New World School of the Arts showcases its rising stars

03/13/2014 7:25 PM

03/16/2014 11:23 AM

The young stars and artists of tomorrow get their moment in the spotlight on Friday when Miami’s New World School of the Arts presents Rising Stars, an annual performance and visual arts showcase. This year’s special honorees are choreographer Rosie Herrera, who will receive the 2014 Rising Stars Alumnus Award, and the Knight Foundation, recipient of the Heart of Art Award.

The evening begins with a free visual arts exhibition from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the New World Gallery, 25 NE Second St. A pre-performance VIP reception takes place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, 174 E. Flagler St., with tickets priced from $125 to $250. The show begins at 8 p.m. at the Gusman Center.

On this year’s bill are excerpts from the musicals Once on This Island and Into the Woods. Brent Mounger conducts the New World concert band’s performance of Wild Nights, and Alfred Gershfeld conducts the symphony orchestra performing Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1 in F Minor. Forced Entry by guest choreographer Josée Garant and the world premiere of 1914 by choreographer Darshan S. Bhuller showcases New World’s dancers.

Tickets to the Rising Stars performance cost $20 to $50, available at For VIP reception tickets, call 305-237-3753 or email

Cannonball wins grant

Miami visual arts group Cannonball has received a prestigious grant to fund new artist projects. The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has awarded a WaveMaker Grant, worth $50,000 a year for a minimum of two years, to the downtown Miami organization. Cannonball will use the funds to give 10 to 15 grants of $2,000 to $5,000 to individual artists and artist groups, expanding the program of artist residencies, forums and exchanges it hosts at its building on North Miami Avenue.

“It allows the artists and projects that fly under most people’s radar to be recognized and supported,” Cannonball executive director Chris Cook said.

Individual artists are often not eligible for grants from foundations and government agencies, which are usually restricted to incorporated nonprofit groups. Cannonball, whose artist residency program has received a $100,000 grant from the New York-based Warhol Foundation, joins groups in San Francisco, Chicago, Houston and Kansas City in receiving a WaveMaker Grant.

Details and guidelines will be available in July, with the first round of awards to be announced in February. Questions should be directed to or 786-347-2360.

‘Wives’ in Spanish

Teatro Prometeo’s Spanish-language conservatory program is getting ready to open Neher Jacqueline Briceño’s adaptation of Molière’s 1662 comedy School for Wives. Staged by Briceño and set in the Roaring ’20s, the play also gains a new title: Lección para señoritas.

Featured in the cast are Guillermo Ezequiel Pérez, Cristina Ferrari, Luis Martinez, Claudia Quesada, Hannah Ghelman, Kathia Pineda and Darien Sotolongo. The play opens at 8 p.m. Thursday and runs through March 29, with performances at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday at Teatro Prometeo on Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave., Miami. Tickets cost $20. Call 305-237-3262 or visit

Sunday concerts

Sunday Afternoons of Music is presenting two concert events, one this Sunday and another aimed at families on March 23.

Pianist Richard Goode performs works by Leos Janacek, Franz Schubert and Claude Debussy at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Gusman Concert Hall at the University of Miami, 1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables. Tickets cost $35 ($30 for seniors, $10 for students), and valet parking is available for $5. Admission includes wine and soft drinks at intermission.

At 3 p.m. March 23, Sunday Afternoons of Music for Children will present Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, also at Gusman Hall . Former Live at Lincoln Center announcer Martin Bookspan will be the celebrity storyteller, and the University of Miami’s Frost Symphony Orchestra under music director Thomas Sleeper and assistant conductor Andres Jamie will perform. The program includes a musical instrument petting zoo and a post-concert party. Tickets cost $12 ($10 for children ages 2 to 12, free for kids under 2 on parents’ laps).

For information on either concert, call 305-271-7150 or visit

Visual arts

•  Unscripted: A Bal Harbour Creative Project presents Pérez Art Museum Miami curator Rene Morales in discussion with artist Mark Dion about his archaeological field work at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa, 10295 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour. RSVP is required. Email
• Life is Art presents the 12th River of Art networking event and art showcase to benefit Art Studio Miami at Brasileiro, 801 Brickell Bay Dr., Miami. The event happens from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, and admission includes a drink, food and the showcase of works by Ernie Novo, Gustavo Ramirez and Jennifer Maria. Cost is $10 in advance with discount code “LIA” at, $20 at the door.
• Pérez Art Museum Miami has named Marilyn Holifield to its board of trustees. Holifield is a partner with the law firm Holland & Knight in Miami and serves on the board of trustees of the University of Miami, the executive committee of the Harvard Alumni Association and the museum’s African American Artist Advisory Committee.
• Artist John Dowd is showing 15 new oil-on-canvas paintings at the Williams McCall Gallery through March 29. About Florida is Dowd’s third exhibit of Florida landscapes at the gallery, 110 Washington Ave., CU-3, Miami Beach. Call 786-359-4321 or visit
• The Coral Gables Museum is accepting entries for the third annual Capture Coral Gables Photography Contest. Categories include architecture, events, nature and faces of Coral Gables. Thirteen winners will exhibit at the museum and win prizes. The competition is open to teens and adults of all skill levels, with entries due May 2. Several images will be selected by jurors to exhibit June 6-Aug. 24, with museum visitors asked to vote for their favorite. Call 305-603-8067, email or visit
• Miami-based photographer Hugo Lopez’s exhibit Pure is on display through May 15 at the Sense Beach House’s new art gallery/lounge inside the boutique hotel, 400 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach. Admission is free. Call 305-538-5529 or visit
• Haitian-born, Miami-based artist Edouard Duval-Carrié’s solo exhibition Imagined Landscapes is now on view at Pérez Art Museum Miami. Generated over the past year, the exhibit features a series of mural-sized paintings and chandeliers depicting lush tropical scenes, executed entirely in black and silver glitter. The exhibition runs through Aug. 31 at the museum, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Call 305-375-3000 or visit

Christine Dolen, Jordan Levin 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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