What: Opening night of Tournees Film Festival
Where: FAU’s Arts and Letters building, Room 189, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton
When: 6:30 p.m.
Contact: 561/297-0307, email@example.com
Calling all Francophiles and cinephiles alike: The French may be notoriously snobbish to American tourists, but they’ve made some of the best movies in film history since the formation of the medium. And French directors continue to elevate the international language of cinema, as this intermittent survey of notable films past and present reaffirms. Complete with introductions and post-film discussions with FAU Faculty, the series opens this Wednesday with “Mood Indigo” (pictured), the latest tragi-fantasy from renegade director Michel Gondry. It continues with the critically acclaimed French-African drama “Girlhood” (Feb. 8), Alain Resnais’ nonlinear art-house masterpiece “Hiroshima, Mon Amour” (Feb. 15), and the masterful, three-and-a-half-hour comic mystery “Li’l Quinquin” (Feb. 23). All films begin at 6:30, and the festival continues through Feb. 29.
What: Opening night of “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”
Where: Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach
When: 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 561/514-4042, palmbeachdramaworks.org
Eugene O’Neill based this four-act magnum opus at least in part on his own family, presented here as a mother, father and two sons, whose demons are released over the course of one sweltering night in August. Apparently, when O’Neill was writing this granddaddy of all dysfunctional-family dramas, the actions scraped so close to the bone that his wife would find him weeping over the typewriter. They don’t make ‘em like this anymore, and with the exception of Dramaworks, nobody in South Florida stages ‘em, either. Experience this very long, very compelling descent into a nocturnal abyss with a stellar cast of familiar Dramaworks faces—Maureen Anderman, Dennis Creaghan, John Leonard Thompson—and lesser-known names (Michael Stewart Allen, Carey Urban). The production runs through March 5.
What: Turnstiles with Michaela Paige
Where: Bamboo Room, 25 South J Street, Lake Worth
When: 9 p.m.
Cost: $10 advance, $15-$20 at door
Contact: 561/585-2583, bambooroommusic.com
Any musician with the talent, sense of humor and chutzpah to form a Billy Joel tribute act has, at his piano-set fingertips, a trove of some of the most iconic American music of the past 40 years. As the New Yorker headlined its profile of Joel in 2014, he is a “33-hit wonder.” But Tony Monaco’s local Joel tribute act Turnstiles doesn’t cover just the hits. This lifelong Joel devotee delves deep into the Piano Man’s archives, with help from his peerless backing band. Close your eyes at a Turnstiles set, and you’ll believe you’re in a Billy Joel arena show. Monaco gigs quite a bit in our region, but this intimate set at the re-opened Bamboo Room promises to be a special one, because it features guest vocals from Michaela Paige, a Boca local and Season Three contestant on “The Voice,” where she brought rockin’ energy and her signature “faux-hawk” hairstyle to Team Blake.
What: Barry Manilow
Where: BB&T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise
When: 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 954/835-8000, thebbtcenter.com
Barry Manilow has named his 2016 tour “One Last Time,” implying, well … finality. Are we supposed to believe that this ageless road warrior really is giving up touring after this jaunt, or is it a marketing ploy? The 72-year-old pop legend says it’s true. He may play a few one-off shows, but no more national tours, recently telling the Tampa Tribune that, “I’ve had 45 years of room service, and that’s enough.” So if you’ve never heard the crooner belt out “Copacabana,” “Daybreak,” “Could It Be Magic” and his other cultural touchstones in a live setting, this may actually be the last opportunity to do so. There’s also a local tie-in that makes this swan song extra special: 35 members of the Nova Singers of Nova Southeastern University will back Manilow up on many of his iconic songs. Smooth jazz saxophonist Dave Koz will open the show.
What: Penn & Teller
Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 561/832-7469, kravis.org
Penn Jillette and his silent foil Teller have conquered the magic world. The duo has performed together for more than 40 years, since its bushy-tailed debut at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival in 1975. Ever since, the illusionists have swallowed (and then retrieved) strings of pins, been run over by tractor-trailers, caught bullets between their teeth, shot nails into their hands and escaped from helium-filled trash bags. Underpinning many of these tricks is a self-effacement that is almost exclusive among magicians: Rather than preserving the “integrity” of their magic, they prefer to expose it, in front of countless audiences, as the deception that it is. Penn & Teller fans agree, however, that knowing how the sausage is made does little to diminish its taste, and the pair’s current tour includes inspired illusions using cell phones, knives, eggs and an American flag—routines supplemented as always by Jillette’s provocative sense of humor. By the way, if you don’t recognize the wiry Jillette at first, it’s probably because he lost 105 pounds. His magic solution? A vegan diet.
What: Opening day of “Still/Moving”
Where: Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $5 students, $12 adults
Contact: 561/832-5196, norton.org
The Norton Museum is familiar with the idea of an art collector as an auteur, with certain themes and connections and through-lines that run through his or her corpus of acquisitions: Last year’s vibrant “The Triumph of Love” featured just such a collection, by longtime Norton supporter Beth Rudin DeWoody. This year, the museum and DeWoody return for a sequel of sorts, this time focusing on DeWoody’s extensive trove of photographs (the “Still” portion) and video art (the “Moving” part). While reflecting its collector’s personality and idiosyncrasies, “Still/Moving” offers a curated survey through more than a century of history in these dynamic art forms, from the celebrity portraiture that helped inspire the modern portrait to the architectural imagery best embodied by Ed Ruscha’s book Every Building on the Sunset Strip to the risk-taking video experimentalism of the 21st century. Running a gamut from Richard Avedon to Marco Brambilla, “Still/Moving” runs through May 15.
Where: Almond Avenue between Blondie’s and Rock Bar in downtown Fort Lauderdale, 226 Almond Ave.
When: 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Cost: $5 advance, $10 at door
As a neurological phenomenon, synesthesia entails the mixing of cognitive pathways, resulting in such sensorial anomalies as “tasting” color and “seeing” music; about 1 percent of the population has it. As a nightlife event, this Synesthesia aims to literalize the etymology of the term: as a “union of the senses.” Premiering in January to record crowds, this first-Saturday-of-the-month celebration of South Florida’s most creative artists and artisans is calibrated to induce attendees’ senses in equal measure. Mystical landscapist Marene K. Downs, airbrush artist Johnny Del Rio and pop artist Diana Xiomara Escamilla will create art on-site, and an eclectic live-music lineup includes retro genre fusionists The Copper Tones, garage rockers Octo Gato, progressive rockers The Atlas Complex, and Anyothercolor, a trio that touts “all music was written by aliens, performed by animals, and listened to by humans.” At least 11 South Florida craft vendors will sell their original art, and this event also includes food trucks and a “Glow Yoga” session at Rock Bar.
What: Opening night of “Frost/Nixon”
Where: Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter
When: 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 561/575-2223, jupitertheatre.org
Twenty-two years after his death, Richard Nixon still makes news. Every time a trove of cuss-filled recordings resurfaces from dusty archives, or Bob Woodward writes another exhaustive tome about Nixon’s corrupt cabal of a cabinet, Tricky Dick rivets us anew. So in this election year, it’s worth reconsidering Nixon’s legacy as the ultimate presidential zombie, the crook who won’t stay dead. Playwright Peter Morgan revived him in 2006 with “Frost/Nixon,” a compelling play based on the nearly 29 hours of interviews the former president granted to British TV journalist David Frost in 1977. Both men had little to lose and plenty to gain, and Morgan’s play acknowledges that the ratings-challenged host and the disgraced world leader are two sides of the same striving, power-hungry coin. Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s timely regional production will hope to capture what The Guardian’s theater critic once praised as “a study of two men in a camera combat.” It runs through Feb. 21.