Running throughout the weekend at the Arsht Center in Miami- and making its American debut – the concert event “Pandemonium” promises to be a percussionist’s dream show. Two-dozen performers, accompanied by a 30-member choir, transform everyday objects into musical instruments. Dubbing itself the Lost and Found Orchestra, the group makes music out of traffic cones, water jugs, children’s toys and more, creating a spectacle of sound and movement in which everything onstage is “played.” “Pandemonium” is the latest phenomenon from the creators of “Stomp,” so it has a powerful pedigree. And if the sold-out shows in London, Sydney and Amsterdam are any indication, it will have a strong touring life well after this weekend’s Miami shows end. Tickets are $55 and $75 – order before they’re gone. Call 305/949-6722.
Is there a better time than the present to revisit “Wall Street,” Oliver Stone’s excoriating 1987 peek into the cutthroat,
dishonest world of America’s banking culture? Yes, actually, there is – the fall of 2008, for instance, when Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, the economy dipped into recession, agitated populists made their voices heard and the “Greed is Good” mantra from Stone’s film reentered the financial lexicon. Stone sets his new sequel “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” which opens at most theaters Friday, at the dawn of the 2008 recession, centering on a young Wall Street hotshot (Shia LaBeouf) at a Lehman-like firm who befriends Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), the originals film’s antihero, recently released from prison after serving nine years for white-collar crimes. LaBeouf’s character is courting Gordon’s daughter Winnie (a wonderful Carey Mulligan), a liberal blogger who has disowned her father. More romance than thriller, Stone’s sequel is marred by the director’s trademark lack of subtlety and an ending that goes too soft. But this is still a wildly entertaining work that reduces the banking crises in helpful laymen’s terms and reveals the potential moral hazards that can occur when everything, from stock options to interpersonal relationships, is a negotiation.
The Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach recently opened “Middle Ground,” an exhibition of paintings by Cuban-born local artist Rafael Domenech, whose award-winning work channels the creative squalor of 1980s graffiti art. “Middle Ground,” the artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States, is a meditation on his transition from Latin to North America. Domenech has been remarkable at bringing street art into galleries, and his new show looks to be no exception, while acting as a commentary on exactly this kind of noisy urbanism. As with all Armory shows, admission is free, but donations are suggested. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The show runs through Oct. 22. For information, call 561/832-1776.