Tuesday, April 16, 2024

The Week Ahead: May 3 to 9


“Lisa Rockford: The She-Monster Sideshow” at Art and Culture Center, 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; $4

to $7 or free for members; 954/921-3274

This solo show by Fort Lauderdale painter Rockford opened April 30, but with so much going on last weekend, I didn’t get a chance to plug it. Rockford’s colorful, large-scale banners offer unique visions of mythical “She-Monsters” drawn from familiar pop-culture imagery and rooted in classic goddesses and heroines, from Ishtar to Joan of Arc. These human, animal and android hybrids need to be seen to be believed, and the exhibition even has an interactive photo op – cameras are encouraged.


Piano Slam at Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 7:30 p.m.; free; 305/949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org

A few weeks ago, I previewed an event called the Hip-Hop Symphony at the Broward Center; now, a similar merger of classical and rap music will bring its disparate harmony to Miami’s Arsht Center. Award-winning pianists Stephanie Ho and Saar Ahuvia will perform the music of Gershwin, Bach and John Adams, with DJ Brimstone 127 adding the hip-hop backbeat. The words of young Miami poets along with a performance from the Thomas Armour Ballet make this a multimedia spectacular not to be missed.


Opening night of “Celebrity Autobiography” at Arsht Center,

1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 8 p.m.; $45; 305/949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org

Reading the autobiographies of celebrities can be a real chore. Unless you’re Keith Richards, you probably don’t have enough interesting stuff to say to fill an entire tome without resorting to florid self-aggrandizement. But this show singles out the best – and funniest – stories from celebrity autobiographies, filtered through the prism of top comedians and actors. Rachel Dratch, Mario Cantone, Bruce Vilanch, Sharon Gless, Paul Provenza and more will reenact the juiciest tidbits from the likes of Tiger Woods, Justin Bieber, Pamela Anderson and Britney Spears. The show runs through May 15.


Opening night of “The Cha-Cha of a Camel Spider” at the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 7:30 p.m.; starting at $25; 561/585-3433 or www.floridastage.org

Chances are, you won’t come across a more obscure play title all year than “The Cha-Cha of a Camel Spider,” Florida Stage’s latest world-premiere play from Carter W. Lewis. Lewis penned the fun, youth-driven “Storytelling Ability of a Boy” a couple of seasons back, and his latest looks to be just as comic and edgy, centering a recent college graduate with a BA in Slam Poetry Performance, two mercenary soldiers, and a Led Zeppelin-loving, magical Afghani cab driver. Sounds like a trip.

Opening night of “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” at Palm Beach Dramaworks, 322 Banyan Blvd., West Palm Beach; 8 p.m.; $47; 561/514-4042 orwww.palmbeachdramaworks.org

In a busy weekend for Palm Beach theatre, Dramaworks joins Florida Stage in bringing its own season finale to the stage: Martin McDonagh’s “The Beauty Queen of Leenane.” McDonagh is a playwright who gets produced a lot in South Florida, mostly at GableStage. Dramaworks dives back into the prolific writer’s archive to mount his first play, a mix of black comedy, horror, melodrama and tragedy set in the claustrophobic kitchen of a shabby Irish apartment. The play runs through June 19.

My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult at Respectable Street, 518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 9 p.m.; $15 to $20; 561/832-9999 or www.respectablestreet.com

Formed in 1987, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult has always been one of the most fun gothic-industrial acts in the scene, because you never got the impression they were taking those Satan-worshipping and sexploitation gimmicks too seriously. Still, for sheer lyrical outrageousness, few underground bands have delved into the occult with as much as theatrical vigor as this Chicago-based quintet. By embracing catchy disco and techno music, they’ve even managed to transcend the black fetish-apparel-and-trenchcoat set. 16 Volt and Twitch the Ripper open the show.

SW Third Ave. Music Festival in downtown Fort Lauderdale; 5 p.m.; free to $10; 954/727-0950 or www.jointherevolution.net

Twenty-five South Florida bands will perform across five stages in downtown Fort Lauderdale Friday in an evening headlined by national nu-metal exports Nonpoint at Revolution Live. The Nonpoint show costs $10, but the rest of the stages, including America’s Backyard and the Poor House, have no cover. The most interesting stage of the night will be the newly opened Green Room, which hosts five hip indie acts – John Ralston, The Dewars, Lavola, The New and Plains – sponsored by Broward-Palm Beach New Times.


Art Rock at Armory Art Center, 1700 Parker Ave., West Palm Beach; noon to 6 p.m.; $5; info@artrockrocks.com

Stitch Rock creator Amanda Linton launched this sister art fair last year, and the response proved so popular that it was only inevitable that it became an annual tradition. Art Rock combines pop-surrealist, lowbrow, outsider and street art with the funky jewelry and DIY fashion that formed the bedrock of Stitch Rock. Patrons can enjoy more than 60 artist booths, free kids’ activities, food and drinks and free swag for the first 100 customers.

“One Night of Queen” at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale; 8 p.m.; $37.50 to $57.50; 954/462-0222 orwww.parkerplayhouse.com

Tribute performer Gary Mullen has taken his uncanny likeness to Freddie Mercury to the next level: by performing as Mercury, exhuming the immortal rocker’s spirit for a two-hour concert extravaganza. Bursting with special effects and a spectacular light and stage show, “One Night of Queen” promises rock ‘n’ roll like it used to be – gloriously excessive. Needless to say, Queen fans will receive the opportunity to hear hits like “We Will Rock You,” “Another One Bites the Dust” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” in the Parker Playhouse’s choice confines.

Madison Smartt Bell at Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave.,

Coral Gables; 7 p.m.; free; 305/442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com

The high-cheekboned English professor Bell stops by Books and Books to promote and sign his latest novel “The Color of Night,” a sordid tale of about a lonely blackjack dealer, adrift in the Nevada desert, who obsesses over a particular bit of 9-11 disaster footage. It looks like another fascinating, provocative work from the novelist behind “All Souls Rising” and “Devil’s Dream.”

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