If you are so inclined to ring in the New Year with resolutions, then make a promise to yourself to attend more of the exciting events featured at the Gardens this year, a resolution you’ll be sure to keep. This month we have entertainment performances for every taste. We are also introducing new and exciting cultural and educational programs designed to inspire and to spark the creative spirit.
Jazz at the Gardens Presents — Maria Rivas; Saturday, Jan. 26, 8 p.m. — Venezuela’s premier contemporary vocalist Maria Rivas and her four-piece band headline this edition of our series. Her unique sound is an intoxicating combination of Caribbean and European strains with just the right splash of Brazilian and Latin Jazz. Critics hail Riva’s voice as “seductive… some of the most exotic, sensuous and beautiful music your ears will have the pleasure of enjoying.” See her in concert for one night only. Tickets available at www.pinecrstgardens.org.
10th Annual Fine Arts Festival — Saturday & Sunday, Jan. 26-27; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Come join us for one of Florida’s premiere juried art shows, Pinecrest Gardens Fine Arts Festival. Enjoy an afternoon surrounded by spectacular visual arts in the most lush and luxurious setting. You can buy or just browse the booths featuring some of the best artists and artisans in South Florida and beyond, with works that include paintings, photography, sculpture, original jewelry, mixed media and more. It’s a treat for your senses…good food, fun for kids, live music and a day at your favorite Garden with free admission for all.
William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night; Jan. 11-20, matinee & evening performances — Shakespeare Miami’s hilarious new production of Twelfth Night tells the tale of a shipwreck and separated twins, cross-dressing lovers, lovesick Lotharios, social climbing servants and possibly the greatest practical joke ever played. Director, Colleen Stovall pairs Shakespeare’s accessible language and broad humor with the red hot jazz of the roaring twenties to make an irresistible comedic event. Featuring a full cast, period music, song and dance, the production is fast paced, family friendly and funny. There will be seven performances for the general public between Jan. 11-20; go to www.pinecrestgardens.org for specifics; you can only obtain guaranteed seating with a $5 advance ticket.
46 Nights of Lights — A Holiday Light Festival; nightly 6-10 p.m.; This brilliant and beautiful festival of holiday lights is winding down, but visitors can still catch a glimpse of over 60 glittering, larger than life light installations every evening from 6 p.m.- 10 p.m. through Jan. 6th. General Admission is $5, children under 2 enter free.
Chick Flick Friday; Friday, Jan. 4, at 8 p.m. It’s an evening of live music, martinis and a movie under the stars. This month we’re featuring Music & Lyrics. When the hottest pop-queen on the charts asks a hasbeen ’80s pop sensation (Hugh Grant) to write her a song, he grabs for another chance at stardom. Problem: Alex writes music, but he can’t write words. Enter Sophie Fisher (Drew Barrymore), his beguiling and quirky plant lady, who has a green thumb for lyrics and together, they go after songwriting success, discovering along the way that if you want to write the perfect love song, it helps to fall in love. Steven Hunter of the Washington Post quotes “Grant and Barrymore are great together, and the movie has both zing and song” Gates open at 6:30 p.m. for live, unplugged guitar, cocktails and snacks, and our film begins at 8 p.m. Admission $5.
Family Friday at the Gardens — The Smurfs; Friday, Jan. 25, 8 p.m.; Family Fridays continue with The Smurfs. When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world into New York City. Diva Valez of the Diva review quotes “clever and heartwarming…The Smurfs is an unexpected pleasure that’s a lot of fun for the entire family.” This wonderful animated film features the voices of Hank Azaria, Sophia Vergara and Neil Patrick. Flashlight tours at 7 & 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.
Gardens Gallery presents: Art Through Process — A Special Exhibit by CCT-ART; CCT adopted the Artistic Realization Technology (ART) philosophy in 2005. The technique fulfills the CCT mission by allowing the total liberation of the creative being regardless of the physical limitations. The Gardens Gallery proudly supports and showcases these remarkable young artists in the month of January. Opening reception is Friday, Jan. 11 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Experience this extraordinary exhibit and demonstration, and celebrate Enabling Art. Additional demonstrations will be held during our Fine Arts Festival.
From the Ground Up — A Garden Re- Imagined; Two lectures this month; Gardens Gallery, Hibiscus Room; Orchid Care 101 is the topic for this month’s horticultural lecture. Join Pinecrest Gardens own horticulturist, Craig Morel, as he de-mystifies the dazzling and diverse world of orchid culture. From petite plants a few inches tall to giant landscape plants a few meters tall, there are orchids to suit every person’s skill, landscape, and budget. Learn the basics of keeping your orchids healthy and happy, and some of the insider’s tricks to getting orchids to grow in your permanent landscape. You will find out that orchids are more forgiving and easier to grow than you might have thought. Lectures are held Jan. 9 from 10-11 a.m. and Jan. 24 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Hibiscus Room/Gardens Gallery and the $5 admission fee includes refreshments.
Learning Made Fun, Botanical Arts and Crafts; Jan. 12 or 26, 2-3:30 p.m. Join us on Saturday, Jan. 12 or Saturday, Jan. 26; 2-3:30 p.m. for Krafts4Kids; 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 “Music & Nature” making joyful noise to celebrate the New Year using calabash and bamboo to create musical instruments. Each child will make a set of wind chimes to take 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.
Copperplate Calligraphy for Beginners; Jasmin Wardy, instructor; Tuesdays, 9 p.m.- 11 p.m. or Sundays 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Take a journey back in time where the pen ruled the paper and each stroke of ink was a dancing masterpiece. You will learn everything from how to make your own ink, writing technique, body and hand posture. Classes will be held at Pinecrest Gardens, no experience necessary. Fee is $250 for a 12-week series ($225 for members), two hours each week and includes all materials. For information, call 305-669-6990.