South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center Grand Opening in October, Releases Season Schedule

Maybe you're thinking, wait a second I've already been to the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center to see several performances, what's this poppycock about a grand opening in October. Don't worry, nobody's trying to pull a fast one. Sure, the center already hosted several shows, but those were part of its soft opening. We'll put it in football terms for all you meatheads: think of those performances as the preseason. Come October it's time to start singing "Are You Ready for Some... Culture." Read on for details of the celebration and its first full season.

The $51 million center just announced that its grand

opening celebration would in fact take place on October 1-2. The weekend

shindig features multi-genre show with both international artists and Miami

talent. No matter what type of music or moves you enjoy, chances our the

opening will satiate your cultural proclivities.

There will be jazz, classical, Latin, Caribbean and gospel music and

dance, as well as, theater and multimedia presentations created from

interviews with community members. Tickets to the performances cost $20

to $50 on Saturday night and $10 to $40 on Sunday afternoon (Family Day)

but there's also a bunch of free pre-show stuff to see and enjoy

outside of the performance halls.

There's also a new website, www.smdcac.org, dedicated to the center where you can find out all of its inaugural season performances. But

that's not good enough for Cultist, we'll just list them for you here:


Hamlet Redux, Theater

October 14, 8pm (Main Stage)

"A Night in Treme," The Musical Majesty of New Orleans, Music

October 21, 8pm (Main Stage)

Christina Robinson, Gospel Music

October 29, 8pm (Main Stage)


Garth Fagan Dance, Dance

November 5, 8pm (Main Stage)

Brazz Dance Theater, Dance

November 10-12, 17-19, (Lab Theater), 8:30pm

Nestor Torres. Music & Dance

November 11, 8pm (Main Stage)



The Nutcracker, Ballet

December 3, 8pm (Main Stage)

O Holy Night: Christmas with Seraphic Fire, Music

Saturday, December 17, 8pm (Main Stage)


Black Violin, Music

Sunday, January 15, 7pm (Main Stage)

Band of the United States Air Force Reserve, Music

January 26, 8pm (Main Stage)


Keb Mo, Music

February 4, 8pm (Main Stage)

Evidence, Dance

February 18, 8pm (Main Stage)

The Langston Hughes Project "Ask your Mama," Music

12 Moods for Jazz

Ron McCurdy Quartet

February 23, 8pm (Main Stage)

MARCH 2012

James Cotton "Superharp," Music

March 17, 8pm (Main Stage)

Abraham.In.Motion, Dance

March 31, 8pm (Main Stage)

APRIL 2012

Turtle Island Quartet, Music

A Love Supreme, The Music of John Coltrane

April 21, 8pm (Main Stage)

BeBe and CeCe Winans, Music

April 27, 8pm (Main Stage)

MAY 2012

The 6th Annual All Kids Included Family Festival

May 5, 10am-5pm (All Venues)

Hamlet Prince of Cuba/Hamlet de Cuba, Theater

May 17-20 (Main Stage)

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