Entries by John Thomason

Gritty Realism Lifts Imperfect Biopic ‘Stronger’

It was the most enduring human-interest story to emerge from the horrible rubble of the Boston Marathon bombing. Jeff Bauman, a salty Bostonian who worked the deli at the local Costco, lost both of his legs in the attack but, upon waking in the hospital, provided the FBI with valuable intel on one of the […]

As the A&E editor of bocamag.com, I offer reviews, previews, interviews, news reports and musings on all things arty and entertainment-y in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

The Original Wonder Woman Sings: A Q&A With Lynda Carter

  Gal Gadot isn’t the only actress to ride the Wonder Woman rocket to stardom. In 1975, Lynda Carter, the Miss World USA from three years prior, had nearly exhausted her savings to pursue an acting career that had produced only three bit parts. She was close to returning to her native Arizona when her […]

As the A&E editor of bocamag.com, I offer reviews, previews, interviews, news reports and musings on all things arty and entertainment-y in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

Your Week Ahead: Sept. 19 to 25

The biggest band in the universe tours Miami, Respectable Street toasts 30 years of oblivion, and a White House correspondent dishes on fake news in Boca. Plus, Salman Rushdie, “Woodpeckers,” a Trump-themed play and more in your week ahead. TUESDAY What: April Ryan Where: University Theatre at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton When: 2 […]

As the A&E editor of bocamag.com, I offer reviews, previews, interviews, news reports and musings on all things arty and entertainment-y in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

Enjoy a Laugh in Irma’s Aftermath

Oh lordy, do we need a laugh right about now. Humor may not be the best medicine to combat the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma and its widespread power outages, but the ability to escape the darkness and enjoy a joke or three can certainly help alleviate the stress of this surreal week we’ve all […]

As the A&E editor of bocamag.com, I offer reviews, previews, interviews, news reports and musings on all things arty and entertainment-y in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

Former Metallica Bassist to Appear at … the Colony Palm Beach?

The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County recently announced its 2017-2018 season of “Culture & Cocktails” guest-speaker events. A cursory glance at the schedule makes for a fun game of “which of these things is not like the others?” “Culture & Cocktails” events are upscale affairs celebrating the loftiest arts, often operating on the nexus […]

As the A&E editor of bocamag.com, I offer reviews, previews, interviews, news reports and musings on all things arty and entertainment-y in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

“Patti Cake$” Shoehorns Extraordinary People Into Conventional Narrative

Patti, the extraordinary protagonist of Geremy Jasper’s debut feature “Patti Cake$,” spends every night slumbering to the neon dreams of hip-hop superstardom. She wakes up the next morning with new raps in her head, if as channeled from the same cosmic wellspring that allowed Jimi Hendrix to play the guitar or Mozart the piano. The […]

As the A&E editor of bocamag.com, I offer reviews, previews, interviews, news reports and musings on all things arty and entertainment-y in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

Your Weeks Ahead: Aug. 29 to Sept. 10

[NOTE: This column covers the next two weeks ahead, to accommodate for a vacation next week.] Mizner Park hosts a Brazilian bash, South Florida artists re-interpret the classic femme fatale, and Boca restaurants offer a month of prix fixe specials. Plus, Green Day, the Norton’s “Earth Works,” “Marjorie Prime” and more in the weeks ahead. […]

As the A&E editor of bocamag.com, I offer reviews, previews, interviews, news reports and musings on all things arty and entertainment-y in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

Laser Concerts “2.0” to Return to Science Center

(all photos courtesy of Audio Visual Imagineering) For the South Florida Science Center, the day the music died was approximately three years ago, when the venue discontinued its popular laser concert series. “The system we had was so old and antiquated, it was doing a disservice to continue to run those,” says Kate Arrizza, the […]

As the A&E editor of bocamag.com, I offer reviews, previews, interviews, news reports and musings on all things arty and entertainment-y in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

New WPB Venue Voltaire to Open With Three Concerts

When Voltaire, West Palm Beach’s newest nightclub and music venue, hosts its grand opening Thursday night, it will be the first time in weeks that its owner and manager can just relax. Nightlife maven Rodney Mayo and promoter extraordinaire Steve Rullman have been toiling around the clock for weeks to ensure the venue will be […]

As the A&E editor of bocamag.com, I offer reviews, previews, interviews, news reports and musings on all things arty and entertainment-y in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

Eclipse Draws Hundreds at Boca Library

As I’m writing this, the Great American Eclipse has just passed, and first thing’s first: We’re still here. Despite the prognostications of some, the apocalypse has been postponed yet again. So we have that going for us, which is nice. I experienced this one-in-a-lifetime communal gathering at Boca’s Spanish River Library, one of the city’s […]

As the A&E editor of bocamag.com, I offer reviews, previews, interviews, news reports and musings on all things arty and entertainment-y in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.