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Major Outdoor Art Museum Expands to Lake Worth

 

Images from last year's Canvas Outdoor Museum

Images from last year’s Canvas Outdoor Museum

Already home to the 75-year-old Lake Worth Art League and the wildly popular Lake Worth Street Painting Festival, the robust arts city of Lake Worth is about to add another annual touchstone to its cultural calendar.

Starting in December, the Canvas Outdoor Museum—a public-art exhibition of large-scale sculptures, murals and installations by renowned visiting artists, which launched in West Palm Beach in 2015—will expand to Lake Worth, encompassing spaces throughout the city.

A joint effort by Canvas Arts Charities, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, the City of Lake Worth and the Lake Worth Community Redevelopment Agency, this expansion was unveiled to the community at a press conference Tuesday morning at the Cultural Council’s Lake Worth headquarters.

Lake Worth Mayor Pam Triolo spoke first, acknowledging the city’s rich artistic legacy. “Many of us have chosen to be a part of Lake Worth because the arts are a natural, organic happening that has grown here for century,” she said. “With no disrespect for other communities, many of them have had to create artistic corridors to take full advantage of that. Our entire city is an arts district. And while some of the most affluent communities in our county may be where fine art is sold, no doubt Lake Worth is where it’s created. It’s part of our DNA.”

Nicole Henry, a West Palm Beach gallerist and founder and curator of Canvas, explained the specifics of this event, which is billed as the nation’s largest outdoor museum show. In its 2016 sophomore year in West Palm Beach, Canvas attracted the crème de la crème of street art and contemporary art, including 14 local artists and 24 international artists, among them Amanda Valdez, Astro, Greg Mike and Wrdsmth. In addition to the site-specific outdoor museum show, Canvas features live art-making, artist interactions, art-inspired fashion and music, and pop-up shops and food trucks; last year, Ja Rule and Vanilla Ice performed.

Images from last year's Canvas Outdoor Museum

Images from last year’s Canvas Outdoor Museum

For this year’s Lake Worth expansion, 10 artists will descend on the city on Nov. 26 and work on their murals, sculptures and installations through Dec. 2, which will mark the official opening of Canvas 2017. The artists, who will then move on to Art Basel Miami Beach, will design new original work centered on this year’s theme of unity.

“It’s our biggest and best lineup we’ve ever had,” said Henry, who could not yet reveal the artist lineup. “It’s the giants of the street art and contemporary art worlds, all coming here to create masterpieces.”

Works will be created and displayed at destinations ranging from the beachfront down to city hall, and up through Dixie Highway and the Design Center—and they’ll remain viewable for a year.

Rena Blades, president and CEO of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, reinforced Lake Worth’s commitment to the arts while highlighting the economic impact of the Canvas expansion on Palm Beach County’s $250 million annual arts industry.

“The Cultural Council moved here five and a half years ago on the promise and the expectation that Lake Worth is a city where art is at the heart of our economy, our quality of life, and all our values,” she said. “We see that in this very exciting announcement, and we at the Council couldn’t be more proud. The promise inherent in that invitation from the city and CRA to move the Cultural Council here is today advanced leap years forward with this announcement.”

Mayor Triolo wrapped up the presentation by recounting her first reaction to the collaboration between her city and Canvas.

“I was overwhelmed. I was in tears,” she said. “I’m thrilled for the city and for the Cultural Council. We embrace the arts. It’s the fiber of our very being here. The more you spend time here, you’ll see that we’re a little kooky sometimes, but we’re something special. I’m so pleased to expand and grow. We’re getting better each and every day.”

For more on the Canvas Outdoor Museum in Lake Worth, visit canvasmuseum.org.

As the A&E editor of bocamag.com, I offer reviews, previews, interviews, news reports and musings on all things arty and entertainment-y in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.
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Your Week Ahead: Oct. 3 to 9

Fright Nights celebrates its “sweet” 16, the Wick Costume Museum shows off its bling, and Gloria Estefan’s musical comes home. Plus, Hillary Clinton, Seu Jorge, “Blade Runner 2049” and more in your week ahead.


TUESDAY

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What: Hillary Clinton

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

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $50-$375

Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org

“What happened?” is the question millions of flummoxed Americans asked themselves, slack-jawed, on Nov. 8, 2016. What Happened, in turn, is Hillary Clinton’s book-length response to that query. Clinton famously fumbled what the polls and popular sentiment considered the easiest presidential election win in recent history for reasons that have been rehashed, dissected and autopsied for nine months—by countless people not named Hillary Clinton. Now is South Floridians’ up-close and personal opportunity to listen to the candidate’s side of the story at this exclusive stop on her What Happened book tour.

FRIDAY

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What: Opening night of Free Friday Concerts

Where: The Pavilion at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 561/243-7922, oldschoolsquare.org

Friday nights, fresh air and free music—what could be better? Once again, Old School Square is showing the community some love with its popular series of outdoor concerts at the Pavilion. Whether you come with the family or that one special friend, you’ll want to bring lawn chairs or at least a blanket to stretch out on. You’ll have to leave the pets at home for this one, though. No coolers or outside food or beverages are permitted either, but don’t worry: You’ll be able to buy something to nibble on and something nice and cold to drink. The new season of shows begins Friday with the note-perfect Billy Joel tribute Turnstiles, kicking off a high-energy lineup of bands that continues throughout the season.

THURSDAY

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What: Opening night of “Blade Runner 2049”

Where: Cinemark Palace, 3200 Airport Road, Boca Raton

When: 7 and 10 p.m.

Cost: $9-$16

Contact: fandango.com

Few modern directors convey creeping dread quite like Denis Villeneuve, the auteur of “Sicario” and “Arrival,” whose latest project expands the mythology of “Blade Runner,” Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi benchmark. Set 30 years after the events of the original, this audacious sequel follows a next-generation replicant cop (Ryan Gosling) designed by a globalist industrialist (Jared Leto) whose latest case leads him down a soul-searching rabbit hole into his own creation. Harrison Ford reprises his role in Scott’s film, as a retired blade runner whose own history is crucial to solving the movie’s mysteries. While Villeneuve pays homage to the 1982 feature’s grim urban cityscapes, the visual and aural language of “2049” is certifiably his own: The alien topographies and expressionistic interiors; the exotic, elephantine musical score; and the melancholy drift of its stranger-in-a-strange-land hero are largely of a piece with his impressive oeuvre. The story is plagued by occasional inertia, and it doesn’t quite grip you enough, but its meditations on bioengineering and transhumanism, and its cogent observations on corporate hegemony, surveillance and an underground slave state resonate even greater now than in the franchise’s inception. It will open Friday at most area theaters.

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What: Opening night of Fright Nights

Where: South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach

When: 6 p.m. to midnight

Cost: $30

Contact: 561/790-5225, myfrightnights.com

Fright Nights, one of Palm Beach’s County’s preeminent haunted attractions, celebrates its not-so-sweet 16th birthday this season with four brand-new walk-throughs filled with special effects and live scare-actors. Creative director Craig McInnis and his crack(ed?) team of designers welcome horror fans to these concepts: “Occultus,” about witchcraft hysteria run amok; “Metamorphosis,” a mad-doctor tribute to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; “Shutter,” about a fashion photographer-cum-murderous psychopath; and “The Cuckoo’s Nest,” which riffs on that old chestnut about the inmates running the asylum. Enjoy these, along with carnival rides, food, drinks and other entertainment, through Oct. 28. Through Oct. 5, you can buy discounted tickets online for $25.

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What: Opening night of “On Your Feet!”

Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $29-$75

Contact: 305/949-6722, arshtcenter.org

Gloria and Emilio Estefan are the closest people Miami has to royalty. Cuban-born and Miami-bred, they personify the American dream: fleeing Communist oppression, forging a legacy in the city’s burgeoning Latin pop scene, and winning 26 Grammys between them. So it’s wholly appropriate that the city that hatched their fame will be the first national tour stop of “On Your Feet!,” the zesty and heartfelt musical based on their vertiginous life. The tunes the Estefans immortalized, including “Conga,” “The Rhythm is Gonna Get You” and “Get on Your Feet,” complement a narrative that addresses the their uphill battle in an Anglo-centric music industry as well as the car accident that nearly ended Gloria’s career. With the creators of “Kinky Boots,” “Jersey Boys” and “Birdman” behind the directing, choreography and writing, this power couple’s story is in good hands … er, feet. The show runs through Oct. 15.

SATURDAY

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What: Opening day of “Bling: The Brilliant History of Glitz”

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

When: Reservations begin at 11 a.m.

Cost: $48 (includes three-course lunch)

Contact: 561/995-2333, thewick.org

The Wick’s fifth and latest costume exhibition is more than just a showcase of theatrical wardrobes, although there are some great ones on display from “La Cage,” “42nd Street” and “The Producers.” But this celebration of all things glitzy also integrates film accessories from lavish productions such as “Cleopatra” and “Annie Get Your Gun.” Its breathtaking centerpiece will feature samples of Liberace’s most flamboyant costumes, including his iconic King Neptune cape, on loan from the Liberace Foundation in Las Vegas. The exhibition runs through May 20, 2018.

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What: Seu Jorge

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

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $45-$215

Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org

The 2005 feature “The Life Aquatic” is one of director Wes Anderson’s most eccentric films, worshipped by his cult fanbase while eliciting a shrug from much of the mainstream audience. But even viewers wary of Anderson’s stylized vision probably remember the movie’s musical selections—the ethereally beautiful acoustic covers of David Bowie compositions, sung in Portuguese, by Brazilian singer-songwriter Seu Jorge. Transforming Bowie’s glam spunk into intricate pop-samba numbers, Jorge both deepened and redefined another’s master work, prompting the Thin White Duke himself to comment, “Had Seu Jorge not recorded my songs in Portuguese I would never have heard this new level of beauty which he has imbued them with.” Jorge will pay tribute to Bowie on this tour, in which he’ll perform the “Life Aquatic” soundtrack supplemented by movie stills and a stage design that re-creates its stylish submarine setting.

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What: Opening night of “The Humans”

Where: GableStage, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $57-$60

Contact: 305/445-1119, gablestage.org

Stephen Karam’s drama “The Humans” arrives for its South Florida regional premiere with a most impressive track record: It transferred from off-Broadway to Broadway in less than a month’s time last winter before becoming a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and winning the Tony Award for Best Play. “The Humans” is centered on a familiar theatrical conceit—a dinner party for an extended family—but it avoids the histrionics and broad comedic strokes often associated with dysfunctional-family plays. Praised for its naturalistic dialogue and documentary-style look at a middle-class family trying to stay afloat in turbulent and unpredictable times, “The Humans” features characters that probably look and sound like you. If done well, the production should strike notes that are both, as the New York Times review put it, “blisteringly funny [and] bruisingly sad.” GableStage’s premiere runs through Nov. 5.

As the A&E editor of bocamag.com, I offer reviews, previews, interviews, news reports and musings on all things arty and entertainment-y in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.
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Your Week Ahead: Sept. 26 to Oct. 2

Kevin Smith’s “Silent Bob” speaks in West Palm, Nikola Tesla’s life is immortalized in a new opera, and Boca’s Enigma Haunt scares up a zombie apocalypse. Plus, Hurricane Irma stories, “Brad’s Status,” “The Underpants” and more in your week ahead.


WEDNESDAY

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What: Screenings of “Brad’s Status”

Where: iPic Mizner Park, 301 Plaza Real, Boca Raton

When: 1:15, 4:45, 7:45 and 11 p.m.

Cost: $16-$28

Contact: 561/299-3000, ipictheaters.com

Screenwriter Mike White, whose forte is clenched discomfort, has already delivered a stellar example of his craft this year with “Beatriz at Dinner,” a disquieting ensemble dramedy that crystallized a divided America. “Brad’s Status,” which White also directed, is similarly uncomfortable, anchored by a bravura dramatic turn by Ben Stiller. He plays the title character, a husband, father and cauterized operator of a nonprofit who is staring down a midlife crisis. Envious of his stratospherically success college friends and their calculated disconnection from his life, his anxieties reach their breaking point during a college tour with his musically prodigious son (Austin Abrams, in a breakthrough performance). “Brad’s Status” can feel ponderous at times, but it’s also a withering critique of white-male malaise whose generous insights transcend its rudderless protagonist. The film is also currently showing at Movies of Delray, Regal Shadowood, Cinemark Boynton Beach and Movies of Lake Worth.

THURSDAY

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What: Benefit Concert for the Florida Keys

Where: Tim Finnegans Irish Pub, 2855 S. Federal Highway, Delray Beach

When: 6 to 10 p.m.

Cost: $20 donation

Contact: 561/330-3153, timfinnegansirishpub.com

As Floridians, we help our own. That’s the message Lisa Walsh, owner of Tim Finnegans, hopes to send with this unique benefit concert for the ravaged Florida Keys. Giving financial aid is its own reward, but it doesn’t hurt that Walsh has assembled an all-star entertainment lineup for this fundraiser. Paul Castronovo, local talk-media personality and the anchor of BIG 105.9’s morning show, will emcee an evening that includes local comedians and a headlining performance from the Joe Cotton Band, Delray real-estate agent Steve Martel’s rock ‘n’ roll throwback band, which has been plying its trade for 30 years. Your $20 donation also gets you a free well drink or domestic beer or wine, discounted food and a dessert bar curated by top South Florida restaurants and caterers.

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What: “Jay and Silent Bob Get Old” live podcast

Where: Where: Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach

When: 7: 30 p.m.

Cost: $40

Contact: 561/833-1812, palmbeachimprov.com

For a filmmaker responsible for creating the tight-lipped character of Silent Bob in ‘90s touchstones like “Clerks” and “Chasing Amy,” Kevin Smith sure likes to talk. As his movie career has foundered in the Aughts, the garrulous director has enjoyed second, third and fourth careers as monologist, comic-book maven and podcast host. It’s in this last capacity that he’ll swing by the Palm Beach Improv with his longtime partner-in-crime, Jason Mewes, aka “Jay” from his durable movie career. Smith and Mewes will record the newest edition of their top-ranked “Jay and Silent Bob Get Old” podcast, an extemporaneous series of Hollywood stories that evolves organically in front of live audiences.

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What: “City Speaks”

Where: Switchbox Coffee Roasters, 3446 N.E. 12th Ave., Oakland Park

When: 7 to 9 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 888/849-7269, newcityplayers.org/cityspeaks

What did the whole Hurricane Irma nightmare of this month teach you? To speak to your neighbors more often? To change your perspective on climate change? To buy a damn generator next time? Whatever the lesson you gleaned from our shared hurricane experience, New City Players would like to hear it. “Irma Taught Me …” is the subject of the theatre company’s September edition of its monthly storytelling night, “City Speaks.” Anyone is invited to come onstage and share their perspectives, or just listen to the insights of others and enjoy a hot (or cold) cup of java. Those interested in speaking should visit the website listed above and submit a 100-word summary of their story.

THURSDAY TO SUNDAY

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What: “Tesla”

Where: Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

When: 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday

Cost: $45-$60

Contact: 800/211-1414, colonymb.org

Nikola Tesla, the Serbian-born science pioneer, is the definition of a posthumous success. The inventor of alternating current and the Tesla coil, whose creativity is responsible for the X-ray, the radio and countless other byproducts, nonetheless died a pauper, and only recently has begun to achieve credit equal to his contemporary rival, Thomas Edison. Tesla’s brilliance, his prescience and his lifelong career struggles are the subject of this biographical opera, with music by Miami’s own Carson Kievman, who also co-wrote the libretto. A world premiere, “Tesla” is described as a multidisciplinary opera, where digital animation, poetry and a scenic design inspired by Tesla’s own creations share the stage with beautiful music and evocative Golden Age costumes. Characters include George Westinghouse, Mark Twain, J.P. Morgan—even Juniper the dog!

FRIDAY

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What: Opening night of “The Underpants”

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

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $25 seniors and students, $30 adults

Contact: mainstreetplayers.com

At the risk of burying the lede, the play “The Underpants” was written by Steve Martin, which is reason enough to fork over 30 bucks. Its provenance, however, dates back to 1910, when Germany’s Carl Sternheim penned a ribald comedy called “The Trousers,” which was adapted into a silent film in 1927. Martin’s adaptation, which ran to critical acclaim off-Broadway in 2002, is the latest version of a slapstick sex comedy that transcends language, telling the scandalous tale of a government clerk who fears his career is kaput after his wife inadvertently drops her underwear in public. This leads to a rush on a spare room in the couple’s house, as both a foppish poet and a whiny hypochondriac compete for an opportunity to witness the lady of house’s next wardrobe malfunction. Main Street Players’ production of this fall farce runs through Oct. 22.

SATURDAY

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What: Opening night of Enigma Haunt

Where: 1751 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton

When: 7 p.m. to midnight

Cost: $25-$40

Contact: 855/99-HAUNT, enigmahaunt.com

If you’ve stepped foot in a supermarket lately, you know from the added candy aisles that Halloween is upon us. That means, in addition to the spooky home décor and pop-up costume shops, Palm Beach County’s haunted house industry is back in full bloody force, including Boca Raton’s own Enigma Haunt. Voted the No. 1 haunt in Florida in 2016 by The Scare Factor, this indoor attraction sprawls across 20,000 square feet and two floors. More than 80 trained scare-actors and an intricate sensorial assault will bring three haunts to vivid life: “Pandemic,” “Into Oblivion” and “Realms of Terror,” which collectively explore a zombified, post-apocalyptic Everglades. Enigma Haunt runs through Oct. 31, with pricing that varies based on the night and amount of attractions included.

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 Original Wonder Woman Sings: A Q&A With Lynda Carter

 

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Gal Gadot isn’t the only actress to ride the Wonder Woman rocket to stardom.

In 1975, Lynda Carter, the Miss World USA from three years prior, had nearly exhausted her savings to pursue an acting career that had produced only three bit parts. She was close to returning to her native Arizona when her manager informed her that she’d been cast to play the iconic Diana Prince, the star-spangled Amazonian princess and all-American superhero, for ABC.

As Wonder Woman, Carter fought Nazis and criminal syndicates and extra-terrestrials for three seasons and four years, ensuring a cult audience. Carter’s popularity has grown in the past year, with a new generation of fans discovering the character through this year’s $816 million movie adaptation.

The role paved the way for a robust television and stage career, but it’s her twin calling as a cabaret singer that has been occupying her creativity of late. On her two albums, At Last and Crazy Little Things, Carter croons standards, blues, folk and rock hits, with a third album on the way this fall.

Carter, who will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next year, will offer fans a preview of her latest material this Saturday when she brings her concert tour, “The Other Side of Trouble, to Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, complete with a 10-piece complement of Nashville studio musicians.

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Tell me about your new show “The Other Side of Trouble,” starting with what the name means to you.

It’s the name of a song I wrote. My writing partner and I were sitting around one day, and we were talking about relationships. I said, “that girl’s trouble, but at least he’s on the other side.” We said, “hey, the other side of trouble!” So it’s an amusing song—“I’m on the other side of trouble when I’m on the other side of you.” And we thought it would be a good name for the show.

We mix some of our own music with some old rock ‘n’ roll, new rock ‘n’ roll and some country and some old blues. We have 10 pieces up on the stage, so it’s a lot of fun.

Is it a straight-up concert, or do you talk to the audience?

I can’t help but talk to the audience. I tell a few stories that are somewhat self-deprecating. I talk a little bit about Wonder Woman, about life, about the music.

What do you get out of singing in front of an audience that you don’t necessarily get from your acting work?

You’re right there with people. For me, it is the same as stage acting. You’re very connected with a piece of work all the way through a show, and you’re depending on the audience’s reaction, and you’re right there with the audience. It’s the same feeling and the same thrill you get when you’re performing in the theatre.

Do you conceive of your concerts like theatre pieces—like you’re moving the audience through a narrative?

Absolutely. The singers I like a lot are storytellers, and you’re taking the audience through an experience. And when I do a cover, my covers are usually telling some kind of a story, and they’re really rethought to quite an extent. If I’m doing a Motown, I’m not a Motown singer, so I retool it in a way that it ends up being a story.

How do you go about selecting which classics you want to record?

That happens over a period of a year or more. It’s usually things I’ve listened to that I want to attempt to do at the beginning of the year. It’s quite a process, going through hundreds of kinds of music, and some of it is stuff that I’ve written, or would write with Grammy-winning writers.

Moving on to your acting career, there’s a lot of pressure associated with playing an iconic character, in terms of balancing the history and expectations with your interpretation. How did you conceive that balance when becoming Wonder Woman?

There was a preconceived notion that women are not going to like you because you’re playing this beautiful goddess. And I thought that was silly, so I wanted to make sure that the women who watched me didn’t feel that way. I thought that she needed to have a goodness and a kindness and that she was a whole woman, as we all are. We’re not just one thing. We’re complicated. And that’s how I crafted the character—that she was sweet and kind, that she would not stand up to any bullies, that she’s more about intellect and integrity and character than she was about anything else.

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Has the recent rediscovery of Wonder Woman by a new generation brought renewed interest in the original series?

Of course it has. I have become good friends with Gal and Patty Jenkins, whom I have tremendous respect for. They have their hands full making the next one, and I think it’s really great for the character. I think they did an amazing job.

Do you believe Gal took anything from your interpretation of the character for her own conception of the role?

We never talked about that. That would not be something actresses would necessarily talk about, because everyone has to do it their way. I think that Patty Jenkins and I had the same original feeling of who this woman is, of what a woman is, and empowering her with Wonder Woman’s powers.

What does Wonder Woman have that the testosterone-driven 98 percent of other superheroes lack?

I think it’s just this full and rich personality that she is a whole woman, that she’s not a one-dimensional character. She fights when she needs to and protects when she needs to, and she does it for the right reasons. It’s her humanity that is so outstanding. That’s really what it’s about—the strength of a woman that can’t be victimized. She’s not out there trying to be macho at all. She’s a total feminine woman, but you better not try to take advantage of her, or you’re going to regret it.

Carter performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, 5555 N.W. 40th St., Coconut Creek. Tickets cost $40-$60. Call 954/935-2636 or visit ticketmaster.com.

As the A&E editor of bocamag.com, I offer reviews, previews, interviews, news reports and musings on all things arty and entertainment-y in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.
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Your Week Ahead: Sept. 19 to 25

The biggest band in the universe tours Miami, Respectable Street toasts 30 years of oblivion, and a White House correspondent dishes on fake news in Boca. Plus, Salman Rushdie, “Woodpeckers,” a Trump-themed play and more in your week ahead.


TUESDAY

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What: April Ryan

Where: University Theatre at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton

When: 2 p.m.

Cost: $25

Contact: 800/653-8000, fauevents.com

As a White House correspondent since 1997, April Ryan has covered four presidencies, at times single-handedly raising issues impacting African-Americans. It’s a demographic she knows well, having penned the award-winning book The Presidency in Black and White: My Up-Close View of Three Presidents and Race in America. But Ryan is an equally pugnacious interviewer on issues relating to foreign policy and international intrigue, famously scuffling with former Trump Administration Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Russiagate. It’s a subject that will almost surely arise during her appearance at Tuesday’s fifth-annual Robert J. Bailyn Symposium on the First Amendment, subtitled “Fake News and the Modern Presidency.” She’ll join a panel of journalists including Palm Beach County’s own Frank Cerabino and Rick Christie.

THURSDAY

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What: Opening night of “Oleanna”

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

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $30

Contact: 561/447-8829, eveningstarproductions.org

This prescient two-character play by David Mamet was first produced in 1992, where it expertly forecast issues of political correctness and gender relations that continue to percolate today. In three scenes of escalating tension, a male teacher awaiting tenure takes an initially benign meeting with a female student to discuss a class assignment, only to find his words distorted and manipulated in subsequent tête-à-têtes. Written in Mamet’s exacting staccato style, this challenging and timely two-hander kicks off the season for Evening Star Productions, with Sara Grant and Rob Bruno starring under the direction of Rosalie Grant. The production runs through Oct. 8.

FRIDAY

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What: Opening night of “Woodpeckers”

Where: AMC Aventura, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura

When: Show times pending

Cost: $11-$14

Contact: woodpeckersmovie.com

On my list of places to avoid, a Dominican Republic prison would rank fiercely high. This breakthrough feature—the first Dominican movie to be accepted as an official Sundance Film Festival selection—boldly explores the Darwinian subcultures of a male prison and its adjacent female penitentiary, places compared by their inmates to both Hell and Vietnam. But “Woodpeckers” marries sensitivity with its dog-eat-dog brutality; it’s something of a love triangle between a newly incarcerated inmate, his mentor, and the mentor’s imprisoned girlfriend, with whom they communicate through the bars. An extraordinary story grounded in reality, “Woodpeckers” is the Dominican Republic’s official selection for next year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. You can also catch it at the Tower Theater in Miami, where it opens Friday, and at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Savor Cinema in Fort Lauderdale, where the director and actor will appear for a Q&A and reception.

SATURDAY

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What: Respectable Street’s 30th Anniversary Block Party

Where: 500 block of Clematis Street, downtown West Palm Beach

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: Free

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

Three decades since Respectable Street’s inception, this flagship lounge and concert venue in West Palm Beach remains a downtown anchor, a destination for darkwave, punk, industrial, indie and other left-of-center rock ‘n’ roll subgenres. All of these and more will be represented at the venue’s annual birthday party. She Wants Revenge (pictured), a Los Angeles quartet whose driving, atmospheric goth-punk has earned admirable comparisons to Joy Division and early Interpol, will headline the outdoor main stage in thrilling fashion. Twenty-seven other bands will play all night long on five stages, including Voltaire, Subculture Coffee and Respectable Street’s two indoor stages. Visit the venue’s website for the complete schedule, and arrive early for free pizza and an open bar between 8 and 9.

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What: Opening night of “Building the Wall”

Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $34-$54

Contact: 305/949-6722, arshtcenter.org

This dystopic drama from playwright Robert Schenkkan might very well be ripped from tomorrow’s headlines. Inspired by then-candidate Trump’s anti-immigration rhetoric and penned in the weeks leading up to the election, “Building the Wall” imagines the draconian consequences of the president’s proposed roundup and detainment of millions of illegal immigrants, which quickly spiral the nation into anarchy and martial law. Both sides of the contentious debate are explored through the play’s sparring characters—the supervisor of an immigrant detention center (Gregg Weiner) and his interrogator (Karen Stephens), a historian trying to understand his position. The hot-button drama is currently being licensed to regional theaters around the country as a “Rolling World Premiere,” produced locally by Summer Shorts purveyors City Theatre. It runs through Oct. 8.

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What: Arcade Fire

Where: Watsco Center, 1245 Dauer Drive, Coral Gables

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $31-$202

Contact: 305/284-8244, ticketmaster.com

A lot has happened in the years since the most bombastic band in the known universe released its Grammy-winning 2010 concept album The Suburbs and now, typified by this recent headline by the Philadelphia Inquirer: “Wait, is Arcade Fire terrible now?” No, they’re not, but the self-indulgent marketing campaign for the Montreal band’s fifth album, Everything Now, has leant an obnoxious sheen to the critically polarizing LP. But even its staunchest critics have been left breathless by the band’s titanic 2017 tour, with its boxing-ring stage design, its balance between the intimate and the epic, its generously divvied set list and its motley disco energy. Considering Arcade Fire’s last tour in Miami was a low-key club set in Little Haiti, this voluminous celebration of the band’s dense career is expected to be a revelation for longtime fans and new discoverers alike.

SUNDAY

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What: Salman Rushdie

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

When: 4 p.m.

Cost: A $28.99 book purchase at Books and Books grants a voucher for entry for two

Contact: 305/442-4408, booksandbooks.com

Rushdie’s last two novels, The Enchantress of Florence and the Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, were examples of deft literary escapism—sprawling narratives set in Renaissance Florence and a supernatural future, respectively. But for his latest novel, the outspoken activist is planted firmly on earth, in our contemporary moment. The Golden House is a dense patchwork about an enigmatic septaugenarian billionaire who moves into a cloistered Greenwich Village community with his tempestuous children and a Russian expat aiming to crown herself his queen. The family’s secrets unravel under the gaze of a neighbor, a documentary filmmaker working on a movie about their lives. Meanwhile, according to the official description, “like a bad joke, a certain comic-book villain embarks upon a crass presidential run that turns New York upside-down.” Now that’s realism.

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Enjoy a Laugh in Irma’s Aftermath

Oh lordy, do we need a laugh right about now.

Humor may not be the best medicine to combat the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma and its widespread power outages, but the ability to escape the darkness and enjoy a joke or three can certainly help alleviate the stress of this surreal week we’ve all endured.

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To that end, Boca Black Box will re-open Thursday with a comedy performance from Al Romero, a standup veteran who was has appeared on HBO and Showtime. Comic and television host Rich Arnovich (pictured above) will perform on Friday. Both shows are free—which is unusual for the Boca Black Box—with a $15 bar purchase requirement to cover basic expenses. The Friday show is being billed as a hurricane party, so arrive with your best storm stories to share, and partake in something cold while you’re at it.

The Boca Black Box has also announced that management will be offering a 10-percent discount on any online purchase made between now and Dec. 31. Just type in the promo code “Irma” to receive this promotion.

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And speaking of comedy, while many cultural venues remain powerless, and while a number of touring entertainers have postponed their appearances here, legendary comedian Steven Wright will perform as scheduled Saturday night at Parker Playhouse. Wright is the undisputed master of the deadpan one-liner, a comic whose bite-sized material anticipated the Twitter generation. If you don’t get a joke, all you need to do is wait about 20 seconds for the next one, which might go something like this:

“When I get real real bored I like to drive downtown and get a great parking spot, then sit in my car and count how many people ask me if I’m leaving.”

“I went to a tourist information booth and said ‘Tell me about some people who were here last year.’”

Seriously. You need this.

Boca Black Box is at 8221 W. Glades Road, Boca Raton, and can be reached at 561/483-9036. Parker Playhouse is at 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale, and can be reached at 954/462-0222.

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Former Metallica Bassist to Appear at … the Colony Palm Beach?

The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County recently announced its 2017-2018 season of “Culture & Cocktails” guest-speaker events. A cursory glance at the schedule makes for a fun game of “which of these things is not like the others?”

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“Culture & Cocktails” events are upscale affairs celebrating the loftiest arts, often operating on the nexus of culture, economics and politics, where esteemed Cultural Council members interview their immaculately spoken kin in august settings. So I had to commit a double take when I read the name of the second speaker of the season. Jason Newsted, the bassist for Metallica from 1986 to 2001, will speak on “Heavy Perspectives: From Metallica to Modern Art” on Jan. 8, 2018. I hope the Colony Hotel on Palm Beach, where the events will take place, is prepared to welcome the faded-T-shirt-and-ripped-jeans crowd.

While I’ve admittedly outgrown Metallica, it was a formative band from my youth: During the ‘80s and ‘90s, nobody evolved into punk, post-punk and indie rock without starting with Metallica. And Newsted performed with the band during its commercial peak, 1991’s self-titled “black album” and its landmark predecessor, …And Justice for All.

Newsted has since become a visual artist—the influence of Jean Debuffet and Basquiat is evident in his earthen, occasionally frenzied and primitive paintings—which is more the Cultural Council’s bailiwick. But by booking a heavy metal bassist, the Council is admirably extending its wheelhouse to musical forms normally left to rock promoters. It’s a validation, in a roundabout way perhaps, that hard rock is culture. Pretty cool, huh?

The rest of the “Culture & Cocktails” schedule will feature:

“Putting it Together: A Conversation about the Birth & Growth of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County,” with legendary benefactor Alexander W. Dreyfoos and former Council Board Chair George T. Elmore (Nov. 6)

“Behind the Embassy Door: A Conversation with Edward Elson, U.S. Ambassador to Denmark,” who helped create National Public Radio (Feb. 5)

“Shining Bright: The Eternal Allure of Silver,” in which Michael James, owner and founder of The Silver Fund, will discuss his worldwide dealings in estate silver and its relationship to the art and antiques market (March 5)

“Let Me Entertain You,” which welcomes the heads of Palm Beach Opera and Young Singers of the Palm Beaches (April 2)

For more information, visit palmbeachculture.com or call 561/471-2901.

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Your Weeks Ahead: Aug. 29 to Sept. 10

[NOTE: This column covers the next two weeks ahead, to accommodate for a vacation next week.]

Mizner Park hosts a Brazilian bash, South Florida artists re-interpret the classic femme fatale, and Boca restaurants offer a month of prix fixe specials. Plus, Green Day, the Norton’s “Earth Works,” “Marjorie Prime” and more in the weeks ahead.


TUESDAY, AUG. 29

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What: Opening night of “Femme Fatale” All Girl Art Show

Where: Howley’s, 4700 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach

When: 7 p.m. to midnight

Cost: Free

Contact: 561/833-5691, sub-culture.org/howleys

The archetype of the femme fatale—the seductive beauty from many a pulp novel and noir film, who ensnares a hapless male into a web of deception—is the subject of this diverse exhibition of work by 20 female artists from South Florida. The artists will reinvent, re-interpret and recontextualize femmes fatales, in a dynamic show curated by Kelcie McQuaid of Shangri-La Creations. At Tuesday’s opening, in addition to the art, at least 10 vendors will be on hand selling their wares, and local singer-songwriter Lindsey Mills will perform an acoustic set. You’ll want to stick around and order from Howley’s extensive, classic diner menu—or come back another day to view the art in a less raucous context. The show runs through Sept. 25.

THURSDAY, AUG. 31

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What: Grunge Fest

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

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $10

Contact: 954/449-1025, jointherevolution.net

Those of us unlucky enough to have discovered Nirvana posthumously can experience the next best thing at this bargain-priced tribute concert. Orlando-based Nirvanna goes beyond the call of cover-band duty, re-creating the music, clothes and hairstyles of the grunge pioneers, perfectly imitating Kurt Cobain’s distinctive howls and signature disaffected look. One listen to the music, either in a live setting or recorded, confirms the group’s note-perfect commitment. Arrive early for Facelift, which memorializes the look and sound of another platinum-selling Seattle export, Alice in Chains.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 1

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What: Opening day of Boca Raton Restaurant Month

Where: Participating area restaurants

When: Lunch and dinner!

Cost: $21 to $40 for prix fixe meals

Contact: 561/395-4433, bocarestaurantmonth.com

September is a great month to experiment with a new dish, or finally try that hot new restaurant in Mizner Park or Royal Palm Place. For the entire month, 23 restaurants will be offering prix fixe dinner (and sometimes lunch) specials, thanks to this initiative from the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce. The theme of this year’s Boca Restaurant Month is “I Love New York,” and each venue will offer, as part of its special menu, a New York-themed item, from Manhattan clam chowder to N.Y.-style cheesecake. Given the number of ex-New Yorkers that call the 561 area code their home, standards will be high. But with eateries like Max’s Grille, Henry’s, Morton’s and City Fish Market participating, expect them to be exceeded. Visit the promotion’s website for all restaurants.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 3

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What: Green Day

Where: Coral Sky Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $27 lawn seating still available

Contact: livenation.com

For audiences of a certain age, Green Day became synonymous with adolescent awakening, channeling the anxieties and rebellion of the pre-college set on its 1994 breakthrough Dookie—still an awesome album, even by this 34-year-old writer’s tastes. But the pop-punk trio has remained relevant three decades later, after many of its peers have shredded and snare-drummed into the dustbin of alt-rock history. American Idiot, from 2004, became a potent rallying cry for the antiwar, anti-Bush left, and was later adapted into a musical. Last year’s Revolution Radio, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts, has become a similar cultural touchstone for the anti-Trump resistance, which will be in full flower at next weekend’s South Florida tour stop. Expect fireworks (literal and figurative), T-shirt guns, audience participation, imaginative cover medleys and a frenzied, eclectic set list spanning nearly the band’s entire career.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 5

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What: Opening day of “Earth Works”

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

When: Noon to 5 p.m. Cost: Free

Contact: 561/832-5196, norton.org

Art and science share canvases in this collection of more than 30 environmentally alarming works by photographer Justin Brice Guariglia. The New York City artist flew over Greenland seven times during 2015 and 2016 as part of NASA’s Operation IceBridge, which surveys the impact of climate change on the country’s melting glaciers. The resulting exhibition, subtitled “Mapping the Anthropocene,” is both a striking collection of abstract photo-paintings and a clarion call about sea level rise. Printed with an acrylic process Guariglia himself invented, the impossible-to-replicate aerial close-ups of “Earth Works” are both placid and tempestuous, astral and arctic, forcing us to look anew at the geography we’re slowly losing.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 8

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What: Opening night of “Marjorie Prime”

Where: Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth

When: 2 and 6 p.m. Cost: $6-$9

Contact: 561/296-9382, lakeworthplayhouse.org

This much-anticipated science-fiction movie arrives in theaters with an impeccable provenance: It’s based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name. It’s set in the near future, where holographic projections of deceased loved ones are de rigueur, helping widows cope through the illusion of immortality. For the 86-year-old title character (played by Lois Smith), this technology becomes her link to the past and her crutch against Alzheimer’s, manifesting in the form of John Hamm’s virtual simulacrum of her late husband. A meditation on memory and mortality from the cerebral sci-fi auteur Michael Almereyda, “Marjorie Prime” co-stars Tim Robbins and Geena Davis, and it currently boasts a 93-percent “fresh” ranking from Rotten Tomatoes.

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What: Opening night of “Dual Frequency”

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

When: 6 to 9 p.m.

Cost: $10

Contact: 954/921-3274, artandculturecenter.org

Not all of the best local artists struggle financially, but the romantic cliché of the starving artist still carries a lot of truth. Hence the continued importance of grants to ensure their impactful, unifying work can proceed without extreme financial hardship. “Dual Frequency,” an initiative/exhibition from the South Florida Cultural Consortium, showcases work from 14 preeminent South Florida artists pegged for 2017 grants of either $15,000 or $7,500. The diverse group show crosses many disciplines, with Art and Culture Center curator Laura Marsh stating in a press release that “this group of artists represents some of the most committed and community-engaged in South Florida.” Catch the exhibition through Oct. 22.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 9

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What: Brazilian Beat

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

When: 6 to 11 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 561/367-7070, downtownboca.org

Brazil will celebrate its Independence Day Sept. 7, and for us in South Florida, that means it’s a great excuse to party like we’re South Americans. Downtown Boca hopes to draw thousands to Mizner Park for the sixth-annual Brazilian Beat, which has become the region’s premier celebration of Brazilian culture. The evening will feature gourmet and authentic Brazilian cuisine, a Zumba showcase, a Capoeira circle, carnival dancers and samba drummers, along with a couple of outstanding music acts courtesy of Miami’s Rhythm Foundation: national headliner Vanessa de Mata, the longtime Brazilian songstress whose reggae career included a stint with Jamaican legends Black Uhuru; and Batuke Samba Funk, an Afro-samba Big Band whose funk-influenced sound aims to bridge the gap between American and Brazilian music.

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Laser Concerts “2.0” to Return to Science Center

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For the South Florida Science Center, the day the music died was approximately three years ago, when the venue discontinued its popular laser concert series. “The system we had was so old and antiquated, it was doing a disservice to continue to run those,” says Kate Arrizza, the center’s chief operating officer.

But this fall, after much anticipation and some serious upgrades, the center’s Dekelboum Planetarium will once again tune its amps to 11 and set its lasers ablaze for a monthly series of all-new shows.

Currently closed for renovations, the planetarium and theater are in the process of beautifying and upgrading their décor and technology, thanks to a $200,000 grant from the Elsie and Marvin Dekelboum Family Foundation. When they reopen in October, visitors will experience new carpeting, seating, curtains and wall coverings. More importantly, the newly installed state-of-the-art laser system will, for the first time, feature a hazer and integrative cove lighting. The effect of these upgrades will produce a 3D effect without necessitating glasses.

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“When you’re watching these incredible laser shows, now with double the amount of lasers, you’ll see haze in the planetarium, which just makes it more vibrant, and come to life even more,” Arrizza says.

The new system arrives with 20 new programs, from seasonal themed concerts to celebrations of iconic bands and albums. Friday, Oct. 13 marks an appropriate night for the grand re-opening of the laser concerts, with a “Fright Lights” program of Halloween-themed music at 7 p.m. It will followed by a Beatles show at 8 p.m. and a celebration of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” at 9.

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Future shows will be dedicated to acts such as Led Zeppelin and Metallica. During laser-show nights, the center will offer food for sale, along with entry to its west wing exhibits.

“The laser concerts bring in a very different audience” from the typical Science Center entrants, Arrizza says. “It’s a really good mix from millennials to people in their 40s to 60s that want to relive this music.”

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Beyond the laser shows, the planetarium hosts daily shows about space and nature on its “Digital Sky Scan” full-dome, 360-degree projection screen, which itself received an upgrade last year. It was an expectedly popular destination this past Monday, when the Science Center attracted 2,000 guests for its eclipse viewing party. Arrizza doesn’t expect public interest in astrophysics to wane anytime soon.

“We have had more people ask, ‘When is your observatory open, when are your renovations going to be done?’ By the time people were leaving that day, they wanted to join the astronomy club, they wanted to know what constellations you can see in the summertime. I can 100-percent guarantee you that this eclipse has piqued an interest that we have not seen here at the Science Center for a very long time.”

For more on the planetarium’s offerings and the forthcoming laser shows, call 561/832-1988 or visit sfsciencecenter.org. The Science Center is at 4801 Dreher Trail N., West Palm Beach.

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New WPB Venue Voltaire to Open With Three Concerts

New West Palm Beach nightclub Voltaire will look something like this when it opens Thursday night.

New West Palm Beach nightclub Voltaire will look something like this when it opens Thursday night.

When Voltaire, West Palm Beach’s newest nightclub and music venue, hosts its grand opening Thursday night, it will be the first time in weeks that its owner and manager can just relax. Nightlife maven Rodney Mayo and promoter extraordinaire Steve Rullman have been toiling around the clock for weeks to ensure the venue will be ready for this weekend’s three-night unveiling, work that is steadily continuing at the time of this writing.

I swung by Voltaire on Tuesday night, and the club still had the air of a construction site. Circular saws and piles of plywood littered the open space in front of the stage, which was covered with electrical wires and tubs and boxes containing countless tech components. The bar, in a state of mid-paint, was heavily newspapered, and instead of bottles, tool kits and electric screwdrivers lined the shelves.

At the time of my visit, a local artist was meeting with Rullman to discuss his tweaks to a commissioned painting of Voltaire, the French Enlightenment writer and the venue’s namesake. The original commission disappointed management, so this pinch-hitter had less than 48 hours to make it work before the giant, framed portrait would be hung at the club’s entrance, welcoming visitors.

The clock was ticking, but Rullman, ever cool under pressure, was used to the feeling. He had built up venues like Delray Beach’s City Limits and West Palm Beach’s Propaganda more or less from the ground up. For too-brief spells, these clubs served as flagship locations for Rullman’s imaginative concert bookings, which drew heavily from psych-pop, shoegaze, dream-pop, alt-folk and other under-represented indie genres. For the past few years he’s been a freelance promoter, scheduling shows at places like Respectable Street, and he’s enthused to once again have a place, in Voltaire, that he can fully manage and shape.

“Instead of trying to find rooms for different shows that are coming through, I have a home base now,” he says. With a capacity of 216, Voltaire can draw sizable indie bands with national footprints, while serving as a laid-back lounge on nights without bookings. As a nod to Voltaire’s era, the bar will serve absinthe and mead. There will be cabaret-style tables and chairs up front, and a sushi bar in the back, along with a cluster of comfy, mismatched chairs and sofas.

“It’s not a room where we can do punk rock and heavy stuff,” Rullman says. “That stuff will stay at Respectable Street [also owned by Rodney Mayo, a couple doors down]. There’s no room to slam-dance in here. That’s not to say there won’t be room for people to dance and move around, but it’s not set up for something too extreme. So ideally I will be booking stuff that’s a little out of the ordinary. The idea is to book special events, parties, experiences, happenings. If your band wants to play here, come up with a reason to do the show. Let’s turn it into a party—maybe it’s someone in the band’s birthday, maybe it’s a reunion show, maybe it’s an album release, maybe it’s a charity benefit show.”

South Florida singer-songwriter Brady Newbill played a “sneak preview” show at Voltaire on Aug. 18. On Facebook, he praised the venue’s “great sound, great aesthetic, great atmosphere. A cozy vibe for performer and audience alike. It finally feels like the South Florida music scene has a home court again.”

A performance from last Friday's sneak preview show. Photo courtesy of Joseph R. Steiner.

A performance from last Friday’s sneak preview show. Photo courtesy of Joseph R. Steiner.

“The space is set up to do all kinds of things, and it doesn’t need to be music-related,” Rullman says. “We might be doing some comedy nights. We’ll be renting the room out for parties. I can see wedding receptions and rehearsal dinners happening up here from time to time. We can bring in food from Kapow and Hullabaloo.”

These restaurants, across the street from Voltaire, speak to Rodney Mayo’s growing dominance of the 500 block of Clematis Street, established over three decades. Mayo also runs Subculture Coffee and Lost Weekend. As a second-floor speakeasy, Voltaire is situated just above the latter, a lively lounge with pool and foosball tables, arcade games and a hip soundtrack. Before Mayo opened Lost Weekend, its address, at 526 Clematis St., had been vacant for some 35 years.

“It’s one of those buildings that’s always been here, and people just walked past it, and didn’t really notice it,” Rullman says. “Rodney purchased it six or seven years ago. It was an apartment building, and from what people say, it was an old hippie crash pad. The wallpaper was newspaper, and they’d drawn over it, and there was a lot of really trippy artwork. That’s the rumor, anyway. I don’t know if it’s haunted; I like to think it is.”

You can draw your own conclusions this weekend, with three nights of eclectic 9 p.m. concerts presented free of charge. Thursday night will feature the funk/jazz/soul group Public Sounds Collective; South Florida psych-punk amalgam Dead and Loving It will headline Friday night; and Miami’s Gold Dust Lounge, an instrumental hybrid of self-described “post-surf, noir, spy-fi rock-n-roll,” will play Saturday night.

Rullman has also scheduled major touring bands through the fall, including post-rock favorites Unwed Sailor (Oct. 6); Marbin, a Chicago by way of Israel jazz-rock band (Oct. 8); and New York shoegazers Shana Falana (Nov. 9). Expanding its sonic palette, Voltaire has also dedicated future Saturday nights to a drag cabaret in the spirit of the late Clematis Street venue The Lounge, and Sunday nights to blues.

To start, the venue will be open Wednesdays to Sundays, with possible special events slated on select Mondays and Tuesdays. For the full schedule, visit sub-culture.org/voltaire.

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.