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Even before the election that transformed billionaire reality TV star Donald J. Trump into the 45th president of the United States, playwright Robert Schenkkan was so disturbed by the candidate’s anti-immigrant rhetoric that he decided to respond. Not with a Tweet. Not with an opinion-page essay. The Pulitzer Prize winner spoke back to candidate Trump with a full-length play. “Building..

“Baño de Luna,” written and directed by Pulitzer-prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz and presented by Arca Images and the Miami-Dade County Auditorium, marks the debut of the Spanish-language version of “Bathing in Moonlight,” the original English production that debuted at the prestigious McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, N.J., in 2016. Performed by a stellar cast in Spanish..

Rafael Nofal’s play “El tiempo de la mandarinas” (“Season for Tangerines”) tackles the very relevant and disturbing theme of human trafficking. Produced by Antiheroes Project, this moving play is in its last week at Artefactus Teatro, a well-purposed black box and gallery space in a smattering of warehouses in Kendall. Nofal’s text removes overt violence and male characters fr..

Joshua Harmon’s savagely funny “Bad Jews” is an emotional cage match set in a pricey Manhattan studio apartment. The combatants are Daphna Feygenbaum (Hannah Benitez), a soon-to-be Vassar grad who plans to move to Israel, marry a man no one in the family has met and become a rabbi, and her cousin Liam Haber (Joseph Paul Pino), a master’s degree candidate and atheist who intends to..

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Nowadays, it’s tough not to feel worried, paranoid or in need of some escapist relief from the steady flow of oh-no-he-didn’t news out of Washington. Miami playwright Theo Reyna feels your pain. His response is “Firemen Are Rarely Necessary,” a jet-black satire now getting its Mad Cat Theatre Company world premiere at Miami Theater Center’s Sand Box. The play takes intricately aim..

Pearl Cleage’s play “Flyin’ West,” an M Ensemble production currently on stage at the beautiful new performing arts center in Liberty City, the Sandrell Rivers Theatre, is set in humble Nicodemus, Kansas, the only remaining western town established by African Americans during the reconstruction period following the Civil War. Set in 1898, the play focuses on the lives of Sophie (Brandiss ..

Esteban, (http://estebanlapelicula.com/en/) the debut of Cuban director Jonal Cosculluela being premiered at The Miami Light Project tells the story of a 9 year old, living in Havana with his mother, who’s raising him as a single parent, and his perseverance following his dream of becoming a musician. The challenges seem overwhelming. Esteban and his mother struggle to make ends meet (htt..

Orlando Taquechel, dance critic for two decades at the El Nuevo Herald (and now a contributor to Artburst), will have a book signing and discussion of his new book, “La danza in Miami (1998-..

The name Flamenco conjures the machine-gun snap of heels, arms arched overhead, the flick of red fabric and laser-like glares from beneath the starched black brim of a Cordobes hat. At the ed..

It’s easy to believe the only excitement Miami offers in September are the dire warnings from the weather service about the approach of yet another tropical storm. However, dance lovers in Mi..

Watching Neri Torres rehearse is a study in focus and concentration. She demonstrates each step with an ease developed from years of immersion in the study and performance of Afro-Cuban ..

Miami-based organization Delou Africa has been the ambassador of African dance and drumming in South Florida for the last 30 years. It started as a performing company, and has since expanded..

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Brazilian Pop Star Tiago Iorc Makes Miami Beach Debut

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Singer-songwriter Tiago Iorc may have been one of Brazil’s best-kept secrets, but the word is getting out.

Fresh from appearances in New York, Boston and Orlando, Iorc makes his South Florida debut on Sunday, July 16. “Tiago Iorc has reached impressive levels of popularity and recognition in Brazil,” Gene de Souza, host of Cafe Brasil on WDNA-FM, said via email. He’s also development director at the Rhythm Foundation, which is presenting Iorc at the North Beach Bandshell.

“Much like Jorge Drexler did in his beginnings, Iorc proves that singer-songwriters can create meaningful, catchy pop songs that can build a massive fan base and attain commercial success.”

Born Tiago Iorczeski in Brasilia, the singer, who turns 32 in November, spent parts of his youth in the United States and England and started his career working in English. His 2008 debut album, “Let Yourself In,” included the single “Nothing But a Song.” It reached number 11 on Billboard’s Japan Hot 100 chart. “Fine,” another tune from the album, was used on a popular South Korean TV show. Iorc’s music also has been heard on Brazilian novelas.

Andy Chase, a member of the group Ivy who also has worked with the Smashing Pumpkins, produced Iorc’s second studio album, “Umbilical,” in 2011. "Tiago is both a classic and a contemporary soul — combining the best of singers like Nick Drake and bands like Radiohead,” Chase writes on the website sonicbids.com.

Now living in Brazil, Iorc has begun to work in that country’s language. His latest album, “Troco Likes” from 2015, is entirely in Portuguese.

Last year, the singer had 4 songs in the most played list on Brazilian radio and was nominated for “Best Singer” honors for the Prêmio Multishow, one of Brazil’s most prestigious music awards.

Iorc has played venues including SXSW, Rockwood Music Hall in New York, the Toronto Music Festival, Grand Mint Festival in South Korea, and the Vodafone Music Fest in Lisbon. On Sunday, it’ll be just him and his guitar on stage in Miami Beach.

“Not every artist can do something like that - captivate an audience for 90 minutes on your own without a band, special effects, dancers, etc. Tiago’s music does not need any of that and his fans know that,” said de Souza.

Tiago Iorc performs at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 16, at the North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave. Miami Beach. VIP tickets are sold out but general admission is $25 at https://www.seetickets.us/event/Tiago-Iorc/345378.

 


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A member of the South Florida media for more than two decades, Tracy Fields has been a reporter/editor for The Associated Press and a freelance wordsm..

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