Miami Events of the Week - Art About Town

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Friday & Saturday, February 17 & 18

The Adrienne Arsht Center will present Ayikodans, the premiere professional dance company of Haiti. The company blends influences from folk dance, free improvisation and African and indigenous Indian dance forms, as well as French traditions and voodoo religious culture. Following the catastrophic earthquake in 2010, the Arsht Center led an effort to raise funds for a new dance studio for Ayikodans outside of Port-au-Prince. Performances are Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40.

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


My Son Pinocchio: Geppetto’s Musical Tale

February 17 - 26

My Son Pinocchio: Geppetto’s Musical Tale is a light-hearted spin on the classic Pinocchio story. Once the Blue Fairy grants Geppetto his wish for a new son, the new father finds his parenting skills are a bit rough. With a book by David Stern, Academy Award®-winning composer Stephen Schwartz creates an original score expanded from Disney’s Geppetto, the live-action TV movie starring Drew Carey, and paired with two songs from Disney's animated feature Pinocchio. Performances are Fridays at 7;30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 7 and Sundays at 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 and $25 for adults and $10 and $15 for children..

Area Stage Company
1560 S. Dixie Highway, Miami


Chaka Khan in Concert

Friday, February 17 at 8 p.m.

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts will present 10-time Grammy Award-winning artist, Chaka Khan, as part of its 2016-2017 Live at Knight Series. A true Renaissance woman, she is a singer, songwriter, producer, visual artist, author, actor, philanthropist, entrepreneur, activist and mother - and international music icon who has influenced multiple generations of artists. The superstar will celebrate four decades of iconic hits such as “I Feel For You,” “Through The Fire,” and “I’m Every Woman.” Tickets range from $45 to $125.

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


Santiago Rodriguez, piano

Friday, February 17 from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m.

UM's Frost School of Music will present a Faculty Artist Recital featuring pianist Santiago Rodriguez, piano. The program includes THOMAS SLEEPER: “Marina;” GINASTERA: American Preludes, Piano Sonata No. 2; RACHMANINOV: Piano Sonata No. 2, Preludes, Etudes-tableaux, Moments-musicaux. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and benefit the Accompanying Initiative at Frost.

University of Miami - Gusman Concert Hall
1314 Miller Drive, Coral Gables


Miami Lighthouse Celebrates 85th Anniversary

Miami Lighthouse Celebrates 85th Anniversary
Three hundred of Miami’s leading philanthropists and elected officials spent an extraordinary evening, enjoying cocktails provided by Bacardi and wine by El Carajo. Presenting sponsor for the evening was Northern Trust. The co-chairs of the celebration, Mr. and Mrs. Ramón Casas and Mr. and Mrs. Louis Nostro, were announced this past March at the Northern Trust pre-gala event. Entertainment was provided by Miami Lighthouse’s nationally-recognized student and instructor musicians and vocalists...

Pictured: Ramón & Ali Casas and Louis & Janet Nostro

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The Mayhem Poets

Friday, February 17 at 8:30 p.m.

The Mayhem Poets is an evening of ideas and wisdom through mind-provoking poetry, comedy, and hip-hop of three perceptive performance artists, Kyle Rapps, Scott Raven and Mason Granger. They deliver an evening of wild entertainment and fast-paced humor. Tickets are $20 through South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center with $5 tickets available to 13-22-year-olds and one accompanying guest, exclusively through

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


Meet Candace Kumai at Chanel Fragrance & Beauty Boutique

Saturday, February 18 beginning at 10 a.m.

The Chanel Fragrance & Beauty Boutique, that officially opened in December, will present a day of beauty and celebrity open to all store-goers. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. hear from famed wellness expert, five-time best selling author, and TV personality, Candice Kumai (E! News, The Dr. Oz Show, NBC’s Today and more) and learn about the world's best kept longevity secret from the Blue Zones -- the inspiration behind the new CHANEL Blue Serum. Then, from 2 to 5 p.m. celebrity makeup artist Angel Merino will be on hand to introduce the new CHANEL Rouge Coco Gloss collection, which features 24 high-shine shades.

CHANEL Fragrance & Beauty Boutique at Aventura Mall
19501 Biscayne Boulevard, Aventura


25 Annual Kite Days at Haulover Park

Saturday & Sunday, February 18 & 19

Bring the whole family to fly kites with Skyward Kites, using your own kites for free or purchase a kite already-made and ready to fly. No limit to the size and type of kite, and participants are encouraged to make their kites in the traditional fashion representing different countries. Enjoy live music by Free Rads Band during the events, perfect for flyng kites and just sitting on a blanket and relaxing. There will also be bounce houses, face painters, and refreshments to purchase. Event is free; parking fee is $7.

Haulover Park
10800 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
305-893-0906 Dan Ward


Love and Hope’s Magical Mardi Gras Gala

Saturday, February 18 from 6 to midnight

Experience the fun of Bourbon Street with a chic South Florida twist at the Love and Hope’s Magical Mardi Gras Ball – benefiting the cure-focused work of the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI). Guests will enjoy a festive and sophisticated evening of cocktails, dinner, dancing, and the charm of New Orleans’ world-famous carnival in the beachfront, AAA Four Diamond Awarded Diplomat Resort and Spa! Each year, this black-tie gala attracts some of South Florida's top philanthropists and celebrities – all while raising critical funds to find a cure for type 1 diabetes. Executive Chairman Sandra Levy, National Chairman Kathy Simkins, International Chairmen Barry and Linda Gibb, and the rest of the Love and Hope committee promise yet another extraordinary evening filled with love, hope and fun. Tickets are $650 per person.

Diplomat Resort & Spa
3555 S Ocean Drive, Hollywood


Enchanted Evenings: Irma & Norman Braman

Saturday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Enchanted Evenings are intimate dinners hosted in the homes of some of the world’s foremost art collectors in support of the museum’s internationally renowned programs. One, hosted by Irma & Norman Braman, world-renowned for their collection of post-war and contemporary art, will provide guests with the opportunity to view important works by Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko, Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, Frank Stella, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Gerhard Richter and others. One room is uniquely designed and dedicated to kinetic and mobile works by Alexander Calder. Outdoor sculpture is by Richard Serra, Joan Miró, Willem de Kooning and David Smith, and new additions to the collection are by Jim Dine, Ellsworth Kelly and Mark Bradford. Enchanted Evenings are $1,000 per person.

Private residence - Information provided to guests
305-901-5272, Ext. 216 


South Motors Jazz: Alan Paul & The Jim Gasior Trio

Saturday, February 18 at 8 p.m.

Alan Paul began his career on Broadway at the age of 12 in the original Broadway cast of "Oliver." While still performing in Grease, Alan met Janis Siegel, Tim Hauser and Laurel Masse’ and together formed “The Manhattan Transfer.” The Manhattan Transfer were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and have received ten Grammy Awards. They were the first group to ever receive two Grammys in both jazz and pop categories. Alan Paul & The Jim Gasior Trio will perform "My Funny Valentine: The Rogers and Hart Songbook" at Pinecrest Gardens - Village of Pinecrest. Tickets are $25 & $30.

Pinecrest Gardens
11000 Red Road, Pinecrest


Miami Flea

Sunday, February 19 from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Don't miss the second installment of the Arts + Entertainment District of Downtown Miami’s Miami Flea! Over 100 vendors, a variety of workshops, local bites and treats from the Grub Garden, drinks from ACME Lounge, live music and a kid’s corner. Free admission.

The Miami Flea
1440 N. Miami Avenue, Miami


An Evening with Paul Auster and Friends

Tuesday, February 21 at 8 p.m.

The Arsht Center will host An Evening with Paul Auster and Friends. Auster has been turning readers’ heads for three decades, bending the conventions of storytelling, blurring the line between fiction and autobiography, infusing novels with literary and cinematic allusions, and calling attention to the art of storytelling itself. Enjoy a unique presentation of music with Sophie Auster, magic with David Blaine and a reading that has been crafted especially for this occasion. Tickets are $40.

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


Daniel Zamir Quartet

Wednesday, February 22 at 8 p.m.

The Daniel Zamir Quartet will perform at Pinecrest Gardens. Israel’s top-selling Jazz Artist of all time and one of their most influential musicians, Daniel Zamir is a virtuoso saxophone player and composer of “Israeli Jazz.” Tickets are $30 and $36 with VIP tickets ($72) that include a Meet and Greet with the artists. Pinecrest Gardens Patrons receive a special 15% discount with the promo code PGST14.

Pinecrest Gardens
11000 Red Road, Village of Pinecrest


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Thursday - Sunday, February 23 - 26

The Arsht Center welcomes the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Engage your emotions at an Ailey performance that includes their latest acclaimed premieres and Ailey’s “Revelations,” an enduring masterpiece that transcends color and creed to unite the community in hope. Performances are Thursday & Friday at 8 p.m. Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2. Tickets range from $29 to $125..

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


¡Fuácata! or A Latina’s Guide to Surviving the Universe

February 23 - March 12

This one-woman tour-de-force performance at the Arsht Center brings more than 20 Latina characters to life on stage by weaving together tales of love, marriage, immigration, and identity through eccentric stories and whimsical song. A world premiere collaboration between Zoetic Stage Artistic Director Stuart Meltzer and three-time Carbonell Award-winning Cuban-American actress Elena María García, ¡Fuácata! finds endless humor in what it means to be Latina in today’s America. Performances on Thursdays, Saturdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 4 p.m.; and Saturday, February 25 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $50 and $55.

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


The Vagina Monologues

Thursday, February 23 at 6:30 p.m.

Eve Ensler’s award-winning play, The Vagina Monologues, will be performed for one-night only to benefit Casa Valentina. Almost 50 local women will take the stage to speak, dance and sing during this powerful performance. In 2005, Casa Valentina first opened its doors with funding from a performance of Eve Ensler’s play, and this benefit will commemorate over a decade of service to youth aging out of foster care. Reception at 6:30 p.m. with the performance at 8. Tickets are $175 for orchestra seating and reception with VIP packages available at $250 that include pit seating, valet parking and reception.

Olympia Theater
174 E. Flagler Street, Downtown Miami


20th Annual Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival Weekend

Friday - Sunday, February 24 - 26

The 20th Annual Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival brings Big Band Swing Back to Overtown with three days of events at the Historic Lyric Theater Cultural Arts Complex. Tickets range from $10 to $100, and performances are Friday from 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m.

Black Archive Historic Lyric Theater
819 N.W. 2nd Avenue, Downtown Miami


YoungArts Miami: Exhibition, Jazz Performances, and Writers’ Reading

Friday, February 24 at 6:30 p.m.

During National YoungArts Foundation's YoungArts Miami, young artists in the visual, literary, performing and design arts work with accomplished artists such as director, producer and creator of “The Technique” Joan Scheckel, YoungArts alumni Yara Travieso (2005 Winner in Dance) and Jen Waldman (1993 Winner in Theater), who offer them support, mentorship and encouragement to pursue their passions and careers in the arts. Tickets are $15 to attend the Exhibition, Jazz Performances and Writers’ Reading on the YoungArts Campus.

YoungArts Campus
2100 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami


Jekyll & Hyde Musical

Friday - Sunday, February 24 - 26

Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, New World School of the Arts college music theater will present the Tony Award-winning musical Jekyll & Hyde, based on the novel "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson. The musical is directed by NWSA's James Randolph, highlighting the talents of music theater college juniors and seniors, and the NWSA Symphony Orchestra students, led by Jeff Hess. Jekyll & Hyde premieres on Friday at 7:30 p.m. with additional performances on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors.

Colony Theater
1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach


Jazz at MOCA: Shareef Clayton

Friday, February 24 from 8 to 10 p.m.

The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami will celebrate Black History Month with Shareef Clayton as its monthly Jazz at MOCA series headliner. Clayton, a jazz trumpeter, is a native of Miami and performs regularly with Macy Gray, Melody Gardot, Bobby Sanabria and the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Sit under the stars and enjoy the jazz tunes from Shareef Clayton. Admission is free. The museum galleries will be open by donation from 7 to 10 p.m.

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


Jazz Roots: Piano Titans: Chick Corea & Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Solos & Duets

Friday, February 24 at 8 p.m.

The Arsht Center will present Piano Titans: Chick Corea & Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Solos & Duets as part of its Jazz Roots series. Chick Corea is a legendary keyboardist, composer, and bandleader; a DownBeat Hall of Famer and NEA Jazz Master, he's the fourth-most nominated artist in Grammy Awards history with 63 nominations – and 22 wins. Joining Corea is Grammy Award and Latin Grammy Award-winning pianist and composer Gonzalo Rubalcaba. Tickets range from $45 to $125.

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


Black Heritage Celebration Day

Saturday, February 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Join the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center as it celebrates the rich history of the African Diaspora through dance, music and storytelling. Performances will feature the Winds of Heritage Dance Company, the Voices of Heritage Vocal Ensemble and Culture. Visit Miami Children's Museum's Art Studio to learn about famous black artists and create your own masterpiece. End the day with a bang and participate in the Junkanoo parade.

Miami Children's Museum
980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami