What’s so funny about Questlove and understanding?
You may have noticed that we live in a world that is increasingly being divided into smaller and smaller groups. We are constantly being encouraged to divide ourselves — by nationality, by religion, by political opinion, by race, by the amount of money we have. My piece is designed so that, at least for a few minutes, we can undivide ourselves a little.
That’s Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, co-founder of rebellious musical group Bang on A Can, talking about his new work “harmony and understanding,” which will get its U.S. premiere 8 p.m. Saturday in a New World Symphony performance that can be seen during a free Wallcast projected on the side of Miami’s New World Center. Visit NWS.edu.
Beers with Magill
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Zoo Miami’s Emmy Award-winning spokesman Ron Magill will be the featured speaker when the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium’s Science on Tap series takes over Due South Brewing in Boynton Beach 7-9 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 13). The pairing of beer and regularguy elucidation of real-world science (genius) will benefit from Magill’s first-hand experience with animals around the globe as well as his unbridled irreverence. Admission is free. Visit Facebook.com/DueSouthBrewing.
The power of boredom
Creativity might be in jeopardy because one of the key components of being creative is boredom and silence and isolation.
That’s part of a recent NPR interview with Ahmir Thompson, the DJ, music and television producer, former NYU professor and founder of the online hip-hop and alt-music website Okayplayer, better known as Questlove. He’s not telling you not to hit his Art Basel DJ set at the Anderson in Miami Saturday night, but allowing that some good could come from staying home. RSVP: Facebook.com/ TheAndersonMiami.
Cycle of life
Folks from Conte's Bike Shop, in a space on Sunrise Boulevard that used to be a liquor store, will set up at Tarpon River Brewing in downtown Fort Lauderdale 8 p.m. Monday to co-host Gears and Beers, a leisurely 90-minute bike ride that, thankfully, ends back at the brewery. Every beer purchased gets you a raffle ticket for Conte's swag and free crowlers. Visit Facebook.com/TarponRiverBrewing.
It's gonna be a Sunday afternoon of great music, great food and all for a great cause!
That’s Shark Valley Sisters guitarist Rob Elba recommending Sunday’s Dan Hosker Music Continuum, the seventh annual fundraiser held in honor of punk guitarist who died in 2012, though this one will have better food. An event supporting music and arts scholarships, DHMC will run 3-10 p.m. at the Sticky Bun in Deerfield Beach (1619 SE Third Court), run by musician-turned-chef Mike Bosky and his wife, Pauline. The lineup includes Charlie Pickett, Mark Dubin and the Honest Liars, Humbert, Brady Newbill, Mr. Entertainment and the Pookiesmackers, Fourth Place Pies (Russell Mofsky, Robin Roslund and Matthew Sabatella), the Dung Beatles (Rick Ambrose, Greg Johnson and Mike Bosky), Amy T. Baxter, Rat Bastard, Shark Valley Sisters, Karen Feldner, Chris Korzen, Dan Bonebrake, Violet V Vox and DJ Skidmark. Visit Facebook.com/DanHoskerMusicContinuum.
Alex Honnold woke up in his Dodge van last Saturday morning, drove into Yosemite Valley ahead of the soul-destroying traffic and walked up to the sheer, smooth and stupendously massive 3,000-foot golden escarpment known as El Capitan, the most important cliff on earth for rock climbers. Honnold then laced up his climbing shoes, dusted his meaty fingers with chalk and, over the next four hours, did something