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Miami Made Festival offers 5 free performances


The sixth annual Miami Made Festival is upon us, and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts has just released details of the lineup: a multimedia performance piece, readings of two new plays and a musical.

The free festival begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday with Appalachian Squall by Shira Abergel. Performed by Abergel and Jameson Hammond, the Prohibition-era tale incorporates live performance, film and original music.

Next up, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday, are readings of I Know What I Am and I Am Not What You Call Me, Jonathan Spikes’ psychological thriller about a young black man’s experience with childhood sexual abuse.

At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the new musical Better Than Damn Good gets a concert performance. Written by Zoetic Stage’s artistic director Stuart Meltzer, with lyrics by Maribeth Graham and music by Witches of Eastwick composer Dana P. Rowe, the musical comedy is about a newly divorced woman and the ways in which she tries to move on with help from her best friend.

Miami Made wraps up at 4 p.m. March 9 with a reading of Two-Merz, a dark comedy about brothers with cancer, by Mark Dellaventura, Gabe Hammad and David Michael Sirois.

All performances are in the Carnival Studio Theater at the Arsht, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Free access passes are required, and are available at or at the box office beginning at 10 a.m. the day of each performance; 305-949-6722.

Free concerts

Orchestra Miami has announced three free Beethoven on the Beach outdoor concerts beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday at the North Shore Park Bandshell, 7250 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. At 8 p.m. March 16, the venue is the Pinecrest Gardens Banyan Bowl, 11000 SW 57th Ave., Pinecrest. The music moves to Heritage Park, 19200 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, at 6:30 p.m. March 30; 305-274-2103,

Visual arts

• The Museum of Contemporary Art, 775 NE 125th St., North Miami, offers a a private tour of Tracey Emin: Angel Without You at 4 p.m. Thursday, followed by a bus trip to Wynwood to see the neighborhood’s murals with street artist Brandon Opalka. Tickets are $10, free for college students with ID and MOCA members;, 305-893-6211.

• Architecture critic and author Beth Dunlop unveils Marking the Millennium: 21st Century Miami Architecture at a 6 p.m. members and VIP reception on Thursday at the Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. On view through May 25, the show explores the time when Miami was second only to Dubai in the number of construction cranes on the horizon;, 305-603-8067.

•  Robert Fontaine Gallery, 2349 NW Second Ave., Miami, presents Insiders, a survey of works by street artists including Banksy, Shepard Fairy, Anthony Lister, RYCA, Maya Hayuk, Retna and Space Invader, through March 28. The opening reception is 6-10 p.m. Saturday;, 305-397-8530.

•  NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, presents a lecture by art historian Barbara Buhler Lynes at 3 p.m. Saturday in conjunction with its current show of paintings by William Glackens. Cost is $10 and includes museum admission;, 954-262-0227.

New seasons

•  Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, has announced two summer concert versions of musicals and the five plays of its 2014-2015 season. Zorba, by Joseph Stein, John Kander and Fred Ebb, will be presented June 20-29, followed by Frank Loesser’s The Most Happy Fella July 18-27. The new season begins with Thornton Wilder’s Our Town Oct. 10-Nov. 9, followed by Israel Horovitz’s My Old Lady (Dec. 5-Jan. 4), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Jan. 30-March 1), Sam Shepard’s Buried Child (March 27-April 26, 2015) and Lanie Robertson’s Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (May 15-June 14, 2015); 561-514-4042,

•  Maltz Jupiter Theater, 1001 E. Indiantown Rd., Jupiter, opens its five-play 2014-2015 season Oct. 26-Nov. 9 with Larry Shue’s The Foreigner. Next up: the Tony Award-winning Fiddler on the Roof (Dec. 2-21), The Wiz (Jan. 13-Feb. 1), David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Glengarry Glen Ross (Feb. 8-22) and Les Miserables (March 10-April 52015). Subscriptions are $194-$352; 800-445-1666 or

•  Broward Stage Door Theatre, 8036 W. Sample Rd., Coral Springs, opens its seven-show 2014-2015 season Aug. 1-Sept. 14 with Leonard Gershe’s Butterflies Are Free, followed by Joe DiPietro’s The Last Romance (Oct. 10-Nov. 23), Five Guys Named Moe (Dec. 10-Jan. 18), Old Jews Telling Jokes (Nov. 1-Jan. 4), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Feb. 6-March 7), George M. Cohan Tonight! (March 20-April 262015) and John Van Druten’s Bell, Book and Candle (May 15-June 212015). Individual tickets are $38-$44; 954-344-7765,

Christine Dolen, Kathy Martin and Galena Mosovich contributed to this report. Send news to (theater), (dance, pop and Latin music), (visual arts) or (jazz, classical music).

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