(Note: Boca Raton magazine will be going on a holiday break next week, so this special Week Ahead will cover the next three weeks of arts and entertainment events, with the exception of New Year's Eve: those events will receive their own blog next week, so keep visiting bocamag.com, and happy holidays!)
Friday, Dec. 21
Screening of “Gone With the Wind” at Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach; 2:30 p.m.; free for members or $5 nonmembers; 561/655-7227 or www.fourarts.org
The idea of the movie as mass-audience spectacle and cultural barometer arguably started not with “Jaws” or even “Ben-Hur,” but with 1939’s “Gone With the Wind,” the first of the great blockbusters. Boasting a three-hour-and-53-minute running time – still risky in its length, even by the standard of today’s long-winded epics – and shot in color when the movie world still operated largely in black-and-white, “Gone With the Wind” took gambles that paid off. The movie won 10 Oscars and, adjusted for inflation, it’s still the highest-grossing film of all time. There’s no better way to see the movie than projected onto a big screen, so try and take advantage of this rare, and affordable, opportunity to do so.
Opening night of “Forbidden Broadway” at Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 7:30 p.m.; starting at $39; 561/832-7469 or www.kravis.org
An annual tradition at the Kravis Center between Christmas and New Year’s, “Forbidden Broadway” does for the Great White Way what the Capitol Steps (see Jan. 7 entry below) do to politics: gently, or sometimes bluntly, skewer its sacred cows with humor ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous. Ever refreshing its tried-and-true formula of skits and song parodies, the latest rendition of “Forbidden Broadway” finds the troupe lampooning “Porgy and Bess,” “Anything Goes,” “Spider-Man,” “Book of Mormon,” “Once” and “Death of a Salesman.” But you can also expect some inspired riffs on such immortal Broadway warhorses as Carol Channing and Ethel Merman, “The Lion King” and “Les Miserables.” It runs through Dec. 31.
Opening night of “Say it Loud” at Norton Museum, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; $12 adults, $5 students; 561/832-5196 or www.norton.org
There’s no question that artists of color are not represented enough at major museums and galleries, let alone in art-history textbooks. The Norton’s “Say it Loud: Art by African and African-American Artists in the Collection,” will certainly rectify this discrepancy, at least for the next few months. Running through March 3, the exhibition cuts a wide swath of styles and mediums, from photographs by James Van Der Zee and Gordon Parks to sculpture by Augusta Savage and paintings by Charles Henry Austin. You can even expect to see an avant-garde “Soundsuit” or two from Nick Cave, who provided one of the Norton’s most memorable exhibitions in recent years. Stick around for tonight’s Art After Dark proceedings, which include live Motown and blues performances, gallery tours and children’s activities.
Dr. Lonnie Smith at Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; $25-$35, $5 more at door; 561/450-6357 or www.artsgarage.org
Lonnie Smith is not a doctor, per se, but he plays one onstage. Adding the “Dr.” title to his name in the mid-1970s when he converted to Sikhism, the legendary jazzman with the distinctive turban may not be able to cure your sore throats, but he can certainly heal any of your musical wounds. Known as one of the world’s foremost jazz organists and a top progenitor of the B3 funk sound, the 70-year-old Smith has released more than 20 albums since 1966, recording for such notable jazz labels as Columbia, Blue Note and Palmetto. A force of nature as a live performer, Smith’s tour will celebrate his critically acclaimed 2012 album “The Healer,” his first live recording in 42 years.
Comedy Explosion at James L. Knight Center, 400 S.E. Second Ave., Miami; 8 p.m.; $65-$85; 305/416-5970 or www.ticketmaster.com
This comedy special’s motto is “live, laugh, love,” with six comedians helping audiences to do just that. The talent includes Earthquake, a onetime Air Force Sergeant with film and TV credits in “Everybody Hates Chris” and “Barnyard;” Rickey Smiley, a BET comedy staple known for his expertise in crank phone calls; Don Curry, a BET “Comic View” host who has enjoyed memorable roles in the “Friday” film series; Peabody Award-winning actor and radio personality J. Anthony Brown; Arnez J., an old-school comic known for his impersonations and improvised style; and Marvin Dixon, who hosts local comedy specials at the South Florida Improv clubs.
Jan. 4 to 6
Marc Maron at Fort Lauderdale Improv, 5700 Seminole Way, Hollywood; $22; various show times; 954/981-5653 or improvftl.com
As a former radio host on the Air America network, Marc Maron is one of the American Left’s great bomb-throwers, using humor to make pointed commentary about the issues of the day. His standup comedy is more long-form and cerebral, though, with largely apolitical observations delivered in an extemporaneous, seemingly unrehearsed colloquial style. A comedian’s comedian, Maron has become a cult icon, launching an influential comedy podcast and appearing on Conan O’Brien’s talk shows a record 47 times. Opening for Maron will be Mike Lawrence, a rising star in alternative comedy who launched his career in Broward County before moving to New York and appearing on Comedy Central and Conan’s show, among other prestigious venues.
An Evening with Oliver Stone at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; $34-$145; 954/462-0222 or www.browardcenter.org
Director Oliver Stone has long been dubbed by both detractors and even supporters as a paranoid conspiracy theorist, even though it can be argued that only one of his films – the compelling and convincing “JFK” – actually explored a genuine conspiracy. Now, however, Stone has jumped full boar into the secret, controversial stories that, in his view, have shaped America over the past 70 or 80 years, in his current Showtime documentary miniseries, “The Untold History of the United States.” Whether you ascribe to Stone’s provocative views or not, it’s hard to deny the studious research that yielded some of his conclusions, from World War II misinformation to the global changes wrought by the fall of Communism. Stone will no doubt have much to say about any topic thrown his way at this rare audience Q&A and discussion with Miami Herald film critic Rene Rodriguez.
The Capitol Steps at Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; $35; 561/243-7922 or www.delraycenterforthearts.org
Master political satirists the Capitol Steps will spend one night only in Delray Beach, part of a limited Florida jaunt that also includes brief appearances in Jupiter and Stuart. You probably know the story by now: The troupe was launched at a party by a group of actual Capitol Hill staffers back in 1981; comedy professionals have since jumped on board, and the Capitol Steps have expanded into a touring powerhouse, with shows in multiple cities at the same time. The prolific songwriters and sketch artists waste no time ripping humor from the headliners; some of their latest material includes a song about the fiscal cliff (“We Need Someone to Blame,” to the tune of “There is Nothin’ Like a Dame”) and a Christmas song about privacy issues titled “Santa Claus is Tracking You Down.”