Performing Arts

Chicago troupe creates ‘Shakespeare’ from scratch

Chicago’s Improvised Shakespeare Company visits the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center Saturday to teach and create two new pieces.
Chicago’s Improvised Shakespeare Company visits the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center Saturday to teach and create two new pieces.

William Shakespeare didn’t write the plays that will be performed at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday in the Black Box at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. But theatergoers can have a hand in what they’ll see when Chicago’s Improvised Shakespeare Company creates two new Bard-like plays from scratch, based on a title suggested by an audience member.

The company is also offering a free improvisation class, appropriate for those 13 and older, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the center, 10950 SW 211th St., Cutler Bay. Tickets to the evening performances are $15 (students 13 to 22 and an accompanying guest pay $5 each, exclusively through For information on the performances or the free class, call 786-573-5300 or visit


This week in South Florida is rich with opportunities to hear a variety of orchestras, a symphonic band, singers and soloists. Here’s the lowdown on several.

▪ Miami Beach is turning 100 this year, and to celebrate, Orchestra Miami will perform a free pops concert at 4 p.m. Sunday in Collins Park, 2100 Collins Ave., adjacent to the Bass Museum. On the program are An Outdoor Adventure by Aaron Copland, The Orange Blossom Special, The Original Ragtime Band, The Armed Forces March, Andalucia Suite by Ernesto Lecuona, a medley from La Cage aux Folles by Jerry Herman and Swing, Ludwig, Swing. Founder and artistic director Elaine Rinaldi will conduct the orchestra. Bring chairs, a blanket and/or a picnic. For information, visit

▪ The Greater Miami Symphonic Band will perform a concert dubbed March Madness February at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Banyan Bowl at Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57th Ave., Pinecrest. The band will play a variety of marches, including Pines of the Appian Way, 76 Trombones and, with Palmetto High senior Robert Vega-Dowda as trumpet soloist, When the Saints Go Marching In. Tickets are $15 ($5 for students and children older than 5). Call 305-273-7687 or visit

▪ Glenn Dicterow, concertmaster for 34 years with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, will lead a master class at Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus Auditorium, 300 NE Second Ave., at 7 p.m. Tuesday as part of the New World School of the Arts Make Art Work series, with a question and answer session following his free presentation. At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dicterow performs with the New World School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra at the Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets are $20 ($10 for students and seniors). Call 305-237-7855 or visit

▪ The acclaimed singers of Grammy-nominated Seraphic Fire and The Sebastians period orchestra will perform Franz Joseph Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass at three locations next weekend. The first concert is at 8 p.m. Friday at Miami Shores Presbyterian Church, 602 NE 96th St., Miami Shores; the second at 8 p.m. Saturday at All Saints Episcopal Church, 333 Tarpon Dr., Fort Lauderdale; and the third at 4 p.m. Feb. 15 at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center in Cutler Bay. Tickets are $55 ($20-$55 for the Cutler Bay performance), and children younger than 8 aren’t permitted. For information, call 305-285-9060 or visit

▪ The Miami Symphony Orchestra has put together a Valentine’s weekend concert featuring Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra and Brazilian pianist Linda Bustani. The program features Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in D-flat major, Opus 10 by Sergei Prokofiev, Warsaw Concerto by Richard Addinsell, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun by Claude Debussey, On the Waterfront by Leonard Bernstein and Danzón No. 2 by Arturo Márquez. The first performance is at 6 p.m. Saturday at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 11950 SW 211th St., Cutler Bay, with tickets $21-$66; the second at 8 p.m. Feb. 15 at the New World Center, 500 17th St., Miami Beach, with tickets $38-$119. Call 305-275-5666 or visit


A South Florida Town Hall meeting of the Dramatists Guild of America, which represents the country’s playwrights, will be held Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Peackock Education Center at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. The first session from 2 to 3 p.m. features Gary Garrison, the guild’s executive director of creative affairs; Zack Turner, director of marketing and online media; Amy VonVett, executive assistant for business and legal affairs; playwright Michael McKeever, the guild’s Florida east regional representative; and Dewey Davis Thompson, the Florida west regional representative.

From 3 to 4 p.m., a panel featuring Miami Herald theater critic Christine Dolen, Zoetic Stage artistic director Stuart Meltzer, City Theatre literary director Susi Westfall and South Florida Theatre League executive director Andie Arthur will talk about multiple aspects of the production of new work in the region. From 4 to 5 p.m., members can speak with Turner and VonVett about business and legal issues. The Town Hall is free and open to the public. For information, contact McKeever at or 954-261-9157.


Miami’s Zoetic Stage, in conjunction with the Carbonell Awards organization, is offering free master class sessions to high school students in Broward and Palm Beach counties (Miami-Dade students met at Miami’s Arsht Center at 1 p.m. Saturday). The upcoming sessions, led by artistic director Stuart Meltzer and actor Nicholas Richberg (both current Carbonell nominees), are set for 1 p.m. Saturday at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale, and 5 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach.

Students can perform a monologue or song, with accompaniment provided, and receive coaching on their work. They’ll also receive information on applying for Carbonell Awards scholarships. For information and to reserve a spot, email Richberg at Include the name of the song or monologue, which must be from a published play.


▪ The University of Miami presents Burst! A Celebration of Arte Povera featuring colorful works by artists Martin Casuso, Valeria Rocchiccioli and Troy Simmons at the UM Art Gallery in the Wynwood Building, 2750 NW Third Ave., Suite 4, Miami. The opening reception is Saturday from 4 to 10 p.m. Curated by Milly Cardoso, Burst! is a tribute to the radical Italian art movement of the late 1960s and early ’70s. The group show is on view through March 2. For information call 305-284-3161 or visit

▪ Me Recuerdo (I Remember) is a series of five mixed-media pieces by Miami native Alexander Mijares made in honor of his Cuban heritage. His family’s tales of their homeland inspire the artist, and he hopes to paint a mural there one day. To see the work, make an appointment by emailing For more information about the Mijares gallery, 700 NE 25th St., Suite 704, in Wynwood, visit www.mijares .com.

▪ The Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami showcases the exhibition Weavers' Stories from Island Southeast Asia, in which weavers and batik artists speak for themselves in videos produced at eight sites in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and East Timor. The short oral histories include footage of daily life with extended families and the interplay of generations, detailed looks at weaving and dyeing techniques, and unique celebrations, such as a wedding in a sultan's palace. Textiles created by the featured artists accompany each video. See it at the Lowe, 1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables, through March 29. For information, call 305-284-3535 or visit

▪ Markowicz Fine Art Gallery in the Design District is hosting internationally renowned painter and sculptor Alain Godon on Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. to celebrate Around the World in Eighty Works, an exhibition featuring new sculptures from Godon’s Architectural series, begun in 2006. RSVP to the opening reception by contacting the gallery at 305-646-1366. Godon’s exhibit will be on view from Friday through Feb. 28. The gallery is at 110 NE 40th St., Miami. For details, visit

▪ Art/Tuesdays Miami explores the question of whether traditional galleries continue to survive in today’s changing environment at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. The Galleries Under Fire event begins with a happy hour in the courtyard followed by a panel discussion with prominent voices from Miami’s art community: Dora Valdes-Fauli, Kathryn Mikesell, Frederic Snitzer and Anthony Spinello. The program is free and open to the public. To RSVP, email

▪ The public is invited to attend MDC Museum of Art + Design’s Director’s Previews on Thursday to preview exhibitions, meet the artists and enjoy special events. From 6 to 9 p.m., guests will have access to 90 Miles, a Multimedia Installation by Carlos Alejandro; Fountains & Galaxies, recent works by Bernard Cooper; and Object of My Affection: San Pedro Nos Ve, an interactive installation by Alma Leiva. An admission donation of $5 is suggested. The museum is at the Freedom Tower at MDC, 600 Biscayne Blvd., Second Floor, Miami. Call 305-237-7700 or visit

▪ Fine Art Auctions Miami ( is holding its third annual Urban & Street Art Auction at Spaceby3 in Wynwood from Thursday through Monday, with works by Keith Haring, Shepard Fairey, Banksy, Faile, Phase2 and KAWS, among others. Last year’s auction brought in more than $1.3 million, including the sale of Banksy’s Kissing Coppers. On Thursday and Friday, recording artist Chris Brown will collaborate with Kai to create pieces for Monday’s auction. Fifty percent of their sales will benefit the Arts & Business Council of Miami. See the works at 2105 N. Miami Ave., Miami, or visit

▪ Locust Talks welcomes Jens Hoffmann, deputy director for exhibitions and public programs at New York’s Jewish Museum for a talk at 6:45 p.m. Thursday. The discussion is free and and open the to the public. Locust Projects is located at 3852 N. Miami Ave., Miami. For information, call 305-576-8570 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).