The bubbly was flowing at Arts Garage when it was announced they had won both the $30,000 Knight Arts Challenge Award and the $20,000 Knight Arts Challenge People’s Choice award. These amazing achievements mean the good times will get even better at this outstanding cultural venue, and January promises to set the tone for an outstanding New Year!
“In the short amount of time since the Arts Garage opened, it has garnered a big local following. The strength of its programming was reflected by the fact that so many people supported it for the first ever People’s Choice Award for up-and-coming organizations,” said Dennis Scholl, Vice-President of Arts for the Knight Foundation. “These awards assist us in continuing and expanding our incredible programming,” said Alyona Ushe, Executive Director of Arts Garage. “And we are kicking off the year in style.” Ushe is particularly excited about the caliber of performances coming up. “We are having Bob Margolin, who is one of the last remaining members of the Muddy Waters band. This show is going to be an amazing experience.” Margolin literally learned with the best. “In 1973, I went to see Muddy at Paul’s Mall in Boston,” he recalled. “He had seen me in opening bands and had been very encouraging to me because I was trying to play his style of “Old School” (Muddy’s term) Chicago Blues. He had just lost long-time guitarist Sammy Lawhorn and he hired me to play in his band. While most musicians in modern times learn from listening to recordings, Muddy put me on his right side on the bandstand so I could watch him play guitar. I sure appreciated that opportunity while it was happening, and tried to use it to learn to give Muddy what he wanted on the bandstand, and for myself.” Another legend hitting Arts Garage stage is Randy Brecker who has been shaping the sound of Jazz, R&B and Rock for more than four decades. “His trumpet and flugelhorn performances have graced hundreds of albums by a wide range of artists including James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, Parliament Funkadelic, Frank Sinatra, SteelyDan, David Sanborn, Jaco Pastorius, Horace Silver and Frank Zappa,” said Ushe. “His show will be sensational!” But Jazz and Blues greats are not the only draws this month, Theatre at Arts Garage brings their second production, Gloucester Blue by renowned playwright Israel Horoviz to the stage. “Gloucester Blue is a black comedy about a man who returns home after a long absence and encounters all manner of infidelities and murders,” said Ushe. “It was written multi- award winning playwright Israel Horovitz.” Horovitz has written over 70 produced plays and his screenplay for the film, Author!, Author!, starring Al Pacino was largely autobiographical. “We presented a reading of this play during our festival last year, and it was such a success that we decided to add it to this season’s repertoire,” she said. “It’s not to be missed!” Ushe is also thrilled to announce two special complimentary community events: an open house for the Performing Arts Academy at Arts Garage featuring a meet and greet with the talented teachers and a performance by the Academy’s own student band, the Grease Monkeys. This will be followed by an Arts Garage Open House hosted by the Arts Garage Guild, where guests will sample an artistic menu along with wine and hors d’oeuvres. “These events are wonderful opportunities to see what Arts Garage is offering and to learn about getting involved with this growing and dynamic part of our community,” said Ushe. For more information and tickets, www.artsgarage.org
or call 561-450-6357.
Friday 1/4, 7:30 pm Divas in Art:
Tickets: $15-$25 in advance $5 more at the door. This handful of talented young drag divas has been tickling Arts Garage audiences since the beginning. Experience the vocal samplings and frisky humor of some of South Florida’s best female impersonators. Pairing entertaining covers of classic favorites with sassy audience interactions, the ladies have captured a cult following that grows with every performance. Come witness these luscious “ladies” strut their stuff.
Saturday 1/5 , 8:00 pm Jazz Project: Lenore Raphael and Howard Alden
Tickets: $25-$35. $5 more at the door Lenore Raphael, a Steinway prodigy, performed at Carnegie hall when she was still a teenager. Now, she spends her time at major international jazz festivals and packed performance venues. Her swinging beats and deft fingers have earned her a spot at the top of the jazz piano roster of heavy-hitters. Joining her for this performance is Howard Alden, a 7-string guitar master. As jazz critic Wayne Thompson of Jazzscene writes, “If there are better young jazz guitar players in America than Howard Alden, I have yet to hear them.” He has won dozens of awards and has been featured in movie soundtracks, including Woody Allen’s 1999 Academy Award- Nominated Sweet and Lowdown. Together, this skillful duo delights audiences with harmonious melodies, peppered with surprising improvisation.
Friday 1/11, 7:30 pm Jazz Project: Federico Britos
Tickets: $25-$35. $5 more at the door There is no greater proof of the universality of jazz and classical music than the career and life work of violinist Federico Britos. This titan of the violin, who is equally adept within the world of jazz music as he is in the classical realm, has built a solid reputation worldwide. In the span of his career, he has performed with almost all the living legends, including Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, Woody Herman and Benny Goodman. Grammy winner Paquito d’Rivera credits Britos with introducing bossa nova in Cuba, and he has since gained recognition as one of the most versatile and talented instrumentalists of his generation. He has won five Grammy awards and collaborated on countless albums. Arts Garage is honored to feature this music legend for a concert that showcases this extraordinary talent.
Saturday 1/12, 8:00 pm Jazz Project: Turk Mauro
Tickets: $25-$35. $5 more at the door Saxophone giant Turk Mauro is known worldwide for his precision and flare. First introduced to music through his father, a swing musician, Turk went on to play sax with Dizzy Gillespie. He then embarked on a stellar solo career that took him around the world. His comfort with a range of styles, from big band swing to hard bop and classic jazz, has earned him a reputation as one of the most versatile saxophone artists in the region.
Open House at Arts Garage Sunday 1/13, 8:00 pm 12pm – 3pm
| Performing Arts Academy at Arts Garage Open House (complimentary, online reservation suggested) Presenting the highest level of performing arts education. Meet the talented staff and enjoy Academy’s own student band Grease Monkeys. 5pm
| Arts Garage Open House hosted by the Arts Garage Guild – complimentary (online reservation suggested) Sample our artistic menu, meet our creative volunteers and leadership teams, and enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres on us. Featuring jazz vocalist Charmaine Forde and introducing our own Grease Monkeys.
Tuesday 1/15, 7:30 pm Martin Luther King Jr. Event
Suggested donation: $15 The great Dr. King died 44 years ago, but he comes to life in this one-man show starring Tony Thompson. Benefits Auroras Voice, devoted to continuing the work of Gandhi and King.
Friday 1/18, 7:30 pm Jazz Project: Mike Levine
Tickets: $25-$35. $5 more at the door Mike Levine is a man of many talents. After studying piano at the University of Miami, his career took off and has spanned genres and generations. He has collaborated with some of today’s forefront musicians, like Jaco Pastorius, Michael Bolton, Ed Calle, and Duffy Jackson. His new album Thinking of You landed him on Billboard for five weeks in the top 30, as well as on the SmoothJazz.com Indie chart for 17 weeks. He entertains audiences with a variety of styles, at one moment playing seductive jazz from the heart and next rocking toe-tapping rhythm that gets people moving. He is as comfortable playing jazz classics as he is original compositions, and always delivers a performance that brings audiences back for more.
Saturday 1/19 , 8:00 pm Garage Blues: Bob Margolin
Tickets: $25-$35. $5 more at the door Inspired by Chuck Berry, Bob Margolin began playing guitar in 1964. A mere nine years later, Muddy Waters hired him, and Bob learned volumes from playing alongside him during performances. Margolin was featured with Muddy Waters in Martin Scorcese’s The Last Waltz in 1976. He has recorded numerous albums, and in 2005 was honored with the W.C. Handy award for best instrumentalist. Nicknamed “Steady Rollin” for his mellow tunes and rolling melodies, Margolin brings a classy elegance to his music and redefines old blues standards.
1/25 – 2/17 Wednesday – Friday, 7:30 PM Saturday, 2:00 PM – Sunday, 7:00 pm Theatre at Arts Garage: Gloucester Blue
Tickets: $25-$40 in advance Sex, murder and mayhem in a sleepy New England seaside village; now, that’s pure Chamber of Commerce! The renovation of an old Gloucester, MA harbor house is the setting for master playwright Israel Horovitz’ dark comedy; the latest in his series of “Gloucester plays.” As two painters apply the specific “blue” selected by the privileged lady of the house, revelations of old connections and mounting sexual tensions explode when her husband returns home to all manner of bondage, bad blood, and bedlam.
Saturday 1/26, 8:00 pm Jazz Project: Randy Brecker
Tickets: $25-$35. $5 more at the door South Florida legend Randy Brecker is one of the most versatile trumpeters in the industry. Well-known as part of the popular duo The Brecker Brothers and nominated for seven Grammy awards, Randy has also recorded and toured with music legends like Jaco Pastorius, Blue Oyster Cult, and Bruce Springsteen. Randy Brecker has played music practically since he could walk, and has been swinging audiences for over 40 years. He began playing R&B and funk in local bar bands while in his teens, and developed an ear for hard bop through his father’s record collection. When he was just 22, he won the first International Jazz Competition in Vienna. He is perhaps best known as part of the duo The Brecker Brothers, a group he formed with his brother, late trumpeter Michael Brecker. Together the Brecker Brothers were nominated for 7 Grammy awards, and won 2 Grammys for their 1994 album Out of the Loop.