Culture Shock Miami, a program that provides students with low-cost tickets to arts events, is expanding with a bang into presenting shows. On Saturday, it will bring the drumming and dance troupe Street Beat to the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center.
The Los Angeles-based Street Beat uses tire rims, trash cans, brooms, bottles and other household objects and junk to make percussive music. The ensemble combines urban, rhythm-centric dance styles like hip-hop and tap with music and movement ideas drawn from jazz and African, Latin and Cuban culture.
A program of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Culture Shock provides $5 tickets to teen and young-adult patrons for the Adrienne Arsht Center, the New World Symphony, Miami City Ballet and some 90 other venues and arts organizations. Its goal is to build arts-going habits that young people will carry into adulthood.
“Summer becomes quiet as most companies are between seasons,” says projects administrator Christina Tassy-Beauvoir. “We felt that to best serve our Culture Shock Miami buyers in the off season, we should present a show that everyone would enjoy.”
Street Beat artists will teach a free community dance and percussion class at 10 a.m. Saturday at the South Miami-Dade Center, 10950 SW 211th St., Cutler Bay; register at 305-375-1949.
The Wolfsonian-FIU’s “Ladies Bike Ride: Guys Can Tag Along, Too,” a 13-mile bike ride and guided tour through Miami and Miami Beach, begins at 10 a.m. Saturday. Pegged to the museum’s show Women in Motion: Fitness, Sport, and the Female Figure and guided by FIU professors and guest curators Laurie Shrage and Dionne Stephens, the ride will honor Annie “Londonberry” Kopchovsky, who in 1894 set out to cycle the globe. The ride is free, but reservations are required at email@example.com
Two welcome summer shows are on the horizon in Coral Gables — the musical revue Rated P for Parenthood at Actors’ Playhouse, previewing Wednesday and running until Aug. 11, and David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People at GableStage July 20-Aug. 18. But in the meantime, thanks to the South Florida Theatre League and public radio station WLRN, free weekly play readings continue around the region.
On Monday, there are two to choose from. At New Theatre, based at the Roxy Performing Arts Center, 1645 SW 107th Ave., Miami, catch an 8 p.m. reading of artistic director Ricky J. Martinez’s play Heavenly Hands, part of a Caribbean-set trilogy that includes Sin Full Heaven and Road Through Heaven. Or head to Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, for a 7:30 p.m. reading of Mark Perlberg’s Timmins Children. A complete schedule is at southfloridatheatre.com.
THE LAB: Locust Art Builders, the fourth annual collaborative show by a revolving group of South Florida high school students, opens from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Locust Projects, 3852 N. Miami Ave., Miami. FIU student Nick Gilmore will also unveil Quick Millennia, a performance-based installation as part of the second year of LAB MFA; locustprojects.org, 305-576-8570.
Much more than a reading yet not a fully staged musical, Man of La Mancha kicks off the summer Musical Theatre Masters Series at Palm Beach Dramaworks. The Dale Wasserman-Mitch Leigh-Joe Darion Broadway hit stars William Michals as Don Quixote, Oscar Cheda as Sancho and Alix Paige as Aldonza. Also in the cast are Ken Clement, Natalia Coego, Rodrigo De la Rosa, Nick Duckart, Joshua Grosso, Barry Tarallo and Cassandra Zepeda.
Clive Cholerton directs, with musical direction by Caryl Fantel. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Don & Ann Brown Theatre at 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, and continue through July 21. Tickets are $35, $10 for students at 561-514-4042 or palmbeachdramaworks.org.
Florida International University’s Alternative Theatre Festival 2013 continues Thursday-Saturday and July 18-20 with Charles Ludlum’s Reverse Psychology directed by Marina Pareja. Tickets for the 8 p.m. performances in the Black Box Theatre at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center, 10910 SW 17th St., Miami, are $10; theatre.fiu.edu.
• Unscripted Bal Harbour hosts “The Economics of Public Art,” a free discussion with Los Angeles art curator Christine Y. Kim and Miami-Dade cultural affairs director Michael Spring at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at One Bal Harbour Resort, 10295 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour. Reservations are required at firstname.lastname@example.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.