What: Lionel Richie
Where: Cruzan Amphitheatre, 601 Sansburys Way #7, West Palm Beach
When: 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 561/795-8883, livenation.com
Pop-soul legend Lionel Richie launched his first world tour in more than a decade last year near our neck of the woods: Hard Rock Live in Hollywood. Now, about a year later, he’s back in these woods, but even closer to our neck. Richie’s latest album, “Tuskegee,” saw 13 of his most popular songs reimagined by and with country-music superstars, but now he’s be back in his R&B/soul bread and butter. His energetic, 23-song set list will include hits from most of his 11 albums (“Truly,” “Dancing on the Ceiling” and “All Night Long,” among them), along with classics from his original group, The Commodores. He’ll be joined by Cee Lo Green, an opening act who can be said to carry Richie’s torch for the millennial generation—and an unpredictable voice known to shake up his neo-soul concerts with covers of New Wave and alternative songs.
What: Opening day of “Living Legends: The Montage Portraits of Robert Weingarten”
Where: Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach
When: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Cost: $5 children, $12 adults
Contact: 561/832-5196, norton.org
This one-of-a-kind exhibition at the Norton asks, and then answers, a question most of us wouldn’t even consider: Can an image be considered a portrait if it doesn’t include a face? Indeed, artist Robert Weingarten’s liberally defined “portraits” do not feature his subjects’ faces; rather than photograph them, he wrote to public figures asking them to send him lists of places, objects, events and ideas that best captured their spiritual essence. The artist then went about creating large-scale, superimposed digital photographs that conveyed that essence, an approach divorced from traditional notions of their celebrity and public appearance. Thus, a montage portrait of Don Shula, for instance (pictured), includes a Super Bowl trophy, church pews, a football stadium and more, all bleeding into the same neo-psychedelic vision. The series, which also includes montage portraits of figures ranging from Stephen Sondheim to Colin Powell, must be seen to be believed. The exhibition runs through Sept. 7.
What: Opening night of “H2Ombre”
Where: Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
When: 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 305/949-6722, arshtcenter.org
Attending the world-premiere production of “H2Ombre” may be like experiencing the immersive wetness of a trip to SeaWorld without the gas mileage and animal-rights guilt. Subtitled “Braving the Elements,” this wordless theatrical production features its performers doing just that, especially water, which rains down on them, shoots up at them and flows from them, magically emanating from their bodies in gravity-defying flumes, all in an effort to explore the “origins of creativity, imagination and inspiration.” If about 60 percent of the adult male body is water, it’s hard to imagine the performers will have any of it left after the show. A promised 6,000 gallons of H20 will be expended in each performance (and it will be recycled for the next one), which, like the Arsht Center’s previous summer extravaganza, “The Donkey Show,” will break barriers between the audience and the actors. Even the Arsht’s loading dock, main entrance, lobby and box office will be redesigned in an industrial theme, while its Lynn Wolfson Stage will be transformed into a techno playground of mythical beasts. The show runs through Aug. 31.
What: The RedEYE REBoot
Where: ArtServe, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
When: 6 to 10 p.m.
Cost: $8 advance, $12 at door
Contact: 954/462-8190, artserve.org
The RedEYE, a one-night multimedia extravaganza celebrating its ninth annual event at ArtServe, is gaining some street cred this year. Graffiti art—including a spray-paint-splattered Fiat, courtesy of chief sponsor Rick Case—will take center stage at this Fort Lauderdale favorite. As part of the festivities, seasoned graffiti artists will be paired with student street artists for a live graffiti challenge. These include many artists on the cutting edge of urban and extreme art, from graffiti mastermind Ruben Ubiera to acclaimed muralist and tattooist “Marvel” Cuellar. But all of this is just one facet of the evening’s eclectic program; ArtServe comes as close as any singular event can to provide something for everyone, including live music, a live dance performance from Body & Soul Dance Theatre, a spoken-word open-mic and a festival of independent short films curated by filmmaker Michael Chasin. This is one of the year’s signature art fests, and unlike the implication of its name, you don’t have to miss any sleep to attend.
What: Burlesque Magnifique
Where: Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
When: 9 p.m.
Cost: $37 to $65
Contact: 305/673-7300, fillmoremb.com
In a world in which all form and fashion of frontal nudity and sexual perversion are available at a mouse-click, the national revival of the burlesque show is a curious phenomenon. Perhaps we’ve become so desensitized to seeing everything that the idea of keeping things hidden has become alluring again—injecting some much-needed mystery into the erotic arts. For whatever reason, burlesque is big once again, and cabaret performer/entrepreneur Erika Moon has become one Miami’s most prominent faces of the genre. Her show Burlesque Magnifique, which opened to rave reviews in a one-night-only show this past March, returns for this summer encore, featuring eight performers showcasing “the art of the authentic tease.” The 90-minute show will be rife with elegance and glamour as it highlights various periods of burlesque through the ages. One important note: The show takes place in the “Gleason Room,” which is a separate stage (and entrance) from the main Fillmore space; the food options available to mainstage audiences will not be offered for this show.
What: Opening night of “The Whale”
Where: GableStage at the Biltmore, 1200 Anastasia Ave. #203, Coral Gables
When: 8 p.m.
Cost: $55 ($40 to $50 for later performances)
Contact: 305/445-1119, gablestage.org
Samuel D. Hunter’s multiple award-winning play is called “The Whale,” but it has nothing to do with Cetacean mammals. It’s so named because its lead character is a morbidly obese man: a 600-pound recluse who also happens to be a gay man living on the outskirts of Mormon Country, Idaho. Hunter provides a distinct voice to a largely voiceless demographic, as his largely couch-bound protagonist attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter and deal with nurses and missionaries, each with their own advice for his life and what comes next. In what looks to be a weighty, provocative antidote to the breezy summer escapism offered by other area theaters, “The Whale” stars Gregg Weiner in an elaborate fat suit, along with such great local pros as Amy Miller Brennan, Arielle Hoffman, Deborah Sherman and Karl Skyler Urban. Saturday’s opening night performance includes a generous reception following the show; “The Whale” runs through Aug. 17.
What: Screening of “Pierrot le Fou”
Where: Cosford Cinema at University of Miami, 5030 Brunson Drive, Coral Gables
When: 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $7 to $9
Contact: 305/284-4861, cosfordcinema.com
The trailer for this 1965 French New Wave classic by Jean-Luc Godard begins (and ends) with actor Jean-Paul Belmondo reading off a list of contradictions—“real and surreal, tender and cruel, nocturnal and diurnal”—that certainly apply to this offbeat love story/adventure film. The plot, should you choose to follow it, involves Belmondo’s recently fired staffer at a TV broadcasting company who escapes his banal bourgeois life, his exciting babysitter Marianne (Anna Karina) in tow. When a corpse turns up in Marianne’s apartment, the two lovers soon realize they’re being chased by gangsters, which fuels a meandering crime spree that plays out like “Bonnie & Clyde” as scripted by Robert Louis Stevenson—and peppered, as always, by Godard’s experimental asides. Like many of Godard’s movies from the period, the main subject of “Pierrot le Fou” must be cinema itself, and the formal possibilities he helped unlock for future generations of filmmakers. This witty and subversive genre exercise will be screened in its original 35mm format as part of a three-film summer series of Godard classics.