Event designer David Stark will present his book The Art of the Party at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami at 3 p.m. Saturday. Stark, who designed MOCA’s 15th anniversary celebration last year, has planned celebrations for stars including Beyonce Knowles and Jon Stewart. The talk and signing are free with museum admission; mocanomi.org, 305-893-6211.
• The Chameleon String Trio will perform at 8 p.m. Friday in the Danielson Gallery at the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anestasia Ave., Coral Gables, for the Miami Bach Society. Tickets are $30-$40, with students 18 and younger admitted free; 305-669-1376, miamibachsociety.org.
• The Cypress String Quartet will perform at 4 p.m. May 5 at the Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables, as part of the Sunday Afternoons of Music series. Tickets are $35, $30 seniors, $10 students; 305-271-7150, sundaymusicals.org.
The Play Group is presenting Short Cuts 3, a collection of nine brief plays by South Florida playwrights Brian Reeves, Marnie Bauman, Philip Middleton Williams, Ellen Greenwald, Carol White, Marjorie O’Neill-Butler, Todd Caster, Peter Hawkins and Jon Frangipane. Performances are 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. May 5 at the Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth. Tickets are $15; 561-586-6410, lakeworthplayhouse.org.
MiamiArtZine, a local arts and culture publication continues its fundraising efforts through a campaign with Power2Give. The organization needs money to pay its current and future writers covering classical and jazz music, dance, movies, photography and theater. The target for donations is $7,500, and the effort was at 3 percent of the goal as of Thursday. Miamiartzine.com or 305-674-1206.
Art auction trends
artnet, the world’s leading online platform for art, announced global art auction highlights and trends for the first quarter of 2013, reporting that global art sales volume was down 7 percent compared to 2012, but showed promising signs of growth in the U.S. and U.K. Both saw an increase in sales volume — 6 and 7 percent, respectively – with sell-through rates remaining above 70 percent in both countries. Worldwide, the top artists by value sold at auction in Q1 include Pablo Picasso (645 works totaling $87.6 million); Gerhard Richter ($44.9 million); and Joan Miró ($44.3 million). The market saw a 50 percent decline in value sold in mainland China, compared to the previous year. artnet.com.
Pop-up in Wynwood
C-Art Gallery, in collaboration with Marlborough Gallery in New York, debuts as a pop-up gallery in Wynwood with an exhibition by renowned Spanish artist David Rodriguez Caballero on at 7 p.m. Thursday. “Reflections” features more than 30 sculptures made from aluminum, brass and vinyl in the form of geometric abstractions, wall installations and freestanding pieces. Curated by Kosme de Baranos, the show runs through June 1 at O. Ascanio Gallery, 2600 NW Second Ave., until C-Art reveals the location of its permanent home in Miami. C-artgallery.com or email@example.com.
• Miami’s Seraphic Fire has received a $12,500 grant to support a recording of American Voices, a CD of choral music by living American composers including the world-premiere recording of four works, the National Endowment for the Arts announced last week.
• Kira Flanzraich, board chairwoman for North Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art, is co-chairing a May 8 Artists Dinner in New York to benefit the Tate Americas Foundation; tateamericas.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.