SFGNites – Feb. 21 – 27
Thursday, February 21
Thinking Cap Theatre’s Nicole Stodard isn’t afraid to challenge her audiences, but her latest production is also entertaining. The Rover is Stodard’s adaptation of a raucous 17th century sex comedy from one of the first women playwrights, Aphra Behn. Not sure about Restoration comedy? Stodard has condensed the play—leaving Behn’s language largely in tact—and updated it in a way that shows how brilliant writing can be relevant centuries later. (Case in point, the works of William Shakespeare.) Catch the show at Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Dr. in Fort Lauderdale, this weekend and next, Thursdays through Sunday. Tickets are $30-35 at ThinkingCapTheatre.com.
Friday, February 22
Audiences in Palm Beach County will get the first look at the latest program from Lourdes Lopez’s Miami City Ballet. The company opens Program III at the Kravis Center with performances at 8 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. The program includes George Balanchine’s beautiful choreography to works by Tchaikovsky, Bizet and Ravel and a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances to choreography by Ratmansky and debuted last season. The program will be repeated at the Broward Center, March 1-3, before the company returns to its home, Miami’s Arsht Center, March 8-10. For performance times and tickets, go to MiamiCityBallet.org or the individual performing arts centers’ websites.
The Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami, welcomes hometown poet Richard Blanco tonight, Feb. 22, with a free community event. Blanco, who is openly gay, captivated the world with his poetry at the Inauguration Ceremony for President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. last month. Blanco, who was born and educated in Miami, will offer a bilingual reading of selected works, including the poem selected for the ceremony, followed by an on-stage interview and a question-and-answer session. The evening will conclude with a book signing in the Arsht Center lobby. For more information, go to ArshtCenter.org.
Saturday, February 23
The Symphony of the Americas, Broward County’s resident professional orchestra, kicks off its new Rosemary Duffy Larson matinee series this afternoon with a program of popular classics from opera to Broadway. Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese and several talented guest artists will have audiences singing along and tapping their toes to familiar arias and rousing show tunes. You’ll recognize tunes from Don Giovanni, Carmen and Toscas, as well as Phantom of the Opera, South Pacific and Carousel. Tickets are $25 – 50 at BrowardCenter.org. This program will be repeated at 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26 in the Amaturo Theatre.
We all know that everything tastes better with bacon. The Seminole Coconut Creek Casino celebrates all things bacon with the first annual BaconFest today. The casino parking lot will be transformed into a bacon-lover’s paradise with free food sampling from 20 South Florida restaurants and a “hog” motorcycle show. Chef Todd Fischer from Discovery’s Destination America network show, The United States of Bacon, will be the host, but the piece de resistance will be a concert by The Bacon Brothers, featuring actor and musician Kevin Bacon. Tickets start at $25. For tickets and more information, go to SeminoleCasinoCoconutCreek.com.
Sunday, February 24
Typically we highlight the week’s arts and entertainment events, but hey, food can be art, too. Today is the last day of the Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival, so head down to Miami Beach and check out the Publix Grand Tasting. In addition to demonstrations from some of the biggest stars on the Food Network, you’ll have the opportunity to sample wines and gourmet bites of all sorts from both local, national and international companies. Skip brunch because you’ll be nibbling on artisan cheeses and breads, meats, and desserts while sipping some of the most exciting wines and liqueurs. For tickets and more information, go to SoBeFest.com.
Tuesday, February 26
Tosca, Puccini’s sizzling opera of love, death-defying loyalty and villainous deceit will be performed tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Miramar Arts Center, 2400 Civic Center Pl. Noted as one of the most performed operas in the repertoire, the plot includes torture, murder and suicide in a riveting psychological drama that leads to one of the genre’s most stunning conclusions. The production, sung in Italian with English subtitles, comes from Italy’s Teatro Lirica D’Europa and features live orchestra. Tickets are $40-45 at MiramarCulturalCenter.org.
Wednesday, February 27
If you haven’t heard of the hit musical Les Miserables—especially this year—you must have been living under a rock. The hit musical got a makeover two years ago and was then followed by an Academy Award-nominated feature film this year. The latest tour production makes a stop at Miami’s Arsht Center this week as part of the Broadway Across America series. Gone is the ubiquitous turntable and the production has been scaled down, but that’s not such a bad thing because the cast can sing the heck out of Boublil and Schonberg’s songs. For tickets and show times, go to ArshtCenter.org.