The band is jokingly called Depressed Mode, thanks, in no small part, to song titles like "Condemnation" and "Barrel of a Gun." But Depeche Mode's use of perky synthesizers and percolating bass lines has resulted in plenty of upbeat dance tunes. In fact, some of today's electronica acts cite the British band as an early influence. Now, whether or not the guys in Depeche Mode set out to create a new sound is open to question. They grew up in Basildon, a working-class suburb of London, and, during the early '80s, they chose synthesizers and drum machines over guitars and drums because they were easier to take on the train for those early pub gigs. (Guitars need amps, and some drum sets require their own vans.) While Depeche Mode hasn't released an original album in a while, their greatest hits package The Singles: 86>98 and a new tribute album, for the MASSES, have given the band reasons to hit the road in the United States for the first time in five years. Stabbing Westward opens the 8 p.m. concert tonight at the Miami Arena, 721 NW First Ave., Miami. Tickets cost $27.75 or $40. Call 305-530-4400.
As beautiful as ballet can be, Swan Lake isn't gonna hold just any kid's attention. BalletMet's performance of Beauty and the Beast, however, may do the trick. The show features exotic costumes and scenery, and it gives kids the chance to gawk at flying fairies, dancing pillows, and goblins while taking in a world-class ballet performance based on a classic fairy tale. The performances take place today and Sunday at Bailey Concert Hall, 3501 SW Davie Rd., Davie. Today's showtimes are 2 and 8 p.m. The Sunday show begins at 2 p.m. Tickets prices range from $24 to $45. Call 888-475-6884.
Rock fans know that "power trios" consist of guitar, bass, and drums; think Cream and Rush. But is there such a thing as a "power duo"? Well, according to the guys in Trout Fishing in America, there is. During the '70s, guitarist Ezra Idlet and bassist Keith Grimwood played with the Texas folk-rock band St. Elmo's Fire. After the band split up, Idlet and Grimwood stayed together and hit the road with very little money in their pockets. When they entered a talent contest, they had to come up with a name, so they borrowed it from a book written by Richard Brautigan, whose work they'd read aloud while on the road. Trout Fishing's music draws from blues, reggae, folk, and rock, and the lyrics poke fun at first love and picky eaters, among other topics. The duo is known for whimsical children's concerts and adult fare, both of which Trout Fishing will perform today at the Kravis Center For the Performing Arts (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach). The kids' concert begins at 2 p.m. The pair will perform again at 8 p.m., opening for folk legend Richie Havens ("Here Comes the Sun"). Tickets cost $8 (matinee) and $12 (evening). Call 800-572-8471 or 561-832-7469.
The Fab Four may have been inside. Maybe not. Whatever the case was, a horde of teenage girls had gathered outside Delmonico's Park Avenue Hotel in New York City. Seen in the 1964 photo Beatlemaniacs on the Loose, the screaming, waving teens stand across the street from the hotel, hoping to catch a glimpse of their mop-top heroes. Their banners and buttons declare "I Wanna Hold Paul's Hand" and "I Love George." While the photo may not have captured a defining moment in history, combined with other works in "Pictures of the Times: A Century of Photography From the New York Times," it helps document 20th-century America, and the world, in freeze-frame, letting viewers decide just what matters. The show also traces the evolution of news photography by displaying famous Times pictures in chronological order, including Halley's Comet (1910) and View of Astronaut Footprint in Lunar Soil (1969). "Pictures" remains on view through January 10 at the Museum of Art, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Admission is $3 to $6. Call 954-525-5500.
You'd think from the title -- "Showa Threads: Kimono Tradition From the 1930s to the 1960s" -- that "Showa" is some kind of shorthand slang for "show of." And, in a way, you'd be right. The exhibition displays the flowing silk kimonos from the Morikami Museum's permanent collection. But it also illustrates the changes the kimono underwent during the Showa Era in Japan, which corresponded with the reign of Emperor Hirohito, from 1926 to 1989. The period began in the optimistic '20s, when the kimono was still the traditional everyday outfit for women. But, after World War II, an economic collapse nearly wiped out Japan's silk textile industry. Silk made a brief comeback during the more prosperous '50s and '60s, but the kimono fell out of favor as Western dress took over in the '70s. Kimonos thus became a limited-production item few could afford. The show remains on view through January 17 at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Rd., Delray Beach. Admission prices range from $2 to $4.25. Call 561-495-0233.
When the musical The Boy Friend showed up on Broadway in New York City after a phenomenal run in London (2048 performances), American audiences were introduced to a young star named Julie Andrews. The year was 1954, and the show, which lampoons the fluffy boy-meets-girl musicals of the '20s, wasn't delivering any deep social or emotional message. It simply invited audience members to enjoy themselves. And the Broward Stage Door Theatre asks nothing more of its patrons as it opens its production today for a run through January 17. Showtimes are Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m.; matinees begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. Tickets cost $25. The theater is located at 8036 Sample Rd., Coconut Creek. Call 954-344-7765.