Thursday, February 7, 2008

Social Miami- Art About Town with Lam, American Voices and Israel Chamber Orchestra‏

Join One, See Them All
During February

Take this opportunity to museum-hop during the month of February and experience the incredible Miami cultural scene. Join a museum during February, and your membership will work as a free pass to any of the other participating museums: ArtCenter/South Florida, Bakehouse Art Complex, Bass Museum of Art, Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum/Florida International University, The Haitian Heritage Museum, Historical Museum of Southern Florida, Jewish Museum of Florida, Lowe Art Museum/University of Miami, The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Miami Art Museum, Miami Beach Botanical Garden, Miami Children's Museum, Miami Museum of Science & Planetarium, Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Rubell Family Collection, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and The Wolfsonian-FIU.

South Florida's Museums and Art Centers

Abracadabra Fundraising Raffle Event
February 7 at 6 p.m.

More than $100,000 worth of donated works of art will be raffled off to lucky ticket holders at the Art & Culture Center of Hollywood. The exhibition, titled Abracadabra, can be previewed now at the Center. On the evening of the fundraiser, raffle ticket holders are invited to a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. so that they can make their choices. Then when their names are randomly drawn, they select from the remaining works of art. Each ticket holder is guaranteed an artwork valued from $500 to $6,000. Raffle tickets are available now - $375 for one ticket and admission for 2; $700 for 2 tickets and admission for 4; $1,000 for 3 tickets and admission for 6. Proxy bidding available to raffle ticket holders who cannot attend. General admission is $30. Pictured: Gean Moreno, Untitled, 2008, Mixed media on paper, Courtesy of the Artist and Fredric Snitzer Gallery.

Hollywood Art & Culture Center of Hollywood
1650 Harrison Street, Hollywood

LoweDown Happy Hour
February 7 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Celebrate the Year of the Rat! Join Lowe Art Museum Director Brian Dursum and bring in the Chinese New Year with a guided tour of the Asian Art Gallery. Enjoy live music and light Chinese fare. Cocktails provided by Bacardi®, and Pomegranate liqueur from PAMA Spirits. Free for Lowe members; $10 for non-members.

Lowe Art Museum at UM
1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables

Celebrate Chinese New Year
February 7 from 7 to 10 p.m.

SocialMiami's subscribers are invited to join avid art enthusiasts and friends of the gallery at a special private celebration planned and coordinated by Star Services Events. The work of a talented group of Chinese artists will be on exhibit, and Madame Bertin-Toublanc wishes to share her admiration for contemporary expressions of feelings, people and objects influenced by the ancient Chinese culture. Enjoy an authentic Chinese buffet provided by Miss Yip Chinese Café, cocktails, sake and water by Fiji Water, as you enjoy the incredible artwork and welcome the Year of the Rat! RSVPs a must: please confirm your attendance.

Galerie Bertin
2534 N. Miami Avenue, Miami

Wilfredo Lam in North America
Beginning February 8

Paintings and works on paper by Cuba's pioneering modern artist Wilfredo Lam will be on view at MAM through May 18. Organized by the Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, Wilfredo Lam in North America features more than 60 drawings and paintings representing the major phases in Lam's career. Born in Sagua La Grande, Cuba, Lam is known for asserting his heritage through his art by merging Afro-Cuban influences with the Paris School and Surrealism. Personaje con Sombrero (Person with Hat) ca 1942, Gouache on paper, 37 ½ x 30 inches (95.2 X 76.2cm.). Collection Mrs. Tanya Brillembourg. ©2007 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Courtesy Haggerty Art Museum.

Miami Art Museum
101 West Flagler Street, Downtown Miami

Open Barre Dance Series - Lounge 2200
Friday & Saturday
February 8 & 9

Miami City Ballet's Open Barre Dance Series premieres a new jazz work called Lounge 2200. MCB dancers are trading in their ballet shoes for high heels and jazz shoes, letting down their hair and dancing to a different groove. It's a hot new contemporary piece set to the sexy and soulful music of the 50s and 60s. There are 3 performances: Friday at 7 p.m. followed by an open bar; Saturday afternoon, a reception at 4 p.m. and performance at 5; and Saturday night a performance at 8 p.m. followed by an open bar cast party at the studios at 9, and then everyone's off to an exclusive after party at RokBar hosted by MCB's Upper Room, a trendsetting group of arts and culture lovers. Rokbar is located at 1905 Collins - an easy walk from the studios. Tickets are $25 for the performances and receptions; for the performance, open bar and after party, tickets are $50. Join Upper Room this season, and your membership is free! Pictured: Rolando Sarabia and Mary Carmen Catoya in Lounge 2200; photo by Joe Gato.

Miami City Ballet Studios
2200 Liberty Avenue, Miami Beach

Ballet Gamonet Program II
Friday & Saturday
February 8 & 9 at 8 p.m.

Les Echanges, Play on Hearts and Partita, all choreographed by Jimmy Gamonet De Los Heros, are featured in Ballet Gamonet's Program II. Les Echanges comes to the stage minus a story line. Dancers muscle their way through a score that moves through rhythms as if on a global excursion, from the United States through Brazil, and on to Africa. The character of the Jester, a mysterious, playful figure both inside and outside the game of life, is central to Play on Hearts. On the process of creating Partita, the choregrapher noted, "... dance and music are just like a conversation, made richer by the sharing of comments, one not overpowering the other."

Gusman Center for the Performing Arts
174 E. Flagler Street, Downtown Miami

Grand Opening of Borders
Friday – Sunday
February 8 – 10

Borders is celebrating the Grand Opening of its new Coral Gables store in the Village of Merrick Park. Appearances by authors, live entertainment and activities are planned throughout the weekend celebration. Store visitors have the opportunity to win prizes all week long, including a $100 Gift Card, Sony® Headphones, Seattle's Best Coffee® travel mugs, Borders Classics and a Borders Gift Basket. Arthur, everyone's favorite aardvark, will be in the store throughout the Grand Opening. Store hours are Monday - Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Village of Merrick Park
358 San Lorenzo Avenue, Coral Gables

Children's Dance Series
February 9 at 11 a.m.

Momentum Dance Company continues its popular free performances for children ages 4 to 10 and their families. This performance will delight the audience with its colorful, imaginative costumes and an original Caribbean-style musical score. Fish Tales tells the story of Florida marine life on coral reefs and their beautiful, but fragile environment. Madame Manatee and Senora Stingray lead the underwater inhabitants—peppermint stripe shrimp, parrotfish, jellyfish, and grouper—in cleaning up their neglected reef. "This program is fun and empowering as the characters send a message of personal responsibility for conservation," said Artistic Director Delma Iles.

Coral Gables Public Library
3443 Segovia Street, Coral Gables

Family Workshop + Film
February 9 beginning at 1 p.m.

Bring the whole family to The Wolfsonian to view Fashioning the Modern French Interior and explore home design. You'll help design a 3-D model of an interior, complete with patterned wallpaper, flooring and furniture. At 3 p.m. enjoy a screening of Emil and the Detectives, co-presented with the German Consulate General Miami. Young Emil is the victim of a train robbery on the way to Berlin, and a gang of young detectives helps him solve the crime. RSVP please. Family Workshop is free for members and $5 for all others.

The Wolfsonian-FIU
1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach

An Evening with Ana Menendez
February 9 at 7 p.m.

Ana Menendez is the author of two books of fiction: In Cuba I was a German Shepherd, which was a 2001 New York Times Notable book of the year and whose title story won a Pushcart Prize; and Loving Che, a national best-seller. She was a journalist for several years at The Miami Herald, where she covered Little Havana, and at the Orange County Register in California. She has lived in Turkey and South Asia, where she reported out of Afghanistan and Kashmir. Admission is $25 for Temple Israel members; $30 for non-members.

Temple Israel of Greater Miami
137 N.E. 19th Street, Miami

Opening Reception for El Lenguage del Abanico
February 9 from 7:30 to 11 p.m.

Cuban-born artist Mayra Abo departs from her usual Afro-Cuban themes to exhibit this new collection of women and their fans. The work is reminiscent of the time when women used fans socially to communicate their desires. Abo is a graduate of Escuela Nacional Artes Plasticas in Cuba, has studied with Cuban Master Baruj Salinas and learned art restoration and conservation in Madrid. Zu Galeria will donate a portion of sales made at the opening reception to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Zu Galeria Fine Arts
2248 S.W. 8th Street, Little Havana

Sex and the Animals
February 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Back by popular demand! Miami MetroZoo's Goodwill Ambassador Ron Magill (pictured with Chaos, a komodo dragon; photo by Joe McNally) once again presents his critically acclaimed Sex and the Animals. Using humor and an incredible variety of images to illustrate animal courtship and breeding behaviors, Ron's "adults-only" presentation is pure entertainment through education. Learn a lot about wildlife and perhaps a little bit about yourselves. Come early for a wine and cheese reception before the show. Tickets are $25 for Zoo members and $30 for non-members.

Miami MetroZoo Amphitheater
12400 S.W. 152nd Street, Miami

34th Annual Miami Beach Festival of the Arts
Saturday & Sunday
February 9 & 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

More than 50,000 visitors are expected at the 34th Annual Coldwell Banker Miami Beach Festival of the Arts for two days of award-winning art and entertainment. This signature community event showcases the juried paintings, sculpture, glass, ceramics, jewelry and photography of more than 150 artists from around the country. The Festival offers music and entertainment by South Florida performers, an international food court and lots of activities for the kids. The Ocean Terrace open-air band shell will feature on-going performances, arts & crafts, and storytelling for children of all-ages. This year's poster artist is Alfonso Fuentes, aka Pocholo, a native Colombian, who fuses pop art, cubism, and surrealism in his work.

Ocean Terrace
East of Collins Avenue between 73rd and 75th Streets

Secondary Colors
Saturday & Sunday
February 9 & 10

The Dance Now! Ensemble (DNE) opens its 8th season with the premiere of a new work, Secondary Colors. Artistic Directors Hannah Baumgarten and Diego Salterini demonstrate the power of their partnership that has matured and created a fantastic synergy during the 8 years they have co-directed DNE. Secondary Colors explores how color impacts human senses, and the choreographers take the audience on a journey using the natural interplay of color, light, sound and movement. Performances are 8 p.m. on Saturday and 7 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and at the Colony Box Office. $25 at the door, $20 in advance, $15 for students and seniors. Photo by Jenny Abreu.

Colony Theater
1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
305-975-8789 or 305-674-1040

Simple Gifts - American Voices
February 10 at 3 p.m.

"'Tis a gift to be simple, 'tis a gift to be free." So goes the old Shaker tune at the heart of Appalachian Spring. The suite's instant popularity made Copland synonymous with musical Americana. His folk-based, populist masterpiece evokes expansive landscapes, human toil, innovation and optimism. Two living American composers, David Lang and Elliott Carter, stretch the performers to their limits as they explore new frontiers for percussion and bass clarinet, respectively. Program includes: Carter: Steep Steps; Lang: The So-Called Laws of Nature; and Copland: Suite from Appalachian Spring. Tickets for this New World Symphony concert are $12.

Lincoln Theatre
541 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

An Evening of Music and Art
February 10 at 7 p.m.

Renowned tenor Alberto Mizrahi, popularly known as "the Jewish Pavarotti," and internationally celebrated pop artist Romero Britto will be special guests of Temple Beth Shmuel at its fundraiser. Meet Messrs Mizrahi and Britto and enjoy a musical performance and iconic art works on display and available via the event's silent auction. The main event begins at 7 p.m. with the exhibition of art, followed by the concert, and then coffee and dessert. The Temple is providing complimentary valet parking and babysitting for guests. Tickets are $50 for general admission, $100 for benefactor tickets with premium seating, and $150 for VIP tickets which includes a private reception beginning at 6 p.m. Proceeds of An Evening of Music and Art will benefit the synagogues' fundraising drive.

Temple Beth Shmuel
1701 Lenox Avenue, Miami Beach
305-534-7213 (Cantor L. Cattan)

Kick Off Party and Film Screening
February 10 at 7 p.m.

The Romance in a Can Film Festival gets underway just in time for Valentine's Day. It's the second year for the only romantic film festival in the U.S., and the kick off party and first screening are at one of South Beach's most romantic spots. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres by Chef Gwenael le Pape, followed by Homage to French Filmmaker Marc Esposito with Marc Lavoine and Zoe Felix, screened in presence of the film director at 8 p.m. Artist Noel's unique oil painting entitled Romance in a Can will be offered in a silent auction. Suggested donation of $10 for admission at the door. The Festival's romantic comedies are being screened at various locations. Additional information is available on the website by clicking on "Festival Program."

Maison d'Azur at the Angler's
660 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach

Alhambra Orchestra Concert
February 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Violist Michael Klotz of FIU's Amernet Quartet and pianist Dr. Alan Ngim of Miami-Dade College will perform concertos with the Alhambra Orchestra under the direction of Artistic Director/Conductor Reginald F. Nicholson. The program opens with the orchestral showpiece Capriccio Espagnol by Rimsky-Korsakov, followed by the Stamitz Viola Concerto in D performed by Klotz and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 performed by Ngim. Admission is free, and there is ample free parking at the school.

Ransom-Everglades School
3575 Main Highway, Coconut Grove

Final Performances of Fill Our Mouths
Through February 10

New Theatre's final performances of Fill Our Mouths, by Lauren Feldman are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m. Two young women meet in Paris: one is hearing; the other hard of hearing. Using spoken English and American Sign Language, Fill Our Mouths is a story of love and choice, deafness and hearing, the trials of communication, and the search for self. Gail Garrisan directs the cast which includes New Theatre veterans Caroline Edelen, Lela Elam and Brandon Morris; and making their debuts at the theatre are Kim Ehly and Katherine Michelle Tanner. Tickets are $35-40; Student Rush Tickets (under 25 w/ID) $15.

New Theatre
4120 Laguna Street, Coral Gables

Israel Chamber Orchestra
February 12 at 8:30 p.m.

Concert Association of Florida presents the Miami debut of the Israel Chamber Orchestra, performing two U.S. Premieres: Y. Braun Serenade No. 2 and Shohat Symphony of Fire (No. 3). Gil Shohat, Conductor; Giora Schmidt, Violin. Shohat is one of the few Israeli composers who has achieved international recognition for his works which have been performed by major orchestras and musicians in Europe, the US and Israel. Schmidt, still in his early 20s, is a protégé of violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman and has already proven himself an outstanding artist. His performances are marked by a commanding presence and a richness of color that earn him a reputation as a virtuoso of the "old school," whose great technique is matched by a very thoughtful musicality. Also on the program are Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor and the powerful but seldom heard Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92. Tickets are $120, $81, $48 and $18.

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami

Still Lovin' That Jazz
February 13 at 7:45 p.m.

Warren Vaché, a supremely accomplished and versatile performer, has been astounding audiences worldwide for decades with his superb cornet, trumpet and flugelhorn stylings, warm burnished tone and intelligent improvisations. Clarinetist Allan Vaché has performed with the best in the biz. They will be joined by the celebrated jazz pianist Eddie Higgins, who has played opposite the biggest jazz stars of the 50s, 60s and beyond. You'll be thrilled by these exceptional musicians as they provide an evening of the best in classic jazz. Presented by Gold Coast Jazz Society, tickets are $30 to $40.

Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District, Fort Lauderdale

The Falls Sweetens the Deal!
Through February 14

Just in time for Valentine's Day - purchase $100 worth of Simon Giftcards at The Falls and take home a free box of chocolates, ready for your special Valentine in a beautifully decorated box. The offer runs through February 14th while supplies last; sizes may vary. Visit The Falls Guest Services or visit online. One of the largest open-air shopping, dining and entertainment complexes in the U.S., The Falls is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 7 p.m.

The Falls Shopping Center
8888 S.W. 136th Street, Miami

Opening Reception for Annual Student Exhibition
February 14 at 5 p.m.

This juried exhibition features students' work from all departments at Miami International University of Art & Design. Meet the students and enjoy their exhibition, on view through March 20. Reception and exhibition are open to the public and free of charge.

Miami International University of Art & Design
1521 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami

9th Annual Moonlight and Music
February 14 at 8 p.m.

SoBay Festival of the Arts, hosted by the Deering Estate, ends on a romantic note with the 9th Annual Valentine's Day Concert. Featured are guitarist Eric Hansen and the Hansenhaus Sextet who are sure to delight the audience with sounds of Flamenco, Jazz & Classical Guitar. The gate opens at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission.

Deering Estate at Cutler
16701 S.W. 72nd Avenue, Miami
305-235-1668, Ext. 233

Opening Night for The Pajama Game
February 15 at 7:30 p.m.

New World School of the Arts welcomes Mrs. Joy Abbott, widow of George Abbott, whose 3-time Tony Award-winning musical launches an extended run. Directed by NWSA's Dean of the Theater Patrice Bailey, the musical highlights the talent of college junior Nicholas Duckarte in the role of Sid. The Pajama Game is a romantic comedy that explores a workplace romance at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory. In addition to opening night, performances are Saturday, February 16 and 23 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, February 22 at 7:30, and Sunday, February 17 and 24 at 2 p.m. General admission is $12; students and seniors $5.

NWS Louise O. Gerrits Theater
25 N.E. 2nd Street, Downtown Miami

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