A labyrinth of love and passion. The choice between exile and conformity. In the end it's the human spirit that takes flight in Milan Kundera's novel, The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Cuban expat Marianela Boan premieres The Unbearable Lightness, her latest dance work based on Kundera's classic. Boan infuses the story of love and politics with her signature "contaminated dance" and her perspective as a recently arrived Cuban. Performers Elaine Wright and Jorge Luis Morejon dance and sing through the bleakness and ultimately lift the piece to great heights. The performance is at 8:00 tonight and Saturday, March 13, at FIU University Park's Wertheim Theater, 11200 SW 8th St. (Room VH-100). Tickets cost $12. Call 305-348-2895. -- By Juan Carlos Rodriguez
Noted author meets his fans
Steve Alten is a science fiction author who made his mark with the popular Meg series of novels, in which a primitive, oversized shark terrorizes modern humans. His other works involve Mayan myths and nuclear holocaust scenarios, but sometimes the backstory can be just as interesting as the thrillers themselves: Perched over the abyss of financial ruin, Alten took a leap and landed safely with his first book. In return for his good fortune, Alten graciously makes himself available to fans, especially reluctant young readers. As part of a greater Sci-fi Festival, JC & Co. Books and More (46 Westward Dr., Miami Springs) presents Alten today at 2:00 p.m., where he'll do the usual meet and greet while signing copies of his latest work, Resurrection. Admission is free. Call 786-337-8778. -- By Margaret Griffis
A woeful yarn about lost loves and how such suffering supposedly benefits the making of art is behind Jacques Offenbach's 1881 opera, Tales of Hoffmann, a twist on three fantasy stories by German romantic writer E.T.A. Hoffmann. While Florida Grand Opera isn't currently staging the production, for the past few months it has been co-sponsoring the series Opera on Film at the Miami Beach Cinematheque (512 Española Way). At 7:30 tonight you can see Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's 1951 film version of Hoffmann. Andrew Goldberg, FGO development director, offers an introduction. Tickets cost $10. Call 305-673-4567. -- By Nina Korman
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