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The Week Ahead: Aug. 2 to 8


Opening night of “The Art of Hip-Hop” artist discussion series at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, 404 N.W. 26th St., Miami; 7 p.m.; $5; 305/576-4350

Philadelphia native and hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris has been compared to such dance giants as Alvin Ailey and Bob Fosse, and he has taught workshops and classes since the age of 15. This week, he brings his expertise to Miami for a three-part lecture series beginning tonight with “The Roots of Hip-Hop.” The series continues at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday with “Why Hip-Hop is an Art Form” and 6:30 p.m. Thursday with “How Hip-Hop Became a

Global Phenomenon.” Harris will be joined by numerous hip-hop dance luminaries, such as Tweetie, Hot Road, Saul Nubian and Teknyc.


Screening of “Transcendent Man: Live with Ray Kurzweil” at Regal Royal Palm Beach Stadium 18, 1003 N. State Road 7, West Palm Beach; 8 p.m.; standard theater admission;

Provocative inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil has been called a crackpot by some and a genius by others, but many of his bold predictions – from the Human Genome Project to the collapse of the Soviet Union – have proven to be true. His latest idea, that man will need to merge with machines to keep pace with progress, is something right out of science fiction. Learn about this more in the informative documentary â”Transcendent Man,” a look at Kurzweil’s life and work, which includes interviews with William Shatner, Stevie Wonder, Deepak Chopra and more. Stick around for a live telecast conversation with Kurzweil from New York City’s Lincoln Center.


Opening night of “Chitterling Height” at the Women’s Theatre Project at Sixth Star Studios, 505 N.W. First Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 8 p.m.; $25 adults and $15 students; 866/811-4111 or

For its first 26 productions, the Women’s Theatre Project has remained steadfast in its commitment to produce shows with entirely female casts. Therefore, “Chitterling Heights” is a groundbreaking move for the theater: It’s the first show to break this tradition and insert a Y chromosome. Two male characters join two females in Ann Morrissett Davidon’s period drama, set at the country house of playwright Lorraine Hansberry and centering on a

historic meeting between Hansberry and James Baldwin. Acclaimed actress Karen Stephens, whom we profile in an upcoming edition of Boca Raton magazine, costars.

Brian Wilson at Hard Rock Live, 5747 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 8 p.m.; $49 to $69; 800/745-3000 or

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame said it best in 1988 when it christened Brian Wilson “one of the few undisputed geniuses in pop music.” Now 69 and in one of his most fertile periods since the ’60s, the Beach Boys founder transcends his status as that band’s primary creative force, creating a neo-psych-pop genre all of his own, from which countless indie bands have spent decades gleaning. Despite an infamous history of drug abuse and mental illness, Wilson is at the top of his game as a solo artist; “That Lucky Old Son” was one of 2008’s most underrated releases, and 2010’s “Reimagines Gershwin” was simply sublime.

Opening night of “The Perfect Host” at Living Room Theaters at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton; show times pending; $5 to $9.50; 561/549-2600 or

Living Room Theaters appears to be the only venue showing “The Perfect Host,” which is a shame for moviegoers across South Florida but a coup for the FAU movie house. It’s not earth-shattering cinema, but this debut feature from writer-director Nick Tomnay may be the single most fun experience at the movies of this calendar year. It stars David Hyde Pierce, in the most delirious role of his career, as a dapper, upper-class intellectual hosting an elaborate

dinner party on the night a wounded criminal cons his way into his abode. It all goes bat-crap crazy from this point on, containing more twists than a pretzel, and to give anything else away would stunt the film’s charm. Just see it and expect to be shocked.

Friday and Saturday

Bob Saget at Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach; 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday; $25; 561/833-1812;

Unless you’ve lived under a rock for the past 10 years or so, it should come as no surprise that Bob Saget’s humor is the antithesis of the squeaky-clean image he cultivated over eight seasons of “Full House.” In reality, Saget’s persona is closer to that of Andrew Dice Clay, pushing the envelope of vulgarity so far out into the stratosphere that it ceases to be “offensive” – it’s far too ridiculous for that. It can also be terribly funny and often improvised, to the point where each Saget performance is different from the one before it. But don’t be surprised if you need a shower after the show.


Reel Big Fish at Revolution Live, 100 S.W. Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 6:30 p.m.; $20; 954/449-1025 or

You could make a solid case that Reel Big Fish, one of southern California’s most famous ska-punk exports, peaked a long time ago and are still living, mostly, on songs they recorded in their ’90s prime. The group has released three albums of original music since 1998’s lovable “Why Do They Rock So Hard?” but none have taken off like the band’s previous releases – and other than those, Reel Big Fish has given us a covers album (do we really need a ska version of “Brown Eyed Girl”?), a live album and an album of reinterpretations of their old songs. Kinda like Sting. But, also like Sting, the old stuff is still good enough to warrant seeing them again, just to hear cult classics like “Beer” and “Sell Out.” Streetlight Manifesto, Rodeo Ruby Love and New Riot open the show.

Jamaica’s 49th Independence Celebration at Palm Beach Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 7:30 p.m.; $65; 561/366-3000 or

Celebrate the 49th year of Jamaica’s independence – and the 20th anniversary of Jamaicans of the Palm Beaches, Inc. — at this convention center extravaganza. Guest speakers include Jamaican Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, House Representative Mack Bernard and West Palm Beach Mayor

Jeri Muoio. The evening includes Jamaican cuisine, singing, dancing and live music, and all proceeds benefit Jamaicans of the Palm Beaches.


The Go-Go’s at Hard Rock Live, 5747 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 7 p.m.; $49 to $69; 800/745-3000 or

You know you’re old when the bands you grew up with start to enjoy anniversary reunions, and the music that sounded so hip to you as a young person is considered borderline-oldies. Such is the case with The Go-Go’s, who are leaving semi-retirement (a 2010 tour was scheduled to be the band’s last) to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their epochal 1981 release “Beauty and the Beat.” It’s hard to believe that this record is three decades old; boasting such iconic hits as “Our Lips Are Sealed” and “We Got the Beat,” the album sounds like it hasn’t aged a day, something that can’t be said for the legions of forgettable new wave and power-pop acts that have followed in the Go-Go’s trailblazing wake.

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