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The Week Ahead: May 23 to 29

West Palm Beach hosts art fair and food walk, alternative bands ride the Undertow Jam, and Boca Ballet Theatre dances a family classic. Plus, Idina Menzel, Richard Dawkins, John Kasich and more in your week ahead.

WEDNESDAY

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What: Idina Menzel

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

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $69-$189

Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org

One of the undisputed powerhouses of musical theatre, Idina Menzel has created benchmark performances in at least two of the most acclaimed and attended musicals of the past quarter-century: She was the original Maureen in “Rent,” and the original Wicked Witch of the West, Elphaba, in “Wicked.” But this multitalented mezzo-soprano has also captured hearts on screens large and small—as Elsa in “Frozen,” and in a recurring role on “Glee”—and is an accomplished recording artist. Menzel’s world tour continues to support her 2016 self-titled album, “idina,” with its mix of personal confessionals and uplifting inspirational songs. Her powerful live performances are a multimedia smorgasbord of original tunes, Broadway numbers popularized frin her stage career, and pop covers from the likes of the Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel.

THURSDAY

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What: “Pairings”

Where: Downtown West Palm Beach

When: 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Cost: $25

Contact: sunfest.com/events/pairings

West Palm Beach’s answer to the long-lost Tastemakers of Delray Beach, this sixth-annual food and wine stroll offers visitors bite-sized introductions to one of the county’s hottest culinary scenes. Presented by SunFest and the West Palm Beach DDA, “Pairings” features free samples of food and drinks at participating restaurants including Ganache, ER Bradley’s, Leila, Bistro 1001, Clematis Pizza and Banko Cantina, along with specials at Palm Beach Dramaworks, Ultima Fitness, Run & Roll and more. A portion of proceeds will benefit Best Buddies of Palm Beach.

FRIDAY

Ohio Gov. John Kasich delivers his State of the State address at the Performing Arts Center, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, in Medina, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

What: John Kasich book signing

Where: Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables

When: 5 p.m.

Cost: $27.99 book purchase

Contact: 305/442-4408, booksandbooks.com

During his admittedly overextended run for the Republican nomination for president in 2016, John Kasich seemed a man out of time: a polite, baby-kissing, old-school politico in an era of cruel browbeating and pitchfork populism. Yet by refusing to roll in the muck of a disgusting campaign cycle, Kasich attracted moderates on both sides to his message of civility and unification; Republicans see him as a welcome return to the hopeful, “Shining City on a Hill” party ethos, and Democrats see him as one of the good ones—a G.O.P. politician not bought and sold by the Freedom Caucus. He’ll likely pump fists and share ideas with both demographics at this evening appearance at Books and Books. Kasich won’t speak—it’s an autographing only—and a purchase of his new book Two Paths: America Divided or United is required for a spot in line.

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What: Opening night of “Chuck”

Where: Regal Shadowood 16, 9889 Glades Road, Boca Raton

When: Show times pending

Cost: $10-$13

Contact: 844/462-7342 ext. 175, ifcfilms.com/films/chuck

When I think of the versatile actor Liev Schreiber, I don’t necessarily think “boxer”—which is partly what makes this star vehicle so intriguing. Schreiber disappears into the part of real-life Bayonne, N.J. pugilist Chuck Wepner, whose famous 1975 spar with Muhammed Ali inspired the character of Rocky Balboa. But this rough-and-tumble, humor-laced biopic by director Philippe Falardeau focuses less on Chuck’s prizefighting acumen and more on his 15 minutes of fame, post-“Rocky,” which involved, among other pay-per-views novelties, boxing a bear. Elisabeth Moss, Naomi Watts, Jim Gaffigan and Ron Perlman round out the all-star cast. The film also opens Friday at Movies of Lake Worth and AMC CityPlace in West Palm Beach.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY

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What: West Palm Beach Spring Art Festival

Where: Danieli Art World, 925 N. Railroad Ave., West Palm Beach

When: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 10 p.m. Sunday

Cost: Free

Contact: 561/537-1135, danieliartworld.com

The atmosphere of a hip arts districts meets the high culture of an international art fair at this inaugural three-day affair spearheaded by local super-collector Daniel Bouaziz. With expert curatorial assistance from Boynton Art District guru Rolando Chang Barrero, the festival features 50 European and American artists creating makeshift galleries inside decorated shipping containers in Bouaziz’s sprawling Danieli Art World venue. Artists like Iena Cruz, Giants in the City and Beju will create sculptural installations at the event, which also features live entertainment and food from Islander Grill on Singer Island.

SATURDAY

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What: Richard Dawkins in Conversation With Dave Barry

Where: Olympia Theater, 174 E. Flagler St., Miami

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $29

Contact: 305/374-2444, olympiatheater.org

Now here’s an odd pair to share a stage: Richard Dawkins, the English evolutionary biologist and strident forerunner of the New Atheism; and Dave Barry, the Miami comic essayist for whom seriousness is a career risk. Point of fact, both of these high-profile writers frequently inject humor into their writings, both are gregarious media personalities, and both seek the truth through their polemics and/or journalism, albeit in divergent ways. But it’s their differences in tenor and tone that make this conversation, part of Dawkins’ American speaking tour, so fascinating and unpredictable. The two will discuss science, secularism and current events on the Olympia stage, following by an audience Q&A and book signing of Dawkins’ latest collection, Science in the Soul: Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist.

SUNDAY

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What: Boca Ballet Theatre’s “Peter and the Wolf” and Other Ballets

Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 561/995-0709, bocaballet.org

“Peter and the Wolf,” the gold standard of educational story-compositions in the classical music canon, will headline this program by Boca Raton’s premier ballet company. At this free community event, Boca Ballet Theatre’s dancers will enact Prokofiev’s adventurous narrative of wolves, ducks, birds, cats and more, along with selections from another fairy tale ballet, “Enchanted Garden,” and the nostalgic “Just Swinging.”

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What: Undertow Jam

Where: Pompano Beach Amphitheater, 1806 N.E. Sixth St., Pompano Beach

When: Noon to 10 p.m.

Cost: $30-$95

Contact: 954/519-5500, theamppompano.com

Since its stratospheric launch just under two years ago, 104.3-FM The Shark has tapped into the growing market for alternative music locally, while “breaking” countless new bands for eager South Floridian ears. A handful of these up-and-coming alt-rockers will join well-established headliners Grouplove (pictured) for the rock station’s annual Undertow fest, a rollicking survey of an average hour of Shark listening. Lo-fi hip-hop sensation K. Flay (“High Enough”), German indie-folk duo Milky Chance (“Stolen Dance”), danceable rockers Dreamers (“Sweet Disaster”) and COIN (“Talk Too Much”) and Fort Worth’s infectious Unlikely Candidates (“Follow My Feet”) are among the stellar opening acts.

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.
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Movie Review: “Everything, Everything”

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A little charm goes a long way, as evidenced by “Everything, Everything,” a sweet if unsubtle young-adult drama based on a 2015 novel of the same name, which opens everywhere Friday. Aspiring to be this year’s “The Fault in Our Stars,” it’s another terminal-illness romance, this time set on the picturesque shores of the West Coast.

Maddy Whittier (Amandla Stenberg), 18, lives with her widowed mother in an enviable Los Angeles estate. She’s granted every convenience of modern youth, the Pacific Ocean a mere three miles from her front steps—except she can’t experience it. Homebound since infancy, Maddy suffers from severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), meaning her body doesn’t produce enough lymphocytes to withstand even a whiff of the outside world. Her home is a lovely airtight cocoon, her all-white wardrobe irradiated for maximum protection, her contact limited to her physician mother (Anika Noni Rose) and longtime nurse (Ana de la Reguera).

A voracious, inquiring reader and thinker—she writes a blog called “Short Spoiler Reviews,” a conceit that feels too precious by half—it’s only a matter of time before Maddy’s desire to explore threatens her health. It takes a boy to prompt it: a black-clad, quick-witted, similarly searching loner named Olly Bright (Nick Robinson), who has just moved in next door.

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The two teenagers quickly form an attraction, despite Maddy’s immobility. For a while, “Everything, Everything” is less a fantasy for young people than for their parents: In the 21st century, where sexual mores grow looser by the month, here’s a romance in which touch is forbidden and chastity is mandatory. Elaborate text conversations and window-to-window communiqués take the place of first dates and bases rounded. Director Stella Meghie cleverly visualizes the young couple engaging each other more fully in the dreamworld of the miniature models Maddy designs in her rec room—hyperreal libraries and diners whose only other residents are misplaced astronauts resigned to their bubbles.

The bubble does, eventually, break, because love finds a way—and the film has a surprising surfeit of surprises to offer when it does. Film critics such as myself can find plenty of nits to pick with Everything, Everything—the unbearably drenching score, voice-over narration that leans too heavily on passages from the book, a comic device borrowed liberally from “Annie Hall,” a detour in a Hawaii that feels bizarrely depopulated and economically impossible—but why bother? It’s clearly not a film for us.

“Everything, Everything” is for precocious Gen-Zers seeking a star-crossed, finely acted love story that makes sense to their tech-driven generation, and it’s a smart enough adaptation to pull it off. For its target audience, it will hit a resounding bulls-eye.

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.
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The Week Ahead: May 16 to 22

Boy George headlines LOTOS Fest, Arts Garage hosts indie bands for Delray Art Walk, and beachgoers enjoy “apres” cocktail concoctions. Plus, “The Cripple of Inishmaan,” Face to Face, magician Gary Goodman and more in your week ahead.


WEDNESDAY

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What: Face to Face

Where: Propaganda, 6 South J Street, Lake Worth

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $30, or $55 for VIP experience

Contact: propagandalw.com

Remaining just on the fringes of the mainstream punk explosion of the 1990s, the members of SoCal’s Face to Face have managed to forge an intermittent 25-year career with little of the drama—and subsequent plummets into artistic mediocrity—that have affected their more heavily bankrolled alt-rock peers. The group’s first four records are indelible documents of emotive punk, a sound edgier than most commercial rock but melodic enough to pacify your parents. Dabbles into a more classic-rock-inspired sound on 2013’s “Three Chords and a Half Truth” have proven to be just that: dabbles. The band’s latest album, 2016’s “Protection,” finds vocalist Trevor Keith and company returning to the vintage, speedy punk harmonics that characterized their best material.

THURSDAY

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What: ONYX Concert and Art Stroll

Where: Arts Garage, 94 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach

When: 9 p.m.

Cost: $10 advance, $12 at door

Contact: 561/450-6357, artsgarage.org

ONYX is one of the newest monthly programs initiated by Arts Garage’s recently hired president, Marjorie Waldo, and we’re hoping it’s catching on. Coinciding with Delray’s monthly Art Walk, ONYX features intimate performances by South Florida indie and art-rock bands in its black-box theater. This week it’s The State Of, the piano-and-drum duo led by Steph Taylor and Nabedi Osorio, whose sound suggests a marriage between Radiohead and Sleater-Kinney; and The Zoo Peculiar (pictured), an experimental Miami trio whose theatrical performances and sonically adventurous compositions have been described as “dark carnival disco pop.” In between bands, browse the ONYX Art Stroll, featuring original art and handmade crafts, in Arts Garage’s gallery space.

FRIDAY

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What: LOTOS Music Festival

Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $59.50

Contact: 800/653-8000, lotosmusicfest.com

LOTOS, for those of you not hip to the acronym, stands for Legends Of The Old School, Mizner Park Amphitheater’s annual concert of yesterday’s pop icons. The third time seems to be the charm for this retro fest, which has assembled its best lineup yet, headlined by androgynous Culture Club superstar Boy George, lately a coach on Australia’s “The Voice.” Featured openers include the Romantics (the endlessly touring hitmakers of “What I Like About You”); Jenny Bergren of “The Sign” scribes Ace of Base; Katrina (sans the Waves), Expose, Stevie B. and more.

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What: Opening night of “The Cripple of Inishmaan”

Where: Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $81 ($66 for future performances)

Contact: 561/514-4042, palmbeachdramaworks.org

The “cripple” of Martin McDonagh’s 1997 hit play is a broken-bodied dreamer named Billy, whose parents drowned shortly after his birth and who hides his rage by staring vacantly at fields of cows in the Irish countryside. But it’s a comedy! The gonzo humor pivots on the real-life visit of documentary filmmaker Robert Flaherty to the island of Inishmaan, in the early ‘30s, for an ethnographic movie about its primitive people, with Billy seeing the director’s appearance as his ticket to Hollywood. Palm Beach Dramaworks’ production runs through June 4.

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What: Opening day of “The Wedding Plan”

Where: Cinemark Palace 20, 3200 Airport Road, Boca Raton

When: Show times pending

Cost: $9-$12

Contact: 561/395-4695, roadsideattractions.com/filmography/the-wedding-plan

The cocktail-napkin premise of this Israeli import sounds an eye-rolling studio rom-com that might star Anna Kendrick: After 11 years of perpetual singledom, thirty-something Michal decides to force a marriage timeline, arranging an official wedding date for the last night of Hannukah, and giving herself 30 days to find a groom. Working with Orthodox matchmakers (she’ll only consider a Hasidic husband), Michal engages in a series of first dates and chance encounters that transcend clichés, attaining strange and penetrative insights about love and happiness. Anchored by an award-winning, soul-bearing performance by Noa Kolar as Michal, the depth of “The Wedding Plan” far belies its thinly conceived premise, which perhaps shouldn’t be a surprise: Its director, Rama Burshtein, is responsible for the 2013 art-house breakthrough “Fill the Void.” You can also catch this enlightening film at Regal Shadowood and Living Room Theaters in Boca Raton, and Movies of Delray.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY

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What: Apres at the Beach

Where: Delray Beach (on the actual beach!)

When: Varies per day

Cost: $30-$299 (varies per event)

Contact: apresatthebeach.com

Delray Beach can offer many things, but skiing weather ain’t one of them. What we can offer is our version of Aspen’s Apres Ski Cocktail Classic, Colorado’s premier post-skiing culinary party. Co-sponsored by Delray Beach and Boca Raton magazines, Apres at the Beach features the top-shelf libations and convivial atmosphere of its western parent festival, this time with flip-fops instead of skis. The event features a Grand Tasting event with special guests Anthony Bohlinger (Chef’s Club by Food & Wine), Brent Lamberti (Stoli), Daniel “Gravy” Thomas (Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum) and more. The weekend includes dance parties, pool parties, seminars and beach yoga, culminating with Sunday afternoon’s Great Apres Beach Pub Crawl & Cocktail Competition featuring concoctions from 32 East, Deck 84, Buddha Sky Bar and more.

SATURDAY

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What: Opening day of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”

Where: Delray Beach Playhouse, 950 N.W. Ninth St., Delray Beach

When: 2 and 8 p.m.

Cost: $30

Contact: delraybeachplayhouse.com

Christopher Durang, a maestro of the absurdist comedy, penned this hilarious rejoinder to the sobering family dramas of Anton Chekhov. A pair of growth-stunted middle-aged siblings named after Chekhovian protagonists live in atrophy in their childhood home in Pennsylvania, but things are about to change when their other sibling, a washed-up Hollywood diva, decides to sell the home. A voodoo priestess and a single-celled boy toy named Spike fill out the supporting roles in this Tony winner, which the New York Times called “a sunny play about gloomy people.” Delray Beach Playhouse’s community production runs through June 4.

SUNDAY

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What: Gary Goodman’s Family Comedy Magic Show

Where: Boca Black Box, 8221 Glades Road, Suite 10

When: 2 p.m. Cost: $10-$30

Contact: 561/483-9036, bocablackbox.org

Boca-based illusionist Gary Goodman has been making magic happen since the age of 12, when he invited 10 friends into his garage, charged them a dime a head, and performed tricks he learned from magic books. As a professional magician, his illusions have become more baroque, his style more dramatic, his wit quicker and his mind-reading techniques more refined. But his joy for creating wonder in a roomful of strangers remains just as infectious, whether it’s on a cruise ship, corporate retreat or star-studded gala. Goodman’s fast-paced magic hour includes the only Florida “snowfall” you’re ever likely to see.

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.
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Your Week Ahead: May 9-15

New plays premiere at FAU, Pompano gets its own cultural center, and L.A. punk legends celebrate 40 years. Plus, Florida Grand Opera, Sushi & Stroll, avant-garde art and more in your week ahead.

WEDNESDAY

What: Opening night of New Play Festival

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Where: FAU Theatre Lab, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton

When: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $10-$30, $95 for full festival pass

Contact: 561/297-6124, fauevents.com

One of the most exciting recent additions to the cultural scene in Boca Raton, Theatre Lab’s New Play Festival allows adventurous theatergoers an early opportunity to absorb tomorrow’s potential masterpieces today. These premiere works by prominent local and national playwrights will be produced as staged readings with professional actors and directors, with feedback encouraged at discussions following each play. The festival opens Wednesday with an evening of short plays workshopped for a month in advance, and continues through Sunday with new work by Gia Marotta, Gina Motet, South Florida’s Christopher Demos-Brown, and NPR host Peter Sagal (pictured). Visit Theatre Lab’s website for complete details.

THURSDAY

What: Ribbon-cutting ceremony

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Where: Pompano Beach Cultural Center, 50 W. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach

When: Begins at 5:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 954/839-9578, ccpompano.org

The time has finally arrived for the completion and grand opening of the Pompano Beach Cultural Center, a much-anticipated multidisciplinary arts hub. The stylish building furthers the Pompano arts renaissance that began with Bailey Contemporary Arts and the rejuvenated Pompano Beach Amphitheater. The Cultural Center promises to be the region’s premier performing arts venue, with professional organizations Outre Theatre Company, Florida Classical Ballet and the South Florida Chamber Ensemble among the resident companies. Thursday’s ribbon-cutting will feature curated tapas called “Imagine: A Celebration of the Creative Mind,” an immersive program directed by South Florida playwright-actor Michael McKeever. The evening also represents the first opportunity for visitors to gaze at the Center’s debut art exhibition, “Shipwrecked of Reason: Half a Century of Cuban Art.” Check out our recap of the event Friday here at bocamag.com.

THURSDAY AND SATURDAY

What: Florida Grand Opera’s “A Masked Ball”

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

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $21-$200

Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org

Inspired by the 1792 assassination of Sweden’s King Gustav II, this fraught three-act opera by Giuseppe Verdi is full of paranoia, jealousy and pageantry, as a king, beloved by his base but surrounded by conspirators who wish him ill, becomes hopelessly smitten with the wrong woman. Passions swirl and coalesce around the stunning titular scene. The show closes out Florida Grand Opera’s eclectic 2016-2017 season.

FRIDAY

What: Sushi & Stroll

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Where: Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach

When: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $6 children, $8 adults

Contact: 561/495-0233, morikami.org

We like to think this annual tradition at the Morikami is the unofficial kickoff to summer—it’s the best way to enjoy the gardens’ tranquil surroundings and late sunsets, at a time when the snowbirds have migrated northward and the living is starting to get easy. Visitors can stroll the gardens with exclusive sweet, sparkling or creamy sake in hand, while enjoying performances by the Japanese drummers Fushu Daiko at 6:30, 7:15 and 8 p.m. The Cornell Café, offering Pan-Asian cuisine, will be open as usual, but new this year is a picnicking area featuring food trucks and Japanese snacks.

What: Opening night of “The Death of Louis XIV”

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Where: Stonzek Theatre at Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth

When: 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Cost: $6-$9

Contact: 561/296-9382, lakeworthplayhouse.org

Actor Jean-Pierre Leaud was all of 14 when he starred in his first Francois Truffaut film, “The 400 Blows,” in 1959. The role would spark a collaboration that established the careers of both men on the international stage, with Leaud reprising that film’s rebellious protagonist, Antoine Doinel, in four more titles over the next 20 years. But it’s “The Death of Louis XIV,” starring the now 72-year-old Leaud, that has been called his crowning achievement. The film’s title leaves little to the imagination, but this dramatization of the final days of France’s greatest monarch has been heralded as one of the year’s early art-house sensations, a meditation on life and death in 1715 Versailles. The superlatives from top reviewers have poured in, but so has the backlash, with some criticizing the film’s languid inertia. See for yourself at one of the few regional cinemas taking it on.

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

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $30

Contact: 954/564-1074, cultureroom.net

Punk music, in its purest, most raw form, is a wail of protest, dissent and perhaps above all negation, with all the bombastic instrumental filigrees of arena rockers stripped away. Linguistically, there’s no better name for a punk band than X, which says it all in one loaded consonant. Loud, fast and fully in control, X quickly rose to prominence in the late ‘70s, out-shredding their new-forgotten peers in the burgeoning L.A. punk scene. Balancing on the knife-edge of darkness and hedonism, the quartet peaked with first two albums, “Los Angeles” and “Wild Gift,” whose songs still constitute the lion’s share of its set lists four decades later. Rosie Flores, a veteran rockabilly chanteuse from Austin, will open the show.

What: Opening night of “Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties”

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Where: Thinking Cap Theatre at the Vanguard, 1501 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $35

Contact: 954/610-7263, thinkingcaptheatre.com

In a work that has earned comparisons to playwrights as divergent as Eve Ensler and Edward Albee, “Collective Rage” is a feminist satire inspired by Max Fleischer’s objectified Betty Boop cartoons. Playwright Jen Silverman’s prismatic quasi-portrait splits Boop’s personality into five modern characters all sharing that same alliterative name. They also maintain a penchant for repeating, and owning, a certain slang term for female genitalia that our president knows all too well. Thinking Cap Theatre’s southeastern premiere of this timely comedy about female stereotypes will be directed by company founder Nicole Stodard and will feature an ace cast of South Florida actresses as the quintet of Betties: Ann Marie Olson, Betsy Graver, Vanessa Elise, Gretchen Porro and Carey Hart. It runs through June 4.

SUNDAY

What: Opening day of “Some Aesthetic Decisions”

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Where: NSU Art Museum, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

When: Noon to 5 p.m.

Cost: $5-$12

Contact: 954/525-5500, nsuartmuseum.org

It’s been 100 years since Marcel Duchamp, that prickly Dadaist, submitted a modified urinal as his contribution to a group exhibition in New York’s esteemed Grand Central Palace. Titled “Fountain” and suppressed behind a glass partition for the exhibition’s duration, this signature act of subversion ignited a debate about the definition of art that resurrects itself every time a painter contributes a blank canvas to a group show, or a sculptor constructs a totem out of cow dung. NSU Art Museum ponders these eternal questions in “Some Aesthetic Decisions,” an exhibition organized by its director and curator, Bonnie Clearwater. In addition to a replica of the now long-lost Duchamp piece, the exhibition will include “questionable” works by Cory Arcangel, Jeff Koons, Tom Scicluna and other blue-chip provocateurs. It runs through Sept. 3.

 

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.
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The Week Ahead: Jan. 3-9

The Kravis dances dirty, the Morikami welcomes 2017, and Miami Shakespeare visits Venice in Boca. Plus, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Malpaso Dance Company, Save the Panther 5k run and more in your week ahead.

 

TUESDAY

What: Opening night of “Dirty Dancing—The Classic Story On Stage”

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

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: Starting at $27

Contact: 561/832-5469, kravis.org

When “Dirty Dancing,” a low-budget movie with no bankable stars and a distributor with an unproven track record, premiered in 1987, it generated the sort of lightning in a bottle that handsomely paid studio heads could never predict. The film has become one of the decade’s touchstones, both for its music as well as its images, earning $214 million on its $6 million investment. Rather than leave this fluky success well enough alone, the entertainment industry has only tarnished its memory with inferior spinoffs: a short-lived television series, an uninspired 2004 prequel, even a video game. So the makers of the stage musical “Dirty Dancing” are making a statement with their show’s subtitle: “The Classic Story Live On Stage.” They’ve cast the closest replicas they could find of Jennifer Grey and the late Patrick Swayze to re-recreate the magic of the original film, staging the live dialogue and choreography to the original soundtrack, with its iconic hits by Otis Redding, Solomon Burke, The Drifters, Marvin Gaye, and more. Audiences have had hungry eyes for the show since it premiered in Australia in 2004. Expect the kind of libidinous dance moves you’re just not going to see in “The Sound of Music” or “South Pacific.” The Kravis on Broadway tour runs through Sunday.

 

What: “Mia Madre” screening

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Where: Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 N.E. 188th St., Aventura

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $11

Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org

This sublime film from Italian director Nanni Moretti is one of the most observant movies I’ve seen about the deleterious ways we deal with negative information. Celebrated actress Margherita Buy plays a testy, exacting director also named Margherita, who is in the process of shooting a film about an organized labor strike by workers who won’t accept the loss of their livelihood. Off the set, Margherita is coping, poorly, with her own setback: Her hospitalized mother, Ada (Giulia Lazzarini), is dying of cancer, though neither Margherita nor her brother Giovanni (Moretti) have the gumption to admit this—to themselves or, more importantly, to their parent. Avoidance and denial, disconnection and projection become Margherita’s emotional crutches as she navigates both her mother’s inexorable decline and her increasingly wayward movie, whose progress is derailed upon the arrival of a short-circuited, confabulating Hollywood actor (John Turturro, adding welcome comic relief). “Mia Madre” is an unsentimental portrait of wounded human behavior—the kind of mirror to the soul that reflects our deepest selves, even when we don’t like what we see.

 

THURSDAY

What: Lunch and Learn: Dr. Ruth Westheimer

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

When: 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $89 (includes lunch by The Breakers)

Contact: 561/832-5469, kravis.org

What better time to have a frank conversation about sex than a Thursday brunch date with one of the world’s foremost authorities on the subject? A German-born, Sorbonne-trained psychologist, Ruth Westheimer’s career as the nation’s premier sex therapist and advocate began with a 15-minute program that aired on a single New York radio station at midnights on Sundays. After two months, the show expanded to an hour and included audience phone calls; “Sexually Speaking” was eventually syndicated, along with her television show of the same name, and Westheimer emerged as a gregarious pop culture icon whose personality has been described as “Henry Kissinger meets Minnie Mouse.” In this illuminating conversation, Steven Caras will discuss Westheimer’s influential career, from escaping the Holocaust at age 10 to being ranked among Playboy’s all-time top 20 most important people in sex.

 

FRIDAY

What: Malpaso Dance Company

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Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $35-$95

Contact: 305/949-6722, arshtcenter.org

Founded in 2012, this youthful contemporary dance company from Havana has seen its profile, and touring regimen, increase in recent years, thanks to thawing U.S.-Cuban relations. This is a gift for modern dance enthusiasts looking for something different—or in the words of the Miami Herald, a “new side of Cuban dance beyond folklore and ballet.” Malpaso, which ironically translates to “misstep,” will showcase its repertory, which includes “24 Hours and a Dog,” choreographed by Malpaso Artistic Director Osnel Delgado; “Under Fire,” a commissioned work by eminent American choreographer Trey McIntyre; and “Despedida,” a Delago-choreographed dance inspired by the poem of the same name by Jorge Luis Borges.

 

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY

What: Shakespeare in the Park: “The Merchant of Venice”

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Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton

When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday

Cost: Free

Contact: 561/393-7807, myboca.us

Boca will have first dibs at Shakespeare Miami’s annual mainstage production, a week before it tours Miami, Pinecrest and Hollywood. “The Merchant of Venice,” initially conceived as a comedy but now more remembered for its tragic scenes, is one of the Bard’s most controversial works. Dramatizing the events that lead a merchant in 16th-century Venice to default on a significant loan granted by a miserly Jewish moneylender, the play still battles accusations of anti-Semitism for its seeming perpetuation of Jewish stereotypes. The director of this production, Colleen Stovall, doesn’t find the work offensive: Shylock, the moneylender, is an abused victim, after all, and she sees him as a three-dimensional character. Her director’s notes cite this past year’s tumultuous election season, which has seen hate speech become accepted in the highest levels of government, as the perfect context for the play’s powerful examinations of prejudice. Bring a low-profile lawn chair and blanket, and join the conversation.

 

SATURDAY

What: Save the Panther 5k

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Where: Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach

When: 7:30 a.m.

Cost: $20-$35

Contact: 561/547-9453, palmbeachzoo.org

Runners can enjoy the picturesque locals and animal-filled pathways of the Palm Beach Zoo at Dreher Park at the first race in the organization’s 2017 Big Cat Race Series. As always, the run supports a vital cause for species propagation, in this case the endangered Florida panther. An estimated 100 to 180 Florida panthers exist in the wild, and net proceeds from this 5k will fund the Zoo’s partnership with Florida Wildlife Corridor, which protects the panther and its dwindling habitat. Runners receive a free T-shirt commemorating the event and free zoo admission for the day, along with half-price admission for up to three guests per runner.

 

SUNDAY

What: Oshogatsu 2017

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Where: Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: $6-$35

Contact: 561/495-0233, morikami.org

Legend has it that the Japanese zodiac, borrowed from the Chinese, came into being when the Buddha invited all of world’s animals to come to him on New Year’s Day for a special gift. He could’ve learned something from Noah: Only 12 animals showed up, but each of them was granted its own calendar year in a 12-year cycle. In January, the Morikami Museum celebrates the calendar’s transition to the Year of the Rooster with its 39th annual Oshogatsu celebration, which brings a lively, festive atmosphere to traditionally quiet Japanese New Year customs. Enjoy Japanese fortune telling; taiko drumming and open-air koto musical performance (koto is a traditional Japanese stringed instrument); bonsai demonstrations; a Mochi pounding demonstration; hands-on-children’s activities; and more. Libations will be provided by the Sake Station and Kirin Beer Garden, with food available from the museum’s Cornell Café and special vendors.

Jason is a graduate of the University of Central Florida where he studied journalism and creative writing. He is currently the web editor at Boca Raton Magazine.
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The Week Ahead: Dec. 20 to Jan. 1

A Jewish singles mixer turns 30, the Piano Man rocks New Year’s Eve, and a free yoga event kicks off 2017. Plus, The Reverend Horton Heat, “The Nutcracker,” “Hidden Figures” and more in the weeks ahead.

 

SATURDAY, DEC. 24

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What: Matzo Ball

Where: Il Bacio, 29 S.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach

When: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Cost: $30

Contact: matzoball.org

As that scholarly sage of world religion, Kyle Broflovski, once observed, “It’s hard to be a Jew on Christmas.” The “South Park” tyke was, and still is, correct, but the Christmastime social lives of the Chosen People have certainly improved in recent years, thanks in no small part to the popularity of the Matzo Ball. This locally founded and nationally expanded Jewish singles party is celebrating its landmark 30th anniversary this year with an all-night rager in Delray Beach, offering opportunities to mix, mingle, relax and imbibe while poor Santa Claus puts in his most exacting work day of the year.

 

SUNDAY, DEC. 25

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What: Opening day of “Hidden Figures”

Where: Movie theaters nationwide

When: Show times and costs vary

This rousing, fact-based story of transcendence pushes familiar buttons, but they’re all the correct ones. The “hidden figures” in question are three brilliant African-American NASA employees in the early ‘60s: Taraji P. Henson’s math prodigy, Octavia Spencer’s tireless administrator of the space center’s “colored wing,” and Janelle Monae’s gifted engineer. You could say they have the right stuff at the wrong time, suffering the daily indignities of the Jim Crow South while breaking NASA’s glass ceilings, crack by crack, from the shadows. Writer-director Theodore Melfi and co-screenwriter Allison Schroeder deftly balance the hurtling zeitgeist by providing roughly equal shrift to issues of race, gender and the excitement and paranoia of the space race, which culminates in John Glenn’s historic orbit of Earth. “Hidden Figures” is amusing, tear-jerking and even relevant to today’s human-rights struggles—“we all pee the same color,” asserts Kevin Costner’s director of the Space Task Group as he hammers off the “colored women” restroom sign. But the film is best appreciated for its celebration of three ambitious, boundary-breaking role models besting a system that would rather treat them as second-class citizens. Expect this to eventually be shown in schools nationwide, as it should be.

 

WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY, DEC. 28-30

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What: “The Nutcracker”

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

When: Various show times

Cost: $25-$89

Contact: 561/832-7469, kravis.org

There are plenty of “Nutcrackers” performed during the holiday season, but there’s only one George Balanchine-choreographed “Nutcracker”—and there’s only one company in our region that can match its exacting standards. Miami City Ballet will once again present Balanchine’s iconic take on Tchaikovsky’s timeless ballet, with its dancing snowflakes, sugar plum fairies and heroic toy soldiers, casting a wintry spell over our lukewarm holiday break. As always, the elaborate costumes and majestic set design will be second to none. Bring the kids—or just bring yourself, and imagine you are one.

 

THURSDAY, DEC. 29

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What: The Reverend Horton Heat

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

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $30

Contact: 561/832-9999, sub-culture.org/respectable-street

Dallas-based barnburners The Reverend Horton Heat—the name given to gravelly vocalist-guitarist Jim Heath as well as his two-man band—is one of the country’s preeminent psychobilly acts, the niche genre that fuses vintage rockabilly melodies with punk and garage-rock thrash. Cheeky, nostalgic and whimsically attired, these road warriors are recognized for their offbeat sense of humor and infectious live shows, which pull generously from their 11 albums. The Reverend is no stranger to Respectable Street and his throng of devoted South Florida congregants, but this tour stop is particularly special because of its spectacular undercard: Punk icon and leftist provocateur Jello Biafra, whose set includes tunes from his eminent band Dead Kennedys; and The Legendary Shack Shakers, a venerable psychobilly cult band from Kentucky.

 

SATURDAY, DEC. 31

What: The Capitol Steps

Where: Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter

When: 5 and 8 p.m.

Cost: $65-$85

Contact: 561/575-2223, jupitertheatre.org

This longtime troupe of political humorists makes its annual New Year’s Eve pilgrimage to Jupiter, playing a pair of early shows that leave half the night open for fireworks, late dinners, or Anderson Cooper. The group’s wide-ranging 2016 album “What to Expect When You’re Electing” satirized the vast spectrum of the strangest electoral season in modern history. But given the transience of our news cycles, The Steps are promising a night of all-new material for the New Year. With Donald Trump’s Twitter account providing new fodder daily, they won’t have to work too hard.

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What: Billy Joel

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

When: 9:30 p.m.

Cost: $49.50 and up

Contact: 954/835-8000, thebbtcenter.com

Another year, another New Year’s Eve residency for the Piano Man in South Florida. And who can blame him? Who wouldn’t want to escape a chilly New York state of mind in December for our temperate paradise of fellow Big Apple exiles? If you caught Joel’s 2015 end-of-year extravaganza at the BB&T, it’s no reason to bail on this show. At 67, Joel continues to, if not innovate, then at least surprise his legion of die-hards: Every set list on his recent jaunt has been markedly different, with covers of rock ‘n’ roll standards joining deep-cut obscurities and a diverse smattering of hits, on shows that often exceed 30 songs.

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What: Turnstiles

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

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $75 (includes reserved seat, four-course dinner and champagne toast)

Contact: 561/395-2929, funkybiscuit.com

Then again, we can’t all get in to see Billy Joel at the BB&T. Some of us might need to settle for the next-best thing: Turnstiles, South Florida’s acclaimed Piano Man tribute act. Frontman Tony Monaco’s dedicated band doesn’t cover just the hits. This lifelong Joel devotee delves deep into the gregarious troubadour’s archives, with help from his peerless backing musicians. Close your eyes at a Turnstiles set, and you’ll believe you’re in a Billy Joel arena show. Since it’s at Royal Palm Place, we can’t say parking will be any easier than at the BB&T Center, but your kinship with Joel’s music will never seem more intimate.

SUNDAY, JAN. 1

What: “Something Big 2017”

Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton

When: 11 a.m. (check-in begins at 10 a.m.)

Cost: Free

Contact: 561/479-7819, somethingbig2017.com

Let yoga be your New Year’s Eve hangover cure at this refreshing morning of stretches to live musical accompaniment. Renowned teacher Leslie Glickman of Yoga Journey will lead attendees through the routines. Last year, this event brought 1,500 people to the amphitheater, a number Glickman is hoping to top with this enhanced follow-up, complete with nationally touring artist DJ Drez and a marketplace of yoga products and gifts. Festivities run until 2:30 p.m.

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The Week Ahead: Dec. 13-19

A solo theater piece re-creates “It’s a Wonderful Life” in 75 minutes, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra resurrects Christmas spirits, and Bret Baier keynotes the YMCA’s Prayer Breakfast. Plus, The Beach Boys, The Jingle Ball, “Avenue Q” and more in your week ahead.

 

WEDNESDAY

What: YMCA of the Palm Beaches’ Annual Prayer Breakfast

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Where: The Breakers, 1 S. County Road, Palm Beach

When: 7:45 a.m.

Cost: $100, or $250 for VIP meet-and-greet tickets

Contact: 561/968-9622, ymcapalmbeaches.org

One of YMCA of the Palm Beaches’ most-beloved fundraisers, the Prayer Breakfast returns for its eighth annual morning of inspiration and community connection. Always able to attract first-rate keynote speakers, this year’s breakfast will feature a presentation by Fox News’ Chief Political Anchor Bret Baier, one of the cable news network’s least ideological voices in prime time. He will provide insights into the strange and expectation-defying election of 2016 and, perhaps more importantly for the YMCA’s message of prayer and positivity, will discuss his latest book “Special Heart: One Family’s Journey of Faith, Hope, Courage and Love,” a touching account of his son’s transformative battle with heart disease.

 

THURSDAY

What: Avi Bash book signing

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Where: Murder on the Beach, 273 Pineapple Grove Way, Delray Beach

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 561/279-7790, murderonthebeach.com

Appealing to devotees of local history and true crime alike, mob historian Avi Bash’s new book, “Organized Crime in Miami,” explores the city’s rich history as a Mafia escape—a place where gangsters who built their empires elsewhere wintered, convalesced, partied and rebuilt their legacies. Al Capone is only the most famous example of the mobster-in-Miami-exile, but others flocked here, too—not just for the temperate weather but for the lax law enforcement and other factors. Bash’s book explores all of the ingredients that made Miami a mob Mecca dating back to the first quarter of the 20th century, supplementing his research with previously unpublished and rarely circulated photographs originating from police files, private family albums and newspaper archives.

 

What: The Beach Boys: Holidays & Hits

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Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $59.50-$89.50

Contact: 305/949-6722, arshtcenter.org

“The Beach Boys Christmas,” from 1964, is one of the great holiday albums of its era, in which clever original songs like “The Man With All the Toys” and “Little Saint Nick” joined standards like “White Christmas” and “Frosty the Snowman,” all performed with the rollicking surf rhythms and four-part harmonies of the Boys’ iconic style. The Mike Love-fronted version of the band will play many of these seasonal favorites, along with non-holiday sing-alongs, in a yuletide gift for your ears.

 

FRIDAY

What: Trans-Siberian Orchestra

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

When: 3:30 and 8 p.m.

Cost: $30-$70

Contact: 954/835-8000, thebbtcenter.com

Rock music—the epic, thunderous, grandiose rock music that only makes sense in pyrotechnic-friendly arenas—is a tradition that would seem at odds with holiday music, with its bouncy earworms and choral harmonies. But Trans-Siberian Orchestra has staked its career on merging the two forms on high-concept, elaborately conceived Christmas albums. For this tour, the group will revisit its narrative score for “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” a 1999 TV movie that will project on giant screens behind the band.

 

What: “This Wonderful Life”

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

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $39

Contact: 561/832-7469, kravis.org

Chameleonic actor Jeremy Kendall doesn’t need a $3 million budget and a cast of 50 to bring “It’s a Wonderful Life” to … life. His elastic body and his spectrum-spanning voice are enough, in this one-man re-creation of the uplifting holiday film. Kendall plays more than 32 characters, from George Bailey and Clarence the Angel to Mary and Zuzu, regularly breaking the fourth wall to comment on the action. It’s a 75-minute whirlwind that feels considerably leaner than Frank Capra’s 130-minute movie, updating its pace while retaining its deceptively simple message about the impact of life’s little things.

 

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY

What: “Avenue Q”

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Where: Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach

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

Cost: $42-$52

Contact: 561/243-7922, oldschoolsquare.org

“Avenue Q,” Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx’s hilarious, R-rated marionette musical with heart, is no stranger to South Florida stages, usually when it stops by on national tours. It is unusual for a local company to mount its own regional production, but the industrious Slow Burn Theatre Company has never balked at a challenge. The South Florida cast and crew built their own puppets and costumes, in a production that has already played a couple of regional venues and now stops by the Crest for a brief residency. By now, the actors have their puppeteering finesse down to a science, disappearing completely into parts like Kate Monster, a timid teacher looking for love, and Trekkie Monster, a shaggy recluse with an all-too-familiar Internet addiction.

 

SATURDAY

What: Screening of “Eyes Wide Shut” on 35mm

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

When: 11:30 p.m.

Cost: $10

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

Moviegoers looking for a holiday film that is a bit more, shall we say, adventurous than the usual suspects can do no better than Stanley Kubrick’s unintended swan song, based on an erotic 1926 novella by Arthur Schnitzler. Set at Christmastime during a hedonistic 48 hours for affluent doctor Bill Harford (Tom Cruise), “Eyes Wide Shut” is a polarizing nocturnal odyssey through an unfamiliar New York, a film chockablock with deviant set pieces and unforgettable, symbolically loaded imagery that continues to fascinate conspiracy theorists to this day. One thing is for certain: A single viewing is never enough to comprehend this meticulously composed, deeply controversial work of art. And there’s no better opportunity to experience, or revisit, this modern classic than on its original 35mm format.

 

SUNDAY

What: Y100 Jingle Ball

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

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $46-$251

Contact: 954/835-8000, thebbtcenter.com

Pop festivals are for the young, so here’s a great way to test how old you’re getting: Look at the music lineup for Y100’s annual Jingle Ball concert, and count the number of artists you recognize. Chances are it will diminish every year—unless you have kids who groove to Top 40, in which case you have an unfair advantage. They might even be dragging you to The BB&T Center this weekend, which features performances by influential DJ/EDM pioneer Diplo, Sweden’s darkly confessional singer-songwriter Tove Lo (I’m familiar with those two, thank you very much), electronic duo The Chainsmokers, five-piece girl group Fifth Harmony, reggaeton singer Nicky Jam, Danish pop-soul act Lukas Graham, singer-actress Hailee Steinfeld and more. And if you are one of those dragged parents, be thankful for small favors: At least it’s not the Biebs.

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The Week Ahead: Dec. 6-12

A beloved foodie fest converts to 3D, a holiday boat parade lights up the Intracoastal, and the Norton’s Art After Dark looks for new blueprints. Plus, Hasan Minhaj, Michael Chabon, “The Brand New Testament” and more in your week ahead.

 

TUESDAY

What: “Meaning & Metaphor: Seen & Unseen Narratives in the Lives of Women”

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Where: Armory Art Center, 1700 Parker Ave., West Palm Beach

When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $10

Contact: 561/832-1776, armoryart.org

Dorotha Lemeh, an artist and professor at Florida Atlantic University whose work has been exhibited more than 70 times nationally and on four continents, constructs photographs that explore the modern woman’s identifying narratives. Her female figures are juxtaposed against, or surrounded by, such images of surface beauty and entrapment as flowers, birds and cages, drawing connections to female archetypes in literature, history and mythology. Lemeh will discuss her heady, immaculate imagery, and the themes behind it, as part of the Armory’s First Tuesday of the month lecture series.

 

THURSDAY

What: Art After Dark: Young Professionals Night

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

When: 5 to 9 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 561/832-5196, norton.org

Ironically, given the size of its canvases, architecture is one of the more invisible art forms: It’s so ingrained in the fabric of everyday travel that unless it’s an especially jaw-dropping or meretricious building, we hardly notice it. This may change if you attend the 6 p.m. lecture at this week’s Art After Dark program at the Norton, which features an in-depth conversation of architecture’s role in shaping a community’s sense of place, with local architects and experts Daniel Kahan and Alexander Ives, and Norton Deputy Director James Hall. The evening also includes a “Mapmaking” exercise, in which guests create their own blueprints while exploring the Norton’s exhibits; and a concert by local quintet JM & the Sweets, an eclectic band that draws from soul, funk, jazz, blues and pop. As always, the bar, featuring libations from Potion in Motion, will be open until 8:30 in the Central Courtyard.

 

THURSDAY TO SUNDAY

What: Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival

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Where: Various county restaurants

When: Various event times

Cost: $75-$170 per event

Contact: 877/503-9463, pbfoodwinefest.com

You all have 3D glasses lying around the house, right? If so, strap ‘em on and visit pbfoodwinefest.com. The luxe foodie favorite is celebrating its 10th anniversary in three glorious dimensions, with a website that invades your space like a Hollywood blockbuster. (If only the site featured Smell-O-Vision, too, we might get a waft of the succulent fish, sizzling steaks and decadent desserts that will satisfy the palates of this festival’s lucky attendees.) And it’s not just the website that’s 3D: Attendees can sign up online for 3D glasses and partake in surprise multidimensional treats during the event. At any rate, with A-list toques like Daniel Boulud, Robert Irvine and Michelle Bernstein cheffing the fest, we don’t need much extra incentive. Many of the festival’s 14 events are sold out—and have been for some time—but tickets remain for “A Rustic Root” Dec. 8 at Avocado Grill, “Rise and Dine” Dec. 10 at Eau Palm Beach, “After Hours” Dec. 10 at Imoto, the annual Grand Tasting Dec. 11 at the Gardens Mall, and more.

 

FRIDAY

What: 45th Annual Holiday Boat Parade

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Where: Leaves the Boynton Beach Inlet and travels south on the Intracoastal to the C15 Canal in Delray Beach

When: Starts at 5:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 561/600-9097, boyntonbeachcra.com

A flotilla of sea vessels, of all shapes and sizes and lit up for the season, will drift along the Intracoastal during this cherished holiday event. Viewing areas begin at the Boynton Harbor Marina and continue along the parade route, and viewers are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to contribute to Toys for Tots. U.S. Marines will stand by dockside to pick up toy donations.

 

What: Opening night of “The Brand New Testament”

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Where: Living Room Theaters at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton

When: Show times pending

Cost: $6.50-$9.50

Contact: 561/549-2600, fau.livingroomtheaters.com

“God exists. He lives in Belgium.” That’s the irresistible premise of this bawdy, irreverent, postmodern comedy from Belgian director Jaco Van Dormael. Like an Internet troll, Dormael’s petulant deity spends his days in front of his computer, wrecking minor havoc on the lives of his fellow countrymen—making their phones ring at inappropriate times, always ensuring the other supermarket lines move faster than the one they chose. His reign of power-abuse comes to a halt, however, when God’s 10-year-old daughter hacks into his account and leaks, for everyone in the world, the dates of their deaths. Much panic, fate-testing and anarchic humor ensues; there’s a subplot with Catherine Deneueve and a gorilla you won’t soon forget. “The Brand New Testament” also opens at the Classic Gateway Theater in Fort Lauderdale.

 

SATURDAY

What: Hasan Minhaj: “Homecoming King”

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

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $27.50-$37.50

Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org

In his day job, Minhaj is a “Daily Show” senior correspondent, bringing wit and commentary to topics ranging from papal visits to presidential politics. But he’s also a gifted standup comedian and monologist, as evidenced by his one-man show “Homecoming King,” touring the nation after its 2015 Off-Broadway premiere. It explores his autobiography as a first-generation Indian-American straddling two worlds in the U.S., where he grew up as “the one brown speck in [his] class photo.”

 

MONDAY

What: Michael Chabon

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Where: Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 305/442-4408, booksandbooks.com

Michael Chabon, the award-winning novelist, defender of populist fiction, and chronicler of the inner worlds of religious and sexual minorities, is one of the more eccentric and complex best-selling authors of our time, whose credits include the WWII period opus The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and the alternate-history mystery The Yiddish Policemen’s Union. His latest work, Moonglow, is also something of an imagined history novel—his own family’s. Inspired by a 1989 visit to the bedside of his dying grandfather, Chabon spun this teeming flashback narrative encompassing the life of an unnamed protagonist known simply as “my grandfather” as he unspools a life of buried history and dreamlike revelations. The journey spans Jewish slums to NASA to a Florida retirement community, in a work that is as fantastic as it is personal. It’s been called “an autobiography wrapped in a novel disguised as a memoir.” Chabon will parse some of these distinctions at this South Florida stop on his book tour.

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The Week Ahead: Nov. 29-Dec. 5

Courtney Love rocks the Arsht, Truman Capote holds court at Dramaworks, and Christmas comes to the Flagler Museum. Plus, Art Basel, Stanley Clarke, “The Who’s Tommy” and more in your week ahead.

WEDNESDAY

What: Opening night of “Kansas City Choir Boy”

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Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $85

Contact: 305/949-6722, arshtcenter.org

The main draw of this hour-long rock musical—and the reason for that $85 ticket—isn’t the plot, which is a rather conventional boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl pine session. It’s the remarkable cast: Courtney Love, yes, that Courtney Love, of rock and roll fame/infamy, stars in the production alongside its composer-lyricist, Todd Almond. The latter plays a rudderless composer seeking inspiration, and perhaps finding it, when a news bulletin early in the play triggers memories of a girlfriend who went missing. That would be Love, whose vocal abilities haven’t waned a note since her days fronting Hole. The story, which borrows themes from ancient mythology, plays out in flashback and is told entirely through music, which ranges from electronic dance music to acoustic balladry. And it all goes down in the Carnival Studio Theatre, the Arsht Center’s most intimate of spaces. “Kansas City Choir Boy” runs through Dec. 11; get your tickets while you still can.

 

THURSDAY

What: Opening night of “The Who’s Tommy”

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Where: Showtime Performing Arts, 503 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $20-$40

Contact: 954/300-2149, outretheatrecompany.com

From a story originally conceived as a double-album by The Who in 1969, Pete Townshend helped elevate “Tommy” into a stage musical in the early ‘90s, which dramatizes the band’s iconic story about a deaf, dumb and mute child who becomes a pinball wizard to deal with his traumatic childhood. Featuring 20 scenes and more than 30 Who songs, it continues Outre Theatre Company’s ambitious return to Boca Raton. Mike Westrich leads an all-star cast in this regional production, which runs through Dec. 18.

 

THURSDAY TO SUNDAY

What: Art Basel Miami Beach

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Where: Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach

Cost: $34-$115

Contact: artbasel.com

Well, this one certainly crept up on us. Yes, it’s Basel weekend already, so South Florida’s art lovers have likely mapped out their schedule of hobnobbing with celebrities and cultural cognoscenti for a few days of state-of-the-art-world surveying. But if you’re still in tryptophan hangover, listen up: The heart of Miami Basel is once again the Convention Center, where 269 galleries from five continents will showcase a stunning array of work, from historical masterpieces to contemporary and emerging art, in media ranging from paintings and sculptures to installations, photography and film. Of course, festivities aren’t limited to the central location: During Art Miami Week, dozens of satellite fairs will sprout up all around the county’s hippest districts, and there will be music aplenty at the city’s clubs, mostly of the electronic persuasion. If you’re not into art, nightclubbing or hair-pulling traffic nightmares, it’s probably best not to venture south of the 954 for the next few days.

 

FRIDAY

What: Opening night of “Tru”

Rob Donohoe as Truman Capote (Tru, 2016)

Rob Donohoe as Truman Capote (Tru, 2016)

Where: Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $81 ($66 for future performances)

Contact: 561/514-4042, palmbeachdramaworks.org

The title of this 1989 play isn’t a misprint: It’s the diminutive for Truman Capote, the masterful and eccentric writer, who shares a stage with no one but himself and a copious amount of pills, vodka, cocaine and chocolate truffles for a couple of saucy hours. Jay Presson Allen’s workhorse of a play finds Capote reminiscing about his life and rollercoaster career during one of its seemingly endless valleys—a week before Christmas 1975, In Cold Blood far in his rearview mirror, reeling after a published excerpt of his score-settling roman a clef “Answered Prayers.” Lonely and alienated, Presson’s version of Capote still retains much of his acid wit, in a play that is designed as much for Tru newbies as longtime admirers. As much as anything else, “Tru” is an extraordinary actor’s exercise. In Palm Beach Dramaworks’ production, Rob Donohoe, who received a pair of Carbonell nominations this past year, will transform into the turbulent wordsmith. The play runs through Jan. 1.

 

SATURDAY

What: Second Annual Willy T. Willard Memorial Fundraiser

Where: Church on the Hill Congregational, 251 S.W. Fourth Ave., Boca Raton

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: willytwillardmemorialfund.com

Ever think about expanding your spiritual horizons but don’t know where to start? Begin to get enlightened for a great cause at this eclectic spiritual fair benefiting the Willy T. Willard Memorial Fund. Running in two rooms, the event includes spirit card readings, a Reiki circle meditation, sound healing, two sessions of chair yoga, qigong energetic healing, a wellness lecture/workshop and an “Archangel Board” talking-board instruction session with local resident and board inventor Dr. Yafi Yair. Bring the kids for face painting and arts and crafts activities, and leave time to visit the more than 30 vendors, including local artists and small businesses. The free event runs on donations and raffle ticket/silent auction funds, which provide financial support to bereaved parents. Visit the fund’s website for a complete breakdown of events.

 

What: Opening day of “When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From the Roy R. Neuberger Collection”

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

When: 10 a.m.

Cost: $5 guests, free for Four Arts members

Contact: 561/655-7226, fourarts.org

Wherever modern art was happening in the movement’s earliest incarnations, Roy R. Neuberger was there. Noticing that the 20th century modern-art nexus was beginning to shift from Paris to New York, the generous American collector Neuberger ended his five-year residency in France to follow the zeitgeist. On his entry-level Wall Street Job, he was able to purchase works by then-emerging figures in the modern art movement, insisting on buying working artists as way to support their endeavors. Many of these now-iconic names will fill the walls of the Society of the Four Arts beginning this weekend, in a sizable celebration of Neuberger and his prescient taste in art: Expect to see Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Stuart Davis, Georgia O’Keeffe, Edward Hopper, Adolph Gottlieb and many more. The show runs through Jan. 29.

 

SUNDAY

What: Christmas at Whitehall

Where: Flagler Museum, 1 Whitehall Way, Palm Beach

When: Starting at 2 p.m.

Cost: Free with museum admission; $10-$28 for lecture

Contact: 561/655-2833, flaglermuseum.us

Henry Flagler’s youngest descendants will light the 16-foot tree in his namesake museum’s Grand Hall, in this traditional Gilded Age throwback that also includes an afternoon of organ and piano music and holiday caroling. A lively lecture by Alex Palmer about the colorful history of letter-writing to Santa—and a fraudulent “Santa Claus Association” in New York that attempted to answer them—kicks off the festivities at 2 p.m.

 

What: Stanley Clarke

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

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $39.50-$60

Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org

Legend has it that as a schoolboy, Stanley Clarke arrived late to music class, selecting the acoustic bass because it was one of the few instruments that wasn’t already picked. Fate worked in his favor: Over a diverse 40-year career, this jazz fusionist has become the foremost virtuoso of this undervalued instrument as a soloist, bandleader and sideman whose collaborators have ranged from Al Jarreau to Michael Jackson to Beck.