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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 …

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: 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 …

Culture This Month

Culture This Month

Performing Arts

Published 1/14/21

AREA STAGE COMPANY: SHREK THE MUSICALJanuary 22nd through January 31stExperience this dynamic, stripped-down, renaissance theatre troupe-style production directed by Giancarlo Rodaz. Shrek the Musical is performed by seven irrepressibly talented young actors! More event details here. HISTORYMIAMI MUSEUM: BISCAYNE BOULEVARD VIRTUAL TOUR WITH DR. GEORGEJanuary 29th at 6:00 pmReflect upon the rise of Biscayne Boulevard on a virtual tour with HistoryMiami Museum’s Resident Historian, Dr. Paul George. View some of the early buildings that made up Miami’s developing skyline including the Miami News Tower and nearby hotels such as the Alcazar and Everglades Hotel. More event details here. (image: HistoryMiami Museum)BROWARD CENTER OF THE PERFORMING ARTS: ROB SCHNEIDERJanuary 22nd at 7:00 pmExperience a one-of-a-kind evening of entertainment under the stars.A household name and a bona-fide comedy star, Rob Schneider is well known for his trademark blend of character and comedic …

Picks of the week: Dance, Live Theater, and More...

Picks of the week: Dance, Live Theater, and More...

Performing Arts

Published 1/7/21

DANCE NOW! MIAMI: LIVE-STREAM PROGRAM I "THIS MOMENT, HERE"January 10th at 7:00 pmExperience a choreographic take on the COVID-19 moment! The world premiere will be on-stage, live-streamed online but without in-person paying customers. "This Moment, Here" is a commentary on the "time of Corona," told through the language of dance. The confinement, isolation, rage, longing, confrontation, disbelief, optimism and camaraderie that make up the world's shared experiences during these turbulent months are the inspiration for this one-act ballet. More event details here.(image: Dance Now! Miami)BROWARD CENTER OF THE PERFORMING ARTS: ART HEIST - A TRUE CRIME WALKING THEATRE EXPERIENCEThrough January 10th Put your NCIS, CSI and Law & Order skills to use and walk off the quarantine poundage to solve a ripped-from-the-walls, real-life master robbery of thirteen works of art, valued at half a billion dollars. Based on a true story of the world's biggest art caper, Art Heist is a true crime …

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 …

"THIS MOMENT, HERE" DANCE NOW MIAMI’S PROGRAM I LIVESTREAM SEASON OPENING

"THIS MOMENT, HERE" DANCE NOW MIAMI’S PROGRAM I LIVESTREAM SEASON OPENING

Performing Arts

Published 11/23/20

It will have its innovative world premiere on-stage, live-streamed online (without in-person paying customers) on Sunday, January 10, at 7:00 pm. from the iconic North Beach Bandshell."We are very excited to have a way that our nine world-class dancers can rehearse and perform, safely, even if the audience can't physically attend but is out there watching from their homes," says Diego Salterini, Co-Artistic Director of DNM. "We are especially happy to be part of the Rhythm Foundation's ongoing live-streamed events from the Bandshell, which have continued through this whole pandemic."This Moment, Here is a commentary on the "time of Corona," told through the language of dance. The confinement, isolation, rage, longing, confrontation, disbelief, optimism and camaraderie that make up the world's shared experiences during these turbulent months are the inspiration for this one-act ballet. With choreography by DNM Co-Founders and Artistic Directors Hannah Baumgarten and Diego Salterini, the …

DANCE REVIEW: WITNESSING CONTEMPORARY LEAPS WITH PASSION AT XXV ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL BALLET FESTIVAL OF MIAMI

DANCE REVIEW: WITNESSING CONTEMPORARY LEAPS WITH PASSION AT XXV ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL BALLET FESTIVAL OF MIAMI

Performing Arts

Published 11/3/20

Culminating a month-long line up of masterclasses, workshops and virtual events, the XXV Annual International Ballet Festival of Miami (IBFM) wrapped up with three live performances on Sept. 11 to 13. The first night was streamed from Dance Town Miami studios in Doral. Dance Town Miami was one of four companies that presented a selection of modern and contemporary duets and solos. Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami, Ballet Inc. and Dance NOW Miami were also on the program. Tickets, at $10 for each of the three nights, allowed for the viewer to have access to a performance for 24 hours.The first night of what IBFM called a live performance gala was titled “ContemporaryPerformance,” which was entirely fitting for what the evening brought forth. Contemporary dance is a fusion of dance styles that combines classical technique and unconventional abstract movement. Duet and solos passionately exposed battles within themselves streamed from the stage in an empty theater space. The single duo …

Best Things To Do For Halloween

Best Things To Do For Halloween

Performing Arts

Published 10/29/20

THE HORRORLAND EXPERIENCE: SOUTH FLORIDA'S FIRST EVER DRIVE THRU HAUNTED HOUSE ATTRACTIONThrough October 31st at 7:00 pmOver the course of 35 chilling minutes, the fully immersive attraction takes people into a fantasy world complete with ghoulish characters and unexpected bursts of “unusual” activities. Participants travel through six differently themed passages and experience the dreaded terrors associated with the Halloween season. More event details here.(image: The Horrorland Experience)DEERING ESTATE: HISTORIC GHOST TOUROctober 29th at 7:30 pmStep into the past, as you explore the history of the Deering Estate. Through our historic stories we will share information about previous inhabitants as well as paranormal activity that has been experienced on the Estate by staff and visitors! More event details here.OUTSHINE FILM FESTIVAL: A QUEER CREATURE (DOUBLE) FEATURE | COCKTAILS & CINEMA VIRTUAL HAPPY HOUR October 29th at 7:30 pmThis event is FREE for the community and …

Daniel Lewis Dance Sampler virtual showing on Oct. 23

Daniel Lewis Dance Sampler virtual showing on Oct. 23

Performing Arts

Published 10/21/20

For decades, the Daniel Lewis Dance Sampler has showcased the best of Miami’s dance companies, choreographers and performers.More than a kickoff to the Miami dance season, the event – named after the South Florida choreographer and former New World School of the Arts dean of dance – has provided participants with the opportunity to network and view each other’s latest works.This year’s Daniel Lewis Dance Sampler, set for a virtual showing at 7 p.m. Oct. 23, will include pieces from Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida, Ballet Flamenco La Rosa, Dance NOW! Miami, Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami, Karen Peterson Dancers, Momentum Dance Co., New World Dance Ensemble, Pioneer Winter Collective, choreographer Kyra Jean Green and dancer-choreographer Sandra Portal-Andreu.The pandemic forced the organizers to think differently about this year’s event.“Part of the call to the artists this year was to submit works that were very well-edited with interestingly filmed performance …

Karen Peterson & Dancers Celebrate 30 Years

Karen Peterson & Dancers Celebrate 30 Years

Performing Arts

Published 9/29/20

This virtual program will allow the dancers to safely perform and audiences to safely experience the performance. The leading physically integrated dance company in the Southeast United States, bringing together professional dancers with and without disabilities on the same stage, is going boldly into the future, and looking forward to a new decade of groundbreaking performances. “For any arts organization to reach thirty years of age is an extraordinary achievement," says Karen Peterson, leader of the ensemble. "While this pandemic is a tough and sad moment for us all, our company is resilient. And the fact that our groundbreaking physically integrated dance company has arrived at this anniversary with a full body of work under our belt and so many successes, makes me proud and happy.”Works on the program, most created specifically for this event, will be world premieres of new dance video pieces set on KPD dancers as well as guest performers from Poland, California and Florida. …

Actors’ Playhouse raises $135,000 at the 29th Annual Reach for the Stars Virtual Gala Auction

Actors’ Playhouse raises $135,000 at the 29th Annual Reach for the Stars Virtual Gala Auction

Performing Arts

Published 9/18/20

One of the most anticipated events on the South Florida social calendar, the gala auction in typical times is celebrated at the Miracle Theatre with 600 guests, an auditorium full of items up for bid, and an array of tasting stations provided by 30+ of Coral Gables’ finest restaurants. This year was different due to the pandemic, but the show must go on – and so it did thanks to very special donors and guests.Hosted by Actors’ Playhouse Chairman of the Board Dr. Lawrence E. Stein, Executive Producing Director Barbara S. Stein, Artistic Director David Arisco and Children’s Theatre Director Earl Maulding, this year’s virtual gala was free and open to the public on YouTube Live. More than 2,000 guests (and counting) tuned in for the grand event that featured celebrity appearances and performances by International Superstar Gloria Estefan, Tony Award-winning Actress Rachel Bay Jones, Stage, Film and TV Star Danny Pino, Broadway Leading Lady Janet Dacal, FOX’s So You Think You …

A Flourish of Hatpins: A Special Virtual Theater Event

A Flourish of Hatpins: A Special Virtual Theater Event

Performing Arts

Published 8/6/20

As if ripped from today’s headlines, the play deals with equality for women, contagious disease, political discord, and family conflict. Tickets for the online theatrical event, which can be streamed on demand from August 18-23, are now on sale at The Studios of Key West.One century ago, Key West was largely isolated from the rest of the country. Young Elizabeth Watson helps her mother and sister run a boarding house on Duval Street, but she dreams of becoming a hat designer and owning a hat shop in a big city. Her dream unravels in Washington D.C. and she finds herself working with a group of suffragists who are at the center of the raging 19th Amendment debate.Leonard immersed herself in books, articles, and first-hand testimonials to learn more about women’s suffrage in America. “The reports of the abuse and violence that these women confronted were shocking,” says Leonard. “A woman with entrepreneurial dreams had very little chance of success at that time. …

GABLESTAGE REACHES OUT VIRTUALLY TO ENGAGE DIVERSE AUDIENCES

GABLESTAGE REACHES OUT VIRTUALLY TO ENGAGE DIVERSE AUDIENCES

Performing Arts

Published 8/3/20

That hurdle turned into a crossroads on April 16 when Joseph Adler, the company’s award-winning producing artistic director since 1998, passed away after an 18-month battle with pancreatic cancer.Added to the major loss of Adler, an outspoken artist whose company reflected his eclectic taste and passion for deeply engaging theater, GableStage’s planned move to a smaller, state-of-the-art version of the Coconut Grove Playhouse continues as its own contentious drama. And the remainder of its current season, which was to have run into the fall, has been scrapped.All pose undeniable challenges.Even so, GableStage’s board and its chairman, Steven M. Weinger, along with general manager Isabel Almaraz and the theater’s staff, are continuing to connect with artists and audiences via a world premiere digital project titled “Engage@GableStage.”Administered by director Margaret M. Ledford, who produced GableStage’s version of Joseph McDonough’s “Ordinary Americans” with Adler, …

South Florida Theatre League Announces the 2020 Remy Award Recipients

South Florida Theatre League Announces the 2020 Remy Award Recipients

Performing Arts

Published 7/9/20

The Remy Awards, named in honor of Remberto Cabrera, the former Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs’ Senior Cultural Administrator and Chief of Cultural Development, are given to the unsung heroes who provide outstanding service behind the scenes of the South Florida Theatre League Community.The Awards will be presented via livestream on Zoom and Facebook Live as a fundraiser for the South Florida Theatre League Relief Fund. Presentation of each award will be accompanied by a performance from an artist chosen by the recipient. While access to the livestream will be available without a ticket, donations to the South Florida Theatre League Relief Fund will be encouraged throughout the evening. The fund was created this year in response to the COVID-19 crisis and has already given away over $10,000 to artists and theatre workers who have lost work due to the pandemic.The Remy Awards have been a part of the South Florida Theatre League since its first year (1994) – with …

MIAMI’S JUGGERKNOT AND NY’S POPUP THEATRICS CRAFT DRAMA FOR A VIRTUAL WORLD

MIAMI’S JUGGERKNOT AND NY’S POPUP THEATRICS CRAFT DRAMA FOR A VIRTUAL WORLD

Performing Arts

Published 5/20/20

The new joint production from Miami’s Juggerknot Theatre Co. and New York’s PopUP Theatrics – available at longdistanceaffair.info from May 23-30 – just happens to be a trailblazing example of a form that theater may utilize more frequently in the future.“The world is going in that direction,” says Juggerknot founder and artistic director Tanya Bravo. “Right now, we can’t [easily] fly or go anywhere, but we can connect in this way.”“Making theater this way won’t be instead of [traditional theater],” adds director Tamilla Woodard, who founded PopUP Theatrics with fellow director Ana Margineanu. “It’s a new vocabulary. It’s in addition to other forms. It lets people who are homebound enjoy live performance.”This is the seventh iteration of “Long Distance Affair” since the project debuted in New York in 2011. But it’s the first in partnership with Juggerknot, and the first one audiences will access from their homes.“Long Distance Affair” is made …

SOUTH FLORIDA THEATER-LOVERS HAVE LOTS TO ENJOY ONLINE

SOUTH FLORIDA THEATER-LOVERS HAVE LOTS TO ENJOY ONLINE

Performing Arts

Published 5/20/20

Here’s a look at what’s on the horizon:Florida Shakespeare Theater is keeping fans of the Bard happy with its “Go Big or Go Home” series of free livestreamed readings directed by artistic director Colleen Stovall. “Macbeth,” featuring Seth Trucks in the title role and Sara Grant as the calculating Lady Macbeth, is set for 8 p.m. May 23. “The Merchant of Venice” will be read at 8 p.m. June 6; “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at 2 p.m. June 20; “The Tempest” at 8 p.m. July 11; and “Hamlet” at 2 p.m. July 25. Watch on the company’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/floridashakes.Miami’s Zoetic Stage is heading toward the championship game of its popular online quiz show, “The Spectacular Fabulous BYOB South Florida Theater Game Night,” hosted by artistic director Stuart Meltzer, with assists from scorekeeper Amy Rauchwerger, managing director Michael McKeever and musical clue-giver Jeni Hacker. Champs from the preliminary rounds – Clay Cartland, Mary Damiano, …

VIRTUAL SHORTS

VIRTUAL SHORTS

Performing Arts

Published 5/20/20

City Theatre postponed the 25th Anniversary Season of its popular annual SUMMER SHORTS FESTIVAL scheduled to perform June 4-July 3, 2020 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. It’s now scheduled for June 3-July 3 2021.However, always nimble and eager for innovative opportunities, City Theatre has welcomed its inclusion as an arts partner of the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Arsht@Home programming where it’s begun experimenting with the creation of digital content. Plays from City Theatre’s SHORT CUTS school tour and more original offerings are currently on rotation on that site.Expanding on this, City Theatre Artistic Director Margaret M. Ledford said, In 24 seasons of producing hundreds of short plays and now musicals on stages throughout South Florida, City Theatre is excited to explore creative alternatives for ways to present aspects of our work, alongside some of the artists and theatre makers we have collaborated with who help make SUMMER SHORTS so much fun”. …

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