Seeing Red

Red Grooms' "Human Comedy" comes to the Norton

SAT 5/24

"The Human Comedy" is the aptly chosen title of the upcoming Red Grooms exhibition at the Norton Museum of Art (1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach). In case you were absent that day, Red Grooms is one of the most celebrated portrait artists of our time, and he has made quite an impact on the contemporary art world with his distinct, dynamic, and often outrageous looking-glass reflection of our culture and daily lives. Grooms uses a wide variety of media and subjects, which can result in anything from three-dimensional renditions of Elvis Presley and Pablo Picasso or room-sized installations of subway cars to small, singular sketches of his own loved ones. The works individually encompass the charm and abandon of a child's painting with all the skill, sophistication, and wit of a master. The exhibition as a whole is an eye-opening blend of amusement, esprit, and irony that has a little something for everyone. "The Human Comedy" is the first ever Grooms exhibition to be wholly devoted to portraiture; it showcases 65 works from the mid-1950s to the present, including drawings, prints, watercolors, and paintings, along with his ubiquitous multimedia constructions. This exhibition runs until August 24. Call 561-832-5196. -- Alexis Berkowitz

SAT 5/24

I Just Wanna Dance!
Shake it, don't break it

Ever catch a Missy Elliot video on the telly and think to yourself, "Hey, I'd like to remove my rear from the couch and break it down like that"? Well, aspiring background dancer, here's your window of opportunity. Famed hip-hop choreographer and renowned rumpshaker Kehynde Hill offers his services free of charge to you. Once the choreographer for Miami Sol's "Sol Patrol" dance team, Hill has mentored professional dancers across the country. Forget The Grind with Real World has-been Eric Nies. Hill's no-pressure teaching environment and progressive dance routines will have you gyrating those hips in no time. Dream to be in a P. Diddy video one day? Get thee to the Sadkin Community Center, 1176 NW 42nd Way, Lauderhill. Classes begin at 11:30 a.m. Ages 13 and older with all levels of experience welcome. Call 954-321-2450 for more information. -- Kiran Aditham

THU 5/22

Smells Like American Spirit
Armory Art Center shows its 'True Colors'

Just when you thought all of the post-9/11 tribute exhibitions were over, Armory Art Center (1703 Lake Ave., Lake Worth) springs one last surprise on an unsuspecting yet feverishly patriotic public. Many of the names included in "True Colors: Meditations on the American Spirit" are certainly ones the art-appreciating public may be familiar with: John Alexander, Herb Alpert, Red Grooms, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jamie Wyeth all have pieces in the exhibition, which opens Thursday and continues through August 2. Although some works are only obliquely related to the terrorist attack, others, such as Bruce Davidson's photo of the World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty, are a direct reminder of a moment that changed American history. Call 561-832-1776. -- Dan Sweeney

THU 5/22

Free Smoothie!

Get' em while they're smooth! Why not get a big, frosty smoothie instead of getting tanked at the campus bar? In an effort to help the American Cancer Society, Jamba Juice (University Commons, 1400 Glades Rd., Bay 160, Boca Raton) serves up free 24-ounce smoothies from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Thursday. Jamba Juice's freshly made fruit smoothies are among the most delicious healthy snacks available, but let's be honest -- they had us at "free." Call 561-620-8895. -- Dan Sweeney

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