By Gary Farmer, Cultural Affairs Program Manager Another one of my dreams came true: we finally got to present Sarruga, the phenomenal Barcelona street theater team we’d tried to bring for the first Sleepless Night in 2007. Fresh from its U.S. premiere in Chicago’s Millennium Park, Sarruga came to town for a series of free [...]
By Jason Swank, Marketing & PR Director at The Akron Symphony Big news on the Porgy and Bess front this week. Not only did we officially announce the chorus and supporting role audition details at last weekend’s African American Festival, but I am really excited to report the first major casting news for the production. The Akron Symphony’s April [...]
What is it about Nathan Sawaya’s sculptures that make Big and Little kids alike go gaga? Is it because these whimsical works are made from … Legos? Likely. Indeed, that cityscape sculpture, that life-size blue figure with cracking skull, that cello, are all made from those little building bricks so familiar to children everywhere. Sawaya [...]
By Jessie Raynor, Director of the Akron Area Arts Alliance A generous grant from the Knight Foundation is making it possible for the Akron Area Arts Alliance to take an important next-step in converting a historic building into a headquarters for our arts and culture community. The 55,000 square-foot building, which is owned by Summit [...]
In dance improvisation, a structure is often established to give a shape to spontaneous movement. Choreographer Heather Maloney has expanded that idea this week by establishing a structure for the continuous improvisation that is contemporary dance in Miami: the Inkub8 Summer Movement Lab.
Heat & humidity are at peak levels, but fall is just around the corner & the arts are in the air. Knight Foundation is getting in the spirit by helping to sustain the Masterworks series at the Arsht Center though 2013, with a $600,000 grant. The Arsht Center launched the series last year to preserve the Concert Association of Florida’s 2009 [...]
String quartet ensembles are hot these days, and a news release Tuesday from the Flagler Museum on Palm Beach reminded me of that when it announced the lineup for its series of chamber music concerts that begin Jan. 11 of next year and run through March 8. It’s worth looking at the websites of a [...]
Plunging your hands into a huge tub filled with dried leaves is an incredibly visceral experience. Even the smell as they are tossed and upturned can bring back vivid memories, for those who remember playing in newly raked leaf piles. That’s just one of the pleasures in visiting Karen Rifas’ “laboratory” of leaves at the [...]
Each year the presenting organization Tigertail sends a group of local teenagers to Brave New Voices, billed as the world’s largest spoken word and poetry slam. This year team Miami made it all the way to the semi-finals powered by “Cello” a fierce team performance by Shamoyia Gardiner and Yarminiah Rosa (here’s the actual semifinal, [...]
Knight Arts Challenge Winner Miami Lighthouse for the Blind has hit the international stage & needs your help. One of its students, Natalia Sulca, is competing on Minuto de Fama, a Spanish equivalent of American Idol and needs your votes.