The song of the modern-day siren is equally beautiful and seductive as it was in Homer's Odyssey but not so explicitly deadly, which is nice. For some reason back then, these gals got a kick out of using their seductive voices to lure sailors toward the rocky shores of their island -- and, ultimately, to their demise. Had some sailors really pissed them off at some point, leaving them eternally vengeful? Who knows. We do know how Odysseus escaped, though. He had his sailors plug their ears and tie him to the mast with his ears unplugged. That way, he would get to hear the music and survive, since the folks who were steering the ship would be oblivious to the sounds beckoning them to "come hither." If you're courageous enough to expose your ears like Odysseus to the sounds of the modern sirens, steer your ship toward the Monterey Club (2608 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale) on Friday for Sirens and Strings: An Acou-chix Experience that will feature several local, female singer/songwriters, poets, and comedians. Among those who will be luring you toward their shores will be songbirds Serena Stroppa, Sarah Walker, Inez Barlatier, Andreina Kasper, Amy Shaw, Emily Sheila, Sophie Sputnik, and Omayra "Omi" Torres; spoken-word poet Rebecca "Butterfly" Vaughns; and comedians Jennifer Hellman and Rhett Thompson. The show begins at 8 p.m., and there will be a suggested donation of $5 at the door. Call 954-673-5124, or visit conundrumstages.net.
Fri., Sept. 30, 8 p.m., 2011