Free inclusive family fun day set for South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center

04/27/2014 12:00 AM

04/25/2014 8:24 PM

The eighth edition of a free, day-long family festival — All Kids Included Family Arts Festival — will unfold from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St., Cutler Bay.

Supported by the center, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and The Children’s Trust, the festival is aimed at children with and without disabilities, and it provides listening devices, sign-language interpreters, sighted guides, and both large-print and Braille program information to those who request them five days in advance by calling Stephanie Aponte at 786-573-5314 or emailing her at

Main stage attractions feature family-friendly hip hop from Secret Agent 23 Skiddoo and Live in Color, plus comedy with Page Turner Adventures. Those performances will be accessible to those with sensory processing and autism spectrum disorders, with modifications to sound and lighting, noise-canceling headsets, a quiet room and a preshow guide to the live theater experience (available online at

An outdoor stage programmed by Culture Shock Miami will feature performances by Sons of Mystro, the Bel Air Elementary School Drum Line, the 21st Century Steel Band and the Rodiles. The festival also includes performances by the Greater Miami Youth Symphony, the Amazing Mr. A Magic Show, Wholesome Harmonies Music Therapy, storytelling with Melinda Munger, a monumental paper chain community project, drumming for wellness by Jeff Deen, American Sign Language storyteller John Paul Jebian, Karen Peterson and Dancers, a bike helmet safety program, Miss Vilma’s Dance Studio, the Thomas Armour Youth Ballet tap team, salsa from Gigi’s Dance Academy and the Fantasy Theatre’s Fantasy Stew.

Also on tap are an art exhibition and hands-on art experiences, a giveaway of Shane DeRolf’s The Crayon Box That Talked, a rock wall, balloon artists, face painters, food options and more. For information, call 786-573-5300 or visit

Flower power

Who doesn’t want to spend a day communing with their inner drunken botanist? You’ll have the chance on May 6, when author Amy Stewart appears at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden.

The author will talk about two of her works, The Drunken Botanist and Flower Confidential. The day-long workshop will also include question and answer sessions, book signings, lunch and a liqueur-making workshop (you can take home your own blend in a jar).

Tickets cost $95 for garden members; $120 for nonmembers; $150 after May 1. For more information, call 305-673-7256 or visit

CityWrights set

The fourth annual CityWrights, a weekend for playwrights held during City Theatre’s popular Summer Shorts Festival, has booked an impressive lineup of speakers, panelists and workshop leaders for the June 26-29 event.

Playwright and director Jon Jory, former artistic director of Actors Theatre of Louisville and the force behind the influential Humana Festival of New American Plays, will deliver the conference’s keynote address. Leading workshops are Dan Castellaneta, the actor-screenwriter who provides the voice of Homer Simpson on The Simpsons; Obie Award-winning dramaturg Morgan Jenness; playwright Steve Yockey; playwright, director and author Michael Bigelow Dixon; and Naked Angels artistic director Liz Carlson.

CityWrights is also launching Ten Minute Marketplace, a forum aimed at providing extensive information about marketing new short plays.

The sessions will take place at the Epic Hotel, 270 Biscayne Way, Miami. Early registration rates range from $139 for students to $239 for an all-access pass. After Wednesday, the rate jumps to $189 for students, $249 for Florida residents who are members of arts unions and $299 for an all-access pass. Special one-day rates for teachers and for actors, directors and writers are also available. Full information on this year’s CityWrights programming is available by calling 305-755-9401 or at

Company launching

Pigs Do Fly, a new company aimed at using talent over the age of 50 to tell the stories of that age group, takes off on Thursday with a short-play program dubbed “Fifty Plus — A Celebration of Life...As We Know It.” Producer Ellen Wacher and her colleagues chose seven short plays by Marjorie O’Neill-Butler, Mike Vogel, Joan Broadman, Steve Korbar, David Susman, Rebecca Gorman O’Neill and Rich Rubin for the program, which will be directed by O’Neill-Butler and Beverly Blanchette.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday at Empire Stage, 114- N. Flagler Dr., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $25, and the show runs through May 11. For information, call 866-811-4111 or visit

Apply to YoungArts

The Miami-based National YoungArts Foundation has opened online applications for its 2015 group of outstanding high school students in the visual, literary, design and the performing arts. Applications are available through Oct. 17 to students between the ages of 15 and 18 or to those who will be in grades 10 through 12 as of Dec. 1.

The 33-year-old program selects finalists, honorable mention and merit winners who participate in regional programs in Miami, Los Angeles and New York. Some 170 finalists are invited to the January YoungArts week in Miami, where they perform, share their work and take master classes. Awards of up to $10,000 are determined, as are nominations to be a 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts.

For information, call 305-377-1140, email or visit

Honored play returns

Fort Lauderdale’s Island City Stage won six Carbonell Awards for its production of Dan Clancy’s The Timekeepers, the most of any South Florida production in 2013. For its just-announced 2014-15 season, the company is bringing the show back, this time to the West Boca Theatre Company at the Levis Jewish Community Center, 21050 95th Ave. South, Boca Raton. Best actor winner Michael McKeever will reprise his role alongside Mike Westrich and Matt Stabile, with Carbonell winner Michael Leeds again directing and winning designers Preston Bircher (lighting), Michael McClain (set) and David Hart (sound) back on board.

Island City’s new season begins with the world premiere of Michael Anan’s POZ Oct. 23-Nov. 23, followed by The Timekeepers in December, Steve Yockey’s Octopus Jan. 29-March 1, Douglas Carter Beane’s The Little Dog Laughed April 16-May 17 and the world premiere of McKeever’s Daniel’s Husband May 28-June 28. All shows except The Timekeepers will be presented at Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Dr., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $30. For information, call 954-519-2533 or visit

In brief

• Markowicz Fine Art’s Trompe le Monde exhibit in the Design District, featuring works by artists Olivier Haligon and Steven Gagnon celebrating their French heritage, examines the fusion of form and content. The gallery is at 1114 NE 40th St., Miami. For information, call 786-362-5546 or visit
• The Greater Miami Symphonic Band will present its eighth annual chamber concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Kendall United Methodist Church, 7600 SW 104th St., Pinecrest. Admission is free, and more information is available by calling 305-273-7687.

Christine Dolen, Connie Ogle 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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