Mad Cat Theatre Company, which has called the Miami Light Project’s Light Box home since its 2000 founding, is moving to the Miami Theater Center, 9816 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores, where it will perform its edgy original work in MTC’s 50-seat SandBox.
“With a move to Miami Theater Center as our core venue, we look to return to our roots and expand our mission,” founder and artistic director Paul Tei said in a statement. “It’s a prospect we are all looking forward to. A new homecoming.”
Mad Cat’s first MTC production will be the world premiere of B**w Me by Jessica Farr, which the company sampled at the recent South Beach Comedy Festival. Erin Joy Schmidt will star in the dark comedy as the tragic, flamboyant British fashion muse Isabella Blow, who tried multiple times to take her own life before succeeding.
B**w Me opens Aug. 16 and runs through Sept. 1; madcattheatre.org.
Edward Villella, founding artistic director of Miami City Ballet, will be honored on May 15 with the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Award for Distinguished Service in the Arts, joining a list of past recipients that includes Villella’s mentor George Balanchine, theater producer Joseph Papp, publisher Alfred A. Knopf, public television figure Bill Moyers, violinist Isaac Stern, opera singer Beverly Hills, dancer Judith Jamison and folk singer Pete Seeger.
Now based in New York, Villella, 76, this spring coached the Cincinnati Ballet for its performances of Balanchine’s Prodigal Son, his trademark role. In June, he will chair the international jury at the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Miss., one of the world’s top ballet competitions.
Student curators of last year’s University of Miami’s ArtLab@The Lowe exhibition, “Adapting and Adopting: Waves of Change as East Encounters West Modern and Contemporary Japanese Art,” will be featured in an upcoming TV documentary, West Encounters East, premiering Monday, May 6, at 9 p.m. and encoring Friday, May 10 at 10 p.m. on WPBT/Channel 2. The documentary, by executive producer Stella M. Holmes, examines the fusion of Asian and Latin American artistic traditions in the work of artists of Asian heritage who live and work in Brazil. facebook.com/westencounterseast.
(This year’s ArtLab exhibition explore recurring themes in indigenous Panama in the Lowe’s collection of traditional blouses and pre-Columbian ceramic and stone objects, is on display through April 2014.)
• Loras John Schissel, senior musicologist at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., will be the guest conductor for the Greater Miami Symphonic Band’s 16th annual May Pops Concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the University of Miami’s Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables. Schissel, conductor of the Virginia Grand Military Band, will lead the GMSB in marches and arrangements by Henry Fillmore, a prolific early-20th century American composer. Tickets are $15, $5 students at gmsb.org or the box office; 305-273-7687.
• The Greater Miami Youth Symphony ends its season from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday when the group’s Young Sousas Band, Young Mozarts Orchestra, Concert/Jazz Band, and Concert Orchestra will perform at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St., Cutler Ridge. Tickets are $11-$21 at 786-573-5300 or smdcac.org.