On November 12, South Miami’s Art Night, second of the season, brought a crowd to the courtyard of the First National Bank of South Miami, event headquarters where participants picked up their maps for the walk that included touring downtown shops and viewing displayed art… At the same time, sponsors and assorted VIPs gathered for a reception at the Bank to celebrate the “Unveiling of the Manatee” to kick off the upcoming Manatee Fest, a public art display in South Miami (patterned after the flamingos, cows and assorted other animals decorated by artists in other cities). The Manatee unveiled was unadorned and will be one of many painted by local artists and later installed on private properties and public sidewalks for all to enjoy. Among the artists at the reception was Nancy Martini whose beautiful art collection made entirely from recycled and up-cycled materials is an inspiration to all. Martini hopes sponsors will enable her to take her art on tour, demonstrating how recycling has many forms and advantages.
“Oliver,” another smash hit for Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre opened last week with preview shows, opening night party and performance on Friday, November 19t with several VIPs and sponsors on hand to enjoy the show. Cruz Santiago, student at St Peter & Paul Catholic School who took the role of Oliver on opening night is a young talent with a voice that will break your heart for clarity and beauty. Many may remember his part in “Les Miserables” last season. Santiago shares the lead role during the run with firsttime Actors’ performer, Sam Schechter, who attends Beth Am, another hidden talent sure to delight audiences. David Arisco and Barbara Stein continue to uncover major talent in South Florida and “Oliver” will thrill audiences with its cast of Actors’ favorites including Gary Marachek, Ken Clement, Shane Tanner, Amy Miller Brennan, and Elizabeth Dimon. This is a magical cast, all of whom can bring belly laughs and tears and everything in between with their shear talent.
Tickets are $42 for week nights and matinees. Friday and Saturday night tickets are $50. Ask about special prices for students, seniors and groups. For more information or tickets, call 305 444-9293 or go online to www.actorsplayhouse.org.
Congratulations to Joan Reitsma who recently reopened The Giving Tree at 248 Giralda in Coral Gables after flooding forced her to close for one year. A retired school teacher, Reitsma is well known for her support of a variety of local non-profits including the Junior Orange Bowl Committee, May Van Sickle Dental Clinic, and Rotary Club. She recently held a grand re-opening party attended by local dignitaries and plans several more receptions to welcome back customers who have shopped there for yarns, collectibles and gifts for literally any occasion.
Finally, the holiday season has come and once again the Adrianne Arsht Performing Arts Center kicks off the season with four magnificent Christmas wreaths at the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House. The wreaths, a gift from Rick, Margarita and Steven Tonkinson, bring a certain festive air to the Opera House from a family that has a history of supporting the performing arts.
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