Everyone's got his own way of finding release after a long week's work. Most of the time, it comes in 12-ounce bottles. However, getting wasted every week won't always cut it. Sometimes you need to refresh your senses, not totally and utterly annihilate them. That's why there are events such as "Past Present Future" at Lumonics Light Museum (3017 NW 60th St., Fort Lauderdale), where you can go to forget the mind-numbing world of work without having to reach for aspirin or the toilet the next morning.
The Lumonics Light Museum features a light and sound theater, art studio, and music/video production studio. Venturing through the place, you'll become completely enshrouded in a world of sensory delight as the sounds and sights of this astonishing multimedia art form gradually take control of your consciousness.
Barry Raphael, Lumonics' publicity director, says the concept for "Past Present Future" involves just what the name suggests, drawing on the old and the new. "It will involve great music from the past and present and include as many different genres as we can dig into," Raphael notes. "It is designed to relax and energize at the same time. The whole room will be turned into light."
Lumonics cofounder Dorothy Tanner and associate Marc Billard start the night off with an extended light and sound performance, followed by eclectic sounds spun by DJ B-Ray, whose set will include world, electronic, dance, jazz, pop, blues, psychedelic, and folk rock. In addition, award-winning poet Alonso makes a guest appearance, reading select poems between the tunes.
Lumonics has operated in Fort Lauderdale since 1987 and has been around for more than 30 years. Created in Miami, Lumonics was set up in California and New England before Tanner and Billard settled on its current home. Check out "Past Present Future" at 8 p.m. Admission is $15. Call 954-979-3161, or visit www.lumonics.net/reservation.htm. -- Jason Budjinski
Tune in, tune out
Remember the days when people gathered around the fire and listened to the radio? Well, you might not personally remember, but if you've seen a Norman Rockwell painting, you get the idea. In "Radio Days," the Minneapolis-based group Five by Design (there's five of them, get it?) performs this bit of 1940s song-and-dance nostalgia that draws largely on radio, music, and the Zeitgeist of the World War II era. As the primary source of media information, the radio blasted a soundtrack to everyday life: big bands, swing, children's programming, soap operas, Westerns, game shows, commercials, and patriotic fervor. Five by Design re-creates this slice of American life with vintage costumes and musical numbers such as "Sentimental Journey" and "Chattanooga Choo-Choo." Transport yourself back to the days of the Lone Ranger and Ovaltine, to a time when crowding around the radio was something people looked forward to. "Radio Days" takes place at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood. Tickets cost $25 for individuals, $22 for members. Shows run at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Call 954-921-3274. -- Audra Schroeder
Into Der Bunker
Another underground attempt by the new art space on the block
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Just when you thought it was safe to say the underground art scene in Broward County was completely, utterly eradicated, along came Der Bunker (203 SW Fifth St., Fort Lauderdale). Situated in a warehouse space similar to defunct underground art gallery Lalush, Der Bunker has little but enthusiasm and determination going for it. And there's a whole lot going against it. Consider these two facts: (1) under-the-radar galleries have disappeared in droves in Fort Lauderdale, and (2) even on a mild night, the temperature in Der Bunker feels somewhere between Mojave and boiling point. But on the plus side, Petit Mal, the art experience from 8 to 11 p.m. at Der Bunker, features free beer. Well, free after your $3 admission anyway -- also, last time, the place ran out of brewski PDQ, so get there early. While you're pounding back the beverages, check out the interactive art and soundscapes on display. Call 954-675-3075. -- Dan Sweeney
Flicks on the Rise
As part of its latest exhibit, "Japan: Rising," the Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art (601 Lake Ave., Lake Worth) presents a series of short and feature films by Japanese directors. The films screen outside on a PBICA wall on South "L" Street. The series began two weeks ago with Superhuman Flights of Submoronic Fancies, a short piece by Janice Tanaka that pondered human existence, self-definition, and all those other postmodern quandaries; and the feature film Love Letter, Iwai Shunji's testimony to friendship and love. This week, the series returns with the short film Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, also by Tanaka. The director returns to her usual metaphorical images and postmodern musings as she points out the creative and destructive nature of human beings. This week's feature film is the U.S. premiere of In Search of a Lost Writer. Directed by Sachi Hamano, the film recalls the life of female Japanese writer Ozaki Midori. Admission is free. Call 561-582-0006. -- Dan Sweeney