Karen Peterson and Dancers, Florida's leading physically integrated dance company, returns to an onstage performance with a live audience outdoors at Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57th Ave. in Pinecrest, on Sunday, April 11 at 4 p.m.
The program will include the Miami premiere of their full-length program "Lost and Found." The group, which includes professional dancers with and without disabilities, will address this past pandemic year in a series of duets that push the envelope on what dance can be and how society faces a global crisis, inspired by the people lost and kept close during the COVID-19 pandemic. The company has been in rehearsal following safety protocols and both dancers and audience will be required to be masked. Tickets are $20 general admission at TinyURL.com/PinecrestKPD/PinecrestKPD/.
Gold Coast Jazz Swings into Live Concerts
After a year-long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gold Coast Jazz Society returns to the Broward Center’s Backlot Live outdoor stage on Wednesday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. with the Ken Peplowski Quartet and special guest vocalist Wendy Pedersen. Peplowski is the leading clarinetist in jazz today and has performed and recorded with all the greats, including Mel Torme, Charlie Byrd, Peggy Lee, Benny Goodman, Madonna, Steve Allen, Woody Allen and more. He and Pedersen will put a fresh new spin on beloved jazz standards — under the stars at the center’s Lillian S. Wells Backstage Plaza. Masks are required and social distancing will be observed. Tickets are $35 at BrowardCenter.org.
Play Strikes a Nerve with Audiences
Island City Stage has not been afraid to confront tough social issues this season. Earlier this year, there was “Compensation,” a searing look at a young woman’s troubled decision whether to serve as a surrogate mother for a gay couple. Currently, the LGBT-centric company is offering “The Niceties,” through April 18 at Wilton Theater Factory, 2306 N. Dixie Hwy. in Wilton Manors. Race, history and power clash in a provocative confrontation between a brilliant black student and her lesbian professor in this taut drama by Eleanor Burgess. Tickets are $35 at IslandCityStage.org. Masks are required and social distancing is observed. A professionally recorded performance will also be available for streaming online from April 16 – 25.
Drive-In to this Gay Men’s Chorus Concert
The 150-voice Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida presents “Lift Every Voice & Sing: Songs of Hope, Freedom & Justice” on Saturday, April 17 at 8 p.m. The pre-recorded concert will be projected drive-in style at Dania Pointe in Dania Beach. The program is a tribute to our African American musical ancestors and the composers and performers inspired by them. The chorus will sing everything from spirituals to jazz, gospel to rhythm & blues and rock ‘n roll to rap.
Tickets are $50 per vehicle at GMCSF.org. The concert will also be streamed online on Sunday, April 18 at 8 p.m.