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Miami Light Project’s Here & Now festival runs Thursday through May 17

 

Miami Light Project is getting ready to kick off the 15th edition of its popular Here & Now festival, this year featuring new dance and theater pieces plus an interactive multimedia art installation.

Unnamable by Letty Bassart features the artist’s original writing colliding with the work she encounters in cyberspace. Daniel Bernard Roumain supplies an original score, dancer Shaneeka Harrell the movement and Gema Corredera live vocals. UTOPIA D2H by Abel Cornejo is inspired by earlier hijacking of planes to Cuba, and it explores the quest for happiness and the nature of utopias.

Dancer Ana Mendez contributes Portal, a ritual piece that follows three characters into a void that melds past, present and future. It features a score performed by Sun Ra Arkestra musician Ed Wilcox and the notorious Blowfly. Sexual Offenders by David Rohn and Danilo de la Torre is a surrealistic theater piece exploring the experience of a husband-father and small-town official as he begins gender reassignment therapy.

Hesperus Is Phosphorus, the art installation by Juan Carlos Zaldivar, is a series of phosphorescent paintings on glass that re-contextualize classical and baroque figures in comparison to the eastern deity Shiva.

Here & Now 2014 runs from Thursday through May 17 at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, 404 NW 26th St., Miami. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and tickets are $10. Call 866-811-4111 or visit miamilightproject.com.

Song cycle

Fairy Tales, Songs of the Dandelion Woman is a contemporary operatic song cycle that will take audiences on a 90-minute trip through a shifting mental landscape when it gets its world premiere at the Little Stage Theater at Miami Beach’s SoBe Institute of the Arts. With a score and libretto by Carson Kievman, the piece features baritone Ken Mattice as the Bank Examiner and soprano Megan Brus as the Dandelion Woman.

The song cycle previews at 8 p.m. Thursday, then has performances at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, through May 18. Tickets for Friday’s opening gala are $50 and $25; regular admission is $25, with students and seniors paying $15. The Little Stage is at 2100 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. For information, call 305-674-9220 or visit sobearts.org.

‘Dr. Ruth’ due

Debra Jo Rupp, the actress who played mom Kitty Forman on That ‘70s Show, has received best solo performance nominations from the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle for playing Dr. Ruth Westheimer in Becoming Dr. Ruth. Now she’ll share her performance in Mark St. Germain’s play from Wednesday through May 11 at Fort Lauderdale’s Parker Playhouse. And the real Dr. Ruth — that diminutive sex therapist who was once a sniper in Israel — will participate in talks after select performances.

Becoming Dr. Ruth has performances at 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $28 to $66.50. The Parker is at 707 NE Eighth St. Call 954-462-0222 or visit parkerplayhouse.com.

‘Mozart’ singers

Five members of Florida Grand Opera’s Young Artist Program will perform art songs about love at 6 p.m. Sunday as part of the Mainly Mozart Festival XXI. Betsy Diaz, Rebecca Henriques, Jouvanca Jean-Baptiste, Casey Finnigan and Thomas Lehman will perform in the Granada Ballroom at the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. Tickets are $20.

The Mainly Mozart Festival continues with six more concerts, culminating in a finale at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts June 22. Featured at the final event are the festival’s artistic director, pianist Marina Radiushina; violinist Yi-Jia Susanne Hou, and cellist Amit Peled. For information, call 786-556-1715 or visit mainlymozart.com.

‘A Call to Serve’

This new documentary from WLRN honors soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice. The film plays at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Cinema Paradiso, 503 SE Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale. Producer Steve Waxman will participate in a post-screening Q&A. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Call 305-995-1717 or e-mail akennedy@wlrn.org

‘Grease’ is the word

The Miramar Cultural Center/Arts Park winds up its family theater series at 3 p.m. Sunday with a sing-along showing of the movie Grease. Hosts will lead the crowd in a vocal warmup, demonstrate how to do the hand jive, and judge a ’50s costume contest before the screening. The event also includes an art activity, face painting and storytelling.

Admission is $20 ($2 for kids 2 and younger, sitting on a parent’s lap). The Miramar Cultural Center is at 2400 Civic Center Place, off Red Road north of Miramar Parkway. For information, call 954-602-4500 or visit miramarculturalcenter.org.

‘One Split Second’

Matisyahu performs an exclusive acoustic set at the second annual fundraiser for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Gibson Miami Showroom, 2751 N. Miami Ave. Additional music will be provided by DJ Danny Stern and singer/songwriter Hart. A limited number of tickets for “One Split Second” are $100 and include cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. VIP packages range from $2,500 to $5,000 and include a “meet and greet” with Matisyahu. christopherreeve.org/onesecond or 973-379-2690.

‘Miami on Stage’

FUNDarte unveils four new works by Miami artists – all cutting-edge projects in music, dance, film and performance art — in the “Miami On Stage” series supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge from May through September.

“Resonances” by contemporary Flamenco guitarist and composer Jose Luis Rodriguez kicks off the series at 8:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Miami Dade County Auditorium’s On.Stage Black.Box Theater, 2901 W. Flagler St., Miami. Tickets: $20 GA, $15 students (under 18) and seniors (65+) with I.D. $50 VIP tickets are available and include preferred seats, wine or champagne. ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.

In brief

Members of the Florida Grand Opera Young Artist Program will perform a repertoire of art songs depicting the various stages of love during the “Mainly Mozart Festival XXI” at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Biltmore Hotel’s Granada Ballroom, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. Tickets are $20; mainlymozart.com or 786-556-1715.

• The board of directors of the Carbonell Awards, South Florida’s 38-year-old theater awards program, has appointed freelance journalist and theater critic Mary Damiano as its managing director. A Carbonell participant and coordinator for 10 years, Damiano commented, “I’m passionate about the Carbonell Awards and look forward to contributing to its continued evolution and success.”

• Local artist Ernesto Kunde reveals more than a dozen new large-scale paintings examining mangroves, sea grapes and other native plant life in his solo exhibition, “Symbiotic Promise,” alongside a site-specific installation with mural projection. Opening reception is from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday in the intimate Swenson Gallery at the Bakehouse Art Complex in Wynwood, 561 NW 32nd St., Miami; on view through June 8. Suggested donation $5 and free for BAC members. bacfl.org or 305-576-2828.

• New World School of the Arts announces its 2014 BFA showcase, titled “et al.” The group exhibition includes a variety of artwork from 20 visual artists. The annual show is known as a catalyst for the careers of many artists who went on to exhibit in the Whitney Biennial ( Adler Guerrier, Bert Rodriguez), National Portrait Gallery, and the Kemperer Museum ( Michael Vasquez), among other renowned institutions. Open reception is from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), 1018 N. Miami Ave., Miami; free and open to the public. nwsabfa2014.com or 305-237-3649. On view through May 25.

• Acclaimed Haitian artist Philippe Dodard’s exhibition “Tradition” opens in celebration of Haitian Heritage Month with an opening reception to showcase his sophisticated take on the island’s traditional art. Free and open to the public. from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the FIU Frost Art Museum, 10975 SW 17th St., Miami; thefrost.fiu.edu or 305-348-2890. On view through June 29.

• Oxenberg Fine Art reopens its doors in a new gallery space at the Emerson Dorsch Building in Wynwood, 153 NW 24th St., with “Mujeres,” a solo exhibition by Cuban-born artist Maggie Genova-Cordovi — whose monochromatic drawings are made using only Indian ink and splashes of Cuban coffee. On view through May 30. oxenbergart.com or 305-854-7104.

• The Playgroup LLC launches its fourth season with Short Cuts 4, a collection of nine short plays by South Florida playwrights Brian Reeves, Todd Caster, Don Grimme, Marnie Bauman, Marla E. Schwartz, Mary Unterbrink, Patricia Crumpler and Joan McIver. The one-night-only show is at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth. Tickets are $20. Call 561-586-6410 or visit www.lakeworthplayhouse.com.

• Robert Fontaine Gallery presents London-born, Berlin-based painter David Walker’s first major U.S. solo exhibition, “Swapping Souls with Strangers,” featuring 12 new large-scale portraits. Opening reception is during Wynwood’s Second Saturday Art Walk from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. On view through May 31. 2349 NW Second Ave., Miami; robertfontainegallery.com or 305-397-8530.

• The Miami International Jazz Fest presents a pair of concerts next weekend. First up is Abel Pabón and Crossroads, plus the Spam Allstars, at 8 p.m. Friday at the Little Haiti Cultural Arts Center, 212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami. Tickets are $15. On Saturday, Jerry González and the Fort Apache Band, plus Giovanni Hidalgo and Atlanti, perform at 8 p.m. at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St., Miami. Tickets are $20-$75, available by calling 786-573-5300 or at www.smdcac.org. For jazz fest info, visit www.miamiinternationaljazzfest.org.

Christine Dolen, Rene Rodriguez and Galena Mosovich contributed to this report. Send news to cdolen@MiamiHerald.com (theater, dance, pop and Latin music), jwooldridge@MiamiHerald.com (visual arts) or khamersly@MiamiHerald.com (jazz, classical music).

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