Pinecrest Gardens kicks-off the Holiday Season with Miami’s Favorite Band Spam AllStars, and that’s only the beginning.
SPAM ALLSTARS: SATURDAY, NOV. 10, 8 P.M.
Jazz at Pinecrest Gardens presents Grammynominated Spam Allstars, Miami’s most coveted band and originators of the oh so cool Miami Sound. Join us for a wild intoxicating night when DJ Spam and the Allstars chime in on sax, trombone, guitar, flute, congas, timbales and just about anything else they can get their hands on to make you move your feet. Gary Alexander, legendary guitarist, vocalist and jazz columnist says: “They are a tour de force of world electro-funk that is blissfully groovy.” Gates open at 6:30 p.m. for delicious pre-concert dining by Macy’s catering (use your Macy’s credit card to collect additional points).
AN AMERICAN SOLDIER’S TALE: SUNDAY, NOV. 11,
7 P.M. In honor of Kurt Vonnegut’s 90th birthday, Orchestra Miami presents the gripping story of Pvt. Eddie D. Slovick, the only US soldier to be executed for desertion since the Civil War, set to Igor Stravinsky’s unforgettable music for Histoire di Soldat. It’s an emotionally packed fully staged performance featuring four actors, seven musicians directed by Michael Yawney and conducted by Elaine Rinaldi. When asked by New York Magazine: “It must have been visceral to write?” Vonnegut answered: “Yes, it was. It was a unique event in American history, and The Execution of Private Slovik (the book) was out of print. Slovik deserves to be kept alive.” Gates open at 6 p.m. for refreshments by Macy’s catering. Tickets $25 and $30.
Family Friday: The Pirates, Band of Misfits; Friday, Nov. 16, 8 p.m.
Family Fridays continue with The Pirates: Band of Misfits. Bruce Diones of the New Yorker calls Pirates “beautifully staged, delightful and exciting.” This wonderful animated feature film features the voices of Hugh Grant, Salma Hayek and Jeremy Piven. Flashlight tours at 7 and 7:30 p.m., the movie begins about 8 p.m. and we serve the best hotdogs and popcorn in town. General admission $5 and children under 2 enter free.
NEXT GENERATION JAZZ ARTIST SHOWCASE: CLIFTON HEIGHTS JAZZ PROJECT SATURDAY, NOV. 17, 8 P.M.
Join us in welcoming The Clifton Heights Jazz Project; a conglomerate of eight incredibly talented musicians from across the country. Lead by guitarist Zach Larmer, these young jazz virtuosos have joined together to bring you fresh material, from original compositions to standard jazz repertoire turned upside down. Drawing from the classic American songbook, bluegrass, funk, classical, and modern jazz, the Clifton Heights Jazz Project has a little something for everyone. General Admission $10, to purchase tickets click here. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and refreshments will be provided by Macy’s catering.
LEARNING MADE FUN WITH BOTANICAL ARTS AND CRAFTS
Nov. 3 and 17, 2-3:30 p.m. Join us on Saturday Nov. 17, 2-3:30 p.m. for Krafts 4 Kids; our wonderfully creative and educational arts and crafts class. It’s all about learning and it’s all about fun. Children ages 6-11 will journey into the world of the Iroquois Nation and experience the First Thanksgiving and the food that was harvested as they create a work of art to bring home. Classes are limited to 20 children and the cost is $5 with all materials included in the price. Call for reservations in advance at 305-669-6990.
GARDENS GALLERY PRESENTS THE WORKS OF BERRY VAN BOEKEL TOP 100
For 30 years Dutch painter, Berry Van Boekel, has been working on his Top 100 series. This ongoing project is a testament to Berry’s love of music. Every year he compiles a list of the 100 most listened to songs and proceeds to paint the musicians. The Top 100 show at the Gardens will consist of 100 paintings selected from over 2,000 in Berry’s collection as well as several large scale paintings inspired by the natural beauty surrounding his home in Ft. Myers. The show will continue through to Jan. 3.