3 December Cultural Events to Watch

This month's happenings at Cirque du Soleil, the Aventura Cultural Center, and Las Olas' ABRA Gallery

Cirque du Soleil

A classic presentation returns in the form of an all-new revival.

Cirque du Soleil’s most iconic production, Alegría, is coming to Miami with its all-new revival this December under the Big Top next to Hard Rock Stadium. First presented in April 1994, Alegría continues to be a fan favorite 25 years later and a timeless Cirque du Soleil production. Premiering December 13, the show will run through January 26, 2020. Beloved by fans around the world, Alegría (which means “joy” in Spanish) shares its timeless story of resilience and hope. The classic power struggle of old-meets-new is reinterpreted through today’s lens. With breathtaking costumes and signature songs, an emerging movement strives to shake the established order, instilling hope and renewal to bring light and harmony to their kingdom in decay. Tickets are on sale now to the reincarnation of a classic; visit cirquedusoleil.com.

It’s Showtime!

Aventura Cultural Center’s new season is up and running.

The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center has announced its 2019-20 Aventura International Film Series presented by the City of Aventura, which will screen the best in foreign cinema from France, Israel, Morocco, Colombia, Germany and Iceland. Tickets for individual screenings are $12 and on sale now. Shelly Isaacs, founder/programmer and commentator for South Florida’s popular Café Cinematheque International programs, once again hosts the series by introducing the films and leading post-screening discussions. Isaacs holds a master’s degree in Media Ecology Studies from New York University, where he served as an adjunct professor in cultural studies. Presently, he teaches foreign-language film appreciation in the Life Long Learning Society at Florida Atlantic University and at Florida International University. He is the film expert for Celebrity Cruise Lines during their annual voyage to the Cannes International Film Festival as well as on other scheduled film-related cruises throughout the world.

In Tazzeka on November 5 at 7:30 p.m., Elias learned the secrets of traditional Moroccan cuisine from his grandmother who raised him. Years later, meeting a top Paris chef and a young woman named Salma inspires him to leave home. In Paris, Elias faces unstable work and financial hardship as an undocumented immigrant. But he also finds friendship with Souleymane, who helps revive his passion for cooking. The film is from Morocco and France and has English subtitles.

Working Woman, a timely and devastating story expertly told by long-time feminist filmmaker Michal Aviad, runs on December 3 at 7:30 p.m. Starring Liron Ben Shlush as Orna, this beautifully performed drama tells the everyday struggles of being a female in the workplace. Life at work becomes unbearable for Orna. Her boss promotes her, while making inappropriate advances. Her rapid rise through the ranks and her increasing financial success seem to parallel a pattern of predatory behavior which ultimately brings her career and marital relationship to the brink. Her husband struggles to keep his new restaurant afloat, and Orna becomes the main breadwinner for their three children. When her world is finally shattered, she must pull herself together to fight, in her own way, for her job and a sense of self-worth. This film is from Israel with English subtitles. For tickets, visit aventuracenter.org.

Have and Artful Fall

ABRA Gallery opens on Las Olas.

ABRA Gallery is celebrating its grand opening in Fort Lauderdale’s Las Olas neighborhood with a collection of works from world-renowned artists including Hessam Abrishami, Goli Mahallati, Star Mortezavi, Saeed Asadi and Behrooz Valiani. All artwork will be on exhibit and available for sale. A VIP Grand Opening reception will take place November 7 from 5-8 pm. Four very special Meet the Artist receptions are planned with Hessam Abrishami and Star Mortezavi on November 8 from 6-8 p.m.; Saturday, November 9 from 1-3 p.m. and 6-9 p.m., followed by a final artist reception on November 10 from 1-3 pm. All receptions are complimentary and open to the public; however, RSVPs are strongly suggested at 954.999.5557 or by emailing info@abragallery.com. ABRA Gallery, 713 East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.


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