Performing Arts

Famous TV dancing faces (and bodies) hit the Arsht Center stage

Avi Hoffman and his ‘Stars of David’ costars are headed for the Alper Jewish Community Center and the Fillmore Miami Beach.
Avi Hoffman and his ‘Stars of David’ costars are headed for the Alper Jewish Community Center and the Fillmore Miami Beach.

TV competition shows may not thrill dance purists, but ordinary folks love them — hence the popularity of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars and Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance. Fans of the long-running shows can get an up-close, in-person sampling of the talents of pros and former contestants when Ballroom With a Twist makes a one-night, two-performance stop on Saturday at the Arsht Center’s John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall.

Cheryl Burke, Dmitri Chaplin, Tony Dovolani, Anna Trebunskaya and Lacey Schwimmer are the Dancing With the Stars pros headlining the show, which will feature myriad dance styles from ballroom and foxtrot to rhumba and hip-hop. Former So You Think You Can Dance contestants Nick Garcia and Legacy of Miami, Randi Lynn Strong and Alan Bersten will also perform, and American Idol finalists Von Smith and Gina Glockson will be singing.

Performances are at 5:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets are $35 to $300. For information, call 305-949-6722 or visit


The Miami Theater Center has booked a Tony Award winner to perform at its 10th anniversary gala on April 9. Tonya Pinkins, who won her Tony for Jelly’s Last Jam in 1992, will perform a program of Broadway songs at the celebration and fundraiser. Costarring with Oscar winner Dianne Wiest in the New Group’s Off-Broadway premiere of Joel Drake Johnson‘s Rasheeda Speaking through March 22, Pinkins has a host of movie and television credits, as well as two additional Tony nominations (for 1997’s Play On! and playing the title role in 2004’s Caroline, or Change).

The black-tie evening will take place on the stage at Miami Theater Center, 9806 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores. For dinner and the show, VIP options range from $500 to $15,000. “After-Hours” tickets, which include the performance, dancing, dessert and an open bar, are $75 each. For information, call Meagan Cottle at 305-751-9550, ext. 225, or email Information on Miami Theater Center, which will feature Stephanie Ansin and Fernando Calzadilla’s version of George Axelrod’s The Seven Year Itch Feb. 19-March 22, is at


▪ The Saint Martha Concerts series has moved to a new home in Barry University’s 970-seat Broad Center for the Performing Arts, 11300 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores. First up in the new location at 3 p.m. Sunday is the quintet Axiom Brass with an eclectic program ranging from Bach to tangos to Bernard RandsFanfare. Tickets are $10 ($20 for Blue Circle seating). Call 800-595-4849 or visit

▪ Coral Gables Music Club will celebrate its 75th anniversary with a free performance of Pied Piper at 10 a.m. Saturday1/31 at the Coral Gables Congregational Church, 3210 DeSoto Ave., Coral Gables. A 9 a.m. reception precedes the performance, which will feature pianist Anthony Coniglio and Sarah Busse. Visit for more information.

▪ Singer and actress Linda Eder kicks off the 2015 South Beach Broadway Series at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday at the Colony Theatre 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. An original star of Jekyll & Hyde on Broadway, Eder is part of the series that will also feature Tony Award winners Billy Porter and Betty Buckley. Tickets are $50-$125. The Colony is at 1040 Lincoln Rd. Call 305-434-7091 or visit

▪ New York cabaret star K.T. Sullivan will kick off Lynn University’s new Live at Lynn cabaret series at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Artistic director of the Mabel Mercer Foundation, Sullivan will perform a show titled All About Mabel in honor of the foundation’s namesake. Tickets are $40, and the performance is in the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton. For information, call 561-237-9000 or visit

▪ Stars of David, the musical revue based on the stories of a wide variety of Jewish celebrities, has been touring Florida but makes its way back to South Florida starting Wednesday. Starring Avi Hoffman, Patti Gardner, Mike Westrich and Cassie Levine, the show plays the Alper JCC, 11155 SW 112th Ave., Miami, from Wednesday through Feb. 1. Performances there are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday -Sunday, with tickets $35-$50. The show moves to the Gleason Room Backstage at the Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Performances there are 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5, 8 p.m. Feb. 6, 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 7 and 3 and 7 p.m. Feb. 8. Tickets are $55. Visit for information.


▪ The Bass Museum of Art hosts the Miami Symphony Orchestra at 4 p.m. Sunday for a free event dubbed MISO@thebass in Collins Park. The event includes a Picnic BASSket Contest with judges Sarah Harrelson, editor of Cultured Magazine, and Jose Carlos Diaz, museum curator. Valet parking is available on 22nd Street and Liberty Avenue for $20. The Bass is at 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Call 305-673-7530 or visit

▪ The Bakehouse Art Complex celebrates 29 years in Wynwood with a major reunion exhibition featuring works by more than 20 alumni artists in its Audrey Love Gallery starting Feb. 13. Exhibition highlights include an opening reception, an innovative art talk-concert hybrid presented in partnership with IlluminArts (Feb. 14), a master class with Pablo Cano (Feb. 19) and a closing reception on March 17. Artists featured in the show include Cano, Xavier Cortada, Veronica Garcia, Suza Talbot, Maggie Davis, Carrie Sieh, Patricia Gutierrez, Christian Bernard, Ross Ford, Beatricia Sagar, Luis Diaz, John La Huis, Tracey Hagen, Richard Labarbera, Juan Greigo, Maria Sonia Martin, Robert Apfel, Marcos Valella, Gustavo Oveido, Armando Chagon and Henry Mar. All events will be held at the Bakehouse, 561 NW 32nd St., Miami. For more information, ticket prices or to attend any of the events, call 305-576-2828 or visit

▪ Knights Art Challenge South Florida will begin accepting applications on Monday to fund the best ideas for bringing the community together through the arts. Anyone can apply, and all it takes is 150 words to fill out the initial application available at The rules state the idea must be about the arts, the project must take place in or benefit South Florida, and the grant recipients must find matching funds. The kickoff party for this year’s challenge is Tuesday from 6 to 8:30 pm. at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami. The deadline for applications is Feb.23.

▪ No Secrets celebrates the life and work of the late Harvey Littleton, a glassmaker, printmaker and founder of Littleton Studios. Approximately 50 prints are featured in the Miami Dade College free exhibition highlighting the myriad artists who worked at his studio over the years. See it at the Martin and Pat Fine Center for the Arts, Kendall Gallery, 11011 SW 104th St., Miami. Call 305-237-7700 or visit

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