Just weeks after its 2010-2011 season premiere, the Miami City Ballet returns with its annual production
of “The Nutcracker.” Of the at least half-dozen places you can see “The Nutcracker” over the next couple of weeks, the MCB’s mounting of the extravagant George Balanchine version is sure to provide the best bang for your buck. If you missed this at the Kravis Center last weekend, the production will be staged four times throughout this weekend at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts’ Au-Rene Theater, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. More than 100 dancers, an international cast and special effects aim to bring new life to Tchaikovsky’s overplayed holiday standard. Tickets are $19.75 to $65. Call 954/462-0222.
All year, the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival has been specializing in nabbing Hollywood’s brightest young stars… from the 1950s, that is. Through one-off special events as well as festival appearances, the festival’s flagship theater, Cinema Paradiso, has already hosted live tributes and Q&As with Millie Perkins, Claire Bloom and Jane Russell. At 6 p.m. Friday, the theater will add Leslie Caron to its star-studded 2010 resume. The 79-year-old French actress, discovered by Gene Kelly in 1951 and immediately cast in “An
American in Paris,” has performed in dozens of films since, all the way up to 2003’s “Le Divorce.” The evening at Cinema Paradiso begins with an array of hors d’oeuvres, followed by a montage of Caron film clips at 7 p.m., followed by a screening of the Caron-starring “Gigi,” one of my all-time favorite Hollywood musicals. The question-and-answer session will follow the screening, and Caron will be signing copies of her 2009 memoir, “Thank Heaven.” Tickets are $30 general admission and $25 for FLIFF members. Call 954/525-3456.
Eccentric French artist ORLAN was perfectly happy with her face and body, but that didn’t stop her from manipulating her features in numerous plastic surgeries in the early ’90s. Awake for the entire processes, ORLAN used the operating room as her studio, directing doctors throughout the surgeries. She turned these cosmetic “improvements” into performance art, simulcasting the event live to galleries and museums around the world. Resurrecting this provocative experiment, Florida Atlantic University’s Schmidt Gallery recently opened a free exhibition of 19 large-scale color photographs from ORLAN’s surgery-performances, along with a photographic installation of her latest work, “Hybrid Double Skin.” ORLAN has been degraded by the feminist community for her seeming embrace of vanity surgery as art, while others have embraced her work as subversively exposing our obsession with beauty. Decide for yourself at this remarkable little show, which runs through Jan. 22. For information, call 561/297-2966.