Enter the O, Miami Basketball Tournament and Win Street Cred

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What do the Big Three and O, Miami have in common? Their love of dominant basketball.

Miami's literary and athletic worlds are headed for a collision course next Easter Sunday. Do your free throw reps, get that jumper wet, and prepare to have some good time on the hardwood. On April 20, the gauntlet will be thrown.

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Clark Gable Slept Here at the Arsht Center: The Dead Gigolo Is Only the Beginning

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Photo by Justin Namon
Cast of Clark Gable Slept Here.
In Zoetic Stage's Clark Gable Slept Here, the mystery begins before the show starts. Amateur sleuths in the audience may spend the moments before the curtain drawing their own conclusions about Robert F. Wolin's lavish, symmetrical set design — a penthouse suite in a posh Hollywood hotel, its color palette a modern mix of mauves and grays. They'll note the half-finished glass of champagne — or is it vodka? — on a small table, and the worn tennis shoes incongruously resting in a jumble on a countertop. And what are those phallic objects on the upturned bed sheet? Are those dildos? Yes, yes, they are.

Then the scene goes black, and we're held in suspense no longer. When the stage lights return, a naked, good-looking corpse (Robert Johnston) lies face-down on the patterned rug, while a quivering hotel maid (Vanessa Elise) stares at the horror. She doesn't speak English, we'll soon learn, but she lacks the words in any language to describe this fine mess. Luckily, Jarrod Hilliard (Michael McKeever) does, and as he strides in, dressed to the nines in a three-piece suit and black tie, he utters one of the great first lines in recent stage history: "Well, fuck me with a spoon." Leave it to the guy who wrote the play to give himself the best dialogue.

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Carbonell Awards 2014 Honors South Florida's Theatrical Best at Amaturo Theater Monday

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The Lion in Winter, at Palm Beach Dramaworks, is nominated for eight awards, including best production of a play.
Each year, the Carbonell Awards celebrate the best and brightest of South Florida's theater industry. Though the awards recognize performances, productions, and works that moved audiences during the 2013-14 season, perhaps theaters' greatest feat was focusing our Netflix-glazed gazes on something other than a screen for an hour.

Along with New York's Drama Desk and Chicago's Joseph Jefferson Awards, the Carbonells are among the nation's senior regional arts awards and predate many others, including Washington, D.C.'s Helen Hayes Awards. The Carbonells are named after Manuel Carbonell, an internationally-renowned sculptor who designed the original solid bronze and marble trophy in 1976. Winners and nomineeds are chosen each season by volunteer panelists and judges from hundreds of shows produced on stages throughout the tri-county area.

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GableStage's The Mountaintop Is Brilliant and Disastrous

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Photo by George Schiavone
C. Anthony Jackson and Karen Stephens in The Mountaintop.
Martin Luther King Jr.'s feet stank. At least they did April 3, 1968, in playwright Katori Hall's imagined scenario of the night before the great leader was assassinated. It makes sense. Yours might stink too after trudging back to your motel room in a torrential storm while wearing the same dress shoes you donned earlier that evening to proselytize passionately in a poorly air-conditioned Memphis church, where your words rattled the rafters with oratorical flourishes both inspiring and premonitory: "I've seen the promised land... I might not get there with you."

Nevertheless, it's unusual and refreshing to see King this way, as a human being with problems shared by most of us. We're used to seeing him as more icon than man -- a talking head on YouTube or, every third Monday of January, on CNN, where snippets of video revisit history's embodiment of nonviolence and racial harmony. In Hall's The Mountaintop, which is enjoying its South Florida premiere at GableStage, he's much more than his sound bites.

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Mastermind 2014 Finalist: Otto Von Schirach is a Weirdo, But He's Miami's Weirdo

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Photo by: Stian Roenning
Miami New Times' Mastermind Awards honors the city's most inspiring creatives. This year, we received more than 100 submissions, which our staff narrowed to an elite group of 30, and finally, nine. We'll be profiling those finalists in the days to come. This year's three Mastermind Award winners will be announced February 27 at Artopia, our annual soiree celebrating Miami culture. For tickets and more information, visit the website.

He's unlike any other being on this planet -- nay, the universe.

Whatever dimension spawned this mad genius, it's Miami that's lucky enough to call him its own. Signed to Modeselektor's Monkeytown Records, Otto von Schirach is about to complete a new album the likes of which we've never heard before and will probably never hear again. But one thing is certain: It will be packed with that car-rattling, ass-shaking Miami bass that's brought him love from around the world.

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Local Magic Man Performed for Madonna, Named Magician of the Year

Categories: Performing Arts

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Courtesy of Mio Rodriguez
His father was a costume designer and his mother a professional dancer, so it's almost as if Mio Rodriguez was destined to be a performer.

His father also dabbled in magic, y'know, the occasional trick.

"When I was seven years old, he would sit me on his lap in the kitchen and teach me magic with cards," Rodriguez said. "He would take me to magic shows, and he always told me how things were done."

Pops should be proud, because unlike haphazard TV illusionist Gob Bluth, this guy is getting love from the International Brotherhood of Magicians. He was just named Magician of the Year by the south Florida chapter, and he has his own television series in the works. Clearly, his development is anything but arrested.

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New Open Mic Puts Local Performers Center Stage on Saturday Nights

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This local comedian could be you cutting your teeth at The Mic.
Open mics are where performers cut their teeth, develop their chops, and other folksy idioms meaning "possibly suck to get better."

Polish is traded for rawness, whether it's in witnessing a guitarist tighten a strum pattern, a poet discover that perfect adjective, or comedians nervously testing out premises they thought of while parking. These baby-steps are often tucked into weekdays as not to compete with the weekend's bigger events.

But things are changing. Do you smellĀ an opportunity? Or is that the sizzling cheese of a freshly baked pizza pie? Local comedian and promoter Sean Ramrattan wants you to indulge in both with a brand new all-arts open mic every Saturday night at Mansini's Pizza House in Little Havana. New Times spoke with Sean to get the scoop -- or slice -- on Miami's newest place to rock the mic.

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Experimental Music and Movement Send Out Signals at Miami Theater Center

Categories: Performing Arts

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Juraj Kojs is a Slovakian-born composer, performer, multimedia artist and presenter. Trained as a classical pianist, he is co-founder of the Foundation for Emerging Technologies and Arts (FETA), whose goal is to cultivate interactive experimentation in composition and performance. He's intrigued by mankind's evolving relationship to technology and how it affects our psyches, our senses, our natural and man-made ecology.

Describing a 2013 multi-media performance that utilized motion-sensitive electronics to detect and deliver sound, he says, "We live in a time of transition, where our daily routines ebb and flow among digital processes. We change them and they change us."
Currently in residence at the Miami Theater Center in Miami Shores as part of the Sandbox Series, he has conducted a preparatory series of public workshops designed to deliver an immersive experience of how music can be conceived and created, combining household objects and technology. He is again collaborating with choreographer Carlota Pradera and visual artist/costume designer Kim Yantis to create a new piece called Signals that will premiere Friday, Feb. 14.

We asked Kojs about the new work.


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Ballet Dancers Sing? Miami City Ballet Learns New Tricks for West Side Story Suite

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Known for its strength and versatility, Miami City Ballet will flaunt a new set of skills this Friday as the company debuts its world premiere of Jerome Robbins' West Side Story Suite. In addition to tackling Robbins' dazzling choreography, several dancers will also sing. Yes, ballet dancers will sing.

Not to be confused with the Broadway musical that Robbins collaborated on with Leonard Bernstein in 1957, West Side Story Suite is a ballet with singing roles. In 1995, Robbins synthesized and updated the original, but the essence lives on. Maria and Tony are still two star-crossed lovers, and the rival gangs the Sharks and the Jets still rumble. We spoke with MCB soloist Sara Esty and guest artist Jeremy Cox about the challenges of preparing to sing and dance.

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The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart Brings Unconventional Theater to Bar 337

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Photo by: Drew Farrell
Melody Grove enchants the audience as Prudencia Hart
The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart is a unique, otherworldly and exhilarating experience. Part of that comes from the fact that supernatural forces are main characters in the play. The other part stems from the play being presented in a bar.

This inventive play from the National Theatre of Scotland was a hit at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and will be performed for Miami audiences at Bar 337 from Wednesday, Feb. 19 through Sunday, Feb. 23. The play was brought to Miami through the efforts of Kathryn Garcia, executive director of MDC Live Arts.

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