This Week's Day-by-Day Picks
When You Got Served came out last year, the aim was to further legitimize the art of urban-style, hip-hop dance. Naturally, the film was more successful in proving how inept Hollywood is at portraying street culture. So it's a good thing there are guys like Rennie Harris out there to show off the good dance moves without all the bad acting. Thirteen years ago, the Philadelphia-born choreographer founded his own dance company, Rennie Harris Puremovement, as a means of promoting urban dance in the only appropriate setting on the live stage. Think Bob Fosse meets Poppin' Pete. Rennie Harris Puremovement performs tonight through Saturday at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (801 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach). Tickets cost $30. Call 561-833-8300, or visit www.kravis.org. (JB)
Events for the week of December 8, 2005.
The road to the free-living paradise of Baba's Mountain isn't navigable in the geographical sense. It's more of a journey to the center of the mind, and the Apes are here to escort you. The eclectic prog-rockers may live in Washington, D.C., but the mountain is their home. It's also the name of their latest album, which serves as a psych-fueled trip through a magical land they call home where there are no oppressive parental figures and all "village youth" are welcome (that includes "harelips, freaks, trolls, him-shims, basement-dwellers, and wormdicks"). It probably goes without saying that a live Apes performance is a spectacle to behold. Tonight is no exception, as the rockin' simians join labelmates Modey Lemon at Churchill's Pub (5501 NE Second Ave., Miami). Opening are Down Home Southernaires, Remnants, Creepy T's, Arsonist, Citizen Contact, Entropy, and, finally, the Fabulous Shuttle Lounge. Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission costs $6. Call 305-757-1807. (JB)
The cool thing about Hurricane Wilma hitting in late October is that she made Halloween last for more than one day. With all the events that had to be rescheduled, we got to enjoy costume contests in November. We got to have pumpkin pie on Veteran's Day. And we're still eating the candy that trick-or-treaters failed to collect. The joy extends into December, with Moonfest the annual blitz on West Palm Beach's Clematis Street (between the 100 and 400 blocks) reset for tonight. The party might be tardy, but it still rocks, as 30 bands take the multiple stages. Performers include lovable freaks the Creepy T's, resident hottie/soul-bearer John Ralston, surf band Hit$how, unapologetic rock gods Spider to the Fly, and the freakin' hot Freakin' Hott. The street also has a midway with rides, games, food, drink, and damn, you're getting mileage out of that outfit this year a costume contest. It's free. Call 561-659-5980, or visit www.moonfest.org. (DF)
Stop the immigrants! They'll steal our jobs! They'll burden our welfare system! They'll eat our babies! To cries like that, we say "Pshaw!" The real reason that Americans don't want any foreigners coming in is this: When the guys who invented holidays like Junkanoo and Carnival come to town toting coolers of Red Stripe, they make our little "dinner parties" and our "karaoke nights" look pretty weak. Well, prepare to look even sadder or take a lesson. Today, while most South Floridians pilot their Lexuses from the mall to the air-conditioned condo (America's Funniest Home Videos is on at 7!) , some of Jamaica's finest storm the shores. The "Miami Extra Loaded" event features performances by Beenie Man ("King of the Dancehall"), the legendary Buju Banton, T-Pain ("I'm Sprung"), Capleton, and T.O.K. (whose song "Footprints" is a hit on BET and radio). Even the B-list selectors are hot: Supa Twitch, Black Chiney, Richie Pooh, and more. The concert thumps at the Bayside Hut (3501 Rickenbacker Cswy., Key Biscayne) starting at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $25. Call 954-822-3952, or visit www.partyspree.com. (DF)
He doesn't want to be lonely no more. He doesn't want to have to pay for this. He doesn't want to know the lover at his door. It's just another heartache on his list. Rob Thomas just wants to play his gig at the Hard Rock Live (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood) the one that was rescheduled due to Hurricane Wilma. That'll wrap up his North American solo tour. Then the former Matchbox Twenty singer, who got his start in Orlando, wants to return to his big house in New York, resume banging his model wife, grow out his Brad Pitt-looking haircut, rejoin his original band, and make another gazillion dollars or 8. It certainly doesn't suck to be him. The show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets cost $35 to $60. (DF)
We don't know why, in folklore, princes are always riding their horses through the woods, bears are always eating porridge, trolls are always chilling under bridges, and frogs are always playing the banjo while sitting in canoes under the moonlight. But there is something so darned right about those images. Tonight, make like Kermit and get to the Moonlight Paddle Tour at West Lake Park (751 Sheridan St., Hollywood). It lasts from 5 to 7 p.m. and coincides with an awfully bright piece of cheese floating in the sky. Cost: $15, banjo not included. Reservations are required; call 954-926-2480. (DF)
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