Thursday, July 23
Unless you were doing a social media cleanse the week of June 26, you probably noticed something significant that happened online in the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage. Suddenly, even the people on the periphery of your Facebook friends' list who had once held some pretty stodgy beliefs about love and marriage seemingly all at once had rainbow overlays on their profile pictures as they gleefully shared some of the more harebrained bits of Antonin Scalia's dissent with the hashtag #lovewins. The groundswell of social media support was undeniable.
At ActivistaArtistA Gallery, that hashtag, as well as a celebration of same-sex marriage, is the inspiration for the exhibit "#LoveWinsExhibition." As to what art lovers can expect during Thursday's opening, gallery owner Rolando Chang Barrero says it will be three-fold: "A community coming together to celebrate a monumental shift in America... an exhibition of paintings, videos, and sculpture that celebrated love, unity, and freedom, and an evening shared by artists, patrons, friends, and family to relish a truism. #LoveWins every single time." In addition to the fine art, photos sent through an Instagram call for submissions using the hashtag #LoveWinsExhibition will also be shown. Participating artists include Durga Garcia, Philip Ross Munro, Ali Miranda, Fabrizio, Craig McInnis, Erin Fromkes, David Rohn, Niki Lopez, Uta Brauser, and famed drag performer Adora.
The free opening reception with live performances by Stephen Minotti, Joseph Liberalli, Mike Thomas, and Tequila Mockingbird runs from 6 to 10 p.m. at ActivistArtista Gallery, Boynton Beach Art District, at 422 W. Industrial Ave., Boynton Beach. Visit activistartista.com, or call 786-521-1199.
Daphne du Maurier's 1952 novelette, The Birds, is likely as beloved by the Audubon Society as Jaws is by the Shark Conservation Society — which is to say, not much. Our feathered friends don't enjoy the most positive PR in this horror classic about kamikaze birds swooping, cawing, clawing, pecking, maiming, and otherwise terrifying a small farming community. By the time Alfred Hitchcock filmed the story, filtering it through his own neuroses and obsessions, 11 years later, it was enough to make you fear a casual stroll through a park. But years before Hitch adapted the tale, Lux Radio Theater explored this ornithological nightmare as a radio play powered by dramatic voices, primitive sound effects, and the darkest recesses of our imagination. There's no blond interloper in this version; it's initially just a farmer and his housemates — "wife, daughter, mother-in-law, and one yellow canary" — who are forced to play defense when nature strikes from above. As part of its ongoing Radio Theater series, South Florida's Arts Radio Network will present a live stage version of this Lux classic, complete with handmade sound effects, old-timey microphones, and some of our region's best professional actors bringing the carnage to life.
The Birds will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Arts Garage, located at 180 NE First St. in Delray Beach. Tickets cost $20 to $30. Call 561-540-6357, or visit artsgarage.org.
Friday, July 24
After winning a slew of awards at European and major U.S. film festivals — including three prizes at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival — The Tribe, a film featuring a cast of hearing-impaired teenagers playing characters caught up in the harrowing world of the deaf mafia of Kiev, finally arrives in South Florida for a theatrical run. The Tribe is challenging cinema; it has no subtitles, and the actors speak no words beyond the use of Ukrainian sign language. Miroslav Slaboshpitsky, the film's director/writer, says he was inspired by the purest kind of cinematic storytelling. "It's an homage to the silent film," he explains from Kiev via Skype.
The film follows Sergey (Grigoriy Fesenko) as he enters a deaf boarding school. A group of troublemakers draws him into its circle to work for the deaf mafia (it's a real thing, says Slaboshpitsky, a former crime reporter in the Ukraine). He goes from committing petty theft to pimping his female classmates at a truck stop. Conflict arises when he falls in love with one of the girls, Anya (Yana Novikova). There's never been a film like this; it's unique not only in its subject but also in its storytelling.
Most important, The Tribe harnesses the power of deaf actors like no other movie has. If anyone doubts whether a film like this could be understood by people who do not speak sign language, Novikova offers, "Wherever we showed the film, viewers who hear all understood. Of course, when deaf audiences see it, they pay attention to the gestures, to what the characters say with their hands. But that's not the signed dialogue. That is the emotions, because deaf foreigners who don't understand international sign are like hearing audiences forced to understand it from the emotions. When Miroslav explained to us what he needed us to do, he emphasized that the main thing was what emotions we give. If we forgot a word, he did not want us to worry — the main thing was to show emotion... Because of that, The Tribe is truly a film for everyone."
The Tribe opens at 1:45 p.m. Friday at Cinema Paradiso Hollywood, 2008 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood. Call 954-525-3456, or visit fliff.com.
Saturday, July 25
Anniversaries are best served with booze. Traditionally, it's bubbly that gets the festivities started. But that doesn't mean it has to be champagne. A nice brew will most certainly do the trick. For a soiree commemorating the one-year mark for a purveyor of craft beer, definitely lots and lots of carbonated adult beverages are in order. This Saturday, Fort Lauderdale's LauderAle will celebrate its first major milestone with a massive blowout. The 1,500-square-foot taproom, constructed from natural and upcycled materials, is being converted into a lively party hall for LauderAle's First Anniversary Party. The all-day event will feature food trucks (tacos and frito pies from Mavericks VW as well as hot dogs and sammies from Dawgs & Witches), live music by Dirt Poor Millionaire, special beer releases, and tours to learn the history of the brewery. Expect to see the old reliables, from blonds to imperial stouts, such as Immigration IPA, Heisenberg, Sizzler, and others. And throughout the day, there will be opportunities to join the Mug Club.
The festivities run from noon till midnight. Admission is free. Individual brews will be available for purchase. LauderAle is located at 3305 SE 14th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-653-9711, or visit lauderale.co.
You want to help the community, but frankly, trash cleanups in the blistering-hot sun just aren't your thing. For the alcoholic philanthropist in all of us, there is a solution: the Delray Bus Loop. The famous pub crawl allows guests to get one free drink or appetizer at each bar with admission from 6 to 11 p.m. this Saturday. Thirteen venues will participate, including Apeiro Kitchen & Bar, the Grind, Olive Tap, Smoke, Mastino's, and Vintage Tap. Free trolleys will run until midnight every 15 minutes on the Bus Loop route. Be sure to board only the trolleys with a "bus loop" sign on them. Early birds get $30 tickets if they buy online at busloop.org, as opposed to $35 at the door, and proceeds will benefit the Delray Center for the Arts. Admission is free for designated drivers and volunteers; those interested should contact Leanne Griffith at [email protected].
Check-in will be at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts and Delray MarketPlace, located at 51 N. Swinton Ave. in the Crest Theatre lobby. Guests can also check in at Shula Burger, located at 14917 Lyons Road, #114. Whether you volunteer or drink, one thing is certain — you'll do some good in the South Florida community on a Saturday night. Be proud.
You consider yourself a beer connoisseur, but you are also a human who has no desire to stand outside in the stifling heat for hours on end. Luckily, you sophisticated beer drinker, there is this Saturday's Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest, and all of it will take place indoors with plenty of A/C. Beginning at 1 p.m., you can enjoy live music (in the A/C) while sampling local and national brews (in the A/C). More than 150 craft beers will be available, so even you, the most selective beer drinker, can find something to sip (in the A/C). Featured brewers include Cigar City Brewing, Blond Ale Face, Abita, Inlet, and Rekorderlig Cider. No need to bring paper fans or a kiddie pool to the South Florida Fairgrounds, located at 9067 Southern Blvd. in West Palm Beach. Did we mention the air conditioning?
The event ends at 5 p.m., totaling four hours of delicious, ice-cold beer drinking. Advanced general-admission tickets cost $40 per person via palmbeachsummerbeerfest.com. You must be at least 21 years old, so don't even think about sneaking in your younger sibling. Besides, you want all the good beer for yourself anyway.
Keeping it bleary-eyed for ten eclectic years, ArtServe's annual Red Eye extravaganza this Saturday will celebrate a decade of local artist cultivation with arguably its strongest program ever. The organizers of the art incubator's most important fundraiser call this year's event a "Warholian art-tastic happening," an accurate description considering its honored guest is the legendary New York City graffiti artist and Def Jam Recordings creative director Cey Adams.
Adams will bring to Red Eye his latest series, Trusted Brands. This series of 24-by-24-inch handmade collages will, in true Warhol fashion, visualize some of the cherished brands of Adams' youth — Pepsi-Cola, KFC, Hot Wheels — made from art catalogs and pieces lifted from actual Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring works. Keeping with this NYC street art theme, Red Eye's film programming includes Basquiat: The Radiant Child, a cinéma vérité documentary about the troubled master, directed by Tamra Davis and featuring Adams, who will answer questions after the screening. The neo-soul folk trio Bluejay, recently named Best Band by Miami New Times, will headline the event's music lineup, and ten local artists will join Adams for live painting sessions. As always, there will also be a spoken-word room, three food trucks, an ice-cream truck, and a catered VIP lounge.
Red Eye runs from 6 to 10 p.m. at ArtServe, located at 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $15 at the door, and $75 for the VIP. Call 954-462-8190, or visit artserve.org.For more events, visit our online calendar or pick up the print edition of the New Times Broward-Palm Beach every Thursday. To submit an event, use our online form.
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