Tuesday, April 23, 2024

The Week Ahead: Sept. 15 to 21

TUESDAY TO THURSDAY

What: “Print & Popcorn Filmfest”

Where: Wimberly Library at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton

When: 4:30 p.m. daily

Cost: Self-determined (pay what you wish)

Contact: 561/297-0455, fau.edu/library

This Friday, FAU’s Jaffe Center for the Book Arts will join print shops across the country in celebrating one of the most obscure and nerdiest holidays of the year: Letterpress Appreciation Day, which honors the primary form of text printing from the mid-15th to the mid-20th centuries. The Jaffe Center will open its doors from noon to 6 p.m. Friday for its sixth-annual Letterpress Appreciation Day Open House, and all this week, it will be building anticipation with a film series based on the sexiest of all topics: typefaces, fonts and vintage printing techniques. On Tuesday, check out “Helvetica,” the documentary about our most ubiquitous font; on Wednesday, attend “Sign Painters,” which examines the art of hand-painted signs then and now; and on Thursday, don’t miss “Proceed and Be Bold,” a 95-minute biography on the radical letterpress artist Amos Paul Kennedy Jr.

WEDNESDAY

What: Thee Oh Sees

Where: Churchill’s Pub, 5501 N.E. Second Ave., Miami

When: 9 p.m.

Cost: $18

Contact: 305/757-1807, churchillspub.com

Any band that releases albums titled “Sucks Blood,” “Warm Slime,” “Putrifiers II” and “Floating Coffin” probably isn’t interested in much radio airplay. Indie-rock fame has followed California’s Thee Oh Sees anyway, with music from founder and core member John Dwyer appearing on such mainstream cultural touchstones as “Breaking Bad” and the Grand Theft Auto series. Don’t be fooled: Dwyer makes decidedly uncommercial music, a prolific stew of bludgeoning noise-rock, ‘60s psychedelic rock in the vein of the “Nuggets” box set, sloppy garage anthems, and faux-British Sex Pistols-style punk throwbacks. Multiple name changes and stylistic shifts have defined Dwyer’s crazy, caterwauling career across 14 full-length albums since 2000, to say nothing of the EPs, 7-inch records and singles collections. Thee Oh Sees will bring their raucous live show to Miami in support of their acclaimed new album “Mutilator Defeated at Last.” South Florida’s own garage rock favorites The Jacuzzi Boys will open the show.

WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY

What: “Double Indemnity”

Where: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $25-$35

Contact: 561/450-6357, artsgarage.org

Double indemnity insurance clauses have never seemed as sexy or sleazy as they did in this classic noir story, filmed by Billy Wilder in 1944. The landmark thriller, about an insurance salesman and a femme fatale who conspire a murder scheme, was also adapted for radio; Arts Radio Network will present the radio play, performed by professional actors complete with vintage microphones and inventively produced sound effects.

THURSDAY

What: Opening night of “The Aliens”

Where: Pelican Theatre at Barry University, 11300 N.E. Second Ave., Miami

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $15-$30

Contact: 786/587-0372, thealliancetheatrelab.com

Annie Baker is probably the hottest young playwright on the off-Broadway and regional theater circuits, fresh off a 2015 world premiere at New York’s Signature Theatre Company and a 2014 Pulitzer for her magnificent play “The Flick.” For its second production of 2015, Miami’s Alliance Theatre Lab will ride the Baker wave, presenting one of her earlier works. “The Aliens,” which premiered in 2010, is one of a trilogy of works set in a fictional Vermont town, where two 30-something men meet in a coffee shop to chat about music and poetry. When an impressionable high school student arrives, the two older men decide to teach him “everything they know.” Baker’s work is admired for her hyper-realistic capturing of everyday speech patterns and cadences—the New Yorker called it “anti-theatrical”—and “The Aliens” is customarily naturalistic, with the stage directions suggesting that one-third of the play should be “uncomfortably silent.” Alliance’s production runs through Oct. 4.

FRIDAY

What: Opening reception of new exhibitions

Where: Art and Culture Center, 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood

When: 6 to 9 p.m.

Cost: Free for members, $10 nonmembers

Contact: 954/921-3274, artandculturecenter.org

There may not have been an All Florida exhibition this year at the Boca Museum, but hopefully, the Art and Culture Center’s much-anticipated Seventh All-Media Juried Biennial will more than fill the void. The Center’s biannual tradition will showcase 87 works by 78 Florida artists, culled by a panel of two expert jurors from a pool of 1,084 entries. Paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, photography, video, computer-generated images, performance art, and site-specific installations were considered, and many will vie for the competition’s cash prizes for Best in Show, First Place, Second Place and Third Place. Palm Beach County artists are well represented among the final selections, including Boca Raton’s Colby DeGraaf, Delray Beach’s Abby Funk, and West Palm Beach’s Miroslav Antich, Rick Newton and Dan Leahy. Also, don’t miss “Waiting in Purgatory but at Least There’s Chairs and it Feels Musical,” an installation by Miami’s Autumn Casey that combines personal relics and found materials in a variety of media. Both exhibitions run through Nov. 1.

What: Salman Rushdie

Where: Miami-Dade College’s Wolfson Campus Auditorium, 300 N.E. Second Ave., Miami

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $28 book purchase at Books and Books provides voucher for two attendees

Contact: 305/442-4408, booksandbooks.com

Salman Rushdie never ceases to surprise us: The erudite literary provocateur’s latest novel sounds like the makings of a Hollywood blockbuster. The subject is nothing less than the fate of the world—and the forces of light and dark that decide it. Described as “a richly layered novel in which our world has been plunged into an age of unreason,” Rushdie’s Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights concerns the jinn, the supernatural creatures that populated ancient Arabian folklore (and spawned watered-down genies for western audiences). The duality of jinn as forces of goodness and evil influence an earthbound canvas of idiosyncratic characters, from a middling graphic-novel auteur to a seductive gold digger to a baby—all of whom encounter otherworldly results. Meanwhile, a monstrous weather formation, a financial crash and an all-too-familiarly described American president situate this mystical narrative in a world that is a disarmingly real. Rushdie will speak about his new novel, and will sign books following his talk.

SUNDAY

What: “One-Man Breaking Bad”

Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale

When: 2 and 6 p.m.

Cost: $27.50

Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org

Those of us still mourning the anticlimactic demise of the greatest television show of the 21st century (myself included) can enjoy at least one hour of nostalgic, hilarious bliss this Sunday. Die-hard “Breaking Bad” enthusiast Miles Allen will condense all 60 episodes of Vince Gilligan’s tragic story of drugs, hubris, redemption and decline in this one-man show, the touring version of his international fringe festival sensation. Designed as a loving tribute as much as a knee-slapping parody, “One-Man Breaking Bad” sees Allen transforming, through voice, posture and the occasional costume, into Walter White (and his alter ego Heisenberg), Walt Junior, Skyler, Hank, Saul Goodman, Mike Ehrmentraut, Gus Fring and other iconic characters. Video projections will supplement the dizzying action, which includes a few pop-culture diversions. Just wait until you see what Allen has planned for the “Breaking Bad” cast and the Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball” video.

MONDAY, SEPT. 21

What: Billy Idol

Where: Hard Rock Live, 5747 Seminole Way, Hollywood

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $59–$79

Contact: 800/937-0010, seminolehardrockhollywood.com

Idol is famous for his sneering lip and punk-rock attitude, but he has little to be upset about. With 40 million records sold and at least a half-dozen songs short-listed on anybody’s canon of essential 1980s music, he’s one of the key personalities of the MTV era, the spiky-haired voice of rebellion, England’s Angry Young Man updated for a hedonistic generation. He’s also responsible for bridging the gap between punk’s thorny guitars and the futuristic synths of dance music: His unabashed love for classic pop music always has softened his rougher edges. The rocker, now 59 but ageless when performing onstage, is supporting last year’s inspired comeback album, “Kings and Queens of the Underground,” his first original release in nine years. But don’t worry—he’ll play all the old stuff you want to hear. Fun fact: Idol has a connection to South Florida, having shot the video for his 1986 hit “Sweet Sixteen” at Coral Castle, finding a lyrical connection to the landmark’s romantically jilted creator, Edward Leedskalnin.

John Thomason
John Thomason
As the A&E editor of bocamag.com, I offer reviews, previews, interviews, news reports and musings on all things arty and entertainment-y in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

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