Friday, April 12, 2024

The Week Ahead: June 9 to 15


What: Chloe Dolandis and Jason Pomerantz

Where: Funky Biscuit, 303 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $5

Contact: 561/395-2929,

Not everybody can claim to have an entire day dedicated to them; that’s an honor usually bestowed on folks like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Christopher Columbus. But locally, at least, musical theater sensation and Boca native Chloe Dolandis received that distinction as a teenager in 2004, when the mayor of Boca Raton proclaimed Jan. 13 to be “Chloe Dolandis Day.” The honor came after Dolandis won Boca’s first-ever Rising Star competition, and since then, her star has shone ever brighter. The jazz singer, who is said to possess an “old soul,” has sung for Vice President Biden and performed alongside acts as varied as Billy Stritch and Pitbull. She’ll be joined in this hometown engagement by Jason Pomerantz, a New York-based singer-songwriter and composer whose skills as a pianist/vocalist has propelled him to venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to the U.S. Embassy in Switzerland. For $5, this double bill sounds like a bargain.


What: Opening night of “The Hukilau”

Where: Fort Lauderdale venues including The Mai-Kai and The Wreck Bar

When: noon to 1 a.m.

Cost: Varies per event


Apparently, reports of the Hukilau’s death were greatly exaggerated. Saved last year from its pending swan song and presented under new management, this celebration of all things tiki continues apace, transforming iconic Fort Lauderdale locations into vintage South Pacific tableaux, complete with Hawaiian garb, tiki totems, inventive rum libations, island music and more. This kitschy nostalgic powwow runs five days of shopping bazaars, symposia, dancing, live music, book signings, mermaid shows, happy hours and more. Live bands slated to perform include the legendary comedian/ukulele virtuoso King Kukulele, Honolulu imports Alika Lyman Group, local exotica rockers Gold Dust Lounge and surf guitar maestro Skinny Jimmy Stingray. Register Wednesday from noon to 6; at 4:30, you can enjoy a MeduSirena mermaid show at the Wreck Bar follows by a Pre-Party at the Mai Kai. And the fun continues throughout the week.


What: Opening night of “The Book of Liz”

Where: The Vanguard, 1501 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $40 ($35 for the rest of the run)

Contact: 813/220-1546,

The Village Voice has called “The Book of Liz” “the world’s first Amish picaresque.” This oddball road comedy of self-actualization was indeed inspired by the Amish— only in this play, they’re called the Squeamish, and they thrive off the gourmet cheese balls baked by Sister Elizabeth Donderstock. But when Elizabeth’s feelings are hurt by an unappreciative guest, she flees the flock to find her purpose in life, only to find stranger characters, like a Cockney-speaking Ukrainian immigrant couple and a family restaurant run by recovering alcoholics. If this all sounds a little too out there, trust the playwrights: “The Book of Liz” is written by the great, highbrow humorists David and Amy Sedaris. Friday’s opening-night ticket includes wine and cheesecake, and automatic entry into a raffle for goodies including Sedaris books.

What: Opening reception for “Wayne White: Art is Supposed to Hypnotize You or Something”

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

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $10

Contact: 954/921-3274,

Quick: What do “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse” and the Smashing Pumpkins’ “Tonight, Tonight” music video have in common? In addition to being cultural touchstones for Generation X, they’ve both inspired award-winning work by the polymath Wayne White, a native Tennessean who has worked as an art director, puppeteer, set designer, animator, cartoonist, illustrator and banjoist. Tens of millions have viewed his kitschy, cosmic special effects for the Pumpkins’ video, and he won three Emmys for his work on “Playhouse,” Paul Reubens’ cult series. Lately, he’s been focused on his signature “word paintings,” which feature amusing, out-of-context word and phrases (like the one that gives this exhibition its title) painstakingly rendered over framed landscapes purchased at thrift stores. This exhibit, White’s first solo show in the United States, will feature previously produced pieces and some brand-new work, including a super-sized puppet head of Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, Florida’s governor from 1905–1909, in celebration of this year’s centenary of Broward County. The show runs through Aug. 23.


What: Bill Maher

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

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: Starting at $35

Contact: 561/832-7469,

Some love him, some hate him, and others love his opinions but hate his arrogant demeanor. Still others may admire his un-P.C. pugnacity in attacking an issue but generally hate his opinions, which usually—but not always—fall on the far left end of our polarized political spectrum. A political commentator known for his controversial musings on religion, marijuana and culture as much as for his skewering of Republican intransigence and Democratic cowardice, Bill Maher was a standup comedian long before he became a fully informed political thinker. But the more informed he’s become, the more his standup has evolved, and he’s easily one of the most coveted comics on the circuit. With more than 30 years in the business—dating back to a bushy-tailed appearance on “The Merv Griffin Show,” circa 1984—his act has developed into a deftly memorized, 90-plus-minute cauldron of insightful observations, scabrous commentary and conceptual detours into relationships and pop culture. NOTE: At the time of this writing, the show is currently sold out, so call the box office to inquire about last-minute cancellations.


What: Screening of “The Hunger”

Where: Cosford Cinema, 5100 Brunson Drive, Coral Gables

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $5

Contact: 305/284-4861,

Decades before there was “True Blood” and (god forbid) “Twilight,” Tony Scott released “The Hunger,” one of the early vampire thrillers to forge the connection between vampiric consumption and lust. This 1983 feature, which the Cosford is reviving in its original 35mm format, stars Catherine Deneuve as the regal vampiress Blaylock and David Bowie as her latest paramour, an 18thcentury cellist named John who has been living immortally through Blaylock’s blood—that is, until John begins to suddenly age at a rapid clip, and the couple seeks help from a radical anti-aging doctor (Susan Sarandon). Not particularly well received when it was released, “The Hunger” has built up a cult cachet in the intervening decades as a pioneering “postmodernist vampire movie” with a dynamic score that ranges from Bauhaus to Bach.


What: Caribbean Village Music, Arts, Food & Wellness Festival

Where: Central Broward Regional Park, 3700 N.W. 11th Place, Lauderhill

When: noon to 9 p.m.

Cost: $5.50 to $80

Contact: 954/306-8668,

June is Caribbean American Heritage Month, and the nonprofit Galleon Foundation is celebrating with this inaugural cultural festival at the corner of S.R. 7 and Sunrise Blvd. As its name suggests, the fest is all-encompassing, from a welcome parade to an arts and crafts area, Caribbean food, a celebrity cookoff, a “kids zone,” a health and wellness pavilion. Live music will be provided by artists from the Bahamas, Jamaica, Trinidad and Haiti, including Julien Believe, Shifta, Blade Martin, Toni Bella Blair and Code Red Band. Admission tickets will help support the Galleon Foundation’s cause, which is providing financial scholarships to economically disadvantaged students.

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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