Monday, December 4, 2023

The Week Ahead: Feb. 19 to 25


Israeli double feature at Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 7:30 p.m.; $11.50 per film; 786/385-9689 or

A few days ago, the Coral Gables Art Cinema opened “Yossi,” a romantic dramedy about a young, gay Israeli man. The film stands on its own, but it’s important to know that it’s a sequel, and tonight only, the cinema will screen its predecessor, 2002’s “Yossi and Jagger,” in its 35mm format. That film charts the controversial love affair between Yossi, a commander during the Israeli-Lebanon conflict, and his second-in-command officer, whom many call “Jagger” for his similarities to the Rolling Stones’ frontman. The new film “Yossi,” which screens immediately following “Yossi and Jagger,” picks up the title character’s story a number of years later, when he’s a closeted gay surgeon in Tel Aviv and reminiscing about his army days. The cinema will serve special snacks, such as hummus, pita chips and baklava, for the occasion.


Mike Judge double feature at Cineluxe 6, 850 Ives Dairy Road, North Miami; 7:30; $12; 305/249-2345 or

Back in the early ‘90s, who knew that the creator of “Beavis & Butt-head” would evolve into such a deft chronicler of American social mores – in the form of live-action movies, no less? Tonight, this small cinema in North Miami will screen two of Mike Judge’s cult classics in 35mm, beginning with “Office Space,” his deadpan satire of office drudgery. It will be followed, most significantly, by Judge’s 2006 controversial sci-fi comedy “Idiocracy,” a scathingly funny commentary on the United States’ cultural and intellectual decline whose distributor, Fox, famously limited its theatrical release to seven cities. This screening marks its long-awaited theatrical debut in South Florida. Tickets need to be purchased in advance at this website:

Friday and Saturday

Drew Carey and Friends at Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach; 8 p.m. Friday and 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday; $30 with a two-drink minimum; 561/833-1812 or

Drew Carey has one of the most open, amiable faces in modern comedy, and he’s used it to gain mass appeal in a number of disparate professions, from sitcom star to television host to computer-game character. A former Marine, bank teller and Denny’s restaurant waiter, Carey is a talented improvist who brought his quick-witted skills to ABC’s “Whose Line is it Anyway?” and “The Drew Carey Show,” which surely provided a shot in the arm for Cleveland’s tourism industry. Carey will perform just three sets in this limited engagement; he rarely plays club dates, and, to paraphrase his current hosting gig, the $30 price is right.

Friday to Sunday

South Beach Wine and Food Festival in Miami Beach, various locations, event times and admission costs; 877/762-3933 or

Arguably the most important food event in the Southeastern United States, the SoBe Wine and Food Festival returns for another unimpeachably impressive lineup of culinary luminaries the world over, all converging on our little coastal paradise in Miami-Dade County (let’s hope, for their sake and ours, that the weather won’t be as cold as it has been the past few days). The events are too innumerable to mention, with festivities beginning at 11 a.m. some days and running until midnight, with appearances from Martha Stewart, Christophe Navarre, Jeremy Sewell, Bobby Flay, Emeril Lagasse and many others. A couple of our most anticipated events: Anthony Bourdain will host a screening of the acclaimed documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” at 5:30 p.m. Friday, followed by a sushi and sake tasting; and Guy Fieri will host a closing-night jam with Ziggy Marley at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Miami City Ballet’s Program III at Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday; starting at $20; 561/832-7469 or

It’s been a challenging past year for Miami City Ballet, which has gone from national television coverage and a sold-out tour of Paris last year to the announcement of a $1.5 million budget deficit and the forced early retirement of artistic director Edward Villella. Thankfully, that hasn’t impacted the company’s innovative creative work. Program III will feature “Symphonic Dances,” a new piece by Alexei Ratmansky, one of the world’s most sought-after choreographers. The award-winning phenom, who premiered the piece at an MCB gala earlier this year, based it on the Rachmaninoff composition of the same name. In a recent interview, he told audiences to expect his trademark fusing of narrative and abstract dance styles in a dynamic piece that addresses love, war and death.


FeBREWary Fest with All-American Rejects at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 7:30 p.m.; $10 advance, $20 at door; 888/512-7469

There may be no band name more inappropriate than All-American Rejects, the Oklahoma-bred alternative-rock quartet whose rejection letters are scant and who has been happily accepted by throngs of audiences in their teens and ‘20s. The certified hit-makers enjoyed a platinum album right off the bat with their self-titled debut in 2003 and have only rocketed further since, selling more than 10 millions albums worldwide. The band will headline this special festival in Mizner Park, at an agreeably discounted admission price. Vicci Martinez, a finalist on NBC’s “The Voice” in 2011, will open the show. This festival pairs brews with great tunes (hence the name), and for $30, attendees can purchase VIP tickets from Biergarten.

“Meet the Orchestra” at Roberts Theater at Saint Andrews School, 3900 Jog Road, Boca Raton; 10:30 a.m.; free, but reservations required; 866/687-4201

As part of its monthly outreach to community children and their parents, the Boca Raton Symphonia has been opening its orchestra’s process to the public, which has the opportunity, this morning, to attend a dress rehearsal, meet the conductor and musicians at intermission and watch instrument demonstrations. One of the best parts about this program is the “instrument petting zoo,” where children may get acquainted with professional instruments and receive instructions on how to play them. For budding musicians, this is a lot more exciting than any traditional petting zoo; and while the French horn is loud, it doesn’t bite.

BaconFest Florida at Seminole Casino, 5550 N.W. 40th St., Coconut Creek; 6 p.m.; 954/935-2636 or

Any actor – sometimes it seems like all of them – can pick up an instrument and call himself a musician, and people will watch. But few can boast the musical pedigree of Kevin Bacon, who, along with his brother Michael, has been performing in the soulful country-rock group The Bacon Brothers for the past 17 years. The group will headline this festival, which will appeal to more than one kind of Bacon fan – the food, as well as the talented actor/musician, will be celebrated with specialty bacon-infused offerings from 20 South Florida restaurants, including Bru’s Room, Kapow!, Caffe Luna Rosa and Lime. There also will be a chef throw-down competition and a performance from the comedy group The Dan Band, all of it hosted by Todd Fisher of TV’s “The United States of Bacon.”

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