South Florida Arts Scene

‘Anna in the Tropics’ gets Havana run


A new Spanish-language version of Anna in the Tropics, the play that won Cuba-born Miami playwright Nilo Cruz the 2003 Pulitzer Prize, will be coming to Miami Beach’s Colony Theater Nov. 22-24.

But first, the collaborative production featuring Miami and Cuban performers is getting two runs in Havana: Monday-Wednesday at the Trianon Theater and Oct. 28-30 at the Havana International Theater Festival.

Directed by Carlos Díaz of Havana’s Teatro El Público, the play about cigar factory workers in Ybor City circa 1929 features Cuban-American actors Carlos Caballero, Lili Rentería and Mabel Roch; Havana-based actors Osvaldo Doimeadios, Fernando Hechavarria, Alexis Diaz de Villegas, Clara Gonzalez and Yanier Palermo plus Miami dancer-choreographer Elizabeth Doud.

Tickets for the Miami Beach performances, presented by FUNDarte and Teatro El Público, are $30-$35, $25-$30 for students and seniors; 305-674-1040,

Sierra soars

Fort Lauderdale native Nadine Sierra shared first prize at the prestigious Neue Stimmen (New Voices) competition in Gütersloh, Germany, a televised event that bills itself as the world’s largest classical vocal competition.

The fast-rising soprano split the top award last weekend with Australian Nicole Car. Sierra also won the competition’s People’s Choice Award.

Sierra’s burgeoning career has included acclaimed performances in Orfeo et Euridice at Palm Beach Opera in 2011 and last year as Gilda in Florida Grand Opera’s Rigoletto. The former San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow will repeat the latter role at Boston Lyric Opera in March.

NSU Museum

Soprano Virginia Alonso, a Nova Southeastern University alumna, performs at 3 p.m. Sunday as part of a new lecture and performance series at the NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. At 7 p.m. Thursday, Stephen Ross Levitt, an associate professor at NSU, will discuss the work of photographer Roman Vishniac. Tickets are $10, free for museum members.

The museum has also launched a membership group for college students called Jets that offers social and business networking events and invitations to open mic nights, concerts, workshops, films, lectures and parties. Membership is $20 for NSU students, $35 for students;, 954-262-0245.

Second City

Former Miamian Eddie Mujica will be part of the seven-member cast when Chicago’s famed Second City improv troupe performs at 8 p.m. Thursday at Broward College’s Bailey Concert Hall, 3501 Davie Rd., Davie.

The show, Happily Ever After, is a collection of the best sketches, improv and songs from the company’s 53-year history.

Tickets are $10-$25, with a $5 discount available at; 954-201-6884,

Free theater

•  Actors Arena, a Spanish-language theater company based at Miami Dade College North, will present free performances of Tierra del Fuego by Mario Diament at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 3 at the Lehman Theatre, 11380 NW 27th Ave., Miami. Directed by Max Ferrá, the play tells the story of an Israeli woman’s meeting with an imprisoned terrorist bomber; 305-237-1505.

•  Barry University presents a contemporary Romeo and Juliet directed and adapted by John Manzelli and Antonio Amadeo at its newly renovated Broad Center for the Performing Arts, 11300 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores, at 7 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Oct. 27; Admission is free, and tickets are not required; 305-899-3420,

Art talk

Gallerists Carol Jazzar, Mark Dean (Dean Project) and Adler Guerrier (Dimensions Variable) talk about the challenges of their business in a free panel discussion moderated by ArtCenter/South Florida Artistic Director Susan Caraballo at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the center’s Richard Shack Gallery, 800 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 305-674-8278.

For children

• Choo Choo Soul, a musical adventure for children featuring songs from Disney films, will be presented at 11 a.m. Saturday at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St., Cutler Bay. Tickets are $10;, 786-573-5300.

• The Okee Dokee Brothers, a Grammy-winning guitar-banjo duo, perform at 3 p.m. Oct. 27 at the University of Miami’s Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children (tots under 2 admitted free); 305-284-4940,

Opera in HD

The Met: Live in HD series presents Shostakovich’s The Nose at 12:55 p.m. Saturday at movie theaters nationwide including 10 in South Florida. The presentation will be repeated at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30. Tickets are $24, $22 seniors;

Christine Dolen, Lawrence A. Johnson, Kathy Martin and Galena Mosovich contributed to this report.

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