Thursday, April 18, 2024

The Week Ahead: April 12 to 18


Bill Plympton workshop at Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 1 to 2:30 p.m.; free; 561/368-8445 or

Cult animator Bill Plympton is a singular voice in independent filmmaking, crafting grossed-out cartoons that have risen from the B-movie ghettos to Academy Award-nominated status. The man responsible for such delicacies as “Mutant Aliens,” “Idiots and Angels” and “I Married a Strange Person!” will lead an animation workshop as part of the Downtown Boca Film Festival, one of about 20 workshops scheduled at this industry-

intensive festival through Saturday.

John Lloyd Young exhibition at Elaine Baker Gallery, 608 Banyan Trail, Boca Raton; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; free; 561/241-3050 or

This show actually opened last weekend, but with so much going on then, it slipped through the cracks. Running through May 7, “John Lloyd Young: Food for Thought” showcases the Tony-winning actor’s colorful take on Warholian pop art. For the artist, corporate packaging is designed as a glittering distraction, so he has reincorporated brands such as Ritz, Heinz, Snickers and Oreo into rhinestone-encrusted, mixed-media tchotchkes.

“The Armenian Genocide” film and discussion at FAU’s Wimberly Library, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton; 7 p.m.; free; 561/297-2929

FAU’s Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education will sponsor this moving presentation on the Armenian genocide – the systematic destruction of the Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire during World War I. A 30-minute portion of a documentary will be followed by a discussion with Marta Batmasian, whose family endured the Armenian holocaust, and Taniel Koushakjian, an FAU alumnus and grassroots director of the Armenian Assembly of America.


“Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience” at Duncan Theatre at Palm Beach State College, 4200 S. Congress Ave., Lake Worth; 8 p.m.; $27; 561/868-3309

Not all Beatles tribute acts know every song in the Fab Four’s catalog. But the four mop-toppers in “Yesterday and Today” have to, because, as the interactive title of their show suggests, the audience picks the set list every single night. Surely, the band will hear calls for the likes of “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Hey Jude,” but I would throw out requests for “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!” and “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer,” just to make them sweat a little bit. The show promises a stunning set design and a complete immersion in the sights and sounds of the ‘60s.

“The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” screening at the Tower Theatre, 1508 SW Eighth St., Miami; 9:15 p.m.; $8; 305/643-8706

Leading up to its opening of Catherine Deneuve’s latest film, “Potiche,” the wonderful Tower Theatre at Miami Dade College is presenting a six-film retrospective of Deneuve’s work, spread out over the next month. The highlight of them all is a rare 35mm presentation of 1964’s “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” Jacques Demy’s most enduring film. It’s a colorful, operatic, wartime musical romance that’s unlike any film ever made, and it’s a must to experience on the big screen. If you can’t see it Wednesday, it run will through April 21.


The Hood Internet at Revolution Live, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 8 p.m.; $11; 954/727-0950 or

Following on the heels of the hotshot DJ act Girl Talk, the Chicago-based duo Hood Internet has become renowned for its remixed mashups of hip-hop and indie rock songs, endowing mainstream rappers with underground cred and providing somnolent indie songs with a danceable backbeat. The Hood Internet’s music is less ADD than Girl Talk’s, usually combining only two artists per song and letting the creative collaborations breathe and expand. Some of their best mashups include Sonic Youth vs. GZA, Three 6 Mafia vs. The Hold Steady and Blondie vs. Arcade Fire.

Robert Plant at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5747 Seminole Way, Hollywood; $44 to $89; 7:30 p.m.; 954/797-5531

People would probably sell out arenas to hear Robert Plant read a phone book, so the fact that his music is still is as relevant, stirring and beautiful as ever is just a bonus for the Hard Rock. The former Led Zeppelin frontman is touring under his Band of Joy outfit, a moniker he hasn’t used since his teenage years. Judging by stellar recent reviews, the cover-friendly set includes a number of agrestic, Americana takes on tunes by everyone from Los Lobos to Bob Dylan, Richard Thompson to Low. Look for classic Zeppelin hits as well; “Houses of the Holy” and “Black Dog” are sure to be explored.


Opening night of “God of Carnage” at Caldwell Theatre, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 8 p.m.; $27 to $75; 561/241-7432

The Caldwell concludes its 2010-2011 season with a whopper. Yasmina Reza’s “God of Carnage,” the 2009 Tony winner for Best Play, is an anarchic seriocomedy about two parents who agree to a civil discussion about their children’s aggressive playground behavior, only to deteriorate into savagery themselves. It looks to be another satirical winner from Reza, who famously penned the caustic, endlessly produced “ART.” Wait till you see how Caldwell’s cast handles the vomiting scene!

Opening night of “Equus” at Andrews Living Arts Studio, 23 NW Fifth St., Fort Lauderdale; 8 p.m.; $15 to $25; 800/838-3006

Peter Shaffer’s once-controversial play has received a new level of mainstream awareness and acceptance thanks to a well-received London revival starring Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe. Last year, Coral Gables’ New Theatre mounted a fascinating but flawed production of this ambitious work, which examines the violent, psychosexual condition of a horse-obsessed young man. Now, Andrews Living Arts Studio will present their version. The promotional materials are playing up the play’s sexual nature, picturing buff and shirtless lead actor Michael Joseph in the official poster. Let’s hope there’s enough substance behind those abs.


Record Store Day at Radio-Active Records; 1930B E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale;

all day long; free; 954/762-9488

The middle of April is like Christmas for audiophiles. Record Store Day, the annual celebration of vinyl collecting, continues across most independent music retailers, the best of which is Radio-Active Records in Victoria Park. The shop will offer countless exclusive albums available for the one day only, including some choice rarities from Sonic Youth and Nirvana and a super-limited Flaming Lips box set. Beginning promptly at 6 p.m., live music will be provided from Blank Dogs, Jacuzzi Boys, Merchandise and Axe & the Oak.

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