Visual art fellowships are much sought-after prizes for local artists because, you know, money and art don't often appear in the same sentence. But for the artists in Florida Atlantic University's "2005/2006 Biennial Faculty Art Exhibition," winning the South Florida Cultural Consortium made their coffers a little fuller -- and their talent duly recognized. Featuring works by Geoffrey Thomas, Amy Broderick, Blane de St. Croix, Carol Prusa, and Tammy Knipp, the exhibit ranges from traditional painting and sculpture to video and graphic design. The digital landscapes of Thomas' Storybeat show off his skills as a computer programmer and graphic artist. Imagine a more sophisticated iPod commercial, and you get the idea. An opening reception is held at 7 tonight at the Ritter Art Gallery (Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Rd., Boca Raton). The exhibit runs through October 22. Call 561-297-2966. (JB)
Biennial Faculty Art Exhibition
The temperature in the Mojave Desert regularly tops 120 degrees and can sink to the single digits. So there's some definite metaphorical action underway when a wandering rodeo cowboy and his estranged lover meet in a seedy hotel on the Mojave's edge. The outlaw man has a fire in his chaps and the girl longs to get it on, too, gosh-dangit... but despite the simmering sense of impending hanky-panky, the two have some grade-A issues to sort out. Secrets, betrayal, family dysfunction, flashbacks, yelling, frigid stares, and some hot, hot heat create a combustible mix. Will these characters ever get down to some sexual healing? Or does every rose indeed have its thorn? Sam Shepard wrote the play Fool for Love shortly after leaving his wife for actress Jessica Lange. With juicy parts for hungry young actors, it's a perfect inaugural production for the Take Heed Theater Company, a brand-new professional troupe. Catch the show in the Stage West Theater at Palm Beach Community College (4200 Congress Ave., Lake Worth). Tickets cost $22.50 to $25; performances take place Thursday through Saturday, both this weekend and next. Call 561-868-3309, or visit www.takeheedtheater.com. (DF)
A surprising number of cynics have poked fun at Dave Matthews and other celebrity do-gooders for holding hurricane relief concerts, wondering why anyone would want to pay the middle man when we can just as easily donate directly. Well, Ebenezer, the point is that it's money you'd be spending on entertainment anyway -- like tonight's Fushu Daiko performance at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens (4000 Morikami Park Rd., Delray Beach). For the uninitiated, Fushu Daiko means "Florida's big drum," and drums don't come any bigger than the giant barrels these guys bang on. Speaking of bang, tonight's festivities conclude with a fireworks finale at 9:30. Proceeds from the admission are donated to the American Red Cross, as are a portion of sales from the museum's store and café. Dinner and cocktails begin at 5:15 p.m. Tickets start at $40. Call 561-495-0233. (JB)
You know him as J-Lo's husband. He knows you as one of the four billion dudes who's jealous of that. Yeah, Marc Anthony doesn't have any problems in the self-confidence department. Before he got with the owner of the world's most famous rear end, he was already wanted by every little lovely in Latin America. Tonight, he'll show you how he attracted all the honeys -- with passionate love songs, salsa beats, and some hip movements that would make Ricky Martin weep. Anthony is joined by Puerto Rico's Chayanne and Mexico's Alejandro Fernández. "Collectively," say press materials for the tour, "they have more than l00 platinum and gold albums and l0+ number-one singles to their name. All have acting careers and each of the three heartthrobs has been named to People magazine's 'Most Beautiful' list." (Chayanne was the proud recipient of various women's undergarments when the tour opened in Houston.) Find out what 40 million Latinos have known for years: these dudes have some pipes. Shows are scheduled for Saturday and tonight at American Airlines Arena (601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $38 to $123. Visit www.ticketmaster.com. (DF)
If the stage calls you, then tonight is your night, as the Gated Community improv comedy troupe holds auditions. The cattle call asks for "experienced to semi-experienced improvisers only," but if you're good, you should be able to improvise having some experience. Trek up to the Atlantic Theater (6743 W. Indiantown Rd., #34, Jupiter) at 6:30 p.m. Call 561-575-3271, or visit www.gcimprov.com. (DF)
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Bob Dylan... Bob Dylan... Where do we know that name? Oh, yes, the late Bob Dylan played Gilligan on Gilligan's Island. Ha ha -- we're just joshin' you! Yes, Dylan is the only rock star besides Prince to have maintained his dignity and resisted calls from producers of the Surreal Life. You almost wish Dylan would have choked on his own vomit back in the day so he didn't have to endure this era of reality TV and boy bands. Why hasn't he gone along with Jim Morrison and Elvis? (They're alive and traipsing around in Africa, you know.) Maybe he'll explain himself in the new documentary by Martin Scorcese, No Direction Home. In the film, the normally reclusive Dylan gives his first lengthy interview in years. The biography opens in big theaters next week, but get a preview tonight at 7 p.m. in the Duncan Theatre at Palm Beach Community College (4200 Congress Ave., Lake Worth). Warning: It's three hours and 40 minutes long. It's free. Call 561-868-3314. (DF)
What is an inspired artist and nature-lover to do when, as Joni Mitchell once sang, "They paved paradise and put up a parking lot"? Well, if you're like local artist Greg Little, you can make like Steve Winwood and just "roll with it, baby." That's the idea behind the paintings in "In the Moment: Plein Air Paintings by Greg Little," currently on display at the Broward Art Guild (530 NE 13th St., Fort Lauderdale). As a plein air painter, Little works outside, rather than in some stuffy studio. And as Little writes, "Painting en plein air allows us to find beauty in unexpected places -- often in the mist and shadows of the rapid and crowded development of our environment." And you thought your neighbor's yard was an eyesore. Through September 30. Call 954-523-4824. (JB)