The historic Olympia Theater is hosting its monthly event, In the Lobby Lounge … ETC!, with the aerial excitement of Bootlegger Circus, featuring the Flying Trapeze School and the Front Yard Theater Collective in a collaborative performance starting at 6:30 p.m. June 22. The show depicts Prohibition-era Miami through moonshine juggling, comedy and swinging from the chandeliers. Cocktails are available at the cash bar, and attendees are encouraged to take tours of the venue during intermission. Doors open at 6 p.m. and guests should RSVP via Facebook at www.facebook.com/events/1762878843942018. Free and open to the public. Olympia Theater is at 174 E. Flagler St., Miami. Call 305-374-2444.
A new Miami City Ballet School staffer is part of an exodus from the Pennsylvania Ballet as a new artistic director there remakes the company. Arantxa Ochoa, who headed the Pennsylvania’ troupe’s school, will be in charge of faculty and curriculum at MCB’s dance school.
Gay artists and cultural activists in Miami and beyond are struggling to respond to the Orlando nightclub massacre, and their response is being highlighted by the annual Out in the Tropics festival taking place in Miami Beach this week. Even as artists wrestle with sadness, anger and incomprehension, they assert that art can play a crucial role in articulating emotions and leading efforts for change.
Slow Burn Theatre Co. at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts takes on the black comedy about violence and bullying, adapted from the 1988 film ‘Heathers’ starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. The show opened in Fort Lauderdale the weekend of the Orlando mass shooting.
Arts groups are increasingly turning to interactive events that let audiences join performances. Is this the next artistic frontier, or theater for an attention-challenged social media generation? Two recent Miami shows, “little match girl passion” at PAMM and Jay Scheib’s Carmen at YoungArts, show the genre’s potential and pitfalls.
Cuban-American bellydancer and teacher Tiffany “Hanan” Madera traveled to Cuba over her family’s objections to start a bellydance school where she connected strongly with the women there. The 13-year process is documented in the film “Havana Habibi,” which premieres Thursday at O Cinema Wynwood.
Adventurous Miami opera group IlluminArts stages David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize winning chamber opera “little match girl passion,” based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and Bach’s “St. Matthew’s Passion,” this week at PAMM. The event, which features free open rehearsals, is part of a growing national trend to find innovative alternatives to traditional opera.