Saturday, April 13, 2024

The Week Ahead: March 13 to 19


Opening night of “Come Fly Away” at Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 8 p.m.; starting at $25; 561/832-7469 or

The Kravis concludes its Broadway season with this dance revue framed around the music of Frank Sinatra. Emmy-winning choreographer Twyla Tharp, the creative force behind such similarly structured works as “Movin’ Out” and “The Times They Are a’ Changin’,” employs more than 30 Sinatra hits in a loose-knit narrative about four couples falling in and out of love in a 1940s nightclub. Tharp’s pieces are never less than ambitious: This time the bustling cast shares the stage with an 18-piece live orchestra, with Ol’ Blue Eyes’ recorded voice guiding the action. The show also provides a nice survey of the American Songbook, with numbers by Porter, Gershwin, Mercer, Count Basie and Kander & Ebb. The show runs through Sunday.


Bob Eubanks at Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 2 p.m.; $25 to $40; 561/243-7922 or

Bob Eubanks has enough stories for several lives; it can be argued that he’s lived at least three of them. He began his career as a disc jockey in the early 1960s, producing some of the first American concert appearances by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. In 1966, he found his true calling as the host of “The Newlywed Game,” the historic game show at whose helm he would remain for an astonishing 22 years. Since then, the five-time Emmy winner has rebranded himself again as a motivational speaker, whose six rules of success include enhancing people skills, team-building and use of humor as a communication skill. Eubanks will discuss all of his varied lives in this presentation, augmented by vintage “Newlywed Game” video clips.


Opening night of “Surfing Florida” at Schmidt Center at Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton; 7 to 9 p.m.; free; 561/297-2966

As the origin of modern surfing approaches its hundred-year anniversary, it’s about time Florida received its due as a location rivaling the California coastline. This was the motivation for Paul Aho, a surfer and artist who grew up in Briny Breezes, to curate an exhibition titled “Surfing Florida” for FAU. Theexhibit will run through May 12 and feature the work of more than 25 professional surf photographers showcasing Florida’s waves and their riders. “We wanted to recognize the contributions and vital role that Florida’s surfers have played in the sport’s development,” Aho says. “We thought it an opportune time to tell the deeper story, with current global attention on the sport and with the aging of many of Florida’s pioneer surfers pushing the need for someone to record their beginnings.”

Poncho Sanchez and His Latin Jazz Band at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 8:30 p.m.; $25 to $50 866/571-ARTS

The Festival of the Arts Boca certainly steps outside of its comfort zone of traditional classical and jazz music by offering this night of music and dancing from Mexican-American conguero and bandleader Sanchez. The 61-year-old master of Latin jazz has released dozens of albums since his 1982 debut, winning a Grammy for his 1999 masterpiece “Latin Soul.” A protégé of famed vibraphonist Cal Tjadar, Sanchez is currently one of the most respected percussionists in the music business, and his exciting band blends swing, bebop, salsa and soul into an unpredictable Latin jazz cauldron.

Opening night of “Woody Sez” at the Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach; 7:30 p.m.; $30 to $35; 561/450-6357 or

Tonight marks a historic event for the South Florida theater community: the first full-fledged production from former Florida Stage Artistic Director Lou Tyrrell at his new home at the Arts Garage. He picked an ambitious work to christen his venture; “Woody Sez” attempts to tell the life story of folk icon Woody Guthrie through the man’s words and 25 of his songs, performed by four actors who play 15 instruments, from guitar and fiddle to jaw harp and dulcimer. “The piece will focus on his music and the stories he told of the Depression, knowing that those stories will resonate today with the economic downturn we’re all facing,” Tyrrell says. The production runs through April 6.

Les Standiford and Joe Matthews at Murder on the Beach, 273 Pineapple Grove Way, Delray Beach; 7 p.m.; free; 561/279-7790 or

If it seems like we’ve been talking about local crime writer Les Standiford’s “Bringing Adam Home” for more than a year now, it’s because we have: The hardcover hit stores in March of 2011 and, with an edition now available at paperback, Standiford and his writing partner, former Miami Beach police sergeant Matthews, are still touring the country to tell the tragic and dramatic story of the notorious abduction of 8-year-old Adam Walsh. The case was unsolved for a quarter of a century until Matthews doggedly reopened it, finally finding closure for the Walsh family, whose patriarch, John, started “America’s Most Wanted” and who is interviewed in-depth in the March-April issue of Boca Raton. Standiford also shared his thoughts about the book with our Marie Speed: “In the end, the book is uplifting and redemptive because it does show you that if someone cares enough about honor and justice, anything is possible. On an emotional basis, it was much more difficult [to write than other books I have written] because of the immediacy of it.” Tonight, both authors will share their story, sign books and take questions.

Soul Asylum at Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; 7:30 p.m.; $25; 954/564-1074 or

It’s hard to believe it, but next year, Soul Asylum will turn 30. Not all of those years have been active, of course, but the melodic grunge-pop act first formed in 1983, playing small clubs until the breakthrough smash of 1992’s “Grave Dancers Union.” The triple-platinum classic earned the band a Grammy for “Runaway Train,” to which I still can’t help but sing along every time it turns up on my satellite radio. That was also the album of “Somebody to Shove,” “Black Gold” and “Without a Trace,” a monumental act to follow. On and off for two decades since, Soul Asylum hasn’t released an album even close to “Grave Dancers,” but they remain nostalgic stalwarts for a lost musical tradition. Expect to hear a greatest-hits set sprinkled with material from a forthcoming album.


44th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on downtown Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach; 2 p.m.; free; 561/279-0907 or

With St. Patrick’s Day falling conveniently on a Saturday this year, there’s no better time to partake in this 40-plus-year Delray tradition. The parade runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m., during which time hundreds of firefighters from across the country will be honored. The parade route will be decorated with fire department ladder trucks, antique fire engines and a canopy of flags throughout the route; a fire department bagpipe band, color guard and professional clowns will entertain spectators. Stick around the area for post-parade parties at 3:30 and 5:15 p.m., before you head to the post-post-parade party at your overpopulated watering hole of choice.

Opening reception for “The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl” at Miami Art Museum, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; 6 to 9 p.m.; free for members or $10 nonmembers; 305/375-3000 or

As a die-hard junkie for vinyl records, there couldn’t me an exhibition more up my alley than the one opening this weekend at Miami Art Museum. “The Record” is billed as the first museum exhibition to explore the culture of records within the history of contemporary art, and it amasses artists from across the globe who employ vinyl records as either their subject or their medium. This all-inclusive exhibition includes established artists as well as first-time museum exhibitors, and everything from sound work, sculpture and installation to drawing, painting, photography, video and performance art will be on display. The exhibition runs through June 10.

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