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Donning costumes designed by the ghost of Freddie Mercury, the L.A.-based artist collective My Barbarian seems about as far away from a group of art school hipsters as one can get. How many tortured MFA grads do you know who would have the gall to get on stage wearing a rhinoceros horn dance belt or a giant crown shaped like a Canadian maple leaf?

There’s a reason why My Barbarian was included in Artforum Magazine’s infamous Top Ten list in 2008. Their strange combination of ’70s-era fantasia and biting cultural satire stands in stark contrast to all those ironic neon signs, though their combination song-and-dance routines are definitely something that might fly right over the heads of the mainstream. Here’s some advice if you’re into art: resist watching videos of their performances online and just show up to the Museum of Contemporary Art for this Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. show, the first big event in the four-month long “Convention” exhibition. Sometimes it’s better to be initiated on the spot. The show’s free once you’ve bought your $5 admission to the museum; just show up at 770 NE 125 St. in North Miami. Call 305-893-6211, or visit
Sat., May 30, 7:30 p.m., 2009

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