South Florida’s arts season has usually wound down by this time of year, but an insanely busy theater calendar contradicts that notion. Four productions have joined the Wick Theatre’s already-open Ain’t Misbehavin’ this weekend, and next weekend brings a cluster of eight — yes, eight — openings.
The Fats Waller revue Ain’t Misbehavin’ is at Boca Raton’s Wick Theatre ( www.thewick.org) through June 1. Newly open this weekend are Christopher Durang’s Chekhov parody Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, which runs at GableStage ( www.gablestage.org) in Coral Gables through June 15; Mark St. Germain’s Scott and Hem (about F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway), running at Actors’ Playhouse ( www.actorsplayhouse.org) in Coral Gables through June 8; Thinking Cap Theatre’s U.S. premiere of Sarah Kosar’s hot dog, running at Nova Southeastern University’s Black Box Theatre in the Don Taft Center in Davie through June 1 ( www.thinkingcaptheatre.com); and Karoline Leach’s Tryst, which will be at Palm Beach Dramaworks ( www.palmbeachdramaworks.org) in West Palm Beach through June 8.
Next week, the theater calendar gets really crowded. After a Thursday preview, Zoetic Stage opens its production of Amy Herzog’s The Great God Pan on Friday for a run through June 8 in the Carnival Studio Theater at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (www.arshtcenter.org). The Naked Stage brings its production of August Strindberg’s Miss Julie to Barry University’s Pelican Theatre in Miami Shores from Friday through June 8 (www.nakedstage.org). New Theatre opens its production of Johnna Adams’ Gideon’s Knot on Friday at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, where it will run through June 15 (www.new-theatre.org). Coral Gables’ Area Stage (www.areastagecompany.com) offers its professional production of Hunter Bell and Jeff Bowen’s [title of show], opening Friday and running through June 8.
Also next week, after Thursday-Friday previews, Fort Lauderdale’s Island City Stage (www.islandcitystage.org) opens its production of Alexi Kaye Campbell’s The Pride at Empire Stage, where the show runs from Saturday through June 22. Fort Lauderdale’s Andrews Living Arts Theater (www.andrewslivingarts.org) presents Dale Wasserman’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, previewing Friday, opening Saturday and running through June 8. Boca Raton’s Outré Theatre (www.outretheatrecompany.com) opens Stephen Dolginoff’s two-man musical Thrill Me on Thursday for a run through June 8 at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center. And Manalapan’s Plaza Theatre (www.plazatheatre.net) will open its production of Donna Moore’s Cougar the Musical on Thursday for a run through June 29.
That should keep any theater lover happy — and busy.
Teens to compete
Two sets of talented Miami teens will head to major cultural competitions this summer.
Two dancers from Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida, the Aventura ballet troupe and school led by Vladimir Issaev, will compete in the 2014 USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Miss., June 14-29. Kaori Fukui and Jun Tanabe will be among the 97 dancers in the international event, competing respectively in the female and male senior divisions. Held every four years, the Jackson competition draws dancers from around the world to compete for scholarships, cash prizes and contracts with the ballet company directors who attend to look for talent. (Miami City Ballet founding artistic director found a number of dancers, including former principal Luis Serrano and current guest artist Katia Caranza, there.)
And six teenagers from Tigertail Productions’ WordSpeak program will compete in the national poetry competition Brave New Voices, held in Philadelphia July 16-19. Tigertail’s WordSpeak program fosters teenage writers, poets and performers with workshops and classes led by local and visiting artists. The team heading to Philadelphia is led by award-winning playwright and performer Teo Castellanos. The six youths — Maylin Enamorado, Christell Roach, and Wesly Oviedo from Miami Arts Charter; Steffon Dixon from DASH; Celestelle Webster from Miami Lakes Senior High, and Al Alexandre from North Miami Senior High — were selected from 1,000 students who participated in Tigertail’s WordSpeak and SpeakOut programs. They will join 500 fellow youth poets from 50 cities across the U.S. for Brave New Voices, a 16-year-old event that is the premiere national poetry slam for youth between ages 13 and 19.
South Florida poetry lovers will be able to see the 2014 WordSpeak team on June 26 in a free performance at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. For details go to www.tigertail.org.
Women in film
Filmmakers, TV producers and other industry professionals will join the African American Women in Cinema (AAWIC) to announce the opening of their new South Florida office in Hollywood. The organization, comprised of veteran directors, screenwriters and actors, will hold a pre-launch ceremony at noon May 28 at Grille 401, 401 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.
“We want to be where the industry is flourishing,” said Terra Renee, founder and president of AAWIC, which is headquartered in New York. “We recognize that Greater Miami and Greater Fort Lauderdale have become increasingly important to the creative services arena, and we want to be a part of the continued growth that the overall film industry is experiencing here.”
In business for 16 years, the AAWIC’s main goal is to expand, explore and create opportunities for minority women filmmakers in the entertainment industry by providing resources, film festivals, script readings, workshops and seminars.
Cirque Dreams’ Broadway hit Jungle Fantasy will bring its family-friendly spectacle to the stage at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts July 22-27. Created and directed by Cirque founder Neil Goldberg, the show features aerialists, contortionists, acrobats, jugglers and musicians in an imaginative encounter with exotic creatures.
Performances at Fort Lauderdale’s Broward Center, 201 SW Fifth Ave., are 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $34.50-$74.50. Call 954-462-0222 or visit www.browardcenter.org for information.
Visual arts• Rubell Family Collection founders Mera and Don Rubell join Unscripted Bal Harbour Friday for a discussion with renowned artist Hank Willis Thomas about his exploration of African-American identity in the media. The discussion is at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Regis, 9703 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, and an RSVP is required. Visit www.balharbourflorida.com/unscriptedartprojects or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Los Angeles-based DJ/producer Kingdom, who fuses grime, crunk, club and house music with adaptations of R&B vocals, will play two 90-minute sets at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) at 10 p.m. Friday and 1 a.m. Saturday at 770 NE 125th St., North Miami, as part of the Music at MOCA series. Tickets are on sale through Friday at $15 for general admission (free for MOCA members). Call 305-893-6211 or visit www.mocanomi.org.
• Also at MOCA, Video Container: Touch Cinema features single-channel video work by more than a dozen contemporary artists who investigate the material and metaphysical presence of the body related to identity and sexuality. Videos rotate throughout the month-long exhibition. Admission is free, courtesy of the Knight Foundation. Access the complete schedule at www.mocanomi.org.
• Miami Beach-based cartoonist Hugh MacLeod celebrates his motivational art collection at the University of Miami’s Toppel Career Center, where 80 pieces focusing on careers, work/life balance and personal growth are permanently on display. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at 5225 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables. An RSVP is required. Email email@example.com or visit www.gapingvoid.com.
• The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, 3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami, presents a screening of the film The Last Survivor (2010), in collaboration with the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews and the Holocaust Memorial, from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Preceding the film, visitors will have time to explore the museum’s RACE exhibition that closes May 26. A discussion with professor Magdalena Lamarre of Miami Dade College and Holocaust survivor David Mermelstein will follow. Admission is $6.
• On view through July at Emerson Dorsch is We float above to spit and sing, the gallery’s first solo exhibition and the Miami debut of Michael Jones McKean, alongside a multimedia project by Miami-based artist Cara Despain. Concurrent with his exhibition, McKean is an artist-in-residence through June 15 at Cannonball in downtown Miami. Emerson Dorsch is at 151 NW 24th St., suite A, Miami. Call 305-576-1278 or visit www.emersondorsch.com.
• The Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, hosts Art Club for Adults, part of a weekly series to stimulate creativity and provide an opportunity for discussions about art and life. The event is Thursday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and is free with museum admission ($8 for adults, $6 for students, free for members and Miami Beach residents). Call 305-673-7530 ext. 1001, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.bassmuseum.org.
• Norton Museum of Art’s Masterpiece of the Month for May is Diane Arbus’ 1962 work Child with a hand grenade in Central Park, N.Y.C. The rarely-exhibited work, highlighting the odd in the ordinary, is on view through May 31. The Norton is at 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach. Admission is $12 for adults, $5 for students, free for members and children 12 and under. Call 561-832-5196 or visit www.norton.org.
• Meet the Artist happens Wednesday at Soyka Restaurant, 5556 NE Fourth Ct., Miami. The event showcases three emerging South Florida artists — Michel Castro, Alejandro Cuadra and Amauri Torezan — with complimentary wine for guests and a 10 percent discount off dinner. The gathering is open to gallerists and interior designers from noon to 5 p.m. and to the public from 6 to 10 p.m. Admission is free with an RSVP to email@example.com.
In brief• Andrew Weinstein, a member of President Barack Obama’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, will give a State of the Arts address at 7 p.m. May 27 at the Miramar Cultural Center/Arts Park. The free event will also showcase the talent of South Florida artists. The Center is at 2400 Civic Center Place (off Red Road north of Miramar Parkway) in Miramar. For information, call 954-602-4536.
• To commemorate the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare, Miami Dade College has put together a series dubbed Shakespeare and Snacks: Summer Film Festival. Movie versions of Shakespeare’s plays will be shown each Wednesday at noon through July 16 in room R8401 at the college’s Wolfson campus, 300 NE Second Ave., Miami. And the movies and snacks are free. For information, email Dania Soriano at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christine Dolen, Jordan Levin, Rene Rodriguez and Galena Mosovich contributed to this report. Send news to cdolen@MiamiHerald.com (theater), jlevin@MiamiHerald.com (dance, pop and Latin music), jwooldridge@MiamiHerald.com (visual arts) or khamersly@MiamiHerald.com (jazz, classical music).