Tall, fantastical figures will dot the Pinecrest Gardens landscape when artist-filmmaker Philip Haas’ Four Seasons takes up residence Nov. 16-April 6. Based on 16th century portraits by Italian artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo, each of four 15-foot-tall sculptures represents a different season, allowing visitors to explore the large-scale works in three dimensions.
Haas, who is overseeing installation of the exhibit, said in a statement, “I started the Four Seasons wanting to bring Arcimboldo’s Renaissance painted nature imagery into the 21st century physical world. I can’t think of a better venue than Pinecrest Gardens to inaugurate the Florida tour of this work, where the sculptures will arrive in one of the oldest outposts of the New World, having fled their earlier homes as paintings in European museums, to now rest and blend in for an extended period amid the lush tropical flora, rock formations and historic water features.”
Pinecrest Gardens is located at 11000 Red Rd. in Pinecrest. Admission is $5 (children 2 and younger get in free). Four Seasons can be seen from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. For more information, call 305-669-6990 or visit www.pinecrestgardens.org.
Mario Ernesto Sánchez, the director and actor who founded Miami’s Teatro Avante as well as the man behind Miami’s International Hispanic Theatre Festival for the past 29 years, will be honored with the Legacy Award during closing ceremonies of the Encuentro 2014 festival at the Los Angeles Theatre Center on Sunday. José Luis Valenzuela, artistic director of the Latino Theater Company at the center, notes that the award goes to outstanding individuals whose commitment to Latino theater has had a lasting impact and says of Sánchez, “...your work has had a profound influence on the development of Latino theater both nationally and internationally.”
Sánchez is in good company: The two others being honored with the award are Luis Valdez of El Teatro Campesino and Míriam Colón of the Puero Rican Traveling Theater.
Rodney King, the man whose brutal beating by police would spark the Los Angeles riots and King’s plaintive “can’t we all get along?,” is the subject of a show by acclaimed solo artist Roger Guenveur Smith. Smith uses movement, poetry, biographical material and more to explore the life of the man who became one more symbol of a racially volatile America.
The show gets a single performance at 8 p.m. Friday at the Performing and Cultural Arts Theatre at Broward College’s South Campus, 7200 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines. Tickets are $15 (students can see it free). For information, call 954-201-8243 or visit www.bsoca.org.
▪ Conductor Patrick Dupré Quigley and Seraphic Fire explore the music of Antonio Vivaldi through his choral masterpiece Gloria at 4 p.m. Sunday at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St., Cutler Bay. The Sebastian, a New York-based period orchestra, performs with the singers. Tickets are $20-$55. Call 786-573-5300 or visit www.smdcac.org.
▪ Conductor Rodester Brandon and the Miami Wind Symphony will perform A Soldier’s Story, a patriotic concert commemorating Veteran’s Day, at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Wertheim Concert Hall at Florida International University, 10910 SW 17th St., Miami. Leading off the concert is A Vietnam War Suite, a new work with multimedia by New World School of the Arts adjunct faculty member Ferdinando DeSena. Tickets are $20 ($15 for students). For information, call 305-905-2415 or visit www.miamiwindsymphony.com.
▪ Jazz artist Von Henry will portray two legendary singers, Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday, during “Jazzaret,” an Arts at St. Johns cabaret performance set for 8 p.m. Friday. She’ll be joined in the second act by David Kingery for a series of duets and sketches. The performance happens at 4760 Pine Tree Dr., Miami Beach. Tickets are $15 ($10 for students and seniors, free for military and children under 10). Call 305-613-2325 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
▪ Thinking Cap Theatre continues its fall reading series at 7:30 p.m. Monday with Suzan-Lori Parks’ In the Blood, a riff on The Scarlet Letter. Carey Brianna Hart directs a cast that includes Carbonell Award winner Karen Stephens. Admission is $12, but you can attend both Monday’s reading and the Dec. 8 reading of Radio T.B.S. by Mark Landon Smith for $19. The readings are at Art Serve, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 813-220-1546 or visit www.thinkingcaptheatre.com.
▪ Florida Atlantic University is going for the laughs with Picasso at the Lapin Agile by Steve Martin. The play imagines an encounter between Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein in a Paris cafe circa 1904. It opens Friday for a run through Nov. 23 in the Studio One Theatre, 777 Glades Rd., Boca Raton. Performances are 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Tickets are $20 ($12 for students, faculty, staff, alumni and children under 12). Call 800-564-9539 or visit www.fauevents.com.
▪ The Scholl Lecture Series at the Pérez Art Museum Miami will host New York artist Gary Simmons as he discusses the new large-scale mural he created for PAMM’s Project Gallery to explore the racially charged history of boxing with curator Rene Morales. The event is open to the public, but space in the auditorium is limited. Seating begins at 6:45 p.m. Thursday at the museum, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Call 305-375-3000 or visit www.pamm.org.
▪ The Centro Mater Foundation is holding a laid-back "anti-gala" in support of its efforts to provide quality care and education to economically disadvantaged children in South Florida. "Urban MATERs," set for 8 p.m. Friday, is an evening of urban art, music, food trucks and entertainment at MAPS Backlot in Wynwood, 342 NW 24th St., Miami. Guests are encouraged to dress casually. Proceeds will go to the non-profit’s summer program, which serves 800 at-risk kids every year. Tickets are $100 ($75 for Future Matters members). For information, call Marbelys de la Osa at 305-545-6049 or visit www.centromater.org.
▪ Photography by Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac will be on view at Wentworth Galleries, 819 E Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, from Saturday through Dec. 21. A private reception with the artist is scheduled for Dec. 18 from 6 to 9 p.m., with a minimum purchase of artwork from the Reflections collection required for attendance. For more information, call 954-468-0685 or visit www.wentworthgalleries.com.
▪ PAMM, Under Construction, a photography exhibition by award-winning Miami artist Daniel Azoulay, is on view at Florida International University’s Miami Beach Urban Studios, 420 Lincoln Rd., Suite 440, Miami Beach. His work tells the story of the Pérez Art Museum Miami’s construction process, its architecture and its relation to the site. Visitors to the Design Gallery are welcome from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays or by appointment. For information, call 305-535-1464 or visit www.mbus.fiu.edu.
Christine Dolen 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).