SFGN Nites: Arts, Entertainment and Nightlife
Friday, Dec. 21
Art on the Drive
Looking for a unique gift for that someone special who has everything? Forget the malls and instead, head to Wilton Drive for the Island City Arts Walk. Held on the third Friday of the month, the event features original works by local artists, all displayed in individual businesses up and down the drive. This month, ArtsUnited, the local organization of LGBT and allied artists, will be sponsoring a small works show at Atlantic Properties, 2039 Wilton Dr., from 7 to 9 p.m. According to President Peter Meyerhoefer, members will be displaying a wide variety of works from paintings and drawings to mixed media works. For more information, contact ArtsUnitedNews@gmail.com.
Wednesday, Dec. 26
Broadway Comes to South Florida
Photo: “Jersey Boys” Cast, Courtesy of Kravis Center
The best of Broadway musical theatre hits stages across the region just in time for the holidays. In Fort Lauderdale, Broadway Across America presents Sister Act at the Broward Center through Dec. 30. Join in the fun as Delores VanCartier and her zany nuns avoid gangsters, thanks to a little “divine intervention.” Tickets start at $39.95 at BrowardCenter.org. Meanwhile, in West Palm Beach, Jersey Boys, the musical tale of superstars Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons opens Wednesday and runs through Jan. 6 at the Kravis Center. You’ll clap and sing along all night long with these Jersey boys’ greatest hits. Tickets start at $40 at Kravis.org. Mary Poppins, the beloved British nanny, lands at Miami’s Arsht Center, Jan. 1 to Jan. 6. Relive the magic of the Disney film, come to life on stage, in this brilliant adaptation.
Saturday, Dec. 22
A Jazz Prodigy at Arts Garage
Arts Garage, the cool Delray Beach performance space that recently won a prestigious Knight Foundation grant, serves up some cool jazz for the holidays. Antonio Madruga, an 18-year-old piano prodigy, takes the stage as part of the Jazz Project, Saturday, Dec. 22 at 8 p.m. Madruga began playing the piano when he was three years old, and by the time he was 10, he was performing in Italy. He has been featured in an HBO documentary, and has played numerous times in the Miami International Piano Festival. He was awarded the Ella Fitzgerald Award for outstanding soloist at the 2011 Essentially Ellington Competition and Wynton Marsalis chose him as one of the upcoming “Who’s Got Next” new generation of upcoming jazz artists. In 2009, at the age of 16, he shared the stage with Paquito D’Rivera and Marsalis at the White House performing for the President and Mrs. Obama. Tickets are $25-35 in advance at ArtsGarage.org.
It’s Not Too Late!
There’s still time to catch these classic holiday-themed performances: The Nutcracker, the House Theatre of Chicago’s original dramatic take on the timeless holiday tale, runs at Miami’s Arsht Center through Dec. 30. Miami City Ballet’s Nutcracker, set to music by Tchaikovsky and choreographed by the legendary George Balanchine, is featured in the Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Arsht Center, Dec. 21-24. Tickets for both shows can be purchased at ArshtCenter.org.