Perpetual Motion

Some like it raw

 TUE 8/31

Weeknights in downtown Hollywood aren't exactly your quiet, dinner-and-a-movie-and-off-to-bed-early evenings out. Not since Club Sonar's been hoppin' throughout the week. Tuesdays certainly don't provide a break in the cycle of weeklong partying -- the Rawcycle, as it were. Rawcycle is sponsored by Are&Are World United, which bills the event as a "360-degree rotation of live entertainment." That means nonstop action in the form of live bands, DJs, poets, MCs, b-boys, video projections, and artwork. The entertainment lineup changes every week, as Sonar brings in staples like Brendan O'Hara and the Humble Ones, Heather Normandale, Nacho, Raffa Jo, and poets Rafael Cubela and Roly Daniel. So what kind of music can you expect? "It is a variety of styles on multiple stages -- a flowing evening of art," Are&Are's Annemaria Rajala says. "As soon as one act is over, the spotlight changes to another stage, and something completely different occurs. The style is raw and authentic." So whether you're into dancing the robot or reading Allen Ginsberg, Rawcycle's got it goin' on. Plan a break ahead of time; there's no intermission. Rawcycle takes place tonight at 10 at Club Sonar (2006 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood). Call 954-920-8777. --Jason Budjinski

Bon Jour

There's no dead air at Rawcycle.
Mike Gorman
There's no dead air at Rawcycle.
Rhythm?  What's that?
Mike Gorman
Rhythm? What's that?
Shh! I'm trying to dance here!
Shh! I'm trying to dance here!

Japanese festival returns

SAT 8/28

With Hurricane Charley threatening to strike South Florida, you decided to cancel clubbing for the night, skip the porn convention that was in town, and stay in to play Scrabble -- only to get stuck with a dry, pleasant, and utterly wasted summer evening. Don't feel bad; you weren't the only one duped. The Morikami Museum (4000 Morikami Park Rd., Delray Beach) canceled its elaborate Bon Festival. But staff members were expecting 8,000 visitors, so who can blame them? Good news: The festival, which is held to thank departed ancestors for the quality of life enjoyed by the living, has been rescheduled for Saturday evening. It features a street fair and taiko drumming. At sunset, the park's pond will be filled with hundreds of glowing lanterns, followed by fireworks at dark. The event lasts from 5 to 9 p.m., and it costs $10 for adults, $5 for children. Call 561-495-0233, or visit www.morikami.org. --Deirdra Funcheon

Funky Chicken Allowed

Anything goes at the Trance Dance

SAT 8/28

You know that dance you do when you're all alone and you know no one is looking. Maybe it's in the kitchen in your best slippery socks, accompanied by a broomstick and the blare of the classic rock station. Or it's that odd, freeing moment of nakedness just before you jump into the shower that makes you want to shake your stuff. Well, let out the inner dancer and set it free with Trance Dance. Try your hand at this "rhythmic exploration of body and soul" with Gaia Budhai at Red Pearl Yoga this Saturday. Live drumming helps with this experimental dance. While you're working on a higher level of consciousness, there's no time to worry about keeping up with timing or the occasional offbeat handclap. The more inexperienced the dancer, the better. The class is $20 and is from 7:30 to 10 p.m. RPY is located at 918 NE 20th Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-828-1651. --Terra Sullivan

Dancing -- in the Library?

SAT 8/28

Yes, it's true. Closing out a monthlong celebration of all things Cuban, the library throws a party. Dance troupe Ife-Ile bids farewell with its number "Splendors of Cuba." It's a mix of traditional Afro-Cuban dance and vibrant costumes accompanied by island rhythms and infectious beats played live on traditional and classical instruments. The performance is rumored to be a bit contagious, so audience participation could be unavoidable. Bring your dancing shoes to the Broward County Main Library (100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale) at 7 p.m. Saturday. -- Terra Sullivan

 
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