April Best Bets: Bike & BBQ, Rythm & Blooms, and More!

The Lehman Trilogy


In 1844, Henry, Emanuel, and Mayer Lehman were three brothers with a dream of a better life. Immigrants from Germany working in Montgomery, Alabama, the brothers went into business together, with one storefront eventually expanding into one of the biggest corporations in the United States. In 2008, their empire would collapse quickly and suddenly in one of the biggest financial disasters in the world. “The Lehman Trilogy” showcases not only a saga of family conflict, but a history of greed in American society. Written by Stefano Massini and adapted by Ben Power, the original Broadway production won the 2022 Tony Award for Best Play. The show runs through April 21 on Tues. at 7:30 pm, Wed. at 2 pm, Thu. through Sat. at 7:30 pm, and Sun. at 2 pm. Tickets $25-$65.

1200 Anastasia Ave.

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In this biting satire, a decades-long drought has made a dystopia where water is the biggest luxury, making it a privilege to use the bathroom. Bobby, a lowly bathroom attendant, sparks a revolution while also falling in love with Hope, the toilet company owner’s daughter. This dark musical comedy pokes fun at politics, big business, and musical theater, with the original Broadway production taking the 2001 Tony Award for Best Book and Score. The show runs April 19-20 and April 26-27 at 8 pm, with a 2 pm matinee on April 20. Tickets $15-$30.

Jerry Herman Ring Theatre
1312 Miller Drive

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This spellbinding drama set in 1963 Louisiana follows Caroline, a black maid and single mother working for a white Jewish family, as she reconciles with her place in society and the future of her children amid the backdrop of the intensifying Civil Rights Movement. With a book by Tony Kushner and score by Jeanine Tesori, this musical blends blues, gospel, classical music, and traditional Jewish melodies to create a profoundly thought-provoking experience.

The show runs through April 14, with regular performances at 8 pm, as well as three matinees on April 3 at 2 pm and April 7 and 14 at 3 pm. Tickets $40-$100. 

Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Mile Theatre
280 Miracle Mile

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The most popular bike tour of the year is here! The Bike and BBQ Tour is set for April 21 at 10 am. Beginning from the Coral Gables Youth Center (405 University Drive), cyclists will bike the 11.5- mile journey to Matheson Hammock Park, and afterwards enjoy a delightful barbecue picnic at the pavilion. This event is sponsored in partnership with the City of Coral Gables and Dade Heritage Trust, and is not recommended for small children. Tickets $10, or $5 for museum members and children under 12. 

Coral Gables Museum
285 Aragon Ave.

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The Coral Gables Art Cinema will be showing a selection of short films straight from the New York International Children’s Film Festival on Sat., April 13 and Sun., April 14 at 11 am. The films, which celebrate Black stories in English, French, Shona, and ASL, will be screened in one sitting. From magical castles to a first trip to the barbershop, these short films highlight Black joy and achievements. Tickets are sold on a “pay what you can” basis. 

Coral Gables Art Cinema
260 Aragon Ave.

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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden invites guests to sit under the stars and enjoy live music with Rhythm and Blooms: A Sunset Jazz Series. Guests can wander the gardens in the moonlight, listen to live music, and enjoy food and signature cocktails crafted for the event. This month’s lineup features singer Nikki Kidd on April 11 and the Lemon City Trio on April 25. Both events run from 5:30 to 9 pm. Standard tickets $24.95, children’s tickets $14.95. 

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old.Cutler Rd.


The University of Miami Frost School of Music’s Creative American Music Program presents CAM Fest 2024, a four-day showcase of the best of tomorrow’s hit singers and musicians. Audiences can enjoy student selections in various genres, including rock and roll, hip-hop, country, Latin music, and more. Tickets are free but must be reserved ahead of time. Showtimes are Wed., April 17 at 7:30 pm; April 18 at 7:30 pm; April 19 at 7:30 pm; and April 20 at 2 pm.

Clarke Recital Hall
5479 San Amaro Drive

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The classic Puccini opera comes to Florida in the final performance of the Florida Grand Opera’s 2023-2024 season. Set in the Latin Quarter in the days of 19th century Paris, four starving artists eke out a living by following a Bohemian lifestyle. Rodolfo, the poet, falls in love with Mimi the seamstress, but their whirlwind romance turns quickly into tragedy. Showtimes are Sat., April 6 at 7 pm; April 7 at 2 pm; and April 9 at 8 pm. Tickets $26-$234.

Ziff Ballet Opera House
1300 Biscayne Blvd.

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