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Carmen Lundy performs the music of Mary Lou Williams with the New World Symphony this weekend for


Carmen Lundy performs the music of Mary Lou Williams with the New World Symphony this weekend for "The Soundworld of Mary Lou Williams" at the New World Center.

This Week and Weekend's Musts


"The Soundworld of Mary Lou Williams"

Miami-native Carmen Lundy performs on a program of jazz pianist-composer Mary Lou Williams in a performance in the culmination of its "I Dream A World" festival, curated by Tammy Kernodle. Andrew Grams conducts with Aaron Diehl, piano, Aaron Kimmel, drums, David Wong, bass and singing ensembles from FMU and FIU.

7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 24

Also, outdoor Wallcast on Saturday, free in Soundscape Park

2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 25

 Tickets $40-$140.

New World Center, 500 17th Str., Miami Beach

Call (305) 597-3333 or

Jazz Roots with Gregory Porter

8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami


Tickets and information at


Jazz at the Betsy

The Betsy Hotel, 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach.


"Legally Blonde: The Musical"

Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, Miracle Mile, Coral Gables

Regular performances 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday (additional matinees at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3; Wednesday, Feb. 7, and Saturday, Feb. 10), through Feb. 25. 305-444-9293 or

See the review by Aaron Krause here.


The Museum Plays

Miami New Drama goes inside the Rubell Museum.

Plays by Marco Ramirez, Aurin Squire, Carmen Pelaez, Hannah Benitez, Rogelio Martinez and Harley Elias

Previews 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, and Friday, Feb. 23; sold-out opening 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24; regular performances 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, through March 31

Tickets are $81.50 or $91.50 for premium seating, $45.50 for standing room

Rubell Museum galleries, 1100 NW 23rd St., Miami

Call 305-674-1040 or


Area Stage Company at the Arsht Center

Immersive musical theater

Area Stage Company's production of "Oliver!" runs through Feb. 25 in the Arsht Center's Carnival Studio Theater, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami.

For more information, or to buy tickets, call (305) 949-6722 or go to


"The Girls of Summer"

M Ensemble

Opens 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 8 with performances 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, through Feb. 25.

Sandrell Rivers Theater, 6103 NW Seventh Ave., Miami.

See the review here.



Luminosa Lantern Festival at Jungle Island

Through the end of February.

Be transported to Luminosa, a lush jungle illuminated with breathtaking and larger-than-life lanterns. Traverse through hundreds of artistic lanterns highlighting the spirit of Miami with an ambiance and vibe found nowhere else in the world.

1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami



Cirque du Soleil "ECHO"

Opens Thursday, Feb. 22 runs through Sunday, April 7 

Gulfstream Park, 901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach

Tickets $55 to $302

See the story at miamiartzine for more information.


"Silhouettes: Image and Word in the Harlem Renaissance"

100 years after Harlem’s emergence as a global cultural capital—joins seminal books and periodicals with paintings, prints, and sculpture, including key loans, that together offer an evocative glimpse into the African American experience in the first half of the 20th century.

Through June 23, 2024.

1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

Conversations with Curators: Silhouettes, Thursday, Feb. 15 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Christopher Norwood and Shawn Christian discuss their exhibition Silhouettes: Image and Word in the Harlem Renaissance. Norwood, Silhouettes curator and founder of Hampton Art Lovers, and Christian, curatorial consultant and FIU English professor, will once again dive into some of the featured visual and literary works in the show, shedding light on one of the most pivotal cultural movements in American history.

See the story about "Silhouettes"

Register for the free Feb. 15 talk here.

"Amidst Twin Suns: The Art of Alberto Checa"

Through Sunday, April 14

Alberto Checa is a multidisciplinary artist who immigrated to Miami from Cuba in 2008. This is his first solo exhibition and is curated by Jean Chung

Oolite Arts, 924 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach or 305-674-8278 

See Irene Sperber's story here.

Raymond Elman: The Portraits

The exhibition through March 3, 2024, will feature approximately twenty-five large-scale, mixed-media portraits, combined with curated video clips of the people in the portraits.

Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, 301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Call (305) 672-5044.

 For information, click here.


Charles Gaines: 1992-2023

Through March 17, 2024

 61 NE 41 St., Miami, Florida 33137. For more information, visit 


 Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami


A reimagining of Black bodies in institutional spaces by Miami-based artist Chris Friday as a highlight of the museum's Art on the Plaza series. Through Feb. 18.


Opening Feb. 23, Alexandra Fields O’Neale presents "Bound//Unbound" as part of MOCA's Welcome To Paradise program. The immersive installation uses sonic narratives to depict the experience of transatlantic enslavement and the quest for freedom via the saltwater railroads to the Bahamas. Within the installation, visitors can journey between two structures symbolizing enslavement and freedom, experiencing atmospheric and sonic transformations.

 Jamea Richmond-Edwards’  "Ancient Future"

On view through March 17. Spanning large-scale assemblages and immersive new installations, the exhibition will explore the realms of Afro-futurism and mythologies through the lens of the rising artist’s bespoke visual idiom.

“Juan Francisco Elso: Por América” 

Juan Francisco Elso: Por América offers a captivating retrospective of the brief, yet significant career of the late Cuban artist.  Por América presents the largest survey of Elso’s career to-date, showcasing the evolution of his practice, from his experimentation with new materials to incorporating Indigenous traditions, Afro-Caribbean beliefs, and post-colonial perspectives.  

Through March 17

Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami

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