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Your Week Ahead: July 18 to 24, 2023

The Arsht hosts a free day of arts and wellness events, a comedic play delves into the modern female psyche, and local cabaret stars pay tribute to one of their own. Plus, Fall Out Boy, the Glitch Mob and more in your week ahead.


What: The Glitch Mob

Where: The Ground, 34 N.E. 11th St., Miami

When: 10 p.m.

Cost: $19.06

Contact: 305/375-0001,

One of the prime exports of the Los Angeles “beat” scene, electronic music trio the Glitch Mob have been making clubs heave since 2006. Edward Ma, Justin Boreta and Josh Mayer favor a sweeping, bowel-churning, faux-orchestral and predominantly cinematic sound buttressed by a custom-built set piece, created by movie designers, that houses their precise lighting and sound cues. The Glitch Mob’s music has regularly been used from commercial advertisements to video games, and has transcended the niche world of EDM. It has outranked alternative artists on college radio charts, and the Glitch Mob has successfully crossed over into other genres with its remixes of artists like the White Stripes, Linkin Park and Metallica. We can’t do much about the 10 p.m. Miami start time, though, folks—rave hours are what they are.


Lindsey Corey in “Defending the Cavewoman”

What: Opening night of “Defending the Cavewoman”

Where: Actors Playhouse, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables

When: 8 p.m. (includes pre-show reception at 7 p.m.)

Cost: $125 ($75 for remainder of run)

Contact: 305/444-9293,

This one-woman show is a riposte of sorts to the longtime off-Broadway hit “Defending the Caveman,” Rob Becker’s observant—if now a bit musty in our gender-blurring times—comedy about the ways in which men’s and women’s brains are wired differently. But while Becker’s play was limited by its male perspective, Emma Peirson’s “Defending the Cavewoman” brings the female psyche to the forefront, some 32 years after the debut of Becker’s testosteronal salvo. Debunking stereotypes about how women think, Peirson’s play skewers both sexes but not without providing insights that all chromosomal carriers can take home with them. Lindsey Corey stars in this production, a U.S. premiere, which runs through Aug. 6 at Actors’ Playhouse.


Kodak Black

What: Rolling Loud Miami

Where: Hard Rock Stadium, 347 Don Shula Drive, Miami Gardens

When: 4 p.m.

Cost: One-day passes from $199; three-day passes from $1,049


The country’s preeminent rap and hip-hop festival boasts a lineup featuring three of the genre’s heaviest hitters on the top line—Playboi Carti, Travis Scott and A$AP Rocky—and is bolstered by a plethora of other notable names underneath, from Rae Sremmurd to Lil Yachty to Offset to Pompano Beach’s own Kodak Black. Sunday even features a set from the melodic hardcore heroes Turnstile, which just last week opened for Blink-182 in Sunrise—further evidence that the band is expanding its audience will beyond hipsters and punks. At any rate, this slightly unhinged but never boring festival is sure to feature a number of surprise appearances from further titans of rap culture and will continue to set the social-media-friendly standard for hypebeasts from South Florida and around the world.


What: Art and Mind Day

Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

When: Starts at noon

Cost: Free

Contact: 305/949-6722,

This community gathering caters to all ages, abilities and incomes, offering a jam-packed afternoon of events that celebrates the various artistic, technological and wellness disciplines in the 305. Spaces throughout the Arsht, from the concert stage to the green room, will be activated during the events, whose highlights include a virtual-reality-aided meditation session, an interactive wall art experience, a “Be You” wellness disco, afro yoga complemented by live harp music, theatre games, a song circle, a poetry session and a dance workshop. Attendees can enjoy healthy bites and smoothie demonstrations, and learn more about 15 Miami institutions, from the Perez Art Museum to Books & Books, by visiting the Community Exhibitors. Even parking is free for this event, on a first-come, first-served basis, eliminating one of the central headaches of driving to Miami.


Avery Sommers (photo by Clare Coco)

What: “Loving Avery”

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

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $75

Contact: 561/450-6357,

Avery Sommers is one of the undisputed treasures of South Florida performing arts, have achieved wide-ranging success on both tri-county area stages—she’s a Carbonell winner and seven-time nominee—as well as on Broadway, where she starred in shows such as “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Chicago” and “Showboat,” all of which showcased her powerful and distinctive pipes. Sommers has been out of the spotlight since she suffered a serious fall last winter, and this tribute concert will aid in her ongoing recovery while reminding audiences what they’ve been missing. Cabaret veterans Rob Russell and Anthony Nunziata will headline a program of local luminaries with national footprints, including Legends Radio host Patty Chamberlain, Emmy-nominated pianist Copeland Davis, singer-songwriter Tony Siders and co-founder of South Florida Cabaret Singers Meri Ziev. An unannounced guest or two may take the stage as well.


What: Fall Out Boy and special guests

Where: iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach

When: 6:30 p.m.

Cost: $28 and up

Contact: 561/795-8883,

Blessed with enough earworms to form a new entomological genus—“Dance, Dance,” “Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down” and “Centuries” among them—Fall Out Boy has made hooky alternative megahits look easy. Emerging from the once-fertile emo-pop scene of the early aughts, Fall Out Boy has, despite a five-year hiatus, been perfecting its craft for 22 years, enough to qualify it as a legacy act. Its sound, tailored as it is for both the mosh pit and the dance floor, has evolved such that the group has never rested on its considerable laurels; it’s hard to imagine artists such as Panic! at the Disco and Grouplove existing without Fall Out Boy’s enormous shadow. Expect to hear all the hits and more in a stacked lineup that also includes Bring Me the Horizon, Royal and the Serpent and Carr.

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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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