The Here & Now festival, Miami Light Project’s annual look at promising dance, performance and multimedia talent, opens Thursday for a two-weekend run.
This year’s lineup includes musician, dancer and actor Shira Abergel with the Prohibition-era tale Appalachian Squall, Ivonne Batanero with the cancer-inspired dance piece Project: Invasion, dancer-choreographer Liony Garcia with the performance piece In Lieu of Flowers and composer-musician Matthew Evan Taylor with Elvrutus Fall.
Selected artists receive $4,000 plus rehearsal space and production support. Since 1999, the festival has commissioned 70 Miami artists including major talents such as Rosie Herrera, Teo Castellanos and Rudi Goblen.
Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and Feb. 14 -16 at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, 404 NW 26th St., Miami. Tickets are $25, $15 for students and seniors; 866-811-4111, miamilightproject.com.
Summer at Arsht
Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts has unveiled a spectacle-driven, two-show summer lineup at its Ziff Ballet Opera House.
First up, June 20-30, is 8CHO (“ocho”) created by Argentine choreographer Brenda Angiel and featuring dancer-aerialists performing to music ranging from hip-hop to tango by an onstage orchestra.
“This is as theatrical, as grand and as spectacular” as the center’s popular Fuerza Bruta, said Arsht executive vice president Scott Shiller.
The second offering, July 31-Aug. 25, is a reprise of Slava Polunin’s wintry and wordless entertainment Slava’s Snowshow, a big all-ages summer hit for the Arsht in 2008.
Tickets — $35-$75 for 8CHO, $55-$75 for Slava’s Snowshow — go on sale Feb. 11 to Arsht members and in the spring to others; 305-949-6722, arshtcenter.org.
• The Coconut Grove Arts Festival kicked off its 50th anniversary festivities last week by unveiling a poster by Romero Britto. “Coconut Grove was home to my very first studio in Miami, and I am truly humbled to be a part of the 50-year celebration of one of Miami’s oldest tradition in the arts,” Britto said in a statement. The festival takes place Feb. 16-18; cgaf.org.
• StoryCorps, a national initiative to document Americans’ stories, will be at North Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art this week to interview arts leaders, artists, students and volunteers. The visit is part of the museum’s 2012 National Medal Award. StoryCorps segments are heard on NPR’s Morning Edition.
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Watts at Arsht
Pianist Andre Watts will perform Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall. Bach’s Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme” (“Sleepers Awake”) and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 are also on the program. Tickets are $50-$130; 305-949-6722, arshtcenter.org.
Dancer Gelan Lambert, a New World School of the Arts graduate and YoungArts Presidential Scholar who left Miami in 1995 for the Juilliard School and success on Broadway, returns to his hometown March 19-24 for the Arsht Center run of FELA! At 7 p.m. Tuesday he will pay tribute to Nigerian musician and political activist Fela Kuti, the inspiration for FELA!, and legendary expatriate dancer Josephine Baker in a talk at the World Erotic Art Museum, 1205 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Museum owner Naomi Wilzig will display her collection of Baker memorabilia. Tickets to Gelan’s talk, “The Bottom, the Derriere, and the Nyash,” are $15; 305-532-9336, weam.com.
Onstage this week
• Miami Dade College’s MDC Live Arts presents the Austin-based Rude Mechanicals at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, in The Method Gun, about performers trying to put on a radically revised Streetcar Named Desire. Tickets are $25, $10 for MDC students; 305-237-3010, mdclivearts.org.
• Los Angeles’ experimental Actors’ Gang, which has Tim Robbins as its artistic director, brings its production of Moliére’s Tartuffe to the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St., Cutler Bay, at 8 p.m. Friday and 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10-$25; 786-573-5300, smdcac.org. Theatergoers ages 13 to 22 can get $5 tickets at cultureshockmiami.com.
• Sister Robert Anne’s Cabaret Class, a one-woman show by playwright Dan Goggin ( Nunsense), plays the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St., Aventura, at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday-Feb. 10. Christine Mild stars as a nun who shares stories as she teaches the audience how to put together a cabaret act. Tickets are $36.50; 877-311-7469, aventuracenter.org.
• Florida Youth Orchestra performs a free “Silver Anniversary” concert at 2 p.m. Sunday at Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura; floridayouthorchestra.org.
Singer Elisabeth von Trapp, granddaughter of Maria and Baron von Trapp of The Sound of Music fame, presents a program of sacred and secular music at 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Christopher’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 95 Harbor Dr., Key Biscayne. Suggested donation is $15; stchriskb.org.
• Friends of Chamber Music of Miami presents pianist Cyprien Katsaris in a solo recital featuring his adaptation of Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables. Tickets are $35, $10 for students; 305-372-2975, miamichambermusic.org.
• Trumpeter Charles Lazarus performs with the Stamps Brass Quintet and Frost Faculty Brass Quintet at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables. Tickets are free, but reservations are suggested; 305-284-4940.
• Orchestra Miami presents soprano Elaine Alvarez in recital at 8 p.m. Friday at Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57th Ave., Pinecrest. Tickets are $25-$25, $20 for seniors, $5 for students; 800-838-3006, orchestramiami.org.
• The Miami Bach Society presents the Prague Baroque Trio at 8 p.m. Saturday at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 1142 Andalusia Ave., Coral Gables. Admission is $20-$25 ($25-$30 at the door), $5 for college students, free for those 18 and younger; 305-669-1376, miamibachsociety.org.
The Broward Center for the Performing Arts has announced it will provide open-captioned and audio-described services for the hearing- and vision-impaired at the remaining performances of the Florida Grand Opera’s 2012-13 season. In addition, a limited number of librettos will be available in Braille; browardcenter.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.