AVENTURA – There is something for everyone this December at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center including the return of the Melodies & Memories Series, comedian Michele Balan, holiday favorite The Nutcracker, a classical concert and even an educational dance show for children.
Low Brow Entertainment Company presents Michele Balan on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 8:30 p.m. Balan was one of the finalists on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Backstage Magazine voted her one of the “Top 10 Comedians” and Cindy Adams from the NY Post called her stand-up act “Dynomite.” Balan has appeared on The Joy Behar Show, Byron Allen’s Comics Unleashed, and the OUT laugh festival on MTV’s LOGO. This show may contain material not appropriate for children under 17 years old. Tickets are $31 and $36.
South Florida Symphony Orchestra starts off the 2011-2012 season with Spice of Life on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 8 p.m. The Orchestra will perform Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No 4 “Italian” and cellist Zuill Bailey performing Franz Joseph Haydn’s Cello Concerto. Tickets are $35, $45 and $55.
It wouldn’t be the holidays without a performance of The Nutcracker delighting audiences of all ages. Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida’s critically acclaimed version takes place on Friday, December 9, 2011 and Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 3 p.m. Choreographed and directed by renowned ballet master Vladimir Issaev, the performance features more than 100 dancers on stage in the most traditional Russian style. Adults and children have been enchanted for generations by the story of the holiday toy that comes to life and the spellbinding score by Tchaikovsky which includes “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies.” Tickets are $35.
Mazel Musicals, Inc. and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts present How Lucky Can We Get? The Songs of Kander and Ebb from Wednesday, December 14, 2011 through Sunday, December 18, 2011. Honored in 1998 with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Kennedy Center Honors, composer John Kander and Fred Ebb wrote such Broadway blockbusters as Cabaret, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Zorba, and the longest running revival in Broadway history, Chicago. This is a presentation in the Melodies & Memories Series, spirited celebrations of America’s greatest songs from Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and Hollywood, that is conceived and directed by Barry Levitt, former Artistic Director of New York’s 92nd Street Y’s smash Lyrics and Lyricists Series. Tickets are $32. Showtimes vary.
Hispanico Ballet Flamenco, a colorful cross-section of traditional Latin American music and dance performed live by talented international artists, takes the stage on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 10 and 11:30 a.m. as part of the Smart Stage Matinees. The performances feature the Mexican jarabe-tapatio, the Colombian cumbia, the Argentine tango and malambo, Caribbean salsa and merengue, the rhythmic bombos and the spectacular magic of boleadores that demonstrate how these musical traditions have been influenced by history, politics and cultural psychology. Tickets are $10 for individual seats as well as for groups of 10 or more and $3 lap seats are available for infants 12 months and under.
The Broward Center for the Performing Arts manages the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, a 14,864-square-foot, 326-seat waterfront complex that hosts performing arts, cultural and educational programming for all ages. The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center is located at 3385 N.E. 188 Street in Aventura and on Twitter @AventuraCenter.
Tickets, group discounts and scheduling information for all performances are available through the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center’s box office at (877) 311-7469 or online at www.AventuraCenter.org.
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