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5 Weekend Dates With Culture!

BY Germaine Benson | January 6, 2017 | Feature Features

Miami's cultural season is in full swing. From jazz to ballet, here are five stage engagements you shouldn't miss this weekend.
Pink Martini takes the stage at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts this Friday, Jan. 13.

Art Talks
The latest edition of PAMM’s Scholl Lecture Series has Director Franklin Sirmans sitting down with artist Julie Mehretu to discuss how her paintings and drawings have developed over the span of her career. After or before, attendees can see those words come to life in Mehretu’s current exhibition, Routes of Influence. Jan. 12, 7PM, free with museum admission, PĂ©rez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305.375.3000

Jazz Junction
Combining Korean folkloric traditions and modern jazz, Black Jazz is a cultural melting pot of sound and dance presented by Jazz Academy Miami. Before the performance, there will be a panel discussion with artists and community leaders pertaining to the East-meets-West theme of the evening. Jan. 13, 6:30PM, $15-$30, Aventura Arts and Culture Center, 3385 NE 188th St., Aventura, 305.466.8002

La Vie En Rose
Those who love Pink Martini will tell you that the troupe’s music is intoxicatingly happy. Oregon’s beloved little orchestra, as it is known, will perform material from their latest album, Je dis oui!, which features songs in eight different languages. Let yourself fall under their spell. Jan. 13, 8PM, $35-$115, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305.949.6722

Tiny Dancer
The Miami City Ballet’s current season has been delighting audiences since fall. Program II is no exception. The world-renowned troupe takes the stage to perform Serenade, the first ballet George Balanchine made in America; Carousel Pas de Deux, a revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic by choreographer Sir Kenneth MacMillan; Calcium Lights, Peter Martin’s raw and witty ballet from 1978; and Glass Pieces, a Jerome Robbins-choreographed piece of theater with music by Philip Glass that continues to thrill audiences 30 years after its debut. Jan. 13-15, times vary, $20-$99, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305.949.6722

Gala Glamour
Miami’s first main gala of 2017 is here. The YoungArts Backyard Ball serves as the annual fundraiser for the National Young Arts Foundation and honors the 2017 YoungArts finalists (high school students in the arts that the organization helps to pursue professional careers in everything from film to literature). At the main event, YoungArts alumni will present a multilayered performance that’s the highlight of the evening. The party continues after the gala with an alfresco dance party at the YoungArts Plaza featuring the talents of DJ Walshy Fire. Jan. 14, 7PM, gala tickets from $1,000, afterparty tickets from $100, YoungArts Campus, 2100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305.377.1140

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