Performing Arts

Miami International Film Fest celebrates refurbished Tower Theater with a festival sampler

Miami Dade College is giving us a taste of the 2015 Miami International Film Festival and celebrating the recent reopening of the refurbished Tower Theater with a MIFFecito, or A Taste of the Film Festival, to be held Oct. 16-19 at the theater, 1508 SW Eighth St., Miami.

Movies from Poland, Italy, Mexico, Cuba and Spain will be screened, including the North American premiere of I Can Quit Whenever I Want, a farcical comedy about a group of unemployed college graduates who decide to create a new psychedelic drug, and Root, about the abused 20-something daughter of a wealthy family who adopts a young boy and hits the road.

Tickets go on sale Friday and range from $7 to $50. For more information, including a complete schedule, call 305-237-3456 or visit


The Charles Gluck play Rough Patch, about a family falling apart under the pressure of a medical crisis, gets a reading on Monday. Avi Hoffman directs and is part of a cast featuring Patti Gardner, Scott Genn, Paul Louis, Mia Matthews and Margot Moreland. It happens at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Plaza Theatre, 262 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan. Tickets are $10. For information, call 561-588-1820 or visit


Individual tickets to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts run of the lavish new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Produced by Cameron Mackintosh and Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group, the musical — which has grossed $6 billion worldwide — features new staging by director Laurence Connor and new sets by Paul Brown. The suspenseful tale of a beautiful young soprano and the disfigured musical genius who guides and stalks her plays Nov. 19-30 in Fort Lauderdale.

Tickets are $34.75 to $99.75. The Broward Center is at 201 SW Fifth Ave. Call 954-462-0222 or visit


• The Bakehouse Art Complex, 561 NW 32nd St., Miami, celebrates outstanding leadership in South Florida arts with a season kickoff party on Wednesday. A complimentary breakfast will be served from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., lunch from noon to 1 p.m. Honorees include

Michael Spring

and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Arts and Business Council of Miami, the Miami Children’s Museum and the Betsy Hotel. Guided tours of the facility will be available after breakfast and lunch. RSVP required. Call 305-576-2828 or email

. For more information, visit


• Conde Art in Little Havana presents


by artist

Havi Schanz

from Friday through Oct. 3 at 1007 SW Eighth St., Miami. Complementing Schanz’s




includes portraits of some of the most recognizable men from the Golden Age of cinema. For more information or to arrange a private showing, call Stacy Conde at 239-961-0452 or visit


• A collection of photographs by

Neil Dern


Where 9/11 Happened

is at ArtMedia Gallery in the Wynwood Building, 2750 NW Third Ave., Suite 12, Miami. On Thursday’s anniversary of the tragedy, it will be shown from 7 to 10 p.m. The exhibition is open to the public through Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and during Art Walk on Saturday. For more information, call 305-318-8306 or visit


• As part of the year-long “Fordistas” artist-in-residence program in Wynwood, Buenos Aires-based street artist Jaz (aka

Franco Fasoli

) unveils a solo exhibition Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. at Product/81 Gallery, 2311 NW Second Ave., Miami. Fiesta Control embraces the artist’s signature theme of Mexican-style wrestling figures with animal and human characteristics in a combat setting. Jaz, along with a group of international street artists in the program, will showcase Miami’s influence on their work in a final group show during Art Basel. For more information, visit


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).