The Florida Grand Opera opens its 2013-14 season tonight at the Broward Center with Mourning Becomes Electra by local composer Marvin David Levy. Based on the play cycle by Eugene O’Neill, this mythic tale is set in Massachusetts shortly after the Civil War and fueled with the seething passions of bitterness, infidelity, incest, and even murder. Come see why this opera received a 25-minute standing ovation on opening night at the Metropolitan Opera in 1967. Repeat performances at the Broward Center on Nov. 9 and at Miami’s Arsht Center, Nov. 16, 17, 19 and 23. Tickets at FGO.org.
We all know boys like their toys and some of the newest toys on four wheels are on display at Miami International Auto Show, Nov. 8 – 17 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. But unlike many other car shows, you actually get to hop behind the wheel in Miami Beach. Test drive your favorite models, take a rough and tumble ride at Camp Jeep, admire hot rods of the past on Memory Lane and see the most expensive rides in the world on Million Dollar Alley. Open most days from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults at SFLIAutoShow.com.
MusicThe South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble, the region’s LGBT and allies concert band, presents its fall concert, All’s Fair in Love in War, tonight at the Amaturo Theatre at the Broward Center. As the title implies, the concert features music representative of man’s best and worst endeavors, love and war. Performances from the organization’s flute choir and steel drum band will be augmented by soloists, dancers and signature multimedia presentations, concluding with Tchaikovsky’s famous 1812 Overture. Tickets are $25 at BrowardCenter.org.
The 12th Miami Short Film Festival returns Nov. 8-15 to the Paragon Grove 13 theater in CocWalk at Coconut Grove and Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave. More than 100 short films (30 minutes or less) were selected from 700 international submissions for the festival. Each night will feature three repeated screenings, two at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. in Coconut Grove and one at 9 p.m. in Miami Beach. Tonight, the festival features works by local filmmakers, including Viggo Labbe, Mario Garza, Jacque Santos, Camilla Alvarez, Natalie Edgar, Michael Rui and Lance Oppenheim. Tickets are $12 at MiamiShortFilmFestival.com.
Unlike most Monday nights, the Plaza Theater, 262 S. Ocean Blvd. in Manalapan, is not dark. Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the company, tucked away in an unassuming strip mall, offers the first night of exciting cabaret performances. Leah Sessa and Mike Westrich will perform songs from some of the biggest hits by John Kander and Fred Ebb. From Cabaret to Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Chicago and more, the duo’s immortal songs evoke the spirit of Broadway. The program will be repeated on Monday, Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Tuesdays, Nov. 12 and 26 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $30 at ThePlazaTheatre.org.
We love food and, in celebration of the Viva Florida 500, the anniversary of Ponce DeLeon’s discovery of Florida, the history of Spanish tapas is being highlighted in a new exhibit at the Moore Building, 4040 NE 2nd Ave. in Miami’s Design District, through Dec. 15. The show encompasses 8,000 square feet with more than 200 exhibits, displays and installations by Spanish chefs, designers, architects, wineries and restaurants spanning the last 25 years of Spain’s avant-garde experimental blending of design and food. Open Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Saturday, 12 noon – 7 p.m. For information, go to AccionCultural.es.