What: The Great Give
Where: Center for Philanthropy, 700 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach
When: 7 a.m. to midnight
Cost: Whatever you want to donate
Contact: 561/659-6800, greatgiveflorida.org
Late last year, when I interviewed radio pioneer, charity addict and North Palm Beach resident Dick Robinson, he cited the endless philanthropic bounty of Palm Beach Countyians, asking, “Where else can you go in the country and find a million dollars in one night?” United Way and the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties are hoping to receive that much and more over the course of a single day during Tuesday’s “Great Give” initiative. This local offshoot is one of more than 100 fundraisers across America, and any donation of $10 or higher to the numerous participating nonprofits will be amplified with additional funding. Moreover, at the Center for Philanthropy, there will be live entertainment and presentations all day long, including a 10 a.m. performance from the Plaza Theatre, a live welding demonstration and pet adoptions at noon, a performance by a five-piece quintet from Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches at 5 p.m., and much more.
What: Dane Johansen
Where: Café Boulud at the Brazilian Court Hotel, 301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach
When: 6 p.m.
Contact: 561/379-6773, cmspb.org
Later this month, international cellist and Juilliard faculty member Dane Johansen will embark on an epic musical pilgrimage: He will begin in France and cross Spain to the Atlantic Ocean—traveling, by foot, nearly 600 miles with his cello. He’ll stop at ancient churches along the way, performing Bach’s epochal “Six Suites for Solo Cello.” Intended to explore the concepts of pilgrimages and music as timeless connections to the past, present and future, Johansen’s journey will be documented by a team of filmmakers for an upcoming movie. His Palm Beach appearance will raise money for both his voyage and the programming of the Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach, which is hosting Johansen. Expect to hear the same cello compositions by Bach that Johansen will tour around Europe. Cocktails begin at 6, and the concert starts at 7.
What: Bill Philipps
Where: Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 561/833-1812, palmbeachimprov.com
While Bill Philipps can be a funny guy onstage, he’s not a comedian—he’s a psychic medium, translating messages from the dead at special events like this one. Ranked as a top medium on the website Best Psychic Directory, Philipps’ abilities began as a child and manifested most significantly following his mother’s death, which struck her when Philipps was 14. He says she visited him that very night, when his room became illuminated with varied colors of light. Years later, he honed his gifts with mediumship classes, and these days his schedule is booked six months in advance, at $125 for 30 minutes. Taking your chances at this low-priced gallery reading sounds like the potential for a great spiritual bargain.
What: TEDx Boca Raton
Where: Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: $30 students, $100 general admission
A year ago, Delray Beach hosted its first TEDx event—an independent offspring of the nonprofit conference dedicated to spreading new ideas in the fields of “Technology, Entertainment and Design.” Since then, other mini TEDs have sprouted in Coconut Grove and Jupiter, along with a special women-centric TEDx, once again in Delray. It’s about time Boca joined the ranks, with FAU serving an ideal backdrop for an event residing on the border of education and entertainment. At least 12 speakers will address a variety of important subjects over the course of this daylong conference. Speakers include Pascal Depuhl (pictured), an adventure photographer who recently shot a documentary film in Afghanistan; Paul Bloom, a doctor, author and media pundit with a passion for self-development; and Heidi Olinger, a social entrepreneur dedicated to enriching girls’ interests in the STEM fields.
FRIDAY TO SUNDAY
What: Philip Seymour Hoffman festival
Where: Cosford Cinema, 5100 Brunson Drive, Coral Gables
When: various show times
Contact: 305/284-4861, cosfordcinema.com
Many of us cinephiles still can’t get over the loss of Philip Seymour Hoffman, one of the most devastating Hollywood deaths in, certainly, my lifetime. Arguably the greatest actor of his generation, Hoffman has left us a legacy of more than 60 titles—including a posthumous new one, “God’s Pocket,” which opens in South Florida on May 16—and many of them are iconic masterpieces. In its brief tribute to the departed thespian, Miami’s Cosford Cinema will screen three of his movies: “The Big Lebowski” at 8:45 p.m. Friday; “Synecdoche, New York” at 5 p.m. Saturday; and “A Late Quartet” at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Then visit the Cosford next weekend for “God’s Pocket,” co-starring John Turturro.
What: Art Rock
Where: Armory Art Center, 1700 Parker Ave., West Palm Beach
When: noon to 6 p.m.
Cost: $5 cover
This cash-and-carry art show and indie marketplace celebrates its fifth anniversary this weekend, once again offering pop-surrealist, lowbrow and street art, along with DIY fashion, home decorative items and funky jewelry, from the spacious confines of the Armory Art Center, one of Palm Beach County’s major visual-art incubators. More than 60 vendors, in media ranging from painting, photography and sculpture to printmaking, ceramics and edible art, will hawk their creative wares. Vendors this year include the recycled-materials art of Rock Paper Purses; the handmade oceanfront gifts of Yes, Anastasia; the sci-fi and horror art of Chris’ Creepy Corner; and the handmade, upcycled clothing of 75rabbit. As always, the first 100 attendees will receive free “swag bags.”
What: Laser concerts
Where: Dekelboum Planetarium at South Florida Science Center, 4801 Dreher Trail N., West Palm Beach
When: 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $8 members, $10 nonmembers
Contact: 561/832-1988, sfsciencecenter.org
On most days, the movies projecting onto the wraparound roof of Palm Beach County’s first and only public planetarium are educational and benign—an adventure with Big Bird, perhaps, or a study of rainforest insects or an astronaut’s journey. Not so on the second Saturday evening of each month, when lasers pierce through the digital veil of stars and planets, their movements choreographed to tunes by legendary bands. This Saturday, the action begins at 6:30 with the quintessential laser-light band, Pink Floyd (specifically, “The Wall”), continues at 7:30 with Bob Marley and concludes with a medley of classic rock anthems at 8:30. The psychedelic experience is the best way to feel legally high without hopping a plane to Colorado.
What: Johnny Hallyday
Where: Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 305/673-7300, livenation.com
Few Frenchman, if any, played rock ‘n’ roll music before Johnny Hallyday released his first single, “Laisse les filles”—which is still a staple of his set lists—back in 1960. Attractive and talented, he quickly became known as the French Elvis, sans the awful diet and sonic decline. In fact, when the Jimi Hendrix Experience played its first concert ever, they opened for Hallyday, who was already, in 1965, an international draw. He has sold 110 million albums over his illustrious career, which has already transcended the inevitable fake retirement (back in 2009). The 70-year-old rocker is back touring the world in full swing, with set lists nearing 30 tracks, including English-language covers by Tom Jones, Roy Hamilton and others.