Thursday, January 24, 2008

Social Miami- Art About Town with Casa Ricordi Gala Pics and Pablo Cano‏

"Tall Grass"
January 24 – February 17

The Southeastern Premiere of Brian Harris' new comedy, Tall Grass, will be presented by Inside Out Theatre Company through mid-February. "Tall Grass" is a trio of dark comedies with twist endings that take the audience on a roller coaster of love, misery and danger. The play includes the stories of an ambitious lover and her climb to the top, a man caught in the act of burglary, and a con artist who tries to swindle an elderly couple, all tied together by their surreal and unpredictable endings. It's directed by Kim St. Leon and features Stacey Schwartz, Jim Ballard and Reiss Gaspard. Performances are on Thursday-Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.. Purchase tickets online - $30 for general admission, $25 for Museum members, $24 for seniors, and $10 for students with valid ID.

The Museum of Art
One E. Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale

January 24 from 6 to 9 p.m.

A new event series - Happy Hour with Substance - is being launched by the Miami Science Museum. The first is dance@MIASCI featuring Dance Theater of Miami. Art and science will converge the fourth Thursday of every month as young professionals, science aficionados, art enthusiasts and other 21-45 year-olds enjoy a happy hour alternative in a non-traditional setting. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, the sounds of renowned South Florida DJ's, ongoing MSM exhibits, and a short program dedicated to a specific art form. Museum members are $6; general public $10.

The Miami Science Museum
3280 South Miami Avenue, Miami

"As Seen Through These Eyes"
January 25 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The Miami Jewish Film Festival presents the Florida Premiere of "As Seen Through These Eyes," directed by Hilary Helstein, USA 2007, 70 minutes. Narrated by Maya Angelou, this powerful and uplifting documentary, about the perseverance of the human spirit, focuses on the artists of the concentration camps. This beautifully rendered film lets Holocaust survivors tell their stories through the art they created during their imprisonment in concentration camps using a combination of interviews, photographs, archival footage and stunning artwork. Preceeded by "Torta Bluma," USA 2005, 18 minutes.

Sunrise Cinema at Intracoastal Mall
3701 N.E. Sunny Isles Boulevard, North Miami Beach

NAEMI Exhibition
January 25 at 7 p.m.

The National Art Exhibitions by the Mentally Ill (NAEMI) is hosting an opening reception for an exhibition of work created by mentally disabled individuals. NAEMI is dedicated to discovering, studying, promoting, exhibiting, and preserving the art of those struggling with mental illness throughout the world. Enjoy beautiful artworks and live music provided by Frank Padron and Mr. Entertainment.

Nuez Design Art Gallery
1648 S.W. 8th Street, Miami

The Cleveland Orchestra
Friday & Saturday
January 25 & 26 at 8 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra returns to South Florida to perform the next two weeks and one week in March as part of its 2008 Miami Residency. Franz Welser-Möst leads a program featuring one of the most popular symphonies of all-time, Dvorák's stirring Ninth, nicknamed "From the New World." Written in 1893 during Dvorák's years as a visiting teacher in New York City, this symphony was really a musical postcard to his Old World friends in central Europe, proclaiming America as a land of promise, excitement, and heartrending beauty. The concert begins with a spirited symphony by the young Mozart juxtaposed with Debussy's portrayal of Spanish Iberia, a wonderfully evocative tryptich of a bustling day, tranquil evening, and festive village morning. Tickets range from $150 to $39.

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

Pablo Cano's Musical Marionettes

Saturday, February 2, at 2 p.m.

The Bakehouse Art Complex
561 NW 32nd Street
Wynwood Arts District

Pastoral Pleasures: Beethoven's Sixth Symphony
Friday & Saturday
January 25 & 26 at 8 p.m.

Close your eyes and listen to Beethoven's beloved "Pastoral" Symphony, and you can envision the mythical creatures portrayed in Disney's "Fantasia" or let your own imagination run wild. Either way, this music is sure to transport you to another time and place. Strauss' tone poem has just enough rowdy merriment to spice up your rustic retreat. This New World Symphony program includes: R. Strauss: "Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks;" Walton: Violin Concerto; and Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral." Tickets are: $73, $58 and $28 for Friday; $78, $63 and $33 for Saturday.

Lincoln Theatre
541 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

Dania Beach Art and Antique Festival 2008
January 25-27

This indoor/outdoor fair features over 100 fine art and antique dealers from New England to South Florida. There's food, music, vintage motorcycles, one-of-a-kind cars restored to mint condition, an art contest for children "What I Love about South Florida" that will be judged by local artists, activities and fun for the entire family, a live auction to benefit charity on Saturday at 8 p.m. (preview items from 6 to 8 p.m.). Organized by the City of Dania Beach and Grace Café and Galleries, the festival kicks off on Friday with "The Art of Tango" from 7 to 11 p.m. and is open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

First Avenue between Dania Beach Blvd. And N.W. 1st Street
Dania Beach

Miami City Ballet Program II
Friday – Sunday
January 25 - 27

Miami City Ballet performs a spectacular mixed bill as part of Program II, featuring the ballets "La Valse," "Nine Sinatra Songs," and "Aurora's Wedding" from "The Sleeping Beauty." Thirty-four dancers waltz to the gripping music of Ravel in La Valse, a neo-romantic ballet choreographed by Balanchine in 1951. Twyla Tharp's "Nine Sinatra Songs," is a series of dances by couples who each represent a stage of a love relationship. And "Aurora's Wedding" is the grand finale of the timeless ballet "The Sleeping Beauty," choreographed by Marius Petipa and set to the incredible score by Tchaikovsky. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2. Tickets range from $125 to $19, and ticket holders are invited to a pre-performance talk by Edward Villella or an artistic staff member 45 minutes prior to curtain. Pictured: Renato Penteado and Katia Carranza in "Aurora's Wedding;" photo by Joe Gato.

Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District, Fort Lauderdale
1-877-929-7010 (Box Office)

"Sixty Six"
January 26 at 8:30 p.m.

"Sixty Six," a coming-of-age comedy, based on the experiences of Director Paul Weiland, starring Eddie Marsan, Eddie Marsan, Helena Bonham Carter, Gregg Sulkin, Stephen Rea, Catherine Tate, is presented by the Miami Jewish Film Festival as a Miami Premiere. This quirky film is set in the summer of '66 as England is about to be consumed by World Cup Fever. For 12 year-old Bernie though, the biggest day of his life is looming: his Bar Mitzvah. However, Bernie's family is increasingly distracted by the threat of losing their business, and the scale of Bernie's Bar Mitzvah diminishes daily. Worst of all the World Cup Final is scheduled to take place on the same day and when England makes it through the qualifying rounds, Bernie's longed-for Bar Mitzvah looks as if it will be a complete disaster. Tickets are $11 general admission, seniors and students $8, and MJFF members $7.

Sunrise Cinema at Intracoastal Mall
3701 N.E. Sunny Isles Boulevard, North Miami Beach

Sister-to-Sister Art Exhibit
On exhibit now

In honor of Black History and Women's History Month, the ArtCenter South Florida in collaboration with Diaspora Vibe Gallery is sponsoring a "Sister-to-Sister" exhibition. The works are by Andre Ferdinand, a painter and printmaker; Deborah Jack, photographer and video artist; and Vickie Pierre, a painter. The exhibition is on view Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free.

City Hall, Fourth Floor Gallery
1700 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach

Sean Chen in Piano Recital
January 27 at 3 p.m.

Chopin for All series of free concerts presents American pianist Sean Chen, a 19-year-old freshman at The Juilliard School. He will perform Bach, Ligeti, Rachmaninov, Scriabin and Chopin. This concert, presented by the Chopin Foundation, is free.

Granada Presbyterian Church
950 University Drive, Coral Gables

Pharaoh's Daughter in Concert
January 27 at 4 p.m.

Pharaoh's Daughter and beguiling vocalist Basya Schechter infuse an eclectic, instrumental blend of traditional Judaic tunes with Arabic rhythm and African beats. It's Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and the Rolling Stones meet swirling Hasidic chants and Sephardic folk-rock. Don't miss this magical, musical journey of incredibly engaging progressive folk music. Presented at Alper JCC with the support of Temple Beth Am. Tickets are $36 for preferred seating; $25 general admission; $20 JCC members; and $10 students and seniors.

Alper JCC on The Jay Morton-Levinthal Campus
11155 S.W.
305-271-9000, Ext. 268

Opening Reception for Tania Kravath
January 27 at 6 p.m.

Using a wood-fired kiln and ash, sculptress Tania Kravath creates unique surfaces on her stoneware pieces. Her work is defined by abstract and impressionist pieces that use the images of women and children to evoke ancestral memories and explore relationships, emotions and connections. Kravath's sculptures tell stories and pay homage to those who walked before us. The exhibition is on display at Alper JCC through March 9 and can be viewed Sundays 1 to 5 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursday 2 to 4 p.m.

Alper JCC
11155 S.W. 112th Avenue, Miami
305-271-9000, Ext. 268

Closing Night for Miami Jewish Film Festival
January 27 at 8:15 p.m.

Nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film for this year's Academy Awards, BEAUFORT is the closing night film at the Miami Jewish Film Festival. The picture by the acclaimed Israeli Director Joseph Cedar chronicles the last Israeli soldiers at the ancient stronghold Beaufort Castle, in the months prior to the withdrawl from Lebanon in 2000. Based on the novel "Im Yesh Gan Eden" by Ron Leshem, the gripping story provides a realistic look at the emotions of these soldiers, the complexity of the men's varied reactions and interpretations of the situation. "Beaufort," in Hebrew with English subtitles, Israel, 207, 125 minutes.

Sunrise Cinema at Intracoastal Mall
3701 N.E. Sunny Isles Boulevard, North Miami Beach

Art With Heart
January 29 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Artist Salvatore Principe will offer his heart paintings at "Art With Heart" to benefit The Sydney & Alexandria Cohen Foundation, Inc. Founded by Brian and Jennifer Cohen to celebrate their twin daughters who were born prematurely and nursed at Memorial Hospital West NICU, the Cohens are raising funds to donate 2 state-of-the-art incubators to the hospital to help other babies. A suggested donation of $25 per person will include appetizers and a Partida Margarita.

Blue Martini
2432 E. Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale

Princeton Triangle Show
January 30 at 7:30 p.m.

Princeton University's famed Triangle Show troupe will present its newest original musical comedy, "A Turnpike Runs Through It - A New Jersical." This 2-hour Broadway-style show features actors, singers, dancers and a live orchestra in a spoof of Princeton's home state of New Jersey. It contains original songs, topical humor and the trademark all-male kickline. All, including non-Princeton, are invited. Tickets range from $15 to $50.

Ransom Everglades Auditorium
3575 Main Highway, Coconut Grove

SoBay Festival of the Arts
January 31 at 7 p.m.

The SoBay Festival of the Arts kicks-off with the opening reception for ArtSoBay, an exhibition curated by David Castillo in collaboration with LegalArt. Distinguished South Florida artists showcase their diverse styles and expressions in a variety of artistic mediums. Enjoy innovative music performed by the Miami String Project, a group of top student performers from around the county. The opening is free, and the exhibition will be on display through March 31.

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

Gables Gallery Night
February 1 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Join the fun every first Friday when Gables Gallery Night attracts collectors and young professionals to the art galleries, sidewalk tapas bars, fine restaurants and clubs in safe, comfortable downtown Coral Gables. Whisked between galleries aboard free air-conditioned minibus limousines or the city's quaint trolleys, thousands of visitors join local residents at Greater Miami's liveliest monthly event. Enjoy complementary refreshments, stroll through exhibitions of contemporary and modern Latin American, North American, and European art, including paintings, sculptures, textiles, works on paper and photography, along with art books, in a downtown area chock full of fascinating boutiques. Top off your evening in one of Coral Gables' celebrated dining spots - all within easy walking distance! Click to view participating member galleries. Pictured work by Veronica Yaeger at MiArte Gallery.

Throughout the Coral Gables Business District

"Fill Our Mouths" by Lauren Feldman
Through February 10

New Theatre presents "Fill Our Mouths," by Lauren Feldman, the season's third World Premiere. 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 (pictured) and Brandon Morris; and making their debuts at the theatre are Kim Ehly and Katherine Michelle Tanner. Pre-Opening Night is Jan 11 ($55 includes reception courtesy of Catering by Lovables); Performances are Thurs-Sat at 8 p.m., Sun at 1 and 5:30 p.m. - check schedule. Tickets are $35-40; Student Rush Tickets (under 25 w/ID) $15.

New Theatre
4120 Laguna Street, Coral Gables

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