Animal Magnetism

Primal instincts re-examined

 SAT 10/11

The always-edgy minds at GableStage may have outdone themselves this time. Edward Albee's The Goat or Who is Sylvia? is the shockingly amusing tale of an architect named Martin (Bob Rogerson) whose happy life, complete with loving wife and gay teenage son, is changed by the admission that he is in love with a goat -- intimately in love, that is. It's enough to make even the mythical chupacabra blush and the least we can expect from the playwright famous for penning Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and other scandalous favorites. Laura Turnbull, Stephen S. Neal, and Ryan Capiro also star. The Goat, which won several "best new play" awards (Tony, N.Y. Drama Critics Circle, Drama Desk, and Outer Critic's Circle) last year and is recommended for mature audiences, runs through Sunday, November 9. Showtimes are 8:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. on Sundays at the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. Tickets cost $35. Call 305-445-1119, or visit www.gablestage.org. -- By Margaret Griffis

Susan Wilson

SAT 10/11

A Master's Memorial

Latin music as we know it would likely have an entirely different sound if it weren't for the King of the Mambo, timbales master Tito Puente. Only the death of Celia Cruz could rival the impact of his death last year. Though small in stature, Puente was a giant. Tonight a host of Latin music stars including Ednita Nazario, Domingo Quiñones, Sheila E., and Richie Ray unite to perform Viva Puente, The Tribute, a memorial review of el maestro's music. Hosted by Six Feet Under star Freddy Rodriguez, the event starts at 8:00 at the Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Ave. Tickets range from $30 to $100. Call 305-358-5885. -- By Juan Carlos Rodriguez

WED 10/15

Sweet & Divine

South African harmonies ring universal

For those who fell in love with the Indestructible Beat of Soweto compilations, Paul Simon's Graceland, or The Lion King soundtrack, the Mahotella Queens are a rare treat. During the 1960s these three revolutionary singers, along with Simon Nkabinde Mahlathini and the Makgona Tsothle Band, created the mbaqanga style. South African music went on to seamlessly merge with jazz and R&B to create a funky, modern pop that typified anti-apartheid sentiments. Tonight's concert shows how some of the most life-affirming music can come out of the direst of circumstances. The Queens sing at 7:30 p.m. at the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $30. Call 954-462-0222. -- By Margaret Griffis

SAT 10/11

Care to Dance?

It's hard to say who will be the performer and who will be the audience when Berlin's edgy dance company Cie Felix Ruckert performs its experimental piece, Deluxe Joy Pilot, for the premiere of Miami Light Project's fifteenth season. The troupe's signature style tends to blur the lines between spectator and participant. In fact the dances could well be described as happenings, where there are no boundaries and audience members are invited to release their inhibitions by contributing to the piece. Aside from the customary rows of chairs, the audience will be invited to lounge on beds and inflatable club chairs. There the dancers will likely approach for some interplay. As a result each performance is unique. In fact the company is happy to be considered a dance laboratory that's ready for anything. The performance starts at 8:00 p.m. at the Miami City Ballet Studio Theater, 2200 Liberty Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets range from $12 to $25. Call 305-576-4350. -- By Juan Carlos Rodriguez

SAT 10/11

In Tune

Big-voiced babe Angela Bofill jazzes up Miami

Imagine having megavocalist Patti Austin as your background singer. That's what soulful jazz chanteuse Angela Bofill ("Too Tough") experienced on her 1978 GRP release, Angie. She also scored a couple of minor hits and garnered a reputation as one of the best urban balladeers. Although hitless for most of the '90s, Bofill hadn't stopped singing. In 2001 she worked on Austin's Very Best Of CD. Tonight at 7:00, she'll croon just for you at the Hyatt Regency Hotel (400 SE 2nd Ave.) during a benefit dinner for the New Horizons Community Mental Health Center. Tickets cost $100. Call 954-442-0082. -- By Nina Korman

THUR 10/9

Wonder Twin Power

Twins. Biological wonders that inspire curiosity or existential freaks? When you really think about identical twins, especially those who look eerily alike, such as folksingers Chris and Meredith Thompson, you begin to question the concept of identity. How does one really know which one is which? One day Chris wakes up as Meredith, and Meredith uses Chris's toothbrush. If they swap names do they, in a sense, morph into a third unnamed entity? Do they even know who is whom? Diane Arbus must have trudged this train of thought upon snapping her famously freakish photograph of identical twin sisters in matching velvet dresses. Tonight the Thompson twins spark deep thoughts in harmony as they take the stage at Main Street Cafe (128 N. Krome Ave., Homestead). The show starts at 8:00. Tickets cost $10. Call 305-245-7575. -- By Juan Carlos Rodriguez

 
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