SFGN Nites: South Florida Arts, Entertainment and Nightlife
Friday Dec. 7
Diva is Taking Names and Telling Tales
Years after her unsuccessful run at the American Idol title, Kimberley Locke is a diva in her own right: She is the only recording artist to ever have a #1 Christmas song for three consecutive years. Her Up on the Housetop made the largest leap into the Adult Contemporary Top 5 in the chart’s history. She’s also the only recording artist to record a #1 Christmas single three years in a row. Her new dance single, Finally Free, is rising up the charts. Now, she’s taking the stage for a new show opening at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center.
Entitled My American Idols, the show will explore the work of her own personal idols, from Etta James, Judy Garland and Dinah Washington to Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole, Regina Belle and Gladys Knight. Not only does she sing their songs, she tells the stories about her experiences with many of them. She doesn’t just sing a Whitney Houston song, she talks about smoking a cigarette with Houston before she died. She doesn’t just sing a Patti LaBelle song. She tells a story about how LaBelle made her cry backstage before they performed together.
Performances are Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $34.50 at AventuraCenter.org.
Sunday Dec. 9
We Love Boys in Tights
For many families, a trip to the ballet for Tchaikovsky’s timeless masterpiece, The Nutcracker, is a holiday tradition. Fortunately for South Florida audiences, there are many options to enjoy the story of Clara and her fanciful nutcracker prince: Vladimir Isaaev’s Arts Ballet Theatre kicks off the season in Miami Beach at the Fillmore, Sunday, Dec. 9, followed by performances at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center on Dec. 14-16 and Fort Lauderdale’s Parker Playhouse, Dec. 22-23. For tickets and information, go to ArtsBalletTheatre.org. In West Palm Beach, the Kravis Center features the Moscow Classical Ballet, Dec. 13-15. Tickets start at $25 at Kravis.com. The Miami City Ballet performs choreographer George Balanchine’s interpretation Dec. 14-16 at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale and repeats the production Dec. 20-24 at Miami’s Arsht Center. For more information, go to MiamiCityBallet.org.
Tuesday Dec. 11
A Break From the Holidays
If you’re like me, it’s easy to get tired of all the holiday holiday fare. For a nice break, check out Showtime Performing Arts Theatre’s production, a plucky musical about a group of friends collaborating on a new musical. Through Dec. 16 at 503 SE Mizner Blvd. in Boca Raton. For tickets and information, go to ShowtimeBoca.com. There’s nothing like the sound of brass during the holidays. Symphony of the Americas, Broward’s resident orchestra, presents Sounds of the Season: A Holiday Extravaganza at the Broward Center’s Amaturo Theatre, Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 8:15. Tickets are $50-75 at BrowardCenter.org. The Royal Room at the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach opened its season last weekend with a red hot show from Avery Sommers. While Sommers sticks to the American Songbook, all those chestnuts from Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and Richard Rodgers get a fresh, R&B-infused performance. For reservations and more information, call 561-655-5430.