Performance art by America's multimediamatrix
Never short of amazing, performance artist Laurie Anderson flaunted a knack for experimenting with gravity early on, freezing unsuspecting pedestrians in awe. As a member of New York's downtown art scene in the Seventies, Anderson strapped on a pair of ice skates and balanced herself on a block of ice while playing the violin. When her perch evaporated into the sidewalk, the piece was over, and her ascendancy as an art star was underway. Recently hailed by Wired Magazine as "America's Multimediatrix," Anderson is known for her sensory igniting pomo-tech operas spanning the sweep of contemporary culture. She brings her latest work, The End of the Moon, described as "an epic poem that is parts travelogue, personal theory, history, and dream," here tonight. As NASA's first ever artist-in-residence, Anderson spent part of last year tramping across Greece, France, England, and Sri Lanka, pondering the riddle of beauty. Her work has been featured at the Guggenheim in New York and at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. She has also enjoyed acclaim for her series of mesmerizing albums and for films such as Home of the Brave. Her physical and philosophical journey into the natural world, culminating in this new work, kicks off Miami Light Project's contemporary performance season. Her latest work explores the tense relationships among war, aesthetics, spirituality, and consumerism by combining images of Uzi-slinging concert-goers, gay penguins, childhood recollections, and spacesuits to examine our perceptions of time and how it can affect and change one. The End of the Moon marks a departure from Anderson's earlier large-scale theatrical productions, which usually incorporatied music, video, projected images, and sculpture, and promises a more intimate experience between audience and artist. This piece, the second installment in a trilogy of new solo performance works, fuses stories, songs, and new violin and electronic music in a low-tech setting, unfolding the artist's current approach to dissecting culture with words. The show opens at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, 174 E Flagler St, tonight at 8:00. Tickets range from $22 to $100. Call 305-576-4350 or visit www.laurieanderson.com. --Carlos suarez de Jesus
Sex, and nudity, and art, oh my
Are you feeling horny, baby? Then have we got the show for you. The most infamous art happening to ever rise out of Detroit, The Dirty Show, is taking to the road for the first time and heading south to Miami, the hottest city in the hemisphere. And while an erotic art show may seem superfluous for a city already way too sexy for its own area code, there's more to this shindig than a jug of Chablis and a few well-hung paintings. A group show featuring some twenty artists from both Detroit and Miami, such as sexpot/erotic artist Lori Benson from South Florida and Detroit underground artist Glenn Barr, the work itself is a mix of media all skirting the edge of propriety while delving into the steamy world of erotica. There are live performances by the likes of Abusement Park Entertainment, which may or may not include leather and chains, and lots of sexy spinning from Blowtorch DJs. The show runs 8:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m., Friday and Saturday, at Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE Second Ave. Admission is $10. Call 305-757-1807 or visit www.dirtydetroit.com. -- John Anderson
Kerry a Tune
Songs for a Presidential contender
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You can croon your heart out to the love of your life, or yowl at the skank who got away. You can compose a song asking folks to give peace a chance, or a tune that begs the question, war, good God y'all, what is it good for? But can you think up a song about John Kerry? His name lacks the four-letter-word punch and the achingly ripe double-entendre possibilities George W. Bush's has, but to many soon-to-be voters, a ballad to John Kerry is, well, music to their ears. What would a love song to this dapper, gray-haired Massachusetts senator sound like, you might ask? Like any other karaoke standard, except with mangled, ill fitting lyrics. Johnny Be Good, Ain't No Bushie High Enough, In-a-gadda-da-Kerry, bring it on! Sing the right song, in the right place, at the right time at Kerry-oke, at 8:30 tonight and every Wednesday until the election at the Sandbar Grill, 3064 Grand Ave, Coconut Grove. Call 305-444-5270. --Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursik
Let me guess. The last time you heard spiritual freedom and dancing together it was probably the mid-Nineties. You were chewing on your Chapstick, feeling at one with the earth, and discussing the pulsing beats ringing in your ears, all before Johnny Law busted up the illegal party. It's never too late for your spiritual awakening. The Dance Empowerment Festival, running all weekend long, brings dancers from the Middle East and beyond in hopes of finding a holistic means of spiritual freedom. The festival highlights three troupes with hours of dance, meditation, and personal growth exercises. The Dalia Carella Dance Company combines ethnic dance epics with moves from Turkey, Morocco, and Spain. Joining them is the Hanan Arts Cooperative, a collaborative of musicians, hip-hop artists, and community leaders; and improvisational dancers Harmonic Motion. The festival kicks off tonight at 8:00, at the St. John's Center, 4760 Pinetree Dr. Tickets cost $25 or you can get a three-day pass for $100. Call 305-613-2325. --Terra Sullivan