The ladies of the Kinsey Sicks have named the witty revue stopping in South Florida this weekend “Electile Dysfunction,” implying that the cultural decline in civility can be traced to a testosterone problem. Hard to argue: Even with the possibility, or maybe because of the possibility, that 2016 will give the country its first woman president, the posturing and pouting and gun-tweeting that has distinguished this historic election cycle has done nothing for the brand of American manhood. With all due respect to my fellow urinal users, we look like a bunch of idiots.
Personally, I need a break. And this happens to be an especially promising time to be persuaded by the unique intellect, creativity and humor that can derive from the female brain.
We like to think the country is acquiring more of a taste for Brandi Carlile. When the alt-country poet’s album “The Firewatcher's Daughter” (which hit No. 9 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 for a spell on the Indie albums chart) was nominated for a Grammy Award, it reminded us that sometimes those people get things right. Carlile performs 9 p.m. Friday at the Parker Playhouse (707 NE Eighth St, Fort Lauderdale). Tickets: $44-$74. Info: ParkerPlayhouse.org.
Not to be missed in the days surrounding the Republican Primary in South Carolina and the Democratic Caucus in Nevada, the Kinsey Sicks (no strangers to urinals), will perform their “dragapella” parody “Electile Dysfunction” 8:30 pm Friday, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (10950 SW 211th St., Cutler Bay). Tickets. $40. Info: SMDCAC.org. At 7 p.m. Sunday the Kinseys are at the Parker Playhouse. Tickets: $25.50-$45.50. Info: ParkerPlayhouse.org.
The “techno tropical” aesthetic of Miami artists Tasha and Monica Lopez de Victoria, more widely known as the TM Sisters, is getting an audacious new forum, a large mural the two are painting on the Radius Garage in Hollywood. Part of the ambitious Downtown Hollywood Mural Project (at 18 murals and counting), the work is expected to be complete by the end of the month. You can check out the progress during Saturday night’s Downtown Hollywood Art Walk. The garage is at 19th Avenue and Tyler Street. Info: Facebook.com/DowntownHollywoodMuralProject.
Two of rock’s most eloquent and courageous performers, male or female, Melissa Etheridge and Sheryl Crow, both cancer survivors, will perform 2 p.m. Saturday in the Sun Life Stadium parking lot as part of the Dolphins Cancer Challenge VI Celebration Concert. Tickets: $50. Info: DolphinsCancerChallenge.com, Ticketmaster.com.
Singer-songwriter Diane Ward knows what it means to kick the ass of cancer, and what it means, in the aftermath, to find new joys in life, a case eloquently made on her vibrant and valiant 2014 album “Beautiful Ways.” The Hollywood resident will perform with her band (Jack Shawde, Debbie Duke, Bob Taylor and John Yarling) at 9 p.m. Saturday at Luna Star Café (775 NE 125th St., North Miami). Admission: $10 (cash only). Info: Facebook.com/DianeWard.
Fearless soul singer Bettye LaVette opened her Grammy-nominated 2015 album, “Worthy,” with an obscure song written by Bob Dylan. Guts? Yes. Hear for yourself when LaVette performs “Unbelievable” and other new music 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Broward College’s Bailey Hall (3501 Davie Road, Davie). Tickets: $36-$59. Info: BaileyHall.org.
The Darlene Love story is one of grit and determination, moving from the background (she was a backup singer on some of Phil Spector’s biggest hits, as well as Sam Cooke’s “Chain Gang,” the Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody” and Frank Sinatra’s “That’s Life”) to being rediscovered as “one of the greatest singers of all time,” in the words of Rolling Stone magazine. Profiled along with a generation of under-appreciated (and often uncredited) backup singers in the Oscar-winning documentary “Twenty Feet From Stardom,” Love will perform by her lonesome 8 p.m. Saturday at the Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale. Info: ParkerPlayhouse.org.
A hub of all manner of creativity in downtown Fort Lauderdale, ArtServe (1350 E. Sunrise Blvd.) will begin a new season of Open Mic on Tuesday (Feb. 23), an evening hosted by actor-singer-dancer Michelle Rose Domb. Also a comedian who has performed at improv festivals across the country, Domb currently is being kept quite busy with stand-in roles on Season 2 of the Netflix series “Bloodline,” and may have the most awesome acting credit of all time: “Rebellious Amish Youth at Bonfire” in “Orange is the New Black.” Open Mic takes place at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month, with performer sign-up at 6:30 p.m. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Admission: $5. Info: ArtServe.org.
Who is Lisa Fischer? Here’s some of what I didn’t know: She won a Grammy Award (Best Female R&B Performance) for her 1991 single "How Can I Ease the Pain," one of three top 20 hits from the album “So Intense.” It was a success she couldn’t duplicate, and she fell into a career as a backup singer, touring with an eclectic collection of performers, from Dolly Parton and Dionne Warwick to Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson and Nine Inch Nails. Like Darlene Love, Fischer appeared in the documentary “20 Feet From Stardom.” If you’ve seen the Rolling Stones in the past two decades you’ve probably heard Fischer give some of the Stones' best-known songs their essential soulfulness. In a video the Stones had the good sense to post on their YouTube channel (hit this link) you can watch Fischer take over a live version of “Gimme Shelter.” Lisa. Fischer. She performs with Grand Baton 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Parker Playhouse. Tickets: $33-$43. Info: ParkerPlayhouse.com.
CHANGE OF HEART
Men can sing from the heart as well, as the incomparable soul singer Charles Bradley continues to do on his new album, “Changes” (Daptone Records), set for release April 1. Bradley leads a strong lineup of national and local acts at the Virginia Key Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance, which runs through Sunday at Virginia Key Beach Park in Miami. Joining Bradley will be the Wood Brothers, the Family Stone, Donna the Buffalo and Jim Lauderdale, along with locals including Locos Por Juana, Suénalo, Spam Allstars, Afrobeta, Elastic Bond, the Baboons, Lanzallamas, DJ Bill Kelly, Telekinetic Walrus, Blue Jay and Brendan O'Hara. Daily tickets are $30 Thursday and Friday, $40 Saturday and Sunday (12 and younger free). A four-day pass is $120. Info: VirginiaKeyGrassroots.com.
This is the weekend to take in the under-appreciated charms of downtown Lake Worth, a city so under-appreciated that only 100,000 people are expected there Saturday and Sunday to stroll through the work of more than 600 artists during the 22nd annual Street Painting Festival. Beginning at 10 a.m. each day, the event includes food and drink for sale, and admission is free. The hardest part may be getting there, something festival organizers have thought about. There is free street parking, but also valet (paid) service at Second Avenue North between Dixie and Federal Highway, north of Lucerne Ave. Better: There is free shuttle service from Tri-Rail’s Lake Worth Station between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. And Uber is offering a $20 discount when using the code “streetpainting” in the app. Info: StreetpaintingFestivalInc.org.
PANCAKE BY THE OCEAN
There is no telling what unconventional confections will be unveiled on Saturday at the Foxy Brown (723 E. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale), but that’s the point of Foxy Brown’s Pajama Pancake Party, a family-friendly benefit for the Jack & Jill Children’s Center (JackAndJillCenter.org). The party runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and includes all-you-can-eat flapjacks, games, contests, and craft cocktails and beer on the patio out back. As you may have guessed, pajamas are encouraged. Tickets: $25, $12 for kids 12 and younger. Info: BeNiceRestaurants.com.
Dogfish Head Brewery founder Sam Calagione (apparently his real name) will be at Tap 42 in Fort Lauderdale (1411 S. Andrews Ave.) on Wednesday (Feb. 24) to talk about what he does. Borrowing from one of my favorite public-speaking tricks, he will bring a bunch of beer with him, including two of the brewery’s most imposing releases: the 120 Minute IPA and Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew. Be there at 7 p.m. Admission free. Info: Tap42.com.