Public radio station WDNA 88.9 FM launches a free jazz-history lecture series at 7 p.m. Tuesday with a presentation on the roots of jazz by pianist and series curator Jim Gasior.
The eight-lectures series continues with Chuck Bergeron on "New Orleans: Birthplace of Jazz" Oct. 29, Nat Chediak on "Six Decades of Latin Jazz" Nov. 26, Robert "Bebob" Grabowski on "The Roots of Swing" Jan. 28, Donald Spivey on "Bebop, Hipsters and the Counter-Culture Movement" Feb. 24, Shelly Berg on "The Great American Songbook" March 25, Ed Calle on "John Coltrane: The Man, Music and Legacy" April 29 and Gasior on "1959 and the Proliferation of Jazz Styles" May 27.
The lectures take place at WDNA’s studios, 2921 Coral Way, Miami; 305-662-8889, wdna.org.
New works by four South Florida playwrights will be presented in free staged readings at the Deering Estate at Cutler on Sept. 29 as part of From Scratch, a festival from Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs’ Playwright Development Program.
Andie Arthur’s teen-friendly The Secret of the Biological Clock, about a 16-year-old searching for her biological father, kicks things off at noon. It’s followed at 2 p.m. by Edward G. Excalibur’s Flashing Lights, about a woman whose marriage is falling apart; 5 p.m. by Susan Westfall’s Two Weekends, about old friends whose lives change, and 7 p.m. by Vanessa Garcia’s The Cuban Spring, about a woman having an identity crisis.
The Deering Estate at Cutler is at 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Miami; 305-235-1668, ext. 233, deeringestate.org.
Miami City Ballet is using a Broadway star to tempt audiences to try ballet. Purchases of two regular-season performances between now and Oct. 7 will include an early chance to buy tickets to MCB’s Nov. 1-2 Open Barre in-studio performances featuring Chita Rivera.
Rivera, who originated the role of Anita in West Side Story, helped coach company dancers in Jerome Robbins’ West Side Story Suite for this season’s Program III. Her Open Barre appearances will be hosted by choreographer, director and producer Bob Avian, an MCB board member.
Open Barre admission is $35, with performances at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 and 2:30 and 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Lynn & Louis Wolfson II Theater at Miami City Ballet, 2200 Liberty Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets are available at 305-929-7010 or miamicityballet.org.
The Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame co-hosts a free master class Tuesday with Grammy winner Desmond Child and fellow writer-producer Rudy Perez at Avenue D Jazz & Blues, 8 S. Miami Ave., Miami. They will be joined by artists Jodi Marr, Fonseca and Erika Ender for an evening of Latin ballads and lessons.
A cash-bar reception begins at 6 p.m. with the master class from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Valet parking is available for $10; avenuedjazz.com.
Roc Laseca, curator of Bill Viola: Liber Insularum, presents the first of four lectures in the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation’s Contemporary Art Talk Series from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at CIFO Art Space, 108 N. Miami Ave., Miami.
The series continues with Bonnie Clearwater Oct. 2, Deborah Cullen Oct. 5 and Elizabeth Cerejido Oct. 10. Admission is $65 each or $200 for series. For each series subscription sold, CIFO will provide admission to a New World Symphony student; cifo.org, 305-415-6343.
• Friends of Chamber Music opens its 58th season at 8 p.m. Monday with the Ehnes Quartet in Schubert’s Death and the Maiden and other works. Tickets to the performance at Coral Gables Congregational Church, 3010 De Soto Blvd., Coral Gables, are $35, $10 students; miamichambermusic.org or 305-372-2975.
• The Venetian Arts Society celebrates Romanian-born soprano Virginia Zeani at 6:30 p.m. Saturday with a reception, a documentary about her operatic career and a conversation with the 87-year-old singer at Cinema Paradiso, 503 SE Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $45, $30 for society members; venetianartssociety.org or 954-709-7447.
‘Love of Technology’
The opening reception for Love of Technology, the U.S. debut of 14 international artists including Ian Cheng, Jason Galbut, Lena Henke, Morag Keil, Ben Schumaker, Anicka Yi, Call Henkel and Max Pitegoff in an exploration of popular technology, is 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami.
Henkel and Pitegoff will discuss the show with Alex Gartenfeld, MOCA’s chief curator and interim director, at 2 p.m. Saturday. The art talk is $5, free for members and North Miami residents.
General admission to the exhibit, which runs through Nov. 3, is $10. RSVPs are requested for the opening reception at 305-893-6211 or mocanomi.org.
The Naked Stage’s popular annual 24-Hour Theatre Project, which produces new short plays in that time period, is set for Oct. 28 at a new venue, Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach.
Drawing from South Florida’s pool of talented playwrights, actors and directors, artistic director Katherine Amadeo and her husband and company cofounder Antonio Amadeo will get the process rolling at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 when eight playwrights draw titles, directors and actors’ names from a hat. At 8 the next evening, the plays get their one-and-only performances.
This year’s artistic participants come from all over the region. They include Adalberto Acevedo, Irene Adjan, Alex Alvarez, Andie Arthur, Tracey Barrow-Schoenblatt, Sally Bondi, Cliff Burgess, Clay Cartland, Oscar Cheda, Clive Cholerton, Natalia Coego, Dave Corey, Christopher Demos-Brown, Nick Duckart, Kim Ehly, Lela Elam, Jessica Farr, Tony Finstrom, Lindsey Forgey, Desmond Gallant, Patti Gardner, Nanique Gheridian, David Levine, Margery Lowe, John Manzelli, Amy McKenna, Michael McKeever, Stuart Meltzer, Marjorie O’Neill-Butler, Leland Patton, Nicholas Richberg, Andy Rogow, George Schiavone, Deborah Sherman, Adam Simpson, Kim St. Leon, Karen Stephens, Shane Tanner, Pierre Tannous, Barry Tarallo and Paul Tei.
Tickets are $30, $50 VIP; 561-514-4042, ext. 2, nakedstage.org.
Dimensions Variable, an artist-run exhibition space at 100 NE 11th St., Miami, hosts six Icelandic artists for Pyramid Solitaire – Importing/Exporting Attitudes,. The free panel discussion with Daníel Björnsson, Ragnar Helgi Ólafsson, Ingibjörg Sigurjónsdóttir, Anna Hrund Másdóttir, Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir and Magnús Sigurðarson about their homeland, practices and the collaboration is from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday; dimensionsvariable.net, 305-607-5527.
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.