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Jason Fitzroy Jeffers has made a mark on Miami in more than one arena. He began as a journalist, writing on city life and culture for local publications including the Miami Herald and Ocean Drive. He later performed and recorded music under his middle name, Fitzroy. And more recently, he founded arts media group Third Horizon as a catch-all container for projects promoting Caribbean art, ..

No doubt about it: South Florida theater folks love the plays of Annie Baker. Island City Stage presented her “Body Awareness” in 2013. Alliance Theatre Lab did “The Aliens” in 2015, and earlier this year Mad Cat staged an impressive production of Baker’s lengthy, Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Flick.” Now Area Stage Company in Coral Gables has jumped onto the Baker bandwagon with it..

Miami-based Jason Fitzroy Jeffers has cut a complex path for his life. He describes himself first as a writer. But he has produced work on a wide range of platforms and subjects. Like the symbol of the machete that reoccurs throughout his work, Jeffers is at home in the wilderness of uncharted spaces. Currently, he can be found at the center of Third Horizon, a media company that he ..

As rituals go, reunions can be fraught experiences. Sure, it’s good to see old friends and catch up, but the past has a way of becoming an insistent thrum, so that uncomfortable memories and old transgressions bubble to the surface again. The characters in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ intense, wildly entertaining “Our Lady of 121st Street” get that, bigtime. Miami’s Ground Up & Risin..

The actors in Ground Up & Rising, one of South Florida’s edgiest and most diverse theater companies, have a thing for the works of Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis. Founded in 2005, the company launched with a sizzling production of Guirgis’ “Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train” featuring two of its three founders, Bechir Sylvain and Sheaun McKinney (the latter now on HBO’s “Vice..

La calle al final del mundo (The Street at the End of the World), a Spanish-language play written by local playwright Ramón Caudet and directed by his wife Anna Silvetti, seeks to challenge our notions about love and “happily ever after.” This play within a play tells the story of a director and two actors who come together to rehearse. The appearance of a mysterious woman, like a spell, ..

Inside a nondescript cream-colored trailer on the grounds of the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center in Liberty City, 13 aspiring Miami artists have been devoting themselves to a transformative summer. Ranging in age from 13 to 17, the participants are all female, all young women of color with a passion for the arts. For 13 weeks, they have sacrificed family vacations and jobs in or..

Many great plans have been sketched out and scrapped on bar napkins. It’s unique then to hear the story of one of South Florida’s newest theater companies, Lost Girls Theatre, whose co-founding artistic directors, Andie Arthur and Katie Siegel, found each other at a baby shower: “Somehow, between sharing appetizers and opening presents,” Arthur explains, “Katie and I got into a conversati..

The late poet Miller Williams used to call a poem, “the meeting place between the writer and the reader.” When it comes to theater, the play could be called the meeting place between the director and the actors, and when it works, the audience, which has the good fortune of witnessing the chemistry that transpires between a phenomenal play, an astute director, and a talented cast. This is..

Debuting its new space in the Bird Road Arts District, Havanafama Teatro Estudio kicks off its season with Bernarda, Juan Roca’s adaptation of Federico Garcia Lorca’s play, La Casa de Bernarda Alba. Performed in Spanish, Bernarda is about a widow who rules her home with an iron fist. Her five daughters are not allowed to leave the house or have relationships with men, and Bernarda has imp..

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When Kathryn Garcia, MDC Live Arts executive director, took the helm at the organization 5 years ago, she revitalized the 26-year-old organization and strengthened its commitment to not only presenting performance work, but of engaging the local community in a discourse on performance and art. From last year’s “Holoscenes” performance meditation about sea level rise, to the ongoing co..

Daniel Lewis and Sheila Womble sit at cafe in Coral Gables. Both are excited to speak on behalf of Arts for Learning, the encompassing and growing organization they are passionate about. Lewis traveled the world as a former dancer with the José Limón Dance Company. A New Yorker by birth, he graduated from the Juilliard School to eventually become assistant to the dean at that prestigi..

On the surface, rising sea levels and dance seem to be worlds apart. Unless you’re Marissa Alma Nick, who grew up in Surfside -- going to the beach and watching such movies as Waterworld and Deep Impact. “These images were strong in my mind growing up,” explains Nick. The two topics come together in Mira El Mar, a look at Miami a century in the future and how two women, who have surv..

Artburst recently sat down with Miami City Ballet dancer, Nathalia Arja, on a Friday afternoon at the MCB studios. Bubbly and relaxed in pale blue leotard and hair drawn tight in a bun, Arja discussed her approach to the craft of the dance, her recent promotion to principal soloist and her take on the effects of athleticism and technology on ballet’s present and future. Artburst: How do y..

If there is a place in Miami where original work can get its due – particularly in the children's theater genre – Miami Theater Center in Miami Shores is the space. Stephanie Ansin, co-founder and artistic director of MTC, and her executive director Elaiza Irizarry had been discussing an original show for children with an anti-bullying theme. Luckner "Lucky" Bruno, Jr., the resident voice..

Siempre Flamenco’s Festival de Cante opened Friday, Sept. 2 at the Arsht Center’s Carnival Studio Theater to a small but generous audience, who responded warmly to singers Nano de Jerez, Miguel Lavi, and Sara Salado, all brought from Jerez, Spain for this, the 11th edition of the weekend-long festival. The evening followed the format of most flamenco concerts, starting slowly with the..

This September, the International Ballet Festival of Miami celebrates its 21st year. Companies from around the world will converge in Miami, giving local audiences a chance to see top-class ballet in many forms. Organized by former ballet dancer Pedro Pablo Peña, the festival began in 1996. It has since evolved and expanded, attracting the attention of ballet companies from around the..

DanceAfrica, a celebration of African dance and culture, appears annually in New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C. Last seen in Miami in 1997, the festival returns this year thanks to the efforts of local dance group Delou Africa. For years, Delou Africa has brought visiting artists to the Miami community in a similar annual festival, the African Diaspora Dance and Drum Festival of F..

This month, Sophia Michahelles and Alex Kahn from Processional Arts Workshop (PAW) will light up Vizcaya’s grounds with giant fantastical lanterns and moving sculptures. PAW’s experiential and community-oriented events, inspired by carnival processions and parades, have appeared around the country and internationally. Their Vizcaya project, Whirl, will move through the estate’s landscape ..

It’s perhaps the most exotic dance music to hit Miami in recent memory: contradance -- it’s Americana, the real thing, a far more sophisticated version of the square-dancing you may remember from gym dances in elementary school. A band called Cornbread and just as tasty is in the house each Thursday night in July as the Rhythm Foundation’s Dance Thursday series continues at the North Beac..

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In the last 15 years, Miami residents have witnessed the city’s steady transformation into an international urban hub with the customary arrival of communities from all over. Together with the controversial impact of large-scale real state ventures that prompted that expansion, there’s been a significant shift in the diversity, frequency and depth of the cultural options available to Mia..

The Summer Concert Series (https://communityartsprogram.org/summer-concert-series/) at the Coral Gables Congegational Church, which just celebrated its 31st season, has become a South Florida institution. Yet the concerts are only the most visible component of the quietly ambitious Community Arts Program (https://communityartsprogram.org/). It includes an after-school program, the Conserv..

Amanda Keeley, founder of the pop-up artists’ bookstore EXILE Books, explores Miami’s sonic subculture centered around the Audiotheque Listening Club, which will conclude its third season with performances from current Club resident, composer Sam Ashley, on Aug. 10 and 17. Keeley talks with the founder of Listening Club and of the Subtropics Festival, Gustavo Matamoros, about how we can expand..

Some people send cards or buy gifts to show their appreciation. Alice Day started a hall of fame. The singer, dubbed “South Florida's first lady of jazz” by the late radio host China Valles, felt that this area's jazz people – musicians, club owners, promoters and producers, disc jockeys -- deserved more recognition. She founded the South Florida Jazz Hall of Fame to provide it. “It seemed..

Three-time Grammy winner drummer, composer and producer Terri Lyne Carrington, appearing with her quartet at the Coral Gables Congregational United Church on July 21 as part of the Community Arts Program (CAP) Summer Concert Series, has had a remarkable career. Born in Medford, Mass. to a musical family -- her father was a saxophonist, her grandfather a drummer -- Carrington was a child p..

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En su discurso de recibimiento del Premio Nobel, el poeta chileno Pablo Neruda afirmó que el poeta no es un "pequeño dios." De hecho expresó que el mejor poeta “es el hombre que nos entrega el pan de cada día: el panadero más próximo, que no se cree Dios. El cumple su majestuosa y humilde faena de amasar, meter al horno, dorar y entregar el pan de cada día, como una obligación comunitaria..

En la cultura yoruba, y sobre todo en sus manifestaciones caribeñas como la afrocubana, las historias contadas oralmente por generaciones ocupan un lugar esencial. Esas historias, muchas de ellas preservadas ya en la palabra escrita, reciben el nombre de patakíes, y llevan mensajes a la manera de fábulas o metáforas. La profesora Isabel Castellanos (http://www.hispanocubano.org/cas/cu..

En la serie artística Out in the Tropics, la tarima no discrimina, la sensibilidad de los intérpretes es inclusiva y todo público es bienvenido. Producción de la entidad local sin fines de lucro promotora de las artes FUNDarte (http://fundarte.us), la séptima celebración de Out in the Tropics tendrá lugar del miércoles 15 de junio al sábado 18 de este mes en The Gleason Room del teatr..

El flamenco es una música de fusión. La tradición es de sobrevivencia, de cambio constante y adaptación al lugar y los tiempos. Mientras el sonido puede ser diferente, el espíritu de Nuevo Flamenco es el del flamenco de siempre. “La Flaka”, Jessica Cánovas, es una cantaora del siglo XXI. Ella incorpora en su música elementos del soul, R&B, electrónica o jazz; puede cantar bulerías y e..

La problemática del cambio climático está que arde. Sobre todo en un estado como la Florida, en primera fila para sufrir consecuencias drásticas. Llegar al público con este mensaje e inspirarlo a tomar acción, sin embargo, resulta desafiante. Se necesitan aliados en esa misión. Y en eso las artes pueden ser uno muy significativo. Que es a lo que apunta la segunda celebración anual..

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