SFGN Nites for the week of September 4-11, 2013
In celebration of the 500th anniversary of Juan Ponce de Leon’s landing in Florida, Acción Cultural Española, and the Cultural Center of Spain in Miami presents A Tres Bandas, an interactive exhibit that traces the evolution of musical culture in the Americas since 1530. The innovative presentation features interactive touch-screens, photography, music and video, a display of musical instruments from across Latin America and the Caribbean, listening stations and even dance-steps diagrammed on the floor. The exhibit is free and run through Oct. 27 at the Cultural Center of Spain, 1490 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. For more information, go to CCEMiami.org.
Producer/Director Kim Ehly’s Kutumba Theater Project dishes up some “lesbian pulp fiction” with The Beebo Brinker Chronicles by Kate Moira Ryan and Linda S. Chapman, and based on the books of Ann Bannon. The play follows the sex- and alcohol-fueled lives and loves of Laura, Beth and Beebo as they navigate uncharted territories of desire in pre-Stonewall Greenwich Village. The play opens tonight and runs through Sept. 29. All performances are at the Galleria Studio Theatre (also known as Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre) in the Galleria Mall, Fort Lauderdale. General admission seats are $35 at BrownPaperTickets.com.
Arts Garage in Delray Beach is a popular destination for jazz and blues lovers, but tonight, the trendy venue takes on a decidedly urban tone when hip hop recording artist Dutch introduces his brand of street edged, lyric-laced eclectic hip hop, dance and club compositions, backed up by the Arts Garage house collective band, Plaid Blazer. Born in Staten Island, New York, Dutch was always a big fan of all genres of music and turned to hip hop to express his emotions and leaving friends behind after moving to South Florida at age 13. Tickets are $20 at ArtGarage.org.
Dynamic young cellist Joshua Roman is no classical music snob. He’s been known to perform in nightclubs, mixing jazz, rock and bluegrass with the classical repertoire, and he’s worked with several rock bands—his cello can be heard on MTV and radio stations nationwide. Roman returns to Miami today to perform with pianist Cory Smythe as part of the Sunday Afternoons of Music series at the University of Miami’s Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Dr. in Coral Gables. The duo has programmed works by Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Schumann and Beethoven. The concert begins at 4 p.m. Tickets are $35 at SundayMusicals.org.
The Palm Beach Photographic Center, 415 Clematis St. in downtown West Palm Beach, is currently showing two exhibit focused on Cuba. The Conflux of Eternities features the work of talented Cuban photographer Kadir Lopez, while An American Presence in Cuba offers a fascinating glimpse of pre-embargo Cuba with shots of numerous island visitors, from celebrated artists and athletes to U.S. Presidents, as well as movie stars and business tycoons. The center is open daily, Monday through Saturday, at 10 a.m. For more information, go to Fotofusion.com.
I don’t know a self-respecting homosexual who doesn’t enjoy a show tune from time to time. (If you don’t, gladly surrender your gay card!) On Tuesdays, the Village Pub, 2283 Wilton Dr. in Wilton Manors, hosts Show Tune Tuesdays. VJ Galaxy offers videos from all of your favorite Broadway classics, from The Wizard of Oz, Sound of Music and West Side Story to newer shows like Hairspray, Little Shop of Horrors and Grease. You can even make requests in advance and it’s okay to sing along while enjoying drink specials from the bar. For more information, go to VillagePubWM.com.