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“The Chaperone” An Alluring Period Piece

April 17th, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

An alluring period piece, the biography/drama The Chaperone makes for good viewing for its target audience females 35 plus. It’s just a snippet on the seductive actress Louise Brooks with the real story going to her companion Norma Carlisle. The film has some of the best cinematography I’ve seen in a drama in recent past and combined with perfect retro costume, sets, locations and make-up the film’s a winner. Read more…

“Teen Spirit” Uplifting and Entertaining

April 16th, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

A tribute to teen singers who have taken the plunge into a career that could bring them greatness, the film Teen Spirit is uplifting and entertaining. Directed at the teen crowd with the ladies being the target, the film certainly will be a big hit with them. But, don’t be surprised if it becomes a bit hit with the men and the 20 something market as well. I like Elle Fanning in this role and she nails the main character with every song and movement of her on the screen. Read more…

“Breakthrough” Teen View

April 16th, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by Ian Delia, Teen Writer

A good time to praise the lord just as many others have in the movie Breakthrough. A beautiful true story of young John who fought for his life and the miracle brought through his belief Christ. This movie shows the amazing things you can be blessed with prayer and faith. Get ready to laugh and smile, but be prepared to cry your heart out with sweet tears. I suggest bringing tissues with you, bring a lot. Read more…

Announcing “Summer Live!” at ARSHT CENTER

April 15th, 2019 No comments

 

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

 

of Miami-Dade County

 

Announces

 

 

 

JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL

THE ORIGIN OF LOVE: THE SONGS AND STORIES OF HEDWIG

The double Tony Award-winning, Golden Globe-nominated co-creator of Hedwig & the Angry Inch, brings big, brash and bold rock spectacle

 

JOHN LEGUIZAMO

LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS

Following its acclaimed Tony Award-nominated Broadway run, the hilarious Tony and Emmy Award-winning star brings his hit one-man show to Miami

 

KETAMA: NO ESTAMOS LOCOS TOUR

Legendary Flamenco trio returns to the stage after 14 years

 

BEACHTONE JAZZ FESTIVAL

Featuring Bossa Nova star Eliane Elias, Brazilian guitar virtuoso Yamandu Costa,

Sammy Figueroa with Chico Pinheiro and Mirella Costa, and more

 

PLUS! Returning favorites including…

 

3RD ANNUAL COMMUNITEA DANCE

FREE PRIDE CELEBRATION STARRING SHANGELA

“RuPaul’s Drag Race All Star,” also seen in the Oscar-winning film A Star is Born

 

CITY THEATRE’S SUMMER SHORTS

America’s Short Play Festival now celebrating its 24th anniversary

 

THE ULTIMATE QUEEN CELEBRATION

STARRING MARC MARTEL

An absolute must-see for Queen fans! Back by popular demand after sold-out concert in 2018

 

SIEMPRE FLAMENCO MIAMI’S

14TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL DE CANTE

Featuring acclaimed Spanish singers Rocio Bazan, Manuel de la Nina, and Javier Heredia, world-renowned dancer Antoñete Castro, and guitarist Paco Fernandez

 

Miami, FL – April  2019 – The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (@ArshtCenter) is proud to announce the lineup for its 2019 SUMMER LIVE! AT ARSHT series which features four new shows and four returning favorites for theatergoers of all ages to enjoy all summer long.

The 2019 SUMMER LIVE! AT ARSHT series includes CITY THEATRE’S SUMMER SHORTS (May 30-June 23), the 3RD ANNUAL FREE COMMUNITEA DANCE STARRING SHANGELA (June 1); JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL’s THE ORIGIN OF LOVE: THE SONGS AND STORIES OF HEDWIG (June 8);KETAMA: NO ESTAMOS LOCOS TOUR (June 9); BEACHTONE JAZZ FESTIVAL (June 15); THE ULTIMATE QUEEN CELEBRATION STARRING MARC MARTEL (June 30); JOHN LEGUIZAMO’sLATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS (July 12-14); and SIEMPRE FLAMENCO MIAMI’S 14TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL DE CANTE (August 30-September 1). Additional 2019 SUMMER LIVE! AT ARSHT shows will be announced later this spring.

Tickets

Tickets to 2019 SUMMER LIVE! AT ARSHT shows will be available to Arsht Center Culturist members on April 3 at noon and to the general public beginning April 5 at noon. All tickets may be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center Box Office by calling (305) 949-6722, or online at arshtcenter.org.

Previously announced 2019 SUMMER LIVE! AT ARSHT shows, including City Theatre’s Summer Shorts and Siempre Flamenco’s 14th Annual Festival De Cante, are on sale now.

Programming for the 2019 SUMMER LIVE! AT ARSHT series includes the following:

CITY THEATRE’S SUMMER SHORTS 2019

May 30-June 23, 2019 at various times

Carnival Studio Theater

Tickets: $35, $50, $70*

Now celebrating its 24th anniversary, America’s Short Play Festival returns this summer with the best brand new 10-minute comedies, dramas, and mini-musicals showcasing the diversity of Miami in a 90-minute, fun-filled theatrical celebration.

Fans can expect a whole new collection of plays from the country’s best writers, starring a company of South Florida theatre all-stars! Short titles to be announced later this season.

COMMUNITEA DANCE

FREE PRIDE CELEBRATION STARRING SHANGELA

June 1, 2019 from 5 to 9 p.m.

Thomson Plaza for the Arts – Ziff Ballet Opera House

Tickets: Free with RSVP*

In celebration of National Pride Month and to commemorate the momentous 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots, the Arsht Center once again hosts its FREE, all-ages outdoor event honoring South Florida’s vibrant community with the best local and international entertainment by LGBTQ artists and allies in the heart of downtown Miami. All are welcome to enjoy a late afternoon on the Center’s Thomson Plaza for the Arts to celebrate love, dance, and be PROUD!

The third annual Communitea Dance will feature performances by RuPaul’s Drag Race All StarShangela, who recently made a memorable cameo alongside Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in the Oscar-winning blockbuster A Star is Born. The event will be hosted by this year’s Ultimate Miami Drag Queen winner, Karla Croqueta, and also include performances by The State Of and tunes by DJ Hottpants. Additional artists to be announced soon.

JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL

THE ORIGIN OF LOVE: THE SONGS AND STORIES OF HEDWIG

With Special Guest Amber Martin

June 8, 2019 at 8 p.m.

Knight Concert Hall

Tickets: $35, $55, $75, $99*

John Cameron Mitchell, the double Tony Award-winning, Golden Globe-nominated co-creator of Hedwig & the Angry Inch, brings songs and stories from his history in a big, brash and bold rock spectacle, performing songs from his groundbreaking rock musical and regaling audiences with stories from 20 years of Hedwig with special guest Amber Martin. Mitchell will also preview songs from his upcoming musical podcast Anthem, which stars himself, Glenn Close, Patti Lupone, Cynthia Erivo, Denis O’Hare, Laurie Anderson, and Marion Cotillard.

So put on some make-up, turn up the eight-track and pull the wig down from the shelf – for a night of post-punk, neo-glam rock – a collective quest for love, hope and identity.

Blue Box Miami presents

KETAMA: NO ESTAMOS LOCOS TOUR

June 9, 2019 at 8 p.m.

Knight Concert Hall

Tickets: $46, $66, $86, $116, $146*

The legendary Flamenco trio Ketama, with Antonio, Juan and Josemi Carmona, return to the stage after 14 years! Ketama is a Spanish group of flamenco fusión and one of the most outstanding representatives of the so-called Nuevo Flamenco. Ketama presents their 2019 tour in the best theaters in Europe, the US and Latin America, performing re-mastered selections of the now classic De akí a Ketama album, and more!

Vistanova Entertainment presents

BEACHTONE JAZZ FESTIVAL

Latin Jazz Artists Eliane Elias, Yamandu Costa, Sammy Figueroa, Mirella Costa and more

June 15, 2019 at 7 p.m.

Knight Concert Hall

Tickets: $55, $70, $97, $135*

Uniting Jazz, Latin Jazz and Brazilian styles, the Beachtone Music Festival is delivering an unprecedented roster, featuring Grammy Award-winning Bossa Nova star Eliane Elias, Brazilian guitar virtuoso Yamandu Costa, legendary percussionist Sammy Figueroa with Chico Pinheiro and Mirella Costa, and more! The Beachtone Jazz Festival captures the essence of Miami in a prime musical experience.

THE ULTIMATE QUEEN CELEBRATION

Starring Marc Martel

June 30, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Knight Concert Hall

Tickets: $39, $59, $79*. Limited VIP Packages including a meet and greet with Marc Martel, photo op, and signed merchandise available for an additional $99.

The Ultimate Queen Celebration is an explosive, attention-grabbing tribute featuring ferocious performances of the most iconic rock anthems of all time—“We Will Rock You,” “Radio Gaga,” “We Are The Champions,” “Fat Bottomed Girls,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Somebody to Love,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” and many more. Heading the smashing 5-piece band is lead singer Marc Martel, the vocalist who gave the Oscar-winning smash-hit movie, Bohemian Rhapsody, its electricity, its authenticity, and its bite. “Martel’s ability to sound like Freddie Mercury remains staggering!” raves USA Today.

JOHN LEGUIZAMO

LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS

July 12 & 13, 2019 at 8 p.m.; July 14, 2019 at 3 p.m.

Ziff Ballet Opera House

Tickets: $49, $65, $79, $99, $125*

A sold-out run at The Public Theater. A record-breaking engagement at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Endless critical and audience acclaim direct from Broadway. Chalk it all up to the mad genius of Tony and Emmy Award® winner John Leguizamo, standing at the head of the class in his one-man show, LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS.

When his son gets a school assignment on heroes, John seizes the chance to teach him all about the great figures of the Latino world. But once he sets out on his irreverent crash course across three continents and 3000 years of history—from conquistadores to cumbia, Montezuma to Menudo, and taking on the characters in all of it—he uncovers provocative truths that shock even him.

SIEMPRE FLAMENCO MIAMI’S

14TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL DE CANTE

August 30-September 1, 2019 at various times

Carnival Studio Theater

Tickets: $48, $60*

Siempre Flamenco’s Festival de Cante is thrilled to bring Miami audiences a spine-tingling experience for the 14th edition of this much anticipated event! Past favorites and fresh new faces of Cante and Baile will join forces in a unique performance that will exhilarate audiences with an up-close experience at the Arsht Center.

This year’s festival features acclaimed Spanish singers Rocio Bazan, Manuel de la Nina, and Javier Heredia, world renowned dancer Antoñete Castro, and the great guitarist Paco Fernandez. Siempre Flamenco’s founding members Paco and Celia Fonta will join the ensemble with their guitar and dance respectively and complete this terrific lineup of flamenco stars.

*All programs, artists, ticket prices, availability, dates and times are subject to change without notice. Visit arshtcenter.org for up-to-date information.

 

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is made possible by the public support of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council and the City of Miami Omni Community Redevelopment Agency, as well as the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. The Adrienne Arsht Center also receives generous support from individuals, corporations and local, state and national foundations.

About the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County

Set in the heart of downtown Miami and designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is one of the world’s leading performing arts organizations and venues. Since opening in 2006, the Arsht Center, a 501C3 non-profit organization, has emerged as a leader in presenting innovative programming that mirrors South Florida’s diversity as well as a catalyst for billions of dollars in new development in the downtown area. Spotlighting legends and serving as a launch pad for local artists to make their mark on the international stage, the Center presents nearly 400 events each year across its flexible, state-of-the-art performance spaces. The Center programs several Signature Series, including the largest jazz series in South Florida, a major annual Flamenco Festival, and a robust program of new theatrical works as well as free programming for the community and an arts education program that serves nearly 60,000 children each year. As Miami’s new Town Square, the Arsht Center also houses BRAVA by Brad Kilgore, a fine dining restaurant; the Café at Books & Books in the historic Carnival Tower and a weekly Farmers Market. Visit arshtcenter.orgfor more information.

*All photos courtesy of Adrienne Arsht Center

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‘Shazam!’ Special Effects & Comedy Rule

April 5th, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John M. Delia, Jr.

Our world is made up of good and evil. Most of us try and live a good life and treat others respectfully. On the other hand there always seems to be some sort of evil force that pulls us to the seven deadly sins; Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, and Pride. What if there is or were humans with super abilities that kept these evil sins away from all of us? Read more…

‘Storm Boy’ Saving the World One Pelican at a Time

April 5th, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John M. Delia, Jr.

The world conservation service today does what it can to preserve and protect lands to allow for birds and other wildlife to live safely. This is not always the best way to save our worlds creatures. We as humans need to work together to preserve safe locations for all types of animals to life and to allow for them to have some place where they can feel safe. This story is about a boy and a girl who over generations have expressed this importance to the world. Read more…

‘Dumbo’ The Story the Proves Everyone is Important

March 29th, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John M. Delia, Jr.

The spectacular animated hit from the 1940’s is now brought to life in a new live action film. The cute little elephant that won our hearts, now tells us a story of how he showed us that everyone has their place in the world no matter how they appear and how smart they may be. Read more…

“Hotel Mumbai” Terror in India

March 27th, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

A heart pounding experience, the film Hotel Mumbai stays with you well after you leave the theater. From the very beginning the feeling of dread and helplessness sets in as you watch the terrorist horror start to unfold. Before you know it you will be enveloped in the lives of people as they try to flee and hide from the gunmen. It’s a frightening experience, but one that’s a must see as the reality of it all can have easily been anywhere in the world. Read more…

“Screwball” Throws a Curve

March 27th, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

You really don’t have to be a sports fan or a baseball nut to enjoy the documentary Screwball, but it helps. Back in the day baseball players wanted to be like Babe Ruth who in 1927 hit 60 home runs in one season of baseball. Or how about Roger Maris who broke the Babe’s record in 1962 hitting 61 in one season. Both players will always be remembered for their feat, but not so today knowing that others have put more across the fence including Sammy Sosa who hit 66 and Mark McGwire 70 both in 1998, a spectacular feat. But there was one more to come in 2001 when Barry Bonds hit 73 and still holds the record. Read more…

“Kim Possible” The Live Action Movie

March 25th, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John M. Delia, Jr.

The live action version of Kim Possible that recently aired on The Disney Channel has been released on DVD for home or on-the-go viewing. The actors are not hand drawn in this one so they had to depict their characters closely as possible to the original in the Animated version that aired back in 2003 and they are perfect. Rated G for the whole family the exciting adventure will probably be a bigger hit for the elementary thru Middle School, but dad and mom it’s a lot of fun to watch with even your littlest tyke. Read more…