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Judy Drucker Returns

Miami’s music maven picks up where she left off at the Concert Association of Florida.

January 05, 2011

Powerhouse producer Judy Drucker—a pioneer in shaping Miami’s cultural landscape—spoke to us about resuming her role as artistic director of the Concert Association of Florida.

What inspired you to make your comeback?
JUDY DRUCKER: I wasn’t away that long, just two years, but I couldn’t stand it. I missed it terribly and felt incomplete. And now, like a phoenix that’s risen from the ashes, I’m back! I love bringing people together and I love giving artistic young hopefuls a chance at glory.

What can we look forward to this season?
I’m starting small, with just four concerts from February through May. It all kicks off on February 1 with Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo or, as we like to call them, The Trocks. They’re amazing and talented male dancers dressed as women. It’s a very beautiful show.

What do you think of Miami’s hyper-evolved new identity as a cultural hotbed?
I think this city has made tremendous advances in much of the past 40 years. As far as music: I’m so happy that all the concerts we worked hard to put on eventually made possible the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, and now we have quite a full season. Miami can hold its head high. It’s now one of the main great cultural centers in the world, and it’s only going to get better.


 

Recycled Art

An art installation by The Cracking Art Group brings recycling to the forefront.

November 11, 2010

To help raise awareness about critical environmental issues, Galleria Ca’ d’Oro, one of Rome’s most respected contemporary art galleries, and prominent artistic collective Cracking Art Group have collaborated on a project called “The REgeneration Art Project.” Debuting in Miami on November 19 and running through January 3, the project is comprised of 45 strategically placed pink snails made of recycled plastic, whose presence is hoped to remind people about the importance of both recycling and learning more about the natural beauty that surrounds us. Keep an out for them, and follow their journey at pinksnails.com.


 

Gender Studies

An exhibition at The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum on the sexual division of labor gets everyone thinking.

July 26, 2010

The Wolfsonian Teaching Gallery at The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University present “Women’s Work/Men’s Work: Labor and Gender in America,” a thought-provoking exhibition that explores how the sexual division of labor in America has been represented in art, propaganda and advertising during the first half of the 20th century. Objects on display include paintings, posters, prints and photographs, and the exhibition (free and open to the public) is on view through April 25.


 

Bravo!

Take advantage: The Florida Grand Opera season’s in full swing.

July 26, 2010

 

Does your idea of “high art” involve the Pink Floyd laser show at the planetarium? If you’re looking to add some dimension to your Magic City culture quest, get higher—with a Florida Grand Opera production. Although the 2009–2010 season wraps up in May, you can still catch the final show—Carmen (April 24 to May 15)—which happens to be nearly perfect for the uninitiated but curious. Georges Bizet’s timeless, noir-ish tragedy of unrequited love and murder is largely considered one of the most famous operas of all time.

Perhaps unexpectedly, FGO has become a world-class operation, consistently developing modern, cutting-edge, award-winning opera that showcases the world’s biggest stars in the most memorable, career-defining roles. And speaking of modern and cutting-edge, the opera makes use of both the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, both topnotch, state-of-the-art venues that will provide the ideal backdrops to your elevated cultural standing as patron of the higher arts. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, 305-949-6722; Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-462-0222

BY JOHN HEINZ

 

Win a Trip

Travel to Versailles on France Guide Prestige’s tab.

May 03, 2010

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