This seems like a good time to talk about Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, the men responsible for two of hip-hop’s most-infectious hits: “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us.”
The Seattle-based duo just announced dates for their fall tour, which includes a Nov. 24 stop at Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena. Tickets ($35-$45) go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.
But they also seem oddly prescient for the latest hit song, “Same Love,” the same-sex anthem that entered the Billboard Top 40 (No. 33) the same week the Supreme Court made a landmark ruling that sided with proponents of gay marriage.
The song, a clear and leisurely reading of lyrics that mince no words, is a treatise on love, humanity and the scourge of homophobia in rap music. Over a sample of the Impressions’ “People Get Ready” and powered by Mary Lambert’s soulful vocals and a refrain from Corinthians (“Love is patient, love is kind”), it is, frankly, startling to hear such thoughtfulness from a song heard on “American Top 40 With Ryan Seacrest.”
As Macklemore told Britain’s Independent newspaper of "Same Love," originally written for Washington state’s gay-marriage ballot fight: “I wanna challenge myself, I wanna challenge society, and I wanna be the best version of myself, and the way I can do that is by expressing and talking about concepts that no one else will, that people are afraid to address. I wanna be able to talk about those openly and honestly and figure myself out and help those who listen to the records figure them out.”
More info: Macklemore.com.
THE SKINNY ON BETTIE
Bunny Yeager has stories to tell. Stories about iconic 1950s pinup Bettie Page, stories about the underground bondage photography market of the ’50s, stories about Hugh Hefner and the early days of Playboy magazine. And she’ll share them during “A Dialogue With Bunny Yeager,” which takes place 3-4 p.m. Saturday at the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale (1 E. Las Olas Blvd.), which last weekend opened an exhibit of the 84-year-old photographer’s work old and new titled “Bunny Yeager: Both Sides of the Camera.” Admission to Saturday’s event is free. RSVP: 954-262-0227 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More info: MOAFL.org.
BEFORE AND AFTER
When Richard Linklater’s “Before Sunrise” came out in 1995, I found the cerebral foreplay and endless yammering between Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke) excruciating. When the Paris-set sequel, “Before Sunset,” arrived in 2004, I passed. Here we are nine years later and Linklater is back with “Before Midnight” … and, OK, maybe I was wrong. Maybe I just had to wait for Celine and Jesse to grow up. Or maybe I needed to grow up. The Coral Gables Art Cinema(260 Aragon Ave.) this weekend has held the film over for a fourth week, which is sort of remarkable. And here is a slice of Los Angeles Times review Betsy Sharkey’s take:
“Now, two films later in ‘Before Midnight,’ the clock is ticking more ominously, the conversation is sometimes strained and the love is more confined. The romantic ideal has given way to the routine.
“They are still beautiful, though weathered, and still talking, but Celine and Jesse have lives that look more like the ones they swore never to have in 1995's ‘Sunrise’; ones they were still resisting nine years later in ‘Before Sunset,’ when they reconnected at a Paris book signing for the novel Jesse wrote about their Vienna affair.
“A desire to escape squabbling spouses first brought them together on the train. In ‘Midnight’ they are the couple and their fights are toxic. Which might sound like a complaint, but it's not. If anything, the films have only gotten better by letting the relationship marinate. ‘Midnight's’ more disgruntled edge reflects what creeps up on couples as years pass, regrets stack up, kids factor in, real life intervenes.”
Info: 786-385-9689, GablesCinema.com.
NEARLY FREE BIRD
Do your part to keep the NBA champion Miami Heat together when Chris “Birdman” Anderson adds his unique brand of color to the Friday night party at Passion at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood. Birdman becomes a free agent on July 1 and, while he has talked about being part of a Heat three-peat, he may just need a couple of reminders about what makes South Florida special. Which can be found in abundance at clubs such as Passion. DJ Laz will provide the soundtrack. Women drink free from 10 to midnight. Info: 954-235-6164, PassionNightclub.com.
JULY 4 HEAT
Because anything remotely associated with the Miami Heat is bound to draw a crowd, we call your attention to the Fourth of July events at Hyde Beach at the SLS Hotel South Beach (1701 Collins Ave.). Beginning at noon Thursday, former Heat star Rony Seikaly, now a DJ with a global following, will spin the poolside party on a bill with Justin Sheppard, Patrick M and Louis Dee. The music at the SLS runs through July 7 for a 21-or-older crowd. Info: 305-674-1701 or email email@example.com.
TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT
The Eagles this week added a South Florida stop to their “History of the Eagles” tour, with a performance scheduled for Nov. 22 at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami. Tickets cost $51.75-$179.75 and go on sale 10 a.m. Saturday at the box office, all Ticketmaster locations, charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000 and the Ticketmaster Express automated self-service line at 866-448-7849. The band — Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit — is performing in support of its “History of the Eagles” DVD, a warts-and-all documentary about one of the most-influential bands in the history of rock. Walsh told London’s Telegraph: “I was a little uncomfortable with the old footage of me, when I was a mess. But it was important that it was in there, ’cause we were trying to tell the truth. I ended up alcoholic and totally dependent on various other substances. I mean, I had a blast, we all pushed it, but I took it too far. … I played music high for so long, I didn’t know how to do it sober.” Info: EaglesBand.com.
Country star Miranda Lambert, sometimes known as Mrs. Blake Shelton, will bring the “Locked & Reloaded Tour,” with Dierks Bentley, to the Cruzan Amphitheater in West Palm Beach on Sept. 21. Tickets ($25 lawn, $49.75 reserved) go on sale 10 a.m. Friday at the box office, LiveNation.com, Ticketmaster locations and at 800-745-3000. Opening acts include the Randy Rogers Band, Cadillac Three and Jukebox Mafia.
You want just pure, crazy fun? The Stage (170 NE 38th St., Miami) has holding its annual Soul Fest Weekend with fresh music through Saturday. Especially uproarious will be Saturday night with the Pimps of Joytime paired with our own Roosevelt Collier Trio. The Pimps, straight outta Brooklyn, are funk-soul brothers from another planet. Friday night’s bill is Affiliated Soul Team with the Resolvers. Wear comfortable shoes. Admission: $10 advance, $15 at the door each night; $20 for a two-day pass. Info: 305-576-9577, TheStageMiami.com.
WATER BALLOON FIGHT!
Tobacco Road will bring new meaning to the term “beach bar” on Saturday when the venerable Miami watering hole allows the marketing experts from Corona to drop 40 tons of beach sand on the patio for a “Find Your Beach” event. Tobacco Road, not shy about letting things fly (their La Tomatina knockoff tomato fight is legend) will soak the 3-8 p.m. all-ages party with more than 10,000 water balloons for “The Water Balloon Fight That Changed Summer.” Live reggae from Dona Sha and the Lalibela Band, Corona specials and free drafts from 5 to 6 p.m. are added incentives. Tobacco Road is at 626 S. Miami Ave., Miami. Info: 305-374-1198, Tobacco-Road.com.
SOUNDS LOCAL AND NEW
Two much-favorited local bands will have album release parties this weekend. Beach Day will celebrate its latest, “Trip Trap Attack,” with a no-cover performance Friday night at Gramps (176 NW 24th St. Miami). Ketchy Shuby also will perform. Info: 786-752-6693, GrampsBar.com. On Saturday, the Elastic Bond will hold a listening party and an acoustic performance for the album “Real,” from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Sweat Records (5505 NE Second Ave., Miami). Info: 786-693-9309, SweatRecordsMiami.com.
As if we needed more hardbodies on Fort Lauderdale beach, here comes the Dig the Beach Fort Lauderdale Classic pro-am beach volleyball tournament, with matches from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The series will return to Fort Lauderdale July 27-28. Info: DigtheBeach.com.
GATSBY AND GILDA
Mickey Byrne’s Irish Pub will serve gin out of a bottle instead of a bathtub for its Great Gatsby Night fundraiser for Gilda’s Club South Florida from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday. The evening will include music, drink specials, raffles and a costume contest. Admission: $10 donation. Mickey Byrne’s is at 1921 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Info: 954-763-6776 or Elisabeth Glynn at firstname.lastname@example.org.