The South Florida Silver Palm Theatre Awards committee, founded seven years ago to honor theatrical excellence in South Florida, has announced that this year it will present the coveted award to 26 individuals and organizations.
The Silver Palm Awards, presented annually to outstanding contributors to South Florida theater, are determined by a vote of the South Florida Theatre Press Corp. based on recommendations from South Florida journalists and theater critics.
Award recipients include: Amy Miller Brennan (Ruthless, The Whale and Chess); Clay Cartland, (The Trouble With Doug, What’s New Pussycat?, Next to Normal and Clark Gable Slept Here); William Hayes producing artistic director of Palm Beach Dramaworks; Jessica Brooke Sandford (Fear Up Harsh and [title of show]); The Wick Theatre Executive Producer Marilynn A. Wick; and costume designer Ellis Tillman (The Whale, Ruthless and Spamalot).
The awards presentation will be held from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Dec. 1 during the annual Theatre League Holiday Party at Stache, 109 SW Second Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. The party is open to the public; there is a $25 admission charge. Theatre League members attend free of charge. Call League Executive Director Andie Arthur for reservations, and further information, at 954-557-0778.
The Naked Stage’s 24-Hour Theatre Project is back, 8 p.m. Monday at Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. Artistic director Katherine Amadeo will again oversee the creative madness as eight playwrights gather at the theater Sunday to draw play titles and the names of cast members and directors from a hat, then spend the night creating a brand-new short play. After all-day rehearsals on Monday, the shows go on for one night only.
VIP tickets to the fundraiser are $50, with general admission $30. Call 561-514-4042, ext. 2, or visit www.nakedstage.org or www.palmbeachdramaworks.org.
New World School of the Arts’ NWSA Repertory Dance Ensemble opens the dance season with a dynamic program including performances by NWSA’s high school and college dancers in ballet, modern and hip-hop.
NWSA Repertory Dance Ensemble is 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St., Aventura. General admission is $12; tickets are available by calling 877-311-7469 or online at www.AventuraCenter.org.
The program will include Lara Murphy’s evocative Nosotros — a romantic pas de deux set to the music of Cuban composer and pianist Ernesto Lecuona. Darshan Bhuller’s evocative 1914 commemorates the centennial of World War I with a 15-minute abstract piece, while Robert Battle’s Rush Hour energizes the stage with its powerful abstraction of modern life. Kehynde Hill’s (B)ear (N)o (W)itness explores hip-hop with an upbeat score of contemporary music and a solemn storyline. The program also features a driving contemporary work by guest choreographer Josée Garant titled Forced Entry, as well as an excerpt from the upcoming Thomas Armour Youth Ballet/NWSA production of The Nutcracker and Away, a contemporary piece by Gerard Ebitz.
Pulitzer Prize-winning Miami playwright Nilo Cruz will direct the world premiere of his play Hurricane for a five-performance run at the Miami Dade-County Auditorium’s OnStage Black Box Theatre. Featuring Andy Barbosa, Serafín Falcón and Lela Elam, the play focuses on a Catholic missionary living on a Caribbean island who loses his memory after an accident.
Arca Images will present the show in English with Spanish supertitles. Performances are 8:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25 ($20 seniors and students). The theater entrance is behind the auditorium building at 2901 W. Flagler St. For information, call 786-327-4539 or visit www.arcaimages.org.
▪ Bakehouse Art Complex celebrates Dias de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with “Roast of the Calacas – A Puppet Slam” at 8 p.m. Monday, featuring Jim Hammond, David Goboff, president of the Puppet Guild of South Florida and their band of comedians. The puppeteers will be joined by performance artists including Burning Man creatives, burlesque dancers and Zombie Walk devotees for a strictly adults-only event funded by Heather Henson, Puppet Slam Network, Puppet Guild of South Florida, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Tickets are $7 with RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. 561 NW 32nd St., Miami; 305-576-2828, www.dayofthedeadflorida.com or www.bacfl.org.
▪ Fine Art Auctions Miami presents “Banco do Brasil,” a collection of paintings, sculptures, and 20th century design with notable pieces like Jesus Rafael Soto’s Tiratura 45 and Jean Royere’s furniture for auction, at 5:30 p.m. Monday at FAAM, 350 NW 29th St., Miami. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 305-573-4228 or visit www.faamiami.com.
▪ Miamiartzine.com is throwing a benefit party for its ninth anniversary Monday at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr., from 6-9 p.m. The public is invited to enjoy a reception with entrée and dessert crepes, an art exhibit by Naomi Cormier and Sid Daniels, a dance performance by the Brigette Cormier Dance Company and live music by Cachi and his salsa jazz ensemble. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. For more information, call 305-535-2448 or visit www.miamiartzine.com.
Christine Dolen, Amy Reyes 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).