Monday, April 22, 2024

The Week Ahead: March 8 to 14


Spring Break special event at Bas Fisher Invitational, 180 NE 39th St., Suite 210, Miami; 7:30 p.m.; free but donations encouraged;

A self-described “nomadic gallery,” Spring Break is a somewhat mysterious, conceptual art space that hosts irregular, under-the-radar events in numerous countercultural Miami milieus. Tonight, the collective will offer a variety-filled evening at Bas Fisher, including an installation by local artist The President, a poetry reading of basketball-themed works and, beginning at 9, music by electronic musicians Dino Felipe, David Scott Kirby and Travis Johnson and experimental post-rock bands Echolalia and Eyelash.

Fishbone at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 8 p.m.; $15; 305/377-2277 or

Fishbone is one of those bands that I’m pleasantly surprised to find still exists in 2011. The six-piece group formed in Los Angeles in the mid-1980s alternative rock boom and has recorded such critically acclaimed albums “Truth and Soul” and “The Reality of My Surroundings.” Combining ska, funk rock, punk and metal into a distinctive stew, Fishbone has created a genre all its own while addressing social and political issues in its lyrics – the band’s most recent single, from 2007, is called “Partying With Saddam.”


Piano Latino at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 7:30 p.m.; $25 to $95; 866/571-2787 or

Fans of jazz piano with Latin spice should rejoice in this special offering, part of the weeklong Festival of the Arts BOCA extravaganza. Three virtuosi will perform together: Eddie Palmieri, a nine-time Grammy winner with 36 albums to his credit; Michel Camilo, a Dominican-born Grammy winner for Best Latin Jazz Album; and Alfredo Rodriguez, a 24-year-old, Cuban-born phenom discovered by Quincy Jones at the 2006 Montreal Jazz Festival.

Danu at Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach; 8 p.m.; $40 to $45; 561/655-7226 or

The five-piece act Danu is renowned for its traditional Irish music, and it marks one of the highlights of the Four Arts music season. The band was the only collective to be voted Best Traditional Group twice in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and their concerts have been praised for their high energy and eclectic instrumentation, which includes flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion and bouzouki.


Delray’s Got Talent! at Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 7 p.m.; $100; 561/243-7922 ext. 1 or

It’s not too often you get to see country, rock, jazz and classical acts share the same stage on the same night, but this high-end fundraiser offers just that. Emceed by Delray Beach Mayor Woodie McDuffie, the event will benefit the renovation of the city’s Beach Pavilion on A1A at Atlantic Avenue. The diverse music lineup includes Amber Leigh, the Dillingers, the Delray String Quartet, Rita D., Esme Hurlburt, Chuck Ridley Combo and Maria Nofsinger.


Opening night of mini festival at the Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; various times; $10 or less per film; 786/385-9689 or

The Coral Gables Art Cinema has only been around since October, but the theater has been opening a new film nearly every week of its existence, and it already has enough material in its archive for a “Best Of” week. The theater will screen revival prints of some of its favorite premieres of the past five months, such as “Eyes Wide Open,” a controversial gay love story set in Jerusalem; “La Yuma,” a popular Nicaraguan feature about a poor, aspiring female boxer; “Undertow,” a critically acclaimed and unconventional Peruvian ghost story; “Southern District,” a Bolivian expose of an upper-crust family; and “Orgasm, Inc.,” a documentary about the science, and business, of female sexuality. For a full list of titles and show times, visit the venue’s website.

Snoop Dogg at Club Cinema, 3251 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach; 9 p.m. $35;

The pioneering rap icon is responsible for some of the most enduring hip-hop records of the past two decades, including “Doggystyle” and “No Limit Top Dogg.” Today, he’s something of a self-parody, more known for instituting the asinine “shizzle” suffix into the urban lexicon than for the gangsta rap culture he helped invent. It’s kind of a crap shoot which Snoop you’re going to see live: the peerless performer who can electrify a biracial room, or the bored stoner reading his lyrics off a music stand. Check out his affordable show at Club Cinema and find out for yourself.

Saturday and Sunday

Pridefest at Jaco Pastorius Park, 4000 N. Dixie Highway, Oakland Park; noon to 6 p.m.; $5 entry plus $5 parking;

Now in its 34th year, Pride South Florida presents this popular, two-day celebration of LGBT culture in downtown Oakland Park. An impressive lineup of talent will be performing at the event, including Teri Catlin, Georgie Porgie, Heather Craig, Chely Wright, Linda Clifford, the South Florida Pride Jazz Ensemble, the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus, the Fort Lauderdale Women’s Chorus, a presentation from the Rising Action Theatre Company and much more.


Opening night of “Superior Donuts” at GableStage at the Biltmore, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables; 8 p.m.; $37.50 to $47.50; 305/445-1119

GableStage continues its season of punchy comedies with Tracy Letts’ 2008 play, bearing a Homer Simpson-approved title. It centers on a 1960s radical with the difficult-to-pronounce name of Arthur Przybyszewski. Arthur runs a dilapidated donut shop with his young African-American assistant, whose ideas about modernizing the store clash with the owner’s. Avi Hoffman stars alongside an eight-piece supporting ensemble. The play runs through April 10.

Opening night of “August: Osage County” at Actor’s Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 8 p.m.; $41; 305/444-9293

Apparently, the memo has been circulated: March is Tracy Letts Month in Miami. In an astonishing coincidence – or perhaps not – two Letts revivals open on the same night in Coral Gables. Along with GableStage’s aforementioned “Superior Donuts,” Actor’s Playhouse is mounting “August: Osage County,” Letts’ three-and-a-half-hour, three-act, double-intermission epic about a dysfunctional family in Oklahoma. The star-studded ensemble includes Annette Miller, Laura Turnbull, Dennis Creaghan, Gregg Weiner and Erik Fabregat.

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