Thursday, April 18, 2024

The Week Ahead: July 31 to Aug. 6



Opening night of “Peter Pan” at Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 7 p.m.; starting at $25; 561/832-7469 or

There’s something more than a little ironic about the fact that actress Cathy Rigby, who will turn 60 in December, is still playing the role of the immortal child Peter Pan. But we should all be so lucky as to look like Cathy Rigby at age 60. The former gymnast, who has been playing Peter on Broadway since 1990, is still earning praise for her lissome, high-flying performance. Judging by previews, it seems half of this special effects-laden spectacle takes place in midair. The touring production, which has earned two Tony nominations, runs through Sunday.

“The Return of Caddyshack” at Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 5:30 to 8 p.m.; $19 in advance or $24 at the door; 561/392-2500

Last week, I reviewed the Boca Raton Museum of Art’s new “Big Art: Miniature Golf” show, and I can’t say it’s my favorite show the museum has installed. But then again, I wasn’t under the influence of alcohol, which might have elevated the fun level. At tonight’s “Meet Me at the Museum” social event – which kicks off Boca Festival Days, a month full of activities sponsored by the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce – you can do just that. Play the 11-hole indoor golf course and enjoy the museum’s other exhibitions while listening to live music and dining on light appetizers; the admission also includes two glasses of wine.

Kind of Like Spitting at Propaganda, 6 South J Street, Lake Worth; 8 p.m.; admission TBA; 561/547-7273 or

The Portland-based musical project Kind of Like Spitting is saddled with one of the most unattractive band names I’ve ever heard, but don’t let it deter you from listening. Kind of Like Spitting is the outlet for singer-songwriter Ben Barnett, a tortured outcast who, for a six-year spell at the turn of this last century, was one of the most prolific names in indie rock. Hugging the border between angst-driven emo and plucky acoustic folk, Barnett released nine albums between 2000 and 2006, with song titles as esoteric as “Tyco Racing Set and a Christmas Story Fifteen Times This Lemonade Is Terrible.” The group’s dissolution followed soon after, but now Barnett is back with an all-new band to help him sort out his baggage onstage.



Opening night of “Dog Sees God” at FAU’s Studio One Theatre, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton; 7 p.m.; $5; 800/564-9539 or

What if the children from Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comic strip grew up? Their problems would extend well beyond the capacity to kick a football, that’s for sure. In his darkly comic play “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead,” Bert V. Royal imagines Charlie Brown, Linus, Schroeder and the rest of the gang as troubled teens dealing with real-life problems. Charlie, known in the play as “CB,” suffers from a spiritual crisis after his dog dies from rabies; the play also addresses drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion, sex and identity. The production runs through Sunday, with three additional performances.


“CountryTown” at Sanborn Square, 72 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 7:30 p.m.; free; 561/393-7806 or

Downtown Boca will transform into a veritable honky-tonk tonight as part of Friday Night Live!, its ongoing monthly series. A Garth Brooks tribute band will perform the greatest hits of the greatest-selling country artist of all time, succeeded by a “best of country” set augmented by live line dancing (If you don’t know how to dance country-style, show up at 6:30 for a line-dancing lesson). Visitors are encouraged to wear their best cowboy boots and 10-gallon hats; authentic country food will be served from Gourmet Truck Expo.


Opening day of “Watercolors From the Collection” at Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; $5 to $12; 561/832-5196

It’s been a busy summer for five student interns at the Norton Museum Art, whose work experience has coalesced into their very own exhibition at the museum. “Watercolors from the Collection” features 14 rarely exhibited works on paper from the permanent collection, ranging from neo-impressionist landscapes to politically charged polemics. Created between the 1870s and 1950s, the works offer a cross-section of watercolor history, from Charles Burchfield and John Marin to Fernand Leger and Amedeo Modigliani to Marc Chagall and Charles Demuth. The summer interns curated the show in conjunction with the Education and Curatorial departments; the interns included Boca Raton’s Caroline Posner, a senior at Spanish River High.

American Idol Live! Tour 2012 at BankAtlantic Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise; 7 p.m.; $29.50 to $65; 954/835-8000 or

I don’t profess to know much about “American Idol,” having never seen the show. But from what I gather, this crop of finalists from the series’ 11thseason is anchored by an inspiring success story. Phillip Phillips, the winner of season 11, suffers from a congenital kidney condition in which his kidney stones are too large to pass through his body – aka every man’s worst nightmare. He reportedly underwent eight surgeries during the run of season 11, in which he performed memorable renditions of hits by Stevie Wonder, James Brown, CCR and many others – and his victory is a testament to his perseverance. At tonight’s event, he’ll be joined onstage by Colton Dixon, DeAndre Brackensick, Elise Testone, Erika Van Pelt, Heejun Han, Hollie Cavanagh, Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet and Skylar Laine.

Saturday and Sunday

“Late Night Catechism Las Vegas: Sister Rolls the Dice” at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday; $35; 954/462-0222 or

Most of the South Florida theaters are dark for the summer, but that doesn’t mean our cultural institutions aren’t getting any theatre; it just means the theatre we are getting is stranger and more esoteric. This touring show is the latest spin-off of the durable “Late Night Catechism” series, whose original solo play became the longest-running one-person comedy in off-Broadway history. Featuring a sinful nun, the show merges the aesthetics of a catechism class and a standup comedy routine, and it centers on a church’s attempt to organize a casino night. Expect much audience participation from a series of plays known for their interactivity.

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