Our April update in Miami culture news.
Festival founder P. Scott Cunningham at O, Miami.
The annual O, Miami Poetry Festival Returns, with less rhyme and more reason. The goal of the monthlong O, Miami Poetry Festival is to have every person in Miami-Dade County encounter a poem. Translation: Residents will be lavished with guerrilla-style verses in unexpected places. The festival, now in its fourth year, is trying to shift the perception of poetry from an elitist pastime to an approachable artistic medium. “So much of the neon-and-white-walls side of Miami takes itself very seriously, and so much of the poetry world takes itself very seriously,” says festival founder P. Scott Cunningham. “We like to do things that break out of those constrictions and reach people directly in surprising ways. This year, we’re going to have a poetry ice cream man. We’re going to have poems written in Braille. We’re going to have a gigantic mural on Biscayne Boulevard.... Plus, Miami is a great place to collaborate, and it’s weird, which is perfect for poetry.” April 1–30 at various locations throughout Miami.
2015 marks five decades together for Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey of The Who, and to celebrate they’re embarking on an extensive North American tour. When the acclaimed British band plays Miami, fans will get to hear the classic hits—“My Generation,” “The Kids Are Alright,” “Pinball Wizard,” “Behind Blue Eyes,” and many more—that have made The Who rock ’n’ roll royalty for 50 years. Fellow legends Joan Jett & the Blackhearts open the show. “We’ve been very close friends with Joan Jett for a long time,” Townsend says. “She is the real deal. This will be a great night of rock ’n’ roll for everyone.” April 17; AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Frida Kahlo, whose riveting self-portraits made her a heroine for the marginalized, and Diego Rivera, the celebrated muralist 20 years her senior, were married in 1929, and despite—or perhaps fueled by—their tempestuous relationship, they went on to become Mexico’s most acclaimed artists, producing scores of hypnotic, insightful works. This month, check out “Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection and Mexican Modernism from the Stanley and Pearl Goodman Collection,” an exhibition of more than 30 of their pieces, including Kahlo’s Self Portrait As a Tehuana (Diego on My Mind) (shown) and Rivera’s Portrait of Natasha Gelman. Through May 31. NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., 954-525-5500.
My Life on the D-List’s Kathy Griffin brings her wicked brand of stand-up to Fort Lauderdale for one night of pull-no-punches comedy. April 25; Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-462-0222
The defining rock musical of the ’90s, Rent follows a tight-knit group fighting to save their music—and relationships—amid the growing scourge of HIV/AIDS. With a hit score featuring the songs “Without You” and “Another Day,” the show artfully reveals truths just as relevant today as they were 20 years ago. April 30–May 3; Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St., Aventura, 305-466-8002
PHOTOGRAPHY BY GESI SCHILLING; THE JACQUES AND NATASHA GELMAN COLLECTION OF 20TH CENTURY MEXICAN ART/COURTESY OF THE VERGEL FOUNDATION AND THE TARPON TRUST/BANCO DE MÉXICO DIEGO RIVERA FRIDA KAHLO MUSEUMS TRUST, MEXICO, D.F./ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY, NEW YORK