South Florida Arts Scene

Edgy opera booked for FGO ‘Unexpected Places’ series


Florida Grand Opera will burnish its growing reputation as a company willing to take chances by presenting the contemporary opera No Exit next spring.

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Comedy series

Tickets went on sale Friday for the Broward Center for the Performing Arts’ Off-Broadway Comedy Series, which opens Oct. 19 with the Improvised Shakespeare Company. Next up is Forbidden Broadway, with matinee and evening performances of Alive & Kicking on Jan. 4.

The “dragapella beauty shop quartet” the Kinsey Sicks presents two performances of America’s Next Top Bachelor Housewife Celebrity Hoarder Makeover Star Gone Wild on Feb. 1. The series wraps up Feb. 27-March 2 with the Capitol Steps in Fiscal Shades of Grey.

Performances are in the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $25-$37.50 at 954-462-0222 or

Art talk

Curator Nathan Timpano will discuss the Lowe Art Museum exhibit Pan American Modernism: Avant-Garde Art in Latin America and the United States at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the University of Miami School of Business, 5250 University Dr., Coral Gables. A reception will follow at 8 p.m. at the Lowe, 1301 Sanford Dr. Admission is $10 (free for members), with reservations required at or 305-284-5587.

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‘Optic Nerve’ prizes

Takeshi Murata’s Shiboogi won the jury prize at last weekend’s Optic Nerve Festival of video art, and will join the permanent collection at North Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art. South Florida artist Jillian Mayer’s How to Hide from Cameras bested 13 other finalists for the audience-choice award.

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Briefly noted

•  Seraphic Fire reports that its new album, Ave Maria: Gregorian Chant, reached No. 1 on the Amazon Hot New Release Chart, No. 2 on the iTunes

Classical chart and No. 10 on the Amazon Classical Chart within 12 hours of its release last week.

•  Barron Channer of Bach Real Estate, Phil D. Conway of J.P. Morgan & Co. and Louis-Albert Jolivert of Sabadell United Bank have joined the Perez Art Museum’s board of trustees.

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