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Motown the Musical

Tuesday - Sunday, February 2 - 7

Motown the Musical, Broadway’s record-breaking smash hit, tells the true story behind the beat that changed minds, touched lives and took the world by storm. It shows how legendary artists Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and so many more created the soundtrack that transformed America. It began as one man's story and became everyone's music - the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul. Performances at the Arsht Center's Ziff Ballet Opera House are Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 1 and 7 p.m. Tickets range from $29 to $150.

Arsht Center, Ziff Ballet Opera House
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami
305-949-6722 Box Office


The Tenors “Under One Sky Tour”

Wednesday, February 3 at 8 p.m.

The Tenors, the Canadian multi-platinum, JUNO Award-winning vocal group with almost 1 million albums sold, “have talent to burn” and “killer singing voices,” raves The Toronto Star, and “pitch perfect harmonies” says Over the past several years, The Tenors have been selling out concerts across Canada, the U.S. and the UK, and have performed over 500 live shows on five continents. They will perform in the Arsht Center's Knight Concert Hall. Tickets range from $35 to $85 with VIP experiences available, which include premium seating, a meet and greet, exclusive merchandise and more!

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami


Miami International Film Festival Announces Line-Up

Miami International Film Festival Announces Line-Up
This morning the Miami International Film Festival announced the line-up for their 33rd edition, which is to take place on March 4-13, 2016. Featuring 129 films, the line-up includes numerous important premieres, with 12 World Premieres, 16 North American Premieres, and 13 U.S. premieres, all debuting in Miami.

As previously announced, the Festival will open with Alex de la Iglesia's “My Big Night” at the historic Olympia Theater in Downtown Miami, with Spanish superstar Raphael in attendance.

Pictured: Still from “My Big Night”

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The Lowe After Hours

Thursday, February 4 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Take a guided tour of the Lowe's exhibition "Durer to Rubens: Northern European Art from the Bass Museum of Art" at this month's edition of The Lowe After Hours. The focus of this important exhibition is Northern Europe during the Renaissance and Baroque periods (15th to 17th centuries), and the pieces on view represent a range of media and a compelling array of subjects. The Lowe Art Museum and the Bass Museum of Art are the only two professional art institutions in Greater Miami to house extensive collections of European Old Master paintings, sculptures, and decorative art objects. Enjoy refreshments and lively entertainment while visiting the Lowe's galleries and exhibitions - after hours! Free for museum members and $10 non-members.

Lowe Art Museum at University of Miami
1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables


New World School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra

Thursday, February 4 at 7:30 p.m.

The New World School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of maestro Alfred Gershfeld, will perform major works by Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov. His beloved 2nd Piano Concerto in C Minor will be performed by famed American pianist Christopher O’Riley, known by millions as the host of NPR's From the Top. Another important work on the program will be Rachmaninov’s impressive and virtuosic Symphonic Dances. Tickets for the NWSA concert are $20 for general admission and $10 for students.

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


The Book of Mormon @ Broward Center for the Performing Arts

The Book of Mormon @ Broward Center for the Performing Arts
For the easily offended, the word ‘blasphemous’ may very well apply to “The Book of Mormon.” For everyone else, it’s likely to be viewed as a welcome breath of fresh air – one that Miamians are very fortunate to have make its way to South Florida for the third time since 2013, this time at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale.

Written by “South Park” creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, “The Book of Mormon” is very much the toe-tapping Broadway equivalent of the duo’s crass, long-running cartoon series. But instead of foul-mouthed Colorado grade-schoolers, Stone and Parker tackle a different sort of crowd: Mormons.

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Ayikodans, Haiti's Premier Dance Company

Thursday - Saturday, February 4 - 6

Ayikodans, Haiti’s premier dance company,will return to the Arsht Center's Carnival Studio Theater stage, led by founder and artistic director Jeanguy Saintus. In celebration of the Arsht Center’s 10th Anniversary, the Arsht Center has commissioned Ayikodans to develop a new piece that will have its world premiere during this engagement. This is guaranteed to include energetic dances, rapid drum rhythms and the emotional tale of struggle and triumph! “The dancers’ intensity and force are SPECTACULAR!” - The Miami Herald. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $40.

Adrienne Arsht Center's Carnival Studio Theater
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami


Open Barre: Dance + Drama

Friday & Saturday, February 5 & 6

Meet Miami City Ballet's Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, go behind the scenes with Miami City Ballet dancers and watch performance excerpts in a fun, intimate setting! This Open Barre event will preview MCB’s new production of George Balanchine’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," bringing some of Shakespeare’s most celebrated characters to life. Explore how ballet dancers draw upon dramatic techniques from the theater for inspiration with costume and design historian Tanya Williams Wetenhall. Tickets are just $35 and include a complimentary lobby “open bar” featuring wine and soft drinks, beginning 30 minutes prior to curtain. Performances are Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. and Saturday afternoon at 2:30. The first 26 Miami Beach residents who arrive at the box office at 1:30 on Saturday will receive complimentary tickets for the matinee performance. Must present valid ID with Miami Beach address.

Miami City Ballet Studios
2200 Liberty Avenue, Miami Beach


Family Movie Fridays: Penguins of Madagascar

Friday, February 5 at 8 p.m.

Pinecrest Gardens will host a family-friendly evening that begins with an adventurous "flashlight tour," and concludes with a screening of Penguins of Madagascar - perfect for audiences of all ages. Super spy teams aren't born - they're hatched. Discover the secrets of the greatest and most hilarious covert birds in global espionage as they join forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind. Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified, together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, voiced by John Malkovich, from destroying the world as we know it. Enjoy fresh popped popcorn, soft drinks, hot dogs and other delicious snacks available for purchase. Bring the whole family for full theater amenities - outdoors - and don't forget your flashlights for the tour! Gates open at 6:30 p.m., movie at 8. Admission is $5.

Pinecrest Gardens Banyan Bowl
11000 Red Road, Pinecrest


Jazz Roots: Patti LaBelle

Friday, February 5 at 8 PM

"Beautiful" simply does not describe the incomparable force known to the world as Patti LaBelle. As time continues to evolve, the soulful songbird’s name has become synonymous with grace, style, elegance and class. Belting out classic rhythm and blues, pop standards and spiritual sonnets have created the unique platform of versatility that LaBelle is known and revered for around the world! Appearing with Patti LaBelle is Ashleigh Smith, winner of the 3rd Annual International Sarah Vaughan Vocal Competition. Tickets for the Arsht Center's Knight Concert Hall performance range from $45 to $130

Arsht Center's Knight Concert Halll
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami
305-949-6722 Box Office


Lindsey Blair Quartet

Friday, February 5 at 8:30 p.m.

The Lindsey Blair Quartet features the talents of four of South Florida’s finest jazz musicians: Lindsey Blair, guitarist and composer; Hal Roland, keyboards; Nicky Orta, electric bass; and Carlomagno Araya, drums and hand percussion. The outstanding guitarist/composer and his stellar quartet will take you on a joyful excursion in contemporary musical expression. While their music is forged from the jazz idiom, the scope of their music fully explores the wide range of musical experiences and influences of the superb ensemble. Tickets for the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center performance are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.

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


Family Fun Concert Series - The Story of Babar the Elephant

Saturday & Sunday, February 6 & 7

The Story of Babar the Elephant, told in English and Spanish, will be illustrated with gorgeous music provided by Orchestra Miami under the leadership of Elaine Rinaldi. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children up to age 17. Subscriptions and Family Packs (2 adults + 2 children) are available. Subscribers receive benefits such as priority seating and study guides emailed in advance. Performances are Saturday at 4 p.m. to Ronald Reagan Senior High School and Sunday at 2 p.m, at Pinecrest Gardens. Purchase tickets online.

Ronald Reagan Senior High School (Saturday)
8600 N.W. 107 Avenue, Doral
Pinecrest Gardens (Sunday)
11000 S.W. 57th Avenue, Village of Pincrest
305-274 -2103 


Outside the Box Performance & Salon Talk with Jason Moran

Saturday, February 6 at 5 p.m.

Merging the skateboard memories of his youth in the ‘80s and his vocation as an acclaimed jazz pianist, composer and educator, YoungArts alumnus Jason Moran (1993 Winner in Jazz) pays homage to these trailblazing genres with an interdisciplinary work that sits at the nexus of American subculture. Join YoungArts for an intimate Salon between interdisciplinary artist Jason Moran and iconic street skater Mark Gonzales, followed by an inspired Outside the Box performance blending jazz, skateboarding and new media. A carved-out half-bowl, half-pipe ramp installed on the YoungArts Plaza will feature Miami’s best street skaters organized by Joel Meinholz and acclaimed skateboard photographer Ian O’Connor. A range of beverage options and light to hearty bites will be available for purchase. Pre-Salon cocktails at 5 p.m., the talk from 5:30 to 6:30, followed by the performance. Tickets for reception and talk are $35 general admission, $28 members and $20 students; admission is free for the Outside the Box performance.

National YoungArts Foundation Camupus
2100 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami (Tickets)


Grand Opening Party!

Saturday, February 6 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Williams McCall Gallery has aligned with FrameWorks, a premier resource for framing and art preservation, to create an innovative new gallery in the heart of the Grove. Celebrate the gallery's second location, meet the owners of FrameWorks and enjoy refreshments at the Grand Opening Party. Free and open to the public.

Williams McCall Gallery @ FrameWorks
3196 Commodore Plaza, 2nd Floor, Coconut Grove


Metropolitan Opera Tenor David Portillo

Sunday, February 7 at 3 p.m.

IlluminArts, Miami's Art Song and Vocal Chamber Music Series, will host a performance by Metropolitan Opera Tenor David Portillo, fresh from his Metropolitan Opera debut. Accompanied by celebrated pianist and conductor, Gregory Ritchey, Portillo will present works by Alberto Ginastera, Juan Vert, Fernando Obradors, Carlos Gardel, Maria Grever, and Agustin Lara to highlight the museum's current exhibition. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $10 for students, musicians and artists.

MDC's Museum of Art + Design in The Freedom Tower
600 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami
786-565-2180 Event Information


Glimmerglass Festival

Tuesday, February 9 at 7 p.m.

The internationally acclaimed Glimmerglass Festival will take center stage at NSU Art Museum | Fort Lauderdale’s Horvitz Auditorium for a one-night opera performance celebrating film, fashion and iconic inspirational women. The concert is specially curated for the museum’s exhibition Bellissima: Italy and High Fashion 1945 – 1968, with Glimmerglass artists performing musical selections contemporary to the exhibition along with modern musings of Italian divas by composers including Mozart, Puccini and others. A reception and meet and greet with the artists will take place immediately following the performance. Tickets are $40 general admission, $25 for museum and Glimmerglass members and free for museum Benefactor and above level members and Glimmerglass National Council and Camerata level members. Seating is limited.

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


Alper JCC Jewish Book Festival - Epilogue

Wednesday, February 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Alper JCC will host two author presentations as an Epilogue to the Jewish Book Festival. Bestselling author Nicole Dweck weaves a spellbinding tapestry of romance, history, and fate that brings to life one of history's greatest yet overlooked stories in "The Debt of Tamar," and Nomi Eve's Henna House is an intimate family portrait interwoven with the rich traditions and customs of the Yeminite Jews, a sensuous tale of love, loss, betrayal, forgiveness, and the dyes that adorn the skin and pierce the heart. Get your own taste of henna art from an artist at the event. Tickets are $10 and include refreshments.

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


Vernon Carey's Father-Daughter Dance

Wednesday, February 10 from 6 to 9 p.m.

The Vernon Carey Foundation will hold a Father-Daughter Damce to celebrate Valentine's Day. Former Miami Dolphins Offensive Linemen Vernon Carey will host Fathers and Daughters of all ages with former NFL players who will also be in attendance. The evening will feature a live DJ, corsages provided by Al’s Florist, a lip gloss-making station, lite bites and a poetry performance from the Jason Taylor Foundation’s Omari Hardwick Blueapple Poetry Network, plus a raffle and silent auction. Tickets are $40 for a Father and Daughter, and $10 for each additional ticket. All proceeds benefit the Vernon Carey Foundation to create programs and provide support to encourage the lives of youth in the South Florida community Tickets will be available at the door..

301 E. Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale