The Simply Italian "Miami Great Wines Americas Tour 2012" showcases over 30 selections of Italian wines along with three seminars and a grand tasting. 10:30-11 a.m. "Regulating Italian Wines for Today's Market" seminar. 11 a.m.-noon "Great Whites of Italy" guided tasting and seminar followed by "Veneto, Land of Excellence" grand tasting and seminar. 1-6 p.m. Great Wines Trade tasting. Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Danielson Gallery and Country Club Ballroom, Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 937-2488 or email@example.com or www.ieemusa.com.
FIU's marketing speaker series presents panel "How to Get Your Customers to Fall in Love with You Using the "Like' Button to Generate Buzz, Loyalty and Engagement through Social Media." Featured speaker is Telemundo Vice President of Marketing Joanna Popper and Social Media Manager Karen Comas. Telemundo experts
discuss the importance of connecting with consumers, influencers and partners in efforts to generate interest, buzz and sales. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Florida International University Modesto A. Maidique Campus Business School, 11200 SW Eighth St., CBS Special Events Center 232, Tamiami. $35 for students and alumni association members. $45 others. Details: http://business.fiu.edu/images/mailings/2012/Mrkt-roundtable-Telemundo.html.
Catwalk Couture celebrates the opening of its new store in North Miami. 6-8 p.m. Catwalk Couture, 16111 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami. Details: (305) 466-7774.
The University of Miami Center for Hemispheric Policy hosts panel "Central America: Economic, Political and Security Challenges." Keynote speakers include Jorge Mercado, senior specialist in energy division of Inter-American Development Bank; Pablo Rodas, international consultant and former chief economist of Central American Bank for Economic Integration in Honduras; and Carl Ross, managing director of investments for Oppenheimer and Co. 8-8:15 registration and breakfast. 8:15-9:45 a.m. program. Four Seasons Hotel, 1435 Brickell Ave., Miami Room, Miami. $30. Details: (305) 284-3707 or www.miami.edu/chp.
The 19th annual Miami International Map Fair showcases antique maps, rare books, panoramas and atlases from around the world. Additionally, the fair offers a series of lectures by experts in the field and special events held throughout the weekend. Proceeds from map fair go toward maintaining and improving HistoryMiami exhibitions, educational programming and community outreach programs. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Ends Feb. 5. HistoryMiami, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. $5 for museum members. $15 others. Details: (305) 375-1614 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.historymiami.org.
The University of Miami hosts "Voices of Haiti: A Post-Quake Odyssey in Verse," a multimedia performance exploring Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. The performance features The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and UM's School of Communication bringing together poets, photographers and musicians to spread awareness of the earthquake's effects. 6:30 p.m. Victor E. Clarke Recital Hall, 1314 Miller Drive, Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305)284-6748 or www.pulitzercenter.org
"Secrets of Courtroom 6-1" investigates the Miami-Dade County Courthouse, with HistoryMiami's historian Dr. Paul George and Judge Scott Silverman, Eleventh Circuit Court historian. Within its walls, Guiseppe Zangara was tried for the attempted assassination of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt; infamous mob boss Al Capone faced Criminal Court of Record Judge EC Collins and socialite Candy Mossler was acquitted of killing her millionaire husband. 4-5 p.m. Advanced reservations and payment required. HistoryMiami, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. $20 for members. $30 others. Details: (305) 375-1621 or email@example.com or www.historymiami.org.
FLORIDA AT THE CROSSROADS
Celebrating the 500th anniversary of Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León's landing in Florida, the UM Center for Humanities hosts "Florida at the Crossroads: Five Hundred Years of Encounters, Conflicts, and Exchanges." Twenty-six scholars from the State of Florida, the US and Spain present discussions on the past, present and future of Florida. Keynote speakers include Raquel Chang-Rodríguez, colonialism scholar from the City University of New York and Alex Stepick, director of the immigration and ethnicity institute of Florida International University. Conference ends with a reading of "Hail, God of Seeds!" written by 17th century Spanish colonial poet Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, set to period music performed by instrumentalists and choral ensemble. Times vary. Feb. 9-11, 2012. Locations vary. Free. Registration required. Details: http://humanities.miami.edu/symposia/florida500.
WEST MEETS EAST
"West Encounters East" rethinks the significance of cultural exchange, emigration, ethnicity and diversity by identifying and engaging emerging and established Latin American artists of Asian heritage. Writer Anna Kazumi-Stahl gives a presentation on "The Japanese Beauty of Shadows" and addresses the Japanese sensibility and cultural aesthetic as it relates to light and dark. Denise Mattar, former director of Sao Paulo Modern Art Museum and Rio de Janeiro Modern Art Museum, tells of the Japanese immigration to Brazil. She also introduces and examine the works of seven Latin American artists with Asian heritage. 7-10 p.m. Lowe Art Museum, 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables. Free. Details: www.lowemuseum.org.