Singer Oleta Adams's career first got a boost in 1989 when she sang background on British duo Tears for Fears' megahit album The Seeds of Love. With a powerful voice trained in a church choir in Yakima, Washington, she went on to splendidly transcend the Eighties and bad hair with solid gospel and R&B/soul albums, starting with her platinum 1990 solo debut Circle of One (which featured a smash cover of the Brenda Russell-penned tune "Get Here"), and most recently, 2001's All With Love (her first pop release since 1997). Adams's muscled voice enraptures audience members, and they've been known to become overwhelmed with tears, testify, or just shout "That's right!" at her emotional concerts. Feel her power when she performs during the Coral Gables Congregational Church Summer Concert Series (3010 DeSoto Blvd.). The show starts at 8:00 p.m. Tickets cost $25. Call 305-448-7421, ext. 33. -- By Judy Cantor
Saturday July 5
Done in Drag
It's no picnic being a washed-up Hollywood and Broadway star. Singing and dancing with a chorus line of drag queens who look better than you in slinky evening gowns. Watching one of them get squashed by a sandbag onstage while wearing your borrowed dress. Wondering whether someone was really out to get you. It's all soooo tiresome. But at least author/bon vivant David Leddick has made your story into a musical called The Secrets of the Chorus. Fabby composer Andrew Sargent contributes tunes like "Doing Drag is a Drag" and "Imagine Me Finding You in the Closet." And comely croonstress Leslie "Bambi" LaFleur appears in the starring role. A concert version plays at the Manuel Artime Theater (900 SW 1st St.) tonight at 8:00. You'd just about kill to see it. No need: Tickets only cost $15. Call 305-532-5134. -- By Nina Korman
Saturday July 5
In Tune - Bomb's Away
Hey, Jack Kerouac, I think of your novel. The one that inspired local rootsy rock quartet Dharma Bomb in both name and spirit. At 8:00 p.m. for an unplugged Folk Club of South Florida-sponsored set, the Bomb's soulful singer/keyboardist Todd Thompson and guitarist/crooner Sean Edelson will join Shamonay's strummer/vocalist Omine Eager at the Luna Star Cafe (775 NE 125th St., North Miami). Grab a cup of joe and listen for songs about the Flagler Railroad, Old Cutler Road, and the Everglades from Bomb albums Greetings From Lemon City and Bullseye. Admission is a $7 contribution. Call 305-892-8522. -- By John Anderson
Saturday July 5
DA DA This
Extreme art at PS 742
Little Havana's monthly art party Surreal Saturdays at PS 742 is known as a showcase for an eclectic mix of edgy homegrown acts, conceptual art exhibits, and underground music. In the past, the event has featured everything from New York tantric love artists to high-profile drag queens performing operas. This month the fest includes internationally known, Cuba-based dancer/choreographer Marianela Boan performing two solo pieces, Food and Lifting #1, which is inspired by her experiences in Miami. Boan, founder of Cuba's acclaimed DanzAbierta, has been performing at intimate art gatherings throughout the city lately. This would be a chance to catch her uniquely humorous and sharp commentary.
Also scheduled to perform is Cirque X, a troupe of nightclub dancers that usually acts as scenery in dance clubs. Led by Natasha Tsakos and Octavio Campos, the Cirque brings its outrageous stunts for the first time to a black box theater.
Closing out the night is music by Argentino rockero Pelu Rivero, who mixes tango with African beats and pop. Cuerpo Luminoso, a video based on 1970s Russian cartoons, will be looped throughout the evening. -- By Juan Carlos Rodriguez
The happening begins at 9:00 p.m. at PS 742 1165 SW 6th St. Admission is $7.42. Call 305-324-0585.
Sunday July 6
Play portrays a rock n' roll messiah
In Sam Shepard's 1971 one-act play Cowboy Mouth, the apartment he shared with Patti Smith in New York's Chelsea Hotel becomes the surreal center of the universe. Its walls trap an anxious artist with an electric guitar and his fully faithful disciple. Originally performed by Shepard and Smith, the play is fraught with absurdity and all the screaming rage of an oversexed rock n' roll groupie. If you ever dreamed of being a rock star or religious icon, this play offers one version of what can happen. It might be heaven, or it it hell? The Trap Door Theater performs Cowboy Mouth and Terrence McNally's Sweet Eros at 7:30 p.m. at Tobacco Road, 626 S. Miami Ave. Tickets cost $12. Call 954-240-2819. -- By Juan Carlos Rodriguez