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The Week Ahead: Feb. 22 to 28


Douglas Brinkley at the Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach; 3 p.m.; free for members or $35 for nonmembers; 561/655-7227

Environmental writer Douglas Brinkley penned one of the best-reviewed nonfiction books of 2009, “The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America.” The epic, 960-page tome centered on Teddy’s environmental activism, which earned him the designation of our “naturalist president.” Brinkley’s latest book, released in January, is “The Quiet World: Saving Alaska’s Wilderness Kingdom, 1879 to 1960. He will speak about book, and other environmental issues, at this Four Arts lecture.


“Turandot” at the Carole and Barry Kaye Auditorium at Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton; 8 p.m.; $35 to $45; 800/564-9539

Opera International presents this three-act opera from Puccini, set in ancient Peking, about the conversion of an ice princess through the power of love. Compared to “Madama Butterfly” or “Tosca,” this is one of the Puccini’s more polarizing plays, and it has had its detractors in the opera intelligencia. But it has long been considered the most tonally adventurous of Puccini’s works, and the creator strove for period authenticity by scoring the opera with traditional Chinese music. Decide for yourself at this lavish mounting at FAU.


Bruise Cruise Kick-Off party at Grand Central, 297 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 6 p.m.; $15;

At this point, you probably won’t be able to snag a ticket to the sold-out Bruise Cruise, the indie-rock cruise leaving Miami Friday. But that doesn’t mean you have to miss all of the exciting acts that will be performing on the boat. The lineup is a who’s who of indie hip, from the skuzzy lo-fi noise of the Black Lips and Jacuzzi Boys to the Vivian’s Girls’ sweet noise-pop melodies to local sensations Surfer Blood’s epic arena pop. Bruise Cruise attendees will receive free admission.


“CYCLES, a Musical Journey” at the Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; $30; 561/243-7922 or

It’s kind of a mystery as to what exactly you can expect from this one-off concert at the Crest, which might make it all the more fun. What we do know is that piano and percussion will take center stage in an ensemble concert led by Delray-based percussionist Drew Tucker. Tucker boasts local and national cred, having worked as a music educator throughout South Florida while also performing with artists such as Diana Krall, Ed Calle and Arturo Sandoval.

Opening night of “Next Fall” at the Caldwell Theatre, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 8 p.m.; $27 to $75; 561/241-7432 or

It’s just like old times: Michael Hall, who founded the Caldwell Theatre and retired a couple of years ago, returns at age 70 to direct this fresh-off-Broadway Tony winner for the increasingly adventurous Boca Raton theater. It’s about the committed relationship between two gay men: One devoutly religious and the other a militant atheist. The play, which opens with a brutal offstage car crash, also explores antigay bigotry and the problematic role of religion in the gay world.

“Tetsuo: The Bullet Man” at Cosford Cinema at the University of the Miami;

midnight; $9 adults, $7 seniors and non-UM students, free for UM students; 305/284-4861 or

Take this, Iron Man: Shinya Tsukamoto directed this bonkers action thriller about a mild-mannered office worker who begins a metamorphosis into a mass of metal after a string of tragedies befall his family members. He becomes a human weapon, bent on revenge, most especially, on the driver who killed his son in a hit-and-run. Extreme Japanese cinema has a devoted following, but it’s not for everyone (hence the midnight screening time). And if you don’t like it, at least it’s only 71 minutes long.


Dan Savage at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts- Amaturo Theater, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 8 p.m.; $25 to $35; 954/462-0222

Twenty years ago, Dan Savage elevated stodgy relationship columns to edgy new heights with his helpful yet snarky “Savage Love.” The column, which originated in Seattle’s The Stranger, has become a staple in many respectable alternative weeklies. And Savage has since become a force to be reckoned with as a political commentator, author and gay activist. His latest venture, cofounded with his partner, is the It Gets Better Product, an enormously popular YouTube page dedicated to helping bullied gay teens cope and move on. His lecture at the Broward Center will address a number of topical issues.

The Miami Blues Festival at the James L. Knight Center, 400 SE Second Ave., Miami; 7 p.m.; $49.50 to $57; 305/372-4634 or

Traditional blues music is hard to come by in the 2011, so this one-night-only event is an unmissable evening for blues lovers. Bobby “Blue” Bland, a legendary bluesman with almost 30 albums to his credit, was born in 1930 and was one of the first to combine gospel and blues in a hybrid we now call R&B. Bland will be joined by many blues worthies, including Mel Waiters, Sir Charles Jones, Latimore and Theodis Ealey.


Oscar parties at Cinema Paradiso and Bash of Boca; see entry for prices and times

So far, judging by the through-the-roof ratings of the Golden Globes and the Grammys, 2011 has been the Year of the Awards Show. See if the Oscars can measure up to these well-received extravaganzas at one of two viewing parties. Beginning at 6 p.m., Cinema Paradiso in Fort Lauderdale is hosting a buffet and viewing party in your choice of venues: The 30-foot screen inside and the 15-foot screen on the patio. Prizes, including DVDs and gift certificates, will be awarded throughout the evening. Advance tickets are $25 general admission or $15 for FLIFF members. Call 954/525-3456 or visit If you’re looking for a swankier soiree, check out Palm Beach County’s official Oscar Night in America party at Bash of Boca. The evening begins at 7:30 on the red carpet and includes an array of hors d’oeuvres and two complementary cocktails. Tickets are $50. Call 561/362-0003 or visit

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