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Overtown Music Project to hold fundraiser at Fontainebleau Miami Beach


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;

Jordan Levin

‘Spamalot’ returns

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,

Christine Dolen

Classical concerts

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

Sweet Honey

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;, 786-573-5300.

Jordan Levin

‘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;

Christine Dolen

Lowe shows

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,

Galena Mosovich

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