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Shake it up: Cars frontman Ric Ocasek to show his art in Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton

In April, new wave pioneer Ric Ocasek and his rock band the Cars will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But South Florida fans can honor Ocasek this month, when the singer and producer showcases his abstract drawings and paintings on Friday, March 16, and Saturday, March 17, at two galleries in Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton.

“Ric Ocasek: Abstract Reality,” a collection of geometrical works inspired by Andy Warhol and Wassily Kandinsky, will be on display at Wentworth Gallery. Ocasek will be on hand to meet visitors.

Ocasek, who’s been painting as a hobby since the 1960s, told that he compares his experimental pop-art drawings to writing music. “You always start with a blank page,” says Ocasek, who mainly draws with acrylics and colored markers. “You write the song, record the song, master the song, you get it all nice, and drawing for me is like that, too.”

The art show and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony mark auspicious times for the Cars, which last July released expanded editions of their second and third albums, “Candy-O” and “Panorama.” The reissues, which include previously unreleased tracks, are full of the radio-friendly, synth-driven pop-rock (“Let’s Go,” “It’s All I Can Do” and “Touch and Go”) that defined the Cars’ popularity in the early 1980s.

The Cars will appear April 14 at the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, joining Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, the Moody Blues, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

When: 7-9 p.m. Friday, March 16, and Saturday, March 17

Where: Wentworth Gallery Fort Lauderdale, 819 E. Las Olas Blvd. (March 16) and Wentworth Gallery Boca Raton, 6000 Glades Road

­­­­­­­Cost: Free

Contact: 561-338-0804 or or 954-356-4364

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