Sunday, April 14, 2024

The Week Ahead: Aug. 5 to 11


What: Opening night of “Adler Guerrier: Formulating a Plot”

Where: Perez Art Museum, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

When: 6 to 9 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 305/375-3000,

This exhibition’s title, “Formulating a Plot,” likely has a double meaning—reflecting on plots of land as narrative plots. Particular pieces of land, especially in Miami, figure largely into this local artist’s oeuvre, which often has engaged with the city’s urban milieu to create striking abstract and textural statements on its public surfaces. He has even created some new site-specific work at PAMM for this career survey, which also includes art from the past decade in media ranging from sculpture and photography to prints and collage work. Many of his pieces address issues such as race, ethnicity, class and culture, which resonate with this Port-au-Prince-born artist. Guerrier will discuss his work between 7 and 8 p.m. at Thursday’s opening night celebration; visit early for a live DJ set. Cocktails will be available for purchase. The exhibition runs through Jan. 25.


What: Tastemakers of Delray Beach

Where: Downtown Delray Beach

When: 5 to 10 p.m.

Cost: $30

Contact: 561/243-1077,

Now in its sixth year, Tastemakers of Delray Beach is the best reason to be a Palm Beach County foodie over the summer. While the snowbirds are away, the local play—and gorge—on food and drink samples from 13 participating restaurants. Grand central this year is the bustling intersection of Atlantic and Southeast Second avenues, where participants can enjoy such back-to-back dishes as SoLita’s signature meatball and El Camino’s Barbacoa Taco, along with FY&I’s frozen yogurt and The Office’s fried green tomatoes. But the action stretches all the way from Ziree Thai south of Swinton to Caffe Luna Rosa along the ocean, so you’ll have ample opportunity to walk off those calories. “Passports” granting access to Tastemakers are available for purchase at each of the participating restaurants.


What: “Mother, Me & the Monsters” play reading

Where: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $15

Contact: 561/450-6357,

Over the past couple of years, the Theatre at Arts Garage has formed a fertile artistic relationship with Daniel Mate, a clever and imaginative composer-lyricist. His first piece at Arts Garage, “The Longing and the Short of It,” received several award nominations for its 2013 show, and expect this year’s funny and moving production of Mate’s “The Trouble With Doug” to receive its fair share as well. The collaboration continues with a reading of his latest musical, which sounds both adventurous and grounded: “Mother, Me & the Monsters” examines a boy’s relationship with his mother through three divorces and, for Sam, four new dads. It sounds a bit like the acclaimed new film “Boyhood,” except for its fantastical element: Sam also forms an evolving relationship with the monster under his bed. This reading is part of Arts Garage’s “Summer Tune-Up” series, a look at promising new works that may later see full productions; top-notch local actors will perform it, scripts in hand.

What: Opening night of “Church”

Where: The Vanguard, 1501 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $28

Contact: 813/220-1546,

For many Pentecostal Christians, the tent revival is perhaps one of the purest outlets for evangelical worship, with its rich history of faith healing sessions, glossolalia (speaking in tongues) and, purportedly, the raising of the dead. For nonbelievers, tent revivals evoke the seedier side of faith—bastions of delusion and charlatanism liberated from the decorum of a chapel. This complicated tradition receives a theatrical send-up/tribute in the form of “Church,” a site-specific performance piece written by the experimental theater star Young Jean Lee. This edgy musical, which ran at New York’s hallowed Public Theatre in 2008, enjoys its regional Florida premiere this month courtesy of Thinking Cap Theatre, the Fort Lauderdale-based company that gravitates toward challenging work. “Church” will be produced in an actual tent setting outside The Vanguard, with a cast of five playing the roles of a charismatic preacher and a clutch of female reverends, whose faux spiritual service is aimed to inspire, shock, amuse and ultimately move the intimate audience. “Church” runs through Aug. 24.


What: Jay Pharoah

Where: Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach

When: Show times vary

Cost: $22, plus two-drink minimum

Contact: 561/833-1812,

Comedian Jay Pharoah is in storied company: In 2010, at 24, he became the second-youngest black cast member to debut on “Saturday Night Live,” after Eddie Murphy. Two years later, he unveiled his Barack Obama impersonation, admirably replacing Fred Armisen, who was never as stellar an impersonator as he was an original character craftsman. Pharoah’s Obama has proven impeccable, but it’s only one of countless celebrities lying dormant in his vocal arsenal. Close your eyes while listening to his Will Smith, Denzel Washington and Jay-Z, and you’ll think you’re hearing the Real McCoy. His deep vault of impressions even encompasses Christopher Walken and Gollum. Expect to hear plenty of these when the man of many voices tours the Palm Beach Improv.


What: Sultans of String

Where: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $25-$40

Contact: 561/450-6357,

Given its eclectic history, Arts Garage has welcomed Spanish flamenco musicians, Cuban bands and gypsy-style jazz artists on its proscenium. Rarely if ever, though, have such diverse styles wafted from the instruments of one band. That will change when Sultans of String, an award-winning quintet from Canada, takes the stage, bringing along its melting pot of musical cultures. The group’s archive, largely instrumental, has been acclaimed for its boundary-less world music, successfully marrying Arabic folk and rumba-flamenco rhythms in one song, jazz licks and Cuban percussion in the next one. Inspiration for the group’s songs arrives in unexpected places, from an experience meeting an indigenous, blind village elder in northern Ontario (“Josie”) to the story of a killer whale believed to be a reincarnation of a village chief (“Luna”); at its best, the music paints instrumental pictures of the people and events that swim across their radars.


What: Opening night of “All Florida”

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

When: noon to 5 p.m.

Cost: $5

Contact: 561/392-2500,

Now in its 63rd year, the annual All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition is often a highlight of summer in Boca, making our city Grand Central for a state-of-the-arts survey of Florida’s brightest talent. The exhibition typically encompasses everything from traditional painting and photography to sculptures, videos, site-specific installations and a few large-scale provocations. The overall success or failure of All Florida, however, has as much to do with the juror’s individual tastes than with the artists’ submissions, and this year we’re at the mercy of Trong G. Nguyen, an edgy independent curator and artist based in Brooklyn. In his own work, Nguyen is a creative recycler of nontraditional materials, from one-person pingpong tables and toy light-saber installations to spaghetti dinners arranged on turntables and grocery bags refashioned into Catholic “confessionals.” Here’s hoping some of that anarchic irreverence bleeds into his selection process. The show runs through Oct. 18.

What: Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden

Where: Cruzan Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $38.50–$117.30

Contact: 561/795-8883,

For years, mostly in the 1990s, Trent Reznor’s largely solo project Nine Inch Nails became shorthand for the sort of angry, profane, establishment-upending music that caused parents to fret when it pulsated from their offspring’s stereos. It’s a stigma that Reznor has helped to shed as NIN entered the new millennium—along with such reductive genre descriptors as “heavy metal.” NIN’s ominous, electronically driven music is its own genre, closer to art rock than pop music—The New Yorker called it “vehement, brainy, obstinate, and modernist” in a 2012 profile of Reznor, who has accrued two Grammys. Years after inching toward mainstream acceptance with his fragile, Oscar-winning score for “The Social Network,” Reznor is touring behind the terrific “Hesitation Marks,” his first NIN album since 2009. Joining NIN will be Soundgarden—the Chris Cornell-led grunge band that also broke in the ’90s and maintains a fervent fan base—and Death Grips, an innovative trio that combines hip-hop and industrial music.

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