Art About Town - Events of the Week

Arts & Culture in South Florida

Dance, music, theater, visual arts and more - you'll find it all in Art About Town and Culture Compass every Tuesday. Publicized events in Art About Town are selected from SocialMiami's Online Community Events Calendar with first priority given to members and advertisers. For a link to submit your event, contact Calendar publicity is free.

Salon: Women + Words

Tuesday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m.

National YoungArts Foundation's signature Salon Series presents Women + Words in collaboration with O, Miami Poetry Festival. The intimate conversation champions the female voice and honors women in the literary arts with award-winning poet, language activist and educator Natalie Diaz, She appears with YoungArts alumna and poet Delali Ayivor (2011 YoungArts Winner in Writing and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts). Cocktails at 6:30 p.m.; Salon Talk at 7 p.m. Tickets: $10.

National YoungArts Foundation
2100 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami


Evil: A Matter of Intent Exhibit Opening

Wednesday, April 19 at 7 p.m.

Using an international visual language, the artists in Evil: A Matter of Intent challenge the concept of heroes and villains, presenting the many faces of inhumanity. Exhibition, on loan from Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion, will be on view through October 1. Members Opening and Dessert Reception is free for Jewish Museum members at the $125 level and above; and $18 for all other museum members. Non-members may join at the door.

Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU
301 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach


Meet the 2017 Alumni Hall of Fame Awardees

Meet the 2017 Alumni Hall of Fame Awardees
Miami Dade College will honor a new group of distinguished alumni across various top industries – from banking to nonprofit and performing arts – at its 2017 Alumni Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony at the Hilton Miami Downtown on Tuesday, April 18, at 6 p.m. The honorees are among the nation's premier impresarios, public servants, artists, and community leaders. Hall of Fame inductees are recognized for their career accomplishments and positive impact on the community and the College.

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'Catch a Fire' Screening

Wednesday, April 19 at 8 p.m.

Tigertail Productions continues its fire-themed films with "Catch a Fire" (2006) directed by Phillip Noyce, starring Derek Luke, Tim Robbins and Bonnie Henna. Part of the Fire Festival, admission is free.

SoundScape at New World Center
Corner of Washington Avenue and 17th Street, Miami Beach


PAMM Third Thursdays: Poplife Social Vinyl Invasion

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

Join the Perez Art Museum Miami for a vinyl extravaganza on the waterfront terrace and the opening of Toba Khedoori during PAMM's Third Thursdays: Poplife Social. Enjoy vinyl DJ sets by Mikey R from Radio-Active Records and Lolo from Sweat Records, a live performance by Telekinetic Walrus, themed art-making, happy hour drink specials, and more. Admission: $16; PAMM members free.

Perez Art Museum Miami
1103 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami


Culture Compass: In Tune

Culture Compass: In Tune| What does Miami sound like? The New World Symphony posed that question to the public, giving everyone 100 days to respond in the form of audio and video clips to feed an orchestral and cinematic portrait premiering next fall on the South Beach campus. Locals have answered the call with more than 750 submissions in just the first 75 days: samples from our shared environment of gathering storms and mating birds, singular snippets of overheard exchanges and child’s antics, as well as harmonies from Latin rhythms and hip-hop beats to traffic horns and protest chants. The window remains open until May 12 for unlimited contributions via the Project 305 mobile app or website...

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Thursday, April 20 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Lowe Art Museum presents the opening reception of ArtLab@The Lowe 2017, organized and curated by University of Miami ArtLab students. This year's show examines the enduring legacy of the sea – and its creatures – in art.

Lowe Art Museum
1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables
305-284-5587 RSVP


FGO's Young Artist Concert

Friday, April 21 at 7:15 p.m.

Florida Grand Opera and the Mandarin Oriental Miami launch a performance series featuring Florida Grand Opera’s Young Artist Program. Enjoy the music of gifted young singers who will showcase their talents with carefully curated performances.

Mandarin Oriental Hotel's MO Bar + Lounge
500 Brickell Key Drive, Downtown Miami


Frost Chorale European Tour Sendoff Concert

Friday, April 21 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Join Dr. Karen Kennedy and the Frost Chorale as they make final preparations for their summer tour to Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic. Enjoy a classically American repertoire by composers such as Hogan, Gibbs, and Erb which will complement selections from German Romantic masters Mendelssohn and Rheinberger. Tickets: $15 general admission and $10 for seniors.

Gusman Concert Hall at UM
1314 Miller Drive, Coral Gables


MCB School Ensemble Performances

Friday & Saturday, April 21 & 22

Miami City Ballet School will hold its annual MCB School Ensemble Performance on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The performance will feature two ballets by George Balanchine – the effervescent “Tarantella” and the Hungarian-inspired “Pas de Dix,” and the premiere of “Penumbra” by Matthew Neenan. Tickets: $25. On Saturday, the young dancers will again perform following a sun-filled garden party at Villa Azur at 5 p.m. Browse the silent auction at 6:30 and enjoy the benefit performance at 7:30 p.m. Toast the rising stars with a post-performance champagne toast. Benefit tickets (including pre- and post-performance festivities): $100 for adults and $50 for children 12 and under.

Villa Azur (Garden Party at 5 p.m.)
309 23rd Street (Across the street from MCB), Miami Beach
MCB Studios' Lynn & Louis Wolfson, II Theatre (Performance at 7:30)
2200 Liberty Avenue, Miami Beach


Reggie Wilson: Citizen

Friday and Saturday, April 21 & April 22 at 8:30 p.m.

Tigertail Productions brings noted NYC-based choreographer Reggie Wilson and his dance company, Fist and Heel Performance Group, to Miami to perform "Citizen." Tickets: VIP with priority entrance, complimentary glass of wine, $50; general admission $25; and students/artists/seniors $20.

Miami-Dade County Auditorium
On.Stage Black Box Theatre
2901 West Flagler Street, Miami


Synergism: The Collage of Our Memories

Saturday, April 22 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Bring two to three everyday objects (wood, leather, rubber, ceramics, metal, no fabrics) with a personal connection to your life and hometown to participate in a hands-on workshop based on MOCA's current exhibition. Objects will be combined to create a community collage reflective of Ekaterina and Victor Khromin’s aesthetics. Open to adults and teens ages 13 to 17. Cost: $5 to MOCA members and North Miami residents and $10 for all others.

Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (MOCA)
770 N.E. 125th Street, North Miami


Scholl Lecture Series: Elizabeth Diller

Saturday, April 22 from 4 to 5 p.m.

PAMM's Scholl Lecture Series will welcome architect and professor Elizabeth Diller who will speak about her creative process, highlighting current and past projects. Prominent works of Diller's studio, DS+R, include The Broad, the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Redevelopment and the High Line, which extends 1.5 miles on the west side of Manhattan. Free with museum admission.

Perez Art Museum Miami
1103 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami


Gallim Dance

Saturday, April 22 at 8 p.m.

Gallim Dance, one of New York’s leading contemporary dance companies, will perform at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. Artistic Director Andrea Miller choregraphs creative and uncompromising works performed with full abandonment by a virtuosic and fearless company of dancers. Tickets: $25 to $40 with $5 tickets for students available at

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


A Night of Romance, Swing, and the Blues

Saturday, April 22 at 8 p.m.

South Motors Jazz presents The Marcus Roberts Trio and the New World School of the Arts Jazz Band at Pinecrest Gardens. Tickets: $25 and $30.

Pinecrest Gardens
11000 Red Road, Pinecrest


Marvin David Levy’s Atonement

Sunday, April 23 at 4 p.m.

Orchestra Miami commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) with the Florida premiere of Marvin David Levy’s Atonement, a rework of three of Levy's previous pieces that have never before been performed in South Florida. Exploring three critical moments of Jewish history -- "Holocaust", "Inquisition" and "Masada" -- Atonement will be performed by dynamic soprano and Miami favorite Elizabeth Caballero (pictured) and Heldentenor Michael Robert Hendrick, with narration by Rabbi M. Thomas Heyn, Temple Israel’s spiritual leader. Orchestra Miami’s Artistic Director Elaine Rinaldi will conduct the 53 professional musicians of Orchestra Miami and 16 voice choir. Tickets: $20 to $40, with a 10% discount for seniors and $5 tickets available for students.

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


Fashionable Tuesdays

Tuesday, April 25 at 7 p.m.

Jewish Museum of Florida - FIU will welcome Beth Sobol, founder of Miami Fashion Week, to discuss the rise of fashion in Miami. Sobol's talk complements the museum's current exhibition, Hot Couture, Florida Jews on the Fashion Scene 1800's to Today. Ana Esther Soued will join the program with her jewelry designs; Wine & Cheese Reception after the presentations. Free for museum members and $5 for non-members.

Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU
301 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach


The ELLA Celebration

Tuesday, April 25 at 7:15 p.m.

The Miami Jazz Cooperative will present a celebration of the 100th Birthday of Ella Fitzgerald at the Banyan Bowl at Pinecrest Gardens. The ELLA Celebration will feature Brenda Alford, Desiree Bannister, Alice Day, Lisanne Lyons, Wendy Pedersen and Nicole Yarling who will sing the songs for which Ella is best known. Among the musicians accompanying the singers will be pianist Mike Orta, guitarist Randall Dollahon, and the South Florida Jazz Orchestra directed by Dr. Chuck Bergeron. A pre-concert lecture by UM Frost School of Music Professor Bergeron about the life and music of Ella Fitzgerald begins at 7:15 p.m., followed by the concert at 8. Tickets are $30 and $40.

Pinecrest Gardens
11000 Red Road, Pinecrest
305-669-6990 or 877-318-0068 Tickets


Death & Harry Houdini

Wednesday - Sunday, April 26 - May 21

Bold, visually stunning and highly entertaining, Death and Harry Houdini delivers a roller coaster ride through the life of the legendary Harry Houdini. A collaboration with The House Theatre of Chicago and the Adrienne Arsht Center, award-winning magician Dennis Watkins performs Houdini’s original magic, including his most renowned and dangerous escape - the dreaded Water Torture Cell. Performances are Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m., with an additional performance on Saturday, April 29, at 3 pm. Tickets: $50 and $51.

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