Entries by John Thomason

Theatre Review: “1984” at Pompano Cultural Center

“You can’t found a civilization on fear and lies and cruelty!” Perhaps not, but you can certainly win a presidential campaign on it. This protest, uttered in the throes of torture by Winston Smith, the everyman hero of 1984, is one of countless ways George Orwell’s novel echoes across our zeitgeist. With every passing year, […]

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: July 18 to 24

A cinema honors a late horror legend, The “Real Kramer” visits Boca, and a Sondheim masterpiece opens at the Kravis. Plus, Bryan Norcross, “Bad Jews,” a Talking Heads tribute and more in your week ahead. THURSDAY What: “Kramer on Seinfeld” Where: Boca Black Box, 8221 Glades Road, Suite 10 When: 8 p.m. Cost: $25-$35 Contact: […]

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.

Movie Reviews: “Lost in Paris,” “Wish Upon”

Post-“La La Land,” whimsy is back in vogue, and that movie’s French heir, “Lost in Paris,” follows in its magical, choreographed footsteps. But if the romance of “La La Land” took its cue from jazz and “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” the wacky couplings in “Lost in Paris” owe debts to everyone from Buster Keaton to […]

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: July 11 to 17

Patty slingers vie at the Boca Burger Battle, the Arsht lets it snow, and a neo-soul icon headlines an Overtown arts fest. Plus, Roger Waters, “Sweeney Todd,” Royal Room cabaret and more in your week ahead. WEDNESDAY What: Opening night of “Slava’s Snowshow” Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami When: 8 p.m. Cost: $30-$75 […]

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.

Concert Review: Paul McCartney in Miami

Independence Day may have passed, but skyrockets took flight inside the AmericanAirlines Arena approximately two and a half hours into Paul McCartney’s marathon set Friday night. Embracing the thunderous “Live and Let Die” in all its Queen-evoking theatricality, McCartney performed the anthem complete with sparks—both real with digital—and honest-to-goodness pyrotechnics. From our plum seats on […]

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The Boca Interview: 7 Questions with Harry Benson

You can read the rest of our interview with Harry Benson in our July/August 2017 issue. For more features like this, subscribe to the magazine.  Written by John Thomason. Photos by Harry Benson From 1960 onward, when history happened, Harry Benson was there to document it. Born in Scotland in 1929, Benson beat other photographers for […]

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 Norton Makes “French Connections” in New Show

If food were art, the Norton Museum has become more of a tapas bar than a full-service restaurant. Working with abbreviated gallery space while the rest of the museum is under renovation, the Norton has eschewed large-scale, multiroom shows in favor of “Spotlight” exhibitions like its newly opened “French Connections,” which showcases the work of […]

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: July 4 to 10

The Romantics rock July Fourth, Palm Beach Shakespeare visits Capri, and Val Kilmer becomes Mark Twain. Plus, Independence Day in Boca and Delray, “The Art of Cobra,” “The Big Sick” and more in your week ahead. TUESDAY What: Fabulous Fourth Where: Spanish River Athletic Facility, 1000 N.W. Spanish River Blvd., Boca Raton When: 6:30 p.m. […]

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Q&A: Steve Alten

The best-selling author’s latest example of conspiracy “faction” tackles alien contact, Roswell, free energy and much more. West Palm Beach-based author Steve Alten is no stranger to the supernatural and conspiracy thriller, having penned books on Mayan prophecies, genetic engineering and government secrecy. But his newly released 16th book, Undisclosed, may be his most ambitious yet. […]

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.

Movie Review: “Baby Driver”

In the serious comedies of writer-director Edgar Wright, genre is putty, and he loves confounding us with the shapes he creates. As he proved in his breakthrough—and still probably his best film, though I have doubts as I type this—“Shaun of the Dead,” few contemporary directors can shift styles as fluidly, suddenly and completely as […]

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.