Performing Arts

Piano Slam 7 and All Kids Included Fest offer free family arts experiences

Piano Slam brings classical and contemporary music, dance, beats and student poetry to the Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall.
Piano Slam brings classical and contemporary music, dance, beats and student poetry to the Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall.

Families looking to enrich kids’ lives through the arts have two enticing — and free — possibilities coming up. The Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation and Miami’s Arsht Center will present Piano Slam 7 on Thursday. And on May 2 in Cutler Bay, the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center hosts an all-day festival aimed at children with and without disabilities.

▪ The Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation and the Adrienne Arsht Center are readying the seventh edition of Piano Slam, a mashup of piano, spoken word and hip-hop, this year involving pianists Duo ImPuls as well as works by student poets and beats supplied by DJ Brimstone 127. Teo Castellanos again directs the free performance, which is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami.

German pianists Barbara and Sebastian Bartmann, among the winners in the 2013 Dranoff Competition, form Duo ImPuls. Also part of the program are poet Oscar Fuentes, the work of choreographer Hattie May Williams and the student winners of a Miami-Dade Public Schools poetry competition. Though the event is free, tickets are required. Call 305-949-6722 or visit for information.

▪ The ninth annual free All Kids Included Family Arts Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 2 at the South-Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center. The center, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and The Children’s Trust support the festival, which is aimed at serving children with or without disabilities.

Among this year’s attractions are sensory-friendly Miami Children’s Theater main stage performances of Peter Pan, along with performances by Brazilian Voices, Magic Morgan, and Matthew Sabatella and the Rambling String Band. The Rodiles, School of Rock and other community groups will perform on an outdoor stage. The Greater Miami Youth Symphony, storyteller Carrie Sue Ayvar, American sign language storyteller John Paul Jebian, Karen Peterson and Dancers, the Thomas Armour Youth Ballet and Fantasy Theatre Factory are also part of the day.

Food, art projects, a book giveaway, face painters, balloon artists and will help make the festival festive. A pre-show guide is available at The center is located at 10950 SW 211th St., Cutler Bay. For information, call 786-573-5300 or visit

Christine Dolen