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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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