Hailed by Dance Magazine as "one of the true revelations of dance today," Ballet Hispanico proves there's more to Spanish dancing than flamenco and cha-cha. Under the direction of artistic director Tina Ramirez, the dancers perform a three-part program, opening with Idol Obsession. Choreographer George Faison based the piece -- filled with religious iconography, images of Mexican folklore, and upbeat Tejano music -- on the life, career, and tragic death of Hispanic pop star Selena. The troupe returns after an intermission with Poema Infinito, for which choreographer Maria Rovira was inspired by Spanish writer Federico Garcia Lorca. After the second intermission, the dancers cut loose on Ann Reinking's Ritmo y Ruido, set to the pulsating rhythms of hip-hop and Afro-Cuban beats. Ballet Hispanico brings its national tour to the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $20 to $40. Call 561-832-7469.
When they helped found jazz fusion as a genre in the late Sixties and early Seventies, they never thought they would become the "old guard." But Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock, who appear tonight at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, are the premier remaining representatives of the movement. "Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, and Roy Haynes are still around," says Hancock, who helped map out the fusion movement while playing keyboards with Miles Davis' seminal mid-Sixties quintet, with which Shorter also performed. "But a lot of the people who came before Wayne and me are gone. So now, even though the music is still new, he and I are, in some sense, the old guard." Hancock and saxophonist Shorter, a founding member of Weather Report, have teamed up again for 1+1, their recent release of piano and sax duets. In concert they'll draw from the album's ten cuts, three original compositions by each, three collaborations, and one tune, "Memory of Enchantment," written by Michiel Borstlap for the 1996 Thelonious Monk Composition Competition, which it won. See the duo tonight at 8 p.m. at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. Tickets cost $25 to $38 and can be purchased by phone at 561-832-7469 or 800-572-8471.
"Mr. Entertainment." "Mr. Television." "Uncle Miltie." It's easy to see by his nicknames that vaudeville, radio, comedy, theater, and film star Milton Berle is one of the most beloved performers of our time. He's earned it. He started out in 1913 at age five as the spokesboy for Buster Brown shoes and in 1948 became television's first giant when he launched Texaco Star Theater. He fit in plenty of comedy appearances over the years as well, with cafe and club dates too numerous to count. Berle brings his comic side to West Palm Beach tonight, joined by comedian Rita McKenzie. Ticket prices range from $25 to $45 for the 8 p.m. show at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. Call 800-572-8471.