Thursday, January 28
Since his debut in 2003, Major League Baseball’s José Miguel Cabrera Torres has become a two-time American League Most Valuable Player (MVP) , a four-time AL batting champion, and a ten-time MLB All-Star. He has played at first and third bases for most of his major-league career and claimed the 17th Batting Triple Crown in 2012, the first to do so in 45 seasons. The Venezuelan-born athlete’s achievements inspire people worldwide, but his effect on young people will become his legacy. Through Cabrera’s efforts in the Miguel Cabrera Foundation, kids and teens throughout the United States can learn the benefits of participating in baseball. The foundation’s two main activities — revitalizing baseball fields in schools and neighborhoods so athletics can be used as a catalyst for student engagement and achievement, and providing academic scholarships — ensure that generations of students will be offered opportunities to better their educational futures through the beloved sport. Supporters of the foundation’s mission can contribute to the cause and celebrate at the Miggy Ball Galathis Thursday at the Café at Books & Books inside the Adrienne Arsht Center (1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami).
The evening includes an open bar, a photo opportunity with Cabrera, and live and silent auctions. VIP guests can also meet Miguel Cabrera, access a private area with a top-shelf liquor bar and a cigar and whiskey lounge, and take home exclusive gift bags. The gala begins at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $175 per person for general admission and $250 for VIP. Visit miggy24.com.
Let’s get real: The toughest of tough guys had gut-wrenching reactions to Pixar’s massive animated hitFinding Nemo. It tells the story of overprotective clownfish father Marlin who, along with the forgetful tang Dory, searches for his abducted son Nemo all the way to Sydney Harbour. The 2003 box office sensation remains one of the most beloved American animated features. So it comes as no surprise that Pérez Art Museum Miami has selected the hit to kick off its sea-themed film series, Sea Movies at PAMM, beginning this Thursday.
Nemo lovers of all ages are invited to catch the screening, where guests can claim seats on the Bayside Stair or bring a blanket and cuddle up on the PAMM Beach while enjoying the movie under the stars. Dogs are allowed in outdoor areas.
Finding Nemo and future sea-themed movies are free with general museum admission, which is $16 for adults. Showtime is 7 p.m. at Pérez Art Museum Miami (1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). Space is limited, and prepurchase is highly recommended. Admission does not include food and drink. Call 305-375-3000 or visitpamm.org.
Raising environmental awareness in the most tasteful of ways, the Great Lawn at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden will transform into a culinary mecca with more than 20 chefs and restaurants at the 11th-annual Taste of the Garden. During the event, guests will sample small bites, cocktails, and sweets alfresco, enjoy live entertainment, and have the chance to place bids at a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Miami Beach Garden Conservatory’s mission to preserve and protect urban green space and the Garden Club’s environmental education initiatives.
Taste of the Garden begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Miami Beach Botanical Garden (2000 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach). The event will take place rain or shine. Complimentary valet parking is available. Tickets cost $90 per person. Visit mbgarden.org.
As the late, great David Bowie says in one of his coolest tunes: “Fashion! Turn to the left. Fashion! Turn to the right. Oooh, fashion!” That’s because fashion is pretty damn exciting. The folks at Fashion Project, Bal Harbour Shops’ cultural space, are well aware of that fact and are here to dish out more and more fashion in film for interested audiences.
Months after its Dressing Down the Movies series with Nat Chediak, Fashion Project is hitting us with another film festival— this time on a smaller scale but with no shortage of films and events. This complimentary four-day film fest, taking place Thursday through Sunday, is titled Wearing Time: Returns, Recalls, Renewals and is co-curated by Tom Gunning and Marketa Uhlirova. It’ll focus on fashion’s connections with the present and future — how film and fashion together evoke and reflect on the past.
Thursday’s opening night will feature two events back-to-back: an introduction to the festival by Kate Sinclair titled “Fashion in History,” followed by a program of nine shorts.