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A “Must See” Month: Get Your Seat At The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center

April 27, 2023

The exciting culmination of the current seasons of the Aventura International Film Series and the Miami International Piano Festival, one of this generation’s greatest crooners, a rocking night with Chicago Brass and two family theater musicals will light up the stage at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center this May.

South Florida Legends Presents Chicago Brass on Saturday, May 6th, 2023 at 8:00 p.m. An eight-piece band with horns exactly like the original groups Chicago, Earth Wind & Fire and Three Dog Night, Chicago Brass takes audiences back in time singing their favorite hits such as "25 Or 6 To 4," "Saturday In The Park," "Let’s Groove," "Mama Told Me," "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is" and "Beginnings." The band’s motto is to “live solid and play solid” so that they perfectly rehearse each song note for note to give audiences the ultimate experience of seeing and hearing the real thing. Tickets are $49-$59.

Dance NOW! Miami Presents Program III on Saturday, May 13th, 2023 at 8:00 p.m. The program features a restaging of Joffrey Ballet's boundary-breaking work The Relativity Of Icarus and the world premiere of Dance NOW!'s Gli Altri/The Others. The first features choreography by Gerald Arpino and is an athletic male duet from 1974 that uses the Daedalus and Icarus myths to express the tortured relationship between sons and fathers, with homoerotic overtones that were controversial for its time. The second, choreographed by Artistic Directors Hannah Baumgarten and Diego Salterini, marries Filmmaker Federico Fellini's cinematic imagery with confessional storytelling to create unique symbolism. This performance contains adult content and themes. Tickets are $50.

The Current Season of the Aventura International Film Series, Presented by the City of Aventura, culminates with Broker on Tuesday, May 16th, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. Five years after winning the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival for Shoplifters, Academy Award® Nominee Hirokazu Kore-eda returns with Broker, starring Cannes Best Actor Winner Song Kang Ho (Parasite). The film follows two brokers who circumvent the bureaucracy of legal adoption to sell orphaned infants to affluent couples who can't have children of their own. After an infant's mother surprises the duo by returning to ensure her child finds a good home, the three embark on a journey to find the right couple, building an unlikely family of their own. Not rated, the film is presented in Korean with English 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. Screenings are general admission with the lobby doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and the auditorium at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $12.

Hochberg Lower School Presents Disney’s Aladdin JR. featuring its students on Wednesday, May 17th, 2023 and Thursday, May 18th, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. Aladdin and his three friends, Babkak, Omar and Kassim are down on their luck until Aladdin discovers a magic lamp and the Genie who has the power to grant three wishes. Wanting to earn the respect of Princess Jasmine, Aladdin embarks on an adventure that will test his will and his moral character. Tickets are $25 and all attendees are required to have a ticket including student and lap tickets.

Brian Evans brings his big band to the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center on Saturday, May 20th, 2023 at 8:00 p.m. in a concert produced by The Maui Celebrity Series. Labeled by Grammy Magazine as "one of the most relevant crooners in the style of Sinatra of this generation," Evans performed 377 shows at The Desert Inn in Las Vegas, once home to Sinatra and recorded the first live album from the venue. His version of Sinatra’s “New York, New York,” has millions of views on YouTube and more than two billion views on TikTok. In his concert at Aventura, he will be backed by Grammy® Award-Winning Musical Director Gary Anderson, who is known for his work with Sinatra. Evans’ music is produced by Narada Michael Walden, Legendary Producer of Whitney Houston, George Michael and Elton John. A successful songwriter and novelist, Evans has a 150-song catalog that continues to be licensed for shows ranging from the Netflix Series “BoJack Horseman” to “So You Think You Can Dance.” Tickets are $45-$125 with those purchasing tickets in rows A or B invited to a post-show meet and greet.

Miami International Piano Festival crowns its 2022-2023 Season with a concert featuring Russian Virtuoso Dmitry Ablogin on Sunday, May 21st, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. Ablogin has performed in Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Poland, Russia, France and in the U.S. with the Miami International Piano Festival. In October 2021 he won the 10th International German Piano Award and made his debut at the Alte Oper Frankfurt. He will perform a program of Sergei Rachmaninoff, Sergei Taneyev and Nikolai Medtner. Lecturer in Residence Professor Frank E. Cooper offers a pre-concert introduction. Not suggested for children under 12 years of age. Tickets are $45-$55.

LCA Performing Arts Company Presents The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee performed by the LCAP Company on Friday, May 26th, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 27th, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience. An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding’ of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter, one speller leaves but at least the losers get a juice box. Tickets are $35-$65 with $5 Lap Tickets for children ages two years and younger.

Ticketmaster is the only official ticketing service of the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. Buy tickets online at: - By phone at: (877) 311-7469. Or: (954) 462-0222. Or in person at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center box office Wednesday through Saturday from 12:00 p.m. noon to 5:00 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to each performance. For Group Sales, please call: (954) 660-6307.

The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center is located at 3385 Northeast 188th Street, Aventura, Florida 33180. Join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at: @aventuracenter Or: #aventuracenter.

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