Friday, April 12, 2024

The Week Ahead: May 16 to 23

Thursday

Bill Cosby at Hard Rock Live, 5747 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 8 p.m.; $39 to $69; 954/797-5531 or www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com

“Don’t consider yourself too hip to see me,” Cosby says in a video promo for his current tour. Not resigned to simply fading into the limelight as a relic from another era, the groundbreaking 73-year-old comedian has changed with the times remarkably well, while maintaining the charms he fostered on his sitcom in the 1980s. The activist, educator, author and actor still puts younger, fresher comics to shame.

Thursday and Friday

Girl Talk with Max Tundra at the Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 9 p.m.; $20; 305/673-7300 or www.livenation.com

The Fillmore will transform into a druggy rave-up for two nights this week when it welcomes Girl Talk, the solo mash-up project from musician Greg Michael Gillis. His music is a hodgepodge of samples, largely comprised of popular hip-hop, indie and punk songs, creatively reappropriated into dance-heavy compositions. If you don’t think a guy standing onstage with a laptop makes for an exciting live music event, then you’ve obviously never seen a Girl Talk show.

Friday

Opening night of “Meek’s Cutoff” at Regal Shadowood 16, 9889 W. Glades Road, Boca Raton; 561/482-2638

One of the best movies of the year so far and the finest picture yet from independent filmmaker Kelly Reichardt, “Meek’s Cutoff” is a beautiful, dusty, yellowed moral parable set during the westward expansion through the Oregon Trail in 1845. Bruce Greenwood is the titular Meek, an impressively bearded contractor hired to guide a group of settlers through uncharted territory. They’re lost from the outset and continue to be lost for much of the film, though a potentially dangerous Indian may be eventually lead them toward a tree of life. Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Shirley Henderson and Will Patton complete an impressive cast in this wayward anti-

Western from Reichardt, indie cinema’s patron saint of existential isolation.

Sebastian Junger at Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 8 p.m.; free; 305/442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com

It’s very likely that nobody knows the war in Afghanistan better than Sebastian Junger, the brave journalist who embedded himself in a platoon during a 15-month tour of duty in the region’s deadly Korengal Valley. His results are recorded in his slice-of-wartime-life bestseller “War,” the follow-up to his similarly intense breakthrough, “The Perfect Storm.” There is a sad postscript to Junger’s work that will surely come up in the Q&A at Books and Books – the fact that Tim Hetherington, who co-directed “Restrepo,” the documentary film supplement to “War,” recently was killed while reporting from combat.

Opening night of “Three Days of Rain” at Promethean Theatre at Nova Southeastern University, 3301 College Ave., Davie; 8 p.m.; $20 to $25; 786/317-7580 or www.theprometheantheatre.com

Richard Greenberg has written some 25 plays, but few of them ever receive revivals in South Florida. Davie’s Promethean Theatre hopes to change the tide, and they’ve picked quite a winner to do so: “Three Days of Rain” is a Pulitzer finalist and Olivier and Drama Desk nominee set among young, fame-hungry architects in 1960s Greenwich Village. Matthew William Chizever, Terry Hardcastle and Deborah L. Sherman round out the cast for this highly anticipated production.

Saturday

Jackson Browne at Broward Center for the Performing Arts’ Au-Rene Theater, 201 SW Fifth Ave.,

Fort Lauderdale; 8 p.m.; $40 to $60; 954/262-0222 or www.browardcenter.org

Jackson Browne doesn’t play concerts down here very often, let alone in relatively intimate venues such as the Broward Center. The German-born music legend and political activist has sold more than 17 million records in the United States – his latest is the live album “Love is Strange” – with three of his releases reaching multi-platinum status. Expect to hear classics such as “The Pretender,” “Somebody’s Baby” and “Running on Empty.”

“Time Flies” Open House at Wimberly Library at Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton; 1 to 4 p.m.; free; 561/297-0226 or www.library.fau.edu

This special event may just be one of the coolest to-dos of the year. In celebration of the 90th birthday and retirement of Arthur Jaffe, founder of FAU’s Jaffe Center for the Book Arts, the library is hosting an exhibition titled “Time Flies When You’re Having Fun,” a survey of works celebrating Jaffe and his legacy. Cookies and coffee will be served, but the most interesting part of this event is that the Miami Poetry Collective will be on hand to preside over a Poetry Depot throughout the Jaffe Center: You simply name a price and suggest a topic, and a member of the collective will write a poem for you, on the spot, on a manual typewriter.

Crocodiles at Respectable Street, 518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 9 p.m.; $10 in advance or $12 at the door; 561/832-9999 or www.respectablestreet.com

San Diego’s Crocodiles are one of the most exciting noise-pop acts to emerge in recent years, having recorded two albums of loud, blissful, feedback-drenched indie-pop records on the Fat Possum label. Their sound reveals the obvious influence of legendary cult act Jesus and Mary Chain and weds it to swingin’ Beach Boys hooks – a marriage made in heaven, if you ask us. The band was scheduled to play Miami’s Grand Central back in October, so for local Crocodiles fans, this show is a long time coming.

Sunday

Lewis Black at Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave, Suite 250, West Palm Beach; 7 p.m.; $40; 561/833-1812 or www.palmbeachimprov.com

Chances are, no one has ever said to Lewis Black, “Tell me how you really feel!” – unless it came from a shrink. The perpetually agitated stand-up comedian is never at a loss for words, tipping sacred cows with his thoughtful and politically incorrect jabs at politicians, celebrities, the media and current events. If you can’t catch him Sunday, he’ll also be performing at the Improv at 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. These shows are make-up dates from this past New Year’s Eve weekend, when Black had to cancel a series of appearances after falling ill.

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