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Free show at SoBe hotel opens Miami Made Festival


Extended Stay, a piece by The Project [Theatre], will kick off the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts’ Miami Made Festival 2013 Feb. 26-27 at the Riviera Hotel South Beach, 2000 Liberty Ave., Miami Beach. The 9 p.m. performances are free, and no reservations are required.

Also on this year’s festival bill are staged readings of three in-development plays and a dance piece at the Arsht’s Carnival Studio Theater: Stuart Meltzer will direct Christopher Demos-Brown’s Fear Up Harsh, featuring Todd Allen Durkin, Stephen G. Anthony and Arielle Hoffman, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28; Meltzer’s Dinner Parties (Ironic and Themed), directed by Margaret M. Ledford, is at 7:30 p.m. March 1, and Two-Merz by Mark Della Ventura, Gabriel Hammad and David Michael Sirois is 4 p.m. March 3. Letty Bassart’s dance piece Good, God, Go will be performed at 3 and 7:30 p.m. March 2.

The events at the Carnival, located in the Ziff Ballet Opera House, require a free ticket, available at the Arsht box office, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, starting at 10 a.m. the day of each performance;

Christine Dolen

New school chief

Miami City Ballet School has a new director — Darleen Callaghan, former director of the North Carolina Dance Theatre School of Dance. Callaghan, who starts on March 1, will take over running MCB’s school from the troupe’s artistic director, Lourdes Lopez, who had been juggling both positions since taking the helm of the ballet in September.

In 13 years at the North Carolina school, Callaghan increased enrollment from 150 to 700 students and helped develop apprentice and conservatory training programs. NCDT artistic directors Patricia McBride and Jean Pierre Bonnefoux, renowned former principal dancers at New York City Ballet under George Balanchine, praised her work.

“Darleen has done amazing work for our school and was foremost in helping build its reputation in the dance world,” Bonnefoux said.

Launched in 1993 by Linda Villella, wife of MCB’s founding artistic director, Edward Villella, the school trains students from age 3 in the troupe’s Miami Beach studios. It has become an important source of MCB talent including Jeanette Delgado, Patricia Delgado, Renan Cerdeiro and Kleber Rebello.

Jordan Levin

Broadway in Broward

The Book of Mormon will be the centerpiece of the 2013-2014 Broadway Across America season at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. The Tony Award-winning musical will be a different sort of holiday show, running Nov. 26-Dec. 22.

Also in the just-announced, all-musical lineup are Chicago (Oct. 9-20), Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of The Wizard of Oz (Jan. 7-19), the Tony-winning Memphis (Feb. 25-March 9), Green Day’s rock-powered American Idiot (March 25-April 6) and Ghost the Musical (April 29-May 11).

Season subscriptions are $177-$570; 800-764-0700,

Christine Dolen

Hahn at Arsht

Acclaimed violinist Hilary Hahn makes her Arsht Center debut Thursday in a Valentine’s Day program of works by Fauré, Bach and Corelli along with selections from the Encores series of short-form compositions she has commissioned. Tickets for the 8 p.m. performance at the Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, are $50-$130 at 305-949-6722 or

More classical

• The Chopin Society’s free concert series continues with pianist Yi-Yang Chen at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, and 3 p.m. Feb. 17 at Granada Presbyterian Church, 950 University Dr., Coral Gables;

•  Sunday Afternoons of Music presents violinist Chee-Yun Kim and pianist Alessio Bax at 4 p.m. Feb. 17 at the University of Miami’s Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables. Tickets are $35, $30 seniors, $10 students; 305-271-7150,

Drucker tribute

Baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky will sing a program of arias on March 23 in a tribute to veteran concert presenter Judy Drucker at Miami Beach’s New World Center. Announcement of the event included word that performances Drucker had scheduled by tenor Piotr Beczala on April 8 and pianist Vladimir Feltsman on May 5 have been postponed. Tickets to the “Celebration of Judy” are $55 at 305-673-3331.

‘Curator’s Farewell’

The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Rd., debuts The Curator’s Farewell Exhibition: Cool Stuff from the Morikami Museum’s Collection on Tuesday. The selections by Tom Gregersen, who is stepping down after 35 years, include 18th and 19th century clay dolls and Neolithic ceramics. The exhibit will be on view 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday through May 19. Admission is $13, $12 seniors, $8 students; 561-495-0233,

Galena Mosovich

Visual arts

The Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125th St., presents two 7 p.m. lectures this month. On Wednesday, Director Bonnie Clearwater discusses “No Success Like Failure: Failure as Subject from Mike Kelley to Cory Arcangel;” admission is $15, $10 for members and North Miami residents. A Feb. 20 talk about the current New York art scene by Art in America online editor Alex Gartenfeld is free with museum admission; 305-893-6211,

Fountainhead Studios, 7328 NW Miami Ct., Miami, invites the public to interact with 30 artists from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at Dialogue 2013; 786-766-1581,

Galena Mosovich

Campus theater

•  New World School of the Arts theater dean Patrice Bailey directs college actors in the John Kander-Fred Ebb musical Cabaret at 2 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and 2 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Louise O. Gerrits Theater at New World, 25 NE Second St., Miami. Tickets are $15, $5 students and seniors; 305-237-3135,

•  Edutainment Visions, a student group at Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay campus, presents Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, a theatrical adaptation of former slave Harriet Ann Jacobs’ story, through Feb. 24 at the Mary Ann Wolfe Theatre, 3000 NE 151st St., North Miami. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15, $10 students and seniors; 323-863-6835,

• Peter Shaffer’s Equus, directed by Kathryn L. Johnston, opens at 7 p.m. Friday in the Studio One Theatre at Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Rd., Boca Raton. The play, which contains nudity and adult subject matter, continues at 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday through Feb. 24. Tickets are $20, $12 students, alumni and FAU personnel; 800-564-9539,

Christine Dolen

Arts brunch

Citizens Interested in Arts will host a fundraising brunch at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 17 at the Aventura Art & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St., Aventura, featuring performances by some of its 2013 grant recipients. The group has provided funding for 30 arts endeavors including Arts Ballet Theatre, Orchestra Miami, Florida Grand Opera, Summer Shorts and the South Florida Blue Grass Association. Tickets are $50, $75 and $100; 305-932-0580, 305-936-0500.

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