Originating in the Spanish community of Andalusia, the art of flamenco blends the rapid rhythms of Spanish guitar music with the equally energetic footwork of skilled dancers. Under the direction of flamenco devotee Pepe Canto, both legendary and budding flamenco dancers grace the stage at Cava Restaurant. Three nights a week, joyful strumming and stomping reverberates against the brick walls and vaulted brick ceiling of a dining room perfumed with the scent of chef Francisco Mateo's Spanish cuisine.
Another Andalusian original, Francisco relies on local ingredients to create Spanish dishes, such as filet mignon with Spanish blue cheese sauce. He meticulously assembles platters of Serrano ham, cheese, and chorizo, or prepares squid in its own ink, rather than tapping the ink reserves J.D. Sallinger kept on hand to write cease-and-desist letters instead of novels. Cava's bartenders complement Francisco's cuisine with wine from a list heavy on Spanish varietals, as well as other selections from around the world.
Visitors to Miami-Dade County Auditorium witness shows and concerts unfold on the same stage where U.S. presidents, Luciano Pavarotti, and stars of Broadway have respectively stood, sung, and danced. The 60-year old auditorium, known for its cultural contributions to the Miami community, has recently undergone renovations, upgrading its sound system and ensuring its lighting accentuates each actor’s shadow-puppet dream sequences.
At Open Stage Club, visual and auditory delights share the bill with gustation and olfaction to create an extrasensory dining experience. At first glance, it's a restaurant and bar, with a menu loaded with seafood and steak house-worthy entrees, and a wine selection that seems plucked from a sommelier's dreams. But the star attraction of the club is the talent that blossoms upon its performance stage. Equipped with a professional sound and lighting system and featuring a house band for backup, the open stage draws burgeoning singers, dancers, comedians, and mimes into the spotlight to chase their muses as audiences offer encouragement and friendly critiques.
A nationally sourced all-star roster of professional singers, Seraphic Fire weaves complex vocals and dynamic performance into a shimmering audio-visual tapestry. Their popular Christmas program features English, Spanish, and American carols, sung with classical poise and seasonally appropriate gusto. Patrons can fill their ears amidst flickering candlelight, and enjoy sweeter sounds than those produced by well-intentioned but atonal door-to-door carolers and traveling reindeer choirs.
The silent church seems to lean in with anticipation as Dr. Karen Kennedy raises her arm into the air. With a graceful flick of her baton, the artistic director of Master Chorale of South Florida—an accomplished conductor and teacher—coaxes forth the opening strains of Bach’s Magnificat from the flock of singers and musicians in front of her, weaving their voices into a tapestry of crescendos and soaring notes. Since its creation in 2002, Master Chorale of South Florida has performed their awe-inspiring concerts in churches, cathedrals, and high schools across South Florida, delighting audiences with a diverse choral repertoire. Audiences can expect to hear many musical periods represented in each performance, from the baroque stylings of Handel to Debussy’s impressionistic melodies and Aaron Copland’s epic pieces that blend traditional American folk songs with traditional Bruce Springsteen hits.