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Tilted Kilt Slates July Fourth Bash, Unveils New Menu

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Haven’t made Fourth of July plans yet? Boca Raton’s Tilted Kilt, the only South Florida branch of this Irish-Scottish-British pub chain, is hoping you’ll celebrate at its second-annual July Fourth Block Party. The outdoor bash will offer an expanded events schedule whose proceeds will benefit vital service organizations.

The free party will begin at 5 p.m. on Independence Day. Families are invited to bring the kids for face painting, balloon art and a bounce house, while adults can enjoy a hot dog-eating contest and (for a small fee) a Craft Beer Expo. The Two Eds Band will provide live music, along with DJ spinning and emceeing from Nikko Entertainment.

Available from 5 p.m. to close, the Craft Beer Expo features concoctions from at least eight local breweries, including Funky Buddha, Barrel of Monks and Copperpoint. These fine purveyors of suds ‘n’ foam will offer three-ounce samplings—six of them for $5—with all monies raised funneled straight into the Boca Raton Police Athletic League and the Boca Raton Firefighter & Paramedic Benevolent Fund. The night culminates, of course, with an ideally positioned view of the city’s fireworks, which blast off from De Hoernle Park at 9 p.m.

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The festivities cap a busy summer for Tilted Kilt, which recently unveiled a new menu of pub grub. Specializing in European fare with an American twist, the restaurant’s new appetizers include loaded tater tots, chili con queso, pub-fried pickles and a Bavarian-style pretzel with beer cheese sauce (Fat Tire amber ale, to be precise). Salmon Vera Cruz, grilled pork chops, chili spaghetti and Gaelic chicken are among the added entrees.

I sampled a few of these items at a recent press dinner. Highlights of the media fête included sinful standbys like Shepherd’s Pie and the addictive Buffalo Mac & Cheese, whose spicy fried chicken counters the gooey goodness of the cheddar-jack cavatappi pasta.

Owner Samir Changela touts the Kilt’s “scratch” kitchen and chef-driven ethos. The restaurant’s items are more artisanally prepared than the flown-in comfort food of Applebee’s and Friday’s, though they tend to fall in a similar category.

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Like any Irish-influenced pub worth its weight in malt and yeast, The Tilted Kilt’s strongest calling card is its libations. It boasts 44 beers on draft, from the traditional Guinness and Smithwick’s imports to IPAs, shandys, cream ales and hefeweizens, many from local brewers. I tried, and loved, the dark and smooth yet punchy B. Rabbit Espresso Cream Stout, from Copperpoint Brewing Co.

The cocktail list features prickly, accessible spins on classics, including the Outlaw Old Fashioned (featuring Jim Beam and Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka), the ManMosa (with Sam Adams lager, Absolut Vodka and OJ) and the Mango Ginger Mule (Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum with mango puree and ginger beer).

Guests can enjoy their drinks at a pair of pool tables or parked in front of 60 televisions, which broadcast satellite sports from around the country (there are even flat-screens positioned atop the two urinals in the men’s room).

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Fair warning: While the July Fourth festivities are open to families, parents might want to leave the kids at home when visiting the Tilted Kilt the other 364 days of the year. Though Changela doesn’t market the brand’s “Kilt Girls” first and foremost, the eatery remains, as he cheekily described it, “a breastaurant,” whose servers’ attire would humble the average Hooters Girl. Just sayin’.

The Tilted Kilt is at 3320 Airport Road, Boca Raton. For information, call 561/338-5458 or visit tiltedkilt.com/boca-raton.

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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POWER ON! New FPL Exhibit Sparks Kids’ Imaginations

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My daughter, Avery, getting her hands on the electricity plasma ball.

Electricity just got a lot more exciting courtesy of Power On! a new, interactive experience sponsored by FPL at the Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS). The FPL Storm Center’s exhibit allows museum visitors to experience electricity in an entirely new way!

Children can role play as a decision maker “directing” FPL power restoration specialists who are working to restore power safely. They can also learn how FPL responds to hurricanes. Where other than South Florida would that be considered a practical learning experience?

FPL’s gift allowed the museum to refurbish the Storm Center area on the first floor. Storm Center visitors can create and touch the vortex of a 10-foot tornado (one of my daughter’s favorite things to do at the museum) or experience gale force winds in the hurricane simulator. Since no parent is going to let their child get anywhere near lightning, visitors can also see and touch a plasma sphere (safely) representing the state of matter that lights up the sky during a thunderstorm.

Visitors can also pretend to be weather reporters by broadcasting a live storm segment in the exhibit’s Weather Studio. For those looking for a little healthy competition, visitors can race against each other to build a sturdy shelter as a hurricane steadily approaches. No pressure! Guests can also record their own personal hurricane stories to share with future visitors.

This exhibit is sure to spark your child’s imagination while teaching them all about real-life storm situations in Florida.

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Jack, a museum camper, and Lance Gibbs work together to help restore power (figuratively!) at MODS. Photo courtesy of MODS.


MODS is open seven days a week, 365 days a year; Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Exhibit ticket prices are $16 for adults; $15 for seniors 65+; $13 for active/retired military personnel; $13 for children 2 to 12. Museum of Discovery and Science is located downtown at 401 SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312. For more information about the museum, visitors should call 954/467.6637 or visit their website at www.mods.org.

Visit www.modernbocamom.com for even more summer things to do with kids! And be sure to subscribe to Modern Boca Mom’s weekly e-newsletter: http://bit.ly/mbmsubscribe

Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of ModernBocaMom.com, a lifestyle website for the stylish & modern South Florida Mommy. Modern Boca Mom features family events, activities, classes, fitness, dining, travel, home improvement and shopping options—as well as a weekly MOMpreneur spotlight! She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.
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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.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

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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.
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McKeever World Premiere Highlights JCC Theater Season

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“The Camp,” one of the newest works by South Florida wunderkind Michael McKeever (pictured), will enjoy its world-premiere production at the Levis JCC in Boca Raton just months after it debuted as a one-night-only staged reading at Lynn University.

The play is set in Germany in the immediate aftermath of World War II. Its title refers to the remnants of a concentration camp on the outskirts of a small village, whose elders—so-called “good Germans”—looked the other way while the Holocaust commenced beside them. Written with the pointed, vividly descriptive dialogue for which McKeever is known, the play addresses the complicity of average citizens during the rise of Fascism, a theme he found particularly timely.

“The Camp” provides the thought-provoking linchpin of the JCC’s 2017-2018 theater season, when it runs for 12 performances from Nov. 30-Dec. 17. Produced in conjunction with the West Boca Theatre Company, “The Camp” represents a coup for the intimate black-box theater, arriving just a few months after McKeever’s other 2017 world premiere, “Finding Mona Lisa,” bows at Actors’ Playhouse in Coral Gables.

“We knew this would be our dramatic historical production for the year,” says Alan Nash, director of theatre at the Levis JCC. “Myrna Loman [of West Boca Theatre Company] saw the reading at Lynn and said, ‘this is something special.’ Michael has a great foothold in South Florida, and he’s such a terrific guy.”

“The Camp” may be the attention-grabbing centerpiece of the Levis’ season, but the rest of the shows are no slouches. The ‘17-‘18 slate is arguably the venue’s most eclectic lineup yet, featuring a healthy balance of recent Tony-winning plays, familiar musicals and even a touring one-man show.

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These include the scabrous comedy “God of Carnage” (Nov. 9-19); the absurdist Chekhov homage “Vanya & Sonia & Masha and Spike” (Jan. 4-14); “Wrestling Jerusalem” (Jan. 17-21, 2018), Aaron Davidson’s celebrated solo play about the Arab-Israeli conflict, performed by Davidson himself; the Stephen Sondheim masterpiece “Company” (Feb. 1-11, 2018); and “Handle With Care” (March 1-11), a romantic comedy with some Hebrew dialogue.

“We have a very defined audience at the Levis,” Nash says. “They love all sorts of things, everything from historical dramas to comedies and musicals. When we were programming for this year, we thought, ‘What can we give them that’s a little more sophisticated, a little more rounded?’”

If that means straying a bit from central themes about Judaism—with such universally targeted choices as “God of Carnage,” “Vanya & Sonia” and “Company”—that’s OK. “We want to make sure there’s light comedies and musicals we know people will love,” Nash says. “They’re great, enjoyable productions. All have won multiple Tony awards.”

Season and group tickets are available for the Levis JCC’s 2017-2018 season. Call 561/558-2520 or visit levisjcc.org/culture/music_theater. The theater is at 21050 95th Avenue S., Boca Raton.

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.

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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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5 to See in Old School Square’s 2017/2018 Season

From primatologists to political humorists, folk rockers to glass artists, tribute acts to magic shows, Old School Square’s 2017-2018 season is arguably more eclectic than ever. Announced this week, the Delray arts campus’ schedule welcomes more than 60 entertainers from October to May.

The Crest Theatre’s bedrock cabaret, singer-songwriter and lecture series remain strong, while the addition of top-shelf tribute artists—“Billie Holiday” and “Neil Young” will take the stage—and a National Geographic Live series add new elements to the robust selection of talent.

We (quite subjectively) combed through the roster to find the five most exciting acts in next season’s lineup. Mark your calendars for these high-profile bookings, and visit Old School Square’s website under “All Events” for the complete breakdown.

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Jason Bishop (Jan. 6-7, 2018)

This grand illusionist is, among other things, a case study in overcoming hardship. Orphaned as a child, the Newark native spent his first 18 years shuffling between foster homes, escaping his transient childhood with the transformative power of magic. He’s since become one of the most eclectic and sought-after magicians on the circuit. As known for his comedic asides and rock-powered soundtrack as his spectacular illusionists and sleights of hand, Bishop’s tricks include double levitations and plasma illusions, aided by cutting-edge technical gadgetry.

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Annie Griffiths (Feb. 15, 2018)

This photographer helped shatter the glass ceiling at National Geographic by becoming one of the famed magazine’s first female photographers—a job that has allowed her to see, and document, nearly 150 countries. As comfortable capturing landscapes and fauna as she as is portraits and culture, Griffith’s best work explores the plight of young girls and women worldwide, particularly in such interrelated issues of climate change and food insecurity. She will share this mission, and stories from her exciting life, at afternoon and evening presentations on Feb. 15.

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Roger McGuinn (March 14, 2018)

Don’t “Turn! Turn! Turn” away (sorry for that groaner) from this founder of the Byrds, one of the most influential folk-rock bands of all-time. McGuinn has been active in the music business for 60 years, initially climbing the studio ladder as a sideman for Judy Collins and other folksingers. Later with the Byrds, he helped fuse folk, rock, jazz and country into a plangent stew we now call Americana. Songs like “Eight Miles High” and “Mr. Spaceman” have become the standards of their generation, and at 74, McGuinn still captures their harmonic, youthful spirit.

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“Million Dollar Quartet” (March 17-18, 2018)

As the story goes, for one fraught night in December of 1956, four musical titans descended on the Sun Records studio in Memphis: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Gathered at the behest of Sun impresario Sam Phillips, the members of this impromptu jam session were not known for playing nice together, and this jukebox musical dramatizes both the great music and the inflated egos, and the internecine squabbles and thrilling collaborations. Though the show isn’t new to South Florida—Actors’ Playhouse in Coral Gables produced a gangbusters version last year—it’s never played Delray before, and this touring version is a real treat for such an intimate theater.

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James Judd (June 2, 2018)

The world has enough comedians and actors. But humorists and monologists? Those personalities are a rarer breed: Think Spalding Gray, David Sedaris and this guy, NPR personality James Judd, who makes a living memorizing his misadventures as a banned journalist and turning them into hilarious spoken-word recollections performed at a whiplash pace. His stories include “accidentally” winding up in a Chinese brothel, and imagining a shark’s dive off the coast of New England. He records a podcast (who doesn’t?), but it’s way better to see this whirling dervish perform his monologues live.

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

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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: 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).