If there's such a thing as "street cred" in the modern dance community, the 28-year-old Pilobolus Dance Theatre is loaded with it. The American company, which combines humor with dramatic movement, is so respected that its offbeat works have been adapted by other prestigious dance troupes, like Joffrey Ballet and the Ballet National de Nancy et de Lorraine in France. And those companies have plenty of works from which to choose; Pilobolus has created some 70 pieces of choreography, offering a complex, almost endless vocabulary of abstract movements. The troupe's dancers link limbs and balance atop one another to create moving geometric shapes, and sometimes wear psychedelic leotards that add plenty of color to the shows. Pilobolus will perform at the Duncan Theatre, Palm Beach Community College, 4200 S. Congress Ave., Lake Worth, tonight at 8 p.m. and tomorrow at 2 and 8 p.m. Ticket prices range from $20 to $30. Call 561-439-8141.
Most refer to it as graffiti, but its creators call it "aerosol" or "spray-can" art or simply "writing." "It's called 'writing,' and that's what the artists like to be called -- 'writers,'" explains Jenice Reddick, a.k.a. Chyna. The publisher uses the pseudonym when she writes for Paradox, her Fort Lauderdale-based urban culture and music magazine. When she started the mag in February 1997, her mission was to obliterate the bad rap that hip-hop culture was getting because of its associations with gangs and graffiti artists. The magazine covers rap, break dancing, and spray-can art, which Reddick says is legitimate. "They create murals and beautiful throw-ups, as opposed to graffiti or tagging just to get noticed," she explains. Writers, she says, create works of art for the community. "A lot of these artists work in the dark," she adds. "And when the morning light comes, [the artists] see it for the first time, along with anyone who might be walking by." In an effort to highlight positive examples of the urban experience, the magazine is hosting its "1st Annual Paradox Spring BreakFest '99. Along with spray-can art exhibitions, the event will showcase local rappers, break dancers, DJs, poets, and health-education displays. BreakFest takes place from noon to 6 p.m. at Mall 441 Flea Market, 2928 N. State Rd. 7, Lauderdale Lakes. Admission is free. Call 954-690-2273 or 305-529-1013.
These days kids are suing Mom and Dad for bad parenting, and parents are sending uncontrollable kids off to military or private schools. Well, playwright William Mastrosimone has a bit of good news to share with theatergoers. In his Tamer of Horses, a rebellious 15-year-old Hispanic kid named Hector runs away from a home for troubled teens and shows up on the doorstep of Ty and Georgiane, a black, middle-class couple. Both are teachers, and Hector is illiterate. Although hesitant at first, Ty and Georgiane take in the "bad seed," then try to turn him around. Instead of taking off with their stereo and TV, Hector sticks around long enough to learn that education and a little compassion are far more rewarding than a life of crime. Horses runs through April 25 at Florida Stage, Plaza Del Mar, 262 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan. Ticket prices range from $28 to $34. Two shows take place today, at 2 and 7 p.m. Call 561-585-3404 or 800-514-3837. See "Stage" listings for a complete schedule.
Earlier in this century, Jews were driven out of Germany by the Nazis, and Tibetan Buddhists were driven out of their homeland by the Chinese. Put the two persecuted peoples together, and you have a "Ju-Bu," according to the documentary film The Jew in the Lotus. The film is based on the book The Jew in the Lotus: A Poet's Rediscovery of Jewish Identity in Buddhist India (1994) by self-proclaimed "Ju-Bu" Rodger Kamenetz. In 1990 a group of rabbis asked the poet to follow them to India, where they would meet with the Dalai Lama to discuss spiritual issues. While there Kamenetz not only documented the meeting, he became enamored with the Buddhist religion. Film director Laurel Chiten found Kamenetz's book fascinating and later followed him back to India, where he met with Tibetan religious leaders and talked about what it's like to live in exile. The film will be screened at 7:30 p.m. at Kaplan Jewish Community Center, 3151 N. Military Trl., West Palm Beach, and Chiten will discuss her film after the screening. Tickets cost $10 to $15. For more information call 561-689-0818.