Michael Sandel at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 7 p.m.; $30 to $50; 561/368-8445 or www.festivaloftheartsboca.org
Finish this sentence: Morality and capitalism go together like … peas in a pod? Or like oil and water? If the freewheeling, casino-esque, Too Big to Fail culture that led to the 2008 economic recession is any indication, then morality jumped the capitalist train a long time ago. Best-selling author and Harvard professor Michael Sandel has been tracing this split for the past three decades, resulting in his most recent book “What Money Can’t Buy,” a study of America’s switch from, as he puts it, having a market economy to being a market society. In Sandel’s book, it’s an issue that touches all corners of modern life, from education and the environment to health, war and immigration. Expect Sandel to cover much of this material and more at tonight’s lively lecture at the Festival of the Arts Boca, which is titled “What Do We Owe One Another as Citizens?”
Jules Feiffer at Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 2 p.m.; $25 to $40; 561/243-7922 or delraycenterforthearts.org
“Why don’t you leave me? For god’s sake, I’d almost marry you if you’d leave me.” This classic epigram was spoken by Jack Nicholson in “Carnal Knowledge,” but it was written by Jules Feiffer, a witty polymath who also penned scabrous, socially conscious and enduring films for Robert Altman and Alan Arkin. His talents have extended to novels, plays and editorial cartoons, most famously for the Village Voice. A Pulitzer, Polk, Obie and Oscar winner, he remains a voice of social outrage, and he’ll share stories from his five-decade career as part of the Crest Theatre’s 2013 lecture series.
Opening night of “The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League” at Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach; 6 p.m.; $12 adults, $5 students; 561/832-5196 or www.norton.org
The period of 1936 to 1951 was a tumultuous one in United States history, encompassing the Great Depression, World War II and the beginnings of the Red Scare. The Photo League, a co-op of amateur and professional photographers, was around to capture America’s profound changes, operating in the epicenter of the action: New York City. The League’s members journeyed across the five boroughs and beyond, searching for faces, stories and causes, always fighting for social justice while shooting the unfettered truth. This exhibition, jointly curated by the Columbus Museum of Art and the Jewish Museum in New York City, presents 150 vintage photographs. It opens tonight as part of the museum’s Art After Dark festivities, and it runs through June 16.
Opening night of “Lungs” at Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach; 7:30 p.m.; $35 to $40; 561/450-6357 or www.artsgarage.org
“Lungs” is a play rife with millennial anxieties. Penned in 2011 by young British playwright Duncan Macmillan, it captures a Generation Y couple’s debate about to whether to bring a child into a world that seems on the brink of global disaster and political unrest—where starvation, poverty, economic insecurity and anxiety over carbon footprints are deep-rooted considerations to furthering bloodlines. As a piece of theater, “Lungs” is paired down to its essence: a bare, unadorned stage with few lighting cues, no costume changes and characters named “M” and “W” for man and woman. It runs through April 12.
Friday and Saturday
St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Party on downtown Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach; 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; free; 561/279-0907 or www.festivalmanagementgroup.com/st-patty
For more than four decades, the Delray Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been one of the county’s best annual events, winning awards from this magazine among others. But 45 years ago, there was no parade: There was just one man, named Maury Powers, who decided to start, literally, a one-man parade, strolling down Atlantic Avenue in his top hat and shillelagh, to the amusement of pedestrians. This weekend’s event will honor Power’s efforts, which have spawned a two-day affair with an expected attendance of more than 150,000. The festivities begin Friday with a traditional Celtic celebration of Irish dancing, live music, bagpipes, beer and corned beef. Then, beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, the Delray Beach Center for the Arts will open its doors to live music, a full liquor bar, food and vendors, and the parade proper will commence at 2 p.m. along the Avenue.
Friday to Sunday
“Salome” at Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday; starting at $20; 561/832-7469 or www.kravis.org
This one-act opera by Richard Strauss, based on Oscar Wilde’s biblically inspired play about Salome, Herod and the severed head of John the Baptist, shocked theatergoers with its dramatic power, eroticism and necrophilic implications when it premiered in 1905. Audiences revolted, lead actresses refused to perform the notorious “Dance of the Seven Veils,” and conductors watched their creations tastefully neutered. Needless to say, our morals have loosened since then, and “Salome” has become a popular selection for the operatic repertoire. Internationally renowned soprano Erika Sunnegårdh will star in this Palm Beach Opera production.
Audra McDonald at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 7:30 p.m.; $15 to $90; 561/368-8445 or www.festivaloftheartsboca.org
It’s not often we have a five-time Tony Award winner in our midst to sing a few songs for us. In fact, I’m not sure that’s ever happened here in Palm Beach County; the only stage performers to accrue such an honor have been Julie Harris, Angela Lansbury and Audra McDonald, and the latter will bring her lovely soprano voice and tremendous versatility to the closing night of Festival of the Arts Boca. McDonald is most known for her five-year stint as an obstetrician on ABC’s “Private Practice,” but the concert hall is the best way to experience the diversity that has led to her to win Broadway’s top honors in shows like “Porgy and Bess,” “Carousel,” and “A Raisin in the Sun.” For tonight’s concert, McDonald will lend to her golden voice to a celebration of musical theater favorites from Broadway classics to material from shows as recent as 2011.
Saturday and Sunday
8th Annual Jazz in the Gardens at Sun Life Stadium, 2269 N.W. 199th St., Miami Gardens; 4 p.m. each day; $57 to $340; 305/934-3370 or www.jazzinthegardens.com
More than 45,000 jazz lovers turned out for the festival last year, and this year’s lineup for annual North Miami jazz fest looks to be just as impressive. Continuing to expand its definition of jazz to include hip-hop and R&B artists, the festival will feature music from Babyface, a crossover musician and producer who has worked with everyone from Whitney Houston to Eric Clapton to Kanye West; Fantasia, an “American Idol” alum and eight-time Grammy nominee; Ne-Yo, one of the great R&B talents of the last decade, known for his silky-smooth vocals; Monica, a singer, actress and entrepreneur who has sold more than 10 million albums; and Earth, Wind and Fire, the classic pop group whose music bridged the gaps of soul, disco, R&B, funk, jazz and rock. Charlie Wilson, New Edition, Najee, Rachelle Ferrell and Mary Mary round out the bill.