heater, 15 Minutes at a Time
The unique Microtheater Miami series has returned to the Spanish Cultural Center (1490 Biscayne Blvd., Miami), and features seven original plays, each 15 minutes long, with performances in English and Spanish. Since each play will be performed multiple times a night, from Thursday, November 6, through Sunday, November 30, you can package your own theater schedule at five dollars for a single performance, or plan to take in all of them, in the center’s outdoor courtyard setting. The plays take place in “micro theaters,” each seating only 15 people. A wine bar is available. Programming on Wednesdays and Thursdays is in English, Fridays and Saturdays in Spanish, from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.; www.ccemiami.org.
Free Youth Concert and Petting Zoo (of Sorts)
The Free Family Fest at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) features the Miami Music Project Youth Orchestra in a program titled Rise of the Titans. The concert, “an epic tale about the genius of some of the most beloved composers of our time,” includes music from Shostakovich and Mussorgsky, among others. It begins at 1:30 p.m., on November 8, and is preceded at noon by a “petting zoo” of musical instruments, taking place in the Peacock Education Center, located inside the concert hall. A word to the wise: arrive early; www.arshtcenter.org.
Let’s Pedal Through Historic Little Havana
Little Havana changes constantly, and it’s always worth a visit -- especially one led by local historian Paul George. HistoryMiami’s Little Havana Bike Tour is scheduled for Sunday, November 9, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. You’ll pedal past an ancient Tequesta settlement, some of Greater Miami’s oldest homes, and Cuban cigar stores, and mingle with the players in Domino Park. You’ll even visit the site of an old Ku Klux Klan building -- there’s more history here than you may know. The ride leaves from Los Pinareños Fruteria, 1334 SW 8th St., Miami; tickets $20 for members, $30 for non-members; info for bike rentals is also available at www.historymiami.org.
Jazz Fest at Sunny Isles
The Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Fest turns seven this year and runs from Friday, November 14, through Sunday, November 16. There are special concerts that bookend the jazz fest, involving prix fixe dinner at the Aquilina and prix fixe brunch at Trump International -- but the main event runs Saturday from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Heritage Park (19200 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles): a concert themed “What a Wonderful World” and featuring the Melton Mustafa Orchestra with guest vocalists Rochelle Lightfoot, Brenda Alford, LeNard Rutledge, and international jazz percussionist Leon Foster Thomas. Tickets are $15 for this event (but vary for other dining and concert shows); www.sunnyislesbeachmiami.com/jazzfest/.
One Night Only: Paquito D’Rivera
Ever since saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera left Cuba and landed in the United States in the early 1980s, he has become a Latin jazz phenomenon, winning 12 Grammys and numerous other awards, and releasing numerous highly acclaimed albums. He will play for one night only at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium (2901 W. Flagler St., Miami) at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 15; tickets cost $33; www.boxofficeticketsales.com/paquito-drivera-tickets.aspx.
The Fun Is On the River Walk
You can spend the entire day at this year’s Miami River Walk Festival, on Saturday, November 15. The seventh annual festival runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with lots of food (and emphasis on Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine), tons of live music (Regla Cumbá; de Oro de Colombia; guitarist/bagpiper Armando Rodriguez; the Bolivia Mágica ballet folklorico; Paraguayan harp player Alberto Sanabria; and Conjunto Anturas). Kids’ activities include face painting, clowns, and balloons -- and don’t forget the crafts and a boat parade for all ages. There’s discounted parking (five dollars) from 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at One Bayfront Plaza; enter through the first garage on the right from SE 2nd Street. Or forget the car altogether, take the Metromover to Park Station and just walk a block to the river -- it’s all free; miamiriverwalkfestival.com.
This American Life Brings Dance to Radio
Ira Glass, the host of NPR’s popular radio show This American Life, partners with Monica Bill Barnes & Company Productions in a “lively, funny, and heartfelt” show he debuted at Carnegie Hall in 2013 and which has brought down the house everywhere he’s presented it. In Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host, he tells stories and shares audio clips that are presented in dance -- and calls it one of his favorite projects ever. Presented by MDC Live Arts on Sunday, November 16 at 5:00 p.m. at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts (174 E. Flagler St., Miami); tickets $30; mdclivearts.org.
Jazz Prodigy Opens Winter Music Season
Emmet Cohen holds music degrees from University of Miami and the Manhattan School of Music, awards as Downbeat’s “Best Jazz Soloist” and “Best Jazz Trio,” and was a recent finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition -- and he’s only 24. His trio will kick off the St. Martha-Yamaha Concert Series (9301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami Shores) on Sunday, November 16, at 3:00 p.m. The series continues through the winter with a mixture of classical, Latin, and opera programming. Tickets range from $10 to $20; saintmarthaconcerts.com.
A Cartoon Feature for Kids
The basic premise is this: Jewish mouse Fievel Mousekewitz flees czarist Russia with his family to escape Cossack cat persecution, falls overboard during the transatlantic crossing, must find his way to America and his family, then join with other immigrant mice and rats against the nasty cats in Lower Manhattan. The animated children’s film was released 1986 and will be the feature for the second Miami Theater Center and O Cinema Family Film Day, which screens at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 22 at MTC (9806 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores); tickets $8 for adults, $5 for kids; www.o-cinema.org/venue/o-cinema-miami-shores/.
A French Classic Plays the Classics
The 25-year-old French pianist David Kadouch won the Beethoven Bonn Competition in 2005 and Leeds International Piano Competition in 2009. He has performed with Pierre Boulez, headlined the Montreux festival, and played with numerous international orchestras and festivals. He’ll now inaugurate the Miami International Piano Festival on Sunday, November 23, at 5;00 p.m., with piano solos of Bach, Schumann, and Brahms, part of four “Sundays at Five” at the Aventura Arts & Culture Center (3385 NE 188th St., Aventura); call for tickets information, 305-466-8002; miamipianofest.com.
Compiled by BT arts editor Anne Tschida. Please send information and images to