Art About Town - Events of the Week

Arts & Culture in South Florida

SocialMiami's Art About Town is edited by Onelia Collazo Mendive. Publicized events are selected from SocialMiami's Online Community Events Calendar with first priority given to members. Contact Onelia at for information on submitting your events. Calendar publicity is free.

Sip of Science no. 004: Dr. Paul Gray, October 19

Wednesday, October 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Come aboard the Miami Science Barge for its Sip of Science no. 004, a monthly lecture series that presents inspired and knowledgeable people who discuss current environmental issues and solutions. Meet Dr. Paul Gray, Audubon Florida's Lake Okeechobee Science Coordinator. He has been working in the area for over 20 years, delving into issues ranging from ecosystem management and bird conservation to water quality, water management, and all the rules governing these things. Guests must be 18 or over. BYOC - bring your own cup! Tickets are $10 and $15.

Miami Science Barge
1075 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami
305-912-3439 (Tickets)


2016 World Ten-Dance Ballroom Championship

Thursday, October 20 - Saturday, October 22

More than 20 countries will be represented at the 2016 World Professional Ten-Dance Ballroom Championship with over 500 top professional and amateur dancers gathering to compete. Thursday, Session I at 3:30 p.m.; Friday, Session II at 9:30 a.m. & Session III at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Session IV at 8 a.m. & Session V at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $65.

Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne
455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne
954-601-1775 (Cassandra Schneider)


SOCIAL Manny: Episode 195

SOCIAL Manny: Episode 195
In the latest edition of Social Manny by Manny Hernandez we visit La Perla in Bal Harbour Shops, the Latin Songwriter's Hall of Fame La Musa awards at the Fillmore, the American Cancer Society luncheon and the Etro trunk show at Neiman Marcus Merrick Park, the Fashion Fights Cancer event at the Moore building and the Coca-Cola #SaborACasa Hispanic Heritage dinner at Crumb & Parchment in the Miami Design District, and Gingi Beltran's 50th birthday celebration at the Sacred Space Miami.

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Thursday, October 20 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Perez Art Museum Miami's PAMM Third Thursdays will feature a performance at 8 p.m. by LOBOTOMAXXX, Ron Littles’ freestyle oratory delivery and stunty-dips-drop dance backed by heavy electronic boom-bap backtracks. Also enjoy live music, happy hour drink specials and art-making on the museum's bayfront terrace. Opening and closing DJ sets by Aramis Lorie and Brian DeGraw. Admission is $16 for adults - PAMM members free. Space is limited – pre-purchase highly recommended.

Perez Art Museum Miami
1103 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami


New Social Abstractions: Ana Teixeira Pinto

Thursday, October 20 at 7 p.m.

As part of Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami's Art + Research Center’s pilot semester, New Social Abstractions, Ana Teixeira Pinto, a writer from Lisbon currently living in Berlin, will speak. Pinto's writings have appeared in publications such as e-flux journal, Art-Agenda, and Texte zur Kunst, among others. Admission is free.

Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami
4040 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Miami Design District


Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra

Thursday, October 20 at 8 p.m.

Icons from both the rock and classical worlds come together at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts for the East Coast premiere of Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra, the first-ever classical work composed and performed by Mike Mills of R.E.M., which he wrote for his lifelong friend and violin virtuoso Robert McDuffie. The unique and adventurous concerto expertly blends Mills' prolific pop songwriting with McDuffie's brilliance in the classical realm. Tickets range from $35 to $100.

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


Beauty and the Beast Jr.

Through Saturday, October 29

Area Stage Company presents Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Step into the enchanted world of Broadway's modern classic, an international sensation that has played to over 35 million people worldwide in 13 countries. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. The original Broadway production ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Performances are on Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sundays at 5 p.m. Area Stage Company will present the inclusive production for individuals with special needs on October 28 and 29 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 for center and $20 for side seats (discounts available for students under 22).

Area Stage Company
Riviera Theatre
1560 S. Dixie Highway, Coral Gables


Miami City Ballet Program One: Giselle

Friday, October 21 - Sunday, October 23

The Miami City Ballet will present Giselle, one of the most cherished of all 19th-century ballets. Created in 1841, it has never lost its preeminence in the repertory - every ballerina wants to dance it, and just about every great ballerina in history has danced it! In Act One the ballerina gets to be a naïve, loving peasant girl who is betrayed by Albrecht, her aristocrat lover, and has a harrowing mad scene before dying. In Act Two she’s a ghostly Wili, raised from her tomb to join her spectral sisters in driving inconstant men to their death -- only to defy the Wilis and use the power of her love to save Albrecht from his doom. Giselle, with its own wonderful score by Adolphe Adam, is the ultimate dance statement about the centrality of dance to life. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets range from $20 to $99.

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
Ziff Ballet Opera House
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami


Ifrikya Spirit

Friday, October 21 at 8:30 p.m.

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center will present Ifrikya Spirit as part of the Center’s Cabaret Series. Musicians from 42 African countries converged on the Algerian capital in 2009 for the Pan-African Festival. This was a major event for the members of Ifrikya Spirit and proved to be a major turning point in their creative lives. The visiting musicians went home, but they left many instruments behind, which allowed the musicians to create a band called Ifrikya Spirit. Their goal is to play all sorts of music, like salsa, blues, and reggae, but all with an African spirit. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the show.

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center
10950 S.W. 211th Street, Cutler Bay


Cavalleria Rusticana / Suor Angelica

October 22 - October 23, Saturday - Sunday

Enjoy a double bill of classic opera featuring Cavelleria Rusticana with music by Pietro Mascagni and Suor Angelica with music by Giacomo Puccini performed by Miami Lyric Chorus and Orchestra. Performances at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center are Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. Tickets range from $27 to 47.

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center
10950 S.W. 211 Street, Cutler Bay


Coral Gables Hispanic Cultural Festival

Saturday, October 22 - Sunday, October 23

The Coral Gables Hispanic Cultural Festival celebrates with local and international artists, musicians, and designers to showcase the diverse and unique flavor that the Hispanic culture brings to South Florida. Performances will be on the Festival main stage with a children's pavilion of activities, and an artist pavilion with original artwork. Festival hours are Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

Between Biltmore Way and LeJeune Road, Coral Gables
305-667-0577 (Emilio Sauma Jr.)


Ed Clark in Conversation

Saturday, October 22 at 2 p.m.

Perez Art Museum Miami's Scholl Lecture Series will present Ed Clark in Conversation with Franklin Sirmans. Distinguished artist Ed Clark will speak with PAMM Director, Franklin Sirmans about his lifelong practice as a painter and the many places and cultures that have influenced his . Clark’s "Pink Wave" was acquired in 2015 and is currently on view in the Routes of Influence. Museum admission is free for members, children under 6 and active U.S. military; $16 for adults, and $12 for seniors, students and youth (ages 7-18).

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)
1103 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami


NWSA, FDEO & Dance Now! Miami

Saturday, October 22 from 3 & 8 p.m.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, New World School of the Arts kicks off the 2016-2017 dance season of performances with a partnership between NWSA, Florida Dance Education Organization and DanceNOW! Miami, to present the 2016 Daniel Lewis Miami Dance Sampler. The concert celebrates the strength and diversity of the Miami dance scene and highlights renowned local companies and choreographers including Karen Peterson & Dancers, Ballet Flamenco La Rosa, and the NewWorld Dance Ensemble, among others, for a stellar lineup. General admission is $25; students and seniors, $15.

New World Dance Theater
25 N.E. 2 Street, 8th Floor, Miami


South Motors Jazz: Wycliffe Gordon

Saturday, October 22 at 8 p.m.

Musical ambassador and interpreter of America’s music, Wycliffe Gordon will perform as part of South Motors Jazz at Pinecrest Gardens. His modern mastery of the trombone and his prodigious technique and signature sound has earned him the title of one of the top trombonists of his generation. Gordon headlines legendary jazz venues and performing arts centers throughout the world, is a former veteran member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and has been a featured guest artist on Billy Taylor’s “Jazz at the Kennedy Center” Series. Tickets are $25 and $30.

Pinecrest Gardens
11000 Red Road, Pinecrest


Renée Fleming, America’s Voice

Saturday, October 22 at 8 p.m.

The incomparable soprano Renée Fleming will join Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony for a daring evening of Russian masterpieces and influence, featuring the dramatic suite from Prokofiev’s opera The Love for Three Oranges, Ravel’s exotic and mysterious treatment of the Arabian Nights classic and a thrilling performance of Stravinsky’s primal The Rite of Spring. Tickets range from $50 to $135.

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


Last Time to View Francesco Clemente: Dormiveglia

Sunday, October 23 from noon to 5 p.m.

Dormiveglia at NSU Art Museum | Fort Lauderdale features nine large-scale oil paintings and other works by Francesco Clemente, a leading figure of the Neo-Expressionist movement. Standing, elongated, and statuesque forms of muted, pale colors suggest nebulous half-conscious states between wakefulness and sleep - near dream-like moments of reality and existence, a subject Clemente has explored throughout his career. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and military, $5 for students $5 and free for museum members, NSU students, faculty and staff.

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale
One East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale


2016 Retrospective Youth Art Exhibit Opening

Monday, October 24 at 6 p.m.

Join Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado at the ribbon cutting opening ceremony for the 2016 Miami Latino Art Beat Retrospective Youth Art Exhibit. The exhibition's theme is "What Hispanic Heritage & Culture Means to Me?” and will feature winning artwork from Miami-Dade County Public High Schools over the past 10 years. Miami Latino Art Beat is a national not-for-profit arts organization that has offered scholarship arts initiatives to Miami area high school students for the past 16 years, awarding close to a million dollars in scholarships.

Mandarin Oriental, Miami
500 Brickell Key Drive, Downtown Miami


Charles Aznavour

Tuesday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Named “Entertainer of the Century” by CNN in 1988, Charles Aznavour has a career spanning 70 years. Aznavour has performed and recorded in seven languages and his songs have been covered by numerous artists such as Elton John, Bob Dylan, Sting, Plácido Domingo, Céline Dion, Julio Iglesias, Edith Piaf, Liza Minnelli, Sammy Davis Jr., Ray Charles, Elvis Costello and many more. He has enjoyed major success worldwide with his song “She”, which was #1 in numerous countries and featured in the blockbuster film “Notting Hill.” He celebrated his 92nd birthday earlier this year. His concert at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts will be his only performance south of New York City and the first time he's played in Miami in over 20 years. Tickets range from $69.50 to $250.

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
Ziff Ballet Opera House
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami


Buena Vista Social Club: Omara Portuondo

Tuesday, October 25 at 8 p.m.

Following last year’s sold-out Buena Vista Social Club performance, Omara Portuondo is back at the Adrienne Arsht Center. The great Cuban star and artistic ambassador of her country will celebrate with a grand fiesta, performing much loved Cuban classics from “Bésame mucho” to “Veinte años.” The tour will take you back to her younger years and her continuing love of elegant cabaret, from the Buena Vista days up to the present. She will be joined by the gifted Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca, clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen and violinist Regina Carter. Tickets range from $49 to $110.

Adrienne Arsht Center
Knight Concert Hall
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami


A Dealer’s Relationship with an Artist

Wednesday, October 26 from 7 to 8 p.m.

Goldman Sachs will present Perez Art Museum Miami Salon Series: Selling Botero: Exploring the True Nature of a Dealer’s Relationship with an Artist. Museum Circle members are invited to a reception and conversation with renowned art dealer Felipe Grimberg, who will explore his book "Selling Botero," which chronicles his relationship with the iconic Latin American artist Fernando Botero and recounts Grimberg's 30-year alliance with the artist. Exclusively for Museum Circle members; RSVP required.

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)
1103 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami


Million Dollar Quartet

Through January 1, 2017

Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis will kick off Actors' Playhouse's 2016-17 season with Million Dollar Quartet. This high voltage rock ‘n’ roll show is inspired by the electrifying true story of the famed recording session that brought together the four music icons for one of the greatest jam sessions of all time. Preview performances on October 19 and 20. The show opens on Friday, October 21 at 8 p.m. and runs through January 1. Performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3. Tickets range from $57 to $64.

Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre
280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables