Move over. There’s a new pitmaster in Boynton.
There is always, always room for one more good barbecue joint.
In December, first-time restaurant owner Elliot Harris introduced celebrated Kansas City pitmaster Bryan Tyrell to Boynton Beach’s dining crowd. The two are combining a love of food and music in their new restaurant, Pig-Sty BBQ, with all kinds of meat cooked in all kinds of ways—with the common thread being just good eating. Harris, co-founder of Global Music Branding, installed enviable sound and light systems, and local and touring bands play Wednesday through Saturday nights. Tyrell is most recently from Smoke on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, where he moved in 2014 and earned barbecue kudos right away. He should: He’s an original member of the famed Kansas City Slaughterhouse Five barbecue competition team, as well as a member of the two-time American Royal Grand champion team in the World Series of barbecue. In other words, he knows his BBQ.
On the menu, you’ll find The Jakl (pictured), a sandwich made famous at Joe’s in Kansas City, with smoked brisket on toasted roll topped with melted provolone and an onion ring. There’s Carolina style pulled pork, pork and beef ribs, and burnt ends (served on Tuesdays and Saturdays). Salads, dessert and non-meat dishes are also on the menu. Pig-Sty BBQ also serves breakfast and lunch.
706 W. Boynton Beach Blvd., Boynton Beach; 561/810-5801
Big food and wine fests on April 7
Not sure what it is about April 7, except that it will probably (hopefully) be a beautiful day and night for these two events:
14th Annual Flavors 2017 Food and Wine Festival
Mix a little equestrian show jumping with your pinot noir, along with live and silent auctions out in western Palm Beach County. Tickets are sold in advance only, and cut off at the 1,000 person mark. From 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington: No tix at the door, so here’s your chance. Cost is $35 per person. Buy tickets here.
22nd Annual Bank of America Wine, Spirits & Culinary Celebration
There will be food from more than 40 South Florida restaurants, and wines, spirits and craft beers from all over the world. VIP tasting starts at 5:30 p.m. (early admission) for $250 per person, and the Grand Tasting starts at 6:30 p.m. for $150 per person. Buy tickets here. The event is at the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale.
Mizner Park hosts spirited mix-masters, the Carbonell Awards honor South Florida theatre, and local politicos search for civility at Lynn. Plus, Chris Rock, Dinosaur Jr., Bravo Amici and more in your week ahead.
What: Dinosaur Jr.
Where: Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale
When: 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 954/564-1074, cultureroom.net
Dissonance has always been embedded into the fabric of Dinosaur Jr., the Amherst, Mass., trio whose 1980s emergence laid foundational stones for alternative and college rock. It was there in the music, which married crank-it- to-11 arena-rock volume with lo-fi punk distortion and singer J. Mascis’ incongruous vocal drawl, with its country-slacker disaffection. And it was certainly there in the mercurial musicians themselves, whose personalities and creative visions clashed enough to warrant a 10-year hiatus between albums. Since 2007, Dinosaur Jr. seems to have mended its fences without losing the healthy juxtapositions of its influential music. Its 2016 release “Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not,” represents the band’s best work in nearly a decade.
WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY
What: Chris Rock
Where: Hard Rock Live, 5747 Seminole Way, Hollywood
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 800/745-3000, myhrl.com
It’s been more than 20 years since Chris Rock’s breakthrough HBO special, “Bring the Pain,” established him as a megastar. That standup show—and its follow-up, “Bigger and Blacker”—created the perception of Rock that still holds: as a brash, un-P.C., black-leather- jacketed truth-teller, the anti-Cosby. But in the nine years since his last standup tour, he’s become less of a provocative outsider and more of a multihyphenate mogul—executive-producing documentaries, acting on Broadway, hosting awards shows, and writing and directing feature films. How this time in showbiz and off the comedy-club stage will affect Rock’s “Total Blackout Tour” remains to be seen, but there’s only one way to find out.
What: “Mixology: The Craft Spirits Event”
Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton
When: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
It has taken the craft cocktail movement a little longer to catch fire than its now-ubiquitous craft beer colleagues. But for the second year in a row, Boca Raton magazine is helping to stoke the flames of this exciting movement with “Mixology,” one of our signature annual events. The $45 cover grants unlimited tastings from 25 of Florida’s finest purveyors of craft spirits—brands with punchy names like Slaughter House, Death’s Door and Wicked Dolphin. You can expand your culinary horizons, too; the ticket charge also includes offerings from Tanzy, Café Med, Villagio, Harvest Seasonal Grill and Wine Bar, M.E.A.T. Eatery and Taproom and more. Live music rounds out the spirited evening.
What: “Dialogues in Civility: In Conversation With Congress”
Where: Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton
Cost: Free, but registration required
Contact: 561/237-7000, lynn.edu/events
Civility in politics sounds like a quaint relic of the 20th century: principled congressional leaders air passionate but respectful disagreements, then perhaps share a beer after the session and work constructively on a compromise. These days, fueled by a balkanized media and constituents who, understandably, would rather see the system burn to the ground than to see their side commune with the sworn enemy, the very concept of civil behavior is under serious endangerment. This free lecture at Lynn will hope to change that perception and forge a new reality, with a bipartisan panel of well-behaved Florida political all-stars. Ted Deutch, Lois Frankel (pictured), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Tom Rooney will discuss the causes and solutions to political incivility in a panel discussion led by Lynn’s own Robert Watson.
Where: Thinking Cap Theatre at the Vanguard, 1501 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale
When: 3 p.m.
Contact: 954/610-7263, thinkingcaptheatre.org
Drone warfare has become something a topic du jour in contemporary storytelling, from the play “Leveling Up” to the film “Eye in the Sky.” But George Brant’s“Grounded,” which opened last weekend at Thinking Cap Theatre, offers an innovative stylistic choice to accompany its timely subject matter: It’s a solo show, planting us entirely in the headspace of an Air Force pilot forced into drone duty when she becomes pregnant. Actress Niki Fridh, in her first one-person production, takes the controls for 80 nonstop minutes, in a show that she says explores the “struggles of motherhood, marriage and a career in the military.” “Grounded” also provides a deep dive into the morality of today’s remote-war technology, in which a bad guy—or an entire village of civilians—could be decimated at the punch of a button. Friday’s unique matinee will be followed by a happy hour; traditional 8 p.m. evening performances and 5 p.m. Sunday matinees will continue through April 15.
What: Opening night of “Frantz”
Where: Regal Shadowood 16, 9889 Glades Road, Boca Raton
When: Show times pending
This period drama from celebrated French director Francois Ozon (lately of the gender-bending “New Girlfriend”) is full of secrets and lies in black and white. In the immediate aftermath of the First World War, French soldier Adrien appears in the German mountain town of Quedlinburg, ostensibly to pay his respects to a fallen German warrior named Frantz, and encountering the fresh rancor of a divided continent. Few are willing to accept Adrien’s genuine presence in the country, but among them is Anna, Frantz’s widowed fiancée. Ozon’s narrative, based on Ernest Lubitsch’s lesser-known 1932 drama “Broken Lullaby,” throws a couple of effective curveballs, holding our interest even when the director’s approach grows unnecessarily maudlin. As a study in shared melancholy, “Frantz” has much to say about the fictions we spin to comfort ourselves and loved ones in times of grief, and its monochrome photography—transitioning occasionally into pointed color—is luminous. “Frantz” also opens at Living Room Theaters in Boca Raton, Movies of Delray and Movies of Lake Worth.
What: Bravo Amici
Where: Old School Square Pavilion, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 561/243-7922, oldschoolsquare.org
Shattering the misconception that the best opera singers boast wide-girthed proportions, these dashing young turks have the goal of introducing classical musical forms to pop audiences. Bravo Amici’s compelling ensemble of tenors and divas croons classics in Italian and English, crafting a crossover cultural stew of polished musicality. It’s no wonder they’ve sold more than 3 million albums, counting Sir Elton John and Queen Elizabeth among their rapidly growing fan base. Expect to hear classic and contemporary arias that move fluidly between genres and styles. The outdoor concert will be presented under a tent with provided seating; popcorn, ice cream, candy and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.
MONDAY, APRIL 3
What: Carbonell Awards
Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale
When: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $25 advance, $30 day of show
Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org
It’s time once again for “theatre prom,” the night South Florida’s theatre community dresses to the nines to celebrate the best work produced on tri-county stages the previous year. Maltz Jupiter Theatre, the north county powerhouse, leads regional companies with 18 nominations, many of them for its sensational production of the classic musical “Me and My Girl.” Among plays, Michael McKeever’s shattering ensemble drama “After,” from Miami’s Zoetic Stage, received the most nominations.Regional companies such as GableStage, Slow Burn Theatre and Thinking Cap Theatre also received a number of nominations in important categories. See the winners accept their statues at this local version of the Tonys, which includes performances from the five Carbonell-nominated musicals. Then hobnob with nominees at the onsite after-party.
Are you a film buff? In on the film circle? How about a supporting cast member?
If none of that makes sense, that’s because it doesn’t. Not until you’ve heard about the inaugural Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival happening March 19-26 at Cinemark Palace 20 in Boca Raton, and its multi-tiered VIP tickets.
The festival, organized by the the Levis Jewish Community Center’s Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center, will play 27 feature films, documentaries and short films from countries around the world. Guest artists, actors, filmmakers and scholars will complement the films with post-screening talks and Q&As.
The festival began Monday, March 13 with a Gala Festival Red Carpet Kickoff event. Creator and Producer Nati Dinnar introduced his documentary “Sabena Hijacking: My Version” to the reception’s attendees at the Wick Theatre. During the Q&A session that followed, Dinnar addressed the differences between hijacking and terror events of today and that of the time of the Sabena plane hijacking in 1972. He talked about what it was like interviewing the hijackers and the reception his neutral film got at its premier in Jerusalem.
So here’s where that film buff stuff comes in. Individual tickets to the films cost $10. But if you’re a “film buff,” go for $136 pass to all 25 film screenings. If you’re in the “film circle,” pay $365 for a pass to all the screenings, assigned seats and access to the hospitality suite. If you want to be part of the “supporting cast,” go all out and purchase the $600 ticket that gets you into all film screenings, assigned seats, access to the hospitality suite, an invitation to the patron appreciation event on April 2, access to select Levis JCC film programs and invites to special film events through November 2017.
The film festival continues until March 26. Tickets are available online at levisjcc.org, but according to the website, tickets are sold out and may be available at the Cinemark Theater festival rush line 10 minutes prior to showtime. And if you miss out, don’t worry. The Sandler Center will play select BRJFF films over the summer. Call 561/558-2520 for more information, or visit bocajff.org.
Boca hosts its biggest foodie weekend of the year, knights and minstrels gather one last time in Deerfield, and LBJ and MLK talk civil rights in Coral Gables. Plus, The Pretenders, “Phantom of the Opera,” “Personal Shopper” and more in your week ahead.
What: The Pretenders
Where: The Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
When: 9 p.m.
Contact: 305/673-7300, livenation.com
The Pretenders must be considered among the more humble band names in rock history. With its impassioned, socially conscious, and spiky yet accessible songs, Chrissie Hynde’s durable group of English and American rockers are anything but phonies or imitators; if anything, Hynde has spawned her own pretenders. In what remains a male-dominated industry, she has inspired legions of female rockers that can match any male vocalist in bravado, charisma and chutzpah, and she’s been doing it on and off for nearly 40 years. Time has hardly mellowed this onetime member of The Clash and The Damned; even in her mid-60s, according to Rolling Stone’s review of the Pretenders’ 10th and latest album “Alone,” Hynde “flex[es] command and carnality with no apology.” The group’s 2017 tour is heavier on hits than new material; expect to hear “Brass in Pocket” and “Back on the Chain Gang,” among others.
What: Opening night of “The Phantom of the Opera”
Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 561/832-7469, kravis.org
The trailer for the current Broadway tour of “The Phantom of the Opera” looks less like a theater piece than a sumptuous Hollywood blockbuster: pyrotechnic flares, gold-bedecked sets, smoke and gondola excursions and precariously plunging chandeliers. Yes, the chandelier remains a scene-stealing co-star in this new production by Cameron Mackintosh, the billionaire British impresario. Weighing between 1,500 and 2,000 pounds, the colossal battery-powered light fixture contains 6,000 beads and 48 bulbs. If your only experience with “Phantom” is the meretriciously empty 2004 film adaptation, you owe it to yourself to experience Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ghostly melodramatic love triangle the way it is meant to be seen—which in this case means the original costume design, a new lighting design by a Tony winner, and a cast and orchestra of no less than 52. It runs through April 1.
What: Opening night of “Personal Shopper”
Where: Living Room Theaters at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton
When: Show times pending
Contact: 561/659-2600, fau.livingroomtheaters.com
Fresh off the success of their sensational 2015 film “Clouds of Sils Maria,” French auteur Olivier Assayas and recent muse Kristen Stewart return with this cerebral thriller. Stewart’s protagonist is at first whiff strikingly similar to her “Sils Maria” character—the personal assistant to a celebrity. But “Personal Shopper” turns out to be less about fame and the artifice of performance than it is an old-fashioned ghost story shot through an art-house lens, as Stewart’s title heroine believes she may be encountering cryptic signs from her recently departed twin brother. Earning comparisons to Hitchcock, this Cannes award-winner is certainly the buzziest film of early spring and should be an antidote to what has been a tepid post-Oscar lull.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
What: The Boca Bacchanal
Where: Various locations
Where: Various event times
Cost: Varies per event
Contact: 561/395-6766 ext. 301, bocabacchanal.com
Now in its 15th year, Boca Ratonians’ favorite annual foodie event doubles, as always, as the premier fundraiser for one of the city’s most invaluable institutions, the Boca Raton Historical Society. If you’re an annual Bacchanalian, you know the drill: Festivities begin Friday with the priceless (and pricey, but well worth it) vintner dinners at select private estates and historical institutions, including the Addison, where top toques from the around the country will serve exclusive five-course meals for $325. On Saturday, foodies can enjoy the more-affordable Bacchanalia for $125 at the Mizner Park Amphitheater, where they’ll enjoy live music, vintner offerings, and culinary delights from 30 area restaurants. But we’re most excited about the additions this year: Friday’s vintner dinners will now include mixologist-curated spirits and liquor cocktails, and Saturday’s Bacchanalia will feature extended hours (until 11 p.m.), selfie spots scattered throughout the grounds and more.
What: Mike Birbiglia
Where: Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach
When: Various show times
Contact: 561/833-1812, palmbeachimprov.com
The term “comedian’s comedian” has long applied to Mike Birbiglia, an improv veteran and alt-comedy urbanite. What does that moniker mean, exactly? It’s one way of indicating his cult appeal within the industry: His sly, wry material plays better with his devoted throng and his professional compatriots than with the public at large. But who needs mass appeal? Birbiglia’s highly personal routines—”Sleepwalk With Me” is about his unusual sleep disorder, and “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend” is a spot-on relationship self-analysis—have been dextrous and impactful enough to run off-Broadway. He’s not promising that level of polish for this rare club tour, tellingly titled “Working it Out,” which features the rawest Birbiglia material you’re ever likely to hear. The tour will also feature improv bits and highlights from his last world tour, “Thank God for Jokes.”
What: Opening night of “Dry Powder”
Where: GableStage, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 305/445-1119, gablestage.org
Despite its vaguely drug-suggesting name, Sarah Burgess’ play “Dry Powder” is not about cocaine—though its chief characters have probably done their share. It’s set in a private equity firm, where attractive, expensively dressed, rapacious high-finance bigwigs sacrifice morality at the altar of capitalism. Riding a wave of pitchfork populism that began during the financial crisis of 2008, crested during Occupy Wall Street and reformed during the 2016 presidential election, “Dry Powder” features a smart script full of insider jargon—GableStage Artistic Director Joseph Adler told me he might need to include a thesaurus in the playbill—and amoral people doing plenty of amoral things. It feels timelier every passing day. GableStage’s regional premiere, starring Alex Alvarez, Steven G. Anthony, Katherine C. McDonald and Robert Strain, runs through April 23.
What: Opening night of “All the Way”
Where: Actors’ Playhouse, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 305/444-9293, actorsplayhouse.org
You’ve seen the HBO movie adaptation; now immerse yourself in the award-winning source material by playwright Robert Schenkkan. Lyndon Baines Johnson, fresh off the assassination of President Kennedy, attempts to wangle passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 from a divided and intransigent Congress. Supporting characters include Martin Luther King Jr., J. Edgar Hoover and Lady Bird Johnson, in this wonkiest of recent American plays. It runs through April 9.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
What: Closing weekend of Florida Renaissance Festival
Where: Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach
When: 10 a.m. to sunset
If you haven’t partaken in the medieval revelry of this most popular Renaissance festival in the southeast, now is your last chance. No less than 14 entertainment stations are chockablock with live bands, theatre, jousting, magic and more, some family-friendly and others rated R. Don’t miss the Splatter-time Players at the Mud Pit (dress appropriately) and Blackshear Comedy Magic at Showcase Pavilion. Wandering minstrels, gypsies and comedians rove the grounds as usual, and the theme for the final weekend is “Viking Barbarian,” so bring your proverbial—and not so proverbial—battleaxe.