The innovative downtown arts center Cannonball is launching an alternative arts school with the goal of deepening understanding and discussion about the visual arts in Miami. Called R.A.D. (Research, Art, Dialogue), the program will start with several intensive two-day seminars this fall and expand into longer courses in the spring of 2015. Tuition will be low: $250 for full-time students, $50 per course for those wishing to audit. Anyone can attend, although the organizers are gearing classes towards arts school graduates, artists, curators, gallerists, journalists and other arts professionals.
Cannonball executive director Chris Cook says the aim is to dig deeper into current ideas and issues in the art world in Miami.
“Many artists and arts professionals complain about the lack of arts discourse here,” says Cook. “There’s a certain amount of in-depth conversation and understanding that’s lacking.”
Teachers will be drawn from around the United States, Europe and Latin America. Instructors this fall are Eduardo Abaroa, a Mexico City artist who runs an alternative art school there; Pablo Helguera, another Mexican artist who directs adult academic programs at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City; and Judi Wertheim, a Brooklyn- and Miami-based artist who also heads an alternative art school in Buenos Aires.
Applications are being accepted from Monday through Sept. 15. Cannonball is located at 1035 N. Miami Ave., Miami. To apply or get more information, call 786-347-2360 or visit cannonballmiami.org.
Microtheater Miami is launching a new round of short English-language plays in its unique cargo container “theaters” on the patio of the Centro Cultural Español, 1490 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. In the fresh lineup are The Unfortunates by Christopher Ferrer, Love at First Tinder by Laura Di Lorenzo, Cracked Eggs by Frank Quintana, Good Luck Gina by Caitlyn Lincoln, A Song a Day Keeps the Doctor Away by Freddy Valle, What Ifs Revealed by Israel Garcia and Plenty of Shrimp by Joshua Jean Baptiste.
Each Microtheater play is repeated six times nightly, and the ones in English are presented Wednesday and Thursday from 8 to 11 p.m. through Oct. 2. Different plays in Spanish are presented from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday, with late-night shows from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday-Saturday. Admission to each play is $5 ($4 for Centro Cultural members), and each “theater” holds 15 people. For information, call 305-448-9677, email email@example.com or visit www.microtheatermiami.com.
Award-winning violinist Daniel Andai has been named the new dean of music at Miami’s New World School of the Arts. After earning his high school diploma at New World, Andai received a bachelor of music degree from the Lynn University Conservatory of Music, a master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a doctorate from the University of Miami.
As a violinist, Andai has been a soloist, chamber musician, concertmaster, conductor and recording artist, frequently with the Miami Symphony Orchestra. He is also artistic director of Vermont’s Killington Music Festival. At new world, he’ll oversee both the high school and college programs in music.
The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center is offering 15 percent discounts from Tuesday through Sept. 16 to patrons subscribing to the Miami International Piano Festival, the Aventura Foreign Film Series and the Broadway Concert Series, as well as a discount to the Oct. 12 XII Andes Folkloric Festival of Music and Dance.
The piano festival series features pianists David Kadouch, Nick van Bloss, Nikolay Khozyainov and Vincenzo Maltempo. The film series includes showings of You Will Be My Son, Terraferma, The Hunt, The Broken Circle Breakdown, Las Acacias and Like Father, Like Son. Performers on the Broadway concert series are Megan Hilty, Louise Pitre and Lea Salonga. The Aventura center is located at 3385 NE 188th St. Call 877-311-7469 or visit www.aventuracenter.org.
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Christine Dolen, Jordan Levin 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).