Thursday, May 9
A heart-warming tale of loyalty and friendship, and winner of five 2011 Tony Awards, War Horse tells the story of young Albert and his beloved horse, Joey. When Joey is sold to the cavalry and shipped from England to France, he is soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. This amazing theatrical experience, complete with stunning, life-sized horse puppets can be seen at the Broward Center through May 19. Tickets start at $39.50 at Broward Center.org.
Friday, May 10
It’s not too late to catch the 2010 Best Musical at the Arsht Center. Inspired by actual events, Memphis tells the story of a white radio DJ in 1950s Memphis who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. The tale of fame and forbidden love, complete with toe-tapping songs and explosive dancing, plays through Sunday, May 12. You won’t want to miss the roof-raising rock n’ roll in the score, written by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan. Tickets start at $26. For show times and tickets, go to ArshtCenter.org.
Saturday, May 11
Eight piano duo teams from Russia, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Romania and Germany will face off in the Dranoff 2 Piano Competition beginning today at the University of Miami’s Gusman Hall, 1314 Miller Dr. in Coral Gables. The four-day semi-final round will run through May 14 and will be judged by blue ribbon international panel from around the world. The finals will be held on May 16. The Dranoff International 2 Piano Foundation was established in 1987 by the late pianist and educator Loretta Dranoff, in memory of her husband and performance partner. For more information, go to Dranoff2Piano.org.
The new Gables After Hours series of late-night weekend film screenings at the Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., features the sexy retro-vampire film Kiss of the Damned. The film, written and directed by Xan Cassavetes, daughter of director John Cassavetes, receives its exclusive Miami theatrical premiere tonight at 11:30 p.m. only. The film tells the bloody forbidden love story of a sexy female vampire and a human screenwriter played by Milo Ventimiglia, from the TV series Heroes. All Gables After Hours screenings include 2-4-1 drinks and other specials at the Cinema Cafe. Tickets are $11.50 at GablesCinema.com.
Monday, May 13
Chrystal Hartigan presents her monthly Songwriters Showcase tonight at the Broward Center Abdo New River Room in Fort Lauderdale. This month’s featured artist is Tom Jackson. Jackson’s brand of music is a new driving, aggressive country likened to a combination of Jason Aldean meets Charlie Daniels. Since the debut of Tom’s first album, Southern Thang, in 2007, he has been hard at work in the studio writing and recording a new album. Sign up for the open mic session at 7:20 p.m. sharp with performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. $10 cover at the door. For more information, go to ChrystalHartiganPresents.com.
Tuesday, May 14
The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, 1650 Harrison St., presents its 6th annual all media juried biennial through May 26. The show includes paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, photography, video, computer-generated images, site-specific installations and performance art from Florida-based artists and juried by Gean Moreno, a Miami-based artist, arts writer and curator. Afterwards, enjoy dinner at one of the dozens of restaurants in downtown Hollywood’s thriving entertainment district or take a walk down to the scenic ArtsPark or the boardwalk on the beach. Admission to the exhibit is $7 adults, $4 seniors. For more information, go to ArtAndCultureCenter.org.