Happy Third Anniversary Arts Garage

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There is so much to celebrate as Art Garage marks its 3rd Anniversary. The “cultural powerhouse,” as the Sun- Sentinel calls the venue, has been embraced by the local community, praised by critics, and is now beloved by innumerable international musical icons. To observe this momentous occasion, March offers an abundance of what Arts Garage does best—amazing music and incredible theatre. “We have only just begun!” says Alyona Ushe, Executive Director. “The love and support of the arts and culture lovers in our community and beyond has been overwhelming. We could not have come so far so fast without them. I assure you, we will continue to expand the programming at Arts Garage and create new exciting adventures for our patrons, the best is yet to come!” To celebrate the anniversary, Arts Garage is holding their annual Gala Gig, a lavish blow-out, featuring awesome food, amazing art, fantastic musicians, and dancing all night long! This year’s theme is Night of Gypsies and will feature internationally renowned, multi- award winning violinist Vitali Imereli, who is traveling from Europe just to be a part of this celebration. In addition, Washington DC based Trio Caliente who’ve been compared to Gypsy’s King and praised by The Washington Post, “…the blend of fiery guitar work… rumba beats, bossa nova rhythms, flamenco- tinted guitar flourishes and romantic ballads… evocative vocals…shimmering guitars…” Other musical highlights of the month, that will also have you dancing in the aisles, include the return performances of Cuba’s own Orquesta Aragon. The New York Times called them “one of the Cuba’s grandest.” In contrast, Cuban American Band, Oriente will present a fusion of Cuban, blues, jazz, Caribbean and Brazilian influences. Cabaret series continues with the incredible Jimmy Webb, the songwriter behind some of the most famous songs of all- time and “a superb natural melodist whose best songs often combine the tuneful directness of country music with the unabashedly romantic harmonic palette of classic Hollywood film scores,” according to The New York Times. And American Songwriter Magazine notes, “He’s a prodigious performer, and a night with Jimmy at the keys is not unlike getting to hear George Gershwin or Cole Porter live. It’s hard to believe one guy could have written all these amazing songs. … if you get a chance to see him live, grab it. People ask why nobody writes songs like they used to. Fortunately for us all, Jimmy Webb still does.” The jazz scene explodes this month with one of the hottest American vocalists – award winning René Marie. Jazz Times says of her“… Sheer brilliance…one of the most sensuous songbirds ever captured on disc. Marie’s torch burns hotter and oft-times brighter than any of her peers.” While the full musical calendar includes pulsating rhythms, familiar melodies, and jazz favorites, theatre packs a punch with a classic film noir and a comedic, insightful musical. The immortal Sunset Boulevard comes to life with the return of the now classic Arts Garage Radio Theatre. Watch Norma Desmond get ready for her close-up in this dramatic radio play. And award-winning composer Daniel Mate returns to Arts Garage with The Trouble with Doug, his collaboration Will Aaronson, that offers a daring and witty look at how a family reacts when one member changes rather dramatically. “We are thrilled with the critical acclaim our theatrical productions have received during these first three years,” said Lou Tyrrell. “We have re-imagined grand film classics with our radio productions, and have featured some of the finest current playwrights, creating theatre that is fresh, insightful, funny and always provocative.” We encourage everyone to celebrate the best of music, theatre and art, for tickets please visit www.artsgarage.org or call 561-450-6357. Wed 4/2 & Thu 4/3 | 7:30 pm Sunset Boulevard | Arts Garage Radio Theatre ($15-25) Norma Desmond is a silent-screen goddess who dreams of a comeback to motion pictures. Joe Gillis is a hack writer who becomes her lover in a tale of passion, murder and madness. Script adapted from the classic movie during the heyday of radio performed live, with performers utilizing specially designed sound effect devices, providing a nostalgic trip to the past with a modern twist. Sat Apr 5 | 7:00 pm – 11 pm Gala Gig III Gypsy Style | $100 per person Tale for 6 $550 Arts Garage celebrates its third anniversary in true Gypsy style. The pulsating night will be filled with delectable cuisines, vivacious entertainment and enthralling works of art. Enjoy the exciting sounds of internationally renowned Vitali Imereli, and DC based Trio Caliente, whose sound is reminiscent of The Gipsy Kings, Buena Vista Social Club, Strunz & Farah, and Jobim— but with a flavor all their own. Tues 4/8 & Wed 4/9 | 7:30 pm | Orquesta Aragón | Cuban ($25-45) “One of Cuba’s grandest, longest- established bands,” according to the New York Times. For two nights only, this legendary ensemble ignites the stage in a fury of Latin rhythms and raucous beats. They are credited with inspiring the New York mambo movement in the 1950s, and are hailed as “the purest form music from Cuba.” This 15-person ensemble combines violins, piano, flute, percussion and vocals to deliver one of the best live shows on the planet. Fri 4/11| 8 pm | René Marie Jazz ($25-45) Award winning singer Marie is unmistakably honest and unpretentious with her impassioned vocals and powerful interpretations of jazz, soul, blues and gospel. “…Sheer brilliance…one of the most sensuous songbirds ever…. Marie’s torch burns hotter and oft-times brighter than any of her peers” – Jazz Times Sat 4/12 | 8 pm| Oriente | Fusion ($25-35) Conceived by Cuban-born guitarist/ composer Eddy Balzola after years of touring with show bands, reggae groups and Latin bands, Oriente’s signature sound features funky, guitar driven tumbaos, blazing harmonic brass, and explosive Afro-Latin percussion – fusing Cuban roots with Blues, Jazz, Caribbean and Brazilian influences, creating a hard-driving and soulful sound. The Trouble With Doug Fri 4/18-20 Preview | ($25) Wed 4/23 – 5/11 | ($30-45) | 7:30 pm Saturday & Sunday, 2 pm A contemporary re-imagining of Kafka’s Metamorphosis, “The Trouble With Doug” is a hilarious and moving new musical about a healthy young man who transforms inexplicably into a giant talking slug. “The places Aronson and Maté take us here are constantly surprising.” – NYTheatre.com Sat 4/ 19 | 8 pm | Jimmy Webb | Cabaret ($25-50) A true living legend of songwriting, Jimmy Webb’s been crafting amazing songs, many of which have become cherished standards, for some forty years. And he’s still doing it. His critically acclaimed album, Just Across The River, featuring duets with many luminaries (including Jackson Browne, Michael McDonald, Glen Campbell, Vince Gill, Billy Joel, Linda Ronstadt and more) might serve as the bridge that connects this songwriter with his famous songs in the public mind. Now on tour with his new CD, “Still Within the Sound of My Voice” Jimmy Webb is engaging his audiences like never before. Though some might still not know his name, they know the songs: “Wichita Lineman,” “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” “Galveston,” “The Moon’s A Harsh Mistress,” “All I Know,” “The Highwayman,” “Up, Up and Away,” “MacArthur Park,” and many more. And those are just the famous ones. Webb is one of those rare songwriters who manages to bring a genuine measure of magic to everything he touches. Sat 4/26 | 8 pm The Jazz Professors Jeff Rupert (UCF) | Jazz ($25-35) Grammy winning musician Jeff Rupert is – among many talents – a Yamaha performing artist, record producer, recording artist, freelance tenor saxophonist and a full-time professor as the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Central Florida. His group, the Jazz Professors, is a sextet. Together, they have created top Jazz Week charting hit albums, including two that appeared in both 2012 and 2013.