Back in the days of segregation, black artists who played luxe Miami Beach hotels had to cross the bay to spend the night in Overtown. From 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Ave., will be the site of a celebration of the community’s storied past when the Overtown Music Project hosts its annual fundraiser at the Liv nightclub. Entertainment includes the 18-piece Melton Mustafa Orchestra and DJ Maseo of De La Soul. The project’s newest program will bring a free, jazz-based music program to Frederick Douglas Elementary School in Overtown beginning Jan. 27. Benefit tickets are $60, $125 VIP; overtownmusicproject.org.
The run isn’t long, but the laughs are huge. Monty Python’s Spamalot, which won the 2005 best musical Tony Award, returns at 8 p.m. Friday for a two-night run at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $25-$65, with club-level seating $109; 954-462-0222, browardcenter.org.
Sunday Afternoons of Music has two programs on tap:
• At 3 p.m. Sunday, the Amernet String Quartet, ensemble-in-residence at Florida International University, will “reveal the secrets and magic” of combining two violins, a viola and cello in a program for children at the University of Miami’s Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables. Tickets are $10 for youngsters, $12 for adults.
• In the same venue at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, pianist Alon Goldstein, violinist Soovin Kim and cellist Amit Peled will perform music by Ysaye, Debussy, Brahms and Dvorak. Admission is $35, $30 seniors, $10 students.
Program details and tickets are available at 305-271-7150 or sundaymusicals.org.
A reception preceding Grammy-winning a cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock’s 8 p.m. Saturday performance at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center benefits a sweet cause: Dress for Success, a nonprofit that helps disadvantaged women find employment with professional attire and workplace guidance. Tickets to the 6 p.m. reception, hosted by television personalities Shireen Sandoval and Trina Robinson, are $65 and include champagne, hors d’oeuvres and tickets to the show; smdcac.org, 786-573-5300.
‘Fat’ is free
Outré Theatre company presents a free reading of Nicky Silver’s Fat Men in Skirts at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Dr., Fort Lauderdale. The dark comedy about a mom and son who survive a plane crash and are vastly transformed features Skye Whitcomb, Nori Tecosky, Ann Marie Olsen and Bobby Johnston, and is recommended for adults. Sale of a $10 snack-beverage combo will benefit the company; outretheatrecompany.com.
Stephen Knapp: New Light, a show of 14 light paintings by the American artist, opens Friday at the University of Miami Lowe Art Museum, 1301 Standford Dr., Coral Gables. Knapp will present a lecture about his work, which has been called the first new art medium of the 21st century, at 7 p.m. at UM’s Storer Auditorium. His talk and an 8 p.m. reception are free to Lowe members, $10 for others.
The same reception marks the opening of Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity, which examines what it means to be an American through themes of self-selection, pride, assimilation and protest. The 39 artists represented come from diverse backgrounds including Native American, African, Arab, European, Asian and Hispanic. A closing reception with a lecture by curator Blake Bradford of Philadelphia’s Barnes Foundation takes place March 20; 305-284-3535, lowemuseum.org.
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.