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Children's Concert at the Key West Botanical Garden

Children's Concert at the Key West Botanical Garden

Performing Arts

Published 11/19/21

Join the fun on Sunday, December 19, 2021. The concert will feature local classical guitarist, Mateo Jampol performing songs especially for children and will start at 1 pm lasting until 1:30 pm in the Garden’s Courtyard. Following the concert a craft project will be available where children will have the opportunity to create their own holiday ornament.  This “Snowy Sunday” event will have Snow Cones, beverages and treats for sale.The cost will be $5 per child with a maximum cost of $10 per family. The Garden is located at 5210 College Road on Stock Island. For more information call 305-296-1504 or visit www.keywest.garden. All proceeds benefit the Garden's Education Department.

Give Miami Day Celebrates 10 Years of Giving

Give Miami Day Celebrates 10 Years of Giving

Performing Arts

Published 11/2/21

Give Miami Day is a 24-hour online giving campaign that makes it easy for everyone to become a philanthropist for their favorite causes. On November 18th, individuals can select a nonprofit organization and contribute online through the GiveMiami platform. There are hundreds of nonprofits serving Miami-Dade County to choose from. This is a unique opportunity for non-profit organizations of any size to engage their supporters and join the fun for a good cause. With Bonus, Prize and Match Minutes Pools, everyone can get in on the activity. The donations are known as gifts and anyone can make them! The excitement builds as the Prize and Match Minutes Pools are announced in advance so that everyone can plan their strategy. Some may be as simple as the first to give or the most donors within a particular time frame. With a minimum donation of $25, it can be as much about engaging the donors as the actual dollars.With its own hashtag #GiveMiamiDay, everyone is encouraged to use …

December Performances at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center

December Performances at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center

Performing Arts

Published 11/1/21

The City of Aventura presents Michael Londra’s Celtic Yuletide on Saturday, December 4 at 8 p.m. The Irish singer and Emmy® nominee who is best known as the voice of Riverdance on Broadway, brings “Christmas from Ireland” to South Florida. Told in song, dance and the festive stories of his youth, the show includes heartwarming Irish carols like “Winter, Fire and Snow” and Gaelic versions of Christmas songs audiences love such as "Oiche Ciuin" (“Silent Night”) and his own popular carol "Beyond the Star.” Classical Irish musicians join Londra onstage as well as dancers from Riverdance and Lord of the Dance. Tickets are $45-$49. The Aventura International Film Series continues with the critically acclaimed film, Women at War on Tuesday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m. The film tells the story of Halla, a fifty-year-old independent woman who works behind the scenes of her quiet routine, leading a double life as a passionate environmental activist who secretly wages a …

Picks of the Week: Halloween

Picks of the Week: Halloween

Performing Arts

Published 10/29/21

SUNRISE CIVIC CENTER THEATRE: INTERACTIVE MOVIE: "HOCUS POCUS"October 30th at 6:00 pmExperience the hit ‘90s comedy, “Hocus Pocus,” like never before! Audience members each receive an interactive goodie bag with clues on how to use it during the movie. More event details here.HOLLYWEIRD HALLOWEEN DOWNTOWN HOLLYWOOD BLOCK PARTYOctober 30th through the 31stThe block party features family friendly entertainment from 6pm-9pm, including candy stations, face painting, DJ, and a children’s costume contest with prizes. From 9pm-2am, the party continues with live bands, outdoor bars and adult costume contests with $10,000 in prizes! More event details here.NEW WORLD CENTER: CONCERT FOR KIDS - TRICKS AND TREATSOctober 31st at 12:00 pmFamilies will enjoy a spooktacular afternoon at the New World Center for Tricks and Treats—NWS’s first Concert for Kids program of the season. Conducting Fellow Chad Goodman brings the goosebumps with scary-good favorites from Pictures at an …

SOUTH FLORIDA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA NAMED PARTNER IN THE ARTS FOR THE PARKER

SOUTH FLORIDA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA NAMED PARTNER IN THE ARTS FOR THE PARKER

Performing Arts

Published 10/22/21

“We’re delighted to welcome South Florida Symphony Orchestra as the first Partner in the Arts at The Parker,” said Kelley Shanley, Broward Center president and CEO. “This partnership is based on the artistic excellence of the orchestra as well as the alignment of our missions. We share a true commitment to building community through the arts,” he added. “SFSO has captivated audiences in South Florida for close to 25 years with its distinctive performances, award-winning artistry and transformative educational initiatives that complement our programming. We look forward to working together at The Parker to enrich and engage our audiences in exciting new ways.”The curtain will rise on SFSO’s 2021/22 season on November 17th at its new home, The Parker, which has recently completed a stunning $30 million renovation, enhancing the patron experience on many levels. The opening performance features Berlioz’ Roman Carnival Overture; Ravel’s vibrant orchestration of …

November Performances at The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center

November Performances at The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center

Performing Arts

Published 10/15/21

The Aventura International Film Series continues with There is No Evil on Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. After being banned from filmmaking for life and sentenced to jail, Iranian director Mohammad Rosoulof returned with There is No Evil, winner of more than a dozen awards at film festivals in the U.S. and abroad including the Golden Bear Award for best film at the Berlin Film Festival. The film offers four tales of those given death penalties by the state and those ordered to carry it out. According to Variety, “‘There Is No Evil’ comes across as four films for the price of one, none of its segment’s anemic, and each contributing fresh insights to the paradoxes of capital punishment in Iran.” The Aventura International Film Series presented by the City of Aventura is hosted by Shelly Isaacs who introduces the film and leads a post-screening discussion. Not rated, this film is in Farsi with English subtitles and is not suitable for children under 12. Tickets are $12.The …

Season Kickoff!

Season Kickoff!

Performing Arts

Published 9/10/21

We have lived through the unimaginable. No one can see every show or performance they want to, but who could’ve imagined having zero options to attend? As someone who looks to CultureOwl for cultural things to do, it’s extremely likely that you are someone who craves live performances. And after last year’s crushing cancellations, chances are you—and performers—are happier about this season’s arrival than any other before!We haven’t forgotten that being part of an audience is it’s own experience, in addition to the performance. The virtual world allows us to experience things on our own schedule—a live performance waits for no one! The anticipation, wearing that special something, being part of a crowd, dining out; these are activities that spark a unique joy for most of us, one that’s been sorely missed. But this season is giving us plenty to get excited about. The arts in 2021-22 are off to a slower start. After all, we’re still navigating through …

Intermission is Over. Live is Back!

Intermission is Over. Live is Back!

Performing Arts

Published 8/6/21

Always responsive to audience requests for “more Broadway, more comedy, more music superstars from Bach to rock,” Palm Beach County’s largest and most popular entertainment venue promises a dynamic line-up of award-winning shows, world-class talents and powerful performances that will generate enthusiastic standing ovations from discerning audience members of every age and demographic.In addition to performances in the 2,195-seat Alexander W. Dreyfoos Concert Hall, the Kravis Center will present a diverse array of drama, music and dance in the intimate 285-seat Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse, and the flexible 300-seat Helen K. Persson Hall. Kravis Center SeriesAmong the popular Kravis Center series that are returning for the 2021- 2022 season are: Kravis On Broadway Hosting hit shows since 2008, Kravis On Broadway celebrates its 14th season with a spectacular line-up:COME FROM AWAY - November 16-21
DEAR EVAN HANSEN - December 15-19
SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER …

Celebrate the 4th Sandrell Rivers Day!

Celebrate the 4th Sandrell Rivers Day!

Performing Arts

Published 8/5/21

“We are very excited about this year’s Sandrell Rivers Day, because we will, once again, be hosting it live and in person,” said FTF CEO/Executive Artistic Director Larry Fields. “Because of the COVID outbreak last year, we presented the 2020 celebration virtually. While the show was one of our most highly viewed, it wasn’t the same as presenting to a live audience and interacting with people in person.”“Chief Rivers was all about the arts and community — especially the Liberty City community — so we are very glad to be returning to welcoming the community to the theater that bears her name and celebrating her legacy with a live arts event,” said Fields.  Co-hosting Sandrell Rivers Day 2021 will be Ashlee Thomas, president of the Miami Urban Contemporary Experience (MUCE), and renowned actor, aerialist and all-around entertainer Luckner “Lucky” Bruno.  Among the many musicians, performing artists and other entertainers scheduled to perform …

SMDCAC Announces 2021-2022 Season Line Up

SMDCAC Announces 2021-2022 Season Line Up

Performing Arts

Published 7/22/21

SMDCAC is proud to present a diverse selection of performances that appeal to all patrons. Music fans will enjoy tributes to huge stars with performances like The Queen of Soul: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin featuring Damien Sneed and ABBA The Concert: A Tribute to ABBA. For young audiences, SMDCAC offers a variety of family-friendly performances including story dance-pop sensation Grimmz and tap dancing, rhythmic juggling duo Collision of Rhythm. For dance lovers, the Center will present Pilobolus, Doug Varone and Dancers, Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami and more.Subscription packages are available this season. When arts and culture enthusiasts build their own subscription package, they have access to the best seats and can save up to 20 percent. Dance fans can also subscribe to the dance package, which includes four dance shows and a 25 percent discount. Eligible performances are noted below.“We are so excited to be back presenting artists and engaging with our community,” said …

GableStage Theatre Returns to the Stage for 23​rd​ Season

GableStage Theatre Returns to the Stage for 23​rd​ Season

Performing Arts

Published 7/22/21

GableStage, the beloved theatre company located in the historic Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, has announced an ambitious reopening season with a planned return to in-person performances in November. The new season includes challenging and gripping dramas, music, comedy and world-premiere productions. “While I certainly bring my own sensibilities to season programming,” says Producing Artistic Director Bari Newport, “the mission of the company is deliberate and strong: to challenge South Florida audiences with productions of artistic excellence that confront today’s issues and ideas. It is with that clear directive in mind that I proudly unveil GableStage’s ambitious 23rd Season and invite audiences to join us for GableStage’s next chapter.” To kick-off, GableStage invites audiences to save-the-date for SPLASH! a season opening event at the Biltmore pool at 7 p.m. on October 28. SPLASH! celebrates 1940’s movie mermaid Esther Williams with a one-night only …

Picks of the Week: Art, Music and More...

Picks of the Week: Art, Music and More...

Performing Arts

Published 7/9/21

HISTORY FORT LAUDERDALE: THE ART OF TIM FORMAN: FLORIDA EVERGLADESThrough September 26thTim Forman’s colorful and impressionist Florida Everglades landscapes will be on display in the New River Inn at History Fort Lauderdale. He creates his landscapes to portray the splendor and simplicity of the natural world, and, through his work, seeks to lift the spirits and inspire awe above our day-to-day lives. More event details here.(Photo: History Fort Lauderdale) FLAMINGO GARDENS: DAVID ROGERS' BIG BUGSThrough September 6thVisitors of all ages can enjoy the craftsmanship of 10 larger-than-life sculptures created by artist David Rogers using willow limbs, twigs, and branches, all nestled along the pathways throughout the Arboretum. In the gardens you'll come upon enormous ants marching to a picnic, a giant spider dangling from a tree, and a humongous dragonfly hovering over the water. Highlights of the exhibit include a 10' tall Daddy Long Legs and a 17' long Praying Mantis! More event …

Picks of the Week: Fourth of July Weekend

Picks of the Week: Fourth of July Weekend

Performing Arts

Published 7/2/21

SANDRELL RIVERS THEATER: INDEPENDENCE DAY CONCERT- SONGS OF UNITY WITH LAUREN CARTERJuly 2nd @ 8 pmJoin SRT for an Independence Day Unity Concert with vocalist Lauren Carter featuring classic songs such as What the World Needs Now, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, With a Little Help from my Friends, This Land is Your Land, Ain’t That America and more- Lauren Carter's soulful and versatile voice lights up the Sandrell Rivers Theater in this In-Person Concert! More event details here.THE RED CURTAIN: THE ART OF FACING FEAR - THE WORLD UNITED - SHOW 2July 4th @ 10 am Live theatre performed by 25 actors from 5 continents written by Ivam Cabral and Rodolfo Garcia Valquez and Directed by Rodolfo Garcia Valquez. More event details here.DOWNTOWN HOLLYWOOD: DREAM CAR CLASSICJuly 4th @ 10 amThe Dream Car Classic presented by Cobra Joe Productions has made a great come-back to the Downtown Hollywood area. Held on the first Sunday of the month, the Dream Car Classic gives gearheads and …

Picks of the Week: Art, Music and More...

Picks of the Week: Art, Music and More...

Performing Arts

Published 6/25/21

POMPANO BEACH ARTS: KARINA IGLESIAS AND THE NU THANGThrough July 3rd Experience a post-modern reimagining of current and classic American, Afro-Caribbean, and Brazilian pop music! Known as the sultry soul and R&B singer from NBC’s hit show “The Voice”, Karina Iglesias’ style combines rhythm & blues, boleros, gospel and hip-hop. She delivers her performances with the intimacy of a deep soul crooner and the conviction and drive of a dauntless female singer/songwriter. More event details here. AREA STAGE COMPANY: ANNIE THE MUSICALThrough July 4thIt’s Annie like you’ve never seen it before! This new take on the classic story will be housed within an immersive theatrical experience that will begin as soon as the audience enters the theatre through a speakeasy-looking door, reminiscent of Annie’s 1933 New York setting. Once inside, audience members will find themselves in The Soap Box, an abandoned, industrial Brooklyn warehouse turned speakeasy, complete with cabaret …

KNIGHT ARTS CHALLENGE HAS $2 MILLION UP FOR GRABS FOR SOUTH FLORIDA CREATIVES

KNIGHT ARTS CHALLENGE HAS $2 MILLION UP FOR GRABS FOR SOUTH FLORIDA CREATIVES

Performing Arts

Published 6/22/21

Since joining the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in 2016, program officer Adam Ganuza has reviewed more than 11,000 proposals from artists vying for its Arts Challenge.There are three rules to apply: The idea must be about the arts; the project must take place in, or benefit, South Florida; and awardees must match the Knight Foundation’s commitment.The process starts simply, Ganuza says, with a 150-word proposal: “Just 150 words, which doesn’t require a massive investment of energy to submit.”Then, if the submission is accepted to move forward, prospective awardees are asked to write a full proposal.Ganuza recalls being on the other side of this process. When he was production director of Miami Beach’s The Rhythm Foundation, more than $100,000 in Knight funds helped expand its “Big Night in Little Haiti” concert series.“The very first grant that I successfully received as a grant writer was the Knight Arts Challenge program,” he says. “I didn’t know …

Picks of the Week: Father's Day

Picks of the Week: Father's Day

Performing Arts

Published 6/18/21

FANTASY THEATRE FACTORY: DEAR DAD MONOLOGUE FESTIVALJune 19th at 2:00 pmDear Dad is an exploration of Fatherhood featuring 12 monologues that touch upon the topics of absent fathers, trying to please a father, new fatherhood and more. See more event details here.(Photo: Dear Dad)HISTORY OF DIVING MUSEUM: FATHER'S DAY WEEKENDJune 19th and 20th Celebrate Father's Day weekend at the History of Diving Museum. Learn about some of the pioneering "fathers" of diving and how they helped the industry grow. All weekend long there will be special programing, scavenger hunts, family fun, and more! See more event details here.MAKE MUSIC MIAMI 2021June 21stMake Music Miami, the annual celebration of music on the summer solstice, returns this year on Monday, June 21 with dozens of free, virtual and in-person outdoor concerts, music lessons, jam sessions and other exciting music-making events, spotlighting music's power to connect, comfort, unite and uplift. See more event details here.POMPANO BEACH …

JUNETEENTH IN MIAMI: SONG, DANCE, FILM, SPOKEN WORD AND STORYTELLING

JUNETEENTH IN MIAMI: SONG, DANCE, FILM, SPOKEN WORD AND STORYTELLING

Performing Arts

Published 6/16/21

The importance of Juneteenth — short for June 19, 1865, when the last enslaved people in the United States learned of their emancipation more than two years prior — continues to grow and resonate in South Florida. Miami-Dade County has made it a paid holiday, and a variety of area celebrations are planned to mark the occasion.Perhaps the most stately event will be “Juneteenth on Ali Baba Avenue,” presented by the Opa-locka Community Development Corp. (OLCDC). In addition to the usual festival features of live entertainment, visual and performing arts, contests and food, this special celebration boasts Dr. Joanne Hyppolite.Haitian-born, she was chief curator at HistoryMiami Museum before becoming African Diaspora curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. She is expected to lead a historic remembrance of the Emancipation Proclamation.“Juneteenth is about more than just commemorating the end of slavery. It’s about …

REVIEW: AREA STAGE DEBUTS A LEANER, IMAGINATIVELY IMMERSIVE ‘ANNIE’

REVIEW: AREA STAGE DEBUTS A LEANER, IMAGINATIVELY IMMERSIVE ‘ANNIE’

Performing Arts

Published 6/16/21

After its popular outdoor production of “Shrek the Musical” in January – and after lengthy downtime during the pandemic – Area Stage is inviting audiences to its indoor space at South Miami’s Shops at Sunset Place to experience a smashing new production of “Annie.”The brainchild of associate artistic director Giancarlo Rodaz, this production of the long-running 1977 Broadway hit is like no other you may have seen before, even if “Annie” happens to be your favorite musical.For one thing, as its poster cheekily notes, this time “Annie” is being performed by just eight actors, with nary a scene-stealing kid in sight. Rodaz’s “Annie” casting decisions would seem to satisfy even late actor-comedian W.C. Fields, the curmudgeon who famously advised against working with animals or children: Annie’s stray dog pal, Sandy, is played by a puppet crafted from weathered footwear.For another, Area’s “Annie” stands out because Rodaz – who directed, choreographed …

Picks of the Week: Memorial Day Weekend

Picks of the Week: Memorial Day Weekend

Performing Arts

Published 5/28/21

VIRTUAL JAZZ AT MOCA: LUCAS APOSTOLERIS QUINTETMay 28th 7:00 pmBorn in Connecticut and raised in Massachusetts, Lucas Apostoleris is a composer and instrumentalist currently residing in Miami, Florida. In June 2020, Apostoleris released his debut album, Chronicle, which consists of nine original compositions and features Tom Kelley and Carlos Mata-Alvarez on saxophones, Alex Brown on piano, and Dan Montgomery on bass. More event details here.HISTORY FORT LAUDERDALE: HAUNTING ON THE RIVER PARANORMAL BOOT CAMPMay 29th at 6:00 pmJoin Ghostly Experiences at History Fort Lauderdale and discover what it takes to be a true paranormal investigator. At Haunting on the River Paranormal Boot Camp, you’ll learn about the tools paranormal investigators use to explore and explain hauntings. Then, put your knowledge to use by touring some of the oldest historic buildings in Fort Lauderdale - the 1905 New River Inn, the 1907 Pioneer House Museum and the 1899 Ivy Cromartie Schoolhouse Museum - while …

CITY THEATREʼS SILVER ANNIVERSARY SUMMER SHORTS FESTIVAL Postponed until 2022

CITY THEATREʼS SILVER ANNIVERSARY SUMMER SHORTS FESTIVAL Postponed until 2022

Performing Arts

Published 4/23/21

The Summer Shorts Festival in June 2022 will be a long-awaited milestone celebration for City Theatre, the short plays and musicals the company is nationally known for producing, and the artists who collaborate and contribute to the eventʼs enormous appeal.A unique annual regional event that kicks off the South Florida summer theater season, the Summer Shorts Festival, will be produced in the two-program format the company inaugurated in 1996, with a twist. Program A will feature “All New Works” culled from submissions of the City Theatre National Short Playwriting Contest, special commissions, and discoveries among arts partners, including Concord/Samuel Frenchʼs celebrated Off-Off Broadway Festival. Program B is planned as a “Best of the Fest” collection of favorite short plays and musicals curated from 24 seasons past. A limited schedule of the Summer Shorts marathon is the opportunity for theatre-goers to see Program A and Program B back to back on one day.City Theatreʼs …

ARTS AL FRESCO, A STROLLING EXPERIENCE

ARTS AL FRESCO, A STROLLING EXPERIENCE

Performing Arts

Published 4/22/21

After a year of mostly virtual performances, concerts, exhibitions and events, New World School of the Arts sought to design a Dance, Music, Theater and Visual Arts showcase, akin to the school’s popular annual signature event, Rising Stars. Mindful of the health safety measures that MDC has in place, namely Phase 2 level of the College's pandemic recovery plan, NWSA's ARTS al fresco featured ten separate performance spaces throughout the Wolfson Campus with over thirty artistic offerings, a visual arts exhibition and more than 100 participating students.“Artists have an innate need to create and share art; it’s an essential part of their lives,” said Dr. Jeffrey Hodgson, Provost and CEO of New World School of the Arts.“As an educational institution dedicated to the arts, we recognize this in our students – creating art is what fuels their passion. Our mission was to offer an outlet for NWSA students to explore and showcase their artistry while being mindful of the …

Picks of the Week: Theatre, Music and More...

Picks of the Week: Theatre, Music and More...

Performing Arts

Published 4/16/21

NEW WORLD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS: IN THE RED AND BROWN WATERApril 16th at 7:00 pmNWSA presents the award-winning play In the Red and Brown Water, written by Tarell Alvin McCraney (NWSA 1999 alumnus) winner of an Academy Award for the 2016 film Moonlight. Directed by NWSA theater faculty member James Randolph the play will be presented online as a one-time Premiere, performed by juniors and seniors enrolled in the NWSA college theater program.More event details here.SOUTH FLORIDA THEATRE LEAGUE: GRACEApril 19th at 7:00 pmCatherine is searching for something authentic as she embarks on a "Lewis-and-Clark-esque" trip across America sponsored by Monteverde Moonshine. But as she travels, she comes to more questions than answers about "the real America," her own identity, and about what authenticity even means anymore. More event details here. HISTORYMIAMI: KIDS ASK A QUESTIONApril 17th at 10:00 amDid you know that blue whales are the largest animals in the world? Or that sea otters wash their …

Picks of the Week: Art, Music and More..

Picks of the Week: Art, Music and More..

Performing Arts

Published 3/19/21

MIAMI CITY BALLET: VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSEMarch 20th at 10 amMiami City Ballet is delighted announce our first ever Virtual Open House for young artists of color, their families and teachers. Virtual Open House events are free online, interactive experiences designed to welcome and create access for young artists of color to visit behind-the-scenes of Miami City Ballet and Miami City Ballet School. More event details here.POMPANO BEACH ARTS: DR. ED CALLE PRESENTS MAMBLUE WITH 18-PIECE BAND AND VOCALIST LISANNE LYONMarch 20th through April 3rdSaxophonist Ed Calle is known for his extraordinary musical ability. His distinctive playing style has been heard on hundreds of recordings both as a sideman and soloist. In this outstanding livestreamed concert, he will perform songs from his acclaimed CD Mamblue accompanied by an 18-piece orchestra and vocalist Lisanne Lyon. More event details here.BROWARD ART GUILD: SECRET SYMBOLS A SOLO ART EXHIBIT BY RAFAEL MONTILLAMarch 20th through the 26thCheck …

FUNDING ARTS BROWARD (FAB) VIRTUAL SPRING ANNUAL MEETING

FUNDING ARTS BROWARD (FAB) VIRTUAL SPRING ANNUAL MEETING

Performing Arts

Published 3/15/21

The free program will be livestreamed March 23rd at 12pm on FAB’s YouTube channel (RSVP required). It will feature a FAB year-in-review presentation plus an address from special guest speakers and FAB grantee Gold Coast Jazz Society’s Tim Ingham and Pam Dearden. Entertainment will be provided by the Gold Coast Jazz Society.“As leading arts ambassadors in Broward County, FAB is grateful to have garnered new members and sustained its arts support momentum, despite Covid-19 challenges,” said Ed Hashek, president of FAB. “We’re pleased to be able to support esteemed organizations such as grantee The Gold Coast Jazz Society who is a cornerstone of our musical community. We’re delighted to showcase their talented musicians and we invite the community to join us to learn more about how this organization is advancing the cultural art form of jazz through performances, education and outreach activities.”Pam Dearden has served as executive director of the Gold Coast Jazz Society …

Picks of the Week: Art, Live Music, and More...

Picks of the Week: Art, Live Music, and More...

Performing Arts

Published 3/12/21

SMDCAC PRESENTS INDIE FLICKS: PICTURE CHARACTERMarch 14th through the 17thIn "Picture Character," directors Martha Shane and Ian Cheney lead viewers on a deep dive into the ever-evolving world of emojis, Japanese for “picture character,” from their humble beginnings in Japan to mobile keyboards across the world. They shed fresh light on the private consortium that approves new emoji offerings and the individuals fighting to make the language more representative of its billions of users. More event details here.NSU ART MUSEUM: THE WORLD OF ANNA SUIThrough October 3rdWith over 100 looks, The World of Anna Sui explores the glamorous and eclectic world of one of New York’s most beloved and accomplished designers, and invites viewers to step inside Sui’s imagination to discover her creative process and the diverse influences that contribute to her signature aesthetic sensibility. More event details here.(photo: NSU Art Museum)HISTORY OF DIVING MUSEUM: ART OF THE ABYSSThrough …

Picks of the Week: Valentine's Day Edition

Picks of the Week: Valentine's Day Edition

Performing Arts

Published 2/11/21

FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: ROMANTIC VALENTINE'S DINNER & A MOVIE UNDER THE STARSFebruary 14th at 5:30 pmThe evening begins with a glass of champagne, a garden tour, live guitar music by Martin Hand, and passed hors d’oeuvres. While feasting on the four-course Latin Fusion farm to table dinner, attendees can enjoy the romantic comedy “Gringo Wedding.” Tickets and more event details here.DEERING ESTATE: VALENTINES DAY CRUISEFebruary 14th at 11:00 am or 2:00 pmEnjoy a relaxing and romantic Bay Cruise departing from the Deering Estate on the Pelican Skipper, a comfortable riding 45 foot Corinthian catamaran. Limited space available. More event details here.ORCHESTRA MIAMI: TANGO AND MORE!February 14th at 3:00 pmCelebrate Valentine’s Day with an afternoon of sultry music and tango. World-renowned bandoneon master David Alsina performs an afternoon of tangos and more with pianist Anibal Berraute & tango sensation Mariana Quinteros, featuring the music of …

Picks of the Week: Black History Month

Picks of the Week: Black History Month

Performing Arts

Published 2/4/21

VIRGINIA KEY BEACH PARK: BLACK HISTORY MONTH TOURSThrough February 28th - Tues., Thurs. and Sat. at 10am and 2pmLearn the iconic story of the only beach where Black Miami could recreate during the segregation period. A fun, safe socially distant tour experience showcasing Miami's best kept secret. Can't do the physical tour? They have a virtual experience too! More event details here.FANTASY THEATRE FACTORY AT SANDRELL RIVER THEATER: ISABEL TUCEN'S SOUL BY SOULFebruary 6th at 8:00 pmA Stage-to-Screen show based on Harriet Tubman - one of the most famous conductors of the Underground Railroad. More event details here.SOUTH BEACH CHAMBER ENSEMBLE: COLERIDGE-TAYLOR AND BRAHMSFebruary 7th 6:00 pmCelebrating Black History Month with guest host Nicole Henry and guest musicians Chauncey Patterson, viola, and Andres Candamil, clarinet. Coleridge-Taylor Clarinet Quintet in F# minor, Op. 10 and Brahms Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op.115. More event details here.FANTASY THEATRE FACTORY AT …

TRIO OF GUEST ARTISTS RETURN TO TEACH DURING YOUNGARTS WEEK + IN 2021

TRIO OF GUEST ARTISTS RETURN TO TEACH DURING YOUNGARTS WEEK + IN 2021

Performing Arts

Published 1/4/21

Yet another annual program is pivoting to the online format for 2021 and also adding a plus sign to their name.National YoungArts Week is YoungArts’ signature program that offers YoungArts award winners at the finalist level the guidance needed to prepare for the next stage of their artistic development. Typically held in-person in Miami, the 2021 program, National YoungArts Week +, will take place virtually.During the intensive program from Jan. 3-9, finalists across 10 disciplines participate in online classes and interdisciplinary workshops with internationally recognized leaders in their field. The culminating performances will be presented to the public from Jan. 25-30. Click here to see the public event line-up.Artburst Miami spoke to a trio of the guest artists leading the 2021 classes and workshops:Voice finalists will be led by La Tanya Hall an accomplished solo artist who has performed with various orchestras, on Broadway and in jazz clubs. She is in her seventh year as a …

MOCA to Host Haitian Independence Day Celebration on January 1st

MOCA to Host Haitian Independence Day Celebration on January 1st

Performing Arts

Published 12/22/20

This virtual performance coincides with the museum’s current exhibition “Life & Spirituality in Haitian Art: Selection from the Betty and Isaac Rudman Trust Collection,” on view through March 14, 2021.Initiated by the voodoo ceremony of Bois Caïman on the night of August 14, 1791, The Haitian Revolution represents one of the key turning points in the history of the western world and human rights. Led by enslaved Africans in the French colony of Saint Domingue, the revolution resulted in the abolition of slavery in the colony, the first to do so in the western world, and the birth of Haiti on January 1 of 1804. Today, Haitian in Haiti and the diaspora celebrate their Independence in honor of a line of ancestors that fought for their freedom. At the center of the celebration is Soup Joumou, a traditional soup that becomes a symbol of their freedom. MOCA North Miami is pleased to celebrate our Haitian community.The acts include:Inez Barlatier is a Haitian-American …

REVIEW: SOUTH BEACH CHAMBER ENSEMBLE’S ‘BLACK VOICES’ A HEARTFELT RESPONSE TO A PAINFUL YEAR

REVIEW: SOUTH BEACH CHAMBER ENSEMBLE’S ‘BLACK VOICES’ A HEARTFELT RESPONSE TO A PAINFUL YEAR

Performing Arts

Published 12/18/20

For its inaugural livestream event, the South Beach Chamber Ensemble presented “Black Voices: An Evening of Music and Thought” – with works by composers of African descent interspersed with spoken-word performances by Black poets.The Dec. 6 program – which was offered in-person at the Miami Beach Woman’s Club as well as online – was a response to this year’s cascade of painful events, said Michael Andrews, the ensemble’s founder and executive artistic director.“The final straw for me was George Floyd,” he said. The movement for racial justice that followed Floyd’s death in May while in police custody in Minneapolis – along with the COVID-19 pandemic – convinced him that it was time for the 23-year-old ensemble to do something different.“I thought: We cannot do business as usual. We can’t do that. It’s a whole different world.”The concert began with a mix of words and notes. Darius V. Daughtry, published poet and founder of the Art Prevails Project, …

Celebrate the Holidays Arts and Culture Style!

Celebrate the Holidays Arts and Culture Style!

Performing Arts

Published 12/8/20

BROWARD CENTER: A CHRISTMAS CAROL, THE MUSICAL12/11 - 12/13Join Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and a host of colorful characters for a traditional holiday tale. Especially adapted for family audiences, this musical production of the Charles Dickens classic, staged by The Performance Project, is a wonderful way to celebrate the season with the entire family. More event details here.MIAMI CHILDREN'S CHORUS: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS 12/12 Celebrate the release of the Miami Children's Chorus holiday EP “Home for the Holidays” via Zoom. More event details here.ARTS BALLET THEATRE OF FLORIDA: THE NUTCRACKERVIRTUAL DATES: 12/12, 12/13One of the most popular versions of this beloved fairy tale returns to the stage to delight audiences with its cherished music and brilliant dancing. The annual production of Tchaikovsky’s iconic score (based on the tale of Ernest Hoffman, choreographed and directed by Ballet Master Vladimir Issaev himself) will bring snowflakes, sugarplums, naughty little …

Live Arts Miami Presents Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce…Pandemic!

Live Arts Miami Presents Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce…Pandemic!

Performing Arts

Published 12/8/20

Mac, a 2020 Ibsen Award winner and MacArthur Fellow, and his long-time collaborators, designer Machine Dazzle, Music Director Matt Ray, and producers Pomegranate Arts come together to celebrate the holidays in all of their dysfunction. Conceived as a virtual vaudeville, Holiday Sauce…Pandemic! will blend music, film, burlesque, and random acts of fabulousness to reframe the songs you love and the holidays you hate in the most subversive and cathartic event of the season! For Taylor Mac, there is more to the holidays than rampant capitalism and gift-giving, and imagination is its own spirituality. The show reminds us of our chosen families’ collective power, a message that rings true in this distinctly bittersweet holiday season.Mac dedicates Holiday Sauce to Mother Flawless Sabrina, Mac’s drag mother, who passed away three weeks before the beloved annual live show made its world premiere at Town Hall NYC in December 2017. As a tribute to her, each institution presenting …

PICKS OF THE WEEK: Family time, Date night, and more...

PICKS OF THE WEEK: Family time, Date night, and more...

Performing Arts

Published 11/19/20

HISTORIC VIRGINIA KEY BEACH PARK: BRIGHT LIGHTS MIAMINovember 20th through January 10th The sight of Miami’s sunset has to be one of the most spectacular views you’ll ever see. As the sun goes down, experience a mystical phenomenon with spectacle displays of bright lights in an immersive journey throughout the wonders of nature and magical beaches, transferring your imagination through a dynamic sensory installation emphasized by hybrid-realistic sounds and unparalleled art installation. More event details here.FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: 'HEARTBEATS' DRIVE-IN @ DANIA POINTENovember 20th at 7:30 pmTake the family to the drive-in to see HEARTBEATS, the story of a feisty American hip hop dancer who travels to India with her family for a wedding and falls in love - both with a new style of dance, and with the determined young man who introduces it to her. The film is filled with color and incredible dancing. India comes alive on the screen in this fast-paced charmer. …

Our Fund Foundation’s Arts Proud Collective of South Florida announce LGBTQ Arts Holiday Performances

Our Fund Foundation’s Arts Proud Collective of South Florida announce LGBTQ Arts Holiday Performances

Performing Arts

Published 11/17/20

The Arts Proud campaign was created to support Our Fund Foundation’s various arts and cultural grantees which continue to be devastated bythe COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the LGBTQ arts collective include the Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida, Island City Stage, Miami Gay Men's Chorus, OUTshine Film Festival, South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble, Thinking Cap Theatre, Thou Art Woman, and the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus.  Upcoming Arts Proud performances for the holiday season include:  Dixie’s Happy Hour at Island City …

Picks of the Week: Music, Art, and more...

Picks of the Week: Music, Art, and more...

Performing Arts

Published 11/5/20

35TH ANNUAL FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL through November 22nd The film festival offers something for everyone this year - virtual cinema options with filmmaker events via livestream, outdoor events including drive-in films with food trucks that will deliver to your vehicle, dinners-and-a-movie in the open air courtyards of several local eateries, and unique boat-in film events. More event details here.ORCHESTRA MIAMI: BEETHOVEN LIVES UPSTAIRSNovember 8th at 3:00 pmTeach your kids about the life and works of Ludwig van Beethoven in the world-famous production of "Beethoven Lives Upstairs"! A “madman” has moved into the upstairs apartment of Christoph, a young boy who lives in Vienna. Through a series of letters to his Uncle, dramatically underscored with Beethoven’s most beautiful excerpts, Christoph slowly comes to understand the genius of the man, the torment of his deafness and the beauty of his music. More event details here.DEERING ESTATE: VINTAGE AUTO …

YOUNGARTS ANNOUNCES NETWORK OF PARTNERSHIPS WITH ARTS ORGANIZATIONS NATIONWIDE

YOUNGARTS ANNOUNCES NETWORK OF PARTNERSHIPS WITH ARTS ORGANIZATIONS NATIONWIDE

Performing Arts

Published 8/28/20

Building upon its preexisting partnerships, YoungArts is proud to announce the following key partners for the 2020/2021 season: Fountainhead (Miami, FL), Jacob’s Pillow (Becket, MA), New York Live Arts (New York, NY), University of California Los Angeles’s Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA) (Los Angeles, CA), The Watermill Center (Water Mill, NY). Through these partnerships, YoungArts is not only bolstering opportunities for artists, but also providing support to key institutions serving YoungArts award winners and local communities of artists. Additional partners and related programs will be announced at a later date.Jewel Malone, YoungArts Executive Director, said, “As we look ahead, one of our biggest challenges will be to ensure that the arts and culture field as a whole remains vibrant as the world continues to be impacted by the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. During these devastating times YoungArts is working to double our efforts to support artists across …

KNIGHT FOUNDATION NEW WORK 2020 GRANT TO SUPPORT MIAMI-DADE ARTS

KNIGHT FOUNDATION NEW WORK 2020 GRANT TO SUPPORT MIAMI-DADE ARTS

Performing Arts

Published 8/24/20

“This program is rooted in the current circumstances and what we saw immediately after the onset of the pandemic,” said Adam Ganza, Arts Program Officer for the Knight Foundation. “Arts organizations began a sort of rapid-fire orientation which resulted in a real creative energy, something the Knight can help to catalyze.”Echoing that sentiment, Victoria Rogers, Knight Foundation’s Vice President for the Arts program says, “constraints breed creativity, and the past few months have seen more adaptation and innovation in the arts than at any time in recent memory.”The open call for submissions includes dance, music and theater artists and arts organizations developing new performing art works. The only eligibility requirement is that applicants are based in Miami-Dade. Some samples of the types of works Knight New Work 2020 is looking to support include drive-in programming, virtual reality immersive theatre and productions designed for a virtual audience. Applications are …

Miami City Ballet Dance Lover Kit

Miami City Ballet Dance Lover Kit

Performing Arts

Published 4/24/20

MOVE WITH MCBMiami City Ballet invites you to join their livestream dance classes via @miamicityballet Instagram. These classes are a fun way to get your body moving, and cater for beginners to experienced dancers. Everybody is welcome!Ballet Basics with Jennifer Lauren, MCB PrincipalSaturdays at 10am, perfect for the whole familyBallet Stretch and Strengthen with Lauren Fadeley, MCB Principal SoloistMondays at 8:30am, a gentle mindful way to start the weekBallet Basics (In Spanish) with Katia Carranza, MCB PrincipalTuesdays at 11am, perfect for the whole familyIntermediate Ballet with Rainer Krenstetter, MCB PrincipalThursdays at 6pm, a challenge for more advanced dancersCOLORING ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS AND ADULTSIf Hippolyta, the Firebird and Don Quixote were in self isolation, what would they do? They’d probably want to do some coloring. Miami City Ballet is offering coloring activity sheets, featuring some of your favorite characters from MCB ballets, are a fun activity for kids at …

Koubek Center presents new series ¡EN CASA!

Koubek Center presents new series ¡EN CASA!

Performing Arts

Published 4/24/20

Storytime, circus acts, private concerts, Afro-Cuban dance lessons, and lecture readings come to life online! Miami Dade College's Koubek Center is commited to the community it serves so the Center is continuously exploring new opportunities to provide fun, quality programming, straight into homes across Miami-Dade County. People of all ages can stay connected more than ever before thanks to these social media events taking place through June 2020.Whether you are working from home or on the frontlines, it’s important to make time for uplifting memories with the community and loved ones. With these events, families and individuals can learn and explore the history behind Afro-Cuban dancing, have a Storybook Picnic at home, attend a dramatic reading, or enjoy a mini-concert, all from the safety of your home. Let’s share the challenge, and let’s make the best of it together-- with the arts, and a neighbor from afar. Take a look at the incredibly fun, engaging events coming up …

Arts Garage announces new virtual arts series, From Our HeARTS to Your Homes

Arts Garage announces new virtual arts series, From Our HeARTS to Your Homes

Performing Arts

Published 4/10/20

"From Our HeARTS to Your Homes" will include live musical performances, arts education classes, poetry and comedy, featuring some amazing young performers, such as Matt Brown, Brandii Edwards, Indigo Dreams, and Valerie White. Viewers will also have access to exclusive interviews, blogs, and more.“This new series is our response to safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic that has caused many businesses and arts institutions to temporarily close their doors, including Arts Garage,” says Waldo. “But we refuse to let this virus stop the music and art, which can be truly transformative, giving us joy and hope and helping to heal all that is broken. If ever there has been a time for healing, it’s right now.“Best of all—this series is FREE. No ticket purchase is necessary to enjoy it,” she adds. “Every artist has donated their time and talent working with Arts Garage to keep our patrons close and energized by the magic of the ARTs. This is our way to serve the …

Stay Culturally Engaged at Home

Stay Culturally Engaged at Home

Performing Arts

Published 3/18/20

Now you can tour a museum from the comfort of your couch. Take a look at these virtual museum tours:British Museum, LondonGuggenheim Museum, New YorkNational Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.Musée d’Orsay, ParisNational Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, SeoulPergamon Museum, BerlinRijksmuseum, AmsterdamVan Gogh Museum, AmsterdamThe J. Paul Getty Museum, Los AngelesUffizi Gallery, FlorenceMASP, São PauloNational Museum of Anthropology, Mexico CityThe Lourve, ParisVizcaya Museum, MiamiIs Opera your thing? The Metropolitan Opera is streaming operas for free at 7:30 p.m. EST and will be available to stream for 20 hours. Check it out:Thursday, March 19 — Verdi’s La TraviataConducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, starring Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Flórez, and Quinn Kelsey. Transmitted live on December 15, 2018.Friday, March 20 — Donizetti’s La Fille du RégimentConducted by Marco Armiliato, starring Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Flórez. Transmitted live on April 26, …

Bold, innovative, woman-founded theatre company that has championed creative experimentation, diversity, equity, and inclusion turns 10 in 2020

Bold, innovative, woman-founded theatre company that has championed creative experimentation, diversity, equity, and inclusion turns 10 in 2020

Performing Arts

Published 2/6/20

In keeping with TCT’s mission, in conjunction with the League of Professional Theatre Women’s “50/50 in 2020 Initiative,” TCT has championed gender parity in programming since its inception. TCT’s programming history—30 full-length productions—includes 16 plays by women, 12 plays by men, and 2 plays by transgender playwrights. TCT’s 10th Anniversary Season features 2 male playwrights (Beckett, Wilde) and 3 female playwrights (Fornes, Mueller, Morgan).  “Gender parity in season play selection has not just been on the list of TCT’s priorities since its founding in 2010,” says Founding Artistic Director Nicole Stodard, “it has been at the very top of TCT’s priority list.” Study after study has shown that gender parity and diversity in American theatre programming remain glaring issues. Anyone interested in learning more should consult the Dramatist Guild’s most recent statistical findings, “The Count 2.0”; according to this, …

ACTORS’ PLAYHOUSE STARTS SEASON WITH THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH

ACTORS’ PLAYHOUSE STARTS SEASON WITH THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH

Performing Arts

Published 11/15/19

The late music legend – a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Country Music Hall of Fame, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and Memphis Music Hall of Fame – is the subject of “Ring of Fire,” the biographical show that’s kicking off the 2019-2020 Actors’ Playhouse season.Conceived by William Meade and created by Richard Maltby Jr., the show had a relatively short Broadway run in 2006 as a large-cast jukebox musical focused on the many songs written by and linked to Cash rather than on the man himself. But Maltby kept revising his show, and the piece that’s running through Dec. 8 in the Miracle Theatre’s upstairs Balcony Theatre is an engaging, joyous gem.Directed by Ben Hope, who played the starring male role in the Actors’ Playhouse production of “Once” in 2018, “Ring of Fire” is a showcase not just for Cash’s life story and many hits but for the prodigious talents of the five actor-singer-musicians who make up the …

HAMILTON TICKETS ON SALE

HAMILTON TICKETS ON SALE

Performing Arts

Published 11/7/19

Tickets will be available at arshtcenter.org and in person at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Ziff Ballet Opera House Box Office. Tickets will be available for performances February 18 - March 15, 2020. Ticket buyers are highly encouraged to create or update their Arsht Center accounts in advance of November 23 using this link: arshtcenter.org/account/login.There is a maximum purchase limit of eight tickets per household for the engagement. When tickets go on sale, prices will range from $79 to $199* with a select number of $399* premium seats available for all performances. There will be a lottery for forty $10 seats for all performances. Lottery details will be announced closer to the engagement. Jeffrey Seller notes, “It’s tempting to get tickets any way you can. There are many sites and people who are selling overpriced, and in some cases, fraudulent tickets. For the best seats, the best prices and to eliminate the risk of counterfeit tickets, all purchases for the Miami …

ASTRID HADAD UPENDS CULTURAL CONVENTIONS AT THE COLONY THEATRE

ASTRID HADAD UPENDS CULTURAL CONVENTIONS AT THE COLONY THEATRE

Performing Arts

Published 5/29/19

Backed by her band Los Tarzanes, and using “songs and filthy humor,” as she coyly described it before breaking into a laugh during a recent interview, Hadad often makes her points with broad strokes. Still, have your fun, but keep a wary eye. Not every message arrives in a campy postcard image or a clever punch line. She also knows how to use humor like a stiletto, and before you know it, the stage is full of punctured certainties and deflated icons. She’s a champion for women, and the struggles for their place and image in a patriarchal society is a running theme in her work. Hadad will bring “I Am Made in Mexico,” a sampler of several of her shows, Saturday, June 1, to the Colony Theatre in Miami Beach. The performance is presented by Fundarte as part of its Out in the Tropics 2019 program.Born in Chetumal, on the Atlantic coast of Mexico, in a family with Lebanese roots, Hadad studied Political Science for two years at the National Autonomous University of Mexico …

Frida

Frida

Performing Arts

Published 2/26/19

By Peter Petrov"Frida sings as she lived - against the tide from the very first note," Rodríguez explains, and indeed, what better way to describe both, this larger-than-life woman and his opera tribute to her.Frida was the kind of woman that could reject a description of her art as flattering and poetic as “ribbon around a bomb,” even if it came from principal initiator of the surrealist movement André Breton, if she thought that description was false. “I never paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality,” Frida famously said in response.And certainly, over time, Frida has come to epitomize the truest kind of artist, the kind who lives the way she paints and paints the way she lives, making no compromises with either of those two interconnected facets.Frida never really had many friends growing up in Mexico City and was often taunted by other girls. After a near-death bus accident that kept her bedridden and caused her lifelong health problems, her isolation deepened, …

VISUAL AND MUSICAL IMPRESSIONS SHARING THE STAGE

VISUAL AND MUSICAL IMPRESSIONS SHARING THE STAGE

Performing Arts

Published 1/30/19

Claude Debussy initiated the Impressionistic style of music in the end of the 19th Century and is seen as the founder of musical impressionism – that of evoking a mood using harmony and tone color. “Music is the space between the notes.” (Debussy) Like in music, the artist, Duaiv sees visual art as the space between the brush strokes. He will paint a new work on stage with the orchestra performing music of Debussy, while a simultaneous projection of him at work on a large screen above the orchestra allows the audience dabble and observe first-hand, his creation in the making. Accomplished in both classical music and fine art, Duaiv embeds the essence of creative inspiration in his world-renowned paintings, commissioned murals, and live performances. With the world as his canvas, Duaiv’s work is a contemporary representation of Impressionism at its height.Born near the city of Bordeaux, Duaiv was raised in an artistic environment—his mother a classical pianist and his …

Redeye: Beyond Art + Music + Film + Food

Redeye: Beyond Art + Music + Film + Food

Performing Arts

Published 7/3/18

A Broward tradition for over a decade, the RedEye art and music festival brings together artists of every genre under one roof, for one night, to create a wild underground art happening. Guests roam from room to room as they experience live bands, indie films, interactive art, cutting edge VR games, spoken word, improv comedy, performance art, moving art, and body art – experiences that defy category. And this year, REDEYE promises to take you “Beyond.”“RedEye’s wild ride of human artistry began as a way to support our non-profit mission, but has turned into a beloved summer happening,” says ArtServe CEO Jaye Abbate. “It’s a night for the community to come together. To celebrate the creative spirit alive and flourishing in South Florida, and have four hours of solid fun for less than the cost of a movie ticket.” Attendees – even non-art lovers – are exposed to new films, cool VR experiences, new music, and new dance forms. “They can push way past their …

Florida Grand Opera Unveils Its First Production of Richard Strauss’s Potent, Sexually Charged Shocker Salome in Fifteen Years

Florida Grand Opera Unveils Its First Production of Richard Strauss’s Potent, Sexually Charged Shocker Salome in Fifteen Years

Performing Arts

Published 2/1/18

Operas are known for their passion, tugging at your emotions with heart-wrenching arias of tragic or unrequited love. Of course, sometimes love can be a just a tad extreme. One of our favorite Operas, Richard Strauss’s 1905 Salome, definitely takes the expression “falling head over heels” over someone to a dark place that’s guaranteed to thrill, shock, and entertain.When Salome first premiered, this steamy brew of eroticism and religion so unnerved audiences that it was banned in Vienna and London. The opera’s troubles didn’t end there. In 1907, at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, it was yanked from the company’s repertoire just days after its premiere.So why is this story so romantic, yet controversial? And why has it become one of the most successful and popular of all twentieth-century operas? Perhaps it’s the thematic mix of religious fervor, sexual fury, and necrophilia that audiences just can’t get enough of!In a nutshell, the plot of Salome boils down …

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