SFGN Nites for the Week of June 27 – July 1, 2013
Thursday, June 27
Pianist Orli Shaham plays one of the great works of classical music, Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, tonight at 8 p.m. as part of Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ’s summer concert series. Shaham has performed with the Boston, Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, St. Louis, San Francisco, Seattle, San Diego and Utah Symphonies, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and many others. The internationally-acclaimed performer will also play works by Brahms and Chopin at the historic church, located at 3010 DeSoto Blvd. in Coral Gables. Tickets are $30-45 at CommunityArtsProgram.org.
Friday, June 28
Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., offers the final presentation in this season of “live” performances from the National Theatre of London, The Audience, starring Helen Mirren, today through Sunday, June 30 at 1 pm. Mirren reprises her Academy Award winning role as Queen Elizabeth II in the highly-anticipated West End production. For 60 years, the Queen has met each of her 12 Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace—a meeting like no other in British public life—it is private. This play imagines what might have transpired at those private meetings. Tickets are $16-20 at GablesCinema.com.
Award-winning Broadway star and icon of the musical theater Avery Sommers takes the stage tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale’s Horvitz Auditorium, 1 Las Olas Blvd., for an evening of cabaret and a “meet the artist” reception. Sommers will also conduct an intimate master class with a moderated conversation on Saturday, June 30 from 10 a.m. to noon, a rare opportunity for an in depth discussion about music and the singer’s successful career in musical theater. Tickets are $85 for both appearances or purchase a concert ticket only for $60 at MOAFL.org.
Saturday, June 29
This is your last opportunity to catch City Theatre’s annual Summer Shorts play festival. Guaranteed to be the most fun 90 minutes of your life, Summer Shorts features a dozen eight to 10 minute long plays from award-winning playwrights. Directors John Manzelli, Margaret Ledford and Antonio Amadeo lead a comedic cast including Ken Clement, Todd Allen Durkin, Renata Eastlick and the always hilarious Irene Adjan in the zany line-up. Join the fun at Miami’s Arsht Center on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. or Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 4 p.m. Tickets are $35-40 at ArshtCenter.org.
ArtsGarage in downtown Delray Beach is one of the coolest arts venues in South Florida, offering intimate concerts and theatre. Tonight at 8 p.m., the summer heat is tamed by cool jazz performed by the Nate Najar Trio. Called “one of the most interesting and stylish guitarists on the jazz scene,” Najar channels the essence of Charlie Byrd with an expressive blend of phrasing, groove and rhythmic refrain ranging from blues and gospel to sizzling Brazilian beats. Tickets are $25-35 at ArtsGarage.org. Reserve your tickets early as shows often sell out. ArtsGarage is located at 180 NE 1st St. in Delray Beach.
Monday, July 1
Parade Productions presents a world premiere reading of award-winning South Florida playwright/director Michael Leeds’ new work, The Gift, tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center’s Studio Theatre, 201 Plaza Real, second floor, in Boca Raton. The reading will feature critically-acclaimed local actors Clay Cartland and Lindsey Forgey. The premise of The Gift is simple: A young man and woman are stuck in adjoining elevators; however, their gradual realization they might actually be trapped in each other’s dreams leads the characters on an intriguing journey as they discover things about one another and themselves. Tickets are $10 at ParadeProductions.org.