Performing Arts

Miami Light Project’s Here & Now festival runs Thursday through May 17

Miami Light Project is getting ready to kick off the 15th edition of its popular Here & Now festival, this year featuring new dance and theater pieces plus an interactive multimedia art installation.

Unnamable by Letty Bassart features the artist’s original writing colliding with the work she encounters in cyberspace. Daniel Bernard Roumain supplies an original score, dancer Shaneeka Harrell the movement and Gema Corredera live vocals. UTOPIA D2H by Abel Cornejo is inspired by earlier hijacking of planes to Cuba, and it explores the quest for happiness and the nature of utopias.

Dancer Ana Mendez contributes Portal, a ritual piece that follows three characters into a void that melds past, present and future. It features a score performed by Sun Ra Arkestra musician Ed Wilcox and the notorious Blowfly. Sexual Offenders by David Rohn and Danilo de la Torre is a surrealistic theater piece exploring the experience of a husband-father and small-town official as he begins gender reassignment therapy.

Hesperus Is Phosphorus, the art installation by Juan Carlos Zaldivar, is a series of phosphorescent paintings on glass that re-contextualize classical and baroque figures in comparison to the eastern deity Shiva.

Here & Now 2014 runs from Thursday through May 17 at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, 404 NW 26th St., Miami. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and tickets are $10. Call 866-811-4111 or visit

Song cycle

Fairy Tales, Songs of the Dandelion Woman is a contemporary operatic song cycle that will take audiences on a 90-minute trip through a shifting mental landscape when it gets its world premiere at the Little Stage Theater at Miami Beach’s SoBe Institute of the Arts. With a score and libretto by Carson Kievman, the piece features baritone Ken Mattice as the Bank Examiner and soprano Megan Brus as the Dandelion Woman.

The song cycle previews at 8 p.m. Thursday, then has performances at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, through May 18. Tickets for Friday’s opening gala are $50 and $25; regular admission is $25, with students and seniors paying $15. The Little Stage is at 2100 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. For information, call 305-674-9220 or visit

‘Dr. Ruth’ due

Debra Jo Rupp, the actress who played mom Kitty Forman on That ‘70s Show, has received best solo performance nominations from the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle for playing Dr. Ruth Westheimer in Becoming Dr. Ruth. Now she’ll share her performance in Mark St. Germain’s play from Wednesday through May 11 at Fort Lauderdale’s Parker Playhouse. And the real Dr. Ruth — that diminutive sex therapist who was once a sniper in Israel — will participate in talks after select performances.

Becoming Dr. Ruth has performances at 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $28 to $66.50. The Parker is at 707 NE Eighth St. Call 954-462-0222 or visit

‘Mozart’ singers

Five members of Florida Grand Opera’s Young Artist Program will perform art songs about love at 6 p.m. Sunday as part of the Mainly Mozart Festival XXI. Betsy Diaz, Rebecca Henriques, Jouvanca Jean-Baptiste, Casey Finnigan and Thomas Lehman will perform in the Granada Ballroom at the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. Tickets are $20.

The Mainly Mozart Festival continues with six more concerts, culminating in a finale at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts June 22. Featured at the final event are the festival’s artistic director, pianist Marina Radiushina; violinist Yi-Jia Susanne Hou, and cellist Amit Peled. For information, call 786-556-1715 or visit

‘A Call to Serve’

This new documentary from WLRN honors soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice. The film plays at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Cinema Paradiso, 503 SE Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale. Producer Steve Waxman will participate in a post-screening Q&A. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Call 305-995-1717 or e-mail

‘Grease’ is the word

The Miramar Cultural Center/Arts Park winds up its family theater series at 3 p.m. Sunday with a sing-along showing of the movie Grease. Hosts will lead the crowd in a vocal warmup, demonstrate how to do the hand jive, and judge a ’50s costume contest before the screening. The event also includes an art activity, face painting and storytelling.

Admission is $20 ($2 for kids 2 and younger, sitting on a parent’s lap). The Miramar Cultural Center is at 2400 Civic Center Place, off Red Road north of Miramar Parkway. For information, call 954-602-4500 or visit

‘One Split Second’

Matisyahu performs an exclusive acoustic set at the second annual fundraiser for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Gibson Miami Showroom, 2751 N. Miami Ave. Additional music will be provided by DJ Danny Stern and singer/songwriter Hart. A limited number of tickets for “One Split Second” are $100 and include cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. VIP packages range from $2,500 to $5,000 and include a “meet and greet” with Matisyahu. or 973-379-2690.

‘Miami on Stage’

FUNDarte unveils four new works by Miami artists – all cutting-edge projects in music, dance, film and performance art — in the “Miami On Stage” series supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge from May through September.

“Resonances” by contemporary Flamenco guitarist and composer Jose Luis Rodriguez kicks off the series at 8:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Miami Dade County Auditorium’s On.Stage Black.Box Theater, 2901 W. Flagler St., Miami. Tickets: $20 GA, $15 students (under 18) and seniors (65+) with I.D. $50 VIP tickets are available and include preferred seats, wine or champagne. or 800-745-3000.

In brief

Members of the Florida Grand Opera Young Artist Program will perform a repertoire of art songs depicting the various stages of love during the “Mainly Mozart Festival XXI” at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Biltmore Hotel’s Granada Ballroom, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. Tickets are $20; or 786-556-1715.

Mary Damiano

Ernesto Kunde

Adler Guerrier, Bert Rodriguez Michael Vasquez

Philippe Dodard’s

Maggie Genova-Cordovi

Short Cuts 4 Brian Reeves Todd Caster Don Grimme Marnie Bauman Marla E. Schwartz Mary Unterbrink Patricia Crumpler Joan McIver

David Walker’s

Abel Pabón Jerry González Giovanni Hidalgo

Christine Dolen, Rene Rodriguez and Galena Mosovich contributed to this report. Send news to (theater, dance, pop and Latin music), (visual arts) or (jazz, classical music).