With O, Miami, Sweatstock, and the Borscht Film Festival, April had almost too much going on. By comparison, May has seemed slow. That’s about to change as this weekend promises an overdose of goodness, starting with . . .
1. Reggie Watts at the Light Box (Thursday and Friday)
Best known for his hair, Watts is a comedian-musician/musician-comedian that improvises his loop-pedal powered performances to hilarious, limb-loosening effect. Career highlights include opening for Conan O’Brien’s Legally Prohibited tour, opening for LCD Soundsystem at the group’s last few New York shows, and, of course, “Fuck Shit Stack”, a parody of hip-hop tropes that went viral on the strength of lyrics like “I like women/I like the concept of a woman/ I like to take that concept and reduce it to an object/I like to take those objects and put ‘em in my videos” and “Where my gerunds at?”.
Watts has two shows at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, the Miami Light Project’s new Wynwood space. Tickets are $15 for GA or $50 for VIP, which sort of takes the sting out of not being very important.
2. Del The Funky Homosapien at Churchill’s (Friday)
Del the Funky Homosapien, Oakland’s smoothest underground hip hop vet, will grace Churchill’s on Friday as part of his Golden Era Tour. After releasing Golden Era (a “triple album” including two previously released digital albums) in April, Ice Cube’s cousin and former protégé is on the move to prove he’s much more than the lead vocals from the Gorillaz gloomy hip-rock anthem “Clint Eastwood”.
It’s been 10 years since that track let Del out of his cage, and in that time he’s released six albums and teamed up with everyone from De La Soul’s Prince Paul to the Talking Heads’ Tina Weymouth. Del’s funk-filled songs are filled with absurdist humor (“Drink me a forty as I ride my rhinoceros”), eye-crossing tongue-twisters (“I’m the difference between Hanna Barbara and Hanibal the Barbarian/The metal stiletto ghetto cesarean/Word carryin’ clarion”), and enough references to make any hipster spit up their PBR (“Playing Donkey Kong Jr., Venture, Rock and Rope/Games I thought was dope/While my moms was watching soaps”).
Tickets at the door are $10, but you can get limited presale tickets for $8 + tax (comes out to $9.37) on brownpapertickets.com and guarantee yourself a spot. Del will take the stage with Bukue One and DJ Zac Hendrix while opening acts include NoEmotion Gold Mask, Dashius Clay, Telekinetic Walrus and the Pride of Ions and LMJ & the Romantics. Learn more about the show on Facebook.
Here’s a track off of Del’s first album, I Wish My Brother George Was Here, released 20 years ago when Del was 19 years old.
This entry was written by regular Beached Miami contributor William Alton.
3. Emerge Miami Critical Mass bike ride (Saturday morning)
In a weekend overloaded with comedy, music, art, and theatre, the simple pleasure of a bike ride and a picnic should be the perfect way to spend your Saturday morning. Here is the event description straight from the horse’s mouth (the horse in this case being the wonderful folk of Emerge Miami): “Our monthly Critical Mass will include a scenic ride through the Grove and Coral Gables, and across the Rickenbacker Causeway to Crandon Park for a picnic before heading back. We will be meeting at 10 a.m. at University Metrorail Station. Don’t forget to pack lunch and whatever miscellaneous picnic items fit on your bike!” Learn more about the ride on Meetup.
4. Miami Art Walk (Saturday evening)
As on the second saturday of every month, thousands of Miamians will converge on Wynwood and the Design District to get their fill of art they can’t afford and to fill up on all-too-affordable fish tacos. We have an Art Walk list in the works [as promised], but one exhibit already on the radar is Xavier Cha’s performance at the de la Cruz Collection. As we said in our Top Five May Art Events list, we have no idea what to expect, though Cha’s past performances give us ample reason to expect wonderful weirdness. Exhibit A: Holiday Cruise, which features Cha stuffed into a giant cornucopia as berobed performers conduct pagan rituals on their knees. You can view video from that and other work on Cha’s website. Also, check out our photos from last month’s Miami Art Walk.
Art Walk doesn’t have any set timeframe, but it generally starts in the early evening and ends around 11 p.m. (or when the free booze runs out). Learn more about the monthly event in our topics section.
5. Cowboy Mouth at O Cinema (Saturday late night)
This one may be for the artsier among us. Originally performed by Patti Smith and Sam Shepard in 1971, Cowboy Mouth is a play starring the gun-strapped Cavale and her captive Slim, a would-be rock star. According to a New Times interview with Liz Ferrer and Jeffrey Winthrop, two of the three actors that will perform Cowboy Mouth at O Cinema Saturday night, the thespians hope putting on the obscure 40-year-old play will jumpstart Miami’s off-off-Broadway theatre scene.
I don’t see any mention of Cowboy Mouth on O Cinema’s website, but, according to the New Times interview, it starts at midnight after Art Walk. Doors open at 11 p.m.
If those five aren’t enough for you, check out the Beached Miami events page to see what else is going on, and feel free to add more events by clicking the loud, green “Submit Events” button in the sidebar.