Arts Garage: December’s Sultry Side

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As Florida begins to cool down, Arts Garage heats up this joyous season with programming that everyone will celebrate. This month we offer a gift of entertainment that highlights the cultural venue’s innovative and expansive style. Toe- tapping rhythms, Grammy Award winners, international icons, and fire-y surprises are just a few of the presents you’ll find under our tree! “December truly exemplifies the eclectic and dynamic diversity that Arts Garage has become synonymous with,” said Alyone Ushe, Executive Director. “This year, we launched several exciting new programs that can be experienced this month including our master classes, swing dance, and Radio Theatre. Our continued commitment to bring the finest programming only grows with each passing year, as does our gratitude for our expanding audience base and wonderful supporters.” One of the ways Arts Garage ensures its artistic growth is through their awe-inspiring fundraisers, and this month, Grunge and Glamour II goes Latin! “Calle Rojo is our theme and it will be red- hot!” said Ushe. “We are igniting Delray with a passionate blend of music, dance, food, and explosive surprises.” Headlining this event is Grammy Award winner Marlow Rosado. From salsa to rock, from merengue to hip-hop, from bachata to reggaeton, producer / composer / pianist Marlow Rosado has had his musical hand in all of it. A native of Puerto Rico, he is a salsero at heart, but has successfully written, played and produced hits in a variety of musical styles for some of the most renowned artists in Latin music. His album Retro won the Grammy this year for Best Tropical Latin Album. As an added feature, the Gallery at Arts Garage we will be unveiling a new series of paintings by the acclaimed maestro, Jorge Botero Lujan. Known widely for his dramatic and seductive tango and flamenco canvases, Lujan’s natural talent for creating passion in his paintings will add fuego to the fiesta! Another multi-award winning artist taking the stage this month is the incomparable Dr. Lonnie Smith. Last year, the legendary artist sold out both of his performances and left the audiences on their feet cheering for more. This year, we are devoting an entire weekend to satisfy ours and Dr. Lonnie’s devoted followers. Dr. Lonnie Smith is an unparalleled musician, composer, performer and recording artist. An authentic master and guru of the Hammond B-3 organ for over five decades, he has been featured on over seventy albums, and has recorded and performed with a virtual “Who’s Who” of the greatest jazz, blues and R&B giants in the industry. Consequently, he has often been hailed as a “Legend,” a “Living Musical Icon,” and as the most creative jazz organist by a slew of music publications. International accolades also follow this month’s Master Class instructor Mark Ford. The globally acclaimed marimba specialist will be teaching his techniques at an afternoon Master Class and then wowing audiences with his virtuosity during an evening concert. “Our introduction of Master Class programs this summer are something we are extremely proud of,” continued Ushe. “They provide a tremendous benefit for our area students and music lovers, allowing for a personal experience and interaction with the finest musicians in the world.” Dance was another recent addition to the Arts Garage program and this summer’s Swing session was such a hit, it is back ‘ in season.’ The program consists of a free swing dance class, which is then followed by a concert featuring The Swing All Stars, a collection of the coolest musicians around! As the beloved Jesse Jones, Jr. explodes on sax, he will be joined by the multi-award-winning vocalists LeNard Rutledge and Brenda Alford. Another rhythmic show that is sure to delight lovers of dance, is Siempre Flamenco. The program celebrating the music, dance and spirit of Andalusia, Spain will surely inspire the audience to get on their feet and cheer! And speaking of eliciting an audience response, FAME hits the Arts Garage stage, and what a feeling it will be to see our area’s most talented youth bring the iconic film to life. But FAME is not the only feel-good film being brought to the stage this month, the holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life is the next installment of the innovative Arts Garage Radio Theatre series. Scripts adapted from classic movies during the heyday of radio will be performed live, with professional actors utilizing specially designed sound effect devices, providing a nostalgic trip to the past with a modern twist. For tickets and more information please visit www.artsgarage.org or call 561-450-6357. Sunday 12/1 • 7pm SWING ALL STARS 6pm FREE Swing Dance Class will take place before performance with Izzy Shniadoski, the director of Swing Affair. If you’re a beginner or just need a refresher, don’t miss this fun-filled lesson. The Arts Garage dance floor comes to life with the high-energy, finger-poppin’, high- steppin’ Swing All Stars. Bring your dancing shoes and swing the night away or just sit back and enjoy the show. This performance will feature the smooth soulful voice of LeNard Rutledge, guitarist and vocalist Jeff Taylor, piano virtuoso Brian Murphy, swinging bassist Paul Shewchuk, and Kevin Campfield driving the band on drums and vocals. This night will consist of open seating. Tables are not reserved. $25 Thursday 12/5 Performing Arts Academy FAME Opening Night Set during the last years of New York City’s celebrated High School for the Performing Arts on 46th Street (1980-1984), FAME – THE MUSICAL is a bittersweet but ultimately inspiring story of a diverse group of students as they commit to four years of grueling artistic and academic work. With candor, humor and insight, the show explores the issues that confront many young people today: issues of prejudice, identity, self- worth, literacy, sexuality, substance abuse and perseverance. $20 – $30 Other showtimes: Fri 12/6, 7:30pm; Sun 12/8, 7pm; Fri 12/13, 7:30pm; Sat 12/14, 2pm; Sun 12/15, 2pm & 7pm Saturday 12/ 7 All day Grunge and Glamour II Featuring Grammy winner Marlow Rosado Arts Garage invites you to paint the streets red, with Calle Rojo. In our second annual Grunge and Glamour Event, we will bring you to the streets of Latin America and Barcelona for a night to remember. In our intimate corner of Delray Beach you will be transported you to Las Rambles. From fire-eaters to body painters, and street musicians to world-class headliners the Latin Flare of South Florida will blaze bright. This fully catered event will feature the finest Latin cuisine, Caribbean Cocktails and non-stop entertainment. As an added feature, we will be unveiling a new series of paintings by the acclaimed artist Jorge Botero Lujan. We will top the evening off with the Grammy Award winning Salsa Phenom Marlow Rosado. Put on your finest reds, your Salsa shoes and celebrate the best of Delray Beach with Arts Garage. Tickets: Single: $75 | Couple: $125 | Table for 6: $350 Wednesday 12/11 2:30pm Master Class Mark Ford ($10) Wednesday 12/11 7:30pm Mark Ford in Concert ($25-$35) Mark Ford is a vigorous percussionist who performs internationally at music festivals in South America, Asia, Australia and Europe. Ford is a “marimba specialist,” who has achieved great success with numerous marimba and percussion albums, and continues to lead an active musician’s lifestyle. During the afternoon, he will step into to his educator role here Arts Garage and spend the afternoon playing and elaborating on his technique. And in the evening, he will electrify the audience with his virtuosity. Thursday 12/12 • 2:00pm & 7:30pm Arts Garage Radio Theatre It’s a `Wonderful Life From Orson Welles and the thrilling Mercury Theatre broadcasts of the 1930’s to Guy Noir and the hilarity of A Prairie Home Companion, the radio play has been one of America’s most beloved art forms. Arts Garage is proud to present a new initiative called the Arts Garage Radio Theatre! Scripts adapted from classic movies during the heyday of radio will be performed live, with performers utilizing specially designed sound effect devices, providing a nostalgic trip to the past with a modern twist. One of the most beloved holiday stories of all time! An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. $15 – $20 Friday 12/14 • 8:00pm Siempre Flamenco Arts Garage and Siempre Flamenco is proud to present: Corazon y Alma (Heart and Soul), an exciting and authentic flamenco show dedicated to presenting the art of flamenco in a fresh and engaging performance. Guitar, song and dance are in constant dialogue, and the spontaneity of conversation is interpreted in the language of flamenco- from intimate solo expressions to intricate group compositions, colored with castanets, shawls and fans. Corazon y Alma will delight and exhilarate young and old. The depth of human emotion expressed is timeless and crosses all ethnic cultures and experiences. The show stars, from Andalusia, Spain, award-winning Paco Fonta is internationally recognized as a foremost flamenco guitarist, singer, and composer. Celia Fonta studied in Madrid with many great masters, has toured internationally, and is herself recognized as a Master Artist. $25 – $35 Friday 12/20 & Saturday 12/21 Dr. Lonnie Smith Dr. Lonnie Smith is a true musical genius. He has won a plethora of critics’ polls as the world’s premier organist/keyboardist, and has been inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, as well as the Jazz Organ Fellowships Hall of Fame. He was named the Organ Keyboardist of the Year in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, and 2009 by the Jazz Journalist Association. Always ahead of the curve, it is no surprise Dr. Smith’s fan-base is truly worldwide. $25 – $35 Friday 12/ 27 • 9:00pm Eric Biddines Every once in a while we come across an artist with plans to change the direction of music. A passion to impact the culture and push the borders beyond existence, Eric Biddines is that artist. Today, his focus is to be remembered by his strategies and unique campaigns, and hope that the generations to come look at his path and say, “I want to do it the Eric Biddines way: The Do It Yourself Way.” $10 Saturday 12/28 • 8:00pm Miami Saxophone quartet Described as four of the finest saxophone players in the business, the Miami Saxophone Quartet is the creation of virtuoso saxophonists Gary Keller, Gary Lindsay, Ed Calle, and Mike Brignola. The group explores the realms of Jazz, Pop, Latin, R&B, and chamber music, performing both originals and their own arrangements of songs from a diverse array of musical legends. A testament to the flexibility and wide-ranging appeal of the saxophone, the quartet’s performances appeal to audiences of all ages and persuasions. $25 – $35