition by Julio Larraz - The Kingdom We Carry Inside, a retrospective exhibition, curated by Yuneikys Villalonga. Get details online.
Thursday, December 2 at 8pm
Brené Brown - Atlas of the Heart
Random House invites you to join number one New York Times bestselling author Dr. Brené Brown for a special, one-night-only book launch on Zoom. In Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience, Brené takes us on a journey through eighty-seven of the emotions and experiences that define what it means to be human. As she maps the necessary skills and an actionable framework for meaningful connection, she gives us the language and tools to access a universe of new choices and second chances -- a universe where we can share and steward the stories of our bravest and most heartbreaking moments with one another in a way that builds connection. Get details online.
Friday, December 3 at 10:30am
The Art Of Macramé: Plant Hangers
Rey Alvarez of Macramé del Rey, teaches us how to create our own beautiful plant hangers with the art of Macramé at Fairchild Garden. During the class, your instructor will introduce you to the history of macramé, teach you a few basic knots to get you started, and walk you through the planning and design process. You will have plenty of guidance and time to practice these new skills. This is a beginner macramé class. No prior experience is needed. Materials will be provided. Members $39. Non-members $49. https://fairchildgarden.org/eventon/the-art-of-macrame-plant-hangers/
Friday, December 3 at 5pm
Holiday Spectacular Tree Lighting at City Hall
Join Santa for the annual lighting of the Holiday Tree at 7pm in front of City Hall, featuring a three-hour show and the grand opening of the Holiday Park with carnival games, holiday crafts, and food vendors. Advanced ticket registration is required to participate. Coral Gables residents will have the opportunity to purchase VIP family tickets, premier access to the Holiday Park playground from 5 to 7pm, a souvenir green screen photo opportunity, a custom hot beverage and a family bucket with snacks, crafts, and souvenirs. The VIP Resident ticket will grant ticket access, seating and amenities for up to four family members at a fee of $30. Holiday Park will be open seven days a week from sunrise to to 10pm through Sunday, January 2. Santa returns to the Holiday Park for photo opportunities starting Saturday, Dec. 4 through Dec. 23. https://www.coralgables.com/events/63542/
December 3 at 6:30pm
Cosford Cinema Returns - The Hand Of God
The Hand of God is an autobiographical drama about a teenage boy growing up in Naples, Italy in the tumultuous 1980s, written and directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino. The movie is Italy’s official entry for the 2022 Academy Awards. The screening marks the reopening of the Bill Cosford Cinema, hosted by Rene Rodriguez.
Saturday, December 4
Auditions For Young Performers
Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre is looking for young performers to be cast in their upcoming production of On Your Feet! Child roles in Mainstage productions are non-paid apprenticeships that offer an invaluable experience for young performers to work alongside Broadway performers and local South Florida theater professionals. Parts are traditionally double cast depending on talent, school schedules, etc. Rehearsals will begin on January 3 or 4. Send audition requests for this Saturday, December 4 via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, December 4 at 10am
Brunch With The Artist And Book Signing: Julio Larraz
Enjoy mimosas and small bites at the museum in celebration of artist Julio Larraz’s first museum retrospective, "Julio Larraz; The Kingdom We Carry Inside," curated by Yuneikys Villalonga, on view at the Coral Gables Museum through April 30, 2022. At 11am, there will be a book signing of Larraz’s most recent and comprehensive retrospective book of the same title, published by Rizzoli New York. Free public access. RSVP required. Please submit your RSVP by email: email@example.com, or call 305-603-8067. Get details online.
Saturday December 4 at 2pm and 5pm
Children's Theatre - Madeline's Christmas
"In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines." So begins this delightful story of Madeline's Christmas. The day begins like any other day for the girls and their caretaker Miss Clavel, but soon ends in disaster when everyone but Madeline gets the flu. Saddened that they may not be able to go home for Christmas, the girls and Miss Clavel take to their beds. Can Madeline save the day for everyone with the assistance of a mysterious Rug Merchant? Discover the answer in this delightful musical based on the popular book series by Ludwig Bemelmans. Now playing Saturdays and Sundays at 5pm until December 19. https://www.actorsplayhouse.org/childrens-theatre/
Saturday, December 4 at 3pm
Mary Brickell - Seeking Truth Through Genealogy
The Genealogical Society of Greater Miami (GSGM) meets monthly to stimulate and encourage the collection and distribution of genealogical and historical information among its members with regularly scheduled programs and workshops. Meet at the Pinecrest Library from 3 to 5pm to enjoy a program by Cesar Becerra, "Finding Your Mary -- Seeking Truth through Genealogy To Defend Miami's Other Mother." The live program can also be enjoyed online via Zoom. The Pinecrest Library is located at 5835 SW 111th Street, next to Pinecrest Gardens. https://www.gsgmfl.org
Saturday, December 4 at 8pm
Frost Symphony Orchestra - Pictures at an Exhibition
Presenting a unique collaboration by Frost Symphony Orchestra, Lowe Art Museum and Adrienne Arsht Center - Pictures at an Exhibition. Modest Mussorgsky’s iconic musical composition of 10 movements was inspired by an exhibition of artworks by Viktor Hartmann. Composed in 1874 and orchestrated by Maurice Ravel in 1922, the musical movements will be paired with newly commissioned artworks by Claudia DeMonte and Ed McGowin, along with curated works from the Lowe Art Museum’s vast and diverse collections. The art will be projected on a screen above the orchestra. Mussorgsky’s original inspiration will be illuminated with multicultural perspectives. The evening also includes music by Aaron Copland, Julia Perry and others, starting at 8pm at Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. Get details online.
Saturday, December 4 at 9pm
Newly restored in 4K in celebration of Godzilla’s 67th birthday. Godzilla (a.k.a. Gojira) is the roaring granddaddy of all monster movies. It’s also a remarkably humane and melancholy drama, made in Japan at a time when the country was reeling from nuclear attack and H-bomb testing in the Pacific. Its rampaging radioactive beast, the poignant embodiment of an entire population’s fears, became a beloved international icon of destruction, spawning almost thirty sequels. https://www.gablescinema.com/events/godzilla/
Tuesday, December 7 at 9am
City Commission Meeting
The City of Coral Gables will be holding its Regular Meeting at City Hall Commission Chambers. View the agenda online. Members of the public may participate in person but are also able to participate online via the Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/3054466800
Wednesday, December 8 from 6 to 9pm
Miami Villagers' Night of Lights
The Miami Villagers will host a very special sneak preview Night of Lights event at Pinecrest Gardens. Guests will stroll through the lush Pinecrest Gardens transformed into a winter wonderland with thousands of whimsical holiday lights, enjoying a magical night under the stars. A Holiday Market will feature unique gifts and Villager standards such as angels, breads, cookies, garden books, framed artwork, and more. Complimentary lite bites will be served and wine will be available for purchase. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for children 2 to 12, and free for children under 2. Get tickets in advance online or at the door.
Thursday, December 9 at 10:30am
Growing Orchids in South Florida
Dr. Sandy Schultz will share her tips and techniques to successfully purchase, grow, and enjoy orchids. Cultural requirements for common orchids will be addressed, with demonstrations of dividing and repotting orchids, how to choose potting materials, and types of orchid pots and mounts. Sandra Schultz Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus Miami Dade College, past president of Orchid Society of Coral Gables and South Florida Orchid Society, and native Miamian. She has grown and exhibited orchids for more than 30 years. Members $35; Non-members $45. https://fairchildgarden.org/eventon/growing-orchids-in-south-florida-2/
Friday, December 10 at 8pm
Annie Leibovitz - Wonderland
Fashion has been both the subject of, and the vehicle for, many of Leibovitz’s images, which have graced the covers and interiors of countless publications and magazines around the world. In conversation with her longtime editor at Phaidon, Deb Aaronson, Leibovitz will share stories from her ambitious fashion shoots -- including looks by designers such Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, and Rei Kawakubo -- alongside tales of her encounters with a wide and diverse range of icons: from fashion designers such as Stella McCartney and Karl Lagerfeld to Kate Moss, Serena Williams, politicians Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Nancy Pelosi, and cultural figures -- Queen Elizabeth II, Lady Gaga, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie -- to name a few. Get details online.
Saturday, December 11 at noon
Tropical Audubon Society - Miami Exotics Tour
Joe Barros (bilingual) and Brian Rapoza will lead birders in search of parrots, bulbuls, mynas, swamphens and other introduced species in this all-day van trip. Fee: $95 (includes van/gas and lunch at a local restaurant). Reservations are required. This trip is limited to 20 participants. https://support.tropicalaudubon.org/a/miami-exotics-tour-1
Sunday, December 12 from 5 to 7pm
Junior Orange Bowl Parade
Bring the family out for the 73rd annual Miracle on the Mile: A Holiday Parade and Celebration sponsored by the Junior Orange Bowl Committee, featuring floats, bands, performers, and more than 2,000 youth community group participants. https://juniororangebowl.org/what-we-do/community-events/
Sunday, December 12 at 5:30pm
Free Family Holiday Concert - Greater Miami Symphonic Band
The public is invited to this open-air free family fun Holiday Concert at Pinecrest Gardens Banyan Bowl featuring vocalist Susie Blank Wolfe and an audience sing-along of popular holiday selections. Pinecrest Gardens is located at 11000 Red Road. Call 305-273-7687 for details. http://gmsb.org/season-schedule/
Sunday, December 12 at 7:30pm
Mel Brooks - All About Me!
At 95, the legendary Mel Brooks continues to set the standard for comedy across television, film, and the stage. Now, for the first time, this EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) winner shares his story in his own words. Tickets include a copy of the book shipped to your door. Enjoy an evening on Zoom with Mel, discussing his new book, All About Me!: My Remarkable Life in Show Business, from his meteoric rise from a Depression-era kid in Brooklyn to the recipient of the National Medal of Arts. Links will be sent 24 hours and again one hour before the program starts. Your ticket includes book shipping. Get details online.
Monday, December 13 at 7pm
Sharon Gless - Apparently There Were Complaints
Emmy Award–winning actress Sharon Gless tells all in this laugh-out-loud, juicy, and touching memoir about her five decades in Hollywood, where she took on some of the most groundbreaking roles of her time. Anyone who has seen Sharon Gless act in Cagney and Lacey, Queer as Folk, Burn Notice, and countless other shows and movies, knows that she’s someone who gives every role her all. She holds nothing back in Apparently There Were Complaints, a hilarious, deeply personal memoir that spills all about Gless’s five decades in Hollywood. Apparently There Were Complaints delves into Gless’s remarkable career and explores Gless’s complicated family, her struggles with alcoholism, and her fear of romantic commitment as well as her encounters with some of the Hollywood’s biggest names. Brutally honest and incredibly relatable, Gless puts it all out on the page in the same way she has lived -- never with moderation. This event takes place at the Congregational Church. Get details online.
Friday, Saturday & Sunday - Dec 17–19
Frankenstein - Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller
Nation Theatre Live at Gables Cinema. Directed by Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle, Frankenstein features Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation. The production was a sell-out hit at the National Theatre in 2011, and the broadcast has since become an international sensation, experienced by almost half a million people in cinemas around the world. Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered Creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal. Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale. https://www.gablescinema.com/events/frankenstein-ntl/
Saturday, January 15 at 10am
Redland Riot Road Rally
Every third Saturday in January, since 1994, this fruity, tropical history tour through the Redland agricultural region has delighted hundreds of families, history buffs, foodies and nature lovers with a whimsical adventure through the countryside. Dozens of car teams go searching for clues and enjoying the bounty of the Redland, stopping at wonderful places along the way. Meet at Cauley Square between 10 and 11am to get started. The big finale is at Schnebly Redland's Winery in the Miami Brewing Company Tap Room at 5pm. This event is sponsored by Dade Heritage Trust, now celebrating 50 years of preservation, education and advocacy. Get details and register your car team on the Redland Riot web site. https://www.redlandriot.com/Rallye.html
The Season Is Here
Everglades Swamp Tours
Reserve space with Everglades Swamp Tours for an amazing adventure in the wild Everglades -- with your own custom tour of these vast open spaces. Experience the natural wildlife up close and appreciate the serene nature of this pristine environment. https://www.evergladesswamptours.com
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