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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.