Sunday, October 19, 2008

Sunday, October 19

Breakfast And Brunch At Novecento
Enjoy the outdoor patio or have breakfast indoors at Novecento, 121 Alhambra from 8am to 11:30. Brunch is served until 4pm on Sunday, with an extensive kid's menu. Call 305-557-0900.

Sunday Brunch At The Biltmore
Enjoy a stunning display of fine foods at the Biltmore's Fountain Restaurant from 10am to 2pm as you're literally surrounded by the most elaborate spread of gourmet items in South Florida. This bountiful buffet features seafood and caviar, carved meats, made-to-order omelets, sushi, pastas, salads, tapas, quiches, artisanal cheeses, specialty dishes, a chocolate fountain and endless desserts. Enjoy live music by Juan Areco and his trio. The French champagne is flowing, the service is remarkable and the setting is perfect for entertaining guests and family members for special occasions. Reserve early; it usually sells out in advance. Call 305-913-3202.

Sunday Brunch At The Grape
Enjoy a leisurely brunch at the Grape at the Village of Merrick Park from 11:30am to 3pm with complimentary tastes of rare wines from the four corners of the world. Call 305-444-WINE.

Free Sunday Tours Of The Biltmore Hotel
The Biltmore Docents, members of Dade Heritage Trust, offer a free walking tour of the Historic Biltmore Hotel each Sunday at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30pm, starting in the upstairs lobby by the front desk. When available, they take you to the 13th floor where the murder took place that created the ghost of the Biltmore. These 55 minute tours are free. Call the hotel at 305-445-1926.

Dexter Filkins: The Forever War
Through the eyes of Dexter Filkins, the prizewinning New York Times correspondent whose work was hailed by David Halberstam as "reporting of the highest quality imaginable," we witness the remarkable chain of events that began with the rise of the Taliban in the 1990s, continued with the attacks of 9/11, and moved on to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Filkins's narrative moves across a vast and various landscape of amazing characters and astonishing scenes: deserts, mountains, and streets of carnage; a public amputation performed by Taliban; children frolicking in minefields; skies streaked white by the contrails of B-52s; a night's sleep in the rubble of Ground Zero. Like no other book, The Forever War (Knopf, $25) allows us a visceral understanding of today's battlefields and of the experiences of the people on the ground, warriors and innocents alike. It is a brilliant, fearless work, not just about America's wars after 9/11, but ultimately about the nature of war itself. Meet the author at Books And Books, 265 Aragon at 6pm. Call 305-442-4408.

Sunday Special At The Bierhaus
It's sports time in the Bierhaus and the dinner special is Jaegerschnitzel with Spaetzle at Franz Bierhaus, 60 Merrick Way. Call 305-774-1883.

Festival Miami: Spam Allstars - An Electronic Descarga
Latin Grammy nominated, Little Havana-based DJ Le Spam & the Spam Allstars blend improvisational electronic elements with latin, funk, hip hop and dub to create an electronic descarga, a sound that is influenced by the multicultural atmosphere of Miami and the lives of the individual band members. They have performed and recorded with legendary saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis and created the music used to introduce the Miami Heat at home games. "The Village Voice" describes their music as a "hot anthology of retro Cuban, early NYC salsa, Southern funk and soul, mixed with live horns, looped drums, video, and living art." The concert begins at Gusman Hall at 8pm. Call 305-284-4940.

Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story At Cosford Cinema
This documentary from director Stefan Forbes examines the political and personal life of the late Lee Atwater, notorious for his no-holds-barred strategies that powered the campaigns of Richard Nixon, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. Forbes analyzes Atwater's pivotal role in the rise of the Republican Party in the 1980s and documents a decidedly less partisan side of the strategist, including his passion for playing the blues. The film begins at 8pm at Cosford Cinema on the second floor of the Memorial Classroom building on UM campus. Cash only. Call 305-284-4861.

Acoustic Music Showcase And Wheat Beer At JohnMartin's
John Brown hosts the weekly acoustic music showcase, and special $5 pricing on JohnMartin's Wheat Beer each Sunday evening at JohnMartin's Irish Pub, 253 Miracle Mile. Call 305-445-3777.

Karaoke Night At Titanic
Grab the microphone and sing your favorite songs Sunday evening at Karaoke Night at Titanic, hosted by Boogie Man George with the largest songbook in Miami. Karaoke starts at 9pm at Titanic Brew Pub, 5813 Ponce. Call 305-667-ALES.

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