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Pompano Beach Cultural Venues Welcome Back Patrons! Art Exhibitions, Concerts, Classes and More!

The Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department is opening the doors for patrons once again! The department, which manages the Pompano Beach Cultural Center, Bailey Contemporary Arts Center, Ali Cultural Arts Center and the Blanche Ely House Museum, has listed a full array of events on its website, www.PompanoBeachArts.org. Fan favorites including Lyrics LabA Taste of Jazz and Soulful Sundays will all be returning, as will an array of compelling art exhibitions. In addition, the department is welcoming live audiences for the last two concerts of the Pompano Beach Arts Music Series featuring Allan Harris and Leesa Richards.

“We are thrilled to be reconnecting with our patrons, in-person, once again,” said Phyllis Korab, Cultural Affairs Director. “I know everyone is looking forward to the exhilarating experience that only live performances and personal interactions can provide. We are excited to welcome our established patrons back and to meet many of the new fans we created virtually during the pandemic.”

All event details and protocols are on the website.  The City requests that all guests not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 wear a mask inside any City facility.

Event Highlights:

ART EXHIBITIONS

Edge of Seventeen by Jordan Guzman | Bailey Contemporary Arts Center

Free | Through August 25 | Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 6 pm

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This exhibition celebrates a decade of introspective work by Jordan Guzman. As her artistic processes are taking her in new direction, the work at The Edge of Seventeen, provides us a glimpse of her life after a moment of epiphany.

“In January 2008, at seventeen years of age, an internal light switch was turned on and the question was asked of the person standing in the mirror looking back at me: Who are you? Out of this awakening came an outpour of poems and paintings expressing more than teenage angst. Displayed before you are tactile, visual journal entries documenting the subsequent decade of spiritual self-discovery that followed that fated 2008 epiphany. My hope is that as you meditate on my work you will contemplate the delicate, yet profound connections made between family, upbringing, home, and the self.” —Jordan Guzman

 

CAMOUFLAGE: Patterns of Disruption | Bailey Contemporary Arts Center

Free | July 2 – September 23 | Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 6 pm

Opening Night Reception: July 2 | 6-8pm | Free

Artist Talk: July 21 | 6 PM

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CAMOUFLAGE: Patterns of Disruption curated by Lisa Rockford brings together a group of diverse artists that utilize the language of “camouflage,” via colorful amalgamations of prints, patterns, textiles, and minimalist aesthetics to represent their unique voices. As camouflage has been used for self-protection by manipulating and disguising materials, patterns, and coloration for concealment, these artists have similarly created complex compositions with contradictory combinations and plays of figure and ground. Figures or text may at first be overlooked among visually overwhelming environments yet assert their survival among adverse environments or oppressive influences. Through photography, fiber art, collage, and assemblage, their unique voices personify those who have been marginalized, or have faced being “othered,” whether by race, gender, or societal non-conformity.

 

Memories and Myths / Memorias y Mitos by Alejandra Abad/ Pompano Beach Cultural Center

Free | July 9 – Sept 30 | Monday through Friday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm | Saturday & Sundays: CLOSED | Open during performances

Opening Night Reception: July 9 | 6-8 pm| Free

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This solo exhibition is a collection of animated works that relate to folklore, myth, national idealism, and the loss of identity in hopes of gaining a new hybrid identity. In reflecting on my own experiences of memory, place, land, and home, these works also connect to our relationship with ecology and environmental futures. I use organic materials, sculptural elements, collage, and printmaking techniques to create animations that represent transformation and cycles of impermanence. My content has historic roots in anticolonial movements that are tied to international surrealism and magical realism, particularly from South America and the Caribbean.

 

 

 

 

Acclaimed Global Exhibition do it Comes to Pompano Beach

Pompano Beach Cultural Center | Free | July 9 to September 30 | Monday through Friday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm | Saturday & Sundays: CLOSED | Open during performances

Opening Reception: July 9 | 6-8 pm | Free

Ali Cultural Arts Center | Free | August 20 to October 21

This interactive exhibition, do it, is a world-wide phenomenon that began in 1993 and has toured venues from New York to Manchester, Budapest to Guatemala City, and Memphis to Moscow. 2021 marks the final year do it will be exhibited, with Pompano Beach being one of the last cities to showcase this acclaimed interactive experience.

Created by Hans Ulrich Obrist and artists Christian Boltanski and Bertrand Lavier, do it has become the longest-running and most far-reaching exhibition to ever to have happened – constantly evolving and generating evermore relevant new versions of itself.  do it began in Paris in 1993 as a conversation between Obrist, Boltanski and Lavier who were curious to see what would happen if they started an exhibition that would never need to stop. To test the idea, Obrist invited 12 artists to propose artworks based on written “scores” or instructions that can be openly interpreted every time they were presented. The instructions were then translated into 9 different languages and circulated internationally as a book.  In the many years since Obrist, Boltanski and Lavier mused over the potential of “scores,” or written instructions by artists, do it created exhibition formats that could be more flexible and open-ended.  Each time it was presented, do it was re-interpreted.

At both Pompano Beach venues there will be several dates where patrons can view installation performances, and during the entire run of the exhibition at both venues, every guest has the opportunity to participate by interpreting the tasks or instructions provided, including humming a tune before passing an installation, doodling on a paper, or providing a wish for Yoko Ono’s Wish Tree.

 

Recurring Events:

A Taste of Jazz | Bailey Contemporary Arts Center

July 8 | 8pm | $20 Adults; $15 Pompano Beach Residents; Students Free with valid ID

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We are back in-person every 2nd Thursday of the month! Join us as Martin Hand of The Gold Coast Jazz Society and a few of his musician friends host a sensational night of listening and learning about jazz in all its glorious forms.

Space is limited, RSVP on Eventbrite. No tickets are sold at the door.

 

Lunch with Art: The Music Edition | Ali Cultural Arts Center

July 20 | 12:15 pm | FREE

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We are back in person every 3rd Tuesday for our informative and fun series that explores the history and fascinating facts about an array of musical genres View the topic schedule on the website.

 

 

Lyrics Lab | Baily Contemporary Arts Center

 July 21 | 8pm | $10

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We are back in-person every 3rd Wednesday of the month. Lyrics Lab is a unique, no-ego, open-mic night. Get up and share or just kick-back and have a cocktail while enjoying some incredible performance art in one of Pompano Beach’s premier cultural arts spaces. Bring your latest work poems, verse, songs, lyrics, jokes, stories, and beats to share with renowned hosts and poets, accompanied by our two-piece house band. Interested in performing? Arrive early to get your name on the list.

Space is limited, RSVP on Eventbrite. No tickets are sold at the door.

 

 

Soulful Sundays | Ali Cultural Arts Center

August 8 | 7pm | $5

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The best bands in South Florida will once again take the stage on the second Sunday of every month at Ali Cultural Arts Center, beginning in August. Join us for a night of R&B, Soul, Jazz and Pop hits that will have you dancing and singing along!  View the band schedule on the website.

 

 

Special Events: The Pompano Beach Arts Music Series| Pompano Beach Cultural Center

Allan Harris “the Jazz Vocal King of New York” hosted by Tamara G of WLYF 101.5 FM

July 17, 2021 | 8 PM | $15

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Allan Harris performs songs from his new release Kate’s Soulfood, plus Jazz Standards from the Great American Songbook.

Ever since he burst on the jazz scene in the latter part of the twentieth century, The Brooklyn-born, Harlem-based vocalist/guitarist/bandleader/composer Allan Harris has reigned supreme as the most accomplished and exceptional singer of his generation. Aptly described by the Miami Herald as an artist blessed with, “the warmth of Tony Bennett, the bite and rhythmic sense of Sinatra, and the sly elegance of Nat ‘King’ Cole,” the ample and aural evidence of Harris’ moving and magisterial artistry can be heard on his fourteen recordings as a leader; his far-flung and critically-acclaimed concerts around the world, from Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, and Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, to the 2012 London Olympics, and many prestigious bookings in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Space is limited.  Buy Tickets on Ticketmaster.com. No tickets are sold at the door.

 

 

 

 

 

Leesa Richards hosted by Tamara G of WLYF 101.5 FM

August 21, 2021 | 8pm | $15

Leesa Richards
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This soulful songstress will mesmerize you with her renditions of popular and timeless music, she sings with a core-resonating soulfulness that draws you in and allows you to experience the songs as a participant instead of a spectator.

A singer-songwriter, Leesa is a storyteller, a soulful voice offering a soundtrack to the narratives of life. The Detroit native’s sound taps into the deep roots of soul and the poetry of jazz.

She has performed with a slate of powerhouse artists including Faith Hill, Whitney Houston, The Bee Gees, Gloria Estefan, Jon Secada, Julio Iglesias and Oleta Adams and has recorded backing vocals for Barbra Streisand and Lenny Kravitz. Her debut solo album, Mother’s Child, is a rich blend of soulful ballads, rock and R&B showcases her gifts as a songwriter.

She began honing her vocal chops with soul greats Gerald Austin and Peabo Bryson and contemporary soul maverick Dionne Farris. Her first world tour was as a dancer with legendary singer Whitney Houston after which she combined her love for music and dance to earn the role of Mary Magdalene in the national tour of the Broadway musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, earning critical acclaim which led to featured performances throughout the US and Europe.

Special thanks to our music series’ sponsors WLRN Radio and The Marriott Resort Fort Lauderdale/Pompano Beach.

Space is limited.  Buy Tickets on Ticketmaster.com.  No tickets are sold at the door.

 

About the City of Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department

The mission of the Cultural Affairs Department is to provide cultural programming that includes visual artsdigital media, music, film, theater, dance and public art for the enjoyment and enrichment of residents and visitors to Pompano Beach, Broward County, and the greater South Florida area. The department programs and manages the City’s premiere cultural arts venues including the Pompano Beach Cultural Center, Ali Cultural Arts Center, Bailey Contemporary Arts Center, and the Blanche Ely House Museum. The department also oversees the City’s Public Art Program and the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town grant awarded to the Pompano Beach Crossroads place-making arts initiative.