Gen Art is known for its amazing film screenings, inspiring fashion shows, and fabulous afterparties. Now the culture-promoting organization is delving into the live-music action. Its latest program, Exposed, promises to get Miami rocking with unique performances by up-and-coming artists.
The down-tempo collective known as Si*Sé will mesh perfectly with Miami's eclectic musical tastes. "They mix hip-hop, electronic, and Latin rhythms. They're cutting-edge yet sophisticated. Their sound is very unique and original," gushes Monica Glass, Gen Art's regional manager. Si*Sé sounds like a delicious musical smoothie that blends Sade's brand of silky vocals, Everything But The Girl's blissful electronic ambiance, and funky Brazilian rhythms. The band has been building a reputation in New York, where lead singer Carol C is a popular underground DJ known for spinning the best in drum and bass. She formed the group with keyboardist and programmer U.F. Low, and the two fleshed out their sound with talented friends who play bass, percussion, and viola. Shake your groove thing tonight at 8:00 at I/O, 30 NE Fourteenth St., Miami. Tickets cost $20. Call 305-695-8200, or visit www.genart.org. Check out the band at www.sisenyc.com. Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursik
Yes, it's ladies' night
Hey, girl! The second-anniversary celebration of Siren, the weekly South Beach party for women who love women, will be nothing like the ordinary lesbian barfest. Promoter Lynn Bove is taking sassy lesbians, wild music, and scantily clad dancers and firing them up for this sizzling party she is throwing as a present to herself. Amber Joy Rava, a.k.a. the Fire Dancer, is not afraid of using real flames to entertain and entice. A chocolate fountain for dipping strawberries, not women, could be the hottest, sweetest part of the night. Two traditional DJs will spin Latin, house, and hip-hop, but Bove booked the local Latin fusion-funk ensemble Spam Allstars for tonight's musical highlight. The chocolate begins flowing at 10:00 at Score, 725 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. Admission is eight dollars before 11:00, ten bucks after. Call 305-535-1111, or visit www.icandeeproductions.com. Karen Dale Wolman
We Are All Born Mad
Take your boots off and wait awhile
The interminable wait for goddamn Godot. You might remember senior English class and the seemingly endless study of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot. Watching the live play isn't as burdensome as writing an essay about it, and it certainly doesn't create the maddening stress that pets suffer in catastrophes like Hurricane Katrina. A portion of the proceeds of the Mad Cat Theater Company production will go to Noah's Wish, which is dedicated solely to rescuing animals caught in disasters. The absurdist classic runs through November 5 (Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.) at the Light Box, 3000 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets cost $20, but tonight's festive gala is $40 and begins at 7:00 p.m. Call 305-576-6377. Margaret Griffis
The Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida (the troupe that doesn't haughtily beg for excessive city charity) showcases Firebird, which was choreographed by Vladimir Issaev, with music and inspiration from Igor Stravinsky. The dancing begins at 6:30 p.m. in the North Miami Beach Performing Arts Theater, 17011 NE Nineteenth Ave., North Miami Beach. Tickets cost $18 to $25. Call 305-935-3232, or visit www.artsballettheatre.org. Margaret Griffis