Premiering this Friday, the PBS Great Performances documentary “Hamilton’s America” tells the history of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway musical about Alexander Hamilton. The RadicalMedia film features interviews with the show’s stars and creators, historians, rap and Broadway legends, and politicians from President Obama to George W. Bush, to tell a vital story about America.
The Grass Stains’ site-specific dance series will bring gardens, nature preserves, sacred trees and even airwaves around Miami alive in surprising ways over the next two months. Created by Miami choreographer and filmmaker Pioneer Winter, it features Jenny Larsson’s “Land” this weekend at the FIU Nature Preserve.
Pop musicians have launched a month-long campaign against Donld Trump. Organized by best-selling author Dave Eggers, “30 Days, 30 Songs,” will release a new protest song every day, starting with Death Cab for Cutie’s “Million Dollar Loan” and including tracks from Jim James, Aimee Mann, R.E.M. and more.
A who’s who of Latin music stars will give a free concert on Oct. 15 on the U.S. Mexico border, including Juanes, Los Tigres del Norte, and Calle 13’s Residente. Called “RiseUp AS ONE,” it’s co-chaired by “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Mirada and a long list of cultural figures including Gloria and Emilio Estefan, and will be broadcast live by presenters Univision and Fusion.
Artist Donald Sultan’s “Disaster Paintings” are somber, powerful visions of environmental disasters and industrial decay during the 1980s. They’re being shown together for the first time at the University of Miami’s Lowe Art Museum, in an exhibit that seems newly relevant in an era filled with news of terrorism and environmental threats.
Stilt leaping lizards and flying lemurs help an outcast find his place in Luckner Bruno’s “The Legend of the Pink Elephant,” which has its final show at the Miami Theater Center Saturday. Bruno based the cirque-theater piece on his experience growing up.
In “Mira El Mar” choreographer Marissa Alma Nick sets a vision of life after sea level rise between sand and ocean on Surfside Beach. Shows are this Saturday and Sunday, part of Pioneer Winter’s Grass Stains series of site specific dances.
From making guitars out of guns to lighting up downtown Miami with anti-consumer murals, the 68 finalists for the annual Knight Arts Challenge program represent the diversity and inventiveness of South Florida culture.
This season’s dance and performance picks range from a major Miami City Ballet premiere to Alvin Ailey to the 50th anniversary tour of Twyla Tharp Dance to a piece that turns traffic into a performance.
New web TV drama “StartUp,” launched this week on Sony online network Crackle, dumps the cliches of cocaine crime and South Beach glamour for a tense, gritty vision of clashing cultures and online financial crime.
When a brain aneurysm left ballet dancer Isanusi García Rodríguez speechless and half-paralyzed almost four years ago, he seemed unlikely to walk and talk — much less dance — again. He has fought his way back and will dance at the International Ballet Festival of Miami on Sept. 10.
Since his premature death in 1988, Jean-Michel Basquiat has not only become one of the world’s most famous artists, but a pop culture icon. The show “Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks,” at the Perez Art Museum Miami, offers new clues to an artist whose impact on art, race and culture keeps expanding.
Surrealistic dance theater from Cuba visits Miami again, with the haunting “Possible Impossible,” from Cuban troupe Retazos and Swedish company Memory Wax. Miami’s Copperbridge Foundation presents another Havana and international dance experiment at Miami Dade County Auditorium on Saturday.
Miami-based radio chain SBS has launched a Cubanton, or Cuban-style reggaeton, station in Miami. Billboard Magazine reports that Cuban urban acts like Gente de Zona will dominate former pop station Ritmo 95.7 FM.
FamFest celebrates hip-hop culture and break-dance skills in Wynwood this weekend. Organized by top Miami dance crew Flipside Kings and performer Rudi Goblen, the event features an international dance contest, music groups ¡Mayday! and the Spam AllStars, workshops, DJs, graffiti art displays and more.
Only-in-Miami choreographer Rosie Herrera has spent most of the past year in prestigious residencies and performances outside her home town. She tops it off with shows by her company at New York’s Joyce Theater next week.
First Lady Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention has sparked online love, female cartoonists offer advice to Hillary Clinton, and pop culture and politics join to mark female empowerment.
Univision broadcast Premios Juventud, its pop culture youth awards, live from Miami’s BankUnited Center Thursday. The show mixed nostalgia and a #TBT theme with social media savvy, and boy band CNCO were the night’s biggest winners.
Seeds of Peace has brought teens from conflict-ridden zones in the Middle East, Southeast Asia and the United States to work out differences at a summer camp in Maine since 1993. Now a Miami-raised former counselor for the camp is organizing the first Miami events to raise funds and awareness for the group. Organizers say Seeds’ efforts are more important than ever in today’s divisive atmosphere.