Sunday, April 13, 2008

Social Miami art events

Miami City Ballet Program IV
Friday – Sunday
April 11 – 13

Miami City Ballet's first major commission, NIGHTSPOT, involving two of the most celebrated artists of our time, opens in Broward County. Twyla Tharp has created some of the most memorable and innovative dances in the modern repertory and has also worked extensively on Broadway and in Hollywood. For this commission, she has joined forces with Elvis Costello who is providing an original musical composition. Costello's musical curiosity is expansive - from rock and roll to classical to jazz to country. Tharp created NIGHTSPOT on 18 MCB dancers, and Costello's composition, is written for a 9-piece onstage dance band and a 32-piece orchestra in the pit. Isaac Mizrahi, one of the world's most famous fashion designers, created the costumes for the new work. Also on Program IV are three outstanding ballets by George Balanchine: Square Dance, a classical ballet set to baroque music by Vivaldi and Corelli; Balanchine's homage to Italian folk dancing with the dynamic and speedy Tarantella, set to music by Gottschalk; and the French-style Sonatine, set to music by Ravel. A pre-performance talk by Edward Villella or member of the artistic staff will be given, free to ticket holders, 45 minutes prior to curtain. Performances are 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets range from $125 to $19 and are available through MCB Box Office, the Broward Center Box Office and Ticketmaster. Pictured: Callie Manning and Carlos Guerra; photo by Bruce Weber.

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

5th Annual Miami Beach Dance Festival
Friday – Sunday
April 11 – 13

The Miami Beach Dance Festival closes with exciting performances at Miami Beach's Byron Carlyle Theater. On Friday at 8 p.m. Florida Dance Theater from Polk County will perform; Saturday night at 8 p.m. see Festival host Momentum Dance Company; and on Sunday at 7 p.m. Ballet Flamenco La Rosa performs with the Brefni Irish Dancers. Tickets for each performance are $22 for general admission and $11 for students and seniors.

Byron Carlyle Theater
500 71st Street, Miami Beach

The Art Scene/New York:
Stonefox Artspace Presents
Elissa Levy, Phantom

In this solo exhibition in the front gallery space, Elissa Levy will present a new installation of assembled prints, photographs, drawings, sculpture, and found objects.

"Wagging the Dog: An Art for Animals Benefit"
April 12 from 7 to 11 p.m.

Chelsea Galleria brings together a collection of offbeat photographs by Cuban-American artist Tony Mendoza entitled "The Dog Show." The photographs exhibited are an intimate "life-portrait" of Mendoza's long-haired dachshund "Bob," as seen from a dog's eye view. The images are whimsical and at times irreverent, yet still maintain an intimacy between the subject and photographer. Mendoza's quirky, matter-of-fact, technically polished images border on the surreal, aided by Bob's uncanny affinity with the camera. This opening reception is a collaboration with the Humane Society of Greater Miami, and a percentage of sales go to the Humane Society for the duration of the exhibition.

Chelsea Galleria
2441 N.W. 2nd Avenue, Miami

Romeo and Rachmaninoff
April 12 at 8 p.m.

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the New World Symphony with Yefim Bronfman. One of the world's foremost pianists conquers the concerto made famous in the Academy Award-winning film "Shine." Maddeningly difficult for the performer but sublimely lyrical for the listener, you won't want to miss Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3. Also on the program, Smetana's Overture to The Bartered Bride and Prokofiev's Suite from Romeo and Juliet. This powerful portrayal of Romeo and Juliet will catapult you into a sonic whirlwind of innocence, romance and high drama. The lovers may have been star-crossed, but in this concert - with MTT at the helm - the stars have aligned. Tickets are $150, $99, $75, $60, $35 and $15.

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

Rumi Night
April 12 at 8 p.m.

Arts at St. Johns presents an evening of Rumi poetry, music and art. Jalaluddin Rumi, the 13th century mystical poet, urged everyone to live in peace, to celebrate diversity, to serve the highest calling, and to love all mankind without prejudices or preferences. Hear the poetry of Rumi spoken live by Peter Rogen, accompanied by two Sufi musicians, Arsalaan Doug Fay and Osiris Nunez. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and students and when purchased online.

St. Johns on the Lake
4760 Pinetree Drive, Miami Beach

Affair En Plein Air
Saturday & Sunday
April 12 & 13

"Affair En Plein Air, Part Deux" is a two-day outdoor event hosted by the Deering Estate at Cutler and the GroveHouse Artists. Enjoy strolling the beautiful grounds of the estate where artists will be set up and painting. View the paintings and photography that will be entered for judging on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Judging of the art and photography will take place on Sunday from 1:30 pm to 2:30 p.m. in the Royal Palm Grove. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children from 4 to 14.

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

Promises of Paradise: Staging Mid-Century Miami
Through Sunday
April 13

Just a few days left to see the Bass Museum's landmark exhibition that showcases the architecture, urban planning, design and decorative arts of mid-century Miami. The highlight of the exhibition is a recreation of Morris Lapidus' dining room at 3 Island Avenue, Miami Beach (pictured). The fluted colonnade enclosure and striking glass chandelier were gifts to the museum from Dr. Alfred P. Gillio and Paul L. Bernstein in 2003. The museum is open Tues - Sat from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, and free for members and children under 6.

Bass Museum of Art
2121 Park Avenue, Miami Beach

Looking at Modernism and the Art of Melanie Smith
April 13 at 3 p.m.

The Associate Curator of Latin American Art at the Tate Gallery in London, Cuauhtemoc Medina, will discuss MAC@MAM's current presentation of Melanie Smith and Rafael Ortega: The Parres Trilogy on exhibit at Miami Art Museum. Medina will address the context of Smith's work and assess her contribution to the contemporary visual production of Mexico City in his lecture, "Pre-industrial-post: Melanie Smith and the looks of Modernization." Admission to the lecture is $5 for MAM members and students with I.D. and $10 for non-members.

Miami Art Musum
101 W. Flagler Street, Downtown Miami

Ensemble Nobile Concert
April 13 at 4 p.m.

Ensemble Nobile is a dynamic Baroque quartet of award-winning musicians from the heart of Israel. On a special tour sponsored by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and Israel Cancer Association-USA, this lively and expressive group will bring their unique Jewish style of traditional period music to the Alper JCC. The concert will also feature explanations on the Baroque instruments and their acoustic resonance. Preferred seating is $36; general admission is $20; students & seniors $10; Neshama complimentary. For JCC members - a "two-for-one" special: buy one ticket for $20 and bring a friend for free!

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

"Bartholomew Fair"
Through April 13

New World School of the Arts presents "Bartholomew Fair," a daring comedy set in 17th century England, written by famed English Renaissance dramatist Ben Jonson. The piece is an intricate production that challenges the students with a outlandish cast of characters who compete for the center spot. The plot is comprised of multiple stories which are interwoven to create a rich and vivid portrait of life in London. Andrew Noble directs. Performances are Weds - Sat at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 general admission, and $5 for students and seniors. Pictured: Ashley Price, David Hemphill and Rachel Clark.

NWSA Louise O'Gerritts Theatre
25 N.E. 2nd Street, Downtown Miami

Opening Reception for Pivot Points II / New Mythologies
April 12 from 7 to 10 p.m.

The second installment of MOCA's Pivot Points exhibition series opens at the museum's satellite gallery in Wynwood Art District. The exhibition, which remains on view through June 28, explores mythologies and narratives created by artists Matthew Barney, Jose Bedia, Hernan Bas, Guillermo Kuitca, Raymond Pettibon, Ann-Sofi Sidén and other artists who are in MOCA's permanent collection. The exhibition is open Wednesday - Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and the second Saturday of each month in conjunction with Wynwood Gallery Night from 7 to 10 p.m. Pictured: Matthew Barney, Cremaster 2: The Metamorphosis, 1999, C-print in acrylic frame, 54 x 43 in. Promised gift of Joan and Michael Salke.

MOCA at Goldman Warehouse
404 N.W. 26th Street, Wynwood Art District

Music Education Fundraising Concert
April 16 at 7 p.m.

Hear the Latin/Jazz sounds of trombone virtuoso Lasim Richards, accompanied by Doral band and orchestra students under the direction of Fernando Collar, Director of Bands. The concert is hosted by the Woodshed Foundation, a non-profit organization created to provide music instruction to students who could not otherwise afford it. Your $10 donation at the door will help the organization continue its worthwhile programs.

Doral/Ronald Reagan Senior High School
8600 N.W. 107th Avenue, Doral

"Guys & Dolls"
April 16 – 26

Guys & Dolls, considered by many to be the best and funniest musical comedy of all times, will be presented at Jerry Herman Ring Theatre for 11 performances. It's a tale of crooks, do-gooders and dames that takes you from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana. You'll come out humming songs we all know and love, like "Luck Be A Lady," "A Bushel and a Peck," and "If I Were A Bell," written by Frank Loesser. Performances are Wednesday - Saturday at 8 p.m. and matinee performances on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Individual tickets are available ranging from $20 to $8. Box office hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 2 hours before each performance.

Jerry Herman Ring Theatre at UM
1312 Miller Drive, Coral Gables

"From the Mississippi Delta"
April 17 – May 11

The M Ensemble Company presents a true story that chronicles the hard life of a black girl born in Mississippi in 1944. This coming-of-age story by Dr. Endesha Ida Mae Holland is a compelling memoir of a young girl's life derailed by poverty, molestation, rebellion, expulsion from school, prostitution, shoplifting, jail and assault. It's only when she stumbles across the civil rights movement that this young troublemaker finds saving grace develops into a leader. Directed by Jerry Maple, Jr., the play stars Brandii Edwards, Carolyn Johnson and Carey Hart, who all play multiple roles, spanning gender and race. Tickets are $30 for opening night which includes a cast party and entertainment; $25 for general admission; and $20 for students and seniors. Performances are Thursday - Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets available by email.

M Ensemble Actors Studio
12320 W. Dixie Highway, North Miami

Target Free Third Fridays
April 18 from 3 to 9 p.m.

In honor of Literacy month, Miami Children's Museum and Target invite you to celebrate our Reduce, Reuse and Recycle month with fun interactive activities and crafts, storytelling, dancing and much more. Explore hundreds of bilingual interactive exhibits related to arts, culture, community and communication for free. Free Third Fridays are courtesy of Target Stores.

Miami Children's Museum
980 MacArthur Causeway, Watson Island, Miami

Latin Meets Classical
April 18 at 8 p.m.

Jazz flautist Nestor Torres has been captivating audiences for more than two decades with his distinctive mix of Latin, Jazz and Pop sounds. By transforming the flute¹s role in the current musical landscape, this remarkable virtuoso has earned a devoted following, and has practically established a new genre of popular music. In "En Concierto....Con Nestor Torres," he both goes back to his musical roots and at the same time expands his repertoire by performing with the classically based Orchestra Miami, under the direction of Music Director Elaine Rinaldi. Tickets are $30 to $60 with specially priced $20 tickets for seniors and students with I.D. Purchase tickets through Ticketmaster or in person at the auditorium box office. Plenty of free parking available at the theater.

Miami-Dade County Auditorium
2901 W. Flagler Street, Miami
305-358-5885 (Ticketmaster)

7th Annual Mosaic Arts International
Through April 30

An exhibit of 64 pieces, selected from 372 entries by the international jurors representing the Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA), is on display at the Bakehouse Art Complex through April 30. You'll see the best in contemporary mosaics, including 2-D, 3-D and architectural mosaics. SAMA is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the promotion of mosaic art and the advancement of mosaic artists. Its membership includes over 900 artists, enthusiasts, supplies and educators from around the world. The Bakehouse is open daily from noon to 5 p.m., and admission is free.

Bakehouse Art Complex
561 N.W. 32nd Street, Miami

"The Mission"
Through May 4

New Theatre presents Jules Tasca's "The Mission," a tempestuous 2-character play about life-altering decisions. Within the confines of a penitentiary a trusting priest is drawn closer to the heart of darkness of a prisoner; the results are a double tragedy. Directed by Ricky J. Martinez, the actors, Ricky Waugh and William Gressman, will exchange roles every other night displaying their talent and versatility. Performances are Thurs - Sat at 8 p.m. and Sun at 1 p.m. with additional 5:30 performances on April 13, 20 and 27. Tickets are $35 and $40 with $15 Student Rush tickets at the door half hour before curtain, based upon availability.

New Theatre
4120 Laguna Street, Coral Gables

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