Where are me lucky charms?
Everyday is St. Patrick's Day when you're Irish, so don't complain about the 27th annual Greening of the Gables St. Patrick's Day Festival falling a few days before what the calendar considers the actual holiday, or you could find yourself being knocked out by a sack of potatoes. Sponsored by the South Florida Emerald Society, the Celtic celebration includes music by Avalon (featuring singer and harpist Tricianne Garrihy), Celtic Cross, Tipsy Laird, and the St. Andrew Bagpipe Band. If Michael Flatley gives you nightmares, be prepared to get freaked out by the fast-moving feet of Michael O'Hara and the Breffni Academy of Dance. Impress your friends by scaling the rock-climbing wall, or take a turn on the giant slide before stuffing yourself with corned beef and cabbage, Irish soda bread, and Guinness Stout. Craft booths, face painting, and a few red-headed clowns will round out the festival repertoire. Pull on your green knickers and leprechaun hat and jig your way to Fred B. Hartnett Ponce Circle Park, 2800 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Coral Gables. Today's festival is free and runs from noon until sunset, or until you feel yourself turning a bit green from too many Irish whiskeys. Call 305-949-8400, or visit www.emeraldsocietysfl.com. --Lyssa Oberkreser
Exploring stereotypes in the media
Aunt Jemima, Rastus (the Cream of Wheat man), and Uncle Ben are the African-American stereotypes in your kitchen. Hip-hop music is rife with negative images -- leering, thuggish rappers present themselves in a manner eerily reminiscent of the menacing black-faced caricatures seen in D.W Griffith's Birth of a Nation. Oversexed, easily available women seen slinking through music videos and starring in sitcoms skewed toward an urban audience are dabbling in the Jezebel stereotype that has endured since slavery days. Learn more when Dr. Monica Freeman, filmmaker and FIU professor, presents "Beyond the Image: The History of Black Stereotyping in American Media," a presentation composed of short film screenings and discussions that consider how far we have come, and how far we still have to go on the road to equality. Today at 2:00, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami. Admission is five dollars. Call 305-893-6211, or visit www.mocanomi.org. --Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursik
From chai to chutney
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If the thought of vegetable somosas, malai kofta, paneer, and vindaloo have you throwing down your bidis and searching for the nearest Indian restaurant, why not learn how to create these exotic meals at home? Today at Fruit and Spice Park (24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead) a native cook will introduce you to traditional Indian spices, including the garam masala mix of cumin, coriander, cardamom, black pepper, and cinnamon. Sample tasty dishes and take notes on the staple ingredients needed to prepare these hot and spicy stews and mild comfort foods. Add some Indian spice to your life today from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The class costs $25. Call 305-247-5727, or visit www.fruitandspicepark.com. -- Lyssa Oberkreser
Classic Cop Cars
Crime fighters need rides capable of matching horsepower with the bad guys. In Sonny Crockett's case, that meant a white Ferrari. Check out what the boys in blue sport under the hood and raise money for a good cause at the City of Miami Police Antique Car Show and Tsunami Survivors Relief Fundraiser, which takes place today at Bayfront Park, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Call 305-358-7550, or visit www.bayfrontparkmiami.com. -- Kris Conesa