You may have noticed that we live in a world that is increasingly being divided into smaller and smaller groups. We are constantly being encouraged to divide ourselves — by nationality, by religion, by political opinion, by race, by the amount of money we have. My piece is designed so that, at least for a few minutes, we can un-divide ourselves a little.
That’s Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, co-founder of rebellious musical group Bang on A Can, talking about his new work “harmony and understanding,” which will get its U.S. premiere 8 p.m. Saturday in a New World Symphony performance that can be seen during a free Wallcast projected on the side of Miami’s New World Center. Visit NWS.edu.
Is it hot in here?
Don’t look now but the South Florida Firefighters' 2019 Calendar is out and will be given a proper welcome with an unveiling party 10 p.m. Friday at the Round Up in Davie, where response to some of the first responders might get messy. Tickets cost $20 (ages 18-20 $35). Proceeds from the event and the calendar go to a variety of local charities. Visit Facebook.com/SFLFirefighters.
Beers with Magill
Zoo Miami’s Emmy Award-winning ambassador Ron Magill will be the featured speaker when the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium’s Science on Tap series takes over Due South Brewing in Boynton Beach 7-9 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 13). The pairing of beer and regular-guy elucidation of real-world science (genius) will benefit from Magill’s first-hand experience with animals around the globe as well as his unbridled irreverence. Admission is free. Visit Facebook.com/DueSouthBrewing.
The power of boredom
Creativity might be in jeopardy because one of the key components of being creative is boredom and silence and isolation.
That’s part of a recent NPR interview with Ahmir Thompson, the DJ, music and television producer, former NYU professor and founder of the online hip-hop and alt-music website Okayplayer, better known as Questlove. He’s not telling you not to hit his Art Basel DJ set at the Anderson in Miami Saturday night, but allowing that some good could come from staying home. RSVP: Facebook.com/TheAndersonMiami.
Cycle of life
Folks from Conte's Bike Shop, in a space on Sunrise Boulevard that used to be a liquor store, will set up at Tarpon River Brewing in downtown Fort Lauderdale 8 p.m. Monday to co-host Gears and Beers, a leisurely 90-minute bike ride that, thankfully, ends back at the brewery. Every beer purchased gets you a raffle ticket for Conte's swag and free crowlers. Visit Facebook.com/TarponRiverBrewing.
It's gonna be a Sunday afternoon of great music, great food and all for a great cause!
That’s Shark Valley Sisters guitarist Rob Elba recommending Sunday’s Dan Hosker Music Continuum, the seventh annual fundraiser held in honor of punk guitarist who died in 2012, though this one will have better food. An event supporting music and arts scholarships, DHMC will run 3-10 p.m. at the Sticky Bun in Deerfield Beach (1619 SE Third Court), run by musician-turned-chef Mike Bosky and his wife, Pauline. The lineup includes Charlie Pickett, Mark Dubin and the Honest Liars, Humbert, Brady Newbill, Mr. Entertainment and the Pookiesmackers, Fourth Place Pies (Russell Mofsky, Robin Roslund and Matthew Sabatella), the Dung Beatles (Rick Ambrose, Greg Johnson and Mike Bosky), Amy T. Baxter, Rat Bastard, Shark Valley Sisters, Karen Feldner, Chris Korzen, Dan Bonebrake, Violet V Vox and DJ Skidmark. Visit Facebook.com/DanHoskerMusicContinuum.
Captain Bobo and long-running Lake Worth punk outfit Everymen will walk away while the confetti is still in the air, playing their final show 8 p.m. Friday at Respectable Street in West Palm Beach. They’ll be joined by Viva La Vox, Shehehe and Adam Sheetz. The band, seemingly just in the mood to do other stuff, posted: “Respectable Street will be our last show ever and a big ol’ apocalypto showcase … Help us end it catastrophical!” Visit Facebook.com/Everymen.Music.
Alex Honnold woke up in his Dodge van last Saturday morning, drove into Yosemite Valley ahead of the soul-destroying traffic and walked up to the sheer, smooth and stupendously massive 3,000-foot golden escarpment known as El Capitan, the most important cliff on earth for rock climbers. Honnold then laced up his climbing shoes, dusted his meaty fingers with chalk and, over the next four hours, did something nobody had ever done. He climbed El Capitan without ropes, alone.
That was author Daniel Duane in the New York Times in 2017, writing about what he calls “one of the great athletic feats of any kind, ever.” A National Geographic documentary about Honnold’s climb, “Free Solo,” (“Profound… gripping and rewarding” —The Atlantic) opens a weeklong run at the Stonzek Theatre at the Lake Worth Playhouse on Friday. Visit LakeWorthPlahouse.org. It also is screening this weekend at the Living Room Theaters FAU (FAU.LivingRoomTheaters.com) and the Cinépolis Coconut Grove (CinepolisUSA.com/Coconut-Grove).
Making a scene
One-of-a-kind stuff from hip local artists and makers (just in time for, you know… ), local music (Hoodoo Blues Band), a pop-up bar and free parking, all in a setting that you’re curious about anyway… That’s the Dania After Dark block party, which returns 5-10 p.m. Saturday to the streets in front of Dania Beach City Hall (Southwest First Ave and Southwest First Street). Visit Facebook.com/IndieCraftBazaar.
A deep ‘Well’
The elephant in the room is why I named the tour “Oh Well.” It feels like that is the mood of the country these days. We all see the elephant in the room and it’s like, ‘Oh, well!’ People are outraged, but it’s all social-media outrage. Even our marches. It’s not civil disobedience. It’s organized gatherings and you hear some nice speeches. That’s about it. I am hopeful, but I am in disbelief of how we’re accepting everything that is so not normal right now.
That’s comedian Wanda Sykes talking to the Philadelphia Gay News about the tour she’s bringing to the new Miami Improv at CityPlace in Doral, with multiple shows Friday-Saturday. Tickets cost $35 (plus two drinks). The Miami Improv will have its official grand opening with performances by Bob Saget Dec. 14-16. Visit MiamiImprov.com.
Could Michael Jordan do all he WOULD do in his third year? No, but you could tell what he was GOING to do. Cécile’s the same way.
That’s jazz great Wynton Marsalis speaking to the New Yorker magazine about young Grammy-winning Miami jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant, who performs 8 p.m. Friday at the Arsht Center with the all-female collective Artemis. Tickets start at $45. Visit ArshtCenter.org.
Tubas gone wild
It’s not really a party until the tubas and euphoniums come out. Boca Raton’s annual Merry Tuba Christmas Concert returns to Mizner Park Amphitheater during festivities 4-7 p.m. Sunday, with dozens of brass-lugging musicians performing, thanks in part to the band program at Florida Atlantic University. Yes, there will be drinks (thanks to Potions In Motion). The concert itself is at 5 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or rent one for $5. Admission is free. Visit MyBoca.us.
It’s so real. It’s so awkward. What teenagers gotta go through. It takes you back to that cringe time of erections and periods and seeing breasts for the first time. I think they just nail it.
That’s actor-comedian Craig Robinson describing, not a Michael Scott scene from “The Office,” but his role playing a pubic hair on “Big Mouth,” now in its second season on Netflix. Robinson brings his comedy act to the Palm Beach Improv in West Palm Beach Dec. 13-15. Tickets start at $30 (plus two drinks). Visit PalmBeachImprov.com.
The Copper Tones add twangy energy to Pompano Beach’s art-and-craft-beer evening (free samples!) called Old Town Untapped 6 p.m. Friday (TheCopperTonesMusic.com) … Multi-instrumentalist Emily Estefan will have an Art Basel moment playing the free Miami Design District Performance Series 6-9 p.m. Friday on Jungle Plaza (TheOfficialEmilyEstefan.com) … Citizen Badger hosts a Decemberists tribute party 8 p.m. Friday at Subculture Coffee in West Palm Beach (Facebook.com/CitizenBadger) … JM & the Sweets bring a soulful groove to Avant in downtown Delray Beach 9 p.m. Friday (JMAndTheSweets.com) … Ska-rock rabble-rouser’s Spred the Dub play Concert in the Courtyard at the Brass Tap in downtown Fort Lauderdale 9 p.m. Friday and C.W.S. Bar & Kitchen in Lake Worth 9 p.m. Saturday (CWSLW.com) … Guitarist Kristin Cappiello plays by the fire at Sons & Daughters Farm and Winery in Lake Worth 6-11 p.m. Saturday (Facebook.com/SonsAndDaughtersFarm) … Sosos plays LauderAle in Fort Lauderdale 8 p.m. Saturday (Facebook.com/SososMusic) … The Jonathan Auerbach Trio takes over Dada in Delray Beach 9:45 p.m. Saturday, when all proceeds from sales of their CDs will be donated to a nutrition project for under privileged children in South Florida (Facebook.com/JonathanAuerbachMusic) … Esteemed singer-songwriter-guitarist Nil Lara warms up Bar Nancy in Miami 10 p.m. Saturday (Facebook.com/NilLara) … The brassy hipsters of Miami’s The French Horn are on the bill for Brunch, Beats and Brass, the first Sunday Jazz Brunch at Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton 11 a.m. Sunday (Facebook.com/TheFrenchHorn).