Valentine”s Day Event Guide 2011

Win a Meet & Greet with Keith Urban and Concert Tickets

Auction Ends February 10
Give your Valentine the chance to meet country legend Keith Urban, 2010 Grammy Award-winner for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for Sweet Thing and the People’s Choice Awards Favorite Male Artist! Urban, who is married to actress Nicole Kidman, donated this Meet and Greet experience, plus two tickets to a concert on his 2011 tour. The proceeds benefit Gene Spotlight. Place your bid now!

Valentine”s Day at Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Friday – Monday, February 11 – 14
This Valentine”s Day, ditch the roses and stale box of chocolates and find real romance at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, offering a wide array of sensuous experiences that will surprise and delight lovers. Choose from a indulgent prix-fixe menu from award-winning restaurant Gotham Steak, romantic settings at AAA Four Diamond rated restaurants Scarpetta and Hakkasan, Valentine”s Day-inspired treats at signature patisserie Solo and luxurious couples” experiences at Lapis Spa, all created to celebrate the most romantic holiday of the year.

You”ve never had a Valentine”s Day dinner quite like this. If you want to completely impress your loved one, sweep her off her feet and have the most romantic dinner of your life, reserve dinner for two in one of Fontainebleau”s poolside cabanas. Gotham Steak has created a special Valentine”s Day menu for two people, which includes: one bottle of champagne, private cabana, and tasting dishes. Private cabana menu price ranges from $500-$700 per couple. Taxes and gratuities not included in listed prices. For more information, visit

Gotham Steak, Scarpetta or Hakkasan
Fontainebleau Miami Beach
4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
877-326-7412 for Reservations
Valentine’s Day sweets from Solo
305-674-4740 to Order

Empowering Women in Rwanda

Same Sky is a trade-not-aid jewelry initiative that employs HIV+ women who survived the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda. Founded by film producer/philanthropist Francine LeFrak, Same Sky trains and employs artisans to make unique hand-blown glass-beaded bracelets, which come in over 60 distinctive hues. 100% of the profit from the sale of the jewelry is reinvested back into the company to buy more materials and hire more women. In 2009, Same Sky employed 4 artisans and now employs over 40. By buying a bracelet, you are helping women in Rwanda to rebuild their lives in a post-Genocide nation. Colors shown are Pink Blush and Claret Red for Valentine’s Day. $160.

Geek Chic and Striking

Distinctive yet timeless eyewear – perfect for your Valentine – and available at Edward Beiner as part of his newly arrived 2011 Collection. Merrick, a classic-cool, Clark Kent-style frame for the Superman in your life. Available in black, tortoise shell, clear and a highly unusual, double tone of black and clear.

Love that Miracle!

Sunday, February 13 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Enjoy cocktails, a delectable buffet and a famous and fun Mystery Blue Box Benefit courtesy of Tiffany & Co. to benefit Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre. Gifts are valued up to $1,500, and you can pre-buy one of those delightful blue boxes for just $150. Cost to attend the event is $250 per couple. Click for tickets.

Hotel InterContinental Miami
100 Chopin Plaza, Downtown Miami

Miami City Ballet Program III

Friday – Sunday, February 11 – 13
The romantic ballet, Scotch Symphony, choreography by Balanchine, music by Mendelssohn, is featured as part of Miami City Ballet’s Valentine”s weekend of enthralling ballet. Also on the program are the Company Premiere of Promethean Fire (choreography by Taylor, music by Bach) and Nine Sinatra Songs (choreography by Tharp, music by Arlen, Mercer, Cahn, et al). Hailed as a masterpiece, Promethean Fire explores human emotions surrounding a catastrophic event, concluding with a sense of spiritual renewal. And Nine Sinatra Songs, perhaps Tharp’s most popular work and one of MCB’s biggest hits, radiates glamour, passion and fun. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $19 to $169.

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performings Arts
Ziff Ballet Opera House
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami
305-929-7010 (Box Office)

Miami Heart & Stroke Ball

Saturday, February 12 at 6:30 p.m.
A sure-fire way to celebrate an affair of the heart is by attending the 2011 Miami Heart & Stroke Ball. This elegant, black-tie affair will raise funds to help save lives through the efforts of the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. Enjoy cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner and program at 8 p.m.

JW Marriott Marquis Miami
345 Avenue of the Americas, Downtown Miami

French Legacies

Sunday, February 13 at 2 p.m.
The New World Symphony will present three generations of French masters with accomplished young pianist Stewart Goodyear. Enjoy a delightful afternoon of music in New World Symphony’s new Frank Gehry-designed campus. Poulenc’s lively Sextet is full of charm and cheeky dialogue between its performers, while Chausson’s Quartet exudes a passionate and impressionistic reverie. In a special treat, witness the creative genius of Pierre Boulez – France’s authority on contemporary music. Tickets are $12.

New World Symphony Campus
500 17th Street, Miami Beach
305-673-3331 (Box Office)

Andrea Bocelli

Monday, February 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Enchanting music you’ll love. . .performed by world-renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli at the Bank Atlantic Center. Tickets range from $78 to $378.

Bank Atlantic Center
1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise
1-877-686-5366 (Tickets)

Moonlight & Music

Monday, February 14 at 8 p.m.
Celebrate Valentine”s Day at the 12th annual “Moonlight & Music” Valentine”s Day Concert at the Deering Estate. This year’s concert will feature multi-instrumentalist and singer, Victor Espinola, who is best known for playing the Paraguayan harp. His style of music is influenced by a combination of Flamenco, Gypsy, Brazilian, Middle Eastern, African, Pop, and Dance. The “Moonlight & Music” Concert is a unique way to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Miami. Couples can enjoy a romantic outdoor concert under the stars, on the edge of Biscayne Bay. Guests are welcome to bring blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic baskets. No coolers permitted. Limited refreshments and food will be available for an additional fee. Concert tickets are $20 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Deering Estate Ticket Office. Gates opens at 7:00 pm.

Deering Estate
16701 SW 72 Avenue
305-235-1668 ext. 233

Kevin Mahogany and UM’s Frost Concert Jazz Band

Monday, February 14 at 7 p.m.
Share the sultry sounds of jazz singer Kevin Mahogany with your special someone at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Let the music of Mahogany and the University of Miami’s Frost Concert Jazz Band set the mood for a Valentine’s Day to remember. Bring a picnic basket and blanket to enjoy the concert amid Fairchild’s lush gardens. Tickets are $60 for Fairchild members and $75 for non-members, or treat your sweetheart to the VIP package that includes reserved seating, candlelit dinner and wine ($150 members and $175 non-members). Gates open at 5:30, and the concert beings at 7.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables
305-667-1651, Ext. 3377 (Annie Stamps)

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