Saturday, April 13, 2024

The Week Ahead: June 25 to July 1


Screening of “Augustine” at Movies of Delray, 7421 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 7:15 p.m.; $10, includes popcorn and beverage; 561/638-0020

How’s this for a premise: after suffering an inexplicable seizure, a seemingly hysterical young woman is transferred to the care of a pioneering doctor, who begins to fall in lust with the girl the longer he treats her. It sounds a lot like “A Dangerous Method,” the stageplay-turned-movie about the work-love relationship between Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud and Sabina Spielrein. But a similar dynamic formed about a generation earlier in France between its star neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot (a mentor of Freud’s) and his vulnerable patient, a 19-year-old kitchen maid named Augustine. This is the true story that forms the basis of “Augustine,” director Alice Winicour’s story of hypnotherapy, psychology and eroticism in 19th century Paris. The movie opens in theaters on July 12, but this South Florida premiere provides your first opportunity to see it.


Americanarama Tour at Cruzan Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach; 5:30 p.m.; $32 to $95; 561/795-8883 or

Occasionally – not often – South Florida will be treated to a mini-festival that is nothing less than an embarrassment of musical riches … not the daylong affairs of adolescent punk acts that stop by every summer, but a festival for the rest of us, to paraphrase George Costanza. This tour is one such event, full of Americana music for grown-ups and headlined by none other than 72-year-old Bob Dylan, emerging from his hip cocoon for what may be his last tour; at this point any jaunt can be. He’s still supporting 2012’s “Tempest,” a stellar return to his bread-and-butter of 10-minute story-songs with intricate narratives, but expect to hear plenty of hits from his blockbuster catalog. He’ll be joined by acts that can, and have, drawn crowds that are almost as massive on their own: Grammy-winning experimental pop-rockers Wilco, hippie-rockers My Morning Jacket, and former Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir.


“Dani Girl” musical reading at Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach; 7:30 p.m.; $15 general admission, $20 reserved seating; 561/450-6357

All this month, the Theatre at Arts Garage has been offering regional premieres of groundbreaking musicals in bare-bones form – with actors, scripts and a three-piece rock band. The series concludes tonight with one of its most anticipated titles: “Dani Girl,” about a precocious 9-year-old who contracts leukemia and embarks on a quest to comprehend cancer. Surely anyone who has been touched by cancer in some way – which is all of us – will find plenty of merit in this musical, but what really makes it stand out is its humor. “Dani Girl” is frequently comic, not dour, and it is elevated by flights of fancy that merge reality and fantasy, which, if done right, will come alive in vivid detail in the audiences’ minds.

Dr. Carl Hart at Museum of Art, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 6 p.m.; free; 954/262-0255 or

The stories of young black men who grew up surrounded by drugs and crime and transcended their origins to become millionaire rappers are legion – and they’re an inspiration. But their accomplishments can’t touch those of Dr. Carl Hart, who grew up in entrenched poverty and with all the negative effects of street life, and who has emerged as a cutting-edge neuroscientist at Columbia, becoming the university’s first tenured African-American professor in the sciences. Hart has plenty of opinions about his own journey and the world at large, and he’s sharing them in his new book “High Price,” a memoir that merges popular science and public policy to shed new light on issues like race, poverty and drugs. He believes he can tell us why our current policies are failing; that may be so, but at any rate, his personal story is inspiring enough. He will speak and sign copies of “High Price” at this evening event.


Opening night of “The Little Golden Years” at Bear and Bird Gallery at Tate’s Comics, 4566 N. University Drive, Lauderhill; 7 to 10 p.m.; free; 954/748-0181

Back in somebody else’s day – certainly not mine – you could buy a golden book for a quarter. A Little Golden Book, that is. First published by Simon and Schuster in 1942, the enduring Little Golden Books series of children’s stories introduced characters such as Mother Goose, the Little Red Hen and the Poky Little Puppy. The latter title alone has sold more than 15 million copies. More than 30 artists, many of them regulars at the Bear and Bird, have contributed artworks inspired by the Little Golden Books series in what looks to be a summer show filled with warmth and nostalgia. It will be on display through Aug. 10, but show up tonight for complementary vegan snack cakes, beer and wine.

Opening night of “Red” at Miami Theater Center, 9806 N.E. Second Ave., Miami Shores; 8 p.m.; $20; 305/751-9550 or

One of Norman Rockwell’s most iconic images, “The Problem We All Live With,” depicts a young African-American girl walking amongst taller Caucasians, and she’s just dodged a tomato that has been thrown in her direction and splattered on the wall behind her. The girl in the painting is Ruby Bridges, who in 1960 became the first black child to attend a previously all-white middle school in newly desegregated New Orleans, ensuring her place in civil rights history. Bridges’ story has become the inspiration for “Red,” a dance-theater hybrid by Jamaican-born artist Afua Hall. The piece is less of a straight narrative of Bridges’ story so much as an all-encompassing study of navigating otherness, then and now. And what’s more, “Red” has evolved into a multimedia experience, integrating music, dance, acting, visual art and even a film installation. It runs through July 13.


Daniel Tosh at Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 7 and 9:30 p.m.; starting at $35; 561/832-7469 or

“I deserve that; I’m one of the best. In fact, I am the best,” said Daniel Tosh as he walked onstage to a standing ovation in “Completely Serious,” his 2007 comedy special. Tosh is nothing if not immodest. He’s cultivated a brazen character for himself as an arrogant, self-absorbed, hateful, racist misogynist and – surprise – he’s one of the most original and hilarious voices to emerge in comedy in some time. A couple of classic Toshisms from his 2011 special “Happy Thoughts:” “Babies aren’t dishwasher-safe” and “Being an ugly woman is like being a man. You’re gonna have to work.” Audiences have responded to Tosh’s button-pushing shock comedy; his snarky TV series, “Tosh.0,” is one of Comedy Central’s biggest ratings dynamos.

Monday, July 1

Reading of “The Gift” at Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center’s Studio Theatre, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 7:30 p.m.; free; 561/291-9678

“The Gift” is the latest original play from Michael Leeds, a familiar face in South Florida theatre known for his excellent work directing productions for companies such as Broward Stage Door, Island City Stage and The Plaza Theatre. And this play reading, produced courtesy of Boca Raton theater company Parade Productions, really allows Leeds to flex his creative muscles: It’s about a man and a woman, frozen in adjoining elevators, who gradually realize that they’re trapped in one another’s dreams. The story arose out of the claustrophobia Leeds suffered as a child, and it will star Lindsey Forgey and Clay Cartland.

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