No Bare Boobs

Performance artists set gender roles to music

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Like any art form, dance is open to interpretation. So when Veronica Robleto and Brooke Waszak decided to participate in the Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art's (601 Lake Ave., Lake Worth) exhibition "I Feel Mysterious Today," the theme allowed them to keep details about their routine on the down-low. Press materials explain that the ladies' performance is "inspired by the ambiguous times in which we live" and that they plan to examine "the multiplicity of women's roles." Waszak describes their style as "soft" and sometimes "powerful" and the costumes as "low-key." Only a percussionist, violinist, and vocalist will perform accompanying music; and the performance will be held outside on the grass.

Both women work as waitresses in West Palm Beach. But you are more likely to recognize Robleto's name from the local news (she went topless in November to protest the building of a Scripps biotech park on wetlands next to a nature preserve). She said she feels her activism works in tandem with her dance since they both challenge people's ideas of norms and comfort zones. But don't go to the performance looking for a flesh flash. Waszak warns, "We won't be topless." Admission is free, and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Call 561-582-0006, or visit www.palmbeachica.org. -- Riki Altman

AMPed Up

Henry's still hungry

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Few songwriters use the f word to evoke something other than anger or gratuitous irreverence. When Karma-Ann Swanepoel lets fly the four-lettered fricative, it's more subtle and carefully chosen -- like a strong feeling that just couldn't be restrained any longer. The South African transplant fronts the eponymously named Karma, a Miami-based alt-rock band that grew from the ashes of Henry Ate, Swanepoel's former band (which, incidentally, topped the charts of her native country). Karma's 2003 release, Seven Songs, was released on Swanepoel's own label, AMP (Ate Music Productions). The album boasts three singles that topped the South African charts, including the ultracatchy "27 Years," which proves Karma can make a hit even if the video features Swanepoel sitting on a toilet. Karma performs at 9 p.m. Saturday with Lefty Lucy at Alligator Alley (1321 E. Commercial Blvd., Oakland Park). Call 954-771-2220. -- Jason Budjinski

Take a Whiff:

Yale isn't all Skulls and Bones

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Since 1909, the a cappella singing group the Whiffenpoofs, composed of 14 Yale University seniors, has been playing in front of presidents, saints, the Dalai Lama... all the biggies. Their songs range from classic jazz and English folk songs to 1960s Motown. When you look at them, with their white gloves and mostly white faces, reeking of Ivy League privilege, they don't appear Motown. But they do sound good. The 'Poofs will perform their show, "Art and A Cappella," at Florida Atlantic University (777 Glades Rd., Boca Raton) on Saturday. The "Art" part refers to a 12:30 p.m. tour of the "Me, Myself & I" exhibit in FAU's Schmidt Center Gallery. "A Cappella" is at 2 p.m. in the University Theatre. Tickets cost $20. Call 561-297-2977. -- Dave Amber

Just a Theory

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Alternating between spacey, melodic grooves and heavy, stomping dirges, the Jack Theory Trader serves up a prog-rock cocktail of emo, metal, and experimental tunes. Does that make the band a modern-day Pink Floyd? Something like that, yes. The four-piece performs with Rambler and the 3sic7s at the Culture Room (3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale). Show starts at 8 p.m. and costs $5 to $7. Call 954-564-1074. -- Jason Budjinski

 
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