See, the laughs are better with two
BY MARGARET GRIFFIS
Will this be the comeback year for the comedy duo genre? Although still taking a back seat to solo and ensemble acts, this uniquely twentieth-century form is gaining new fans after about 30 years of relative disinterest. Not only are the old-timers working again, young unknowns are finding a pair of seats at the table as well. To cap it all off, Atom Egoyan's film Where the Truth Lies, a drama about a fictitious Fifties comedy duo, was a crowd favorite at Cannes recently. In such a happening atmosphere, it was a only a matter of time before the South Florida comedy scene poured out its own double act.
Tonight members of the popular Just the Funny Improv Comedy Theater will appear as Duocity. Thanks to their complementary personalities and experience, David Christopher and Carlos Rivera have the lively dynamics necessary for a successful duo. But there's a twist: The audience plays the "third" member. The pair will be counting on a willing crowd to provide them with absurd situations and ridiculous characters to adapt to their duo routine. Expect it to get weird. Tickets for the 11:00 show are five dollars. If you prefer to start laughing at 9:00, you may also "intervene" in Just the Funny's The Big Show, a variety comedy show. Tickets for both shows cost $12. Double up on laughs at the Museum of Science and Planetarium, 3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami. Call 305-693-8669, or visit www.justthefunny.com. --
Miami native Vanessa Caamano expresses gratitude to her family in Recuerdos de Mi Familia. She wants them to know she is aware of the sacrifices they made to give her a better life. That is why she, along with Caamano-Gonzalez Production and Dance Company, produced this multimedia spectacle. It is modern dance set to Cuban music combined with pictures and home movies that beget a living album -- a re-creation of memories onstage. The show begins tonight at 7:30 at the Manuel Artime Theater, 900 SW First St., Miami. There's an encore tomorrow at 3:00. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $8 for students. Call 305-223-9844, or visit www.cgdance.com. -- Karen R. Figueiredo
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Step away from the turntables and microphone; it's time to indulge in Indian culture. Tonight the Association of Performing Arts of India -- a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Indian classical music and dance -- presents Sant Meera, the story of India's beloved saint poetess, performed by the Shakti Dance Company, featuring vocalist Lakshmi Shankar. "It's not just entertaining but also an education about religion, philosophy, dance, and music," says APAI program director Bharti Chokshi. The show begins at 7:00 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts Amaturo Theater, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets range from $20 to $49. Call 954-462-0222, or visit www.apaiart.com. -- Lyssa Oberkreser
Squirrelly, but Unzipped
With the rockin' summer tours coming to an end, musical despair is rampant. But cheer up -- it's not over yet. The Mississippi musicians who meld into Jimbo Mathus Knockdown South will be playing today and Saturday at 10:00 p.m. at the Green Parrot (601 Whitehead St., Key West). Knockdown South, the latest project from Mathus -- the multi-instrumental frontman for the renowned Nineties alternative band Squirrel Nut Zippers -- offers a joint-jumping combination of blues, electric, and his own kudzu-covered hometown inspiration, "Mississippi music." Admission is free. Call 305-294-6133, or visit www.greenparrot.com. Check out www.knockdownsouthrecords.com for a sample of their hip-hop, honky-tonk, boogity beats. -- Jacob Nelson