Craving culture? Look no further than this incisive roundup of the most interesting activities in South Florida’s visual and performing arts scene.
Visual & Performing Arts
"Zena Posever’s Studio: A Passion for People" is on view at the Miami-Dade Public Library's main branch through Sunday, August 28. The exhibition is a tribute to the artist-advocate’s 55-year career in South Florida (1945-1999) and her portraiture practice. Noteworthy subjects include national and world leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Linus Pauling, and Scott Nearing, as well as Miamians Mayor Chuck Hall and Dr. Rev. Edward T. Graham. The retrospective comprises Posever's original portrait sculptures in clay, plaster, and bronze; paintings on paper and canvas; pastel and wash drawings; and dramatically lit photographs of some of the earliest work in her career. Her daughter, Verna Posever Curtis, guest-curated and designed the exhibit alongside architect Robert Curtis. Verna, who recently retired from her post as photography curator at the Library of Congress, will give a lecture and tour from 3 to 5 p.m. this Saturday, July 23. The event is free and open to the public. Call 305-375-2655 or visit mdpls.org/art/exhibitions.asp.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden presents Miami-based artist Mira Lehr’s "Second Nature," a multimedia exhibition featuring works made with burnt fuse lines, resin, Japanese paper, and dyes to highlight the ephemeral qualities of nature through roots and blooming organic forms. An opening reception for Lehr’s show with a book signing takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. this Saturday, July 23, inside Fairchild’s Adam R. Rose and Peter R. McQuillan Arts Center. Gallery entry is included in garden admission: $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up, $12 for children 6 to 17, and free for members and kids under 5. The exhibit is on view through October 3. Call 305-667-1651 or visit fairchildgarden.org.
Brazilian artist Marcos Amaro is showing his first solo exhibition in Miami through Sunday, August 14, at Nina Torres Gallery. "After Destruction and Compilation" opened last week and includes ten new works in the form of sculptures, installations, and objects made using materials from the fuselage of aircraft from the Brazilian Air Force and other found items. Call 305-395-3599 or visit facebook.com/ninatorresfineart.
Esther and the King, starring Joan Collins, will show at 2 p.m. this Sunday, July 24, at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU as part of the Summer Matinee Film Series. Based on the Book of Esther, the film is set in 5th-century Persia. The screening is free for members or with museum admission, and snacks are available for purchase. RSVP to 786-972-3175 or email@example.com.
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Don't sleep on these shows — tickets and reservations will go fast.
Stalking the Bogeyman — adapted from NPR’s This American Life and written by Markus Potter, David Holthouse, Shane Zeigler, Shane Stokes, and Santino Fontana — opens Saturday, July 30, and runs through Sunday, August 28 at GableStage at the Biltmore. Call 305-445-1119 or visit gablestage.org.
With music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, In the Heights opens Friday, August 5, at the Area Stage Company. Tickets cost $15 (students) to $30 and can be purchased by calling 305-666-2078 or visiting areastagecompany.com.
The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts announced a robust list of new shows with tickets on sale for the first time through the box office at 305-949-6722. Performances include Cuba’s Buena Vista Social Club diva Omara Portundo, the Havana Cuba All-Stars’ the Asere Friendship Tour, Pink Martini orchestra featuring China Forbes, and The Illusionists — Live From Broadway. Additionally, Theater Up Close’s sixth season brings five new shows for 2016-17: After; Sunday in the Park with George; ¡Fuácata! Or a Latina’s Guide to Surviving the Universe; The Caretaker; and Death & Harry Houdini. Visit arshtcenter.org.