Delray Beach Music and Art Show "Rendezvous" at Beat Cup Cafe

Art, music, and their respective local scenes are ever evolving concepts. You might start out as a freelance photographer shooting events and concerts and then broaden your horizons and start exploring the artsier side of photography. Or, you might start out running a hair salon and then decide, I'd really like to run a fun cafe where my friends can hang out and then get really schizo and decide you'd also like to serve craft beers and host jam nights. 

Alex Markow has worked for New Times photographing concerts for years and recently he's taken up concept photography and DJ-ing. Eric Perna runs the Beat Cup Cafe -- which is attached to the Salon Resta next door. So, the fact that Markow will be heading up the Rendezvous: Art and Music Show Friday night isn't just fitting, it was borderline inevitable.

"It's cool, they have the salon right next door. It's got the artsy, cool, hip vibe to it. They've been getting a really good following. They do drum circles and jam nights. They're just really cool guys. My girlfriend gets her hair cut next door and they actually have some of her art."

It was through his girlfriend, artist Lauren Shapiro that Markow met Perna. He shared one of his DJ mixes with Perna, and the rest is history.

"I've been a photographer for about five years, I shoot for New Times a lot, but I've been getting more into more into art and I've been wanting to do an art show for a while," says Markow. "I feel like Delray has a lot of old art very pop, beachy art but we wanted to show some more contemporary art." And, of course, to show off his new turntable skills alongside Mark Kincaid, ensuring no empty silences. 

"Music-wise we're going to keep things a little more low key. We're gonna play some soul, then later on some indie dance and then Jonny Monsoon, he'll be going on at midnight. He's a rapper."

In addition to photo prints from Markow of both his concept art like this piece titled, Sitting on Time...

There will be plenty of art from other artists including Alan StewartUzma ShareefSara Henick, and, of course, Lauren Shapiro who creates ceramic sculptures. All of the art on display will be for sale, giving you a great opportunity to buy for kooky aunt a unique holiday present.

Local t-shirt company Barbarica will be on hand provided one-of-a-kind wearable creations and there will be art, so much art. 

Rendezvous runs from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., Beat Cup Cafe, 660 Linton Blvd., Delray Beach. $5 cover and two for one drafts until 10 p.m. For more information, check out the Facebook event page

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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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