Second Act

Baryshnikov goes it alone onstage

FRI 2/27

Now that Sex and the City is off the air, actor/dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov is screwed. He has to find something else to do besides playing a moody artist who beds Sarah Jessica Parker's character Carrie Bradshaw and whisks her away to Paris. Well, it seems the 55-year-old Russian has reverted to what he does best: dancing and being a star, the only star. Courtesy of the Concert Association of Florida, he'll come to Miami's Gusman Center for the Performing Arts (174 E. Flagler St.) tonight and tomorrow at 8:00 for a program called Solos with Piano or Not ... An Evening of Music and Dance with Mikhail Baryshnikov and Pianist Pedja Muzijevic. Tickets range from $55 to $125. Call 305-808-7446, ext. 301. -- By Nina Korman

Swell Swirling

Show mesmerizes

SUN 2/29

"There are more belly dancers in the U.S. than there are in the Middle East!" declares Miles Copeland with a smile before introducing his latest creation, Bellydance Superstars & the Desert Roses, a collective of mostly American women who fascinate with their colorful outfits, hypnotic hips, and sensual stomach contractions. The mastermind behind the Police has reached back to his childhood in Damascus; his Arab-centered record company, Mondo Melodia; and to "Desert Rose," the hit collaboration between ex-protégé Sting and Arab pop star Cheb Mami, to create a production that will appeal to those who gasp at the sight of Beyoncé stealing Shakira's moves. Catch the extravaganza live at 8:00 p.m. at the North Miami Beach Performing Arts Center, 17011 NE 19th Ave. Tickets cost $35. Call 305-362-4310. -- By Javier Andrade

Nouveau Notes

WED 3/3 One man's noise is another man's music. And nobody pushes that expression to the limit like the performers at the annual Subtropics Experimental Music Festival. Now in its 16th year, Subtropics has garnered a reputation for exploring the outer musical limits with a combination of local and national new music artists and composers. Opening night of the 5-week fest features electroacoustic artist and Web blogger Kabir Carter and a rumored surprise performance by violinist Malcolm Goldstein and Gustavo Matamoros on the saw. The party starts at 7:00 p.m. at Rosebriar Cafe, 226 NE 28th St. Admission is free. Call 305-981-0600. -- By John Anderson

 
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