There are so many fun things to do in Coral Gables this month, here are some of the best events…
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Enjoy an evening of classic music with classical guitarist David Leisner. The co-chair of the guitar department at the Manhattan School of Music is regarded as one of the world’s leading classical guitarists. Leisner’s concert is part of the Summer Concert Series being held at Coral Gables Congregational Church, 3010 De Soto Boulevard. The performance begins at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $30 – $45. For more information, click here or call 305-448-7421, ext. 153.
Through July 8
Do you have a little one with aspirations of being an actor or actress one day? The Actors’ Playhouse is now enrolling for their Children’s Summer Theatre Camp. Kids ages 7 to 12 can experience taking a show from concept to the stage. This four-week program conducted by the professional staff at the Actors’ Playhouse will include acting, singing, dance, improvisation, costuming, scenic design, audition techniques and more. Students will work together to create a brand new show to perform for family and friends at Miracle Theatre. The camp takes place Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call Allene Mahogany at 305-444-9293, ext. 606.
July 9 – August 7
GableStage presents the southeastern premiere of Masked, an explosive Israeli play about three Palestinian brothers locked in a life-and-death struggle over issues of deception and betrayal. The play by Ilan Hatsor is set in a village on the West Bank in 1990 and depicts the tragedy of one family torn between duty, kinship, principles and survival. Performances take place Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets cost $37.50 for Thursday and Sunday evening, $42.50 for Friday evening and Sunday matinees and $47.50 for Saturday evenings. GableStage is located at 1200 Anastasia Avenue, on the northeast corner of the Biltmore Hotel. For more information, call 305-445-1119 or click here.
July 9 – 10
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden hosts its 19th Annual International Mango Festival. The festival will celebrate the mangos of Hawaii. Enjoy mango lectures, view the world’s largest display of mangos, participate in the world’s only mango auction and, of course, sample a wide variety of mangos. The festival is held at Fairchild Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, from 9:30a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free for Fairchild Members and children ages 5 and younger. Non-Fairchild members pay $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and older and $12 for children ages 6 – 17. For more information, click here.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden presents a Mango Brunch, a tasty tribute to the most delicious of tropical fruits. Held in conjunction with The International Mango Festival at Fairchild, this year’s Mango Brunch will bring together some of Miami’s best chefs to create original and amazing mango dishes. Guests can look forward to mouthwatering dishes prepared by great chefs including Chef Sean Bernal of The Delano, Chefs Frank and Andrea Randazzo of Creative Tastes Catering, Chef Ralph Pagano of STK Miami, Chef Tom Parlo of the Biltmore Hotel, Chef Allen Susser and Chef Gail Goetch of Essensia at The Palms Hotel. The event takes place at 11 a.m. at Fairchild Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road. Tickets are $100 for Fairchild members and $125 for non-members. For more information, call 305-663-3358 or click here.
July 13 – August 14
Actors’ Playhouse presents the world premiere of “See Jane Run!” an edgy musical by actress-singer-writer Maribeth Graham and composer Dana P. Rowe. The musical takes a bold and often surprising look at the 21st Century woman. From secret desires to manic disorders, nothing is sacred in this truly funny and moving glimpse of the female sex. Three women take the audience through a series of revealing songs and scenes, where we meet the contemporary every-woman “Jane” as she tries to decide what makes her run, who she’s running from and where she’s running to. Actors’ Playhouse at Miracle Theatre is located at 280 Miracle Mile. For show times and ticket prices call the box office at 305-444-9293 or click here.
Through July 27
The Florida Film Institute in partnership with the Coral Gables Cinemateque is presenting a Film Education Summer Camp to be held at the Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Avenue. Middle and high school students can attend the workshops which meet on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Registration is $495 for six weeks and is available at www.flfilminstitute.org.
Through July 29
The University of Miami’s College of Arts and Sciences Gallery will host the Ceramic League of Miami’s annual “Two in One” exhibition. The League and its members will have the opportunity to showcase a combination of juried works and quality ceramic art produced by talented South Floridians. The exhibition is free and open to the public. UM’s College of Arts and Science Gallery is located at 1210 Stanford Drive. For more information, call 305-284-2543.
Through July 29
The Children’s Trust Miami Heart Gallery, a travelling museum-quality exhibit featuring children in Miami-Dade’s foster care system who are available for adoption, will celebrate its fourth annual exhibit re-launch at the Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Avenue. The exhibit will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A donation will be requested at the entrance. For more information, click here.
Through August 5
The Actors’ Playhouse is offering a special summer camp program for teens who are interested in theater. The Teen One-Act Showcase offers actors the opportunity to study audition techniques and then audition for, rehearse and perform in a published one-act play. The campers will perform a play in front of a live audience on the final day of class. This camp is for teens ages 13 to 18 and takes place Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Actors’ Playhouse is located at 280 Miracle Mile. For more information, call Allene Mahogany at 305-444-9293, ext. 606.
Through August 6
The Actors’ Playhouse Musical Theatre for Young Audiences presents the story of Madeline and the Gypsies. Madeline and her friend, Pepito, go on quite an adventure when they get lost and carried away by gypsies to a traveling circus. This musical based on the popular Madeline book series by Ludwig Bemelmans will please audiences of all ages. Performances take place Saturdays at 2 p.m. For more information, call the box office at 305-444-9293.