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Madama Butterfly. Photo by Rod Millington.

When Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” opened in 1904, it flopped. After a few months of careful revisions and intense rehearsals, Puccini nailed it. “Madama Butterfly” has since turned into one of the most performed operas in the world, and its impact on culture is almost incalculable. On Saturday, November 15th, the Florida Grand Opera, a Knight […]

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The Mercer University African Student Association is partnering with Touched by an Angel, a nonprofit organization, for a philanthropic event to collect and give basic essentials to infants and their mothers in Zambia. Taking place on November 15 at 8 p.m., the Art Explosion will showcase a variety of artists from the community and other campus organizations. The lineup […]

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Forget Christmas music. This time of year, as the temps start to plunge, I’d rather listen to Latin music – takes the chill off, I guess. And we have a great variety of ways to scratch that itch around here: For masterful Cuban-inflected jazz, you can hear pianist Nachito Herrera play at the Dakota on the […]

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The Cleveland Orchestra makes it first reappearance of the season this week with two evening concerts at the Knight Concert Hall, escaping the polar vortex as it settles in on northeast Ohio. But the orchestra actually will begin shaking off the cold tomorrow morning with a children’s program for fourth-graders in the Miami-Dade County school […]

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I’m beginning to be a big big fan of the plays that Weathervane Playhouse, a Knight Arts grantee, is putting on in its intimate 48-seat Dietz Theater. The current production, Amy Herzog’s “4000 Miles” and the brilliant cast selected by director Fred Gloor, has sown up that conviction. It is definitely one worth seeing. Herzog […]

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In an opening at Popps Packing designed to confound and delight, artists Ben Hall and Andrew Mehall teamed up for a massive installation that hopped the banks of Popps’ main gallery, parking up the street outside, and crossing St. Aubin to continue in locations in and around Mehall’s residence. The work, which bore some of Hall’s signature […]

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Looking to add some new original works to your art collection? Would you like to donate to a reputable Philadelphia art organization? How about doing both without breaking your budget at the same time? If so, you are in luck, because this weekend Fleisher Art Memorial, a Knight Arts grantee, will be hosting its sixth […]

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Kind of like fireworks, Emerson Dorsch is finishing off its innovative programming, called “thisishappening,” with an explosion of happenings all this week. Writers, performers and visual artists from here and across the country will transform the outdoor courtyard garden into a unique project space each day though Sunday. Starting tomorrow, Wednesday, Rob Goyanes – a […]

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By Fernando González, Miami-based arts & culture writer Mario Ernesto Sanchez, founder and producing artistic director of Teatro Avante and the International Hispanic Theatre Festival of Miami, received the 2014 Legacy Award in Los Angeles, Sunday. The honor recognizes “outstanding individuals whose lifelong commitment to Latino Theater in the United States and Latin America will […]

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If you follow contemporary dance, you need to be at Bedlam Lowertown this Saturday night. The collaborative duo Fire Drill (Billy Mullaney and Emily Gastineau) are presenting “an evening of pop-up experimental choreography,” bringing together dance-makers from Portland, Ore., Oakland, Calif. and the Twin Cities. “Absolute Bliss” will feature performances by emerging West Coast and […]

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