Performing Arts

Julian Schnabel and his work head to NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale

Artist and director Julian Schnabel will discuss his work with Bonnie Clearwater, NSU Museum of Art ‘s director and chief curator, at 2 p.m. Oct. 12.
Artist and director Julian Schnabel will discuss his work with Bonnie Clearwater, NSU Museum of Art ‘s director and chief curator, at 2 p.m. Oct. 12. Tom Powel Imaging

Artist and film director Julian Schnabel will be in the building next week as the NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale prepares for the Oct. 12 opening of the exhibition Café Dolly: Picabia, Schnabel, Willumsen. Approximately 75 paintings by the French artist Francis Picabia, Danish artist Jens Ferdinand Willumsen and the New York-born Schnabel will be on display through Feb.1.

Bonnie Clearwater, the museum’s director and chief curator, said in a statement about the exhibition first shown at the J.F. Willumsens Museum in Denmark, “Comparing and contrasting these three artists heightens our understanding of their entire body of work as each challenges conventional notions of taste, style and categorization. Their use of figuration based on found images from the history of art, popular culture, folk art and even thrift store painting was not a rejection of modern art at a time when abstract art was the dominant order, but rather was the result of their philosophical inquiries into the very nature of aesthetics.”

Schnabel will begin his visit to the museum with a master painting workshop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday. Space is limited and an application is required. For information and an application form, email or call 954-262-0228.

Schabel will participate in a conversation with Clearwater at 2 p.m. Oct. 12 at the museum. That event is free with museum admission, which is $10 for adults and $5 for students ages 13 to 17. Museum admission is free for members; Nova Southeastern University students, faculty and staff; and children 12 and under. Space for the art talk is limited, so those wanting to go should email or call 954-262-0227.

The museum will also screen the Schnabel-directed Basquiat at 11:15 a.m, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Oct. 16, and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly at 7 p.m. Oct. 23. The showings are free with museum admission and an email reservation. The NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale is located at 1E.Las Olas Blvd. For more information, call 954-525-5500 or visit


The plays of TEMFest 2014, the fifth edition of a festival devoted to Miami’s homegrown Spanish-language theater, get under way at 8:30 p.m. Thursday with the opening of Lo que el circo se llevó, Juan Roca‘s adaptation of the play El premio flaco by Héctor Quintero. Produced by Teatro en Miami Studio and the Miami-Dade County Auditorium, the play gets a second performance at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the auditorium’s OnStage Black Box, 2901 W. Flagler St., Miami.

During the festival’s second weekend, the offerings include Belkis Proenza’s production of Yunior García’s Sangre at La Casa del Teatro, 752 SW 10th Ave., and El Ingenio Teatro’s production of Raquel Carrió‘s Cartas cruzadas at Teatro8, 2100 SW Eighth St. Performances of those plays are 8:30 p.m. Oct. 17-18, 5 p.m. Oct. 19. At 5 p.m. Oct. 18 and 6 p.m. Oct. 19, Sociedad Actoral Hispanoamericana presents Federico García Lorca‘s Yerma at Teatro Bellas Artes, 2173 SW Eighth St.

Three plays are scheduled for the final weekend of TEMFest 2014, all with performances at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 24-25, 5 p.m. Oct. 26. Artspoken will present Ulises Calá‘s Los dictadores del fuego at its theater, 1167 SW Sixth St. Cirko Teatro will present Alejandro Vales Destino de dos cosas o de tres at Teatro 8. And Roberto Tito Cossa’s Yepeto will be presented at the Adriana Barraza Black Box, 3100 NW 72nd Ave., Suite 127.

Tickets to each festival play are $25. The festival’s free kickoff is at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the OnStage Black Box, where Griselda Noguera, Mario Martín and Julie De Grandy be honored with the annual Baco Awards. TEMFest 2014 is led by Teatro en Miami Studio’s Ernesto and Sandra García. 305-551-7473, or


Russian-American pianist Lola Astanova is the featured artist in the Miami Symphony Orchestra’s season-opening concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, with music director Eduardo Marturet conducting. The evening’s program will include Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini by Sergei Rachmaninov, Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage by Felix Mendelssohn and Johannes Brahms First Symphony.

The concert will be in the Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets are $34-$119. 305-275-5666 or


The challenging Tom Stoppard play Rock ’n’ Roll, a 2006 drama that unfolds between Czechoslovakia’s Prague Spring of 1968 and the Velvet Revolution of 1989, kicks off the theater season at Miami’s New World School of the Arts on Friday. Stuart Meltzer directs students in the school’s college program in the centered around a Czech Ph.D. student and his Marxist professor.

Running through Oct. 19, Rock ’n’ Roll will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday in the Louise O. Gerrits Theater at New World, 25 NE Second St. Tickets are $12 ($5 for students and seniors). 305-237-3541 or


▪  In partnership with the CINTAS Foundation, the Miami Dade College Museum of Art + Design presents the 50th edition of the CINTAS Foundation Fellowship Competition. Showcasing the works of 10 visual arts finalists — Juan Carlos Alom, Ray Azcuy, Ivan Cañas, Lisa Danker, Ivan Depeña, Becky Franco, Coco Fusco, Lourdes Perdomo, Lisette Poole and Carlos Rigau — the exhibition opens at 6 p.m. Friday with a reception at the college’s Freedom Tower, where the winners will be announced. The event is free and open to the public. See the exhibition during regular gallery hours from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, through Nov. 9. The show is at the Collection Gallery, 600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. 305-237-7700, or

▪  Fine Art Auctions Miami, in conjunction with the III Points Festival, presents a panel discussion. on street art and technology at 2 p.m. Saturday at 350 NW 29th St., Miami. Founder and director Fredric Thut will be joined by street art specialist Sebastien Laboureau, gallerist Bernard Markowicz and Miami-based street artist Abstrk. The discussion is free and open to the public. 305-573-4228 or

▪ Art Basel Miami Beach has announced a new sector, Survey, set to launch during the art fair’s 13th edition in December. A selection of 13 art-historical projects will provide insights into the work of Rosemarie Castoro, Ralston Crawford, Henry Darger, Lenora De Barros, Niki de Saint Phalle, Valie Export, Paul Feeley, Poul Gernes, Tetsuya Ishida, Alison Knowles, Andrei Monastyrski, Lydia Okumura, Gina Pane, Lotty Rosenfeld, Alfons Schilling, Marcel Storr, Michelle Stuart and Taller Torres-Garcnine, taking the form of nine solo shows and four thematic presentations.

▪  The on-demand shipping startup Shyp will expand to Miami by the opening of Art Basel. The digital service will allow collectors to ship newly purchased art works home, initiating the process via smart phone. The company charges $5 for packaging and pickup from anywhere within its service area, plus the cost of postage.

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