Cookin' Sounds

Gerber's blues are like poultry, er, poetry

 Thursday 5/29

We've had more than our share of the blues, thank you. One thing we don't ever get enough of, though, is poultry. Yes, turkey, chicken, capons -- baked, broiled, fried, you name it. They make us happy. The same might be said, musically at least, for blues man Alan Gerber. Back in 1969 when he was frontman, songwriter, and keyboardist for Elektra Records artist Rhinoceros (a rock supergroup dreamed up by Paul Rothchild and Frazier Mohawk, who had worked with the Doors and created Buffalo Springfield, respectively), the band's second album boasted the title Satin Chickens. Twenty-five years later Chicago-bred Gerber, now residing in Quebec, where he had a number-one hit in the Seventies, released a solo record dubbed Chicken Walk. It took a quarter of a century for his fondness for fowl to re-emerge, but Gerber has yet to fly the musical coop. The smoking multi-instrumentalist, who has toured with the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Lou Reed, B.B. King, Janis Joplin, and John Lee Hooker, has been performing one-man shows around the world for years. Sometimes he's even accompanied by his own supergroup: recordings he's made of himself playing various instruments. -- By Nina Korman

Alan Gerber performs at 8:00 p.m. at the Main Street Cafe, 128 N Krome Ave, Homestead. Admission is $12. Call 305-245-7575.

Saturday 5/31

Thriller Bee

Art dissects social order

The honeycomb, in this case, is not a hideout. Like a human brain it's an infinitesimal labyrinth that drips idea-driven offerings for all. Argentine sculptor Carolina Sardi's new works on display at ArtCenter/South Florida Gallery (800 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach) are based on the fuzzy insect, symbolizing thoroughly ordered and self-contained societies that worship a queen. Sardi's bee works may be holding a mirror to our consciousness. Sometimes they hover, sometimes they sting, but Sardi's highly patterned works made of steel can be mesmerizing. Her solo exhibit, "Bee," opens at 8:00 p.m. Admission is free. Call 305-674-8278. -- By Juan Carlos Rodriguez

 
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