In the beginning, the local Goth scene wasn't really Goth. You'd descend on a party, find synth-pop and fetish, but scratch your scars and say, "There's no fucking Goth music here." Josepher, founder of the party house Abusement Park, heard the lament, gathered the DJs, and proclaimed that the plaintive would, indeed, have their gloomy prayers answered. And so there was Funeral -- the dark-wave, romantic, moody party that, three years ago, broke out of its crypt. The crepuscular souls came and came. And Funeral grew to become one of the Southeast's biggest Goth parties, with its skulls and cobwebs and smoky celebration of the grim, not unlike a Republican National Committee fundraiser.
Funeral kept up its necrobiotic joy, on and off, until about seven months ago. Now, like the undead, it's back for you to strut your gloom. There's no dress code; just be "dark and beautiful," says Josepher. The music -- dark wave, ethereal, death rock -- is by Funeral's main DJ, Cyn Surreal. This pageant of lightlessness, co-sponsored by DJ 16 Bit of Miami's Kitchen Club, is planned for second Fridays at Sonar (2006 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood). It's for ages 18 and up, and lasts from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Call 954-254-2234 or visit www.abusementparkent.com. --Dave Amber
Walk on the Wildside
Island music at The Jungle
When you're sitting pretty at about 26 degrees latitude -- on a line with the Sahara Desert -- July's humidity and insane thunderstorms can make even a drive to Publix feel like a jungle cruise. So, give in. Party. The Jungle -- the Lauderdale Lakes West Indian restaurant/club -- is starting a new Friday-night series called "Wildside -- Unleash the Animal." The music includes reggae, soca, and hip-hop, provided by the DJ group Renaissance, as well as DJs Rebel-T, New Fashion and Zodiac. If you wish, dress up to match the jungle theme. You could be Mowgli, George of the Jungle, Tarzan, or Jane. Or expand the theme, and think Parrot Jungle plumage: Wear a boa. Think corporate jungle: Wear a suit. Think writer Upton Sinclair's The Jungle: Wear the uniform of an early 20th-century meatpacking factory worker. Whatever gets your cheetah on. Wildside lasts from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. at The Jungle (4922 N. State Rd. 7, Lauderdale Lakes). Call 954-224-2766. --Dave Amber
Is art a buddy system?
Artists often ask, "Why'd that guy's art get picked for the exhibit and not mine? He must be buddies with the curator or something." Oh, if only it were that simple. That's the theme explored by Edouard Duval Carrié in his exhibit "Nepotism: The Art of Friendship," which opens today at the Museum of Art (1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale). Carrié understands the complexities of curating a show, and trusts that you'll like the work of his two dozen friends, from Mark Koven's three-dimensional holographic-like photographs to the abstract paintings of Vickie Pierre. Carrié also debuts "The Indigo Room," a mixed-media exhibit that portrays the realities of overseas migration. Call 954-525-5500. --Jason Budjinski
Artists and writers young and old gather this weekend at the Ezell Hester Jr. Community Center (1901 N. Seacrest Blvd., Boynton Beach) for Art Explosion, a celebration of ideas from the stories of Digital Kids, the portraiture of Tracy Stokes, and the hip-hop hoopla of the San Castle Boyz. There's a separate children's area for pee-wee painters, as well as workshops for adults. The free event takes place Saturday and Sunday. Call 561-742-6231. -- Jason Budjinski