Celebrate December at Arts Garage

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Arts Garage has a festive December planned with a glittering mix of music and theatre. Each show this month is a gift to be enjoyed and shared. So if you are looking for the perfect present, why not give your friends, co-workers and loved ones the gift of entertainment? Tickets to anyone of Arts Garage’s shows is sure to bring holiday cheer! “As we close out 2012, we are presenting a dazzling line up,” said Alyona Ushe, Executive Director of Arts Garage. “The holidays are all about excitement, and we certainly have that!“ ‘’Voices of Pride will put their unique spin on some holiday classics, and The Chassidic Jazz Project is a special treat for Hanukkah,” continues Ushe. “Our Global Invasion series returns with a trio of legends whose performances are truly magical. Garage Blues brings champion guitarist Mac Arnold. And we are delighted to showcase piano prodigy Antonio Madruga. Then, to end our year’s musical journey, we are thrilled to be hosting a CD launch party for Dr. Lonnie Smith!” Want more? The new season of Theatre at Arts Garage launches this month, with the hysterical revenge comedy, Exit, Pursued by a Bear. Brilliant, funny and thought-provoking, you won’t want to miss the laughs! For more information, and ticket sales, www.artsgarage.org

Saturday 12/1, 8:00 pm Special Event: Voices of Pride Tickets: $35-$50 in advance $5 more at the door. The holidays are the perfect time for sequins and glitter, so kick off your holiday season in style, with class, and just a touch of crass! Voices of Pride will warm your hearts with gorgeous renditions of familiar holiday tunes and they will have you laughing out loud and rolling your eyes at others. Of course, there are always surprise guests and grand costumes that are a VOP hallmark. Grab some friends and come enjoy an evening of holiday celebration like none other.

Thursday 12/7 – 12/30 Wednesday-Friday: 7:30 pm Saturday Matinee: 2:00 pm Sunday: 7:00 pm Theatre at Arts Garage: Exit, Pursued by a Bear Tickets: $30-$40 Thelma and Louise meets the Coen Brothers in this southern fried fingerlickin’ new comedy! A contemporary Southern “revenge comedy” that disarms stereotypes of domestic abuse with wild humor, Bear is part “I Love Lucy,” part Jacobean tragedy, and part feminist power ballad. Set in the North Georgia Mountains, the ever-sweet Nan finally flips the story on her abusive husband, Kyle, taking back her life. With the help of her colorful friends, her idolization of Jimmy Carter, and one violent Shakespearean stage direction, this play ain’t over till the bears are in pursuit. “Bear is RAW and HILARIOUS” – American Theatre Magazine
Saturday 12/8, 8:00 pm Jazz Project: The Chassidic Jazz Project Tickets: $25-$35. $5 more at the door In celebration of Hanukkah, Arts Garage invites the innovative Chassidic Jazz Project ensemble to the stage for an eclectic program. Formed in 1998 by veteran jazz drummer and composer Reuben Hoch, the Project now boasts seven musicians—including internationally renowned percussionist Robert Thomas and guitarist Tom Lippincott—and instrumentation that ranges from viola to saxophone. The group has performed at grand venues all over the country, including the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and the New York Jewish Music and Heritage Festival. Now, they combine at Arts Garage to bring South Florida audience the best in liturgical inspiration.

Tuesday 12/11, 7:30 pm Global Invasion: Ian Maskin, Susana Behar, Jose Luis Tickets: $25-$35. $5 more at the door

Join us at the Arts Garage for a night of unique and magical fusion of flamenco, classical, and world music. Russian-born cellist and composer Ian Maksin returns to Arts Garage in collaboration with renowned world artists vocalist Susana Behar and guitarist Jose Luis Rodriguez. Maksin has been quickly gaining international recognition for his unique sound, style and vision. He performs over 100 concerts around the world annually, as a soloist as well as part of iAN&ANi Duo with Bulgarian pianist Ani Gogova. His new CD Tango Plus is a melange of classical music, tango, flamenco and other passionate and electrifying rhythms from Spain and Latin America. Besides classical music, he has collaborated with such artists as Andrea Bocelli, Sting, P. Diddy, Snoop Dogg and Gloria Estefan.

Cuban-born vocalist Susana Behar shares her passion for Latin American popular song, coupled with the evocative music of her Sephardic ancestors. Her concerts feature world music sounds, captivating her audiences with her sultry voice and style, while moving with ease from delicate intimacy to engaging intensity. She has performed in concerts and festivals in the United States, South America and Japan. The music of Jose Luis Rodrigues blends elements of many different cultures and styles. His work is born from the essential roots of flamenco, guided by a personal aesthetic and supported by his great capacity for interpretation and impeccable technique. He has accompanied many important flamenco artists in Spain, has performed in some of the most notable concert halls around the world and was the composer for Cristina Hoyos Flamenco Ballet for nine years.

Saturday 12/15, 8:00 pm Garage Blues: Mac Arnold Tickets: $25-$35. $5 more at the door Champion guitarist Mac Arnold has played with music icons James Brown, Otis Redding, and B.B. King, and toured with the Muddy Waters Band. Now he is back with his own band, Plate Full O’ Blues, with guitarist Austin Brashier, drummer Mike Whitt, and musical everyman Max Hightower, and a solid foundation in blues, soul and funk. Mac Arnold’s curriculum vitae is so impressive it’s hard to believe it all happened to one man. His first band included James Brown on piano. When Mac moved to Chicago to play the blues, Muddy Waters hired him on the spot. He toured and recorded with the Muddy Waters Band and recorded LPs with Otis Spann and John Lee Hooker. Mac later moved to Los Angeles and produced Soul Train with his friend Don Cornelius. He even played bass on the television show Sanford & Son when wasn’t playing bass for Otis Redding and B.B. King.

Saturday 12/22, 8:00 pm Jazz Project: Antonio Madruga Tickets: $25 to $35. $5 more at the door At just 18 years old, Antonio Madruga dominates the piano like he has been playing in dusty honky-tonks for decades. A true jazz piano prodigy, Antonio began playing the piano when he was three years old, and by the time he was 10 he was performing in Italy. He has been featured in an HBO documentary, and has played numerous times in the Miami International Piano Festival. He was awarded the Ella Fitzgerald Award for outstanding soloist at the 2011 Essentially Ellington Competition, and Wynton Marsalis has chosen him as one of the upcoming “Who’s Got Next” new generation of upcoming jazz artists. In 2009, at the age of 16, he shared the stage with Paquito D’Rivera and Wynton Marsalis at the White House performing for the Obamas.

Saturday 12/29, 8:00 pm Jazz Project: Dr. Lonnie Smith CD Release Party Tickets: $25-$35. $5 more at the door Dr. Lonnie Smith is a true musical genius. He has won a plethora of critics polls as the world’s premier organist/keyboardist, and he was recently 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. Celebrating the release of his new album The Healer, Dr. Smith brings his distinct sound to Arts Garage. Witness this organ virtuoso as he presents a program full of original compositions along with classic favorites.