Thursday, December 17
There’s something magical about combining board games and booze. The spark of childhood nostalgia blended with a nice buzz takes average get-togethers to the next level. Cashing in on that deep need to be kids again, the local beer masters of Concrete Beach Brewery present a Miami-flavored evening of entertainment, Domino Nights.
Every Thursday, craft-brew lovers can relive their domino glory days at the brewery, where the Wynwood crowd is always up for a good time. Concrete Beach supplies the dominoes and the specially crafted taps, all inspired by the city of Miami. In addition to offering its year-round selection, Concrete now features three limited beers on tap: Walls, a South American-style red ale; Floridafest, a traditional Oktoberfest with a tropical twist; and Tropic of Passion, a delicate coral-tinged wheat ale.
Domino Nights at Concrete Beach Brewery (325 NW 24th St., Miami) take place every Thursday from 5 to 11 p.m. Admission is free. Call 305-796-2727 or visit concretebeachbrewery.com.
Standup comedian Patton Oswalt once said his comprehension of science goes no further than “salt is salty.” For those like Oswalt who struggled in school with subjects such as physics but had a desire to become more informed, Books & Books in Coral Gables is holding what’s being advertised as a “casual conversation” with one of the foremost experts in particle physics and cosmology. Professor Lisa Randall of Harvard University will give a short presentation before chatting with attendees and discussing a variety of topics in an attempt to explain the complex to the rest of us dumb-dumbs. Randall is the author of four books, has been voted one of the most influential people of the 21st Century by Esquire and Time, and previously held professorships at MIT and Princeton University. Presented in conjunction with the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, the Science Up Close event will be hosted and introduced by Dr. Eldredge “Biff” Bermingham, the former director and senior scientist for the Smithsonian’s Tropical Research Institute.
Get your hard-core science-nerd fix this Thursday at Books & Books (265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables). The free event begins at 8 p.m. Visit booksandbooks.com or call 305-442-4408.
Friday, December 18
America’s greatest crooner, Frank Sinatra, would have turned 100 years old last Saturday, December 12. So in honor of Ol’ Blue Eyes’ centennial, the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center is participating in the national yearlong Sinatra 100 celebration with a performance of 3 Men and a Baby… Grand: A Toast to Sinatra. Hundreds of other events have taken place all over the country, including the superstar tribute Sinatra 100: An All-Star Grammy Concert, which aired on CBS on the singer’s birthday. Though Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, Sam Smith, and John Legend won’t be on hand to serenade South Florida audiences, the vocal trio of Lee Lessack, Brian Lane Green, and John Boswell has earned praise for creative and authentic representations of Sinatra’s best-loved tunes.
Indulge in some of his greatest hits, such as “Strangers in the Night,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” “My Way,” “All the Way,” and “New York, New York,” during this one-time-only performance. 3 Men and a Baby… Grand: A Toast to Sinatra takes place at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St., Aventura) Friday at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $40 to $45. Call 305-466-8002 or visit aventuracenter.org.
Everyone knows IKEA can help you build any piece of furniture imaginable. And this holiday season, even gingerbread houses are included in the retailer’s line of ready-to-assemble goods for your home. The Scandinavian company opened its 416,000-square-foot store across from Dolphin Mall in August 2014 and now invites Miamians to its restaurant for an evening of gingerbread house making. According to the product page for the gingerbread house packages, the Pepparkaka Hus (which is adorably listed in the “Swedish Celebrations” category) is a model home that Swedish children build around Christmastime. The kiddies usually decorate the houses with sugar glaze and various candies. But in typical IKEA fashion, the do-it-yourself gingerbread house kits include a step-by-step assembly guide with all the connecting pieces, however delicious they may be.