Sunday, July 3, 2022

Your Week Ahead: June 21 to 27, 2022

A “queer” carnival delights the senses in Fort Lauderdale, and “Stranger Things” gets a laser light treatment. Plus, Joe Jackson, an LGBTQ thriller and more in your week ahead.

WEDNESDAY

What: Joe Jackson

Where: The Parker, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $37.50-$87.50

Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org

A graduate of that unofficial school of witty, punky late-20th century English songwriting that also includes Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe and Robyn Hitchcock, Joe Jackson has released a whopping 21 albums since his auspicious 1979 debut Look Sharp! That album, spawning hits like “Is She Really Going Out With Him?” and the acerbic “Sunday Papers,” still resonates across three or four generations. While Jackson’s hair may by whiter some 43 years later, the cuts on his latest album Fool are similarly ageless and infectious, with the title track and “Fabulously Absolute” earning their place in their writer’s storied canon. Expect to hear these and a broad selection of audience favorites (“Steppin’ Out,” “I’m the Man”) and covers (Tony Bennett’s version of “Sing, You Sinners” lends its name to the tour) at this much-anticipated, COVID-delayed tour.

THURSDAY

What: Opening night of “Borrowed”

Where: House of Games at Miami Ironside, 7610 N.E. Fourth Court, Miami

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $50

Contact: 786/383-2755, borrowedtheplay.com

In this uniquely theatrical play, ideal for Pride month, a casual hookup between two men seeking companionship convulses into a searing and unexpected l thriller, with narrative twists and themes that transcend LGBTQ concerns. It’s set in a dilapidated cottage in New Jersey, overlooking the Hudson River, where a reclusive, closeted, fifty-something Army veteran nurses still-traumatic physical and emotional wounds. He contacts the younger, openly gay Justin on a dating site, and when they decide to meet, the story spins off into fresh psychological conflict with profound implications for both characters. Ernesto Reyes and Carbonell winner Caleb Scott star in Broadway producer Jim Kierstead’s debut play, which runs 90 minutes. For the sensitive viewer, the production includes 10 “trigger warnings,” including violence, kidnapping, blood and sexual assault. It runs through July 17.

FRIDAY

What: Opening night of “Official Competition”

Where: Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables

When: 4:30 or 8 p.m.

Cost: $8-$20.75 (8 p.m. show tickets include reception at 7 p.m.)

Contact: 786/472-2249, gablescinema.com

Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas are in outsized comic form in this raucous satire of the movie industry from deft filmmaking duo Gastón Duprat and Mariano Cohn. Cruz, ideas spilling out her enormous coif of curly red hair, plays Lola Cuevas, a star director with a reputation for pushing her casts to extremes through mettle-testing trials. Banderas plays—no surprise here—a Hollywood heartthrob with an ego that will hardly accommodate an eccentric director’s whims. Toss in a radical theatre actor (played by Oscar Martínez) and the billionaire entrepreneur who finances an impulsive project with these three horn-locking mega-talents, and the stage is set for a combustible sendup that, so far, has earned a 93-percent Fresh ranking on Rotten Tomatoes.

SATURDAY

What: Super Queer Carnival

Where: Revolution Live, 100 S.W. Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale

When: 6 p.m.

Cost: $25-$50

Contact: 954/449-1025, jointherevolution.net

This ultra-inclusive summer festival truly has something for everyone. All three venues in this nightlife complex—Revolution, Stache and America’s Backyard—will be transformed into a “carnivalesque wonderland” complete with stilt walkers, clowns, fire performers, acrobats, games, tarot readers, a dunk tank and photo areas. Eight drag performers will be dressed to the nines in a Drag Battle for a $1,000 cash prize, four burlesque actors will perform for the audience, and more than a dozen bands will take the stage, among them Otto Von Schirach & The Sucias, Caveman Cult, Roxx Revolt and the Velvets. Flea market-style vendor booths, featuring handmade arts and crafts, vintage vinyl records, bath and body goods, clothing and oddities rounds out this immersive experience, which runs until 3 a.m.

What: “Stranger Things” laser show

Where: Savor Cinema, 503 S.E. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale

When: 7 or 9 p.m.

Cost: $29-$49

Contact: 305/690-6885, fliff.com

In addition to its storytelling, its humor and its special effects, music has been an integral part of the overwhelming success of Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” generating a renewed interest in late ‘70s/1980s synth-driven instrumentals as well as the electronic, post-punk, pop and darkwave hits that heaved in nightclubs and bedrooms during this pivotal time in American and European music. The show’s soundtrack lends itself to the kind of psychedelic laser treatment that artists like Pink Floyd and the Beatles have long enjoyed. At this special event, fans will train their eyes on the Savor Cinema ceiling and projection screen, as curated laser visuals will dance to the strains of Tangerine Dream, Vangelis, the Clash, Kate Bush and, of course, Dramarama, because it still a cruel, cruel summer.


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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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