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The Arsht Center's entertaining summer

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts has unveiled a summer season, one aimed at reflecting multicultural Miami and appealing to families looking for fun to spice up the school-free months.

An enhanced version of City Theatre's popular Summer Shorts Festival kicks things off May 29-June 22, this year featuring three separate programs of short plays:  Signature Shorts, the company's customary two-part program of brief comedies and dramas; Shorts 4 Kids (June 12-22), a family-oriented program; and Undershorts (June 12-22), an edgy late-night program.

Another kids' show, Go, Diego, Go Live! (based on the popular Nick Jr. show), plays the Arsht June 14-15.

Laugartascelia The Off-Broadway hit Celia: The Life and Music of Celia Cruz hits the Arsht June 18-July 6.  Written by Carmen Rivera and Candido Tirado, the musical revisits the life and long career of the salsa superstar (that's New York star Xiomara Laugart Sanchez as Celia at left).  The production's large company of singers, dancers and musicians will give performances in both English and Spanish in the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall.

After Summer Shorts departs,the XXIII International Hispanic Theatre Festival brings its array of companies from around the world to the Arsht Center's Carnival Studio Theater July 9-27.

Two major shows will play the Arsht from late July to mid-August.  The world premiere of Miami Libre, the dance-driven bilingual story of a musician's quest for love and freedom, plays the Knight Concert Hall July 25-Aug. 17. And the wintry Slava's Snowshoe, a piece by original Cirque du Soleil clown Slava, plays the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House July 24-Aug. 17.

For information on the Arsht's summer lineup, visit the center's web site or phone the box office at 305-949-6722.