March Shows at Aventura Arts & Cultural Center

The performing arts venue will host acclaimed musicians, international film screenings, and more this month

Rachel Bay Jones. Photo by Matt Murphy
Rachel Bay Jones. Photo by Matt Murphy

The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center heads into spring with an array of musical performances, a Broadway concert, a musical parody of a hit TV show, and an award-winning international film.

The City of Aventura continues its International Film Series with Hive March 1, at 7:30 p.m. Winner of the Audience Award, Directing Award, and World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival, Hive is a searing drama based on the true story of Fahrije, who, like many of the other women in her patriarchal village, has lived with fading hope and burgeoning grief since her husband went missing during the war in Kosovo. In order to provide for her struggling family, she pulls the other widows in her community together to launch a business selling a local food product. Together, they find healing and solace in considering a future without their husbands—but their will to begin living independently is met with hostility. The film is in Albanian with English subtitles. The Aventura International Film Series presented by the City of Aventura is hosted by Shelly Isaacs, who introduces the film and leads a post-screening discussion. Tickets are $12.

Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida will introduce its own version of Coppélia March 5, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 6, at 3 p.m. with music by Léo Delibes and choreography by Vladimir Issaev. Based on the original choreography by Arthur Saint-Léon, this timeless comic ballet about the love story of Swanilda and her boyfriend Frantz. Frantz starts flirting with a doll named Coppélia that the couple believes to be a real girl and . Frantz sneaks into the doll’s creator’s (Dr. Coppelius) workshop, and the confusion leads into a delightful comedy. Not suggested for children ages 4 and younger. Tickets are $35.

The City of Aventura presents Portrait of a Queen: CeCe Teneal Celebrates Aretha Franklin March 12, at 8 p.m. The sounds of The Queen of Soul will ring through the venue with songs like “Chain of Fools,” “Natural Woman” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water. Tickets are $47-$53.

The Aventura Broadway Concert Series welcomes Rachel Bay Jones March 13 at 7 p.m. Best known for originating the role of Heidi Hansen in the original Broadway cast of Dear Evan Hansen, Jones received a Tony Award®, Emmy® Award, Grammy® Award, Lucille Lortel Award and Drama League nomination for her performance. Tickets are $52-$57, with $77 VIP tickets that include a VIP experience with the artist.

CeCe Teneal Celebrates Aretha Franklin March 12, at 8 p.m
CeCe Teneal

South Florida Legends presents Bee Gees NOW March 19, at 2 and 8 p.m. The group delivers a dynamic, interactive, and thoroughly entertaining live tribute to the multi-platinum kings of disco. The concert blends the Bee Gees songbook of beautiful love ballads and dance fever hits that made the band a musical sensation. Tickets are $49-$59

The Miami International Piano Festival presents Ilya Itin March 20, at 5 p.m. Since capturing the Gold Medal, BBC Audience Award, and Contemporary Music Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition, Itin has performed throughout the world to rave reviews and sold-out houses. Itin’s program includes Johann Sebastian Bach’s Partita No 6 in E minor, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Etudes-Tableaux Op. 39 and arrangement of Bach’s Prelude, and the gavotte and gigue from Bach’s Partita No. 3 in E major. Itin is equally at home playing music from Bach to Cage. Not suggested for children younger than 12. Tickets are $45-$55.

Michael Kessler and Melinda Jackson sing and dance their way through the classic numbers from some of Broadway’s most enduring hits in :Broadway With Heart” on March 26, at 7:30 p.m. Presented by M&M American Dance Theatre, the duo will perform hits from Kiss Me Kate, Hair, Fiddler On The Roof, A Chorus Line, Chicago, West Side Story and Phantom Of The Opera. Tickets are $40-$60.

Sex N the City: A (Super Unauthorized) Musical Parody takes the stage on March 30, at 7:30 p.m. and March 31, at 7:30 p.m. Presented by Entertainment Events, Inc., this musical parody follows everybody’s favorite single gals looking for love in the big city, tackling serious questions like “Will I ever find the one?” and “Can you ever really be over your ex?” Audiences will delight in joining Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha on a hilarious trip through New York City in the 1990s. This event is not appropriate for children younger than 12. Tickets are $49-$59.

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