AVENTURA, FL – The Aventura Arts and Cultural Center welcomes in the New Year with comedy, music, dance and film on stage this January , 2012.
Ballet Etoile presents Carmen, a temporary ballet drama, as part of the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center’s Arts Access program on Thursday, January 5, 2012 and Friday, January 6, 2012 at 8 p.m. Choreographed by Tomas Mazuch, Carmen tells the story of a beautiful gypsy who loves only those who don’t love her. Tickets are $28 with VIP seats available for $32. Student tickets are available for $25 and $29. This performance contains adult themes and parental guidance is suggested.
The 2011-2012 Aventura Comedy Series presented by Low Brow Entertainment Company continues with “The Princess of Comedy” Cory Kahaney on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 8:30 p.m. Kahaney is the creator and star of the Off-Broadway hit The J.A.P. Show and also appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing as a grand finalist. She was voted Best Comedian in NYC by Backstage Magazine and Best Female Comedian by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets. Tickets are $31 and $36. This show may contain material not appropriate for children under 13 years old.
The Miami International Piano Festival continues with a recital by Italian pianist Francesco Libetta on Sunday, January 8, 2012 at 4 p.m. A veteran of the piano festival stage, Libetta is one of the most fascinating artists to date and has performed Godowsky’s “The 53 Studies,” a piece that has been deemed un-performable by musicians and critics for decades. Libetta will perform works by Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, Alkan and more. Tickets are $30 with half price seats available for students with a valid student I.D.
Center Stage Productions, Inc. presents Got Mambo? featuring Tito Puente, Jr. and his Orchestra on Friday, January 13, 2012 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, January 14 at 2 and 8 p.m. Puente will perform classics as well as music from his new album Got Mambo, where he merges classic and new-age salsa. Tickets are $41.50 and $46.60 with free lap seats available at the box office for infants 12 months and younger.
Citizens Interested in Arts presents their CIA Grantees on Parade 14th Annual Awards Event on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. as part of the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center’s Arts Access program. CIA Grants Committee members Dr. Dorothy Koreman, CIA founder Gloria Muroff, Florence Werner and President Emeritus Lenore Toby-Simmons will award grants to 31 South Florida arts organizations. The evening will include performances by Gables Stage, Orchestra Miami, Maximum Dance, The Unconservatory and other CIA grantees. The event will be hosted by Broadway singer David McBride and will feature guest performances by television, recording and cabaret artist Judy Scott and her protégé Biana Pinchuk, an eight-year-old opera and Broadway vocalist. The evening will conclude with a champagne and chocolate reception. Tickets are $30 with $50 VIP seats available.
Eckerd Theater Company’s production of Aesop’s Fables takes the stage as part of the Smart Stage Matinee Series on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Aesop’s Fables uses lively storytelling, physical comedy and the help of the audience to bring The Lion and the Mouse, The Tortoise and the Hare and The Fox and the Grapes to life as children learn valuable life lessons and are introduced to some of the world’s most cherished stories. 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.
Mazel Musicals, Inc. and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts present The Song Is You: The Songs of Jerome Kern from Wednesday, January 18, 2012 through Sunday, January 22, 2012. With more than three dozen celebrated collaborators including Oscar Hammerstein, Dorothy Fields, Ira Gershwin, Johnny Mercer and Yip Harburg, Kern composed many Broadway and film standards including “Old Man River,” “All the Things You Are,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” “I Won’t Dance” and “The Song Is You.” This is a presentation in the Melodies & Memories Series, spirited celebrations of America’s greatest songs from Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and Hollywood, 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.
Return to the entertainment heyday of the New York mountain resorts with Freddie Roman’s Monticello Memories from Wednesday, January 25, 2012 through Sunday, January 29, 2012. It’s a celebration of comedy, song and dance with Freddie Roman, Vic Arnell and the sensational tap team Two on Tap. Tickets are $36. Showtimes vary.
The Aventura Foreign Film Series presents Kawasaki’s Rose on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 7 p.m. The family of a renowned psychiatrist, teacher and dissident who is about to receive the highest national honor is forced to come to terms with new facts that have arisen concerning his past in this film presented in Czech with English subtitles. The film is hosted by Shelly Isaacs who introduces the film and leads a post-screening discussion. Tickets are $10.
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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