Ted’s at YoungArts Introduces a Series of Avant-Garde Pairings

"Ted's at Young Arts Grand Opening December 17, 2014"

The National YoungArts Foundation has outdone themselves with a brand new series that aims to fuse dining with visual arts.

Pairings at Ted’s is an eight-part, all-new series that marries world-class performances with a themed culinary experience. The old dinner and a show routine has just been revamped; Ted’s has been activated as a cultural space with this new groundbreaking series. Audiences get to enjoy a prix fixe menu served during the performance in an intimate setting.

The experience is a very unique one, such as the the one YoungArts presented last month. It was The Miami Herald Critic’s Pick, PET by Rudi Goblen, a one man theatrical show that uses movement, speech and action to tell the story of heartbreak, relationships, love and lack thereof. The piece is set in a support group meeting for ex-lovers and serial monogamists sharing experiences of heartbreak that the audience feels a part of. PET draws on human emotion and those in connection to love and loss—fears, hopes, dreams and instincts.

Rudi Goblen's PET
Rudi Goblen’s PET. Image by GlassWorks.

Future performances at the YoungArts Tower in Miami’s up and coming Arts + Entertainment District include the Nu Deco Ensemble, O, Miami, performances by Alumni Elena & Samora Pinderhughes and Alumnus Doug Blush.

Nu Deco will feature an assortment of performances from a classical music ensemble comprised of the YoungArts’ alumni and led by Founder and 1984 Winner in Classical Jacomo Bairos. Nu Deco fuses EDM (Electronic Dance Music) sounds by a live DJ with classical music—promising to music aficionados of every genre. This event begins on March 18 through March 19.

Jacomo Bairos & Nu Deco Ensemble
Jacomo Bairos & Nu Deco Ensemble

To celebrate National Poetry Month in April, Ted’s Series will feature O, Miami featuring spoken word artists and poets joining YoungArts’ notable literary arts alumni. Artists such as Anne Carson, Raúl Zurita, Patti Smith, Richard Blanco, Thurston Moore, and many others have performed at O, Miami, enriching Greater Miami’s literary culture. O, Miami’s goal is for all the people of the city to encounter at least one poem during the month of April. The event begins on April 29th  though the 30th.

Live Performance at O, Miami "father" by axis Made & Diego Mosquera
Live Performance at O, Miami—“Father” by Axis Made & Diego Mosquera

The Alumni Elena & Samora Pinderhughes event joins flutist YoungArts Alumni Elena Pinderhughes and pianist and composer Alumni Samora Pinderhughes in a blend of musical talent in jazz. Their music expresses questions to contemporary issues of racism, social justice and identity.

The series comes to an end with visual arts Alumnus Doug Blush’s screening of 20 Feet from Stardom. His film is the winner of the 2013 Academy Award for Best Documentary which follows the careers of backup singers living in a world where the spotlight is beyond reach. Blush is the YoungArts 1984 Winner in Cinematic Arts. The screening will take place on June 24th through the 25th.

20 Feet From Stardom Rising Star Judith Hill
20 Feet From Stardom Rising Star Judith Hill