Assaulting more than eardrums
SUN 5/30 Tampa Bay has long been home to rock music's more evil-minded attention-getters, from death-metal heavyweights like Deicide, who taught us the virtues of animal sacrifice, to industrial-rock media whores Hell on Earth, who promised (though didn't deliver) an on-stage euthanasia last October. So where else would a band like the Genitorturershail from but the Bay of Bloodlust? For more than a decade, the band has been churning out its scrotum-twisting sounds and enthralling audiences with a stage show every bit indicative of the band's S&M-themed name. Its brash industrial metal is the audio equivalent of putting your nuts in a vise, serving more as a soundtrack to the band's live spectacle than as a profound listening experience; stage show and score are largely inseparable. The typical Genitorturers show is more akin to a fetish party than a rock concert, complete with spankings, whippings, and body piercing courtesy of Gen, the lead vocalist and professional dominatrix. The Genitorturers pretty much summed up the whole of their philosophy with their last album: Flesh Is Law. The torture takes place at the Culture Room (3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale) after Deadstar Assembly opens at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $15. Call 954-564-1074. --Jason BudjinskiPretty Green
The colors of money
SAT 5/29 Money comes in many forms: bills, coins, credit cards, IOUs, hocked furniture, sexual favors, etc. -- and that's just in the modern-day United States. Back in the old days, long before veganism was invented, the ancient Aztecs used chocolate as currency. If that were the case today, Hoffman's Chocolates would be like Fort Knox (imagine such riches in Greenacres!). Check out the Moneyville exhibit, opening today at the Museum of Discovery and Science (401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale), and see some of the many types of currencies used in different cultures, past and present. You can also get your likeness printed on a million-dollar bill, run a pretend lemonade stand, and engage in pretend stock trading (which is usually less depressing than the real thing). Admission costs $7 to $9, U.S. currency. Afterward, you can start paying off that huge credit card debt you amassed in college. Call 954-467-6637. --Jason Budjinski
Love and Marriage
And a Steel-sculpted carriage
THU 5/27 At age 28, artist Genevieve Steel is the youngest person on the City of West Palm Beach's Art in Public Places Committee, to which she was appointed in April. Viewing the 20-odd mixed media pieces in Steel's exhibit "Love: A Marriage of Painting and Sculpture," it's no wonder the city looks to her for aesthetic decisions. As the title suggests, Steel's work infuses giant, colorful paintings and collages with jagged, steel sculptures that look straight out of Beetlejuice. Modern art with a capital mod. The exhibit runs through June 10 in the lobby of Palm Beach Gardens City Hall (10500 N. Military Trl., Palm Beach Gardens). Call 561-630-1100 . --Jason BudjinskiWhere's Walfrido?
THU 5/27 Hawaiian painter Walfrido (whose work fits somewhere between Maxfield Parrish and Velvet Elvis) says that idea, color, composition, and detail are the four cornerstones of his art. "It's like a table with four legs... sturdy enough to hold the feast of composition that I set out." Meet Walfrido at the Wyland Gallery (1213 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale) from 6 to 10 p.m. today. Call 954-522-4222. -- Deirdra Funcheon