Tricia Gallagher

Maybe our generation isn’t creative enough. It would appear that way to anyone checking out the upcoming entertainment making its way to South Florida over the next week, as it seems any opportunities to get out include some warped time-travel. While shows will appeal to older siblings, parents, and even grandparents, all of it could be an entertaining (or at least amusing) time for FAU students. Let’s see what’s happening.

On Saturday afternoon, 4/13, at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, classic rock outfit Blue Oyster Cult will perform. The heavy metal band known for its use of occult references, packs the same hard-rock hooks it originated during the late 1970s, most notably in the legendary song, “Don’t Fear the Reaper.” The fans and band alike are older, but this could be an interesting endeavor to discover what we missed in the era of platform shoes and hard rock. The show is included in the $5 admission into the racetrack. For more information, call 954/457-6940.

Later Saturday night, the time warp goes back even further with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young performing at the National Car Rental Center in Fort Lauderdale. It seems that the aging quartet’s politically charged folk anthems are welcome in these turbulent times. Young has proven himself a dynamic performer and is always electrifying live. He’ll probably perform his song “Let’s Roll,” inspired by the events on United Airlines Flight 93, the plane that crashed in a field in rural Pennsylvania on Sept. 11. Expect classic songs and perhaps a cut from each member’s solo albums. Also expect graying baby boomers and their granola-fed offspring. Tickets are $40 to $151 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster at the UP Box Office or by calling 954-523-3309.

Finally, if you missed Barry Manilow’s performance at FAU a few weeks ago, have no fear. Soft rock’s reigning king will be in town again at the Sunrise Musical Theatre on Thursday 4/11, Friday 4/12 and Saturday 4/13. From syrupy ballads like “Mandy” to the spirited “Copacabana,” Barry Manilow takes audiences on a musical roller coaster ride. While he is sure to sing some songs from “Here at the Mayflower,” his 2001 album of original material, fans longing to hear the classics live won’t be disappointed. The majority of his almost two-hour concert is devoted to oldies, including a rousing medley of favorites. This performance is likely to be filled with fans of all ages. Tickets are $50 to $98 and again can be purchased through Ticketmaster.