[NOTE: This week’s column covers two weeks of events to accommodate for a staff vacation. But keep visit bocamag.com’s A&E section this week for new blogs on Wednesday and Friday.]
A Boca Raton artist gazes into the cosmos, an FAU festival features all the fun that’s fit to print, and Mike Wallace receives a cinematic tribute. Plus, Vampire Weekend, Hippiefest and more in the weeks ahead.
FRIDAY, AUG. 16
What: Pedro the Lion
Where: Revolution Live, 100 S.W. Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale
When: 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 954/449-1025, jointherevolution.net
Pedro the Lion’s driving but introspective sound is known by a relative few, but it’s cultishly adored by the sensitive listeners who discover its music—through Spotify, through YouTube expeditions, through a friend’s recommendation. A catch-all moniker for primary singer-songwriter David Bazan, who played all of the instruments on its early recordings, Pedro the Lion threaded the needle between emo and indie rock on its turn-of-the-century classics like It’s Never Hard to Find a Friend, Winners Never Quitand Control, where Bazan wrote and sang about adultery and capitalist profligacy through sprawling, conceptual narratives best appreciated with headphones and a lyric sheet in front of you. After a 12-year divorce from Pedro, in which he recorded as a solo artist, Bazan has re-embraced the moniker on his sensational 2019 release Phoenix, a ruminative and vividly detailed memory-album about his childhood in Arizona. He’ll play most of its tracks, along with a smattering of early material and solo songs, at this rare tour appearance with opening act mewithoutYou.
SUNDAY, AUG. 18
Where: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale
When: 6:30 p.m.
Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org
Hosted exactly 50 years after Woodstock’s third and final day of flower-powered revelry, the Broward Center’s annual Hippiefest concert is a stronger lineup than usual this year, headlined by Woodstock alums Ten Years After. With just two albums to its credit prior to its booking at Woodstock, the incendiary performance during its nighttime slot raised the band’s profile as a blues-rock powerhouse. Founding members Chick Churchill and Ric Lee will perform the group’s greatest hits, with frontman Marcus Bonfanti following in the extra-large footsteps of the late vocalist Alvin Lee. Arrive early for opening acts Big Brother & the Holding Company, one of the early psychedelic bands; Vanilla Fudge, which covers rock and dance staples in innovative ways; and Henry Gross of Sha Na Na, who also serves as the concert’s host.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 21
What: Opening day of “Carol Prusa: Dark Light”
Where: Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Contact: 561/392-2500, bocamuseum.org
Artist and FAU professor Carol Prusa has said that when she saw her first total solar eclipse, she literally fell backward from the awe, adding that “the world changed in a way I had never experienced.” These changes are reflected in her work, which combines the painstaking art of silverpoint with sculpted resin, fiberglass, metal leaf, LED lights, black iron oxide, titanium and powdered steel to essentially map the cosmos, or perhaps her version of it. Spectators can see stars, moons, planets, black holes and other heavenly bodies in her work—or just the abstract dark matter of the artist’s imagination. As Logan Royce Beitman writes in the catalog for this exhibition, Prusa is “a visual alchemist whose work harnesses cosmic chaos.” “Dark Light” features silverpoint, graphite and acrylic work on plexiglass and wood panels; some are embedded with lights and video, and the exhibition will mark the debut of her “Galaxias Kyklos” suite of prints celebrating pioneering women in the fields of astronomy and cosmology. The show runs through Jan. 19.
FRIDAY, AUG. 23
What: Opening day of “Mike Wallace is Here”
Where: Lake Worth Playhouse’s Stonzek Theatre, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth Beach
When: 4 and 8 p.m.
Contact: 561/296-9382, lakeworthplayhouse.org
From those with an axe to grind for 21st century journalism, it’s often said that we’re sorely lacking another Mike Wallace—an interviewer and investigative journalist who challenged all sides, and interrogated his guests in ways that cut through the bull-pocky of polite formality and Washington spin. He interviewed everyone from Black Power activists to Klansmen, from celebrities to world leaders, with a combative style that eschewed softballs. Barbra Streisand called him a “son of a bitch” on the air, and Morley Safer, perhaps learning from Wallace, turned the tables by asking him directly, “Why are you sometimes such a prick?” Buttressed by priceless stock footage and remembrances from his peers and subjects, this documentary by Avi Belkin is a comprehensive account of Wallace’s influence amid the rapidly changing news landscape of the ‘60s and ‘70s, as well as a renewed call for fearless, risk-taking reporting. It runs through Aug. 29.
SATURDAY, AUG. 24
What: Wayzgoose Festival and Makers Marketplace
Where: Jaffe Center for the Book Arts, FAU Wimberly Library, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton
When: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
With a name harkening back to the old English Wayzgoose celebration—a day in which printers acknowledged the end of summer by lighting candles and lamps, serving ale and food, and inviting friends in their shops every Aug. 24—the Wayzgoose Festival is the Jaffe Center’s annual fete, drawing from its own ranks of fervent book-arts devotees as well as the broader community at large. The venue, on the third floor of FAU’s Wimberly Library, aims to “shatter the quiet library myth for the second year in a row,” as live music, print shop demonstrations and vendors will spike the normally hushed air with songs, laughter and education. Maryland woodcut printer Val Lucas will run print demos all day, and will host a gallery talk at 3 p.m.; at 1 p.m. artist Jeanne Jaffe will deliver a gallery talk about shadow puppets in conjunction with her exhibition on display in the library, “Building Stories: Alternative Storytelling.” Innovative cover artist Rio Peterson will perform acoustic songs at 10:30, followed by soulful 16-year-old songwriter Allegra Miles and headlining folk trio the Lubben Brothers.
What: Vampire Weekend
Where: James L. Knight Center, 400 S.E. Second St., Miami
When: Aug. 24, 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 305/416-5978, jlkc.com
Indie rock with a world beat, New York City’s Vampire Weekend is the missing link between preppies and hippies, and between audiophiles and pop listeners. Formed in the mid-aughts by four students at Columbia University, the band became overnight darlings of the music press, which justifiably adored its marriage of baroque pop, African influences a la Paul Simon’s Graceland, and esoteric lyrics drawn from Ivy League life (early single “Oxford Comma” was about the controversial punctuation mark). Vampire Weekend only expanded its sonic palette over its next three albums, with its latest release Father of the Bridethrowing new ingredients into its irresistible ear candy, like the soul/Britpop fusion of “Harmony Hall.” The band’s current tour, its largest to date, features up to seven players, with four on keyboards alone. If you snag a seat up front, you might just be able to admire frontman Ezra Koenig’s signature socks-and-sandals combo.