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Leonard Tachmes Gallery. Selected Artists: Thursdays-Sundays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 10. 3930 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, 305-572-9015, leonardtachmesgallery.com.
Lincoln Road and Lenox Avenue. ¬Liquid Sapphire¬: Designer Kiran Shiva Akals sculpture using one-liter bottles to create a curved glass installation changes from white to dark blue. Each hour the lights dance to Vivaldi. Mondays-Sundays, 7:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Continues through Dec. 21. Lincoln Road and Lenox Avenue, Miami Beach.
Locust Projects. ¬Page 6 Head¬: Artist Scott Hug presents 40 portraits. New York band Mirror Mirror will perform during the reception Saturday, Dec. 9, from 7-11 p.m. Also, sculpture and wall works by Jesse Bercowetz and Matt Bua. Fri., Dec. 8, 12-5 p.m.; Mondays-Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 28. 105 NW 23rd St, Miami, 305-609-5384, www.locustprojects.org.
Lowe Art Museum. ¬Humberto Calzada: In Dreams Awake¬: Architectural settings inspired by the Cuba of his birth and his exile highlight this 30-year retrospective featuring 50 paintings. Mondays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 28. 1301 Stanford Dr, South Miami, 305-284-3603.
Luminaire. ¬Puppy Love¬: More than 25 artists decorate a plastic puppy to raise funds for cancer research. Fri., Dec. 8, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 8950 NW 33 St, Doral.
Mansion. ¬The MisShapes¬: The MisShapes take on Basel when the DJs spin at Mansions Friday-night party. Fri., Dec. 8, 11 p.m. 1235 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, 305-532-1525.
Margulies Warehouse. Sculpture: Mondays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 31. 591 NW 27th St, Miami, 305-576-1051.
Miami Art Central. ¬Video: An Art, a History, 1965-2005¬: Saturday, Dec. 9, at 11 a.m., the New Media Collection, Centre Pompidou features international experts participating in a panel discussion about curating, collecting, and conserving video art, prime examples of which are on display during Art Basel. On Sunday, Dec. 10, at 9 a.m., Dominic McIver Lopes, a leading scholar, lectures. Thursdays-Sundays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Continues through Dec. 10. 5960 SW 57th Ave, South Miami, 305-455-3333, www.miamiartcentral.org.
Miami Art Group Gallery. Receptions for various artists: Receptions for artists James Kitchen and Sara Lord, Alberto Godoy, and Fuentes Ferrin. Thursdays-Saturdays, 6-9 p.m. Continues through Dec. 9. 126 NE 40th St, Miami, 305-576-2633, www.miamiartgroup.com.
Miami Art Museum. ¬The Machine, the Body, and the City¬: More than 200 photographs from the Charles Cowles Collection. Mondays-Sundays. Continues through April 15. Lorna Simpson: Large-scale photographic and text works that are formally elegant and subtly provocative. Mondays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 4. Lecture: Speakers: Carrie Mae Weems and Enrique Martinez Celaya. Fri., Dec. 8, 1-4 p.m. 101 W Flagler St, Miami, 305-375-3000.
Miami Beach Cinematheque. ¬Giving Visibility¬: A showcase of films by Michel Auder, Candice Breitz, Gabriel Lester, Jonas Mekas, and Francesco Vezzoli with a retrospective of films by Mekas and photographs. In addition to Art Basel festivities, which include a reception on Friday and Saturday from 8 to 11:30 p.m., films show on Thursdays. Art Basel Weekend: 8 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Starting Dec. 8. Fridays-Sundays, 8-11:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 10. 512 Española Way, Miami Beach, 305-673-4567, www.mbcinema.com.
Miami Beach Convention Center. Videos: By Mathilde ter Heijne, Jenny Marketow, Martha Rosier, Nathalie Djurberg, Joan Jonas, and others in the Art Video Lounge. Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 10. ¬Women in Miami: TFAP-FL Recommends...¬: The Feminist Art Project-Florida (TFAP-FL) has created cards to publicize recommended exhibitions by 62 artists at Basel. The cards will be handed out at the Convention Center and many other venues during the event. Visit feministartproject.rutgers.edu for more information. First Thursday-Sunday of every month. Continues through Dec. 10. 1901 Convention Center Dr, Miami Beach, 305-673-7000.
Miami Dade College. Nall: The Alabama-born, world-traveling master of the sacred and profane displays more than 200 of his big-theme works at the Wolfson Campuss New World School of the Arts. Mondays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 14. 25 NE 2nd St, Miami, 305-237-3135.
Miami Womans Club. Casa Decor: Sixty spaces replicate apartments, homes, lofts, studios, libraries, a full-service restaurant, lounges, rooftop gardens, staircases, terraces, and a hotel. Featured designers include Santiago Bernal with Sylvia Naziazeni, Michael Wolk, Alfredo Brito, Marcos Zucaratto, Sam Robin, and Jeffrey Thrasher. Mondays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Continues through Dec. 17. $20. 305-373-3700. www.casadecor-usa.com. 1737 N. Bayshore Dr, Miami, 305-374-5671.
MoCA at Goldman Warehouse. ¬Artificial Light¬: Influenced by the pioneers of light sculpture such as Dan Flavin and Bruce Nauman, the younger artists in this exhibition expand the capacity of light as a sculptural form to incorporate a surprising spectrum of associations and experiences. Mondays, Thursdays-Sundays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesdays-Saturdays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Feb. 18. 404 NW 26th St, Miami, 305-573-5441.
The Moore Space. ¬Zero Hero¬: John Bocks major installation and performance. Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 4040 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, 305-573-1622, www.themoorespace.org.
Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA). ¬Pablo Cano: City Beneath the Sea¬: Performances take place Saturday, Dec. 9, Sunday, Dec. 10, and Thursday, Dec. 23, at 2 p.m. Canos marionettes are crafted from found objects. City Beneath the Sea tells the story of life hundreds of feet below the oceans surface. When not in performance, the marionettes and set will be on view as an exhibition. Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 23. $10. ¬Elusive Signs: Bruce Nauman Works with Light¬: Sundays, 12-5 p.m.; Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 7. $5. 770 NE 125th St, Miami Shores, 305-893-6211.