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Larry Blustein

A Cultural Destination

By Larry Blustein
   As the Hallandale Symphonic Pops Orchestra gets set to host another performance next Tuesday, February 9th at the Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center, there is reason to believe that this region is truly becoming a cultural destination.
   That’s right, Aventura, Hallandale Beach, Hollywood and other communities and cities in northern Miami-Dade and southern Broward County, have come alive with marquee events that continue to elevate these areas and change the perception of what a “cultural hotbed” this has become.
   Tammy Yohanes is a resident of Sunny Isles Beach and regularly takes advantage of everything in a 10 mile radius. As an avid art lover, someone who attends shows, she also makes sure that museums, plays, music and anything else that stimulates her cultural appetite is part of her life.
   “I never knew when I moved here five years ago that we were wrapped in such a cultural blanket,” she says. “I have gone to everything they have - whether it’s the Pops Orchestra or art showings. This is exactly the lifestyle I have always wanted to live.”

   One of the major secrets in south Florida has been the Hallandale Symphonic Pops Orchestra. Under the direction of Peter P.  Fuchs, it has grown since starting back in 1990 to satisfy the need for musical performances, sought by residents who came from areas where their lifestyles included art and culture.
   The events are held at the Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center (1770 Monroe St. Hollywood, FL 33020). If you need information about next Tuesday’s show, presenting the music of Sigmund Romberg and Jerome Kern, or anything else, contact them at 954-624-6829 or 954-709-6880.  
   Yet another destination that should be visited often to see what they have going on.
   This is the place where so much talent is on display - year round - and with everything from performing arts to showings by some of the area’s top artists, the slate is full.

   There is probably not a better production series for youngsters with Princess Thimbelina (Saturday, February 20), 2pm, The Tiger and the Brahmin (Saturday, March 19, 2pm) and Mixed Up Fairy Tales (Saturday, May 14, 2pm) coming up over the next few months.

Kelley Johnson: Something That Hovers and Pulses Just Under the Surface
February 13 – March 27, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, February 12, 6 – 9 pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, March 12, 1 pm

Nolan Haan: The Futility of Envy
February 13 – March 27, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, February 12, 6 – 9 pm

   The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood presents contemporary gallery exhibitions, live stage performances, and high-quality education programs for adults and children. The Center fosters a creative environment where new and challenging work can flourish through programs that reflect the highest standards of artistry and diversity.
   Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, 1650 Harrison St.
Hollywood, FL 33020. 954. 921. 3274.

   The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, which opened in 2010, is an elegant, high-tech, 330 seat facility, whose mission is “to enhance the quality of life for Aventura by providing a variety of performing arts and relevant cultural programming for audiences of all ages.”
   The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center is managed by the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (PACA), and continues to bring an extraordinary new world of cultural opportunities to one of the most desirable and vibrant destinations, Aventura – The City of Excellence.
   The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center is an elegant state-of-the-art facility set amidst a spectacular waterfront setting in the heart of the bustling Aventura business corridor.
   From intimate concerts, lectures, plays and performances to community and family fare, the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center can provide the perfect setting.

   For information or to make an appointment, contact us by email: or call 305.466.8005.