Season of the Arts

10 events to look out for as cultural arts season begins

Adele, the multiple Grammy Award-winning British pop chanteuse, performs Oct. 25-26 at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Adele, the multiple Grammy Award-winning British pop chanteuse, performs Oct. 25-26 at AmericanAirlines Arena. AP

The cultural arts season is about to get into full swing. To help you prepare, the Herald will present its annual Season of the Arts section, inside Sunday’s paper. And here’s a taste of what’s to come: Our picks for 10 great events on the calendar this season.

With her splendid, soulful voice and ear-catching, emotional songs, British songstress Adele keeps the best of old-school pop values alive in hits from “Hello” to “Rolling in the Deep.” She hits Miami with two shows, part of her first tour in five years. Oct. 25-26, AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami.

The Pérez Art Museum Miami’s “Julio Le Parc: Form-Action” promises to be another Miami-resonant, community-friendly and conceptually adventurous show, with more than 100 works by Argentine kinetic artist Julio Le Parc, featuring participatory works and light-filled installations. Nov. 18-March 19, Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami.

MDC Live Arts presents an inspired populist creation/demonstration with “Steve Parker’s Traffic Jam,” in which regular folks can join local artists in a citywide “musical” performance on a quintessential Miami issue — traffic — as jams hit their peak for Miami Art Week. Nov. 30 to Dec. 3, various locations, Miami-Dade.

“An American in Paris,” the beloved movie musical, has become a poetic, romantic stage musical helmed by brilliant choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, in its first tour since its Broadway run. Dec. 6-11, Kravis Center, West Palm Beach; Dec. 27-Jan. 1, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami.

The supremely vibrant New World Symphony features a musically and emotionally lush program of Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 and Mendelsohn’s Violin Concerto (with brilliant violinist Christian Tetzlaff), led by Michael Tilson Thomas, who is celebrated for the new life he brings to Mahler’s music. January 21-22, New World Center, Miami Beach.

The always-bold GableStage presents playwright and screenwriter (most recently of Netflix’s “The Getdown”) Stephen Adly Guirgis’ 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Between Riverside and Crazy,” which hits contemporary hot issues of race, police violence and gentrification. Jan. 21-Feb. 19, GableStage in the Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables.

Miami City Ballet’s second commission for renowned choreographer Alexei Ratmansky — whose abstract ballets (like the “Symphonic Dances” he did for MCB in 2012) reverberate with drama — is a full-tilt story ballet. “The Fairy’s Kiss” is based on a Hans Christian Anderson tale about a fairy who spirits away a young boy. On Program III Feb. 10-12, Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami; Feb. 24-26, the Kravis Center, West Palm Beach; March 11-12, the Broward Center, Fort Lauderdale.

The Axis of Love series is the Rhythm Foundation’s humane response to political and religious paranoia, with intimate concerts of “beautiful music from hard places” in the Middle East and North Africa. March 5, 12 and 26, North Beach Bandshell, Miami Beach.

Florida Grand Opera continues with adventurous productions that speak powerfully to Miami with Jorge Martin’s “Before Night Falls.” The 2010 opera is based on the life of dissident gay Cuban poet and Mariel refugee Reinaldo Arenas, inspired by his memoir and haunting film of the same name. March 18-25, Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami.

We can’t wait to see the changes at The Bass, one of Miami-Dade’s best museums, as it reopens in April 2017 after a two-year, $12 million expansion, featuring solo shows by three cutting-edge artists. The Bass, Miami Beach.