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Pulitzer winner, Broadway diva hit town

Fans of terrific playwrights and/or captivating Broadway actor/singers, heads up:  This week brings appearances by both kinds of artists in Miami.

Nilo photo Nilo Cruz, the Cuban-American playwright who won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Anna in the Tropics (which was commissioned by and premiered at tiny New Theatre in Coral Gables), kicks off the Make Art Work lecture series at the New World School of the Arts.  Speaking on the topic Exploring the Imagination and Possibilities in the Theater, Cruz will discuss his dramatic process, including character development.  The hour-long talk happens on Wednesday -- that's tomorrow -- at 1:15 p.m. in the Louise O. Gerrits Theater at 25 NE Second St., Eighth Floor, Miami.  Spending an hour with the articulate, creative, inspiring Cruz costs nothing, and the event is open to anyone.  For more information, call 305-237-3502.

Scott Sherie Rene - 01 Also this week, Sherie Rene Scott -- whose Broadway credits include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Little Mermaid and Aida (plus the upcoming Broadway production of Everyday Rapture)-- kicks off the Arsht Center's Cabaret & Cocktails series in the Carnival Studio Theater. 

Scott's cabaret debut, with the space set up like a jazz club, happens Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 15-17.  Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday.  Tickets are $45, with the "cocktails" part of Cabaret & Cocktails available for purchase at the theater.  For information, call the box office at 305-949-6722 or visit the Arsht web site.