New World School of the Arts presents George Bernard Shaw’s Major Barbara, starring more than a dozen college theater students and directed by guest artist and former NWSA faculty member Andrew Noble. The play premieres at 7 p.m. April 7 at the Louise O. Gerrits Theater, 25 NE Second St., Miami. Shows on April 8-9 start at 7:30 p.m., and there is a 2 p.m. April 10 matinee. General admission is $12 and $5 for seniors. For more information about NWSA, call 305-237-3541 or visit www.nwsa.mdc.edu.
Head to The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater to see four nights of home-grown comedy by local companies, thanks to Mad Cat Theatre Company and the city of Miami Beach. The showcase, from April 6 to April 9, features The Have-Nots, Villain Theater and The Project [theatre]. Prices range from $10 to $30 per ticket and can be purchased by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at www.livenation.com. The Gleason Room is backstage at the Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach.
AN AFTERNOON OF SONGS
The Chopin Foundation and the American Institute of Polish Culture present An Afternoon of Songs: From Schubert and Chopin to de Falla, featuring mezzo soprano Agnieszka Rehlis, at 3 p.m. April 10 at Steinway Piano Gallery, 4104 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables. Accompaniment provided by Gregory Spiess.
Rehlis comes from Poland to sing the part of Hannah in the Florida Grand Opera’s upcoming performance of The Passenger by Mieczyslaw Weinberg. Reserve seats for the intimate performance by making a suggested donation of $10 per person at www.chopin.org.
SHAKESPEARE AT 400
Shakespeare Troupe of South Florida is hosting a staged reading of excerpts from William Shakespeare’s First Folio by a group of artists assembled by veteran Shakespeare actor Peter Galman. The local actors include Beverly Beckman Blanchette, Steve Carroll, Jennifer Coe, Patty MacAuliffe Fernandez, Patti Gardner, Betsy Graver, Peter Haig, Kent Harris, Jude Parry, Jessica Peterson, Kevin Reilley, George Schiavone and Karen Stephens. Shakespeare! Scenes of Power is at 7:30 p.m. April 11 at The Vanguard Sanctuary for the Arts, 1501 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $25. The troupe’s work honors the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death (April 23). To reserve your seat at the reading, visit https://igg.me/at/ShakesTroupeSoFla. For more information, call 718-813-7383 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Florida playwright Tony Finstrom’s Wave Your Flag! at Lynn University in Boca Raton has been postponed due to an illness in the cast. The originally scheduled performance (April 6), part of the Jan McArt New Play Reading Series, will be rescheduled for a later date this spring. A new four-play season for 2016-2017 will also be announced soon with discounted rates for subscriptions. Call Lynn University’s box office at 561-237-9000 or visit www.lynn.edu/tickets for more information.
▪ Famed Chinese artist Lan Zhenghui is speaking at Florida International University’s W-9 Painting Studio on the FIU Modesto Maidique Campus at 10 a.m. April 7. Zhenghui will demonstrate the Chinese art of ink painting and discuss his work with FIU professors Pip Brant (painting) and Lidu Yi (Chinese Art History). The Splashing Ink event, presented by The Department of Art and Art History at the College of Architecture and the Arts, is open to the public. MMC is at SW 11th Street between 117th Avenue and 115th Avenue.
▪ The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami announced its summer series of shows spotlighting four innovative artists at various stages of their careers. The upcoming schedule includes: Brazilian sculpturist Laura Lima, June 3; Post-Movement artist Ida Applebroog, July 8; Berlin-based Renaud Jerez, July 8; New Zealand-based artist Susan Te Kahurangi King, July 8.
“Taken individually, the exhibitions provide new insight into the creative output of Laura, Susan, and Renaud — all of whom will be making their first U.S. solo museum debuts — and a re-contextualization of the iconic Ida Applebroog. Considered together, their diverse yet complementary practices demonstrate unexpected formal affinities and shared motives,” said Alex Gartenfeld, ICA deputy director and chief curator. All exhibits are on view through Oct. 30. ICA is at 4040 NE Second Ave., Miami. For more information, call 305-901-5272 or visit www.icamiami.org.
▪ Street artist Chor Boogie (Joaquin Lamar Hailey) is showing new work at Macaya Gallery in Wynwood through April 22. “Hieros Gamos: A Vision of Feminine Power” celebrates the inner marriage and/or struggle of Logos vs. Eros, reason vs. creativity, among other universal themes. Expect color-saturated emotional landscapes with regal female forms and large, captivating eyes. The gallery is at 145 NW 36th St., Miami. Call 786-577-0322 or visit www.macayagallery.com for more information.
▪ Gallery Diet is showing the Miami debut of seminal artist, filmmaker and poet Jonas Mekas. Let Me Introduce Myself takes a look at American culture and ideology through three series of photographs from Mekas’ enduring career, alongside a four-channel video installation. The exhibition is on view at 6315 NW Second Ave., Miami, through April 30. For more information, call 305-571-2288 or visit www.gallerydiet.com.
▪ The de la Cruz Collection is accepting proposals for its Summer Workshop Series, which takes place at the Design District building July 5–23. Submissions should come in the form of painting, drawing, sculpture and computer-based practices and should emphasize a particular age group. The Collection will compensate selected artists and cover their production costs during the program. The deadline to submit is Saturday, May 28. Send proposals to email@example.com with subject line, “Summer Workshops 2016,” or deliver in person to the de la Cruz Collection at 23 NE 41st St., Miami. Call 305-576-6112 or visit www.delacruzcollection.org for more information.
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