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                           WORLD RENOWNED SINGING STAR "AELITA"

                                    AND A CAST OF  TEN TO BE FEATURED


            Recording artist and international singing star Aelita, known as The Queen of Cabaret, has completed two world tours and is acclaimed to be "The Best Big Band Vocalist." As a "Chanteuse Extraordinaire,"she sings in sixteen different languages and has shared the stage with some of the most highly known celebrities throughout the world and recorded 8 CD 's.

          Aelita has been one of the biggest supporters of the Leading Ladies, donating her talent, charm and personality to help raise funds for this worthy cause. The organization is a proud sponsor of the Transplantation And Patient Services in Florida, and has long been a long supporter of Miami Transplant Institute and many other major hospitals.

         Make plans now to attend this wonderful luncheon and musical event, given by the Leading Ladies on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. at the Miami Shores Country Club, located at 10000 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami.

         Tickets are $65 which must be paid in advance no later than January 12, 2020.  Make reservations by calling Elaine Steinhauser at 305-927-7447.  Chair Ladies are: Rhoda Shore & Sheila Dvoor. Make checks payable to Leading Ladies, Inc. and mail to E. Steinhauser, 3600 Mystic Point Dr. #710 Aventura, Fl. 33180. 

                                        “WE’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN

                                    BRINGS BACK FOND MEMORIES

                                              OF THE SIBLINGS DUO

                                    KAREN & RICHARD CARPENTER

          The Carpenters were an American vocal and instrumental duo during 1969-1983. They produced a distinct soft musical style, combining Karen’s contralto vocals with Richard’s arranging and composition skills. During their 14-year career, The Carpenters recorded ten albums, along with numerous singles and several television specials. 

          The siblings were born in New Haven, Connecticut, and moved to Downey, California, in 1963. Richard took piano lessons as a child, and went on to California State University, while Karen learned the drums. 

         They first performed together as a duo in 1965 and formed the jazz-oriented Richard Carpenter Trio followed by the middle-of-the-road Spectrum. They signed as The Carpenters to A & M Records in 1969,and achieved major success the following year with the hit singles, “Close To You,” and “We’ve Only Just Begun.” The duo’s brand of melodic pop produced a record-breaking run of hit recordings on the American Top 40 and Adult Contemporary charts, and they became leading sellers in the soft rock. 

         The Carpenters had three number-one singles and five number-two singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and fifteen number-one hits on the Adult Contemporary Chart. They sold more than 100 million records worldwide. In 1979 both suffered health problems ending their careers. 

         Tickets are $45 -$70 plus at Ticketmaster or the theatre’s box office, now on sale for the January 9, 2020 performance at the Parker Playhouse at 8 p.m. Inventory is limited. The Parker Playhouse is located at 707 N. E. 8th Street, Fort Lauderdale. For all other information call 954-462-0222 or 954-660-6307.

                                         ARSHT CENTER PRESENTS

                                        GIACOMO PUCCINI’S OPERA

                                           “MADAME BUTTERFLY

           A love affair goes horribly wrong in a fateful meeting of East and West.  Set in the 1890's Japan, Puccini’s heartbreaking story of betrayal portrays an American naval officer as he marries a young Japanese girl only to abandon her and force her to make the ultimate sacrifice.  A devastating saga of devotion, tradition, and sacrifice –and one of the most beloved opera of all time. 

         The opera opens in Nagasaki, Japan, at the turn of the 20th century. Lieutenant BF Pinkerton of the US Navy's about to marry a fifteen- year- old geisha named Cio-Cio-San, also known as Madame Butterfly. At the ceremony, Pinkerton describes his outlook on life to an American counsel.

         Pinkerton explains he intends to travel the world experiencing different cultures and enjoying himself. He’s not sure whether he’s in love with Butterfly or just infatuated, but that doesn’t matter to him. 
Pinkerton leaves Butterfly shortly after their wedding, and she diligently waits for him to come back.

          In her mind, he promised to return, and she is sure he would not break his word. Butterfly gives birth to a son after Pinkerton leaves. After some time, Butterfly sees and hears Pinkerton’s ship nearing the harbor. Lying down to rest with her son, she is awakened by a visit from Pinkerton and his American wife, Kate. They heard about Pinkerton’s son and agreed to take the boy and raise them themselves. 

           See how this opera ends at the Arsht Center’s Ziff Ballet Opera House located at 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, January 18- 26, 2020. Tickets start from $34 and up. For all other information call 305- 949-6722. If you miss the opera at the Arsht Center, you may still see the opera at the Broward Center for the January 30 and February 1, 2020 showing at 7 :30 p.m. Call 954-462-0222 for information.

                                                      “A FEW GOOD MEN

                                     A STORY ABOUT MILITARY LAWYERS

                              ON STAGE AT PEMBROKE PINES THEATRE

         A Few Good Men is a play that was first produced on Broadway in 1989. It tells the story of military lawyers at a court-martial who uncover a high-level conspiracy in the course of defending their clients, two United States Marines accused of murder. This all leads up to the climax as LTJG Kaffee finally has all the information he needs and goes for the two head men at the camp, Jessep and Kendrick.

         Kaffee puts Jessup in a corner while implying that Santiago did not have to be moved if Jessep had given the order to not touch him, as all his men listen to him. Finally, Jessep explodes with rage and yells “you can’t handle the truth!”

         This leaves the courtroom stunned and Joseph charged with the murder of Private Santiago and escorted out of the courtroom. But this was not the end as Dawson and Downey were found not guilty of murder, but were dishonorably discharged for conduct unbecoming a Marine. The two men were assigned a lawyer, US Navy Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee, who is an unmotivated lawyer who goes into his cases looking for a plea bargain and the shortest sentence.

          It seems to be following that exact path until US Navy Lieutenant Commander Jo Galloway makes an appearance.  This fascinating story is a must see at the Susan B Katz Pembroke Pines Theatre of the Performing Arts located at 17195 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines. Performances begin January 10 thorough January 26, 2020, evenings at 8 p.m., matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $19 to $34 at the box office. For more information call 954-37-4884.                                           

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