Performing Arts

Out in the Tropics fest presents poetry, dance and postmodern flamenco

The fifth annual Out in the Tropics festival has announced its slate of artistically and socially daring, boundary-breaking programming by LGBTQ artists. The festival kicks off at 6 p.m. June 25 with a free poetry reading in English and Spanish by Miami poets Neil de la Flor and Carlos Pintado, who will also host an interactive discussion in a salon-style setting at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr. It will be followed at 7 p.m. June 26 by a free panel discussion and informal reception with the festival’s artists at the Miami Beach LGBT Visitors’ Center, 1130 Washington Ave. RSVP for admission to each event at

San Francisco-based dance troupe Sean Dorsey and Company return June 27 in Uncovered: The Diary Project, which uses the diaries of gay and transgender people as the basis for a story-telling and dance performance. That event is at 8:30 p.m. at the Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach.

Out in the Tropics’ final event is a cross-cultural, postmodern flamenco show, ToCaBa, by choreographer, dancer and flamenco scholar Juan Carlos Lerida and collaborators Raul Cantizano and Niño de Elche. The title is a pun on the word tocaba (Spanish for “played” or “touched”), with the three syllables standing for the traditional flamenco roles of guitarist ( tocar), singer ( cantar) and dancer ( bailar); ToCaBa will experiment with traditional concepts of male, female and flamenco behavior. It takes place at 8:30 p.m. June 28 and 7 p.m. June 29 at the at On.Stage Black.Box Theater at Miami-Dade County Auditorium, 2901 W. Flagler St., Miami.

Lerida and his collaborators and the Dorsey troupe will each teach master classes, free with an RSVP to info@fund Tickets for Sean Dorsey are $25, ($20 for students and seniors); call 305-434-7091 or visit www.colonytheatremiami Tickets for ToCaBa are $30 ($25 for students and seniors, $50 VIP); call 800-745-3000 or visit For complete schedule and information on Out in the Tropics visit

Jazz Roots set

Producer Larry Rosen’s seventh annual Jazz Roots concert series has set its 2014-15 lineup of six concerts at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts’ John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall in Miami.

Opening the season at 8 p.m. Nov. 7 is a salute to Ray Charles featuring a capella group Take 6, singers Clint Holmes and Nnenna Freelon, saxophonist Kirk Whalum, University of Miami Frost School of Music Dean Shelly Berg, UM Frost School’s Henry Mancini Institute Big Band and Miami Mass Choir.

A holiday celebration follows Dec. 19 with pianist Ramsey Lewis and vocalists Gregory Porter and Lisa Fischer. Trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, singers Willy Chirino, Amaury Gutierrez and the Mancini Institute Big Band play Jan. 9.

Vocalists Dianne Reeves and Phil Perry perform Feb. 20. Singer-pianist Michael Feinstein and Broadway star Christine Ebersole share the stage March 20 with Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. The season closes April 24 with vocalist Al Jarreau and alto sax star David Sanborn.

Subscription ticket sales begin Sunday with prices ranging from $160 to $790. Individual tickets go on sale this summer. The Arsht Center, which co-produces Jazz Roots, is at 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Call 305-949-6722 or

Theater fest

The South Florida Theatre League is beckoning theater lovers to “come under our umbrella” for the 2014 Summer Theatre Fest. Large decorated canvas umbrellas will be displayed at multiple venues, performances and play readings beginnning Monday and stretching through August.

Theater fans can enter a lottery June 9-23 to win free theater tickets for July performances at Area Stage, Actors’ Playhouse, the Delray Beach Playhouse, Palm Beach Dramaworks, the Sol Children’s Theatre and TheatreXP, with more companies expected to sign on. Visit to enter; winners will be notified June 27.

Free Monday play readings are a key part of the festival. June’s events begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday with a Zoetic Stage reading of Michael McKeever’s Finding Mona Lisa in the Peacock Foundation Studio at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center. That’s followed by a Miami Acting Company reading of Lost Portraits by Kenneth N. Kurtz June 9 in the Hibiscus Room at Pinecrest Gardens; Captiva by Christopher Demos-Brown June 16 at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre; Outside by Juan C. Sanchez, Ann Gillespie, Ozzie Rodriguez, Nick Mwaluko and Vanessa Garcia June 23 at the Krane; Juxtaposition by Julie Gilbert June 23 at Palm Beach Dramaworks; The Pot by Glenn Hutchinson June 30 at Main Street Players, and The Signature of Fear by Bob Bowersox at TheatreXP.

The readings in July are Endless Song by Andie Arthur July 7 at Lost Girls Theatre at the Deering Estate, The Dana Plays July 14 (an American Cancer Society fundraiser at a venue to be announced), Dead by Night by Juan C. Sanchez July 21 at Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, Roses Are Blind by Wendy White July 21 at the New Light Foundation, a Pigs Do Fly reading of Desperation by Marj O’Neill-Butler July 28 at Empire Stage, and Tres Marías by Hector Pino July 28 at Teatro Prometeo.

August readings are It Feels Good by Michael Yawney Aug. 4 at GableStage, Broken English by Nancy Cheser Aug. 11 at Area Stage, a Mad Cat reading of Instant Classic by Paul Tei Aug. 18 at Miami Theater Center’s SandBox, a City Theatre reading of Two Weekends and a Day by Susan Westfall Aug. 18 at Empire Stage, F**k the Universe: Scott and Charlie Steal Space by Jeremiah Musgrove Aug. 25 at Alternative Space Theatre, and Dear Mom by Nancy Holson and Jay Falzone Aug. 25 at the Plaza Theatre.

For complete information on the plays, plus the times and theater addresses for the readings, visit or email Andie Arthur at

Arts learning

Multiple South Florida companies and venues have summer arts learning opportunities for everyone from kids with a casual interest in performing to young artists aiming for professional careers. Three of note are based at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, the Colony Theater on Miami Beach and the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach.

The Arsht, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, hosts Camp Broadway June 16 to 20 for students ages 10 to 17. Faculty members are director Holly Raye and choreographers Sue Delano and Cynthia Thole, all with Broadway credits. Students will finish their experience June 21 by performing excerpts from Seussical Jr. and Once on This Island Jr. at 1:30 p.m. in the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall during the center’s free Family Fest. Registration deadline is June 6, and the cost is $800. For more information, call the box office at 305-949-6722, email or visit

The Colony, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, runs its summer performance camp from July 14 to Aug. 8. It’s aimed at kids 6 to 16, and the $1,200 cost includes fees, a snack and two tickets to the final performance, a piece titled Around the World in Theatre and Dance. For information, contact Julie Arias at 305-674-1040, ext. 0, or email

The Broadway Artists Intensive at the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, features an impressive faculty for its July 14-Aug. 2 program teaching acting, vocal technique, vocal repertoire, ballet, jazz, theater dance, tap, audition techniques, stage combat and improvisation to students ages 12 to 20. Broadway and Smash star Christian Borle, Annaleigh Ashford ( Kinky Boots), casting director Nora Brennan, choreographer Greg Graham, music director-conductor Steve Freeman, and actors Patricia Phillips, Jason Gillman, Jackie Bayne Gillman and Cara Kjellman are all participating. Admission is by video audition, and those accepted pay a $50 registration fee and $1,500 for the program. For information, visit or

Visual arts

• Miami International Airport unveiled the first of many World Cup-themed installations planned for the summer with

Show Your Colors

, an art exhibition on view in Concourse D. More than a dozen seniors at Miami-Dade County’s renowned Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH) created soccer-related works over three months for the display.


• NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., has launched Research and Development, a new residency for South Florida artists to use the galleries on the second floor as studios to develop projects addressing homelessness and belonging. The project runs through Sept. 14, and the first set of artists includes

Tom Scicluna


Rick Ulysse


Natasha Lopez de Victoria


Agustina Woodgate


Antonia Wright

. A panel discussion moderated by chief curator

Bonnie Clearwater

alongside exhibition coordinator

Luke Jenkins

is set for 2 p.m. Saturday. The discussion is free for members and for anyone who pays museum admission. Reserve a spot at

. For information, call 954-525-5500 or visit You can also tour the studios with the artists-in-residence during the first open studio night from 6 to 8 p.m. June 12.

• More from the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale: Noted art historian

Barbara Buhler Lynes

was named the first Sunny Kaufman Senior Curator. She’ll oversee the museum’s curatorial department and permanent collections, as well as its Glackens Art Collection, Latin American Art and Cobra Study Center.

• Registration is open for the 48th season of summer camp at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, 3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami. Programming for eight one-week sessions runs from June 16 to Aug. 8 and includes ecology, robotics, engineering, technology and field trips for children from prekindergarten through eighth grade. Prices vary depending on the class, age and museum membership status. For details call 305-646-4222, visit or email


• Conchita Espinosa Academy and Conchita Espinosa Conservatory of the Arts celebrate their 80th anniversary, their 50th anniversary in Miami and the 100th anniversary of founder Conchita Espinosa’s birth during the biennial

Festival of the Arts: Legacy

at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The celebration happens at Miami-Dade Country Auditorium, 2901 W. Flagler St., Miami. For tickets, contact Audrey Gonzalez at 305-227-1149, ext. 317, or email her at

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