Performing Arts

May 24, 2014

Arsht center to launch Cuba Beat music series for 2014-2015 season

FAU’s summer rep features ‘August: Osage County’ and ‘Bonnie and Clyde.’

A Cuban music series that looks back on historic styles and pivotal artists in Miami’s exile community will open at the Adrienne Arsht Center in September.

The Cuba Beat series launches Sept. 27 with a program of son, guaracha and rumba performed by famed Venezuelan salsero Oscar D’Leon and his orchestra. It continues with a Nov. 1 showcase of the music of Celia Cruz, featuring two soulful Cuban singers familiar to Miami Cuban music lovers, Lucrecia and Xiomara Laugart, as well as the Celia Cruz All-Stars, the beloved Cuban diva’s back-up band.

The April 25 concert focuses on charanga, a style of salsa which incorporates violin and flute, featuring Hansel & Raul, a Miami duo popular during the ’80s and ’90s, and the reunion of Charanga 76, a dynamic ensemble that Hansel Martinez and Raul Alfonso founded in New York in 1976. The series closes on June 13, 2015, with Miami’s most famous male exile artist, the singer Willy Chirino, who pioneered a unique fusion of Cuban music with American pop and rock, and Carlos Oliva, who headed another pivotal early Miami Cuban ensemble, Carlos Oliva y Los Sobrinos del Juez.

The series is co-presented and curated by Eventus, a Miami-based marketing and event company headed by Nelson Albareda, a Grammy- and Latin Grammy-winning producer who has done numerous exile music and cultural events.

“I am proud to present this first-ever concert series, which serves as a platform to educate and enrich our community with the sounds and heritage of Cuban music,” Albareda said.

Series tickets for Cuba Beat are $230 to $610 and are on sale at the Arsht Center box office. Individual tickets go on sale to Arsht Center members June 23 and to the public June 30. The Arsht is at 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Call 305-949-6722 or visit

Book signing

Author Linda Jenkin Costanzo is in South Florida Sunday to sign copies of her book Our Sons, Our Heroes: Memories Shared by America’s Gold Star Mothers from the Vietnam War (Sonrisa Press. 216 pages. $14.95). Also on hand is Georgie Carter Krell, a Virginia Gardens mother whose son, Private First Class Bruce Carter, died on Aug. 7, 1969, at age 19 when he threw his body onto a grenade to save his fellow soldiers. Two years later, he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Krell is one of 16 mothers featured in Costanzo’s book, which tells the stories of the women’s losses and their subsequent work in helping veterans via the American Gold Star Mothers organization. The signing will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. at Woody’s West End Tavern, 600 Payne Dr., Miami Springs.

‘Cuckoo’ times two

If you’re a fan of Dale Wasserman’s stage version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, you’re in luck. Two productions of the play are now in South Florida, one at Miami’s Artistic Vibes space, the other at Fort Lauderdale’s Andrews Living Arts Studio.

The Miami production of the play, about the wild clash of wills between new mental hospital inmate Randle P. McMurphy and the icy Nurse Ratched, is by the What if Works company and is directed by Phillip Church. Performances at Artistic Vibes, 12986 SW 89th Ave. (across from the Falls Shopping Center) are at 8 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Saturday, 3 p.m. June 1. Tcikets are $15 ($10 for students and seniors). Call 305-271-1073 or visit

Robert D. Nation directs the Andrews Living Arts production, which runs through June 8 with performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $29.95 (seniors $24.95, students $14.95). Andrews Living Arts is at 23 NW Fifth St., Fort Lauderdale. Call 800-838-3006 or visit

Broadway ‘Unplugged’

The new District Stage Company continues introducing itself to South Florida with fundraising concerts at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center in Cutler Bay. Next up is an intimate show in the center’s Black Box Theater featuring Broadway performers Janet Dacal ( In the Heights, Wonderland), Adam Kantor ( The Last Five Years, Next to Normal) and Kevin Mambo ( FELA, The Book of Mormon).

Performances are at 8:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday at 10950 SW 211th St., Cutler Bay. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Call 788-573-5300 or visit

Summer rep

Florida Atlantic University has unveiled the lineup for its Festival Repertory Theatre 2014, and it’s a strong one.

Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning August: Osage County, about a dysfunctional family crumbling after the death of its patriarch, will run in repertory from June 27 to July 26. The Frank Wildhorn-Don Black-Ivan Menchell musical Bonnie and Clyde, about the glamorous and infamous outlaw couple, runs July 5-27. The summer programming also features a piano gala Aug. 1 and big band concerts Aug. 2-3.

Performances are at the University Theatre and the Studio One Theatre at 777 Glades Rd., Boca Raton. Tickets to the play and musical are $20 ($15 for faculty, staff and alumni; $10 for students). Call 800-564-9539 or visit for a full schedule of performances.

Visual arts

• Miami-based Argentinian artist Agustina Woodgate opened a site-specific interactive work, GPS/Poetic Social Geometry, at the Faena Arts Center, a historic flour mill-turned-arts center in Buenos Aires. Her debut solo exhibition in her birthplace stages environments within the FAC as well as direct interventions into the city and its residents through public projects, including a version of Hopscotch with 1,692 hand-painted squares. The exhibition is on view through June 9, with more information at
•  Gigi Rosenberg, an author and coach to visual, literary and performing artists, shares advice from her book The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing: How to Find Funds and Write Foolproof Proposals. She’ll speak from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Coral Springs Museum of Art, 2855 Coral Springs Dr., Coral Springs. Call 954-340-5000 or visit
• Peruvian artist William Cordova presents his latest project in the final exhibition of swing/SPACE/miami’s first season at Miami Dade College’s Museum of Art + Design (MOAD) in the Freedom Tower, 600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Ceiba: Reconsidering Ephemeral Spaces investigates moments related to the collective human experience. The free exhibition runs through July 12. Musem hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday and noon to 8 p.m. on First Fridays. Call 305-237-7722 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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