Southern Italy's “pizzica taranta” tradition began centuries ago as therapy for the victim of a particular kind of deadly spider bite, and gradually evolved into a kind of hours-long musical exorcism, a psychic healing for depression and fear. Indeed, a dose of taranta masters Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, the seven-piece band with a whirling dancer out front, might do wonders for Congress.
Bandleader Mauro Durante has no thoughts on performing for that audience, but is “really excited” about CGS’s first Florida performance on Saturday at the ArtsPark in downtown Hollywood.
“We’ll be happy to see Florida, which is much like our home [the historic city of Lecce, in the heel of the Italian ‘boot’],” Durante says from Rome, where he is battling visa bureaucracy and weak cell phone reception. “It is very hot and very attractive, where people enjoy music and dancing.”
CGS, which the New Yorker magazine called “utterly beguiling and trance-inducing,” is one of the headliners for Italy’s acclaimed HIT Week tour, the traveling showcase of the country’s modern music scene. The Hollywood stop, produced by the Miami-based Rhythm Foundation, also includes influential DJ-producer Nicola Conte. Authentic Italian food and drinks will also be offered during the event, which runs from 7 to 11 p.m. Admission is free.
Durante and band have played SXSW in Austin, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the Montreal Jazz Festival, and will follow their only Florida date with a show Oct. 8 at the Highline Ballroom in New York.
One of the main attractions at a CGS performance is the spinning presence of dancer Silvia Perrone. Durante says hers is an especially pivotal and difficult role.
“You need to find a dancer that can be faithful to the tradition of the dance, but at the same time be modern and be herself and embrace her physicality,” says Durante, who squirms at the suggestion some people may consider the dance sexy. “If it is sexy, it is done in a very elegant way.”
“Skip the mall, shop indie!” is the rallying cry behind Stitch Rock, bringing you the uncommon, the handmade, the irreverent and the vintage from local artists and crafters since 2007. On Saturday they set up their Indie Craft Fair & Bazaar at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts on Old School Square (51 N. Swinton Ave.). Along with the funky fashion, home décor items, fine art and photography from more than 80 vendors, you’ll find food, drinks and sweets, Jerry's Artarama make-and-take booth, door prizes and a swag bag for the first 100 visitors. Hours are noon-6 p.m. Admission: $5 (parking free). Info: RocktheStitch.com.
The West Palm Beach GreenMarket will return for its 19th season on Saturday with a record 105 vendors (23 of them new) and will celebrate with an orchestra and free food samples (while they last) that can be enjoyed with a mimosa (for purchase) in a shaded eating area. The downtown market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Waterfront (with free parking in the Banyan and Evernia garages) and offers fresh produce, baked goods, plants, home goods and more. Info: WPB.org/Events.
ART AND ICE CREAM
FAT Village galleries throw out the welcome mat again on Saturday for Art Fallout, a strolling, shuttling, food-trucking celebration of downtown Fort Lauderdale art spaces pegged to National Arts and Humanities Month. Featured destinations, all connected by free shuttle service, include 1310 Gallery (Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts), the Girls’ Club, Glavovic Studio, Third Avenue Artist Studios, Cadence (offering a pop-up gallery) and the Young at Art-affiliated Bedlam Lorenz Assembly. Thousand Pound Egg, the “culinary apothecary” at the Gateway Center, will have a pop-up store at Glavovic Studio, and there will be things to nosh from Bite Gastro Truck, Slow Food Truck, Frankie Dogs and Roc Kat Ice Cream (whose offerings include Stiff Upper Lip ice cream: chocolate peanut butter porter beer ice cream with chocolate-covered salty pretzels). Art Fallout runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Admission to everything is free. Info: ArtFallOut.blogspot.com.
The programmers at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, perhaps getting a little frisky in advance of the massive festival that unspools Oct. 18-Nov. 11, offer a wittily arbitrary double bill this weekend at Cinema Paradiso: “Blue Jasmine” and “Blue Caprice,” each as well regarded as they are polar opposites. The former film is the dark comic riff on “A Streetcar Named Desrire” that returned Woody Allen to critical favor, thanks to another brilliantly curated cast: Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins, Bobby Cannavale, Louis CK, Andrew Dice Clay and Peter Sarsgaard. It screens at 6 p.m. Friday. At 8 p.m. that night comes “Blue Caprice,” based on the 2002 Washington, D.C., sniper shootings by John Allen Muhammad and young protégé Lee Boyd Malvo (played by former “Grey’s Anatomy” star Isaiah Washington and newcomer Tequan Richmond). Los Angeles Times reviewer Gary Goldstein calls it “a superb, slow-boil of a thriller … Don’t miss it.” “Blue Caprice” also screens on Sunday at 5 p.m. Info: FLIFF.com.
DRY T-SHIRT CONTEST
Wearing a Tate’s Comics T-shirt says something about you. But what if that shirt everyone was wearing was designed by you? The nationally acclaimed Lauderhill comic shop (4566 N. University Drive) is looking for submissions for a commemorative shirt that will be silk-screened live and sold at Tate’s annual Halloween sale Oct. 19-20. To enter, send your design to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight Wednesday. Along with the notoriety, you’ll get $50 in Tate bucks. Info: TatesComics.com.
SOUL OF WYNWOOD
As part of the III Points Festival sprawling across Wynwood this weekend (more on that here), the Bardot nightclub has invited producer Alex Brough to lead a Q&A after a screening of his documentary “Soul of America,” about soul singer Charles Bradley, who at age 62 zoomed from poverty to Rolling Stone’s Top 50 albums of 2011 with his debut “No Time for Dreaming.” The event, which includes a James Brown tribute by the band Aaron & Friends, runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. Info: BardotMiami.com.
GO STRUDEL YOURSELF
According to the books kept by Major League Eating, there is no officially sanctioned record for apple strudel eating, one of the featured events at this weekend’s Oakland Park Oktoberfest. But if you want something to shoot for, the MLE record for apple pie eating is 4.375 3-pound pies in eight minutes, set on Sept. 13 by Nathan’s hot dog killer Joey Chestnut. The Oktoberfest at Jaco Pastorius Park (4000 N. Dixie Highway, Oakland Park) has all the food and drink you want, plus dachshund racing and a children’s carnival, from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Info: OaklandParkFL.org.
ATTENTION, FILM BUFF
The new Wynwood outpost of the Austin-based Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-in continues its soft-opening rollout this weekend with “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure” at 8 p.m. Friday and the screwball comedy “Moon Over Miami” (Betty Grable, Don Ameche and Robert Cummings) at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. As you may recall, “the Blue” offers a gathering of vintage trailers selling concessions and drive-in speakers that hang from your car window in a Wynwood parking lot (70 NW 29th St., Miami), which also has outdoor seating areas filled with funky charm (they just cannibalized a 1960s-era Ford Thunderbird to build table seating for two). The fresh news is that they are looking for local film fans to help program, host and promote their theme nights. For more on that, email bslmovieevents@gmail. Info: 512-850-6127, Facebook.com/TheBlueStarliteDriveInMiami.
DOING THE DISHES
You know how to pub crawl, but do you know how to Dishcrawl? The local chapter of the fun-loving national organization aimed at uniting neighborhood restaurants and comfortably heeled foodies comes to Fort Lauderdale beach on Wednesday for a Dishcrawl to tastings at four restaurants on the beach beginning at 7 p.m. (two days prior, you get an email with the list of restaurants and where to meet). Local Dishcrawl leader Rebecca Shapiro, a personal chef who has hosted two previous Dishcrawls this year in downtown Fort Lauderdale, says the vibe is laid-back and neighborly.
“The concept is for locals to get to know some of the restaurants in their area with their neighbors on a night when they wouldn’t ordinarily think about it,” says Shapiro, who recently graduated from Johnson & Wales University with a degree in culinary food service management and event planning.
The chef or the owner will introduce the food, which usually includes a family-style selection of several dishes, and the group spends about 30 minutes at each restaurant, which are no more than a 10-minute walk from each other, Shapiro says. Tickets cost $45. Drinks are extra, but specials are possible “at discretion of the participating restaurant.” Info: email@example.com, DishCrawl.com/FTLauderdale.
WHERE PAULY D'S HEART IS
Sister Hard Rock hot spots Pangaea Lounge and Gryphon Nightclub on Saturday will host “Jersey Shore” lothario Pauly D, also a popular celebrity DJ, for its inaugural breast cancer fundraiser for the Roslyn L. Weiser Memorial Foundation, which provides financial support to women unable to afford post-mastectomy breast reconstruction. The event, hosted by the Physician's Institute of Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery, is from 7 to 11 p.m., with the general-admission tickets costing $45. Bump that up to $75, and you get a premium four-hour open bar. A VIP package, which includes a meet-and-greet and photo with Pauly D, plus private drink service and a gift, costs $300. Tickets, info: 855-493-4737, WeiserFoundation.org.