The Book of Mormon remains one of Broadway’s hottest tickets. And there’s no reason to think that it will be any less popular when the show visits Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts Dec. 2-14.
But tickets to a smash can be pricey: $39 for nosebleed seats up to $125 for decent spots in the orchestra. So the folks behind the show by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q’s Robert Lopez will hold a lottery before each performance for $25 (cash only) tickets.
To enter, you have to show up at the Ziff Ballet Opera House box office, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami, two hours before showtime, printing your name and the number of tickets you want (limited to two) on a card. The drawing takes place 90 minutes before the curtain goes up, and only one entry is allowed per person. For information, call the box office at 305-949-6722 or visit www.arshtcenter.org.
MONKS IN BROWARD
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The sacred music, dance and art of Tibet will coincide with Thanksgiving week when The Mysical Arts of Tibet: Sacred Music Sacred Dance comes to Fort Lauderdale’s Broward Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. On the day before Thanksgiving, the monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery will create a colorful mandala sand painting in the Mary N. Porter Riverview Ballroom. That work of art will be on display (free admission) from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday — when the monks will sweep up the sand, symbolizing the impermanence of life, then give half to the audience and put the rest into the waters of the New River.
The Saturday evening performance in the Amaturo Theater, 201 SW Fifth Ave., features monks skilled in ritual masked dances, chanting and multiphonic singing, and playing Tibetan instruments. Tickets are $49. Call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com or www.browardcenter.org.
Attention aspiring (and established) filmmakers: Master cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, an Oscar winner for Apocalypse Now, Reds and The Last Emperor, will teach a workshop on photography and cinematography called “Writing with Light” on Dec.7. The workshop is presented as part of the 13th annual Miami Short Film Festival, which takes place Dec.5-12.
Storaro, whose magnificent way with light, color and camerawork was most recently on view in Carlos Saura’s film Flamenco Flamenco at the Coral Gables Art Cinema, will lead the 3 p.m. workshop at the Paragon Grove 13, 3015 Grand Ave., No. 322, Coconut Grove. The cost is $20. For registration and information on the festival, visit www.miamishortfilmfestival.com.
▪ Harry Connick Jr., the singer-pianist, actor, composer and American Idol judge, has been added to the Live at Knight lineup in the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. The Grammy and Emmy winner will perform at 8 p.m. Feb.7. For information, call 305-949-6722 or visit www.arshtcenter.org.
▪ O. Ascanio Gallery in Wynwood presents The Joy of Living, a retrospective of award-winning artist Jorge Blanco’s unconventional career as an illustrator, humorist, sculptor and public artist. Blanco has completed 26 public sculptures in cities around the world, including 19 in the United States, three in Japan, one in Uruguay and two in Venezuela. The opening reception is Tuesday from 7 to 10 p.m. at the gallery, 2600 NW Second Ave., Miami. Call 305-571-9036 or visit www.oascaniogallery.com.
▪ Miami residents Marvin and Ruth Sackner were awarded the Chevalier De L’Ordre Des Arts Et Des Lettres for their world-class collection of “concrete art,” or art about words, by Aurélie Filippetti, France’s minister of culture and communication. The Sackner Archive, says Marvin Sackner, is the largest of its kind in the world and includes a great deal of French concrete and visual poetry. The couple also has what is estimated to be the largest collection of French Lettrisme in the United States. Last year, Pérez Art Museum Miami director Thom Collins featured The Sackner Archive in one of the inaugural shows when the museum opened.
▪ The University of Miami’s Lowe Art Museum received a $1.5million endowment from longtime partner Beaux Arts, the museum’s founding support group. The endowment is aimed at creating the position of Beaux Arts Director and Chief Curator, and helping with enhanced programming, community outreach and facility upgrades.
Christine Dolen, Jordan Levin and Galena Mosovich contributed to this report. Send news to cdolen@MiamiHerald.com (theater), jlevin@MiamiHerald.com (dance, pop and Latin music), jwooldridge@MiamiHerald.com (visual arts) or khamersly@MiamiHerald.com (jazz, classical music).