What: Delray Beach Open matches
Where: Delray Beach Tennis Center, 201 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach
When: 6:30 p.m.
Contact: 561/243-7360, yellowtennisball.com
The U.S. is No. 1! Those kind of bragging rights are not just reserved for Sochi; this past weekend, Boca resident Aaron Krickstein and Boca Prep graduate Andy Roddick helped Team U.S. defeat Team International in the Delray Beach Open’s Champions Tour event of retired tennists. But that was only the beginning of the prestigious, recently renamed tennis tournament, which continues through Feb. 23 with the ATP World Tour Event of currently active players. At 8:30 p.m. Tuesday night, USTA Pro Circuit singles record-holder Michael Russell will square off against John Isner (pictured), the currently highest-ranked American tennis player. Check the tournament’s website for more scheduled matches throughout the week.
What: Daniel Boulud
Where: Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach
When: 3 p.m.
Contact: 561/655-7226, fourarts.org
His credits speak for themselves: a four-star New York Times restaurateur, three-time James Beard Award winner and the author of six books on cooking, Boulud is as comfortable serving local Palm Beachers as he is president Clinton (he found out during a visit from the former president in his New York restaurant that Bill is allergic to chocolate). His area eatery, Café Boulud in Palm Beach’s Brazilian Court Hotel, was recently called an “outpost of sophisticated, casual elegance” by our food critic, Bill Citara. This lecture sounds like a mouthwatering appetizer for the weekend’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival.
What: Masters of Illusion Live
Where: Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive
When: 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 954/344-5999, coralspringscenterforthearts.com
The amount of weaponry onstage could resemble the arsenal of an especially theatrical militia: buzz saws, chainsaws, swords, caged tigers, uncaged snakes. Danger even accompanies benign props; there are very few boxes that don’t wind up engulfed in flames, housing sawed-off appendages dangling for dear life. But chances are pretty close to 110 percent that nothing will actually go wrong at this elaborate magic show, staged by the folks behind the short-lived by fondly remembered TV series of the same name (“Masters of Illusion” will return to television this year, courtesy of the CW). The show will feature escapologists, illusionists, dancers and quick-change artists, including such renowned magicians as Ed Alonzo, Jason Byrne and Christopher Hart; the latter’s disembodied hand became world-famous after starring in the three “Addams Family” films.
What: Return of “Boynton Beach Live”
Where: Boynton Beach Arts District, 400 block of West Industrial Avenue, Boynton Beach
When: 7 to 11 p.m.
Contact: 786/521-1199, activistartista.blogspot.com
Last month was a reminder that we should never take great things for granted, especially the kind that cost nothing to attend and offer fun and frivolity for an entire evening. They could disappear in two shakes of a lamb’s tail, as January’s popular Third Thursday Art Walk at the Boynton Beach Arts District did, when flood damage set the district back some $60,000. But Rolando Chang Barrero and his dedicated team managed to secure enough funding to rebuild and continue, and this Thursday, the Art Walk is back and better than ever: Performances include live painting from Craig McInnis; live music from JC Dwyer, lead singer of the Mobile Homies; and, as always, Palm Beach County’s favorite fire spinners, the Philosofires.
THURSDAY TO SUNDAY
What: South Beach Wine & Food Festival
Where: Various South Beach locations
Tickets: Prices vary per event
Contact: 877/762-3933, sobefest.com
Now in its 13th year, this four-day foodie extravaganza has earned its reputation as the Art Basel of culinary events, once again turning South Beach into a cultural mecca for the rest of the country. The biggest celebrities in the gastronomic world—from Martha Stewart and Anthony Bourdain to Rachael Ray and Emeril Lagasse—will be on hand to host events, cook and share insights. The festival opens Feb. 20 with a poolside party with the 2014 Sports Illustrated swimsuit models and closes Feb. 23 with the East Coast premiere of Wayne Wang’s latest food-centric film “Soul of a Banquet,” screened on a 7,000-square-foot projection wall at the New World Center. There will be dozens of activities in between, including a Sammy Hagar concert, a celebrity chef golf tournament and, of course, the opportunity to savor countless entrees and libations, paired with impeccable skill and innovation.
What: “The Harimaya Bridge” screening and lecture
Where: Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach
When: 6:30 p.m.
Contact: 561/495-0233, morikami.org
Filmmaker Aaron Woolfolk may have been born in Oakland, Calif., but he’s Japanese at heart. A veteran of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme, Woolfolk has taught English in rural Japan and shot a number of short films there, and he returned to the Kochi Prefecture for his 2009 feature-film debut “The Harimaya Bridge.” Co-starring Danny Glover and Peter Coyote, the film follows an African-American father’s first visit to Japan after the death of his estranged son, who had fallen in love with a Japanese girl. Secrets are unlocked, prejudices are explored and many tears are shed in an award-winning drama the Los Angeles Times called a “consciousness-raising accomplishment.” Woolfolk, who has the distinction of being the first black director to shoot a feature in Japan, will lead a discussion after the screening.
What: The Fab Faux
Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 954/462-0222, parkerplayhouse.com
Beatles tribute bands are a dime a dozen, ranging from glorified karaoke acts to talented mimics in period regalia and mop-tops. The Fab Faux distinguish themselves from the herd of Beatle-maniacs by putting the focus squarely on the music: This is a peerless rock band, playing Fab Four tunes with enviable accuracy, and without the accoutrements of vocal imitation and cheesy wigs. Known for playing entire Beatles LPs in sequential order—and for performing the difficult, more obscure numbers the Beatles themselves never played live—the Fab Faux is led by TV personalities Jimmy Vivino, of Conan O’Brien’s house band, and Will Lee, of David Letterman’s CBS Orchestra. Expect a hodgepodge of Beatles material, with contributions from the Hogshead Horns and the Crème Tangerine Strings.
What: Screening of “8 ½”
Where: Cosford Cinema at University of Miami, 5030 Brunson Drive, Coral Gables
When: 5:30 p.m.
Contact: 305/284-4861, cosfordcinema.com
The prospect of seeing retro movies on their original, 35mm celluloid format has become increasingly impossible in the digital era, with occasional screenings at the Bill Cosford Cinema being the only game in town with the technology and wherewithal to present them. So it is with its new monthly series of vintage Italian cinema, which begins tonight with arguably the most cherished film by the carnivalesque maestro Federico Fellini. Surrealistically dramatizing a short period in the life of an artistically blocked film director, this two-time, semiautobiographical Oscar winner is regularly on the international shortlist for the greatest films ever made, and it’s one of cinema’s classic statements about the frustrations of the creative process. Future screenings include Michelangelo Antonioni’s “The Red Desert” in March and Pasolini’s “Mamma Roma” in April; check the Cosford’s website for full details.
MONDAY, FEB. 24
What: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre
Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach
When: 7 p.m.
Tickets: $25 and up
Contact: 561/832-7469, kravis.org
An estimated 23 million people have watched Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre perform—in 48 states, 71 countries and six continents. John F. Kennedy saw AAADT as ambassadors of American culture when he authorized a Southeast Asian tour for them, and it’s a label that has held true for half a century. At its best, the largely African-American company, which choreographer/dancer Ailey founded in 1958, communicates the specific through the universal—the American black experience through the global language of modern dance. This program will close with Ailey’s most enduring masterwork: “Revelations,” an epic three-part ballet that the New York Times called “modern dance’s unquestionable greatest hit.” Its muscular dancers will writhe, contort, reach for the heavens, sink to the ground and “swim” through troubled waters in an emotionally spectrum-spanning piece inspired by spirituals, song-sermons, gospel and holy blues.