When “world music” began gaining popularity in the United States, that amorphous term usually meant African and Caribbean, but it has expanded to encompass the globe. A fascinating example is Yemen Blues, which plays the downtown club Grand Central on Saturday as part of the MDC Live Arts series.
Lead singer and co-founder Ravid Kahalani grew up in Israel in a Yemeni family immersed in traditional Jewish cantorial music, did a rebellious teenage stint with American blues and soul, swerved into Serbian Orthodox liturgical music and classical countertenor singing, and toured with Israeli star Idan Raichel.
Kahalani joined fellow Israeli bassist and oud player Omer Avital, who combines knowledge of Jewish, African and Arabian music with jazz chops that have earned him touring and recording gigs with the likes of Wynton Marsalis and Joshua Redman. Yemen Blues’ nine members live in New York but hail from Israel, the United States and Uruguay.
Yemen Blues plays at 9 p.m. Saturday at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $10 for MDC students; 305-237-3010, mdclivearts.org.
Tenors in Aventura
Three great Broadway tenors will gather on the stage of the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center at 8 p.m. Friday as part of the city’s Founders Day Weekend celebration. Brent Barrett (most recently in Chicago), Matt Cavenaugh (a Tony winner in the most recent West Side Story revival) and Ron Bohmer (most recently in the A Little Night Music revival) will sing songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Sondheim, Frank Loesser, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, Irving Berlin and more. The center is at 3385 NE 188th St. in Aventura. Tickets to the single performance are $40 and $45; 877-311-7469, aventuracenter.org.
In honor of Universal Children’s Day, TEDxYouth@Miami will present “Ideas Worth Spreading” at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. The event will include South Floridians ages 10 to 23 sharing their stories of resolve, struggle and inspiration as well as an El Sistema-inspired performance by a 12-piece string orchestra and tap dancing by Thomas Armour Youth Ballet dancers. Tickets are $25 at 305-949-6722 or arshtcenter.org. Additional information is at tedxyouthmiami.com.
Miami’s Roxy Performing Arts Theatre is tackling a dual-language edition of Disney’s Aladdin, with English and Spanish dialogue and lyrics intermingling in the show. Michelle Negrin gets the leading lady role of Princess Jasmine, and Kevin Yungman stars as the title hero. They’re joined in the benefit for Roxy’s student scholarship fund by 68 young actors and members of the Greater Miami Youth Symphony.
Performances are 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday from Friday through Nov. 18. The Roxy Performing Arts Center is at 1645 SW 107th Ave., Miami. Tickets are $20; 305-226-0030, roxypac.com.
Visual arts notes
• The Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami, presents a book festival, H aiti En Livres: Haiti Through Books, from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday featuring discussions and signings by writers Eddy Cavé, Josaphat-Robert Large, Adrienne Aristil, Angie Bell, Bito David, Yanick François, Maxime Jean-Louis, Hervé Fanini-Lemoine, Navia Magloire and Christian “Kristo” Nicholas. Tickets are $5, $3 for students with ID, and free for members and North Miami residents; 305-893-6211, nocanomi.org.
• Brazilian-born artist Adriana Carvalho marks the end of her nine-year residency at ArtCenter/South Florida with 101 Dresses, a solo exhibition of her iconic metal dress sculptures. The show at the center’s Richard Shack Gallery, 800 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, is open through Nov. 11 from noon to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday; 305-674-8278, artcentersf.org.
• Red Priest, a British Baroque instrumental group, that takes its name from flame-haired Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi, performs at 3 p.m. Nov. 11 at St. Martha Church, 9301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami Shores, to open the St. Martha-Yamaha Concert Series. Tickets are $10 and $20 at saintmarthatix.com or 305-458-0111.
• America’s Moms for Soldiers and the American Legion Symphonic Band will present a free Veterans Day concert at 2 p.m. Nov. 11 at Pompano Beach High School, 600 NE 13th Ave., Pompano Beach. ; americasmomsforsoldiers.com.
FIU does ‘Medea’
Florida International University theater department chair Marilyn R. Skow has written a fresh adaptation of Euripedes’ great revenge tragedy, Medea, and has staged it in a production that runs through Nov. 11. Student Julissa Perez gets the title role, and the cast includes Lucas Hood, Mariana Vallejo, Zack Myers and Zair Bula..
Performances are at 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and Nov. 11 at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center, 10910 SW 17th St., Miami. Tickets are $10-$15; 305-348-0496, livethearts.com.
Compiled by Miami Herald staff. Send news about theater to cdolen@MiamiHerald.com; dance, pop and Latin music to jlevin@MiamiHerald.com; visual arts to jwooldridge@MiamiHerald.com and classical music and jazz to kmartin@MiamiHerald.com. Add events to our calendar at MiamiHerald.com/events.