Meat Beat Manifesto: Hip-hop, noise, house, techno, industrial elements, and human voice snippets form an amalgam of information, social criticism, and utterly danceable rhythms in the music of Meat Beat Manifesto. With former MBM vocalist and core member Jonny Stephens, programmer and musical conceptualist Jack Dangers created four albums full of sonic images for Wax Trax! and Mute Records. Going solo, Dangers recently signed to Nothing Records (nine inch nails guru Trent Reznor's label) for MBM's latest release Subliminal Sandwich, a two-disc collection of ambient orchestrations, space-age sound effects, and postindustrial grindings. Meat Beat Manifesto performs tonight at 8:00 at the Theater (3339 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale) with openers Loop Guru and DJ Alex Patterson of the Orb. Tickets cost $12. Call 954-565-1667. (GC)
The Arts and Cultural Tourism on Miami Beach: It's no surprise that the arts have a tremendous impact on the economy of Miami Beach. But just how much does the Beach depend on cultural events and cultural tourism to stay afloat? The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Arts and Business Council of Miami, and the Miami Beach Arts Committee on Cultural Affairs host a panel discussion and luncheon to address the topic today at 11:00 a.m. at the Shelbourne Beach Resort (1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach). Miami Beach Mayor Seymour Gelber moderates the panel, featuring South Florida Concert Association president and impresario Judy Drucker, South Florida Art Center executive director Jane Gilbert, Florida Philharmonic executive director John Graham, and Miami City Ballet artistic director Edward Villella, among others. Admission is $20. Call 672-1270. (GC)
Festival Miami: Do you really need to watch another episode of Seinfeld tonight? Consider the alternative: The University of Miami School of Music continues its thirteenth annual international classical music festival tonight at 8:00 with the violin-piano duo of siblings Corey and Katja Cerovsek performing Kreisler's Praeludium, Beethoven's Violin Sonata in A (Kreutzer), Falla's Siete Canciones Populares Espanolas, and Franck's Sonata in A. Admission is $15. On Sunday at 4:00, violinist Eugene Fodor joins the University of Miami Symphony Orchestra to perform Dennis Kam's Music for Celebration, plus Debussy's La Mer and Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D. Admission is $18. On Tuesday at 8:00, the Bergonzi String Quartet performs pieces by Kenneth Fuchs, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn. Admission is eight dollars. The festival continues through October 26. All concerts take place at the Maurice Gusman Concert Hall (1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables), unless otherwise noted. Call 284-4940. (GC)
Atomic Boy: Southern California power-pop-punkcore purveyors Atomic Boy pack a wallop with their debut disc, Sonic Cocktail (on Victory Records). True to the album's name, the boys toss the Buzzcocks, the Sex Pistols, HYsker DY, the Dead Kennedys, the Ramones, and the Vandals into a blender, add a dash of R.E.M. (singer Denny Lake sounds a little like Michael Stipe -- when he doesn't sound like Bob Mould), and voila, a tasty musical treat for fans of fast and fun music. Atomic Boy explodes tonight at the Edge (200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale) with headliners Less Than Jake and openers Against All Authority and Discount. Admission to this all-ages show is seven dollars. Showtime is 7:00. Call 954-525-9333. (GC)
The Glass Mendacity: Toss your Tennessee Williams out the window! ART-ACT Productions skewers the works of the Southern playwright in this two-act comedy by Maureen Morley and Tom Willmorth, opening tonight at 8:00 at ART-ACT's Design District headquarters (10 NE 39th St.). Blanche marries Stanley, who seduces Maggie the Cat, while Big Daddy gulps mint juleps made with Maalox and Laura fondles her ice-cube animal and listens to Shaun Cassidy on the Victrola in this whacked-out sendup of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Streetcar Named Desire, and The Glass Menagerie. The certifiable Blanche sums it all up: "I've always depended on the quality of strangeness." The show runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through October 13. Tickets cost ten dollars. Call 573-7272. (GC)
Gary Primich: Austin-based blues-harp man Gary Primich blows his way into Tobacco Road (626 S. Miami Ave). Primich has great chops for Chicago-style electric blues, but he puts a twist into the sound, stretching and experimenting and making those blues his own. His command of the harmonica has made him one of the most respected and lauded harp men in the biz. Currently touring to promote his latest album Mr. Freeze (on Flying Fish Records), Primich has a new disc due out this fall. Admission is five dollars. Showtime is 10:00. Call 374-1198. (GC)
Black Orpheus/The 400 Blows: The Cinema Vortex film series this weekend features two excellent films made in 1959. Marcel Camus's Oscar-winning Black Orpheus screens today at noon at the Alliance Cinema (927 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach); this colorful, stimulating retelling of the Orpheus-Eurydice legend is set against the background of the Brazilian carnaval (in Portuguese with English subtitles). Tomorrow at the same time and place, Vortex screens The 400 Blows, Francois Truffaut's touching and beautifully photographed study of a neglected adolescent boy who learns some unpleasant truths about his life (in French with English subtitles). Admission to each film is four dollars. Call 531-8504. (GC)
Invoking the Spirits: Since the fall of the Duvalier regime, Haitian muralists have used their work as a pivotal medium to document events and encourage free expression about political and social issues. Photographer Pablo Butcher captures the murals of Port-au-Prince, created over the past ten years, in a series of photographs on view at the South Florida Art Center's Ground Level (1035 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). Hanging alongside Butcher's photographs are three examples of this type of politically charged street mural -- paintings on canvas by Haitian artist Charlemagne Celestin. The show, "Invoking the Spirits: Haiti's Charged Murals," opens with a reception tonight at 6:00 and runs through October 26. Admission is free. Gallery hours are 1:00 to 8:00 from Tuesday through Friday. Call 674-8278. (GC)
The Glass Mendacity: See Friday.
South Florida Blues Fest: The diversity and scope of the blues is apparent in the lineup of this open-air festival, being held today at the Pompano Beach Amphitheatre (1801 NE Sixth St). The headliner is B.B. King, guitarist-vocalist extraordinaire from the old-school blues traditions of the Deep South; the Neville Brothers are masters of the slinky, second-line wobble that defines all great New Orleans R&B; and Delbert McClinton and Kenny Wayne Shepherd work at separate ends of the white-boy blues spectrum. The former is a roadhouse legend and a blue-eyed-soul-singing marvel; the latter is a guitar-slinging hotshot in his late teens who, if he ever shakes his considerable Stevie Ray influence, may someday be an artist to reckon with. The fest starts at 11:00 a.m. and admission is $18.75, $25, and $75. Call 954-946-2402 for more information. (JF)
Bailey's Family FunDay: Bailey Concert Hall (3501 SW Davie Rd., Davie) hosts a day of fun just for kids, kicking off at 12:30. First, the tykes can march in a parade with Superstars Productions' Quasimodo and Esmeralda of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, plus the Cooper City High marching band and a bevy of medieval princes and princesses and other medieval characters. On the Bailey stage at 1:00 and 3:30, Mother and Father Goose present Rockin' Rhymes, a collection of musical fairy tales and nursery rhymes, followed by Elvis-esque performer Mr. Al playing groovy tunes from his album, Back to School. Kiddies can also enjoy a bounce house, face painting, games, a petting zoo, and art activities. Admission is four dollars. Call 475-6884. (GC)
Screaming Trees: Everything is just right about rural Washington band Screaming Trees: Mark Lanegan's smooth-as-pavement tenor, Gary Lee Conner's swirling, intricate guitar work, and bassist Van Conner's and drummer Barrett Martin's solid, ultra-tight rhythms. It all makes for a seamless blend of Doors-like psychedelia, groovy blues, and grungy, post-punk rock. And lyrically speaking, the band fashions pure poetry from being down but not out. The current release Dust is a brilliant followup to their breakthrough 1992 album Sweet Oblivion (both on Epic Records) and is already being touted as the watershed work that could vault this solid, reliable, twelve-year-old band into superstardom. Fresh off the Lollapalooza main stage, Screaming Trees performs tonight with Oasis and the Manic Street Preachers at the West Palm Beach Auditorium (1610 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.). Tickets cost $23. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Call 407-683-6012. (GC)
Festival Miami: See Thursday.
The Glass Mendacity: See Friday.
Black Orpheus/The 400 Blows: See Saturday.
Neurosis: This Oakland, California-based hardcore band defies the conventions of the genre. Pounding tribal rhythms meet high-tech industrial samples and searing guitars for a musical catharsis of astounding proportions. On-stage, the band's performance becomes a multimedia event as film clips found or created by the members themselves are projected onto the stage and surrounding walls. Neurosis's recent release, Through Silver in Blood, is a dire and frighteningly dark aural experience that explodes with scary sound and energy. The band performs tonight at 8:00 at the Theater (3339 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale) with Bloodlet, Swivel Stick, and Tension. Tickets cost eight dollars. Call 954-565-1667. (GC)
The Magic, Myth, and Legend of Borneo: On the the remote Malaysian island of Borneo, the older generation decorates the body, while the young dress conservatively, practice tattooing with restraint, and refuse to pierce their bodies and elongate their ears. (What's wrong with those kids?) Photographer Scott Adamson captures the multifaceted culture of Borneo in a series of silvery platinum/palladium shots (and on a CD collection of the sounds of the longhouse, their communal living quarters), currently on display at the Photogroup (130 Madeira Ave., Coral Gables). Adamson fell in love with the island and its people after a visit in 1990 and has returned several times since to document the social changes facing the indigenous peoples of this area. The exhibition is up through November 9. Admission is free. Call 444-0198. (GC)
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Festival Miami: See Thursday.
Invoking the Spirits: See Saturday.
Expo Alfresco: Taste some of the best that Hollywood has to offer in food, music, and business at the city's largest networking party and food-tasting event. Hundreds of area businesses -- telecommunications firms, health-care providers, educators, and financial institutions, among others -- will offer information about their services, while a number of downtown Hollywood restaurants, including Brazil Samba Cafe, Christina Wan's, Marcello's, and the Coral Rose Cafe offer samples of their cuisine. Local groups Vendetta, X-High and the Higher Vibes, Legacy, and the Couch Potatoes will provide live rock, blues, roots, and folk music. Admission is $15; proceeds benefit the American Heart Association and programs provided by the Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Call 954-923-4000. (GC)
Invoking the Spirits: See Saturday.
Scott Hamilton Quartet: The Gold Coast Jazz Society kicks off its 1996-97 concert series with a performance by celebrated tenor saxman Scott Hamilton and his band of jazz all-stars -- bassist Phil Flanagan, pianist Tony Prentice, and drummer James Martin -- tonight and tomorrow night at 8:00 at the 110 Tower (110 SE Sixth St., seventh floor, Fort Lauderdale). Tickets cost $20. The Jazz Society Series will continue with future performances by Carol Sloane, Nancy Wilson, and Joe Williams. Call 954-524-0805 for more information.