2010-2011’s Best Seasonal Bets in Coral Springs, Hollywood, Gables

Summer is the off-season for cultural arts in South Florida, but news always breaks amid the months of relative inactivity, and it comes in the form of the season announcement. Form July to September, arts institutions throughout the tri-county area proudly release their fall-to-spring calendars of events, some more impressive than others. Here’s a look at a few recent announcements.

Art and Culture Center of Hollywood My favorite of all South Florida art galleries, the Art and Culture Center looks to continue its tradition of exhibiting innovative, thoughtful, cutting-edge art. The season begins on Sept. 11 with the opening of three shows, including the eye-popping, comic-book cornucopia collages of Turkish-American artist Stephan Tugrul. It continues well into June of next year, presenting new waves in photography (Christiaan Lopez-Miro’s “All Roads Lead to Cassadaga,” Jan. 22 to Feb. 18) and sculptural landscapes (Cristina Rodriguez’s dazzling consumer critique “Forever,” March 5 to April 10). The show I’m most anticipating is Luis Alonzo Barkigia’s “Mundos Perfeitos,” which will take up the Project Room with the artist’s reconfigured geometric playground of spheres, cubes and planes from Nov. 20 to Jan. 9. For information, call 954/921-3274.

Coral Springs Center for the Arts Like the Kravis Center’s recent 2010-2011 season announcement, there’s an inescapable sense of deja  vu when looking at the number of acts recycled from previous seasons: political humorists the Capitol Steps (Feb. 5), the banal stand-up comedy of Bobby Collins (Feb. 12), Jake Ehrenreich’s theater piece “A Jew Grows in Brooklyn” (April 1 to 3) and the tribute concert “Get Back! Beatlemania,” (April 9) to name a few. The most noteworthy new addition to the lineup of old favorites (and some has-beens, I must say) is celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, who will share stories from his life, work and travels, then take questions from the audience, on Feb. 15. ForCoral Springs Center for the Arts‘ full schedule, tickets and information, call 954/344-5999.

New Theatre Their shows aren’t always perfect, but when this small Coral Gables playhouse is on, it can hold its own against the powerhouse of GableStage down the road. New Theatre usually stages a Shakespeare classic every year, and it will open its 25th anniversary season with “The Tempest” from Sept. 2 to 19. The season also includes the Southeastern premiere of “Jack Goes Boating” (Oct. 8 to 31); “The Radiant,” about the life of Marie Curie (March 25 to April 17); and Tennessee Williams’ legendary “Streetcar Named Desire” (May 20 to June 12). The production I’m most psyched about? “Fizz.” Another Southeastern premiere, this one’s a cultish, bonkers comedy based on the creation of that most embarrassing soft drink flop: New Coke. It will run from Nov. 19 to Dec. 12. For tickets and information, call 305/443-5909.