Arts Spotlights for September 19, 2012

Photo: Nikolai Gogoli's The Diary of a Madman will be showing at the Mosaic Theatre until October 14.

Mosaic Kicks Off 2012-13 Season

Award-winning veteran actor Ken Clement takes the stage at Mosaic Theatre this weekend in the regional premiere of Nikolai Gogol’s The Diary of a Madman. Clement stars as a lowly civil servant who ekes out a meager living in czarist Russia until driven mad by the mundane workings of the bureaucracy. Immobilized by the rigid social hierarchy, he cuts adrift from reality: hallucinating a canine love affair, imagining himself at a higher station in life, and conjuring up incredible new realms, all the while dragging the audiences deeper with him. Betsy Graver costars in the production at Plantation’s American Heritage School, 12200 W. Broward Blvd. Thursdays – Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. through Oct. 14. Tickets $36-40 at www.MosaicTheatre.com or call 954-577-8243.

Great Pas de Deux of the Classical Ballet

South Florida Ballet Theater presents one performance only of “The Great Pas de Deux Series V” on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. at the Broward Center. Executive Artistic Director Lynda DeChane will bring some of classical ballet’s most famous pas de deux to the Amaturo Theater, danced by some of the most celebrated performers of our time. Christine Hodges, a former principal dancer with Ballet Florida, Ballet Gamonet and SFBT, and Samuel Beckman, also a principal dancer who just completed a European tour, will perform the famous Carmen. The twilight matinee will also include the Coppelia pas de deux, danced by Rita Duclos and Ricardo Graziano of Sarasota Ballet, and Diana and Actaeon, danced by Sara Sardelli and Ricardo Rhodes, also soloists with Sarasota Ballet. To conclude the program, all the dancers will take the stage for the popular ballet, Peter and the Wolf. Tickets are $20-50 at www.BrowardCenter.org.

Jazz in Delray

The ArtsGarage continues its Jazz Project series on Saturday, Sept. 22 with percussionist Sammy Figueroa, one of New York’s most sought after session players. Figueroa is well known for his versatility, equally comfortable playing everything from R&B, rock and pop to electronic, bebop, Latin and New Age. He has been featured on numerous albums and film scores, appeared live with both the David Letterman Band and the Saturday Night Live Band, and recorded and toured with Miles Davis, Chaka Khan and Mariah Carey. Tickets are $20-30 in advance, $25-35 at the door. For tickets and more information, go to www.ArtsGarage.org.


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