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Picks of the Week: Holiday Edition

Picks of the Week: Holiday Edition

Performing Arts

Published 12/21/21

MIAMI CITY BALLET: GEORGE BALANCHINE’S THE NUTCRACKER®Through December 30thTreat yourself and your loved ones to a “magnificent, dazzling” stage spectacle by Florida’s own world-class dance company. Be swept away by Tchaikovsky’s iconic melodies and delighted as more than 100 dancers fill the stage to bring the fantastical story of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® to life. More event details here.THE STUDIOS KEY WEST: HOLIDAY ARTISAN MARKET – ONLINE!Through December 24thGet your last minute holiday shopping in online! Explore a one-stop-shopping experience with links to 25 unique local artisans who create jewelry, textiles, home accessories and more. Access the shop at here.DEERING ESTATE: HOLIDAY EVENING BY THE BAYDecember 22nd at 5:00 pmEnjoy a special holiday edition of Evening by the Bay, an after-hours experience at the Deering Estate. Stroll the main grounds decorated with holiday lights and festive décor. More event details here.FLAMINGO GARDENS: GARDEN OF …

Picks of the Week: Theatre, Dance and More...

Picks of the Week: Theatre, Dance and More...

Performing Arts

Published 12/10/21

CITY THEATRE: JACOB MARLEY'S CHRISTMAS CAROLThrough December 19th Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol is, of course, spun off from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, only now the redemption story focuses not on mean, old Ebenezer Scrooge but on his long-dead business partner and chains-rattling ghost, Jacob Marley. Playwright Tom Mula adapted this holiday favorite from his own novella, and the show features a single actor relating the story of Marley, Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmases past, present and future. More event details here.CITY OF SUNRISE: SUNRISE ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL FEATURING WINTER WONDERLANDDecember 11th at 10:00 amBring the entire family! This holiday event features handmade arts and crafts, unique retail vendors, delicious food vendor selections, and children’s activities – all in one spot. More event details here.AREA STAGE COMPANY: ROALD DAHL'S WILLY WONKA JRThrough December 19thThe delicious adventures of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory light up …

Area Stage Conservatory Presents Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Jr.

Area Stage Conservatory Presents Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Jr.

Performing Arts

Published 12/5/21

ASC’s Director of Conservatory Education, Rebecca Ashton, directs and choreographs this wondrous production which will be performed by students, ages 6-17.For over 50 years, Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory has captivated audiences in a world of pure imagination. Featuring the enchanting songs that you know and love from the 1971 film, in addition to a host of fun new songs, this performance is a scrumdiddlyumptious musical guaranteed to delight every audience member's sweet tooth. Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka, world-famous inventor of the Everlasting Gobstopper, as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. This production will feature innovative, in-the-round staging, and a new, modern take on the charming tale that has been a worldwide favorite for decades. Shows will be performed at ASC’s Black Box Theatre at 5701 Sunset Dr Suite 286, South Miami, Florida …

Children's Concert at the Key West Botanical Garden

Children's Concert at the Key West Botanical Garden

Performing Arts

Published 11/19/21

Join the fun on Sunday, December 19, 2021. The concert will feature local classical guitarist, Mateo Jampol performing songs especially for children and will start at 1 pm lasting until 1:30 pm in the Garden’s Courtyard. Following the concert a craft project will be available where children will have the opportunity to create their own holiday ornament.  This “Snowy Sunday” event will have Snow Cones, beverages and treats for sale.The cost will be $5 per child with a maximum cost of $10 per family. The Garden is located at 5210 College Road on Stock Island. For more information call 305-296-1504 or visit www.keywest.garden. All proceeds benefit the Garden's Education Department.

Give Miami Day Celebrates 10 Years of Giving

Give Miami Day Celebrates 10 Years of Giving

Performing Arts

Published 11/2/21

Give Miami Day is a 24-hour online giving campaign that makes it easy for everyone to become a philanthropist for their favorite causes. On November 18th, individuals can select a nonprofit organization and contribute online through the GiveMiami platform. There are hundreds of nonprofits serving Miami-Dade County to choose from. This is a unique opportunity for non-profit organizations of any size to engage their supporters and join the fun for a good cause. With Bonus, Prize and Match Minutes Pools, everyone can get in on the activity. The donations are known as gifts and anyone can make them! The excitement builds as the Prize and Match Minutes Pools are announced in advance so that everyone can plan their strategy. Some may be as simple as the first to give or the most donors within a particular time frame. With a minimum donation of $25, it can be as much about engaging the donors as the actual dollars.With its own hashtag #GiveMiamiDay, everyone is encouraged to use …

Picks of the Week: Halloween

Picks of the Week: Halloween

Performing Arts

Published 10/29/21

SUNRISE CIVIC CENTER THEATRE: INTERACTIVE MOVIE: "HOCUS POCUS"October 30th at 6:00 pmExperience the hit ‘90s comedy, “Hocus Pocus,” like never before! Audience members each receive an interactive goodie bag with clues on how to use it during the movie. More event details here.HOLLYWEIRD HALLOWEEN DOWNTOWN HOLLYWOOD BLOCK PARTYOctober 30th through the 31stThe block party features family friendly entertainment from 6pm-9pm, including candy stations, face painting, DJ, and a children’s costume contest with prizes. From 9pm-2am, the party continues with live bands, outdoor bars and adult costume contests with $10,000 in prizes! More event details here.NEW WORLD CENTER: CONCERT FOR KIDS - TRICKS AND TREATSOctober 31st at 12:00 pmFamilies will enjoy a spooktacular afternoon at the New World Center for Tricks and Treats—NWS’s first Concert for Kids program of the season. Conducting Fellow Chad Goodman brings the goosebumps with scary-good favorites from Pictures at an …

Cuento de Navidad (A Christmas Carol)

Cuento de Navidad (A Christmas Carol)

Performing Arts

Published 10/27/21

The production is a collaboration between Area Stage Company and PAFF (Primer Acto Florida Foundation) and will take place the weekend of November 19-21 at the ASC Black Box Theatre in Sunset Place. It will be a play with music presented in the Spanish language.This adaptation, which features a female Scrooge, proposes that you can stay true to the classic without interfering with the original Dickens story. Scrooge, a greedy and bitter woman, is able to reconsider and change her attitude towards the world, paying tribute to those first women who fought for their rights to be recognized as contributing members of our society. At the time that Dickens wrote his famous A Christmas Carol (1843), it was unthinkable that its protagonist, Scrooge, was a successful businesswoman. It was in 1870, that the Law of Assets of Married Women finally recognized the right of women to own the money that she earned from her work.We will see the classic Christmas Carol from a female point of view where …

Picks of the Week: Music, Food and More...

Picks of the Week: Music, Food and More...

Performing Arts

Published 10/22/21

SLOW BURN THEATRE CO: SONGS FOR A NEW WORLDThrough October 24thIt's about one moment. It's about hitting the wall and having to make a choice... or take a stand... or turn around and go back. Songs for a New World, the first musical from Tony Award winner, Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Bridges of Madison County), is a moving collection of powerful songs that examine life, love and the choices that we make. More event details here.DEERING ESTATE: CHEFS TABLE ON THE BAYOctober 22nd at 6:30 pmThe Deering Estate Foundation will be hosting the inaugural and exclusive cooking and dining experience Chef’s Table on the Bay. Under the stars on the Estate’s beautiful courtyard, guests will enjoy delicious food, celebrity cooking demonstration, wine pairings, and a very special bourbon cocktail. Gather friends and family and reserve your table. More event details here.STUDIOS OF KEY WEST: THE SMALLEST PARADE IN THE UNIVERSE!October 23rd at 7:00 pmThe Smallest Parade in the Universe is an …

Mirror of Most Value: A Ms. Marvel Play

Mirror of Most Value: A Ms. Marvel Play

Performing Arts

Published 10/20/21

The show will be running November 5th - 7th 2021 at the ASC Black Box Theatre. ASC’s own Silver Palm Award-Winning Associate Artistic Director, Giancarlo Rodaz, serves as Director and designer for this action-packed production.Mirror of Most Value kicks off when a strange Terrigen Mist descends upon Jersey City and our heroine, Kamala Khan, is imbued with polymorphic powers. Her life is changed forever, as are the lives of her family and friends. Using her newfound abilities to fight evil and protect Jersey City, she becomes the all-new Ms. Marvel! Kamala attempts to boost Ms. Marvel’s fledgling superhero profile by writing her own fan fiction. But when building a fandom becomes an obsession, Kamala’s schoolwork and relationships begin to suffer. To become the Jersey City hero of her dreams, Kamala must learn to accept herself just as she is – imperfections and all. This production will be performed by a cast of talented, pre-professional ASC Conservatory students, ages 14-19. …

The Horrorland Drive-Thru Halloween Experience returns to South Florida

The Horrorland Drive-Thru Halloween Experience returns to South Florida

Performing Arts

Published 9/16/21

Enjoy the adrenaline rush that comes from getting chased as you cruise through this year’s The Horrorland attraction. This spooky drive thru boasts not just one, but eight haunted houses to satisfy the needs of all horror aficionados. Located at Corner of Country Club Road and Abigail Road, right across from Aventura Mall, this year’s thrilling journey opens October 1 and runs through October 31, with performances Thursday through Sunday.In its second consecutive year, the drive-thru haunted house experience is one of the top Halloween attractions in South Florida. The experience is complete with state-of-the art props, theatrical sets, movie-quality makeup, over-the-top special effects, specialty themes, and details created to promise for the most terrifying Halloween experience ever. “The beauty of this immersive experience is that participants are protagonists in a horror movie that’s happening around them in real-time – and it’s all done from the safety of their …

Picks of the Week: Art, Music and More...

Picks of the Week: Art, Music and More...

Performing Arts

Published 7/9/21

HISTORY FORT LAUDERDALE: THE ART OF TIM FORMAN: FLORIDA EVERGLADESThrough September 26thTim Forman’s colorful and impressionist Florida Everglades landscapes will be on display in the New River Inn at History Fort Lauderdale. He creates his landscapes to portray the splendor and simplicity of the natural world, and, through his work, seeks to lift the spirits and inspire awe above our day-to-day lives. More event details here.(Photo: History Fort Lauderdale) FLAMINGO GARDENS: DAVID ROGERS' BIG BUGSThrough September 6thVisitors of all ages can enjoy the craftsmanship of 10 larger-than-life sculptures created by artist David Rogers using willow limbs, twigs, and branches, all nestled along the pathways throughout the Arboretum. In the gardens you'll come upon enormous ants marching to a picnic, a giant spider dangling from a tree, and a humongous dragonfly hovering over the water. Highlights of the exhibit include a 10' tall Daddy Long Legs and a 17' long Praying Mantis! More event …

REVIEW: AREA STAGE DEBUTS A LEANER, IMAGINATIVELY IMMERSIVE ‘ANNIE’

REVIEW: AREA STAGE DEBUTS A LEANER, IMAGINATIVELY IMMERSIVE ‘ANNIE’

Performing Arts

Published 6/16/21

After its popular outdoor production of “Shrek the Musical” in January – and after lengthy downtime during the pandemic – Area Stage is inviting audiences to its indoor space at South Miami’s Shops at Sunset Place to experience a smashing new production of “Annie.”The brainchild of associate artistic director Giancarlo Rodaz, this production of the long-running 1977 Broadway hit is like no other you may have seen before, even if “Annie” happens to be your favorite musical.For one thing, as its poster cheekily notes, this time “Annie” is being performed by just eight actors, with nary a scene-stealing kid in sight. Rodaz’s “Annie” casting decisions would seem to satisfy even late actor-comedian W.C. Fields, the curmudgeon who famously advised against working with animals or children: Annie’s stray dog pal, Sandy, is played by a puppet crafted from weathered footwear.For another, Area’s “Annie” stands out because Rodaz – who directed, choreographed …

Picks of the Week: Theatre, Music and More...

Picks of the Week: Theatre, Music and More...

Performing Arts

Published 4/16/21

NEW WORLD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS: IN THE RED AND BROWN WATERApril 16th at 7:00 pmNWSA presents the award-winning play In the Red and Brown Water, written by Tarell Alvin McCraney (NWSA 1999 alumnus) winner of an Academy Award for the 2016 film Moonlight. Directed by NWSA theater faculty member James Randolph the play will be presented online as a one-time Premiere, performed by juniors and seniors enrolled in the NWSA college theater program.More event details here.SOUTH FLORIDA THEATRE LEAGUE: GRACEApril 19th at 7:00 pmCatherine is searching for something authentic as she embarks on a "Lewis-and-Clark-esque" trip across America sponsored by Monteverde Moonshine. But as she travels, she comes to more questions than answers about "the real America," her own identity, and about what authenticity even means anymore. More event details here. HISTORYMIAMI: KIDS ASK A QUESTIONApril 17th at 10:00 amDid you know that blue whales are the largest animals in the world? Or that sea otters wash their …

New Program at Ballet Palm Beach

New Program at Ballet Palm Beach

Performing Arts

Published 2/11/21

Ballet by the Book is made possible through a $15,000 grant from the PNC Foundation through PNC Arts Alive. PNC Arts Alive is a multi-year initiative of PNC and the PNC Foundation dedicated to supporting visual and performing arts groups with the goal of increasing arts access and engagement in new and innovative ways. Ballet by the Book’s goal is to impact young lives from underserved communities through exposure to the performing arts, while simultaneously promoting literacy. Ballet Palm Beach anticipates offering the live performances in early fall 2021. “With the unanticipated impact of the pandemic on live performances, the support we give to the arts through PNC Arts Alive is more important than ever,” said Cressman Bronson, PNC regional president for South Florida. “Having new ways to bring stories to life through short ballets at Palm Beach libraries and schools will allow children to learn about and enjoy cultural entertainment this …

Koubek Center presents new series ¡EN CASA!

Koubek Center presents new series ¡EN CASA!

Performing Arts

Published 4/24/20

Storytime, circus acts, private concerts, Afro-Cuban dance lessons, and lecture readings come to life online! Miami Dade College's Koubek Center is commited to the community it serves so the Center is continuously exploring new opportunities to provide fun, quality programming, straight into homes across Miami-Dade County. People of all ages can stay connected more than ever before thanks to these social media events taking place through June 2020.Whether you are working from home or on the frontlines, it’s important to make time for uplifting memories with the community and loved ones. With these events, families and individuals can learn and explore the history behind Afro-Cuban dancing, have a Storybook Picnic at home, attend a dramatic reading, or enjoy a mini-concert, all from the safety of your home. Let’s share the challenge, and let’s make the best of it together-- with the arts, and a neighbor from afar. Take a look at the incredibly fun, engaging events coming up …

Sensory-Friendly Children Shows

Sensory-Friendly Children Shows

Performing Arts

Published 11/1/18

By Petar PetrovThe theatre is an all-around entertainment for the senses, but for those with sensory issues, not only do theatre performances often turn into torture, but when they respond to their distress, a sense of judgment quickly takes over the halls.However, that’s slowly starting to change. The true spirit of inclusiveness and tolerance has reached South Florida.The need for such “sensory-friendly” performances, as they’re often referred to, had long been overlooked. Children with these disorders and their parents love going to the theatre as much as the next person, but they usually face two options – going to a performance directed at a general audience and hoping to be spared of a sensory overload, or not going at all. But that changed in South Florida last year when the Broward Center for the Performing Arts introduced performances specifically designed for individuals with sensory processing and autism spectrum disorders. You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown …

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