A national legal expert visits FAU, and Respectable Street celebrates its 35th birthday. Plus, the Killers, cult classic “The Holy Mountain” and more in your week ahead.
What: The Killers with Johnny Marr
Where: FTX Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
When: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $46 and up
Contact: 786/777-1000, ftxarena.com
Rooted in 1980s post-punk and new wave, the Killers emerged as if out of a cannon with their instant-classic 2004 debut Hot Fuss, whose Grammy-nominated hits “Mr. Brightside” and “Somebody Told Me” established the group as an electroclash powerhouse with a sound grand enough for arenas. They’ve continued to ride the modern-rock airwaves with bombastic favorites like “The Man” and “Run For Cover.” Owing to the pandemic, the group’s latest multi-year tour is supporting not one but two recent releases: 2020’s Imploding the Mirage and last year’s Pressure Machine. We encourage you to arrive early enough for opener Johnny Marr, ace guitarist and cofounder of the Smiths, who plays some of that pioneering band’s material in his too-brief solo set—and who typically joins the Killers during the headliners’ encore.
What: Dahlia Lithwick
Where: Osher Lifelong Learning Auditorium at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton
When: 2 p.m.
Contact: 561/297-6124, fauevents.com
Since 2016, it seems as though Canadian-American legal analyst Dahlia Lithwick has always been in demand, with Donald Trump testing the limits of the law and jurisprudence both during and after his presidency. But her insights have been especially sought-after since the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade in June, of which Lithwick has been a passionately critical voice. I can remember reading, and learning a great deal from, Lithwick when I first had a Newsweek subscription; she’s still an editor for that publication, and is a senior editor at Slate, where she also hosts a biweekly law podcast wonkily titled Amicus. At this appearance at FAU, titled “Women, the Courts and the Shifting Notions of Liberty,” she will discuss the upheaval caused by the Supreme Court’s recent decisions and their impact on the forthcoming midterm elections, and she will sign copies of her new book Lady Justice: Women, the Law, and the Battle to Save America.
What: Art After Dark: “Lalla Essaydi: Un/Veiled”
Where: Norton Museum of Art, 1450 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach
When: 5 to 10 p.m.
Cost: $15-$18, $5 for students
Contact: 561/832-5196, norton.org
As always with these Norton Museum evening shindigs, this week’s festivities include gallery tours, art-making events and live music. The latter will be provided by West Palm Beach’s own Lubben Brothers, a sibling folk group whose rustic acoustic sound bridges gaps between history and modernity, with banjo, mandolin, tin whistle, accordion, dulcimer and fiddle among their vast menagerie of instruments. The concert starts at 7:30. At 6 p.m., curator Tiera Ndlovu leads a discussion on the bold feminist photographs of Moroccan artist Lalla Essaydi; until 9 p.m., attendees are invited to the Open Studio to create a work inspired by Essaydi’s “Un/Veiled” exhibition.
What: Screening of “The Holy Mountain”
Where: Cosford Cinema at University of Miami, 5030 Brunson Drive, Coral Gables
When: 3 p.m.
Contact: 305/284-9838, cosfordcinema.com
Nayib Estefan knows a thing or two about cult movies: As an independent film programmer and distributor, he created midnight-movie series for Coral Gables Art Cinema and O Cinema, and he currently runs the offbeat Miami venue the Nite Owl Drive-in. So it’s fitting that he’s chosen one of the cult-iest movies ever made for this weekend’s “Watching Movies With” series at the Cosford. Alejandro Jodorowsky’s “The Holy Mountain” premiered at Cannes in 1973 and ran for 16 months in New York City: Audiences could not get enough of the film’s alternately comic and nightmarish images, drawn from the director’s experiences with LSD during its filming. The story captures an alchemist and his apprentice thief as they, with assistance from seven strangers, attempt to reach a holy mountain that unites heaven and Earth. Along the way, concepts such as militarism, consumerism and third-world exploitation are explored in surrealist visions only a madman like Jodorowsky could conceive. At this special 4K screening, Estefan will discuss the film with Cosford Manager Rene Rodriguez.
What: Respectable Street 35th Anniversary Block Party
Where: 500 Block of Clematis Street, downtown West Palm Beach
When: 7 p.m.
Cost: Free with eventbrite registration
Contact: 561/832-9999, eventbrite.com/e/respectable-street
Founded by nightlife maven Rodney Mayo in 1987, Respectable Street was once the only mid-sized venue between Fort Lauderdale and central Florida for aspiring indie and alternative bands. Thirty-five years later, it still is, pretty much; though Mayo and his Sub-culture group now operate a dozen other venues (with more on the way), Respectable Street is still the grande dame, still attracting bands nobody else gets. Case in point: Belgium alt-legends Front 242, whose hard-edged electronic sound has been scraping the shine off radio-friendly synthpop for years, preferring a style the band itself coined: electronic body music. See them headline this annual celebration of Respectable Street’s longevity, with artists performing on an outdoor main stage and inside Respectable Street and Mayo’s nearby venues. Openers include Portion Control, REIN, the Nameless, Astari Night and Ordinary Boys.