South Florida Arts Scene

GableStage raising money for adaptation of ‘Antony and Cleopatra’


GableStage is trying something fresh to raise money for its January presentation of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s set-in-Haiti adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. The play, jointly produced by GableStage, the Royal Shakespeare Company and New York’s Public Theatre, is running in Stratford-Upon-Avon before coming to Miami Beach’s Colony Theatre Jan. 9-Feb. 9. GableStage’s share of the production’s $2.1 million budget is $700,000, with support already set from the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and various donors.

To help support free morning performances for Miami-Dade students, the company has launched a Kickstarter campaign aimed at raising $55,000 by Dec. 21. As with other Kickstarter drives, GableStage must reach its goal by the deadline or it gets none of the pledged money.

Miami native McCraney, who received a MacArthur “genius grant” earlier this year, has dreamed of starting a winter Shakespeare festival in South Florida. Antony and Cleopatra, starring Jonathan Cake as Mark Antony and Joaquina Kalukango as Cleopatra, is a collaborative first step toward that goal.

For specifics on the campaign, visit kickstarter, and search GableStage.


The tree may not be a mechanical wonder or the dancers capable of multiple fouettes, but the production of The Nutcracker being staged Friday and Saturday at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center will be overflowing with community spirit, talent and local ballet history.

The show is a combined effort of the Miami Youth Ballet, founded by Miami ballet pioneer Thomas Armour, and the Mencia-Pikieris School of Dance, headed by Marielena Mencia and Yanis Pikieris, the first stars of Miami City Ballet.

Their Nutcracker features Maribel Modrono, a Miami-raised Cuban-American dancer who, with her twin sister, Mabel, was a favorite principal dancer at MCB in the 1990s, and current MCB principal dancer Reyneris Reyes plus a host of student dancers.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 10950 SW 211th St., Cutler Bay. Tickets are $36 and $26; 786-573-5300,

Cyber Monday

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center and the Miramar Cultural Center are offering 25 percent discounts to some of their 2013-2014 shows on Cyber Monday. The Broward Center offers the largest selection, including discounts to the Broadway touring shows Memphis, American Idiot and Ghost the Musical. That sale runs from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. at the website; the discount is available by entering the code CYBER at checkout.

Aventura offers the discount to 11 shows at during the same hours on Monday, with the same code. The Miramar lineup, accessible from 6 a.m. to midnight Monday, is available at, with the same code. At all three venues, box office fees still apply.

Spacey at Arsht

Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey will headline the annual gala for the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts on April 5. A stage and film star as well as director and producer, Spacey has been seen recently on the small screen in the Emmy-nominated Netflix series House of Cards.

Fashion as art

Fashions created and worn by Frida Cahlo, Celia Cruz and Libertad Lamarque along with pieces by Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Christian Dior and Pucci are part of The Iconic Archive exhibit at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts’ Peacock Foundation Studio, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Presented by Artsy Productions USA, the show will be on view from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Tickets are $25, $15 students and seniors at

Free jazz

Cuban-born drummer Ignacio Berroa will present a free concert at noon Wednesday at the MDC Wolfson Campus Auditorium, Room 1261, 300 NE Second Ave., Miami, as part of the Jazz at Wolfson Presents series.

The Grammy-nominated Berroa has played with jazz greats including Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, Michael Brecker and Tito Puente. For more information, call 305-237-3930.

Classical music

• S. Mark Aliapoulious directs the Florida International University Concert Choir and Women's Chorus in a concert of holiday music at 4 p.m. Sunday at FIU’s Wertheim Performing Arts Center, 10910 SW 17th St., Southwest Miami-Dade. Tickets are $15; 305-348-0496.

• Robert Longfield leads the Greater Miami Symphonic Band in “Strike Up the Band,” a Sunday Afternoons of Music for Children concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the University of Miami’s Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Rd., Coral Gables. Tickets are $10 for kids, $12 for adults; 305-271-7150.

• The Spanish Brass Quintet presents a concert of regional Spanish Christmas songs and holiday classics at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Martha Catholic Church, 9221 Biscayne Blvd., Miami Shores. Tickets are $10-$20 at 305-458-0111 or

•  The Chopin for All series of free concerts presents pianist Drew Petersen and his brother, baritone Erik Petersen, in music by Chopin and Schubert at 3 p.m. Saturday at Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, and Dec. 8 at Granada Presbyterian Church, 950 University Dr., Coral Gables;

Visual arts

• Rebirth of Rome, a trio of exhibits that examines the aesthetics of dictatorship in interwar Italy, is on view through the spring at The Wolfsonian-Florida International University, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach;, 305-531-1001.

• Segafredo L’originale is soliciting black and white photos with red accents for use on textiles that will wrap lounge furniture at its Lincoln Road location. Details are at

Christine Dolen, Jordan Levin, Kathy Martin, Galena Mosovich and Hannah Sampson contributed to this report.

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