Photo Credit: Dori
Photo Credit: Dori

As I’m writing this post, the realization that we’re now in November, just one month away from 2014, is like a slap in the face with a wet fish. Observation aside, let’s move forward to why you’re here.  So, what events are taking place in South Florida this month?

Since November is Native American Heritage month, I have to start with the American Indian Arts Celebration at Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum (Nov. 1 & 2).  Next up Savion Glover taps across the stage at the Kravis Center (Nov. 7), Brazilian folk dance company, Balé Folclórico da Bahia, will perform at the Arsht (Nov. 8), the Complete Bollywood Experience comes to Miramar featuring Indian dancers, acrobats performing modern-day hip-hop to authentic Indian folk dance (Nov. 9), Miami Nice Jazz Festival continues with main shows by Stanley Clarke, Eliane Elias (through Nov. 10), immerse yourself in books, film, food & more at Miami International Book Fair Festival (Nov. 17-24), head to the Keys and learn about the Weeki Wachee Mermaids: Past & Present (Nov. 20), then witness the Golden Dragon Acrobats combine traditional dance & acrobatic moves, continuing a tradition which “began over 25 centuries ago” (Nov. 23-25).  So there you have some of it.

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THRU NOVEMBER 10

Miami Nice Jazz Festival

The 2nd annual festival returns to downtown Miami’s Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts and debuts at the newly opened South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC). Satellite events bring stellar jazz to the Van Dyke, Soya e Pomodoro, PAX, and The Riviera Hotel South Beach.

More info: http://bit.ly/1a7q79q

THROUGH NOVEMBER 24

The Timekeepers

A story of an introverted Jewish prisoner who keeps himself alive by repairing watches in Sachsenshausen concentration camp, and an extroverted gay hustler willing to do whatever it takes to survive.

More info: http://bit.ly/181xfoc

THROUGH NOVEMBER

Miami Live Month

Experience Miami’s live music and entertainment scene. Each week, 40 guests will be selected to join on the Big Bus to hit weekly cultural events in Miami. Guests will receive complimentary transportation and complimentary admission and enjoy drinks and food catered by The Daily Melt.

  • November 9: Pre-party – Whiskey Joe’s, Main event – Friends of Nature / Virginia Key Beach
  • November 15: Pre-party – Gramps, Main event – Big Night in Little Haiti
  • November 23: Pre-party – Tobacco Road, Main event – Pub Crawl in Little Havana, Cuba Ocho and Hoy Como Ayer
  • November 30: Pre-party – Wood Tavern, Main event – Holi One Powder Show / Wynwood

More info: http://bit.ly/1e0fv3V

NOVEMBER 1 & 2

2013 American Indian Arts Celebration

Join Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum for the American Indian Arts Celebration featuring musical performances, dancers, Seminole artists, food, art, a film festival and more.

More info: http://bit.ly/1arUVYO

The Tiger Lillies

Creating  music that is a startling mixture of opera, gypsy song and left bank Paris, the group is fronted by singer Martyn Jacques who trained himself as an opera singer with a castrati style voice of heartbreaking beauty whilst living alone above a strip joint in Soho for seven years, and accompanied by drummer Mike Pickering and double bass player Adrian Stout. The Tiger Lillies sing savage and passionate songs about prostitutes, drug addicts and losers, their voices soaring and growling like men possessed.

More info: http://bit.ly/Hvtmll

NOVEMBER 1-24

“The Longing and the Short of It”

Six actors play a multitude of relatable characters, all struggling to find love and acceptance, or the nearest available substitute. Whether acting out lustily at a party, running into an ex in a public place and saying all the wrong things, pleading insanity to keep a relationship from ending, or simply enjoying a nice, quiet self-pity party at home, these people all long to feel, in the words of the opening song, “something like okay”.

More info: http://bit.ly/17CGxdU

NOVEMBER 2

Film Series at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale| Frida

“Frida” chronicles the life Frida Kahlo shared unflinchingly and openly with Diego Rivera, as the young couple took the art world by storm. From her complex and enduring relationship with her mentor and husband to her illicit and controversial affair with Leon Trotsky, to her provocative and romantic entanglements with women, Frida Kahlo lived a bold and uncompromising life as a political, artistic, and sexual revolutionary.

More info: http://bit.ly/1cwme1B

William Shakespeare’s “Othello”

Olivier Award-winning actor Adrian Lester takes the title role. Playing opposite him as the duplicitous Lago is fellow Olivier Award-winner Rory Kinnear who is reunited with director Nicholas Hytner following their acclaimed collaboration on the National Theatre’s recent production of “Hamlet.”.

More info: http://bit.ly/1atrEgl

2nd Annual Palm Beaches Crab Cake Cook-Off

This charitable event will award the 2013 Top Chef and Restaurant/Caterer judged to craft the finest crab cake in the Palm Beaches! Featuring wine and beer tasting, and auction that in its first year became the anticipated event of every fall season.

More info: http://on.fb.me/1b0SQhp

NOVEMBER 7

Savion Glover STePz

Under the direction of Savion Glover, STePz is an exuberant celebration of tap dance to sound and sound to dance. Mr. Glover’s capability will be on display, along with his ensemble of dancers, as they explore all the complexities of jazz phrasing, bass line and melody, wild improvisations, structures and deconstruction, from departure to return.

More info: http://bit.ly/16TuN86

NOVEMBER 7-23

Mourning Becomes Electra

Based on the play cycle by Eugene O’Neill, this mythic tale is set in Massachusetts shortly after the Civil War. Beneath the veneer of the prim and proper Mannon family are seething passions of bitterness, infidelity, incest, and even murder.

More info: http://bit.ly/1cwoMg4

NOVEMBER 8

Balé Folclórico da Bahia

The only professional folk dance company in Brazil, Balé Folclórico da Bahia is a 38-member troupe of dancers, musicians and singers that performs a spectacular repertory based on “Bahian” folkloric dances of African origin including slave dances, capoeira, samba, and those celebrating Carnival.

More info: http://bit.ly/1dzR9eu

NOVEMBER 8-10

Siempre Flamenco Cabaret Series

Corazon y Alma (Heart and Soul) is an exciting and authentic flamenco show dedicated to preserving the art of flamenco in a fresh and engaging performance. Guitar, song and dance are in constant dialogue, and the spontaneity of conversation is interpreted in the language of flamenco. The audience becomes witness to the vast array of human emotions that are expressed through flamenco, and are thus transcended in time as they partake in a moment of flamenco life.

More info: http://bit.ly/1aQ4oHt

NOVEMBER 9

Fisk Jubilee Singers

In the chaotic decade following the Civil War, a group of young ex-slaves in Nashville, Tennessee, set out on a mission to save their financially troubled school by giving concerts. Traveling first through cities in the North, then on to venues across Europe, the Jubilee Singers introduced audiences to the power of spirituals—religious anthems of slavery. Driven to physical collapse and even death, the singers proved more successful —and more inspirational—than anyone could have imagined.

More info: http://bit.ly/1aQ4oHt

The Complete Bollywood Experience

Celebrity Indian dancers and acrobats will take the audience on a thrilling cultural journey through Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Punjab and Gujarat. It is traditional India meets the streets of New York, east meets west, in an audio-visual spectacle.

More info: bit.ly/1cAspSO

NOVEMBER 10

Black Uhuru performs at Grand Central in Miami

Black Uhuru (Swahili for ‘freedom’) are the most successful of the second-generation reggae bands. The raw energy and exhilaration of Grammy-winning Black Uhuru’s live performances has led to the group touring with such icons as The Clash, The Rolling Stones, The Police and U2.

More info: http://bit.ly/1glJbtb

NOVEMBER 9-10

Delray Beach Wine & Seafood Festival

Wine and food pairings at a free festival with 150 exhibitors. Guests will be able to view over 20 different types of wine as well as purchase various seafood dishes from local food vendors including local Delray favorites Boston’s, Ceviche, Caffe Luna Rosa and 50 Ocean.$5 Parking will be available at various parking garages or guests can park downtown and ride the trolley for free.

More info: http://bit.ly/16f19Kr

NOVEMBER 14

Key Largo’s 32nd Annual Cook-Off

The culinary competition is open to professional and amateur cooks and chefs, as well as young aspiring chefs. Categories include soups and chowders, appetizers, main dishes, sides and salads, and desserts.

NOVEMBER 15

Big Night in Little Haiti feat RAM

RAM is a legendary 13-member rasin band founded in 1990 and based Haiti.  Their music is “voudou rock ‘n’ roots”, a style pioneered by bandleader Richard Morse to meld his love of both Haitian roots culture and rock. They are famed for their regular Thursday night performances at Morse’s historic Hotel Oloffson in downtown Port au Price, attended by a wide spectrum of the country’s political and cultural leaders.  Through their music, the group pushes forward a message of freedom for Haitian people, with a base of traditional voudou-inspired lyrics and instruments in a modern rock and roll context.  Free.

More info: http://bit.ly/17CJnQ3

NOVEMBER 16

Miami Mini Maker Faire

An initiative of MIAMade, an organization dedicated to supporting the local maker community, Miami will hold its first Maker Faire. The event, sponsored by the Knight Foundation, provides makers specializing in “DIY technology, arts and crafts with a unique opportunity to show what they have made and to share what they have learned with the community at large”. The fair will include talks, presentations, panel discussions, and short film screenings at three main locations in Miami’s Wynwood district: The LAB Miami, The Lightbox at Goldman Warehouse and O Cinema.

More info: http://bit.ly/17CJnQ3

NOVEMBER 17-24

Miami Book Fair International

An eight-day literary party in its 30th year, the fair will open with the popular “Evenings With…” series, featuring six nights of readings and discussions with noted authors from the United States and around the world. During Street Fair weekend (22-24), more than 250 publishers and booksellers exhibit and sell books, with special features like the antiquarians, who showcase of signed first editions, original manuscripts and other collectibles.

More info: http://bit.ly/17yseZP

NOVEMBER 18-24

Arts at the Fair

As part of the Miami Book Fair International, attendants can enjoy events such as the Spain Film Festival featuring six of Spain’s most recognized films of the year, art exhibits, and more.

More info: http://bit.ly/16Ubc2w

NOVEMBER 20

The Art of Wine

Learn the secrets to entertaining with winning wine and cheese pairings at the Boca Raton Museum of Art with certified sommelier and wine educator Stephanie Miskew and art tours led by the Museum’s curators.

More info: http://bit.ly/1cwqgqH

Weeki Wachee Mermaids: Past & Present

The History of Diving Museum at MM 83 in Ismoralda continues the free, “Immerse Yourself!” series, to begin at 7 p.m., with a special event: “Weeki Wachee Mermaids”.

More info: http://bit.ly/1h7gqlj

NOVEMBER 23

Handel’s “Giulio Cesare” (Encore)

David McVicar’s second new production of the season is this dynamic staging of “Giulio Cesare,” a hit at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2005, which incorporates elements of Baroque theater and 19th century British imperialism to illuminate the opera’s themes of love, war, and empire building.

More info: http://bit.ly/1f9cyM1

NOVEMBER 23 & 24

The Kitchen (Cooking Demonstrations)

Part of the Miami Book Fair International, experience a unique gastro-literary experience as cookbook authors discuss their culinary philosophies, and demonstrate their recipes at demos in the Miami Culinary Institute’s state-of-the-art Wine Theatre.

More info: http://bit.ly/18Lzbk8

NOVEMBER 23-25

Golden Dragon Acrobats

Continuing a tradition which began over 25 centuries ago, the company combines acrobatics, traditional dance, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present a show of skill and beauty.

More info: http://bit.ly/1atulyi (Broward) http://bit.ly/19kGEef (Palm Beach)

DECEMBER 7

Grunge & Glamour Goes Latin

From fire-eaters to body painters, and street musicians to world-class headliners the Latin Flare of South Florida will blaze bright on December 7. This fully catered event will feature the finest Latin cuisine, Caribbean Cocktails and non-stop entertainment. Top the evening off with the Grammy Award winning Salsa Phenom, Marlow Rosado.

More info: http://bit.ly/1h77tbC

DECEMBER 14

Friday Films – “The Last Emperor”

Recounting the last years of China’s Ching Dynasty through flashbacks and flash-forwards, this Oscar-winning epic charts the life of Pu Yi (John Lone) – who ascended the throne at age 3 – from coddled aristocrat to enlightened insurgent to ordinary citizen. Co-starring Peter O’Toole as Pu Yi’s Scottish tutor and directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, the lavish drama collected nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture

More info: http://bit.ly/1dzOscP

Opera at the Waterfront

Bring your lawn chair, blanket and picnic basket, and enjoy an afternoon on the grass listening to opera’s most recognizable arias and ensembles in Palm Beach Opera’s first ever Opera @ the Waterfront Concert.  This FREE event at the Meyer Amphitheater in downtown West Palm Beach will be headlined by Palm Beach Opera favorite tenor James Valenti, who has triumphed at the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala in Milan, Covent Garden in London, and Paris Opera, to mention just  few, and who has been described by the New York Times as possessing a “dark-centered, expressive voice”.

More info: http://bit.ly/1aiIyrW

DECEMBER 15

Hollywood ArtsPark Experience: Colombia

Toto La Momposina is considered a national treasure of her native country. Backed by musicians who fabricate the traditional instruments they play, Toto’s performance displays total mastery of Colombian folk music in its many styles. Her work is recognized internationally; in 1982 she performed at Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Nobel Prize winning ceremony in Stockholm.  Later this year, she will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Latin Recording Academy.

More info: http://bit.ly/19Y4I5Y