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)