Performing Arts

Momentum Dance Company sets a weekend of performances

Island City Stage team celebrates 5 years.
Island City Stage team celebrates 5 years.

Momentum Dance Company, founded 34 years ago by Delma Iles, is hosting a series of spring-themed performances next weekend at the Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. Three works including Irresistible Pop, Forms Follow Man and Dido are set to premiere, along with Poems of Scriabin, a sorrowful and tender performance by modern dance forerunner Anna Sokolow.

“We are so honored to own a historic work by Anna, one of the greatest pioneers of modern dance,” Iles said of the exclusive commission. “Very few companies can say the same.”

Momentum’s shows are scheduled for 8 p.m. April 2 and 3 p.m. April 3. General admission tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Tickets for students and seniors are $12. To purchase, call the box office at 305-674-1040 or visit


Island City Stage is celebrating its fifth anniversary season with LGBT-themed plays from across the country. The 2016-2017 lineup includes James L. Beller’s family drama Son (Nov. 10-Dec. 11); Michael Leeds’ The First Step-Diary of a Sex Addict (Jan. 12-Feb. 12); Perfect Arrangement, a comedy by Topher Payne (April 6-May 7, 2017); the world premiere of Stuart Meltzer’s The Goldberg Variations (June 15-July 16, 2017); and Shorts Gone Wild, a series of eight 10-minute plays produced in partnership with City Theatre (Aug. 17-Sept. 10). The Island City Stage is at 2304 N. Dixie Hwy., Wilton Manors. For tickets, call the box office at 954-519-2533 or visit


The Pedrito Martinez Group brings its Afro-Cuban spirit and polyrhythmic precision to Bailey Hall Presents at 7:30 p.m. April 2 at Broward College’s Central Campus, 3501 Davie Rd., Davie.

The band is led by Pedrito Martinez, who’s known for his complex rumba and batá drumming, and includes keyboardist Edgar Pantoja-Aleman, Alvaro Benavides (electric bass) and Jhair Sala (percussion). They have played at Lincoln Center, The Newport Jazz Festival, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Montreal Jazz Festival, among others.

For more about the band, visit Tickets range from $20 to $39 and can be purchased at


Tickets are on sale for The Bridges of Madison County at The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts from April 26 to May 1.

Based on on the best-selling novel by Robert James Waller, the musical tells the story of Iowa housewife Francesca Johnson and her life-changing, four-day whirlwind romance with traveling photographer Robert Kincaid. It won the 2014 Tony Awards for Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations.

Tickets start at $27. The Kravis Center is at 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. For more information, call 561-832-7469 or visit

Looking Ahead

Subscriptions are on sale for the 11th Cleveland Orchestra Miami season, which boasts four weeks of programming in 2016-2017 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Weekend concerts in November, January, February and March include works by Bach, Barber, Bruckner, Mendelssohn, Nielsen, Sibelius, Respighi and Verdi — and feature conductors Franz Welser-Möst and Giancarlo Guerrero, among other contemporary virtuosos.

Subscriptions for a four-concert package start at $135; individual tickets will be available in September. For a complete schedule of events, call 305-949-6722 or visit


▪ More than 100 striking posters and bold advertising materials for films ranging from Samson and Delilah and Ben-Hur to Judgment at Nuremberg and Fiddler on the Roof are featured in the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU’s newest exhibition Cinema Judaica: The Epic Cycle (1947-1971).

These iconic images — on loan from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum, sponsored by the Robert Arthur Segall Foundation and curated by Laura Kruger are on view from March 29 through Oct. 23.

It’s the first time this collection will appear in South Florida. A members’ opening reception is set for 6 p.m. April 11. If you’re not currently a member, you can join at the door.

JMOF is at 301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Call 305-672-5044 or visit for more information.

▪ The City of Miami Arts and Entertainment Council (MAEC) is encouraging Miami artists and art enthusiasts to participate in the fifth annual Paint Me Miami art competition. This year’s entries should come in the form of 24 x 36 paintings; literal or abstract representations of Miami are required.

All selected pieces will be featured in an exhibition at the Bakehouse Art Complex, with first place prizes of $2,000 to be awarded in each category with an additional award to be given the night of the opening event. The entry form and requirements are available at Winners will be announced during the award ceremony and exhibition 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12 at the Bakehouse Art Complex, 561 NW 32nd St., Miami. Email Yariel Diaz at with questions. The deadline to submit is April 15.

▪ Sirona Fine Art presents a dual opening featuring two solo exhibitions by dynamic painters from 7 to 9 p.m. April 1. Jessica Pisano’s Balance includes poetic, meditative paintings inspired by her childhood in Martha’s Vineyard, and Samantha French’s Escape conveys playfulness and the eternally exuberant freedom of summer.

To RSVP for the special reception, email The art gallery is at 600 Silks Run Rd., #1240, Hallandale Beach (at Gulfstream Park). For more information, call 954-454-9494 or visit Both exhibits are on view through May.

▪ The Wolfsonian-FIU is hosting a free family day from noon to 3 p.m. April 2 in which children will be able to design a building from a mystery box of materials, enjoy a reading of Young Frank, Architect and tour the exhibitions with a gallery guide. The event is free for children and accompanying parents. To RSVP for Discovering Design: Top Architect, go to and fill out the form. The museum is at 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Call 305-531-1001 or visit for more details.

▪ The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami welcomes artist Marielle Plaisir, who says the common thread throughout her work is a critique of prejudice.

Her exhibition, “Acta Non Verba,” includes an installation of about 20 papier-mâché dresses mounted on wire frames. The dresses are suspended from the ceiling and lit from within to create ethereal images of ghosts from the past. The dresses are accompanied by a recording of Gabriel Fauré’s Après un Rêve by South Florida baritone Angel Refusé. The exhibition also includes a selection of drawings, portraits, paintings, tapestries and a video. The special reception for Plaisir’s exhibition is 7 to 9 p.m. March 31 and it will remain on view through May 29. MOCA is at 770 NE 125th St., North Miami. For more information, call 305-893-6211 or visit

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