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The Adrienne Arsht Center might be Miami's most beautiful building. Any way you slice it, the modern tribute to glass and steel is a bold reminder of our city's commitment to the arts. Most major shows make a stop at the Arsht Center, from Les Miserables to the Boston Pops. The largest performing arts center in Florida, this 5,000 seat apex is comfy indeed. There's a concert hall, a theater in the round, an outdoor performance space and even a swanky eatery on site. Sure, a visit to the Arsht ain't cheap - you'll pay out the ass for drinks and snacks and probably tickets - but it's so worth it to nourish your starving intellect, now isn't it?
Peter London — both the person and the troupe of performers named for him — exemplifies Miami’s dance scene today. London, a native of Trinidad and...
Most divas are content to live their lives in the spotlight, seeking nothing less than the undying adoration of their fans. Not Angélique Kidjo, th...
It's no secret that downtown is Miami's burgeoning arts and culture mecca. Instead of the often touted (and often overpriced) Wynwood, our city center is rapidly stepping up to the plate and claiming ... More »
Baseball season is underway, but here in Miami, there might be more fans singing “Take Me Out to the Ballet.” That’s because legendary catcher (and former Florida Marlin) Mike Piazza will take the stage with Miami City Ballet next month. Yes,... More »
We’re long accustomed to seeing African-American musicians perform for audiences that are 80 percent white, but the reverse is still pretty unusual — and it was especially unusual, if not outlawed, in the segregated South of the 1950s. This is... More »
It doesn’t get more old school than pianos and poetry — both have been around for centuries. Some might even say they’re a little on the stodgy side. But add a little young blood to the mix, and the hip factor is exponentially upped. That’s the... More »
The Miami City Ballet Company (MCB) will close its 2012-2013 season this weekend at the Arsht Center with Broadway and Ballet, a valentine to Jerome Robbins and George Balanchine. No surprise there, s... More »
The true-life events of the Million Dollar Quartet jam session of December 4, 1956 -- when Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash popped in to Sam Phillips's legendary studio Sun Records to catch a Carl Perkins recording session while up-and-coming piano rocker Jerry Lee Lewis sat in -- are found scattered through biographies, a scratchy recording, and word-of-mouth accounts. The account is more apocryphal than actual history, but this dazzling musical transported audiences to that fateful... More »
Have you noticed the stunning complex that sits on Biscayne Boulevard, between gleaming towers of empty luxury condos and the historic streets of Overtown? We present to you the Carnival Center for ... uh, wait, we mean the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. Wow. Try saying that five times fast. As if the Carnival Center wasn't a cool enough name, the folks who run the year-old center came up with another one thanks to arts patron and Total Bank founder... More »
There wasn't a lot of wiggle room for Michael Amico's Summer Shorts sets. On some nights, 15 shows were produced in a single program. Long waits between them was not an option, even though all the set components had to be dragged between the bleacher-style seats in total darkness to the in-the-round performance space. Despite those logistical limitations, and the budget constraints of generating 15 separate sets for the price of one, Amico did dazzling work. Some of it was also purely... More »
It's crazy but true: Until 2007, nobody had thought to turn Tolstoy's book into an opera. Maybe that's because not a lot of Russians have composed operas, or maybe it's that setting so much familial intrigue to music is too daunting for composers of any nationality. Whatever the reason, it's nice that we were forced to wait for composer David Carlson. His music is dense, dark, and mysterious -- just like the lives it is meant to illuminate in Anna -- and given to occasional moments... More »
Two giants of twentieth-century opera launching a new star for the 21st: That is just part of what happened in this new production that celebrated -- and made -- Miami music history. The first collaboration between the great Renata Scotto and Richard Bonynge, this local staging of Bellini's La Sonnambula was a demanding and gorgeous romantic opera. Starring Miami's favorite young diva, Leah Partridge, in a role she seemed born to sing, La Sonnambula was opera heaven, a thrilling and... More »
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