The Bacchanal brings two days of wine and revelry to Boca, a multimedia festival celebrates beat poets in Boynton, and the Palm Beach Zoo toasts National Beer Day. Plus, hacker Kevin Mitnick, Miami City Ballet’s season closer, FAU Theatre Lab and more in your week ahead.
What: 2018 Annual Gala
Where: South Florida Science Center, 4801 Dreher Trail N., West Palm Beach
When: 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 561/370-7738, sfsciencecenter.org
This year likely marks the first time the South Florida Science Center has welcomed a convicted felon to speak at its annual gala—which says a lot about the remarkable career turnaround of its special guest, Kevin Mitnick. One of the world’s best-known hackers, Mitnick famously hacked the computer systems of 40 major corporations just for the sport of it, leading to a 1995 arrest and five years in prison—which, one assumes, must have had awfully slow internet. He’s come out the other side as a “white hat” hacker, which is tech code for a good guy; his company consults international governments, Fortune 500 companies and individual clients on how best to protect their data from people like the old Kevin Mitnick. He’ll share his remarkable story at this dinner and presentation for the generous and deep of pocket.
What: Opening night of “Isle of Dogs”
Where: Regal Shadowood 16, 9889 Glades Road, Boca Raton
When: 5, 7:35 and 10:10 p.m.
Wes Anderson’s sublime new feature is set mostly on a trash island off the coast of Japan. Owing to an outbreak of dog flu, a dictatorial mayor has quarantined the city’s entire canine population—pets and strays alike—to live among the rodent-infested garbage. But when the mayor’s ward, an adventuresome orphan named Atari, steals a private plane and crashes it onto the island in search of his beloved mutt, a pack of loquacious dogs are stirred into a liberation movement. Meanwhile, back on land, a student sympathetic to the dogs’ cause sniffs a vast government conspiracy involving the silencing of a scientist who has discovered a dog-flu cure. “Isle of Dogs” is animated, but it’s hardly kids’ stuff: The movie’s subtext explores our immigration debate without didacticism, and the humor is sly and sophisticated, especially when delivered by the most enviable cartoon voice cast ever assembled (including Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand and Edward Norton). The director’s singular personality and trademark sense of artifice have rarely been so thrilling.
What: Opening night of “Be Here Now”
Where: Theatre Lab at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton
When: 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 561/297-6124, fauevents.com
Fresh off its world premiere in Cincinnati last month, this second-ever production of playwright Deborah Zoe Laufer’s “Be Here Now” is the first to be directed by its writer. The plot follows the comedic, serendipitous collision of two lost souls—an unhappy, underemployed drone at a fulfillment center, and a despondent artist who Dumpster-dives for his materials. While making us laugh, the show contains enough existential questions to live up to the New Age mantra of its title. It runs through April 22.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
What: Boca Bacchanal
Where: Private homes and the Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton
When: 7 p.m. Friday, 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday
Contact: 561/395-6766 ext. 301, bocabacchanal.com
Borrowing its name from the Greek god of wine, fun and frivolity, this favorite Boca food event is arguably the last hurrah of the season before things mellow out for our endless summer. Friday’s one-of-a-kind vintner dinners at the private homes of Boca royalty feature chef-curated, vintner-paired five-course meals, while Saturday’s more-affordable and socially festive Bacchanalia combines food from more than 30 local restaurants with vino from vintners the world over. As always, your tickets benefit an important nonprofit: the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum.
FRIDAY TO SUNDAY
What: Miami City Ballet Program IV
Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach
When: 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday
Contact: 561/832-7469, kravis.org
It’s been 10 years since Alexei Ratmansky’s ballet “Concerto DSCH” premiered at New York City Ballet, where it was met with a gushing review from the New York Times. Critic Alastair Macaulay praised the show’s unpredictable combination of “wonder, excitement, admiration, affection, hilarity, surprise [and] exhilaration.” Now’s your chance to finally see this work, set to a piano concerto by Dmitri Shostakovich, in its Miami City Ballet company premiere. It’s the centerpiece of MCB’s final program of the season, sandwiched among two George Balanchine classics: “La Valse,” featuring an epic, 34-dancer waltz; and “Apollo,” his first masterpiece.
What: Brew at the Zoo
Where: Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach
When: 5:30 p.m.
Contact: 561/547-9453, palmbeachzoo.org
In case you need a reason to knock a few back, this Saturday is National Beer Day—the perfect night to indulge in South Florida’s myriad craft breweries in one wild and scenic location. At the Palm Beach Zoo’s annual fundraiser, 25 breweries located within 100 miles of the zoo will serve more than 60 craft options, among them heavy hitters from Funky Buddha, Saltwater, Due South, NOBO and Barrel of Monks. Their booths will be strategically scattered throughout the zoo, to encourage strolling among the rare wildlife, and Hot Java Band and Rogue Theory will provide roving and staged music, respectively. Food from the Hummingbird Table, Aioli, T.C. Melts, Don Ramon and other vendors will be available for purchase.
What: Opening night of “Gloria”
Where: GableStage, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables
When: 8 p.m.
Cost: $60 (other show times $45-$60)
Contact: 305/445-1119, gablestage.org
An average, hectic day in the office of a beleaguered Manhattan magazine is disrupted by an act of shocking violence, in playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ scabrous meditation on workplace terrorism and the print-media exodus. Timely, hard-hitting and sharp-tongued, “Gloria” is an ideal show for GableStage’s edgy brand. The production, directed by Joseph Adler and starring Cliff Burgess, Clay Cartland, Lai-Si Lassalle, Katherine McDonald, Phillip Andrew Santiago and Sher Wieseman, runs through May 6.
What: KeroWACKED Festival
Where: Boynton Beach Art District, 410 W. Industrial Ave., Boynton Beach
When: 3 to 10 p.m.
Contact: 786/521-1199, boyntonbeachartdistrict.com
The Boynton Beach Art District, affectionately known as BBAD, is already one of Palm Beach County’s hippest year-round hangs, but it practically oozes hepcat energy during KeroWACKED, its annual festival dedicated to the beat poets. This year, the theme is “Women of the Beat Gen,” focusing on the female creatives of an otherwise male-dominated literary movement. Thirteen resident artists, including BBAD founder Rolando Chang Barrero, will create art during the event. Six bands will perform—Altered Roots, ReMerge, Grace Roots Xotic Yeyo, Mood Swing, The Coven and Silky Milky Sugar—and vendors and food trucks will be on hand to sell unique wares and nosh.