Sunday, April 14, 2024

The Week Ahead: March 27 to April 2


Opening day of “Will Barnet at 100: Eight Decades of Painting and Printmaking” at Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; $4 to $8; 561/392-2500 or

A high point of the museum’s season, this exhibition honors the centenary of artist Barnet, a chameleon who has observed, and subsequently absorbed, every major trend in painting and printmaking for the past hundred years. Social realism of the 1930s, cubism from the ’40s, 1950s geometric abstraction, 1960s figurative realism—Barnet has painted it all, and he continues to work, despite losing the use of his leg in a fall a few years back. ANew York Timesprofile in 2010 captured Barnet painting visceral, uncompromising work three to four hours a day from his Manhattan studio. Influenced by Picasso and Cezanne, Barnet in turn inspired colleagues such as Louise Bourgeois and James Rosenquist.


Martin Short at Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 8 p.m.; starting at $20; 561/832-7469 or

For the most part, Martin Short is back doing standup full-time, and that’s probably where he belongs. The diminutive comedian, who launched his career on the classic sketch-comedy series “SCTV,” has had a middling film career since leaving “Saturday Night Live,” starring in clunkers like “Jungle 2 Jungle” and “The Santa Clause 3.” These degrading roles belie just how funny, sophisticated and off-the-wall Short’s humor can be. Freed from lame scripted material, the Canadian funnyman lets loose, and the results are well worth your time. Amazingly, he turned 62 this week, but he still retains his boyish charms.


Savor the Avenue in downtown Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach; 5:30 p.m.; $55 to $89; 561/243-1077 or

If we Palm Beachers ever have to stage our own Last Supper, we’ll know where to do it. Tonight, as it has done for the past three years, East Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach will clear traffic for a five-block-long dining table. Ticket buyers have their choice between 18 top Avenue restaurants, including Caffe Luna Rosa, Cut 432, Max’s Harvest and Vic & Angelo’s, who will serve them an hors d’oeuvre, appetizer, main course, dessert and wine option (though tickets for many of the restaurants are already sold out; call to see what’s still available at this time). This popular affair is also a fundraiser for the Office Depot Foundation, which expects to raise $5,000 from the event to support education.


Opening night of “Detachment” at Cinema Paradiso, 503 S.E. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale; 6 p.m.; $6 to $10; 954/525-3456 or

Every other film about the perils of inner-city education looks tame and whitewashed when compared to “Detachment,” an expressionistic, white-knuckle drama from Tony Kaye, director of “American History X.” It stars Adrien Brody in an untethered performance as a substitute teacher who takes a position in a school on the brink of collapse while dealing with his ailing grandfather and “rescuing” an underage prostitute from the mean streets of New York (this latter storyline is the film’s weakest). The classroom scenes, depicted as a hell on earth, are riveting, full of furious and justifiable anger at the status quo. Characters are photographed frontally and freakishly, with Kaye’s invasive cinematography really getting into their junk. He leaves us with obnoxious but cogent observations about teaching, parenting and aging.

Friday to Sunday

Rhythmic Circus at Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday; $42; 561/243-7922 or

The Crest Theatre’s 2011-2012 season closes with a winner this weekend in the Rhythmic Circus’ “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now,” a groundbreaking tap concert that has been touring the world for some two years. Once an underground phenomenon, Rhythmic Circus has built a following in theaters and concert halls by bringing tap-dancing to a hipper, younger audience – essentially using their shoes as various percussion instruments. The talented dancers are augmented onstage with an eclectic seven-piece band, and costume changes also highlight this unpredictable evening of dancing, music and theater.


Jerry Seinfeld at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 7 and 9:30 p.m.; $50 to $81; 954/462-0222

Never one to prostitute his humor to the whims of other comedy writers, Jerry Seinfeld has been featured in just five feature films in 28 years in the business. He has retained an enviable amount of creative control over every project in which he’s been involved, but his stand-up act, which hits Fort Lauderdale tonight in the only Florida date south of Lakeland, is Seinfeld at his purest and funniest. Incidentally, the comedian’s personal website, which he launched last year, is a terrific resource for his comedy archive: Each day, he posts videos of three vintage routines for 24 hours only, keeping his faithful fans returning to the site to see what’s coming next.

The Roots at Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 8 p.m.; $35 to $75; 305/949-6722 or

Few hip-hop bands on the planet are as talented or respected as the Roots, now celebrating 25 years and 13 albums of music-making. They’re touring in support of their epic new concept album “Undun,” whose contribution from indie folkie Sufjan Stevens reinforces a stylistic palette that delves much further than “urban” music. But expect an eclectic and seemingly endless live appearance that showcases the breadth of their impressive back catalog.

Saturday and Sunday

Beatlemaniacs at Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton; 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday; $45 to $65; 561/237-7000 or

The website for the Beatlemaniacs tribute act claims that there are “dozens of part-time Beatle cover bands in a saturated Beatle cover scene.” Try hundreds of full-time ones, more than any other band in existence. The Beatlemaniacs separate themselves from the herd, they say, because of their youthful energy and the time-honored repetition of their repertoire. They are one of several Beatles tribute bands going the time-warp route, dressing in full period regalia and mop-top hairstyles, albeit with the kind of Vegas-y light-show theatrics that weren’t really in use in the Ed Sullivan days. Otherwise, it’s a convincing transformation that even friends of the original Fab Four have praised on record.


Carbonell Awards at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 7:30; $25 to $35; 954/462-0222

As a judge for the Carbonell Awards, which celebrate excellence in South Florida theatre, I have a horse in every single race – that is to say all 20-plus categories ranging from “Best Ensemble” to “Best Sound Design” to “Best Production of a Play.” The Maltz Jupiter Theatre is the front-runner this year, with a staggering 25 nominations honoring such wonderful productions as “Crazy For You,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “The Sound of Music.” In the dramatic categories, look for strong showings from such critically acclaimed productions as Actor’s Playhouse’s “August: Osage County” and Palm Beach Dramaworks’ “All My Sons.”

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