Members of the Aventura Marketing Council, the community’s premier not-for-profit business organization, have partnered with the South Florida Symphony Orchestra on a Membership “Thank You” program where everyone wins.
The Council (AMC) , now celebrating its 25th anniversary, continues to grow through member referrals. As a way of thanking their members for keeping the organization strong , for every new member, the referring member will receive four VIP tickets (value $220) to a magnificent concert by the South Florida Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday, November 19th, at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center.
Andrew Waxman, Senior Vice President of Mercantil Commercebank, has already won eight tickets: ”I recommend membership in the AMC because I find it extremely rare to be a part of networking group that can provide regular interaction with high- level business owners and key decision makers. I’ve been able to grow my business, and I think my clients and contacts in the community could benefit as well.”
Julie Baroniel, Financial Advisor with Mass Mutual, has referred three new members to date, winning twelve tickets to the November 19th symphony performance . Julie is already thinking of additional businesses she can refer, and said, “I recommend the Aventura Marketing Council because I feel very comfortable when I come to their meetings — that’s why I decided to join! I believe in AMC so much that I have my clients, also friends, joining because I think it will be as beneficial for them as it has been for me.”
The AMC has almost 500 member companies and organizations throughout South Florida as members, and provides 8 – 10 FREE networking opportunities every month, from their Breakfast Meetings with 200 members attending to their famous SpeedBiz offering the best one-on-one networking in town to the extremely valuable Technology Committee where members can recoup their membership investment immediately with the free advice given. AMC members understand the benefits of membership!
South Florida Symphony Orchestra
Peabody-trained Artistic Director and Conductor, Sebrina Maria Alfonso, will be directing the November 19th concert “A Soul Unfettered” featuring the music of Elgar (Introduction & Allegro for Strings); Barber (Cello Concerto, Opus 22); and Schubert (Symphony No. 9 “The Great”), as well as another two concerts at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center on February 1st and March 28th.
Alfonso founded the orchestra as her dream of bringing classical music to Key West where she was born and raised. As the first Cuban-American to be invited to conduct Cuba’s premiere orchestra where she received standing ovations, she has become a great advocate for American music. Now in its 16th season, the orchestra has expanded its programming to include Miami-Dade (Aventura), Broward (Fort Lauderdale) and Palm Beach (Delray Beach) venues for performances. The orchestra provides educational events, including free concerts reaching over 2,000 elementary schoolchildren through its Symphony in the Schools Program, currently only available in Palm Beach, but planning to expand to other counties. They also understand the value of partnering with outstanding artists, such as the Vienna Boys Choir this past February and Zuill Bailey, one of the premiere cellists in the world.
For more information on the Aventura Marketing Council, call 305.932.5334 or visit aventuramarketingcouncil.com. For more information on the South Florida Symphony Orchestra, call 954.522.8445 or visit southfloridasymphony.org
SUMMER FARE INCLUDES RATED P FOR PARENTHOOD AND A CONCERT RENDITION OF MAN OF LAMANCHA
Ron Levitt, ENV Magazine, Florida Media News
What does a producer do during the summer in South Florida when the snowbirds return home for cooler weather and when there are fewer ticket purchasers? The usual answer is bring in some “light fare” or do a reading to keep production costs as low as possible.
Somehow or other, that works in the unique theatre atmosphere of the Sunshine State.
Actors’ Playhouse does its usual summer fare with a surprisingly entertaining series of vignettes entitled Rated P for Parenthood. It deserves an “A” for Amusing. It’s part musical-part vaudevillian sketches, with the use of computer-like technology to entertain the audience which can reflect on what it is like in bearing and bringing up a child in this high-tech age.
Jim Ballard, Amy Miller Brennan, Henry Gainza and Julie Kleiner compose the quartet which sings, dances, kibitzes with one another and acts out the time from childbirth to puberty and being parents who must endure all of the trials and tribulations which go with those age variations.
Rated P for Parenthood is an adults-only show as it covers lust, sex, condom usage – along with other topics,, including applying to an exclusive school and embarrassing a child on her first job – all done with either comedy or music – and sometimes, both. Among the more amusing sketches are the opening number– Push It Out – showing realistically child-bearing and an amusing tale about a gay couple entertaining the idea that their triplets may be straight as evidenced by their fascination with breasts.
Director David Arisco moves along at a brisk pace the 14 individual scenes and musical numbers, doing justice to the production – with music and lyrics by Sandy Rustin (an actress, playwright and mom) and music and lyrics by longtime collaborator Dan Lipton and David Rossmer. Ellis Tillman deserves credit for the many costume changes while Alexander Herrin uses the sound and Patrick Tennent the lighting to pace the 90 minute show. Gene Seyffer does double duty as the scenic and technical director and a special nod of congrats goes to musical director Manny Schvartzman.
The entire team – led by Actors’ PLayhouse Executive Producing Director Barbara Stein – provides a delightful P for Parenthood through August 11th. Call 305 444-9293 for tickets
MAN OF LAMNCHA AT PB DRAMAWORKS
Meanwhile, if you drive further north to West Palm Beach, you will encounter a delightful concert edition of Man of LaMancha. Due to critical acclaim and overwhelming box office demand, the beloved musical that follows the adventures of the eternally optimistic, Don Quixote, will extend its run through Sunday, July 28th, at Palm Beach Dramaworks’ Don & Ann Brown Theatre (201 Clematis Street).
Often referred to as “America’s Baritone” as well as a regular on Broadway, William Michals is cast as the production’s “Don Quixote” along with Alix Paige as “Aldonza” and South Florida favorite Oscar Cheda as “Sancho.” Ken Clement, Rodrigo De la Rosa, Nick Duckart, Joshua Grosso, Leah Sessa, Barry Tarallo and Cassandra Zepeda complete the acting company.The production is directed by multi-talented Clive Cholerton, with musical direction by Caryl Fantel.
PB Dramaworks patrons have even more to look ahead to this summer. Stephen Sondheim’s Company follows from August 7 through August 18.
Dubbed Palm Beach Dramaworksl Theatre Masters Series. the summer events features concert versions of classic musicals, with limited instrumental accompaniment and minimal staging and design. But, don’t be fooled; this is the full production, complete with its wonderous score. For ticket information contact the box office at (561) 514-4042.
GableStage should have a big, big winner in its next production directed by the talented producer/director Joseph Adler. It’s David Lindsay Abaire’s acclaimed play Good People, which got rave reviews in NYC including the New York Drama Critic’s Circle Award for best play in 2011 and a Tony nomination. It has been described as “a tough and tender play about the insurmountable class divide between those who make it out of South Boston’s blue-collar Irish neighborhood and those who find themselves left behind.” As always, Adler has put together a topnotch cast including Stephen G. Anthony, Barbara Bradshaw, Clay Cartland, Elizabeth Dimon, Remata Eastlick and Laura Turnbull. It’s a cast full of enough Carbonell and Silver Palm recipients and Carbonell award nominees to fill a complete stage! Good People – for its Southeastern premiere – runs July 20 to August 18. Call ahead for tickets 305 445-1119 or gablestage.org. Performances: Thursday, Friday, Saturday @ 8pm, Sunday @ 2pm & 7pm. GableStage is located in the eastern section of the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables………….. You can now get a look at Jim Brochu’s new one-man show, Character Man, currently at Broward Stage Door. He’s the same versatile actor who wowed audiences a season ago as Zero Mostel in Zero Hour, a smash hit here and on Broadway. The veteran New York actor/-playwright is easily recognizable as Zero Mostel from his award-winning previous run here. In Character Man, he recreates a string of show-biz characters. He recalls in song and quips a number of Broadway favorite shows. Anyone who loves “theatre” will adore the reminiscence of Brochu in this original presentation. Character Man plays through Aug. 11 at the Broward Stage Door Theatre, Call 954-344-7765 for tickets. …………There’s a call for auditions from Entr’Acte Theatrix – the new company which had a successful run of Monty Python’s Spamalot this past season, Now, it is looking for musically-inclined actors to appear in The Who’s Tommy. The show will run October 17-27 at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts’ Crest Theater in Old School Square. The classic rock opera, with music by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff will begin rehearsals in early September. Those wishing to audition should get info at http://entractetheatrix.org………….. This should be a hoot! It’s Short’s Gone Wild an X-rated, adults-only version of Summer Shorts, It will run August 8- September 1 at the Empire Stage – a joint production of City Theatre and Island City Stage. It’s labeled as a Short Play fest tailored to LGBT audiences. The production involves 6 actors, 7 playwrights, 4 directors and “lets them loose with 8 short, provocative, funny and thoroughly entertaining plays that are tailored to explore the values, issues and humor that are relevant to the LGBT and Progressive communities.” Shorts Gone Wild is produced and conceived under the Artistic Direction of South Florida’s Andy Rogow and John Manzelli. The company of Shorts Gone Wild will include South Florida playwrights Mark Della Ventura, Chris Demos-Brown, Kim Ehly, Tony Finstrom & Michael Leeds. Directors include Rogow, Manzelli, Michael Leeds and Ehly. Actors include Nikki Fridh, Rayner Garranchan, Andy Quiroga, Gladys Ramirez, Matt Stabile and Janet Weakly. Set Design by Michael McClain, Costume Design by Peter Lovello, Sound Design by David Hart and Lighting Design by Preston Bircher. For tickets, call 954-519-2533
JULY 20 thru AUGUST 18
at the Biltmore
presents the Southeastern Premiere of
by DAVID LINDSAY-ABAIRE
with STEPHEN G. ANTHONY, BARBARA BRADSHAW, CLAY CARTLAND, ELIZABETH DIMON, RENATA EASTLICK and LAURA TURNBULL
Directed by JOSEPH ADLER
A tough and tender play about the insurmountable class divide between those who make it out of South Boston’s blue-collar Irish neighborhood and those who find themselves left behind.
BEST PLAY 2011 — New York Drama Critic’s Circle Award
TONY BEST PLAY – Nominee
“If GOOD PEOPLE isn’t a hit, there is no justice in the land!”
“The most substantial new play since August: Osage County… It has a quality rarely seen on Broadway — it seems necessary!”
– TimeOut New York
For Tickets: 305-445-1119 or gablestage.org
Performances: Thursday, Friday, Saturday @ 8pm, Sunday @ 2pm & 7pm
GableStage is located in the eastern section of the Biltmore Hotel,
1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134
Valet parking is available.
Free parking is available in the Biltmore parking area west of the hotel.
WOODY ALLEN RETURNS TO THE GABLES CINEMA WITH “BLUE JASMINE” OPENING AUGUST 9 STARS CATE BLANCHETT, ALEC BALDWIN & MORE
South Florida First Run Engagement of Blue Jasmine
Screening times for Blue Jasmine to be announced
Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, Florida 33134; parking on-site in covered garage
Tickets are $11.50 and under at the box office and on the Cinema’s website at www.gablescinema.com
Oscar-winning director Wood Allen’s newest film, Blue Jasmine, begins its South Florida First Run Engagement at the Coral Gables Art Cinema on Friday, August 9, in 2K Digital Cinema Projection. After making a series of comedies with European settings (including last summer’s Gables Cinema hit To Rome With Love), Allen returns to the United States with his latest. The film stars Oscar winner Cate Blanchett (The Aviator) as Jasmine, a jet-setting woman who loses all of her money when her husband, played by Alec Baldwin (The Departed), turns out to be a crook. Blue Jasmine features a rich and eclectic ensemble in supporting roles, including Peter Sarsgaard, Bobby Cannavale, Louis C.K. and Andrew Dice Clay.
Blue Jasmine is about the dire consequences that can result when people avert their eyes from reality and the truth they don’t want to see. In the film, Jasmine is forced to move in with her sister Ginger, after her marriage falls apart. She disapproves of her sister’s ex-husband, played by Andrew Dice Clay, and her current choice in men, including Bobby Cannavale and Louis C.K. And then she finds a potential lifeline for herself in Dwight, played by Peter Sarsgaard, a diplomat who is quickly smitten with her beauty, sophistication and style. With a terrific performance by Blanchett in the lead role, Jasmine earns the audience’s compassion because she is the unwitting instrument of her own downfall.
Gables Cinema Director Robert Rosenberg says, “We are very excited to welcome Woody Allen back again this summer with Blue Jasmine, as he continues to be one of our most popular and always surprising filmmakers. ” Tickets for all screenings are $11.50 and under and are available for purchase in advance on the Cinema’s website at www.gablescinema.com or in person at the box office during regular screening hours. For more information visit the website or the Cinema’s Facebook page, www.facebook/gablescinema, or contact the Cinema at firstname.lastname@example.org or (786) 385-9689. Screen times will be announced shortly.
The Coral Gables Art Cinema is South Florida’s leading state-of-the-art venue for experiencing independent, alternative and international film, offering first-run, seven-day-a-week showcase presentations in both 35mm and true industry-standard theater quality digital projection. It is located at 260 Aragon Avenue, directly across the street from Books & Books, on the western end of the ground floor of the Museum Parking Garage.
Funding for the Coral Gables Art Cinema comes in part from the City of Coral Gables; the Coral Gables Community Foundation; the Knight Foundation; Steven Krams and Myrna Blumberg-Krams; Bacardi; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; and the many businesses, individual donors and members who contribute to the Cinema’s work.