The Murder Mystery Company's talented troupe of improv actors performs live-action murder mysteries at public and private events to sharpen guests' latent detective skills. Throughout the play, the cast drops hints and misdirects blame, inviting audience members to get involved in a web of intrigue and hilarity. Besides public dinner parties, murder mysteries can unfold during corporate events, team-building exercises, and birthday parties for aging Sherlock Holmes impersonators.
The impassioned and expressive married musical duo Celia and Paco Fonta have been strumming the guitar and dancing through Miami as Siempre Flamenco for more than a quarter century. For their seventh annual Festival de Cante Flamenco, the couple invite a host of internationally known artists to heat up an evening of traditional cante flamenco. Making their festival debut this year, singers Jesus Montoya, Kina Mendez, and Javier Heredia each boast an impressive resumé, fans across both Spain and the States, and an unerring ability to discern castanets from gum-chewing clams. Javier excites the crowd as a festero, able to both dance and sing, joined in step by Celia to twirl and tap across stage. The towering vocals of Jesus, Javier, and Kina explore the octaves while Paco joins forces with guest guitarist Jose "Panzekito" Cortes to fill the stage with a suitably sultry atmosphere. The evening of passion and grace unfolds at the Manuel Artime Theater, one of the largest small theaters in town, with a 60'x30' stage that strikes the right balance between intimacy and accommodation.
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.
As couples and groups gather for dinner around Caribbean lobster, steaks, and tapas, the wine flows freely, and eventually, the stillness of early evening gives way to the revelry of nighttime. Flamenco dancers climb onto tabletops, music begins to play, and diners set down their forks to clink glasses, deliver celebratory champagne baths to their loved ones, and do some dancing of their own.
This is the scene at Casa Panza, where dinner transforms into an all-night party. Set amongst Little Havana's sparkling nightlife, the Spanish cafe wraps festive visits in an equally festive experience. Outside, a bastion façade mimics that of a fortress, and inside, Spanish tiles, bodega-style wine racks, and hanging ceramics further immerse guests into the exotic decor. On Friday and Saturday nights, flamenco dancers flock to La Cueva, a party area where 50 to 70 guests can take in the show while noshing on tapas and paella. Even more live music can be found at Salon Rojo, a ballroom and nightclub that books performers from around the world and hosts private receptions for up to 250 guests.
Since 1989, The Miami Symphony Orchestra has mimicked Miami’s cultural diversity with concerts and events that act as a melting pot of musical influences. Music director Eduardo Marturet, a Venezuelan composer and conductor, helms many of the concerts, encouraging the musicians to unleash their inner Beethovens or Bachs—former members of the ’80s hair-metal band Skid Row.
Experience the majesty of tuxedoed musicians playing music with today's side deal. For $15, you get a ticket to the Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency (a $40 value). Tickets are available for either the March 26 or the March 27 performance at 8 p.m. in the Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center. This deal is only for tickets in the venue's third-tier rear seating in zone five.