When you think of freestyling, it's easy to imagine a rapper unleashing his flow over some bass-heavy beats -- not a classically trained vocalist purring over some house tracks. Enter DJ Collette. She grew up in Chicago singing arias, then graduated to the city's bumping house-music scene. She would buy a record one day, play it at a house party that night, and make up lyrics on the spot.
"I still do some improv," Collette says from L.A., where she's lived since 2000, but during her live sets, she also sings songs from her albums. You might recognize her tunes -- and her face -- from the 2004 Motorola ad campaign, which featured her, Paul Van Dyk, and Felix Da Housecat. "I was in the commercial for, like, eight seconds, and for cell phones in Asia, I'm on the screen when you turn them on." Don't worry, though -- she's not leaving music. "I love being in the recording studio for 12 hours straight," she says -- not the TV studio. "I don't think acting's in my future."
Look for Collette where she belongs -- behind the decks and behind the mic -- at Pangaea (5711 Seminole Way, Hollywood) Saturday night. The $20 cover is in effect. Call 954-581-5454. -- Deirdra Funcheon
A Big Ol' Bashment
(That's Caribbean for party)
It's hard to count the exact number of people who have moved from the Caribbean to South Florida in recent years, but when you catch somebody saying "Sak pase?" (Creole for "What's up?") or "Rhaatid!" (Jamaican for "Dang!"), you know they're here. This Saturday, check out all things Haitian, Jamaican, Tobagonian and Trinidadian during the Second Annual Caribbean American Carnival at Bicentennial Park (180 E. 13th St., Riviera Beach). There will be live music, food vendors, and arts and crafts. While you're there, you can do the Jerry Springer -- a dance that looks like you are throwing punches. (If you get confused, jump up and down, and pump your fist, people will ask you if you are trying to do the Tom-Cruise-on-Oprah.) Admission costs $5, and the party lasts from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call 561-667-2108. -- Deirdra Funcheon
Cult cinema invades the dance studio
"That could be my job title," says Caroline Breder-Watts good-naturedly when we call her a film nerd. A few years ago, she and her husband invested in a projection screen and sound system, and during her free time, she compiles movie clips and gives lectures with titles like "Race in Contemporary Cinema." But Breder-Watts has a hip side -- as the mastermind of the Cult Cinema Club. Beginning Friday with a showing of Easy Rider, she'll share her favorite groundbreaking cult films and lead discussions about them. The screening starts at 9 p.m. at Klein Dance Studios (811 Lake Ave., Lake Worth), and the series continues July 15 with Midnight Cowboy. Admission costs $5 per film or $35 for the series. Call 561-596-2335. -- Deirdra Funcheon
Free Ice Cream!
Looks like some pranksters have made their way into the kitchen at Cold Stone Creameries -- and thank goodness they have. Wasabi ginger ice cream and tangerine sorbet doesn't just grow on trees! Get free samples of these flavors, as well as fruity cereal, black licorice, and oatmeal cookie batter, at the company's two Delray Beach stores (110 E. Atlantic Ave. and 1725 S. Federal Hwy.) between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. -- Deirdra Funcheon