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‘Big Bang Theory’ star Mayim Bialik headed to Miami

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Be starstruck and learn something at the same time when FIU hosts a lecture by actress and scientist Mayim Bialik, known for her roles on Blossom and more recently, as lovestruck geek Dr. Amy Fowler in The Big Bang Theory at 6 p.m. Monday.

In her talk, entitled “The Big Bang Theory: Making Science Cool (& Funny),” Bialik, 38, will discuss her personal experience as a neuroscientist to explore her role on the hit CBS Chuck Lorre-produced show and will also address her research into behavioral development. Bialik is the real deal: She received her B.S. degree in Neuroscience and Hebrew and Jewish Studies from UCLA in 2000 and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience in 2007, specializing in obsessive-compulsive disorder in adolescents.

Let’s hope she also gives some hints as to where her relationship with the often-infuriating Sheldon Cooper ( Jim Parsons) is headed.

Wolfe University Center Ballroom, 3000 NE 151st St., North Miami; 305-919-5680; Visit or call 305-919-5680.

Her kind of town

Broadway and TV actress Kristin Chenoweth is the headliner at the closing event of VERITAGEMIAMI, formerly known as United Way's Miami Wine & Food Festival, taking place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Marlins Park, 501 Marlins Way. Chenoweth will “lead the seventh-inning stretch, singing some of her most memorable songs and Broadway hits” after a dinner and live auction on the field.

Tickets are $500 each and available at


Mireya Mayor, a two-time Emmy Award-nominated field correspondent for the National Geographic Channel, was at Jungle Island for a press event promoting the IMAX 3D documentary Island of Lemurs: Madagascar.

E. marks the spot

Grammy-nominated singer Sheila E., in town for a show at Jazziz Nightlife in Boca Raton, surprised third-graders Friday at Southside Elementary Museums Magnet School with a music lesson sponsored by Cricket Wireless. The former Prince collaborator was also here to accept the Hispanicize 2014 Latinovator Award, given to Latinos who have made a remarkable impact in their industry. As the co-founder of the Elevate Hope Foundation, Sheila E. is dedicated to increasing children's self-esteem and school attendance by ensuring that they all have equal access to art and music education.

To celebrate her 40 years in showbiz, she put out the album, Icon, last month. “It doesn't feel like it's been 40 years,” the Grammy-winning percussionist told the Sun Sentinel. “People tell me old stories, and I wonder, ‘What year was that?’ Even though the music industry has changed so much, and I have grown as an artist and as a person, every time I play feels like the first time, which means I'm doing something right. I still have that passion.”

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