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The 14,000 unaccompanied children who fled Castro's Cuba and arrived in the United States in the early 1960s are the subject of HistoryMiami's new exhibit "Operation Pedro Pan: The Cuban Children's Exodus," on view Monday. The museum (101 W. Flagler St., Miami) rounds up video testimonials, letters, journals and photographs that chart the journey child refugees made from Cuba to Miami between 1960 and 1962. The show, created with a $300,000 grant from Florida's state Division of Cultural Affairs, is the work of South Florida-based nonprofit Operation Pedro Pan Group. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Closes Jan. 17. $5-$8. 305-375-1492 or


With teary eyes, hands cupped over their mouths and fists clenched around a green-and-yellow cloth, Brazilian soccer fans react to their team's humiliating 1-7 loss in Nicklas Larsson's emotional photograph, "World Cup Tears." The strongest moments of photojournalism in 2014, honored at this year's Pictures of the Year International Competition, are being showcased in "Visions of Excellence" at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre (415 Clematis St., West Palm Beach). Some 120 photos reflect the biggest news headlines from last year, including the Ferguson shooting and subsequent riots, the plight of honeybees, and the elderly woman who found her dog in the aftermath of the tornado in Tupelo, Miss. The display runs through Aug. 15. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Free. 561-253-2600 or


As you fill this week with various acts of patriotism, be sure to also fill your growlers. July 1 marks the first day the Florida Legislature's so-called "growler bill" goes into effect, permitting breweries to sell and fill vessels with 64 ounces of craft beer. Between July 1 and July 4, beer drinkers can fill their growlers with limited-release brews at the Funky Buddha Brewery (1201 NE 38th St., Oakland Park), including French Toast Double Brown Ale and I'm So Excited, I'm So Scared ($6.50 for 32 ounces, $11 for 64). For visitors who already own a 32-ounce growler, the brewery will exchange it for a 64-ounce version for free, and give a $2 discount on the first fill. The brewery will open at 9 a.m., with music by Crazy Fingers from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. 954-440-0046 or


Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat will discuss her collection of essays titled "Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work" on Thursday at the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale (1 Las Olas Blvd.). Danticat's appearance is part of the museum's Read Between the Wines discussion series and is in concert with the new "From Within and Without" display of Haitian photography. The exhibit is composed of 350 images pulled from family snapshots and studio and photojournalist archives. It maps a comprehensive history of Haitian photography since the 19th century and the role it played in capturing the Caribbean's social and political turmoil. 6-7 p.m. Free. 954-262-0255 or


The annual Fort Lauderdale tradition known as Starlight Musicals is back at Holiday Park for another summer of outdoor concerts, lawn chairs and good vibes. Friday night's show includes the always-soulful R&B act Valerie Tyson Band. The concert series, running through Aug. 7, will feature a number of cover bands, including Pocket Change, Viva Rock Band, Mr. Nice Guy, Chain Reaction and Brass Evolution. 7-10 p.m. on the football field, located at East Sunrise Boulevard and Federal Highway. Free. 954-828-5363 or


Shorn is the mound of blond hair once worn by A Flock of Seagulls frontman Mike Score. He shaved his head years ago, but don't expect "I Ran" and "Space Age Love Song" to be any less recognizable when the '80s band headlines Sunrise's annual July Fourth celebration at the BB&T Center (1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise). Gates will open at 5 p.m., and the opening act is English new wave band the Fixx ("One Thing Leads to Another," "Red Skies"). Fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. The music will be preceded by a 10 a.m. "Spirit of America" parade that marches west along Sunset Strip between Northwest 12th Street to City Park (6700 Sunset Strip). Free. 954-747-4600 or


The Independence Day holiday continues with "George M! In Concert," a musical-theater tribute to Broadway giant George M. Cohan, running through July 19 at Boca Raton's Wick Theatre (7901 N. Federal Highway). The 2 p.m. Sunday showtime will deliver "Yankee Doodle Dandy," "Over There," "You're A Grand Old Flag" and "Give My Regards to Broadway." $55. 561-995-2333 or

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