City Profile — 01 November 2019
On with the shows: Critics picks of the season

By Greg Carannante, Ben Crandell, Rod Stafford Hagwood and Phillip Vallys

City & Shore Magazine 

In Bruce Springsteen’s 1982 song Atlantic City, he sings, “Everything dies baby that’s a fact / But maybe everything that dies someday comes back.”

So true, Bruce, so true — especially as it relates to the boom in tribute acts. The genre is so popular that these acts that recreate performances of legendary artists have stopped waiting for the artists to die before recreating them.

This season, audiences all over South Florida will be reliving their respective good ol’ days at tribute shows ranging from ABBA (Feb. 16, Coral Springs Center for the Arts) to Hank Williams (April 8, Mizner Park Cultural Center) to will-you-love-me-forever Meat Loaf (Jan. 12, Broward Center for the Performing Arts).

For some artists, one show’s not enough. Fans of the Bee Gees get two ways to prove how deep is their love: “The Australian Bee Gees Show,” March 13, at Coral Springs Center; and “Stayin’ Alive: One Night of The Bee Gees,” Feb. 26, at Parker Playhouse. And lovers of the Carole King songbook and her Tapestry album have two places to feel the earth move: at Mizner Park on Jan. 11, by Suzanne O. Davis; and at Coral Springs Center on Feb. 8, by Jeannie Austin.

Speaking of song stylists, “Simply Streisand Starring Carla DelVillaggio” proves Babs is still evergreen March 19 at Mizner Park. And Michelle Berting Brett and her Nashville cats remember the Carpenters Jan. 9 at Parker Playhouse.

Coral Springs Center is ostensibly tribute headquarters for those about to rock, beginning this month with “Peaches and Cream,” a ’70s-style concert of Allman Brothers and Eric Clapton jams performed by two area groups on Nov. 15. Fans of Elton John’s ’70s space-cadet era will be high as a kite on Feb. 28 at The Rocket Man Show by Rus Anderson, who was hand-picked by Sir Reggie himself as his farewell-tour body double.

And a virtual battle of the bands between the two greatest of all time counts off March 7 with “Hits of the Brits: Featuring the Music of The Beatles & The Rolling Stones,” performed by The Nowhere Band and Zstonez. (I say it’s a tie.)

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C L A S S I C A L  M U S I C 

Seraphic Fire

The music of one of the most remarkable scholars, composers and spiritual leaders of the Middle Ages, and not incidentally a woman, will be explored this season by Miami’s Grammy-nominated choral ensemble Seraphic Fire. Born more than 900 years ago, Hildegard of Bingen spent most of her 80-plus years cloistered in a hilltop monastery in the Rhineland, but managed to leave behind a remarkable trove of scholarly writings and a body of music including 70 liturgical songs and Ordo Virtutum. Performed by the women of Seraphic Fire under the direction of conductor and artistic director Patrick Dupré Quigley, Ordo Virtutum is a provocative morality play about the struggle between 17 Virtues and the Devil over the destiny of a female soul, the perfect setting for the ensemble’s distinctive gifts with sacred music.

 Hildegard of Bingen: Ordo Virtutum (Play of Virtues) will be performed 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at Beth David Congregation, 2625 SW Third Ave., Miami; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, 100 NE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at St. Philips Episcopal Church, 1121 Andalusia Ave., Coral Gables; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 333 Tarpon Drive, Fort Lauderdale; and 4 p.m. Nov. 10 at All Souls Episcopal Church, 4025 Pine Tree Drive, Miami Beach. Single-performance tickets cost $30; season subscription prices vary by location. Visit SeraphicFire.org.

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The Master Chorale

It’s not often music-lovers have the pleasure of hearing 130 voices resounding in concert, but the Master Chorale of South Florida offers four varied opportunities for that particular kind of rapture this season. Conducted by Brett Karlin with guest artists and orchestra, the tri-county chorale goes for Baroque right off the baton this month with two performances of three gems from the period: Handel’s Zadok the Priest, originally composed for the coronation of King George II; Vivaldi’s most popular choral work, Gloria; and Bach’s mesmerizing Magnificat. Another highlight, Beethoven’s epic Symphony No. 9, follows in February.

Nov. 15, 8 p.m., Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Fort Lauderdale; and Nov. 17, 4 p.m., Roberts Theater at St. Andrew’s School, Boca Raton. Tickets $35 in advance, $40 at the door. masterchoraleofsouthflorida.org, 954-641-2653 — GC

Cleveland Orchestra, Mahler’s Symphony No. 5

In the second of two weekends the Cleveland Orchestra will spend in Miami this season, Franz Welser-Möst will conduct the world-renowned ensemble in Mahler’s exhilarating Symphony No. 5, best known for the Adagietto — Leonard Bernstein played it at JFK’s funeral — and its spectacular Scherzo. Mahler himself wrote about its monumental third movement: “The public, oh heavens, what are they to make of this chaos, of which new worlds are forever being engendered, only to crumble in ruin the moment after? What are they to say to this primeval music, this foaming, roaring, raging sea of sound?”

 The Cleveland Orchestra performs Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 at 8 p.m. Jan. 24-25 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets: $43-$177. Visit ArshtCenter.org.

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The Symphonia: Happy Birthday Beethoven

We know what you’re thinking — again with the Beethoven? But who’d deny Ludwig his props on the 250th anniversary of his birth? Certainly not the Boca Symphonia and guest maestro James Judd, former Florida Philharmonic music director. He returns to conduct this third concert in the season-long Connoisseur Series, “Celebrating Women in Music,” two of whom will take their turn in the spotlight. Elissa Lee Koljonen on violin and Yumi Kendall on cello will be soloists for a program featuring the Beethoven mainstay, Symphony No. 5, and the less-renowned King Stephen Overture, as well as a couple of pieces by Miami-native Ellen Taaffee Zwilich, the first female composer to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. The women-centric theme continues with the following concert on March 29, conducted by Reno Philharmonic music director Laura Jackson.

Feb. 9, Roberts Theater at Saint Andrew’s School, 3900 Jog Road, Boca Raton, thesymphonia.org.

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Florida Grand Opera: Il matrimonio segreto

Sure, the big names dominate the company’s 79th season — Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Verdi’s Rigoletto. But the season finale emerges from deeper in the operatic vault. Domenico Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto, translated as “The Secret Marriage,” was one of the most popular operas in the world in the early 1800s and, apart from Mozart’s, remains arguably one of the greatest comic operas. With Amadeus’s comic flair and a charming score resonant of Rossini, the opera unveils a father’s attempts to marry off his daughter as a family secret is unearthed that changes everything. Leopold II was so delighted with the opera’s premiere in 1792 in Vienna that he ordered supper served to the company and the entire opera repeated immediately thereafter — the longest encore in opera history.

April 18-26, Miami-Dade County Auditorium, 2901 W. Flagler St., Miami, fgo.org

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Lang Lang

The superstar pianist, who just last season was trying to dispel whispers that he may never fully recover from a hand injury, makes a fearless return to Miami during the 2019-2020 Knight Masterworks Season Classical Music Series with Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations. One of the iconic pieces in Western music, the beauty of the Goldbergs is balanced by the legendary technical challenges of their kaleidoscopic architecture.

 Lang Lang performs 7:30 p.m. May 11 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets: $50-$170. Visit ArshtCenter.org.

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 C O M E D Y

 The Naked Magicians

Well the show’s title got your attention, didn’t it? But lurid interest aside, what’s so funny about nude illusionists? It turns out that this show — picture Magic Mike meets Penn and Teller — is really bawdy stand-up with a duo of hot dudes from Down Under.

The stripped-down stars, Christopher Wayne and Mike Tyler, are well known in their native Australia. Wayne had his own TV show, More Than Magic, and is a popular comedy writer. Before striking gold with this touring production, Tyler’s reputation as one of the best close-up magicians around was sealed with his near-constant booking of more than 250 shows a year as a magician, mentalist and hypnotist.

It should go without saying that the jokes are decidedly for mature audiences. These bare-ass-Aussies work blue (insert your own punch line here), so the show is for ages 18 and older.

The R-rated production made its U.S. debut in 2015 at Fort Lauderdale’s Parker Playhouse. If this show is anything like that show, you might want to know that the two stars are not buck naked the whole time, it’s more like a flash of nudity. The performance is ribald and racy, perfect for a girl’s night out or a bachelorette party (although you should know that the hunka-hunka-burning-loves onstage are appreciative of their male admirers as well).

  Jan. 13-14 in the Marshall E. Rinker Sr. Playhouse at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-832-7569, Kravis.org. Tickets start at $43.

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Jim Gaffigan, Secrets and Pies

Gaffigan is a talent as well known for his acting credits (he has seven movies coming out this year) as his stand-up successes (seven highly rated TV comedy specials). That’s why he’s the third highest paid comedian of 2019, according to Forbes. He’s also known for working clean, so if there’s a show you’re even considering taking the family to, this might be it — even though this is a totally new show he’s bringing to South Florida, so we don’t really know for sure about the content. But seriously, how bad can it be? After all, this is the guy who famously performed for Pope Francis during the pontiff’s 2015 visit to Philly.

 Dec. 21-22 at 7 p.m. at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-832-7569, Kravis.org. Tickets are $35 to $150.

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 Dec. 28 at 7 and 9:30 p.m. in the Dorothea Green Theater at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami;  305-949-6722, ArshtCenter.org. Tickets are $50 and $75.

 Judy Gold

Gold is more than just a comedy phenom. She’s won two Emmys for writing and producing The Rosie O’Donnell Show and has had highly rated stand-up comedy TV specials on HBO, Comedy Central and Logo. She’s also a bona fide off-Broadway star having appeared in Clinton the Musical, Love, Loss and What I Wore, The Vagina Monologues, 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother and The Judy Show: My Life As A Sitcom (yes, those last two were solo shows). And just so you don’t think that her cut-to-the-bone humor isn’t totally up on the latest entertainment mediums, she’s the host of the popular podcast Kill Me Now.

  Jan. 17 at 8 p.m. at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St., Aventura; 877-311-7469, AventuraCenter.org. Tickets are $35.50 and $42.50.

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 An Evening with David Sedaris

Technically speaking, Sedaris may be a tad too erudite to classify as a stand-up act, but his stories are truly a laugh-riot, as any fan of his regular appearances on National Public Radio will attest. This time around the best-selling author is sharing observations taken from and inspired by his 2018 collection of essays, Calypso, which is about middle age and mortality. Yes, we know, hella-dark-dude. But if anyone can mine laughter from that it is truly Sedaris.

 Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0222, ParkerPlayhouse.com. Tickets are $74.49-$85.69. April 23 at 8 p.m. at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722, ArshtCenter.org. Tickets are $46, $68 and $78.50.

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F I L M

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival

 The 34th edition of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival is now in full swing, with star Justin Long (Dodgeball, Life Free or Die Hard) and director Daniel Schechter scheduled to attend FLIFF’s Centerpiece film Safe Spaces, a comedy-drama, on Nov. 9. And prolific character actor Kevin Pollak (recently on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) will appear for a screening of his documentary Funny You Never Knew, a toast to now forgotten but influential Golden Age of TV comics Imogene Coca, George Gobel and Martha Raye.

 Now through Nov. 17 at Savor Cinema, 503 SE Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale, and Cinema Paradiso – Hollywood, 2008 Hollywood Blvd., with screenings at several more Broward venues; 954-525-3456, FLIFF.com

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Borscht 0

We’ll answer the obvious first: Yes, that’s a zero in the festival’s title. No, that’s not the strangest thing about the quirky Borscht Film Festival, co-founder Lucas Leyva and Andrew Hevia’s outre lineup of art films saluting Miami storytelling and the outsized weirdness of our region. Its catalog of locally made shorts are alternately fun and head-scratching, bearing titles such as The Adventures of Christopher Bosh in the Multiverse (an animated film imagining the ex-Miami Heat player as an intergalactic space prince). For all its silliness, the Knight Foundation-backed outfit – given the dubious label of “weirdest film festival on the planet” by IndieWire – packs some serious clout. Borscht is responsible for pairing filmmaker Barry Jenkins (a Borscht alum) with screenwriter Tarell Alvin McCraney, who went on to produce the Oscar-winning Moonlight.

 Nov. 15–24; Borscht0.com.

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Popcorn Frights Film Festival

Since 2018, the scare peddlers behind this growing horror-film festival have delivered slashers and spine-tingling creature features from its downtown Fort Lauderdale home base, Savor Cinema. Co-founders Igor Shteyrenberg (a name somehow perfect for horror movies) and Marc Ferman have for two consecutive years sold out the weeklong frightfest the old-fashioned way: word-of-mouth buzz. Organizers plan to announce the 2020 lineup next spring, although horror fans needn’t wait that long: Popcorn Frights programs horror screenings year-round, so audiences are never far from a bloodbath.

 Aug. 6-14 at Savor Cinema, 503 SE Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale. 954-525-3456, PopcornFrights.com.

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POP MUSIC

Elvis Costello and Sting

Two enduring and enigmatic rock troubadours who both assumed stage sobriquets and skyrocketed out of the British new wave scene of the ’70s converge on Broward within two days of each other this month. Draw a musical arc from punk to classical coloratura to Bacharach and back, and pinned at almost any point along that line will be the chameleon known as the other Elvis. Less eclectic but far more popstar, post-Police Sting has nonetheless tread his share of stylistic terrains, perhaps most notably his jazz forays of the ’80s and his recent collaboration with reggae’s Shaggy. Costello’s tour title reflects his famous cheeky wordplay — “Just Trust” refers not to his 1981 album, Trust, but is an audience appeal to trust him with the setlist. Sting’s “My Songs” features electric-band reinterpretations of hits from his estimable catalog. Both shows promise divergent but exhilarating flights to the heights of songcraft.

 Elvis Costello and the Impostors, 8 p.m., Nov. 7, Broward Center for the Performing Arts. browardcenter.org / Sting, 8 p.m., Nov. 9, Hard Rock Live, seminolehardrockhollywood.com.

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GroundUp Music Festival

This will be the fourth year that Michael League and his band of Brooklyn-based jazz outliers in Snarky Puppy will set up at the idyllic North Beach Bandshell on Miami Beach for three days of free-form jamming. The Grammy-winning group will play all three nights of the festival, a co-production with the Rhythm Foundation taking place Feb. 14-16. And if history is any indication, they’ll be joined by another strong lineup of young musicians, singers and, with luck, rock icon and Snarky Puppy champion David Crosby. Other past performers include Lalah Hathaway, Esperanza Spalding, Andrew Bird, Bela Fleck, Joshua Redman, Eliades Ochoa, the Wood Brothers, Tank and the Bangas and John Medeski’s Mad Skillet.

 The GroundUp Music Festival is Feb. 14-16 at the North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets: $85 per day ($170 VIP), $225 for a three-day pass ($450 VIP). Visit: GroundUpMusicFestival.com.

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 Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival

After a one-year hiatus, the 2020 Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival will be back in Sunshine Grove in Okeechobee March 5-8, and while performers have yet to be named, OMF has a reputation for attracting a variety of major talent. From 2016 to 2018 more than 100,000 festivalgoers have seen the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, Skrillex, Bassnectar, Robert Plant, Hall & Oates, Tom Morello, Mumford & Sons, Kings of Leon, Jason Isbell, Solange, Billie Eilish, Leon Bridges, Kamasi Washington and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

 The Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival is March 5-8 at Sunshine Grove, 12517 NE 91st Ave., Okeechobee. Tickets: $249 (plus a $65 fee) for a four-day pass and a tent spot, with multiple layers of pricing for car and RV camping and VIP accommodations. Visit OkeechobeeFest.com

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T H E A T E R/D A N C E

Ring of Fire

Ken Burns’s mesmerizing Country Music doc did a deep dive into the life and mythology of Johnny Cash. This Actors’ Playhouse musical will take it off the screen and bring it to life. Performed by five outstanding actor/singer musicians who play 20 different instruments, the stirring portrait of The Man in Black reprises over two dozen of his classic songs in telling his story of struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, home and family — all coming to a climax in a final, foot-stompin’ concert.

 Through Dec. 8, Actors’ Playhouse at The Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, actorsplayhouse.org.

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Hamilton

Maybe you’ve heard of this cute little show that has rocked — make that “hip-hopped” — the cultural landscape. After a we’ve-run-out-of-adjectives run in Fort Lauderdale that stretched over five weeks in late 2018 and early 2019, you might think the hype has lost a bit of its electric spark.

Doubtful.

Hamilton has been a phenomenon since it debuted off-Broadway in February 2015. The sung-through musical, with very little dialogue, went on to break ticket sales records when it moved to Broadway later that summer. Aside from 11 Tony Awards, Hamilton also earned its creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, a Pulitzer Prize for drama and a Grammy Award.

Aside from the hip-hop rhythms of Hamilton, the show is also famous for multiracial casting. For all the runs, whether on the Great White Way, extended runs in Los Angeles, Chicago and London or the tours, the characters of Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and Aaron Burr are portrayed by actors of color.

If all you know about Alexander Hamilton is that he’s that guy on the 10 dollar bill, then prepare to be schooled. Hamilton, in a furiously fast-paced way, follows the sparkling career and private life of one of this country’s Founding Fathers, including his scandals and tragedies.

The musical follows Alexander Hamilton’s life from his birth in the Caribbean, about as far away from political influence as one could be in the 1700s, to the very center of power after the American Revolution and even gives a panorama of his death in a duel. No, that’s not a spoiler. You should know that already.

What we don’t know right now is how much tickets will cost when the musical makes its way back here for three-week runs in West Palm Beach and then four weeks in Miami. But in Fort Lauderdale, the prices ranged from $141 to $650.

 Jan. 28-Feb. 16 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-832-7469, Kravis.org.

 Feb. 18-March 15 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722, ArshtCenter.org.

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Disney’s Aladdin

Sometimes it seems as if this story from the Middle Eastern folk tale One Thousand and One Nights has had about half as many iterations, seemingly all from Disney. First there was the animated movie in 1992 (with a scene-stealing Robin Williams). And just this past spring there was a live action film, directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Will Smith. The stage musical happened in between, bowing on Broadway in 2014 with all the instantly recognizable songs — such as Friend Like Me and A Whole New World — from the original Disney treatment as well as some new tunes from the score’s dream team of Tim Rice, Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Chad Beguelin.

  Jan. 8-19 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0222, BrowardCenter.org. Tickets start at $35.50.

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 Mean Girls

There was a time when Lindsay Lohan was known for her acting. It was a long time ago by today’s pop culture standards, so you are forgiven for not knowing what we are talking about. Anyway, back in 2004 she scored big time on the big screen with Mean Girls, a smart teen comedy (they do exist!). The film was turned into a stage musical that debuted on Broadway in 2018, putting song to the story of high school girls negotiating a dangerous game of social cliques. Tina Fey, a virtual funny factory, wrote this musical’s book based on the script she penned for that movie of the same name.

  March 3-15 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0222 or BrowardCenter.org. Tickets start at $40.50.

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 Miami City Ballet

Another season — another free-swinging series of programs. Among the highlights is Program Two’s pairing of company premieres (Jan. 10-26, 2020): Christopher Wheeldon’s riveting This Bitter Earth, set to the haunting music of Max Richter and Dinah Washington; and Jerome Robbins’ stunning I’m Old Fashioned, in which dancers onstage are accompanied by Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth gliding alongside on a huge screen in a glamorous tribute to Hollywood’s Golden Age. The glamor goes full swing in Program Three (Feb. 14-March 1, 2020) as couples in fabulous Oscar de la Renta costumes swirl to the sounds of Nine Sinatra Songs by Twyla Tharp. And, of course, there’s the holiday chestnut The Nutcracker (Dec 13-Dec 29) in the company’s Caribbean-flavored reimagining set to Tchaikovsky’s music performed by a live orchestra. For a sneak peek, check out The Colony Theatre in Miami Beach Nov. 23-24, when MCB will perform special selections from the coming season.

Performances at the Arsht Center, Broward Center and Kravis Center, miamicityballet.org

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Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

Word is that this show’s book was a stinkeroo during its New York City run, opening in April 2018 and closing in December after 289 performances. To borrow a phrase from one of Donna Summer’s songs: Heaven knows it’s not the way it should be. But we’re willing to forgive if the late, great disco diva’s song book gets a big, bad-ass Broadway-tized musical arrangement. This jukebox musical comes complete with Summer’s chart toppers such as Love to Love You Baby, I Feel Love, MacArthur Park, No More Tears (Enough is Enough), On the Radio, Bad Girls, She Works Hard for the Money, Dim All the Lights, Hot Stuff and Last Dance. At the very least there should be a lot of chair dancing going on.

  April 28-May 3 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-832-7469, Kravis.org.

 May 12-17 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722, ArshtCenter.org. Tickets start at $35.

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V I S U A L  A R T S

Happy!

The idea that everyone wants to be happy is older than Socrates, who believed that joy resulted from virtue and soul-nourishing knowledge. But the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale’s new exhibit Happy! argues that happiness for contemporary artists is an elusive puzzle, solved only by making art that explores tragedy and personal trauma, depression and anxiety.

In Happy!, described by executive director Bonnie Clearwater as a “serious show about the pursuit of happiness through contemporary art,” 50 artists from the 1930s through present day use positivity and play to sort out their trauma and frustrations. The show, borrowed from the museum’s own collection, traces happiness on the canvasses of Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono, Tracey Emin, Jeff Koons, Kenny Scharf, Keith Haring and others. “I was specifically interested in artists who address the pursuit of happiness as a life goal,” Clearwater says. “It starts with the understanding that happiness is intertwined with sorrow.”

The show is broken into multiple sections that include images of happiness (cuddly animals, cartoons, etc.); the power of music to uplift the spirit; generosity, healing and play; and spiritual and meditative bliss. The earliest Happy! work is Rothko’s surrealistic 1938 painting The Party (which depicts six bloblike figures gathered around a piano), the abstract artist’s twisted way of showing that happiness makes the human condition “more endurable.” Warhol’s childlike 1966 installation Silver Clouds, a series of metallic, helium-filled balloons, is a literal silver lining suggesting happier times ahead. Tracey Emin’s 1995 film Why I Never Became a Dancer finds the artist dancing badly and alone in her studio to the driving disco beat of Sylvester’s You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real). The video shows that happiness can come from personal humiliation: Once the song is over, Emin flashes a smile and two thumbs up at the viewer.

 Through July 5 at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-525-5500, NSUArtMuseum.org. Admission is $5-$12.

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 Maren Hassinger: Tree of Knowledge

This exhibition at the Boca Raton Museum of Art is literally a community project — not only inspired by the Boca community but also created with its assistance during the New York sculptor and performance artist’s summer residency here. The titular tree is an homage to a majestic banyan that’s a historic landmark in the nearby African-American neighborhood of Pearl City. In community-based story-telling sessions, Hassinger worked with the public in rolling newspapers to form thousands of 20-foot long “aerial roots” that hang from the main gallery’s ceiling in the installation, representing the hanging roots of the Banyan that was planted by schoolchildren before the First World War. Participants’ names are incorporated into the exhibition, which also forms a site-specific dynamic duo with “Clifford Ross: Waves,” featuring large-scale photographs from his “Hurricane Waves” series captured in the surf during extreme weather.

 Nov. 5-March 1, 2020, Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Mizner Park, bocamuseum.org.

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Anime Architecture

In their lofty ranking of the 21st Century’s top 25 films (so far), New York Times movie critics A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis put Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away at No. 2, an astonishing sci-fi-fantasy anime whose “artistry and magic defy description.” The Morikami Museum’s Anime Architecture makes a similar argument for the art form’s outsize influence. More than 100 works, from concept sketches to detailed pencil drawings to full-color cells, capture the futuristic urban backdrops of Japan’s most influential sci-fi animes. Hand-drawn animations from Patlabor: The Movie, Tezuka Osamu’s Metropolis and Ghost in the Shell, paired with clips from the movies, will be on display.

 Nov. 9-April 3 at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach; Morikami.org. Admission is $9-$15.

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 Gridiron Glory

The most talked-about subject in South Florida early next year – other than J-Lo or Pitbull possibly playing halftime – will undoubtedly be the Super Bowl. Ahead of kickoff at Hard Rock Stadium on Feb. 2, HistoryMiami Museum will feature the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 6,000-square-foot traveling show Gridiron Glory, filled with 200 rare photos, old NFL footage, interactive displays and a “Hometown Heroes” section devoted to Dolphins artifacts. There will also be priceless NFL memorabilia, such as Tom Brady’s draft card, Troy Aikman’s helmet, a Vince Lombardi trophy and the one-page game plan created by legendary Dolphins coach Don Shula hours before he celebrated his 325th coaching victory in 1993.

  Through Feb. 9 at HistoryMiami Museum, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; HistoryMiami.org. Admission is $5-$10.

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Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern

Georgia O’Keeffe once claimed that her clothes – understated, androgynous, mostly all black – were not a fashion choice but a practical one: Picking out colors for dresses simply robbed her of time she could have spent painting. She had an aloof relationship with femininity, even denying in interviews that her vivid flower paintings resembled female genitalia. Still, O’Keeffe’s style of dress was not tangential to her genius but crucial to it. Ansel Adams, Andy Warhol and her partner (and biggest champion) Alfred Stieglitz all attempt to capture O’Keeffe’s elegant mystique in the new photo show Living Modern at the Norton.

 Nov. 22-Feb. 4 at Norton Museum of Art, 1450 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; Norton.org. Admission is $5-$18.

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