Wednesday, April 17, 2024

The Week Ahead: Dec. 2 to 8


What: “Klara Kristalova: Turning to Stone”

Where: Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach

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

Cost: $5–$12

Contact: 561/832-5196,

In sculptor Klara Kristalova’s “Skinny Girl,” a stringy-haired girl with a Pinocchio-esque nose balances on thorny, stiltlike legs. In “Trap,” a young woman gazes out from a cocoon of black tendrils enveloping her in every direction. In “Gray,” a seemingly malicious rabbit perches on a chair, legs crossed, in apparent judgment. And in “Some Kind of Monster,” a girl sits, black-eyed and mirthless, on a cube, with four dangling legs instead of two. This is just a random sample of the Swedish artist’s surreal mastery of ceramics, which she will showcase at the Norton this season in the latest installment of the museum’s annual “RAW: Recognition of Art by Women” series. With influences ranging from Hans Christian Andersen to Oscar Wilde and vintage DC comics, Kristalova plumbs childhood memories, dreams and nightmares for inspiration, then combines them with myths and fairy tales, blurring the line between innocence and horror. The Norton show marks her first solo museum exhibition outside of Sweden, and it runs through March 29.


What: Opening day of “The Timekeepers”

Where: Levis JCC, 9801 Donna Klein Blvd., Boca Raton

When: 2 p.m.

Cost: $27-$29, free for Levis Platinum members

Contact: 561/852-3200,

Last year, a local production of Dan Clancy’s “The Timekeepers”—a wrenching, moving and even occasionally funny play about an orthodox Jewish man and a flamboyant gay man who are forced to cohabitate, and confront their own prejudices, when they’re locked in a Holocaust-era prison camp—stunned the Carbonell Awards by winning everything for which it was nominated. This included Best Production of a Play (Fort Lauderdale’s Island City Stage produced it), Best Director, Best Actor, Best Set Design and Best Sound Design. The show’s victory was so stunning because it was such a low-budget production, upsetting many of its stronger-endowed peers in the South Florida community. In case you missed it—and many did—Island City Stage is remounting the same production here in Boca Raton, with Michael McKeever, Mike Westrich and Matt Stabile reprising roles for which they have become synonymous. You owe it to yourself to see this play; don’t wait for a third South Florida mounting. It runs through Dec. 21.

What: 44th Annual Holiday Street Parade

Where: Downtown Boca Raton

When: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 561/367-7073,

In previous years, this holiday tradition in downtown Boca has included a caravan of firefighters, police officers, soldiers, jugglers, baton twirlers, stilt walkers, marching bands, coiffed pooches, costumed characters, massive parade floats and more, with contributions from local schools, nonprofits and community institutions—and, of course, Santa Claus. Expect much the same and more at this year’s parade, whose theme is “A Holiday Wish.” The parade moves from Southeast Eighth Street to Mizner Park, with grandstand viewing at Sanborn Square. Be advised to arrive early and plan your route accordingly: Federal Highway, from Glades Road to Camino Real, will close in both directions from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening.


What: Art Basel Miami Beach

Where: Miami Beach Convention Center and other Dade County venues

When: Hours vary by day

Cost: $45 per day or $100 for the four-day affair; outside events vary


An estimated 267 modern and contemporary art galleries from five continents will offer their takes on 2014’s state of the art world, presenting paintings, drawings, sculptures installations, prints, photography, film, video and digital art by more than 4,000 artists. And that’s just inside the Miami Beach Convention Center for Art Basel proper, which is also hosting salon-style conversations with artists on all four days. Beyond that, the entire city becomes abuzz with satellite fairs, pop-up art shows, parties and concerts—too many to list in a single paragraph. Suffice it to say that, as usual, the highbrow and lowbrow will commingle across the city’s sleepless canvas, from Julian Schnabel to Miley Cyrus, Tommy Hilfiger to Baz Luhrmann. If you’re a particularly privileged partygoer, you might even be able to clink glasses with Kim Kardashian and Kayne West at a party called Wall—provided you can get past the customary three checkpoints.


What: Opening night of “A Chorus Line”

Where: Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $45

Contact: 561/243-7922,

Set amid an audition for a Broadway production, “A Chorus Line” is the ultimate example of musical theater about musical theater, while claiming the title of the sixth-longest-running show in Broadway history. As 17 dancers vie for a limited number of chorus roles, they’re asked by the choreographer to put all of their guts on the line—and convince him, with more than just their movements, that they belong on his stage. Dreams and memories, love and heartache, venting and healing all coalesce through songs, dance numbers and monologues. It all comes together on a nondescript stage, but when done right, it makes for captivating theater. The Crest Theatre usually presents national tours of shows like this, but in a landmark decision celebrating its 25th anniversary, the venue will co-produce “A Chorus Line,” hiring local professionals under the direction of Kimberly Dawn, who starred in the show on Broadway. The show runs through Dec. 14.

What: Classic Albums Live: A Very Lennon Christmas

Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $39-$59

Contact: 954/462-0222,

Paul McCartney may technically be Americans’ favorite Beatle—winning nearly 30 percent of the vote, according to a 2009 poll by Zogby—but keep in mind that he has the advantage of being alive and continuing to tour. If John Lennon were still playing and recording music, we’re convinced he would be No. 1 among the Fab Four. You can gauge his greatness at this special tribute performance from the note-by-note classic rock re-creators Classic Albums Live, which will only perform compositions written by Lennon. This means Beatles classics like “Help,” “Strawberry Fields” and “Ballad of John and Yoko” but also hits from his too-short-lived solo career, such as “Imagine,” “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” and “Give Peace a Chance”—all of which are indeed appropriate messages for the holidays.


What:Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910”

Where: Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach

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

Cost: $5, free for members and children 14 and younger

Contact: 561/659-8503,

Like many trailblazing artists, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec lived hard and died young, at 36, from complications of alcoholism and syphilis. But his comparatively brief blaze of artistry still inspires; in 2005, a Christie’s sale broke records when an early painting of his, “La blanchisseuse,” brought $22.4 million at auction. Toulouse-Lautrec was one of the great chroniclers of late 19thcentury French bohemian life, depicting fellow-artists and Parisian streets with a dispassionate and impressionistic eye, and working in a myriad of media, from paintings and watercolors to drawings and shadow puppetry. The Society of the Four Arts will showcase all of this and more in this comprehensive exhibition of 200 works by Toulouse-Lautrec and his Parisian contemporaries, including Edouard Vuillard, Pierre Bonnard, Juan Gris and Mary Cassatt. The show runs through Jan. 11.


What: Gingerbread Holiday Concert

Where: Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton

When: 3 p.m.

Cost: $35, includes valet parking

Contact: 561/237-7745,

Entering its 12th year of raising scholarship funds for the Lynn Conservatory’s most-deserving student musicians, the annual Gingerbread Holiday Concert is making at least one change this year: It has relocated from the Boca Raton Resort & Club to the university’s own Wold Performing Arts Center, with its ideal acoustics. Guillermo Figueroa will conduct the Lynn University Philharmonia Orchestra through Christmas and Hanukkah favorites, and local 9-year-old singer/actress Seanna Pereira will perform two songs and lead the event’s pint-sized attendees through a sing-a-long portion of the program. Expect to see costumed characters from “Frozen” and a reception with Mr. and Mrs. Claus as well.

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