Composed of two classically trained musicians hailing from South Florida, Kev Marcus and Wil B, Black Violin will showcase their distinct, multi-genre sound.
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The Season of the Arts is upon us and, as usual, South Florida’s performance venues have some great entertainment lined up for us. Whether you like theatre, music, dance or film, there’s something that’s bound to pique your interest. These shows can be enjoyed with family, friends or on the solo tip. Some are at major performance halls, while others are at smaller, community-based venues, but all are large on talent. So check out these upcoming highlights and mark your calendars. Get your tickets early and if you don’t, it’s not because we didn’t warn you. We present to you Season of the Arts South Florida-style!
ADRIENNE ARSHT CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
Breakin’ Convention 2017: Spilling off stage and taking over the whole campus, this international festival of hip-hop dance theatre will include dance workshops, graffiti, DJs and freestyle sessions. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20-21 at the Adrienne Arsht Center in the Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. $25 and up. Call 305-949-6722 or visit www.arsht- center.org.
JAZZ ROOTS: Ella Fitzgerald 100th Birthday Tribute: The 10th anniversary season kicks off with a star-studded tribute celebrating the centennial of the Queen of Jazz, Ella Fitzgerald, with a special blockbuster concert. 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 3 at the Adrienne Arsht Center in the Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. $45 and up. Call 305-949-6722 or visit www.arshtcenter.org.
The Hip Hop Nutcracker: A holiday mash-up for the entire family, this contemporary work set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music is an evening-length production performed by a super-charged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, an on-stage DJ, an electric violinist and rap legend Kurtis Blow as MC. 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Adrienne Arsht Center in the Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. $25 and up. Call 305-949-6722 or visit www.arshtcenter.org.
JAZZ ROOTS: An Evening with Jon Batiste and Stay Human: Enjoy the talent of a globally celebrated musician, educator, current bandleader of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and television personality whose musical skill, artistic vision and exuberant charisma make him a triple threat with unlimited potential. 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15 at the Adrienne Arsht Center in the Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. $45 and up. Call 305-949-6722 or visit www.arshtcenter.org.
Peter London Global Dance Company: Enjoy world premier choreography by Miami natives Jamar Roberts (Alvin Ailey), Gentry Isaiah George (Zest Collective), Melissa Fernandez (Ballet Hispanico) and Justin Rapaport (Ballet BC) as well as premieres by Peter London in collaboration with internationally renowned artist Joel Gresham that celebrate the influence of the African drum and instruments on new world music. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 29-30, 8 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Adrienne Arsht Center in the Carnival Studio Theater, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. $40. Call 305-949-6722 or visit www.arshtcenter.org.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: The troupe that’s renowned for celebrating the human spirit through the African American cultural experience and the American modern dance tradition returns by popular demand to Miami for the 10th consecutive year. 8 p.m. and 2 p.m. show times. Feb. 22-25, 2018 at the Adrienne Arsht Center in the Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. $29 and up. Call 305-949-6722 or visit www.arshtcenter.org.
The Color Purple: Don’t miss this stunning re-imagining of an epic story about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South in the musical sensation New York Magazine calls “one of the greatest revivals ever.” 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. show times. Feb. 27 – March 4, 2018 at the Adrienne Arsht Center in the Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. $29 and up. Call 305-949- 6722 or visit www.arshtcenter.org.
AFRICAN HERITAGE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER
The Mighty Gents: This moving play tells the story of several black men who are former members of a gang in Newark, N.J. struggling to survive as adults. Oct. 11-29 at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center (AHCAC) in The Wendell A. Narcisse Performing Arts Theater, 6161 NW 22 Avenue in Miami. $30. Call 305-638-6771 or visit www.ahcacmiami.org for more information on dates and show times.
AVENTURA ARTS & CULTURAL CENTER
Cirque Zuma Zuma: African Acrobats International, Inc. has established the ultimate African circus inspired from the cradle of all cultures, the source for music, dance and ritual for all humanity. Bringing the mysticism, magic and excitement of this rich continent to American students, talented performers engage in non-stop action, captivating music, vibrant dance and amazing acrobatic feats. 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188 Street in Aventura. $10. Call 305-466- 8002 or visit www.aventuracenter.org.
BLACK ARCHIVES HISTORIC LYRIC THEATER
Lyric Live: Enjoy the signature talent show hosted by comedian Chello Davis. Expect to see local singers, dancers, spoken word artists and more. The Jody Hill Band provides live music. Happy hour is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m., Friday, October 6 at the Historic Lyric Theater, 819 NW Second Ave. in Miami. $15. Call 305 -636- 2390 or visit www.bahlt.org. Please note this is a recurring monthly show.
Funky Turns 40! Three Evenings of Funk, Art & Soul: During Soul Basel, experience a 3-day celebration hosted by comedian Rickey Smiley that features the sounds of the SOS Band and George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars, the Black Archives Honors Award Ceremony, and the unveiling of its new exhibition “Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution” showcasing cartoons and animated images with African-American casts from the 70s. Dec. 6-8 at the Historic Lyric Theater, 819 NW Second Ave. in Miami. $125 and up. Call 305 -636- 2390 or visit www.bahlt.org.
BROWARD CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS Seu Jorge: The Life Aquatic a Tribute to Davie Bowie: Jorge, whose covers of David Bowie songs in Portuguese was featured in the film “The Life Aquatic of Steve Zissou,” will recreate the set from the film with images. 7 p.m. Saturday, October 7 at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. $42-$70. Call 954-462-0222 or visit www.browardcenter.org.
Tarzan: The Stage Musical: Based on Disney’s epic animated musical adventure about a boy raised by gorillas, Tarzan features heart-pumping music by rock legend, Phil Collins, and a book by Tony Award-winning playwright, David Henry Hwang. 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. show times, Oct. 19 thru Nov. 5 at Broward Center for the Performing Arts in the Amaturo Theater, 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. $47-$60. Call 954-462- 0222 or visit www.browardcenter.org.
Black Violin: Classical Boom Tour: Composed of two classically trained musicians hailing from South Florida, Kev Marcus and Wil B, the duo will showcase their distinct, multi-genre sound. 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 at Broward Center for the Performing Arts in the Au-Rene Theater, 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. $15 and up. Call 954-462-0222 or visit www.browardcenter.org.