Friday, May 24, 2024

The Week Ahead: Aug. 9 to 15

What: Opening reception for “Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks”

Where: Perez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

When: 7 to 10 p.m.

Cost: $16 adults, free for members

Contact: 305/375-3000,

What was pioneering neo-expressionist Jean-Michel Basquiat thinking about when he wasn’t putting furious paint to canvas? This traveling exhibition of his notebooks offers an intimate peak into his prismatic mind and his diverse array of influences, from advertising and hip-hop to Pop art and politics. “The Unknown Notebooks” features 160 pages of rarely exhibited documents, which will highlight the value of writing in his artistic career: Wordplay, fragments of poetry and observations on race, class and world history share ink with early renderings of some of his most iconic pieces. The exhibition includes related works on paper and a few of Basquiat’s large-scale paintings, and it runs through Oct. 16. But it’s best to attend Thursday’s opening reception, which includes a 7 p.m. art talk by artist William Cordova, a discussion with PAMM’s director and assistant curator, and live performances by the vodou-inspired Tradisyon Lakou Lakay dance ensemble and DJ Gardy.


What: Mad Cat Live! “On the Beach”

Where: Miami Theater Center, 9806 N.E. Second Ave., Miami Shores

When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday

Cost: $10-$20


In a culture of short attention spans and Spotify shuffle, the long-player album is becoming less important as a mechanism of music consumption. But for die-hard audiophiles, for whom listening to an LP straight through is its own pleasure and privilege, the full-length album is an endangered art form worth preserving. Mad Cat Theatre certainly respects the sanctity of LPs; through its beloved Mad Cat Live! series, the experimental company has been staging theatrical concerts of cult albums from Harry Nilsson’s “The Point!” to Paul McCartney’s “RAM,” exploring every sonic nook and lyrical cranny of each masterpiece. This weekend, the Mad Cat Band, under musical direction by Paul Tei, will re-create the fifth studio album by Neil Young. Released after the high-fi “Harvest,” the lower-fi “On the Beach” was recorded in a marijuana haze and captured Young’s disenfranchisement about everything from Richard Nixon to CSNY to the music industry at large. Expect the album’s potent pessimism to feel presciently tuned in to today’s political landscape.


What: Alice Cooper

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

When: 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $49.50 and up

Contact: 954/462-0222,

When he’s not spewing fake blood all over the stage of some unfortunate concert venue, Alice Cooper is a celebrity golfer. The thought of the bandleader who once boasted that “we drove a stake through the heart of the Love Generation” quietly putting to make par is about as incongruent as Bill Maher hosting an interfaith breakfast. Then again, Cooper is full of contradictions. A heavy metal pioneer whose Grand Guignol stage show weaves guillotines, electric chairs and boa constrictors into his theatrical set, he’s also an erudite intellectual and, yes, born-again Christian who has never really taken his shtick seriously. For evidence of that, look no further than his hilarious cameo in the cult classic “Wayne’s World.” The influential 68-year-old shock rocker shows no signs of slowing down, with his latest tour spanning 25 songs including covers by Hendrix, David Bowie and The Who and an encore that lampoons presidential politics as they sideshow that they are.

What: Opening night of “Juliet Among the Changelings”

Where: Main Street Playhouse, 6766 Main St., Miami Lakes

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $20


The mission of Lost Girls Theatre is as straightforward as it is challenging to accomplish: “to create a sense of wonder.” The company, founded by South Florida playwright Andie Arthur and director-playwright Katie Siegel, has been staging readings of world premieres by local playwrights since 2013, works rife with whimsy, fantasy, mythology and theatrical horror. And this weekend, the company will graduate to the next level with its first full production, the Arthur-penned “Juliet Among the Changelings,” which aims to fulfill the Lost Girls objective to “combine the mundane with the magical.” Addressing themes of identity and maternity, it centers on the 17-year-old title character, whose mother gave her up as a baby to a magical creature in return for her heart’s desires. Now, the “changeling” who raised Juliet wants to return to her native world, leaving the uncertain teenager torn between her earthly existence and the fairy realm. Featuring four professional actors along with puppetry by Jim Hammond’s Puppet Network, the production runs through Aug. 21.

What: Opening night of Popcorn Frights Film Festival

Where: O Cinema, 90 N.W. 29th St., Miami

When: Begins at 7 p.m.

Cost: $12 per movie

Contact: 305/571-9970,

A film festival for the most devoted horror-cinema junkies, the second-annual Popcorn Frights features 17 titles over seven days, Aug. 12-18. Friday’s opening films offer a harrowing cross-section of the festival’s m.o., which encompasses everything from splattery slashers to psychological chillers. The darkly comic “Fear, Inc.” (7 p.m., pictured above) skewers genre clichés through a self-reflexive plot about a mysterious company that brings horror fans’ fantasies to life; “The Blackcoat’s Daughter” (9 p.m.) is an atmospheric study of supernatural terror set in a prestigious girls’ prep school; and “Ghost Team” features an all-star cast of Justin Long, Jon Heder, David Krumholtz and Amy Sedaris as a ragtag team of paranormal investigators determined to catch a ghost on film. For the full week’s schedule, visit the festival’s website.


What: Marlow Rosado’s Birthday Celebration

Where: Arts Garage, 94 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $25-$40

Contact: 561/540-6357,

A Puerto Rican native and a Miami local, Latin jazz pianist and composer Marlow Rosado reportedly gave up a lucrative teaching job in the Dade County public school system to pursue his music career. The decision has paid off in the form of a Grammy Award—for best Latin Tropical Album, in 2013—and a series of collaborations with Latin music luminaries from Marc Anthony to Ricky Martin to Selena. As comfortable re-interpreting ‘70s classics as he is forging an original path with his hard-edged tropicalia, Rosado picks up genres like most of us pick up loose change. His growing oeuvre encompasses salsa and rock, merengue and hip-hop, reggaeton and bachata, many of which will be on display at this special birthday show in Delray. Rosado also clearly has a sense of humor, judging by the cover of his latest album “Harlow Marlow,” a collaboration with fellow ivory-tinkler Larry Harlow, in which the pianists dress for “Game of Thrones,” an illuminated sword smashing a keyboard between them.

John Thomason
John Thomason
As the A&E editor of, 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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