Thursday, May 16, 2024

The Week Ahead: Aug. 26 to Sept. 1


What: Garrett McNamara

Where: Bienes Center for the Arts, 2801 S.W. 12th St., Fort Lauderdale

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $23.99

Contact: 954/513-2272,

Few modern surfers can ride a wave quite like Garrett McNamara, who has conquered surfs at the intimidatingly named Jaws beachfront in Hawaii and soared on tidal waves from Alaskan glaciers. He also holds the Guinness World Record for the largest wave ever surfed, after catching a 78-foot wave in Portugal in 2011. This week, he’ll stay dry and grounded, exchanging the surfboard for a lectern for this “Conversation with Garrett McNamara.” The surf legend will provide insight into his physical and mental processes, delve into the world of big-wave surfing and answer questions from the audience. Surf enthusiasts can arrive as early as 6 p.m. to view the Bienes Center’s accompanying art exhibition, “Slave to the Wave,” featuring surf art and photography. Ticket sales will benefit Surfrider Foundation’s Broward Chapter.

What: “Audience” reading

Where: Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 305/442-4408,

Miami’s Mad Cat Theatre Company continues its prolific summer this week. In addition to its acclaimed full production of the offbeat “Centralia,” which concludes on Sunday, the company on Wednesday will launch “Banned/New,” a free series of play readings focusing on classic works that have been banned for their provocative or anti-establishment content, as well as new works that echo these themes. The series begins with “Audience,” a 1975 work by the famed Czech playwright—and later president—Vaclav Havel (pictured). The minimalist play introduced the character Vanek, a dissident playwright and stand-in for Havel himself, who in “Audience” is relegated to toil in a brewery by the Czech Communist regime. There, he engages in a funny and rambling conversation with the brewmaster. Sounds like a good fit for Mad Cat’s aesthetic, which regularly and self-reflexively expands the possibilities of live theater.


What: Return of B-BAD Art Walks

Where: Boynton Beach Arts District, 422 W. Industrial Ave., Boynton Beach

When: 6 to 11 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 786/521-1199,

The last Thursdays of the past two months have been unusually quiet at the warehouses-turned-studios of the Boynton Beach Arts District: No customary open galleries, no food trucks, no local vendors, no live music and no fire spinning. The city put the kibosh on the District’s monthly events back in June, raising issues over parking, lighting and, foremost, permitting. This month, Rolando Chang Barrero, the self-effacing head of the District, worked out a permitting agreement with city officials that will see this award-winning art walk continue indefinitely. Expect an extra-celebratory B-BAD Art Walk this week; the musical talent includes the South Palm Beach School of Rock (pictured), aka the young rock stars of tomorrow, who are fresh off a Southeastern tour; and local Americana act the Jon Greco Band. PS561 and Joji Yogurt will supply the nosh.


What: Opening night of “The One I Love”

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

When: Show times pending

Cost: $5 to $9.50

Contact: 561/549-2600,

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had enough comedies about couples retreats—like, well, 2009’s “Couples Retreat” or 2012’s “Hope Springs,” in which often-embarrassing comic high jinks solve to predictability revitalize problematic marriages. But “The One I Love” is an entirely new spin on an old formula. So new, and so unique, in fact, that its trailer doesn’t give away its twist, in a move of stunning discretion. It stars Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss as the young couple whose love life is on the skids; they check into a weekend retreat on the advice of their shrink (Ted Danson), and strange, surreal, seemingly addictive things begin to happen. The movie has earned comparisons to the weirdly brilliant films of Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman. Intrigued yet? So am I.

What: PureHoney Three-Year Anniversary Party

Where: Respectable Street, 518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 561/832-9999,

Steadily growing in recognition over its past three years of existence, promoter Steven Rullman’s PureHoney Magazine has become our region’s most exhaustive and extensive chronicler of the music scene, covering every facet from tiny clubs to arena shows (full disclosure: I contribute to PureHoney). The online/print zine will celebrate its third-year anniversary with a stellar lineup of Florida bands performing at no cost to you. The headliner is none other than the quirkily named, rustically musical Roadkill Ghost Choir, a DeLand act poised for bigger things. You can hear shades of Bob Dylan’s protracted delivery and Wilco’s prog-country pulse all over their sound. Radiohead and Fleet Foxes mingle in the group’s repertoire too, finding a compelling medium between the ambient and the homespun. The band will play selections from its brand-new album “In Tongues;” show up early to hear sets by Sweet Bronco, Plastic Pinks, The Alleys, Gravel Kings and more.

What: “Dig In! Nights at the Museum”

Where: South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Trail N., West Palm Beach

When: 6 to 9 p.m.

Cost: $5.50 to $12.50

Contact: 561/832-1988,

For many archaeologists, there’s nothing quite like discovering dinosaur bones. Lew Crampton, the South Florida Science Center’s president, would know: He led the mission that unearthed “Jane” (pictured), one of the largest T-rex fossils on record, back in Montana in 2001. But even the discovery of rare earth minerals and gems provide plenty for which diggers can be proud, and on Friday, as part of the science center’s monthly “Nights at the Museum” event, the profession will be spotlighted in a number of ways. Real-life archaeologists will be on hand to explain the science and art behind unearthing ancient artifacts, during activities such as the Fossil Finders Lab, Make Your Own Claws, Hidden Treasure Dino Egg Craft, Tooth Casting, gem panning and an Anole Dissection. Activities end at 9, but you can visit the museum’s observatory until 10.


What: “The Comedy of Errors”

Where: Sol Theatre, 3333 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton

When: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday

Cost: 561/447-8829,

As accessible as it is rarely staged, William Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” describes itself in its title. This early work, the shortest of the Bard’s plays, is filled with ludic “errors:” mistaken identities, wrongful beatings, false accusations of everything from infidelity to demonic possession. Dramatizing the mishaps that occur when two sets of separated identical twins reunite, the play’s comedic palette is broad enough to encompass deft wordplay and proto-“Three Stooges” slapstick. Last weekend, Evening Star Productions, a new Boca-based company, opened this comedy in the shadow of tragedy: Laura Ruchala, a Shakespearean actress who made her professional directorial debut with “The Comedy of Errors,” died from a brain aneurysm a few days after her 36th birthday, and one week before the play’s opening. In the tradition of “the show must go on,” the talented actors and crew have not missed a date. The production opened its short run last weekend to appreciative reviews.

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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