Friday, April 19, 2024

The Week Ahead: April 21 to 27


What: Bob Dylan and His Band

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

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $63.75-$153.75

Contact: 954/462-0222,

Inevitably, every time Bob Dylan tours South Florida, I write in my preview that it may be his last tour. I’m done providing this qualifier. It’s perhaps more accurate to suggest that Dylan is immortal; his songs certainly are. The latest tour of the 73-year-old legend sees him continuing to explore his gravelly, bluesy recent albums, drawing heavily from 2012’s “Tempest,” his best work in years, and accompanied by a five-piece band of consummate professionals happy to play second fiddle to Dylan’s guitar, harmonica and piano. Expect to hear a few token greatest-hits staples, but don’t be surprised if they don’t sound at all like the arrangements you’re used to: “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “Tangled Up in Blue” have, like Dylan, evolved, whether die-hard folkies like it or not. Interestingly enough, he’ll play just one cut from his latest, critically acclaimed standards album, “Shadows in the Night.”


What: Opening day of “Helena Rubinstein: Beauty is Power”

Where: Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: $10–$12, free for students, members and children

Contact: 561/392-2500,

Long before there was Oprah, there was Helena Rubinstein, purportedly the first female billionaire in the United States. Born Chaja Rubinstein in working-class Poland in 1870, she emigrated to Australia penniless and with little English in 1902. Thanks in part to the lanolin secreted by the 75 million sheep of Western Victoria, she launched an eponymous cosmetics brand that went on to sweep four continents. A social climber and a quick-witted quipster—one of Rubinstein’s famous mantras was that “there are no ugly women, only lazy ones”—this self-made marketing guru employed whatever tactics she could, including pseudoscience, to prescribe beauty on the women she “diagnosed.” Along the way, Rubinstein became a fervent art collector, and it’s this lesser-known facet of her illustrious career that “Beauty is Power” will explore. Organized by the Jewish Museum in New York, the exhibition showcases the works that inspired her brand, her taste and her personality, from Miro and Chagall to Picasso, Man Ray and Warhol. The 200-plus pieces in “Beauty is Power” also include images of Rubinstein’s homes and salons and samples of her couture and jewelry.


What: “Voices of Courage”

Where: Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton

When: 6 p.m.

Cost: $35

Contact: 561/265-3797,

Sex-trafficking abolitionist Rachel Lloyd knows of what she speaks. As she recounts in her disturbing memoir “Girls Like Us,” she was once one of those girls, turning her first trick at 17 and surviving murder attempts by pimps, rape on the streets, and a handful of suicide attempts. By the late ‘90s she was free, but this resilient survivor has managed to inspire others through her perseverance, becoming an advocate against sex trafficking and forming a nonprofit, the Girls Educational and Mentoring Services, to combat it. Lloyd will share her story as the keynote speaker of this community discussion on human trafficking, presented as a fundraiser for Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse. Cocktails and refreshments begin at 6 p.m., and there will be a Q&A following Lloyd’s presentation. All proceeds will benefit AVDA.


What: Opening night of “24 Days”

Where: Living Room Theaters at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton

When: Show times pending

Cost: $6.50-$9.50

Contact: 561/549-2600,

They’re no escaping the prescient dread of “24 Days,” a downbeat and enraging police procedural based on the real-life kidnapping of a young Jewish man, Ilan Halimi, from his suburban Parisian home in 2006. The title refers to his period of captivity, during which time authorities worked around the clock to secure his release from a small band of terrorists with Islamic ties. Director Alexandre Arcady’s sobering thriller transitions between Ilan’s panicked family, the frustrated police force and the increasingly frayed kidnappers, as an initially straightforward hostage situation balloons into a cause celebre. The movie feels ripped from today’s headlines, arriving in theaters just a few months after the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack. A film about a nine-year-old, isolated case of a religiously motivated horror in the heart of France resonates with chilling, prophetic unease, while also astutely addressing issues like police ineptitude and bystander apathy. Don’t miss this one, if you can stomach it.

What: Opening night of Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Where: Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $25-$75

Contact: 877/766-8156,

This nationwide trendsetter for LGBT-themed festivals nationwide enters its 17th year boasting one of its strongest lineups ever—some 60 films from around the globe, including features, documentaries and shorts that will make their world, U.S. and/or regional premieres. The festival opens Friday with “Boulevard,” one of the final star vehicles for the late Robin Williams, as a man in a loveless hetero marriage who finds his sexual awakening in the form of a young hustler; the $75 ticket gets you into a fully catered after-party at nearby Skydeck on Lincoln Road. Other important films premiering at this festival include “The New Girlfriend,” the latest from French provocateur Francois Ozon (6 p.m. April 29) and closing-night film “Seeking Dolly Parton,” an American dramedy about a lesbian couple seeking a sperm donation from an uncomfortable source (8 p.m. May 2). For a complete schedule of films, parties and participating theaters, visit the festival’s website.


What: “Mythbusters Unleashed”

Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $35-$110

Contact: 561/832-7469,

Though it can occasionally result in ammonium nitrate experiments gone dangerously awry, the job of Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage is a seemingly fun one: They get to blow stuff up and crash vehicles for a living, and get paid by the Discovery Channel to do it on national television. Of course, it’s deeper than that: The hosts of “MythBusters” use scientific methods to either confirm or “bust” cultural myths many of have accepted as truth—like “shooting fish in a barrel”—in a continuous quest that has lasted for more than 10 years of ratings gold. From hypnosis and “cold feet” to whether cell phones interfere with plane instruments, Savage and Hyneman have left few sacred cows un-busted, and they’ll share some of their quirky science expertise at this all-new stage show, which combines live experiments with audience participation and behind-the-scenes stories.

What: Generations concert with George Benson

Where: Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, 5550 N.W. 40th St.

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $75-$250

Contact: 800/653-8000,

It’s only fitting that the legendary jazz guitarist George Benson’s latest album, 2013’s “Inspirations,” is a tribute to Nat King Cole. That’s because Cole’s music is the ideal soundtrack for this weekend’s fourth annual Generations concert, whose proceeds benefit Nat King Cole Generation Hope, the music-education nonprofit founded by Cole’s twin daughters, Timolin and Casey. Benson, a 10-time Grammy winner whose eclectic musicality encompasses jazz, pop, R&B and scat singing, will provide the timeless tunes for this special concert. The $250 VIP ticket includes premiere seating, an open bar, a private meet-and-greet and a post-dessert reception.


What: Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles

Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $20-$100

Contact: 561/832-7469,

The Beatles tribute-band community remains divided over the best way to honor the Fab Four’s legacy: Just be yourselves but play the Beatles music as accurately as possible, or impersonate John, Paul, George and Ringo using period costumes and instruments? Rain definitely takes the latter approach, but with enough serious musical chops and a deep enough song catalog to impress the technical purists in the former camp. The band offers a chronological time warp of the Beatles’ progression, from the boy band pop of their “Ed Sullivan” breakthrough to John Lennon’s still-unheeded lament to “Give Peace a Chance.” In between, these immaculate impressionists play upwards of 30 songs over two hours of multimedia special effects, with lesser-played tunes like “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “The End” alongside “Hey Jude” and “All You Need is Love.”

John Thomason
John Thomason
As the A&E editor of, 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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