March Performances at The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center
Published: Feb 7, 2020
AVENTURA, Fla. (February 7, 2020) – The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center’s season continues with feature the best of Broadway, concerts, international film, dance, classical music, comedy, family-friendly performances, lectures and more this March.
Mar. 1 The Magic of Bill Blagg LIVE!
Mar. 2 Bill Blagg’s The Science of Magic - Smart Stage Matinee
Mar. 3 Birds of Passage - International Film Series
Mar. 5 Tamburitzans present Symbols – Expressions of Culture
Mar. 7-8 Doctor Ouch! – Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida
Mar. 11 André De Shields – Broadway Concert Series Presented by Vi at Aventura
Mar. 13 Michael Londra and The Celtic Fire
Mar. 14 DIVAS3
Mar. 15 Pete the Cat - Family Fun Series
Mar. 16 Pete the Cat - Smart Stage Matinee
Mar. 20 Vic DiBitetto – Stand Up Comedy Series
Mar. 21 Dance NOW! Miami Presents CONTEMPORANEA 2020
Mar. 22 Ilya Itin - Miami International Piano Festival
Mar. 23 Mr. and Miss Pride South Florida 2020
Mar. 24 David Kilroy, Ph.D.: Intelligence, Espionage and U.S. Foreign Policy - NSU Speaker Series
Mar. 26 Soundtrack: The Music of Our Lives!
Mar. 27 Rich Aronovitch – Stand Up Comedy Series
Mar. 28 Chris MacDonald’s Memories of Elvis
The Magic of Bill Blagg LIVE! features one of the nation’s top magical stars on Sunday, March 1 at 2 and 7 p.m. Blagg’s original, action-packed 90-minute performance is bursting with new, mind-blowing, grand-scale magic and illusions, along with audience participation and comedy that make this show a great family event. Audienceswatch in amazement as volunteers levitate in mid-air, while others vanish in the blink of an eye. USA Today calls the show “Unbelievable” and Entertainment Weekly says, “Bill Blagg has a charm and style all his own; he’s definitely the best kept secret in magic.” Tickets are $35 - $40.
The City of Aventura presents Smart Stage Matinee performances by illusionist Bill Blagg’s The Science of Magic on Monday, March 2 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The Science of Magic is designed to excite, educate, intrigue and encourage students to think outside the box and ignite their curiosity about how science and the scientific method can be used by magicians. This one-of-a-kind educational experience takesstudents on a rare journey behind the scenes of the magic world. Blagg's comedy-filled, action-packed presentation is highly interactive and makes science fun and exciting. Tickets are $10 with $3 lap seats for children 12 months and under.
The Aventura International Film Series continues with Birds of Passage on Tuesday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. When an indigenous Wayuu family becomes involved in the booming Colombian drug trade of the ‘70s, greed, passion and honor collide. The ensuingfratricidal war will put their lives, their culture and their ancestral traditions at risk. Variety says, “Few films have captured quite so powerfully the tension between the old and new worlds — a feat Birds of Passage accomplishes while simultaneously allowing audiences to channel the Wayuu’s surrealistic view of their surroundings, where spirits walk the earth, and wise women interpret their dreams.” Not rated, this film is from Colombia and hasEnglish subtitles. The Aventura International Film Series presented by the City of Aventura is hosted by Shelly Isaacs who introduces the film and leads a post-screening discussion. Tickets are $12.
Tamburitzans present Symbols-Expressions of Culture on Thursday, March 5 at 8 p.m.
America’s longest running live stage production, the Tamburitzans have entertained and delighted audiences of all ages for more than eightdecades. Dedicated to perpetuating international cultural heritage, the ensemble delivers a high caliber multi-media showcase. This season’s ensemble features 29 passionate young professionals in a vibrant and energetic production featuring festive costumes,bold visuals, daring acrobatics, and musical variety for the whole family. Through music, song, and dance Symbols: Expressions of Culture showcases beauty and brilliance of traditions from around the globe. Woven as a tapestry of Croatian, Georgian, Nordic, Russian, Serbian, Polish, Irish and Bulgarian cultures, audiences will be transported to folk celebrationsthrough intricate choreography, mesmerizing music, and unique voices. Tickets are $30.
Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida presents Dr. Ouch! on Saturday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 8 at 3 p.m. A story based on the poems of Kornei Chukovsky, Dr. Ouch! tells the tale about a doctor who cures animals. The ballet, with the music of I. Morozov and choreography by Vladimir Issaev, shares the adventures lived by the nice Dr. Ouch when he is called to help the monkeys in Africa who have becomevery ill. During his journey he encounters tropical animals and exotic birds while mischievous pirates make his mission a difficult but hilarious adventure. Tickets are $35 with $5 lap seats for children 12 months and under.
The Broadway Concert Series continues Triple crown winner of the 2019 Broadway Awards Season André De Shields who joins The Broadway Concert Series Presented by Vi at Aventura on Wednesday, March 11 at 8 p.m. De Sheilds won the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Tony Awards® as Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his critically acclaimed performance as Hermes, Messenger to the Gods, in the current Broadway hit Hadestown. He continues to be consistently acclaimed for his show stopping performances in four legendary Broadway musicals: The Full Monty (Tony Nomination), Play On! (Tony Nomination), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Emmy Award) and The Wiz (title role). Tickets are $50-$55, $75 VIP tickets include a post-show meet and greet.
One of Ireland’s leading tenors Michael Londra and The Celtic Fireperform on Friday, March 13 at 8 p.m. bringing audiences an evening of songs, stories, tunes and dance from the heart of the Emerald Isle. Celtic Fire is a global sensation that sweeps audiences away to Ireland, its culture, its land, its music, and its soul. World championdancers from the casts of Riverdance and Lord of the Dance take the stage with brilliant flashes of speed, youth and exuberance. The music of Celtic Fire is traditional at its core, with all of Ireland’s national instruments. The heart of theshow belongs to celebrated tenor Londra who has won fans in every corner of the globe, as the lead voice of Riverdance on Broadway, as a concert singer who has performed in 40 countries, and as the star of his Emmy®-nominatedPBS special. Tickets are $45-$49.
DIVAS3 features three beautiful female singers with powerhouse voices on Saturday, March 14 at 2 and 8 p.m. This vibrant show spans four decades covering the ‘60s through the ‘90s and showcases the biggest hits by the greatest divas in music history with chart toppers by Aretha Franklin, Carole King, Celine Dion,Whitney Houston, Cher, Dolly Parton, Donna Summer, ABBA and many more. Individual members of the group have starred in shows on the Las Vegas Strip and appeared on NBC’s The Voice, The Winner Is and FOX’s American Idol. DIVAS3 is an enticing mix of pure class, personality and successfully blends solid, top-notch vocals all backed by a four-piece band. Tickets are $45-$49.
The Broward Center’s 2020 Family Fun Series at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center
presents Pete the Cat on Sunday, March 15 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The audience will join Jimmy and the hilarious blue cat, Pete, on a new adventure of friendship, all the way to Paris and back again in a VW Bus. Pete the Cat never loseshis cool. Jimmy Biddle never strays from his routine. Can cat and boy ever be friends? Fun songs and bright costumes keep the little ones engaged so this is the perfect show to introduce youngsters to live theater. Tickets are $16 with $3 lap seats for children12 months and under.
The City of Aventura presents Smart Stage Matinee performances of Pete the Cat on Monday, March 16 at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Pete never loses his cool and pal Jimmy Biddle never strays from his routine, that is, until the groovy blue cat moves in with the Biddles for the summer. Can cat and boy ever by friends? When Jimmy draws a blank in art class, Pete is the perfect pal to leadthe mission to help Jimmy find his inspiration. Join Jimmy and Pete on a new adventure of friendship, all the way to Paris and back again in a VW bus. Students learn to look at things in a different way, to be open to new ideas and that it's ok to be different.Tickets are $10 with $3 lap seats for children 12 months and under.
Black Box Productions’ Stand Up Comedy Series presents Vic DiBitetto on Friday, March 20 at 8 p.m. If the name and the thick New Jersey accent didn't tip you off, DiBitetto is Italian-American, and he'll be the first to tell you so. His Italian heritage features heavily in his frenetic stand-up comedy act, and whetherhe's delivering his famous "Growing Up Italian" bit or simply talking about his neighbors, fans of all nationalities can relate to his hilarious anecdotes. A seasoned performer who has graced the stage at some of the nation's best comedy clubs, DiBitetto neverfails to bring the laughs on his uproarious tours. This show may include adult language and subject matter. Tickets are $35.50-$42.50.
Dance NOW! Miami Presents CONTEMPORANEA 2020 on Saturday, March 21 at 8:30 p.m.
South Florida's leading contemporary dance company returns to Aventura Arts & Cultural Center for its fifth season bringing its unique style of relevant,meaningful and impactful dance to the stage in its trademark sinewy, poetic, athletic and graceful style. Featured on the program is the historic work of modern dance founder Isadora Duncan. The Centennial of Women's Suffrage highlights her role in shapingthe first iteration of the feminist movement. Premieres from Dance Now!'s critically acclaimed directors Diego Salterini and Hannah Baumgarten will also be presented in an evening of contemporary dance as part of the company's 20th anniversary season.Tickets are $35.
The Miami International Piano Festival continues with Ilya Itin on Sunday, March 22 at 5 p.m.
Since capturing the Gold Medal, BBC Audience Award, and Contemporary Music Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition, Itin has performedthroughout the world to rave reviews and sold-out houses. His unique artistry has long inspired the admiration of colleagues and audiences throughout the music world. His repertoire and artistry are wide-ranging, garnering abundant praise from music critics.He is equally at home playing music from Bach to Cage. He is on the teaching faculties of the Musashino Academy, Tokyo, the Graduate Program at CUNY, and the Golandsky Institute at Princeton and is a frequent guest teacher in the piano department at the JuilliardSchool and Peabody Conservatory. Tickets are $35-$50.
Mr. and Miss Pride South Florida 2020,a competition for female impersonators and male entertainers, takes place on Monday, March 23 at 8 p.m. Owned and operated by Latrice Royale, Inc., the pageant features contestants competing in five categories: Creative Presentation (with a "Show Your Pride" theme), Swimsuit, Talent, Evening Wear and Question & Answer. The winners, decided upon by a nationally-recognized panel of qualified judges, receives a stellar prize package: a cash prize, a custom crown and a contract with LRI Talent & Management. Cashprizes are also awarded to the winner of each category. This year we celebrate the reign of Miss PSF 2019 Kennedy Davenport and Mr. PSF Raul Vegas. Tickets are $10-$30.
The City of Aventura and the Nova Southeastern University Lifelong Learning Institute present David Kilroy, Ph.D.: Intelligence, Espionage and U.S. Foreign Policy onTuesday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. Kilroy will discuss institutions such as the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency which play a pivotal role in implementing and shaping U.S. national security and foreign policy. Nonetheless,the fields of intelligence and espionage tend to be underrepresented in scholarship about United States relations with the rest of the world. This talk will examine the emergence of these fields in the foreign policy apparatus through the course of the 20thcentury and assess the role of agencies such as the CIA and NSA. Kilroy is the Chair, Department of History and Political Science Interim Chair, Department of Literature and Modern Languages College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Nova SoutheasternUniversity. Tickets are $20.
Soundtrack: The Music of Our Lives! features internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter, entertainerand Carnegie Hall headliner, Anthony Nunziata on Thursday, March 26 at 8 p.m.
Nunziata brings his soulful and lyrical tenor voice to fresh takes on timeless songs and soundtracks that have captivated generations of music lovers. This concert features hitsfrom Frank Sinatra, Frankie Valli, Billy Joel and Nat King Cole to The Righteous Brothers and Adele, as well as Disney songs, Italian classics, originals and many more. Nunziata reimagines “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Unchained Melody,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off OfYou,” New York State of Mind,” “O Sole Mio” and more. Tickets are $40-$45.
Black Box Productions’ Stand Up Comedy Series presents Rich Aronovitch on Friday, March 27 at 8 p.m. Aronovitch’s quick-wit and hilarious humor relates to audiences from all walks of life. From his spot-on impression of a running Muppet to adopting various GPS voices, he knows how to dole outlaughs while bringing his zany characters to life. The veteran comedian boasts credits including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing, MTV’s Exposed, Gotham Comedy Live and the film Wingman Inc. A native of New Orleans, Aronovitch was nominated for the LA Comedy Awards’ Breakout Comic of the Year. He also toured nationally and internationally as a stand-up and has chops in live sketch and improv.This show may include adult language and subject matter. Tickets are $35.50-$42.50.
Chris MacDonald’s Memories of Elvis on Saturday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. is a dynamic, Las Vegas-style production that shares the incredible story of “the shy humble country boy who became the King of Rock-n-Roll.” MacDonald recreates highlights from Elvis’s iconic career: from the ‘50s, the movies, the black leather ‘68 comeback and the white fringe ‘70s concerts. This national touring tribute features a dynamic band, singers and dancers as MacDonald drawshis audience in with the look, sounds and nuances that made Elvis the King. Adding to the authenticity, MacDonald has the ultimate honor of being the "only tribute artist hired by Elvis Presley Enterprises to perform at Graceland's Heartbreak Hotel.” Ticketsae $45-$50.
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The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center is located at 3385 N.E. 188 Street in Aventura. The Broward Center for the Performing Arts manages the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, a 14,864-square-foot,330-seat waterfront complex that hosts performing arts, cultural and educational programming for all ages.
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