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Beehive is Buzzworthy Girl Power

 

Beehive PRESS - 28I seem to recall the Wick getting some early criticism for recycling tried and true Broadway and off-Broadway faves rather than staging bold, new more avant-garde productions, but whomever said that may be rethinking it now.

The theater’s success over the past four seasons is indisputable; performances are often sold out and they get progressively more sophisticated. This past year I was blown away by how brilliantly “West Side Story” was staged in this small theater, and last Saturday night I was charmed in a different way by the current production of “Beehive, the 60s Musical.”

This musical revue was created in the late 1980s by the late Larry Gallagher, but it’s just as much fun almost 30 years later with its seven-woman cast of singers who trace the contributions and roles of women in 1960s music, from Lesley Gore to Janis Joplin. There are 30-some songs here (all were sung first by a woman) starting with “The Name Game” and “It’s My Party” and progressing through the tumultuous decade. Girl groups like the Shirelles (“Sweet Talkin’ Guy”) and the Supremes (“You Can’t Hurry Love”) are honored, as well as solo stars like Lesley Gore, Tina Turner, Dusty Springfield.

A special moment in the first act was when cast member Sarah Amengual crooned “Where The Boys Are,” and the audience erupted in applause—because the real Connie Francis was there in the audience.

The decade—and its gradual loss of innocence—is tracked by an occasional narrative in addition to music through the dark days of the assassination of John Kennedy and Martin Luther King as well as the British invasion, and ultimately, the summer of love and Woodstock.

The cast members’ voices are outstanding—to a woman—and exceptional performances are delivered by Trisha Jeffrey (“Never Loved A Man”) and Mallory Newbrough summoning up her inner Janis Joplin (“Try—Just A Little Harder”). The live band in Act II was a great addition, and the pace was lively.

This is almost a singalong revue but it avoids being sucked into the black hole of nostalgia through a great list of curated songs—and the wonder that it all happened in one single decade in history. They were the best of times and the worst of times—but they make an excellent evening of entertainment at The Wick.

The show runs through May 14; visit thewick.org to snag a seat.

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Your Week Ahead: April 25 – May 1

Magic and drama combine in a Houdini bio-play, a legendary Miami crooner performs in a legendary Boca venue, and the Kravis Center tries to catch ‘em all. Plus, Book of Love, Surfer Blood, “Clue” and more in your week ahead.

WEDNESDAY

What: Opening night of “Death and Harry Houdini”

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Where: Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $50

Contact: 305/949-6722, arshtcenter.org

Fifteen years ago, the House Theatre of Chicago—an Illinois incubator for world-premiere plays—opened its first season with the smash hit “Death and Harry Houdini,” which shared the life story of the titular magician and his “lifelong war against Death.” The play proved so legendary that the House Theatre revived the play in 2012 and brought it on tour to Miami, with most performances selling out. That very show is returning to Miami this week for a limited-run encore. Copious magic tricks complement the human drama of the play, and its centerpiece is a replication of Houdini’s notorious water torture cell escape, in which he was manacled and dunked into a column of water. Magician Dennis Watkins, who plays Houdini, told a reporter that he even quit smoking to expand his lung capacity for this role. It runs through May 21.

FRIDAY

What: Opening night of “Nine”

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Where: Stage Door Theatre, 8036 W. Sample Road, Margate

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $38

Contact: 954/344-7765, stagedoorfl.org

How do you make a musical about writer’s block? Maury Yeston’s “Nine” is one way. Adapting freely from Federico Fellini’s classic “8 1/2,” it’s set largely inside the convoluted head of a famous film director suffering artistic burnout and sexual estrangement. His fantasies, memories and amorous conflicts bounce around his noggin like pinballs, each realized onstage with theatrical flair. Broward Stage Door’s production runs through June 11.

What: Book of Love

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Where: Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $25

Contact: 954/564-1074, ticketmaster.com

The cliché “everything old is new again” has certainly applied to Philadelphia synthpop quartet Book of Love, who, 31 years after the release of its debut album, has enjoyed a rejuvenated popularity rare among its big-haired, cheesy-music-video peers. Trading largely in the sunny side of New Wave—think Pet Shop Boys, or Depeche Mode at its most commercial—Book of Love’s dance-chart success peaked between 1985 and 1993, during which time its music enjoyed the pop-culture rite of passage of appearing in a John Hughes movie (the shimmery “Modigliani,” from “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”). But Book of Love is more than a product of its synthetic era; the group’s lyrics addressed sexual differences with welcome arms, anticipating concepts of gender fluidity by decades. This helps explain why “Boy” from the band’s debut album finally became a hit in 2001, and why new audiences have embraced Book of Love on its current reunion tour.

SATURDAY

What: “One Night Stand” with Bobby Caldwell

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Where: Boca Raton Resort & Club, 501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton

When: 7 and 9 p.m.

Cost: $170 (includes luxury guest room, open bar during the concert and tickets for two)

Contact: 561/447-3071, ticketmaster.com

Not many singers can claim to have inspired artists ranging from The Notorious B.I.G. to Michael Bolton. But when folks say Bobby Caldwell has range, they mean it. A South Florida native, Caldwell cut his teeth at Miami’s legendary TK records in the 1970s, where he recorded iconic blue-eyed soul insta-hits like “What You Won’t Do for Love,” released on an equally cool and tacky heart-shaped vinyl record. Still a force in the upscale cabaret culture, this Rat Pack devotee (he even played Sinatra on a Las Vegas stage revue and earned raves for it) will perform the hits he perfected for himself and others in this homecoming show. Admission includes a night at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, and needless to say there are worse places to lay your head.

What: “Pokemon: Symphonic Evolutions”

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Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $20-$100

Contact: 561/832-7469, kravis.org

Video game music has come a long way from the bleeps and bloops of Donkey Kong’s time, as evidenced by the surprisingly bankable trend of orchestral concerts of multi-bit scores. Just as games have become more cinematic, so too have video game scores been composed with filmic intensity and emotion. The Pokemon franchise has embraced this aesthetic from the beginning, which is where the game’s “Symphonic Evolutions” tour stars: with songs from Pokemon’s original Game Boy concoctions, all the way through its latest iterations on the 3DS. Electronic overlays are woven into the live symphonic sounds, and carefully timed video projections link the music to Pokemon’s many characters and editions. Most of the rules of traditional Kravis Center orchestral decorum fly by the wayside for this performance, with fans encouraged to cosplay as their favorite Pokemon and catch, battle and trade with fellow enthusiasts.

What: Surfer Blood

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Where: Respectable Street, 518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach

When: 10 p.m.

Cost: $12

Contact: sub-culture.com/respectable-street

Arguably South Florida’s most prominent musical export of the Aughts, West Palm Beach’s Surfer Blood exploded from pretty much nowhere in 2009 with its sensational debut single “Swim” and its accompanying debut album, the following year’s “Astro Coast.” Evoking indie rock’s canonized forbears—Pavement, Built to Spill, Pixies—the album had a “Citizen Kane”-like preternatural brilliance to it, received with the kind of acclaim that could send lesser bands plummeting into the vortex of one-album-wonderdom. Not Surfer Blood: The group’s follow-up LPs have been just as hooky (if more produced, which is certainly not a bad thing) and infectious—every track a potential hit in the making, if commercial radio weren’t such a wasteland. This hometown show is sure to include a number of early hits, but it also celebrates the band’s new album “Snowdonia,” which expands the group’s drum-tight aesthetic over eight songs and a lean, unimpeachable 38 minutes.

What: Screening of “Clue”

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Where: O Cinema, 500 71st St., Miami Beach

When: 11:45 p.m.

Cost: $10

Contact: 786/207-1919, o-cinema.org

Adapting board games into movies didn’t used to be a thing. Before “Ouija” and “Battleship” and “Dungeons & Dragons,” there was “Clue,” the board-to-reel 1985 comedy that started it all. Director Jonathan Lynn set his adaptation in 1954 on—where else?—a dark and stormy night, where a rogues’ gallery of power players has gathered for a mysterious dinner party. It turns out they all have ties to Washington, and they’re all about to be blackmailed … by a host who just happens to wind up dead. “Clue” has its share of slapstick, but it’s anchored by subversive politics, sending up the McCarthy era as much as it sends up itself. The expertly curated cast includes Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Lesley Ann Warren and Madeline Kahn, as those colorful people you remember from childhood.

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Review: Kinky Boots at the Kravis Center

 

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The closing bows for this show were unlike any I’ve ever experienced.

The show ended at the plot’s climax. The characters were still singing and dancing, and I found myself suddenly standing and clapping, not in applause, but to the beat of the music.

That’s what makes “Kinky Boots” such a wonderful show. It lifts you up—literally and figuratively.

The Broadway show, based on the British movie “Kinky Boots,” follows the hilarious and unlikely intersection of the lives of Charlie Price, who unwillingly inherited his father’s failing shoe company, and the drag queen Lola, who has been obsessed with sparkle, theatrics, the color red, and especially shoes, since childhood. Charlie meets Lola at a precarious time in his life, and Lola, a man who dresses like a woman for a living, teaches Charlie big lessons on what it means to truly be “a man.” You likely won’t be too surprised by this story as it follows a typical story arc. Nevertheless the acting and plot are brilliant.

Charlie and Lola attempt to save Price & Sons by changing the product, which was a line of well-made men’s shoes, into well-made shoes for men—who dress like women. The story is about acceptance, transformation, empathy, tolerance, passion and self expression. It’s fitting that the high heeled-boot is a metaphor for “putting yourself in someone else’s shoes.”

What made “Kinky Boots” so compelling to me and my co-worker who joined me was the dancing and choreography (by Jerry Mitchell), almost entirely performed in really high heels. We’re talking 5-6 inches, and the female characters and male characters wearing those heels equally pulled off the stunts (splits, jumps, twirls) flawlessly. This was exhibited perfectly in the final song in Act 1, “Everybody Say Yeah,” which included technical choreography on treadmills.

You can’t talk about this show without talking about the music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper. The pop beats kept the show upbeat and zany, and the slowing of pace changed things up and piqued my interest. Lola’s solo “Hold Me in Your Heart” was beautiful, and actor Timothy Ware conveyed deep emotion—the kind that brings a lump to your throat. My favorite song was “Sex is in the Heel.” It was just so fun and such a celebration of human sensuality and self expression. It’s important to note that after the show, I desperately regretted not wearing heels that night.

Since its first show in 2012 “Kinky Boots” has only become more relevant. In February, President Donald Trump rescinded Obama-era protections for transgender students in schools that allowed them to use the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity. The messages of love and acceptance in “Kinky Boots,” delivered via comedy, lyrics, fashion and of course drag queens, should be listened to with open ears. What’s great about “Kinky Boots” is that it teaches us that whether you’re a “trans veteran” or just a burly dude, you are what you say you are, and no one else has a right to define you.

Can you tell I loved it?


Kinky Boots plays at the Kravis Center through April 23. For tickets go to kravis.org.

Shayna is the Web Editor of Boca Magazine. She is a 20-something sorta-recent graduate from the University of Florida with a degree in journalism. Most of her time is spent fawning over cats and kittens; cooking food at home for her family; and observing Florida’s greatest asset: nature.
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Your Week Ahead April 18-24

Literary luminaries descend on West Palm Beach, animals entertain you in Delray, and a sitcom star reinvents himself as a cabaret crooner. Plus, David Sedaris, “Waiting For Godot,” “Free Fire” and more in your week ahead.

TUESDAY

What: Popovich Comedy Pet Theater

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Where: Crest Theatre, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $15-$25

Contact: 561/243-7922, oldschoolsquare.org

I for one have trouble preventing my shih tzu from peeing on my neighbor’s lawn décor. Gregory Popovich, the son of Moscow circus performers and the impresario of Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, has no such problems controlling his pets. The Spielberg of fauna, he herds cats, among other animals, for a living. His zoo of a cast, which includes canines, felines, geese and goats, has performed in 25 countries and on countless talk shows, where they walk tightropes, ride scooters, jump rope, play football and save fellow-animals from a “burning” building. Lest you call PETA, these animals, all rescued from shelters, have been given second chances at life and have been trained with positive reinforcement. They’re pretty much divas.

What: Opening day of “Pen to Paper: Artists’ Handwritten Letters”

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Where: Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach

When: Noon to 5 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 561/832-5196, norton.org

How did Georgia O’Keeffe dot her “i”s? How did Winslow Homer cross his “t”s? These are questions that probably don’t keep you up at night, but they reveal much about these famous artists, as this exhibition documents. It explores the penmanship of artists from Mary Cassatt to Isamu Noguchi—from casually jotted notes to decorative calligraphy. Catch it through June 25.

TUESDAY TO SATURDAY

What: Tony Danza

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Where: The Royal Room at Colony Hotel, 155 Hammon Ave., Palm Beach

When: 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $80-$90

Contact: 561/659-8100, theroyalroom.com

Yes, you read that right—it’s that Tony Danza. Singing standards. On a cabaret stage. Danza is used to winning over skeptics; as he told the Palm Beach Post last year during his Royal Room debut, “Being Tony Danza gets you onstage. They’ll give you a pass … but then you gotta show ‘em something.” Anyone immersed in recent Broadway history knows Danza can sing. The former pugilist and sitcom star earned plaudits for his role in the short-lived Broadway musical “Honeymoon in Vegas.” But he’s also a devotee of the American Songbook. Returning to Palm Beach by popular demand to close out the season, Danza will perform a program called “Standards & Stories,” featuring his croons of classic cuts, along with entertaining yarns from his decades in show business.

THURSDAY

What: Opening night of “Waiting for Godot”

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Where: Evening Star Productions, 3333 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $15 students, $30 adults

Contact: 561/447-8829, eveningstarproductions.org

Once voted “the most significant English-language play of the 20th century,” Samuel Beckett’s existential tragicomedy remains as durable as ever. Two wandering tramps position themselves under a leafless tree, in anticipation of meeting the elusive Mr. Godot. Instead, they encounter an imperious master and his rope-tied slave, as well as the mysterious Godot’s messenger, promising his employer will “surely” arrive tomorrow. A paean to patience and plotlessness, Beckett’s classic continues to puzzle and enrich us in equal measure. This rare production of the play from Boca Raton’s Evening Star Productions runs through May 7.

What: David Sedaris

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Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $45-$75

Contact: 305/949-6722, arshtcenter.org

With five New York Times best-sellers to his credit, David Sedaris is one of the country’s foremost humorists and the reigning champion of the short-form essay. Deftly illuminating the unpleasantries, absurdities and vagaries of modern life, Sedaris’ latest collection, Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls, includes memoirs and fiction pieces on topics ranging from his first colonoscopy to his father’s unorthodox dinner attire to the weird inner sanctum of a European taxidermy shop. His 2017 tour will feature a brand-new selection of spoken-word narratives, offering fans a preview of his forthcoming writings as well as a spirited Q&A.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY

What: Fort Lauderdale Fringe Festival

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Where: Various locations

When: Various show times

Cost: $27 day passes, $42 multiday passes

Contact: 954/201-6306, fortlauderdalefringe.com

The first and only running fringe festival in South Florida, the Fort Lauderdale Fringe returns for its third year of uncensored, accessible, community-bolstering plays at venues including the Broward Center, Broward College, Stache and the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society. Expected highlights include standup comedian Megan Gogerty’s inside-theater “Lady Macbeth and her Pal Megan;” the apocalyptic science fiction of “An Unnamed Psychosis;” “Safe House,” a sobering play inspired by the Orlando nightclub shooting; and the magic-infused “Illusion of Choice.” Twilight jazz performances and other live music complements the experience, and each show runs multiple times over the busy weekend.

FRIDAY

What: Opening night of “Free Fire”

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Where: Various movie theaters

When: Various show times

Cost: Varies by theater

Contact: a24films.com/films/free-fire

This lean, kinetic, bruising anarcho-comedy from U.K. madman Ben Wheatley has at best a cocktail-napkin plot: A few bad dudes meet a few other bad dudes in an abandoned warehouse to exchange cash for firearms. Tempers flare, and pretty soon everybody draws their weapon, takes makeshift cover among the industrial detritus, and fires away, with a John Denver 8-track tape providing an occasional inspired counterpoint. Not since the classic John Woo actioners of the ‘80s have this many bullets flown and pinged and ricocheted across a movie’s soundscape, forming a percussive musicality to accompany Wheatley’s precise editing and almost balletic imagery of flailing limbs and nervous glances. “Free Fire” becomes a Darwinian reality show: As the carnage grows increasingly baroque, one character after another bites the bullet (literally and figuratively). The film’s humor has a Tarantinan edge, but it’s an immature, early-‘90s Tarantino. The marketing materials insist that “Free Fire” is a satire on gun violence, but to ascribe social commentary to the melee gives it too much credit. It knows it’s cynical folderol for a desensitized, B-movie demo, concerning characters about whom we don’t care a lick. It’s accomplished filmmaking nonetheless.

SATURDAY

What: Palm Beach Book Festival

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Where: Harriet Himmel Theatre at CityPlace, 700 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: $100 full-day pass, $25 individual panels

Contact: 561/429-4008, palmbeachbookfestival.com

One of the Palm Beach cultural scene’s most recent success stories, the Palm Beach Book Festival started in 2015 and has grown each year since in size, stature and celebrity cachet. This celebration of all things printed and bound has earned a reputation for its enlightening panel discussions, and the 2017 edition, hosted for the first time in CityPlace, features a diverse lineup of authors and topics, starting with “You Go Girl: The Writing of Memoir vs. Biography” with memoirist Dani Shapiro and the authors of biographies on Joan Rivers and Helen Gurley Brown. At 10:30, Rob Harris will moderate a conversation with fearless war correspondent Sebastian Junger. Later events include discussions with James Patterson, award-winning legal expert Jeffrey Toobin (pictured) and iconic actor Robert Wagner.

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Your Week Ahead April 11-17

“SNL” alumni perform a star-studded comedy tour, one woman recreates six seasons of “Sex and the City,” and a surf-rock legend amps it up in Fort Lauderdale. Plus, Panic! at the Disco, “Marjorie Prime,” “Rams” and more in your week ahead.

WEDNESDAY

What: Opening night of “Sex Tips For Straight Women From a Gay Man”

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Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $35-$45

Contact: 561/832-7469, kravis.org

This being a family website, I can’t reveal too much of the plot of this decidedly R-rated comedic play, set in a university auditorium where a bookish moderator has welcomed an outspoken author and his hunky assistant, who turn what could have been a dry lecture into an interactive seminar. Their subject? It’s right there in the title: Tips for straight ladies to best satisfy their men, from guys well-versed in satisfying men. This touring production is based on a 2008 book of the same name by Dan Anderson and Maggie Berman, who condensed their lifelong study of male pleasure into a best-selling how-to guide on such positions as The Flying Wallenda and The Upstanding Citizen. Risqué stuff for the Kravis, eh? We must be reaching the end of Season. It runs through Sunday.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

What: “One Woman Sex and the City: A Parody”

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Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday

Cost: $35-$45

Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org

The Kravis isn’t the only venue exploring libidinous humor this week. Co-written by and starring Kerry Ipema, this solo show resurrects the smash HBO comedy about unapologetic single women in Manhattan. She reduces its six seasons, four central characters, and most memorable plots and supporting characters into a single 90-minute whirlwind production. Ipema embodies 24 characters in all without the aid of costume changes; her carriage, voice and temperament will sell the transition—but, this being a “Sex and the City” homage, her shoes will make a killer statement. Parody, of course, is the highest form of flattery, and the show will likely come off as reverential as much as cheeky, appealing to “Sex and the City” acolytes and detractors alike.

FRIDAY

What: “Rams”

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Where: Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach

When: 2:30 p.m., 5:15 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Cost: $5

Contact: 561/655-7226, fourarts.org

I know what you’re thinking. Just what we need: Yet another dialogue-starved movie about rival taciturn sheep-farming brothers in Iceland. In all seriousness, there’s nothing quite like “Rams,” a wintry, desolate and uncompromising portrait of disconnection and reconciliation that continues to stick with me a year and a half after I saw it. The winner of the Un Certain Regard award at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, “Rams” captures a season of change for Gummi and Kiddi, elder siblings who raise competitive flocks on adjacent properties, but who haven’t spoken to each other in 40 years. This is about to change, thanks to an infection of scrapie that affects their sheep. The advertising materials for “Rams” play it up like an absurdist comedy, but don’t expect to laugh much; this is art-house austerity in the Bergman mold, and well worth seeing for adventurous moviegoers.

What: Dick Dale

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Where: Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $30

Contact: 954/564-1064, cultureroom.net

Not many living recording artists can say they performed on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in the early 1960s—or can justifiably say they invented a genre. But surf rock pioneer Dick Dale has accomplished both. Dale’s roiling, rocking axe rhythms, recorded on custom-made amplifiers that broke aural ground, inspired the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen, not to mention Quentin Tarantino, who turned Dale’s “Misirlou” into a surprise hit for a new generation when he used it in the credits of “Pulp Fiction.” Dale is now 79, and he’s still a road warrior, because even guitar legends have bills: In Dale’s case, it’s to pay for his challenges with rectal cancer. Unlike older-generation rockers who cultivate a facade of eternal youth, Dale might just address some of the vagaries of aging in his seemingly annual gig at the Culture Room.

What: Opening night of “Marjorie Prime”

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Where: Main Street Playhouse, 6766 Main St., Miami Lakes

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $25-$30

Contact: 305/558-3737, mainstreetplayers.com

Playwright Jordan Harrison made the shortlist for a recent Pulitzer Prize for this comic and poignant science-fiction narrative, which addresses weighty themes as comfortably as it traverses genre. “Marjorie Prime” imagines a not-implausible future in which lost loved ones can be resurrected in holographic form. That’s how Walter, the dead husband of the 85-year-old title character, remains in her life. But Marjorie herself is beginning to fade, both mentally and physically, presenting challenges for her daughter and son-in-law. A meditation on aging, dying and the power, promise and pitfalls of technology, this looks to be one of the must-see plays of the season. Let’s hope the Main Street Players are up to the task in the show’s South Florida premiere, which runs through May 7.

SATURDAY

What: Panic! At the Disco

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Where: BB&T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $35 and up

Contact: 954/835-8000, thebbtcenter.com

Panic! at the Disco, the Las Vegas outfit fronted by charismatic vocalist Brandon Urie, has come a long way since its high school days, when it cut its teeth as a Blink-182 cover band. Influenced by future mentors Fall Out Boy, Panic! has successfully married that band’s arena bombast and cheeky lyrics with a restless attitude toward genre and a cinematic vision all its own—it’s one of the few modern bands that conjures vaudeville theatricality. The quartet’s 13-year career has been besot with tumultuous hiatuses and lineup changes, but Urie and company have emerged at the peak of their prowess: Their fifth album, 2016’s Death of a Bachelor, has bridged the gap between electro rock, top 40 earworms and self-effacing croonerism, earning the group a well-deserved 2017 Grammy nomination. Arrive early for performances by alternative hit-makers Saint Motel (“My Type”) and Misterwives (“Reflections”).

SUNDAY

What: Adam Sandler and Friends

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Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $89-$250

Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org

Typically, when you eclipse the level of fame Adam Sandler reached in the late 1990s, you no longer need standup comedy: Multimillion-dollar movie deals about man-children with anger issues preclude the need to pound the boards and memorize 90 minutes of material just to make a living. But I’ve heard tell, from sources no less trusted than Judd Apatow, that Sandler began his career as a gifted standup, writing in his book Sick in the Head that Sandler’s “first step was that he was asked to do standup on ‘David Letterman,’ and killed; then he was flying off to audition for ‘Saturday Night Live.’” We can fill in the rest; it’s his standup style that remains elusive. Find out for yourself at this all-star comedy tour, which also includes performances by more-familiar veterans of brick walls and mic stands: David Spade, Nick Swardson and Rob Schneider.

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Review: Radiohead Begins 2017 North American Tour in Miami

 

Photo by Ron Elkman. To see more images from the Radiohead concert, visit our concert gallery here


Review by Mandy Wynne

After a five-year absence, Radiohead returned to South Florida Thursday night for an explosive first night of its nine-venue, sold-out 2017 “Moon Shaped Pool” tour. Fans at the American Airlines Arena were treated to a diverse 24-song set list, spanning more than two hours and several eras of the band’s music.

Opening with the beautifully minimalistic intermingling chords of “Daydreaming,” mixed with lead vocalist Thom Yorke’s haunted vocals and an impressive display of laser lights, the group instantly compelled the audience into a hypnotic, almost dream-like state. The classical elements on “Desert Island Disk” weaved wonderfully between the electrical undertones of lead guitarist Jonny Greenwood’s guitar. The up-tempo beats of “Ful Stop” brought the masses to their feet to dance to the electronic beat.

Expecting “no surprises,” there were plenty from the experimental alternative rock band—comprising vocalist Thom Yorke, lead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, guitarist Ed O’Brien, bassist Colin Greenwood and drummer Phil Selway—as it covered an expansive array of tracks from seven of its nine studio albums. “The Tourist,” which was last performed live in 2008, brought massive cheers from the audience and enveloped the stadium in warm and fuzzy nostalgia.

Throughout the show, Yorke & Co. managed to alter the atmosphere in an almost switch-like fashion. Moments of surreal, trance-like states evolved into raucous energetic thrashings in a second, as the tempo increased along with the front man’s notorious spasmodic movements.

Fascinating throughout the show was the figure to the right. Hidden behind a mane of dark hair, almost animated, the pounding arms of Jonny Greenwood could be seen as he hammered away at his guitar, keyboard or whatever instrument he decided to play throughout the night.

Elaborate light displays and brightly-colored lasers combined with impressive design elements were a visual feast as the Oxford band delighted the crowd with old favorites including “Airbag,” “Let Down,” and “Climbing Up the Walls” from Ok Computer. Fans of the 2007 release, “In Rainbows,” were ecstatic to hear heart-warming renditions of “All I Need,” “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi,” “Nude” and “Reckoner.”

During the second encore, the eerie “You and Whose Army?” was accompanied by Yorke’s piano and nothing but a live feed of his eyeball on the projector, enhancing the creepiness.

From melancholic and mellow, to mystical and mayhem— this seemed to be the theme for most of the performance, much like all of Radiohead’s studio releases.

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Delray Affair This Weekend and the DBHS is Selling Glad Bulbs

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I admit it: it never gets old. I know everyone says the Delray Affair needs a do-over, but I still love it, top to bottom, and I loved it even more when I’d go home with an armful of glads every year. In the years since—with the gladiola farms all gone now—I always felt something was missing, and all the stained glass flip flops in the world weren’t going to change that.

I think the Delray Beach Historical Society (DBHS) felt the same way because this year—the 55th anniversary of the Delray Affair—they are doing a little something to return glads to the festival that originally started because of them.

The DBHS will be selling gladiola bulbs in its booth to help raise money for their educational programs. The booth will also feature an exhibit of images and memorabilia from the 1940s and 1950s gladiola festivals (which is how the Delray Affair started) parades, farmers and queens. There will even be a few Gladiola Queens from that era from the town’s pioneering horticultural and farming community.

The DBHS recounts the history of this annual event:

“After a long depression beginning in Florida during 1926 and the difficult years of World War II during the 1940s, the people of Delray Beach decided to have a big festival and fair to celebrate and promote the gladiolus farming business. From 1947 through 1953, the festival welcomed movie stars like Vera Ellen to West Atlantic Avenue. It was a modern day fair, with special exhibits and farm animals. Local builders brought miniature homes to showcase their projected developments, cars were given away, and there were even regatta races on Lake Ida. The Gladiolus Festival Parade was the biggest event in town, with lavish, flower covered floats and the crowning of Gladioli Queens.

The main attraction, however, were the Gladiolas, brightly colored flowering plants from Africa. The gladiolus growing business began in 1939 and the 1940s and 1950s were the heyday for farming. Centered between Boynton Beach and Delray Beach, there were at least 11 nurseries growing 14 varieties of gladioli, making Palm Beach County the leading source for the popular flowers. By 1950, Delray producers were shipping out 2 million gladiola bundles and paying $500,000 in annual wages. Delray Beach became the leading grower of Gladiolus flowers in the US, with more than 13 Gladiolus growers, contributing to a more than a $1 million-a-year industry”.

By 1962, arts and crafts were added to the festival, and it was renamed the Delray Affair. The event continued growing but the glad farms ultimately disappeared and the popular gladiola booth at the Delray Affair became history a few years ago.

I for one will be happy to stop by the DBHS booth and take my glad bulb home with me to plant in my yard. It’s a small way to pay tribute to the Delray that we have loved through the years and to salute the people who helped pioneer this wonderful little place we call home.

We’ll see you there.

The Delray Affair takes place this Friday through Sunday, April 7 through April 9, with 600 vendors stretching the length of Atlantic Avenue, from Old School Square to the Intracoastal. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fri. and Sat. and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun.

week ahead

Your Week Ahead April 4-10

The Delray Affair continues to innovate at 55, a Dreamgirl headlines a Boca fundraiser, and country superstars dip their toes in the Fort Lauderdale sand. Plus, Miami City Ballet, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Camille Paglia and more in your week ahead.

TUESDAY

What: Jennifer Hudson fundraising performance

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Where: Boca West Country Club, 20583 Boca West Drive, Boca Raton

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $200

Contact: 561/488-6980, bocawestfoundation.org

Now’s your chance to see a Dreamgirl up close and for an exceptional cause. The star of stage and screens large and small will headline the Boca West Foundation’s “Concert for the Children,” whose proceeds benefit 25 local charities serving South Palm Beach County children. An “American Idol” alum, Hudson’s meteoric rise from general unknown to household name is thanks to the film adaptation of “Dreamgirls,” her Oscar-winning film debut. Though she’s released two gold albums, acted on Broadway and secured a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, her career has been famously beset by tragedy, when three members of her family were killed in a shooting in 2008. She’s since become a generous advocate for families of slain victims, making her an ideal headliner for this charity-focused fundraiser. R&B star Ellis Hall will open the show, followed by Hudson’s performance at 9 p.m.

What: Screening of “1984”

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Where: Silverspot Cinema, 4441 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $8-$14.50

Contact: 954/840-8150

Absurdity reigns: After Donald Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway unveiled the insta-meme “alternative facts” earlier this year, sales of George Orwell’s 1984 spiked on Amazon. In Orwell’s version, the revision and control of language was called “newspeak,” and the current administration’s embrace of this and other Orwellian tropes is no laughing matter. That’s why some 90 theaters across the country are screening the film adaptation of Orwell’s prophetic novel, for one night only. Why April 4? Because that’s when Winston Smith, the everyman hero of “1984,” begins his scandalous, verboten diary in Orwell’s story. The screenings double as a tribute to John Hurt, who plays Winston, and who died in January.

What: Camille Paglia

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Where: Coral Gables Congregational Church, 3010 De Soto Blvd., Coral Gables

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 305/442-4408, booksandbooks.com

A leading light in the fight for gender equality since her surprise 1990 breakthrough Sexual Personae, culture critic Camille Paglia has spent decades threading the needle between academic author and clickbait provocateur. Like fellow free-speech absolutist Bill Maher, this sometimes means shaking the nest of her ostensible demographic: Some of this feminist’s boldest rejoinders are against traditional feminists themselves. You can read many of them in her new essay collection, Free Women, Free Men, a survey that acts as both introduction and summation of a career on the intellectual fringe. She’ll read from and discuss the book—and hopefully offer some opinions on the news of the day—at this off-site appearance courtesy of Books & Books.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY

What: Delray Affair

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Where: Downtown Delray Beach

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Cost: Free

Contact: 561/279-0907, delrayaffair.com

The Delray Affair has long billed itself as the largest arts and crafts festival in the Southeastern United States, and after 55 years of bringing eclectic art in countless mediums to locals and visitors, this linchpin of downtown Delray continues to innovate. In addition to the worldwide art for show and sale—last year, the Affair attracted vendors from 30 states and 12 countries—the event is integrating “Delray Affair After Dark” programming, including “Artrageous,” a 7 p.m. show Friday and Saturday at the Old School Square Pavilion that combines live painting with music, choreography and audience interaction. There’s also plenty of food, pop-up music stations where local singer-songwriters perform, and a Family Fun Zone featuring a mobile video arcade and a celebrity dunk tank. So if you ever wanted to see Delray luminaries like Mayor Cary Glickstein and multihyphenate Frank McKinney plunged into cold water, this is your chance.

What: Tortuga Music Festival

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Where: Fort Lauderdale Beach

When: Starts 1:30 p.m. Friday, 11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday

Cost: $99-$999

Contact: tortugamusicfestival.com

Cowboy hats and pedal-steel guitars continue to dominate the headlining slots of this beachy festival. Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, Alan Jackson, Darius Rucker and countless more country-music standard-bearers will set the tone, while scattered purveyors of R&B (Nelly), alternative (Slightly Stoopid) and bluesy hip-hop (G. Love & the Special Sauce) add a pinch of sonic seasoning.

SATURDAY

What: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

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Where: Funky Biscuit, 303 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $50-$70

Contact: 561/395-2929, funkybiscuit.com

Along with Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, the California septet Big Bad Voodoo Daddy helped usher a ‘90s revival of an unlikely genre: swing music. Bolstered by BBVD’s prominent appearance in the 1996 cult hit “Swingers,” big, brassy, horns, and jumping, jiving and wailing began vying for dominance against the grunge movement and punk revival on alternative record shelves. Voodoo Daddy hits like “Mr. Pinstripe Suit” and “You and Me and the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight” transcended the genre, and remain instantly recognizable even by listeners who don’t recall the band. You can argue that the neo-swing phenomenon has come and gone, but BBVD has survived the vagaries of industry trends, with nine albums and more than 2,800 live shows to prove it. For the intimate Funky Biscuit, this booking is an outstanding “get,” Daddy-O.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

What: Miami City Ballet’s Program IV

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Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday

Cost: $20-$189

Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org

Miami City Ballet has been premiering plenty of buzz-worthy dances in recent years, but the acclaimed company’s final program of the season is full of its majestic bread-and-butter: It’s bookended by a pair of classic George Balanchine ballets, a spring treat from these foremost Balanchine interpreters of the Southeast. “Divertimento No. 15,” which opens the program, is a plotless, spellbinding work for five starring women and three supporting men, and the closing “Who Cares” is a joyous celebration of New York City set to more than 15 Gershwin compositions. In the middle, you’ll be treated to Paul Taylor’s “Arden Court,” an exhilarating and acrobatic display scored to William Boyce’s Baroque music, which earns its first MCB performance in 11 years.