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Your Week Ahead: June 20 to 26

The Morikami toasts four decades of Japanese culture, a photography pioneer exhibits in West Palm Beach, and 40 bands blanket Dade County with noise at the Miami Psych Fest. Plus, Diana Ross, a Delray literary panel, “Manifesto” and more in your week ahead.


WEDNESDAY

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What: International Yoga Day

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

When: 5 p.m. Cost: $30

Contact: 954/295-2458, namastacyyoga.org

It doesn’t get more Boca than this annual wellness festival presented in honor of International Yoga Day, hosted worldwide each June 21 since its inception in 2015. Palm Beach County’s celebration, presented by NamaStacy Yoga, features contributions from Master of Ceremonies Suzanne Boyd, of CBS-12; a one-of-a-kind VinVersion yoga class hosted by NamaStacy’s telegenic founder, Corbin Stacy; a taiko drumming performance; and a YinYoga and meditation program lead by “Vegas Gone Yoga” festival creator Kristina Blunt and meditation guru Pam Butler. Attendees must bring their own mats.

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What: The Indie Experience

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

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 561/279-7790, murderonthebeach.com

Historical thrillers, eccentric South Florida-set comedies, tender romances, and private-eye mysteries will take center stage at this diverse panel discussion between local authors. Moderator Charles Todd will host six emerging and veteran wordsmiths, each of them promoting a book hot off the presses: Carol White (A Divided Duty), R.V. Reyes (Jeweler’s Mark), Victoria Landis (Alias: Mitzi & Mack), Marcia King-Gamble (Just You), Joanna Campbell Slan (Love, Die, Neighbor) and Kathy Runk (Murder at the Rectory). Pick up a summer beach read, and discover a new favorite author.

THURSDAY

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What: Opening reception of “John Reuter: Second Impressions”

Where: Palm Beach Photographic Centre, 415 Clematis St., West Palm Beach

When: 6 to 8 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 561/253-2600, workshop.org

A celebrated photographer since the 1970s, John Reuter has been at the forefront of some of the medium’s most luminous innovations—especially the Polaroid Corporation’s 20X24 camera, whose instant, massive prints became the gold standard in analog large-scale photography: Its adopters included Andy Warhol, Chuck Close and William Wegman. The stunningly high-resolution format has apparently reached its twilight, with Reuter’s 20X24 Studio set to cease operations by the end of 2017. So it’s an ideal time to remind us of its capacity. Reuter’s own 20X24 shots, which broke ground by combining photography with painting and collage, will display at this free exhibition, along with his captivating infrared landscapes of Singapore, shot between 2009 and 2011. It runs through Aug. 5.

FRIDAY

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What: Opening night of “Manifesto”

Where: Lake Worth Playhouse’s Stonzek Theatre, 709 Lake Ave., Lake Worth

When: 2 and 6:15 p.m.

Cost: $6-$9

Contact: 561/296-9382, lakeworthplayhouse.org

From royal elves to wicked stepmothers, and from Queen Elizabeth I to Bob Dylan, Cate Blanchett has inhabited a remarkable range of personae in a film career that has swung, pendulum-like, from the conventional to the eccentric. In terms of the latter, it’s going to be difficult to eclipse “Manifesto,” in which Blanchett takes on 13 roles with chameleonic ease, from schoolteacher to factory worker, punk to newsreader, scientist to homeless man. Each character represents, and reads from, an important political or art-world manifesto, in curated settings that support, or ironically comment on, the spoken provocations. Originally an audiovisual exhibition by artist Julian Rosefeldt, which ran in museums on 13 screens simultaneously, this film version presents the roles in a linear fashion, but don’t expect a plot to emerge: This is Art with a capital A. It runs through next Thursday.

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What: Miami Psych Fest

Where: The Bridge, 4220 N.W. Seventh Ave., Miami

When: Begins at 5 p.m. Friday

Cost: $10 per day, $15 for weekend pass (free for the first 50 entrants per day)

Contact: miamipsych.eventbrite.com

Miami has always been a haven for weird music, and this weekend’s Psych Fest gathers 40 radical acts in one compact place: the experimental arts hub The Bridge. The “psych” label is deployed liberally: Headliners and other touring acts include the inventive Memphis rapper Ash Leon; the indefatigable avant-jazz virtuoso Kenny Millions, who has released nearly 70 albums since 1964; Nashville-based No Wave/shoegaze band Sallow; and the definitive psych-pop of Orlando’s Timothy Eerie. There’s also live art-making and a lightshow, and all ages are welcome. “Trippy” attire is encouraged.

SATURDAY

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What: Diana Ross

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

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $49 and up

Contact: 561/832-7469, kravis.org

We tend to overuse the superlative “legendary,” but with a career dating back nearly 60 years, Diana Ross has earned her status as soul-dance-disco royalty. Like Alfred Hitchcock, the former Supreme inexplicably never won the premier competitive award in her industry, but the Grammys did bestow her with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012, honoring a career total of 70 hit singles and more than 100 million records sold worldwide. At 73, the singer-actress can still belt with the best of them: She’s fresh off a five-night stint in New York City, where she played two dozen songs per show, from Supremes classics to solo songs and covers, including tunes she popularized in her film work in “The Wiz” and “Lady Sings the Blues.” Her daughter, accomplished singer Rhonda Ross, will open the show.

SUNDAY

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What: 40th Anniversary Celebration

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

When: Begins at 10 a.m. Cost: $15 (or four tickets for $40)

Contact: 561/495-0233, morikami.org

It’s been four decades since the Morikami opened in western Delray Beach, on land once occupied by influential immigrant farmer George Morikami. The relationship between Delray Beach and Japan has continued to blossom thanks to the Morikami’s remarkable growth: The institution now spreads Japanese art, culture, food and horticulture to more than 200,000 annual visitors, and its museum houses more than 8,000 objects. Celebrate the venue’s landmark anniversary at this daylong bash, which includes craft activities, live music and Museum Store discounts. Satisfy your sushi cravings with a pair of exclusive rolls as well as a special appetizer: the Pacific Yellowtail Tuna Carpaccio.

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What: “’night, Mother” reading

Where: The Vanguard, 1501 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale

When: 1 p.m.

Cost: $10

Contact: 954/610-7283, thinkingcaptheatre.com

In its ongoing efforts to bridge the gender gap in the theater community, Thinking Cap Theatre has been producing the yearlong series “Gap,” featuring readings of Pulitzer Prize-winning plays by women. It’s a small pool from which to choose: Of the 86 Pulitzer-winning plays, only 15 have been written in part or in full by women. Thinking Cap’s monthly series spotlights 11 of them, including this weekend’s entry, ‘”night, Mother”—Marsha Norman’s emotionally taxing masterpiece about a young woman who, to her mom’s dismay, has decided to take her own life. This powerful two-hander will be read by Karen Stephens and Tina Thomas, with direction by Elizabeth Price. A talkback will follow the performance.

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.
In this Jan. 26, 2015 photo, Tig Notaro poses for a portrait to promote the film, "Tig", at the Eddie Bauer Adventure House during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)

Your Week Ahead: June 13 to 19

The Art & Culture Center marries postcards and protest, the Stonewall Festival honors LGBTQ resistance, and two funny women create a dynamic stage comedy. Plus, Tig Notaro, Will to Power, a foodie documentary and more in your week ahead.


WEDNESDAY

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What: Opening night of “Girls Only: The Secret Comedy of Women”

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

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $35-$45

Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org

As the story goes, friends and veteran stage actors Linda Klein and Barbara Gehring recently rediscovered their childhood diaries and decided to plumb them together. The similarities that connected these natives of Canada and Colorado, respectively, overrode their differences, convincing these naturally funny creatives that there might be a show to be found in the detritus of their youth. The estrogen-fueled “Girls Only” expanded from there, evolving into a multimedia touring production that includes sketch comedy, improvisation, audience participation, videos and songs. Gehring and Klein play all the characters in a tour de force by and for women. It runs through June 25.

THURSDAY

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What: Opening night of “The Goldberg Variations”

Where: Island City Stage, 2304 N. Dixie Highway, Fort Lauderdale

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $35

Contact: 954/519-2533, islandcitystage.org

Inspired by the gorgeous and ubiquitous J.S. Bach aria of the same name, Stuart Meltzer’s play “The Goldberg Variations” imagines a different group of Goldbergs: an eccentric modern family that gathers for an annual birthday celebration of a beloved, long-deceased matriarch. This year’s party will be a momentous one, as secrets unfurl amid an evening itinerary curated by Goldberg scion Caleb, whose narrative “variations” alter the present while serving to extend a difficult emotional evening. Meltzer, the artistic director of Miami’s Zoetic Stage, based “The Goldberg Variations” partly on the relationship with his own father in the latter’s final months, tempering the drama with comedy that’s both relatable and absurdist. Catch this world premiere production through July 16.

FRIDAY

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What: Opening night of “Past Life”

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

When: Show times pending

Cost: $10-$13

Contact: samuelgoldwynfilms.com/past-life

Deftly combining the personal, political and historical, this latest feature from veteran Israeli director Avi Nesher is a fact-based odyssey of truth and reconciliation that spans three countries. In 1977, Sephi (Joy Rieger), an aspiring classical composer and choir student, has just performed a concert in West Berlin when she is accosted by an older woman who accuses her father, a gynecologist in Israel, of being a murderer. This prompts Sephi and her more-rebellious sister Nana (Nelly Tagar) to investigate a traumatic past their father would prefer to consign to the history books. The first film in an intended trilogy, “Past Life” is superbly acted and finely crafted, if overly calculated: As history is rummaged and the chips fall, it can feel too much like a movie. But its powerful sweep bristles with ambition and curiosity for parts two and three. You can also see “Past Life” at Living Room Theaters at FAU. Ella Milch-Sheriff, the real-life inspiration for Sephi, will speak at a live Skype Q&A following the noon showtime on June 18 at Living Room.

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What: Opening night of “Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent”

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

Though he never achieved the level of fame of some of his contemporaries, celebrity chef Jeremiah Tower has had a major role in defining, and refining, today’s foodie culture. At least that’s one of the takeaways of “Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent,” a documentary about the toque’s tumultuous culinary legacy. Capturing Tower’s brazenness, prickliness and perfectionism, the Anthony Bourdain-produced doc is filled with important talking heads waxing praise on Tower, whose history includes helping to create California cuisine with Alice Waters, opening the landmark San Francisco eatery Stars, and disappearing from kitchens for more than a decade before his short-lived return to Top Chef status at New York City’s Tavern on the Green. It’s a worthy introduction to a figure the New Yorker recently called “a forgotten father of the American food revolution.”

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What: Opening night of “Dear 33020”

Where: Art and Culture Center, 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood

When: 6 p.m.

Cost: $10

Contact: 954/921-3274, artandculturecenter.org

Call it a form a slow-motion protest. In the instantly gratified age of Tweets and blogs, South Florida artist Lisa Rockford and Connecticut artist Margaret Roleke have collaborated on a project addressing feminism in President Trump’s first 100 days through a most analog of mediums: postcards. From Jan. 20 through May 1, these relative strangers expressed their shared discontent in a series of witty, playful, socially conscious postcards exchanged through the U.S.P.S. Each time a postcard arrived, it was placed on a gallery wall here in Hollywood and in New Haven, connecting with the other postcards to form a comprehensive image encapsulating the artists’ views of the new president. Their co-inspired vision, “Dear 33020,” opens Friday, along with two other exhibitions, “Charley Friedman: Moist Things” and “David Rohn.” All run through Aug. 20.

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What: “I Want My ‘80s Back” with Will to Power

Where: Honey Delray, 16 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach

When: 10 p.m.

Cost: $10 presale

Contact: eventbrite.com

Surely the most prominent musical act named for a Friedrich Nietzsche text, Miami’s Will to Power crested the wave of ‘80s dance pop on the strength of its self-titled 1988 debut. The dance trio (now a duo) imagined fresh, synth-driven takes on Peter Frampton’s “Baby, I Love Your Way” and Skynyrd’s “Freebird,” while achieving Billboard chart success with its original dance singles “Fading Away” and “Say It’s Gonna Rain.” Having signed to Epic Records, Will to Power’s success was limited to two LPs, though the group returned in 2015, after a 15-year absence, with the album “Spirit Warrior.” See founding member Bob Rosenberg and vocalist Carmen Medina explore Will to Power’s nostalgic catalog at this throwback concert, which will be preceded by at least three hours of ‘80s and ‘90s tunes spun by DJ Johnny Quest.

SATURDAY

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What: Stonewall Festival

Where: 2345 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors

When: 3 to 11 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 954/621-1350, wiltonmanorsstonewall.com

Each June, Wilton Manors’ Stonewall Festival honors the original Stonewall riots of 1969, in which New York City’s gay community staged revolutionary protests against police oppression. These rallies honor that heritage while acknowledging how far the LGBTQ communities have come in nearly 50 years. There will be live entertainment, a vendor marketplace and a 4 p.m. parade down Wilton Drive, with 30,000 individuals and families expected to turn out. This year’s special guest and Stonewall Grand Marshal is Sharon Gless (pictured), the 10-time Emmy nominee for “Cagney & Lacey” and a longtime LGBTQ activist. Visitors can meet Gless for photo ops from 6 to 8 p.m. at the National Stonewall Museum, at 2157 Wilton Drive.

SUNDAY

In this Jan. 26, 2015 photo, Tig Notaro poses for a portrait to promote the film, "Tig", at the Eddie Bauer Adventure House during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)

What: Tig Notaro 

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

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $28.50-$34.50

Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org

In the early 2000s, Notaro toiled as a cult figure on the alternative comedy circuit, earning a dedicated niche of fans on the strength of her unconventional prop jokes and pithy quips. The Mississippi native never pulled much material from her life until life started pulling at her: In the span of a year, in 2012, her mother died in a freak accident, she broke up with her girlfriend, and she was diagnosed with two diseases, including breast cancer. She addressed these topics in a now-legendary standup appearance on August 2012 in Los Angeles; two years later, having undergone a double mastectomy with no reconstructive surgery, she performed a set topless in New York City. These days, she’s a mother of twin girls and an inspiration who continues to pull from her storied life, sprinkling anecdotes amid signature deadpan observations.

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: June 6 to 12

Fort Lauderdale’s Hukilau sways to a Polynesian beat, the Morikami unveils a century-spanning blockbuster exhibit, and Julian Assange is ready for his complicated close-up. Plus, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Reel Big Fish, South Florida Cultural Consortium grant-winning artists, and more in your week ahead.


WEDNESDAY

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What: Opening night of The Hukilau

Where: The Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty Six, 2301 S.E. 17th St., Fort Lauderdale

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $49-$129 for day passes; $159-$379 for festival passes

Contact: thehukilau.com

Celebrate the nostalgic history and culture of Polynesia with rum-imbibing, lei-wearing, hula-skirted enthusiasts the world over at this international tiki confab. Hardcore fans of the longstanding festival can begin celebrating at the “Pre-Party” Wednesday at the Mai-Kai’s Molokai Bar near the host hotel, but full-day activities kick off Thursday with a customarily diverse schedule of mixology events, surf-rock and lounge concerts, lectures, film screenings, workshops, pool parties, storytelling sessions, a daily “Tiki Treasures” shopping bazaar and more. Underwater performances by Fort Lauderdale’s favorite fire-breathing mermaid, MeduSirena, are an annual tradition. New inductees to the cult of Hukilau might want to start with the First Timers Welcome Reception at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

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What: Daryl Hall & John Oates and Tears for Fears

Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $31-$125.50

Contact: 786/777-1000, aaarena.com

Daryl Hall and John Oates’ once-novel fusing of rock and R&B has endured better, and longer, than the music of many of their ‘70s peers, thanks to newfound appreciation in the Aughts: an award-winning Daryl Hall-hosted Web TV series launched in 2007, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2014, a Hollywood Walk of Fame induction in 2016, and numerous performances on “The Voice” that reassert the duo’s Platinum-selling timelessness. Expect an outpouring of love from longtime fans and new discoverers alike, as Hall and Oates perform “Maneater,” “Rich Girl,” “Out of Touch” and a smattering of deeper cuts. Co-headliners Tears for Fears have enjoyed a similar durability while operating on the softer side of the British New Wave movement, across anthems as varied as “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” “Shout” and “Pale Shelter.”

THURSDAY

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What: Eliot Lewis

Where: Boston’s on the Beach, 40 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach

When: 8:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 561/278-3364, bostonsonthebeach.com

Can’t afford Wednesday’s Hall & Oates show—or don’t want to schlep to Miami for it? There’s no excuse to miss the next best thing when the duo’s touring guitarist, Eliot Lewis, makes a one-night-only stop at Boston’s. Lewis, who has been performing with Hall & Oates since 2013, is just as proficient in keyboard, bass and drums. He’s earned an international reputation as an impeccable sideman, from his long tenure with Average White Band to stages shared with Rob Thomas, Jewel, Train, Darius Rucker and more. He’s also a largely autobiographical singer-songwriter with six albums to his credit, and it’s these songs, plus select covers, that Lewis will perform at this intimate Delray Beach show alongside eclectic rock-soul guitarist Billy Livesay. Show up early for the best views.

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What: Opening night of South Florida Cultural Consortium exhibition

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 N.E. 125th St., North Miami

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: $3-$5

Contact: 305/893-6211, mocanomi.org

As the largest government-sponsored grant program in the region, the South Florida Cultural Consortium is funded by organizations such as the National Endowment of the Arts and the Florida Department of State. Hundreds of local artists apply for SFCC grants, but only a few make the cut—and it’s those artists that will line the walls and floors of the newly renovated Museum of Contemporary Art. The 25 FFCC prizewinners from years 2014 and 2016 on display include such prominent and emerging South Florida artists as Edouard Duval-Carrie, Bhakti Baxter, Kevin Arrow, TD Gillispie, Vanessa Diaz and Jillian Mayer. The diverse media include drawing, painting and sculpture addressing such themes as migration, popular culture and our technology ubiquity. The exhibition runs through Aug. 6.

FRIDAY

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What: Opening day of “Building a Legacy”

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

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $9-$15 museum admission

Contact: 561/495-0233, morikami.org

The late Mary Griggs Burke spent more than half a century amassing what is considered the largest collection of Japanese art outside of Japan—works dating all the way back to the Jomon period of history (2500-1500 B.C.). When New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art showcased Burke’s collection, in 2000, then-director Philippe de Montebello commented that the works “span vividly the remarkable history of one of the world’s great cultures.” We now have the rare opportunity to feast on her expansive, centuries-spanning collection at this selection of works loaned to the Morikami, which became a chief outlet for Burke’s patronage: It was Burke’s contributions, after all, which filled the Morikami’s newly constructed galleries back in 1993. “Building a Legacy” will include more than 60 pieces in mediums ranging from paintings and prints to ceramics, lacquer and textiles. It runs through Sept. 17.

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What: Opening night of “Risk”

Where: Lake Worth Playhouse’s Stonzek Theater, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth

When: 2 and 6 p.m.

Cost: $6-$9

Contact: 561/296-9382, lakeworthplayhouse.org

Laura Poitras is attracted to controversial figures like moths are attracted to light. The American documentary filmmaker spent six years, on and off, shadowing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for the new film “Risk.” Her Oscar-winning exclusive with Edward Snowden, “Citizenfour,” grew out of this project. But unlike the Snowden film, “Risk” is less supportive of its subject. Initially a more glowing portrait when it premiered at Cannes last year, “Risk” has evolved since its prickly protagonist took an activist role in the 2016 presidential election. Poitras has come to view Assange differently than when she embarked on the film, going so far as to recut the movie. This new “Risk” is a fascinating case study in maintaining the journalistic long view in the midst of a surreally accelerating news cycle. See it this weekend, before it changes again for the home video release.

SUNDAY

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What: Reel Big Fish: “The Beer Run”

Where: Revolution Live, 100 S.W. Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale

When: 5 p.m.

Cost: $28-$30

Contact: 954/449-1025, jointherevolution.net

It’s been more than 20 years since ska-popsters Reel Big Fish released their iconic single “Beer,” a jaunty paean to the palliative effects of an empty bottle. The anthem remains a staple at the group’s concerts, but this tour takes an appreciation for hops ‘n’ suds one step further. “The Beer Run” includes a “Mini Beerfest” at America’s Backyard, the outdoor space attached to Revolution, which includes free tastings and specials from Cigar City, Sweetwater, Magic Hat, Lagunitas and more crafty purveyors, appropriately scheduled to begin at the happy hour of 5 p.m. The great lineup of opening acts kicks off in the early evening as well, including Tunnel Vision, the Expendables and one of my favorite retro punk acts of the ‘90s and beyond, The Queers.

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 30 to June 5

The Norton celebrates a Beatles landmark, Summer Shorts premieres a Lin-Manuel Miranda musical, and Florida Classical Ballet dances three masterworks. Plus, Trevor Noah, Joe Jackson, Burt Reynolds and more in your week ahead.


WEDNESDAY

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What: Joe Jackson

Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $37.50-$67.50

Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org

One of the more singular acts of the British New Wave movement, this impeccably dressed and sonically chameleonic singer-songwriter is famous for Elvis Costello-like barn-burners, baroque pop earworms, and jaunty swing music alike. He even dabbled with classical music, albeit to a more diminished audience, in the ‘90s. At this “encore” tour of his 2015 album “Fast Forward,” Jackson will play hits dating back to his classic 1979 debut “Look Sharp” on through to the conceptual ambition of “Fast Forward,” whose 16 cuts are inspired by four beloved cities: New York, Amsterdam, Berlin and New Orleans. A sprinkling of surprising, ever-changing covers will complement Jackson’s own eclectic material.

THURSDAY

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What: Art After Dark: Sound and Vision

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

It’s been 50 years this week since the U.S. release of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” the favorite Beatles album among art nerds, recording aficionados and lovers of all things weird. Across complex tracks such as “Within You Without You,” “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite” and “A Day in the Life,” the Beatles expanded their pop sensibilities to include vaudeville, avant-garde and Indian music, among others, knowing they wouldn’t have to perform the songs live. Half a century later, however, the possibilities for dynamism and range in live music have caught up with the endless capacities of the recording studio, and voila! Tribute acts like South Florida’s Across the Universe are more than happy to perform compositions from this iconic album. Catch them at 7:30 at this week’s Art After Dark at the Norton, but you can arrive by 5:30 for Spotlight Talks on four art works, and by 6:30 for an Artist Talk from South Korea’s Yeondoo Jung, whose installation “Documentary Nostalgia” is on display now at the Norton.

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What: An Evening With Burt Reynolds

Where: Eissey Campus Theatre, 11051 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $45-$75

Contact: 561/207-5900, legendsradio.com

Palm Beach County art royalty doesn’t get more regal than Burt Reynolds, the now-octogenarian actor whose Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre established northern Palm Beach as a cultural destination. Candid and self-deprecating, Reynolds recently told an interviewer than he’s probably made “50 good movies and 50 bad ones,” but his most iconic parts, in the likes of “Smokey and the Bandit,” “Deliverance” and “Boogie Nights,” have a permanent place in our mass consciousness. Still a working actor—his quasi-autobiographical new film “Dog Years” is currently playing the festival circuit—Reynolds will field questions from the audience at this intimate gathering, which will benefit the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film & Theatre. Deep-pocketed fans can pay $500 for a front-row seat and meet & greet.

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What: Opening night of Summer Shorts

Where: 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

When: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $39-$54

Contact: 305/949-6722, arshtcenter.org

South Floridians waiting (im)patiently for their chance to finally see “Hamilton,” as part of the Broward Center’s 2018-2019 season, can enjoy some tapas by Lin-Manuel Miranda starting this weekend at the Arsht Center’s annual Summer Shorts festival of acclaimed short plays. Miranda’s micro-musical “21 Chump Street,” written prior to his success with “Hamilton,” and set in Boca no less, is the main draw at this always-popular collection of eight-to-15-minute works. The seven other plays, which lean heavily in the comedy direction, address topics ranging from Internet trolls and storefront psychics to Girl Scout cookies and the art world. Paul Tei, Jessica Farr, David Nail and new Artistic Director Margaret M. Ledford will lead a multifaceted cast of eight through the wacky and poignant material. Summer Shorts runs through July 2.

FRIDAY

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What: Opening day of “Colossal”

Where: Lake Worth Playhouse’s Stonzek Theatre, 709 Lake Ave., Lake Worth

When: 2 and 6 p.m.

Cost: $6-$9

Contact: 561/296-9382, lakeworthplayhouse.org

This peculiar sci-fi comedy is just the sort of inventive idea that could breathe new life into both genres. At first, “Colossal” seems like a conventional domestic dramedy about a wayward, bender-prone New Yorker (Anne Hathaway) whose comically endearing bad habits have cost her a job and relationship. No sooner do we establish a tone and texture to “Colossal” does the story toss us a car-crushing, building-incinerating curveball, in the form of a giant monster terrorizing Seoul, South Korea. How are these twin narratives related? See the film and find out, or start by watching the crazy trailer.

SATURDAY

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What: Trevor Noah

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

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $39.50-$100

Contact: 561/832-7469, kravis.org

In 2015, a largely unknown comedian named Trevor Noah was appointed to the most plum job in political humor: host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.” Noah is not Jon Stewart—in some ways, he’s a better presence, less prone to tiresome camera mugging—but his star has risen nearly as high in two short years. He recently debuted his third standup special for Netflix, and his award-nominated 2016 memoir Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood introduced a global readership to his alternately hilarious and shocking childhood in apartheid South Africa: The guy who now dates a supermodel and rakes politicians over fires for a living once subsisted on caterpillars for nutrition, and was thrown out of a speeding taxi by gangsters. Noah’s boundary-pushing standup reflects hard, inconvenient realities, which helps explain the title of a documentary about his formative years: “You Laugh But it’s True.”

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

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What: Florida Classical Ballet Company Spring Gala

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

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday

Cost: $35

Contact: 954/839-9578, ccpompano.org

South Florida’s newest performing arts venue is not wasting any time in bringing exciting cultural programming to underserved Pompano Beach denizens. One of its resident companies, Florida Classical Ballet specializes in the fusion of Cuban dance technique with American styles, thanks to the vision of ballet mistress, choreographer and company founder Magaly Suarez. This weekend’s spring gala is great opportunity to discover this dynamic company, whose program features classics and newer works alike. Attendees will experience the dramatic Act II dance of “Swan Lake,” the grand pas de deux from “Don Quixote,” and the exotic “La Bayadere” suite, all featuring choreography by the legendary Marius Petipa. Jorge Garcia’s Cuban divertissement “Majismo” and Edwaard Liang’s 2009 “Wunderland,” featuring a Philip Glass score, round out the program.

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 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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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. 22-28

Mizner Park lights its “iTree,” the Wick Theatre gets back in the habit, and a pair of experts debate the Kennedy Assassination. Plus, Melissa Etheridge, “Aliens,” new art at PAMM and more in your week ahead.

 

TUESDAY

What: “Who Killed John F. Kennedy”

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

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 305/442-4408, booksandbooks.com

On the 53rd anniversary of the JFK assassination, Books and Books is welcoming two investigators who have contributed to the endless volume of literature on the subject. The notorious Roger Stone, a political rabble-rouser and adviser to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, will defend his conspiracy tome “The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ,” and Gerald Posner, a dogged investigative journalist, will speak on “Case Closed,” which supports the Warren Commission and the single-assassin theory. Glenn Garvin of the Miami Herald will moderate a debate between these two best-selling authors. Whether the conversation will remain civil or devolve into chair-throwing remains to be seen; just keep your smartphone cameras at the ready.

 

WEDNESDAY

What: Holiday Tree Lighting

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

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

Cost: Free

Contact: 561/393-7807, myboca.us

Mizner Park’s Christmas tree is so 21st century. The so-called “iTree,” which will be unveiled Wednesday evening near Lord & Taylor, is a marvelous combination of the organic and the digital, boasting more than 32,000 lifelike PVC branches and 25,000 clear and multicolored LED lights, along with clusters of ornaments and red and gold bows. A 20-minute musical light show will illuminate the park nightly, every hour, from 6 to 9 p.m. through the holiday season. But the “iTree” isn’t the only festive addition to Mizner; 50,000 LED lights will adorn 75 palm trees throughout the complex. Garland, lights and holiday trimmings will be everywhere, and four wreaths—each 60 inches in diameter—will be placed throughout the facility. Celebrate the yuletide cheer at this tree lighting celebration, which includes artificial snow, carnival rides, fireworks and a family-friendly stage show, with food and Santa sessions available for purchase.

 

What: South Florida Musicians Assistance Foundation benefit concert

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

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $20-$40

Contact: 561/395-2929, funkybiscuit.com

An area’s best musicians are often the area’s most starving musicians, because rocking well doesn’t always pay the bills. These include health care costs, which are on the rise—and that’s where South Florida Musicians Assistance Foundation comes in. Launched in 2014 after the death of multi-instrumentalist and SoFla music pillar Corey Dwyer, the SFMAF pools funds to assist the medical bills of local musicians who otherwise can’t afford them, and much of its reservoir comes from this annual fundraising concert at the beloved Funky Biscuit. Three of the biggest names in the local scene will perform for your well-directed dollars: Crazy Fingers, the nationally acclaimed Grateful Dead tribute artists; Albert Castiglia, the veteran blues-rock virtuoso; and Bluestone, David Shelley’s bluesy hot rock project. “Other special guests” may turn up as well for the cause.

 

FRIDAY

What: Opening day of “Jillian Mayer: Slumpies”

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Where: Perez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost: $12-$16

Contact: 305/375-3000, pamm.org

So what is a “Slumpie,” you may ask? It’s neither the latest sugary calorie bomb from 7-11 nor an innovation in thermal blanketing. A “Slumpie” is an awkward, deliberately meretricious piece of sculptural furniture, designed by artist Jillian Mayer as a sojourn for iPhone zombies. Inspired by research suggesting that smartphone users spend an average of 4.7 hours a day staring at their devices, Mayer’s satirical yet functional “Slumpies” are glitter-bedecked retro-futuristic respites for the perennially distracted to unplug from real-life and bask in handheld data. Comprised of materials such as fiberglass, resin, enamel and Amazon Prime cardboard boxes, “Slumpies” are a hilarious solution to a problem that shouldn’t exist; it’s no surprise their artist was inspired in part by Skymall merchandise, the now-defunct standard-bearer in superfluous gadgetry. PAMM visitors are invited to utilize the “Slumpies” on the museum’s Vattikuti Learning Theater and outdoor terrace. The exhibition runs through Jan. 22.

 

SATURDAY

What: Opening night of “Sister Act”

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Where: The Wick, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $80 ($75 for future performances)

Contact: 561/995-2333, thewick.org

“Sister Act,” the 1992 fish-out-of-water movie starring Whoopi Goldberg, became one of the most successful comedies of the early ‘90s, earning more than $230 million dollars off its clever premise: A hard-living Reno nightclub singer, fleeing her vindictive mobster boyfriend, enters the witness protection program by joining a convent. Cue the culture-clashing comedy. With Goldberg’s imprimatur, “Sister Act” was adapted as a stage musical in 2006, and by the time it reached Broadway in 2011, it was en route to becoming an international feel-good hit. Composer Alan Mencken, who penned the scores for stage musicals like “Beauty and the Beast” and “Newsies,” wrote the music, and the witty playwright Douglas Carter Beane contributed to the book. In this regional premiere, The Wick’s largely local cast includes familiar faces Jessica Brooke Sanford, Margot Morland, Meredith Bartmon and Leah Sessa. It runs through Dec. 17.

 

What: Screening of “Aliens”

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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

If Ridley Scott’s original “Alien,” from 1979, was a claustrophobic horror film, James Cameron’s 1986 sequel was a relentless antiwar actioner—two hours and 17 minutes of blast-furnace carnage that resonated with the still-present aftershocks of the Vietnam War. Sigourney Weaver, who earned an Academy Award nomination for her performance, returns as iconic alien slayer Ellen Ripley. She launches back to the planet of hostile stomach-invaders, only this time with a team of elite space marines to back her up. Written and directed by a still-somewhat-humble, pre-King of the World Cameron, “Aliens” is a genre classic that has stands up powerfully to repeated viewings. See it for the first time, or enjoy it again, at this one-time-only 35mm screening.

 

MONDAY, NOV. 28

What: Melissa Etheridge

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

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When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $20-$100

Contact: 561/832-7469, kravis.org

Fresh off her Memphis Rock and Soul Tour, which featured the celebrated folk-rocker covering soulful compositions by Otis Redding, Sam & Dave and other genre staples, Melissa Etheridge is jumping right back into the touring grind, this time with a holiday trio. In 2008, Etheridge released “A New Thought for Christmas,” one of the more distinctive holiday albums of the Aughts, which featured seasonal standards like “Blue Christmas” and “O Night Divine” with original compositions such as “Christmas in America” and “Light a Light.” The mix of religious and secular, old and new, was meant to “bridge our old oppressive cultural ways with the enlightenment of our coming future.” She’ll continue to build that bridge on this tour, which features her Christmas cuts alongside megahits like “Come to My Window” and “I’m the Only One.”

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The Week Ahead: Nov. 15-21

A theatrical mystery dazzles at the Kravis, a star astrophysicist goes to the movies, and celebs swing rackets for charity in Delray. Plus, Bernie Sanders, Peter Hook & The Light, VoicePlay and more in your week ahead.

TUESDAY

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Ethel Barrymore Theatre ALEXANDER SHARP TAYLOR TRENSCH FRANCESCA FARIDANY IAN BARFORD ENID GRAHAM HELEN CAREY MERCEDES HERRERO RICHARD HOLLIS BEN HORNER JOCELYN BIOH DAVID MANIS KEREN DUKES STEPHANIE ROTH HABERLE TOM PATRICK STEPHENS Production Credits: Marianne Elliott (Direction) Bunny Christie (Scenic and Costume Design) Paule Constable (Lighting Design) Ian Dickinson for Autograph (Sound Design) Finn Ross (Video Design) Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly (Movement) Adrian Sutton (Music) Other Credits: Written by: Adapted by Simon Stephens from the novel by Mark Haddon

What: Opening night of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”

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

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $27-$75

Contact: 561/832-7469, kravis.org

This Tony-winning adaptation of Mark Haddon’s acclaimed novel is the only nonmusical in the Kravis’ 2016-17 Broadway season, but with the amount of razzle-dazzle onstage, it’s hard to tell the difference. Electrifying special effects and an immersive scenic design place viewers inside the quantum brain of a 15-year-old mathematical genius who resides on the autism spectrum. When he’s accused of killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to discover the real culprit, despite opposition from neighbors and his vindictive father. Elaborate video projections and choreography coalesce in a shocking climax. It runs through Sunday.

 

WEDNESDAY

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What: Neil deGrasse Tyson

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

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $45-$250

Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org

As director of New York’s Hayden Planetarium and host of Fox’s “Cosmos” edutainment series, Tyson is the closest thing the world of astrophysics has to a rock star. Now, like real rockers, he’s going on tour, as a starry-eyed film critic: In “An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies,” he’ll break down the scientific blunders—including his now-notorious dissection of the Oscar winner “Gravity”—as well as the refreshing accuracies in sci-fi staples from “Star Wars” to “The Martian.”

Friday

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What: Opening night of “Christine”

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

When: Starting at 2 p.m.

Cost: $6.50-$9.50

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

Back in 1974, news reporter Christine Chubbuck was the victim of one of the most stunning and tragic events in television history: a suicide committed live on the air, from her anchor desk at a Sarasota news station. An ace reporter riven by depression and social awkwardness, her story was said to have inspired the character of Howard Beale in “Network,” but it’s only now, more than 40 years after her death, that Hollywood has attempted to tell her story with any degree of accuracy. Underrated art-house actor Rebecca Hall plays Christine in this critically acclaimed biopic, whose subject is as much the increasing “bleeds-it-leads” sensationalism of the news as it is the tortured woman forced to report it.

 

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What: VoicePlay

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

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $15 students, $25 adults

Contact: 561/243-7922, oldschoolsquare.org

A cappella choirs, which used to be popular mostly on college campuses—uniting the nerds and the frat brothers in four-part harmony—have spread to the mainstream and beyond, thanks to groups like Pentatonix and films like “Pitch Perfect.” Orlando’s VoicePlay, with its five charismatic goofballs, typifies the genre. The group began as a street-corner barbershop-style quintet and achieved national notoriety by lasting into the sixth round of NBC’s “The Sing-Off” competition series. The bandmates’ ability to simulate all the instrumental colors of an electro-rock symphony with only their vocal chords is tops in the genre, and their set lists are sprinkled with a variety of Top 40 hits (“Ride,” “Wrecking Ball,” “Get Lucky”), durable oldies and spirited cameos from Bollywood and Broadway. Their take on “The Phantom of the Opera” is downright majestic.

 

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What: Peter Hook & The Light

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

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $25

Contact: 954/564-1074, cultureroom.net

Peter Hook played bass in two of the most important alternative bands in the genre’s roughly 40-year history: Joy Division, Manchester’s masters of brooding post-punk; and New Order, the synthpop sensations that emerged from Joy Division’s short-lived cult reign. These days, Hook is dedicated to preserving the legacy of both bands at their career apexes, often performing their entire albums with his reverential backing band, The Light. His current tour is particularly special because it borrows evenly from both groups, and it draws its set list from each band’s famed singles collections, “Joy Division: Substance” and “New Order: Substance.” For the latter, this means a glorious greatest-hits collection from “Blue Monday” to “Bizarre Love Triangle” to “Ceremony;” and for the former it means a selection of rarely played B-sides and non-album tracks, including “Transmission” and the heartbreaking “Atmosphere.” Expect upwards of 30 songs with an intermission.

 

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY

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What: Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic

Where: Delray Beach Tennis Center, 201 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, and other venues

When: Various event times

Cost: Varies per event

Contact: 561/394-2400, chrisevert.org

Palm Beach resident Jimmy Buffett is a notoriously hermetic celebrity, rarely venturing into the public spotlight. So the fact that he’s listed among the players at the 2016 Chris Evert Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic is as rare as it is exciting for his throngs of fans. He’s one of 20 entertainers who will swing a racket for charity this weekend at this beloved annual tournament, joining a star-studded roster that includes actors Jon Lovitz, Alan Thicke, Shawn Hatosy, Scott Foley and Timothy Olyphant; renaissance man Randy Jackson; singer-songwriter David Cook; retired tennis champs Martina Navratilova and Evert herself; and more. The on-court action goes down during the day on Saturday and Sunday, but tournament festivities run the length of the weekend, from the Friday night cocktail reception at the Boca Raton Resort & Club to the posh Pro-Celebrity Gala on Saturday evening, also at the Boca Resort. Visit the website for complete details and pricing.

 

SATURDAY

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What: “An Evening With Bernie Sanders”

Where: Chapman Conference Center Building at Miami-Dade College, 300 N.E. Second Ave., Miami

When: 6:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 305/237-3258, miamibookfair.com

Over the past year and a half, the Independent senator from Vermont mounted one of the most successful insurgent campaigns in history by anybody’s metric—and though he secured neither his party’s nomination nor the presidency, he energized millions of progressives who are looking to continue his agenda of democratic socialism. His new book Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In lays out an activist’s roadmap to do just that. Sanders, expected to be the biggest draw at this year’s Miami Book Fair, will discuss his book and his historic campaign at this presentation. The event is free but ticketed, and here’s the bad news: Every seat has been claimed. Interested attendees can wait in a standby line; empty seats will be released first-come, first-served at 6:20 p.m. If all else fails, Sanders’ speech will be streamed live in Room 3209 (Building 3, Second Floor), Room 3314 (Building 3, Third Floor) and The Porch (Northwest corner of N.E. 3rd Street and 2nd Avenue).

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The Week Ahead: Nov. 8 to Nov. 14

Alternative headliners rock out for Chipotle, footballers and chefs grill-off for charity, and “cuddly” vampires bring bite to Arts Garage. Plus, Mitski, Elle King, “Carmen” and more in your week ahead.

 

FRIDAY

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What: Elle King

Where: Revolution Live, 100 Nugent Ave., Fort Lauderdale

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $28.50 advance, $30 at door

Contact: 954/449-1025, jointherevolution.net

The daughter of comedian Rob Schneider, Elle King has come a long way since appearing in her father’s 1999 comedy “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo.” With her raspy voice and soaring notes, the 26-year-old singer-songwriter is still reaping the benefits of her stratospheric debut album “Love Stuff,” whose lead single “Exes and Ohs”—a witty, hook-laden and sexually suggestive catalog of the men she’s loved and left—catapulted to No. 1 on the Hot Rock charts. See the tattooed megastar effortlessly weave country, rock and blues in this intimate venue.

 

SATURDAY

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What: Everyday Green Festival

Where: Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 954/357-5113, broward.org/parks

Earth Day may have passed months ago, but as this fall festival suggests, we should be thinking green every day. The fourth-annual event celebrates and promotes all things eco friendly, from sustainable food to earth-friendly home accouterments. Activities run the length of the festival, from a pre-fest “Rock the Waters” canoe race at 9 a.m. to raffles at 1:30 p.m. In between, enjoy a native plant sale, a “Create-an-Eco-Mural” session with an eco-artist, and a Pet Parade. All day, stock up on organic nosh at the Local Food Farm-to-Fork Fair and check out the myriad vendors of handmade gifts and art. The first 500 attendees receive a complimentary reusable shopping bag and a native tree.

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What: John Offerdahl’s Broward Health Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival

Where: Pompano Beach Amphitheater, 1801 N.E. Sixth St., Pompano Beach

When: 1 to 4 p.m.

Cost: $85 general, $200 for “Luxe Experience”

Contact: gridirongrilloff.com

We at Boca magazine love the fresh salads and sammies of Offerdahl’s, the mini restaurant chain founded by the former Miami Dolphins linebacker. So any event that bears the Offerdahl’s imprimatur already has us at hello—and the fact that 100 percent of its net proceeds benefit charitable recipients like 4KIDS of South Florida and Place of Hope only sweetens the deal. Food, charity and football take center stage in this seventh-annual favorite, in which 25 Dolphins legends pair up with top local chefs to cook dishes vying for Judges’ Choice and Fan Favorite awards. To find out what OJ McDuffie and Hard Rock Café chef Carlos Velez concoct, or the entrée Keith Sims and Café Vico’s Marco Vico whip up, you’ll just have to turn out for this great cause. Stick around for the cornhole competition, Sustainable Seafood Village, silent action, live entertainment and more.

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What: Opening night of Florida Grand Opera’s “Carmen”

Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

When: 5:30 p.m.

Cost: $25-$229

Contact: 305/949-6722, fgo.org

It’s hard to imagine the outcry that met Georges Bizet’s “Carmen” in 1875. Its coterie of gypsies, peasants, smugglers and lower-class factory workers contrasted with the aristocratic milieus of most western operas. But “Carmen” was dirty, sexy and liberated, with a female title character that scandalized the populace by unapologetically choosing between two men: a naïve soldier and a glamorous toreador. Bizet died within months of its premiere and never witnessed its canonization. These days, according to Florida Grand Opera, no opera is more requested or anticipated. It runs through Nov. 19.

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What: Chipotle Cultivate Festival

Where: Bayfront Park Amphitheater, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

When: Begins at 11 a.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: chipotlecultivate.com

Combine SunFest with the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, and you have some idea of what to expect from this celebration of nutritious cuisine and alternative music. Chipotle has been spreading awareness about the benefits of organic diets through its Cultivate festivals for the past six years, but this month marks its Miami debut. It features games, activities and exhibits; live demonstrations from such top local toques as Michael Schwarz, Richard Blais and Michelle Bernstein; and sets from alt-rockers Capital Cities, St. Lucia, Phases and more.

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What: Mitski

Where: Gramps, 176 N.W. 24th St., Miami

When: 9 p.m.

Cost: $12-$15

Contact: gramps.com

The biracial singer-songwriter Mitski describes her identity as “half Japanese, half American, but not fully either,” a fluid sensibility that continues to inform this SUNY Purchase music graduate’s confessional, beguiling, intensely affecting music. The 26-year-old sensation released a pair of independent albums in the Aughts before breaking through with 2014’s beautiful and noisy “Bury Me at Makeout Creek,” and officially cementing her hipster cred with this year’s “Puberty 2,” an album that you’ll see on copious Best of the Year roundups next month. Some songs are fiery, noisy spasms of frustrated id; others suggest the slow-burning, art-folk ballads of St. Vincent. Still others channel the deadpan, self-questioning feminist wit of early Liz Phair and Helium, and while performing live, her voice can adopt the measured ululations of Alanis Morrissette at her most impassioned. There is much spectacle in both her stage performances—watch her NPR Tiny Desk concert, in which she howls directly into her anthropomorphized guitar strings—and her innovative music videos, like her sexy, cerebral and vulnerable concept for “Your Best American Girl.” I know Wynwood is a schlep, and Mitski might not take the stage until 10:30 or 11 p.m., but make the effort: This is likely to be one South Florida’s best shows of the year.

 

SUNDAY

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What: Opening night of “Cuddles”

Where: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach

When: 2 p.m.

Cost: $40

Contact: 561/450-6357, artsgarage.org

OK, so you’re over the whole vampire thing, and frankly, so are we. “Twilight” and “True Blood” were so early-2000s, and by the time hordes of blood-sucking coffin-dwellers were being bludgeoned by Abraham Lincoln, you could consider the vampire shark jumped. But British playwright Joseph Wilde’s “Cuddles” is no ordinary example of sex-and-gore vampire schlock. It’s a psychologically disturbing character study and anti-fairytale that touches on themes of sacrifice, family bonding, overprotection and self-determination. Most older sisters look after their inexperienced kin, but not like the siblings in Wilde’s phantasmagoric drama: The younger Eve is a teenage vampire timelessly stunted with an adolescent mind, and she resides in a squalid, blood-spattered dungeon, trapped from sunlight and prying eyes by the elder Tabby, who opens her veins to feed Eve. By day, Tabby works in the corporate rat race, whose cutthroat implications parallel a vampire’s need to suck the world dry. A scary, satirical and mordantly funny look at contemporary consumerism, “Cuddles” is biting in more ways than one. Preview begin Sunday, and the show runs through Dec. 3.

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What: Opening day of Miami Book Fair

Where: Chapman Conference Center at Miami-Dade College, 300 N.E. Second Ave., Miami

When: Starts at 4 p.m.

Cost: Sometimes free; ticketed events vary

Contact: 305/237-3258, miamibookfair.com

With its stellar lineup of both marquee guests and established and emerging authors of all genres, the Miami Book Fair proves once again that it’s not difficult to lure celebrity authors, politicos, thinkers and comedians to the temperate climes of South Florida in November. Jorge Ramos, the celebrated Univision journalist, will kick off the festival at 4 p.m. Sunday with a free Spanish-language presentation with live English translation. He’ll be followed, in Miami-Dade College’s Auditorium, by best-selling children’s author Eoin Colfer at 5 p.m., discussing, among other things, his latest Marvel-inspired young-adult novel, Iron Man: The Gauntlet. At 6 p.m., back at the Chapman, festivities continue with one of the fest’s biggest draws: “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah, one of South Africa’s favorite sons, who will discuss his memoir Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood. This event is $40, and tickets include a copy of the book. The hits keep coming on Monday, Nov. 14, with $15 ticketed events from political analyst James Carville and renaissance performer Alan Cumming.