Yusuf and His Mic

Sittin' in a tree...

FRI 7/30

Yusuf Malik Shabazz, also known as Da Profet, survives on a steady diet of books by Noam Chomsky and Eldridge Cleaver. So it's no wonder he says, "I only wrote two poems about love." Other than that, his works are "totally, strictly political social-conscious." His biggest inspiration is Tupac Shakur, and he sees his role as "like Michael Moore... I put stuff out there and let people decide what they're gonna believe." Every Friday, Da Profet (a property manager by day) and his good friend Chunky (a female cop from Palm Beach County) bring you "A Profetik Mixture," an ego-free evening of open-mic poetry and spoken word. The event takes place at 8:30 p.m. at Audy's Place (317 SW Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale), which is, according to a flier, "da cipher of positive vibrations that you want to be in." Prophet -- who opted for a life of self-education after feeling robbed by what he received in exchange for tuition at New York University -- says he's trying to create a sense of community among local artists, and he tries to get to know everyone who comes to the readings. But the chances of hearing one of his love poems are about the same as the chances of Chomsky penning a paperback romance. "I'm not in love now," he says. "Just with the mic." Call 786-357-1253, or visit www.spittfiyaproductions.com. --Deirdra Funcheon

Rebel Yell

The real wild one

SAT 7/31

Before Easy Ridershowed us the free-wheelin' drug culture of the '60s, before James Dean rebelled for rebellion's sake -- hell, even before rock 'n' roll-- Marlon Brando terrorized Middle America with his motorcycle gang in 1953's The Wild One. The recently deceased don of drama may be known best for his role in The Godfather, but who can forget his immortal challenge to rebel against anything the strait-laced squares threw at him? The Wild One will be shown tonight at Huizenga Plaza (corner of Andrews Avenue and Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale) along with Blackboard Jungle, which features lots of rowdy high schoolers raising Cain in the classroom. Damn that evil rock 'n' roll music! The screenings start at 8 p.m. Call 954-760-9898. --Jason Budjinski

 
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