Sunday, April 14, 2024

The Week Ahead: Aug. 11 to 17


What: The Get Up Kids

Where: Revolution Live, 100 S.W. Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale

When: 6:30 p.m.

Cost: $17.50-$22

Contact: 954/449-1025,

The Get Up Kids are no longer kids. Once considered among the vanguard of the second-wave American emo-rock movement—before that genre became a term to be dismissed rather than embraced—the Kansas-based quintet released a pair of modern classics in the ‘90s, “Four Minute Mile” and “Something to Write Home About.” Catchy, witty, melodic and, yes, emotionally sensitive, these albums were gateway records for me and countless others, helping me evolve from punk to indie music, and songs from these albums will form the bulk of the group’s 20th anniversary tour selections. This rare appearance—it could very well be their last—will feature an energetic set of originals and a few well-curated covers. Show up early for Braid, another ‘90s emo staple that, much like the Get Up Kids, has survived and thrived despite multiple breakups.


What: Steely Dan and Elvis Costello & the Imposters

Where: Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $42

Contact: 561/795-8883,

Steely Dan has never really “fit in” with any movement, genre or style—meandering yet perfectionist, retrograde yet postmodern, soft with a sharp edge. The jazz rockers, propelled by just two core members, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, have ridden these contradictions to cult greatness over a nearly five-decade career that has resulted in 40 million albums sold, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction and a well-earned reputation for lyricism that transcends the populist subjects of most hitmakers. Becker and Fagen will bring 11 virtuoso musicians and vocalists on their 2015 “Rockabye Gollie Angel” tour, along with their knockout of an opening band. Fresh off his spring solo acoustic show in Fort Lauderdale, English troubadour Elvis Costello will return with his full band, the Imposters, for a raucous survey of his dense catalog of New Wave toe-tappers and slow-burning crooners.


What: Opening night of “Bug”

Where: The Abyss Stage, 2304 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $25 adults, $10 students

Contact: 561/447-8829,

Momentous meetings between lost souls are common plot devices in the rich history of American drama, and Tracy Letts’ hit 2000 play “Bug” is a fertile contribution to the genre. In this case, the two drifting characters are lonely cocktail waitress Agnes and possibly AWOL Gulf War veteran Peter. Arranged to meet in a seedy motel room by a lesbian biker friend of Agnes, the two characters discuss, among other things, conspiracy theories involving UFOs, cult suicides and the war in Iraq, while an infestation of bugs slowly takes over the room. This production of the squeamish dark comedy marks the first collaboration between Fort Lauderdale horror-theater purveyor Infinite Abyss and Boca Raton company Evening Star Productions, and director Rosalie Grant promises that the show “will leave audience members squirming long after the lights come up.” “Bug” stars Erynn Dalton, Todd Bruno, Jim Gibbons, Rachel Finley and Dominick Daniel, and it runs through Aug. 29.


What: Art Talk: Bik Van der Pol

Where: Perez Art Museum, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $12-$16 museum admission

Contact: 305/375-3000,

On Thursday, the Perez Art Museum will open a site-specific exhibition that combines bird-watching, pet tricks and global commentary. The museum commissioned Rotterdam-based artists Liesbeth Bik and Jos Van der Pol—an artistic duo known collectively as Bik Van der Pol—to transform its Papper Family Gallery into a custom-made aviary, where they trained four parrots to mimic phrases from T.S. Elliot’s landmark poem “The Waste Land.” No, we’re not kidding. The exhibit will be complemented by a jumble of letters spelling out such politically loaded phrases as “global warming,” “climate change” and “sustainability.” The artists will discuss their motivations for this most unique exhibition, which runs through Feb. 21. The parrots, we assume, are currently drilling their lines.


What: “Symphonia Sizzles”

Where: Blue Martini, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton

When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $20

Contact: 866/687-4201,

Long gone are the sleepy days when Boca’s cultural institutions would take the summer off. The Boca Symphonia, which normally produces classical programming in season, will show off its more freewheeling side at the jazz concert “Symphonia Sizzles,” a budget-conscious fundraiser presented in conjunction with the Boca Chamber’s Festival Days series of August events. Several musicians from the Symphonia will perform an intimate jazz concert at Town Center’s Blue Martini, and the $20 admission includes appetizers and one drink—and all beverages purchased after that drink will be half price.

What: Opening night of “110 in the Shade”

Where: Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $42

Contact: 561/514-4042,

In season, Palm Beach Dramaworks is our region’s foremost producer of classic, hard-hitting dramas. But summers at Dramaworks are another story—a space where rarely seen musicals frolic in the heat in stripped-down concert productions that capture the shows’ intensity, beauty and emotionality without the expense of elaborate décor. These savings are passed on to the attendees, with ticket prices roughly half of the theater’s seasonal rate. This month, Dramaworks follows up its extended run of “A Little Night Music” with “110 in the Shade,” the 1963 Broadway debut by the composer and lyricist of the long-running record-breaker “The Fantasticks.” Underappreciated in its time, “110 in the Shade” borrows elements of “The Grapes of Wrath” and “The Music Man” in its tale of a spinster in a drought-stricken Southwestern town in the 1930s, who falls under the spell of a charismatic conman bringing promises of rain. See it this summer, because this intimate and haunting musical drama won’t be produced again anytime soon. It runs through Aug. 23.

What: Hippiefest

Where: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $19.69-$59.49

Contact: 954/462-0222,

It’s hard to believe, but this weekend marks the 46th anniversary of the original—and in our book, the only—Woodstock Music & Art Fair. And while the cushy confines of the Broward Center’s Au-Rene Theater can never hope to replicate the mud and sweat and tents and questionably ingested substances of the original Woodstock, its annual Hippiefest always captures the spirit of the event by offering a unique opportunity to savor lengthy sets by bands from that iconic era. This year, four acts will perform for three and a half hours. Without further ado, they are: The Family Stone, performing without founder Sly but with original members Jerry Martini, Cynthia Robinson and Greg Errico; Rick Derringer, the Grammy-winning guitarist behind “Hang on Sloopy;” rock icons Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels (“Devil in a Blue Dress”); and British Invasion legends Badfinger, featuring original guitarist Joey Molland.


What: “Weird Al” Yankovic

Where: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $30–$123.90

Contact: 954/462-0222,

“Weird Al” Yankovic is proof that the normally forecasted tides of music sales can sometimes yield a powerful, unpredictable wave. Last summer, Yankovic, considered by many a relic of the last century—a parody artist who had become a self-parody—released the No. 1 Billboard-charting album in the country. His 14th LP, “Mandatory Fun,” was a genuine industry disrupter, becoming the first comedy album to hit No. 1 since Allan Sherman’s “My Son, the Nut” in 1963. But this only sounds shocking until you hear the album, and realize how justified Yankovic’s newfound attention is. “Mandatory Fun” is arguably his most inspired collection ever, from his cheerfully sardonic take on pop hits like “Royals” (“Foil”), “Happy” (“Tacky”) and “Blurred Lines (“Word Crimes”) to clever originals such as “Mission Statement” (a corporate mission statement put to music) and “First World Problems” “(I bought too many groceries for my refrigerator/I forgot my gardener’s name, I’ll have to ask him later”). His recent set lists reflect the spring in his step, including a dizzying 12-song medley of early hits.

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