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    Pajamas and picnic baskets at The showing of ‘The Iron Giant,’ Dec. 27



    It’s the tail end of the holiday season, and you’re in dire need of a quick cure for cabin fever. Here’s what to do: Pack up a picnic basket, some blankets, and popcorn — and head over to The Barnacle Historic State Park, Dec. 27, to take in a movie under the stars.


    Kids are still out of school and with everyone all stuffed up in the house for days, this is the perfect opportunity to get the whole family out for an “Up Past Bedtime” showing of the 1999 animated feature-film “The Iron Giant.”





    Young Talent Big Dreams showcase returns in January



    Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, together with presenting sponsor The Children’s Trust, announces the eighth annual Young Talent Big Dreams — the most widespread local free youth talent competition in Miami-Dade County.

    Children between the ages of 8 and 17 are invited to showcase their talents and compete for prizes ranging from performing arts scholarships, cash awards and performance opportunities, plus tickets to local cultural attractions and theaters. For the third consecutive year, the Grand Prize winner will receive a free trip — airfare, hotel and free passes for two — to attend the live Teen Choice Awards, courtesy of WSVN7 News, together with $500 in cash.





    The Ridingers and McLaughlins Host Maison Bash at Casa de Sueños



    On Saturday night, JR and Loren, along with Duane McLaughlin and Amber Ridinger-McLaughlin, hosted an Art Maison dinner and party at their home in Miami Beach as part of this very special fellowship program. The event celebrated the amazing work of renowned artist Daniel Arsham as well as SHENEQUA, the first winner of the Daniel Arsham Fellowship. Many of the Ridinger’s friends were in attendance, including Fat Joe & Lorena Cartagena, Alicia Keys, Eva Longoria, Daymond John, Rich Wilkerson, Johnathan Cheban, Daniel Arsham, DJ Cassidy, Romero Britto, Cliff and Mary Floyd, Petra Nemcova, Carolina Stanbury, Tico Torres, Shepard Fairey, Karolina Kurkova & Archie Drury, Shareef Malnik & Gabrielle Anwar, Tracy Wilson Mourning, Jenine Howard, Sarah Arison, Kamal Hotchandani & Deyvanshi Masrani, Carolina Garcia Jayaram & Vivek Jayaram, Jason & Michelle Rubell, Retna, La La Anthony and Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and Caro Levine, among others.




    Junior League’s 2018 Showhouse to transform Historic Deering Estate



    The Junior League of Miami has partnered with the Deering Estate Foundation to host its 2018 Miami Showhouse at the historic Deering Estate, which spans more than 450 acres along Biscayne Bay in Palmetto Bay. The biennial event, which took a 30-year hiatus until 2016, is hosted by the Junior League of Miami to increase awareness and financial capability for the 91-year-old nonprofit organization to continue its work helping at-risk families in Miami.

    The highly anticipated design event will inspire dozens of the most sought-after interior designers to temporarily transform interior and exterior spaces in the former home of industrial magnate Charles Deering. From Apr. 14 to 29, the public will have the unique opportunity to explore the residence reinterpreted with modern touches in an estate dating back to 1916.




    Featured Restaurant: Roots Juicebar



    This light, airy juicery is all about the positive vibes. If you forget to turn your frown upside down before entering, an array of inspirational signs will remind you. And if all else fails, the prices are sure to put a smile on your face. Cold-pressed juices in a rainbow of hues cost only $8 each — maybe Miami’s tastiest cheap drink. Try the Got the Beet, an infusion of beet, carrot, celery, apple, and lemon. Down the Love Potion #9, a concoction of pear, pineapple, beet, chia, and ginger. Or sip the Essential, a verdant mix of green apple, cucumber, celery, kale, spinach, ginger, lemon, and spirulina. And liquid magic isn’t the only thing on the menu.