SFGN Nites for the Week of April 11-16, 2013
Thursday, April 11
Founded in 1994 and led by artistic director Mauro Astolfi, Spellbound Dance Company, based in Rome, is Italy’s premier contemporary dance company. The company will be taking the stage of the Kravis Center’s Rinker Playhouse tonight through Saturday, April 13, presenting its unique vocabulary of expression, versatility and physicality. The company has won over audiences and critics alike all over the globe with its virtuosic and dynamic performances. Palm Beach County fans will be screaming “Viva Italia!” by the end of their show. Tickets start at $28 at Kravis.org.
Friday, April 12
There’s lots of great music-making in Delray Beach tonight. The Delray Beach Chorale, under the direction of Eric Keiper, performs selections by Bernstein and Sondheim tonight at the Duncan Theatre, 4200 Congress Ave. in Lake Worth, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be repeated Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church, 33 Gleason St. in Delray, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 at DelrayBeachChorale.org. Meanwhile, the critically acclaimed Delray String Quartet will be performing with pianist Tao Lin at St. Christopher’s-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Key Biscayne, 95 Harbor Dr. tonight. A free will offering will be taken. For information, go to StChrisKB.org.
It’s been nearly 20 years since anti-retroviral drugs changed the dynamics of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Miami Beach Stage Door Theatre at the Byron Carlyle is bringing back Paul Rudnick’s classic comedy, Jeffrey, set in that period when HIV was a deal breaker for budding romances. Follow along as Jeffrey, a young waiter swears off sex in a neurotic attempt to avoid catching the “bug.” Problem is that is nearly impossible to do bustling Manhattan, especially when he meets Mr. Right. Veteran director Dan Kelley helms this production. Tickets are $38 and can be reserved by calling 305-397-8977.
Saturday, April 13
Zoetic Stage comes off a strong showing at the 2013 Carbonell Awards with The Savannah Disputation, a heaven-sent comedy drenched in Southern charm, infused with a pinch of hellfire and a dollop of damnation. Oh, Lordy! Evan Smith comedy lands two daffy Catholic sisters into a verbal smackdown with an evangelical missionary in their own home. The production is directed by Stuart Meltzer and features Barbara Bradshaw, Laura Turnbull and Lindsey Forgey. Catch the production Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Saturday afternoons at 3 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. in the Carnival Theatre at the Arsht Center. Tickets are $45 at ArshtCenter.org.
Sunday, April 14
If you haven’t seen a show yet by Slow Burn Theatre at the West Boca High School Performing Arts Center, 12811 W. Glades Rd., you must see their production of Stephen Sondheim’s signature musical, Sweeney Todd, Fridays through Sundays, April 12 – 21. The musical tale of the demon barber of Fleet Street is intense and at once ironic, the kind of show that leaves an impression on audiences days after the performance. The critics have hailed this company’s spectacular earlier productions and Sweeney Todd should be no exception. Tickets are $35 and $20 for seniors at SlowBurnTheatre.org.
Monday, April 15
The Symphony of the Americas, Broward’s resident professional orchestra, features Conrad Tao, the only musician to be named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list of people changing the world, performing the complete piano concertos of Beethoven. Sound like a long night of music? They break it up. On Sunday at 2 p.m. or Monday at 8:15 p.m. in the Broward Center’s Amaturo Theatre, enjoy Nos. 1, 2 and 3. Come back on Tuesday evening at 8:15 p.m. for No. 4 and 5. Tickets are $25 – 50 for the Sunday matinee and $25-75 for the evening concerts at BrowardCenter.org.
Tuesday, April 16
Nothing gets us hotter than pre-Columbian fertility statues. Sorry to get your hopes up, you won’t find anything like that at the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale. What you will find is a fascinating collection of artifacts from the Wari (Huari) who reined in the Andes Mountains of Peru over a millennium ago. Few relics remain, but specimens of textiles, ceramics, precious ornaments and small-scale sculptures will be on display at the museum, 1 Las Olas Blvd., through May 19. The museum is open daily, although hours vary. Admission is $14 for adults. For more information, go to MoAFL.org.