It was a recession-era wallop that left South Florida theater circles reeling: the 2011 shuttering of Manalapan’s Florida Stage, followed almost immediately by the closing of Boca Raton’s Caldwell Theatre Company.
Cultural happenings are cropping up in full force this season in Broward County. The forthcoming arts calendar is brimming with so much to do and see you'd wish you were in two places at one time.
We've compiled this series of events-- small and large, prestigious and homegrown--so you can plan ahead and not miss out on what intrigues you. From thought-provoking lectures with renowned artists to massive puppets on parade in downtown Fort Lauderdale, an array of cultural offerings exist in Broward County.
South Florida doesn’t (yet) have a modern dance company on the same scale as its ballet company, Miami City Ballet, but that doesn’t mean you have to leave the region to see some phenomenal contemporary dance.
Several dance heavyweights are coming to South Florida this season, and there’s a nice range in styles so you can get a sampling of not only the best of the best, but also the full spectrum of the art form. Whether you’re a connoisseur or a newbie, this guide will help you pick what shows to see.
Making the decision to become an artist, whether in South Florida or elsewhere, is sometimes not an option. Miami based visual artist Kevin Arrow explains, “every few months I promise myself to pack it up and take up knitting or building model cars.”
It's often said that South Florida's arts scene is dispersed with cultural pockets nestled miles apart. In a car, art lovers can drive to West Palm Beach's Norton Museum, and then head south 50 miles or so to Miami Wynwood.
But there is yet to be an institution that serves as the region's art world anchor, a venue to meld South Florida's cultural gap into a cohesive whole to attract residents from north and south, east and west.
Editor's Note: This online series breaks down the Arts Season in South Florida that begins in late September and October and runs through the spring. The series highlights various art forms, venues, shows and attractions that can be found across the region. This post is a calendar of must-see events for the Miami arts scene.
Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney will adapt and direct Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra” as part of a collaboration between Miami’s GableStage, The Public Theater in New York City and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Ruth Greenfield was a music teacher and a maverick. In the segregated 1950s and 60s, she ran a Miami arts school that included students and teachers from all racial backgrounds–even if she had to teach in a Masonic lodge or in a funeral home. She came from a privileged background and was able to study music in Paris, where people of all kinds interacted more freely.
Editor's Note: This is the first in a series on the Arts Season in South Florida that begins in late September and October and runs through the spring. The series will highlight some of the various venues and must-see events and attractions this year. This post is an overview of where the Miami arts scene has been and where it is going.
Dave Duerson (right), in 1988. Duerson committed suicide in 2011 and wrote a note that included this request: "Please see that my brain is given to the NFL's brain bank."
Credit Keith Srakocic / AP
The casket bearing the body of former Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster is surrounded by flowers, after funeral services in Pittsburgh in September 2002. Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru, authors of League of Denial, point to Webster's autopsy as one of the most significant moments in the history of sports.
When the Pittsburgh Steelers won four Super Bowls in the 1970s, you could argue that no one played a bigger role than Mike Webster. Webster was the Steelers' center, snapping the ball to the quarterback, then waging war in the trenches, slamming his body and helmet into defensive players to halt their rush.
He was a local hero, which is why the city was stunned when his life fell apart. He lost all his money, and his marriage, and ended up spending nights in the bus terminal in Pittsburgh. Webster died of a heart attack, and on Sept. 28, 2002, came the autopsy.
A new donation to Pérez Art Museum Miami will allow the museum, already known for its art from Latin America, to add more works by African-American artists.
The $1 million donation is funded in equal parts by developer Jorge Pérez, whose $40 million gift of cash and art put his name on the new museum, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. In the last phase of construction, PAMM is scheduled to open in its new waterfront location in early December.