Friday, April 19, 2024

The Week Ahead: Sept. 13 to 19


Roger Daltrey at Hard Rock Live, 5747 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 8 p.m.; $45 to $105; 800/745-3000 or

Following in Roger Waters’ footsteps from a year ago, the frontman of another classic English rock band has decided to relive and reinvigorate one of his group’s rock operas, in this case “Tommy” – a double album as renowned for its literary and narrative merit as its great music. Joined by Simon Townshend on guitar, Daltrey will play “Tommy” in its entirety, offering fans to hear numbers the Who rarely play live, along with a few crowd favorites from other albums.

Atari Teenage Riot at Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; 7:30 p.m.; $20; 954/564-1074 or

This techno act, which founded in Berlin in 1992, was integral in transitioning electronic music from the increasingly stale synth-driven new wave of the ‘80s toward a more pummeling, fist-pumping industrial sound that would come to be known as digital hardcore. Politically charged with anarchist punk venom, theirs was an abrasive, un-radio-friendly sound, but Atari Teenage Riot was so original and cultish that it didn’t required radio play to succeed. The death of one of its members led to the band’s dissolution in the late ‘90s, but tonight’s tour is part of a much-anticipated reunion, in support of “Is This Hyperreal?,” the group’s first album in 12 years. Otto von Schirach and Yip Yip will open the show.

Tuesday and Wednesday

Tastemakers at Mizner Park in Boca Raton; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.; $30; 561/362-0606 or

Check out the top food, wine and cocktails from the best restaurants in Boca Raton’s always-improving Mizner Park downtown district. A VIP pass to this third annual tasting-and-cocktail pairing grants customers offerings from 11 eateries, including Max’s Grille, RACKS, KAPOW! Noodle Bar, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Uncle Julio’s, Villagio, The Dubliner and Truluck’s. Ticket-holders also will receive special dining discounts valid at certain restaurants through Oct. 31. This will certainly be theplace to be in Boca this week.


Swans at Respectable Street, 518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 9 p.m.; $18.50 to $22.50; 561/832-9999 or


See my extensive preview of this concert on this site last week.


Paul Levine at Murder on the Beach, 273 Pineapple Grove Way, Delray Beach; 7 p.m.; free; 561/270-7790 or

Award-winning mystery novelist Paul Levine is the man who gave us the Jake Lassiter series, about a former Dolphins linebacker turned pugilistic Miami lawyer. Writing legal thrillers with a journalist’s reportage, Levine was himself a reporter, law professor and trial lawyer, and he brings all of these professional particulars into his writing. His latest novel, simply titled “Lassiter,” finds the titular hero retracing the steps of a teenage runaway who disappeared into South Florida’s sex trade some 18 years earlier. The book, which hits retailers this Tuesday, has received advance praise from the likes of James Grippando, Dave Barry and Harlan Coben.

Opening night of “Life in a Day” at Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth; 2 and 6 p.m.; $5 to $9; 561/296-9382 or

In this age of public exhibitionism, it was only a matter of time before we were subjected to an entire feature film of YouTube-generated videos. But this won’t be a parade of bad bedroom-guitar cover songs and adorably yawning cats; this is a work of probable profundity compiled by the great documentary filmmaker Kevin Macdonald (“One Day in September,” “Touching the Void”), who enlisted participants around the globe to submit videos of events that happened to them on July 24, 2010. The resulting feature was culled from some 80,000 YouTube submissions in 20 languages, filmed in everywhere from America to

Zambia. Macdonald’s one-of-a-kind, user-generated movie seeks to do no less than survey what it’s like to live on Earth today. The film runs for two weeks.

Jackiem Joyner at the Funky Biscuit, 303 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton; 7 p.m.; free; 561/392-8920 or

For its continuing jazz series, Royal Palm Place’s Funky Biscuit (formerly Club 303) will host a smooth jazz luminary in Jackiem Joyner. The Virginian-born saxophonist was raised in a single-parent household in Buffalo, cut his teeth at a church choir and, in high school, performed with the Air Force Band. Since then, Joyner has seen the release of three solo albums and has made a powerful ascent to the top of the smooth jazz radio charts, where he stayed for 12 weeks, in the form of the 2009 single “I’m Waiting For You.” See the award winner for free in this intimate lounge setting.

Opening night of “Side Effects” at Mosaic Theatre, 12200 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation; 8 p.m.; $39.50 adults, $34 seniors and $15 students; 954/577-8243

Broward County’s top theater opens is 2011-2012 season with “Side Effects,” the emotionally roiling latest from renowned Brooklyn playwright Michael Weller (of “Moonchildren” fame). It’s about the relationship between an aspiring politico and his wife in an upper-class Midwestern city and the fissures that threaten to destroy their seemingly picture-perfect union. Like Weller’s previous work, the profound “50 Words,” this two-character piece will be an actor’s showcase, in this case for Jim Ballard and Deborah L. Sherman. The play runs through Oct. 9.

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 8 p.m.; $25 advance or $35 at the door; 305/377-2277

Miami is lucky enough to be the first city hosting the “History of Modern” tour from this immensely popular ‘80s new wave act. “History of Modern,” released last year, was the first album from O.M.D.’s classic 1980s lineup in more than 20 years. Indeed, the album sounds a lot more 1985 than it does 2011, but the throngs of middle-aged hipsters crowding the Grand Central dance floor Friday won’t be there for the new material: They’ll be ready to dance to “So In Love,” “Electricity,” “Tesla Girls,” “Enola Gay” and the dozen more hits they remember from progressive radio stations in the new wave era. I for

one can’t wait.

Friday and Saturday

Norm MacDonald 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 or

He’s the ultimate love-him-or-hate-him comedian, and I have worshipped at the comic altar of Norm MacDonald for as long as I can remember. I’ve long trumpeted his work as a “Weekend Update” anchor on “Saturday Night Live” where others – his boss included – found themselves befuddled at his repetitive, deadpan style. I’ve watched every episode of all of his failed sitcoms (most of them justifiable failures) and, most importantly, seen him every time he tours South Florida. Freed from the inhibiting structures of television, the standup stage is really where MacDonald’s esoteric wit feels most at home. He may not make many new fans, but he’ll have a heck of a time preaching to his converted.

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