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    It's All About Me - When artists portray themselves, strange things can happen

    Artists look inward in a show called "Me, Myself & I," now on display at University Galleries, located on the campus of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. At the behest of New York curators Renee Riccardo and Paul Laster, 31 contemporary arti...

    by Michelle Weinberg on November 25, 2004
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    Current Art Shows

    The Four Seasons: "Guerra de la Paz," the artistic duo Alain Guerra and Neraldo de la Paz, assemble a natural world that is homely and fabulous at the same time. In their works of sculpture and installation, composed of discarded clothing gathered fr...

    on November 25, 2004
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    Music to Die For - This gorgeous new look at an old masterpiece still ends in death

    The best show in town happens to be an opera. Puccini's Madama Butterfly is just the first offering of the Florida Grand Opera's 2004-2005 season, a varied feast that promises other mega hits such as Lucia di Lammermoor and The Magic Flute, as well a...

    by OCTAVIO ROCA on November 18, 2004
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    Running and Running and Running - The M Ensemble's latest is ambitious but flawed

    The characters talk and talk throughout Two Trains Running, but what they say and do never really adds up to much in Pulitzer Prize-winner August Wilson's play about seven regulars in a Pittsburgh diner circa 1969. This is a long (nearly three hours)...

    by DAN HUDAK on November 18, 2004
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    Current Stage Shows

    Hoagy -- the Hoagy Carmichael Musical: This "biomusical" features the remarkable vocal talents of Broadway chanteuse B.J. Crosby and San Francisco cabaret star Billy Philadelphia as Hoagy Carmichael in an amiable if inspid walk through the life and c...

    on November 18, 2004
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    Art and Harmony - Charo Oquet on the power of community and friendship

    Dominican Charo Oquet is a well-known Miami artist with a gift -- she is a master facilitator. Since 2003, as Edge Zones director, Oquet has presented a series of important shows at the World Arts Building in Wynwood. Numerous Miami artists have been...

    by Alfredo Triff on November 18, 2004
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    Current Art Shows

    Brown Constructions: Curated by Los Angeles artist Amir Zaki and featuring artists Alice Knitz, Anthony Pearson, Tyler Vlahovich. The works here are linked formally by investigations into planar surfaces and solid constructions, which are pierced, i...

    on November 18, 2004
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    The Man That Got Away - Coconut Grove's Hoagy has the music but little insight into Carmichael himself

    The official motto of the Coconut Grove Playhouse is "Broadway by the Bay," but its unofficial one should be "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." The Playhouse has featured a string of successful if skimpy "biomusicals" about great American songwriters...

    by Ronald Mangravite on November 11, 2004
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    Current Stage Shows

    Barrio Hollywood: The New Theatre's latest world premiere has considerable potential: it's not only a play about boxing, it's also about Mexican-American culture, family loyalty and cross-cultural romance. To this add some imaginative staging by the...

    on November 11, 2004
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    Life Is a Comic Strip - For Victor Muiz it's a countercultural banquet with a sense of humor

    Miami artist Victor Muiz is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and an alumnus of Miami's New World School of the Arts. "Monster," his show now on display at Leonard Tachmes Gallery, consists of drawings and a mural installation. It is a...

    by Alfredo Triff on November 11, 2004
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    Current Art Shows

    Brown Constructions: Curated by Los Angeles artist Amir Zaki and featuring artists Alice Knitz, Anthony Pearson, Tyler Vlahovich. The works here are linked formally by investigations into planar surfaces and solid constructions, which are pierced, i...

    on November 11, 2004
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    Our Friends and Neighbors - Mad Cat's insightful Artful Dodgers captures the day-to-day desperation of folks like us

    If South Florida theaters were planets, Miami's Mad Cat would be off in a separate galaxy. The gritty, award-winning ensemble works out of a small performance space on lackluster Biscayne Boulevard, putting up shows that are unique to this region. Th...

    by Ronald Mangravite on November 4, 2004
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    The Play's the Fun - A good try with a great script

    Charles Busch's 1984 camp classic Vampire Lesbians of Sodom began life as a cabaret act and famously went on to become one of off-Broadway's longest-running hits. Though much of the play's initial success had to do with the glamour and chutzpah of Bu...

    by OCTAVIO ROCA on November 4, 2004
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    Off-the-Cuff Comedy - Improv-style shows keeps the laughs coming

    Just the Funny, like all companies of its type, is only as good as its performers, who must work with constantly shifting material. The actors, who perform at 9:00 and 11:00 p.m. every Saturday, provide constant amusement. Although the subject matt...

    by DAN HUDAK on November 4, 2004
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    Current Stage Shows

    Barrio Hollywood: The New Theatre's latest world premiere has considerable potential: it's not only a play about boxing, it's also about Mexican-American culture, family loyalty and cross-cultural romance. To this add some imaginative staging by the...

    on November 4, 2004
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    Unnatural Nature - Old clothing, eerie digital prints, differing views of the world

    Nature. As an aesthetic theme, it just might be to the current artistic moment what the "body" was for much of the Nineties: a conflicted, embattled zone over which partisans squabble, draw lines in the sand, and constantly redefine the terms of the ...

    by Michelle Weinberg on November 4, 2004
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    Current Art Shows

    De Ida y Vuelta: This show presents eleven artists of Cuban descent who traveled to and worked in Spain before settling in Miami. According to the curator, two themes differentiate the works: humor and the sheer diversity of themes. Yovani Bauta, Jul...

    on November 4, 2004
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    To Jerusalem, with Laughs - The first Gulf War is the setting for Florida Stage's loopy family drama

    Comedy tends to bubble up from deep anxiety or perhaps even worse. "The secret source of humor," Mark Twain once remarked, "is not joy but sorrow." Hence, Miklat, Joshua Ford's 2002 comedy about... well, personal angst, moral confusion, poison gas at...

    by Ronald Mangravite on October 28, 2004
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    Radical Populist - After a year with NASA, Laurie Anderson touches down in Miami

    Miami Light Project launched its sixteenth season Saturday night at the Gusman Center for the Arts downtown, with Laurie Anderson's The End of the Moon. The season continues November 11 with Haiti's Beethova Obas, and soars all over town with such di...

    by OCTAVIO ROCA on October 28, 2004
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    Current Stage Shows

    Amadeus: Peter Shaffer's play about the life and death of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is a satisfying potboiler. John Felix is splendid as the villainous Antonio Salieri, a hard-working but mediocre composer who seethes in jealousy and despair when Mozar...

    on October 28, 2004
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