A Valentine’s Festival – Love, Laughter and Music


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Here at Pinecrest Gardens we consider Valentine’s Day so important we celebrate it for weeks. This year, we kick off our Valentine’s Festival when South Motors Jazz presents…

Soul Train Award for “Best Traditional Jazz Performance”
Featuring romantic selections from the Great American Songbook
Saturday, February 8, at 8:00 p.m.

Nicole Henry has established herself as one of the jazz world’s most acclaimed vocalists, possessing a potent combination of dynamic vocal abilities, impeccable phrasing, and powerful emotional resonance.

Her passionate, soulful voice and heart-felt charisma has earned her a Soul Train Award for “Best Traditional Jazz Performance,” three Top-10 U.S. Billboard and HMV Japan jazz albums. Heralded by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Japan Times, El Pais, Jazz Times, Essence and more, Ms. Henry tells real stories through repertoire from the American Songbook, classic and contemporary jazz, contemporary standards, blues and originals. Her career achievements have been officially recognized by The City of Philadelphia as well as the City of Miami Beach and Miami-Dade County, who awarded proclamations naming “Nicole Henry Day(s)” in 2011 and 2016 respectively.

And we all remember My Funny Valentine…well, with that in mind Comic Cure presents LAUGHTER IN THE GARDENS featuring Florida’s Funniest Females on Thursday, February 13, 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20

Enjoy a night of LIVE comedy as Comic Cure presents the finalists from Comic Cure’s Florida’s Funniest Female contest, as they bring the funny from across the Sunshine State. Their hilarious stories of career, marriage, motherhood, dating and more leave audiences laughing, gasping, stomping, and crying for more.

Kaycee Conlee (Deerfield Beach) – Florida’s Funniest Female 2019. Kaycee Conlee is a comedian, podcaster, and host. She has opened for Jay Leno, Fortune Feimster, and Preacher Lawson.

Stephanie Kaple (Key West) – Florida’s Funniest Female 2019 Runner-Up. Originally from Ohio, Stephanie Kaple first tried standup with Comedy Key West in 2016 and has been making crowds laugh around the island since.

Angela Nacca (West Palm Beach) – Florida’s Funniest Female 2018 Runner-Up. Angela B. Nacca represents the moms, the wives, and the working and menopausal women of the world. Her act is sure to keep you laughing as she tells the stories of her 36-year marriage, her career in medicine, or the trials of menopause – like “doing a little peepee in your pants when you laugh and sneeze.” Recently she was selected as one of the Top 40 comedians and will be competing in the World Series of Comedy, and was a runner-up at Ultimate Miami Comedian as well as in Florida’s Funniest Females comedy competition.

Shana Manuel (Boynton Beach) – Florida’s Funniest Female 2019 Finalist. Native South Floridian, Shana Manuel is a criminal defense attorney by day and relieves the stressors of the justice system (and life) by moonlighting as a comedian. She is the winner of the 2016 Pride Comedy Festival and a Florida’s Funniest Female 2019 Finalist.

Cindy-Ann Jane (Tamarac) – Florida’s Funniest Female 2019 Finalist. Cindy-Ann Jane was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago. From an early age it was clear that she had the gift to make others laugh.

Mariza (Boca Raton) – Florida’s Funniest Female 2019 Finalist. Newly divorced, Mariza has one thing to say about marriage: Suck it up! Unless you want to end up having to work. Mariza is Mexican but she is a legal citizen of the United States because she took the Naturalization Test and passed it. She’s a mother of two multicultural daughters, a photographer, and a homeschool survivor.

On Sunday February 9 at 5:00 p.m., The Children’s Voice Chorus welcomes you to celebrate the beautiful music prepared by these gifted young musicians and the achievements of their hard work. Tickets are: Adults $20, Children 12 and under $10 and Senior Citizens $10. For more information, call 786-216-7003.

On Thursday, February 13 at 8:00 p.m. FIU Choral Department presents…”Broadway in Love.” Romance is in the air when the FIU Singers serenade you with some of the most romantic songs written performed in perfect harmony. Tickets are Free with a suggested donation.

Finally, how can you get any more romantic than Miami Lyric Opera’s concert performance of La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi on Saturday, February 15 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $40 plus service fee. Alexander Dumas’ play La Dame aux Camelias (The Lady of the Camellias) was inspired by the life of Marie Duplessi a beautiful, young courtesan in 19th Century Paris, who was only 23 when she died of tuberculosis. Verdi, in turn, was inspired by Dumas’s play when he composed La Traviata (The Fallen Woman). And both these works were the inspiration for the motion picture, Pretty Woman. Violetta, La Traviata’s heroine, is considered to be the most sublime operatic character ever written, captivating audiences for more than 150 years. Verdi’s glorious music and Violetta’s moving demise make this opera one of the most compelling experiences of our lives.

Also at the Gardens…

Date: Thursday, February 13
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Hibiscus Room

Pinecrest Gardens Ecosystem and Garden Tour: Join us on a staff led tour as we uncover the incredible history of Pinecrest Gardens while exploring the exotic plants and coastal cypress habitat that make this property so unique. Learn about our collections, and design: get an insider’s view on how our landscape is constantly maintained and improved. Pre-registration required, Limit 12 people: $20.00 Register online or call 305-669-6990.

Little Lizards
Date: Wednesday Afternoons
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Price: Free with $5 Park Admission
Ages: 3 to 10

Join us every Wednesday Afternoon near the playground for our Little Lizards Program. This drop-in, informal program will feature new activities every week relating to a monthly theme. Lizards will read, explore, create, and imagine while learning about the wonders of nature. No prior registration necessary. Weather permitting.

February: Troll Time – We’re celebrating our newest exhibit by Thomas Dambo! Learn all things troll, interact with the sculpture, and build your own troll to take home. We heard he likes to read and write notes to his friends….come discover what he has to say!

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