Carrie: The Musical: Scares Are Few and Far Between, but the Message Resonates

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In 1974, decades before bullying became a national cause du jour, Stephen King created the issue's avenging spokesperson: Carrie, the sheltered, ungainly high schooler who begins menstruation at the wrong place and wrong time, is tormented by her classmates, learns how to move things with her mind, and, when humiliated at her prom, leaves her school's gymnasium ablaze.

You know the story, but you may not recall that horror literature's most enduring telekinetic arsonist also inspired one of Broadway's most notorious disasters. Carrie: The Musical, an idea that seems as unlikely now as it did in its 1988 unveiling, ran for just 16 previews and five critically roasted performances.

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Girls' Club's Art Fallout: A Trip Through Lauderdale's Arts Scene

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Photo by Christina Mendenhall
It's that time of year again, when a romp through Fort Lauderdale's contemporary arts scene explodes for a one-night affair on Saturday. Art Fallout, the 954's largest art walk, features pop-up art shows in and around downtown's environs -- FAT Village, Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts, Third Avenue, and the NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale. Attendees can hop on a free trolley to get around and take it all in. Or better yet, ride a bike for a true adventure.

This artsy shindig, started in 2010, was founded by the contemporary arts and alternative space Girls' Club Collection as a means to provide the area with a taste of culture, a bite-sized explosion somewhat like an acid trip that lasts for four hours. The event occurs from 5 to 9 p.m., so just be sure not to go too far down that rabbit hole!

In its first year, roughly 200 attendees came out, and by the following year, attendance had nearly doubled. As the draw increases, so do the participants. To fill us in on what's in store, Girls' Club gallery director Sarah Michelle Rupert gives us the skinny on what's new this year and how the concept came about.

See also: Photos from 2013 Art Fallout in Fort Lauderdale

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Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale's Café Dolly Exhibition Shows Works by Picabia, Schnabel, and Willumsen

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In the fall of 2013, when former MOCA North Miami curator Bonnie Clearwater, now of the NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, saw the "Café Dolly: Picabia, Schnabel, Willumsen" exhibition in Denmark, she knew she had to bring it to Florida. The show features paintings by three major art players: the late Francis Picabia and Jens Ferdinand Willumsen, and the still-living edgy filmmaker and internationally acclaimed artist Julian Schnabel.

The elegant and well-heeled Clearwater was no stranger to Schnabel's work. The New York native, raised in Texas, is known for adhering broken plates onto canvases, creating evocative, textured paintings. His film credits include Academy Award-nominated The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Before Night Falls, and Basquiat.

"I've worked with Julian Schnabel for many years on various projects, including a major exhibition in the 1980s and a folklore exhibition in Germany about his work," Clearwater recounts.

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Arts Garage Launches Women's Theater Project

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Lauren Gunderson

Since the beginning of live theater, women have gotten a raw deal. For an embarrassingly long time, from the ancient Greek to the English Renaissance period, women couldn't even take the stage to play women. Cross-dressing men took those roles -- a tradition that continues today in Japanese Kabuki theater.

Recent studies have suggested that despite its myriad punctures, a theatrical glass ceiling remains intact. A study in U.K.'s The Guardian that exhaustively surveyed the 2012-13 English theater season found a persistent two-to-one male-to-female ratio, from the actors onstage to the playwrights commissioned to the executives in charge. Narrowing its focus strictly to playwriting, the Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative found in a 2011 study that just one in five plays produced on Los Angeles-area stages was written by a woman. Similar numbers appeared two years earlier in a town hall discussion at the playwriting hub New Dramatists in New York.

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The Art World Finds a New Home in Broward County

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Sølve Sundsbø

Two years ago, anyone who invited their friends to Artwalk in FAT Village would have gotten a few blank stares. Just one year ago, you couldn't have signed up for an arduino, AKA robotics, class at Makers Square, a communal tool shop where circus music blares in the background.

But now, Miami has snagged serious international art-world cred with the annual Art Basel Miami Beach, and cultural opportunities spawned from it have crept northward. Some art professionals are making the pilgrimage here because rent and studio spaces cost less than those in the 305. That gives Broward, the attention-starved misfit, its time to shine.


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Macabre Drawing Time: Asylum Sessions at Undergrounds Coffeehaus

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By MR Sheffield

It's 9 p.m. in a dark room behind a local coffee shop. A statuesque young woman with blue and pink hair poses on the stage holding a Styrofoam skull with nails driven into it, a mask partially obscuring her face, a plastic dagger sheathed at her side.

It's not a haunted house or an insane asylum, it's Asylum Sessions, a weekly drawing class that allows artists to delve into their dark sides. Most drawing classes are sterile, uptight, focused on nudes and formal technique. Not so here where the models are culled from the crowd and all are encouraged to put pencil to paper to see what twisted nightmares they may create.


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ArtServe's RedEYE Reboot Stimulated Fort Lauderdale in Every Sense

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Monica McGivern

Every now and again an event or party will really stick with the community. Starting as a whisper, these great ideas become fully evolved concepts that start to screamingly draw people from all walks of life under one roof. You grow to love these events so much that you wonder what the area would even be like without it. ArtServe's RedEYE has turned into this sort of beloved beast.

Branded as a "Reboot," RedEYE featured just about everything possible that appeals to the senses. In the evening open air, couples enjoyed a wildly diverse mix of live music. There was everything from a West African drummer to a fire and dance performance to the coos of local singer Corey James Bost, no stranger to the Fort Lauderdale arts scene.

See also: Full Slideshow of RedEYE Reboot at ArtServe in Fort Lauderdale


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Jenna Balfe Dances in Mangroves: Healing with Performance and Nature

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Courtesy Jenna Balfe

Jenna Balfe climbs through mangroves. Her strong, lean body weaves through the intricately tangled branches. This is her art, her dance, and her healing. She knows that she probably won't fall, but if she does, Balfe, a clear-thinking, creative individual, will take whatever shit situation befalls her, learn from it, and use that new knowledge to help other broken people mend.

For a few years now, Balfe has been committed to her Body Movement class. "I don't want it to be like a normal dance class," she says. And it certainly isn't. Each lesson allows regular folks, as well as those more in tune with their physicality, to explore their and each others' bodies, the space they occupy, and a natural environment. Balfe calls these free classes democratic, adding that the students are oftentimes teachers, that she's merely providing the place and some guidance. But that would downplay her very important role in this complex project, one that continues to evolve with an upcoming performance, People/Trees/Here, taking place in a Coconut Grove mangrove forest.


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Fsik Huvnx or David Brieske: the Visual Side of Musicians

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Sometimes it's hard to explain to outsiders just how rich and deep culture truly runs in South Florida. Blame it on Miami Vice or the excesses of ruinous Fort Lauderdale Spring Break youth behavior. It's just not easy to break the stereotypes. At least we locals can take some comfort in knowing that we know what's up.

There is a large contingent of musicians down here who are also visual artists. In this series, the Visual Side of Musicians, we will showcase their dual natures and help promote across creative outlets the communal fabric that makes our tip of the U.S. a unique and fun place, regardless of others' perception.

David Brieske is a local painter and collage artist who has for the last five plus years operated as Fsik Huvnx. His is an ambient/experimental project that has involved the improvisational use of digital applications with the organic ruminations of found objects and tweaked instrumentation.

See also: MP3 of the Day: Fsik Huvnx (David Brieske)


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Jade Masters Wants to Feed Your Mind, Body, and Soul

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Jade Masters

Eco-friendly artist Jade Masters' former pop-up gallery and lounge had a focus on both LGBTQ art and manifesting inner peace. The 36-year-old Florida native is planning an upcoming event with the same ethos -- Mind, Body, & Soul -- but at a different spot in Wilton Manors, the Train Station. Held at an actual gym owned by Allison Parnell, this is an atypical setting for a unique art exhibition.

Masters promises to feed all of your senses and parts with organic chow from Food Islands Organics and Mama Juice, kava from Kavasutra, live painting, fitness demonstrations, and some environmentally conscious art all to the sounds of Es Oh and DJ Gemini. Appealing to a mixed crowd, Masters wants to bring people from all walks of life together for a healthy event inspired by her various passions and spiritual outlook on life.

And, according to the artist, this is the last chance to see her artwork on display in her home state before she moves to North Carolina to help run Banner Haven Bed and Breakfast for the next two years before finally settling in Asheville.

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