Performing Arts

Miami Book Fair chooses the first of its ‘Evenings With’ authors

We’re still feeling the heat of summer, but Miami Book Fair International has just reminded us that fall isn’t that far away by announcing a partial list of this year’s speakers.

Alexander McCall Smith, author of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, will kick off the fair on Nov. 16, talking about his new version of Jane Austen’s Emma (part of The Austen Project, in which such modern-day writers as Joanna Trollope and Val McDermid rewrite and update Austen’s classics).

Other “Evenings With …” speakers include novelists Anne Rice and Patricia Cornwell (Nov. 17), columnist Nicholas Kristoff (Nov. 18) and historian Simon Schama (Nov. 19).

The 31st annual fair runs through Nov. 23 at Miami Dade College, 300 NE Second Ave. Admission to an “Evenings With …” session is $15. For information, call 305-237-3258 or visit

Parsons coming

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Palm Beach Dramaworks has just made a starry addition to the actors who will perform there during the 2014-2015 season: Oscar winner Estelle Parsons. Parsons, last seen on Broadway in The Velocity of Autumn, will portray a 92-year-old Parisian in Israel Horovitz‘s play My Old Lady. A Horovitz-directed movie version of the 1996 play, by the way, will be released in September with Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline and Kristin Scott-Thomas as its stars.

The Dramaworks season begins Oct. 10-Nov. 9 with a production of Our Town by Thornton Wilder. My Old Lady runs Dec. 5-Jan. 4, followed by Christopher Hampton‘s adaptation of Pierre Choderlos de LaclosLes Liaisons Dangereuses Jan. 30-March 1, Sam Shepard‘s Buried Child March 27-April 26 and Lanie Robertson‘s Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill May 15-June 14. Subscriptions to Dramaworks’ 15th anniversary season are on sale now, and single tickets go on sale Sept. 15. The company performs at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre, 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. For more information, call 561-514-4042 or visit

Arsht adds shows

Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts has just added nine more shows, seven of them to its Live at Knight series, in advance of the center’s 2014-2015 Box Office Opening Weekend celebration on Sept. 6. Center members can purchase tickets for the new shows (except for Sesame Street Live, which goes on sale Friday to members and Aug. 16 to the public) as of Monday, with public tickets available Sept. 6.

New to the lineup are Sesame Street Live’s Make a New Friend (Oct. 11-12); comedian Mike Birbiglia in Thank God for Jokes (Nov. 20); singer-songwriter Milton Nascimento (Nov. 26); the Koresh Dance Company (Dec. 4-6); The Colors of Christmas featuring Peabo Bryson, Jennifer Holliday, Taylor Dane and Ruben Studdard (Dec. 11); Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (Feb. 5); Tony Bennett with guest Antonia Bennett (Feb. 13); the Idan Raichel Project (April 18), and Gilberto Gil (April 26).

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Ticket prices vary by event. The Arsht is located at 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. For more information, call the Arsht box office at 305-949-6722 or visit

Café Conundrum

Conundrum Stages has been presenting arts showcases for six years, but now the company is doing a full-fledged, one-night-only production at the Sunrise Civic Center Theatre, where the show goes on at 8 p.m. Friday

On the bill are singers John Lariviere and Jeanne Lynn Gray; actors Fern Katz, Barry Katz and Skye Whitcomb; comedians Rhett Thompson and Pam Bruno; and musicians Serena Stroppa and The Good Guy. Tickets are $12 (students $10, children $8). The theater is at 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise. Call 954-747-4646 or visit

Sultans perform

The Canadian group Sultans of String perform at 8:30 p.m. Friday on the Cabaret Series at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. Members Chris McKhool (a six-string violinist), Kevin Laliberté (guitar), Drew Birston (bass) and Chendy Leon (percussion), along with special guests, perform a unique blend of roots, jazz and world beat music.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. The center is at 10950 SW 211th St., Cutler Bay. Call 786-573-5300 or visit

Aventura sale

The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center is offering a 15 percent discount on tickets to 13 of its 2014-2015 shows from Tuesday through Aug. 19. Comedy, music, dance and film are in the lineup, which begins with the Miami Jewish Film Festival Sept. 17. Bles Chavez-Bernstein explores a variety of music in Timeless Serenade Sept. 27, and singers Glory Crampton and Franc D’Ambrosio perform Angel of Music: A Salute to Andrew Lloyd-Webber Nov. 8.

Also on sale is the Nov. 15 concert of ’60s music by the Atlantic City Boys; a four-performance subscription to the Arts Ballet Theatre ( Tribute to Diaghilev Oct. 18-19, The Nutcracker Dec. 12-14, Fairy Doll March 7-8 and a spring gala May 9); subscriptions to a five-show comedy series ( Bobby Collins Nov. 14, Sarge Dec. 18-19, Richie Minervini and Friends Jan. 24, Peter Fogel and Johnny Lombardi Feb. 28, and Vanessa Hollingshead March 28).

The center is located at 3385 NE 188th St., Aventura. For information, call 877-311-7469 or visit

Visual arts

American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music Gloria Estefan Carlos Santana
Cachao Lopez Celia Cruz Willy Chirino American Sabor

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Formulating a Plot Diana Nawi

One Night Stand: The Cave of the Water Nymphs Christina Pettersson tableau vivant

Mike Rivamonte

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

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