Pink Floyd’s frontman brings anger and spectacle to Miami, a local artist explores our relationship to our ecosystem, and Arts Garage hosts a benefit for a beloved arts professional. Plus, the Black Keys, Randy Rainbow and more in your week ahead.
What: Opening day of “Terra Ephemera”
When: 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Coral Springs Museum of Art, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs
Contact: 954/340-5000, coralspringsmuseum.org
From her scientifically accurate drawings of nature’s specimens—from the flower scarab to the baby snook—to her earthy installations composed of recycled and found materials, Gretchen Scharnagl’s artistic practice concerns ecological sustainability and humans’ roles as preservers and destroyers. A graduate of, and teacher at, Florida International University, the Miami-based artist’s solo exhibition “Terra Ephemera” continues to explore these themes. Addressing the impact humans have from suburban backyards to the Earth’s crust, “Terra Ephemera” will include a transient sculpture called “The Earth Pinata,” which the artist herself will destroy in a performance on Sept. 22; the plastic plants and fungi that spill out of the piñata will remain where they land, creating a new work of art from the destruction of the old one. “Terra Ephemera” runs through Oct. 8.
What: Roger Waters
When: 8 p.m.
Where: FTX Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Cost: $25 and up
Contact: 786/777-1000, ticketmaster.com
Pink Floyd’s frontman may be irascible and bumptious, but man, can he put on a show. That seems to be the consensus surrounding his hit-filled, spectacularly theatrical and, yes, politically divisive 2022 tour, titled “This is Not a Drill.” Originally slated for the bedeviled year of 2020, this COVID-delayed performance is sure to please Waters’ acolytes new and old, as it contains recent solo material along with generous portions of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here and The Wall, accompanied by dazzling laser light and sound effects that negate the necessity of any mind-altering substances; there’s also the obligatory flying pig. The show is presented in the round, so there is virtually no bad seat in the house. Politically speaking, I understand that, in addition to advocating for trans, indigenous and reproductive rights and speaking out against police brutality, Waters gets his shots in at President Biden too. As PIL’s John Lydon famously belted out, “anger is an energy.”
What: The Black Keys
When: 7 p.m.
Where: iTHINK Amphitheater, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach
Cost: $55 and up
Contact: 561/795-8883, westpalmbeachamphitheatre.com
Blues-rock duo the Black Keys disappointed legions of fans in 2015 when they announced a hiatus, but it’s safe to say these reunited childhood friends have made up for lost time. Beginning with the appropriately straightforward Let’s Rock in 2019, guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney have released three albums in four years, including Delta Kream, a blistering tribute to the hardscrabble hill-country blues artists that inspired them; and Dropout Boogie, released this past March. If the Black Keys’ sound has changed since their 2002 debut The Big Come Up, it’s been an incremental evolution. Mostly, they subscribe to the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” school of music making: They still redefine vintage blues for the youth of America—still produce anthemic, sing-along roof-raisers with zero need for the hipster synthesizers and breathy vocals dominating alternative radio. It doesn’t hurt that they have a sense of humor. Dig their videos for “Go,” in which the reunited bandmates join a new-age retreat to rekindle their friendship, and “Wild Child,” in which they play hedonistic janitors at a debauched high school. Band of Horses and Early James will open the show.
What: “Misery” screening
When: 9 p.m.
Where: Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables
Contact: 786/472-2249, gablescinema.com
Still the ultimate nightmare scenario concerning fame and the relationship between celebrities and their fans, Rob Reiner’s “Misery” is one of the most enduring Stephen King film adaptations, and is in fact the only one to receive an Academy Award, for Kathy Bates’ chilling and iconic co-lead performance. She plays captor to James Caan’s Paul Sheldon, a famed novelist of Victorian bodice-rippers, who crashes in a snowstorm en route from Colorado to New York and winds up in the “care” of Bates’ Annie Wilkes, a nurse and self-professed No. 1 fan of Paul’s work. But when the author’s latest creative decision irks his new caregiver, her adoration congeals into sadism. This one-night-only screening is part of Coral Gables Art Cinema’s “After Hours” series and is dedicated to the memory of Caan, who died in July at age 82.
What: He DID Survive: A Benefit Concert for Gary Schweikhart
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Arts Garage, 94 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach
Contact: 561/450-6357, artsgarage.org
As we wrote about earlier this month, South Florida public-relations influencer Gary Schweikhart was the victim of a freak accident in July, when a car plowed into his home office in Boca Raton, leaving him unconscious for two days, multiple serious injuries, an unlivable home and astronomical medical bills. But his recovery is going swimmingly, and he is expected to take the stage during this benefit concert at Arts Garage, in which many of his friends and clients will perform. Jill and Rich Switzer, expert interpreters of jazz standards and the American Songbook; esteemed jazz vocalists Deborah Silver and Rob Russell; saxophonist Jesse Jones Jr.; pianist and bandleader Phil Hilton; actor and musical impresario Avery Sommers; drummer Frank Derrick; and romantic crooner Anthony Nunziata are among the slated performers, with proceeds benefiting the Gary Schweikhart Recovery Campaign.
What: Randy Rainbow: “The Pink Glasses Tour”
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale
Cost: $37 and up
Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org
A fabulous thorn in the side of the modern-day GOP, comedian Randy Rainbow has been promulgating his progressive bona fides as one of the internet’s most creative song satirists for the past six years. The New York-born—but partially South Florida-raised—talent initially cut his teeth on more apolitical videos targeting celebrities, achieving TMZ fame for his clever splicing of real audio clips of Mel Gibson, Lindsay Lohan, Kanye West and others with his own snarky questions and commentary. His approach shifted to politics with the ascent of Donald Trump and has expanded to skewer a wide range of headline-ripped topics. He debuts a magisterially produced music video every few weeks or months, cribbing the melodies mostly from Broadway and modifying the lyrics accordingly. Named after his signature flamingo-hued spectacles, this tour features Rainbow accompanied by Broadway musicians and performing all-new songs co-written with musical-theater titans Marc Shaiman and Alan Menken—plus a Q&A and personal anecdotes.