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The Week Ahead: Feb. 3 to 9


What: “Malcolm X”

Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $10

Contact: 561/832-7469,

The Kravis’ annual African-American Film Festival has run some fairly offbeat offerings in its decade-long existence, but this year, to celebrate its 10thanniversary, the series will focus on masterpieces, with three award-winning classics playing on Wednesdays during Black History Month. The series includes “Lady Sings the Blues,” “The Color Purple” and, to kick things off, Spike Lee’s 1992 masterpiece “Malcolm X,” a fast-moving 202-minute journey into the complicated activist’s life, philosophies, tragedies and triumphs. It’s the sort of monumental production that transcends cinema and becomes a cultural touchstone, and it’s hard to believe it was so Oscar-snubbed back in 1993. A masterpiece indeed, with cameos by none other than Al Sharpton and Nelson Mandela.

What: Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish

Where: Revolution Live, 100 S.W. Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale

When: 6:30 p.m.

Cost: $24.50 advance, $26 day of show

Contact: 954/449-1025,

It’s not the first time these two venerated ska-punk totems have toured together, nor will it probably be the last. Emerging from the early ‘90s detritus of alt-rock’s commercial breakthrough, Gainesville’s Less Than Jake brought wry snark and sunny hooks to punk rock’s rougher edges, while California’s Reel Big Fish found much humor and commentary in the banality and minutiae of life and relationships. It’s hard to argue that both of these bands’ most inspired days are behind them—they peaked around 1998—but they’ve weathered changing music trends well into the 21st century, and have stayed true to their sonic visions. Reel Big Fish recently released a cheeky Christmas EP, while Less Than Jake are touring in support of 2013’s “See the Light.” Authority Zero, an Arizona ska-punk band that usually headlines its own shows, will open this one.


What: Alton Brown

Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $20-$125

Contact: 561/832-7469,

In another life, Alton Brown was an accomplished cinematographer, shooting several music videos including R.E.M.’s “The One I Love.” But in the late ‘90s, the gastronomic arts beckoned, and Brown has been a culinary innovator ever since, thriving in the nexus of food and entertainment. He created the Food Network television show “Good Eats” and has played major roles on “Iron Chef America,” “Cutthroat Kitchen” and other shows that treat food preparation as blood sport. His live shows, however, are a rarer bird—more comedy than competition. This madcap tour, the first of his career, is an uncategorizable mix of stand-up comedy, multimedia lecture, live music (the songs are about food, natch) and some “extreme” food preparation. The family-friendly show will also feature some flatulent puppets because, as Alton has said, “I am, when it comes down to it, a 4-year-old at heart.”

What: Opening night of new exhibitions

Where: Art and Culture Center, 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood

When: 6 to 9 p.m.

Cost: $10

Contact: 954/921-3274,

It’s that magical season for Hollywood’s Art and Culture Center—time once again for the museum’s annual “Abracadabra” exhibition and fundraiser, in which more than 100 hand-selected artists created new works of art specifically for the show, each of which will eventually grace the collection of a raffle ticket-buyer at a drawing at the exhibition’s March 13 send-off. For now, though, just enjoy the wide swath of artistic talent on display, with ambitious works in most media imaginable, including site-specific installations. Local rockers Chicken Liquor will perform at Friday’s opening reception, which also provides attendees a first peek at the Center’s other new shows: “Kubiat Nnamdie: Looking Glass,” “Ernesto Kunde: Intertwined” and “Tom Virgin: Open Book.”


What: Outdoor Juried Art Festival

Where: Mizner Park, Boca Raton

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

Cost: Free


Mizner Park will bustle with more than 230 covered pop-up galleries this weekend for the 29th installment of its beloved Juried Art Festival. As always, the event promises artwork geared toward all tastes and budgets, but always of a quality that meets the standards of this year’s jurors: Walter O’Neill, director of the Boca Raton Museum Art School; photographer Allan Pierce; and plein art artist Ralph Papa. Visitors can absorb countless works in painting, sculpture, jewelry, fiber art, photography, ceramics, pottery, wood art, mixed media, graphic design, craftwork and more, with the Best in Show artist earning a $3,000 prize. Attendees who donate a minimum of $5 to the Art School’s Scholarship Fund will receive free Boca Raton Museum of Art admission for that day.


What: Delray Beach Garlic Festival

Where: Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach

When: 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday

Cost: $10-$20 per day

Contact: 561/279-0907,

Reggae-rockers Rebelution (pictured) are accustomed to playing festivals, bringing smooth grooves and positive vibes to the stages of Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, among the 120 or so dates the band plays each year. Now, the Southern California road warriors can add the stinkiest of all Florida festivals to their growing schedule: The Delray Beach Garlic Festival. The quintet will headline Friday night at the Garlic Fest, with reggae funk-rockers Bushwood opening for it. On Saturday, garlic lovers should stick around for headliner Trombone Shorty, the prolific 28-year-old phenom from New Orleans, whose mastery of the wind brass instrument encompasses jazz, funk and rap. But, of course, the food is always center stage, from the signature flaming shrimp scampi to garlic crab cakes and garlic Argentine BBQ. And at the Garlic Chef competition, local toques will dish their best inventions involving the aromatic clove in their efforts to unseat Dada’s Bruce Feingold, the reigning 2013 and 2014 champion.


What: “Science of Chocolate”

Where: South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: Included with paid museum admission ($12.95-$16.95)

Contact: 561/832-1988,

The South Florida Science Center has expanded its food- and drink-related programming since its rebranding a couple of years ago, but one foodie event that has long been a staple of its schedule is “Science of Chocolate,” which celebrates its 10th delectable anniversary this year. As the event’s title suggests, the Center will delve deeply into the chemistry of cocoa, exploring how and why it has become such a timeless treat—even pointing out its health benefits. Holdovers from previous years’ “Science of Chocolate” include a liquid nitrogen experiment, painting with M&Ms, cocoa lip balm production and face painting. There is also a new tasting element this year that elucidates the relationship between solvents and solutes as chocolate melts in visitors’ mouths. Need we add there will also be a chocolate fountain?


What: Opening night of “Glengarry Glen Ross”

Where: Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $54–$79

Contact: 561/575-2223,

When announcing his 2014-2015 theater season, Andrew Kato, artistic director at the Maltz, said that “Glengarry Glen Ross” is the selection that pushes his audience the most. One of David Mamet’s most-produced plays is a claustrophobic, foul-mouthed, pessimistic vision of Hell on Earth as it relates to four Chicago real estate agents peddling toxic properties to duped buyers. Profanity has rarely felt as artful—as poetic, even—as in this play’s hotheaded exploration of unfettered machismo and cutthroat Darwinism. Characters include the magnetically sociopathic Ricky Roma, the tragically washed-up Shelley Levene, the antagonistic office manager John Williamson and the meek, manipulable James Lingk. Whether you’ve seen the riveting 1993 film version or any of the acclaimed Broadway revivals, “Glengarry” is a theatrical experience worth revisiting. Actor Peter Allas, who has amassed nearly 30 years of film and TV credits, will lead an otherwise all-South Florida cast, including Carbonell Award winners Dennis Creaghan and Todd Allen Durkin. The show runs through Feb. 22.

John Thomason
John Thomason
As the A&E editor of, I offer reviews, previews, interviews, news reports and musings on all things arty and entertainment-y in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

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