I have become a better friend of Google than I want to be. I spent an hour or more trying unsuccessfully to find out what’s going on in the arts in Miami during February. So, I decided to compile my own list.
No, I’m not dumb and consider myself computer literate. I visited all the usual sites, but to find what I want in one place — nothing doing. Since February is Black History Month and it got me thinking of Marvin Gaye, here are some of the things that are going on this month.
Three particularly noteworthy events feature members of Teo Castellanos’ D-Projects. At the Biltmore, GableStage has Hamlet interpreted by the D-Projects member Tarell Alvin McCraney, a deeply gifted young playwright. McCraney has a long and impressive bio — Royal Shakespeare Company, Steppenwolf Theatre, Yale, New Dramatists and accolades to ice it — Whiting Award, Steinberg Playwright Award, London’s Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award and Paula Vogel Playwriting Award.
Miami Light Project has two big events at the Light Box. Miami Made 2013 which will feature the oft honored Castellanos. He of the progressively fused, multiculturally throbbing, internationally gyrating, electric productions, this time directing Rudi Goblen in a throwback Insanity Isn’t. Goblen also will offer Monkey later in the month. He got chops in the hip-hop breaking game, performing and creating dance and theater all over the world.
Here are some fine events for February:
Marlow Rosado y La Riquena — PAX, 337 SW 8 St., 10 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1.
Pedro Alfonso and Friends — Tango Concept; South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211 St.; 8:30 p.m. & 10:30 p.m., Friday & Saturday, Feb. 1-2;
Hamlet — GableStage at the Biltmore, 1200 Anastasia Ave.; Coral Gables; Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 10.
Other Desert Cities — Friday-Sunday; through Feb. 10; Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theater (Mainstage); 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables
Cinderella — Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theater (Mainstage); Saturdays, 2 p.m., through February.
John Peilmeier’s Agnes of God — New Theater at Roxy Performing Arts Center; 1645 SW107 Ave.; Thursday-Sunday; through Feb. 17.
danceAble — dance, conversation, concerts and film; Inkub8, 2021 NW 1 Place; Friday & Saturday; 8:30 p.m., Feb. 1-2.
Cleveland Orchestra — Berlioz & Beethoven; Knight Concert Hall, Adrienne Arsht Center; Friday & Saturday, 8 p.m., Feb. 1-2.
The Xx — Fillmore Miami Beach, Jackie Gleason Theater; Tuesday, 8:30 p.m., Feb. 5. HERE & NOW: 2013
Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, 404 NW 26 St., Thursday-Saturday 8 p.m., Feb 7- 9 & 14-16.
Philadelphia Orchestra: Bach, Beethoven & Brahms; Knight Concert Hall, Adrienne Arsht Center, Thursday, 8 p.m., Feb 7.
Calypso Rose, Knight Concert Hall, Adrienne Arsht Center, Saturday, 8:30 p.m., Feb. 9.
Tank, James L. Knight Center, Fri., 8 p.m., Feb. 15.
Thelonious Monk & John Coltrane, Knight Concert Hall, Adrienne Arsht Center, 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15.
Luis Enrique, Miami-Dade County Auditorium, Saturday, 8 p.m., Feb. 16.
Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, Fillmore Miami Beach At Jackie Gleason Theater, 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, Steve Miller, UM BankUnited Center, Wednesday, 8 p.m., Feb. 20.
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra: Rachmaninoff’s Piano No. 2 & Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5; Knight Concert Hall, Adrienne Arsht Center; 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21.
Rudi Goblen: Monkey, Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, 404 NW 26 St., Friday & Saturday, Feb. 22-23.
Rizinstar.com Party: Travis Porter, Kirko Bangz & Cash Out; James L. Knight Center, Saturday, 7 p.m., Feb. 23.
Tatsuya Nakatani, Percussion Solo & Nakatani Gong Orchestra, Miami-Dade County Auditorium; On-Stage Black-Box 2901 W. Flagler; 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. Carl Rachelson is a teacher at Palmer Trinity School and a regular contributor to the Pinecrest Tribune. He may be contacted by addressing email to firstname.lastname@example.org.