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Judith Leiber, Master Craftsman


By Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly


Foodies, garden lovers, sports buffs, fashionistas and culture fans will find plenty of cool things to do in Miami in March. Check out Part 2 .If you missed Part 1, click here.


Now Through September 30, 2020

Handbag lovers take special note! The exhibition at The Jewish Museum of Florida – FIU honors Judith Leiber,  the Holocaust survivor-turned-mega-designer’s life, work and legacy. She is known for her crystal minaudières, evening purses made of a metal shell often encrusted with Swarovski crystals, plated with silver or gold and with various forms, such as baby pigs, slices of watermelon, cupcakes, peacocks, penguins, and snakes.  Animals are a recurring theme in her designs, and often ornament the most expensive purses of the collection, with prices on some animal-shaped minaudières exceeding US$7,000.  Collectibles, one arts patron is known to own 300 of the bags. There is also a museum devoted to her creations in Long Island, new York. This exhibit features photographs of Leiber alongside a comprehensive selection of her bags, belts, pillboxes and glasses, from collectors in Florida as well as from The Leiber Collection . The Jewish Museum of Florida – FIU, 301 Washington Avenue.

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Deeridge Farms South


Saturday, March 7

Garden Dialogues is a series of lectures and lunch for serious garden lovers and aficionados of landscape design. Next up in the series is Deeridge farms South, a 250-acre equestrian estate in Wellington owned by Margaret and Jeremy Jacobs. The late 1920’s designed woodland preserve was created by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. Over the past four decades, the Jacobses have developed the estate to implement Olmsted’s design principles for elegantly orchestrated, naturalized landscapes.

Since 2012, O’Leary Richards Design has overseen the implementation of a myriad of landscape architecture projects at the estate, ranging in scale from an intimate, Asian inspired courtyard to extensive renovations of the main entrance driveway, residential greens, jungle paths, and native Florida woodlands. The estate’s residential walking paths provide a shady refuge with more than three miles of meandering trails, in keeping with one of Olmstead Jr’s most notable ideals for Arcadian landscapes. The event with a talk by the design group is 10:30 to 1:30 p.m.


Monday, March 23rd to Sunday, April 5th 

The 2020 Miami Open presented by Itaú is back! Head to the new Hard Rock Stadium and watch the best tennis players from around the world compete in style. And while tennis is the main event, it’s not the only thing the Miami Open brings to the table. If you go, take a lunch break at spots like Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina, Chī Fa, Kiki on the River, Novecento, Pincho Factory, Sushi Maki, SuViche and a brand new Food Truck Park. Then, wash it all down with a beverage from Moét & Chandon, Kim Crawford, Stella Artois or William Grant & Sons. To add a little art appreciation to your tennis, the Miami Open will play host to murals created by different international artists, while the Miami Open Stage will keep the party going with live DJ and local music performances all day and night. Hard Rock Stadium is located at 347 Don Shula Drive. Ticket and package prices vary and can be purchased here. Parking is available onsite. 

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Deering Estate Seafood Festival



Sunday, March 29th

Like it does every year, the 444-acre Deering Estate will host 8,000+ people for a day of family-friendly fun, seafood, chef cooking demos, live music, seafood, drinks, a kids area, seafood and more, all in front of a backdrop of beautiful Biscayne Bay. Pro tip: Definitely stop by the Golden Rule Seafood booth, and don’t miss the seafood cooking demonstrations from top Miami restaurant chefs in the historic Deering Estate courtyard. This festival will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Deering Estate is located at 16701 SW 72nd Avenue. Tickets start at $20 for adults and $7 for kids (ages 4-14), and can be purchased here. Deering Estate Foundation members and kids 3 and under get in free. Free parking is available onsite. 

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Sunday, March 29th

Running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the beautiful Miami Beach Botanical Gardens, the Annual Japanese Spring Festival immerses guests in Japanese art, culture and history. Attendees can expect to see Taiko drumming performances by Fushu Daiko, Ikebana floral design workshops, traditional Japanese tea ceremonies, hands-on origami lessons, a Japanese Marketplace and a children’s corner with Japanese storytelling, arts and crafts. Miami Beach Botanical Gardens is located at 2000 Convention Center Drive. Entry to this event is free with registration, but donations are encouraged. Registration can be completed here. Street, lot and garage parking are available nearby.

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