Jordan Levin

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Groundbreaking play unearths memories of Cuban trauma

A review of “10 Million,” a Cuban play which unearths a family’s traumatic memories of post-Revolutionary Cuba, and brought some in Saturday’s sold out show at Miami-Dade County Auditorium to tears. Presented by the Copperbridge Foundation and FUNDarte for Global Cuba Fest, the play by Carlos Celdran continues to New York.

Entertainment

Star dancer leaving Miami City Ballet

Patricia Delgado, a longtime star dancer with Miami City Ballet raised in Miami and trained in the company’s school, is leaving MCB. She will be joined by her sister Jeanette Delgado, another leading favorite with the troupe, who will take a leave of absence after this season.

Entertainment

Two people bond as fascism looms

In the latest play from Miami New Drama, “A Special Day,” a housewife and her mysterious neighbor bond as Hitler visits Mussolini’s Rome. The production opens Thursday at Miami Beach’s Colony Theater.

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The Florida Grand Opera revives the story of famed Cuban dissident writer Reinaldo Arenas in ‘Before Night Falls.’

The Florida Grand Opera revives the story of famed Cuban dissident writer Reinaldo Arenas in ‘Before Night Falls,’ an opera by exile composer Jorge Martin based on Arenas’ memoir and the film of the same name. The story of Arenas, who was jailed in Cuba for his outspoken writing and his homosexuality and escaped on the Mariel boatlift only to die of AIDS, has new resonance amid political controversy over refugees.

Entertainment

Before escaping Cuba, he was jailed for being outspoken and gay. Now, an opera tells his story.

The Florida Grand Opera revives the story of famed Cuban dissident writer Reinaldo Arenas in ‘Before Night Falls,’ an opera by exile composer Jorge Martin based on Arenas’ memoir and the film of the same name. The story of Arenas, who was jailed in Cuba for his outspoken writing and his homosexuality and escaped on the Mariel boatlift only to die of AIDS, has new resonance amid political controversy over refugees.

Entertainment

Second show by new Miami ballet troupe showcases local choreographers

Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami, the vibrant new contemporary ballet led by former Miami City Ballet stars Jennifer Kronenberg and Carlos Guerra, which had an exciting debut last November, will do its second performances this weekend at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. The program features works from Miami-linked Latino choreographers, Yanis Pikieris, Douglas Gawriljuk, and Ariel Rose.

Entertainment

When a gun took someone close, these kids didn’t cry. They sang.

After a gun accident killed the cousin of a student in Guitars Over Guns — or GoGo, a Miami music mentoring program — leader Chad Bernstein and his students created ‘See You Again,’ a poignant music video remake of a hit Wiz Khalifa song. The video debuts Thursday evening at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, with live performances by GoGo students.

Entertainment

Music series fights division with an ‘Axis of Love’

The Rhythm Foundation kicks off its three-part Axis of Love concert series Sunday at the North Beach Bandshell. The world music presenter aims to encourage tolerance with a musical ‘love army’ of artists from the Middle East and Africa, including Vincent Segal and Ballaké Sissoko, and the South Asian group Riyaaz Qawwali.

Entertainment

Latin hitmaker becoming a star in his own right

Latin music songwriter and producer Tommy Torres has created hits for stars ranging from Juanes to Juan Luis Guerra. Now the multi-award winning Puerto Rican musician, whose song “Tu y Yo” featuring Daddy Yankee is a youtube hit, will play the Fillmore Miami Beach on April 1 on Torres’ first U.S. tour.

Entertainment

An iconic black troupe keeps wrestling with race

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, performing this week at the Adrienne Arsht Center, was launched amid the civil rights movement to showcase the richness of African-American life. That legacy has come to the fore as Black Lives Matter and debates over racism again embroil the country.

Music & Nightlife

Punk insider tells the music’s real story

Punk Magazine co-founder and author Legs McNeil comes to Miami to read from "Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk,” at Design District gallery Swampspace on Sunday. McNeil’s book has first person accounts from and about punk icons like Debbie Harry, the Ramones, Iggy Pop and more.

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Miami Herald culture & entertainment critic.

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